As with any body part, your ears need proper care and cleaning to stay healthy and working in top shape. This applies to your pup as well, but before you make an attempt to clean your dog’s ears, there are a few things you should know.
First of all, your dog’s ears are sensitive and need regular cleaning to prevent infections. Second, your pup won’t want his/her ears touched, so he/she will likely put up a fight. Lastly, cleaning your pup’s ears the wrong way can cause serious injuries. At Valley Animal Hospital of McAllen, we know how much your pooch means to you and we’re ready to help you clean their ears the right way.
Your pet’s health is our passion and top priority. Visit us in McAllen for more information about pet care today.
Your dog will likely squirm and make the process extremely difficult, which is why approaching the situation with positivity is highly important. One of the most effective ways to do this is to have a few treats handy to reward your pup for cooperation.
The Tools Matter
There are several tools that can make the ear-cleaning process a lot easier. Use cotton balls, or gauze wrapped around your finger, to clean your dog’s ears and never use cotton swabs, which can potentially cause pain. You can use gloves if you choose, but know that they’re not completely necessary.
The most important tool you will use is the ear rinse. Make sure to use one without antibiotics, steroids, alcohol or any other toxic materials to ensure your dog’s safety.
Proximity is Key
The last thing you want is to run to another room in the middle of the cleaning process after realizing you’ve left an important tool behind. To prevent any problems with having to wrangle your dog all over again, make sure everything you need is within arm’s reach.
Know the Process
When cleaning your dog’s ears, make sure to follow the right steps. Start on the outside of the ear and gently work your way in, but only until your pooch starts to wiggle around. Pushing further inward can potentially cause damage to your dog’s ear. Soak a cotton ball with ear rinse and slowly clean the outside. With a different cotton ball, slowly clean the inner ear. For optimum ear health, we encourage you to repeat this process at least once a week.
Here to Help
At Valley Animal Hospital, we understand your pooch’s health is one of the most important things in life. Our veterinarians are ready to keep your dogs, cats or any other pets as healthy as possible, no matter what the situation may be. After all, your pet’s well-being is our passion and priority. Give us a call in McAllen for more information about our services today.