The cleaning of our dog’s ears is an essential part of their care and has to be done relatively often, especially in some breeds that due to their morphology are more prone than others to suffer infections in this area. However, the cleanliness of this delicate area of the dogs can be complicated if we do not know how to do it properly or our dog does not show collaboration. In this article, we will see how to clean the ears of our dog in a clear and straightforward way.
What you will need :
- Ear cleaning solution: there are several products. Veterinarians recommend EPI-OTIC ( available on Amazon ), but you can choose any other as long as it does not contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as it could irritate.
- Gauze: forget about other products such as toilet paper or swabs, because unlike gauzes, these could easily be discharged inside the ear and cause discomfort.
- Bath towel: with one or two will be more than enough. They will be necessary to keep the place clean and use them in case of getting dirty with the product.
- Awards: a bag with small pieces of your favorite food (chicken, cheese, carrot … etc.)
Table of Contents
First step: choose the right place and time for cleaning
With the cleaning of the ears of our dog can happen two things: that our dog is very nervous and little collaborative or that is relaxed and allows us to do our work. Our goal is to show you at all times relaxed, and for this, we must make him relate the cleanliness of his ears with something positive. How? With the help of the prizes that we will give them as our dog collaborates and shows calm (never when it is upset or nervous)
The place is significant: it must be a place that your dog does not associate with something negative, and that is suitable for a cleaning that could easily soil both the walls and the floor. The ideal is the bathroom or the kitchen. Before taking your dog, put a towel on the floor and leave a piece of food on it to associate the place with something positive
Once your dog is in the room on the towel begins to caress him and reward him if he is calm. Take the opportunity to touch your body, especially the head and ears. Again reward him when he has good behavior.
Second step: start by cleaning the outside of the ears
Once we have our dog relaxed on the tolla we will start with the cleaning. Cleanliness should always be done with patience and care. We will begin by cleaning the outside. To do this, cut a piece of gauze and impregnate a few drops of the solution on it. Lift your ear (if they are dropped) and clean it gently in circles. Once this completely clean strip the piece of gauze and use a new one to repeat the process, this time in the other ear.
Third step: continue with the inside
Now we will clean the ear of our dog, that is, the inner cavity and the most sensitive part. Unlike as we did in the previous step, we will not impregnate the gauze with the solution but we will drop a few drops of the product into the ear canal and then clean with the gauze.
Wrap a piece of gauze over your finger (choose the finger that best fits the size of your ear) and pour a few drops of the solution directly on the ear canal. It is more than likely that at that moment your dog will shake energetically. When you see that he finishes doing it or if he does not do it, give him a prize and congratulate him for being calm.
Insert your finger with the gauze inside your ear. You must introduce it gently and until you begin to notice resistance. Do not go further because you could damage the eardrum and cause pain. Clean the auditory cavity with gentle movements from left to right and from inside to outside until it is completely clean.
Once you have finished, you must repeat the same process in the other ear of your dog, always using new gauze. Using new gauze for each ear will prevent dirt and possible infections from passing from one ear to another.
Some additional tips
- Recommended that you clean your dog’s ears with some frequency, especially if your dog has fallen ears (beagle, cocker, a golden retriever, Labrador … etc)
- The cleaning process can be annoying for your dog, but never painful. If you see that your dog shows signs of pain or you see blood you should stop immediately. Consult your veterinarian if you have doubts about it.
- If your dog is a puppy or is very nervous there is a trick that will help you keep it quiet during cleaning. Before you start cleaning, take him for a walk and have him run and play with other dogs. When you start cleaning you will notice that it will be calmer and calmer.