Dog Ear Cleaning Tips

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The shape of a dog’s ear canal leaves the animal susceptible to several vexing ear issues such as allergies, parasites, bacterial infections, and yeast infections, any one of which could cause, or be caused by, other larger health issues. If something does find its way into the dog’s ear canal, it is extremely difficult for it to get make its way out on its own. If you regularly clean your dog’s ears, you will be in a position to better detect dog ear problems before they can get totally out of control. Regular cleaning can also help you avoid a number of canine ear problems.

If you notice dirt or debris inside the ears, you can use a cotton ball that is slightly dampened with mineral oil or rubbing alcohol to gently clean them. You should ask your vet to show you how to clean the ears before you do it on your own, though. Be careful not to clean the ears too often or you could actually cause more irritation. Lastly this is very important: to avoid possible ear drum damage, do not stick anything into the ear canal any further than you can see with your eye or feel with your pinky finger.

If you are afraid to clean your dog’s ears, bring him to Chastain Veterinary Medical Group to take advantage of our pet grooming services. We also offer some of the best pet wellness services in the north Dallas area. To learn more about our veterinary practice, visit us online or call Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309 or call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in the McKinney/Frisco area at (972) 529-5033

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