The staff at Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy, TX understands that many dog owners are reluctant to embrace the idea of ear trimming, even if an initial pet exam indicates your pup might benefit from the practice. Fortunately, our veterinarian can help with your pet’s ear trimming needs by trimming your pet’s ears. Following are the answers to questions our veterinarian frequently receives regarding ear trimming.
Why Trim the Hair in Your Dog’s Ears?
When hair, debris, and wax build up in your dog’s ears, it can diminish your dog’s ability to hear approaching cars, other people, and other potential threats. Removing excess hair around and inside the ears of your pet will help improve its hearing. Ear trimming can also help prevent various yeast and bacterial infections that can damage your pet’s health.
What is Ear Plucking and is it Necessary?
Some owners attempt to remove the hair in their dog’s ears themselves. Not only might your dog object to the practice, but it can do more damage than you realize. The plucked hair can irritate the skin in your dog’s ear, an area that is already susceptible to infections, causing the very infections and inflammation you’re seeking to prevent.
Should You Consult Your Veterinarian When Your Dog Needs its Ears Trimmed?
A dog’s ears are easily injured. If you approach its ears with sharp objects and your pet struggles or resists your efforts, it could result in injuries for your pet. Failing to clean the tools you use to clean and trim your dog's ears properly could result in cross-contamination. The bottom line is that for most pet owners, it is a better option to leave complex cleaning issues like ear trimming to a veterinarian who has the experience and facilities to make the process as comfortable as possible for your pet.
Is There a Way to Make Ear Trimming More Comfortable for My Pet?
Many dogs struggle with the idea of having their ears trimmed. One reason for this is that no one ever plays with or manipulates their ears. While you never want to play roughly with your dog’s ears, it is important to gently manipulate them so they are less distrustful when you or your vet attempts to do the same.
Schedule a Pet Exam with Our Veterinarian in Katy, TX for More Information on Ear Trimming
Grand Park Animal Clinic in Katy, TX has a team of professionals available to help meet all of your dog’s grooming needs. Call us today at (281) 392-3127 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.