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Caring for Your Dog’s Ears

Does your dog have perky ears? Or are your canine pal’s ears droopy? Fido’s ears are quite remarkable. They’re much keener than ours are: in fact, dogs can hear sounds that are four times further off than what we can pick up. Your furry buddy’s ears are crucial to him, so taking care of them is very important. Read on as a Chattanooga, TN vet discusses grooming your dog’s ears.

Ear Hair

We don’t recommend that all dogs get their ears trimmed: for some pooches, it isn’t necessary. For other pups, however, their ear hair can create a damp, warm environment that is a perfect habitat for bacteria. Ask your vet if your four-legged pal’s ear hair should be trimmed. To err on the side of caution, have your vet or a medical dog groomer do the cutting.

Cleaning

Be sure to keep Fido’s ears clean! This is especially important for dogs with floppy ears, as they tend to be prone to infection. To clean your furry friend’s ears, get a cotton ball or soft washcloth, and pour some mineral oil or a professional pet ear cleaning product on it. Gently wipe the insides of Fido’s ears. Don’t insert anything into your pup’s ear canals! For most dogs, ear cleaning should be done about once a month, though some pooches may need more frequent cleaning. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Watch For Warning Signs

Keep an eye out for signs of ear infections. Wax that is an unusual color, such as red, green, or dark brown, is one red flag. Foul odors are another. You’ll want to keep an eye out for ear mites, which appear as tiny brown dots. There are also some behavioral clues to watch for. Fido may paw at his ears if they are hurting him. He may also shake his head or lose his balance. Redness, swelling, hair loss, and crusts are also warning signs. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms. It’s also worth noting that stubborn ear infections can be caused by allergies. If your canine friend’s ear problems go away during treatment, only to recur again, allergies could be to blame. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for your dog’s ears? Are you considering getting Fido’s ears trimmed? Call us, your Chattanooga, TN vet clinic, today!

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