A crucial part of the grooming routine is to clean our dog’s ears. Many dogs’ ears hang down over the ear canal, reducing ventilation and trapping moisture, which means your dog will be more prone to ear infections. Some dogs have a lot of thick hair growing in their ears, which traps earwax, debris, as well as moisture, providing a perfect breeding ground for bacterial and fungal infections. Yes, while it is true that straight-ear dogs do not get as many ear infections as dogs whose ears hang down, all dogs should have their ears checked and can get infections.
HERE ARE SOME POSSIBLE SIGNS OF AN EAR INFECTION:
- Discharge from the ear.
- A foul-smelling odor in the ear canal.
- Rubbing of the ear and/or head or persistent scratching.
- Swelling or redness in or around the ear canal.
- Constant shaking of the head.
- Tenderness or pain around the ear region.
- It is good practice to inspect your dog’s ears frequently to ensure that they are clean and free of debris. This will also allow you to notice early signs of infection and get them treated early.
- Please visit your veterinarian if you notice these signs of infection.
CAUSES OF AN EAR INFECTION:
- Wax build-up.
- Trapped dirt and debris within the ear canal.
- Dirty ears that are not cleaned.
- Mites – tiny parasites that live inside the ear.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN BREEDS AFFECTED?
- Dogs with drop ears are more prone than dogs with ears that stand up. This includes Labrador Retrievers, Basset Hounds, Cocker Spaniels, and more.
- Dogs that naturally grow a lot of hair inside the ear canal that will need plucking include Shih Tzu’s, Lhasa Apsos, Schnauzers, Maltese, Pekingese, Poodles, and Bichon Frises.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MY DOG’S EARS BE CLEANED?
- Ideally, it is recommended that you clean your dog’s ears every week, but we understand that this can be difficult as it is a complicated process, and you may not be able to pluck or do the necessary. Most dogs DO NOT even like their ears being cleaned, making It more difficult for you. We can help.
- As experienced dog groomers, we know how to use the correct procedures and how to calm anxious and frisky dogs and help them relax during the process.
OUR PROFESSIONAL GROOMING TOOLS USED:
- A specialized hemostat: These are basically like tweezers that help remove the hair. We carefully and thoroughly sterilize all our tools before and after use.
- An ear cleaning solution: Used to remove dirt, wax, and debris from the ear canal.
- Medical grade cotton balls
- A medicated ear powder: This will absorb moisture and dries out wax and hair so they can be plucked more carefully.
- The first step taken is to carefully examine your dog’s ears to ensure there is no sign of infection. If there is an infection, we will inform you as you will need to get the infection cleared up before we perform the ear cleaning procedures.
- If there are no signs of any infection, then we will start to remove any hair in the ear canal. We first apply the medicated powder and then carefully pull out the dried wax and dirt very carefully.
- If we notice any more infections or ear problems, we will be sure to let you know.
- The final step is using a cotton ball moistened with the cleaning solution to clean the ear canal gently, which will remove all debris or remaining powder.
When you need remarkable dog ear cleaning services in Nairobi, Kenya, be sure to call Top Dog Groomers Kenya. Our mobile dog grooming salon comes to your home anytime you need it, making it convenient with your work and time commitments. As passionate dog lovers ourselves, you can be at rest knowing that your dog is in excellent and professional hands. Contact us today to get your dog’s ears professionally cleaned.