Listen up! Here are 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog’s Ears Healthy
When it comes to regular care and health maintenance for our pets, some of the basics can slip our minds. When your dog gets close and you smell his breath, you get a pretty potent reminder of the importance of doggy dental care. Other areas of their health might not grab our attention in the same way.
Your dog’s ear health can be one of those areas. Dogs have such good hearing that we often take their ear health for granted. Most of us notice how a dog’s ears look without taking more notice than that. But if we don’t take a good look and give them a cleaning on a regular basis, problems can arise. Here are five simple tips for regular ear care. Be sure to talk with your veterinarian about your dog’s ears during your next checkup. Dr. Hewitt will be all ears.
Regularly look in and around your dog’s ears. Look for excessive wax, dark specs, discharge, redness, swelling, or bad smells. Your vet can offer tips on what to look for.
You can clean your dog’s ears on a regular basis. Be sure to use a cotton ball, not a swab, to reduce the chance of doing any damage. You can soak the cotton in a gentle mineral oil or a solution specifically designed for the purpose. Your vet will have suggestions on what to use.
You might need to pluck excessive hair from inside your dog’s ears. If this sounds unpleasant, Dr. Hewitt can show you how to do it and what to look for. Removing excess hair can help keep debris from building up in your dog’s ears.
4. Stay out
Once again, never stick anything in your dog’s ear. If you think something might be lodged in her ear, or if you think a deeper cleaning might be needed, bring your dog into the vet for an evaluation.
Speaking of veterinarians, remember to schedule annual checkups for your dog. Part of the appointment will involve checking your dog’s ears. This will be a great time to ask questions and to get tips on how to clean and inspect your dog.
Keep a good eye—and ear—on your dog’s health. Regular maintenance goes a long way toward keeping your pet healthy.
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