Keeping our dogs’ ears clean is a crucial part of their care. It can be a challenge for us, fur baby parents, especially if we don’t know how and where to start.
In this article, you will learn how to make quick and simple, all-natural ear drops for your dogs so you don’t have to buy expensive ear-cleaning solutions in the future. You may already have the main ingredient, apple cider vinegar, hidden somewhere in your pantry. Apple cider vinegar is known to relieve red, itchy dog ears. The best thing about this is that there are only 3 steps to the process!
I’ve worked in the veterinary industry as a certified Vet Tech for the entire 20 years of my career. I learned this simple home remedy using apple cider vinegar years ago, and I’ve been using this simple solution to clean all of my dogs’ ears ever since.
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries, not just for cooking but also as a home remedy. Its antibacterial properties can help treat various issues and kill bacteria or fungi.
Please keep in mind you should not use this method if your dog has an ear infection. Always consult your vet first and have the ear infection checked out before cleaning your dog’s ears with apple cider vinegar.
Now for the exciting part! Make sure you have the following things at hand:
- a small bowl
- lukewarm water
- apple cider vinegar
- a syringe or dropper
- a washcloth, cotton balls, or unscented baby wipes
1. Prepare the ear drops
In a clean glass bowl, start by mixing a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of lukewarm water. Mix gently. Grab a syringe or a dropper and fill it with this solution.
2. Apply the ear drops
You don’t need to insert the syringe directly into the ear canal. Just turn your dog’s head and hold the syringe or the dropper over the ear and squeeze out around 10 drops.
Gently rub your dog’s ear to help the solution soak in. Then just let your dog shake his or her head to remove the excess solution.
3. Clean the ears
Now, grab a cotton ball, a washcloth, or unscented baby wipes to clean their ears with. Gently wipe all the visible “gunk” in the outer area.
If you want to clean the ear canal as well, just make sure not to push in more than the tip of your finger. Pushing anything or rupturing the ear canal is what we’re trying to avoid.
If you notice an excessive amount of wax build-up in the ear canal, then this could be a sign of an infection or ear mites. Take your pooch to your trusted vet for a thorough checkup.
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