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How To Clean Your Dog's Ears

Use Cotton Pads Or Balls

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You don't need special tools to clean your dog's ears. You can use cotton pads or balls, a towel (since your dog will need to shake their head at some point), and a cleaning solution. You might be tempted to use a cotton swab, but those often cause problems, as the pointed tips can push dirt and wax deeper into the ear canal. They can also damage the eardrum by causing a perforation. Once you squeeze the cleaning solution into your dog's ear, gently massage the base for at least thirty seconds. Your dog should shake their head after this, so be sure to protect yourself with the towel and wipe up any splatter. Now it's time to grab the cotton balls or pads. Wipe their ear, but be careful not to push the cotton in too deep. Let your dog shake their head a few times and continue using the cotton pads to clean out the loosened debris.

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