How to Clean Your Dog's Ears

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As you may have read in our last blog post, canine ear infections are very common. To help you keep your dog healthy and happy, we have this video showing you how to clean your dog's ears - whether s/he has an ear infection or not. (Starring our very own Dr. Gordy, his assistant Brett, and the very handsome - and cooperative - Jeffrey!)


Steps for cleaning your dog's ears:

  1. Gently pull the earflap straight up and hold it with one hand.
  2. Dispense ear wash into the ear - try to fill it as much as possible - into the vertical part of the ear canal while continuing to keep the earflap elevated.
  3. Hold this position long enough for the ear wash to run down to the turn between the vertical and horizontal canal.
  4. Put one or two fingers behind the earflap at the base.
  5. Place your thumb on the opposite side of the base.
  6. Massage the ear canal between your finger and thumb. 
  7. A squishing sound tells you that the medication has gone into the horizontal canal.
  8. Use a cotton ball to gently wipe the ear wash out of the dog's ear. Wipe out as much of the wash and any debris (wax, dirt) as possible.
  9. Release the earflap and let your dog shake his/her head.


That's it! If you have any questions or need help cleaning your dog's ears (or think s/he may have an infection), give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment! 

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