Ear Cleaning at Home
Cleaning your pets ears is often recommended by your veterinarian as maintenance in animals prone to ear debris build-up, as well as in animals that are undergoing treatment for an ear infection. Pet owners can safely clean ears at home by following these instructions.
What you need:
- Cotton balls
- Pet ear cleanser (examples: Epi-Otic, VET Cleanser)
What to do:
- Gather your supplies and a few treats.
- Soak a cotton ball with ear cleanser. Hold this cotton ball over the opening of the ear canal, and squeeze the cotton ball so the cleanser drips into the canal.
- Massage the ear canal. You will probably hear "squishy" noises.
- Use dry cotton balls to wipe out what you can reach. You cannot reach far enough to do any harm with a cotton ball. Do not use a Q-tip.
- Repeat on the other ear.
- The cleanser is designed to break up the debris and allow it to be cleaned out of the ear. You will not have a complete clean the first time, but this will be accomplished over a few cleanings.
- The cleanser is also designed to evaporate and leave the ear dry. Do not use water, as this is likely to leave the ear damp and prone to infection.
- If your pet is on treatment for an ear infection and the veterinarian has recommended ear cleaning, you should clean the ears approximately 1 hour before the ear medication is due. This allows the ear to dry and does not wash out the medication too soon after it is given.