Goldendoodles are adorable dogs with a cute appearance and friendly demeanor. Those furry floppy ears can, however, be prone to ear infections. To prevent ear infections and maintain healthy ears, regular cleaning is necessary. Cleaning your Goldendoodle’s ears is not hard to do!
Work your way up to the cleaning by getting your pooch accustomed to having their ears touched and played with. Just pet your dog’s ears until it’s part of your normal routine.
Step by step
The first step in cleaning your Goldendoodle’s ears is to gather the necessary supplies. You will need ear cleaning solution, cotton balls or gauze pads, and treats to reward your dog for good behavior. It is important to use an ear cleaning solution specifically designed for dogs, as human ear cleaning solutions can be harmful to dogs.
Next, make sure your dog is comfortable and relaxed. You can do this by petting and reassuring your dog before starting the cleaning process. It is also helpful to have someone hold your dog still, especially if your dog is not used to having their ears cleaned.
To start cleaning your Goldendoodle’s ears, place a small amount of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal. Massage the base of the ear gently to distribute the solution throughout the ear canal. You will hear a squishing sound as the solution is working to break up any debris or wax buildup inside the ear.
After massaging the ear, take a cotton ball or gauze pad and gently wipe the inside of the ear. Be sure not to push the cotton ball or gauze pad too far into the ear canal as this can damage your dog’s eardrum. Repeat this process with clean cotton balls or gauze pads until the ear is clean.
Once you have cleaned the ear, you can use a dry cotton ball or gauze pad to gently dry the ear. Be sure not to use a hairdryer or any other heating device to dry the ear as this can cause burns or discomfort for your dog.
How often should you clean?
It is important to note that not all dogs need their ears cleaned equally often. Some dogs may only need their ears cleaned once a month while others may need it done weekly. If you notice any signs of ear infection, such as redness, swelling, discharge, or foul odor, contact your veterinarian immediately.
In addition to regular ear cleaning, there are a few other things you can do to help prevent ear infections in your Goldendoodle. One of the most important things is to keep your dog’s ears dry. Moisture can create a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast, which can lead to ear infections.
You can also help prevent ear infections by keeping your dog’s ears free from excessive hair. This is especially important for dogs with long, floppy ears, as the hair can trap moisture and debris inside the ear canal. You can use a pair of scissors or clippers to trim any excess hair around the ears.
Cleaning your Goldendoodle’s ears is an essential part of grooming for their overall health and well-being.