Pet Health Tips

Cleaning Your Pet’s Ears

By Maria Schubert

June 15, 2022

Pet ears come in many different shapes and sizes, but they’re all capable of having ear problems. Thankfully, some products and routines can help you prevent most ear problems. Above you’ll find our latest video on dog ear care tips with Shelley and Lisa. For more tips on ear care, continue reading.

Dog Ears Need Care Too

Regardless, if your dog’s ears stand as tall as an evergreen tree or are a little droopy, they all need to be included in your dog’s grooming routine. Regularly cleaning your dog’s ears is crucial for their health and can help prevent different diseases, ear infections, and ear mites. In the Pet Care Pro Show, I mentioned earlier they’ll be walking through our recommended routine, so check that out for helpful tips.

Don’t Forget Your Cat!

Just like dogs, cat ears can also become infected or contract ear mites. The routine we recommend can also help with your cat’s ears, but if you’re unsure or have questions, feel free to call into our Pet Care Pros.

Identifying Ear Problems

Identifying which issue your pet may have is pretty simple. If it looks like coffee grounds in your pet’s ears, it’s ear mites. Stinky ears or ears with a discharge, it may be a bacterial or yeast infection. After you figure out which problem your pet may have, you’ll then want to clean it. Apply Vet Basics® General Ear Cleanser into the ear canal and massage the base of the ear for 20 to 30 seconds. Then clean out the ear with a cotton ball or tissue. You can repeat this as necessary. After you clean the ear, you can then begin to treat the problem. For ear mites, apply an ear miticide for three weeks. For bacterial or yeast infections, apply Vet Basics® ChlorConazole Ear Flush two times a day for two to three weeks. If the problem persists consult your veterinarian. What tips do you have to help make cleaning your pet’s ears easier? Let us know in the comments below!

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