How to care for your dog's ears after swimming to prevent infection
Woopee! It's no secret that dogs love to swim and splash around, and now that it's Summer, it's the perfect season for them to do so. Before you head off to the beach or down to the pool, we'd like to tackle the topic of whether swimming is actually okay for their ear health.
Are there negative consequences to dogs swimming?
Ever heard of swimmer's ear? It's an infection of the outer ear canal that people who spend time in water (swimmers, surfers, waterpolo players etc.) are known to suffer from. Water gets trapped in their ears after swimming which creates an ideal environment for bacterial growth and infection. Symptoms of swimmer's ear include itching, pain, redness, muffled hearing and discharge of fluid/pus.
Did you know that doggies can get swimmer's ear, too? Yes, that's right! If your dog loves spending time in water and you don't look after their ears, they may get swimmer's ear. In fact, you might not even realise that they're suffering from swimmer's ear as they don't have the ability to tell you if their ear is sore or uncomfortable!
How to know if your dog has swimmer's ear
Swimmer's ear normally sets in within a few days after swimming. If you notice them tilting their head, scratching at their ears or shaking their head unusually, they may have swimmer's ear. The poor little pups usually makes matters worse by scratching and disturbing their ears even further.
Look out for these signs:
- Tilting their head
- Shaking their head
- Rubbing their ears against objects
- Scratching their ears
- Odour in their ears
- Redness and inflammation
- Fluid or pus coming out of their ears
How to prevent your dog from getting ear infections after swimming
After your dog has been in the water, try and encourage them to shake the water out of their ears (make a game out of it!). Take a cloth and gently dry their ears as effectively as possible.
We recommend using a colloidal silver product especially formulated to address
swimmer’s ear in both people AND pets. SilverLab Swimmer’s Ear Drops can help to treat and prevent troublesome ear problems often experienced by dogs who love to swim!
It's also important to clean their ears regularly using an ear cleanser specifically for animals, especially if your dog swims!
Natura Pets has formulated a chemical free 100% natural ear cleanser for dogs and cats that is gentle enough for daily use, after baths and after swimming. Just a gentle wipe will keep your pet's ears healthy and protected, with no artificial ingredients!
Feelgood Pets wishes both you and your doggies a happy summer, full of splashes and fun times! Remember our top safety tips for your pets this summer.
If you have any questions, please contact our team or leave a comment below for FREE health advice. We always love hearing from you!