13. September 2012
Gently pull the pinna (earflap) upward to straighten the ear canal. Squirt an ear cleaning solution into your pet's ear and massage the base of the ear between your thumb and forefinger for 20 to 25 seconds. This ensures that the cleansing solution gets a bit deeper into the ear. We recommend any one of the ear cleansing products on our website for this step.
• Let your pet shake out the extra solution, then get him relaxed again for the next step.
• Use a soft cloth, Kleenex or cotton swab to remove excess wax and debris that the solution and shaking have brought up. Do not insert anything down the ear canal.
• After cleaning, fold earflaps back for about five minutes to dry ear canals, and then finish with a small amount of an ear drying powder or ear medication product .
You may need to repeat this procedure daily for 5-7 days to treat a problem ear and then once weekly to maintain proper ear health.
22. March 2011
Your dog's ear is more L-shaped than yours, and debris loves to collect at the corner of the L. To remove this debris, apply an ear cleaner into your dog's ear canal. Ear cleaners should be slightly acidic but should NOT sting.
Massage the base of the ear for 20-30 seconds to soften and release the debris. Wipe out the loose debris and excess fluid with a cotton ball. Repeat this procedure until you see no more debris. Let your dog shake his head to remove any excess fluid. When you are through, wipe the dog's ear flap and area below the ear gently with a towel. Depending on your dog's ear condition, you may have to start out cleaning the ears twice a day.
Always follow your veterinarian's recommendations.
We recommend Epi-Otic #6225 or Nolvasan Otic #6003 to clean the ears followed by Zymox #6266-WO to treat the ears or Zymox #6266 with Hydrocotisone if the ear is inflammed.
Cotton applicator swabs can be used to clean the inside of the earflap and the part of the ear canal you can see. They should NOT be used farther down in the ear canal since that tends to pack debris in the ear canal, rather than help to remove it.
Some ear problems are so painful, the dog must be anesthetized to do a good job of cleaning the ears. You may find your dog does not like to have his ears cleaned because it is uncomfortable. Talking to him during the process, stopping momentarily to give him a treat if he is doing well (we do not want to reward fussiness!) and doing something fun afterwards may all help.
After the ear is clean, allow some time for the ears to dry. Then you can apply any ear medication that was prescribed.