Ear Care for Dogs and Cats
Regular cleaning and attention to your dogs ears will prevent most problems.
We recommend cleaning on a weekly or biweekly basis depending on whether
there is a history of ear problems. You should check your dog's ears
for dark or yellow discharge, excess hair buildup, redness or swelling
around the ear canal. Smelling your dog's ears can help you detect
a problem. The presence of a foul or yeasty odor is usually indicative
of an infection. Often the dog will scratch at the ear, or shake it's
head. If you think there may be a problem schedule an appointment as soon
To gently clean your dog's ears, use a product specifically made for
ear cleaning such as Vet Solutions Ear Cleaner. Soak a cotton ball and
gently squeeze into the ear canal. wipe surface of the external ear. Massage
the base of the ear to loosen debris in lower canal and allow the dog
to shake out the excess. Alcohol and vinegar mixtures are not recommended
as they may sting the ear if it is infected.
Dogs with skin conditions, especially allergies are much more likely to
develop ear infections. Treating for skin allergies may reduce the frequency
and severity of ear infections in these cases. Cats have few ear problems
compared to dogs. A dark dry discharge in a cat's ear is likely ear
mites. (dogs seldom get ear mites)
If you suspect ear mites call your veterinarian to schedule an appointment.
Terriers and Poodles grow a large amounts of hair in their ear canals.
This tends to retain moisture and wax inside the ear canal. The hair should
be removed regularly by trimming or plucking. Groomers should remove this
hair as a part of a normal grooming. For breed specific problems, it is
best to talk to your veterinarian.