* 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|