Keeping your dog’s ears healthy and well-maintained is a matter of promoting proper hygiene, knowing when to consult a professional, and investing in the right products to do the job.
You can choose to use either commercial ear cleaners or a homemade product made from natural ingredients, but whatever you choose for your pet, it’s imperative to use dog ear cleaners regularly to avoid chronic ear infections.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the best dog ear cleaning solution?
For cleaning out excessive wax, dried protein, dead skin cells or any other gunk from your dog’s ears, I recommend using warm water and a dog ear cleaning solution.
For my dog Kona, combining a dog ear cleaning solution and a dog ear cleaner kit allows me to perform a proper ear cleaning with very little effort. The kit includes a sturdy ear cleaner brush and a bottle of liquid dog ear cleaner combined to create the ultimate dog ear cleaning solution.
Can I use wet wipes to clean my dog's ears?
Steer clear of using any kind of wet wipe to clean your pet’s ears.
Firstly, I don’t like the fact that they are saturated with chemicals, and the sweat and dirt from your hands could be transferring over to your pet’s ears and the pads of their feet.
Use a proper ear cleaning solution and follow the directions on the bottle.
Secondly, dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell. Their ears are covered by an inside flap of skin that is not very eva-porative. Using wet solutions like wet wipes, in my opinion, can make the inside of their ear canals even more uncomfortable, cause itchiness and irritation.
Should hair be removed from dogs ears?
To clarify, ear hair does not pose a health risk to your dog unlike in humans. Some may prefer to keep the hair out of their dogs ears to keep the ear canal dry and prevent infections.
What is a good solution to clean dog's ears?
Ear cleaning solutions for dogs come in a variety of forms, but most solutions and drops contain oil, dry wax, or alcohol. You can use a solution with a combination of some or all of the ingredients.
To find the best solution for you take the following steps:
Veterinary opinion: Your vet should be your first go-to when it comes to cleaning your dog’s ears. They will help you spot any health issues and recommend a solution.
At one time or another, every dog owner will wrestle with the challenge of clearing up deteriorating ear problems for their beloved pup. To some extent, this is exacerbated by the whole idea of their pets’ “personal space”. What follows is that they are less amenable to having their ears handled than their human counterparts.