Saturday, April 5, 2014

Keeping Your Dog's Ears Healthy

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to keeping your dog's ears in healthy condition.  Some dogs are predisposed to the likelihood of recurring ear infections, but even they can benefit from preventative measures.

* Use canine ear wash regularly (about once a week) to clean out debris and counteract any yeast.  You should not reach down into your dogs ear canal with a Q-tip, but simply swab around any crevices or flaps and gently on the inside with a cotton ball.  Once the solution is placed in the ear canal, gently massage the ear to work it in a bit.  Most washes are designed to remove debris when your dog shakes his head.
* Keep hair trimmed away from the ears, especially any hair growing on the underside or inside of the ear.
* Keep ears dry.  After swimming and baths, dry the ears completely or consider giving them a cleaning with their ear wash.  You can also place cotton balls in their ears (as humans sometimes do) when bathing your dog to prevent water from getting in.
* Examine your dog's ears regularly, looking for any sensitivities, redness, inflammation or odor.  If there is concern, see your veterinarian.
* Feed a healthy, well balanced diet.
* If your dog has ear difficulties possibly due to allergies, attempt to sort out the allergen.  These are likely food related or environmental.
* Keep your dog flea free.  Fleas can aggravate ear conditions in dogs.

Piper has had chronic ear problems his entire life

11 comments:

  1. Our mom uses the Buzzards to shave off the long furs in front and under our ears... She SAYS she does it so the BREEZES Can BLOW THROUGH... butt NOW after reading THIS.. we think she was just Yankin Our Walkin' Strings... AGAIN. hhehehehe

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  2. Great info..thanks for sharing
    Barb and the furkids.

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  3. These are all such great tips. We battled a nasty ear infection in Bruce once, and I hope to never have to do that again.

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  4. I have to use wash every day... I has bad ears... :(

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  5. Oh, I have yeasty ears Murray...I sometimes have to take the Benadryl cause the allergies make them all itchy. Luckily it doesn't make me drowsy...though Ma wished it did!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  6. Beamer has bad ears. He's constantly scratching and shaking. Thanks for the tips!

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  7. Great tips Murray and I use to have all kinds of ear problems when I was little but not so bad now. Have a serene big easy Sunday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Thanks for a super post, Easy's ears are often a problem too, but we try to solve it :o)

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  9. Luckily Chihuahuas are not too bad with their stand up ears.
    Lynne x

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  10. These are some really good tips! I've had a couple of ear infections and they're no fun.

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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