Dog Ear Wax
Dogs' ears may be much stronger than human ears, but they still have a few things in common, one of them being ear wax. Dog ear wax is typically a yellowish-brown colour.
Why do dogs produce ear wax?
Like humans, dogs produce ear wax mainly as a protective measure. It makes the ears easier to clean and prevents certain harmful bacteria and fungi from entering the ear canal.
Your dog should have a thin layer of ear wax coating their entire ear. Some dog breeds and dogs who are prone to ear infection will produce more ear wax. This can provide extra protection but can also turn into a cause for infection if not properly managed.
How much is too much?
The coating of ear wax on your dog's ears shouldn't be noticeable unless you're looking directly into your dog's ear. If you can see the dog ear wax build up from a few feet away or you notice it partially clogging your dog's ear, there's too much.
You will also notice a musty odor emanating from your dog's ears if they have excessive amounts of ear wax. If you notice a strong, unpleasant smell, take your dog to the vet immediately. Strong odors are often associated with yeast and other infections.
What are the dangers of excessive ear wax?
A massive buildup of wax in your dog's ears can lead to all kinds of problems, including accumulation of ear fungus (yeast being the primary concern), ear infections, hearing loss, and loss of balance. Some of these issues can then go on to cause loss of vision as well.
What can you do about excessive dog ear wax?
Most of the time you can treat excessive ear wax at home by cleaning your dog's ears with a specialised dog ear cleaning solution . This is a fairly simple task but it can be quite messy and it's not fun for your furry friend, so you'll want gloves and you may also want a helper.
The best dog ear cleaners will contain 100% natural ingredients chosen to flush out wax and grime while still leaving a protective layer behind. Our Pro Pooch Natural Dog Cleaner achieves the first goal with a dog-safe natural compound called decyl glucoside (which happens to be derived from human superfood, coconuts). The second goal is accomplished with glycerin, which leaves a smooth protective coating on your dog's ears until they can replenish their ear wax.
How can you prevent future buildups?
The best way to prevent future buildups is to make cleaning your dog's ears part of your grooming routine. Many dogs are fine with only having their ears cleaned a few times a year, but you should check your dog's ears once every 3-4 weeks. If you notice a buildup starting to happen, clean the ears immediately.
Keeping the hair around your dog's ears closely trimmed can also help prevent excessive was buildups and other dog ear problems.
Some wax in your dog's ears is completely normal, but too much ear wax can cause a variety of health problems for your dog. Luckily an excess of ear wax is easily flushed out with a specialised dog ear cleaner and future excesses can be kept at bay with regular ear cleaning.
Planning to clean your dog's ears for the first time? Download our free guide, How to Clean Your Dogs Ears