The typical human has an ear canal that is a mere inch long. Your dog, however, depending on the breed and size, has an ear canal that is 2-4 inches long. It also has a crook in it. That leaves a lot of room for the ears to become dirty. Cleaning your dog's ears is easy if you have the right supplies and know-how however. Here's what you need to know.
Why Should Your Dog's Ears Be Cleaned?
Just as humans are more susceptible to impaired hearing and infections if their ear canals become dirty, so are a dog's. And because of the bend in their ear canal, it is harder for things to get back out on their own.
Additionally, if your dog is a frequent swimmer, water can settle in their lower ear canal, and that moist, dark, and warm environment
What Tools Are Needed To Clean A Dog's Ears?
You will need:
- A quality ear cleaner. The internet is full of home recipes and remedies for every malady known to man and beast. Skip the magic potions of apple cider vinegar or olive oil and just use a quality commercial ear clear specifically meant for your pet. Check with your veterinarian for a recommendation.
- Cotton wool. This can be found at your local druggist or pet store. Cotton wool is just like cotton balls, but rather than coming in little balls, it comes
ina long rope and you can break off the sizes that will work best for youdog.
- Your pet's favorite treat. Choose a small biscuit-type
treat, not a rawhide.
How Do You Clean The Ears?
Ear cleaning is a messy job because your dog will shake his ears, so if at all possible, do it outside or in an easy-to-clean area of your home. Put his leash on and have a partner hold him close to the collar. Tell him to sit, and give him his favorite small treat.
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