Treating a Dog's Ear Infection

Dogs with drop ears, in particular, can be prone to recurring ear infections. Many pet owners will go through this experience with their dogs. In addition to the obvious trip to the vet, there are additional measures pet owners can take. This is a guide about treating a dog's ear infection.
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November 4, 2011 Flag

My dog had an ear infection and an associate at our pet clinic prescribed the very expensive Otomax. Well on another occasion when we visited for yet another ear infection, the vet, owner of the clinic, recommended 1/2 alcohol to 1/2 vinegar. I used a suction bulb to get the mixture in my dog's ear then remove it. There was lots of yucky stuff. I did this twice a day until the infection cleared and she was never had another ear infection.

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By alibeth05 from Michigan City, IN

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Depends on the quantity you want. 1 tsp water mixed with 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar is enough for both ears and one treatment for my dog

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September 3, 2010 Flag

My dog had a constant ear problem (2 years) that even a round of antibiotics didn't cure. I tried every reasonable treatment recipe I could find on the net. I switched veterinarians and this guy knew the fix. People would come from the other side of the state to have him treat their dogs ears. It must be followed consistently, every day:

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Step One: Put approximately one tablespoon (enough to fill their ear canal) hydrogen peroxide in their ear for seven days in a row. I used a long eyedropper.

Step Two: Put one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol in their ear for seven days in a row.

I cannot stress enough that this must be followed as written, do not combine both treatments at the same time. The hydrogen peroxide treats one type of infection and the alcohol treats another.

If your dog is yelping in pain take her to the vet and get antibiotics before starting this regimen. On the last day of treatment my dog actually wagged her tail. Pain free at last!

By dlginlove from MO

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October 19, 2013 Flag

I have a friend on Facebook who has a German Shepherd with an ear infection that keeps coming back regardless of antibiotic use. She told me she was ordering some meds. I told her to tell me how they worked so I could share here on this site. She had a glowing review after only one day and the dog is now coming to her to have the drops put in his ear. The product is Zymox Otic pet ear treatment with hyrdrocortizone.

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Here is the med at amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/Pet-King-Enzymatic-Solution-Ounces/dp/B0025YOJXS/ref=sr_1_2?tag=thrif06-20"art">He was already at the vet's and has had ear problems for the last three years and this is the first product that has worked.

Blessings.

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March 6, 2013 Flag

I realize especially in these times that not everyone can afford the high costs of veterinarian bills, due to being on a fixed income, loss of a job, injury, illness, etc. There are many books out there that can help you on this subject and other subjects.

Book titled "Low Cost Natural Cures for your Dog And Cat"

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April 4, 2011 Flag

Wedge him on a long sofa with one person holding his body against the back of the sofa, while the other person strokes his head, lifts his ear flap, and uses a long soft plastic nozzle to administer ear drops.

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April 19, 2015 Flag

I used Otic Hc 1.0 enzymatic solution, but the ear infection still won't leave. I want to try a home treatment like rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.

By Jack C.

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April 19, 20150 found this helpful
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I take it you got this at a drug store or pet store? Do you know whether your dog has a yeast, fungal, or bacterial infection? Have you taken your dog to the vet for a proper diagnosis?

Neither rubbing alcohol or peroxide will do anything at all for your dog. Your dog has been in discomfort for a while now. Please take him to the vet for the correct diagnosis of the infection and for antibiotics.

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February 25, 2014 Flag

I have a dog about 2 and a half years old. Her name is Darla. She's been having a bad ear infection for awhile now. It seems to get worst. I hear vinegar and peroxide help or olive oil. Please tell me what to do. I feel bad. I love her and she looks so irritated.

By KEEP.YOURHEAD.UP4EVA from Los Angeles, CA

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March 2, 20141 found this helpful
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My standard poodle had many reoccurring ear infections and the vet had given up on him... until we found Zymox from another floppy ear dog owner!

I had excellent results with-in a short time! We picked ours up at the feed store. I have given a bottle out to another gal who's vet was find it difficult to treat her dog too. Worked fast for her dog also! I hope this saves you a lot of heart ache, time and money searching. Ear infections are so painful! Suzanne

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March 5, 2013 Flag

My dog is 6 yr old Pit Bull and for 5 years he has had a major ear problem. It's so bad he scratches them till they bleed and constantly shakes his head. It makes him miserable. I have tried everything and I do mean everything. I've spent thousands of dollars on all kinds of drops, antibiotics, and steroids. At one point I was giving him 7 different pills a day.

We have tried a strict food diet because the vet insisted that it was a food allergy (it wasn't). I have tried putting peroxide in the ear to clean them. We have tried different vets and nothing even helps, not even a little bit. We had him on 4 Benadryl every 8hrs (he is 100 pounds) for years, but they stopped working. He is now on 2 Tramadol 50mg every 8-12 hrs (for the pain) and now they don't even help.

I don't know what else to do. This dog is my baby and I feel so bad for him. The drainage from his ears to his throat, I know, gives him a sour throat (you can hear him swallow) and it gives him fevers. The consistency of the stuff in his ears is usually black mucusy gunk and even when I clean them out (he hates it cuz they're so sour). I can't get deep down in the ear, but I can hear it squish around when he shakes his head. If he even slightly hits one of his ears against something he will scream like he is dying.

