It is extremely important to keep your dog's ears clean since a lot of information reaches them through this special organ. A dog's ears can catch sounds that are not audible to the human ear, and they also help keep their balance.
Dogs use their ears (and, of course, their noses) to sense strangers, threats and other signs that can help them survive. A significant portion of the information dogs receive comes from their sense of hearing.
Knowing this means it is important for owners to take good, specific care of their ears.
Most infections are caused by swelling in the outer ear. That is why you should keep the outer auditory canal and the folds in their ears clear of any dirt to prevent bacteria and germs from developing in those areas.
Ear cleaning should become a routine at least once every fortnight. This applies specially to breeds with floppy ears (cocker spaniels, Labradors, retrievers, poodles, shar peis, fox terriers) so as to prevent dirt, detritus and discharge from building up. It is particularly difficult for these breeds to air their auditory canal and they are more likely to collect dirt and germs, leading them to suffer frequent ear infections.
Your dog's ears should be cleaned as often as necessary.
Waiting until you notice dirt on the outer ear or a bad smell could mean it is too late. A bad smell is usually a sign of infection, in which case cleaning and treatment should be entrusted to a vet.
On the other hand, cleaning their ears too often can leave your pet without enough ear wax, which is bad for them because wax acts as a natural barrier.
Bear in mind that a lot of the products on the market can cause irritation due to their composition. Formulas containing too much perfume, alcohol or parabens are potentially more harmful than products that do not contain any at all. It is also important to choose a product with a physiological pH that is kind to the animal's skin.
As far as felines are concerned, their auditory canal is more exposed to air, which means that accumulated dirt is less of a problem.
But even so, the inner part of a cat's ears need to be kept clean so dirt does not bother them or look unsightly.
We recommend cleaning the inner part of their ears with a piece of gauze moistened with a special cleaner, such as Ocucan Rex, always taking care to wipe dirt away outwards.
Ask your vet to recommend the best product for keeping your furry friend's ears clean and healthy.
In short, cleaning your dog's ears should be part of a regular routine, but make sure you use products that your dog will tolerate well, such as Ocucan Rex, and remember to do it as often as necessary according to your pet's needs.