Did you know that your dog's ears should be checked every week? Here are our top tips to conduct a simple ear check and to clean your dog's ears when necessary.
Why you should check your dog's ears
A quick weekly check as part of your dog's healthcare routine will allow you to ensure that there is no sign of infection or ear mites that would then call for a proper ear cleaning.
Most dogs only need an occasional cleaning but those who have floppy ears, swim a lot or suffer from skin allergies might need their ears cleaned more often.
If you're unsure of how to best clean your dog's ears, here's a simple routine to follow.
Getting your dog ready
First, make sure that you have everything you need: a damp cotton wool, ear cleaner and ear drops (if your vets recommended using some). Don't use cotton buds as they could hurt your dog's ears.
If your dog is small, put them on your lap. For larger dogs, it might be easier to proceed on the floor and to have someone else ready to help if your pooch can't stay still.
How to clean your dog's ears
Start by lifting up your dog's ear and holding it so you can access the inner part.
Light brown wax is normal, but if you notice any redness, dark pus or some odour then it's best to take your dog to the vet as there might be an ear infection.
If everything seems normal, proceed by gently wiping your dog's ear with a damp cotton wool. It will remove dirt and wax that are at the entrance of the ear canal.
Next, insert the applicator tip of the ear cleaner into the ear canal. Although it is designed to be gentle on your dog's ears, make sure not to insert it too far. Squeeze the bottle to let the product go into the ear then massage the base of the ear to help spread the cleaner.
Wipe away any excess ear cleaner with the cotton wool.
If you need to apply ear drops, always do it after cleaning the ears so that the product really goes into the ear canal.
Repeat the same steps for the other ear.
If you struggle, don't hesitate to take your dog to the vets!