Cleaning A Dog's Ears - Veterinary Training

your complications and pets is one of

the most common reasons owners bring

their pets to the veterinarian as

veterinary professionals we will most

likely see pets with ear conditions on a

daily basis in most cases the first step

in treating and preventing an ear

condition is with a thorough ear

cleaning in this video we will discuss

how to safely and appropriately clean a

pets ears

in most cases a thorough cleaning of the

entire ear canal is the first step in

treating an ear infection however it may

be a good idea to clean the ears more

routinely to help prevent future

infections ear infections are often

caused by allergy related issues foreign

bodies in the ear and often even the

actual anatomy of the pets ears this is

Jack he's going to help us demonstrate

how to clean ears today and this is

Kelsey our handler now it's always

important to have a handler when you're

doing this because you're working up

around the face and the mouth you want

to make sure that you have good control

of the head so Kelsey is going to help

get him positioned here ideally if he's

an animal that's going to want to back

up on you you'll want to put him up

against the wall or in the corner so we

can move him to the corner a little bit

and then Kelsey is just going to help

restrain his muzzle in the back of his

head and with the ear there's actually

two canals there's a vertical canal and

then there's a horizontal canal the

vertical canal and the horizontal canal

almost make an L or a 90 degree turn

from each other so as you're cleaning

the ear you're actually going to want to

just gently pull the ear up and out away

from the head to open up this area down

here now for this you're going to use a

veterinary approved ear cleaner

some cotton balls or cotton swabs and

some gloves to prevent any debris or

fluid from getting on your hands you may

also want to have a towel handy just to

keep us dry during this process

hey Jack so again pulling the ear gently

away from the head and up just to open

up those canals in there you're going to

actually just take the fluid and pour

straight in there I know it's a little

cold and you want to filled up the ear

canal all the way till you see the fluid

at this point it's completely full

you're going to take this area down here

and just gently massage in a circular

motion with maybe an emphasis on the

upward part of your circular motion this

will help loosen any debris that may be

sitting in there and oftentimes we'll

hear a squishing sound when you do this

boy this is where things can get a

little bit messy because the next option

is to have the towel handy to keep us

dry because as you see Jack wants to

shake his head so I'm just going to

place this over and that kept us a

little bit dry as you shook your head

and what that did was help loosen any

debris that was further in there

bringing up to the outer area for you to

be able to take your cotton swab and

just gently wipe away any debris that

you see in there now depending on the

amount of debris in the ear you may want

to repeat this process several times but

Jack's ears look really good so I think

we're just going to move on to the other

side again pulling the ear gently away

from the head and up you're going to

fill up the ear canal with your fluid

we're at the top massage in a circular

motion again with the emphasis on

upwards here that nice squishing sound

and using the towel just to shield us

from the shaking now I'm going to

demonstrate how to clean the ear using a

q-tip now this is something that should

only be done in a veterinary office I

would never recommend that you tell a

client to use a q-tip at home when

cleaning the ears as it can be dangerous

you want to make sure that your patient

is very well restrained for this as well

and you only want to clean what's in the

vertical canal so as you can see from

Jack shaking some of the debris has

already moved to the outer pinna but

with the q-tip we're just going to

insert it into these little folds making

sure that we never go past where we can

see and just remove that debris that's

moved out

once the ear is clean I just want to

make sure that you give lots of praise

good job and this concludes how to

properly clean a pets ears