The Cairn Terrier’s ears: what makes them so special and how to look after them?

Owner's question

"Hi! My Cairn Terrier always has one ear standing up, but the other one sometimes droops. I also noticed that he sometimes scratches his ears. Is there anything I should watch out for with his ears?"

Vet's detailed answer

"Hi! Very good question. Cairn Terriers do indeed have unique ears, which contribute to the breed's unique appearance, but they can also sometimes cause problems.

First, the stance of the Cairn Terrier's ears.

This breed often has asymmetrical ear posture, which means that one ear can stand up while the other is bent down. This is completely natural and part of the breed's uniqueness, and there is no need to worry about it!

However, if your dog scratches his ears frequently, it could be a sign of an ear infection.

Cairn Terriers' ears can be prone to ear infections because their ear canals are deep and warm, which provides an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast.

Symptoms of an ear infection include scratching, head shaking, unpleasant odour and redness or discharge inside the ear.

If you notice any of these symptoms, make sure you take your dog to the vet, as ear infections can cause severe pain and lead to further health problems if left untreated!

To properly care for your Cairn Terrier's ears, check them regularly and keep them clean and dry.

Vets generally do not recommend cleaning the inside of the ear at home, as this process can easily cause injury. However, if your dog is prone to ear infections, your vet may recommend a special ear cleaning solution to clean the outside of the ear canal.

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Cairn Terrier ears are unique and require special care. If you notice any changes in his ears or if your dog scratches his ears frequently, be sure to take him to the vet."