Clean the dog’s ears
Cleaning the dog’s ears is something we should do on a regular basis, whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog. It is very important to frequent hygiene of your dog’s ears to avoid the appearance of fungi.
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Next, we will explain to you what products you need to carry out this task, just as hygiene should be done to get everything right.
Continue reading this YourCatCareguide article and find out how to clean the dog’s ears step by step.
Before you begin cleaning your dog’s ears, it is important to gather all the necessary materials for this:
- Sterile gauze compresses
Instead of saline you can also choose to use hydrogen peroxide or specific preparations that you will find for sale at pet stores. What is recommended is to even use the sterile gauze pad because if you try to do so with cotton it can enter into the dog’s ear and discard. Lastly and for further cleaning you can use baby swabs that are safer.
It is important to note that you should get used to this routine little by little, especially if it is an adult dog, as this process may scare you. Use the positive reinforcement whenever you are still and let it move, in this way you will be able to distract it by rewarding its correct attitude.
To start cleaning the dog’s ears, start by brushing off the hair from the ears and removing any dead hair. If you have regular care with this part of your dog’s body, you will not encounter any dirt at first.
The second step is to moisten the gauze pad with the product you have chosen. It is advisable to apply some kind of indicated product since this will make the hygiene easier and will not irritate the dog’s skin. Begin by cleaning the outer folds of the ear where dirt is usually collected.
Once you have cleaned the exterior of the ear, we recommend changing the pad and use a new one to clean the interior. Re-moisten the gauze pad and insert your fingersinto the dog’s ear little by little, without overdoing it.
In adult dogs we can go a little further in the ear, but be careful with the puppies. Do not insert your finger more than one centimeter deep.
Massage the inside of the ear with the gauze pad, little by little, and be careful not to move the dog. It is especially important to go little by little in this process if you do not know the dog. Also, if you do it slowly and slowly you can better analyze the ear area.
Lastly, we can use a cotton swab for babies (because they are thicker) to finish cleaning those areas of difficult access for our fingers. It is important to go carefully at this step, especially if your puppy is nervous as it may cause you serious damage to the ear.
Once the cleaning process is finished, you only have to massage the dog’s ear in the outside area to calm down and offer you a reward for this uncomfortable time.
If you feel that you are not able to do it properly, you can consult your veterinarian and ask him for some advice. It is also essential to consult the specialist if you observe excessively dark dirt, stench and splash noises.
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