Taking care of your dog is an important part of overall wellbeing. Proper pet care can include everything from bathing your pet to cleaning your dog’s ears to trimming their nails. While maintaining cleanliness for your best friend is important, you may not know where to start. You may be wondering, “How do I know if my dog’s ears are dirty?” This is why we created this guide. In fact, a number of factors can affect your dog’s ears, from an ear infection to seasonal allergies. We contacted the Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde put together to learn more about how to clean a dog’s ears and how to keep their ears clean all year round.
What you need to know about cleaning your dog’s ears
Whether you’re a new dog owner or have a household with multiple dogs, something like cleaning your dog’s ears can feel overwhelming. Also, your dog’s ears can be tender, and overcleaning can do more harm than good.
For example: “Not all dogs need to have their ears cleaned, but all of the dog’s ears should be monitored. I recommend consulting your veterinarian about whether and how often your dog’s ears need cleaning. I would also recommend buying an ear cleaner from your veterinarian to make sure it is a safe cleaning product and that it meets your dog’s specific needs, ”explains Wilde.
Also, your veterinarian can help you determine if there is something else going on with your best friend’s ears. Wilde points out the following steps to help clean your pet’s ears.
Steps to clean a dog’s ears
- Saturate a cotton ball with an ear cleaning solution.
- Clean the inside of your dog’s ear with the cotton ball.
- Gently wipe off any residue.
- Never inject anything in your dog’s ears unless advised by your veterinarian.
The importance of maintaining ear purity
Dog breeds can have different needs when it comes to grooming. Whether your dog has floppy ears, short ears, high ears, or pointy ears, they may need different daily arrangements to keep their ears clean.
For example, just checking your dog’s ears can have a significant impact on their health. Skin and ear infections can show up on your furry friend with little to no warning. Wilde explains the importance of checking your furry friend’s ears on a daily basis.
“It is important to check your dogs ears regularly. A regular check-up can help you determine what is normal for your dog, and any abnormality may indicate an infection. Some mild wax may be normal, but excessive discharge, redness, bleeding, or odor could be signs of infection. It is also very important not to clean too often or too often. Cleaning your ears too often can cause irritation and inflammation, and predispose them to infection. If a dog has an ear infection, your veterinarian may recommend cleaning as part of the treatment plan. Recurring ear infections are a common sign of underlying environmental or food allergies. Contact your veterinarian if your dog has recurrent ear infections or if it looks like its ears need cleaning more often. “
Tips to keep your dog’s ears clean
The last thing you want, of course, is for your dog to have irritated, infected, or dirty ears. This experience can be uncomfortable for them and stressful for you.
Consider the following:
- Use products recommended by your veterinarian to clean dog ears.
- Do not put anything in your dog’s ears other than the recommended ones.
- Use cotton balls for cleaning.
- Be patient and take your time.
- Stay up to date with your dog’s planned treatment if there is an infection.
- Talk to your veterinarian about dog breed concerns.
Every dog is different and may react differently to being touched, cleaned, or medication given to their ear. Take your dog’s needs into account and adjust accordingly. It may take your pet some time to familiarize themselves with the process.
Cleaning your dog’s ears can improve overall health
Grooming is important to your dog’s health and includes your furry friend’s ears as well. However, if you check your dog’s ears and listen to your veterinarian’s recommendations, your best friend will have healthy ears in no time.
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For more information on dog grooming, see How To Remove Fleas: A Pet Owner’s Guide
About the author
is a digital content writer and publisher for Trupanion. She spends her work day writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, getting inspiration from pets, and luckily hanging out with her rescue dogs all day. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been published on the DOGTV blog, the KitNipBox blog, the Get Your Pet blog and Fansided, among others.