Posted by: Pet Palace Resort, on July 19, 2018
How to Properly Clean a Dog’s Ears
Have you ever wondered why your dog’s ears need to be cleaned and how you can go about it? Wonder no longer! We’ll tell you why you’ve got to keep your dog’s ears clean and give you an easy guide for DIY ear cleaning.
Why Should I Clean My Dog’s Ears?
Dog ears are deep and twisty. They’re also moist. Unfortunately, these conditions make them prone to ear infections. Bacteria can grow in your dog’s ears and debris like grass and seeds can also become lodged in there. For these reasons, you definitely want to regularly clean your dog’s ears.
This is especially the case if your dog has long, floppy ears. Because the “floppiness” prevents good air circulation, moisture can’t evaporate, increasing the likelihood of infection.
How Often Should I Clean My Dog’s Ears?
All dogs should have their ears cleaned at least once a month. However, some dogs require weekly or biweekly cleaning. This depends on your dog’s breed and activity level. For instance, dogs that like to play in the mud or dogs who enjoy swimming will require more frequent cleanings.
Just make sure not to overdo it. Excessive cleaning can irritate your dog’s ears.
How Can I Clean My Dog’s Ears?
To clean your dog’s ears, you’ll first want to make sure you have your supplies ready: a vet-approved ear cleaner, cotton balls, and a towel. Then, squirt a small amount of ear cleaner into your dog’s ear. Massage the outside base of your dog’s ear so the cleaner can really be absorbed.
Your dog will probably want to shake his head after this—that’s fine. We suggest using the towel to keep yourself from getting splashed in the face while he does it. Yuk!
Once your dog’s done shaking his head, use a cotton ball to gently swab his ear. You’ll want to continue to swipe until the cotton ball comes back clean. You may need more than one cotton ball for this step.
That’s it! Because pet ear cleaner contains a drying agent, your dog’s ear will dry on its own.
Does Pet Palace Resort Offer Dog Ear Cleaning?
Yes, we do! We offer full dog grooming which includes:
- A warm bath and a conditioning soak, for the ultimate in comfort
- Fluff drying done by hand
- Coat brushing, so the coat looks shiny and well-kept
- Toenail trim, so nails are kept free from infection and your dog can walk easier
- Ear cleaning, to prevent infection and remove buildup
If you want to go all-out, you can even tack on one of our luxury spa services like:
- Toenail polish
- Breath freshener
- Teeth brushing
- The furminator (for dogs that shed a lot)
How Can I Schedule a Grooming Appointment at Pet Palace Resort?
You can book a grooming service while your dog is boarding with us or contact your local Pet Palace by phone. We have two locations in the Indianapolis, Indiana region, and four throughout Ohio in Columbus, Hilliard, Delaware, and Cleveland.