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Listen Up! Here's How (and why) to Clean Your Dogs Ears

If you're fur baby is anything like our Pepsi, sometimes those ears just don't work (fellow Frenchie parents know what I'm talking about). So I have to clean them regularly to make sure he can hear me. Ok, that just a small part of it. Ear health is crucial for your puppers overall health, hygiene and wellbeing. Here's why it's important, and we share our top tricks on how to clean those cute listening devices. 
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Is it optional hearing or is it earwax?

Before we dive into the "how" of cleaning your dog's ears, let's talk about the "why." Your dog's ears are not just adorable floppy (Labrador, Dachshund, Vizsla for example) or perky (Italian Greyhound, French Bulldogs, Husky to name a few) features; they play a crucial role in their overall health and happiness. Here's why proper ear care is essential:

  1. Preventing Infections: Dogs, especially those with floppy ears or hair that covers the ear canal, are more prone to ear infections. Regular cleaning can help prevent these painful and bothersome infections.

  2. Allergies and Irritants: Just like humans, dogs can suffer from allergies or sensitivities to environmental factors. Pollen, dust, and other irritants can accumulate in their ears, leading to discomfort.

  3. Wax Buildup: Earwax is normal, but much wax can lead to blockages and hearing problems.

  4. Parasite Control: Cleaning your dog's ears provides an opportunity to check for and remove ticks, fleas, or other pests that may have taken up residence there.

The Connection Between Paw Cleaning and Ear Health

Your dog's paw cleanliness is closely linked to their ear health. Here's how dirty paws can affect your pup's ears:

Imagine walking bare foot outside and then putting your foot up near your head? (We don't even allow shoes inside!). When your dog roams outdoors, their paws collect dirt, mud, allergens, and goodness knows what else. If these contaminants aren't regularly cleaned off, your dog may transfer them to their ears during scratching or self-grooming. This can lead to ear infections or heightened sensitivity due to allergens. A rinse free paw cleaner can save you time and hassle of running a bath.

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How to Clean Your Dog's Ears Naturally

Now that we understand the importance of ear care and paw cleanliness, let's talk about the "how" of cleaning your dog's ears naturally. As a conscientious pet parent, you're likely keen on using natural, pet-friendly products. Here's a step-by-step guide:

  1. Gather Your Supplies: You'll need soft, clean cloths, a natural dog ear cleaner (available here), and healthy treats for positive reinforcement.

  2. Prepare Your Dog: Make sure your dog is calm and relaxed. Pet them, offer treats, and create a positive atmosphere. This will help your furry friend associate ear cleaning with something pleasant.

  3. Inspect the Ears: Examine your dog's ears for redness, swelling, or unusual discharge. If you notice any of these signs, consult your vet before proceeding.

  4. Cleaning: Gently moisten a clean cloth with the natural ear cleaner. Avoid using cotton swabs or inserting anything deep into the ear canal, as this can damage the eardrum. Wipe away visible dirt and wax from the outer ear.

  5. Paw Cleaning: After outdoor activities, remember to clean your dog's paws with a damp cloth or pet-friendly paw cleaner. This will prevent the transfer of contaminants from their paws to their ears.

  6. Reward Your Dog: Praise and treat your dog for their cooperation. This positive reinforcement will make future ear cleanings easier.

  7. Regular Maintenance: Depending on your dog's breed and activity level, you may need to clean their ears weekly or monthly. Consult with your vet to establish a routine that suits your dog's needs.

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By maintaining a natural ear cleaning regimen and paying attention to paw cleanliness, you're not only ensuring your dog's comfort but also fostering a stronger bond between you and your fur baby. Trust me, they'll love you for it! So, go ahead, pamper your pup's ears and paws, and keep those adorable floppy or perky listening devices in tip-top shape!.

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