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Top Tips for Keeping Your Pet’s Ears Healthy

Blog Home Jun 15, 2021

Listen up, hoomans! Unfortunately, ear problems can be quite common in pets. 

Is your furry friend shaking their head frequently or scratching away at their ears? If so, there’s a chance your pet may be in discomfort. Is the smell of their ears enough to knock your socks off? This is a definite red flag that something’s not quite right – in which case, a trip to the vets may be necessary. Some pesky ear problems can be prevented altogether with a good ear cleaning routine!

At Itch, we’re passionate about all-things pet health and wellbeing! By the time you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll be a pro on what causes ear problems in pets, what symptoms to look out for and importantly, how you can prevent ear problems from developing in the future!

What causes ear problems in pets?

Cat scratching

A common cause of ear problems in pets is ear wax build-up. 

This can be mega uncomfortable for your pet! The build up of wax also allows for the gathering of other nasties. It can encourage the development of bacteria and yeast, making for a funky ear infection. (If you’ve ever had one of these bad boys – you know it’s not to be messed with!). Extra wax can also catch all kinds of irritants – anything like grass seeds or burrs can get jammed in there and cause a whole world of discomfort.

Other causes of ear problems can include allergies, mites and injuries, to name but a few. To rule out there being anything more serious at play, it’s worth checking in with a vet for an expert opinion.

What are the symptoms of ear infections?

Ear problems in your pet are usually quite easy to spot. The symptoms you will want to look out for are:

  • Scratching their ears (you want to be extra careful with cats – if they’re having a good ol’ scratch it can cause cuts and lead to bigger infections!)
  • Shaking their head frequently or rubbing ears on furniture and the floor
  • Red or swollen ears
  • Painful ears (your pet may no longer want ear scratches or to be stroked)
  • Ears leaking wax, puss, or other discharge
  • Bad smell (sometimes it can be a touch cheesy!)
  • In rare instances, a loss of or tricky balance

If you’ve noticed your pet scratching their ears, it could well be due to ear problems, but it could also be a sign of a pesky parasite invasion! 

To be on the safe side, it’s worth checking them over with a flea comb and keeping them protected with a monthly parasite protection pack. This will slay fleas, ticks and lice.

Which pets are most likely to have ear problems?

Dog with floppy ears

Some dog breeds are actually more prone to problems with their ears. 

Any breeds with floppy ears are much more susceptible to having wax build up. You also want to be careful with pets that have hair in their ear canals or have narrow ear canals (they can get pretty stinky!). This is for all you pet parents out there with terriers, spaniels, bulldogs, retrievers and poodles – be extra vigilant!

Always do your research on your pet’s breed and speak to a vet if you are concerned – they’ll always provide the best method for caring for your furbaby.

What can you do to help ear infections and prevent wax build-up?

If you suspect there’s something not quite right with your pet’s ears, always speak to a vet! They will identify the problem and recommend the best treatment.

If your pet has regular ear infections, or if you are looking to prevent future ear issues, you’ll want to keep up a regular ear grooming routine. You can do this by regularly cleaning out your pets ears with some cotton wool and specially designed ear treatment.

Make a regular habit of checking your pet’s ears for any nasties – cuts, discharge, or redness are all signs your furry best friend needs medical attention! Ears are also a common place to find pesky critters (like ticks). Be sure to remove these with a tick hook! This needs to be done before you proceed with cleaning.

How can Itch help keep those ear canals clean?

Itch Ear package


Introducing Itch Ear – a gentle yet effective cleaning solution, available to add-on to your monthly Itch Flea subscription

Our all-new and improved Itch Ear is simple, effective and easy to use. Formulated with lavender oil for its naturally antibacterial and soothing properties, it’s designed to loosen and remove excess wax and debris. Itch Ear helps to prevent irritation, reduce discomfort and provide soothing moisturisation for the ear canal – keeping your furry friend comfortable and happy. 

We always strive to make pet parent’s lives easy. This is why Itch Ear now fits through your Labra-door in letterbox friendly packaging! 

Add Itch Ear to your monthly personalised protection pack today.