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April 16, 2020

Tutorial: Cleaning Your Dog's Ears At Home

VIDEO BELOW

Pawsh groomer Jenny takes you through the process of cleaning your dog's ears while at home.  This is a very easy hygiene item to forget about but it is extremely important for your puppy's overall health.  Dog's with hair in their ear canals or who are prone to ear infections deserve special attention, like Abbie the Old English Sheepdog!

HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR DOG'S EARS NEED TO BE CLEANED

- COMPARE: If the inside of one ear is clean and pink and the other is dirty, red or inflamed you need to clean well and consult your veterinarian if it doesn't resolve in a couple days.

- SMELL: If your dog's ear/s have a yeasty smell to them it is a tell-tale sign of an infection.  Keeping them clean and dry is very important.

- BEHAVIOR: Three signs that your dog's ears are bothering him/her: 1) If your dog is scratching his/her head 2) rubbing his/her ears on things or 3) shaking his/her head head more than usual

ITEMS YOU WILL NEED

- cotton balls / cotton pads

- OR dog specific ear wash/cleaner/wipes such as:

  > Pet MD Dog Ear Cleaner Wipes (100 count) - BUY ON AMAZON

  > Ark Naturals Ears All Right Gentle Ear Cleansing Lotion for Dogs (4 oz) - BUY ON AMAZON or CURBSIDE PICK-UP @ PAWSH BOSTON

  > Artero Cosmetics Aurigel Dog Ear Cleaner (3.53 oz) - BUY ON AMAZON or CURBSIDE PICK-UP @ PAWSH BOSTON

  > Aroma Care 100 Count Ear Wipes (100 count) - BUY ON AMAZON or CURBSIDE PICK-UP @ PAWSH BOSTON

- OR If you don't have any of these items at home and your dog (ONLY if you do not have a dog specific ear cleaning solution or wash available): 1:1 Hydrogen Peroxide and water solution (see video). NEVER use hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle without diluting as it can cause irritation.

STEPS TO FOLLOW

- Gently wipe the visible part of the ear canal and outer ear. Use a Q-tip or cotton swab only if necessary and only on the visible portion of your dog's ear. Just like with people, you do not want to go too far down into the ear canal or risk pushing debris deeper down into the ear.

- Reward your dog with a treat and repeat for the other ear

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