Do you notice your dog messing with their ears more often than usual? It’s recommended you check your furry friend’s ears once a week as a part of their health and maintenance routine. It’s much easier to identify any problems that might arise with your pooch’s ears when you do weekly checks. They could have ear mites or an infection which will require cleaning the ears!
Some dogs may even need more frequent check-ups depending on if they love ear-irritating activities like swimming or just have floppy ears. Dogs who have had a past of ear infections, mites, or skin allergies will also need frequent ear check-ups to maintain good health.
Veterinarians will often advise dog owners to clean their canine companion’s ears, but would you know what to do? It’s best if you begin ear cleaning while your dog is still a puppy, but if this isn’t your situation don’t fret, here’s how to handle ear cleaning for newbies!
Always Be Prepared
Be sure to have everything you need on you before you begin the task of cleaning your pup’s ears.
It’s also important to note that if your dog is smaller, it may be more comfortable for both of you to complete the cleaning process with your dog in your lap! Larger dogs will likely be more comfortable while sitting or laying on the floor.
How To Clean
Now that you have your supplies ready, it’s time to clean!
Lift your dog’s ear so it’s not flopping over, and use your thumb and forefinger to view the inner part of the ear. If you are doing a check-up, or just haven’t been to the vet, look for any indicators of redness, odor, or discharge. Yellow to light brown wax is usually normal, but if your dog has discharge or pus that is red or black, take them to see a vet ASAP.
To do a regular clean, start with clean, damp cotton wool to gently wipe around and at the entrance of the ear canal. This will remove any initial excess dirt and wax from the ear.
Use the ear cleaner tip to squeeze an appropriate amount of cleaner into the ear canal. Be careful not to put too much of the lid tip into the ear or apply pressure. Massage the base of your dog’s ear to disperse the cleaner around and watch out for your dog’s head shakes. Wipe off the excess or leaking cleaner from your dog’s ear with the cotton wool.
If your dog has medicated ear drops, apply these after cleaning as the ear canal is now free of any blocking debris.
Don’t use cotton swabs or cotton balls on your dog! There is a risk of damaging the eardrum or leaving behind excess cotton fibers.
See your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your dog has anything in their ears besides normal ear wax.
Your dog may prove to be difficult when it comes to ear cleaning. Try positive reinforcement, asking another family member to help, or ask your vet to provide their tips for your dog.