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    Ears.

    Your dogs ears need a general check over everytime you groom.
    Shaking of the head and pawing at the ears could mean either a wax build up, ear mites, foreign object stuck in ear, or an inner ear infection and should be looked at immediately.

    The picture below shows the inside of a dogs ear. (click on it for a larger version) As you can see, it is totally different to ours. When you look inside your dogs ear all you are seeing is the outer ear and the start of the ear canal. The ear canal turns at a 45 degree angle. It is quite safe to clean the outer ear. You cannot touch any vital organs unless you insert into the ear canal itself and push right down deep in that little hole.


    CLEANING OF THE EARS.

    1. STRAIGHT EARS - short coat:- All you need to do is get a cotton BALL, moisten it with either some baby oil or special cleaning solution available from your vets, I use Ilium Otoderm, and wipe around the inside of the outer ear. Cleaning away any dirt or wax. Thoroughly dry the ear after treatment.

    2. STRAIGHT EARS - long coat:- Same proceedure as for short coat, but if there is an excessive amount of hair on the inside of the outer ear this must be plucked away to allow free drainage of wax and debri.

    3. FLOPPY EARS - short coat:- Dogs with floopy ears pose a greater risk of ear infection because of the warm, moist environment. It is essential therefore to clean the ear as above for Straight eared dogs, and also paying particular attention if your dog has been bathed or swimming to dry the outer ear thoroughly.

    4. FLOPPY EARS - long coat:- Same as above for Short coat, but here again if there is an excessive amount of hair on the inside of the outer ear this must be plucked away to allow free drainage of wax and debri.
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    Last edited by erdog3; 10-18-2004 at 05:08 PM.

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