Have you noticed that your dog is shaking her head more than usual or her ears smell a little funky? Or maybe you have seen some dirt collecting in there? These are all normal signs that your doggy needs her ears cleaned! So how often should you clean your dog’s ears?
Well, some dog breeds need their ears cleaned on a regular basis, especially our floppy-eared friends like Basset Hounds. Other breeds that have pointy, upright ears might not ever need their ears cleaned.
It is best to speak with your vet before you clean your dog’s ears because sometimes the symptoms of a dirty ear can be the same as an infection! You don’t want to be rubbing or digging into your dog’s ears if they have an infection, this could worsen it!
Once you are sure your dog’s ears are just dirty and there is no infection in sight, you can start to clean them! Below are the simple supplies you will need:
- Dog ear-cleaning solution
- Cotton ball or gauze
When you choose an ear-cleaning solution you can ask your vet which brand they use or recommend for your dog specifically!
*Tip: never use a Q-tip or cotton swab to clean your dog’s ears. These can end up pushing more dirt back into your pup’s ears and may lead to uncomfortable pain or an infection!
Now that you have all of your supplies, let’s get this cleaning started!