How can i safely clean my dog's ears?

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After the massaging, stand back and let your pet shake his or her head to bring the softened wax up out of the ear canals.

Use clean cotton balls to gently wipe out and up the canal, removing any wax or cleaning solution you see.

For small dogs, you may need to use cotton balls that have been pulled in half.

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Squeeze a veterinarian-approved ear-cleaning solution to fill your dog's ear canal and massage gently at the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. You will hear a squishing sound as the product dislodges debris and buildup. Don't let the tip of the applicator touch your dog's ear, as this can introduce bacteria.
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No. While it is important to clean your dog's ears when needed, over-cleaning may cause irritation in the ear canal and this can lead to infection. Some dogs that have healthy, clean ears may never need to have their ears cleaned.
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A dog's ears are largely self-cleaning. It's normal to see light brown secretions in the ear canal; these help the ear protect and clean itself. As long as this is the extent of the wax in your dog's ear, no cleaning is necessary. However, if you notice a heavier buildup of wax, it's time to clean.
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To clean normal ears, choose a mild ear cleaner specifically designed to be used on pets.

It's generally best to avoid vinegar, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide, which can irritate the skin of some dogs and be painful to an already inflamed ear canal.

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However, they do clean each other's ears (and eyes) by licking each other.

It is really sweet how the dogs take care of each other.

By the way, for folks who have not lived with floppy-eared dogs, keeping the ears clean is important because they can easily get infected.

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Although pigs' ears are often a favorite of dogs, studies have not shown them to offer any dental benefits.

They are also sometimes contaminated with bacteria.

Be careful with compressed chews.

Edible treats such as rawhide chews can help with dental health.

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Squeeze a veterinarian-approved ear-cleaning solution to fill your dog's ear canal and massage gently at the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. You will hear a squishing sound as the product dislodges debris and buildup. Don't let the tip of the applicator touch your dog's ear, as this can introduce bacteria.
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