Ear infections are a big problem for dogs. Especially certain breeds of dogs with large hairy folded-over ears. Take note owners of Cavalier King Charles, Spaniels, Maltese etc. If not addressed correctly, ear infections can become a chronic problem. So what do you do? Here is the list:
- Get your dog used to ear examinations and do them regularly yourself. Lift up the flap, examine the ear canal, look for unusual redness, smell, discharge. Get used to what’s normal.
- Ear hair is a problem if there is too much of it. Some Vets disagree but I believe that if your dog’s ear canal looks like a forest, that can’t be good for the ear.
- Remove excess hair. There are two ways to do it: Plucking – painful. leave it to the experts if you don’t want to get bitten. Ear powder – great invention. Get it at any good grooming shop – sprinkle some into the ear and the hair just comes out! Get some today.
- Water is not your friend. Water in the ears that is. Avoid it like a plague – when bathing dog, going near rivers and lakes, etc.
- If in doubt check it out. Don’t let an ear problem go. It will always get worse. If you think something isn’t right – the sooner you go to the Vet the easier it will be to fix.