5 Tips to Successfully Groom Your Dogs Ears to Prevent Dog Ear Yeast Infections

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5 Tips to Successfully Groom Your Dogs Ears to Prevent Dog Ear Yeast Infections

by Kristi Patrice Carter

In case you aren't aware, dogs that are improperly groomed are at risk for developing dog ear infections caused by bacteria and fungus. This is because your dog's ear structure is long and horizontal, which does not allow moisture to efficiently drain. In addition, many dogs have floppy ears, which do not allow air to successfully circulate. In this article, we'll teach you 5 steps you can take to ensure that your dog doesn't acquire nasty ear infections as a result of improper grooming.

1. First of all, you must check your dog for signs of illness every single day. For instance, does your dog seem happy and content? Does he have an increase in tear stains? Has he been scratching his ears more than usual? Next, you should evaluate the inside and outside of your dog?s ears to make sure that there aren?t any parasites, dirt or excessive amounts of reddish brown wax. Be extremely diligent here and evaluate all ear extremities. In addition, conduct a "whiff" test. If you notice an excessive amount of ear wax or a foul odor emanating from his ears then he may already have a dog ear yeast infection and will need to be taken to the veterinarian for a check up and possibly medication or a holistic remedy.

2. For short haired dogs, you can now trim any excess ear hair. This can be done by pulling your dog's ear back over his head and laying it next to his skull. This will protect the delicate parts of his ear canal. By trimming his hair, you can prevent trapped dirt, bacteria and moisture from entering his ear canal, enabling you to take a closer look into his ear canal and give him a neater appearance.

3. For long haired dogs, you will have to gently remove each hair with your fingers, specialized dog tweezers, or a dog hair removing apparatus. Only remove one hair at a time to minimize pain and discomfort.

4. For those of you squeamish about plucking, you can utilize specialized scissors with a blunt end. Just be careful not to injury your dog when using this method and to take your time to ensure that you do a good job. If your dog seems fidgety or uncooperative, then you may wish to try later.

5. Next, you'll need to utilize a specialized dog ear cleaning wash. These specialized washes are created to clear out debris, prevent infections, and leave your dog's ears with a fresh clean scent. Here's how:

? Take the ear wash bottle and hold it under some warm water for a minute to ensure that it is not too hot or cold.

? Next, squirt or pour some of the warmed liquid directly into your dog's ears. When squirting the liquid, do not touch your dog's ears with the tip of the bottle as this could startle the dog and cause you to injure him by jamming the bottle into his ear.

? Close your dog's ear, apply a bit of light pressure and then massage the liquid up and down to ensure that it gets into his inner ear and canal.

? Stop massaging and let your dog shake off the extra liquid.

? When he is finished, evaluate your dog's ears again to make sure that all the debris and wax has been removed. If not, you may have to repeat the procedure.

? Next, take a cotton ball and then use it to wipe the inside of his ear. Be careful to remove any excess liquid.

? Give your dog a special treat or some attention for being so cooperative during the ear washing procedure.

In conclusion, proper dog grooming techniques can help prevent dog ear infections. By taking the time to evaluate your dog for signs of infection, evaluating his ears, trimming excessive hair, and using a specialized dog ear cleaning wash, your dog will have fresh and clean ears that are infection free.

For additional information, tips, and techniques on improving your dog?s health and ensuring his happiness, please visit http://www.dogearyeastinfection.com.

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