Listen up! Low-stress ear cleaning

Listen up! Low-stress ear cleaning

We're all ears to hear this five-step lower stress approach to cleaning a pet's ears in veterinary practice.
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Oct 26, 2015

Step 1: Gather your supplies

Before attempting to clean the patient's ears, be sure to have all necessary supplies ready. If you're using an exam table, put a blanket down to make it more comfortable. We used a pheromone spray on the blanket to help create a calmer environment. If your patient will take them, it's always a good idea to have treats ready to help your patient feel more at ease.

Step 2: Remember less is almost always more

When you're able, try to use the least amount of restraint to help your patient feel calm and less defensive. Speak in a low and encouraging voice.


 

Step 3: Treat the pet

Before attempting to clean the patient's ears, try offering treats to start the process off on the right paw!

Step 4: Keep treating while you treat

Using minimal restraint and continuing to give treats, begin cleaning your patient's ears. 

Step 5: Treat a little more

Be sure to offer treats afterward as well to reward the pet's good behavior!