French Bulldogs are a notoriously difficult breed to groom. One of the most difficult French Bulldog grooming tasks is cleaning the ears. Many dogs have floppy ears, so this is an issue that all dog owners face, but the extra skin and fleshy ears of Frenchies make it even harder. When you add in their stubbornness and sensitivity, you have a real challenge on your hands.
This article will explain how to clean your Frenchie’s ears safely and effectively so that they don’t suffer from infections or other ear problems. The French Bulldog is a very popular breed, especially in the urban community. They are simple to maintain and need minimal exercise, making them perfect for apartment living.
One of the most important aspects of maintaining your French Bulldog’s health is keeping its ears clean. Their ears need to be checked weekly and cleaned regularly to ensure there are no infections or wax build-up in the ear canal.
If you’re not familiar with French Bulldogs, they are a brachycephalic breed. That’s a fancy way of saying that they have “pushed in” faces, which makes them prone to health problems like breathing issues, trouble regulating their temperature and problems with their eyes. On top of that, the folds on their face are prone to getting dirty and infected (this is called dermatitis), which means they need special care to keep the area clean.
Why Do I Need to Clean My French Bulldog’s Ears?
As well as being cute, those little wrinkles on your Frenchie’s face have an important job to do! They help protect the eyes from dirt and other debris by catching it in the wrinkles before it can get any further. Unfortunately, this also means your Frenchie’s face is incredibly susceptible to bacteria and other nasty infections.
The ears are no exception. If you don’t keep them clean regularly, they can become infected and cause secondary problems such as an ear infection or otitis externa. These both cause pain and discomfort to your dog, but can be easily avoided by keeping everything nice and clean!
Cleaning your French Bulldog’s ears is an important part of regular grooming. The floppy shape of their ears means that air doesn’t circulate around the ear canal as much as it does in some other breeds. This lack of ventilation can make French Bulldogs more prone to ear infections than other breeds. A build-up of wax and debris can lead to bacterial growth, which can cause irritation and pain.
Your French Bulldog’s ears should be checked regularly for signs of infection. You can tell if your Frenchie has an ear infection if they are showing any of the following symptoms:
- Head shaking or tilting
- Odor coming from the ear canal
- Redness or scabbing in the ear canal
- Discharge or pus coming from the ear canal
When dogs have floppy ears like French bulldogs, they’re more prone to ear infections because their ears are covered up. It’s important to clean your French bulldog’s ears regularly in order to prevent any of these painful and uncomfortable infections.
1. Gather your supplies. In order to clean your dog’s ears, you’ll need a towel or blanket, a bottle of ear cleaning solution (you can buy one at your local pet store), cotton balls, a cotton swab and treats. Make sure that you grab the right ear cleaning solution for your dog. Human ear cleaning solutions are not safe for dogs.
2. Position your dog. Lay out the towel or blanket in front of you on the floor. The purpose of this is so that if your dog does decide to shake his head mid-cleaning, he doesn’t get too much water everywhere! Have your dog sit down in front of you on the towel or blanket.
3. Put the treatment in his ears. Squirt some ear cleaning solution into one of his ears with the bottle that came with it (this will differ depending on which brand you purchased). Massage the base of his ear for about 30 seconds so that the solution gets into all parts of his ear canal and helps break up.
Your Frenchie’s ears are one of the most prominent features of their body and they can get dirty! The French Bulldog has long and floppy ears that hang over its face, which can make it hard to see when there’s something wrong with them.
One of the most common problems for the French Bulldog is ear infections, so it’s important to keep their ears clean.
French Bulldogs are a smart, loyal and funny breed. If you’re looking for a cute companion, the French Bulldog might just be the perfect dog for you!
Grooming your French Bulldog is simple. You will need to brush them once or twice a week to keep their coat healthy. Bathe them once a month or if they get dirty, and clean their ears after every bath. Care for their nails by trimming them every few weeks or when they start to make clicking sounds on hard surfaces.
The French Bulldog is a small breed of domestic dog. “Frenchies” were the result in the 1800s of a cross between bulldog ancestors imported from England and local ratters in Paris. In 2014, they were the fourth-most popular registered dog in the United Kingdom, and in 2015, they were the ninth-most popular AKC registered dog breed.
The French Bulldog has the appearance of an active, intelligent, muscular dog of heavy bone, smooth coat, compactly built, and of medium or small structure.
French Bulldog ear cleaning is an important part of grooming your Frenchie. Due to their large and prominent ears, Frenchies are prone to ear infections. We recommend you clean your bulldog’s ears at least twice a week.
To clean your dog’s ears you will need:
- A good quality ear cleaner (available at most pet supply stores)
- Cotton balls or cotton swabs (Q-tips)
How To Clean Your French Bulldog’s Ears
1. Fill the ear canal with the ear cleaner. Use enough cleaner that it fills the canal and reaches the eardrum (this may take more liquid than you expect). Massage the base of the ear to allow the cleaner to reach down into the canal.**
2. Allow your French Bulldog to shake his head, then use a cotton ball or Q-tip to wipe away any wax or debris you see in the outer portion of the ear canal. Be careful not to insert anything too deeply into the canal, and never poke into your dog’s eardrum!**
3. Repeat steps 1
If your dog is having ear problems contact your Vet immediately.