To clean the ears, tilt your dog’s head downward with one hand and squirt a gentle cleanser recommended by your veterinarian into the ear, filling the canal. Holding the ear closed, give it a nice massage, really squishing the cleanser around in there. That softens any gunk inside.
Should I clean the gunk out of my dogs ears?
No. While it is important to clean your dog’s ears when needed, over-cleaning may cause irritation in the ear canal and this can lead to infection. Some dogs that have healthy, clean ears may never need to have their ears cleaned.
How can I treat my dog’s ear infection without going to the vet?
If you’ve search online, you may find home remedies for dog ear infections like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or rubbing alcohol. These are all bad ideas, because they can irritate the inside of the ear and invite more infection. Sure, the acid in vinegar might kill yeast, but vinegar is mostly water.
Why is my dog’s one ear always dirty?
Dirty Dog Ears and Allergies
My poor boy has allergies, and as most veterinarians will tell you, dogs with allergies often have ear issues as well. Their ears are usually stinky, irritated, itchy, and most always, their ears look dirty from a build up of yeast, overgrowth of ear wax, discharge, or whatever.
Is black ear wax normal in dogs?
A small amount of wax is part of the ear’s self-cleaning system. If the ears look red or have a dark brown or black discharge, or if your dog frequently shakes his head, paws at his ears, or rubs them against the carpet or furniture, he needs a visit to the veterinarian to see what’s causing the problem.
What does a dog ear infection look like?
The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor. A black or yellowish discharge commonly occurs. In chronic cases the ears may appear crusty or thickened and the ear canals often become narrowed (stenotic) due to the chronic inflammation.
What is a good ear cleaner for dogs?
The best dog ear cleaners
- Virbac Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleanser: Ideal for regular maintenance.
- Zymox Otic Pet Ear Treatment with Hydrocortisone: Wave bye-bye to flare-ups.
- Vet’s Best Ear Relief Wash + Dry Combo Pack for Dogs: The best two-in-one ear cleaner.
- VetWELL Dog and Cat Ear Cleaner: The best smelling option.
What to do when your dog’s ear is bothering them?
Start with an ear cleaner recommended by your veterinarian (don’t use rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or witch hazel, as these can irritate your pet’s delicate ear canals). Squeeze a good amount of ear cleaner into your dog’s ear canal. You want to use enough that it starts to spill out of their ear.
Can I use vinegar to clean my dog’s ears?
Apple cider vinegar can clean a dog’s ears and rebalance the skin pH, but it will also dry out ears to combat yeast and bacterial infections.
How often should I clean my dog’s infected ears?
All dogs should have their ears cleaned at least once a month. However, some breeds need it as frequently as once a week.
Can I use baby wipes to clean my dog’s ears?
You don’t need a lot of tools to clean your dog’s ears at home. Many of the items are human grooming tools, including balls of cotton, tissues, or baby wipes. Your veterinarian can help you select an ear cleaner that is right for your dog.