Now the vet is telling me that my last option is to go out of town and get his ear canals removed for thousands of dollars which would make him completely deaf, but "they say" it would solve his ear problem. I don't want to do this because at this point I don't trust the vet anymore and I don't want to make him permanently deaf and then if I do, what if it doesn't work? Obviously I'm gonna spend whatever I need to if it will fix his problem, but I'm at a loss. I've spent way too much money and have gotten no results. My baby is miserable. Please help. Anyone!?

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April 20, 20160 found this helpful

Go to a different vet!

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May 16, 2016 Flag

We've been to vet for antibiotics, drops, and even laser treatment, but my pup can't shake her ear infections! Can someone please help? There has gotta be some home remedy, something I'm missing.

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June 13, 20161 found this helpful

Use unrefined coconut oil and garlic cloves. Take 2 to 3 garlic cloves simmer with coconut oil for 5 to 10 minutes then strain over cheese cloth into a bowl or jar then put in a medicine bottle with a dropper put two to three drops in infected ear twice a day for one week. You can Google recipes with coconut oil and garlic for dog ear infections if you want more of an explanation. Hope this helps. Oh and of course please make sure the mixture isn't to hot before putting in the infected ear.

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January 21, 2014 Flag

I have a home remedy that lots of people swear by to cure the smelly black hard clumps in my Poodle's ear. It includes boric acid. Is this boric acid the same as what kills rodents or is it a different boric acid? I have the powder boric acid, will this suffice or should I have liquid from the pharmacy?

By Latonya W.

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January 23, 20140 found this helpful
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Could it be that the dog has ear mites? The mites' excretment is what causes the black stuff. I would have the vet check it first to see what you are dealing with.

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June 3, 2011 Flag

I can't afford the vet anymore, so I'm going to ask you expert fellow pet lovers out there. My mini Goldendoodle has continuous ear infections. I will try to find an ear specialist if I have to. It's not yeast, it's allergies. I'm going to switch her off of Iams because I hear it's full of corn. Anyone else have any ideas? Cady Grace thanks you so much for your input.

By Carol S

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October 14, 20151 found this helpful

There is a cheap way to find out what food allergies your pet has. It is available on groupon. The company is ImmuneIQ. It is a hair and saliva test. It is about month process to get your results but it is very affordable and so worth it.

My pup was having loose stool, ear infections, and sinus congestion so I got him tested before it became a chronic issue. Turn out he is allergic to peas! This is in almost all the fancy dog foods. Dog food companies are using it as the current filler. He is also allergic to corn wheat soy white rice and oats... Among other things. If all these things in his food are causing an inflammatory response in his body, it makes sense that he would have nasal congestion, loose stool, and ear infections. His ear infection was tested by the vet and was yeast. Problem with a yeast infection is that the body is lacking in heathy bacteria to counterbalance the yeast in the system. The Vet checked his stool sample and it was low in bacteria. My guy was pooping out all his healthy bacteria.

Changing his food and adding probiotics to his diet have been hugely effective for helping him get on the trajectory to a long and healthy life. Also, we did the Braggs apple cider vinegar/water flush every day in the meantime until his infection cleared up.

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May 28, 2015 Flag

We have an 11 yr. old male Maltese who keeps developing ear infections. The vet bills are expensive, and since we are on a fixed income we have to look for alternative ways of treating his infections. In the past the vet has given him Otibiotic Ointment. Can anyone offer a possible alternative treatment that works?

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May 30, 20150 found this helpful

I need to tell you first that I am NOT a vet... however I have successfully treated ear infections in both my family members and our animals using the following home remedy;

Put half a cup of olive oil in a small saucepan (top of a double boiler is even better). Peel a large clove of garlic, and put it on a cutting board. Smash it with the flat side of a knife, and put it into the olive oil. Heat it very gently for about five minutes, stirring it around in the oil. Do not get this really hot. You don't want it to sizzle at all.

Remove garlic from the oil and let it cool. When it is lukewarm (test it on your own wrist, just like you're bottle-feeding a baby), take an eyedropper and place a couple or three drops in your pets ear. Massage gently to work it down into the ear.

I usually do this twice a day until the infection clears. You can use the same oil, warming it in a custard cup set into a larger bowl of warm water, but always make sure you clean the dropper very well between uses with hot soapy water and a good rinse.

Hope this helps!

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April 27, 2011 Flag

Please help! My Lucy (Kelpie X) is 3 years old and has had ear infections for the past 2 years. We have been to the vet 10/12 times and Lucy has just finished her 8th course of antibiotics. Her ears have fluid in them and it comes out brown and smelly. She constantly itches and holds her head on the side. Now her ears are red from scratching. It is nearly impossible to put her antibacterial wash in there now as she hates it so much. She is on a diet of roo mince, veggies, and yogurt. We tried diluted vinegar, but it makes her cry and scratch even worse. Please help!

