DIY Dog’s Ear Cleaning

How To Easily Clean Your Dog’s Ear

Maintaining a dog is quite tough.  It is a challenge to us fur parents, to maintain the cleanliness and health of our lovable dogs.  We should give them time, patience, understanding and utmost care.  Having a pet dog is such a big responsibility.  It is like having your own baby.  Hygiene plays a vital role in making our dogs healthy.  That includes trimming their hairs or grooming, cutting their nails and even cleaning their ears.

The unclean ear would lead to several complications, and can serve as reservoir for bacteria and other harmful elements that can compromise the health of your dog.  It is advisable to have our dog’s ear cleaned every week or every two weeks.  We can ask a groomer or a professional to do this, but we can also do it.  It requires a lot of patience initially, but once your dog gets the hang of it, this will definitely be a breeze.  Just follow the instructions carefully to achieve the perfect dog and fur parent bonding activity!  Let us begin!

Step 1:   Prepare all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • 10% strength Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2)
  • soft tissue paper
  • tweezers

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Step 2:   Make sure that your dog already took a bath before performing this cleaning method.  Use a good bath towel so that your dog is perfectly dry.

Step 3:    Take a piece of tissue paper and roll it to form a compact tissue.

Step 4:    Drop 3 to 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide on the rolled tissue paper.

Step 5:   Wipe the external part of the ear including the big flap of it.

Step 6:  Roll another piece of tissue paper and put the same amount of hydrogen peroxide on it but this time carefully insert it in the hole of the dog’s ear.  Make sure to be careful in doing this to avoid trauma on the part of the dog.  Carefully swirl the tissue roll on the ear hole for about two to three times before pulling the tissue out of the ear hole.  It is normal to see a yellow discharge from the dog’s ear.  This is your dog’s earwax building up inside.  Your dog’s ear hole at approximately 1 to 2 centimeters deep, and you should not go into further since we are just cleaning the external part of the ear.  Take note that this figure is applicable for small or toy dogs only.  Bigger dogs have bigger and longer ear holes.

Step 7:   Take the tweezers and hold it like this.  The tweezers will be used to remove excess hairs on the ear hole (external part only).  Excessive ear hair would cause ear infection to most dogs, so make sure to remove it from time to time.  It takes a lot of patience and practice in the part of the dog owner and the dog as well especially if it’s the first experience of the dog.

Step 8:   Carefully remove the ear hairs from the dog’s ear.  Be careful and make sure that your hand is light enough to perform this to make a positive experience on the part of the dog.

Step 9:   Clean the other ear as well doing the same method used in the first ear.

Step 10:  Carefully perform the ear hair removal on the other ear.  Make sure to give treats at the end of the ear cleaning session so that your dog will not resist the next time and they will know that it is good to have their ears cleaned every now and then.

 How To Easily Clean Your Dog’s Ear - After Ear cleaning

You can also use baby cotton buds in cleaning your dog’s ear, but this is not advisable if you have problems in controlling your hand pressure.  Using the tissue is the best alternative if you are just a beginner.  Make sure that the dog is comfortable with his or her position and most of all, always reward your dog if they cooperated in this cleaning session.

DIY Home Remedy For Dog Tear Stain Removal

Home Remedies to Effectively Remove Dog Tear Stain

Tear staining is common among dogs (and cats) that are light-colored.  Tear stains are due to the fact that the dog or the cat produces excessive amounts of tears.  There are certain breeds that extensively produce tears, which includes Lhasa Apso, Poodle, Maltese and Shih Tzu.  Tear stains can also mean that the dog has a serious eye health problem that needs to be taken care of.

If you have already consulted a professional and are 100% sure that your dog is just suffering from excessive tear production, then this easy pet hack tutorial is for you!  This tutorial will present four methods that you can easily follow to keep your dog’s eyes clean and avoid those annoying tear stains.

Gather all the materials needed for this tutorial:

  • apple cider vinegar
  • your dog’s plate or drinking bottle
  • dropper or 1 ml. syringe
  • a glass of purified water
  • 10% or 20% hydrogen peroxide
  • a piece of cotton ball
  • pet clipper or pet razor
  • baby powder

Home Remedies to Effectively Remove Dog Tear Stain - What you Need

METHOD 1:  Drinking Water Method

Regularly drinking water with apple cider vinegar improves the eye’s secretion, therefore avoiding the stain itself.

Step 1: Get at least ½ to 1 ml. apple cider vinegar using a dropper or a syringe.  To get accurate measurements, it is better to use a syringe.

Step 2:   Put a considerable amount of purified water on the dog’s drinking plate or drinking bottle and drop the apple cider vinegar in it.  Make sure to stir the mixture well to make it homogenized.

Step 3:    Give the water to your dog when they have tear stains.

METHOD 2:  Clipper Method

Removing the hair below the eyes of your dog can help eliminate tear stains.  This is just a temporary solution and you must do this every other week to achieve the best results.

