Traditionally, it has been recommended that all dogs should have hair-free ears and ear plucking has been a routine component of dog grooming. However, recent evidence has revealed that ear plucking in the normal, healthy ear may not be necessary.
What dog breeds need ear plucking?
The breeds that need hair plucking because the hair tends to be rooted deep in the ear canal, are Maltese, Poodles, Terriers and Labradoodles, to name just a few. As long as the ear has no extreme build up of wax or smell, we will pull this hair up and pluck it.
Why do groomers pull hair out of dog’s ears?
Plucking a dog’s ear is when we gently pull or tweeze the hair from the inside of a dog’s ear. The theory is that removing the hair will keep it from blocking the canal, allowing more air to circulate, which helps prevent ear infections and moisture build-up.
Does it hurt to pluck dogs ears?
To Pluck or Not to Pluck the Hair from Your Dog’s Ears
For those who are against the practice, they say plucking hair from a dog’s ear can do more harm than good. The procedure can cause microscopic tears in the tissues of the ear canal which can pave the way for bacteria to invade and cause infection.
How often should you pluck your dogs ears?
So we’ve now traveled full circle, and our strong recommendation is that any dogs (at any age) with significant amounts of hair in their ears should have the hair plucked out routinely, usually at least every 6 weeks.
Should you pluck poodles ears?
While some owners will use their fingers to pluck hairs from their Poodle’s ears, this is not recommended since it is important to remove all of the hairs – including the root – and to do so without causing discomfort to the puppy or dog.
How do groomers clean dogs ears?
What do groomers use to clean dogs’ ears? Groomers often begin with medicated ear powder to dry out the wax. Next, they may use a tool called a hemostat—or tweezer-like device—to remove debris. They’ll usually choose the best dog ear cleaner for your pup’s breed and gently swab the ear canal.