Animal ear care: what can and shouldn't be done?

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The TraumaPet Ohrentropfen are one of the most popular products in our webshop. Every day we receive a lot of positive feedback from owners who have finally solved a long-standing problem with the drops. But we also regularly receive questions about the optimal care of the ears.

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

Animal Ear Anatomy

Like the human ear, the animal ear consists of several parts. The outer ear the auricle consists of skin and cartilage. Of the ear canal is a "tube" and runs from the auricle to the eardrum. 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 take care of yourself are the Ohrmuschel and the ear canal

Depending on the breed, there can be major differences in the shape and texture of the pinna. Another important trait that differs from breed to breed is hair growth. 

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

For small wounds on the auricle such as bites or tears, this is the best way to do it TraumaPet Wundgel use. 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?  

As soon as the hair is cut short, it is also easier to see into the ear canal. Has earwax or dirt accumulated? Then you can carefully remove this, e.g. B. with a cotton ball, which you may use with a few ear drops moisturize  

We do not recommend cleaning the ear canal with a cotton swab as this can 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 them 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 objects (e.g. grass awns) and excess earwax. 

For the auricle use this TraumaPet Wundgel. For the ear canal you can use the ear drops deploy. 

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


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