Selecting a Dog Ear Cleaning Solution

Choosing a dog ear cleaning solution is one step in an important ear hygiene routine. Cleaning your dog's ears can help prevent infections and the buildup of debris and dog ear wax in the ear canal.

Selecting a Dog Ear Cleaning Solution

The right dog ear wash will depend on how the cleaning solution will be used; regular routine grooming requires a mild solution that won't dry out the dog's ears such as a natural cleanser. Ear infections and problems caused by dog ear mites should be addressed by a veterinarian who can prescribe ear drops or medicated ear cleaning solution.

Look for a natural cleanser with no preservatives and ingredients like natural oils (eucalyptus, tea tree, olive), witch hazel and vitamin E. You can also make a homemade dog ear cleaning solution using 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water.

Applying a Dog Ear Wash

  1. Insert the ear wash no more than 1/2 inch into the ear canal and apply drops; pushing too far into the canal can damage the ear drum or push debris and ear wax into the ear.
  2. Massage the base of the dog's ear.
  3. Clean the ear flap and outer ear with a cotton ball or gauze to wipe up any discharge or excess wash your dog may have shook out.