As with any other member of the family, pets are fun to have around, but it takes a lot of time and hard work to raise them into well-behaved and healthy companions.
If you have a furry pet like a cat or dog, grooming is an essential part of their upkeep. Trips to the groomer can easily add up so there are a few basic things that you can get done for your animal's hygiene in the comfort of your home.
We've previously shared tips on how to prevent your dog from developing stinky breath, now we're bringing you some important tips and tricks for cleaning your pooch's ears.
Regular and proper cleaning of the ridges of the external portion of the ear canal can get rid of foreign matter and make room for air to flow to the canal which is important it keeping infections and other ear-related complications at bay.
There are plenty of underlying causes of ear infections in dogs including dirt, allergies, and moisture from remnants of bath water and chemicals in grooming products. These give away for bacteria and yeast to grow in the ear, an excess of which will lead to nasty infections.
Checking your dog's ears regularly is highly recommended and it can be as simple as a "sniff and see" test. Get into a habit of smelling and looking inside your pup's ears. If it's stinky and looks reddish with a dark discharge then a visit to the vet is in order.
As long as your dog's ear is a nice shade of pink with a pale yellowish wax then it may not need to be cleaned. Some dogs are genetically predisposed to producing more secretions while others have less, therefore it is important to talk to your vet before beginning a cleaning routine.
Once you understand your dog's needs, follow the tips on the next page for tips on how to make the cleaning process as easy and comfortable as possible.