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Cleaning your long eared dogs ears

Updated on May 2, 2011

use ear powder

Examine the inside of the ear and the entrance to the ear canal on a regular basis,I suggest at least once or twice a month. The inside ear leather should be a pale pink with red,brown or black an indication that a trip to the vet is in order.The first step in cleaning the ear is to remove any long hairs leading into the ear canal,if left unchecked wax could accumulate air circulation could be cut off,which will eventually lead to infection.I have found the safest method for me is to lay the ear flap backwards flat to the head. I use my index finger and thumb plucking out the excess hair leading just into the canal. I sometimes will use ear powder sparingly as it helps to get a better grip on the hair to be plucked.

Never probe deeper then you can see and pull just a few hairs at a time to minimize the pain for the dog.I suggest that you not ever hold the ear outward as it could allow you access to the sensitive tympanic membrane where you could cause serious damage.

Dogs that are prone to severe or chronic ear infections or those that accumulate excessive amounts of wax should only be cleaned by a veterinarian.

There are many ways a dog will tell you he has ear problems,such as cocking the head to one side,shaking the head,whimpering when you touch their ear or when they are scratching the ear themselves or should you find the ear to have a foul odor or a reddish-brown discharge I would have the dog attended to by a vet as soon as possible.


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    • jorja kick profile image

      jorja kick 6 years ago from southeast georgia

      Ya know I don't think any of our schnauzers ever had an ear issue,but the dogs with long ear leathers do quite often..

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My dog has pretty healthy ears, but I leave the hair-pulling to the groomer or veterinary tech. I just can't bring myself to do it! Good info. Jaye