There are many myths and misconceptions about caring for your Rottweiler ears. Here we will dispel those myths and give you some simple steps on how to care for your pet’s ears during the cold winter months or any time of year.
You’ll want to keep their ear canal dry and clean, prevent water from entering the ear canal by keeping water out of the dog’s face, and finally, you’ll want to remove any dirt or debris that may have built up in the ear canal.
We hope these tips help make this process as easy as possible so you can enjoy all of those adorable floppy ears.
Steps to Care for Your Rottweiler Ears
1. Keeping the ear canal dry and clean:
- Feed your dog a nutritious diet with no artificial flavors or colors. – Avoid feeding your dog food that is high in simple carbohydrates and sugar, as this can promote yeast growth and infections of the ears.
- Don’t feed your dog from the table – it not only promotes begging and jumping up but also makes her more susceptible to yeast and ear infections.
- Don’t let your dog go swimming or get into the water for at least a day, if not more. This will help keep the canal dry because the water in their ears can lead to infections.
- Product Ingredients to Avoid: ‘‘Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products, 1-(2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol) BP, 1,3 Diol. It’s toxic to the nervous system and the reproductive system. In combination with water, it produces nitrous acid, which is toxic to aquatic life. Nitrite or nitrate poisoning can occur from certain cosmetic products containing 1-3 diols”
Step To Clean Rottweiler Ears
- Clean your dog’s ears twice a week with hydrogen peroxide. You can purchase 3% hydrogen peroxide at any drug store or supermarket. Pour a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide into the ear, massage the base of the ear for approximately one minute to work it deep into their ear canal, and then gently wipe away the ear wax.
- Never use any other peroxide than 3%. If you use a stronger solution, it could lead to eardrum rupture.
- Clean the ears gently, as to not push all of the wax down into deeper parts of their ear canal.
- Special ear wipes are also available from your veterinarian or pet supply store to clean your dog’s ears!
1. Why it’s important to keep your dog’s ears clean
- The ear canal contains sensitive tissue that is vulnerable to injury, infection, and trauma.
- Excess wax in the ear canal can lead to bacterial or yeast infections.
- Water in the ears can lead to fungal growth in the ear canal.
- Cleaning your dog’s ears will help prevent these harmful conditions from occurring.
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2. How You Can Prevent Water From Entering The Ear Canal
- Provide drinking water away from food and avoid letting your dog lick his paws and face after eating or drinking.
- Don’t let your dog swim in the ocean, lake, pond, or river for at least a day after being in contact with water to prevent any contaminants from entering their ears.
- If possible, only allow your pet to swim where swimming is permitted – better yet if there are no swimmers.
- If your pet must be outside, try to place a tarp or blanket on the ground that will help keep the ears dry from snow and rain.
- Product Ingredients To Avoid: ‘‘One ingredient to avoid is propylene glycol In humans it is a skin conditioner and solvent for dyes, a treatment for eczema, a humectant and skin protectant, a treatment for herpes simplex infection, a solvent in contact lens solutions, and much more. In dogs, it is used as a vehicle for topical medications. It is non-toxic (in the small amounts found in products) but because of its potential to enhance absorption, it’s best to avoid it.
- Product Ingredients To Avoid: ‘‘Phenoxyethanol is a preservative used in cosmetics and personal care products, 1-(2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol) BP, 1,3 Diol. It’s toxic to the nervous system and the reproductive system. In combination with water, it produces nitrous acid, which is toxic to aquatic life. Nitrite or nitrate poisoning can occur from certain cosmetic products containing 1-3 diols”
3. What To Do If There Is Dirt Or Debris In The Ear Canal:
You’ll want to carefully remove dirt and debris from your pet’s ears with a damp piece of gauze or a cotton ball that has been moistened with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.
You should never stick a cotton swab into your pet’s ear canal as this could damage the eardrum and/or probe too deeply inside the dog’s ear, potentially causing trauma to the eardrum.
4. Prevent Water From Entering Your Pet’s Ear Canal:
Preventing water from entering your pet’s ear canal is quite simple. All you will need are some cotton balls, which are small enough to fit inside the dog’s ears.
While your Rottweiler is in the bathtub or swimming in a pool, simply put cotton balls into each of their ears. The cotton balls will keep water out of the ear canal, preventing any trauma or inflammation that may occur.
Taking care of your Rottweiler’s ears doesn’t have to be difficult, but it does require a little bit of knowledge about what you should do and not do. If you prevent water from getting into their ear canal while they are swimming or getting bathed, clean the ears carefully with hydrogen peroxide to remove any built-up dirt, dampen a cotton ball with either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide and insert it into your pet’s ear canal, then finally remove the cotton ball from their ear canal. If you do these five things, your Rottweiler will be able to have healthy ears that are free of dirt, debris, and water.