Ear Care 101


Summer time and the living is easy…well for most.  For pet owners this is a time spent outdoors playing with their best bud, but for pet groomers this is a time of increased ear infections. Ear infections can be serious conditions for many people’s furry friends. Pet owners may not be knowledgeable enough to spot the signs that their pets are in distress. Make sure that your staff knows how to spot and help prevent ear infections in your client’s critters. 

Leave It To The Professionals  

As a professional in the pet service industry, it is your due diligence to make sure pet owners never handle an ear infection on their own. Although most ear infections are easy to treat, ignoring the situation could lead to broken blood vessels, damaged ear drums or irreversible damage in a pet’s ear. So when you come across an animal with an ear infection make sure that you have veterinarian referrals on hand that you can pass off to any pet owners in need. 

Look For The Signs

Pet owners usually have it pretty easy since dogs typically manage their own ear health.  Although many dogs may be as healthy as a horse, they might still be prone to ear infections.   Parasites, food allergies and foreign objects that build up in the ear all are common causes of infection. Swelling, discharge and foul odors are all symptoms that a dog has an ear infection.  While these are only a few symptoms, if a pet shows these signs you definitely need to get a closer look.  Analyzing the situation with a microscope is a pretty common way to diagnose the situation.  In extreme cases MRI’s, skin scraping and even biopsies can also be useful tactics to check for infection.

Prevention Is Key

Pet owners would be wise to get their animals annual ear exams to help minimize the risk of infection.  These checkups will make sure the ear drum is intact, find any bacteria and allow for the removal of any wax or build up.  However many owners may not have time for annual visits. If you notice a pup with ears that look in danger of getting infected, you can suggest owners follow a weekly ear cleaning schedule to minimize or prevent infection. You can go so far as to train pet owners in this at home care at the pup’s next grooming session. Advising owners to be cautious around pond water, puddles and water from a hose is important as well since these areas can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

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