Thursday, February 26, 2015
Do you need to clean your dog's ears?
To clean your dog's ears you need a cleaner and some cotton balls. You'll probably want to keep some treats at hand too. Do not use cotton swabs. They're too small and can injure your dog.
Many dogs like having their ears cleaned once they get used to it, but it can take a few tries to get that far. Be patient.
Wet a cotton ball with cleaner and start from the outside of the ear, working your way in. Wipe down the inside of the dog's ear flap, get a fresh cotton ball with cleaner, and clean further in. Stop as soon as you feel resistance; pushing further in can cause ear damage.
Give your dog plenty of treats and praise, so he or she learns that getting clean ears is an awesome experience.
If your cotton balls become very dirty it's a good idea to schedule a check-up with your vet. And, if your dog's ears smell bad, the dog scratches at them, or shakes their head, you should also contact a veterinarian.
~ Maria Sadowski ~