Cleaning your dog’s ears can be a tricky process, as it may feel a bit strange or uncomfortable for them if they aren’t used to it. However, if you’re able to make regular ear cleaning a part of your dog’s routine, they will come to tolerate it and become a healthier and happier pooch!
Start with an ear cleaning solutions meant specifically for dogs’ ears. Most solutions will have directions written on the bottle, which you should follow closely. Equip yourself with a soft cotton cloth - cotton balls run the risk of getting stuck - and treats for your furry friend. Pour a small amount of ear solution into your dog’s ear, and then massage the base of the ear canal to allow the product to make its way all the way into your dog’s ear. Allow them to shake their head if they’d like, as this will help to bring up any debris deep down in their ear canal where you aren’t able to reach. Clean the visible part of your dog’s ear with the cloth and repeat the process on the other ear.
Cleaning your dog’s ears at least once a week can go along way in preventing ear infections and keeping your dog healthy and comfortable. If you have any additional questions on cleaning your dog’s ears, or if your dog has been pawing or scratching at its ears or shaking its head often, contact your veterinarian.