Staying clean is key, especially for doggies with droopy ears since dirt and bacteria can get trapped inside, multiply, and cause an infected disaster. Yuck. Oftentimes, a bad odor will clue you in to an ear issue, and always check with a vet to make sure the problem isn't serious before settling on a solution. Regardless of how you squirt and swab ears down, don't forget to do these three things before you get started:
- Clean under your nails. Time to dig out any dirt and grime from under your nails with a file and make sure there are no jagged edges that could hurt your pooch.
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- Wash your hands. Of course you'd think to wash your hands after, but scrub your hands under running water before you get started with an antibacterial, fragrance-free soap.
- Do not apply anything else. Refrain from adding perfume or lotion when you're done, and, if you had it on before, make sure it's totally gone.
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