🔥 Tips On How to Clean a Dog's Ears

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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

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