First you look to make sure there’s not something lodged inside the ear canal. If they’ve been outdoors to play recently, especially in taller grass, they can sometimes get a grass awl or even a tick or something that attaches itself to the inside of the ear or ear flap.
Now it’s time to get out a soothing ear wash to gently cleanse the ear area so the infected area can start healing properly. At first your dog or cat may be hesitant to let you touch their ears. But be persistent and get as much of the treatment done as you can, so the solution can start to relieve the itch and pain.
It’s important to try to at least get some of the ear wash into the ear canal and then just let them shake their head to release whatever dirt and debris comes out of the lower part of the ear canal that you probably can’t see. Ideally they will allow you to squeeze the ear wash into the ear canal and then gently massage the area below the ear opening for about 30 seconds or so as you hear the squishing sounds of the ear cleaner working.
Once they’ve shaken their head to release some of the debris and fluid, you will want to take some gauze, a cotton ball or a cotton swab and gently clean out the top part of the ear canal you can reach. You may want to add some more of the ear wash to a pad or cotton ball to clean the ear flaps.
Keep this treatment up for 2-3 days or more until the ears look and smell good and your dog or cat is no longer scratching and suffering from ear problems. Once everything is healed up, continue to check the ears and apply the ear wash weekly so the problem doesn’t return.
Should the infection worsen or not clear up in a few days, you may need to visit your vet to see if further more aggressive treatment is needed. A bacterial, yeast or fungal infection may need some additional care. Or perhaps a special treatment could be warranted if mites are present and active.
I always like to take the natural route first. All of the above problems can be helped with our all natural ear wash formula that we’ve developed just for the best ear health care of your beloved furry friends. But when minor things have gone on too long, it just may be time for something more powerful to knock them out once and for all. Then you can keep their ears in tip top shape with your regular weekly checking, ear cleaning and grooming routine.
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(Please note: We are not licensed in veterinary medicine, but do have scientists and professionals on our team to give us good advice that we can share with you.)
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