How to clean dogs’ ears

There are three important things that you need to know about dogs’ ears:

They’re sensitive, so they need regular maintenance to prevent infections.
Dogs don’t want their ears cleaned, so you’re going to have to work with them.
If you don’t do it the right way, you can cause serious damage.
So how exactly do you go about cleaning your dog’s ears to keep him or her healthy?

If your dog is going blind or deaf...

When a dog gets old, it may begin to lose its eyesight and ability to hear. While this may be traumatic for you to witness, it is much more stressful on the dog. Imagine suddenly not being able to hear familiar noises, find things around the house, or see who is approaching you.

While losing its vision or hearing does make things more difficult for a dog, with a little help, it can adjust to its altered lifestyle rather quickly. Here are some tips on how to prepare for a dog that is losing its eyesight and/or hearing ability:

Ear infections in dogs: Symptoms, causes and treatments

Ear infections in dogs are common and most dogs suffer from this painful condition sometime in their life. Scratching and rubbing at the ear(s) and head shaking are common signs. You may also notice an abnormal odor from the ear or see redness or swelling. Most ear infections in adults are caused by bacteria and yeast, though ear mites are a common cause in puppies. Your veterinarian will take a sample from the affected ear(s) and examine it under the microscope to help identify what microorganisms are present.

Dr Sherry's Email Response

Smelly ears

By Dr. Sherry Weaver

My almost five month-old Goldendoodle has smelly ears. I took her to the vet and was told that there weren't any infection/mites. The vet did not smell the odor and recommended a weekly ear wash. I still notice the odor. Do you suggest anything additional that I can use that is not harmful and can be used as needed?

Thank you in advance for your time.