Although our pet’s ears are a big part of how they communicate and express their individual personality (and not to mention completely adorable!), it’s a good chance we take them for granted. We may stroke, scratch, and admire those precious, silky ears, but beyond that how much thought are we giving to the long term care of these important body parts?
Pet ear care is essential to the ongoing good health of our dogs and cats. Learn the basics of how to clean and care for your pet’s adorable ears with tips from your friends at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital!
Signs Of Ear Problems
Ear infections can be common among pets, and need to be taken care of to reduce discomfort and prevent the problem from getting worse. Signs your pet may be having an ear issue include:
- Excessive scratching, pawing, or rubbing at the ears
- Discharge coming from one or both ears
- Foul odor around the ears
- Visible redness in the ear canal
- Swelling around the ear
- Pain or sensitivity when touched on or near the ears
Please give us a call if you notice any of these symptoms in your pet.
Pet Ear Care 101
Pet ear care should be a regular part of your grooming and pet care regimen. Keeping your pet’s ears clean will help to prevent infection and make him or her feel better overall.
- Choose a mild ear cleaning solution designed specifically for pets (ask your veterinarian for recommendations)
- Begin with a general grooming; brush your pet and trim any long or tangled fur around the ears (if your pet has excessive matting or very long hairs in the ear canal, consult a professional groomer)
- Pick up your pet’s ear flap (if applicable) and dribble a small amount of the ear cleaning solution into the canal. Gently massage your pet’s ear (if this step is painful for your pet, he or she will need to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible)
- Repeat the process with the other ear
- Stand back and let your pet shake his or her head to bring the now-softened wax up from the ear canals
- With a clean cotton ball (never use cotton swabs as they can damage the ear drums), gently wipe out any wax or solution you see around the canal or outside the ears
Preventing Ear Problems
Keeping your pet’s ears clean and dry is the best way to prevent wax buildup or an overgrowth of bacteria. How often your pet’s ears should be cleaned depends upon the breed, coat, lifestyle, and individual earwax production. Your veterinarian or groomer can work with you to figure out the appropriate…
If you have any questions about pet ear care, please don’t hesitate to contact the staff at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital.