How should I clean my dog's ears?

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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.

Reward your pup with another treat and then repeat these steps for the other ear.

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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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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.

Your veterinarian can help you decide how often your dog's ears should be cleaned.

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Do all dogs need to have their ears cleaned? 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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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.

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A dog's ears must be cleaned once a week with the use of an epi-otic cleanser.

You can buy ear cleaning solutions from a pet supply store or from your veterinarian.

After that, allow your puppy to shake it out from his ears.

Gently wipe off the remaining solution and residual wax from the ear canal with a cotton ball.

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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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All dogs should have their ears cleaned at least once a month. However, some breeds need it as frequently as once a week. The exact amount of time between cleanings varies from pet to pet and depends on their breed, age, level of activity, and wax production.
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