How to remove wax from a poodle's ears

Updated November 21, 2016

Poodles are highly intelligent dogs that require a high level of care, including regular grooming. Ear cleaning is an important component of grooming, and requires the removal of both hair and ear wax from the ear canal. Such care is especially important for poodles, as dogs with floppy ears are prone to ear problems, and a build-up of wax can lead to ear infections and costly visits to the veterinarian. You can remove wax from your poodle's ears safely and easily at home.

Flip your poodle's ear over to expose the inside. If there's a lot of hair in the ear canal, apply a small amount of the ear powder and use the tweezers to gently remove the hair. Excessive hair can contribute to ear infections and prevent proper wax removal.

Squeeze a small amount of the ear wash solution on the inner flap of the ear as well as into the ear canal. Do not force the tip of the bottle into the ear.

Place your poodle's ear flap back down, and massage the ear at the base, to help distribute the solution within the ear canal.

Flip the ear flap back up, so that the inside of the ear is exposed. Use the cotton balls to remove the ear wax from your poodle's ear canal area, in an outward motion.


Avoid cleaning deep into the ear canal. Clean your dog's ears regularly to avoid any of the problems associated with a build-up of wax. Consult a veterinarian if you encounter any foul odours, discharge or redness when cleaning your dog's ears.


Some dogs dislike having their ears cleaned. If that's the case with your dog, enlist someone to help you restrain him.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • Ear wash solution
  • Tweezers
  • Ear powder
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