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Cleaning Dog Ears

Dog ear exam

Ear cleaning is an aspect of dog grooming and care that shouldn’t be neglected. Without regular cleaning, wax and oils build up inside the ear, increasing risk of ear infection and hearing damage. With this in mind, it’s a good idea for any pet owner to know how to properly – and safely – clean dog ears.

Step 1
“Try to choose a time when your dog is relaxed. Using a soft voice and talking in a warm tone will help prepare your dog.”
Note: Ear cleanings are a great opportunity for you to check your pet’s ears on a regular basis. Don’t forget to look at the ear flaps, too, and note anything unusual, such as redness or irritation.

Step 2
“If your dog resists your initial efforts to clean the ears—either because it’s nervous or in pain—offering treats at each ear cleaning will help your dog consider the ear cleanings a good (or, at least, tolerable) thing.”
Note: Pets with ear infections may be in pain. If you are not able to clean your pet’s ears, please call us to discuss other options.

Step 3
“Fill your dog’s ear canal with a veterinary approved ear cleanser.”
Note: Ear cleaning is for dogs with intact ear drums. If you suspect that your dog has an ear problem, you need to visit your veterinarian before you use an ear cleanser.

Step 4
“Massage gently at the base of your dog’s ear until you hear a squishing sound.”
Note: We can demonstrate for you how to properly clean your dog’s ears during your visit.

Step 5
“Continue massaging for three to four minutes. Then allow the dog to shake its head to loosen the debris.”
Note: The solution needs time to break down the debris in the ear. Simply putting a cleanser in the ear and letting the dog shake its head will not clean the ears. The cleanser needs time to work.

Step 6
“Using soft gauze squares or cotton balls, gently wipe the inside surface of your dog’s ear flap.”
Note: You should never stick anything inside your pet’s ears— especially cotton swabs, which could damage the ear or pack the wax more tightly, worsening the pet’s problem.

Final note: Be honest about your pet ear cleaning experiences. If you are unable to clean your pet’s ears, we are here to help. Just call us to schedule an appointment.

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