The ears are such an important part of a dog’s anatomy. Right behind their sense of smell, their sense of hearing is one of the strongest! Because their hearing is so important, it is necessary to keep their ears clean!
Ear infections are very common in dogs and can result in a pricey trip to the vet. Normal cleanings may help prevent this and not only save you some time, but save your dog the pain.
Cleaning your dog’s ears isn’t always easy and it can be a big struggle to get them to stay still. Here are a few tips to help the process go a little more smoothly:
- Start handling and cleaning their ears at an early age: It will begin to seem more common to them and they will learn early on that this is normal.
- Don’t stop just because it’s sore: It is hard but do not stop if they are fighting you. Just like children, they learn this behavior works and will keep repeating it. Use your gut instinct in these situations and never put yourself in danger if the dog is getting too angry.
- Muzzle training: If you have an already aggressive dog, it may be helpful to put a muzzle on the dog just for the cleaning. After a few times, you can try removing the muzzle to see if they react more calmly.
- Baby wipes are good for cleaning ears.
- See a Vet: If all else fails
Remember it is never okay to stick any type of object into your dog’s ear canal.