Greyhound Dog Ear Care
It's a good idea to examine both the outer and inner ear on a regular basis in order to provide the best dog ear care for your Greyhound. Dirt and wax can be removed by swabbing the ears with a cotton ball but don't clean further than you can see and never use a Q-tip. If your dog jerks his head you can risk hurting him. Greyhound dog ears are particularly sensitive. For the optimum dog ear care you can wipe them once every 2-4 weeks. A safe and effective ear care product that disinfects ears, dissolves ear wax and removes foreign debris is 'Ear Care' with Tea tree oil. It can be found at a natural pet store. Though keep in mind excessive cleaning can unknowingly disturb the natural balance of a dogs ears.
Greyhound ear tips are also susceptible to a condition called Chilblains where they become cracked, dry or even bloody. This is due to the poor circulation to the tips of Greyhound dog ears. This can be treated with a topical antibiotic or by making sure the ears stay warm in cold weather. It's a good idea to cover your dog's ears by using a neck warmer or a cut off sweater sleeve that fits snuggly. If your Greyhound does experience Chilblains and the condition doesn't improve with care take him/her to see your Veterinarian. Your Veterinarian will be a great source of information in terms of maintaining dog ear care.
Ear infections, inflammation and ear mites are other conditions that you will want to have your Veterinarian attend to right away. Ear infections and inflammation are usually signs of other imbalances occurring in the Greyhound's body. The contagious condition of ear mites will present itself in an affected dog by head shaking and persistent ear scratching and if you look closely you can see the mites, they appear as tiny white moving specks. The Internet is also a good source of information pertaining to dog ear care specific to Greyhounds and in general; many Greyhound adoption sites provide Greyhound health care advice as well as sites provided by Veterinarians.
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