Cleaning your cat’s or dog’s ears is an essential part of routine care. Regular ear cleanings will help prevent bacterial and fungal infections, which can be painful and difficult to treat.
Ear cleansing fluid is available from your veterinary clinic or local pet supply shop. You’ll also need Q-tips and cotton balls or cotton pads.
Begin by dampening a few cotton pads and dampen the tips of a few Q-tips.
Wipe the exterior portion of the pet’s ear with the dampened cotton pad, paying special attention to the nooks and crannies.
Then, use the Q-tips to carefully remove ear wax from the nooks and crannies of the pet’s ear. To avoid injury to the pet’s ear drum, it’s important to clean only the area that you can visually see. Some pet owners find it helpful to wear a head lamp for optimal visibility.
Gently cleanse the nooks and crannies and the opening of the ear canal with the Q-tips.
It can help to warm the liquid prior to beginning, as the cold can cause many pets to jump or flinch, which can be dangerous when you’re working near a sensitive area such as the ear.
For cats and perky-eared dogs, two cleanings per month is the norm. Floppy-eared dogs often require more frequent cleanings, of once or twice per week. Floppy-eared dogs suffer from poor air flow into their ears, so they’re more prone to infections.
Be on the lookout for signs of an ear infection, such as redness, odor, excessive discharge and behaviors like head shaking and pawing the ears.