It's common for dogs' ears to smell, especially if they have floppy ears. When a dog's ears fold over, it makes it easy for moisture to stay inside the ear, which causes a build-up of bacteria and wax. If you notice the dog scratching its ear, it could have an ear infection. Regular cleaning can prevent infections by keeping the ear dry and sterile.
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Things you need
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Dog treats
Mix one part vinegar, one part water into a small container and mix thoroughly.
Tell your dog to sit next to you, then hold onto its snout. Be gentle, yet firm.
Dip a cotton ball into the vinegar solution with your free hand. Clean out the inside of the ear with a few cotton balls. Then use a cotton swab to clear out wax build-up inside the ear canal. Don't put the cotton swab far down into the ear canal, because you can puncture the eardrum or it's possible to lose the cotton.
Use a dry cotton ball to do a final swipe of the ear. This will help dry the area, too. Steps 3 and 4 can be done to the other ear.
After both ears have been cleaned, give your dog a treat for obeying and sitting still.
Tips and warnings
- Clean your dog's ears at least twice a week.
- If your dog experiences pain or is constantly itching its ear, take it to a veterinarian to check for an ear infection.