Finding the best dog ear cleaner for a happy, healthy dog can feel overwhelming with all the choices. So many different brands and ingredients, liquid or wipes?
Maintaining the health of your dog’s ears is an important part of his grooming care. You may find your dog’s ears only need an occasional cleaning or maybe your dog has an infection and has brown discharge in his ear.
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Whatever the reason you are looking for the best dog ear cleaner, you are in the right place.
I have tried just about every ear cleaner solution out there, from prescriptions to over-the-counter to homemade solutions.
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Our yellow lab rescue, Bear, ears are usually clean but I still wipe them once a month or so. Our rescue mutt, Ginger, that has chronic ear infections because of her allergies. Sometimes I am cleaning her ears every single day when she as an allergic reaction to something.
I hope this list helps you and your dog keep healthy clean ears!
NOTE: There are a few dogs that have bad reactions to certain ingredients. Please spot test before cleaning your dogs ears with any new product.
Many vet techs have reviewed the Virbac ear cleaner and highly recommend it to clean your dogs ears. Some users have switch from Zymox and saw better results.
This is the product we use on Ginger’s ears. Hands down, the best ear cleaner for dogs with allergies and yeast infections. You can see her before and after photos here.
We use many of the Only Natural Pet products, including natural flea and tick prevention, along with health supplements.
Users have reported that this is an excellent product to keep your dog’s ears clean. The wipes are very moist, have a nice smell and are easy to use.
In general, I recommend cleaning your dogs ears once a month. If your dog is prone to ear infections consider cleaning them more often. Talk with your vet and ask for their advice on your dogs ear health.
Follow the instructions on the ear cleaner solution bottle. Each product will have different steps to take.
Cleaning your dog’s ears is easy, but you also need to be careful not to damage the inner ear. Using cotton balls and q-tips is safe as long as you do NOT enter the ear canal.
You will hear many people saying never to use q-tips for dogs, but we use them safely when cleaning Ginger’s ears. In fact, if I didn’t I’d never be able to get all the brown gunk out of her ears. Again, I never enter the ear canal to avoid any damage to her ears.
A cotton ball soaked in the best ear cleaner for your dog is ideal when cleaning healthy dog’s ears.
It sounds like your dog has an ear infection, but you should talk to your vet as soon as possible. Ear infections can range from a simple yeast infection to ear mites or other health conditions.
It’s very probable that your dog has allergies. This is something we struggle with our dog Ginger. Finding out what your dog is allergic to is key to resolving the scratching and head shaking.
Remember, all dogs are unique. What works for one dog may not work for another. I prefer to find products that are all-natural. You may need to try a few different ear cleaners before finding the one that works best for your dog and situation.
Please, talk with your vet first if your dog has any problems with his ears. If you can’t make it into your vet’s office, consider an online consultation with Ask a Vet.
Please share which ear cleaner works best for your dog, it could help someone else struggling to find the best ear cleaner for their dog too!
Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, two dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.