Just as it does for humans, regular preventive health care can help dogs to feel their best and avoid uncomfortable medical procedures. Regular preventative care is particularly important with a dog's ears, which are prone to collecting dirt and are an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, yeasts, and parasites. Fortunately, it is relatively easy for dog owners to include ear care as part of a basic home hygiene routine.
Experts recommend that owners check their dogs' ears regularly. Whenever the ears appear dirty, a quick cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil, or a specific veterinary care product can wash them out and help to prevent infection.
Owners should take care not to clean their dogs' ears too frequently, however, as doing so can irritate the skin unnecessarily. It is also important to avoid inserting a cleaning swab or any other hygiene object too deeply into the ear, lest it damage the ear canal. In general, it is best for any dog owner to consult with a veterinarian to learn specific ear-washing techniques that are both safe and effective.