By Stacey from Victoria, Australia

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May 1, 20110 found this helpful

What you're describing your poor pup is going through almost sounds like an ear mite infestation. Here in the States there are a few over-the-counter meds for that--am guessing you've got 'em there Down Under, too. Before trying anything else as a home remedy on your gal, I think I'd take her to another vet first, though.

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February 14, 2011 Flag

I have a 9 month old Golden Retriever. He has had stomach issues since we got him. He is now doing well with Authority dog food, but he has chronic ear infections. We have done every wash, drop, etc. from the vet and nothing clears it up. Any suggestions? Someone told us to try grain free food. Please help!

By Maura from VA

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August 3, 20110 found this helpful

Hello,

I have an 11 year Basset with chronic ear infection for 3 years now. My story is like yours Jeron, zip surgery and all. My dog is really suffering, doesn't want to go out anymore, and doesn't let anyone come near and the smell. Well visitors don't wanna come, even my husband doesn't wanna be around the smell.

Did you find something that works? I'm desperate, even thinking of....please if someone has a real solution. I think I tried all antibiotics, cortizone, all the "cleaners" even septal scrub, homeopathy and all.

Thanks people, Miki

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December 19, 2015 Flag

I have a 5 year old Shih Tzu and she constantly has this ear infection. I don't know what to do. I don't have any money to take her to the doctor. What can I do?

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December 22, 20150 found this helpful

Hopefully you got my other answer as well.

Shih Tzus are one of those unusual breed of dog that were bred to be lap dogs. That means their purpose in life is to be pampered and cared for by people.

Their entire existence depends on their owners being able to provide for their care.

These pets require professional grooming and have frequent health problems that need to be addressed. They were literally made to be delicate and not hardy dogs.

It is necessary to have funds available if you are going to own this type of dog.

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February 19, 2011 Flag

How much Vagisil do you use for severe infections in the ear?

By Samnatha from Corning, CA

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August 17, 20130 found this helpful

Ha ha, take my dog to the vet. She has seen 3 different vets and as soon as she stops the antibiotics. She is good for about a week then it all starts over again. The constant scratching, whimpering my poor dog can't completely get over this ear infection. Not to mention the $ money I have had to pay.

All for us to be back at square one. And to sit up at night crying because I have to see her in pain all over again. Can't afford anymore vet bills. We have 4 children and only 1 income. God help us we might have to take drastic measures this has been going on far to long. So broken hearted.

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August 28, 2010 Flag

What is the ratio of water to vinegar mix to treat for ear infection?

By Bryan from Norman, OK

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November 27, 20100 found this helpful

Do NOT ever use household vinegar inside of your ear. If you do this you can cause permanent damage to your ear, or even cause Tinnitus (which is a constant ringing that does not go away). Use only apple cider vinegar. There is a huge difference between saying to use regular vinegar and the much more mild Apple Cider Vinegar. Google search Apple Cider Vinegar for ear infections, and do not use regular household vinegar in your ear regardless of what these other posts say. Warning!

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February 20, 2011 Flag

I have a 6 year old Pit Bull/Lab who has yeast infections in his ears. I want to use the vinegar, but he will not let me touch them; he runs. Any ideas on how to get him to let me touch them?

He is a very timid dog since all this and I don't want to get bitten. I have tried the vet thing and wow the money I have spend for it to go away for a few months and come back again. They will not give meds without you coming in even when you have been there for years and they know the dog's history. I can't afford any more bills. I have 2 kids and a husband out of work.

By Michele from Nashville, TN

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February 22, 20110 found this helpful

Ditch the vinegar. It stings. No wonder he fights it. Ask pharmacist to call vet for Malaseb. Vet refuses? I would change vets. The only thing the vet wants is a perpetual money source. Bet he pushes vaccines like crazy. You can order some prescription vet meds online without vet involvement. I see other suggestions including archives. Suggest improved diet. Corn is infamous for causing problems. Wheat and soy not too good either. Grocery store food all contain corn usually as first ingredient. Inexpensive home cooked with some raw is best. Lots less than grocery store food. I cook up a simple pot of good stuff if you go into my past posts you will see some good info on lots of things. Write if you need. Hugs for caring about your furkid. Happy that you want to stop the pain.

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March 12, 2013 Flag

I've read the raves about how good this works, but I have not found how much of each to use. Do you use do you mix the vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water together? I need some guidance please.

By Kathy P

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March 13, 20130 found this helpful

I looked back through my saved Pet Tips and found one from Stacy in GA from last year, which uses vinegar and rubbing alcohol with water. It's pasted below:

Homemade Ear Cleaning Solution

I am a professional pet groomer, I hated spending so much money on ear cleaning solution. I researched a lot and came up with my own mix ,and it works great. Not only does it save me a lot of money, but I know all the ingredients it has in it.

I use an old ear cleaning solution bottle and mix 2 parts water, 1 part rubbing alcohol, and 1 part white vinegar. Try it and you'll never waste money on store bought solution again!

Source: Online research and trials.

By Stacey from GA ThriftyFun.com 8-21-12

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March 31, 2015 Flag

What should I do? My dog is shaking her head a lot. I'm thinking her ear is bothering her.

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