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How to clean doggie ears

Cooka's simple guide

All caring pawrents know, that keeping our kid’s ears clean is an important part of their health-routine. But for some pet-owners cleaning ears might be a bit of a challenge, which it really shouldn’t be.

See our simple GUIDE on how to care for those fluffy ears.



Fact is: some dogs have perfectly clean ears and may never need a clean, while others require a regular cleanup to protect from ear infections.

Doggies with long hanging ears, like Basset Hounds, Spaniels or even Weimaraners are the most prone to ear infections, but all breeds can develop them.

Checking the cleanliness of our dog’s ears is something all pet-parents should be doing on a regular basis.

Most dogs love having their ears rubbed when they are healthy, but if he/she pulls away from you it might be a sign that they are sore.



But how can we tell when a Dog’s ear needs cleaning? 

A healthy and clean ear looks kind of pink, is odourless and not dirty or inflamed. There should be absolutely no smell, as infections often have a yeasty or stinky way to be noticed.

Some dogs might require infrequent ear cleanings, while others, such as those more prone to infections or serious beach-dogs who love to be always in the water may need more regular care.

So, if you notice a mildly stinky odour or notice that your dog is shaking his/her head more frequently, then it is probably time for a cleaning.

In case the ear looks red and inflamed, smells really yeasty, or appears to cause pain, we advise to contact your vet immediately, as cleaning an infected ear often causes more harm than good.



Ear-Cleaning Supplies, what is needed

You only need a few common supplies to clean your dog’s ears: some cotton pads, an ear-cleaning solution (from the vet or homemade) and a towel.

BUT: Just be warned – ear cleaning, while simple, can get a bit messy. (depending the patience level of your fur-child)



How to Clean Dog Ears in 3 Simple Steps

  1. Try to clean your dog’s ears when he/she is calm, in a familiar surrounding, as this will help make the process easier. If all fails, a few cookalicious treats might be a helpful idea…
  2. Squeeze a vet-approved or one of our favourite home-made* ear-cleaning solution into your dog’s ear to and massage gently at the base of the ear for about 30 seconds. You might hear a squishing sound as the product dislodges dirt and buildup.
  3. Let your dog shake his/her head! (This is where the towel may be useful – it helps to protect yourself from ear-spray) Once your dog has finished the shake, use the cotton pats to gently wipe out the ear canal, making sure not to go too deep inside.



Homemade and safe ear-cleaning solutions, recommended by Holistic Vets:

Mix one spoon of water with one spoon of apple cider vinegar


Mix one spoon of Aloe juice with one spoon of witch hazel


Chamomile has soothing properties. Just brew a cup of tea and use for your pup


PS: At Cooka’s we also use baby wipes. Just make sure to use wipes without fragrances.

"a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself"
Josh Billings
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