It is important to know that your pet’s ears form part of their skin. The only difference is that you can’t see this skin as it is internal. However, due to the moist warm conditions, the skin inside your pet’s ears is a fabulous warm breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and germs to grow at a fast rate. This is especially true for pets with ears that hang down over the ear canal.
Ear health is extremely important for your pet, especially if they are allergy prone. We recommend cleaning your pet’s ears regularly in order to avoid serious ear infections that are not only incredibly painful and itchy, but can also lead to damaged ear canals which can interfere with your pet’s hearing ability.
Signs that your pet could have an ear infection
- Swelling/inflammation – the ears would appear to be very red in colour and hot to the touch
- Off colour discharge
- Foul odour
- Noticeable signs of pain when the ears are touched
- Scratching and rubbing of the ears
If your pet does have an ear infection then we recommend that you first focus on treating the ear infection with Ear Dr – a natural remedy to treat and prevent ear infections in pets. Ear Dr can be used along with PyoClean Oto – this natural remedy will naturally soothe and cleanse the ear and complement treatment with Ear Dr eardrops. Once the treatment has been successful, you can continue with regular ear cleansing as a preventative.
How to clean pet ears safely and naturally
What you need
- Cotton balls, never use cotton buds – they can push debris further, and even damage the sensitive ear canal. You can also use gauze wrapped around your finger. Make sure you use a clean cotton ball or gauze for each ear!
- Natura Pets Ear cleanser, OR make your own solution – 1 part organic Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 part water – this solution works wonders on pets who have chronic yeast infections or bacterial infections.
- NOTE: NEVER use alcohol, alcohol can dry out sensitive skin in the ear area and cause allergic reactions!
Directions to start cleaning pet ears
- Make sure your pet is relaxed – give them a good belly rub first or some loving words of encouragement.
- Pour about a teaspoon of the solution into your pet’s ears and massage the base of the ears. Let your pet give a good shake as this will help loosen the trapped debris and wax build up.
- Use the cotton balls to gently wipe the inside of your pet’s ears. Repeat this until no more wax or debris is seen on the cotton ball.
- Finish the ear cleansing with a treat and thank your furry friend for being such a good boy or girl!
Note: It is never a good idea to clean your pet’s ears too often as this might upset the natural flora in the ear. We recommend cleaning your pet’s ears once a week only. We hope we have helped you understand the importance of maintaining your pet’s ear health and just how easy it is to maintain clean pet ears! For questions and comments please don’t hesitate to contact us!