Easy Tips to Clean Your Dog's Ears at Home - Sparkly Tails

Easy Tips to Clean Your Dog's Ears at Home

Apr 26, 2024

If you've ever struggled with keeping your dog's ears clean, you're not alone. Cleaning your dog's ears can sometimes feel daunting, especially if they're not too excited about the idea. 

It might not be your favourite activity, but cleaning your dog's ears is essential for their grooming routine. Dogs can collect debris, dirt and wax in their ear canals, which can cause irritation or discomfort if ignored and only regular cleaning helps prevent these infections before they take hold, keeping those floppy ears healthy and smelling fresh.

We're here to make it easy for both you and your pooch. Keep reading to find out how!

Woman spraying dog ear with an organic cleaniner


Simple Ways You Can Clean Your Dog's Ears at Home

Taking care of your dog's ears doesn't have to be hard work. With Sparkly Tails guidelines and the choice of gentle, natural cleaning products, you can ensure your dog's ears remain healthy and comfortable without the stress and hassle.

#1 Find a Comfortable Spot

Before you begin cleaning your dog's ears, remember to find a comfortable spot for both you and your pet. Choose a quiet area where your dog feels relaxed and secure. This could be their favourite spot in the house or a cosy corner of the room. Ensuring a comfortable environment will make the ear-cleaning process much more pleasant for both of you.


#2 Preparing Your Tools

ear cleaning wipping tools

Once you've found a comfortable spot, gather all the supplies you'll need for cleaning your dog's ears. Start by getting a gentle ear-cleaning solution specifically designed for dogs. Look for one that's free from aggressive chemicals and fragrances to avoid irritating your pet's sensitive ears.

Next, stock up on soft cotton balls or composable pet wipes. These will be your go-to tools for wiping away dirt and debris from your dog's ears gently. Also, consider having a soft-bristled brush or grooming tool on hand, especially if your dog has long or thick hair around their ears. This tool can help remove any excess hair or buildup before you start cleaning.

Don't forget about treats! Treats can be a fantastic way to keep your dog calm and cooperative during the ear-cleaning process. Choose your dog's favourite treats to reward them for their patience and good behaviour.

Having everything prepared and within reach will make the process smoother and less stressful for you and your pet.

#3 Gently Cleaning the Outer Ear

Composable Dog Wipes

Now comes the fun part – well, maybe not “fun” for your pup, but definitely satisfying for you as a caring dog owner! It's time to gently clean the outer ear, where we'll remove that softened dirt and wax, leaving the ears feeling fresh and clean.

Grab your pet wipe or cotton ball – remember, no cotton swabs! Those sneaky little sticks can push debris further into the ear canal, which we want to avoid. With your organic ear cleaner in hand, gently wipe the visible parts of your dog's outer ear. 

As you clean, you might notice some brownish wax or debris on the cotton or pet wipe. That's perfectly normal! It's just evidence of your successful cleaning mission. Continue wiping until the cotton or pet wipe comes away clean. If your dog has particularly dirty ears, you might need to use a few more, but always be gentle. We want this to be a positive experience for your pet.

Here's a little secret, some dogs actually enjoy this part of the process. The gentle wiping can feel like a mini ear massage, you might even notice your pup leaning into your touch or closing their eyes in contentment.

Remember, the key here is gentleness. With a soft touch and a bit of patience, you'll have those outer ears looking sparkling clean in no time, and your dog will be thanking you with happy tail wags and puppy kisses.

#4 Gentle Massage 

After cleaning the outer ear, it's time for a gentle massage. Gently massage the base of your dog's ear using your fingertips for a few seconds. This soothing massage not only helps to relax your dog but also stimulates blood flow to the ear area, promoting overall ear health. 

On top of that, the massage can help to further remove any remaining dirt, making it easier to clear away during the cleaning process. Remember to use gentle pressure and observe your dog's reaction closely. If your dog shows any signs of discomfort or agitation, stop the massage immediately. 

#5 Allow Your Dog to Shake

Alright, we've massaged, we've cleaned, and now it's time to let nature take its course. Yes, it's the moment you've probably been anticipating – the epic head shake! As soon as you finish applying the ear cleaner, your dog will likely feel the urge to give their head a good shake. And guess what? That's actually a good thing!

All that softened dirt, wax, and cleaning solution needs a way to escape the ear canal, and a strong shake is the perfect way to do it. It's nature's ingenious way of helping your dog's ears get really clean.

Once the head-shaking show calms down, you'll likely notice some leftover ear cleaner and debris around the ear opening. That's where our trusty cotton balls or pet wipes come in again. Gently wipe away any remaining mess, and voila! You've successfully completed the ear cleaning process, with a little help from your dog's natural instincts.

#6 Reward and Praise 

We've reached the final step and it's a sweet one – literally! It's time to reward your pooch for being such a good sport throughout the process. After all, having their ears cleaned might not be their favourite activity, but they handled it like a champ, and that deserves some praise.

Grab your dog's favourite natural treat or food – whether it's a yummy coconut macaron, a piece of meat sticks, or a delicious natural pate, let them know how much you appreciate their cooperation. A tasty treat is a great way to create a positive association with ear cleaning. They'll start to see it as the beginning of something enjoyable, making future cleaning sessions easier for both of you.

But the rewards don't stop at treats. Shower your pup with verbal praise and affection. Tell them what a good dog they are and give them a gentle head scratch, or even a playful belly rub. Positive reinforcement goes a long way in building your dog's confidence and trust, especially when it comes to activities they might initially find a bit unsettling.

Gentle and Natural is the Way to Go

Throughout this guide, we've highlighted the importance of using gentle and natural products when cleaning your dog's ears. Harsh chemicals and irritants have no place near those sensitive ear canals! That's why we're excited to introduce Essential Dog’s Organic Ear Cleaner, specially formulated with your dog's comfort and well-being in mind.

Essential Dog’s organic ear cleaner, specially formulated with your dog's comfort and well-being in mind

With this ear cleaner's innovative extended spray nozzle, you can say goodbye to messy bottles, sticky hands, and wasted products. Simply place the nozzle at the opening of your dog's inner ear, gently push, and let the solution work its magic! No fuss, no muss, just clean and happy ears.

But what truly sets this ear cleaner apart is its commitment to natural, organic ingredients. Essential Dog carefully selected a blend of botanical extracts and essential oils, each chosen for their gentle yet effective cleansing and soothing properties. Witch hazel, known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, helps calm irritated ears. Aloe vera provides a soothing touch, while calendula extract offers its natural cleansing power. And with a touch of lemon myrtle and lavender essential oils, your dog's ears will not only be clean but smell delightful too!

We believe in transparency, so you'll find no hidden nasties in the formula. Essential Dog’s ear cleaner is free from harsh chemicals, synthetic fragrances, parabens, and sulfates. It's even suitable for dogs of all breeds and ages, making it the perfect choice for every furry member of your family.

Soothing relief for dog ears! "Herbal Plus Ear Cleaner" with natural ingredients like finger lime, witch hazel, and lemon myrtle sits beside a dog's ear


Ready to experience the difference? Visit our website today and give your dog the clean and healthy ears they deserve.

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