Tips For Cleaning a Dog's Ears
Should you clean your dog's ears on a regular basis? This is a question that vets commonly receive from dog owners, and the answer is a resounding "yes!" .While checking your dog’s ears, you will notice from time to time that they could do with a good clean. Dogs have sensitive ears and they don’t enjoy having them cleaned very much. But, if there’s no damage or serious problems, it’s a job you can do at home.
Signs that your dog may have developed an ear infection include:
- Foul odor around or in the ear
- Discharge from the ear
- Swelling or redness of the ear canal
- Excess pawing or scratching of the ears
How to Clean Your Dog's Ears at Home
To clean your dog's ears at home, you'll need to select a gentle, pet-formulated, ear cleanser. Hold your dog's ear flap upright, and dribble a small amount of the cleansing solution into the ear canal. As the cleanser seeps down into the canal, use your fingers to massage the base of the ear for around 15-20 seconds.
Your dog may want to shake their head after this part of the cleaning process is over; a towel can help to avoid messes. Use a clean cotton ball or pad (but not a cotton swab, which could damage your pup's ears) to wipe out the excess solution and any loosened earwax.
Ear cleaning can be stressful for dogs, so it is important to make it a positive experience. Only clean your dog's ears when they are already in a calm state, and reward them with plenty of treats during and after the process.
Knowing how to care for your dog's ears is an essential part of their complete care routine.