If you’ve been instructed by your veterinarian to clean your dog’s ears, this can usually be done at home quickly and easily. Check out our quick instructional video here!
Make sure you have all of the right supplies on hand before you start. You’ll need:
- Ear cleaning solution recommended by your Veterinarian
- Bowl of clean, room temperature water
- Bulb syringe - pre-filled with water is best
Depending on the temperament and size of your dog, you may want to have a team of two people for the job. You can do this on the floor or a counter for small dogs. Wrap a towel around their body to keep them dry. Place additional towels on the floor and nearby.
First, gently add the recommended amount of ear cleaning solution to the first ear. Be sure the tip of the bottle does not touch or enter the ear canal. Gently massage the ear for 15-30 seconds.
Next, use water-filled bulb syringe to flush the solution out of the ear. Again, making sure the tip does not touch or enter the ear canal. Stand back and let them shake it off!
Repeat the above steps on the other ear if recommended by your veterinarian. Some dogs may only have problems with one ear and may not need continual care. Others may need ongoing cleaning of both ears, especially dogs with heavy, furry ears like spaniels.
Finally, give that dog a treat, he’s earned it!
If you have any questions or would like a veterinary staff to help you with ear cleaning, be sure to give us a call!