Cleaning Dogs Ears

Cleaning dogs ears on a regular basis is essential if they're to stay healthy and free from infection and disease. Discover 7 simple steps to healthy, bacteria-free, clean dog ears.

Essentials To Keep Your Dog's Ears Clean!

Before you begin cleaning your pet's ears, it's a good idea to have the following items within easy reach:

Keeping your dog's ears clean, just like this golden cocker spaniel's, is vital to their health
  • cotton wool balls;
  • cotton buds;
  • a couple of tissues;
  • a pair of blunt tweezers;
  • blunt-ended scissors;
  • a good ear cleaning solution;
  • a small dish;
  • medicated ear powder (optional).

There are some very good ear cleaning solutions available over the counter, but there are also a few that can be drying to the ear.

Because of this, I recommend you use a product that you trust, or you ask your vet to recommend something to you.

Cleaning Dogs Ears

Because of their design, Cocker Spaniel ears often trail across the ground, picking up all sorts of debris and who knows what - they can be pretty high maintenance.

Their ears are prone to many infections, but if you keep them well-brushed and scrupulously clean you can help avoid infection and keep them healthy. 

Why not incorporate these 7 simple steps to cleaning dog ears into your dog's grooming routine?

Step 1 - Wash Your Hands

Always wash your hands thoroughly to avoid transferring bacteria from your hands to your dog - there's no point in taking risks where your Cocker's health is concerned!

Step 2 - Inspect Your Dog's Ears

Ask your Cocker to sit while you inspect the inside of each ear.

They should be clean and pink, with no waxy discharge and there shouldn't be any bad smell. A little brown or blackish/brown wax is fine so long as there's no unpleasant odor.

Step 3 - Apply Cleaning Solution

Squeeze a few drops of your favorite ear-cleaning solution directly into your pet's ear and massage the base of his ear for a minute or two - my Cocker really loves this bit. 

Be warned, when you stop he'll probably shake his head and cover you in solution and wax!

Step 4 - Clean Dog Ears

Pour a small amount of solution into a small, clean dish (the lid of an old jam jar works fine, just remember to sterilize it first).

Dip a cotton wool ball into the solution and then squeeze out any excess.

Gently rub the inside of your Cocker Spaniel's ears to remove any wax or dirt, working from the inside of the ear out towards the outside edge, use a cotton bud if you prefer.

Remove as much dirt and debris as you can.

If you use cotton buds on your pet's ears, it's very important that you don't push them too far into the ear as this could seriously damage his ear drum.

Step 5 - Clean folded Parts

Dip a cotton bud into the ear-wash solution and gently clean the folded parts of his ears.

Step 6 - Dry His Ears

Use a dry tissue or cotton bud to remove any residual ear-wash solution and/or medicated powder.

Step 7 - Keep Your Cocker's Ears Trimmed

Removing excess hair from around the opening to your dog's ears can help the air to flow better inside the ear canal. You may need to use a puff or two of medicated powder to help you grip the hair if it's too waxy.

The more air you can circulate, the better chance you have of reducing moisture levels in your ears, which in turn will create less of a breeding ground for bacteria.

Cleaning Dogs Ears - General Pointers

Black, tan and white cocker spaniel with one ear splayed out to the side

When cleaning dogs ears, it's best not to re-use a cotton wool ball or bud in your dog's other ear; throw it away after use to help stop cross infection from one ear to the other.

Talk quietly to your Cocker while you're working to help keep him calm and reassured.

When you've finished, and if he stayed quiet and behaved himself throughout, praise him and give him one of his favorite treats!

Following the above guidelines will help to keep your precious Cocker's ears healthy; free from mites, bacteria, yeast, and viruses, which otherwise could lead to serious infection and misery for your boy.

You can learn more about ear infection in Cocker Spaniels here.

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