Dog Ear Cleaning

Ready for dog ear cleaning? Here's how to perform this basic care safely yourself. See, smell and treat dog ear problems before they escalate. Free recipe for cleaner and ear mite medicine.

Ready?

My dog Bonz doesn't look so sure. Still he is always good about it and we will show you how to clean your own dog's ears safely.

I'll teach you to see, smell and treat dog ear problems before they escalate.

You can laugh at me, but, I sniff my dogs' ears. After all if I'm cuddling them anyway, why not?

If I smell something I know it's time to check for dirt and ear problems.

Clean my little dog ears? Really?

Supplies for Dog Ear Cleaning

  • Q-tips (these work great as long as you know where to use them.)
  • A few tissues or a soft paper towel

If they smell or look really dirty, add one of these to the supplies list:

  • organic apple cider vinegar, or
  • warmed olive oil

Make sure your dog is comfortable. Pull up the ear so you can get a good look inside. I'll get the camera and show you. Ah, here's Bonz Capone again. He looks great so there will be no dog ear cleaning for him today.

I love how this 10-year-old  raw fed dog never needs an ear cleaning. Never.

Let me get Lulu to hold still and we'll check hers. Her ears are clean as well, so I will use her as a model. I've drawn where to clean dog ears with Q-tips and tissue.No dog ear cleaning in the purple circle area. I'll show you how to address that in a bit.


Cleaning dogs ears safely and curing dog ear problems with homemade remedies.

Aha! I found someone with dirty ears. Lily. They're dirtier than they look in the picture. Dog ear cleaning tickles so my daughter took the picture while I held Lily's head still to clean them. I just put pressure with my left hand and she stays still. I never clean down where it's hard to see because I could injure her if she moves and I may pack the dirt and wax deeper creating a real problem.

If you twist the Q-tip as you wipe with it, the dirt and wax will stick to the Q-tip much better. If ears are really dirty, I use the paper towel to wipe the excess gunk from the Q-tip and reuse it several times.

Use a Q-tip only at the outermost area when cleaning dog ears.

Lily's ears don't smell so that was a pretty quick job. If I could see a lot of gunk down in the ear canal and it smelled I could use apple cider vinegar or my favorite home made stuff for cleaning dog ears and killing bacteria.

If your dog won't hold still, or its too hard to see, use a tissue or piece of soft paper towel and gently wipe inside the ear. If it comes out clean and doesn't smell, you're done. If you get a lot of gunk, there's a couple things you can do.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse

Vinegar is a good cleaner. Mix 1 teaspoon raw organic apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup distilled or spring water. Put a dropper-full (ten drops for a small dog) into the ear and rub at the base of the ear to work it all around. Stand back and let your dog shake it out.

I use Braggs raw organic apple cider vinegar. It also helps sooth itchy skin as a rinse at bath time, so check out my how to bathe a dog page.

Why not just regular vinegar? Processed vinegar is dead. Raw organic apple cider vinegar has medicinal qualities. It's great to add a little in the water bowl too!

Oils to Loosen Wax Buildup

I use olive oil since I always have some on hand. Warm it to body temperature and put dropper-full into ear and rub to work it all around. You should hear a squishy sound as you massage the ear base. Again, stand back when your dog shakes it out. You can use a tissue or paper towel to wipe away the excess.

Lulu is our model again. She doesn't mind a dog ear cleaning since I'm giving her a mini ear massage. See how my hand is positioned? I always seem to do this with my thumb in front of the ear and my other fingers behind. I do a combination back and forth and circular rubbing.


Massaging olive oil in ear to loosen buildup

In the picture above, can you tell I'm actually below the ear in front?


Dog ear massage and dog ear cleaning at the same time.

My Homemade Ear Medicine Recipe

An ear medicine I've kept on hand for years, started out when my kids got 'swimmer's ear' one summer. It's simple to make.

  • Crush 2 cloves fresh garlic
  • and add them to 1/3 cup olive oil.
  • Heat in a pan (do NOT boil) for several minutes. Let cool. Strain and store in a glass bottle with eye dropper.

    Garlic is an antibiotic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. The only possible drawback to this remedy is every time I smell it I want pasta and garlic bread!


    Dog Ear Problems

    Dog ear cleaning in my house is done on an as needed basis. Two dogs never need it and three need it done roughly three times a year.

    Since I changed my dogs to raw food, clean ears is just one advantage.

    The ear canals are another route to release toxicity so if your dog has problems with his ears on a regular basis, please consider changing his or her diet. If you have changed to a home cooked dog food or a raw dog food diet, remember it may be part of the detox process so treat as above and give it a month or so to improve.

    For chronic yeast, see Dog Ear Yeast Infection and Antibiotic Side Effects so you can help your pup.

    If your dog has continuous ear problems, you may need to boost his immune system. Contact me if you have any questions after reading these pages.


    Canine Antibiotics


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