Dog Ear Plucking Procedure
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Certain dog breeds are prone to have a lot of hair in their ear canal often resulting with irritations and inflammations of the ear canals. This often occurs because hair tends to trap in moisture and debris which can both cause inflammation an infections. Dog breeds particularly prone to these annoying circumstances are floppy eared dogs such as Schnauzers, Poodles and Terriers. In most cases, these dogs benefit from a procedure known as ''ear plucking''. This procedure can be taken care of effectively by your veterinarian or a good dog groomer.
Ear plucking consists of removing the hairs one by one from the ear canal. The procedure can be quite painful, especially if the ears are already quite inflammed to a certain degree, therefore, your veterinarian may have to resort to some restraint tecniques or even light sedation in order to effectively pluck your dog's ears.
Ear plucking often involves removing as well some hairs found deeply within the dog's ear canal. This requires the use of specific instruments your veterinarian keeps handy. Often, because the ear plucking procedure tends to inflame the hair follicles, veterinarians must often medicate the whole ear canal to prevent further inflammation from taking place.
Generally, ear plucks are routinely repeated every 4-6 weeks as new hair begins to grow once again irritating the ear canal.
Because ear plucking is such a delicate procedure, it should be performed only by your veterinarian or an experienced groomer. An ear pluck done improperly sometimes can cause more damage than benefit. For this reason, the topic of ear plucking is quite controversial. Follow your veterinarian's advice in regards to follow up care and prevention of inflammatory states of the ear canal.