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Dog Ear Cleaners - How to Select the Best Dog Ear Cleaner

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Ear cleaners can help to improve the health of your dog. Excess moisture in a dog's ear creates an outstanding environment for bacteria. The resulting ear infection can cause odor, itching, and discomfort. Untreated ear infections can cause severe pain, and even hearing loss.

Ear cleaners can help prevent infections, and will keep your dog's ears comfortable and fresh smelling. Ear cleaners remove debris, such as dirt and wax buildup, and keep your dog's ears clean and dry. Ear cleaners are especially important for the 'floppy eared' breeds like retrievers and hounds.

Odor, discharge, or excessive redness and tenderness on the inside of your dog's ear, are all signs of an infection. If you suspect your dog has an ear infection, consult your veterinarian before purchasing or using ear cleaners. In the case of an ear infection, your veterinarian will most likely prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal medication. Ear cleaners are often a nice complement to the prescription medication as it is important to clean out the debris in the ear canal prior to applying the medication. Removal of the debris allows for the medication to be most effective and penetrate the diseased ear.

Some Ear Cleaner Features to Consider

Ear cleaners serve two main functions—to clean and deodorize the ears, and to protect against infection. Some ear cleaners contain anti-bacterial and/or anti-fungal agents; some are designed to change the pH of your dog's ears to inhibit bacterial or fungal growth; some contain a mild perfume or other odor-masking agent. The ear cleaners you choose will depend on your dogs particular needs, and on the recommendation of your veterinarian.

Because a dog's ear canal is long, and most of it is out of sight, it's important that you only attempt to clean the visible part of your dog's ears. Some dog ear cleaner's feature pre-moistened pads that can be used to wipe down the immediate interior of the ear, and will remove dirt and debris from folds in the cartilage. You should never insert ear cleaners on swabs or other objects deep into the ear canal, as this can cause injury and hearing loss to your dog.

Liquid dog ear cleaners flow deep into the ear, and work to dislodge debris and to kill bacteria and fungus without swabbing or wiping. After applying liquid ear cleaners, you can gently massage the outside of the ear to facilitate flow throughout the ear canal. Your dog will clear the ear canal by shaking. You can then gently swab the dislodged debris from the visible part of your dog's ear.

It's a good idea to clean your dog's ears before applying any prescribed ear medication. Ear cleaners will help to remove any debris that might hinder the medication.

Cold liquid in the ears is very uncomfortable for dogs. For that reason, ear cleaners containing alcohol may not be popular with your pooch. And always make sure the ear cleaners you use are no cooler than room temperature.
Ideal Ear Cleaners

The ideal ear cleaners for your dog are those that smell good, are easy to use, and work as promised. They should treat the underlying condition for which your dogs ear is “dirty”. They are gentle, warm enough not to cause your pet any pain, and applied with either pads, or in liquid form with drops directly into the ear canal. Unless directed by your veterinarian, ear cleaners needn't be used often, and may not be needed at all. Ear cleaners are safe when used as directed. While ear cleaners will not necessarily cure an infection, they can create conditions that make an infection less likely.

Hear, Hear!

After his nose, your dog's ears are his most sensitive window on the world. Proper use of ear cleaners will help you treat them right, and let your dog hear how much you care. Avoid contact of any ear clears with the eyes. For tips on how to clean your dogs ears, click here or how to medicate dog ears, click here

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