My vet says its very important to keep the hair out of the inside of his ear. Others I have talked to with poodles say it depends on the individual dog. I have been having the groomer do it but he really yelps and I can tell it really hurts him. What are your thoughts?? thanks
Yes, it depends on the individual dog. Just because it hurts your dog though doesn't mean it shouldn't have it done. I do mine every 6 weeks or so. Although I groom my dogs more often then that, I like to have long hair to pull out a bit at a time to make sure I can get the hair deep in the ear canal. I NEVER clean the ears at the same time I pluck them, that's just asking for irriation. I'll leave the ear powder in the ear to keep it dry and clean them a few days later to allow the pores to close.
I do - but some don't! See here To pluck ears or not to pluck ears? for a recent discussion. If you do it once a week or so, and only pull tiny pinches at a time, it does not hurt - some groomers have been taught to yank the whole lot out at once, which must be very painful!
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My friend uses hemostats to get small bits of hair out. However, she can't find any that she really likes. We neither of us really like the locking ones because they hurt your fingers to unlock, and the non-locking ones that she has just don't close properly and so they can't pull small pieces of hair out because the gap is too big.
I never thought of using tweezers. What do others use? I don't think I would like to use fingers because I might get hold of a too big piece of hair.
as a professional groomer I use powder for grip and tweezers with finger holes, this i sbetter for grabbinga few hairs. Depending on dog(deep rooted/sensitive) i will not always pull hair or all hairs. in fact just cleaning and trimming my reactive dogs ahas hugely helped thier issues with handling the ears/head area(i dont blame them) and we have also tried not pulling hair(just cleaning and trimming) on dogs with constant infections in case it is continueing because we are leaving the hair folicle open. this also makes them happier. I have groomed quite a few clienst that came with never having htier ear hair pulle and they do just fine, it doesnt look as neat,but i say if it works don't mess with it.
Lucy in the past has been prone to skin infections. I had some ointment from the vet's the last time she had a rash and as she was scratching her ears and they looked a little red, I put a small amount in (not right down inside her ears - just where it was a bit red) and it seems to have gone now.
Do you think I should leave her ears alone or pull small amounts of hair.
Do these look like the right thing - scissorstweez or something?