Why do groomers pull hair out of dog’s ears?

Answered by Edward Huber

As a groomer, I can tell you that plucking hair from a dog’s ears is a common practice, and there are several reasons why we do it. First and foremost, it helps to prevent ear infections. Dogs with floppy ears or a lot of hair in their ears are more prone to developing infections because the hair can trap moisture and create a warm, damp environment that bacteria and yeast thrive in. By removing the hair, we allow more air to circulate in the ear canal, which helps keep it dry and discourages the growth of these microorganisms.

Another reason we pluck ear hair is to improve the effectiveness of ear cleaning. When a dog’s ears are full of hair, it can be difficult for ear cleaning solutions to reach the entire ear canal. By removing the hair, we ensure that the solution can penetrate all areas of the ear, helping to remove dirt, debris, and wax more effectively.

Additionally, plucking ear hair can make it easier to detect any underlying ear issues. When the hair is removed, we have a clearer view of the ear canal and can identify any abnormalities such as redness, swelling, discharge, or foreign objects. This allows us to alert the dog’s owner and recommend further veterinary examination if necessary.

I have personally encountered many dogs with ear infections or excessive wax build-up due to hair blocking their ear canals. These dogs often exhibit symptoms such as scratching at their ears, shaking their heads, or showing signs of pain or discomfort. By regularly plucking their ear hair, we can help prevent these issues from occurring or worsening.

It’s important to note that not all dogs require ear hair plucking. Breeds with naturally hairless ears, such as poodles and schnauzers, typically do not need this procedure. Additionally, some veterinarians recommend against plucking hair from certain breeds, as they believe it can cause irritation or damage to the ear canal. It’s always best to consult with your groomer or veterinarian to determine the specific needs of your dog’s ears.

Plucking hair from a dog’s ears is done to prevent ear infections, improve ear cleaning, and allow for better detection of ear issues. It is a common practice among groomers and can help keep your dog’s ears healthy and comfortable.