Advise from a Clontarf Vet on Ear Cleaning in Dogs


As in vets in Clontarf  we regularly see dogs with ear problems in our North Dublin Veterinary clinic.

Here is some advice from the vets at Anicare’s Clontarf Veterinary Hospital on how to keep your dog’s ears healthy.

What to look for:-

iStock_000015797427XSmallGet to know your dog’s ears so that you can determine what normal verses abnormal look for them.  Things that you would be looking out for while conducting a routine ear cleaning are:

  1. Wax build up
  2. Itchiness or head shaking
  3. Redness or soreness
  4. Abnormal smell

Routine Cleaning Equipment:-

For routine ear cleaning you only want to clean what you can see which is the outer ear and the equipment you will need are:

  1. Ear cleaning solution with a nozzle specifically manufactured for dog ear cleaning. We at Clontarf veterinary Hospital can recommend a suitable one for your dog.
  2. Cotton balls.
  3. NEVER use cotton buds or stick any instruments down the ear canal as this may rupture it. You can however use a cotton bud to clean the crevasses on the outer ear.

How to Clean your dogs Ears:-

  1. Place the nozzle of the ear cleaning solution down along the ear canal and squeeze approximately 2ml of the solution out.
  2. Gently massage the ear canal from the outside along the base of the ear; you should hear a sloshing sound which lets you know the solution has reached down into the ear canal.
  3. Use the cotton ball to wipe away the wax, dirt or debris.

Video Demonstration:-

Want to see how to do it?

Click the link below to get to Anicare Veterinary Group’s facebook page and see Maeve Deady a Clontarf Veterinary Surgery Veterinary Nurse’s video on ear cleaning.

Clontarf Vets Video Tips

Finally, if you notice any abnormal smell, inflammation or discharge coming from your dog’s ears contact us at Clontarf Veterinary Hospital.

Should you have any queries on this or any other topic call us on 01 8330744 or email

Or click the link below to find out more about us.

Clontarf Veterinary Hospital Dublin


Clontarf Veterinary Hospital – Where We Put the Care of Your Pet First – ALWAYS.





Leave a Reply