Keeping your dog’s ears healthy and clean is important in preventing issues like irritation or infection. And, some dogs with floppy ears can be at higher risk for ear problems. But just a little maintenance and regular care can go a long way in keeping your pup’s ears in tip-top shape.
According to Dr. Lorie Huston, DVM, you should plan on checking and/or cleaning your dog’s ears once a week.
With this regular habit, you’ll be able to make sure there aren’t any problems. And, cleaning your dog’s ears is simple. The Washington State University offers tips on cleaning your dog’s ears.
- Start on a comfortable surface where you can easily reach your dog. Put down a towel so your dog doesn’t slip.
- Check the inside of your dog’s ears to make sure there’s no redness, discharge or odor. If there is, do not proceed with the cleaning process and make an appointment with your vet.
- If your dog’s ears appear healthy, use solution specially made for cleaning a dog’s ears and squirt a little bit into one of the ears.
- Gently massage the solution around inside the dog’s ear.
- Use a cotton ball or piece of gauze to wipe any debris or dirt out the ear. Never use a Q-Tip! It can injure your dog’s ear canal.
- Repeat on the other side, using a fresh piece of gauze or cotton ball.
Regular ear maintenance for your dog can help keep this process fast and efficient, while also keeping ear infections and other issues at bay. If you have any concerns at all about your dog’s ears, see your vet!