Dogs can spend a lot of time outdoors, digging up stuff, smelling different things in the yard or getting into things they shouldn’t. This can affect their health if they aren’t properly cared for or given a thorough exam.
One of the reasons for this is because, especially with playing outside, your dog can get particles in his or her ears that aren’t easy for him or her to get out. While letting your dog play in the backyard, sniffing or rolling in the grass, you can’t do anything about making sure these tiny things don’t get into their ears. These particles, parasites, mites, etc. left in the ear long enough can create an unhealthy situation.
It’s important that your dog be taken to the vet when you see dirty ears. Sometimes you can’t see anything but instead they smell bad. This is a good clue that there are particles or worse, something infecting his ears.
More than likely, one of the vets at the office will thoroughly clean them out. If you want to routinely clean them out yourself, ask the vet which cleaner will work for your pet and ask for any specific instructions. Here are some tips on how to do it yourself:
- If you have a larger dog, straddle the dog so you can use your legs to keep him in place. If you have a small dog, keep him safely on a table or counter.
- Squirt the cleaner into the canal of the ear. Put enough in the ear that you can see the liquid.
- Fold the ear over and try to “roll” the cleaner in the ear. You should hear the cleaner start to “sizzle.”
- Let go of your dog’s head and let him shake it off. This step is actually pretty important because it will get more “grit” or particles out of the ear. This part can be a little messy when he shakes his head a lot.
- Once he’s done, clean his ears a bit with a paper towel. More than likely you will find particles on the outside of the ear.
- Repeat this on the next ear.
These are tips. It is obviously recommended that you see the vet for a thorough first cleaning to make sure everything is fine. However, you can do it yourself as a routine grooming. Just ask Dr. Adney if you want to venture to do it!
Love, Day and Evening Staff