Q: What is the proper ear cleaning technique?

September 9, 2008 | By Devon | 4 answers | Expired: 2697 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

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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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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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Sep 10, 2008

I clean my yorkies every time, after baths. I got my ear cleaner from my vet. It is called OtiCalm and is alcohol free. If you get a ear cleaner that is alcohol free it will be more gentle and less irritating. I put a few drops in his ear, ( which loosens and flushes out the dirt, if there is any ). I rub his ear for a time and then with cotton ball wipe ear out at the upper inside of ear. Be careful to not go to deep when wiping it. 4 months is not to early to start cleaning his/hers ears. You're doing it fine, but I would go along with the directions on the bottle. If your ear cleaner has alcohol, I would think twice on how often I cleaned them or look for an alcohol free cleaner. good luck with your little one!

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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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