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If you've gone the D.I.Y. route, this Shih Tzu ear cleaning video will help show you how easy it is to do this task at home.
Of course, you can use what you learn on any dog breed, but is especially helpful for all those dogs whose ear hair continues to grow.
Most dogs do not like having ear hairs pulled from their outer ears, so they must be conditioned and train to stay still while you remove a couple hairs at a time.
A few good treats, lots of praise and a few human hugs and kisses will help even the most resistant of dogs.
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I always add a small amount of ear powder before attempting to remove hairs.
It provides just enough friction to allow me to pluck hairs out by my fingers, but also makes removing hairs with a hemostat much easier.
You can use a pair of tweezers or hemostats for grabbing hairs inside the ear canal. Both work fine, it is a matter of preference.
Hemostats are useful for other things like removing ticks and scaling teeth (which most dogs won't let you do)
I love these little ear wipes for a quick clean up when the dog's ear doesn't require a full cleaning.
This is a good overall product for cleaning the ear after removing hairs. It also removes any ear powder that remains.
If your Shih Tzu's ears do not have hair to pull, but have a lot of hair around the opening of the ear canal, you can clip a few hairs instead of pulling the hair.
This little pair of scissors can also double for clipping around the eyes and removing hair between the paw pads.
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