How to Clean your Pet’s Ears

Check your pets ears routinely for debris, discharge and odours. Some pets need cleaning more often than others, over time you will get to know how often your pet’s ears need to be cleaned.

When cleaning your pet’s ears use an appropriate cat and dog cleanser, which can be purchased at your veterinarian or at a pet store. Do not use human products, water, oil or vinegar unless your veterinarian instructs you to do so.


To clean the ears, pull up on the outer portion of the ear, called the pinna. Pour several drops of cleanser into your pet’s ears. Gently massage the base of the ear for 5-10 seconds, you should be able to hear liquid moving around as you massage. Use a cotton ball or gauze to wipe away excess cleanser and any debris that you have dislodge. You may push your finger into the ear to reach for debris. Do not worry about harming your pet, your finger is too large to reach the sensitive portions of the ear. DO NOT use a cotton-tip swab or Q-tip to clean the ear, unlike your finger, the swab can go far enough into the ear canal to damage the ear drum.

If you notice an unusual amount of debris, a difference in the colour or texture of debris, redness in the ear or an unusual odour, this may be a sign of an ear infection, and you should bring your pet to the veterinarian immediately.

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