Ear Cleaning 101
Cleaning your pet's ears can prevent infections, and help treat them. The video below shows Dr. Erin Williamson and Audrey Lewis, RVT cleaning Isla, the German Shepherd Dog's ears. Isla is owned by Dr. Erin Williamson, and comes to work with the staff of The Pet Clinic every day. Isla can be found lounging in Dr. Williamson's office, or sitting at the end of the pharmacy hallway supervising everyone. Isla is very used to her ears being cleaned, but for pets who haven't experienced this before, it may feel odd. It is always a good idea to have a second person holding or restraining your pet, while you are cleaning their ears. The following steps are taken in ear cleaning (both cats and dogs):
1. Speak to your veterinarian about what ear cleaner to use, because all cleaners don't contain the same ingredients, and may not be as effective.
2. With another person restraining, flood your pets ear canal with cleaner. Be careful not to get cleaner in the pet's eyes.
3. Massage the base of the ear canal.
4. Use a cotton ball to gently wipe the cleaner and debris out of the ear canal.
The cleaner we prefer contains a drying agent, that will dry in the ear canal if a small amount of cleaner is missed, however, not all cleaners contain these ingredients.