Dog Ear Health

Dogs can get ear infections leading to redness, sore or painful ears, scratching and head shaking. At this point they may be scared or resent attempts to look at or clean their ears. For this reason it is a good idea to get you dog used to gentle ear examination so that you can keep an eye out for signs that there may be a problem. A normal dog’s ear should not smell and the skin of the opening and inside the ear flap should not be red or crusty. Some dogs will benefit from regular gentle ear cleaning. As with humans, the old adage of “never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear!” works very well. Certainly you should never stick anything such as cotton buds into your dog’s ear canal as this can cause damage. You should use an ear cleaner formulated for dogs to avoid causing irritation or damaging the ear canal.  Our nurses can show you how to check and clean your dog’s ears.