A Guide to Cleaning Your Dog's Ears

Taking care of your furry friend goes beyond providing food and shelter; it also involves proper dog skincare routines. One essential aspect of grooming is maintaining clean and healthy ears. Regular ear cleaning not only keeps your dog's ears fresh and odor-free but also helps prevent common issues like ear infections, ear mites, and allergies. In this blog post, we'll share five tips and tricks to make the process easier and more enjoyable for both you and your beloved pup.

yellow labrador getting their ears cleaned

 

Tip #1: Know Your Dog's Ears

Before diving into a cleaning routine, it's essential to familiarize yourself with your dog's ears. Dogs with Wrinkly skin, such as French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, and Pugs are more susceptible to experiencing ear issues.

Some dog breeds, like Basset Hounds or Cocker Spaniels, have long, droopy ears that require extra attention as well. These floppy ears can often trap moisture, making them more susceptible to infections.

Breeds with upright ears, such as German Shepherds or Dalmatians, generally have better airflow, but all breeds still need regular care and grooming practices. 

Tip #2: Regular Inspections

Make it a habit to inspect your dog's ears regularly. Look out for signs of redness, swelling, discharge, or a foul odor. These can be indicators of ear infections, ear mites, or a yeast infection. Catching any issues early on will ensure prompt treatment and prevent them from worsening. 

Tip #3: Use the Right Products

 Avoid using water or household products, as they can disrupt the delicate pH balance of the ear and potentially cause further harm. We recommend using Squishface Ear Wipes which consists of an alcohol-free formula that works great for the most sensitive of pups.

With its key ingredients of Ketoconazole, and Chlorhexidine, these ear wipes are key to helping aid the fight against bacteria, yeast & fungus. They also contain Phytosphingosine which works to rebuild the skin barrier. When used in skincare products for dogs, it can help moisturize and soothe dry or irritated skin, reduce inflammation, and promote overall skin health. They also come conveniently packed, with a finger-sized sheath that makes it easy to remove buildup in your dog's ears.  

Tip #4: Proper Technique

When cleaning your dog's ears, remember to be gentle. Start by taking your Squishface Ear Wipes, and gently wipe the visible part of the inner ear, avoiding going too deep into the ear canal. Cleaning the outer ear and ear flap (pinna) is usually sufficient for routine maintenance.  

Tip #5: Don't Clean Too Often

Depending on the breed of your dog, it may require more regular ear cleanings. Cocker Spaniels and other dogs with longer ears may require more frequent cleanings. We recommend cleaning using the Ear Wipes no more than one time per day to combat yeast, fungus, and bacteria. Once your dog's ears are in good shape, you can switch to maintenance mode, which may require less frequent use. 

The Bottom Line:

Dog ear care is an essential part of overall dog skin care. By following these five tips and tricks, you can keep your furry friend's ears clean, healthy, and free from infections, ear mites, and allergies. Remember, regular inspections, proper cleaning techniques, and preventive care are the keys to maintaining those adorable ears and ensuring your pup's well-being. So, grab your Squishface Ear Wipes, and embark on the journey of keeping your dog's ears fresh, clean, and infection-free!

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