Cleaning your dog's ears is very important and doing so properly is equally so. Debris and ear wax can build up in dogs' ears and cause problems if not attended to. Infections can occur due to build up and lack of air flow. Naturally, these can cause further irritations and more avoidable problems can develop from there…
This article found at About.com provides good guidance:
Begin by holding the ear flap up and squirting a few drops of cleanser on the inside of the flap near the ear opening. If using homemade solution, get a squeeze bottle or bulb syringe with a tip that is about an inch long (a bit longer is okay for a large dog). Next, gently place the tip of the bottle into the ear and give a gentle squeeze. Do not use an excessive amount of pressure when squeezing the cleanser into the ear.
Before he can shake his head, begin massaging the base of your dog's ear (this is the bottom part near the jaw where cartilage can be felt). You should be able to hear a “smacking sound.” By massaging, you are helping the cleanser to fill the ridges in the canal and loosen ear debris. After massaging for a few seconds (more for very dirty ears), you can let go and allow your dog to shake. You might want to turn away or hold up a towel for this part.
Once your dog has a good shake, use the cotton or gauze and your finger to wipe out the ear canal. You can put your finger in the ear canal as far as it will go without forcing it. You may wish to use cotton-tipped applicators to clean stubborn debris out of the ridges. IMPORTANT: never put the cotton-tipped applicators into the ear any further than you can see! Damage to the eardrum can occur.
If the ear still seems dirty, you may repeat the process. Then, move on to the other ear. Finish by wiping away any visible debris and drying your dog's head off. Then, reward him with a treat!
To read the rest of this informative article, including information about cleaning supplies, go here: About.com
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