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Ear Cleaning

It is extremely important to keep your dogs ears clean and checked often. There are many problems that can arise from untreated ears. A dog's ears have several parts, the ear flap or pinna, and the fleshy, hairy grooves that enter the ear canal.
The ear canal is "L" shaped and leads to the eardrum, this makes it easy for your dogs ears to get infected, with all those ridges and grooves for bacteria to grow, dogs with floppy ears are particularly prone to chronic ear infections since their floppy ears create a warm, dark, moist environment with poor air flow .
If the ears are not kept clean, the bacteria leads to serious infections.

Signs are:

Does he shake his head a lot?
Is there any redness or swelling?
Any unfamiliar smell or discharge?
If you answered yes to these questions, then most likely your dog has an infection. His ears may also be more sensitive than usual and is in a lot of pain.

Please do not clean his ears, but take him to the vet as soon as possible.

If an ear infection is left untreated and appropriate care from a vet does not happen, permanent damage and hearing loss can occur.
Once the infection has been dealt with it is recommended that you keep on top of checking and cleaning your dog’s ears, if you check your dog’s ears once a week for ear mites, dirt or debris, then you can usually prevent any future infections.

So, how do you approach cleaning your dogs ears?

Getting your pooch used to the idea of his ears being touched, by massaging them during play time or any other time is good. During the ear cleaning process, offer praise and treats to the dog and keep the tone up beat and happy. This will help to ease some of the dog's fears concerning ear cleaning.
Once he is relaxed with it, then you can look and rub the inside of his ears; never go further than you can see! Soon, your dog will enjoy this time and will not dread it during grooming time.
While, you are taking the occasional peek, check for any sign of infection. You do not want to attempt cleaning if there is an infection.
Healthy dogs ears are a fleshy-pink colour, free of wax build-up and smelly discharge.

The best way to clean:

First, you will need some sort of commercial dog ear wash, cotton swabs or pads and a rag may be handy as well.
Find a comfortable atmosphere and position for the both of you. Gently, put a generous amount of the cleaner in each ear and massage the base of the ear for about thirty seconds. Be sure to give the dog some space during this time, so that he can shake his head.
Next, take your cotton swab or pad and wipe the visible parts of his inner ear. If you still have excess dirt and cleaner left, just use a dry swab or pad and wipe it out. Be sure not to enter the ear with the cotton to far as it might get stuck inside the ear canal, remembering to only go as far as you can see.
If you have a dog with long ears, or one that is in the water often you will need to clean their ears once a week or infection can occur. Otherwise, most dogs only need an ear cleaning once a month.
This is just a guide to cleaning your dog’s ears, please always read the instructions on any cleaner that you purchase. If you are unsure about the signs or appearance of the ears, your veterinarian can give you specific instructions.

Hair in the ears canal:

In addition, many breeds have hairs inside their ear canal. This will make ear cleaning more difficult and it also makes the dog's ear more prone to bacteria growth. Remove the hair from the dog's ears by plucking the hairs (it's not painful when small chunks of hair are plucked at once) or trim the dog's ear hairs. Alternatively if you are not comfortable about doing this your groomer is fully equipped to pluck the ears quickly and thoroughly.
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