JULIA DONNELLY, DVM: It is important to remember that excessive ear cleaning can be damaging to the ear canal. Never use Q-tips or any instruments into the ear canal.
- Apply cleanser to ear liberally.
- Massage solution into ear canal by gently massaging the base of the ear.
- With a cotton ball over your fingertip, wipe the accessible portion of the ear clean. Let your dog shake out any excess fluid and debris.
- Clean base of the ear with a dry cotton ball.
- Repeat if necessary.