Cleaning Dog's Ears Using A Cotton Ball

I always cleaned Jasmine's ears this way; using a drenched cotton ball. I would squeeze out the solution and rub the ear, then wipe the outside part of the ear. Jasmine didn't seem to mind this way at all, she particularly enjoyed all the rubbing.

Jasmine never had problems with her ears.

With Cookie, the vet wanted us to really flood the ear squirting the solution directly from the bottle. We've been doing that religiously but I think I'll try the cotton ball approach again. I think Cookie might like that much better.

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  1. I used to use the quick squirt approach and flood the ears. The dogs hated it. They'd run down the hall shaking their heads. I use cotton balls now. The dogs know it's coming. They still don't like it, but I think it's a nicer delivery. Plus I always have a handful of goodies to soften the blow.

    1. Yes, I think it's much less offensive to them. The reason our vet wanted us to flood Cookie's ears was because they were having problems. Warming up the solution does help btw.

      But I think that if Cookie's ears remain happy, than the cotton ball approach should be fine. Only one way to find out.

  2. I've always used the cotton ball approach too - seems to work. Not crazy about the idea of just squirting the liquid in there.


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