Learning how to clean dog ears is rarely at the top of a dog owner’s to-do list, but it’s an important way to prevent some common health problems. Your dog’s ears are the perfect environment to grow bacteria and yeast, which can lead to serious infections. But, taking time to check your dog’s ears and clean them regularly will keep him happy and healthy.
Things You’ll Need:
- Cotton Swabs
- Pet Ear Cleaners
If your dog’s ears are healthy but dirty looking, you can clean them with a commercial dog ear wash. It’s best to clean your dog’s ears in the bathroom or where you won’t mind a mess.
Put a generous amount of cleaner in each ear and massage the base of the ears for thirty seconds. Then stand back and let your dog shake his head. This is very important for preventing ear infections. Wipe the visible part of the inner ears with a cotton ball or tissue to remove any excess cleaner. Don’t use a Q-tip in your dog’s ear; it could damage his ear drum.
Dog breeds with long ears, such as hounds and spaniels, or dogs that swim a lot will need to have their ears cleaned once a week. Otherwise, as long as your dog’s ears look healthy, you should only need to clean them once a month. Ask your veterinarian for specific instructions and what’s best for your dog.
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