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Hey Albuquerque! Time to Clean Your Dog’s Ears!

Dog earHey, Albuquerque! It is time to clean your dog’s ears. Summer heat is perfect for aggravating your dog’s ears and a good cleaning could increase their summer comfort a lot!

Preparing for an Ear Cleaning

The best way to prepare for a good ear cleaning is to make sure they are cleaned and groomed. Just like you, it’s important that your dog has good hygiene. Even if you don’t give them a full bath, make sure the fur around their ears is free of dirt.

You will also want to groom them. Make sure there is no matted fur around their ear. This may require trimming up the hair with scissors as well.  Getting rid of matted fur will be more comfortable for your dog’s movement, but it will also keep their ears cleaning longer. When there is a lot of fur around your dog’s ear, it traps moisture and heat which decreases airflow into the ear canal. This makes it easier for wax and debris to build up in their ear leading to dirty ears and a potential for an ear infection.

If you dog has a lot of hair on the inside of their ear, you may want to gently trim the hair out of the insid of their ear. Be careful not to damage their ear canal with your scissors. If you are concerned about doing this yourself, speak with a groomer or call your Albuquerque veterinarian to help you out.

How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears

No matter what, remember to be gentle. Ears are sensitive. You don’t want to cause discomfort to your dog or damage their inner-ear.

Here are two different ways to clean your dog’s ear, depending on the temperment of your dog. Some dog’s will prefer the cotton ball method and some will prefer the pour method.

Cotton Ball Method:

  1. Dip your cotton ball in your cleaning solution.
  2. Close the flap of the dog’s ear over the cotton ball and massage the ear, this will work the cleaning solution into their ear.
  3. Remove the cotton ball and let your dog shake. The shaking will remove any excess debris.

Pour Method:

  1. Drip cleaning solution into your dog’s ear, enough to fill the canal but not overflow
  2. Close the dogs ear flap and massage the ear.
  3. Let the dog shake, removing any excess debris.

DO NOT USE QTIPS or COTTON SWABS! It is way to easy to stick the swap too deeply into your pets ear causing serious damage.

If cleaning your dog’s ear is painful, there may be an infection present. If you notice any pain during cleaning, call your vet.

 

My Beagle Loves His Ear Scratched. Is it infected?

albuquerque veterinarian dog ear infectionThis is a great question and a big concern for may pet owners. Dogs with floppy ears tend to really love their ears being scratched. They also tend to get ear infections more than dogs without floppy ears. The floppy ears create a moist environment which can mean they are more prone to getting dirty or infected ears. However, an itchy ear doesn’t always mean infection. Because their ears trap moisture and heat, the scratching can simply feel really good.

Signs of an infection

  • Their ear is really hot
  • They are excessively shaking their head
  • A lot of moisture comes out of their ears when they shake
  • Loss of appetite
  • Crying when they scratching their ears
  • Excessive debris when scratching their ears
  • Swelling in the ear
  • Sensitivity in the ear
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Fever

If you are concerned your dog has an ear infection, call your Albuquerque veterinarian for a check up. They may need a good cleaning, or they may need antibiotic drops, or a treatment for ear mites.

Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

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heatstroke pets albuquerque

Make sure you know the signs of heatstroke in dogs, it could save their life.

Albuquerque has been hitting temperatures in the low 100’s. It is safe to say it is HOT!  Make sure you keep yourself hydrated and safe from the heat. But make sure you keep your dog safe too.

Symptoms of heatstroke

 

  • Panting
  • Dehydration
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased body temperature – above 103° F
  • Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
  • Production of only small amounts of pee or no pee
  • Sudden kidney failure
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Shock
  • Stoppage of the heart and breathing
  • Sudden breathing distress
  • Vomiting blood
  • Blood in the bowel movement or stool
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding
  • Changes in mental status, like disorientation
  • Seizures
  • Muscle tremors
  • Wobbly, uncoordinated or drunken gait or movement
  • Unconsiousness

Dogs that have a history of heat related disease, puppies or older dogs, dogs with heavy coats, overweight dogs, heart or lung conditions, short-nosed dogs, are all at a higher likelihood of getting heatstroke.

Treating Heatstroke

It is best to treat heatstroke as quickly as you notice it. Early detection is the best treatment.

  • Get them out of the sun into air conditioning
  • Spray them with cool (not cold) water
  • Wrap them in cool wet towels
  • Give them cool (not cold) water
  • Put them in front of a fan
  • Never give them ice cold water. This can cause constrictions in their blood vessels that lead to other serious health complications.

If your dog has had heatstroke, they need to be evaluated by your Albuquerque vet as soon as possible to make sure that they have recovered and do not need further veterinary car.

 

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