Dog ear cleaning is crucial, especially for breeds like Bluetick Coonhounds prone to infections. Safely clean their ears at home for good hygiene.
Dog's ear: pinna (outer flap), external canal (skin-covered with wax glands), eardrum, middle & inner ear (hearing/balance). Damage can be permanent.
Clean dog's ears in tub/outside. Be cautious of debris. Inspect for dirt/hair. Pluck hair carefully. Seek guidance if unsure.
Supplies: Vet-recommended ear solution (e.g., Epi-Otic), cotton balls/pads/gauze, tweezers (if needed), towels. Avoid alcohol/peroxide.
Hold ear flap, apply ear cleaner, gently squeeze into ear. Massage base of ear, hear smacking sound. Cleanser fills canal, loosens debris. Let dog shake.
Moisten cotton/gauze with ear cleaner. Gently wipe ear canal without force. Stop if redness, bleeding, or pain. Repeat if necessary.
Never put cotton-tipped applicators in dogs' ears. Use proper cleaner, clean regularly, and consult vet for frequency. Don't over or under-clean to avoid damage or excessive buildup.