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Caring for Your Dog’s Ears

Can your dog hear a box of treats being opened up from the other end of the house? Man’s Best Friend has extremely astute hearing! Actually, caring for your canine buddy’s ears is very important. Read on for some great tips from a Greensboro, NC vet on caring for your pet’s ears.

Cleaning Fido’s Ears

Dog’s ears have lots of nooks and crannies that can make inviting habitats for parasites and bacteria. You’ll want to clean Fido’s ears regularly to keep them healthy and prevent painful infections. Use cotton balls to clean your four-legged buddy’s ears. Dip the cotton ball in a pet-safe ear solution. You can also use mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide. Use the cotton ball to gently wipe away any dirt or wax. Never insert cotton swabs or other hard objects into your dog’s ears.

Tips

Be careful not to clean your dog’s ears too often: this can actually trap moisture in your Fido’s ear canals, which can cause problems. How often your furry friend needs his ears cleaned will depend in part on what type of ears he has. Pups with those cute floppy ears often need their ears cleaned more often than those with pointy ears. You may also want to put cotton balls in Fido’s ears before bathing him. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Warning Signs

Ear infections can be very painful for Fido. They can also be quite dangerous. If your pet’s ears look red or irritated, have heavy discharge, or are emitting a foul odor, they may be infected. It’s worth noting that stubborn ear infections can sometimes be caused by allergies, so if your furry pal keeps having ear problems, he could be reacting to something. Black spots and/or wax, on the other hand, can be a sign of ear mites. Crustiness can also be a red flag. Contact your vet immediately if your dog has any of these symptoms.

Ear Hair

Sometimes excessive ear hair can cause problems in our canine friends. In certain cases, your vet may advise you to have your groomer trim these. Don’t assume this is necessary, however: while this may be beneficial for some dogs, it could potentially cause problems for others. Ask your vet for specific advice and instructions.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health? Call us, your local Greensboro, NC vet clinic, today!

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