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How to clean your dog's ears in Stafford 11 steps
A good way to monitor your dog's health is to examine his ears weekly. We may not think of doing this ourselves, but this is especially important in dogs with lop ears or dogs with allergies. When you check your dog's ears you will often find that they need cleaning. Cleaning your dog's ears yourself is fairly easy if the ears are not infected or damaged. Take care of your four-legged friend's ears properly by checking and cleaning them regularly, whether your dog has lop-eared or upright ears.
StepsPart 1 of 2: Examining your dog's ears Examine the overall condition of your dog's ears. Have your dog sit or stand close to you so that you can easily look into his ears. If all you see is dirt or wax, you can start cleaning his ears.
* Check for pus or moisture coming out of the ear (clear or gray / brown) or thick, greasy material. Also check for scratches, scabs or cuts. If you see any of these things, do not clean the ear and call the vet for advice.
* You will not be able to look too deep into the ear canal, because it makes a sharp turn at the bottom of the ear, where the ear attaches to the head. Therefore, it is not recommended to thoroughly clean the inside of the ears without instructions from the vet. Never insert a cotton swab into the ear canal as you can squeeze the material in the ear in this tight bend or even make a hole or crack in the eardrum; ook for parasites or foreign objects in the ear. Dogs can have various objects in their ears that don't belong there. Dogs that regularly run across lawns or forests can get foreign objects such as chaff needles, blades of grass or seeds in their ears. If you see this in your dog's ear, you can first try to gently take the foreign object out. You can also clean the ears to remove the objects. If this doesn't work, you will need to take your dog to the vet.
* Mites, ticks and fleas all love the hidden spots in and around the ears. Mites cause your dog's ears to be very itchy and a thick, brown liquid to come out of the ears. You will need to have your dog examined for ear mites by the vet and treated by him. Ticks and fleas can be killed (and prevented) by using a variety of topical flea and tick repellants available from your vet.3 Examine the ears for signs of a fungal infection. Kirk and Bistner's Handbook of Veterinary Procedures and Emergency Treatment. Ford and Mazzaferro. Elsevier. A fungal infection makes the ears smell strange, itchy and a brownish liquid comes out. Fungal infections must be treated with special medicines for them to be cured. Cleaning alone will not cure a fungal infection; it can actually make the infection worse. Take your dog to the vet if you notice any of these symptoms.cc5. Examine the outer part of the ear for signs of bacterial infection. The Merck Veterinary Manual. Overview of Otitis Externa. Dogs can develop a mild bacterial ear infection that is easily curable with medication, but they can also develop serious infections that can make them very sick. Take your dog to the vet to have him examined for a bacterial ear infection and treated for it. It is important that you do this as serious complications could arise. ook for irregularities that may indicate a tumor, but keep in mind that these are rare. The 5 Minute Veterinary Consult. Canine and Feline. Tilley and Smith. Williams and Wilkins. Occasionally you can see strange lumps or bumps in and around the ears. Usually these are just skin cysts or these irregularities are the result of wounds or insect bites.
* Keep a close eye on the spots at home. If they don't disappear within a week, get bigger, or your dog is bothered by them, take him to the vet Part 2 of 2: Cleaning your dog's earsuy an ear cleaner for dogs in the store or make your own with well-known household products. You can use the cleaners on the outer part of the inside of the ear flap. For the commercially available cleaner and homemade cleaner, you can use the same method to clean your dog's ears with it.
* In a clean bowl, mix a few tablespoons of vinegar with the same amount of rubbing alcohol. Make sure the mixture is at room temperature before using. Nobody likes to get a cold liquid on their ears, not even your dog. This mixture is safe to use on the visible inner part of your dog's ears. Do not use this mixture if you suspect your dog has an ear infection. Also, don't pour it into the ear canal.
* There are many good ear cleaners for dogs on the market. Ask your vet for advice on which products are best to buy in the store. Your vet may also sell some ear cleaners himself. You can also ask your local pet store for advice. 2 Dip a cotton ball in the liquid. Squeeze out the excess liquid so that the cotton ball is wet but not dripping. If you have a very small dog, you may want to use half a cotton ball.
* You can also wrap a piece of gauze loosely around your index finger and dip it in the liquid. The mesh should not be soaking wet. If you accidentally get the gauze too wet, squeeze it out a bit and keep going. Gauze is softer than a cotton swab, which can be slightly uncomfortable for your dog. Hold the gauze in place with your thumb and index finger. 3 Gently wipe the inside of the ear flap. Remove any dirt you can see. If your dog's ears are very dirty, you probably need a lot of cotton balls. As long as you keep working carefully and don't go too deep into the ear canal, your dog should be able to undergo this procedure without any problems.
* Clean carefully, because you can easily get wounds. Vinegar and alcohol can sting if your dog has cuts on his ears.
* Make sure to gently clean the cracks and crevices as dirt and wax can build up in these areas.
* Clean the inside of both ears. 4 Only rinse your dog's ears completely if recommended by your vet. Your vet usually advises you to do this if your dog's ears are full of dirt and wax. You can then use the ear cleaner to rinse or thoroughly wet the ears. This should allow you to remove most of the sticky, thick material from the ear canal.
* To do this, hold the pointed end of the ear cleaner bottle near the opening of the ear canal on the inside of the ear flap. Squeeze the bottle to rinse the ear canal with the liquid. Gently rub the lower part of the ear with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Massage the ear in this way for a minute and do it very gently.
* Use gauze or a cotton ball to wipe away the dirt that comes out of the ear. You will likely use a lot of cotton or gauze if your dog's ears are full of dirt. 5 After cleaning, have your dog clean his own ears. It is normal for your dog to shake its head after you clean its ears. Let your dog go about it, but turn your head the other way so you don't get moisture or dirt in your eyes. Your dog will shake the last remnants of ear cleaner out of the ear canal this way.
* After your dog has shaken the last remnants of liquid from his ears, wipe his ears again with a piece of gauze or cotton balls. This will remove any debris that came out of the ear canal during the head shake. lean your dog's ears regularly. It's a good idea to check your dog's ears once a week and clean them if necessary. In this way you discover possible ear problems almost immediately. Dirt can quickly build up and cause infection, especially in lop-eared dogs.
* Rewarding your dog after cleaning his ears will help him relax. Your dog will then understand that he will be served a treat the next time he cooperates.
* A good time to clean your dog's ears is after a swim. The ear cleaner helps to get all the water out of his ears. This is good because a dog can get an ear infection if it has water in its ears.
* Your vet can show you how to properly clean your dog's ears. This is especially important if your dog has had ear problems before.
* Be very careful and proceed carefully. Your dog may move or retract its head, which can cause permanent damage.