All responsible dog owners want to keep their dog’s hygiene on the best level. However sometimes we are more or less clueless as to how to actually make that happen. Cleaning ourselves up and cleaning our dogs isn’t the same. While giving our dogs a bathe is more or less an easy process, many owners overlook things like cleaning our dog’s ears. In this article we will explain how to clean your dog’s ears and if its safe to use hydrogen peroxide in ear.
First of all lets acknowledge that not all dogs need the same amount of ear cleaning. Some require regular ear cleaning, while for others it will be enough just to do it from time to time! Dog breeds with long hanging ears, such as Cocker Spaniels, are amongst the breeds that require regular cleaning. Such ears are at a high risk of developing ear infections. However that doesn’t mean that other breeds can’t develop them.
Check your dog’s ears regularly to see if there are any changes. Gently massage his ears and see if he will pull away. Any pain or discomfort in this area can point to a possible ear infection.
How do I know if my dog’s ears need cleaning?
Before cleaning your dog’s ear with hydrogen peroxide, first check if there is anything in it that requires cleaning. Over cleaning can also be dangerous as it can lead to irritations. Clean and healthy ears look pink, odorless and are not dirty or inflamed. Only clean your dog’s ears if you notice any changes.
The best time to clean your dogs ears is after bathing. To learn how to properly give your dog a bath, click here.
Also if you notice any mild odors coming from your dog’s ears, it’s probably time for cleaning. If the smell is more sever and kind of yeasty — take your pup to the vet. It might be an infection. Cleaning an infected ear can often cause more harm than good.
What do I need to clean my dog’s ears?
Cleaning supplies include: Cotton balls or a gauze, dog ear cleaning solution (we will later discuss if hydrogen peroxide in ear cleaning is safe) and towels. Don’t ever use Q-tips. They could do much more harm than good. Not only to your dog’s ears, but to yours as well. So if you needed a sign to throw these out, this is it. They can shove dirt and debris even deeper into the ear. Therefore they can cause infections, lead to trauma and other conditions.
And also, please remember — While ear cleaning is simple, it can easily get messy. The best way would be to do it in the bathroom, so even if your dog starts to shake his head, nothing will be ruined.
Good ear cleaning solutions
The cleaning solution you choose for your dog will largely affect the whole process of ear cleaning. While the internet is filled with DIY on how to make dog cleaning solutions, the best and safest option would be to choose a veterinarian approved solution. All of the others may be a risky choice.
You will find a good and reliable solution at your dog’s veterinary office. He will be the one recommending a good product. The right solution will also depend on your dog’s individual needs.
Is hydrogen peroxide in ear cleaning a safe option for?
The answer here is a clear no. Never use hydrogen peroxide to clean your dog’s ears. It can cause irritations even to healthy skin cells. Ears are very sensitive and the tissue is fragile. It can easily get damaged if it comes in contact with hydrogen peroxide. That’s why it’s crucial to stick to the veterinary options.
Cleaning your dog’s ears in easy steps:
-First you’ll start by cleaning the outer ear, which will be quite easy. After bathing, take a towel and gently clean the outsides of your dog’s ears.
-Now it’s time to clean the insides. Be very gentle here too, as their ears are delicate.
- Use utensils to apply the cleaning mixture to your dog’s ear such as a spoon or syringe. After application, gently rub the lower part of your dog’s ear for 20 to 40 seconds. You will most likely hear some crackle noises, and this is because the debris in your dog’s ear is being broken down by the mixture.
Pro tip: All of this should be a painless process but your dog might still experience some discomfort if he’s not used to it. So make sure to make it as pleasant for him as possible, with petting and always speaking in a calm manner.
- After about 40 seconds move away for a bit so your dog can shake his head. That way the debris can come to the surface and all you’ll have to do is clean out the wax with some cotton balls!
- Once all of that is done, congratulations- you’ve successfully cleaned your dog’s ears!