Get the right tools
Just like with human ears, you never want to use cotton swabs because they can hurt your dog’s ears. Instead, have a bag of cotton balls ready, or wrap your finger in gauze and use it. You might want to use gloves for the cleaning, but it’s also okay to just wash your hands if no gloves are available. Perhaps the most important tool, though, is the ear rinse. You want one that’s completely safe for your dog but still able to get the job done. Look for a product which contains no antibiotics, steroids, alcohol, or toxic materials of any kind.
How to Clean a Dog's Ears With Vinegar and Water
A dog's face is one of her most sensitive areas, and washing it requires special care. Whether you're cleaning away every last scrap of the most recent smelly and disgusting substance your dog has rolled in, or finishing off her regular bath routine, following clear steps each time you wash her face reassures your dog that she has nothing to fear about being touched near her mouth, eyes and ears. Wash your dog's face before toweling or blow-drying the rest of her body after bath time. You can use the opportunity to check her eyes and ears for bumps, inflammation or soreness.
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Soak a clean washcloth in clean, warm water and wring it out until it's damp. Hold your dog's face gently under her jaw with one hand and wipe her face with the washcloth in the other hand. Wipe in the direction her fur lies, starting from her nose and working toward her ears.
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Your dog may also shake his head violently or rub his ears along the ground or scratch at them. If you notice any of these symptoms, do not attempt cleaning your dog’s ears! Contact your veterinarian immediately for an appropriate treatment. Ear infections that aren’t dealt with properly can lead to permanent damage and even hearing loss. Visit the Washington State University website for information on .1. Use an specifically made for cleaning your dogs ears. Never use straight peroxide. Why? Because it could harm your German Shepherds ear canal. If you want to, you can make your own ear wash solution - just ask your vet for the "recipe". Place the solution in a squirt bottle and be sure to shake well before using.