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How To Clean A Dog's Ears

How To Clean A Dog's Ears

Learn how to clean a dog's ear with expert advice from a leading US dog carer. Learn everything from getting the dog calm to wiping the inner ear flap. This great tutorial on cleaning a dog's ear will ensure that you have an award winning dog primed.

Step 1: You Will Need

Cotton balls
Pet ear wash for dogs
Doggie treats

Step 2: Get yourself clean

Wash your hands so you don't introduce any nasty bacteria or other yuck into your dog's ears.

Step 3: Get the Dog Calm

Make this enjoyable for your dog. With a leash attached, have the dog sit, and talk to him softly to keep him calm. Give him a pat around the ears and get him used to you touching the area. Treats are good.

Step 4: Prep the Swab

Soak a cotton ball in your pet ear wash solution and then squeeze out excess liquid so it's not dripping. Praise the pooch.
Do NOT use Q-tip type swabs. Dogs movements are unpredictable and you don't want to puncture their ears.

Step 5: Wipe the Inner Ear Flap

Now, gently rub the cotton ball to wipe out the inner surface of the dog's earflap. If the cotton ball becomes dirty, toss it and start a new one.
If you notice a strong odor while you are cleaning your dog's ears, consult a vet to be sure he doesn't have an ear infection.

Step 6: Wipe the Outer Ear Canal

Still using your cotton ball and cleaning solution, clean out only the part of your dog's ear canal that you can EASILY reach. Stop when you feel resistance—don't try to stick the cotton ball any too far into the ear. Make sure you remove any muck, whether it's dirt, wax, grass or bugs! Who knows what you can find in a dog's ear?
Praise and repeat on other ear.

Step 7: Shake it Off

Allow your dog to shake off excess moisture…its really important--so they don't get ear infections. Continue to give praise and now, treats. General happiness shall hopefully ensue.