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Simple steps to clean, healthy dog ears

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If your dog is having difficulties with the ears, you may notice a foul odor and signs of discomfort. Dirty ears can lead to an unusual smell along with itching, scratching and sometimes drainage. Dogs ears need to be cleaned regularly in order to keep them healthy but when you do detect a foul smell, that is usually a sign of an infection. To clean your dog’s ears, contact your local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home so that you can learn the proper, safe method to do so.

All dogs need to have regular ear maintenance, although dogs with longer, floppy ears can be more susceptible to trapped moisture, debris and conditions that leads to infections. Cleaning the ears can be a little tricky since you do not want to harm the inner ear canal, leading to a ruptured ear drum, laceration and pain. If the ears are severly dirty or possibly infected, seek the assistance of your veterinarian for a thorough cleaning and possible treatment. However, for routine cleaning, you can:

  • First restrain your dog, possibly with the help of a friend or family member. For a small dog, wrap the pet in a thick towel, only allowing for the head to stick out.
  • Use cotton balls, soft cloth, towel or guaze sponges and moisten with warm water or special pet ear cleaner and rub all around the ear lobes for any debris, dirt or wax. Do the same process for both ears.
  • Clean all cartilage of the ear, going within the ear canal as far as you can without “digging” deap within. You can also use a cotton swab that is moistened but, again, be gentle without probing too far within the ear canal. If you dig too far, you can hurt the ear drum as well as stimulate the dog to head shaking, which will also lead to ear trauma.

If you keep up with regular ear maintenance, checking the ears weekly to monthly (more often for the floppy-eared dogs) the ears will stay healthy and not collect moisture and debris. These are the types of conditions that lead to the painful discomfort of ear infections.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy

For the grooming needs of your Chihuahua in or near the Rockford area, you can contact Sue at pupelv7@comcast.net for further information.

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