Brisbane Dog Ear Cleaning
As dog owners, we all often wonder, ‘Should I be cleaning my dog's ears?’ or ‘How often should I clean my dog's ears?’
The first answer is YES but the second answer is a little more complicated and depends on many factors, so let us help you understand what this is all about.
It’s obvious not all dogs have the same ears, and some dog breeds are more prone to ear infections than others simply because of the way their ears are designed. For example breeds with ‘drop ears’ or ‘hanging ears’ (Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels etc.) are far more prone to an ear infection or ear complications than the fellow breeds that have upright ears.
The main cause of these issues is due to the lack of airflow inside the ear, this causes foreign material such as debris, moisture, and grime to get trapped within the ear canal. If not practising dog ear cleaning on a regular basis this can begin to evolve and fester into a bacterial ear infection or yeast infection. Other causes of ear complications can include allergies or nasty mites, these terrible little parasites live inside your pooches ear canal.
Lucky for you our professional team of dog groomers are well trained and well experienced when it comes to not only cleaning ears but also identifying any problems. Through their experience, there is a good chance they will be able to detect any ear complications during the early stages of development, provided you get a regular service from our great team.
So, How Often Should I Get My Dogs Ears Cleaned?
If your dog is one of the breeds that are prone to ear complications, regular cleaning of the ears might reduce the frequency of any ear infections. However exactly how often you should clean will depend on your dog. One problem owners can run into is cleaning their dog's ears to often, this can lead to skin and ear irritation, you just want to get them cleaned enough to keep any infections under control.
You can ask one of our friendly staff once they visit your location on what they think would be the best course of action dependant on your specific dog, for some dogs you will need to clean their ears on a monthly basis, however, some other dogs will need a clean bi-weekly or even each week.
If your pooch is suffering from an ear infection at the time of your booking, make sure you let our dog groomer know before they begin the wash so they can work around any ointments or treatments in place.
A note on the application or ear based ointment’s, there is no real point of Applying these if your dog already has dirty or wax filed ears as the ointment will never reach the surface of the skin to do its job. After your dog wash with us would be a perfect time to apply any interventions regarding ear treatments.
Even if your dog is one of the breeds that’s not at risk of ear infections you should still clean then if the look or smell a little dirty. The dog's ear should never actually smell ‘bad’. If you do notice a foul odour or a funky yeast smell like bread coming from your pups ears that could be a sign of an infection brewing and will require a trip to the vet asap before it can fully develop.
Other signs can include regular scratching of the ears, discharge, and excessive head shaking. Ear infections for your pooch can be a very painful experience and should be treated asap!
Make sure you book in your dog with our mobile dog wash Service so we can take care of it for you! Call us today