There are many different products to clean dog and cat ears on the market. As someone who was a dog groomer for quite awhile, I could list off a ton of products that people purchase for this really simple chore. However, some of the products on the market are not only a bad choice, they can cause bigger problems for your pet!
The most important thing to remember when you are cleaning dog and cat ears is this:
Keeping them DRY is the BEST way to maintain ear health for your pet.
Can you imagine how you would feel if you had to walk around with water or a wet product in your ear all day? Can you imagine the ear infections or complications you would have from leaving something wet inside your ears? YUCK. If you wouldn’t let your children live this way, why would you let your pet live like that?
In addition to keeping ears healthy, and hopefully infection free, checking or cleaning your pets ears at least once a week gives you the opportunity to bond while looking for potential issues. I suggest you check their ears while you work on keeping them shed free! Here are some potential problems with pet ears. If you see these, please consult a vet!
BRIGHT Yellow Wax- Could be a yeast based infection. Also has a completely RANK odor.
Excessive Black Wax- Could be Ear Mites. Hit up Google images if you want to be grossed out!
Red Irritation- Could be the start of an infection. Check this BEFORE cleaning.
Excessive Greasy Discharge- Again, could be an infection.
Alright, now that you know what to look for before you start cleaning, let’s get down to the fun parts!
1. Grab your pet! It helps if you’re inexperienced to have someone hold the animals head still. Once the ears get wet at all, they are likely to start shaking their heads, so you don’t want to accidentally poke them.
2. Flip the ear back until it stays in place on its own. Some animals don’t care for that either, so when you first begin, if it turns into a struggle, let your pet win. You do not want this to be a negative experience!
3. I use a lightly damp washcloth for the first wipe. Place it over your finger and gently rub the crevices inside your dog or cats ears. Do not stick your finger into the ear canal. Most dogs will love this, most cats will hate you for a week. Disclaimer: The “1 week your cat hates you rule,” is an estimate and only an estimate. Due to various cat personalities, you may be hated for longer. It’s ok, they get over it, but you might want to sleep with a nightlight and a spray bottle of water for your own safety. Just kidding! Maybe…sorta. Not really.
4. Clean both ears in this fashion and then let your pet shake his or her head. With a different clean and dry washcloth, wipe the moisture away inside of the ears.
5. If necessary you can use a cotton swab a little farther into the ear canal to remove additional buildup.
That’s it! You’re done! Give your pet a treat for being AWESOME while you cleaned his ears!
Do you do your own pet grooming? Tell me what you handle by yourself!by