How to clean dog ears
Are you wondering how to clean dog ears? Although ear cleaning is an essential part of your dog’s basic grooming routine, over-cleaning can cause ear canal irritation.
“Always consult your vet to find the best way to clean your dog’s ear,” said a spokesperson for The kennel club tell Country life. “It is important that nothing is pushed deep into their ear canal as this can cause damage or start an infection.”
How often should I clean dog ears?
Cleaning your dog’s ears does not require any special equipment, but can be done simply with wall cotton and a dash of lukewarm water (or a professional ear cleaner). Consult your veterinarian to find out how often you need to clean your dog’s ears. Depending on the breed, this can vary from once a week to once a month.
According to Purina, floppy-eared breeds such as Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds will need more ear cleaning as they are prone to infections. Likewise, dogs who like to swim will also need to clean them more often as the moisture in the water can predispose them to ear infections.
We chat with the experts at The Kennel Club on how to safely clean your dog’s ears. Take a look at the easy steps below …
How to clean dog ears
1. To clean your dog’s ears, you should start by massaging the ear for about 20 seconds to soften and release any material.
2. Then wipe the inside of the pinna of your dog’s ear several times with a cotton ball or damp cloth, starting at the entrance to the ear canal and moving towards the tip of the ear, so as to move away any material of the ear canal. Remove any visible dirt, as well as anything behind the ear. Do not use cotton-tipped applicators (Q-advice), as this could cause trauma to the ear canal.
3. You can also use an ear cleaner suitable for dogs and your local veterinarian’s office can recommend one. Then gently dry the ear with a towel. Remember to thoroughly clean both ears.
Looking for a little positivity? Get Country life magazine posted to your mailbox every month. SUBSCRIBE NOW
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported to this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and other similar content on piano.io