Just like humans, dogs’ ears need to be cleaned regularly. In addition, it is a treatment that our four-legged friends will not have the reflex to do themselves. It will therefore be up to the master to ensure proper hygiene of his dog’s hearing system. How to go about it ? Here are all the explanations for properly cleaning your dog’s ears.
What not to do when cleaning your dog’s ears
Know from the outset that there is no need to clean the inside of your dog’s ears every day. On the other hand, you can completely clean the outside every day if you wish, it is even a good thing for dogs with long floppy ears (such as Cavalier King Charles, Cocker Spaniel or Beagle).
Do not use cotton swabs to clean the inside of the dog’s ear. This is because, just like with humans, it can push impurities even further down the ear canal. However, you can very well use it to clean the outside of the ear. For the interior, use cotton or compresses.
Finally, do not use any product, which could be harmful or too acidic for the ears of our little companions. Prefer the use of liquid hearing lotions, specific for dogs.
How do I clean my dog’s ears? The right method
Once you have all the products you need to clean your dog’s ears, place them within easy reach and put your dog on a table, on the floor, or on your lap.
Once the dog is in place, fold its ear over the top of its head, or simply stretch it upwards, depending on its morphology. Then put the ear lotion spout into the dog’s ear, the product bottle should be upside down, then exert light pressure. Let the product flow abundantly. If you have a specific product for dogs, do not worry, there is no risk of overdose.
Note : At this time, the dog may find this feeling unpleasant and try to struggle. To remedy this, perform this operation in pairs, your assistant will have the task of holding his head firmly to prevent the dog from struggling and running away.
Once the product is applied, massage the base of the dog’s ear for 30 seconds to a minute, so that the product penetrates well and can loosen the impurities from the walls of the ear.
Finally, last step, let your dog shake his head, then wrap your cotton or your compress at the end of your finger, and use it to clean the impurities loosened by the product.
It will be normal to find a little bit of brown earwax on your cotton pad. If, on the contrary, you find black deposits, it may be an ear gall, and if the earwax is yellowish in color and smelling, it means that it is a suppurative ear gall. . In both cases, contact your veterinarian.
Once this is done, do the same with the second ear. Once both ears have been cleaned, don’t forget to give your dog a small reward.
Cleaning your dog’s ears can also spot potential infections in your companion’s ear. If he struggles too much or squeals when you try to clean the back of his ear, it’s probably because of an infection. In this case, do not use force and contact your veterinarian to prescribe suitable products to treat the infection.
If your dog regularly has problems with their ears, you should know that there are dog insurance plans that can help you financially pay for necessary treatments and consultations.
Ear waxing of certain breeds of dog
Finally, you should know that some dog breeds such as poodles or bichons, need to have the outside of the ear waxed because their too abundant hair prevents good ventilation. Although this can be done with a clipper in some cases, it is best to seek advice from your veterinarian or groomer to do it correctly and not take the risk of hurting or even injuring the animal.