How to Clean a Dog’s Ear – Do it Right for your Pekingese

 


How to Clean a Dog’s Ear – Do it Right for your Pekingese

As a dog owner, do you know how to clean a dog’s ear? Yes? Wonderful! No? Now, that is just pitiful. Studies show that ear infection is the number one cause on why owners go to the vet for help. And in order to prevent any ear problems, regular thorough ear maintenance and cleaning is necessary.

Let us all admit that dogs do not like their ears being cleaned, which makes your job more difficult. It is ideal and helpful that prior to cleaning his ears, you must be able to implement his grooming experience a pleasurable one.

Learn how to handle his gently and give him treats as you massage his outer ear gently and carefully exploring the inside part of his ear. Do this again and again until such time that your dog is comfortable with you handling his ear.

How to Clean a Dog’s Ear

Let’s review what NOT to do:

  • Do not allow water to get into the ear canal if possible.  It can lead the formation of bacteria and fungus.
  • Do not use a syringe as you may damage your dog’s ear.  Leave this tool to the professionals.
  • Do not go deeper than ½ inch into the ear canal – unless you’re trained it’s not worth getting overly ambitious and accidentally hurting your dog.

Source: Organic Pet Digest, http://www.organic-pet-digest.com/dog-ear-cleaning-solution.html

3 Steps on How to Clean a Dog’s Ear

  1. Gently put a cotton ball soaked with a cleaning solution into his ear.
  2. Massage his ear with the cotton ball inside.
  3. Remove cotton ball and allow dog to shake out the excess debris from inside.

Knowing how to clean a dog’s ear comes in handy for every pet owner, not to mention the money you could save from it. Dogs that has a heavy, floppy ears generally needs to have his ear cleaned more frequently than the ones who have prick ears. And if you notice that your dog is scratching his ear a lot, shaking his head, with red and inflamed ears plus a bad smell, then better go to the vet immediately since this indicated an infection already.

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Dog Ear Infections: Does your Pekingese have it?

While dog ear infections are not a serious ailment in general, however it can turn out for the worse if left untreated. Did you know that swimming and bathing can trap water inside your pekingese’s ear and would cause infections? Thus it is very important for you to dry their ears out after being in contact with water. Personally, I put large cotton balls inside their ears when I bathe my dogs. So, how do you know if he has ear infections already? 2 words: Body language. If the infections has gone severe, you will notice your dog yelping when touched in that area, his head would tend to tilt to the affected side, and would whine for no apparent reason.

Ear infections would continue to progress if left untreated. This is a disease where it won’t just “go away” if you let it be. Untreated ear infections would cause hearing loss and other internal problems for your pekingese. A pekingese is a breed that has long, flappy ears thus they are prone to infections since more ear wax would be produced. Thus it would be wise if you clean their ears on a regular basis. Ear infections are not complicated to treat as long as you are knowledgeable on what to do and how to determine if your pekingese has it already.

Symptoms for ear infections would include: discharge from the ears, usually chunky yellow or black. This discharge may also include blood; excessive scratching, head shaking, head tilting or rubbing; swelling and redness on the ear canal is noticeable also; abnormal movements of the left and right eye; foul smell coming from your dog’s ears.

If your pekingese have this, they are noticeably unhappy. He would be over sensitive when you touch him and would yelp if you would try to caress his infected ear.

Another thing, ear mites are often confused with ear infections since they have the same signs and symptoms. Ear mites must be treated immediately since they attact the blood vessel in your dog’s ear. So, if you are unsure, better bring your pekingese to the nearest vet so that they can treat him right away.

Dog Ear Infections: Does your Pekingese have it?

Dog Ear Infections

Prevention depends on identifying the underlying cause of the ear infection. In some cases the ear canal becomes moist from bathing, grooming or swimming. This moisture fosters the growth of microorganisms in the ear canal. Prevention in these cases can be as simple as cleaning the ear as previously described to remove the moisture and prevent the infection. However, in many cases an underlying cause may not be so easily identified. Dogs that suffer from allergies, either environmental, such as pollens (grasses, trees and weeds), dust mites, molds or food (beef, chicken, fish, soy, etc.) are predisposed to ear infections. This is due to the microscopic inflammation that allergies cause in the skin allowing overgrowth of bacterial and yeast organisms that normally inhabit the skin.

Source: Cesar’s Way, http://www.cesarsway.com/dogcare/health/Ear-Infections-in-Dogs-Symptoms-Causes-and-Treatments by Henry Cerny, DVM, MS

Treating a Dog’s Ear Infection Naturally

  1. Check for signs and symptoms. Observe your pekingese for signs and symptoms of ear infection. His ear might only be dirty and needs cleaning, so go check his ear regularly. If one day you see him shaking his head, scratching his ear violently and yelping when you touched his ear, then that’s a sure way to determine that he has ear infection. You can also notice that foul smelling yellow-greenish or blacking discharge from his ear. If this is the case, then bring him immediately to the vet to be treated immediately.
  2. Make the solution. According to my vet, we can also treat our pet’s ear infection. Simply mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar, 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup purified water and use a suction bulb in administering it. This solution can be given 2x a week for the next 2 weeks then tone it down to once a day for the next 2 weeks and once a month after that as a preventive measure. Squirt in the solution into your pekingese’s dog canal, massage his ears gently and allow him to shake his head then remove the solution using cotton balls. If after all this time there is no improvement, then go visit your vet immediately. Once your peke’s ear infection had been treated, you should take the necessary steps to prevent it from recurring.
  3. Keep his ears clean and dry. After your pekingese had been in contact with water, remove all the water from his ears by using cotton balls moistened with the solution. By doing so would help prevent the occurrence of ear problems. Also put small amount of powder to keep his ears dry and inhabitable to yeast and bacteria.

Tips and Warnings

In case your pekingese is seeing a groomer regularly, see to it that your groomer is attending to his ears every visit too. Mantenance may include pulling hairs out of his ear canal using a hemostat for better air exchange. This can also be done at home too if you don’t go to the groomers. However, experts warned that plucking of ear hair can cause an infection and can even lead to inflammation and irritation. Thus it is recommended to ask your vet or groomer about this first.

Dealing with dog ear infections is not that complex if you are able to detect it at an early stage.  Always be vigilant so that your pekingese won’t fall ill, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. It may cost you much if you start to neglect your dog’s needs and health, and may I remind you that the pekingese breed is  more sensitive compared to the others. Keep your pekingese healthy and you both will have happy years ahead.

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