When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s ears? If you can’t remember, or the answer is never, you are like many pet owners who tend to forget about the ears when it comes to grooming. Unfortunately, the ears make the perfect breeding ground for various nasties, making pet ear care extremely important. Adding ear care to your pet’s grooming routine is the best way to help ensure healthy ears and keep them safe from infections.
Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears
Dog’s are not the biggest fan of getting their ears cleaned, but if you have the opportunity to start them when they are a puppy you will make it that much easier on yourself in the future. If not, don’t worry you will just need a little time, patience, lots of treats and our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System to help make the job that much easier. Our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System is an easy, all-natural way to clean your dog’s ears. The system comes with 25 Pura-Tips™ and our USDA Certified Organic Cleansing Serum. Our Pura-Tips™ are eco-friendly, made from a bio-based foam that is amazing at absorbing dirt, oil and grime in your pet’s ears. Our USDA Certified Organic Cleansing Serum is made with Organic Oils such as Organic Mullein Oil which acts as a natural disinfectant. To use just shake well and apply two drops of the serum to the opening of the ear canal. Massage base of ear to evenly distribute solution into ear canal. Spread and remove excess liquid by swabbing outer canal with a Pura-Tip™. The Pura-Tip™ will absorb any dirt and grime in your pet’s ear. Our tips are soft and designed to not damage the inner ear or ear canal, but you should always be extremely careful when using the tips and cleaning your pet’s ears. Never put anything into your dog’s ear canal. Foreign objects in the ear canal run the risk of causing laceration and puncturing the eardrum. The Pura-Tips™ are reusable and should be rinsed with hot water between uses (3-5 uses before disposing). Want to see our Pura-Tips™ Ear Cleansing System in action? See how well this system works on both dogs and cats here.
How Often Should I Clean My Pet’s Ears?
How often you clean your dog’s ears depends on your pet's breed, coat, level of activity, age, and ear wax production. Many breeds grow hair in their ears, which will help to trap debris and cause infections. We recommend that most dogs with normal ears have cleanings at least once a month. Others may need more frequent cleanings, especially dogs that like to swim.
Which Dog Breeds Are More Susceptible to Ear Infections?
Dogs with floppy ears are more prone to ear infections than dogs with shorter ears. Moisture is a necessary ingredient for many infections, and the floppy ears on some breeds prevent proper air circulation. No circulation means no evaporation, meaning the moisture is trapped in the ear providing the perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria growth.
How Do I Know If My Dog Has an Ear Infection?
Numerous things can work their way deep into your pup's ears and cause problems, including bacteria, ear mites or tiny seeds and grass bits he/she collects as they run and roll around the yard. Your dog won't be shy about letting on that his/her ears are bothering them. You'll notice them whimpering, scratching and shaking their head in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort.
Symptoms to keep an eye out for:
- Discharge from ear
- Odor around the ear
- Excess scratching, pawing or rubbing at the ears
- Redness in the ear canal
- Sensitivity or pain around the ears
- Ear swelling
- Masses around the ear area
If you suspect your dog does have an ear infection call your vet right away. You never want to try and resolve an ear infection on your own... Adding pet ear care to your grooming routine is a way to prevent having to make that call to the vet.