Proper cleaning of your dog’s ears is essential and should be done about once per week.
As you might imagine, most dogs don’t like having their ears cleaned.
To help you understand how to clean your dog’s ears, it’s important to know a little about the inside of a dog’s ear.
Your dog’s ear canal is shaped differently than that of a human.
While ours is horizontal, your dog’s is L shaped. This makes cleaning dog ears a bit more challenging.
A dog’s ear has 3 main sections, outer, middle and inner ear.
The outer ear is the flap, which can either be upright or floppy depending upon the breed.
The middle ear, like a human, houses the tympanic membrane or ear drum.
The inner ear is where everything connects to the brain.
How To Clean Dog Ears
Everything starts with your dog’s grooming, it is important to trim around their ears. This provides for good ventilation and will help to eliminate many problems.
Before you even begin with a cleaning, be sure to check your dog’s ears for any signs of infection.
Some signs include itching, redness, odor and head shaking.
Also, it should be noted that cleaning your dog’s ears can be a messy job.
So it’s a good idea to do this on a surface that is easy to clean. Also you may want to wear some old clothes.
If everything looks good with your dog’s ear, then it’s time to start cleaning.
So What Are The Steps to Cleaning Your Dogs Ears?
- Get your dog in an area where you can keep them relatively still and tilt their head to one side for cleaning.
- Squeeze ear wash solution into the dog’s ear canal. Don’t put the bottle containing the solution too far into the ear canal and be sure only to use a little solution.
- Massage the base of the ear. This allows the solution to travel through the ear canal.
- Tip your dog’s head back and let the excess cleaning solution drain. Allow your dog to shake their head to remove any excess solution as well.
- Take some cotton balls to remove any discharge from the outer ear.
- Take cotton swabs to clean the ear canal. DO NOT PLACE THE COTTON SWAB ANY FURTHER INTO THE EAR CANAL THAN YOU CAN SEE
- Once you have cleaned the ear, it is a good practice to try and keep their outer ear up and let the middle ear dry out as long as possible.
While cleaning your dog’s ears is a good thing, like with many things in life, too much of a good thing is not so good! Extensive ear cleaning can actually cause damage to your dog’s ear. So by keeping your cleaning routine to once per week you will be keeping your dog very happy and very healthy.