Puppies At Greatest Risk Of Ear Infections

Puppies At Greatest Risk Of Ear Infections

Puppies that belong to breeds with floppy or hairy ears, such as poodles and cocker spaniels, are more prone to ear infections than other breeds. Unlike German shepherds and other breeds with “pricked or erect” ears, floppy ears don’t air out as well thus creating a perfect environment for bacteria and yeast to thrive in. Dogs that love to swim can develop “swimmer’s ear” if pet owners don’t observe precautions. Ears should be wiped after swimming to dry them out. To prevent ear infection, spray the external part of the ear canal with a homemade solution (2 cups vinegar+1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol) after every swim or bath.

If your puppy has floppy and/or furry ears, give them a weekly airing out by folding his ears on top of his head, securing the tip with some bandage to keep them in place for about 30-40 minutes. Be careful not to pull any fur. Make sure to give him a treat while airing out his airs so the experience will be a positive one for your pup. Contact your vets clinic for more information.

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