Webster Lake Veterinary Hospital

How to Properly Clean Your Pet's Ears

    1. 1. Straighten the ear canal by gently pulling the tip of the ear flap upwards.
  1. 2. Drip a pet ear cleaning solution into your pet’s ear canal strait from the bottle. Fill canal. It is ok if it overflows out of the canal.
  2. 3. Gently massage the base of your pet’s ear with your thumb and forefinger for at least 30 seconds.  The ear canal will feel like a small hard tube between your fingers.  You will know that you’re doing it right if you hear a squishy sound.
  1. 4. Tip your pet’s head to the side and let the pet ear cleaning solution drip out onto a towel or dab excess cleanser with cotton balls or tissues. Don’t be surprised if a lot of material comes out!
  1. 5. Allow your pet to shake out any excess pet ear wash.
  1. 6. Being careful not to insert anything deeper into the ear canal than ½ to 1 inch, remove any excess wax or particles with a soft cloth, tissue.
  1. 7. Wait 1 – 2 hours then apply veterinary prescribed ointment if dispensed.


Tip: ***It’s always good to clean the ears after a day of swimming or after any baths. For pets with chronic ear issues apply on really humid days as well.***


Let’s review what NOT to do:

  • Do not use water.  It can lead to formation of bacteria and yeast.
  • Do not go deeper than ½ to 1 inch into the ear canal.
  • Do not use alcohol or Peroxide ever in ears


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