The human ear and the dog ear have a few things in common when it comes to taking care of them. Your dog's ears, just like your own, will need some care and attention to make sure they stay in good health. A dog can get ear infections just like we can. To ensure that your dog does not get an ear infection or have other problems with his ears you will want to make sure you care for them properly.
Get Your Dog Comfortable
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are grooming and caring for your dog's ears. If you pet your dog's ears, or handle them everyday he will get used to this and checking the ears will become much easier. If you choose to take your dog to the vet or a grooming center you will want to start watching and paying more attention to how they care for your dog's ears so that you can do a more thorough check when you are at home.
Checking Your Dog's Ears
When you are at home checking your dog's ears you will want to check for any tangles or parasites. You will also want to check the inside of the ear for dirt and wax. A small amount of wax is normal—it serves as a trap to stop dirt and debris from entering the ear canal. If the wax is discolored, smells funny or there is an excessive amount, you will want to speak to your vet. It is also important to look at the hair. If you let the hair in the ears get too long, it can collect dirt, moisture and other debris, and could cause an ear infection. You will want to trim your dog's ear hair to prevent this from happening. Triming this hair may also give your dog a more polished appearance.
Trimming Your Dog's Ear Hair
When you are trimming the ear hair you will want to be very careful so that you do not hurt your dog's ears. To ensure that you do not hurt your dog's ears, lay the ear flat against your dogs skull to close off the delicate parts of the ear canal. If your dog has droopy ears, make sure that you are keeping the hair under the flap and below the ear opening to increase air flow and help prevent ear infections. When you are trimming the ear hair make sure you are using a blunt-tipped scissors.
If your dog will not sit still and allow you to trim the hair, you do have another option: plucking. You can use your fingers or a tweezer to pluck a couple hairs at a time. If your fingers are unable to grasp the hair you can also get some ear powder.
After trimming or plucking the ear hair you will want to use this same ear powder to dust the ear. This medicated ear powder will help prevent your dog from getting ear infections. This is especially reccommended if your dog frequently suffers from ear infections. For dogs who get very dirty ears you can buy ear drops that will loosen the wax and dirt for easy removal. Ear wash and ear powder can be purchased at your vet, pet store or grooming center.
Article courtesy of Pet360