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When NOT To Clean Your Pet's Ears

This Guide Is For Both Cats & Dogs

Lots of cats and dogs get itchy, dirty ears. It's sometimes safe to clean their ears at home, but not always. Not every “itchy ear” episode is the same.

Diving right in with a medication or cleaner — even one that your vet previously prescribed — can cause problems.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Itchiness, Bacterial Infection, Yeast Infection, Ears, Ear Cleaning

How To Clean Your Pet's Ears

A Step-By-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

While it is always in your and your pet’s best interest to have red, itchy, foul-smelling ears evaluated by your veterinarian, at some point cleaning of those ears will likely be part of the treatment plan. And since we vets don’t always do the best job explaining or demonstrating the proper way to clean your pet’s ears, I’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help.

This guide is appropriate for both dogs and cats.

Supplies you’ll need

  • A safe and effective ear cleaner. Be aware that not all cleaners are created equal. Some are better than others at treating yeast infections, while others are better for treating bacteria. Some help dry the ears, while others don't. And some that dry do so because they contain rubbing alcohol or witch hazel, both of which can be downright painful and irritating to your pet’s already inflamed ears. 

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, Itchiness, Bacterial Infection, Yeast Infection, Ears, Ear Cleaning

Is Your Dog Itchy? - Go "Fishing"

Itchiness is a very common complaint and problem in dogs. It can occur from a variety of causes — including bacterial and/or fungal skin infections, food hypersensitivities, environmental allergies, and everybody’s favorite (he says sarcastically)… fleas!

Of course, each of these potential causes of itchy skin has its own specific treatments and preventive steps, but did you know that there is also one common product that could potentially improve your dog’s skin and help to decrease your dog’s level of itchiness? There is, and it’s fish oils.

Now I am in no way saying that fish oils are some magic elixir and the cure to all your dog’s ills (or itches)! In many cases though, they can be a helpful addition to your dog’s itchy skin treatment and also to your dog’s itchy skin prevention.

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Topics: Dog Health, Itchiness, Fish Oils

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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