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Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

How To Apply Ear Medication

The purpose of ear medication is to clean and dry the ear canals. Due to the fact that many infections affect the ear canal, it is important to properly apply and distribute the ear medication into the ear canal. In most cases, ear medication comes with one of two types of applicators. Some applicators are droppers and some are tubes with nozzles. The steps that should be taken in order to apply ear medication are:

• Step 1 – No matter which type of applicator is being used, the dog and especially the dog’s head should be restrained.

• Step 2 – The ear flap should be folded over the dog’s head.

• Step 3 – Insert the tip of the applicator, either nozzle or dropper, into the ear. It is important not to insert the applicator further into the ear canal than you can see. This will help to prevent injury or other damage to the ear canal.

• Step 4 – Apply the amount of medication prescribed by the veterinarian.

• Step 5 – Rub the cartilage at the base of the ear in a circular motion for fifteen to thirty seconds. The will help to ensure that the medication is distributed throughout the ear canal.

Special Note: It is important to make sure that the ear medication is not applied unless it is positively known that the eardrum is not damaged. Should the eardrum be damaged and an applicator is inserted into the ear canal, the applicator may move into the middle ear causing severe damage and may impair the dog’s ability to hear.

Remember, this information is for reference only. Always contact your vet or pet profesional for advice.


The information contained on this site is for the sole purpose of being informative and is not and should not be used or relied upon as medical advice.
Seek the advice of your vet or other qualified pet care provider before you decide on any treatment or for answers to any questions you may have regarding a canine medical symptom or medical condition.

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