Never insert anything into your dog's ear!
Charlestown, RI (PRWEB) July 24, 2012
Dogs with floppy ears, such as the Havanese, are more prone to ear infections and need weekly cleaning to keep their ears healthy. Royal Flush Havanese reviews tips on how to keep your dog's ears healthy and clean without doing more harm than good.
If your dog's ears emit a foul odor or have any discharge at all you should have him examined by a veterinarian to determine the cause of the problem and follow your vet's recommended remedy. Once his ears are healthy, following a weekly protocol of noninvasive cleaning will help keep them healthy.
Never put anything inside your dog's ears. Do not insert a cotton swab to clean his ears because you could hurt his delicate, internal ear structures. Ask your veterinarian to recommend an ear cleaning product and follow the directions carefully. Most ear cleaners require you to gently squirt a small amount into the dog's ears and massage the base of the ears to loosen any debris. After a minute or so the dog usually shakes his head which helps to bring the debris to the surface of the ear. Use a cotton ball to clean only the surface of the ear that is visible when you lift up his floppy ear. Do not attempt to clean inside the ear canal.
Keep your dog's ears dry by always placing cotton balls gently at the opening of the ear before you give him a bath. If his ears get damp from a bath, swimming or going outside in the rain, dry them as soon as possible with a soft cloth or cotton ball and use a blow dryer on the lowest speed and the lowest heat.
A little prevention goes a long way to help keep floppy eared dog ears healthy. Holly Mastroianni has been raising Havanese puppies for decades and enjoys sharing helpful tips for keeping dogs happy and healthy! Royal Flush Havanese is proud to be the only dog breeder in Rhode Island to be BBB accredited and the company boasts an A+ rating as of this date. If you have questions about dog health, care, training and behavior, feel free to Ask Holly.