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How to Clean Your Dog or Cat's Ears

How to Clean Your Dog or Cat's Ears

Dogs and cats often develop ear issues because their ear canals are warm, dark, and moist, making them the perfect environment for bacteria and yeast to grow. Cleaning your pet’s ears on a regular basis helps keep the ears healthy, plus it can help prevent ear disease, ear mites, and ear infections.

How to Clean Your Dog or Cat’s Ears

  1. First, gently grasp the ear and pull up while applying an ear cleaner in your pet’s ear canal. Fill the ear with cleaner until it is coming out of the ear.
  2. Massage the base of the ear for 20 to 30 seconds to soften and release the debris. Using a cotton ball, wipe out the loose debris and excess fluid. Repeat this process until you no longer see debris and the cotton ball comes out clean.
  3. Afterward, allow your pet to shake his head to remove excess fluid and then gently dry the ear area with a towel.

The first few times that you clean your pet’s ears, you may need to apply ear cleaner more than once to get all of the debris out. Be aware that your pet will probably shake his head during the ear cleaning process.

Cat and Dog Ear Infections

Ear infections in dogs and cats are commonly caused by bacteria or yeast. Ear mites, allergies, and excessive hair growth in the inner ear can all contribute to the development of an infection. In some cases, the ear canal becomes wet from bathing or grooming, and this moisture leads to the growth of microorganisms in the ear. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of ear infections here.

Other Ear Problems in Dogs & Cats

Ear disease is a very common problem in pets. It can be caused by allergies, parasites (ear mites), yeast or bacterial infections, and excess moisture in the ear. Ear disease often causes an odor, scratching of the head and ears, discharge in the ears, and redness.

Ear mites are a common problem in cats, but they can occur in dogs as well. Ear mites often cause a dark, dry, and crumbly debris in the ear, which resemble coffee grounds. If your pet has ear mites, cleaning the ears and then applying an ear medication will kill the mites.

If you suspect that your pet is having ear issues, you should consult with your veterinarian. They will rule out any underlying issues and prescribe medication if it’s needed.

Preventing Ear Issues

The best way to prevent ear issues is to clean the ears regularly. If your pet has a history of ear issues or swims a lot, it is recommended to clean their ears up to three times per week. It may also help to clip excess hair around the ears to prevent excess moisture buildup.

MicoChlor Plus Flush: A Medicated Cat & Dog Ear Cleaner

MicoChlor Plus Flush from Thomas Labs® is a medicated cat and dog ear cleaner that helps prevent the growth of microorganisms in the ears. It helps moisturize and soothe skin that is affected by yeast or bacterial infection. Gentle enough for daily or weekly use, this antibacterial and antifungal formulation helps ease the symptoms of ear conditions that respond to Miconazole Nitrate and Chlorhexidine Gluconate. Plus, it is also beneficial for your pet’s skin! Learn more about MicoChlor Plus Flush here.

Cleaning your pet’s ears on a regular basis is the key to preventing ear issues. Using an effective ear cleaner and checking the ears for abnormalities will help ensure your pet’s ears stay healthy!


The materials and information provided on this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian if you have medical questions concerning diagnosis, treatment, therapy, or medical attention.


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