How to Irrigate a Dog's Ears

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Regularly cleaning your dog's ears helps prevent infections.
Regularly cleaning your dog's ears helps prevent infections. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Regular cleaning of your dog's ears helps prevent infections and ear mites. The difficulty of this task depends a lot on your dog. Some dogs have more sensitive ears than others. Overall, the process is relatively easy if you have the correct solution from your veterinarian. Once your dog has an ear infection it is important that you take it to the vet instead of trying to treat it yourself, however, irrigating your dog's ears helps prevent future problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Dog ear cleaning solution
  • Rag or tissue

Fill your dog's ears with the cleaning and irrigating solution.

Massage around the base of your dog's ears with your fingers for a few minutes This helps loosen wax and other debris from the ears.

Wipe debris and ear wax from your dog's ears using a soft cloth or cotton tissue. Do not stick a cotton swab in your dog's ears, as this can damage the ear canal. If necessary, wrap your finger in a soft cloth and place it in your dog's ears to clean them more extensively.

Repeat the irrigation process to ensure that debris is removed from the ear.

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