The Eyes and Ears of Preventative Puppy Care

Good health starts with good hygiene. Since it’s much easier to prevent an infection than treat one, here are some tips for managing common concerns that can affect your puppy’s ears or eyes to help avoid long-term health problems.

Your puppy’s ears

Ear care should be part of your regular grooming routine. Checking your puppy’s ears regularly for signs of irritation will help you catch any infections or irritations early. If your puppy’s ears are long and floppy or stand erect, their ear canals are not well ventilated and need to be checked frequently. The type of hair growing on the ear (long, curly, short, etc.) is also an important factor. Weekly ear inspections and prompt veterinary treatment at the first sign of infection are important. To clean the ears, use a solution specifically formulated for a puppy’s ears. Most ear cleaners work by breaking up and liquefying wax in the ear canal so it can be safely removed. Follow package instructions carefully to avoid injuring your puppy’s ears.

Your puppy’s eyes

 Eye care is important for every breed of puppy. It’s important to clean your puppy’s eyes of any discharge, but there will always be some amount of tear-staining whenever hair rests around the eyes. Tear-staining results from the hair absorbing moisture produced by the eyes. The preferred method to clean your puppy’s eye discharge is to use saline solution or eyewash designed specifically for puppies.

Additional Tip:

Consider microchipping your dog. A qualified vet will use a syringe to insert a tiny microchip beneath the skin, containing your contact information.

FAST FACTS
01: Check your puppy’s ears regularly for signs of irritation.
02: Clean your puppy’s eye discharge using saline solution or eyewash designed specifically for puppies.
03: Bonus: Consider microchipping your dog. A qualified vet will use a syringe to insert a tiny microchip beneath the skin, containing your contact information.