Whether your dog ears are long or short, they require care (grooming) to make sure that they stay clean and free from problems. Ears produce wax, dirt, grow hair, retain moisture, and can easily produce infections when they are mistreated.
✅ Check your dog’s ears every day, if your dog is used to you touching his ears, then he will be more comfortable with it when an expert groomer checks them. Spend more time making sure the ears are clean throughout grooming sessions.
Here are some recommendations that you can use to make sure that your furry friend’s ears are in good condition:
- First, check your furry friend’s ears. Check the outside for knots and parasites, which usually gravitate near the ears. Check the insides for dirt and unnecessary wax buildup. Your dog’s ears should be clean.
A small amount of ear wax is enough, but huge amounts of ear wax look reddish or streaky or smell unusual, then you should be consulted with the vet (professional pet grooming).
- The next step is to check for hair inside the ear. Ear little hair can catch dirt, bacteria, and moisture inside the ear canal, causing germs & disease. If you like, then you may cut the hair inside the ears for a more charming appearance.
- To cut ear hair, pull the ear back over the dog’s head, laying it flat on the head. It will close off the sensitive parts of the dog’s ear canal.
- For dog ears that contain large ear hair, take off all hair with your fingers. If you find this hard, dip your fingers in a little ear powder to make it more comfortable to grasp the hairs.
- Don’t take off more than two hairs at one time because this could be unpleasant for your dog.
You may use ear hair forceps, which are tiny tweezers made for taking off ear hair but again, only take off one or two hairs at a time.
If the hair is small and hard to take off, or if you prefer to cut rather than pluck, you can cut each hair with short, blunt-tipped scissors. Clean the ears with medicated dog ear powder if they are likely to infection. Most powders sold in pet stores will do just fine and will not cause any unfavorable effects (dog grooming).
If your dog’s ears are very dirty, then gently remove the ear away from the head to open up the ear canal and place a few drops of mineral oil inside.
- Massage the base of the ear to work the cleanser under the canal. Keep the ear down for a minute to let the liquid enter the ear canal, then release your dog and let him move his head a few times to release the ear wax.
After that check ears again and clear out released wax with a cotton ball or cotton swab dipped in ear wash or mineral oil. For dogs with dangling ears, remember to keep all hair below the ear hole and on the inside cover of the ear trimmed short. This will improve airflow to the ear and reduce the chance of infections.