Ear Care

Canine Ear Care

How to care for your pets ears.

Dogs quite often get sore and inflamed ears.  This can be due to food allergies, but more commonly is caused by ear infections.  Infections can start in the ear due to the ears shape (floppy ears) or due to water or a grass seed getting into the ear.

If your pet has a sore ear, it is important to get the ear checked first by your vet to make certain that your pets ear drum is intact and healthy, and to find the cause of the sore ear.  Your vet will quite often send you home with ear cleaners and ear medications.  Using these properly will mean a quicker healing of your pets ears.  If the ear is very dirty or painful then it is usual to anaesthetise your pet to allow a thorough cleaning and examination of the ear.  This means that the ear is as clean as possible to allow medications to work.

Ear cleaners are used to remove the debri and waxy build up from your pets ears.  This allows medicated ear drops to work more efficiently.  To clean your pets ears, use a product recommended by your vet that is safe to use.

–        Lift up your pets ear and locate the external opening of the ear canal.

–        Fill the ear with the cleaning fluid.

–        Massage the ear for 3-5 minutes to help remove the debri.

–        Allow your pet to shake their head.

–        Wipe out the inside of the ear with a tissue.

–        Repeat if the external ear is still really dirty until its coming away cleaner.

–        NEVER PLACE COTTON TIPS IN YOUR PETS EAR. You could damage its ear drum.

Ear cleaning can be performed as a monthly maintenance of your pets health, or more often if you pet spends a lot of time in the water swimming or is prone to ear conditions.

It is important when using an ear cleaner with a medicated ear drop to wait at least 2 hours after cleaning.  This means that your medication isn’t affected by the ear cleaner.  This will allow it the best opportunity to work.

For example:

–        Medicate the ear in the morning before work.

–        Clean the ear when you get home from work.

–        Medicate the ear again 2 hours later.

Medicated ear drops are applied to the ear in the same way, but at a much lower volume.  If your pet is shaking them out of the ear, then you may not be placing them into the ear canal correctly, or you are placing in too much.

Medicating painful ears can be quite difficult for you and your pet.  Speaking to your vet as soon as you are having trouble is important so they can help form a strategy to help your pet.  Sometimes more pain relief is required to make the ear more comfortable to handle.  Using your pets favourite treats as a reward when they behave is good positive reinforcement of the ear cleaning process.