Q: What is the proper ear cleaning technique?

September 9, 2008 | By Devon | 4 answers | Expired: 2251 days ago

What is the proper ear cleaning technique?

.....For my little 4 month old yorkie...I simply take a cotton swab filled with ear cleanser, and rub her inner ear...not forcing...just going in a wipe out. Once a week I do this.
Yet...on the bottle it says to drop two drops in her ear and rub ear for two minutes.
My questions are: Is she too young and small for the informed prcedure on the box?
why do I NOT see any residue while cleaning her ear for the past 4 weeks. Should I do it the other way as stated on the bottle?
Im a little confused if you can tell!!!
thanks for reading!

Devon & Melody

Readers' Answers (4)
Sarah H.

Sep 09, 2008

You should constantly check your pets ears, but constant ear cleaning is not necessary unless the ear needs it. Isopropyl alcohol is what we used at the Daycare i used to work at. Making sure the cotton ball is squeezed to remove almost all of the alcohol and gently clean the ear. Over cleaning can cause irritation.

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Sep 11, 2008

I have 2 cocker spaniels & cockers are known for ear problems. I found that the extra cleaners aren't always necessary for house dogs. I bathe them once a week & while they are in the tub, I dry their ears with cotton balls, 2 per ear.

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Amie B.

Sep 11, 2008

I use cotton swabs (Q tips). I feel the outside of the ear so I know I'm not going in too deep, and if there's no residue visible on the swab, I just check the ears and dry them with the towel after each bath (once a week). I used to use an ear cleaning solution, but now I just use the existing water from the bath.

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