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Importance of Regular Home Dog Ear Care

1. Importance of Regular Home Dog Ear Care

Routine home dog ear care is very important to the
health of your dog. Performed between your regular
checkups with the veterinarian, it will help keep
your dog's ears healthy and pain free. If you see
signs of trouble you may be able to head them off
before they require an extra visit to the vet.
Excessive wax, foul odor, redness, constant
scratching, excessive matting of hair in the
external ear, rubbing the ears against other
objects, head shaking, and disorientation can all be
signs of ear problems.

Inspect Your Dog's Ears Regularly By Using Your Eyes
& Your Nose!

By performing a home dog ear care inspection; you
will be able to detect problems early. Use both your
eyes and your nose. If you need help seeing inside
your dog's ears you may want to invest in a pet
scope. A tool very similar to the kind your doctor
uses to check your ears. Check for redness,
excessive wax build up or any other foreign matter.

Sniffing your dog's ears is another way to detect
problems early. Normally a dog's ears shouldn't
smell foul in any way. If you see a dark waxy
discharge this may be a sign of ear mites. On the
other hand, if you see a pus-like discharge along
with a foul smell this may be a sign of a bacterial
infection. Allergies are also known to cause some
dogs to have smelly ears. If you're new to this and
are unsure have the vet check your dog's ears. Right
after the vet gives your dog a clean bill of health
make sure you inspect your dog's ears. This way you
will learn how your pet's ears should normally look
and smell.

Is Your Breed of Dog More Susceptible To Dog Ear
Care Problems?

Due to the warm, damp, and dark environment, as well
as poor air circulation, your dog's ear canal can be
the prefect breeding ground for mites, yeast or
bacterial infection. This is why, for certain
breeds, home dog ear care is even more important.
Some pets may require routine applications of dog
ear care products to keep their ears free of mites,
yeast or bacterial infections.

Some dog's ears stand straight up which allows for
more air to flow into the ear canal. Dogs with
floppy ears, like spaniels and bloodhounds, are very
prone to ear infections because very little air
flows into their ear canals. There are also breeds,
like the Lhasa, that have a heavy growth of hair
inside their ears. This hair must be routinely
removed as a prevention against chronic ear

If Excess Ear Hair Is A Dog Ear Care Problem Learn
How To Remove It

If you suspect that excess ear hair is a problem,
you may need to pluck the hair that grows inside
your dog's ears. This is a routine dog ear care task
that can be performed at home and is much easier
then it sounds. You will want to apply dog ear
powder to the inside of both ears. Make sure that
the hair is completely covered, especially at the
base. Once the powder has dried start plucking a few
hairs at a time with your fingers or a tweezers.
Plucking just a few hairs at a time will be less
irritating for the dog.

You may want to stop a few times to give your dog's
ears a good rub. Make sure you give your dog lots of
praise and a few dog treats too. Once all the inside
hair has been removed, follow up by cleaning and
inspecting the ears. If you are unsure about this
dog ear care procedure, have your vet or a
professional groomer show you how to do it.

Things You Should Know About Cleaning Your Dog's

Some vets recommend that owners routinely flush
their dog's ears with warm water at the slightest
hint of odor. Other home dog ear care cleaning
remedies include mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide, or
a combination of equal parts of vinegar and rubbing
alcohol. If your dog has open sores it's best not to
use the vinegar and alcohol because it will cause a
burning sensation.

If your dog is prone to ear infections you may want
to use a pet ear care product that is specifically
formulated to clean and dry up excess moisture in
the ear canal. A dog ear wash containing Tea Tree
Oil, which is also formulated to dry the ear canal
is an excellent choice. Tea Tree Oil's natural
antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicidal properties
can help keep your dog's ears problem free.

It's also a good idea to use a pet ear-drying agent
after bathing or swimming especially if your dog's
ears retain moisture and don't dry promptly. There
are many good pet ear care products available for
routine ear cleaning that will dissolve wax, remove
foreign debris and dry the ear canal. There are also
home dog care treatments available that will kill
pesky ear mites and ear ticks.

