Anyone who has had an earache or simply water or a plug of wax in their ear knows how uncomfortable and excruciating it can be – we typically seek relief very quickly!! It’s no different for our four legged friends, so I it important to be on the lookout and take regular care of your dog’s ears.
While a bit of brown ear wax is normal, it shouldn’t be stinky. If you can smell your dog’s ears, there’s a problem that needs to be attended to pronto. But of course with regular care and cleaning this doesn’t need to be the case.
It is important to clean your dog’s ears once a month. And for some breeds, such as Labradors, Spaniels and other floppy eared dogs, or those who love a swim in the river, lake or sea, it should be more often as they are more prone to infection. (Just imagine how nasties can thrive in that wet and warm space under those gorgeous ears!!).
Remember if the infection was on the outside of the dog (and you could see it) you would deal with it very quickly – and it should be no different for things on the inside that are maybe not so immediately obvious.
Next time you visit your vet, ask them about products that may help clean, prevent and treat infections. In the meantime, simply clean your dog’s ears at least once a month to save yourself money with vet’s bills, and your pets the pain and discomfort of a nasty ear infection!