A sad pug being treated with ear medicine

Most of us know just how acute our animal companions’ sense of hearing is. Those adorable pet ears can hear sounds at a much greater frequency than our own. But did it ever occur to you that those all-important ears require regular cleaning to stay healthy?

The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital are here to tell you all about the importance of cleaning your pet’s ears. With a little help, you can make sure to help them maintain their extraordinary sense of hearing and live a happy, vibrant life.

It’s All in the Ear

There are a multitude of dog breeds out there, and each of them require different levels of ear care. Some dogs have ears that lay flat, while others have ears that stick up. Interestingly, the ones that lay flat are susceptible to more problems than their up-right counterparts, since most pet owners don’t often look under the ears to identify debris, allergies, parasites, or other troubles. 

Flat ears are more likely to trap debris, moisture, and other things that can result in infection as well. This is also the case with dogs who have long hair around the ears. Despite these risks, all dogs need to have regular ear inspection and cleaning, so let’s examine how to do this safely.

Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears 101

Cleaning your pet’s ears may seem like a big endeavor, but once you get used to it, it will become a regular part of the grooming regiment. 

First, gather your tools:

  • Towel
  • Ear cleanser
  • Cotton balls 
  • Flashlight
  • Trash can
  • Treats

Once you have everything, choose a well lit area for your ear cleaning station. 

  1. Seat your pet in front of you
  2. Massage the base of the ears and ears
  3. Flip up the ears and use your flashlight to look for any redness, dryness, sores, etc.
  4. Put a small amount of the cleanser into the ear canal
  5. Let your pet shake the excess off
  6. Using you cotton balls, swab around the ear canal and ear flap
  7. Repeat on the other side
  8. Use a towel to dry your pet’s head and offer treats as a reward

While you are examining your pet, watch for symptoms that need a veterinary follow-up:

  • Foul or yeasty odor
  • Scratching at ears
  • Crusty debris or excess wax
  • Inflammation and redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Excessive head shaking

Don’t want to add ear cleaning to your list of things to do? Our grooming sessions can help keep your pet’s ears clean and healthy without adding additional stress to you or your pet.  If your pet is experiencing ear discomfort, please schedule an appointment. Ear health is vital to your furry one’s quality of life and overall health. If you have any questions about cleaning your pet’s ears, please do not hesitate to call us.