A day in the life of your pet is full of treats, playtime and walks outdoors. Rarely does ear cleaning come up because your furry friend doesn’t particularly enjoy the process. But just because they don’t enjoy it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take out time to do it once every week or so. It allows you to get a good look at your cat, or dog, up close and look for signs of redness, irritation, headshaking, smell, discharge or large amounts of waxy buildup and dirt which could all signal the onset of an ear infection or possibly ear mites. Cleaning your pet’s ears regularly can prevent the spread of a painful infection and also prevent parasites and it can be done at home too.
Be fully prepared to clean out his ears by doing it in your bathroom since it can get messy. That’s because your pet will be moving around a lot so it’s likely that things will get knocked over. Even though the thought of Q-tips comes to mind when it comes to ear wax removal, this isn’t the case because they can just push debris further into the ear. Instead, cotton balls, a pair of hemostats and a bottle of Strawfield Pet Ear Cleaner will do you better. Make sure that all your supplies are ready and at an arm’s length for whenever you need them.
You can use a small light to examine the inside of the ears and also while cleaning to check for any visible dirt that’s within reach. If you’re working with dogs, or to be more specific, a larger breed that has floppy ears, you can start by adding some Strawfield Pets Ear Cleaner is his/her ears. Since cats have smaller and perkier ears, you can start by using a cotton ball that’s moist with ear cleaner, to clean the outer parts of her ears.
If your pet tries to shake their head, let them because it allows the debris and wax to break apart. After folding back your pet’s outer ear, slowly clean up any dirt or wax that is visible, until it becomes clean. Remember to give treats throughout the process, so that your pet can come to terms with ear cleaning as well. Apply the ear wash solution liberally into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear. Repeat the cleaning process with your pet until you can’t see any wax on the cotton ball.
For excessively dirty ears; apply 2-3 times daily over several days. For maintenance of healthy ears; 1-2 times weekly or as often as recommended by your veterinarian. Always apply after bathing or swimming to avoid Otitis Externa or Swimmers Ear.
Even though cleaning out your pet’s ears every week can make you more skilled than an amateur, never attempt to clean further than the outer interior parts of the ear. Deep inner ear cleaning should always be left to a veterinarian professional because the area is highly sensitive and made up of many parts.
While you may be doing a splendid job at getting rid of excess ear wax, it’s still important to take your pet to a professional once every now and then to get his/her ears properly checked. A veterinarian can clean out nasty buildup from the inner ear and also give you tips on how to diagnose an ear infection in your pet.