One of things we all love about Golden Retrievers are their long, soft ears. You could stroke them forever and it’s very therapeutic. But those long ears are prone to all sorts of health issues because moisture and dirt get stuck under them. Thankfully, just by cleaning them, you can help your Golden’s ears stay healthy, which not only makes her happier, but avoids vet bills. Be sure to check your Golden’s ears often, especially if they are prone to problems, and if they have been playing outside or in the water. The following are 3 veterinary provided tips to cleaning your Golden Retriever’s ears.
#1 – Use An Ear Flush
The best way to clean the inner ear is to use a professional ear flush, like Zymox, which you can get at your pet store. Following the directions on the bottle, put drops inside his ear. The trick is to not let him shake his head for 15-30 seconds while you massage the ear. After that, allow your Golden to shake his head to loosen excess moisture and dirt.
#2 – Wipe Outside Of Ear With Cotton Ball
Cotton balls are the safest thing to use on your Golden’s delicate ear. Leave using cotton swabs to the veterinarians, who have been taught how to use them without damaging the ear drum. Just wipe the dirt and moisture that collects in the outer part of the ear after using the ear flush. Do not put it down inside the ear, this can cause damage.
#3 – Don’t Use Vinegar
A common mistake owners make is using vinegar to clean their Golden Retrievers’ ears. While vinegar does clean, it’s too acidic for the sensitive inner ear. You also do not want to use water, as moisture is what causes bacteria to grow.