Your pet’s ears require careful care. Only by carrying out all the necessary hygienic procedures, you can prevent the development of various ear diseases (otitis, otodektoz, fungal infections, etc.)
You should regularly inspect the animal’s ears and remove excess earwax with special lotions or hydrogen peroxide (see ear cleaning)
Also an important preventive measure is to remove excess hair from the ear canal of your pet. This is especially true of such breeds as: yorkies, poodles, terriers and other breeds with long hanging ears, as well as long-haired breeds.
This procedure is not as painful and scary as it may seem at first glance. The fact is that in the auricle of dogs there are not so many nerve endings on the surface of the skin, and this procedure for dogs is more unpleasant than painful.
In addition, a huge selection of various hygiene products (powders, powders) for painless removal of wool is now presented. These powders (I use the hygienic powder “Excel” in my practice) also have an antibacterial effect, reduce itching and unpleasant smell from the ears, relieve irritation and dry the discharge from the ears, facilitating the removal of hairs.
You can pull out hairs with ordinary tweezers, however It is important that the edges of the tweezers are not sharp. , because with such a tool you can accidentally injure a pet’s ear. Tweezers are very convenient in use.
The procedure of plucking hairs is quite simple – fix the animal (you can wrap the pet in a towel), “open” the ear, put some powder in it (but you just don’t need to pour it right in the ear, you should keep the jar with powder approximately 2-3 cm from the ear), lightly massage and remove hairs with tweezers. Hair should be grabbed at the base, closer to the skin. They should be removed by small bundles, you should not immediately capture large bunches.
If you carry out this procedure independently and for the first time, and the animal does not respond as well as you expected, you can complete this procedure the next day or turn to a professional.
If you didn’t manage to pull out even a small tuft, and fixing the animal turned out to be the most difficult of the above, the hairs in the ear canal of a pet can be shaved with a human trimmer for cutting hair in the ears and nose. This option is safer compared to scissors cutting, but still should be extremely careful and do not lower it too deep into the ear canal, as the animal may suddenly twitch.
If you do not have such a trimmer and there is no opportunity to turn to a professional, you can Carefully cut the hairs with safe scissors with rounded ends.
So why is it so necessary to remove hair from the ears of a dog?
Earwax accumulates in the hairs, they interfere with the natural ventilation of the ears (simply speaking, the ears are not ventilated), which leads to the formation of diaper rash and the development of bacterial and fungal infections, an unpleasant smell from the ears.
This is especially true for dogs with hanging ears (dachshunds, spaniels, etc.) – their ears are poorly ventilated, in addition, such ears “sweep the ground” and there easily gets dirt and dust that accumulate on the hairs of the ears.
Long-haired dog breeds also have certain problems with hairs in the ears – the hair in the ears often becomes tangled and forms mats (clumps), on which earwax and pathogenic bacteria accumulate.
Therefore, plucking the hair (hairs) from the ears is an important hygienic procedure and a guarantee of the health of your dog. This procedure, as a rule, is sufficient to be carried out every 1-2 months.
If you are the owner of a short-eared or straight-line dog, which has practically no hair in your ears, then consider yourself lucky. You just need to regularly process ears from earwax and monitor their condition.
Remember, your pet’s health is in your hands, and the quality and longevity of a pet is directly dependent on the care of the pet!