How to Clean Dog Ears

Published on 4 October 2023 at 10:09


Cleaning your dog's ears is an important part of their overall hygiene. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

  1. Gather the Supplies:

    • Dog ear cleaner solution (specifically made for dogs)
    • Cotton balls or pads
    • Towel or tissue
  2. Prepare Your Dog:

    • Find a quiet, comfortable space for the cleaning where your dog can relax.
    • Offer treats or positive reinforcement to associate the process with something good.
  3. Inspect the Ears:

    • Gently examine your dog's ears for any redness, swelling, discharge, or unusual odors. If you notice anything unusual, consult a vet before cleaning.
  4. Apply the Ear Cleaner:

    • Follow the instructions on the ear cleaner solution. Typically, you'll fill the ear canal with the recommended amount.
  5. Massage the Base of the Ear:

    • Gently massage the base of your dog's ear for about 30 seconds to help distribute the cleaner and break up any debris.
  6. Let Your Dog Shake Their Head:

    • Allow your dog to shake their head to help remove loosened debris and excess cleaner.
  7. Wipe the Ear:

    • Use cotton balls or pads to wipe the visible parts of the ear, being careful not to insert anything into the ear canal.
  8. Dry the Ears:

    • Use a towel or tissue to gently pat the ears dry. Moisture can lead to ear infections, so ensure the ears are thoroughly dry.
  9. Reward and Praise:

    • Reward your dog with a treat and praise for cooperating during the process.
  10. Frequency:

  • The frequency of ear cleaning can vary based on your dog's breed, ear shape, and any existing ear conditions. Consult your vet for a recommended schedule.

Remember, if your dog shows signs of discomfort, pain, or if you're unsure about the process, it's always best to consult your veterinarian. Happy dog parenting!

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