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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.


How to Clean a Dog's Ears

Dog Ear Cleaning Solution


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 and Cats  
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 office.

Cleaning with a Moistened
Cotton Ball
Step 3 - Get a Cotton Ball
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 Upward
Step 4 - Position The Ear
Gently grab and raise your dog's earflap upward with one hand.

Cotton Ball Inside My Dog's Ear
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 Ears
Give Him a Treat
Step 7 - Dry The Ear
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





Authored By Mike Coviello (Tanner)


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