A dog's ear canal is L-shaped. It descends
vertically and it makes a 90-degree horizontal turn
before it reaches the eardrum. Even though your
dog's eardrum is better protected than a human's,
you should still proceed with caution when cleaning
the ear canal. Many vets urge caution when inserting
anything into the ear canal, especially
cotton-tipped swabs. They can actually push dirt and
foreign matter deeper into the ear if not handled
properly. You can even lose the cotton tip in the
ear canal.

Start cleaning the external part of the ear by
swabbing inside the earflaps and all around the
gnarled area at the entrance of the ear canal. If
you choose to use a cotton-tipped swab you will need
a long type since a dog's ear canal is much deeper
than ours. If your dog will tolerate it, gently and
carefully swab the inside of the ear canal. A much
safer method is to fill the ear canal with a pet ear
cleaning solution and gently massage the outer ear.
After a few minutes allow your dog to shake his head
to help clear the ear canal. If you're using a
commercial pet ear care product be sure to follow
the instructions carefully.

Make Ear Inspections An Important Part Of Your Home
Dog Ear Care Routine

Checking your dog's ears only takes a few minutes so
make it a part of your dog grooming routine. And
when your dog's ears need a cleaning don't put it
off. Remember regular cleanings can prevent many
common ear problems. If you think a problem may be
developing that is beyond the scope of your home dog
ear care routine, take your dog to the vet for a
check up immediately. An infection, if left
untreated, can be very painful for your dog and
could even damage your dog's hearing.

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Wow! Thank you so much, that is much more complete than our Havanese dog-care book! I will look for a kit as you suggested.
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Thanks! I clean my guys ears daily. Knock on wood, they have never had an ear infection.

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Thanks! I clean my guys ears daily. Knock on wood, they have never had an ear infection.
That information was Emailed to me I bought a Havanese book that was downloaded when we first got Maddie and the Author sends all sorts of things. I would rather just have a good book.
I have not practiced what I preached I try to clean out the ears but only after a bath. And I still have not tried pulling hair out I like the idea of drops sounds easier. I try very hard not to get water in the girls ears. And I fold them up after the bath to try to air them out.

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what to do when your havanese won't let you go even close to his ears! He gets very mean, i need to do something, but i hate to invest $$$ into ear cleaners/vets & so on if I can't even treat his problem.......any advice would be MUCH appreciated!!!
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We had a vet appointment today for Bella's ear. It was red and nothing I did helped. I always clean their ears, pull the fuzzy hair out, and use an ear wash after bathing to prevent problems from wet ears.

I thought she might have mites but our vet said that mites aren't a problem in our area of Texas.

They took a sample from both ears and discovered Bella has a yeast infection in her ears. We have drops for her ears.

I gave her a bath this evening and put cotton balls in both ears and I dried them with a swab after the bath. I don't mind the extra work if it'll keep Bella healthy and keep another $120 vet bill!
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I tried the cotton balls and they fall out . Am I just not putting it in far enough?

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I have tried the cotton balls and they fall out or they get so wet. So, I do not use them anymore. We have not had an ear problem yet. Jack is over a year old and he is JUST letting me play with his ears, so some of the thick tuffs off hair are going to be coming out.

When washing your Hav make sure the ear flaps are down when water is running over the head, so water does not get in the ears. DO NOT let water in the nose when you hold your Hav's head up while rinsing him.

Treat after grooming (removing tangles, mats, removing ear hair...nail clipping, filing nails, ear cleaning, ...whatever you do that your Hav does not feel comfortable with).

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We just got over an ear infection with our hav, and we found it easiest to give her her ear drops/cleaning early in the AM when she just woke up or in the PM right before bed. They tend to be more submissive when they're tired hehe. This is also when I attempt to brush, but she would rather get ear drops than a good brushing. We're still working on that.

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