How to pluck mini schnauzer’s ears

Mini Schnauzer ear hair plucking

Should the dog’s ear hair be plucked?

Ripping ear hair out can cause tiny tears in the ear canal. If microbes are present it can cause an ear infection. On the other hand, plucking your dog’s ears can definitely be beneficial. If a little moisture or yeast builds up inside the ear and there is no airflow because of hair then the dog’s ears can become infected. Plucking the ears regularly can help prevent ear infections and dirt build-up in many dogs. Unfortunately, plucking is not recommended for every dog though. That’s why it’s important to check with your veterinarian first if your dog should get its ears plucked.


Is dog plucking necessary?

Sometimes the dog is very sensitive and ear plucking causes so much stress that it’s just better to leave the poor dog alone. One of the factors can be the age of a dog. The older the dog, the more nervous he becomes when it comes to ear plucking. In some dogs, ear plucking might cause infections. If in doubt, you should always check with your vet if plucking is really necessary.


What dog breeds usually need ear plucking?

All breeds growing hair in their ear canals can benefit from ear plucking: Schnauzers, Poodles, Terriers, Maltese, Doodles, Labradoodles, Bichon Frise, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso etc


Does it hurt to pluck hair from dogs’ ears?

The ear hair should come out fairly easily and generally does not hurt the dog. However, if you accidentally pull the hair on the edge of the outside of the ear, then that will hurt. 


How to clean dogs’ ears? 

Place a small amount of ear cleaning solution into the ear, and then massage it down. It will help loosen wax and dirt found inside the ear and forces them up. Then use a cotton pad to wipe away the waxy build-up. 

Cleaning Dog Ears


How often do dogs need ears cleaned?

It depends. Cleaning dog’s ears once a month is usually enough


Can you pluck dogs’ ears at home?

Yes, plucking your dog’s ear hair out is a relatively easy procedure but if you don’t feel comfortable then a professional groomer or a vet can do this for you. If you feel comfortable plucking your dog’s ears at home, you can ask your groomer to show you how it’s done.


Do groomers always pluck dogs’ ears?

Many groomers do ear plucking routinely, many don’t do it at all to avoid customers’ complaints about ear infections after. If you prefer not to have your dog’s ears plucked, just let your groomer know before your appointment.


Why do groomers pull hair out of dogs’ ears?

Though some veterinarians believe that ear plucking does more harm than good, many grooming salons remove dogs’ ear hair routinely as a part of the grooming process. It’s believed that plucking hair will keep it from blocking the ear canal, allowing more air to circulate which can help prevent ear infections and gunk build-up.


Can I use baby powder to pluck my dog’s ear hair?

Yes, unless your dog has an allergy to that specific powder


Dog ear bleeding and hematoma after grooming 

Shaving off the ear, plucking of extremely hairy ears, ear infections, and clipper irritation can cause different problems. Though head shaking is a pretty normal thing in dogs right after ear plucking, there might be other more serious issues. One of them is ear hematoma. It affects the ends of the ear leather and causes dripping blood, sometimes causing splitting of the ear tips.

If a groomer sees a hematoma, instead of wasting time on massaging that area, they should call the dog owner and suggest they take the dog to the vet as soon as possible. Hematoma that is caused by trauma (and not by restricted blood flow) does NOT respond to massage. It needs veterinary treatment. 


How often do dogs need ears plucked?

It depends on the amount of hair that grows back. On average, every 1.5 – 2 months 


How to remove hair from dog’s ears painlessly?

You might need to use powder to pluck your dog’s ear hair. Powder will allow you to maintain a firm grip when pulling hair and prevent slipping that cause injury


How do you get hair out of a dog’s ear? 

Step-by-step guide

dog ear plucking process  

  1. Tilt your dog’s head to the side 

  2. Sprinkle some powder onto the ear hole area hair. Sprinkle enough powder so that when you take hold of the ear hair it doesn’t feel slippery and you can maintain a firm grip. 

  3. Either use your fingers or the hemostat hair-puller* to grip a small amount of hair at a time

  4. Give it a sharp pluck 

The ear hair should come out fairly easily in bits. Keep plucking little bits at a time until the ear is clear from fur. 

Make sure NOT to pull the hair on the edge of the outside of the ear – it’s going to be painful for your dog.


How to soothe dog’s ears after grooming?

If dog’s ears are not infected and you just want to soothe your dog’s ears, you can use calendula lotion, hydrocortisone cream, aquaphor, mullein oil, or other moistening creams


Alternative to plucking dog’s ear hair

Some dog experts believe that instead of plucking dog’s ears and potentially exposing the dog to an ear infection, it’s better to just start cleaning the dog’s ears more often. Another alternative to ear plucking can be carefully trimming the hair in the ear canal and inside of the ear flap 



Hi, I'm Anna! I'm a big mini schnauzer fan. I've had dogs all my life and enjoy writing about dogs. I currently live in the best place on Earth - San Francisco Bay Area =)