How to Clean a Dog's Ears With Olive Oil

Updated April 17, 2017

Clean your dog's ears periodically to prevent infections from the accumulation of wax and moisture, as well as ear mites. Ear mites are tiny bugs that live in a dog's ear canal. They cause irritation and, if left untreated, will affect your dog's balance due to a middle ear infection. Olive oil is effective in loosening ear wax and in removing ear mites and their droppings, which in turn reduces the chances of an infection.

Warm some olive oil to body temperature and fill the medicine dropper with it. Call the dog and hold it still.

Insert the dropper into the ear. Be careful not to jam it into the ear canal. Squirt the olive oil into the ear.

Massage the outside of the ear with your fingers to work the olive oil into the skin. Use paper towels to absorb the wax, ear mites and droppings. Repeat the process with the other ear.


Dogs release toxins through the ear canal. If your dog has problems with his ears on a regular basis, it could be due to a diet that is not healthy for him. Evaluate his eating habits and adjust them as necessary. Adrenal glands affect the frequency and severity in dogs. Vitamin C helps keep the adrenal glands healthy. Give your dogs a regular dose of vitamin C as a preventive measure. Consult the vitamin C packaging or consult a veterinarian for proper dosage instructions for your dog.


Only use the cotton swabs if the paper towels are not effective. When using cotton swabs you risk puncturing the dog's ear canal.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil
  • Medicine dropper
  • Paper towels or cotton swabs
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Kirsten O'Hara started freelance writing in 2010. She wrote for her university newspaper "Lion's Roar" and won several collegiate writing contests. O'Hara earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and a minor in English from Southeastern Louisiana University.