This blog is designed to help you guys clean your dogs’ ears at home. Keeping your dog’s ears clean is an important way to help prevent ear infections. Depending on if your dog has had ear infections in the past or if they are a breed which is prone to ear infections (mainly floppy eared dogs), how often the ears need to be cleaned varies. A visit to your veterinarian and an otoscopic examination are usually required to determine this. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital!
- Hold one ear by the flap and pull up to expose/straighten the ear canal
- Apply some ear cleaning solution to a gauze square and clean the outer ear
- Squeeze some ear cleaning solution into your dog’s ear to fill the ear canal- be careful not to touch the tip of the bottle to the ear canal- if you do, you can clean the tip of the bottle with a swab and alcohol
- Gently massage the base of the ear for 20-30 seconds- this allows the cleaning solution to break up the debris in the ear canal (you may hear a squishing sound)
- Holding the ear flap again, use a cotton ball or gauze pad to wipe out the debris from the ear canal gently- use as many swabs as it takes until the ears are clean
- OK to let the dog shake their head- this will move excess cleaning solution from the ear canal into the rest of the ear
- NEVER use a Q-tip to clean the ear canal- this may damage the eardrum- ONLY use it on the outer ear.