PUPPY EAR CLEANING
Ear cleaning is not very difficult, but it’s often neglected! It is a really important for your Cobberdog puppy’s ongoing health!
WHY IS EAR CLEANING IMPORTANT?
Listen up! Dogs (and puppies) have very long ear canals that have a right angle bend in them, AND, Cobberdogs have long floppy ears. Together, these characteristics create a deep, dark, moist place that air doesn’t circulate through. Dogs that like to swim need careful attention to their ears, and most Cobberdogs love to swim! It’s also easy for wax, hair and foreign materials (grass, seeds, etc) to be trapped in the ear canal. And it’s a perfect undisturbed place where yeast and bacteria can flourish!
You can suspect a yeast overgrowth if there’s a cheesy smell around your puppy's or dog’s head or you notice your pet scratching his ears often. If you notice your pup’s ear is red, itchy or painful, you can be fairly certain there’s an infection and you really should see your vet for help: if you pour solution into an infected ear you can make it worse.
WHEN TO CLEAN?
Like human ears, some dogs/puppies need more and some need less attention to their ears. By cleaning monthly ideally, and once a week at most, you should be able to keep your pup’s ears clean and problem-free.
HOW TO CLEAN?
We’re going to make it simple, with step by step.
- 100ml of cooled boiled water
- A cup/jug with a pouring lip
- Malaseb shampoo
- Clean disposable cotton swabs
Malaseb shampoo is a medicated antibacterial, antifungal and antipruritic shampoo, available from pet shops, vets and online.
(NEVER use olive oil, vinegar or regular shampoo for ear cleaning!)
What to do:
- MEASURE just 3ml of Malaseb and put into your water
- Lift the pup’s ear up from the underside to open up the canal.
- Pour the Malaseb-water soloution into the ear canal until it is FULL and hold.
This is important – it’s the volume that gets deep into the ear canal to dissolve the wax and move it.
- Massage down behind the ear at the base where it meets the head, for about 20 full seconds. You may hear a good squelchy sound as you massage! This action will dislodge and float any wax and foreign bits out. The wax will be dark and grainy to look at, you may see more at the ear entrance over the next day.
- Wipe the ear out with a clean swab.
- Let the dog shake to clear the solution.
Now schedule a reminder for when you should next clean, and rest easy.