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HOW TO CLEAN PUPPY EARS


I am trying to do all the preventative cleaning and grooming for the boys at home. Having worked in a veterinary clinic for the last twelve (12) years has taught me a lot of the little things that we, as owners, can do ourselves. I started doing these routine cleanings a few times a week since our labrador retriever litter mates first came home. All that conditioning is paying off.



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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Ear Problems in Labrador Retrievers

It seems like I have to clean the puppies ears at least twice a week! Each puppy has one ear that tends to get dirty, and fast! I am lucky to have had training in ear cleaning - I am able to get them quite clean.

Taro and Kratos are excellent puppies when it's time for their ear cleaning. They sit-stay for me as I clean each ear out. I use a product called Vet Solutions Ear Cleansing Solution, manufactured by Vetoquinol. This product is sold exclusively through veterinarians and is available over the counter.

VS Ear Cleansing Solution is quite an extraordinary product. It contains Aloe Vera, and it "clean, dries, acidifies and deodorizes the external ear canal". I use the cleaner twice a week, and I also use it after each time they swim, or if they are playing in the rain.

The bottle provides directions for use, but I prefer to use a slightly different method - it seems to work better for the puppies. Instead of squirting the cold liquid directly into the ear, I use a clean dry cotton ball, soak it with the solution, then I squeeze the liquid out of the cotton ball into the ear. I find that they shake their head less, which results in less ear cleansing solution all over the place!

I then massage the base of the ear (they don't seem to mind it too much) and proceed to wipe out all loose dirt with clean dry cotton balls. I can't tell you how many you will need, it depends on how dirty the ear is. Wipe until all the dirt is gone.

The best feature of this product is that it contains its own drying agent! So if you can't get all the solution out of the ear, it will dry on its own. Fantastic isn't it!!!

I don't recommend using Q-tips unless you are certain you know what you are doing with them. It is VERY easy to accidentally poke too far and damage the ear drum. I also highly recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian (the technician should be able to do this) and have he/she do a ear cleaning demonstration on your pet. This way you can learn the proper technique of cleaning ears.

GOOD LUCK!





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