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Ear Care for Dogs

Dog’s ears are quite similar to ours in its functionality as well as positioning. They are one of the most delicate organs in any mammal, and also not replaceable, so you best let your pooch have the best dog ear care you can provide.

The functions of the ear cannot be overemphasized as they are simply irreplaceable organs with very important functions. Some of which include

  • Hearing: -

Communication is mostly based on sound, and takes an extra effort if sounds cannot be used to communicate. Even if that works in humans, deaf dogs are not really of much good, because their ears are one of the most sensitive parts, which matter a lot to them as much as it does to us.

Having to communicate with them via another means might be hellish for them considering the effort and time it would take – with even low possibility of success.

  • Balance :–

Apart from communication, the ears help maintain balance and have a firm grip on their stance. If this sense organ is down, movement and other related activities might become really hard to perform, and that takes away all the fun of having a dog.

This definitely rules out the possibility of playing “fetch” with your pooch, or even having him take a walk with you in the park without a leash.

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The consequences of your dog having ear problems aren’t things we are willing to invest our time in, however, the only way to go about it is preventing this from happening by giving him the best dog ear care you could afford.

Dog ear care is basically fighting ear infections, which in most cases begin as an inflammation of the skin inside the outer ear canal (the tube-shaped part of the ear visible under the ear flap). Once inflammation is present, discharge, redness, and other characteristics of an ear infection become established.

Inflammation of the canal leads to the overgrowth of normal bacteria and yeast that live in the ear; other “opportunistic” bacteria can also take advantage of the inflammation and unhealthy environment inside the ear to establish infection.

The overgrowth of these organisms causes more inflammation and other unhealthy changes inside the ear. In some cases, ear infections that start in the outer ear canal can progress to involve the middle ear and inner ear. Deep infections can lead to deafness and other complications

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How to provide the best dog ear care for your dog

The first step, I think, is familiarizing you with the causes and symptoms of ear infections which I have taken the liberty of explaining briefly;

  • Food and inhalant Allergies
  • Ear mites
  • Polyps or other growths in the ear canal
  • Systemic illnesses such as thyroid disease and adrenal gland disease
  • Foreign material in the ears, including dirt, sand, or plant material

Symptoms of Dog ear infections.

Ear infections are painful. Some pets with this condition may even try to bite people who try to touch their ears or head (including their owners). Apart from that, however, the major symptoms of an infected dog ear vary depending on the severity of the inflammation and can include the following:

  • Shaking the head or rubbing the head and ears on the floor or on furniture
  • Scratching the ears
  • Discharge from the ears (can sometimes have a very bad odor)
  • Redness of the ear canal and earflap; the ears may also feel warm when touched
  • Some pets with severe otitis may cry or groan as they rub and scratch their ears. Some pets scratch so severely that their nails create wounds on the skin around their face, neck, and ears. If the otitis is severe or chronic, the outer ear canal can begin to thicken and become deformed. 
  • This thickening can make the ear opening very narrow, so cleaning the ears becomes more difficult. Ulcerations on the inside of the ear canal can also result from infection and trauma.

If a chronic or severe otitis progresses to involve the middle or inner ear, more severe clinical signs can occur, including developments of a head tilt, incoordination, inability to stand or walk, and increased pain.

The Best Dog Ear Care

See a vet!!!

It’s that simple. However, if the ear infection is not that serious and you’re feeling a little doctorly, well these tips might help.

Some Home Remedies for dog ear infection include;

  • Aloe Vera Gel: Warm some aloe vera gel. Pour 1 teaspoon of it in each ear of the dog. This will help cure redness or irritation in the ear
  • White Vinegar: Combine water and vinegar. The quantity of the vinegar in the mixture should be enough to dry out the excess water; otherwise, the left over water will lead to irritation. While pouring the mixture in dog’s ear, ensure that it (the mix) is at room temperature, as the cool mixture will cause more pain.
  • Probiotic Yogurt: Apply a small amount of organic probiotic yogurt (it must have active strains of probiotic b.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Add 2 tablespoons of ACV (apple cider vinegar) to a cup of water. Give it to your dog at least 2 times a week. You can also cleanse the ears with this solution. ACV does not let the ear infection aggravate.
  • Vitamin E Oil or Cod Liver Oil: Use cod liver oil or Vitamin E oil to get rid of inner and middle ear infection of the dog. Crush a Vitamin E capsule and use the oil as the ear drop. Alternatively, put 1-2 drops of cod liver oil in the affected ear.

Other ways to go about your dog ear care include;

Antibiotics Application: Antibiotics for ear infections are available in many formulations, so notify your veterinarian if you are having problems medicating your pet because there may be other options available.

You should also notify your veterinarian right away if your pet seems to be experiencing any side effects from medication.

Use of Dog Ear Care Products:

This is another common method of dealing with dog ear infections. Dog ear care products contain a combination of the ingredients for homemade dog ear care, the effect of antibiotics and a licensed vet’s prescription. That alone makes it the best option for dog ear care.

However, dog ear care products unlike pills, can be divided into groups according to their function. They include;

  • Cleaning pads or cotton balls – These are used to wipe dirt off the visible surface of the dog’s ears
  • Cotton swabs – are just like cotton balls except that they can reach into the nooks and corners of the dog’s ear to get as much dirt off it. They are good for surface cleaning, though.
  • Ear cleaning solution - They are more effective that methylated spirit or water, and are used to flush out the ear canal more hygienically and effectively.
  • Tweezers: - can be used as tick remover, and also pluck hair from breeds with excessive hair growth, to trim them into adorable lengths.
  • Ear powder: - This helps dry the ears after application of cleaning solutions. It also makes it easier to pluck dog hair when its powder dried.
  • Ear restrainer: - Majorly for breeds with long ears. This tool helps keep their ears up, ultimately preventing the wrong ingredients going into the wrong places.
  • Otoscopes: - are used to peek into the ears of dogs. It's best left for the professionals to handle. As an amateur, if you aren’t careful with it, you might slide it down your dog’s ears and cause some damages you certainly only want to hear about without having to witness them.

For your dog’s ear care, get the best of the above-mentioned tools, and use only with a licenced prescription.

About the Author Paul

Hey, I’m Paul and I LOVE Pet. Coming from a vet background,I have decided to start an Authority site to teach you all you need to know about pets.

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