How to Clean Dog Ears: Why You Want To Know And How
Your dog will love you more than you could ever imagine. He’ll even love you when you’re not around. But he’s not such a big fan of his ears. And when they get dirty, he can be downright uncomfortable. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By following a few simple steps, you’ll be able to clean your dog’s ears with ease. And you’ll feel like a superhero.
How to Clean Puppy Ears
Dogs may have “closed” ears, which means they don’t fully close, so it’s important to clean them frequently, especially if they’re prone to infections. You can do this the old-fashioned way: with a washcloth. But you can also try the liquid soap method. In the video below, I explain how to do it! (Courtesy of Two Little Birds Design) How to Clean Dog Ears Without Gloves If you really hate washing your hands and the idea of washing a dog’s ears, there’s an easier way to do it. And the best part? It’s all about the paws! You can use any type of plastic plate and dip it into a bowl of water. Your dog will love you even more. He’ll be licking you and hoping for more. We’ve actually put some of these plates out in the office as dog toys.
Steps for Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears
Here are the steps I recommend: Step 1: Take your dog to a vet The first step is to take your dog to the vet. They’ll be able to give you better advice about how to deal with the issue. But the most important thing you need to do is ensure that your dog isn’t sick in any way, shape, or form. If he is sick, you need to seek professional help. But if he is healthy and he’s a healthy breed, he will be able to handle the problem on his own. So find a vet in your area and ask for recommendations for a good ear infection remedy. As I mentioned before, your dog will be fine even if he has an ear infection. But you may need to carry some medicine with you, and he might need more frequent checks if he’s still having issues.
Gather your Tools
Before you get started, you’ll need a few items. Here are your tools: Shoe Cleaner Scissors Elastic Tape Other Useful Items Place a towel on the floor. This will allow you to carefully remove your dog’s paws. (Image Source) Gather the Shoe Cleaner Before you begin, you’ll want to gather a few things you need to clean your dog’s ears. Cut off the tips of your dog’s toenails. This will prevent it from getting scratched by the scrubbing brush you’re going to use. Tip: To prevent this from happening, it is important to trim your dog’s nails after each bath. Pick out a soft-bristled dog brush. Avoid bristles that can catch in the ears. Tip: The best dog brush for dogs is the “Katman” brush by Petscape. Also, avoid using a dog brush that has too many sharp bristles.
Start with Grooming The Ears
If you’ve ever tried to clean your dog’s ears with water and a rag, you know that’s not going to cut it. That method just won’t work because dogs don’t like having their ears wet or touched. As a result, they will try to avoid washing or brushing them, which will result in getting dirt and debris embedded in their ears. So to give your dog the best chance of cleaning his ears with ease, you’ll want to apply his shampoo and lather it all over his ears. Make sure to include all of his fur as well, including the side and back of the ears. Next, clean his ears from both the back and front side, working your way up to the top. You can also take the shampoo around his ears and scrub it in. This will remove any product residue or excess dirt from his ears and help them look and feel clean.
Restrain your Dog to Protect Them and You
It’s a myth that it’s okay to do things like clean your dog’s ears without making sure they’re safe. But let me tell you, it’s dangerous for a number of reasons. For starters, it exposes your dog’s ears to chemicals such as bleach and chemicals used in detergents. And just like human ears, dog ears need to breathe. If he isn’t restrained in your hands, you’re risking a dog bite. Second, his ears are sensitive and he might even be very upset if you do it incorrectly. But you don’t want to be sorry for the rest of his life. Use Cleaner Without a Bottle If you’re working in a garage or don’t have a sink with running water, grab a bowl of warm, soapy water. Toss a few drops of shampoo into the bowl.
Apply Ear Wash Solution
First things first, you’ll want to start out by applying a solution of 10 drops of both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to your dog’s ear. If your dog is very anxious, you’ll want to increase the amount to 20 drops of hydrogen peroxide and 15 drops of baking soda. You can do this at your home, but if your dog is okay with you touching his ears, you could try taking him to a dog groomer or to a vet for a thorough ear cleaning. If you choose not to do this, make sure you are cleaning his ears well before you allow your dog back into your home. This will also protect his ears and the ears of your other dogs and kids in the home. Make sure you get the right size for his ears too. If you use too much of this solution, it will dry out the dog’s ear canal.