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Advice to help you look after your pet at home
Waxy build-up in your dog’s ears can be bad for their ear health and contribute to an undesirable smelling dog. Knowing how to clean your pet’s ears effectively is important and when done regularly should be a staple part of their healthcare. Our simple video below will help you clean their ears effectively and in a stress free manner.
Do I need to clean my dog’s ears?
Yes, cleaning your dog’s ears helps keep them clean and prevent buildup of wax and debris which can lead to an infected ear. Dogs that swim regularly or have pendulous ear flaps are more prone to build up of debris and infections so should be cleaned more often.
Much like human ears, seeing wax at the opening to the ear is a good indication they need cleaning. Another common findings is the ears may ‘quelch’ when rubbed or start to smell.
What can I clean my dog’s ears with?
A proper veterinary cleaner should be used. These can be bought over the counter and are a cost effective alternative to pet-shop bought products. An ear cleaner should; dissolve and lift debris from the ear canal, pH balance the ear canal and then dry quickly.
How often should I clean my dog’s ears?
Cleaning your dog’s ears 1-2 times per fortnight helps prevent wax accumulation. Dogs prone to ear infections may require more regular cleaning. It’s worth remembering that each breed is different so don’t be afraid to ask your vet for advice and learn how to spot the signs of dirty ears or irritation.
Dog ear conditions and what to look for when cleaning
The most common sign of ear problems is shaking of the head or pawing at the ears. This should alert you to the fact that something is wrong. You may see changes to the ear flaps, including:
- Reddened skin
- Hair loss
- Thickened, leathery skin
- Crusting, rash or pustules on the inner or outer ear flap
You may also notice
- Discharge from the ear, often dark brown but occasionally red or white
- Odour from the ear
- Narrowing of the ear canal
- Painful ear(s)
- Swelling around the ear
- Change to eating or drinking habits
- Reluctance to open the mouth
If you notice any signs of ear infections don’t hesitate to contact our vets surgery in Knutsford on 01565 337 999. Our team will also be able to offer you advice on how to effectively clean your dog’s ears on your next routine visit or consultation. To find out more advice and information on caring for your pets browse the full range of resources available in our blog.