Dog ears are highly delicate. Undetected ear infections may cause severe problems and potential hearing loss.
If the ears of the dog smell bad, your French bulldog scratches them, constantly shaking their heads, or it hurts them when you touch their ears, it may be a sign of infection.
You should then go to the vet right away.
The second most common reason for dogs to go to the vet is ear infections.
Earwax keeps dog ears healthy
Dog ears contain a healthy amount of earwax, like your ear.
This earwax moisturizes the skin in the ear canal and protects it. The earwax removes dirt, dust and foreign objects from the ear. Earwax contains substances that combat bacteria (including lysozyme) and prevent insects from entering the ear canal. Washing too much can disturb this protection and cause problems.
How often do you need to clean the ears?
Due to the protective function of the earwax, cleaning of the dog’s ear should be done if the ears are dirty. The length of time it takes to contaminate the ears of a dog depends on race, type of dog ears, and activity of the dog. It varies from dog to dog, in other words.
You should normally clean the ears of your dog once a month.
Check the general condition of the dog’s ears first
Are the ears externally unharmed?
Ear infections are very painful, and the dog will not let anyone touch his ears in this case. Your bully wants to escape this control in the event of an infection. As soon as possible, you should see a veterinarian.
Check if there are foreign bodies in the ear
Dogs that often break through grasses or forest areas can get into their ears foreign objects like plants or grass. If this is the case, you may try to remove it yourself (very gently).
Check if your dog has any signs of parasites
Dog ears are a magical place for parasites like mites, ticks or fleas. Ear mites in the French bulldog cause a strong itching and a thick brown discharge.
You should definitely consult a veterinarian even if you see a sign of ear mites. In this case, do not clean the ears. When he sees the symptoms, the veterinarian has an easier time making a diagnosis.
Check the dog’s ears for signs of fungal infection
If your dog has a yeast infection, smell the ears. The dog’s ears may have a brownish deposit if this is the case. So in this case, you should definitely go to the veterinarian. Again, don’t clean your dog’s ears in advance.
Check for signs of bacterial infection in your dog’s ears.
7 Steps to clean your Frenchies ears
- Dip a piece of gauze (available at any pharmacy) in lukewarm coconut oil.
- Wash the inside of the dog’s ear
- Give a shot of ‘dog ear cleaner’ to the dog’s ear (only do this once every 8 weeks)
- Massage ear in question, so the ear cleaner can soften the dirt in the ear.
- Give the dog the opportunity to shake extensively.
- Wipe away the dirt that has been shaken from the ear canal.
- Give your dog a treat