08-27-2017, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Oreo1128
So glad I found this post. I've never heard of ear hair plucking until I started looking into groomers for my current dog. Only one groomer I found in my area does it. Personally, I don't think it's necessary. What I didn't know is what our vet just told us. There is no need to clean a clean ear. Common sense, I know, but with my last dog, a beagle, she was prone to ear infections. As a result, I would clean her ears regularly with an ear solution as a preventative measure, but now I'm wondering if I only made the situation worse. Does anyone have any insight on this?
I think it depends on the type of ear the dog has.
Dogs with heavier floppy ears, aka drop ears, like beagles and blood hounds, are prone to ear infections. The way the ears hang traps moisture in the ear and it's a breeding ground for ear infections, one of the ways to prevent an infection is to keep the ears clean by using a cleaning solution and making sure the inside of the ear stays dry.
Personally I've never had to clean my dogs ears, my 2 old dogs had semi prick ears, so the inside of their ears tended to stay dry. The dog i have now, Zody, has bat ears, and again his ears stay dry. I do keep an eye on his ears and so far so good.
As I wrote in my last post, I groom my friends poodle and so far I've noticed no trouble with her ears. We keep the hair covering her ears long, but trim all the hair under her ears (on her face and neck) short, and also I also trim the hair that grows in her ears. I'm guessing that lets enough air get to the ear and keeps it dry.