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How to Clean a Potbellied Pig's Ears

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Potbellied pigs are relatively clean animals, but you can expect your pet pig to occasionally need a little help with her hygiene. It is normal for a potbellied pig to develop a bit of brown, waxy gunk in her ears. Don't assume your pig's ears are dirty if you notice a little bit of goo near the inside of the ear. The fact is, you do not have to clean your pig's ears to keep her healthy -- but if you choose to clean them, you need to go about the task in a careful manner.

Step 1

Moisten a washcloth or cotton ball with rubbing alcohol or plain water, depending on your preference. Make sure the washcloth or cotton ball is damp but not soaked or dripping when squeezed.

Step 2

Have your helper hold your pig in a relaxed manner that will allow him to control the pig's head while you are cleaning. Feed the pig treats periodically to keep her relaxed.

Step 3

Use your washcloth or cotton ball to gently wipe away brownish gunk that has accumulated around your pig's ears. Clean only the outside edge of the ear. Do not attempt to clean the sensitive inner ear area; you can damage it during cleaning if you use too much force.