There are various hair removal methods that you can do at home, but most are not recommended. Plucking with tweezers is not an option. Plucking can cause damage to the ear. It can also cause ingrown hairs, which can be extremely painful.
Allow us to be the ones to tell you, then, that you should never wax or shave the hairs inside your ear canal, no matter how unruly and large these hairs may be. Tweezing, okay, fine, but only the big ones that stick all the way out of your inner ear. Never stick a tweezer or anything into your actual ear canal.
For those who are against the practice, they say plucking hair from a dog's ear can do more harm than good. The procedure can cause microscopic tears in the tissues of the ear canal which can pave the way for bacteria to invade and cause infection.
Does it hurt my dog when their ear-hair is plucked? By gently pulling out only the hair inside the ear canal (not the firmly rooted hair growing outside it) the ear hair can be plucked virtually pain free.
If your dog has chronic ear infections, plucking inside their ears can help with air circulation which helps keep moisture in the ear at bay. Plucking also makes giving ear medication easier and more effective since it can make its way all the way into the ear canal.
The ear hair should come out fairly easily in bits and generally does not hurt the dog. However, if you accidentally pull the hair on the edge of the outside of the ear then that will pinch. Keep plucking little bits at a time until the ear is clear from fur.
Overall, Caroline believes that “the hair in a dog's ear is meant to wick moisture outside of the ear and can prevent ear infections.” But if there is too much hair, and problems exist because of this, plucking is necessary.
Traditionally, it has been recommended that all dogs should have hair-free ears and ear plucking has been a routine component of dog grooming. However, recent evidence has revealed that ear plucking in the normal, healthy ear may not be necessary.
What does it mean to Pluck Dog Ear Hair? Plucking a dog's ear is when we gently pull or tweeze the hair from the inside of a dog's ear. The theory is that removing the hair will keep it from blocking the canal, allowing more air to circulate, which helps prevent ear infections and moisture build-up.
Again, even if a dog doesn't physically react to plucking, that doesn't mean he doesn't feel it. Now, whether or not you believe that plucking causes dogs pain, it won't hurt anyone (pun intended) to simply be mindful of the possibility of pain when it comes to dog ear plucking.
Steps for Plucking Your Dog's Ears
What has been determined in recent years is that ripping this hair out can cause microscopic tears in the ear canal. If bacteria are present it's possible for it to cause an ear infection in an injured ear. There are veterinarians who no longer recommend every dog that grows hair in the ear canal have it plucked out.
Plucking is often routinely done when a dog is professionally groomed. If you prefer not to have your dog's ears plucked, just inform your groomer before their appointment. If you feel comfortable plucking your dog's ears at home, you can ask your groomer to show you how it's done.