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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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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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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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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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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I own cocker spaniels and this breed are prone to ear infections. However, I use Blue Power Ear Wash and you can locate the recipe on the internet doing a search. It works great and is inexpensive and my three cocker spaniels do not have any ear infections and the vet always comments on how clean their ears are. This recipe is used after each bath and once a month. I just pour some onto a cotton ball and massage into their ears. IF there's an infection, you pour it into the ears and the dog will shake its head, but the liquid will still be effective. Directions how to use this is also provided; just make sure you always shake it well before each use.

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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.

By alibeth05 from Michigan City, IN

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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:

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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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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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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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.

Here is the med at amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/Pet-King-Enzymatic-Solution-Ounces/dp/B0025YOJXS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1381606828&sr=8-2&keywords=zymox+otic

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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    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!?

    By Adie

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    Adie, my Brussels Griffon had to have the ear canal surgery (Total Ear Canal Ablation AKA TECA). It was a rough descion between cost and obvious concern for his health and well being.

    Two things I want to share about my experience...

    1) The surgery without a doubt improved his quality of life. The years of severe ear aches ultimately led to scarring and swelling of the canals to the point medicine couldn't be administered. He was suffering and without options. Once he recovered from surgery, he was pain free! And in his case, he could actually hear!

    2) Prior to the surgery, he was continuously prescribed Prednisone. Predisone can do a fanstastic job and is a great solution for numerous issues. Do use it and follow directions exactly. <-- that's key. Having said that, if you find that vets continuously prescribe it, be aware that chronic use can lead to diabetes.

    ***As high as 60% of dogs treated longterm become diabetic!*** (Google and you'll see ranges described anywhere from 20-65%).

    You didn't mention Prednisone so my 2nd point wasn't directed to you specifically but for anyone else who may be following this thread.

    My dog became diabetic. Now I wish had gotten the surgery sooner (avoided all that prednisone). I simply wasn't aware until after the fact so I now make sure other dog owners know about the potential effect of that steroid.

    I realize your post was from months ago. Hope all is well with your fur baby!

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    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. After all we are in the Information Age! These books are a good low cost way to get many issues resolved. However; if the problem is too great for you to handle (due to it being a larger problem that a professional veterinarian should handle), or if you do not feel comfortable doing these things or if you would just rather have a professional deal with these issue, remember that most veterinarian hospitals and some emergency hospitals offer help (financial or discount) for people who are experiencing financial difficulties. Just let the place you go to know up front about your financial situation, so that if they offer these discounts or outside financial assistance, that they may help you.

    I have personally had help with a discount price from $3,000 down to $300 for a surgery for my rabbit (Fluffy). I have also gotten help from Face Foundation, and others for financial assistance. I am ever so grateful to Face Foundation that helped pay $500, for surgery for my service dog (Daisy). Without the surgery, Daisy would have died! These are just a few examples of how to get financial help or a discount. They are also examples of when you must have a veterinarian help you to take care of a problem that is out of scope of handling.

    If your veterinarian hospital/clinic or emergency hospital does not offer you a discount or financial assistance, after you have explained your financial position, ask them for these. You can also look on the internet through a search engine to find financial assistance. The discount would come directly from the veterinarian hospital/clinic or emergency hospital.

    Remember, that we are in the Information Age and never forget that, I also wanted to caution you about where the advice comes from, make sure it is from a reliable reputable source! These books: "Low Cost Natural Cures for your Dog and Cat, Your Vet Doesn't Want You To Know," by Dr. John Heinerman and "The First Aid Companion For Dogs & Cats," by Amy D. Shaojai (with the advice from more than 80 of Americas' Top Veterinarians, Advisor: Shane Bateman, D.V.M., D.V.Sc., Diplomate ACVECC are a great addition to your library and the knowledge that these books provide are truly a blessing for prevention and treatment alike. I wish you all the best for you and your pets!

      Book titled "Low Cost Natural Cures for your Dog And Cat"Book titled "The First Aid Companion for Dogs and Cats
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      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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        Keep the hair clipped short to allow air into the ear canal.

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        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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        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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        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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          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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          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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          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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          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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          Try Zymox Otic! Our lab has ear issues and nothing the vet gave helped; 100's of dollars worth of vet and meds. I read a post somewhere to try the Zymox, and ordered it online. It's really cheap :) Not only did it clear her ears up in like two days, they stayed clear for years. I got the one with hydro cortisone in it. Just Google it, you will see many places you can purchase from.

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          To help dogs fight and keep ear infections away, give them a teaspoon of Coconut Oil everyday. If you have a smaller dog you can reduce. Why it works I don't know, but I have a collie mix with floppy ears, she had ear infection every time you turned around. I started giving her the coconut oil everyday and she has not had ear infection in 3 years.

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          By Michele from West Salem, WI

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

          By Samnatha from Corning, CA

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          My dog has a severe ear infection. It smells horrible. What can I do? Some people say peroxide, vinegar, alcohol or olive oil. Help please.

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

          By Danielle

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          You dog probably has ear mites or possibly an infection in her ears. Either way, your veterinarian will test for the cause of the problem and provide treatment and medications. This is not something to wait and hope she improves as it will only worsen. The website from PetMD has more information:

          http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_ear_mites

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

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