At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, we provide pet care for a wide range of ailments that your animals may be facing. One common problem we see is dogs with ear infections. This is especially the case for dogs whose ear channels are very narrow and deep. As with humans, ear infections in dogs can be treated if necessary, but should be avoided when possible. Here’s what you can do at home to help your dog prevent ear infections.
If you think your dog’s ears might prove to be too inaccessible for him to keep clean on his own, bring him by our Charlotte area animal hospital. Our vet will take a look at his ears and determine whether preventative measures should be taken at home. If that’s the case, you will probably get a bottle of special ear cleaning solution. To apply, you must get your dog into a position with their ear facing up, allowing you to insert the pointed nozzle of the bottle and squeeze a few drops down into the channel. This could get messy, so make sure you do this outside. Once the ear cleaning solution has been applied, fold the ear over the opening and massage gently. Make sure to hold your dog’s head, preventing him from shaking until both ears have been treated. Then let go and stand back! Dogs tend to dislike the feeling of all that fluid in their ears and will shake vigorously until they’re satisfied that it’s all gone.
It may be a time for an ear cleaning if you notice that your dog is walking with one of his ears cocked a little differently. If multiple cleanings fail to produce a change, it may be time to consider bringing him in to our animal hospital. Feel free to contact us if you have questions!