Cleaning Your Dogs Ears

Keeping clean and infection-free

Cleaning Your Dogs Ears

Keeping clean and infection-free

Cleaning your dogs ears

Cleaning your dogs ears regularly is essential if they’re to stay healthy and free from infection and disease. These 7 simple steps will help you to keep your dog’s ears healthy and bacteria-free.

Keeping Bacteria At Bay!

It’s an understatement to say that your dog’s ears can be pretty high maintenance, that’s why cleaning the ears at least once each week is paramount!

Because of their pendulous design, their ears often trail across the ground, picking up all sorts of debris and trailing through who knows what.

And because the ear flap closes over the ear canal, trapping in warm moist air, the ears are often susceptible to many infections.

However, if you keep them well-brushed and scrupulously clean you can help to avoid infection in the first place and keep them bacteria free and healthy.

Why not try these seven simple steps to cleaning your dogs ears? You could easily add them into your dog’s regular grooming routine.

Before you begin cleaning the ears, it’s a good idea to have the following items within easy reach:

You’ll find a selection of very good ear cleaning solutions in most reputable pet shops, but you may also find that one or two that can be drying to the ear. It’s simply a matter of trial and error.

Use a brand that you trust or alternatively you could ask your vet to recommend a product to you.

Step 1 wash your hands

Ear problems can be quite stubborn once they take hold so there’s really no point in taking risks where your dog’s health is concerned!

Before cleaning your dog’s ears, wash your hands thoroughly to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands to your dog.

Step 2 look closely at your dog's ears

Ask your dog to sit while you carefully inspect the inside of each ear.

They should be clean and pink, with no waxy discharge and there shouldn’t be any bad smell.

A little brown or blackish/brown wax is fine so long as there’s no unpleasant odour. Max often gets brown wax in his ears now and then (they just smell ‘doggie’ not ‘yeasty’) and just give them an extra clean and a quick check each day to make sure there’s no infection.

Step 3 apply a cleaning solution

Squeeze a few drops of your favourite ear-cleaning solution directly into your pet’s ear and massage the base of his ear for a minute or two. 

But be warned…when you stop massaging his ears he’ll probably shake his head and cover you in solution and wax.

Step 4 look closely at your dog's ears

Gently rub the inside the ears to remove any wax, dirt or solution (shaken out after the previous cleaning).

Working from the inside of the ear out towards the outside edge, remove as much dirt and debris from his fur as you can.

Step 5 apply a cleaning solution

Ask your dog to sit while you carefully inspect the inside of each ear.

They should be clean and pink, with no waxy discharge and there shouldn’t be any bad smell.

Step 6 look closely at your dog's ears

Apple Cider Vinegar is a great natural antibacterial – Bacteria loves a warm damp place so always dry his ears after cleaning to help keep bacteria at bay.

Use a dry tissue or cotton bud to remove any residual ear-wash solution and/or medicated powder.

Step 7 apply a cleaning solution

Removing excess hair from around the opening to your dog’s ears can help the air to flow better inside the ear canal. You may need to use a puff or two of medicated powder to help you grip the hair if it’s too waxy.

The more air you can circulate, the better chance you have of reducing moisture levels in your dog’s ears, which in turn will create less of a breeding ground for bacteria.

When cleaning your dog’s ears, it’s best not to re-use a cotton wool ball in your dog’s other ear; throw it away after use to help stop cross-infection from one ear to the other.

Talk quietly to your puppy while you’re working to help keep him calm and reassured.

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