How Do I Clean My Dog’s Ears?

Dogs, like kids, love to play and romp. Like kids, they occasionally need a bath. And, yes, they need to have their ears cleaned to prevent wax build up and other ear problems. Here are a few suggestions.

Cleaning your dog’s ears is simple so long as you use a gentle hand and do it as needed. Give him a good rub behind his ears and work your way to the actual swiping, this will ease the transition and won’t startle him so much.

Baby wipes aren’t just for babies. They are moist, soft, gentle, and often have antibacterial properties. They won’t leave the ear too wet, either. Place a fresh baby wipe on two fingers and gently swab the dog’s ear, taking care to only clean the areas that you can see. As the wipe gets soiled, fold it over and continue wiping with a fresh section or a fresh wipe. Do not rub too hard, just a gentle sweeping of the area.

Another option is to purchase a commercial ear wash solution. This solution will be specially formulated for the ear and shouldn’t cause further irritation. First, soak a cotton ball in the wash and squeeze out any excess wash. You want it to be moist but not soaking. Gently rub the inside of the dog’s ear with the cotton ball. You may use a cotton swab moistened with ear wash for the nooks and crannies but do not place the swab in the ear canal.

If your dog is susceptible to ear infections and gets them often, leave the cleaning to the professionals.

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[tags]dog care, dog health, canine, pooch[/tags]

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