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ilovemypets
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posted 07-16-2003 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
My maltese puppy has alot of ear hair. The vets around here would charge to much just for a visit....So just to pull his ear hair, I thought maybe I could. Has anyone had any luck with the powders? And what is a technique? Thanks

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puttin510
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posted 07-16-2003 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I do Sashas' ears all the time. Just take small amounts at a time and pull fast. Your dog may jump but they get used to it. If your dog has very waxy ears then put a small amount of ear powder and massage. It will make it easier to grasp. I use reg. tweezers and get in very close. If you take a lot of hair out at once it can get irritated and can get sore leading to an infection. So its wise to take a look in his ears at least once a week and just pluck whatever is there. The thornit powder I bought has made Sasha's ears much cleaner. She hardly has any brown wax coming out. Plus it fights off any yeast(that can cause infection) and any mites it will kill. Her ears look great. Normally at least once a week she gets that brown crud coming out. So pluck once weekly, maybe just as you are watching t.v. or something. Clean ears after a bath perhaps with ear cleaning fluid. then powder and pluck. Let me know if you need any other help.

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ilovemypets
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posted 07-17-2003 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
wow thanks for all the info!

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Julia1119
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posted 07-17-2003 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julia1119     Edit/Delete Message
I've never ene heard of doing that to your dogs ears!!! Should I do it?? Is there harm if you leave it there?

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ilovemypets
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posted 07-17-2003 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not exactly sure..I think they may could get Ear infections.

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puttin510
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posted 07-17-2003 08:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Julia: You have a poo mix right. Yes luvpets is right. If you don't pluck the hair out they are very prone to ear infections. Its really easy to do. The hair in the ears is very fine and comes out easier than plucking regular hair. You should be able to see completely into your dogs ear. Just lay dog down flip ear over and just pluck the hair from the inside. None that is on the lower flap. If your dogs ears are really waxy, use an ear wash made for dogs. Massage it and then use a cotton ball or wash cloth to get it out. My dog is prone to them. So I have even gone to the extent of buying a product from the U.K. that is supposed to work wonders with ears. Her ear rarely have anything in them. Thornit is what its called if interested. Make sure you pluck those hairs out at least once a month. I am trying to do it once a week, so there really is not too much weekly to do. You can use tweezers to get down deeper. Make sure you only pluck where you can see. Putting in ear powder helps to grasp waxy hair more easily. Get to it. LOL

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Julia1119
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posted 07-17-2003 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julia1119     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the info--yes i do have a poo mix! (shih poo). i think when i take her to the groomers, they do it as well as cleaning their ears. i will have to make sure next time i bring her!!!

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Julia1119
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posted 07-17-2003 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Julia1119     Edit/Delete Message
She also has really clean ears. I have never had a problem with wax build up, bad odors or infections. KNOCK ON WOOD!

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puttin510
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posted 07-20-2003 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
If you want to know the site for thornit, let me know.

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baby-snickers
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posted 07-30-2003 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for baby-snickers     Edit/Delete Message
umm is it bad on a yorkie that i dont pluck his ears?

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puttin510
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posted 08-01-2003 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
I don't own a yorkie, so I am not sure. I would ask the vet next time you go. But also if you take a look in his ears and they are clustered with hair then you may need to. My terrier has upright ears and he does not have ear hair growing constantly so he does not need it. I think maybe not for Snicker but ask your vet or another yorkie owner.

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Lacey
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posted 08-01-2003 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lacey     Edit/Delete Message
I use hemostats to pluck my Poodles ears. They don't have any sharp edges. Dogs with hanging ears like Poodles are prone to infection because there isn't any air flow. Plucking the hair out helps to increase the air flow to their ears and helps to prevent infection. I have never had my Poodle have one yet and she doesn't get any wax buildup either. Be careful of putting too much powder into their ears as it can buildup in there and cause hearing loss. Just a light dusting will do. I don't use any since the hemostats grip the hair so well.

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BellaUK
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posted 08-03-2003 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BellaUK     Edit/Delete Message
Hi everyone

DOwe have to pluck the ear hair?
I have a maltese, which isnt a very popular breed over here so did a lot of reading on them before i got one. I read in the books (that were mostly written by americans) that we SHOULD pluck the ear hairs.

When i took Bella to the vet though, he said it wasnt needed unless i wanted to pluck them for 'beauty' reasons but the hairs would not make any difference to her getting or not getting an ear infection and just to clean them with a ear wipe or some ear lotion from the pet shop.

Now im not sure if i should be doing it or not...any ideas?

Fiona & Bella

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www.perfectmaltese.co.uk

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nessa1880
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posted 08-04-2003 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
I dont think I could pluck my poodles ears myself. She is a freak about her ears. But if I dont take her to the groomers I guess I have to. Wow this whole grooming thing is getting harder and harder to imagine.

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puttin510
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posted 08-05-2003 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Nessa I bet you have your poo sitting on your lap alot right. Just keep certain things like a brush and (I just use tweezers in the ears) right near a spot you tend to sit in and brush daily and pull hair weekly so it does not end up being way too much hair to be pulled. If you let it go the ear can get sore and red and this is also when an infection can occur. Once you have it down its easy and a great bonding experience for both of you. It is a lot of work but its easy.
Bella: I do recall being on the malteseOnly forum and they often spoke of their Malts getting are infections. Its best for you to pluck. Remember just the hair from inside.

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ilovemypets
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posted 08-05-2003 02:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
Well the other day when I gave Alex a bath I got some tweezers and started to pluck. He has alot of ear hair. (not too much but a good amount) I didn't pluck all of it but I got some. I plan on doing this on every bath so maybe I can get it down to very little or none. Also here is a trick to plucking your maltese's ear hair. Massage her ear before doing it. This should get her relaxed.

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puttin510
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posted 08-06-2003 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Good job and perfect idea for soothing a dog that is not used to the plucking. was he good for you?

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ilovemypets
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posted 08-06-2003 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemypets     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you. And he was actully very good for me. For some reason he didn't mind me touching one ear more than the other...But then he got use to me touching the other and was fine. Thanks for letting me know how to do it in the beginning puttin!

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puttin510
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posted 08-07-2003 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Your very welcome.

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