Ear infections in dogs is one of the top 3 reasons for visiting a vet today..so read on.
So as dog owners we should have an understanding of the threat to our pets. Here I jut want to discuss the issues, advise on ear cleaning techniques and consider why these problkems are on the rise.
First step – preventative action. To minimise the occurrence of ear infections in your dog, simply keep their ears clean and check them regularly for any signs of discharge or unusual odour. Cleaning your dog’s ears after a bath or grooming appointment may prevent any potential infections.
Our dog's ears should always be clean and without any thick brown or green waxy discharge. There should also be no redness, itchiness or unusual smells coming from them.
How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears
Step 1. Give the ears a wipe first with cotton swabs to remove dirt from inside the ear.
Step 2: Use a cotton ball. Soak half of it, place that in the ear and massage the ear over it, paying particular attention to the base of the ear (where the canal is). The cotton ball will absorb excess solution and it will grab onto the debris as it comes up! ( change the ball a few times each treatment )
Step 3: Use cotton swabs again to wipe the ear clean and dry. Wipe once, dump, repeat. Remember don’t use the same swab for the same ear.
Step 4 :For successful treatment you must then clean the ear with a gentle cleanser as the ear will be painful.
Remember that as well as being one of their sharpest senses, the ear is a very delicate and sensitive area for dogs
There are many reasons why ear problems in dogs might occur, and many include:
• Infections due to bacteria
• Yeast infections
• Parasites such as ear mites
• Foreign bodies such as grass seeds
• Growths or tumours
Dog ears are nice, warm places. All you need is a little moistness, say from licked paws or simply a moment’s innocent wetting, and yeast will bloom. You’ll know it’s there because you’ll smell it. Breeds with long, floppy ears or dogs that love to swim frequently are the most susceptible to ear problems.
Many dog health advisors believe that it may be the case that the natural ability of the dog to resist these problems is compromised my modern day environmental factors and feeding habits. In other words what are WE doing that may be compromising natural immunity?