This seems to be a very common question that we hear in our practice. It is one that we pride ourselves in taking the time to not only tell our clients how to do for their pet, but also to demonstrate it during their visit.
Before we get to the video I am just going to give you a small amount of information to better understand the anatomy of their ear.
As you can see by the chart, a pet’s ear canal goes down and then turns horizontally into the head. This is where most of the ear infections occur and why cleaning properly prior to applying medication is so important. We need to get the debris in the horizontal canal out as much as possible. This allows the medication to work properly. We highly recommend using gauze squares here since they are durable, have tiny pockets to help pick up debris and you are not going to lose part of it in the ear.
Definitely don’t ever use Q-tips, Kleenex, toilet paper or paper towel as these can break off and leave parts inside of your pet’s ear.
We hope that you find this information helpful. Enjoy the video!
Disclaimer: This video is meant to be informative and is in no way a substitute for Veterinary care or examinations.
Written by Ericka, Veterinary Technician with Lakes Veterinary Hospital