2 tricks to clean your Labradoodle's ears and keep them clean
There's two things I tend to notice with Doodles at my workshop; dirty ears and dirty eyes.
Both are the classic Doodle problems that many dog owners struggle with.
And as per the request of some of my loyal readers, I'll cover both in my blogs.
Starting with the ears.
The first wolf descendants had perky ears and a robust coat. This was one of the many qualities that enabled them to survive in the wild.
Humans bred them into developing protruding, long ears as well as woolly, thick coats. Both of which are entirely useless for survival.
The hairs that grow on the body are the same ones that grow in the ears.
Erect ears with coarse hairs will have plenty of oxygen coming through, as you would guess, preventing any ear problems.
If we look at Doodles and Water dogs, we see thick coats and thick, woolly protruding ears.
Generally speaking: the thicker and woolier the coat, the more hair grows in the ears.
And the thicker the ear flap that covers it, the warmer and moister it gets inside of those ears.
That's where ear problems peek around the corner.
I've already explained how you pluck out the ears in a previous blog, but what about the earwax itself?
If your Doodle has a lot of earwax, it doesn't necessarily mean that he's suffering an ear infection.
After all, some dogs produce more earwax than others. My Joy is a textbook example.
As long as that earwax is brown and somewhat liquid, there's nothing wrong.
However, if it's black and crumbly, it could hint towards ear mite.
But don't worry, you'll know if your Doodle has an ear infection.
He'll do a head shake, scratch his ears, tilt his head and block you from getting anywhere near it because it bothers him so much.
So dirty ears aren't always a threat.
But how do you clean them without immediately resorting to Otoclean or another product that drips from the ears and leaves dirty, greasy tangling spots below the ears that are difficult to wash out?
I've got 2 tips:
- Coconut oil
- Pure Aloe Vera
Both natural remedies have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties and don't drip, preventing dirty, greasy tangling spots from forming.
The advantage of Aloe Vera is that it has cell-regenerating properties, healing the skin from the inside-out.
It's not without reason that they're a main remedy for burns and can be found in many cosmetics products because of their soothing effects (and many more medicinal properties that I won't list here)
If you want to keep the ears of your Doodle clean, it's best to use both of the above.
A. Use Coconut oil (found at the supermarket or Asian shop) on a tissue and clean the inside of the ears and ear cup with your finger.
B. You then use the pure Aloe Vera gel (you can get it in my web shop, click HERE) to heal the ears and skin from the inside-out, by putting one drop from your finger inside the ear canal and gently massage the ear canal with the ears closed.
Depending on the severity, you start daily with step A and weekly with step B, and you gradually build down.
Both products are entirely harmless, UNLESS your dog is allergic to onions (same plant family as Aloe Vera).
And they're good for you as well, for all sorts of things, multi-functional!
A must-have for your medicine cabinet.
Good luck and let me know how it went.
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One last thing, if you're going to get coconut oil, do your dog a favour and give him some on a spoon.
He'll love it.
Best wishes, Wanda & Joy