CLEAN THE EARS OF YOUR DOG
When dogs were still living in the wild, the ears did not have to be cleaned. Nowadays we have bred with dogs in such a way that aspects such as form, mobility and size exist in many different sizes. Previously, the ears were quite small, they stood straight up, the ear was smooth inside and the coat had an insulating layer on the outside of the ear. Nowadays, many more breeds have been bred, including dogs with drooping ears and dogs with particularly long ears. There are also breeds in which the coat goes deeper into the ears. In dogs with drooping ears, longer ears or ears with hair up to the eardrum, the risk of ear infections and excessive ear wax is greater. Too much ear wax also leads to ear infections.
CLEAN THE EARS OF YOUR DOG
Despite the fact that, for example, drooping ears, longer ears and fur deeper in the ear can lead to ear infections, this is not always the case. In principle, the body of a dog is perfectly capable of keeping the ears healthy. The moment you notice that something is not right you can take steps. For example, a dog can show that he is suffering from his ears by scratching or rubbing his head over the floor or along furniture. As mentioned earlier, too much ear wax is also a warning that the ears must be cleaned. In these cases you will have to clean the ears regularly. For this it is advisable to use material that is as neutral as possible and to avoid products like cotton swabs. With a cotton swab you go too deep into the ear, stimulating the blood vessels and glands. This stimulation provides extra production of ear wax.
Earwax is not necessarily something negative. On the contrary, ear wax is precisely meant to keep harmful substances out. If so much earwax is created, you do not have to clean the entire ear, just the earcup. Here a simple dry cloth is good enough. It is annoying for a dog if there is moisture in his ear, so a wet cloth is not necessarily necessary. Moreover, it is purely about the removal of excessive ear wax, you can easily wipe it off with a dry cloth. If the ear wax is stuck, I advise you to get some baby oil or mineral oil on it, gently massage it and then rinse the ear with lukewarm water. After this you can dry the ear with, for example, a wad of cotton wool. Most dogs do not like it when you apply pressure to the ear, so I would prefer oil to more thorough cleaning of the ear.
BEARING IN THE EAR
Some dogs have more hair in the ear than other dogs. In principle, hair growth offers protection, but too much hair in the ear can lead to an ear infection. Because the ear is more dense, dirt can accumulate and result in inflammation. You can correct this yourself by cutting the hair. Make sure that you do not cut the hair completely, since it still has an essential function for the protection of the ear. However, you can ensure that only the ear and ear are covered.
If your dog has an ear infection for any reason whatsoever, I advise you to go to the vet. Ear infections can lead to a serious condition fairly quickly, so it can not hurt to have a veterinarian fight it directly.