One of the best parts about pet ownership is the cuddling, of course. But what happens when your guinea pig, rabbit, dog or cat has dirty ears? It can produce a funky smell that makes it difficult to get close to your precious pet.
Rather than just hold your breath and deal with it, take the time to establish an ear cleaning routine. Your pet will love having a clean, fresh ear, and you’ll love getting close to your pet again.
When you sniff your pet’s ears, there shouldn’t be an overly yeasty or unpleasant smell. Odor is often the first sign of an ear infection, and regular ear cleanings are a great way to avoid this painful problem.
The inside of the ear should be pink with a small amount of pale yellow wax. An abundance of wax, or redness and swelling are signs of a problem.
Rabbits: Ear mites are common in rabbits and can lead to ear infections. Pinpricks or scabs in the ears are the first indicators of mites. You may find your rabbit shaking his head a lot or losing his balance. Left untreated, the scabs will multiply and possibly lead to infection. This will create a nasty smell and crusty mess inside your rabbit’s ears.
Cats: Just like rabbits, mites are to blame in nearly 50% of ear infections. If your cat has an ear infection, you’ll likely notice excessive scratching and pawing of the ears; an aversion to having the ears touched; problems with balance; wax buildup (particularly black wax, which is a sign of mites); swelling and odor.
Dogs: Ear infections are the most common health issue in dogs. Yet, 20% of the time, pet owners are unaware of the problem. Signs of canine ear infection include excessive shaking of the head, scratching at the ears, or rubbing the ears against furniture; black wax or abundant ear wax; redness or swelling; head tilt or problems with balance.
1. Begin handling your pet’s ears at a very young age. This will work two-fold. You’ll get a sense for what’s normal and what isn’t when it comes to your pet’s ear health. It will also make it easier to start an ear cleaning routine. Take breaks while you handle the ears in order to build trust and get your pet used to the feeling.
2. Be gentle. Never overly restrain your pet, and let go of your pet’s ear if he pulls away. Rabbit ears in particular are very delicate and can get damaged if handled too roughly.
3. Keep it positive. Praise your pet throughout ear handling or cleaning and reward with a treat afterward. That way your pet may actually look forward to ear cleaning.
4. Ear clean after exercise. If your pet is worn out from exercise, he’ll be more prone to sit still for an ear cleaning session.
5. Use a high-quality pet ear cleaner. Many store brands contain alcohol, which can sting, burn or irritate the ear canal. Set your pet up for ear cleaning success by using a high-quality, alcohol-free ear cleaner.
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