Ear cleaning is a simple grooming routine that can be done at home without special tools and only takes a few minutes to complete. Consult your veterinarian to determine how often your dog’s ears need to be cleaned, if at all. Breed, activity level and age are among the factors used to determine the frequency and need for ear cleaning.
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Healthy dog ear
Gather your supplies
Cotton ball or gauze
Ear cleaning solution
Step by Step Instructions
- Apply cleaner into your dog's ear. Fill the canal.
- Gently massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds.
- Let your dog shake its head. Use the cotton ball/gauze (or towel) to wipe away excess cleaning solution and debris.
- Repeat on the other side.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Check your dog's ears regularly so you know how your dog’s healthy ears look. Healthy ears are pink, odorless, and not dirty or inflamed.
- Use good quality vet-approved ear cleaning solution for dogs. Do not use cleaners that contain hydrogen peroxide or alcohol because they cause irritation.
- Do not use cotton tip applicators, aka Q-tips, due to the risk of damaging the ear canal.
- Contact your veterinarian if the ear is red, swollen, smells bad, has discharge or is painful.
Visit the shop for our vet-approved ear cleaning products
|Earthbath Ear Wipes for Dogs and Cats|
|Earth Animal Herbal Topical Remedies Clean Ears Ear Wash|
|Kin+Kind Organic Clean Ears Leave-In Dog Ear Cleaner|
|Skouts Honor Probiotic Ear Cleaner|