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Remember to Clean Your Dog's Ears!

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Understanding the ins and outs of cleaning dog ears is essential to the health of the knight’s ears. The knight has those cute fluffy ears, very cute. They are also perfect hotbeds of bacteria and yeast, so it is very important to have a clear understanding of cleaning dog ears and clean your Cavalier ears regularly.

It's easy to clean dog ears
Knowing how to clean dog ears means you can maintain the luster and span of your Cavalier ears. This is important for fluffy, fluffy ears like these little guys. Those cute little ears are very good at breeding bacteria and yeast because they restrict air flow and keep the ear canal warm and moist. And because the Cavaliers have fur in their ear canals, this is even more important. That fur is an extra layer of bacteria. Good news: cleaning dog ears is easier than you think!

Issues associated with unclean ears

  • Chronic ear infections
  • Painful swelling due to infection
  • Permanently thickened ear canals secondary to chronic ear infections

Ear infections are no fun, and in cases of severe chronic infections, the ear canals can become permanently thickened, making it even more difficult to clean the ears and manage infection.

Properly cleaning dog ears
Cleaning dog ears is relatively easy. The hardest part of the process will be trying to get your Cavalier to be still if he or she is a real wiggler. If he or she is a real wiggler? All Cavaliers like to wiggle and get very excited whenever they get a little extra attention though some are not fans of having their ears played with at all. I am lucky that Davinia and Indiana will both tolerate ear cleaning. Now ear brushing that is a whole other story.

Pluck ears
For cavaliers, or any breed with hair in the ear canal, you need to pull the hair out of the ear. This is an important step because the hair in the ear canal is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. It provides them with a hiding place and reduces air movement. To pull the ear, just use a pair of tweezers to gently grip the hair near the root, and then pull it out of the ear canal. Just make sure not to pinch the canal with tweezers or pull out hair that is not in the canal.

Soak ears
The second step in cleaning dog ears is soaking. Fill Cavalier's ear canal with a high-quality ear cleaner (your veterinarian can recommend one), and then massage the bottom of the ear for about 30 seconds. This allows the cleaner to soak and break down any crusted dirt and wax.

Cotton ball is the key
Remember this about cotton balls or cotton squares. You cannot use them to hurt your knight. Unlike people who have a straight line from the opening of the ear canal to the tympanic membrane, a dog has a vertical ear canal with a 90-degree turn before entering the tympanic membrane. So please feel free to really get in there. Gently use the scooping method to remove as much debris as possible from the canal. Also, go as deep as possible. Always remember to be gentle. You want to clean the ear, not irritate or wear it. Put a bunch of cotton cubes next to you so you can keep those little ears clean and tidy! We really like this ear wash, and you can read the post about why we like it so much.

Clean ears are healthy ears
Cleaning your dog's ears properly means that you can keep the Cavalier's ears clean and healthy throughout your pet's life. Although you may not be able to prevent all infections due to their fluffy hairy ears, you can certainly prevent most infections, which is a good thing. If you follow the steps listed above, it should be no problem to keep Cavalier's ears clean and tidy.

Tips for our professional dog ear cleaning:

Keep your ears clean in the summer, but pay attention to making a schedule in the fall and winter, as infections are more likely to occur during these months.