Cleaning your Pets Ears

The ear of dogs and cats consists of the outer flap called the pinna supported by cartilage, a vertical ear canal and a horizontal ear canal leading to the ear drum or tympanic membrane. This membrane is delicate and rupture can result in serious damage to the inner parts of the ear. Injury can cause deafness, dizziness, loss of balance, or head tilt. For this reason probing deep into the ear should be avoided to prevent such injury. The lining of the ear canal produces wax (cerumin) and oils (sebum).

When cleaning the ears concentrate on the the outer ear and vertical ear canal. If in doubt seek advice from your veterinarian.

When dogs or cats scratch their ears with their paws they introduce bacteria , yeast and fungi into the ears causing an ear infection.

SIGNS of Ear Infection (otitis) can include :

* Odor from the ears * Discharge from the ear * Excess wax and debris in the ear
* Excess scrathing of ears. * Redness or swelling in ear. * Excess shaking of the head
* Pain when touching the ears. * Hair loss and scaling * Ulcers and crusting in ear.

All pets are at risk for developing ear problems. Once your pet displays any of the signs listed above, an ear infection may be developing. Don't wait for these signs. Start a preventive program today. Seek the advice of your veterinarian for more information.


Earigant (R) SP Otic  Cleanser Antiseptic Solution with Dioxicare