Cleaning Your Dog’s Ears

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Cleaning your dog’s ears is an essential part of your dog’s grooming. Although dogs, by nature, can get rid of whatever is bothering their ears, it’s not the same as actually cleaning it. That is why as a pet owner, it is your responsibility to check your dog’s ears and make sure that they are clean all the time. To do that, here’s what you need to know about cleaning your dog’s ears.

The Ears

Unlike human ears, a god’s ears are more complicated. The pinna or the outside flaps of your dog’s ears are not created in the same manner. Some are floppy; some are pointed while there are dogs with one floppy ear and another that’s straight. Inside this pinna is the external canal which goes down the side of the dog’s head, this part makes up the vertical canal. It then takes an inward turn which is called the horizontal canal; both canals are made up of cartilages, ridges and creases. It also contains the glands that secrete wax as well as other substances in their ears. At the end of the external canal, you will find the eardrum or also known as the tympanic membrane and beyond this eardrum is the middle ear followed by the inner ear. All of these structures are responsible for your dog’s hearing and balance.

Cleaning supplies

Before you decide to clean your dog’s ears, it is important that you assemble all the materials you need to clean it. First of all, you need a cleaning solution that is recommended by many vets. A homemade ear cleanser is also a good option. This mixture is composed of one part table vinegar and two parts water. Make sure to avoid ear solutions that contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as these are irritants.

Next prepare your cotton balls, swabs or pads that you need to clean the ears. Cotton tipped applicators can also be helpful. If the dog has too much hair in its ears, prepare tweezers or hemostats. A towel can also come in handy as you are cleaning. Once everything is ready, you can start cleaning your dog’s ears.

In order to clean your dog’s ears, the first thing that you need to is to hold your dog’s ear flap. Add a few drops or squirts of the ear cleaning solution on the inside of its ears near the ear opening. Make sure not to use excessive amount of solution as your dog might just shake its head if the liquid enters his entire ear.

Before he can shake his head, massage the base of your dog’s ear. You should be able to feel a cartilage in the bottom near its jaw which makes a smacking sound. Massage this area to help the cleanser fill the ridges in the canal to loosen the ear debris. Once done, allow your dog to shake it off.

After a good shake, use a cotton swab or ball and wipe out the ear canal of your dog. Cotton-tipped applicators can also do the trick for dirt and debris that might not come off easily. Make sure also not to put the cotton applicator any further that what you can actually clean as it could damage the dog’s ear drums.

Repeat the process if the dog’s ears are still dirty. Finish the procedure but wiping off any visible debris that you can find.

Of course, offer your dog a treat for being a good boy (or girl) for behaving well while you are cleaning its ears too. They may just love getting their ears cleaned the next time!