How to Clean a Dog's Ears
If you're by yourself, cleaning your dog's
ears can be a quite a problem. Dogs don't seem to like it much
when you squirt ear cleaning solution into their ears. Even if
they stood still for it the first ear, good luck trying it on
the other ear. They learn fast.
The trick is to find a technique that the dog doesn't mind too
much and one that is easy for you. The easier it is for both of
you, the more you will do it.
I have a seven year old yellow Labrador retriever who is
susceptible to ear infections. I have to clean his ears every
three days to prevent him from getting infections. I've
tried a variety of techniques and methods to clean my dogs ears.
This one works for both of us.
Time to Clean Your Dog's Ears
|Step 1 - Make
Your Dog Sit Down
My dog Tanner patiently waiting. He knows what's coming.
Dog Ear Cleansing Solution
|Step 2 - Use a
commercially available Ear Cleansing Solution for Dogs
I presently use the Ear Cleansing Solutions for Dogs and
Cats from 1-800-PetMeds. I found it to be roughly half
the price of what I would pay at my veterinarian's
|Step 3 - Get a
Cut or pull off the excess cotton to make it the right
size to fit within your dog's ears. This is determined
by common sense and by trial and error. Squeeze the
cotton ball between your fingers a few times to make it
"puffy" and soft. Densely packed cotton balls won't work
as well and will not conform to the shape of the dog's
inner ear. You may have to pull gently on the cotton in
different directions to make it soft and pliable. Lay
the cotton ball on a flat surface and saturate with the
ear cleansing solution until it becomes dripping wet.
Make sure the cleansing solution is warm. You don't want
to use a cold solution. Shake it well before use.
Lift Your Dog's Earflap
|Step 4 -
Position The Ear
Gently grab and raise your dog's earflap upward
with one hand.
Cotton Ball Inside My Dog's
Step 5 - Insert the Cotton Ball
Insert the moistened cotton ball into the ear with your
other hand. Caution: Do not force the cotton ball deep into the
ear canal as this will push the wax or debris that you are
trying to remove deeper into the ear. Do not insert anything
into the ear canal itself.
Massage Your Dog's Ears
|Step 6 -
Massage the Ear
The idea is to get the cleansing liquid as deep
into the ear as possible, then massage the ear for 10 –
20 seconds to move the solution around and loosen the
wax or debris. Let the dog shake it's head vigorously to
eject the excess liquid and debris from the ear. You may
notice that the ejected cotton ball is discolored with
the ear debris. Repeat as necessary until the cotton
ball comes out clean.
After Cleaning Your Dog's
Give Him a Treat
|Step 7 - Dry
Dry gently with a soft cloth or paper towel.
Note - When cleaning both the ears I use separate paper
towels to prevent possible cross contamination.
Step 8 - Give Your Dog a Treat