There are just some things a dog does not want to do. Some dogs will fight and whine when it comes to walking through the front door of the veterinarian’s office. Others will squirm as they take their medication. And, still others just do not like having their ears cleaned.
A dog’s ears, like our own, must be maintained regularly to protect against infection and other potential problems. However, if you are unsure how often to clean your dog’s ears, consult with your veterinarian. Cleaning a dog’s ears excessively could cause problems just as much as failing to clean her ears at all.
Here are some tips on how to clean your dog’s ears:
Choose what type of cleaning product to use.
You may already have a trusted ear cleaning product you use to clean your dog’s ears. Some people use hydrogen peroxide while others use a veterinarian-recommended product. Whatever you use, be sure it is safe for your dog’s ears.
Use a cotton ball.
One of the safest and easiest ways to clean your dog’s ears is to put some of the cleaning solution, whatever type you choose, onto a cotton ball then gently dab the inside of your dog’s ear with the cotton ball to remove dirt and other debris. If the cotton ball is excessively dirty, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
WARNING: Never put a cotton ball or any other type of object into your dog’s ear canal. Doing so could result in it becoming stuck and/or damaging your dog’s ear.
Have it demonstrated.
Because dogs’ ears are so delicate, you must be extremely careful when you clean your dog’s ears. Before you attempt to clean them on your own, ask your veterinarian to demonstrate how to properly clean her ears.
In addition, be on the lookout for the common signs that your dog may be suffering from a problem with her ears, including a redness of or crustiness in the ears, a bad smell emanating from the ears, or hair loss on or around the ear. Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you notice these or any other symptoms that your dog is suffering from ear problems.