Not all breeds of dog require routine trimming of their coat around the eyes and ears, but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. It will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these vital organs.

Dogs with heavy, wiry, curly, corded, double or combination coats are likely to benefit from periodic trimming around the eyes and ears but many with short or smooth coats may never need it. It’s a simple procedure with blunt scissors or the right trimmer. Cleaning should be done on a regular basis. Poodles and spaniels often incur stains under the eyes but these can be controlled by the use of warm water and a cotton ball. Never use soap near a dog’s eyes.

Dogs with floppy ears benefit from weekly ear cleaning but others generally can be cleaned on a monthly basis.

New Mexican Kennels Professional Grooming staff is available to provide regular grooming for your dog. In addition to bathing and brushing, our standard grooming service always includes ear cleaning and eye care. Should you prefer to handle these delicate tasks yourself, here are the supplies you will need along with basic instructions:

What You Need

  • Pet clipper or trimmer
  • Blunt scissors
  • Cotton ball or cloth
  • Mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel
  • Cotton balls
  • Warm water


  1. Examine your dog’s ears for foreign objects
  2. Moisten cotton ball or cloth with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel and gently wipe the inside of ears. Cotton swabs are not recommended. Never insert anything into the dog’s ear canal.
  3. Use blunt scissors or approved trimmer to trim excess hair within ear. Always stay clear of the ear canal. If your dog sprouts hair from the ear canal, tweezers will be required for plucking to prevent matting and tangles. Ask your vet whether this is necessary for your dog.


  1. Wipe away dried matter from the corners of the eyes using a moistened cotton ball (do likewise for tear stains under eyes)
  2. Use blunt scissors or approved trimmer to trim excess hair obscuring eye’s line of vision

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