Having a regular weekly routine of checking your dog’s ears is the best way to keep on top of any build-up of wax. It also helps to spot serious conditions and other irregularities that may need veterinary attention. Ear problems can be painful and irritating. If not dealt with in good time the outer ear can become inflamed causing ulcerations and encouraging further problems. If there is a discharge and a nasty pungent odour from the ears you should take your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

Dogs are very prone to picking up mites. It is easy to spot the signs as they will begin to scratch and rub their ears with their paws and hold their heads to one side and shake the head violently. Ear mites can cause a lot of discomfort for a dog. The flaps of the ears can become bruised with ulcerations and soreness. Adjacent areas of skin can be scratched and wounded.

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Are some breeds of dogs more prone to this problem than others? Well, they can all get ear mites but dogs with long droopy ears and narrow ear canals can be more susceptible.

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A combination of an overgrowth of hair in the ear, lack of ventilation with wax accumulation in narrow ear canals and dogs that swim in water can make the problem more common. Therefore dogs with erect ears tend to have fewer problems with ear mites.

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THORNIT is an amazing little powder with no antibiotics in it and can be used safely. The base ingredient is Iodoform which was used in early dentistry. To apply to use the stem of a small spoon to take a pinch of powder. Gently dust around the outer ear avoiding the entrance to the ear canal. Then gently massage the ear from the outside.

Relief will come with the first dose but the treatment should continue for 1 – 5 days twice a day. When the ear wax dissolves and moves out then the ear mite is dead and you will be left with a clean ear.

You can always treat with a pinch of Thornit in each ear once a week to keep the dog free of infection.