I get many questions from clients about ears. How to best clean them, how to tell if there is a problem etc., so here I outline a few general hints and tips.
Firstly the formation of wax is natural and shows a good working ear. Some dogs will produce more wax than others and this is perfectly natural too.
Problems can occur when the ears are not kept clean or become blocked ; if hair prevents air from circulating, then infection can sometimes set in. Genetics can play a part as well, as certain breeds are more susceptible to ear problems than others.
How To Clean a Dog’s Ear.
Dog’s ears should ideally be checked and gently cleaned on a weekly basis.
You can use lukewarm water with cotton pads if you wish – not cotton balls. Alternatively you can buy specially formulated ear cleaning products to do the job – just be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
Wet the cotton pad and gently clean the area outside the ear canal. Be very careful not to put any water or products into the ear canal itself – only clean the outside of the ear. The ear is very delicate, so if in any doubt, consult your Groomer for professional guidance.
- In general dogs with pricked ears should only have their ear cleaned– no hair plucking required.
- For dogs with medium flapped ears it’s recommended that the canal is plucked to allow air to circulate fully.
- Dogs with very long ears, such as Cavalier King Charles or Cocker types, usually have the inside flap clipped close to allow air to properly ventilate. No plucking for these guys either!
A clean ear should be debris free. The ear canal should be clear of hair and the ear flap itself should be nice and clean. A healthy ear is odour free and has no excess waxy discharge.