For dogs with ears flopped over or with more hair growth inside is more prone to ear problems. If attacked by ear mites (often difficult to see with naked eyes), your dog can contract infections that might lead to loss of hearing if not treated properly.
These types of ears present a suitable moist and dark surrounding that favors the growth of ear mites. These little distractive creatures can dig into ear tissues creating voids that suit bacterial and fungal activity. If your dog gets to this status without your notice, the infections can grow into more serious and costly problems to overcome. We’ve come across a dog owner who has spent up to $300.00 to treat an ear infection at a vet shop.
Treatment of this problem is by deep cleaning, application of antibiotics and topical treatment of mites. We use a product known as “Revolution” made by Pfizer. The product is placed between the shoulder blades on the skin every month to protect the dog against heartworms, fleas, ticks and the ear mites. For the purpose of tick and heartworm protection, it’s only used during seasons that mosquito and tick prevalence are high. But if applied all year round, your dog shall never encounter heartworm, tick and flea problem. At our ranch, we use Revolution every month for an entire year, and we’ve done for years. The cost of this product in an entire year is half of what you can use for single treatment of an ear infection due to ear mites. It is a prescription given by your vet doctor.
During each cleaning procedure, the groomer removes about 75 percent of the hair in the ears as well as cleaning them thoroughly during each grooming appointment. Removal of hairs that can be reached easily isn’t enough. Mosquito Hemostats of 6-inch size should be used to reach the inner parts of the ear, but with caution when reaching the lower sections. If not removed, the hair growth will continue and compact the ear thus harboring more problems.
Some of the signs to watch out for when your dog needs ear cleaning include:
- Scratching of ears with hind foot often.
- Running of ears on the ground, carpet, grass or chair.
- Violent shaking of the head.
- Holding the problematic ear facing downwards (at 30-45 degree tilt) when seated or walking.