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Terrific pet care tips for ear cleaning and to end barking

At Affordable Veterinary Clinic, we believe in preventative health care. We believe that our patients benefit from the collaboration between their owners and our professional team. We work hard to educate our clients to help your animal friends lead the happiest, healthiest, and best lives possible. We hope that you will benefit from some of the following pet care tips.

Do you need help cleaning your dog's ears? The unclean ears of your dog can often provide a favorable breeding ground for yeasts, virus, parasites, and bacteria because of their dirty, warm and moist environment.


Taking care of your dog’s grooming and hygiene is your responsibility and must not be taken lightly. Make cleansing the ears of your canine friend a weekly ritual from the very start to avoid any undesirable health problems or infections later.

Listen up! Learn how to clean your dog's ears

How To Stop Your Dog From Barking by Bianca M. Caraza, Global Animal

Dogs bark for a multitude of reasons. Most helpfully, they bark as a warning. Dogs can also bark when anxious, especially during long periods of their guardian’s absence, which is exactly the kind of barking that drives neighbor's nuts.


A well-trained and properly looked after adult dog should not bark out of boredom or anxiety. One way to counter this is to make sure to provide your beloved pet with clean and fresh water, food, and at least a chew toy. While it may sometimes be necessary to keep your dog tied up, it is not ideal as a dog with plenty of room to run around is less likely to bark for entertainment. Dogs with too much pent-up energy are often jumpy and overexcitable. The best way to deal with this particular problem is to make sure your dog gets enough exercise — and love!


Strangers also present a constant danger to the ever-watchful canine. Postal workers and visitors alike are often growled at and scare off by a dog with a bark worse than his or her bite. Don’t make excuses for your overprotective pet and don’t let your friends (or those poor, undervalued mail deliverers) feel unwelcome. Allow visitors to give your pet a snack upon arrival.


Dogs, much like children, know how to get what they want. When feeling underloved or particularly needy, dogs will bark for your attention, negative or otherwise. It is not wise to yell or shout, as it may even encourage your dog to continue barking. A better idea is to distract your dog with a loud whistle and redirect his or her attention to something else. It’s important never to reward your pup after barking; this will likely be taken as positive reinforcement for bad behavior.


With love, care, and a firm hand, there won’t be any need to resort to cruelties such a shock collars or painful and unnecessary de-barking surgeries. With a little basic training (such as shaking a noisemaker at puppies to warn them away from barking at every passing car or telephone ring), the reasons for losing your temper at your furry friend will be scant. Following a few simple rules can lead to a happier, quieter home for you and your pet.

The foremost step in cleaning your dog's ears is to choose a good cleaning product. When selecting the cleaning solution, try not to pick a product that contains alcohol as one of the ingredients as it may sting insides of your dog's ears. On the other hand, an alcohol-containing product may work just fine if your dog has any threatening ear condition that can be soothed with a powerful disinfectant.


A soft cotton cloth and preferably an ear powder are some other things that you will need.

Choosing a cleaning product for your dog’s ears

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When to clean your dog's ears

If your dog scratches his ears often, his ears smell bad, or he shakes his head quite frequently lately, these are usually viable signs that you need to clean his ears. But this may also be an indication of an infection and may suggest that you should consult your vet.


Try starting your cleaning session when your pooch is relaxed, preferably after a meal or near the bedtime. Be gentle yet firm and help him stay calm. The cleaning process can be an odd experience for your dog, but make sure that he is settled and that you have all things ready for you at arm’s length.

Step-by-step method to clean your dog's ears

1. Gently turn the ear flap (pinna) of your dog upward. Once his ear canal is easily visible, put a few drops of ear cleaning solution in your dog's ear and slightly massage his ear flap between the base of his ear and your thumb or forefingers for 20 - 30 seconds. This allows the cleaning solution to seep deeper inside the ear.


2. Your pet may shake his head to get the extra solution from him. Let him do that, and once he calms down, proceed to the next step.


3. Remove extra debris and wax that may have surfaced due to the solution and shaking with the help of a soft cotton cloth. Do not try to insert anything into the ear canal.


4. Fold back the ear flaps of your dog when you are done, and let his ear canals go dry. After approximately 5 minutes, put some ear drying powder in his ears and your job is done.


Regular cleaning sessions of your dog's ears help prevent many ear problems and may save you many avoidable vet visits in the future. Hearing is one of the strongest senses for dogs, and their ears must be cared for properly.