Is it a good idea to clean your dog's ears regularly?

It is very important to make sure your dog's ears are kept clean, as its organs of hearing play an essential role in helping your dog interact with its environment. Your dog's ears can pick up sounds that are inaudible to humans and they also help it keep its balance.

Your dog's hearing is one of its most useful senses in its day-to-day life, which is why you need to make sure this receives specific attention and care.

When we talk about dogs and proper hygiene habits, we are usually just referring to baths; nevertheless, there are many other habits that should be adopted if you want to make sure your pet is properly cared for.

Your dog's ears should be cleaned once a week or, failing that, at least once a fortnight. This is especially important for dogs that have floppy ears as these do not let sufficient air enter the ear canal which means dirt and micro-organisms are more likely to build up.

It is a good idea to clean your dog's ears at appropriate intervals:

  • If you only clean your dog's ears when the outer part is dirty or when you notice a bad smell, you may well have left it too late. A bad smell normally means an infection has set in and in this case it is better to let the veterinarian clean and treat your dog's ears.
  • Over-cleaning your pet's ears can leave too little ear wax which means this no longer acts as an effective barrier within the ear. What's more, there are many products on the market that may end up irritating your dog's ears if used too often.

Therefore, while it is definitely a good idea to include ear hygiene when caring for your dog, remember to use products that are easily tolerated, such as Audican Ear Cleaner, and to use this as often as prescribed in each case.