Both cats and dogs are susceptible to infections if their ears are not properly cleaned. Ear infections are a top reason that people visit a vet and while we are always happy to see our clientele, we also want to arm them with the information and skills to maintain healthy ear cleaning habits for their pets. Generally, dogs and cats both share in common the distaste for having their ears cleaned as it is uncomfortable for them. If possible, promoting good ear health early on by starting to clean their ears at a young age will get them accustomed to the process.
Proper Cleaning Instructions
To clean, hold the cleaning solution in one hand and hold back the flap of your pet’s ear to expose their ear canal with the other hand. Place the tip of the cleaning solution at the opening of their ear canal and drop a small amount of solution into the ear. While making sure that your pet does not shake their head and spray the solution everywhere, close the flap of their ear and massage the base of the ear for around one minute to ensure that the solution is properly distributed down the canal. Once this process is done, your pet will want to shake their head rapidly which will release any debris that the solution has freed up – let them do so and be ready to avoid any flying debris. Finally, use gauze or cotton balls to clean up any remaining debris that moved to the top of the canal during the process. Be sure to avoid cotton swabs as they can inadvertently push the debris further down your pet’s ear canal.
Signs Your Pet Has An Infection Or Other Ear Issue
There are often easy-to-spot signs that your pet is experiencing discomfort or has an infection and the below examples are some of the most common:
Redness or swelling
Ear scratching (sometimes paired with whimpering)
Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
Odor near the ear
In the case of any of the above, it is recommended that you visit your local veterinarian for a proper diagnosis. At Village West Vet, we can walk you through or complete any part of the cleaning process you may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. Contact us today to set up an appointment!
Originally from Upstate New York, Dr. Silverman received his BA with High Honors (for Lyme Disease research) from Middlebury College in Vermont, his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and his MBA (Entrepreneurship) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in Chicago.
Dear Pet Parents,
We thank you for your continued support while we've been navigating this new season of life in the COVID-19 world. We know that you're eager to get back into the hospital to accompany your pets during their visits. Unfortunately, in order to protect all our pet parents and our staff, we are unable to open the hospital to visitors at this time. We are going to continue practicing social distancing as long as necessary to insure we can stay open for your pets when they need us most. We ask that you please be patient with our team, and remember that everything we do is with the best of intentions for you, your pets and our employees. We love serving the Village West Veterinary community, and hope to do so for a very long time to come.
Our appointments continue to fill up fast, so we suggest scheduling your appointments at least 2 to 4 weeks in advance, whenever possible. If your pet is sick and needs to been seen right away, please let us know as early in the day as possible. We appreciate your support.