Cleaning ears

Cats’ and dogs’ ears deserve the proper care. After all, these are the places where you find the most bacteria and dirt, which could lead to ear inflammation. How does this problem show itself? Notice whether your animal is shaking its head in an unusual way, tilting it to the side or scratching its ears. Types of dogs with long, dangly ears, such as poodles, basset hounds or cocker spaniels, are highly susceptible to ear inflammations. Cleaning the ears helps prevent such inflammation. However, you need to clean the ears properly and use considerate products that are specifically designed for this purpose.

How to go about it

Take the animal’s ear in your fingers and lift it up so that the ear canal is straight. Carefully slide the attachment into the opening of the ear canal and squeeze the bottle so that it fills the ear canal with liquid. There is no danger of damaging the ear drum. Dogs have curved ear canals and reaching the drum is almost impossible during routine cleaning. Cats have a shorter ear canal, meaning that it is enough to take the ear, hold the product next to it and apply by squirting. You should hold the ear until the liquid has run inside. A proper “massage" is an essential part of the process as this allows you to physically remove dirt. After squirting the liquid, rub the ear where it grows from the head. When massaging, you must rub the inside of the ear canal against itself to loosen the dirt. You should hear a smacking sound (if the ear does not “smack”, it is not sufficiently filled with cleaning agent or you are massaging it in the wrong way). Physical disturbance of the deposits there really is important. Merely treating the external ear with drops, even from the inside, does not guarantee proper cleaning! As soon as you let the animal go, it will be happy to shake itself, which frees the drops with the broken-down dirt (it is probably best if you clean the ears in the garden). Do not then clean the ears again with cotton wool as the fibres it gives off could irritate the ear! You can rub the ear gently with a paper handkerchief. You should count on the fact that your animal won’t like cleaning that much, meaning you should try to work quickly.

How often should you clean the ears?

Clean the ears as required, perhaps 1 to 2 times a week. Excessive cleaning is one of the most common causes of ear canal inflammation. For this reason you should not do anything to ears in which you do not see any dirt or an excessive amount of ear wax. If an inflammation does appear, you must talk to a vet about getting it treated. Do not use any drops, ointments or other medicine without doing so!

N.B.

If you suspect your animal is suffering from an illness, seek out a vet, who will be best qualified to diagnose the illness and recommend a suitable treatment method.

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Solution for cleaning ears

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Otivet

Otivet veterinary product is designed to clean the outer ear canal of cats and dogs. It breaks down wax, removes dirt and so reduces the number of bacteria and yeast cells in the ear canal. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and moistens the ear canal membrane without drying it out.

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