Shar-Pei ears are among the most difficult to clean due to the shape and deep crevices. If left uncleaned, the ears can become a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. To prevent infections, the ears must be regularly cleaned with an appropriate cleaning solution.
To begin cleaning a Shar-Pei’s ears, carefully inspect them for any signs of wax buildup, redness, swelling, or discharge. If any of these issues are noted, contact your veterinarian for further advice.
When cleaning the ears, use a soft cloth or cotton ball that has been soaked in a cleaning solution. Choose a cleanser made specifically for dogs, containing ingredients such as glycerin, salicylic acid, lactic acid, or witch hazel. Avoid using rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or any other human ear cleaning products.
Gently squeeze a few drops of the cleaning solution into the ear, filling it up halfway. Massage the base of the ear for a few seconds before releasing the pressure to allow the cleaner to work its way into the ear canal. Then, using a cotton ball or soft cloth, carefully clean the nooks and crannies of the ear, paying special attention to the folds and crevices.
After all the cleaning solution has been wiped away, use a damp cloth to remove any remaining wax or debris. Do not use a cotton swab as this could push wax further into the ear and cause damage to the delicate tissue of the ear canal.
Once the ears have been cleaned and dried, apply a small amount of ear powder, which helps to prevent infection. Avoid using any powder that contains alcohol or antibacterial ingredients.
Shar Pei ears must be regularly cleaned to prevent infections. Fortunately, with the right cleaning solution and tools, this task is relatively easy to accomplish. However, if the ears appear to be excessively dirty, red, or swollen, contact your veterinarian for further advice.