Regular ear cleanings are essential for managing chronic, allergic-based inflammation and decreasing repeated infections. If your dog’s ears have odor, discharge, pain, redness or these signs reappear shortly after cleaning contact us for an appointment.
For some dogs, it may be necessary to have someone hold him/her to free both of your hands for the cleaning. We also recommend that you pair each cleaning with something fun, like treats or playtime, to ensure both you and your dog have a positive experience.
You will need a gentle ear cleaning solution and gauze squares or cotton balls. We do not recommend the use of cotton swabs, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your dog’s ears. These products can cause inflammation to the ear canal and may worsen an ear infection. We can help provide you with recommendations on the best products to use.
Pour a generous amount of the recommended cleaning solution directly into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear canal until you hear a squishing noise to ensure enough solution has been added. You should allow your dog to shake their head, but use caution not to get fluid in your eyes. This allows your dog to push the deep debris out or forward to where you are able to wipe it away.
Using the cotton balls or gauze squares, absorb the excess solution and debris from the ear. You may wipe as deep as you can reach, with your finger, into the ear canal. This will not injure the ear.
Repeat the previous steps until the cotton balls or gauze squares come out clean.
Congratulations you did it!
We recommend cleaning your dog’s ears at least once monthly. For more chronic inflammation more frequent cleanings may be necessary and you should consult with your veterinarian.
If you have questions about cleaning your dog’s ears at home, want a recommended product or prefer to have a professional handle it? Contact us or schedule an appointment – we are happy to help!