Animal Medical Hospital

2459 Bellevue Avenue
West Vancouver, BC V7V 1E1

(604)926-8654

www.vet.bc.ca

  How to clean ears

This may be best done outdoors, so you can make a mess without worrying. The next best place is the bathroom, where walls and floors are washable or wipe-able.

1. Gently pull your dog's ear straight up and hold it with one hand.


2. Fill the ear canal with cleaning solution, holding the ear up long enough for the cleanser to get into the horizontal part of the canal. Be generous! Fill it right up. This usually takes at least a teaspoon and up to a tablespoon, depending on the dog's size.

3. Massage the ear canal between your thumb and fingers. There should be a squishing sound, like a wet sneaker. Some of the cleaner will probablyleak out. This is why you are outside on the lawn, and not on thePersian carpet your granny left you.

4. Release the ear, stand back, and let your dog shake his head. Debriswill be loosened and shaken out. Again, this is why you are outdoors.

5. Gently wipe the outside of the ear and the canal that you can easilyreach with a piece of synthetic cotton (real cotton can be irritating).You don't need to jam your finger into the ear. You are counting on thevolume of liquid, your ear canal massage, and the head shaking to bringthe debris up out of the horizontal part of the canal that you can'treach anyway. Do not use Q-tips! You will either scratch the inside of the ear, or cram the debris farther into the canal

6. Wait 30-60 minutes for the ear canals to dry out before applying medication.

7. Use the cleanser once a day for 7 days for inflamed ears. To help prevent future infections, clean the ear once or twice weekly. 

Medicating the ear

1. Gently pull the ear straight up and hold with one hand.

2. Apply the prescribed amount of the prescribed medication into the vertical part of the canal while continuing to keep the ear flap elevated. Hold this position long enough for the medication to run down into the horizontal canal.

3. Massage the ear canal between thumb and fingers as you did for the cleanser.

4. Release the ear; it is OK if your dog shakes his head.

5. Do not wipe the medication out of the ear.

6. Use the medication as directed by your veterinarian.


 

 

 

 

Animal Medical Hospital
2459 Bellevue Avenue
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1E1
Tel: 604-926-8654
Fax: 604-926-6839

Animal Medical Clinic on Georgia
1338 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC
V6E 4S2
Tel: 604-628-9699
Fax: 604-926-6839

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