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We may joke about needing to clean out our dogs’ ears when they don’t quite listen when we say no more cookies or its time to leave the park, but clean ears are a very important component to your pet’s overall health.
Some dog ears are long while others are much shorter. The one thing they all have in common is that they should be clean!
Just like keeping your pet’s eyes and teeth cleaned it is important to keep his ears clean and dry. This is to prevent infection or other skin issues. Deep inner ear infections can impact your pet’s ability to hear.
Some dogs almost never need an ear cleaning and others need them frequently. Before you clean your pet’s ears examine them. A healthy and clean ear should be:
If your dog likes to swim, make sure you check their ears to make sure they are clean and dry after a dip. The same goes for bathing your pet. After a bath is a good time to clean your dog’s ear to make sure it is clean and dry!
If your dog’s ear looks clean, don’t clean it. Overcleaning your dog’s ears can cause problems as well. These include becoming over dry, itchy and even infected. This is a case where there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Cleaning your dog’s ears properly at home can be done in three easy steps according to Stephanie Connor, Lead Groomer at the Pet Snobs Boutique, a pet grooming salon in Philadelphia, PA.
If the ear is particularly red or smelly this might be a sign that the ear is infected. Make sure you take your dog to the vet to get the infection properly treated.
Not all pets love having their ears cleaned. These tips and tricks will make the experience more pleasant for both you and your best friend.
If your pet doesn’t like having his ears cleaned or shows signs of fear or stress, go slowly and offer rewards each step of the way.
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