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Tuesday, March 01 2016

Cleaning your dog's ears is an important part of routine grooming for your pet. Keeping your dog's ears clean will minimize infection and excess wax buildup.  I demonstrate step by step in the video how you can correctly clean your dog's ears. I also provide the signs of infection that you need to watch for.

Steps to clean your dog's ears:

  1. Use a good amount of a quality cleaning solution. It's the cleaning solution that does the job, so you need to use enough to fill the ear canal. Hold the ear flap back and pour the solution in the ear until it overflows. For a large dog that will be about 1 Tablespoon. These quality cleaning solutions contain ear cleansing solution
    drying agents, surfactants that help remove the wax, and mild acids to lower the Ph in the ear to lower the risk of infection. 
    • Recommended Cleaning Solution - I recommend Vetoquinol Ear Cleansing Solution and we have it available for you here at ABC Vet.
    • Avoid using alcohol, vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. These solutions can irritate the skin and be painful to an inflamed ear canal. How frequently should I clean my dog's ears?
  2. After pouring in the cleaning solution, hold the dog's ear and head to prevent it from shaking the solution out. Then massage the base of your dog's ear, for 15-20 seconds, as the solution drips into the ear canal. You may hear a squishy sound as you massage the ear. 
    • Note: This should not be painful for your pet. If it is, please bring your dog in for an examination.
  3. Use sheet cotton or a cotton balls to wipe out the discharge from the ear canal and remove the wax. Avoid using cotton swabs in the ear canal. You can use cotton swabs to clean the exterior area of the ear.
  4. Reward your pet with a treat! That will help them to be good the next time its ears are cleaned.   

How frequently should I clean my dog's ears?

A general guideline is to clean your dog's ears about twice a week during warm weather and twice a month during cold weather.  The frequency may vary depending on your dog's breed, coat and its activity level . If your dog swims frequently, then its ears should be cleaned more often.

How to tell if my dog has an ear infection?

Watch for these signs:

  • Discharge from the ear
  • Odor around the ear
  • Excess scratching, pawing or rubbing at the ears
  • Redness in the ear canal
  • Sensitivity or pain around the ears
  • Ear swelling
  • Masses around the ear area

Schedule an exam for your dog if you notice any of the above signs. Early detection is key to effectively treat infection in its earliest stage.

Schedule exam for your pet. 

Posted by: Barry Neichin, DVM AT 10:09 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Dr. Barry Neichin

Dr. Barry Neichin
Chief of Staff
ABC Veterinary Hospital
San Marcos CA

When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Neichin can be found outside, either on the trails hiking and camping or in the water snorkeling and skin diving, as well as spending time with his two children. His family also includes Tonka, a Golden Retriever; Leo, a miniature Golden Doodle; Cosmo, a Siamese, and Ruffles, a rabbit.
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