You should make grooming your dog’s ears a part of your Jack Russell’s grooming routine to ensure that your terrier’s ears are always clean so they don’t cause any problems for your dog. Just like humans, your dog’s ear may have a tendency to grow hair and produce wax. This is nature’s way of protecting the inner ear, as hair and wax trap dirt and retain moisture. The flip side of this is that dirt and moisture can also breed bacteria that can cause infections.
Since your Jack Russell’s ears are one of the most important components of his senses and can also get dirty very easily (while chasing prey and burrowing into the ground), I recommend checking him every other day. I also recommend that you check them every time you give your dog a bath.
Here are 2 simple steps I use to groom my Jack Russell ears to ensure my Jack Russell terrier’s ears are always healthy and infection free.
1. Examine the ears
Make sure the outer ears look good and have no rips, scrapes, or other patches, etc. Then check that there is not a large amount of wax. Some wax should be normal. If there is a lot of earwax in the ears and if that wax smells bad or looks reddish brown, I suggest you take your terrier to the vet; if not, gently wipe away dirt with a cotton ball.
2. Check if there is hair in the ears.
Ear hair works like a filter. However, since the filter works to prevent dirt from entering the ear, it also traps dirt. Bacteria normally bind with dirt and, along with moisture, can easily multiply and cause your dog’s ear to become infected. Clean it carefully with a cotton swab if it is dirty. If there is excess hair on your ears, you may want to trim some of it. To trim the ear hair, pull the ear back over the dog’s head, laying it flat against the skull. This will ensure that delicate parts of the ear canal are not exposed. However, be careful. You can also ask the vet to help you trim the hairs.
Once you’ve done the above, use a damp cloth to clean the areas around the ears and the ears themselves. The benefits of regular ear brushing is that you will always be aware of the health of your terrier’s ears, and should any unforeseen infections occur, your Jack Russell will be more comfortable when a professional groomer or a vet needs to examine them.