Your dog’s hearing is one of his strongest senses and should be protected with a weekly ear cleaning.
Breeds with large, floppy ears or dogs that spend time swimming in the summer are especially vulnerable to ear infections. Here are some tips to help you clean this sensitive area:
- Tools you’ll need include an ear cleaning solution and ear cleansing pads or cotton balls. Ear powder is can also help dry the ear and cut odor.
- Gently pull the ear flap up to straighten the ear canal. Drop some ear wash into your dog’s ear and gently massage the base of the ear to work the solution in.
- Your dog will naturally want to shake to clear his ears. Let him shake to loosen the debris, then settle him down again for the cleaning.
- Use a cotton ball or ear cleansing pad to carefully remove wax and debris. Don’t use Q-tips, as they can damage the ear drums if inserted too deeply.
- Once you’ve cleaned your dog’s ears, keep his ear flaps folded back a few minutes to dry. (If he lets you.) A little ear powder will also keep the area dry and reduce odor.
Clean your dog’s ears once a week and take him to the vet if he shows signs of an ear infection. Signs include redness, odor, heavier discharge, ear scratching and rubbing ears on the floor or other surfaces.
Keep those ears clean to avoid costly problems later! Visit your local store or our website for ear cleaning solutions and products.