Frequent vet visits can be prevented with a little TLC
By Justyne Yuen-Lee
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Does it seem like your dog has ears that have a life of their own? Well, if they’re that big and fold over themselves, then you have to start cleaning them weekly.
Can you guess what the number one reason pet owners brought their dogs to the vet was last year? According to Nationwide Pet Insurance 2016 findings, it was ear infections. These visits could decrease if owners cleaned their dogs’ ears more regularly and inspected them more. But some dogs have a higher risk in getting infections and those are the floppy eared dogs. They may be adorable, but more, ears, more problems.
Here are the breeds (and of course any mixes with these breeds!) that require more ear attention:
Schnauzers (mini or regular sized)
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Yawn checking my ears is a bore, throw this ball! If we just take two minutes out of playtime to check your ear, missy, then we can be safe and fun.
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These long and pointy ears do more than just listen for predators or approaching humans, they catch everything the wind blows into them. Check, check and check again!
A whole lot of hounds…
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These long limbed and furred pups also have long and furry ears. Take the chance during naptime to lift their ears and clean em!