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How To Care For Your Dog's Ears



Let's talk about health care tips for your dog's ears. If you have ever had earache you will know it is one of the worst things to experience. Now imagine what it would be like for your pup. You can still voice your discomfort. All your pup can do is try to show you that something isn't right.


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It is important to regularly check your dog’s ears to make sure they are healthy.  Spotting a change in their ears can prevent high vet costs and save your pup from discomfort and pain. 

the vet is caring for a dog ears

How to care for your dog's ears 

10 Symptoms to look for to know if your dog has an ear infection

1. Head shaking or a head tilt to one side

2. Face/head rubbing (often along the ground or carpet)

3. Itchy/painful ear(s)

4. Redness, swelling, heat

5. A smelly or pussy discharge

6. Swelling in the ear flap

7. Scabs and crusting in the ear and side of their face

8. Loss of balance

9. Vomiting

10. Partial deafness

When you notice any of these symptoms it is advisable to visit your vet without delay. The sooner the infection gets treated the better. Certain dog breeds, especially those with long dangly ears or excessive hair in their ears, are more prone to ear problems than others. Also if your dog spends a lot of time in water he can be more prone to ear infections. 

swimming dog

You can limit the occurrence of ear problems by regularly cleaning and examining your dog’s ears. Also, pay close attention to any change in behaviour. 

Cleaning your dog's ears

There are four easy steps to clean your dog’s ears:

1. Make sure you have the right tools

Before you start cleaning your dog’s ears make sure you have the right tools. You will need:

Cotton wool (not buds).

A pet ear cleaner recommended by your vet.


Another pair of hands to help keep your beloved dog still.

a young girl plays with her dogs ears

2. Be calm and careful

Before cleaning your dog’s ears, make sure they are calm and comfortable with you doing this. You need to be very careful cleaning your dog’s ears. As the eardrum can be easily perforated, we recommend you don’t probe your dog’s ear canal with cotton buds. If you are unsure in any way about how to do this, it is best to speak to your vet for guidance. Also, ensure that you use an ear cleaner recommended by your vet to avoid any skin irritations. Stroke you dog and get them into a relaxed state of mind before you start on the ears.

3.Check your dog's ears

care for your dogs ears, check them regularly

Before you actually start cleaning your dog’s ears, make sure that their ears are healthy. There should not be any redness, unusual discharge or a nasty smell. If this is the case you need to bring your dog to their vet immediately.

4.Clean those ears

Now for the actual cleaning. Gently lift your dog’s ear, insert the cleaner nozzle into the ear, and spray.  Be careful to not push the nozzle too deep into the ear. Gently massage the cleaner in to loosen any dirt or discharge inside the ear. Your dog will probably want to shake their head after that – let them. This will help bring material from deep in the ears to the surface.

5. Now wipe and praise

Gently wipe away the wax and excess cleaner from the outer part of the year with cotton wool. Remember to praise pooch for being a good dog. Gently stroking and talking to your dog will help them relax and appreciate all the extra attention.

6. Repeat on the other side.

Doberman with floppy ears
A Doberman with floppy ears.

While on the topic of pup’s ears, let’s take a closer look at the illegal practice of ear cropping happening in the UK and around the world.

What is ear cropping?

Ear cropping is purely done for cosmetic reasons. It is a painful surgical procedure removing the floppy part of a pup’s ear, often done without anaesthesia. Very often, the ear stump is thereafter attached to a hard surface in order to shape the ears upright while healing. This is known as splinting. Think of the Doberman you see in the movies, they seem to all have cropped ears. It makes them look aggressive as their ears are pricked up all the time. Naturally, the Doberman has soft gentle ears, but this cruel fashion makes them look rather terrifying.


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The practise of ear cropping is illegal in England and Wales, but it is still happening here and overseas. Unfortunately, current loopholes allow importing ear-cropped dogs into the UK. Recently The FOAL Group presented their petition and case to British Parliament to amend the Animal Welfare Laws to close the loopholes with huge success.

The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Act 2021 comes into force on 29 June, meaning anyone convicted of such an offence faces being sent to prison for up to five years, or they receive an unlimited fine or both. The end to this cruelty to dogs is in sight!


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