In my grooming salon, ears are always on the minds of the groomers. That’s because this part of every single dog that walks in the door requires a lot of attention.
The inside of the ear canal is a continuation of the
skin. The only difference is there are additional sebaceous
glands, and the apocrine glands are deeper in the dermis.
Normal ear wax is a mix of both glandular fluids.
The skin grows from the inside out, and it takes approximately six weeks for the
cells to develop from bottom layer to top layer under normal conditions. However, any
stimulus—either physical or chemical—can cause an abnormal overproduction of skin
cells. When this happens inside the dog’s ear canal, the extra skin cells have nowhere to
go. Think of it like scaly skin that sits in the bottom of the long L-shaped ear canal. How
will this debris be removed?
In a healthy ear with normal cellular production, a good balance is maintained.
Normal amounts of skin cells are shed and are removed by normal amounts of the skin
Caring for a pet’s ears, eyes and nails
are important elements of a high-quality
groom and require careful attention to
detail to ensure overall health.
BY CHRIS PAWLOSKY
SALON THE GROOMING
PHOTO BY © REDDOGS