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How to Clean Your Dog’s Ear at Home


If you are a pet owner, have you ever been disturbed by your pet’s ear smells when they are snuggling with you? Or maybe you see them scratching their ears so hard that it’s bleeding? This might be a sign if your dog’s ear is too dirty it’s become itchy. Of course, this doesn’t smell or look nice for us their human companion. Wax build-up can lead to a dog’s ear infection. In this section, we will tell you about that brown stuff in your dog’s ear, what is the sign of dog’s ear infection, how do you treat them at home and how long does it last. Stay tuned!

What is The Brown Stuff In My Dog’s Ear?

What is The Brown Stuff In My Dog’s Ear?

Just like us human, our dog’s ear needs to be cleaned every once in a while. Dog’s ear needs to be cleaned once every 2-4 weeks. If your dog’s ear is never cleaned, there’s a chance the wax of their ear will mount up and become excessive. Excessive wax and discharge create a really nice home for bacteria and yeast to grow, thus leading to infection. To prevent them from happening you need to clean your dog’s ear.

What’s on your dog’s ear? If there’s some brown stuff, crusty, that looks like dried shoe polish in your dog’s ear that might mean your dog has ear mites. A waxy, yellow, reddish-brown ear discharge can also tell that your dog has an ear infection. You might want to consult with your vet to know the exact cause of that brown stuff in your dog’s ear.

How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Ear Infection?

Clean, odor-free, pale pink color and a minimal accumulation of wax are indications of healthy ears. If your dog has those three criteria, your dog has a healthy ear.

According to myvetonline.com, these are the signs of an ear infection on dogs:

  • Bad smells of your dog’s ear.
  • Your dog has been scratching and pawing his ear and head nonstop.
  • They won’t let you touch their ears, and it’s painful if you touch them.
  • They are more likely to tilt/shake their head to one side.
  • Black or yellowish discharge.
  • Redness or swelling of the ear flap or the inside of the ear.
  • There’s many dark brownie stuff in their ear.
  • Your dog looks depressed and irritated.
  • Imbalance, loss of hearing, and disorientation.
  • Bleeding from their ear.

How Can I Treat My Dog’s Ear Infection at Home?

How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Ear Infection?

Luckily there’s a way you can do at home to prevent them from happening. But keep in mind to not clean them too frequently. It is fine to clean them every 2-4 weeks. When you’re giving ear drops, stay calm – your pet can sense if you are nervous, making it more difficult to apply the treatment. Don’t forget to always praise and reward your pet with a treat. Petbasics.com explain ear cleaning in five easy steps:

  1. With one hand, pull the ear flap gently and angle it toward the top of the head to straighten the ear canal of the dogs. The ear flap is the part you see on the outside of the animal’s head. It either stands up straight or hangs down to the side, depending on the breed.
  2. With your other hand, fill the ear canal with a pet ear cleaner. The ear canal begins with the hole located at the base of the ear flap and then continues on into the head toward the eardrum and inner ear. This ear canal is “L” shaped in dogs. Ask your vet which ear cleaner is the most suitable for your dog’s condition. Don’t touch the nozzle of the bottle because it can contaminate the whole bottle.
  3. Release the ear flap and massage the base of the ear with your thumb and fingers for 1-2 minutes. This is to help to move the wax and the debris out of the ear canal.
  4. Allow your dog to shake their head.
  5. Remove the leftover with dry cotton balls or soft gauze.

How Long Does Dog Ear Infection Last?

If your dog’s ears are already infected your vet may prescribe medicated drops and a pet cleaner to get rid of the debris and allow the drops to work. A dog usually needs 7-14 days of twice-daily drops to control an ear infection. if it’s caused by bacteria, your vet might prescribe antibiotics for your dogs.


If you’re having a hard tie cleaning your dog’s ear, you might want to give them food rewards if they are behaving nicely, and don’t give them a treat if they are aggressive and doesn’t cooperate. Once they understand, it will be easier for you to clean their ear. If it still too hard for you to clean their ears, you can bring them to your vet so they can flush your dog’s ear and leave them to the professionals.

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