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Here’s Why Dogs Should Have Their Ears Professionally Cleaned Out

Here’s Why Dogs Should Have Their Ears Professionally Cleaned Out

Dog Getting Ears Cleaned OutWhy should you have your dog’s ears cleaned out on a regular basis? Well, if you don’t, bad things can happen…

Increase Risk for Ear Infections

A dog’s ear canals are quite susceptible to ear infections due to the way they plunge downward and then horizontally from the ear opening. If debris or water gets “caught” in their canals, it’s not easy for those things to release themselves naturally. Infections, then, can cause your dog to do ear scratching, with hair loss around the ear(s). Wiping their ears on the floor or furniture, ear infections can lead to redness and swelling. Infections can also cause odor in the ear, brown/yellow/bloody discharges, and/or a loss of balance. If you notice your dog making unusual eye movements or head shaking (such as an odd head tilt) then he or she might need to have their ears checked and cleaned.

A Vehicle for Bacteria

What gets into ears that specifically cause problems for your dog? The list includes bacteria, parasites, yeast, and wax. Dogs with floppy ears are especially prone to ear issues, as are dogs with allergies.

If you as the owner can fold your dog’s ear back gently and wipe away debris or earwax on the underside of the ear, do so. You can use a cotton ball or piece of gauze dampened with mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a liquid ear cleaner to clean your dog’s inner ears. “Lift” rather than “rub” when dealing with a dog’s ears. Since inner-ear skin is delicate, it might be best to take your dog to a professional when attention to the ear or ears needs to be done.

At the Tailwaggers Country Inn at 166 Hynds Ranch Road in Van Alstyne, Texas, you can bring your pet dog for a “bath and brush out” grooming service that’s just $25 for small breed dogs under 30 pounds, or $30 for large/long hair breeds. This service includes a thorough ear cleaning, as well as a bath, coat brushing, cologne and a bandana– pampering your pooch!

If you need your dog’s ears cleaned, why not call 1-877-774-DOGS and make your appointment for a “bath and brush out” today?

Reasons to Find Time to Cuddle With Your Dog

Reasons to Find Time to Cuddle With Your Dog

To cuddle is to hold close in one’s arms as a way of showing love or affection. A cuddle is essentially a prolonged and affectionate hug. People enjoy cuddling. Most dogs do, too. Why do dogs love to cuddle? Warmth If you were to look at puppies as an observer, you might notice they’ll cuddle…

Why Dogs Need Playtime

Why Dogs Need Playtime

Dogs are a lot like humans, aren’t they? Just like humans, dogs need playtime. Of course, playtime for dogs is a bit different than playtime for kids and adults, but, never-the-less, a chance to engage in activities for enjoyment and recreation rather than for a serious or practical purpose is vitally important. If you want…

How to Prepare Your Puppy for a Spa Day

How to Prepare Your Puppy for a Spa Day

When dogs are young, their first time being groomed is a totally new experience for them. The older they get, the more times they will have been groomed and the more familiar they’ll be with their “spa day.” Do you have a puppy who has yet to visit a groomer for their first “spa day?”…

Myths About Owning Big Dogs

Myths About Owning Big Dogs

Some people are cat people. Some people are dog people. Some people can’t have pets or don’t like them. If you’re reading this, you probably like dogs, and we do too. Here at Tailwaggers Country Inn, we take in all sorts of dogs— all shapes, sizes, and temperaments. A lot of people have small dogs–…

What Do Cats Need to Be Healthy?

What Do Cats Need to Be Healthy?

What do indoor cats need to be healthy and happy? Good Litter Box For starters, they should have good litter available to them at all times. This means the litter should be cleaned/scooped daily so they’re not having a hard time finding a clean and clear place to poop in peace. Litter boxes need to…

How to Give Your Dog the Care He or She Deserves

How to Give Your Dog the Care He or She Deserves

In a perfect world, every dog owner would take great care of their pet dog(s). Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have a dog or you’ll get one, and either way, you sincerely want to be the kind of person who takes great care of your beloved pet. That’s good; here are some basics…

Why Dogs Love Treats

Why Dogs Love Treats

If you had to eat nothing but “healthy foods” all day, every day, you’d probably feel like you were missing out on life’s great pleasures– treats. Most people, if they’re being honest, love some ice cream, chocolate, cookies, and/or candy bars once in a while. Those treats definitely “mix it up a bit” so we’re…

How to Make Your Dog Happy

How to Make Your Dog Happy

One thing most dog owners have in common is this: they want to make sure their dogs are happy. And why not? A happy dog just makes sense. No one wants to see a “down-in-the-dumps” dog– that’s depressing! What are some of the ways you can make your dog happy? Well, dogs are a lot…