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How To Give A Dog Ear Medication

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How to give a dog ear medications?

Before beginning, make sure your dog is comfortable and relaxed. Flip the ear over. You might need to hold his head at the same time. With your free hand administer the medication into the ear. Flip the ear back and massage it to get meds into the ear canal. Your dog will shake his head when you are done, so step back. Make sure to praise and reward your dog. Ask your vet how many meds you need to give.


ALWAYS seek medical attention for your dog if you suspect an ear infection. Your vet will be able to diagnose the problem and provide appropriate medication and preventative measures for you to follow.

How do you give a dog ear medication?

Follow the steps outlined in the video above to administer medication to the ear. If your dog is not standing still, like King in the video, you might have to have someone at the vet clinic help you. You can restrain your dog if that does not add to him being more stressed out.

Remember, as in all situations that stress your dog out, you should also be working on Habituation with him. Habituation helps your dog get used to having someone “mess” with his ears. See our video on the steps of Habituation just apply the steps to the ear. Example: touch the ear, rub the ear, hold the ear, flip the ear, show medication, etc.

ALWAYS praise your dog after giving him ear medication. You want it to be a good experience for him.

5 Fun Facts About Your Dog’s Ears

Written by Natalie Aylett from our friends at EarCareMD.com. Earwax PET™ is a new, patent-pending formula, that quickly and effectively cleans wax, dirt and other debris from the ear canal, reducing odor and irritation in the ears. This is NOT an affiliate or sponsored post. Please read through our disclaimers here

We all like to claim ourselves as dog lovers and we may know a lot about taking care of them and providing a loving environment, but how much do you know about their ears? So here are 5 fun facts you may have never known or even considered thinking about when it comes to your dogs and their ears.

5 Fun Facts About Your Dog’s Ears

  1. Puppies are born deaf. For the first couple of weeks, their ear canals are closed off and they can’t hear anything.
  2. Are you ever wondering if your dog is paying attention? You can tell by their ears! When a dog is engaged, they have erect ears that are facing forward.
  3. Dogs can hear EVERYTHING… they have the ability to pick up high-frequency pulses (which could even be vibrations of bugs in the walls).
  4. Depending on the breed, dogs have about 18 ear muscles. Humans only have 3, which explains why dogs can rotate, tilt, raise and lower their ears.
  5. According to Nationwide Pet Insurance, the number one reason owners took their dogs to the vet in 2016 resulted from ear infections.

When it comes to dogs, we consider them family. Make it a part of your weekly routine to care for your dog’s ears, they are such a vital part of their anatomy and health!

Ear care is not always something we think of doing when it comes to our dogs, but it is so important. Regular and proper ear cleaning for your furry friends will save you an extra trip to the vet during a busy and stressful week.

Natalie Aylett attends University of Texas at Arlington where she is studying Public Relations and Advertising. She works at Eosera, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.