Your pet dog's ears are susceptible to infections if foreign substances or hair work their way into the middle and inner ear chambers. Routine ear cleaning will assist with maintaining your dog's hearing and balance.
Complete Basic Ear Cleaning Steps
Purchase sterile gloves, cotton balls, a pair of tweezers, and an ear rinse product that doesn't contain alcohol or chemicals. Be prepared for your pet to squirm around a little, since dogs don't typically enjoy having their ears cleaned.
The main objective is to use gentle pressure and speak in a calm voice while efficiently cleaning each ear canal. If you are skeptical about your initial cleaning session, ask a friend or loved one to help you out by holding onto your pet while you performing the cleaning steps.
Place all of the cleaning tools within reach so that you do not need to stop midway through the cleaning session to retrieve one of the tools. Begin by putting on a pair of sterile gloves and grasping one of your pet's ears and carefully turning it upward. Pour a small amount of the ear rinse onto a cotton ball. Use the damp cotton ball to clean the inner ear flap and opening to the ear canal.
If wax, fur, or foreign debris is stuck near the ear opening, use a fresh cotton swab to loosen it. Do not push against the ear opening because this could result in pushing substances further into the ear. Use a pair of tweezers to remove hair follicles that are growing inside of the ear canal. Clean one ear in entirety before completing the steps on the opposite ear.
Request A Professional Cleaning Session
If your pet's ears are dirtier than you expected or if you are concerned about the amount of buildup near each ear opening, a professional cleaning session may be advantageous. Many pet care facilities offer cleaning sessions that involve assessing the condition of a pet's ears, dislodging foreign substances, and trimming or removing hair follicles that are difficult to reach.
During an appointment, a care technician will use a hemostat to remove hair. A hemostat is similar to a pair of tweezers, but has rounded handles, allowing a user to maintain control of the tool during the hair removal process.
Other tools, including an ear rinse, scissors, tweezers, cotton swabs, and sterile cloth may also be used during a session. Feel free to observe the cleaning process and inquire about ways that you can easily maintain the cleanliness of your pet's ears in between appointments.
For more information on cleaning your pet's ears, contact a company such as Dip -N-Clips Grooming.