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Here's what you'll need to clean your dog's ears safely and effectively:

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  • Dog-specific ear cleaning solution: Don't use human ear drops or anything with alcohol, as this can irritate your dog's ears. Look for a solution recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Cotton balls or gauze pads: Avoid using cotton swabs (Q-tips), which can push debris deeper into the ear canal.
  • Treats: Rewarding your dog throughout the process will help make it a positive experience.


  1. Gather your supplies and find a calm environment. Make sure your dog is relaxed and comfortable.

  2. Gently lift and examine your dog's ear. Look for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, discharge, or a bad odor. If you notice any of these signs, schedule a visit with your veterinarian instead of cleaning the ears yourself.

  3. Apply the cleaning solution. Hold the ear flap upright and gently squeeze the recommended amount of solution into the ear canal. Don't insert the bottle tip into the ear.

  4. Massage the base of the ear. Gently massage the ear for about 30 seconds to loosen any wax or debris. You may hear a squishing sound.

  5. Let your dog shake its head. Cover your other hand with a towel to avoid getting splashed. Shaking helps dislodge debris loosened by the solution.

  6. Wipe away any excess moisture. Use the cotton ball or gauze pad to gently wipe out any visible dirt or debris from the outer ear canal and the ear flap. Don't shove anything into the ear canal.

  7. Repeat for the other ear. Then, praise your dog and offer a treat!


  • Frequency: How often you need to clean your dog's ears depends on the breed and their individual needs. Some dogs may only need their ears cleaned every few months, while others may need it more frequently. Consult your veterinarian for advice on a cleaning schedule for your dog.
  • Don't force it: If your dog is uncomfortable or struggles, take a break and try again later.

If you notice any signs of infection during cleaning, consult your veterinarian. They can advise on proper treatment and rule out any underlying ear problems

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