How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears – VetVid Episode 003


Hello I’m Doctor Mike. This is Mandy, and
this is Cookie. And today, we want to teach you how to clean your pet’s ears properly.
And to do this, we need to get in the habit of looking into our pets’ ears. We need to
determine what is normal so that if we see changes, such as wax, or debris, or inflammation,
or even an abnormal smell. These may be signs of an infection. If your pet does have an
infection, your veterinarian will actually prescribe a very specific treatment plan,
and maybe even a specific cleaner for you to go home and use as a maintenance. If there
is no infection and you want to go ahead and work with a routine cleaning, this is really
simple. So to get started, we’re going to need an ear cleaner. There are many types
of ear cleaners, both over the counter and there’s also prescription ones. So once we
have our cleaner, we can go ahead and pick something like a cotton ball, you can use
a soft tissue, whatever it is that’s easy and gentle on the ears. So we want to apply
our cleaner, and we’ll go ahead and lift the earflap, also known as the ear pinna. And
we want to clean just in the top areas, the areas that we can see, and so just wiping
in here and cleaning. We don’t want to do routine cleaning down in the canal, you don’t
ever want to stick an instrument, don’t use q-tips. Sometimes your pet may actually have
an infection, and it may require a deeper cleaning. Now we need to be careful when we’re
pouring a solution down into the canal, as this could be damaging if there is a problem
with the eardrum, like if the eardrum is ruptured, and that can happen. So your only going to
do a deeper cleaning at the advice and direction of your veterinarian. So to get started, again,
we want to lift up the earflap, and we’re going to go ahead and just flush a little
solution down there, and then we can go ahead and massage the canal gently. And then, I’ll
let them go ahead and shake their head, so it’s a good idea to maybe do this outside,
and after, again I will grab the cotton ball, and this time I don’t need to saturate it
because all the solution is here. Just going to clean what’s up here. Once again, don’t
use a q-tip, no instruments down into the canal at any time. And this is pretty simple
and you can do this at home on a routine basis, whether it’s weekly or twice a month, and
again at the advice of your veterinarian. So whether you’re doing a routine ear cleaning
or a deeper ear flush, it’s very simple as long as you’re following the necessary precautions.
I hope that this information was helpful to you today, and thank you for watching.

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