Ear cleaning is an essential part of keeping your dog healthy. The trick is getting it done the right way without harming your fuzzy buddy and without it turning into a major hassle.
The good thing is there are plenty of natural ingredients you can use to safely clean your dog’s ears. And the process can be simple, quick, and painless for both you and your pet.
Dog ears can be very sensitive and should be checked up on from time to time for a number of reasons:
Dog ears are complicated and have ton of nooks and crannies where debris can easily get trapped. Dirt, bacteria, and even parasites love to call these hidden spots home. Moreover, whereas human ear canals have a clear, horizontal opening, dog ear canals are L-shaped and tricky to access.
Regularly cleaning your dog’s ears is an effective way to keep them safe from potential infections. Dogs with allergies are especially susceptible to developing ear complications, as are floppy eared dogs, including poodles, bassets, and cocker spaniels.
There are several common signs to look for to know your dog needs a cleaning:
A dedicated dog ear cleaner might seem like the easiest route to clean your dog’s ear, but it is a quick fix that might end up doing more harm than good. Some store-bought solutions carry harsh chemicals that may irritate your dog’s ears. Potential consequences include:
Cleaning your dog’s ears with plain water should also be avoided. Stagnant water - particularly when it enters the ear canal - can actually help cultivate bacterial and fungal growth. Also worth mentioning is that alcohol can damage your dog’s ears and should be entirely avoided for internal ear cleaning.
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The best type of ear cleaner may very well be a natural one, most of which can be made right at home. Several plain and yet effective methods:
To clean your dog’s ear, soak a cotton ball or soft gauze in the all-natural solution and gently wipe the visible parts of your dog’s ear. It is important to neither scrub aggressively nor stick anything into the ear canal. After the ear flap is cleaned, insert the all natural solution into the ear canal with ear drops (and not a syringe). Massage the base of the ear with your thumb and forefinger for about 30 seconds. Finally, slowly tilt your dog’s head to let the ear cleaner drain.
Dog owners may have wondered whether their dog needs boots to protect their paws from the cold and ice. It will depend on the individual dog’s cold tolerance as well as the breed and how long the dog will be outside.
Online research reveals the earliest mention of dog boots in the October 1972 issue of Field and Stream... Vets agree that their paws are vulnerable to serious injury during a sled race such as the Iditarod. Or any activity outside, especially in icy or snowy conditions.