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Ear Care

Veterinarians say one of the most common reasons for a visit is ear infections and complications. The best way to avoid these frequent vet trips is to give your dog a good ear-cleaning at home.

How Often Should I Be Cleaning My Dog’s Ears?

Cleaning ears too frequently is actually just as dangerous as not cleaning them at all. Your dog needs a healthy amount of ear wax in order to keep the ear canals lubricated and protected from infection.

So how much cleaning is the right amount? Unfortunately, the answer varies depending on your dog’s breed, coat, wax productions, activity level, and even the humidity. The bottom line is, you want to clean out your dog’s ears whenever they’re dirty. If your dog is prone to ear infections, or tends to swim or roll in the dirt frequently, it is most likely that you will need to clean out your dog’s ears weekly, or even daily.

Should I Do A Quick Cleanse, Or A Full Flush?

Your dog’s ears won’t need to be fully flushed or deeply cleaned each time. Check the ears frequently, especially after a particularly adventurous, vigorous, or dirty outing. Most of the time your dog will just need a small amount of veterinarian approved cleanser and a simple wipe with a cotton swab on the pinna, or the outer part of the ear.

To check if your dog needs a more thorough flushing, gently lift the pinna to look down into the ear canal. If you can see dirt or debris built up, it’s time for a deeper cleaning of the L-shaped horizontal ear canal.

The most important thing to remember is to NEVER USE A Q-TIP! Using a q-tip on your dog’s ear is very dangerous because there is a risk of damaging the vertical ear canal, which can lead to further complications. Cotton swabs are sufficient for at-home cleaning. Leave the q-tips to your veterinarian.

A Smile From Ear To Ear!

Ear care should be a positive experience for you and your dog! Make sure you are aware of any possible risks, and be sure to keep your vet in the know as well. As for your pooch, be sure to give lots of praise any time you clean out the ears. You want at-home cleaning to be as enjoyable as possible.

Ear Infections.

Goldens get ear infections. If yours does, Zymox is an over the counter product, recommended by our vet, will treat yeast, bacterial and fungal infections. Infections quickly caught usually 12 drops once per day for a week is enough. Stubborn infections treat for 14 days.

If you need to take your pup to the vet for an ear infection, please ask for one that does not cause hearing loss. Some common ear drips that can cause hearing loss include:

Mometamax

Posatex

Ottomax

2 comments

1 Wendy { 09.05.18 at 6:05 pm }

Thanks for your info on Mometamax. Does anyone within your group know of any treatment for hearing loss in dogs following use of Mometamax? I have an appt for acupuncture and would like to know more about other people’s experience with the recovery process. Merck wasn’t helpful – stating only that there is no known treatment and no reimbursement for care.

2 pat { 09.07.18 at 9:18 am }

Deep ear flush

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