Regular ear care is one of the most overlooked areas of pet health. Many people are actually afraid to clean their pet’s ears for fear of “hurting” the animal. Dog’s and cats ears need to be regularly monitored, just a little basic maintenance is generally all that’s required to keep them clean and healthy. If left unchecked, a small easy to treat bacteria can turn into a very painful and severe infection.

Because of the twisty design of a pet’s inner ears, it’s easy for parasites, bacteria, ear wax and debris to build up. Your regular grooming routine should include ear checks. This is especially important for dogs with floppy or especially hairy ears, and for cats who regularly go outside.

Danger Signs – Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following symptoms affecting your dog’s ears:

  • Discharge
  • Bad smells
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusty skin
  • Hair loss

Also, dry dark ear wax resembling coffee grounds are classic indicators of microscopic ear mites. Only your vet can tell for sure, so please don’t delay a checkup.