Principle #4 – Seeing Your Vet For Serious Issues
You might think man’s best friend is easy to care for, but you should be warned: dogs are especially susceptible to irritation from chemicals, infections and pests. You won’t want to use any insecticides or mite treatments because they may cause an irritation for your pet. Your dogs ears are very sensitive and should you notice anything resembling coffee grounds, waxy buildups, or mites, make sure you take your dog to the vet. While your dog’s ears are exposed, be extremely careful to trim long hair from the openings of his or her ear as excess hair could cause an ear infection.
The most important thing is to keep an eye on your dog’s behavior and physical appearance for any signs of ear problems. Report any problems to your vet immediately. Things like ear blisters, scrapes, crusty or red spots; too much wax that is red or black; ears that smell bad or seeing the dog shaking her head a lot or pawing at the ear area; or if your dog is yelping if you try to touch that spot.