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  • Hello I'm Doctor Mike. This is Mandy, and this is Cookie. And today, we want to teach

  • you how to clean your pet's ears properly. And to do this, we need to get in the habit

  • of looking into our pets' ears. We need to determine what is normal so that if we see

  • changes, such as wax, or debris, or inflammation, or even an abnormal smell. These may be signs

  • of an infection. If your pet does have an infection, your veterinarian will actually

  • prescribe a very specific treatment plan, and maybe even a specific cleaner for you

  • to go home and use as a maintenance. If there is no infection and you want to go ahead and

  • work with a routine cleaning, this is really simple. So to get started, we're going to

  • need an ear cleaner. There are many types of ear cleaners, both over the counter and

  • there's also prescription ones. So once we have our cleaner, we can go ahead and pick

  • something like a cotton ball, you can use a soft tissue, whatever it is that's easy

  • and gentle on the ears. So we want to apply our cleaner, and we'll go ahead and lift the

  • earflap, also known as the ear pinna. And we want to clean just in the top areas, the

  • areas that we can see, and so just wiping in here and cleaning. We don't want to do

  • routine cleaning down in the canal, you don't ever want to stick an instrument, don't use

  • q-tips. Sometimes your pet may actually have an infection, and it may require a deeper

  • cleaning. Now we need to be careful when we're pouring a solution down into the canal, as

  • this could be damaging if there is a problem with the eardrum, like if the eardrum is ruptured,

  • and that can happen. So your only going to do a deeper cleaning at the advice and direction

  • of your veterinarian. So to get started, again, we want to lift up the earflap, and we're

  • going to go ahead and just flush a little solution down there, and then we can go ahead

  • and massage the canal gently. And then, I'll let them go ahead and shake their head, so

  • it's a good idea to maybe do this outside, and after, again I will grab the cotton ball,

  • and this time I don't need to saturate it because all the solution is here. Just going

  • to clean what's up here. Once again, don't use a q-tip, no instruments down into the

  • canal at any time. And this is pretty simple and you can do this at home on a routine basis,

  • whether it's weekly or twice a month, and again at the advice of your veterinarian.

  • So whether you're doing a routine ear cleaning or a deeper ear flush, it's very simple as

  • long as you're following the necessary precautions. I hope that this information was helpful to

  • you today, and thank you for watching.

Hello I'm Doctor Mike. This is Mandy, and this is Cookie. And today, we want to teach

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