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How To Clean Your Dog’s Ear

Maintaining a dog is quite tough.  It is a challenge to us fur parents, to maintain the cleanliness and health of our lovable dogs.  We should give them time, patience, understanding and utmost care.  Having a pet dog is such a big responsibility.  It is like having your own baby.  Hygiene plays a vital role in making our dogs healthy.  That includes trimming their hairs or grooming, cutting their nails and even cleaning their ears.

 The unclean ear would lead to several complications, and can serve as reservoir for bacteria and other harmful elements that can compromise the health of your dog.  It is advisable to have our dog’s ear cleaned every week or every two weeks.  We can ask a groomer or a professional to do this, but we can also do it.  It requires a lot of patience initially, but once your dog gets the hang of it, this will definitely be a breeze.  Just follow the instructions carefully to achieve the perfect dog and fur parent bonding activity!  Let us begin!

Step 1: 

Step 1: Ear Cleaning Equipment

Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • 10% strength Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) --> IMPORTANT: Make sure it's not full strength.
  • soft tissue paper
  • tweezers

Step 2:

Step 2: Make sure you dog has had a bath

Make sure that your dog already took a bath before performing this cleaning method.  Use a good bath towel so that your dog is perfectly dry.


Step 3:

Step 3 : Roll a piece of tissue paper

Take a piece of tissue paper and roll it to form a compact tissue.


Step 4:

Step 4 : Put a few drops of Hydrogen peroxide on the rolled paper

Drop 3 to 5 drops of the 10% hydrogen peroxide solution on the rolled tissue paper.

Step 5:

Step 5 : Wipe the ear

Wipe the external part of the ear including the big flap of it.

Step 6:

Step 6: Clean the ear cavity

Roll another piece of tissue paper and put the same amount of hydrogen peroxide on it but this time carefully insert it in the hole of the dog’s ear.  Make sure to be careful in doing this to avoid trauma on the part of the dog.  Carefully swirl the tissue roll on the ear hole for about two to three times before pulling the tissue out of the ear hole.  It is normal to see a yellow discharge from the dog’s ear.  This is your dog’s earwax building up inside.  Your dog’s ear cavity at approximately 1 to 2 cm deep, and you should not go into further since we are just cleaning the external part of the ear.  Take note that this figure is applicable for small or toy dogs only.  Bigger dogs have bigger and longer ear cavities.

Step 7:

Step 7: Hold the tweezers

Take the tweezers and hold it like this.  The tweezers will be used to remove excess hairs on the ear hole (external part only).  Excessive ear hair would cause ear infection to most dogs, so make sure to remove it from time to time.  It takes a lot of patience and practice in the part of the dog owner and the dog as well especially if it’s the first experience of the dog.


Step 8:

Step 8 : Remove the hair

Carefully remove the ear hairs from the dog’s ear.  Be careful and make sure that your hand is light enough to perform this to make a positive experience on the part of the dog


Step 9:

Step 9 : Clean the other ear

Clean the other ear as well doing the same method used in the first ear.


Step 10:

Step 10: Finish the other ear

Carefully perform the ear hair removal on the other ear.  Make sure to give treats at the end of the ear cleaning session so that your dog will not resist the next time and they will know that it is good to have their ears cleaned every now and then.


You can also use baby cotton buds in cleaning your dog’s ear, but this is not advisable if you have problems in controlling your hand pressure.  Using the tissue is the best alternative if you are just a beginner.  Make sure that the dog is comfortable with his or her position and most of all, always reward your dog if they cooperated in this cleaning session. 

February 19, 2019 by barksnlicks team

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