How to Clean Your Dog or Cat’s Ears

Ear Cleaning
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.

  1. Start the cleaning process by filling your pet’s ear canal with the cleansing solution.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.  

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Ensuring a Smooth Adjustment When Bringing a New Dog Home

New Dog

Lange Animal Clinic Veterinarians in Pekin, IL believe that it is very important to follow steps to make a successful adjustment for a new dog being brought into one’s home.  Patience is a very important facet for success as it can take anywhere from two days to two months for you and your dog to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.

Gather your dog’s supplies

Prepare the things your dog will need in advance. You’ll need a collar and leash, food and water bowls, food, and, of course, some toys. And don’t forget to order an identification tag right away.

Establish house rules in advance

Work out your dog-care regimen in advance among the human members of your household. Who will walk the dog first thing in the morning? Who will feed her at night? Will Bella be allowed on the couch, or won’t she? Where will she rest at night? Are there any rooms in the house that are off-limits?

Plan your dog’s arrival

Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some quality time together. Don’t forget the jealousy factor—make sure you don’t neglect other pets and people in your household!

Be prepared for housetraining

Assume your new dog is not housetrained, and work from there. Read over the housetraining information given to you at the time of adoption and feel free to contact one of the Lange Animal Clinic veterinarians or technicians for ideas to help with housetraining. Be consistent, and maintain a routine. A little extra effort on your part to come home straight from work each day will pay off in easier, faster housetraining.

Make sure all your pets are healthy

Animal shelters take in animals with widely varying backgrounds, some of whom have not been previously vaccinated. Inevitably, despite the best efforts of shelter workers, viruses can be spread and may occasionally go home with adopted animals. If you already have dogs or cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before introducing your new pet dog.

Take your new dog to one of our veterinarians within a week after adoption. Here, we will perform a new pet wellness exam and administer any necessary vaccinations. If your dog has not been spayed or neutered, make that appointment! There are already far too many homeless puppies and dogs; don’t let your new pet add to the problem. Most likely, the shelter will require that you have your pet spayed or neutered anyway. If you need more information about why it is so important to spay or neuter your dog, consult with a Lange Animal Clinic veterinarian.

Give your dog a crate

A crate may look to you like the canine equivalent of a jail cell, but to your dog, who instinctively likes to den, it’s a room of his own. It makes housetraining and obedience-training easier and saves your dog from the headache of being yelled at unnecessarily for problem behavior. Of course, you won’t want to crate your dog all day or all night, or he will consider it a jail cell. Just a few, regular hours a day should be sufficient.

The crate should not contain wire where his collar or paws can get caught, and should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably in normal posture. If a crate isn’t an option, consider some sort of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home. A portion of the kitchen or family room can serve the purpose very well. (A baby gate works perfectly.)

Use training and discipline to create a happy home

Dogs need order. Let your pet know from the start who is the boss. When you catch him doing something he shouldn’t, don’t lose your cool. Stay calm, and let him know immediately, in a loud and disapproving voice, that he has misbehaved. Reward him with praise when he does well, too! Sign up for a local dog obedience class, and you’ll learn what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog.

Games and Activities

Dogs need an active life. That means you should plan plenty of exercise and game time for your pet. Enjoy jogging or Frisbee? You can bet your dog will, too. If running around the park is too energetic for your taste, try throwing a ball or a stick, or just going for a long walk together. When you take a drive in the country or visit family and friends, bring your dog and a leash along.

Be patient with Your New Dog

Finally, be reasonable in your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give him time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.

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.  

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