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Pet Ear Cleaning – Weekly Maintenance Can save you Money

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Otitis Externa — smelly, itchy, dirty ears — is the 3rd most common reason we take our dogs to see the veterinarian. Pet owners typically do not include ear cleaning as part of their weekly or daily grooming routine, but veterinarians are seeing that at home general cleaning is able to help eliminate the problem of otisis externa.

spring and Summer may be particularly hard on the ears. Walks, swimming and increased outdoor activity expose our pets to a lot more pollutants and irritants. The ear obviously produces more wax for protection, giving much more surface area relief for tinnitus (click to find out more) dirt to accumulate. A vicious cycle for sure.

As the ears become more toxic, each dirt and wax can become lodged and gather in the ear canal. Dogs will typically shake their heads and/or scratch and paw their ears. The pawing may lead to scratches as well as infection.

Lightly filtering the “outer inside” of the ear is now being recommended by a lot of veterinarians. Cleaning helps you get rid of the dirt and wax preventing the discomforting build-up.

Make use of a gentle cotton or gauze ball as well as pet ear cleaner to gently wipe the ear. It’s not advised to use cotton suggestions (Q-tips) inside the ear. In addition, look for a non-toxic and alcohol-free ear cleaner. You may also want to avoid those with dyes and fragrances as these can be an irritant.

If you think your pet has any type of infection, consult your veterinarian.

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