How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears Quickly and Efficiently!
20 January, 2016
Your dog will inevitably get an ear infection in his life as they are very common. But, not to worry; they are treatable. The key to keeping your dog’s ears healthy is to keep them clean. Check your dog’s ears weekly. A slight amount of waxy buildup is normal and to be expected.
If your dog swims a lot or has a history of ear disease, routine cleaning (often once to three times per week) is recommended. Once you get the hang of cleaning your dog’s ears, it can become second nature. Think of it as another way to bond with your dog and stay away from the vet!
Below are some recommendations to help get your dog’s ears’ cleaned without them hating you!
Tips to cleaning your dog’s ears
First get a recommendation of a good ear cleanisng agent from your vet. Ear cleaners should be slightly acidic but should NOT sting your pup. There should not be any chemicals in the cleaner and it really acts as more of a wash to ensure a good clean-up.
Try to make the ear cleaning a positive experience
In order to make the cleainng easier, you need to get your pup used the idea. And, of course, you need to ease into it and try to get your dog to associate ear-cleaning with something positive. Make sure to have a bag of healthy treats handy or his favorite toy ready to be given to your dog each time that your dog cooperates. This invariably will help your make ear cleaning a postivie experience.
You need to have cotton balls ready and a good ear rinse
You never want to use cotton swabs because they can hurt your dog’s ears. Instead, have a bag of cotton balls ready, or wrap your finger in gauze and use it. You might want to use gloves for the cleaning, but it’s also okay to just wash your hands if no gloves are available. As mentioned above the, you need to find a good ear rinse that’s completely safe for your dog but still able to get the job done.
How to clean your dogs’ ears effectively
- Place a few drops in your dog’s ear canals (read directions) and then massage the base of the ear for 20-30 seconds to soften and release the debris. Wipe out the loose debris and excess fluid with a cotton ball. Repeat this procedure until you don’t see any more debris. Let your dog shake his head to remove any excess fluid.
- When you are through, wipe your dog’s ear flap and area below the ear gently with a towel. Depending on your dog’s ear condition, you may have to start out cleaning the ears twice a day.
Cotton applicator swabs can be used to clean the inside of the earflap and the part of the ear canal you can see. They should NOT be used farther down in the ear canal since that tends to pack debris in the ear canal, rather than help to remove it.
And, of course, follow the cleaning with your dog’s favorite treat or toy for good behavior as mentioned above!
- With each ear cleaning, you and your dog will get used to the process and it will go by quickly. If your dog is showing severe discomfort, the ears have a bad smell, or the ear canals look very abnormal, take your dog to your vet immediately. If your dog has a ruptured or weakened eardrum, some ear cleansers and medications could do more harm than good so make sure you get the correct treatment.