Routine grooming is a must for our pets. Like, Brushing, nail trimming, bathing, and dental care are all part of essential grooming. However, there is another essential part that we often get left out and that is ear cleaning. It can seem like a challenging task, but it is quite a necessity.

To make ear cleaning easier, we have provided a few tips on how to clean the pet’s ears safely and effectively without stressing out your pet.

Check the pet’s ears regularly. If you notice any of the problems mentioned below, it may be time to contact the vet.

-Excess wax
-Scratching, head shaking.

We must note that not all dogs need their ears cleaned. As sometimes frequent cleaning can cause irritation and other problems. Speak with the vet about what is best for your pet. Depending on the cat’s habits and environment, ear cleaning is unnecessary as cats are generally excellent self-groomers. However, if you notice any wax, build-up, dirt, or debris, then it is time for a cleaning.

Trimming excessive ear hair near the ear can help in preventing ear infections and excess wax build-up. Avoid sticking scissors in the pet’s ear if you are not very comfortable, better let a veterinarian or a groomer take care of it for you.

Schedule regular veterinary exams so the vet can assess the health of the pet and diagnose any issues. The vet will check the pet’s ears and can help give you further instructions.

If the pet becomes restless or distressed, try to calm it with treats and affection. Always collect the supplies before time, so that you don’t have to run here and there to find what you need during the time of cleaning. You will need some cotton pads or balls, a veterinary-approved ear cleaner, and a towel. Never use hydrogen peroxide or any alcohol-based cleaners as they will dry out the ear canal and may cause irritation. Do not use anything with a pointed tip to clean the pet’s ears as it can damage the ear canal and can cause other health problems for the pet.

It is easier for you to position the pet with his or her backside facing toward you. Softly pull on the ear flap and fill the canal with a vet-approved ear cleaning solution. Do not stick the applicator to the ear canal or let it touch the pet’s ear as it may spread the bacteria.

Gently massage the base of the ear for at least 30 seconds to help the solution work its way in. You can even hear a squishing sound as the product dislodges the debris and buildup. Allow your pet to shake its head and let the solution expel. And in the end, use the cotton ball or towel to absorb the remaining solution there on the outer part of the ear canal. Repeat this process until the cotton pad is clean.

For more details on ear cleaning in pets. Call us now and book the appointment.