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How to clean your dog’s ears

July 30, 2022


You can get over the counter ear cleaning solutions or solutions directly from your vet. There are plenty of options at online retailers or at your local pet store. You can follow the directions on the bottle, but here is an explanation of how to:


Fill the ear canal with the cleaning solution.


Your dog may resist having cleaner poured directly in their ear. If that's the case use a cotton ball soaked with the cleaning solution. Gently place in the ear and remove any obvious material or debris. Be sure not to push the cotton ball fully inside their ear, as it can force debris deep into the ear. Never use cotton swabs.


Massage the base of the ear right next to the head, this will help loosen any debris or wax. If using a cleaning solution soaked cotton ball, massage the ear canal and remove the cotton ball. Repeat this process until the swab comes out clean.


In-between and after swabbing, allow your dog to shake their head a bit and wipe the outside of the ear with a cotton ball or tissue. If your dog ever seems to be in pain, stop and contact your vet.


Give treats and praise throughout the process to make it a positive experience. You can also use toys, treat puzzles, or lick pads to distract your dog while they are getting the cleaning.


As always contact your vet or one of our Mavyn Experts with any questions!