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Ear Infections in Dogs: How to Treat and Prevent them

Ear Infections in Dogs. A vet looking in a dogs ear.

Ear infections are a common health issue that many doggos, like our Cobberdog Obi, have to contend with. Dogs like ours, with floppy ears who love of swimming, are particularly susceptible to these infections. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of ear infections in dogs, with a focus on Obi’s experiences and some helpful products that can make life easier for dogs and their owners dealing with this issue.

Obi’s Battles With His Ears

Obi, is a Cobberdog (a relatively new breed that came from the Labradoodle) with long, floppy ears, and he loves nothing more than diving in the waves at the beach every week. While his beach adventures bring immense joy, they also pose a unique challenge – the increased risk of ear infections.

Obi’s long ears can trap moisture, sand, and debris, creating the ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to thrive. Frequent swimming only exacerbates this issue. As a result, Obi has had his fair share of ear infections. You can tell he’s not comfortable from the frequent head shaking, pawing at his ears, and a strong sweet smell coming from his ears.

Managing Ear Infections in Dogs

If your dog, like Obi, is prone to ear infections, there are several steps you can take to help manage and prevent them:

A Good Cleaner: Cleaning your dog’s ears regularly (but not too frequently – we’ve made that mistake before!) is crucial. Use a veterinarian-recommended ear cleaner every 10 days or so to remove dirt, debris, and excess moisture from the ear canal.

Over cleaning can cause just as many issues are under cleaning their ears we’ve found. So we now stick to using a dry powder after every swim, and every 10 days we use this cleaner with these little finger pads that can get into the ear without going too deep.

We never use Q-Tips because you’re more likely to push dirt deeper into the ear canal. So, do be gentle and don’t forget to dry their ears after using the cleaner and pads. Then let them have a good shake.

Ear Protectors for Dogs: If your dog loves to swim, consider using specially designed ear protectors that keep water out of the ears. These protective covers can be a game-changer for water-loving pups like Obi. They look super cute and 100% do prevent problems if you have a long eared pup that loves to swim. These ones can be adjusted to fit your pup but work for little humans too.

Obi and Alfie Dog Ear Infection prevention with ear protectors

Obi and Alfie in their ear protectors

Dry Ear Powder: After beach trips or water play, use a dry ear powder specifically formulated for dogs. This powder helps absorb moisture and prevent bacterial growth. It’s a simple yet effective way to maintain ear health. We use this one that numbs their ear too so we can pluck the excess hair out…

Hair Plucking: Some breeds with hairy ear canals, like Obi, benefit from having excess hair plucked from the ears. If you’re not sure about plucking, best to let a professional veterinarian or groomer do it. Numbing ear powder makes plucking comfortable for your pup – Obi groans and leans in with joy when we pluck out the excess hair. It’s super weird but also super satisfying 😀

Consult Your Vet: If you suspect your dog has an ear infection do consult your vet. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent the infection from worsening.

Ear infections can be a persistent issue for dogs like Obi who love water and have long ears. However, with the right care and preventative measures, you can help your furry friend stay healthy and comfortable. Regular cleaning, dry ear powder, and hair plucking, if needed, are all valuable tools in the fight against ear infections.

Remember, your veterinarian is your best ally in managing ear infections in dogs. Don’t hesitate to seek their guidance to ensure your pup enjoys a lifetime of ear trouble-free adventures, just like Obi! For some reason, Alfie never has any ear problems (we follow the same ear care routine with him so that probably helps).


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