Friday, March 13, 2015

How to Clean a Dog's Ears or Cheers for Clean ears


    One of the responsibilities that come with having a dog is to make sure that you are tending to their grooming needs on a regular basis.  This includes bathing, brushing their teeth, trimming their nails, and cleaning their ears. 
   I have always been particular about my dog’s ears.  Living here in the south with high humidity, a dog’s ears have a tendency to stay moist.  This is especially true with floppy ears, although my German Shepherds also had trouble with their ears.  No matter where you live, ear infections hurt!  The best way to prevent an infection is to clean your dog’s ears on a weekly basis.  If you have a Basset Hound whose ears drag the ground, daily cleaning is required.
   Bentley’s long ears are dirt magnets.  I use a wash in his ear canals once a week at the recommendation of my vet.  It helps to keep his ears dry, eliminates odors, earwax, and any itching that he may be experiencing.  I wipe the inside of his ears every day to keep them fresh. 
   This routine has been going on for over seven years.  During that time, I have tried countless ear washes.  Many have been by prescription, but most have been over the counter.  I do keep some prescription Otic drops on hand at all times, just in case.  Of the many different washes that I have tried, I have not found the perfect one for Bentley until now.  I was recently introduced to the BVH Pet Care Premium Dog Ear Cleaner and I love it.  You may remember reading about the BVH Premium Shampoo and Conditioner here.  I am so impressed with these two products that we teamed up with the fine people of BVH Pet Care to offer you a $2 savings on both products.  See the sidebar ads for more details.
   There are many reasons that BVH Dog Ear Cleaner is such a favorite on the
Add drops into ear canal.
bayou.  It eliminates yucky ear odors, it doesn’t sting, and it washes away the dirt and debris.  Most cleaners do one or the other.  You can clean the ear canal or you can clean the outer part of the ear.  With BVH, you can do both which saves you time and money. 
   It works by combining the soothing properties of coconut oil, palm oil, citrus extracts, aloe, and vegetable-based ingredients.  There are no parabens, alcohol, sulfate, or preservatives. 

Here are the steps that we use to clean Bentley’s ears:

1.   Gather BVH Premium Ear Cleaner, cotton pads, paper towel, soft washcloth, and cotton swab. 
2.   Hold ear open with ear canal exposed.
Gently massage base of ears for 30 seconds.
 3.   Pour generous amount into ear canal and gently massage the base of the ear for about 30 seconds.  You can hear/feel the liquid inside the ears.
  4.   Allow your dog to shake its head to dislodge any wax build-up and excess cleaner.  *They are going to do it, so be prepared for residual liquid to fly out with a paper towel. 
  5.   Apply BVH Cleaner to a cotton pad and wipe the outer ear to remove dirt and wax.  *I use a cotton swab to remove dirt from the folds in Bentley’s ears.  Never insert a swab into your dog’s ear canal.
6.   Always make sure that your dog’s ears are completely dry by using a
Wipe ear and dry completely.
soft washcloth to wipe the entire ear.

   Keeping Bentley’s ears clean is much easier with the Premium Dog Ear Cleaner from BVH Pet Care.  I am very glad that I discovered the line of BVH Pet Care products.  I have corresponded with one of the founders of the company, Vicki Hengen and she is fantastic.  She and her husband, Robert began the company is 2014 after researching shampoos and the myths that surround them.  They were trying to find some relief for their Rottweiler’s skin problems.  You can read more of their story here.   

Bentley gives BVH Premium Ear Cleaner two ears up!  

mkclinton.com/Barking from the Bayou received a bottle of BVH Pet Care Premium Dog Ear Wash in exchange for an honest review.  We did not receive monetary compensation to review/promote this product.  Mkclinton.com only shares information/products that I feel my audience will enjoy and appreciate.  BVH Pet Care is not responsible for the contents of this post.
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21 comments :

  1. I finks I'd best get some of this to help clean my Princess Leia buns!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. We so learnt the hard way. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. Forrest and Doc would swoon at the ear massage..they love them..i have been lucky and never had infections in their ears and must be honest i check but never clean..did you know that the tips are acupoints and great for calming a stressed dog...i was massaging and gently pinching (sounds worse than it is ) Forrest ears when he had all the procedures the past weekend for snakebite...and had a peek and they were nice and clean..loves Bev xx

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  4. Ugh, I hate getting my ears cleaned. We have our homemade solution and it works great. Luckily, we only need to wash them out once a month and they stay shiny clean. I also have to get the hairs plucked out. I love my floppys, but don't like the cleaning part.

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  5. My huskies are not huge fans of having their ears cleaned, but this stuff sounds like it could make the job easier!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  6. Bently that could be a fabulous helper for me too...it's not easy to have long floppy ears... think you know what I mean... we will give it a try, maybe then we can clean my ears without 10 rounds of wrestling :o)
    easy rider

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  7. Mr Denny loves his ears being rubbed when he gets them cleaned - Reilly not so much but he doesn't mind it either

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  8. Clean Teefs and Clean EARS are very much IMPORTANT... This was a super post.

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  9. I can see how those big floppy ears could be a breeding place for bacteria. It's great that you've found an effective way to keep those ears clean! I bet that Bentley is very thankful.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  10. Clean ears are so important for Bassets :)

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  11. Our heavy furry ears tend to stay damp and get icky if Mama doesn't stay after them. This looks like a great product!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  12. We gets our ears checked about twice a week, cleaning is not to back, but mom is gonna check into this.....our problem is that with them standing up we get bad things in them, so we get ear drops about every other week our we start rubbing them on stuffs...like the fence and shaking our heads a lot!

    The Mad Scots

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  13. We are going to try and hide this post from mom. She is an ear cleaning fanatic! :/ Great job, Bentley!

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  14. Bentley did a great job co-operating with the ear cleaning procedure ~ such a good boy!

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  15. Hi Y'all!

    Those of us with flop ears, vs pricked ears, tend to need more frequent ear cleaning and care. My Human usually does my ears out of doors in the morning BEFORE she showers. Then if the stuff gets all over her when I shake she can throw her clothes into the laundry and take a shower.

    Y'all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  16. Okay, this is why we're glad we're not dogs. We don't want our ears cleaned! :)

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  17. Me and Stanley HATE getting our ears cleaned! We like the massage but hate the stuffs in it!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. We check about once a week and clean as needed. I'm always on the lookout for more natural products. Kobi used to get ear infections and Sheba got a bad one once too so it's definitely something we try to keep on top of. But Cricket's ears don't get very dirty, and so far Luke's don't either. But Sheba's are bad....I think she rubs her head in the dirt during the summer or something! I also have some pads that I use which are convenient for those quick cleans....but they're kind of medicine-y smelling, so I don't care for them as much.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  19. I have five rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds so you can just imagine how much time - and ear cleaner - I use keeping their ears clean. I've tried various brands. I'll have to give this one a try.

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  20. Great post! For dogs suffering with allergy's it is so important to keep the ears clean to prevent infections.

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