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How to Clean a Dog's Ears

Cleaning a dogs ears may not be as easy as you think.  Some dogs are rather adverse to it so it is a good idea to always offer a treat when you are done so the next ear cleaning session goes a little easier.
 
Start by restraining your dog.  If you have a small dog you can wrap her up in a large thick towel with her head exposed or have someone help hold her.
 
Use a cotton ball, paper towel or gauze sponge moistened with water and gently rub the large pieces of wax and debris off of the ear lobe.  Repeat this process on the other ear.
 
After cleaning the majority of debris with the cotton ball, towel or sponge, you can use a Q-tip or cotton tipped applicator moistened with water to gently remove the pieces of debris that you were unable to reach.  Do NOT place the Q-tip down the ear canal.  Only clean the parts of the ear that you can see.  You should always be able to see the cotton tip of the Q-tip.  Attempting to clean where you cannot see could cause ear trauma and stimulate head shaking.
 

Also, a tip that was recommended to us by a veterinarian to help keep our dogs ears clean, was to squirt a bit of lemon juice into the ear on a monthly basis and this helps keep the wax under control.  The little plastic lemons filled with lemon juice that you buy at the grocery store are an inexpensive way to help keep your dog’s ears clean.  Just be sure your dog’s ears are not infected or sensitive prior to use.  You can test a very small amount to see if your dog is adverse or sensitive to the juice prior to following the procedure.  This has helped our Great Dane’s waxy ears stay under control.