Cleaning your Pets Ears
- Why PETS Need
their Ears Cleaned :
Regular cleaning of your pets ears will ensure they won't
develop a problem with ear infections. At least once a
week check your pets ears for any excess wax , matting of
the hair or dirt build up. Mites, fleas and ticks all
like the warm, dark moist environment of the ear. Watch
for the signs listed below for any developing ear
problems. Check with your veterinarian if these signs
become worse and especially if they tend to involve one
ear as these may be signs of an infection, foreign
material, a tick or mite infection involving that ear.
- BREED: Breeds with flop ears
such as spaniels, hounds, retrievers etc are prone to
developing ear infections with either bacteria or yeast .
Dogs and cats with pricked ears are more prone to build
up of dirt in the ear canal.
- POOR HYGIENE: Ignoring any of
the signs listed below can lead to serious ear
- WATER: Dogs that swim or are
exposed to water (ie bathing) can be prone to ear
- FOREIGN OBJECTS such as dirt, grass
seeds, parasites etc can contribute to the development of ear infection
- ALLERGIES including food
allergies and contact sensitivities can make the ears
more prone to infections.
- HAIR IN THE EAR in some breeds
hair builds up an mattes within the ear canal
- OTHER DISEASES: such as
hypothyroidism, seborrhea and other metabolic diseases
can predispose to ear infections.
- CAUSES of Ear Infections
Ear infections are most often caused by a variety of
bacteria or yeast. These organisms are usually present
naturally in the ear and overgrow when conditions favor
their multiplication. Others are introduced when pets
scratch their ears with their paws. In this way pets
introduce bacteria from the soil into the ear canal. In
the warm moist environment these organisms thrive causing
initially irritation and itch that leads to more
scratching, injury and infection which results in
exudation of wax, skin oils and/or pus.
Preventive periodic ear cleaning can reduce the incidence
of ear infections developing .
|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).
the ears concentrate on the the outer ear and vertical
ear canal. If in doubt seek advice from your
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
CLEANING YOUR PET'S
- For routine cleaning use Baby oil with cotton balls or gauze pads and Q
tips (cotton tipped swabs).
- First moisten a cotton ball with some baby oil to clean
the inside of the ear lobe and using a twisting motion
the upper parts of the ear canal to remove any gross wax
- Next wet a Q tip with the oil. Insert the tip into the
ear using a downward rotating motion to clean out the
deeper regions of the ear canal. Do not poke or ram the Q
tip into the ear as this will just push the debris
further down into the canal. Do not insert it beyond the head of the Q
tip and always rotate the tip as you go to catch the debris. .
- Several swabs may be necessary to accomplish the
cleaning. Always use a new Q tip or swab on each ear.
- If there are signs of odor, early discharge or infection
SP for the Baby oil..
SP can be dispensed
directly into the ear canal.. Direct the nozzle
vertically into the ear and press and squeeze the bottle
slowly to dispense the liquid into the ear canal. How
much will depend on the size of the dog. Generally enough
to wet the lining of the canal. Gently massage the ear
for about 10 seconds and leave in the ear for about 30 -
40 seconds then clean out the ears with cotton swabs and
Q tips as indicated above. Repeat the procedure if the
ear is still dirty. To manage an infected ear repeat
twice daily for up to 10 days.
then be used on a weekly basis as a prophylaxis to
- If the condition does not improve within the time frame
some other condition is causing the ear irritation. You
should consult with your veterinarian about this problem.
- With severe infections including red, raw and weeping in the ear,
veterinary care a is advised. The Earigant
SP may sting when initially applied to these cases and local
anesthesia may be required.
SP Otic Cleanser Antiseptic Solution with Dioxicare ®