Proper grooming is an important part of pet care. It not only
makes a companion animal look better, but contributes to his/her physiological and psychological health.
Ear care is an important part of grooming. Ear infections can
not only be painful, but lead to permanent hearing loss. The
signs of a problem with a companion animal's ears include
redness, constant scratching, head shaking and odours. How to Clean
Your Pet's Ears ....
- Check your companion animal's ears twice per month. The
skin inside and on the flaps should be pale pink. If there
is a foul odor and/or any red, brown or black skin, have a
veterinarian examine your pet's ears.
- Moisten a cotton ball with warm water or a little
mineral oil and use it to clean the opening into the canal
and the flaps. Do not probe too deeply into the canal.
Brush your pet thoroughly every day. This helps keep his or her
hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading the natural
oils throughout the coat, preventing tangles from forming and
keeping the skin clean and free from irritation. It is best to
start brushing your pet at an early age, but do not despair if
he or she is an older animal. It is possible to train one to
enjoy grooming. Proceed slowly, and be sure to use treats and
plenty of praise to make the experience fun