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do you pull the hair out of your Havs ears?

i have been told 2 things regarding ears. if you pull the hair out of their ears the irritation can be a breading ground for infection. if you don't pull the hair out, it can be a breading ground for infection. what do you do?

django hates to have the hair pulled out of his ears but if the groomer doesn't do it, the inside of his ears look like he's got cotton candy in them.
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Dexter's ear hair was done on his very first groom and he hardly grows hair in the ear.

Jack's got lots thick hair! When he was younger he would not let me touch his ears, he is now getting better at letting get a hold of the hair. I still have a LOT of hair to remove from Jack's ears.

Dexter has never had an ear infection. Jack has never had an ear infection.



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After three grooms and some little pulling by myself no hair in Roki's ears. They are completely clean and pink! Combination od hair and earwax is a recipy for ear infections. But it seems that havs have less problems with that then other bichon breeds! Roki hated that pulling! Try to pull as quckly as possible, one pull at the time. It is much better without hair in ears!
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Kodi really doesn't mind having the hair removed from his ears, but I've stooped doing it anyway. It seems to be a mix of answers whether you should or shouldn't, which mad me decide it's up to me. If he had a lot of hair in his ears that seemed to be trapping dirt, or if he had a problem with recurring infections, I'd start doing it again. But he doesn't have a ton of hair in his ears, and the one yeast infection he's had was as a small puppy after swimming. I do put drying drops in his ears if I think he's gotten a lot of water in his ears, or if his ears have stayed wert for a while when we're at the beach. I don't bother with the drops after baths, because I blow dry him right away, and a make sure his ears are nice and dry at the same time.


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Augie had a yeast infection in his ears when he was a young puppy. A whole wad of grossness was pulled out of his ears at that time - hair mixed with ??? - really yucky. The vet told me I should keep his ears clear of hair. But it seems like it has never come back like it was initially, although I do try to keep them somewhat clear, but he HATES it! I just try to keep big globs of hair from forming just inside his ear. I try to keep his ears folded down while bathing so he doesn't get water running in them and dry them well with the blow dryer after a bath. He hasn't had the opportunity to go swimming so haven't dealt with that.

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Jack is tolerating the ear hair pulling so much better now that he is older. I was able to work more on the ears today. One hair at a time!

I use the ear powder, which dry the hair and also promotes relief from itching, irritation , plus eliminates odor. Just a note, if your Hav has odor coming from his ears, take him to the Vet and have the ears examined.



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I asked my vet about this issue and he told me to leave the ears alone unless my dog had problems. He did say it was really important to keep the ears dry.

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Tillie is VERY prone to ear infections/yeast infections in her ears. When she was younger, I THOUGHT the groomer was taking care of her ears. BOY, was I WRONG. She ended up with a raging, horrid infection in BOTH ears. The yelping and crying as the vet cleaned out the worst of it was heartbreaking. poor girl. We do try to pull the DEAD HAIRS but never hair that is attached! Right now she has been really going at her right ear, so we are checking it and pulling out any lose hairs every other night or so trying to avoid an infection... my best advice would be to check thier ears often, as long as they aren't an angry red, or have a lot wax inside, leave them alone!

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I've never pulled hair from Tango's ears.

When Bandit first came to live with us, he had infections in both ears (along with several other issues). We took him to the vet and the groomer, and had both ears plucked. Cleared up both infections. Rather than pulling the hair, I actually just make sure it's trimmed flush (so it's not flowing out of his ears). Plus I use cleaner from the vet once a week. Keeps them clean and dry.

When I bathe them (twice a month) I do wipe the insides of their ears (not down into the canal, just where you can easily see/reach) with a soft towel. I am careful to get into all of the little folds inside their ear, but again, don't try to go too deep as you can cause damage!

But I don't have any problems with buildup, no itching, no irritation. They both seem fine with this arrangement, and my vet examins their ears twice a year with their regular checkups. No problems here!

I haven't had an issue with either of my dogs.
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My vet told me no to do it unless they have a problem and they have never had a problem with their ears.


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