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!