Ear scratching can be a chronic problem in many dogs. Dogs' ears need to be cleaned and check regularly for signs of parasites and infections, and with just a few simple supplies, you can make sure your canine companion never suffers from dreaded itchy ears.
Things You'll Need
- Small pair of scissors
- 50/50 solution warm water and vinegar
- Cotton balls
- Small towel
- Plain mineral oil
Lift the ear and visually inspect it for injury, parasites or obstructions. Once the ear is clear, take the small scissors and gently trim the excess long hairs from the ear canal, making sure not to let the hair fall into the ear. Be careful not to cut or injure the dog while trimming.
Soak a cotton ball with the water/vinegar solution, and swab the entire inner ear surface. Make sure to get down inside the folds and creases, removing all the dirt and debris.
Wipe the ear surface with the towel to remove any remaining matter from the ear. Do not force the towel or cotton ball into the ear canal, which could result in serious damage.
Once the ear is dry, lightly moisten a cotton ball with the mineral oil, and coat the ear with the oil. The mineral oil will help to avoid dry skin on the inside of the ear, and will help keep some of the grime and gunk from accumulating in the ear canal.