Is it safe to use olive oil or peroxide to clean dog and cat ears?

Original Question: Is there a safe way to clean my dog and cat’s ears? I’ve used virgin olive oil but I can’t seem to get enough of the dirt out. I’ve heard that you can use peroxide, is this safe to use? Thank you. - Jeanne

Is it safe to use olive oil or peroxide to clean dog and cat ears? Apr 26, 2018

Hi Jeanne,

Thanks for your question.

I would first recommend that you watch our video “How to Properly Clean a Dog’s Ear”.

We don’t currently have one for cats but you can apply the same principles.

I would certainly caution you against using peroxide as this can be quite irritating to the skin in the ear. I would avoid the olive oil as well since it would tend to stay down in the ear canal due to its viscosity and thickness. The best thing to use is a regular ear cleanser from your veterinarian or local pet supply store. These products have an astringent quality, which helps dry out the ear. This is an important feature to prevent infection since it will help prevent the ear canal from remaining damp.

For a great demonstration, you could ask one of the registered veterinary technicians at your local veterinary clinic to show you how to perform it. They are a great resource for this type of advice.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

Dr. Clayton Greenway

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