Any dog can fall victim to ear problems, but our floppy-ear'd friends, especially those that swim, are the most susceptible. Why? Because most of the nasties found in a dirty dog ear flourish in damp, dark places. Bacteria, yeast, and fungus like to live in the dark.
Ears should be cleaned with clear water and a washcloth during bath time, but it's also important that ears be checked and cleaned weekly. Wax build-up can lead to infection.
The best indicator of a problem in your dog's ears is a nasty smell. And believe me, once you smell it, you won't forget it! Add that with head shaking then we would advise you to speak to a vet.
Your dog's ears should be inspected every week for sore spots, foreign objects, and excessive build-up of any substance.
How to prevent infections? Keep those ears clean.
Start with an ear wash specially made for dogs. If your dog has a history of ear infections, his vet may prescribe one that contains a drying agent. Wet a cotton ball and wipe out the inside of the ear flap. If your dog wants to shake, allow him. This will help to loosen the wax and expel the excess fluid. Use a cotton bud to clean the valleys inside the ear flap, but do not insert either into the canal.
If your dog's ears are hairy, they will need to be trimmed before cleaning. Never pluck or trim hairs deeper than half an inch into the canal. Hair removal will allow you to see any abnormalities, and to more effectively clean the ear. Once again, ask your vet if you have any concerns.
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