Pet Ear Care At Home
The best way to treat ear problems in dogs and cats is to prevent them from happening in the first place. A little bit of preventive care can make a world of difference in your pets’ overall health. Below are step-by-step instructions for effective pet ear care at home.
Ear Care For Dogs
Dogs are particularly prone to ear problems due to the shape of the canine ear canal. The inner ear of a dog consists of countless twists and turns, providing plenty of areas where bacteria or mites can hide.
The shape of the ear canal also makes it difficult to get debris out of the ear if anything happens to get inside. Dogs with floppy ears, hairy ear canals or allergies are particularly likely to develop problems. Fortunately, by regularly checking your dog’s ears, you can often prevent common ear issues before they begin. Try following the instructions below to ensure that your dog’s ears stay clean and healthy:
- Visually inspect your dog’s ears on a regular basis. Pay particular attention to any unusual odors coming from the ears or to any excessive dirt or ear wax that has built up inside. If you notice any unusual symptoms, put a few drops of NaturPet Ear Drops in the ear canal. Also apply with a swab to exposed outer ear surfaces. Drops may be warmed up prior to dosing to help soothe and relieve pain. Ear problems are usually easiest to treat if you deal with them early on. As always, have your vet monitor any and all dog health issues, including ear infections.
- If everything looks good (no lodged objects, excessive build up, redness or swelling), you can use NaturPet Ear Drops to clean the ears and discourage mites. Once again, put a few drops of NaturPet Ear Drops into the dog’s ear and use your hand to gently massage the base of the ear. Allow your dog to shake his head to remove
any excess along with any debris that it loosened. Finish by using a cotton ball to gently wipe away any excess liquid or debris. Remember, however, that you should never stick the dropper,a cotton ball, cotton swab, or any other object down inside the ear canal itself and only clean the part that you can see.
- Dogs with allergies or hairy ears may require extra care. If you notice your dog constantly rubbing at their ears or if they have hairy ear openings, use NaturPet on a regular basis and talk to your vet about what you can do to minimize the likelihood of infection.
Ear Care For Cats
Like dogs, cats can also experience problems with ear infections and mites. With regular care, however, most feline ear problems are preventable. Here are the steps that you should follow to keep your cat’s ears clean and healthy:
- Several times a month, inspect your cat’s ears. Hold your cat securely on your lap and peer down into its ear canal. Look for any discharge or skin discoloration. If there is excessive amounts of discharge or unusual smells it may warrant a trip to the vet.
- To remove dirt or wax, use NaturPet Ear Drops. Gently squirt a few drops into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear to loosen any wax or dirt. Finish by using a cotton ball to gently wipe away any extra.
Pet ear care is an important part of maintaining their health. By regularly inspecting their ears for signs of trouble and by proper care and cleaning, you can minimize the likelihood of serious ear infections or mite infestations.