Dogs are our friends, companions and confidants. It is our responsibility as a pet owner to keep the dog happy and healthy. A big part of keeping him or her happy is to keep his/her ears clean. This is especially important with a long eared dog – but not limited to the floppy ear breeds, short eared dogs need our help too. D

ogs and people alike have wax in the ears normally. Wax is not necessarily a problem, but excessive amount of wax is a problem. During regular grooming sessions, wax needs to be addressed. There are a few wax situations which will be for a vet to look at and treat including, foul smelling ear-wax, if the dog scratches at his ears, has a heavy discharge from her ears or is not acting as normal. If your dog has any of those symptoms, he or she may be suffering from an ear infection or may have ear mites both of which require a vet visit.

Add 12 to 14 drops of glycerin to a ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol.

Blend the two ingredients well. Allow the rubbing alcohol and glycerin to become a gel-like consistency. It usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes for the glycerin to thicken the rubbing alcohol.

Grab a clean, dry rag by the corner and twist it several times.

Hold the rag just above the twisted section to keep it in shape.

Submerge the twisted end into the rubbing alcohol and glycerin solution.

Lift the dog-ear and it would probably be a good idea to have a friend or family member to hold the dog’s head in position, especially if your dog is not used to having his/her them cleaned. If you know your dog will want no part of this ear cleaning session, put him or her on a leash rather than chasing your dog around the yard with the ear cleaning solution.

Clean the ear-canal with the end of the rag, gently pushing the rag in and twisting it to pull out the wax. Never use a cotton swab in a dog’s-ear, you can hurt him or puncture her ear-drum. At best you will pack the wax farther and tighter.

Take another part of the rag, twist it, dip it in the ear-cleaning solution and wipe the inside of the ear -anal a second time. Keep using various sections of the rag and wiping the inside of the dog’s-ear until the rag comes out clean and free of wax.

Swab the inside of the dog’s ear with a clean dry rag and dust the inside of them with drying powder to keep her from getting mites or an ear-infection.

Excess ear-wax can be painful for your dog, especially if it leads to an ear infection. Know the symptoms of ear infections in your dog which include, shaking his/her head more often than normal, tilting his/her head to one side, ears are painful to the touch, decreased appetite or signs of aggression. Basically, if your dog isn't acting in the way that is normal for him or her and has no other symptoms, their ears maybe bothering them.

Pet store also sell ear wash for dogs, which basically contains isopropyl alcohol and glycerin, but comes in an easy to administer pointed end bottle.

Most dog groomers clean a dogs ears as part of a regular grooming session.

Don't use other types of powders in your dogs ears because you can cause a worsening accumulation of a combination ear-wax and powder.