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When Kodi was a young dog, I plucked his ears], because I thought I should. He didn't really seem to mind it. But then I found a better vet, who said that unless there was a problem with his ears, I should leave them alone. She said that occasionally long haired breeds grow SO much hair in their ears that it blocks airflow, gets mucky and causes problems. But that for most dogs, and certainly for Kodi, that wasn't an issue. So, for 6 1/2 years I've left his ears alone and have never touched Pixel's or Panda's.
the girls have never had ear problems, and Kodi's only ear infections have been related to allergy problems. As long as the allergies are under control, his ears are fine.
My vet says the same about anal glands. They should never EVER be expressed by a groomer, even though it is commonly offered as a service by groomers. While OCCASIONALLY a dog might have a problem that requires that they be expressed, if this is done frequently (and especially if it isn't done right) it can lead to loss of tone, and the eventual consequence that the dog can no longer express them naturally, and it becomes a chronic problem.
IMO, leave ears and anal glands alone unless your VET tells you there is a specific reason that they need to be done.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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