Different breeds of dog have different body types, and these differences can leave them more prone to different health and hygiene problems. Basset hounds, for example, are known for their long droopy ears, but this adorable characteristic brings with it its own group of problems and concerns. This article will take a look at why their ears can be an issue, what problems can arise, and even a little about what can be done to prevent these problems before they start.
I'd Know Those Ears Anywhere
We all know their signature ears. They are long, floppy, and do not maintain their health without help. The predisposition toward issues is inherent in their design. The problem is that their ears do not allow air to circulate freely. As a result, their ears are prone to infections and similar conditions aside from just accumulated debris. Without air circulation, these ears can trap moisture which can add to the possibility of developing an infection. Because they hang so low to the ground, they can pick up dirt and even food particles that may be trapped in the ear.
So What's The Big Deal?
As mentioned earlier, the very shape of the ears puts them in a vulnerable position. It is much more likely that they will get an infection if their ears are not properly cared for. One condition that they are predisposed to because of those ample ears is otitis externa. The main things you need to know about otitis externa is that it causes your dog's ears to produce an odor as well as just creating general unpleasantness in the ear area. The odor itself is enough to pay close attention to the next paragraph.
What Can I Do?
Maintaining healthy ears on your basset hound is all about prevention. Regular cleaning is essential to ward off future complications. It is always best to ask your veterinarian to find out what type of ear wash is best, but usually this simple preventative solution will do the trick. Mix a solution of equal parts isopropyl alcohol and white vinegar, and use this to clean the ears. The outside of the ears need special mention because they can drag through all sorts of dirty surroundings. Just make sure that you keep the outside of the ear clean too so that no problems sneak up on you.
Basset hounds have some of the cutest floppy ears, but with cuteness comes responsibility. We've learned why they need so much attention, what can happen if we don't take the time to prevent risk factors, and, finally, what to do to help keep these ears healthy. It won't take that much effort, and your basset hound will thank you.