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Do I Need To Use A Q-tip? The Best Way To Clean Dog Ears

Do I Need To Use A Q-tip? The Best Way To Clean Dog Ears

Ear infections for dogs can be a very frustrating and painful process for both the owner and the dog. Here are some good practices for the best way to clean dog ears…

Depending on the kind of dog you have, you might need to clean their ears more often than others. For example, dogs with floppy ears are a lot more prone to ear infections than dogs whose ears stand straight up. Is there one single best way to clean dog ears? Of course not, but there are some important factors and practices you need to consider when you keep your pups ears as clean as possible.

Why Is Cleaning My Dog’s Ears Important?

Cleaning your dog’s ears is really important because, if left unchecked, their sensitive ears can develop painful infections. Obviously this leads to more expensive vet bills, but it’s even more difficult because the dog’s ear canal is a very unique design. As such, it’s very easy for dirt and other irritants to get trapped in the canal. If you don’t clean this area, you are more likely to have annoying itchiness, or even ear infections.  




Should I Use An Ear Cleaner For My Dog’s Ears?


Yes, please use an ear cleaner designed specifically for dogs. As we mentioned above, dog’s ear canals are very unique and sensitive. That in mind, you can’t just use hydrogen peroxide, or rubbing alcohol to clean their ears because it will further exacerbate any underlying issues with your dog’s ears. This is especially true if your dog's ears are swollen or irritated. There are specific cleaners for specific uses so be sure to check with your veterinarian about the cause of the irritation, and the best solution for that irritation.


What Do I Need To Clean My Dog’s Ears? Can I Use A Q-tip?


All you need is your ear cleaning solution, some cotton balls, or some gauze, and a towel just in case there are any spills/accidents. It might be a good idea to have some treats handy as well, just so you can keep rewarding your dog for that extra special good behavior as you clean their ears.  Do NOT use Q-Tips. Like with humans, putting a stick in their ear is never a good idea because there is a high chance of you doing damage to their ear drum.  Furthermore, while it might take up some of the dirt or irritant, the Q-Tip is more likely just pushing the dirt and irritant further down the ear canal. The further down it goes, the harder it is to clean, and the more likely your dog will get another ear infection. Again, do NOT use a Q-Tip when cleaning your dog’s ears.


All The Steps To Clean Your Dog's Ears

  1. Sit on the floor and have your dog sit in front of you with his bottom in between your legs. 
  2. Grab a hold of one ear and hold the ear flap up vertically to straighten out the ear canal.
  3. Pour enough cleaner to completely fill the ear canal. Don’t worry about spilling, it will happen.
  4. PRO TIP: Do not put the tip of the bottle into the ear. If the tip of the bottle touches your dog’s ear, you need to clean the tip because there’s a chance some of the yeast or infected material found its way on the tip
  5. Keep holding the ear, but start to massage the ear with the other hand. The massage starts to break up any of the material in the ear, and you should hear a slight squishy sound from the canal. 
  6. Wipe away any material or liquid that comes up, and then let your dog shake their head. This is important because the remaining ear cleaning solution will move from the canal  out the outer ear. 
  7. Grab a hold of the ear, and wipe away any debris from the process.
  8. Give your dog some well deserved treats.
  9. Repeat the same process with the other ear.
Why is it so difficult and expensive to fix my dogs ear infections?

Why is it so difficult and expensive to fix my dogs ear infections?

Your dogs ear infections are due to a number of reasons but it requires specific treatment plans and a lot of attention to detail to fix.

Your dog is starting to show all the signs of an ear infection, and your dreading the fact that not only are going to have to do all the work, but you’re also going to have to foot the bill for the treatment. 


As many dog owners will tell you, we’ve all been there. 


Each time you hear the dog whine, scratch his ears, or give it a little shake of the head, you can just see the dollar signs with each movement. 


Certain dogs are just prone to ear infections - especially dogs with floppy ears like Basset Hounds, Cocker Spaniels and Golden Retrievers.  In fact, almost 20 percent of dogs all encounter some sort of ear disease at one point in their lives. Suffice it to say, it happens. 

Why is it so hard and expensive to treat your dogs ear infections?

The first bit of advice I can give you about your dogs ear infections is to do everything you can to PREVENT them to begin with. Now, I know you’re probably reading this because your dog already has an ear infection and that first bit of advice may not help you as much as you’d like. It, however, still applies. You can prevent them going forward!

If you want to take preventative measures against your dog getting infections in the future, you’re going to want to look into one of our best selling products: Mister Ben’s Original Dog Ear Cleaning Kit.


Most dog ear washes and dog ear cleaners found on vet’s shelves are expensive and ineffective. They are often unable to fight the infection and are not available for use on a long-term basis to help you maintain your dog's ear health. That IS NOT the case with Mister Ben's Ear Tonic and Wash with Aloe for Dogs!


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If, however, your dog is beyond just the cleaning and maintenance phase of an ear infection, you need to visit a vet as soon as possible. 


Yes, it’s painful for the dog, but it’s also important to jump on it immediately because you’ll want to minimize the risk of the infection traveling to the middle or inner ear. If that happens, that’s when the situation becomes really serious and even more expensive to treat.

How are dog ear infections treated?

The vet will assess the situation and thoroughly clean your dog’s ears using a specific medicated ear cleaner depending on the infection. At that point, your vet may also require a prescription for another ear cleanser or a topical medication which you will have to apply. In really bad cases, oral medication may also be necessary too. 


While most cases will probably be resolved within 1- 2 weeks, it is really important that you follow your vets instructions extremely carefully.  Yes, that also includes going back to the vets office if necessary! 

If you don’t follow the directions appropriately, or if you stop treatment because you believe your dog is getting better, then the infection is guaranteed to come back. 


This is why it’s so expensive and difficult to treat your dog’s ear infections because the plan is very precise and it requires constant vigilance from both your and your vet! 

Can you prevent ear infections in dogs?


Yes, you can prevent ear infections. Stick with preventative measures and you will more than likely never have to pay a vet bill for ear infections again!


First, use Mister Ben’s Original Dog Ear Cleaning Kit


Second, keep your dog’s ears dry as much as you can, and then check for any possible allergies which may be causing the infections. 


By using our cleaning solution, paying a little more attention to your dogs ear needs, and using a concerted approach to your vets recommendations, you can prevent any more ear infections in your dog.