Cleaning your dogs ears is very important if you want to reduce the possibility of an ear infection and excess wax build up. You should have a cleaning routine and do your own home check ups to detect any potential infections on your dogs ears.
If you detect soon the problem your pet can have a prompt treatment and reduce any possibility of a chronic disease and hearing loss.
So how do you know if your dog has an ear infection
First you need to be aware of your dogs behavior and physical health. If you detect any abnormal behavior you should check what problem it has.
like redness in the ear, sensitivity, pain around the ears, ears swelling, odor on the ear, masses around the ear.
Prevent ear infections
You should clean your dog ears regularly to prevent his ears from getting an infection or disease. Start by choosing a mild ear cleaner for pets, avoid alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.
There are various cleaners, some break up wax while others dry the ear canal.
Prepare your dog
First your pet should have proper grooming, remove excess dirt and hair from the ear area. Heavy moist ear flaps and excessive hair will reduce air flow to the ear, which makes was and other debris to build up.
Its good to have a dedicated professional groomer for your pet.
How to clean your pets ears
Once your dog is properly cleaned and groomed, remember to be gentle, because ear canals are sensitive and aggressive cleaning can cause damage.
Get an ear flap and dribble a small amount of a cleaning solution to the ear. While the solution drips deep in to the ear canal, massage the base of your dogs ear for 20 seconds. You may hear the solution squish around while you massage in the inner ear.
Once you finish let your pet shake to get the soft wax out of the ear canals. Use clean cotton to wipe out and up the canal, removing any cleaning solution and wax you see.