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My vet said today I should pluck the hair from inside my puppy's ears...that they could lead to infections. I have never plucked Phoebe's ears (she's almost three) and she has never had an ear infection.

Does anyone know about this practice? It sounds so painful for the dog.
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There are different opinions on this. We do pluck the hair since we have always had long-haired dogs and we were told it was necessary. I guess it depends on how much hair is in the ears - some have more than others.

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I have never plucked Guapo's and he has never had an ear infection. Also my vet has never mentioned plucking the hairs, but I am a little bit of a clean/health freak (or I try to be) so I clean his ears at least 1x/wk.


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I've heard people on both sides of the fence here. I do pluck Kodi's ears occasionally on the advice of our vet. But he doesn't grow a ton of hair inside his ears, so it's not that often. It doesn't seem to hurt him at all. He's a HUGE baby about getting his nails clipped, and just lies there and lets me pull the hair out of his ears without a whimper or a movement.

It LOOKS like it would hurt, but it doesn't seem to.


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I've heard people on both sides of the fence here. I do pluck Kodi's ears occasionally on the advice of our vet. But he doesn't grow a ton of hair inside his ears, so it's not that often. It doesn't seem to hurt him at all. He's a HUGE baby about getting his nails clipped, and just lies there and lets me pull the hair out of his ears without a whimper or a movement.

It LOOKS like it would hurt, but it doesn't seem to.
Sounds like Kodi and Tori have gone to the same "school of pain". Like him, she could care less about having the hair plucked from her ears (unfortunately she grows a ton of it in both ears, ugh!) But, heaven forbid you try to do anything to her front feet, especially clipping/grinding nails

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My vet also suggests plucking hair from the ears- he assured me that it didn't hurt them. My dogs don't mind it at all. Mindy gets very little hair growth in her ears- Cocotini is a different story. When I first got her her little ears looked like Sasquatch!! (spelling?). Once they were initially cleared (my vet said they really needed to be as all that hair would harbor bacteria), I only on rare occasions need to pluck a few. So maybe some dogs need it and some don't

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I do pluck the hair and it does not seem to be painful at all. He let me doing it without giving any sign of stress or pain. My vet also suggests to often smell the ear; in case of infections, it's easy to notice that something is wrong.
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Sounds like Kodi and Tori have gone to the same "school of pain". Like him, she could care less about having the hair plucked from her ears (unfortunately she grows a ton of it in both ears, ugh!) But, heaven forbid you try to do anything to her front feet, especially clipping/grinding nails
Yep! They must be related!<g>

I have to tell you a funny story. I take Kodi to our training center to have his nails trimmed and is "hair around the edges" trimmed. They have a grooming set-up in the back room, and the gal who does the grooming is also does many of the puppy and per training classes, so she is very gentle and good with him. We work together on his feet, with me stuffing Charlie Bears in his mouth while she works on his feet. There are usually still some histrionics involved, however, even though I continue to try to get him used to it regularly.

It was the early evening, and the owner/head trainer was teaching a puppy class in the ring when I came in, so she didn't know we were there. Her dogs are often crated in that room while she is teaching. We started working on Kodi's nails and he started his usual screeching. The trainer came charging through the door with a look of panic on her face. She had thought something terrible must be happening to one of her crated dogs! I think we almost gave her a heart attack!

The good news is that he IS slowly getting better. Now he screeches when we start, but s long as I keep shoveling in the cookies, he settles down to just a moderate amount of fussing for the rest of his nails being cut.


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I do pluck the hair and it does not seem to be painful at all. He let me doing it without giving any sign of stress or pain. My vet also suggests to often smell the ear; in case of infections, it's easy to notice that something is wrong.
Yes, after we were on vacation last summer, and Kodi had been in the water a lot, he got a yeast infection. His ears definitely smelled funny. Sort of mushroom-y. The vet gave me drops which cleared up the infection quickly. He also suggested that I out just a couple of crops in each ear any time his ears got wet. Doing that, we haven't had any further problems.


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I only pluck what I can get very easily and not on any regular schedule.

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