Ear care isn't much fun for your pets, but it doesn't have to be scary or stressful for them. With a little patience, you can make ear cleaning a stress-free experience for both of you.
And the best news is that the more often you tend to your dog or cat's ears, the less likely they are to develop painful infections and other problems that require veterinary care.
The steps below will help keep your pets’ ears clean and healthy.
Ear Care For Dogs
Because of the shape of the canine ear canal, dogs are especially prone to ear problems. A dog's inner ear is a maze of twists and turns, with plenty of places for bacteria or mites to hide.
The shape of the ear canal also makes it difficult to remove debris from the ear if it gets inside. Dogs with floppy ears, hairy ear canals, or allergies are more prone to problems.
Fortunately, by checking your dog's ears on a regular basis, you can often prevent common ear problems from occurring. To keep your dog's ears clean and healthy, try the following instructions:
- Examine your dog's ears on a regular basis. Pay close attention to any unusual odours coming from the ears, as well as any excessive dirt or ear wax that has accumulated inside. Put a few drops of NaturPet Ear Drops in the ear canal if you notice any unusual symptoms. Apply with a swab to exposed outer ear surfaces as well. To help soothe and relieve pain, warm the drops before using. Ear problems are usually easiest to treat if they are addressed early on. As always, have your veterinarian keep an eye on any and all dog health issues, including ear infections.
- If everything appears to be in order (no lodged objects, excessive buildup, redness, or swelling), you can use NaturPet Ear Drops to clean the ears and deter mites. Put a few drops of NaturPet Ear Drops into the dog's ear and gently massage the base of the ear with your hand. Allow your dog to shake his head to get rid of any excess, as well as any debris that it has loosened. Finish by gently wiping away any excess liquid or debris with a cotton ball. Keep in mind, however, that you should never insert a dropper, cotton ball, cotton swab, or any other object into the ear canal itself and should only clean the visible portion.
- Dogs with allergies or hairy ears may require special attention. If you notice your dog constantly rubbing at their ears or if their ear openings are hairy, use NaturPet on a regular basis and talk to your vet about what you can do to reduce the risk of infection.
Ear Care For Cats
Cats are generally known for being self-sufficient, but they still need your help in keeping their ears clean and healthy.
Just like dogs, cats can experience problems with ear infections and mites. But with regular care, most feline ear problems are preventable. Here are the steps that you should follow to keep your cat’s ears clean and healthy:
- Examine your cat's ears at least once a month. Place your cat on your lap and look down into its ear canal. Examine your skin for any discharge or discoloration. Excessive discharge or unusual odours may necessitate a visit to the veterinarian.
- NaturPet Ear Drops can be used to remove dirt or wax from your pet's ears. Squeeze a few drops into the ear canal and gently massage the base of the ear to remove any wax or dirt. Finally, gently wipe away any excess with a cotton ball.
Pet ear care is an important part of maintaining their health. By regularly inspecting their ears for signs of trouble and by proper care and cleaning, you can minimize the likelihood of serious ear infections or mite infestations.
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