How To Clean Your Puppy’s Ears

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Dog Ear Care Tips:

1) Use a soft cloth or cotton ball to wipe your puppy’s ears after every shower.

You may want to do this twice daily if possible. If you are unable to wash them often enough, try using baby wipes instead. (If you have any questions about washing your pup’s ears, please see our post on How To Wash A Dog’s Teeth. )

2) When wiping your puppy’s ears, make sure not to rub too hard.

Instead, gently pat down the area until all dirt and debris have been removed. (You may also use a toothbrush.)

3) Make sure you don’t leave the towel around your pup’s head while doing this step!

Doing so will cause him pain and discomfort. Keep it on hand just in case you need to get some stuff off of him.

4) Once you’ve finished wiping your pup’s ears, let him dry off thoroughly before putting him back into his crate.

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5) Do NOT put your pup’s ears in the microwave or any other heat source.

Heat causes bacteria growth which could potentially damage your pup’s ears. (It is also possible that these same germs could infect other parts of his body.)

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There are several things you’ll need before cleaning your dog’s ears with any type of cleaner. You’ll need: cotton swabs, an ear cleaning solution, a soft cloth, and a zip lock style bag. Most importantly, you’ll want to remember that you never want to introduce water into your dog’s ears. (Please view our post on How To Clean Dog Ears With Vinegar for further details).


1) Put your dog’s right ear up and gently pull it back.

Take a cotton swab and dip it into the ear cleaning solution. Be sure that you only put a small amount on the cotton swab. You don’t want to overdo it!


2) Now, gently begin to wipe out the inside of your dog’s ear.

Try to get rid of as many of the impurities as you can. (If you happen to miss any of the dirt and debris, do not go back in with another swab. You will just push the dirt farther down into the ear canal.)

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3) Once you’ve finished wiping out your dog’s ear from the inside, take a look at the cotton swab.

If it is not clean, you can either try to clean it using the solution or simply throw it away. (Remember that you only want to put a small amount of cleaning solution on the cotton swab. Anymore than that could cause your dog’s ear to be burnt or irritated).


4) Take a look at your dog’s ear.

If it still looks dirty, you can repeat the process with the other ear. (If you notice that one ear seems dirtier than the other, clean it first and then go back to the other ear.)


5) If you happen to see any yellowish or brownish color in your dog’s inner ear, don’t worry.

This is just a part of his anatomy and is completely normal. (It also has nothing to do with a potential ear infection! That is a completely separate topic).


6) Next, take a look at the inner part of the cotton swab.

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If it seems to be discolored in any way, throw it away! You do not want to re-use a dirty cotton swab. Not only could you risk hurting your dog again, but you also run the risk of introducing more dirt and bacteria into his ears.

Remember that your dog’s ears should never feel painful, burnt, itchy, or irritated after this process. If they do, you will need to have a veterinarian look at them as soon as you can.

Quick And Easy Way To Clean Your Dog’s Ears

If you are just looking for a quick and easy way to clean your dog’s ears, try using a solution of baby shampoo and warm water. Next, tilt your dog’s head to the side and gently apply the baby shampoo solution to his ear. Be sure that you only put a small amount in because you do not want it running down into his eyes or his nose. Gently massage the ear so that it goes inside all of the folds. (This is a good time to inspect for any signs of irritation or infection as well).

Rinse thoroughly and then dry using a soft cloth or towel.

Remember that this method is just as good as anything else that you might get from the store. However, if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself, be sure to have a professional look at your dog’s ears. If you notice any signs of redness, puffiness, or irritation, talk to your veterinarian right away. These are all signs of potential infection that could lead to bigger problems in the future if left untreated.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian. This guide is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinary help.





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