Step 1:  Let your dog rest in your lap.  Make sure that they are comfortable enough to rest there.  Massage their head and ears every now and then to make them comfortable.

Step 2:  Hold the pet clipper properly to avoid accidents.

Step 3:  Shave the stained hairs around the lower eyes of your dog.  Take note that the direction of the clipper should be towards the nose of the dog and not the other way around.  This will avoid the dog from being harmed while doing this.  Make sure to hold the dog’s head properly so that they will not make any unnecessary movements which could lead to accidents.

METHOD 3:  Hydrogen Peroxide Method

The hydrogen peroxide will help remove the stains on the eyes of the dog.  You need to clean your dog’s eyes properly before performing this method.

Step 1:    Drop a considerable amount of 10% or 20% hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball.  It should be well-soaked but not dripping wet.

Step 2:  Carefully wipe the stained part of your dog’s eyes.  Continue wiping until the stains are removed.

METHOD 4:  Hiding Method

This hiding method is just a temporary solution to hide the stains away.  If you are attending an event together with your dog and you want to hide the stains, this is a fast and effective solution.

Step 1:  Wet the cotton ball in a glass of purified water.  It should not be dripping wet but must be wet enough to wipe clean the eyes of your dog.

Step 2:  With a gentle hand, clean the stained part of the dogs eyes using the wet cotton.  Let it dry for a minute.

Step 3:    Get a pinch of baby powder on your index finger.

Step 4: Carefully apply the baby powder on top of the stains on the bottom part of the eyes.  Do the same for both eyes.

After Removing The Tear Stains

After using any of the above remedies, it is good to end the whole session with a reward for your dog such as beef jerkie or some other treat.  This will provide positive reinforcement and make future sessions easier.

Home Remedies to Effectively Remove Dog Tear Stain - After Stain Removal

While it is safe to say the tear stains just cause minor annoyance to us and other people, it is still better to consult a professional veterinarian to make sure that your dog is safe and sound.  It is always better to have a piece of advice from your veterinarian before you rule out the possibility that your dog is just experiencing excessive tear production.  It is better to be safe than sorry!

DIY Dog’s Feet & Nails Care

How To Easily Clean Your Dog’s Feet And Cut Their Nails

Dog grooming is normally handled by professionals.  It takes a lot of patience to groom dogs since they need to be comfortable while you are grooming them, you must also know how to adjust based on their preferred position.  Cleaning the paw and cutting the excess hairs around it, plus cutting the nails are part of the usual grooming routine.  At times when we don’t have enough money to keep our pooches well-groomed, we tend to let their hairs and nails grow, which is not a good for them hygienically speaking.

Today, we will prove to you that you can clean your dog’s feet and cut their nails easily.  Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it right the first time. Always remember that your dog would definitely prefer you over the groomer since you are their master.  So let us begin this tutorial!

Step 1:    Gather all the materials needed:

  • pet clipper/pet razor
  • a pair of haircutting scissor
  • slicker brush
  • plier-style nail cutter

 How To Easily Clean Your Dog's Feet And Cut Their Nails - tools required

Step 2:    Put your pet dog in a comfortable position on top of a plain grooming table.

Step 3:    Brush the hair on the dog’s legs all the way down to the feet using a slick brush.  This will remove unwanted mats on the dog’s coat.

Step 4:    Brush the hair of the legs towards the tip of the nails of the dog.  This will determine how long we will cut or groom the feet of the dog.

Step 5:    Razor the hair of the dog’s foot.  This should be done from the tip all the way up to the desired level or just below the joint of the dog’s leg.

Step 6:  Cut the unreachable hairs on each of the dog’s claw.

Step 7:  Slightly put some pressure on the paws so that the claws would pop-out and the unwanted hair can be removed by cutting.

Step 8:  Brush the trimmed leg towards the tip of the nails.

Step 9:  Hold the brushed hairs on the trimmed leg.

Step 10:  Cut the excess hairs to form a straight cut for a cleaner look.

Step 11:  Carefully cut the nails on each claw.  Make sure to observe the proper length to be cut since it is not advisable to cut the nails of the dog in full length since this might cause bleeding if not properly performed.

Step 12:  Perform the same steps on the next front foot of the dog.

Step 13:  Do the same trimming and cutting of nails at the back legs.  Make sure that the dog is still comfortable in their position.  You must be flexible enough to adjust your position rather than the dog adjusting to you.

Step 14:  Tada!  You now have clean feet and properly cut nails on your pampered pooch!

How To Easily Clean Your Dog's Feet And Cut Their Nails - final

You can do this every month or twice a month.  This dog maintenance should be done especially for dogs who love to walk or run outdoors in bare feet.  Or if your dog is wearing dog shoes, it is proper to maintain their nails in a certain length to avoid discomfort whenever they use them.  Hope this saves you an extra penny and at the same time helps you bond with your furry pal!