Cleaning your dog’s ears is a necessary grooming task. Examine your dog’s ears regularly for scratches and abrasions plus signs of infection such as redness, swelling, or excess fluid or debris. Your dog may scratch his ears or rub them on the carpet if they are irritated. These conditions may require medical attention. Otherwise, clean your dog’s ears about twice a month or as needed. Pour a little dog-safe ear rinse into your dog’s ears and use the earflaps to distribute the fluid and loosen debris. Use cotton bowls to remove the debris and dry your dog’s ears. You can use cotton swabs but don’t reach in any further than you can see to avoid damaging the ear canal. Change the cotton often and don’t cross contaminate from ear to ear. Be gentle and don’t force your dog to comply with ear cleaning. Try another time if he objects. Click here to learn more from your Riverside County, CA veterinary clinic.