Cat and dog ears come in many different shapes and sizes, but they’re all capable of having ear problems. Thankfully, some products and routines can help you prevent most pet ear problems. Watch and learn dog ear care tips with Shelley and Lisa.
What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Dog’s Ears?Regardless, if your dog’s ears stand as tall as an evergreen tree or are a little droopy, they all need to be included in your dog’s grooming routine. Regularly cleaning your dog’s ears is crucial for their health and can help prevent different diseases, ear infections, and ear mites.
Do I Need to Clean My Cat’s Ears?Just like dogs, cat ears can also become infected or contract ear mites. The routine we recommend can also help with your cat’s ears, but if you’re unsure or have questions, feel free to call our Pet Care Pros.
What Are the Most Common Ear Problems in Dogs?Identifying which issue your dog or cat may have is pretty simple. If it looks like coffee grounds in your pet’s ears, it’s ear mites. Stinky ears or ears with a discharge, it may be a bacterial or yeast infection. After you figure out which problem your pet may have, you’ll then want to clean it.
What Can I Use at Home to Clean My Dog’s Ears?To clean dog or cat ears, apply Vet Basics® General Ear Cleanser into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear for 20 to 30 seconds. Then clean out the ear with a cotton ball or tissue. You can repeat this as necessary. After you clean the ear, you can then begin to treat the problem. For ear mites, apply an ear miticide for three weeks. For bacterial or yeast infections, apply Vet Basics® ChlorConazole Ear Flush two times a day for two to three weeks. If the problem persists consult your veterinarian.
Written by: Shelley Hexom
Shelley Hexom is Revival's Content Manager and helps develop educational pet health resources. A three-time Emmy® Award-winning news anchor, Shelley works with Revival's Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, to help create useful and easy-to-understand articles, videos, and webinars. Shelley received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University in 2002. As a pet owner, Shelley enjoys time with her Boxer mix, Sally. Shelley has been part of the Revival Paw Squad since 2016.