Just like ours, the ears of our dogs get dirty too. And since they can’t clean them themselves, it’s up to us to do that job. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated thing to do. Learn here how to clean dog ears in the easiest way possible.
How to clean dog ears:
All you need for cleaning your dog’s ears are:
- Cotton balls
- Cleaning mixture
- Gloves, but this one is optional
Always make sure to not use a strong cleaning solution. Harsh cleaning solutions could damage the skin of your precious pup. And please, just like you should do with your own ears – don’t ever use Q-tips! Just throw those things away because it’s already widely known that they do more harm than good when it comes to cleaning ears. Especially to the delicate ears of our dogs.
Always do it after a bath
Next step is to figure out the right time. The best timing for cleaning your dog’s ears is after you’ve finished giving them a bath. Their ear wax has softened during the bath from the water and humidity and it will be significantly easier to get rid of it.
Clean the outside first
Now that you’re ready to clean your dogs ears, you’ll start with the outside first. Most of this job will be already done after the bath, as you already cleaned the outside of your dog. If their ears still need some extra love just use a damp towel on the outer part of their ears and gently wipe them.
Carefully clean the insides of the ears
Now it’s time to clean the insides. This can be a bit tricky for beginners and with this step you’ll need to be extra careful. Make sure your dog is calm and comfortable, so you won’t hurt him doing this.
Pull your dog’s ear up and away from the head so you can clearly see what you are doing. Pull the ear with your non-dominant hand, while you’re doing the cleaning with your dominant one.
Start by applying the cleaning solution. You can use an utensil for this step. Take the fluid and pour it in the ear canal. Fill up the ear canal until you see the fluid.
After this is done, gently rub the lower part of your dog’s ear for 20 to 40 seconds so the solution catches the debris. Often times you’ll hear a squishing sound doing this, that is completely normal.
Clean up the wax using a cotton ball
The next step can get a little messy, so prepare a towel if you want to stay dry.
After 40 seconds, move back and let your dog shake his head. You can put a towel over his head, so the cleaning solution doesn’t get all over you.
The shaking will help for the already broken down debris come to the surface. Now, all you have to do is hold up your dog’s ear and clean out the wax with the help of some cotton balls. Depending on the amount of debris in your dog’s ears, you might want to repeat this process several times.
If you need a more visual representation, watch this video.
Reward your dog
Once all of this is done, you can feel proud – because you just successfully cleaned your dog’s ears. But you aren’t the one getting the rewards, instead give your dog a treat. By rewarding your dog at the end of this he’ll connect positive emotions to this process and he’ll be even calmer the next time you do it.