Easily Clean Your Dog's Ears

November 14, 2018

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We like to keep our pooches clean.  Regular baths, grooming daily and clipping their nails.  But when did you clean out their ears? Ear infections are a common ailment in dog, especially in breeds that have long, droopy ears and those that grow hair in their ear canals. You can usually spot an ear infection when they began shaking their heads or scratching frequently usually accompanied by redness in the ear canal, a discharge and a foul or yeasty odor. If your dog seems to be in pain or cries when you touch around their ears, you'll want to schedule an appointment with your vet for as soon as possible. According to Dogster, you should be cleaning your dog's ears anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on the breed. Your vet can give you a recommendation for how often you should be cleaning your pup's ears, and even a quick lesson on how to do it yourself at home. All you really need are some cotton balls and a vet-approved ear cleaner. Apply the dog cleaner to your dog's ear with a cotton ball or gauze. Squeeze a bit down the ear so that it makes its way into the ear canal, then gently massage the dog's ears near the base in order to break down any debris and/or ear wax. If your dog needs to shake their head, let them. Then, use the cotton ball or gauze to wipe the inside of the ear clean. Stay away from cotton swabs.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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