A vet may need to flush your dog's ears to remove excess earwax.
Not getting enough sleep can make people crazy but crazy enough to rub dogs earwax on their teeth?
Preventing ear problems before they start can help your dog have a happy life. Every time your dog’s ears swell from infection, the wax glands inside become more active, while at the same time the ear canal gets wounded and narrows, making it more susceptible to infections in the future. You can help your dog’s ears to remain healthy by taking the following precautionary steps:
Ear mites are a very common problem in dogs, particularly in puppies. If your dog’s ears appear red, inflamed or irritated, or you see waxy debris inside their ears, consult with your veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and treatment options.
Ear wax in dogs is common, especially those with floppy ears
Sep 25, 2016 - Some dogs secrete more earwax and oil than others
All dogs produce ear wax and this will require regular cleaning, to prevent balance problems or facilitate the occurrence of ear infections or parasites. You can learn how to remove the ear wax and perform this on a monthly basis, during the routine grooming procedure.The accumulation of ear wax can facilitate the occurrence of fungal or bacterial ear infections. Dogs that have floppy, furry ears are more exposed to these infections. Dogs that have a high amount of accumulated ear wax may have hearing and balance problems, as the wax presses against the ear drum.Many dog breeds have fur in their ears and they will also produce ear wax. The ear wax, also known as cerumen, is meant to protect the ear canal, but when in excess, this may cause a number of problems. The ear wax is produced in the outer part of the ear canal and will be made up of dead skin cells, keratin, fatty acids, lipids, squalene and cholesterol. The cerumen is secreted by the sebaceous glands and the apocrine sweat glands. You may identify the ear wax as a yellow-brown substance that you can see if you look inside your pet’s ears. In some dogs, the ear wax has a yeasty smell.Dog breeds like cocker spaniels, poodles and greyhounds may need more frequent cleaning, as they produce more ear wax and have more fur in the ears and this will facilitate the buildup of dirt and moisture. The cleaning is more important for dogs that have floppy ears and the air doesn’t circulate into the ears.Firstly, you will have to trim the hair from the dog’s ears. You may use a pair of scissors or a special hair removing powder. Ideally, you should perform this on the day previous to the cleaning, to avoid irritation to the cleaning substance. The ear cleaning can be performed using some saline ear drops. You may also prepare a solution using vinegar and water. Insert the solution using a syringe and then massage the base of the ear. The dog will shake his head and this will remove the wax and the debris from the ears. Wipe the dog’s ears with a clean towel.Once the ear candle is inserted into the dog's ear canal, light the other end of the candle. The heat from the lit end supposedly creates a vacuum through the rest of the candle. That vacuum sucks out ear wax and debris from the ear canal into the taper. Allow the candle to burn for 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the dog's behavior, and then switch sides and repeat the process.