Dog’s ears are extremely prone to having dirt, debris, germs, and infections. The more you clean your dog’s ears, the less likely they’ll be to have infections and other issues. However, it’s not too hard to do it yourself instead of going to a vet or groomer regularly.
It requires very few tools, and it can be a bonding experience for you and your dog. First, you need to know how to tell if your dog’s ears need cleaning or not. Then, you need to know how to clean them.
There are a few ways you can tell if your dog’s ears are dirty. The first way might sound strange, but it’s by smell. If your dog’s ears are healthy, they will have no odor at all. However, if they’re dirty, you’ll notice they smell off.
Another way you can tell is by color. If the dog’s ears are whatever color they normally should be, then they’re probably fine. But if you see that they’re red, that means they’re ready to be cleaned.
Other signs include sensitive ears, swelling, and discharge. When cleaning your dog’s ears, there are a few products that should never be used. For example, you should never use alcohol to try and disinfect their ears, because that may dry out their ears.
You should also never use Q-tips or similar cotton tipped sticks, because that will only push dirt and debris farther down into the ear. You should use a pair of hemostats, which are like medical pliers, and a cotton ball.
First, you want to take some dog ear cleaning solution and apply it inside their ears. Then, massage the base of their ears for about half a minute. Once you’ve let the solution sit, let the dog shake the solution out.
Now you can use your hemostats and cotton ball to clean up the inside of their ears. If you have a puppy, they will be hesitant to let you clean their ears. Coax them into letting you clean them by giving them treats and touching around their ears.
They will eventually be comfortable with you touching their ears and allow you to clean them. You should give your puppy a treat once you’re done, so they’ll be excited to have their ears cleaned again next time. Continue treating them as normal when they’re more grown up, but be gentler with them as they grow older, and treat them more often.