Ear care for animals: what can you do and what shouldn't you do?

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The TraumaPet ear drops are one of the most popular products in our webshop. We receive a lot of positive feedback every day from owners who have finally solved a long-standing problem with the drops. We also regularly receive questions about how to best care for your ears.

Ear diseases occur regularly. In this blog we explain how to best care for your dog or cat's ears. 

Anatomy of the animal ear

Like the human ear, the animal ear consists of several parts. The outer ear or the auricle consists of skin and cartilage. Theear canal is a “tube” and runs from the auricle to theeardrum. The eardrum serves as a “barrier” between the outer ear and the middle ear.

Bron: MSD vet manual

How do I care for the auricle? 

The parts of the ear that you can care for yourself are the auricle and the ear canal

Depending on the breed, there can be big differences in the shape and texture of the auricle. Another important characteristic that varies from breed to breed is hair growth. 

It is advisable to trim long hair on the inside of the ear to prevent dirt from accumulating there. The ear can then be more easily inspected and excess wax and redness can be better identified. This also means the ear can breathe better and doesn't get too moist. You can trim the animal's ear hair short yourself using rounded-tip scissors, or have a hairdresser do it for you. 

This is best for small wounds on the auricle such as bite wounds or cracks TraumaPet wound gel apply. This cares for open wounds and prevents inflammation and infections. The water-based gel allows for moist wound healing, which accelerates natural healing.

How do I care for the ear canal?  

Once the hair is cut short, you can see better into the ear canal. Has earwax or dirt built up? Then you can carefully remove this, e.g. B. with a cotton ball, which you may have with a few Ear drops moisten.  

We do not recommend cleaning the ear canal with a cotton swab as this may cause irritation. Only when all visible dirt and earwax have been removed can you start administering the ear drops. We recommend putting 2 to 10 drops into the ear canal and then rubbing it in well.  

Summary: First clean, then drip!

Regardless of whether you want to treat the auricle or the ear canal, the following always applies: First remove dirt, foreign bodies (e.g. grass awns) and excess earwax. 

For the ear cup use this TraumaPet wound gel. For the ear canal you can use the Ear drops insert. 

  • Preventive Application: Instill 1 to 2 times per week
  • To treat an ear infection or an ear infection: instill 1 to 2 times daily. If the situation does not improve within a few days, you should consult a veterinarian.


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