There are three very important things that you need to know about dogs’ and cats’ ears before reading these guidelines being presented. If you are not comfortable performing an ear cleaning on your own or wish to see a demonstrations on how to do so- contact a Lange Animal Clinic veterinarian:
– Pets’ ears are sensitive, so they need regular maintenance to prevent infections.
– Dogs or cats don’t want their ears cleaned, so you’re going to have to work with them.
– If you don’t do it the right way, you can cause serious damage.
Regular routine cleaning of your dog or cat’s ears is recommended as part of his grooming protocol. Regular cleaning will help keep your pet’s ears healthy, clean and free of disease. There are numerous ear cleansing solutions that can be used to clean your dog or cat’s ears that we have in stock. If in doubt, speak to one of our associates to recommend an appropriate cleanser for your pet.
- Start the cleaning process by filling your pet’s ear canal with the cleansing solution.
- Massage the outside of the ear canal gently to break up any debris within the canal. If you release your dog or cat’s head at this point, he will likely shake his head and send cleansing solution and debris everywhere.
- Use a cotton ball and your finger to swab the inside of your pet’s ear to remove the excess cleansing solution and debris from your dog or cat’s ear. Repeat this process until your pet’s ear is clean.
- Proceed to the opposite ear. Never use Q-Tips or similar types of products to clean your dog or cat’s ears. These tools can rupture your pet’s ear drum if used incorrectly.
Clean your pet’s ears as often as necessary to keep them free of debris and wax. Some pets may need to have their ears cleaned as often as once or twice a week.
Examine Your Pet’s Ears for Signs of Infection, Inflammation or Other Ear Disease While Cleaning
While you are cleaning your dog or cat’s ears, take a moment to look closely at them. Healthy ears should have little to no discharge, should not reddened or inflamed, and should not have an unpleasant odor. These signs may an indication of infection or other disease and should be checked by a Lange Animal Clinic Veterinarian if present. Also, check your pet’s ears for lumps and bumps that are not part of the natural contours of the ears, for foreign bodies and other abnormalities. Spotting the signs of ear disease early, before the disease has become severe, can make management of the disease much simpler and save your pet from needless pain and discomfort as well.
For over 45 years, Lange Animal Clinic has provided veterinary services in Pekin, IL and the surrounding areas for over three family generations. Our expert staff of Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Veterinary Assistants are trained to ensure the best quality medical care for your beloved pets-whether it be as a routine medical examination to more complicated surgical procedures. We are a small companion animal clinic providing services for dogs, cats, and exotic pets.
Dr. Colleen O’Rourke, owner and senior Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, takes great pride in making certain that every patient’s experience is handled with the utmost care, compassion, and economically in the best interests of our clients. Visit us at www.langeanimal.com.