Tips for Cleaning Your Dog's Ears

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We've given you tips before on how to keep your dog's teeth healthy, and today we've compiled our favorite tips for cleaning your dog's ears. Because of the many delicate curves that make up the structure of a canine ear, it's easy for bacteria and parasites to build up and thrive inside, especially if your dog has floppy ears. Regular cleaning will prevent infections from trapped debris, so follow these simple steps to keep your pup healthy!

Comfort Is Key
Dogs aren't particularly excited about getting their ears cleaned. Before you touch their ears, make sure your hands are washed and warm (cold hands can be uncomfortable on delicate ears!), and try to use the gentlest solution possible to clean your pup's ears. Formulas specifically made for ear cleaning work well and are available at most pet stores, but if you don't have that on hand, you can also use mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide diluted with warm water to clean her ears.

No Q-Tips
You may use them to clean your own ears, but don't stick anything in the pup's ears! Instead, wrap a piece of gauze around your finger and saturate it with cleaning solution to wipe off the inner ear. Keep a very gentle touch and don't be afraid to use multiple pieces of gauze to really thoroughly clean out the dirt that easily accumulates inside the ear.

Don't Forget the Outside
The outside of your pup's ear can get just as clogged with bacteria as the inside. Using cotton balls or gauze, make sure you thoroughly and gently clean the outer ear to prevent an buildup and possible infections. Try to clean your dog's ears at least once a week, and don't forget to give him lots of praise and maybe even a treat after you're done!

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Published on by Beatrix Chan.

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