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Ear Care for Dogs

Ear Care

Healthy ears should be odour-free, pale pink in colour and have a minimal accumulation of wax.

Signs of an Ear Infection

  • Unpleasant odour
  • Excessive scratching and pawing of the ear and head
  • Sensitivity to touch, often resulting in pain
  • Constantly shaking of the head
  • Black/brownish discharge
  • Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal

Causes

Some breeds are susceptible than others, including dogs with pendulous ears or dogs that have hairy inner ear flaps and or have a large amount of hair in the ear canal. Dogs that have allergies are also prone to having ear infections.

Prevention

Ear cleaning solution can be used on a regular basis and can be helpful in maintaining your animal’s ears in a healthy condition. If your dog has regular ear problems, then we would recommend Otoflush as a maintenance ear cleaner. This product is pH balanced and is safe to use whilst on ear medication.

How to administer Ear Drops/Cleaner

  1. Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage
  2. Pull the ear flap over the head, withdraw the desired amount in a syringe, and instil it to the lowest part of the ear canal. If you are using an ear cleaner, flood the ear canal almost to the top
  3. Gently massage the ear area for about 60 seconds to help work the medication/cleaner deeper into the ear canal. The animal will usually want to shake its head when you stop massaging.
  4. If you are using an ear cleaner, you can then clean out the discharge from the outer part of the canal using a small amount of cotton wool.
  5. These steps can be repeated until the ear is clean.