Last Updated on September 18, 2022 by ellen
Make dog ear cleaning wipes for an easy way to clean your dog’s ears. Try these dog grooming wipes for an easy way to remove dirt and wax.
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Dog Ear Cleaning Wipes
If you need a dog ear cleaner to remove wax, dirt, or yeast from your dog’s ears, these are the best dog ear cleaning wipes to use. Plus, they are super easy to make from things you probably already have on hand.
These homemade dog ear cleaner wipes are gentle, so you can use them to clean your dog’s ears after playing outside. Or, you can use them to remove wax and help deal with yeast overgrowth. They really are multi-purpose.
Are ear wipes good for dogs?
Dog earing cleaning wipes can be very good to keep your dog’s ears maintained. Some dog grooming wipes contain isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide. These can be very drying to your dog’s ears.
These homemade dog ear wipes contain witch hazel and white vinegar which are thought to be more gentle in a homemade dog ear wash.
If your pet has any type of existing infection, irritation, or health concerns, please speak to your veterinarian before using this. Home remedies work for many people. But, it’s important that you check with your vet before trying something new.
Can I use wet wipes to clean my dog’s ears?
It really depends on the type of wipes. Some contain artificial fragrances and moisturizers which are not intended for animals.
And, this wipe contains vinegar which is thought to have antibacterial properties. This is one of the reasons so many people use these types of dog ear cleaning wipes to help deal with yeast overgrowth.
What do I need to make this?
Don’t store this in a plastic container. The witch hazel and vinegar will eventually etch the container. It is better to use glass.
Can I add essential oils?
Many essential oils are not considered safe for pets. If you feel like you must use scent in this DIY, you can try lavender, lemongrass, or peppermint. These are typically thought to be safe to use with dogs.
How do you clean a dog’s ear with wipes?
- Begin with the outside of the ear and gently wipe away any dirt or debris.
- Carefully turn back the ear and wipe the inside part of his ear that you can see.
- Do not stick your fingers or the wipe into the ear canal.
Will this help an infection?
No. If your pet has an infection, you will need to bring them to the vet. While the vinegar may help to prevent infection, it probably will not clear up an infection if your dog already has one.
Your vet will probably apply a topical cream for you to apply. There is no DIY alternative to antibiotics. It’s important that you see your vet for an existing infection.
You can also use them as puppy cleaning wipes.
If you think your dog has an ear infection in the inner ear, pleas see your vet right away. These wipes cannot be used in your dogs ear canal. You will need to get a dog ear infection treatment from your vet.
What dogs are more susceptible to ear infections?
Certain breeds are more prone to ear infections than others. So, it’s important that you follow a healthy ear care routine.
These breeds are more likely to get infections:
- Cocker spaniels
- Labrador retrievers
How do I make dog ear cleaning wipes?
- Pour one liquid into the other.
- Pour mixed liquids into a jar or container.
- Add pads to liquid and press down so you can put the lid on to store it.
The pads are much easier to use than a cotton ball.
If you want to use a ready-made solution, this natural herbal ear wash is a great option for dog ear mites.
How to use wipes
- Open the jar and grab a pad.
- Squeeze excess liquid from the pad back into the jar.
- Carefully use a pad to wipe inside of the dog’s ear but do not push the pad down into the ear canal.
- Discard the used pad when finished.
- You can add more pads to the bottom of the stack if there is still liquid in the container.
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Ellen runs a small pet sitting business in southern Vermont. She has experience with a variety of small animals, dogs and cats. She has also cared for ducks, chickens and rabbits. Combined, she has over 20 years of experience in pet care and pet sitting.