How do you clean a dog's ears without hurting them?

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Hold a towel over his head to prevent solution from flying everywhere.

Use a cotton ball or a cotton pad wrapped around your index finger to gently wipe the visible part of your dog's ear canal and outer ear.

Use a cotton swab only if necessary and only on the visible portion of your dog's ear.


Here are seven ways to discipline your dog from the book How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With:

  1. Distract. Make a loud noise to distract your puppy from whatever they are doing.
  2. Scruff-Shake.
  3. Put-Down.
  4. Isolation.
  5. Time-Out.
  6. Squirt Bottles.
  7. Sit Command.
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.
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.

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.

So, next to a good belly rub, why do all dogs love having their ears massaged? Nerves — a whole branch of them — release endorphins that make your dog feel downright relaxed.

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.


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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