Since Sinead's ears are so important to her well-being, it's vital to keep them clean. But there are all sorts of wrong ways to go about it.
A typical rookie mistake involves cotton swabs. Since Boston terrier ears are so wide open, it seems reasonable to stick a swab down there and pull up the gunk you can see. Unfortunately, a Boston has a great deal of speed on its side. And if a dog turns at the right moment when you have a swab in the ear, you could puncture the ear drum. Not good.
Another mistake: Putting the tip of a bottle of cleanser in the ear. Again, anything sharp could poke through the ear drum very quickly. And, ear cleaners are often a little harsh for delicate eye tissues. If you're pushing on a bottle of cleanser poked in the ear and your dog pulls back, you could squirt that stuff in its eye.
Here's my solution. I saturate a cotton ball with an ear-approved cleaner, and I pop that ball in the outside of Sinead's ear. I squeeze that ball a few times, so the liquid trickles into her ear. And then I stand back. She'll shake her head due to the discomfort of the liquid, and the ball will come flying out.
I go through this about once a week, and I'll admit that Sinead does not like it much. But she does like what happens next. Treat time!
So that's my method! Anyone else have excellent ear-cleaning tips to share? Hit me up in the comments. I'd love to hear your ideas.