Sometimes the chihuahua owners had no idea how to clean their dog’s ears in between grooming sessions or how to prevent ear infections. They frequently recognized they needed to clean them but lacked the skills to do it.
If you want personal instruction, you can always ask your veterinarian to demonstrate how to do it, but I thought it would be nice to publish an essay on how to correctly clean dog ears.
Chihuahua owners are fortunate since their small canines aren’t typically prone to ear infections. Dogs with large, floppy ears are more likely to develop infections. However, this does not imply that illnesses cannot spread to chihuahuas. They can and do occasionally. And they do require occasional cleaning of their ears.
How to Tell When a Chihuahua’s Ears Need Cleaning
Verify that your chihuahua genuinely requires ear cleaning before pulling out the dog ear cleaner. Learn what a normal, clean ear looks, and smells like, and only clean your dog’s ears when you detect a change. Over-cleaning your chihuahua’s ears can cause infection and irritation.
While some chihuahuas only need their ears cleaned occasionally, others, including those who are prone to ear infections or those who spend a lot of time in the water, might. The Merck Veterinary Manual advises preventing water from entering the ear canals during bathing and applying topical astringents on dogs who frequently swim to keep the ear canals dry and well-ventilated.
It’s probably time for cleaning if you smell a faint odor or see your dog moving his head more frequently than usual. Contact your veterinarian if your dog’s ear seems red and inflamed, smells funky, or if he shows signs of pain. These signs, which call for medical treatment, could point to allergies, fleas, ear mites, or ear infections. Frequently, cleaning an infected ear does more harm than good.
Chihuahua’Ears Cleaning Frequency
Once-a-week cleaning is recommended if your chihuahua has floppy ears, allergies, or is prone to ear infections. Any more than that can disturb your dog’s ears’ natural PH balance.
Cleaning more frequently may be advised by your veterinarian if the dog has an ear infection, so follow their directions when it comes to cleaning.
Cleaning the ears every 2-4 weeks is sufficient for most chihuahuas.
What You Will Need For Your Chihuahua’s Ear Cleaning
Ear Cleaning Procedure, Your veterinarian may be able to provide you with a medicated remedy. Moreover, you may purchase ear-cleaning solutions at a pet store. Or, you can create your own natural remedy by mixing equal parts water and vinegar. If your chihuahua is prone to illnesses, use apple cider vinegar with the “mother,” otherwise, use white vinegar.
The Worst Items To Put In Your Chihuahua’s Ears
- Rough Alcohol, Alcohol is too potent for the delicate tissue of the ears. It can hurt, dry up your chihuahua’s ears, and even result in an infection.
- Towel Swabs also referred to as Q tips can harm the ear drum.
- Alcohol Peroxide Also, this is too potent for your dog’s ears; unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian, never use it.
How To Clean Your Chihuahua’s Ears
- Drop some cleaning liquid onto a cotton ball or a piece of gauze. Make sure the ball or pad has a good coating of the solution.
- Your dog’s ear flap should be pulled back.
- Use the solution to clean the inside of the ear canal and the inside of the ear flap. Don’t go too far, but get in there well.
- The ear flap should be closed.
- For around 30 seconds, massage the ear’s base.
- Let the chihuahua shake his head. They’ll remove a lot of the solution and earwax by shaking.
- Recheck the ear and clean out any remaining wax or debris.
- The doctor may advise you to pour the cleaning solution straight into the dog’s ear, rather than on a cotton ball or gauze pad if it has an ear infection.
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