Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Home Ear Care

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Importance of Regular Home Dog Ear Care

Routine home dog ear care is very important to the health of your dog. Performed between your regular checkups with the veterinarian, it will help keep your dog’s ears healthy and pain free. If you see signs of trouble you may be able to head them off before they require an extra visit to the vet. Excessive wax, foul odor, redness, constant scratching, excessive matting of hair in the external ear, rubbing the ears against other objects, head shaking, and disorientation can all be signs of ear problems.

Inspect Your Dog’s Ears Regularly By Using Your Eyes & Your Nose!

By performing a home dog ear care inspection you will be able to detect problems early. Use both your eyes and your nose. If you need help seeing inside your dog’s ears you may want to invest in a pet scope. A tool very similar to the kind your doctor uses to check your ears. Check for redness, excessive wax build up or any other foreign matter.

Sniffing your ears is another way to detect problems early. Normally a dog’s ears shouldn’t smell foul in any way. If you see a dark waxy discharge this may be a sign of ear mites. On the other hand, if you see a pus-like discharge along with a foul smell this may be a sign of a bacterial infection. Allergies are also known to cause some dogs to have smelly ears. If you’re new to this and are unsure have the vet check your dog’s ears. Right after the vet gives your dog a clean bill of health make sure you inspect your dog’s ears. This way you will learn how your pet’s ears should normally look and smell.

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Your Groomer
Your groomer should be cleaning and plucking (if needed) your dogs ears as part of a normal groom or bath. They should notify you of any abnormal smells or discharge and this is one of the benefits of having your dog groomed with the same person on a regular basis. She will be familiar with your pet and will be able to give you a heads up about any changes that she notices. The groomer is not a vet, however, and should not diagnose what the issue is or prescribe any treatment.

1 comment:

Hertfordshire hearing home visits said...

Ear mites are typically seen in puppies and young dogs. They are very itchy and the dog may scratch up the ear pretty bad in an attempt to relieve the itching. Black or reddish brown crusts can be seen on the earflap and sometimes on the neck as well.