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How to Clean Dogs Ears?

As dog parents, we’ve all been through that uneasy moment when we ask ourselves, “how do I manage to clean my dog’s ears without harming him?” There are certain risks we might start thinking about, such as getting water inside your dog’s ears or using a product with harsh chemicals that might irritate his sensitive skin. However, ignoring the fact that you need to clean your dog’s ears shouldn’t be an option since buildup of wax and debris may cause your dog to develop an ear infection and hearing damage. Common signs of an ear infection are head shaking and scratching at the ears; red, inflamed ears; ear discharge; and if your dog cries whenever you touch his ears.

Keeping your dog’s ears clean is an important part of your dog's grooming needs. Some dogs need more frequent ear cleaning than others. For instance, breeds that have long hanging ears such as Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds are more likely to get ear infections than any other breed. 


  1. With the right procedure and supplies, you could easily clean your dog’s ears at home. All you need is a good natural pet cleaning solution, cotton balls and some treats to reward your dog. The most important tool is the cleaning solution. EcoSpaw Natural Bathless Pet Shampoo is 100% organic, non-toxic, chemical-free, anti-itch and hypoallergenic. There is also no rinsing required!


  1. You can clean your dog’s ear during his or her bath time or whenever its convenient. However, it’s important to bring your dog along slowly and associate ear-cleaning with something positive. One method is to always have a bag of treats ready to offer each time that your dog cooperates during the process.


  1. Lightly moisten a cotton ball or gauze with EcoSpaw Natural Bathless Pet Shampoo and gently wipe the outer ear flap. Then wet a new cotton ball to clean the inner ear. Wipe as far as you can but never any further than you can see, until your cotton balls come back clean. Keep in mind that any small amount of cleaner left inside will dry on its own without leaving any soap residues.


  1. Repeat the same process with the other ear. Always remember, over-cleaning can cause irritation and itchiness, but under-cleaning can make way for excessive buildup of wax and debris. Once you are done, reward your dog with lots of affection and his favorite treats!


If your dog shows signs of having a severe ear infection and needs medication, please make sure to contact your vet. 



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