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How To Flush Your Dog’s Ears: Dos & Don’ts

As a dog owner, you need to add ear flushing to your dog’s grooming routine early on in life. It’s important to flush your dog’s ears every now and then to avoid ear congestion and any diseases that may arise from that.

It’s worth noting that some dogs need more frequent ear flushing and attention than others, especially if your dog is susceptible to getting ear infections. While ear flushing may sound like an intimidating task, it doesn’t have to be. You can easily and safely do it at home, granted that you know what to do. We’ve prepared the following guide to help make the process smoother for you.

Should You Use A Dog Ear Cleaner?
Yes, you should definitely invest in a good quality ear flusher. A dog ear flusher is also known as a dog ear cleaner.

This means you should avoid anything that contains alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as these ingredients can irritate the ear canal, or worsen an ulcerated or inflamed canal.

For the best results, contact your vet for recommendations on the best ear flusher for your dog. Seek out products that have antifungal and antibacterial properties that’ll help to prevent ear infections and the build-up of wax.

All Dogs Need To Have Ears Cleaned?
Not necessarily. Frequent or excessive ear flushing can lead to infection or irritation in the ear canal. Plus, your dog may have naturally clean ears that don’t require flushing at all.

But, if you notice an odor or weird discharge emanating from your dog’s ears, you should flush them out immediately. Also, if you notice that your dog’s ears are painful, inflamed, or have a reddish appearance, take it to the vet before you flush them. This could be a sign of a ruptured eardrum or an infection.

Make sure to get some advice from your vet on how often you should flush your pet’s ears after that.

How To Do Dog Ear Cleaning Step-By-Step

  • Sit on the floor and make sure you’re comfortable. Place your dog’s rear end between your legs, or place it in the corner of the room so that you’re standing on your dog’s side while the other side is against the wall.
  • Hold one of your pooch’s ears up so that the ear flap is in a vertical position. This’ll make it easier for you to access the ear canal.
  • Make sure your grasp is gentle but firm while you hold your dog’s ear flap. Apply the ear flushing agent with your other hand.
  • Fill the ear canal completely with the ear flushing solution. Some of it might spill over, and that’s perfectly normal. Make sure the tip of the bottle doesn’t come into contact with the ear canal at all. If this happens by accident, quickly wipe the tip with an alcohol soaked cotton ball to prevent bacterial infection
  • While holding up the ear flap with one hand, caress the base of the ear with your other hand for at least 30 seconds. This is an important step that’ll help to break down any dirt or debris that might be in the ear canal. The ear should make a squishing sound as you massage the flushing agent into the horizontal part of your dog’s ear canal.
  • Next, wipe the inner part of the ear with a gauze or cotton ball to remove debris, while making sure that you hold the ear flap up vertically at all times.
  • Encourage your pup to shake its head to push out any residual debris.
  • Use a clean gauze or cotton ball to remove any debris that may have come out while your dog was shaking its head.
  • Make sure to completely remove the flushing agent from your dog’s ear flap using a gauze or cotton ball. Avoid going deep into parts of the ear that your finger can’t reach.
  • Most importantly, DO NOT use a Q-tip at any point of the ear flushing process. A cotton-tipped applicator may shove more of the debris and flushing agent into your dog’s ear and cause damage in the eardrum or ear canal.
  • Reward your dog with a treat for allowing you to flush out its ear.
  • Now, grab the opposite ear and repeat the same steps.
  • If your dog winces or shows signs of being in pain, stop immediately, and take it to the vet.
  • Ask your vet for advice on how often you should flush your dog’s ears and follow the same process according to its advice.

Note: Make sure to clean your dog’s ears before you apply any type of medication, especially if your dog has an ear infection that requires specialized treatment.

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