Your Dog’s Ears – 5 Things You Must Know
Dog Ear Care – 5 Things You Must Know About Dog Ear Care From a German Shepherd Dog Breeder in Alaska
Like all dog owners, you know that you should take care of your dog’s ears. If you are an owner of a German Shepherd Puppy, you probably couldn’t wait for your dog’s ears to stand up! Owners of many other breeds of dog’s have hopes for the look of their dog’s ears. While we do not support surgically altering a dog’s ears, we aren’t here to judge anyone, we just want to provide some tips about dog ear care. Here are 5 Things You Must Know about Dog Ear Care.
First, you should know that ear problems are one of the leading medical issues in dogs. Their ear canals are significantly different from those of humans. The dog’s ear canal is a twisty canal that first drops down vertically and then becomes horizontal as it heads towards the ear drum. This provides a great opportunity for dirt, bacteria, yeast and tons of other things to fester in your dog’s ears. It can be tough for water to get out once it goes in because of this layout. Irritated ears are certainly a common medical issue in dogs.
Second, you have got to clean your dog’s ears. After reading the first paragraph, you probably knew this was coming. It’s true, though. You absolutely have to do this. But let us be clear, never stick anything down in to your dog’s ear canal. You should only clean what you can see, otherwise you could do major damage! Leave the rest to your veterinarian. We use a product to clean our dog’s ears called Epi-Optic Advanced by Virbac Animal Health. You can easily find this product by clicking that link. Use it to clean your dog’s ears! Our Large German Shepherd Dog Olive absolutely loves it when we use this to clean her ears.
Third, and this may seem a bit contradictory, don’t over do it when you are cleaning your dog’s ears. If you do, you can end up being the cause of the irritation and inflammation. Don’t become religious about it, just do it once a week. If your dog is consistently itching their ear, go ahead and take a look inside for any redness, swelling or irritation. If you see this, contact your veterinarian. Don’t just start cleaning and cleaning the ear – you may be the cause of the irritation. Some dogs, however, naturally just enjoy massaging their ears through itching, like our Long Haired German Shepherd Puppy Lava. She really just seems to like massaging her own ears. Keep this in mind, just because they itch their ears doesn’t mean there is a problem. It is always best to write the check and let your vet take a look!
Fourth, here is a list of things you should immediately contact your veterinarian after noticing:
Do not wait until it is too late. It is probably a lot cheaper to let your veterinarian take care of the problem early!
And finally, watch the rough play, especially when your dog is a puppy and the ears are still developing. German Shepherd Puppies love to play rough and tumble around and this can be a good thing, but it should always be supervised. If you notice a dog has another dog’s ear in their mouth, take a time out and slow things down. Don’t yell, don’t get angry, just show that playing like that ends the game. If they are playing and one dog is locked on to the neck scruff of another and they both seem happy, make a judgment call. But if you see a dog with another dog’s ear in their mouth – it is probably time to step in.
At Far North Kennel we breed German Shepherd Puppies in Alaska, but make no mistake about it, we care about all dogs and dog owners. Even though our favorite dogs tend to be Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies, your favorite might be something different. We try to right the posts on our dog blog to appeal to all dog owners. Being a German Shepherd Breeder is great fun and we love German Shepherds, but sometimes we look at other breeds of dogs and wish we could have one of them too!