Make cleaning your pet’s ears easier
Ear problems plague many of our four-legged friends—but routine ear cleaning can help prevent ear problems.
What’s that you say? Your pet doesn’t like it? That’s not unusual. Here are some tips on how to make it easier on you and them:
- Start playing with your pet’s ears when he or she is young. If you adopt an older pet, start handling and stroking their ears regularly when you pet them. It is best to start when your pet’s ears are healthy. Cut a delicious “high-value” treat into tiny pieces and play with your pet’s ears while talking in a soft calming voice and feeding a treat. Do this several times until your pet is comfortable with it.
- Put your fingers gently into your pet’s ears while feeding a treat. When your pet is comfortable with this, you can move to the next step.
- Using a cotton make up remover pad, apply ear cleaner to it and put the combo into your pet’s ear while feeding a treat, again repeating until your pet is accepts this without struggling.
- Fill your pet’s ears with ear cleaner, massage the base of the ear leaving the cleaner in the ear for 1- 2 minutes and then let your pet gently shake his or her head.
- Then gently wipe the debris and liquid out of the ear, repeating until the cotton comes out clean while continuing to feed treats.
If your pet gets agitated at any time in the process, stop and start over at another time. Your vet can tell you how often your pet’s ears need cleaning. For more tips or information, give us a call at (301) 768-4051.