How to clean the ears of dogs at home correctly and safely? | Care


The teacher should be attentive and always watch the ears of pets

Ears are sensitive parts of a dog’s body and need special care. It is common for these animals to suffer from moisture problems, which can cause the growth of fungi and bacteria, as well as more serious diseases, such as ear infections.

It is always a good idea to check an animal’s ears daily to make sure everything is in order and there is no redness, excess earwax, or a strong smell in place. All dogs need this care, but especially some breeds such as the Dachshund, Basset Hound and Cocker Spaniel for having droopy ears, which spoils the ears and facilitates the buildup of moisture.

Breeds such as the Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier can suffer from a buildup of fur and the development of dermatitis and infections in the area. That is why it is essential that teachers take care of the pet’s ears and, if possible, carry out a superficial cleaning of these areas. Cats should also be taken care of.

What do you use to clean a dog’s ears?

Before trying to clean a dog’s ears, a master needs to get the right product for it. Veterinarian Mariana Raposo recommends that teachers have an ear-cleaning solution at home called Ceruminolytic, which works by softening the cerumen in the animal’s ear canal.

To apply the product, the vet indicates that only a cotton swab is used, the equivalent of half of the balls that come in conventional packages.

“Basic care is not to harm the pet’s ear canal, so cleaning is done with cotton. It’s important to choose serum lubricants with flexible beaks to avoid injuring the area,” the vet tells Canal du Pete.

Mariana also emphasizes that flexible rods are not used to aid in cleaning, as they can cause injuries to a dog’s ear, as well as perforate the eardrum. “Cleaning should only be done in the part of the dog’s ear that is accessible and visible.”

When is cleaning necessary?

If you notice any unusual signs, such as color, odor, or excess wax, take the pet to the vet immediately.

If you notice any unusual signs, such as color, odor, or excess wax, take the pet to the vet immediately.

“Usually, cleaning is already done in pet stores. If the pet is bathing in the house, this can be done at the same frequency as the pet’s bathing or as directed by the vet,” says the vet.

If the owner notices that the dog feels some discomfort when touching the ear, scratching excessively, constantly shaking his head or feeling an unpleasant smell in the area, it is necessary to seek help from a veterinarian as soon as possible and do not try to clean the pet’s ear. These are warning signs that the animal may have an ear infection or other problem in the ear canal.

Tips for a good cleaning

Mariana explains that the procedure is simple. First, the master must put a cotton swab on the tip of the finger and moisten it with a cleaning solution, following the manufacturer’s instructions. “Start by removing dirt from the ends of the ear and then gradually progress to the deeper part,” he guides.

As the cleaning continues, the cotton tends to get dirty and needs to be changed. The vet stresses that cleaning should only be done artificially at all times and should not be forced into a dog’s ear canal. “You should not use the same cotton in both ears. It is always important to change them to avoid possible contamination from one to the other in case the animal has a problem.”

Deep cleaning of a pet’s ears should only be done by a veterinarian.

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