There are many long term benefits related to the timely and proper cleaning of your dog’s ears. It helps in maintaining good overall health. If your dog is healthy, it impacts the general behavior and demeanor of your pet, and he is likely to be more calm and friendly.
Therefore, dog ear grooming goes a long way in your relationship with your dog. It is one aspect of a dog’s hygiene that cannot be ignored.
An unhealthy dog ear is responsible for more medical conditions than one can imagine. Chronic ear problems can occur due to various allergies or ear mites. An excess of thyroid hormones can make the condition worse. Using the wrong product to clean the dog ear mites can also lead to complications.
Although less common in cats, ear mites present complications in cats as well.
Before the start of any treatment for ear infection, the dog’s ears should be cleaned in order to get a proper diagnosis. Vinegar diluted in water has been used for this purpose for a long time as part of home remedies for dog ear mites. This solution is good for cleaning purposes and also has curative properties.
Before prescribing any conventional medicine, the veterinarian is likely to want to do a microscopic examination of the wax extracted with the help of an ear swab. This examination can establish the real problem with the ear. Further confirmation can be sought with an otoscope to check the auditory passageway and the tympanic membrane.
In certain conditions, a complete flushing out of the debris is required. This is done with the use of antibiotic cleaners. Antibiotic dog ear cleaners are required in cases where your veterinarian wants to either examine the ears thoroughly or flush out all the debris and bacteria that is causing infections.
Apart from flushing out wax and other substances, antibiotic cleaners are used for alkalizing and inhibiting bacterial growth. Bacterial otitis (inflammation of the ear) is a common occurrence in dogs. With medication, the bacteria undergo genetic mutations and adapt quickly. This requires periodic checks so that the adaptations can be monitored, and the most effective medication can be prescribed.
There are antibiotic ear cleaners that are a mix of vinegar, water, and drops of antibiotic solution. Dedicated antibiotic ear cleaners like Ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid tris (EDTA tris) are being used extensively for controlling bacterial infections and inflammations even though they are not permitted for veterinarian use.
It is important to note that chronic ear infections usually end up in the rupturing the tympanic membrane. Care should be taken to avoid antibiotic cleaners in such conditions since they can prove to be harmful.