What Exactly is Normal Earwax for Pets?

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Earwax is normal, to some extent. It’s normal for your pets to have ear wax, in fact, it’s necessary. Earwax collects debris, dust, pollen, dead cells, microbes etc. It then slides out of the ear canal, taking with it all the unwanted items and cleaning out the ear. So how much earwax is considered abnormal?

If your pet’s ear is not infected and appears clean when you inspect it, then there’s no reason you should clean it. In most animals, the ear has a system that takes care of itself and you don’t need to bother yourself with the cleanup. Cleaning your pet’s ear unnecessarily could actually cause more harm by creating an imbalance in the pH, thereby leading to infection. If you’re worried that your pet’s ear might have more earwax than what’s necessary contact your vet and he will give you more information on your pet’s ear health.

What breeds are more prone to excess earwax?
There are some cat and dog breeds that are prone to an unhealthy amount of earwax. Cocker spaniels for example, have glands in their ears that secrete too much ear wax. Dogs such as Bassets with longer ear canals also experience an excessive buildup of ear wax. English bulldogs also have an ear wax problem. They could get earwax trapped in the folds of their ears. Although it’s not unhealthy, you should clean the outsides of his ears to get the wax out.

Poodles have hair in their ear canals and this could lead to earwax getting caught up in the hair, further giving way to nasty hairballs blocking the entrance of the ear. If you have a dog that loves swimming, playing in the water too long can also lead to him developing excessive ear wax.

How should you remove the excessive earwax from your pet’s ears?
Having excessive earwax can be dangerous for the health of your pet. It could cause some pretty bad infections, changes in their ears, and sometimes even loss of hearing altogether. If your pet has noted that your dog does have more earwax than necessary, talk with him about ear cleanings for healthy ears devoid of infections. Your vet could recommend an ear cleaner that can remove wax, dry the ears, and balance out the pH levels.

What are the signs of ear infection that you should pay attention to?
There are three main types of ear infections that your pet could develop. These are fungal ear infections, ear mite infestations, and bacterial ear infections. If there’s excessive wax in the ear, clean it out with a cotton ball and take a look inside. If there is an odor coming from the ear or if the ear canal looks swollen, red, painful, or is warm to the touch, then chances are that your pet
has an ear infection. Schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as you notice these signs.

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