Why the heck is your dog shaking her head constantly? What is that disgusting smell emanating from her head? Why does she keep scratching her ears?
These questions are a great way to kill a conversation at a party -- or maybe not! Anyone who has a dog will probably be all, "TOTALLY! My dog does that, too! What is UP with that?!"
'Cause ear infections plague a lot of dogs, especially ones who have long hair in their ears or who swim a lot or who don't get regular care. If you don't want to spend a bunch of money at the vet getting meds for ear infections, here's how to keep your dog's ears clean and healthy:
1. REGULAR CARE (duh). Whether that means cleaning your dog's ears with a canine ear cleaning solution and cotton pads or bringing him in for a Scenthound Express, keeping your dog's ears clean on a monthly or even weekly basis will go a long way. You'll know if your dog needs it weekly or every other week or monthly just by her history and how bothered she seems.
2. If your pup has lots of fur in her ears, keep them trimmed. If you don't feel comfortable doing that, send her our way!
3. Keep ears dry. Moisture means bacteria and yeast growth. So after bathing or swimming, make sure to towel off inside her ear so that it doesn't sit there and fester.
4. If you're doing all this and your pup's ears are still bothering him, he might be plagued by allergies (especially if he's itching other places, too). If you can't figure out what's causing the allergy (food or environmental irritants), check with your vet or a veterinary dermatologist.
So yeah, start your next cocktail party off with a discussion of what your dog's ears smell like. You'll either kick off a great conversation or have more martinis to keep for yourself. Either way, you win.