Sunday, June 27, 2010

How to Clean Dog Ears

Having a pet dog can be a lot of fun but it sometimes includes responsibilities that are less than glamorous. One of these includes cleaning the dog's ears on a regular basis. Although this may not be the most enjoyable activity for the dog or the owner, it must be done for a healthy and happy pet.

In order to make ear cleaning a more pleasant activity for everyone involved, it is a good idea for the owner to handle their dog's ears on a regular basis. If the dog is used to having its ears touched, it will be far less likely to act out during cleaning time. Lift the ear flaps and rub along the inside of the ear, giving the dog praise when it allows the touching.

It is also necessary to check about once a week for infections or parasites in the ears. A healthy ear will be a fleshy and pink in color and will show no signs of buildup or discharge. If the ear appears inflamed, has an unappealing odor or is sensitive to the touch, it may have an infection and should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

When it comes time to clean the dog's ears, it will be necessary to use a cleaning solution. There are many ear cleaners available at pet stores and it is possible to make a homemade substitute. Use a generous amount of cleaner in each ear and massage it for thirty seconds before letting the dog shake it out. It is then a good idea to wipe any excess cleaner away with a cotton ball, but a q-tip should never be used since it can damage the dog's eardrum.

Making a solution for cleaning a dog's ears is easy to do and uses items that can most likely be found in any kitchen and medicine cabinet. One simple way is to combine one part vinegar with one part rubbing alcohol. Another method is using four ounces of rubbing alcohol, one tablespoon of boric acid and one tablespoon of glycerin. With both recipes, it should be well shaken and poured into a spray bottle for use.

Cleaning a dog's ears will be a much more pleasant experience if the dog is used to having its ears handled. In addition to checking regularly for infections, a dog's ears should be cleaned using a cleaning solution on a regular basis. Although the dog may not enjoy the cleaning, it is necessary if they are going to stay happy and healthy.

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