Your pup, who is normally an avid water dog and loves swimming at the lake, avoids you like the plague when they sense it's bath time. Why? Maybe they don't like getting water in their ears. When using a handheld shower or pouring water over your dog’s head, it's easy to accidentally get water in their ear canal, and most dogs do not like the sensation. Who would?
But there is an even bigger problem than your dog not liking the feeling of water in their ears. If moisture and water remain in the ear after bath time it can change the pH balance in your dog’s ear and cause bacteria and yeast to multiply, resulting in a nasty ear infection. Ear infections are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and can be difficult to get rid of. It's far better to avoid them in the first place by not getting water in your dog’s ears during bath time.
Ever had water sprayed in your ear? Not nice! Your dog won't like it either; it feels icky and if water remains in the ear they are prone to getting a painful ear infection. But they may not love the precautions you take to keep water out of their ears either.
Whatever method you use to protect your dog's ears, introduce it slowly to your dog, for short periods of time at first, before using them during bath time so there isn't a struggle when you are in a slippery bathtub.
If you're not confident about bathing your pup, consider booking a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you instead.
Your dog isn't going to like getting water in their ears during bath time, even if they are a water-loving dog. Dogs with floppy ears and certain breeds are especially predisposed to ear infections if moisture gets in the ears, and you'll want to avoid this to prevent bacterial or fungal infections, which can be painful and difficult to treat.
Protecting the ears with cotton inserted into the ear prior to bath time or a mechanical barrier over the ears, and directing water away from the head and ears will prevent excess water from going into the ear canals and creating an unpleasant sensation and possible health problems. Remember, your dog's ears contain fragile hearing structures; use caution when working around and in the ear canal so as not to cause damage.
If you'd rather leave it to an expert, book a Grooming service with a Pet Caregiver near you.
What is the spray called that you can put into the dogs ears before bathing them?
Hi Manda! Some groomers put a basic ear cleaner in a dogs ears prior to the bath and then clean the ears out after the bath is complete. This is because the ear cleaners have a drying agent in them to help prevent moisture from building up in the canal. Another simple option is to put cotton balls in Zeus' ears before the bath to keep water from dripping in. Don't put them in too far and dont forget to remove them after. Thanks for your question! Paige
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