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.
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?
December 22, 2015
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.
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
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
May 1, 2011
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.
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
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!?
February 23, 20151 found this helpful
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!
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
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.
By Maura 1
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
September 29, 20111 found this helpful
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.
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!
By samnatha 1
How much Vagisil do you use for severe infections in the ear?
By Samnatha from Corning, CA
February 25, 2014
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.
By bryan 1
What is the ratio of water to vinegar mix to treat for ear infection?
By Bryan from Norman, OK
January 10, 2013
Although hearing loss is genetic in my family. I have lost 95% of the hearing in my right ear. I went to a specialist who tested my hearing and confirmed that I am in need of either a hearing aid or a procedure that may help lessen the amount of loss. He recommended using a white vinegar therapy once a week for 3 months. When I questioned him on this, he stated that for some people this works very well but it does not work for everyone. I did not have an infection or swimmers ear, again this is a lifetime issue. So far it has not really changed the status of my hearing, but I do not go back to see him for another 2 weeks. When I receive another hearing test, I'll update this site and let you know what the results are.
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.
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.
By michele 2
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.
By Michele from West Salem, WI
By Jack C. 1
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.
April 19, 2015
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.
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
March 2, 2014
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
March 12, 2014
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.
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
February 22, 2011
I have my dog on all nautural plain yourt. It has kept her ears from infections now for over a year. I spoon 4 level tablespoons on her food every morning. The yeast is inmune related. The yourt builds up the inmune system.This does not work overnight. It takes time for it to take effect up to several months. It is a slow process. But it is a good start .
In the meantime buy some Zymox otic Hc1.0% drops. I get it at amazon. It costs around $10.00 and it works just in a couple of days. You have to clean all that gunk out of the ears. I now keep some on hand for flair ups. Once the yourt kicks in you can decrease the amount but the dog needs to stay on it. This is still cheaper than having to buy meds all the time.
I also switched dog foods to lamb and rice which also helped with the yeast infections.
Good luck! I hope it works for your dog. Nothing thing worked on my dog's ears. I payed lots of money on many meds for my dog for years untill I found this.
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?
August 10, 2015
Keep the hair clipped short to allow air into the ear canal.
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.
January 23, 2014
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.
Waldo has an ear infection and has been treated twice in one month by the vet. It is much better. There is some infection still there and some puss. What else can I do?
August 23, 2011
Agree with FARSTAR -time for a callback to your vet. Meds may have to be adjusted.
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
March 17, 2013
I am a tech at a animal hospital and the best advice I could give you is seek a vet before it gets out of control. One other thing I would never ever mix the alcohol and vinegar. I understand the purpose of it is to bring the condition of the ear back to a normal PH level. I find that keeping the hair out of the ears (if they have any) by being plucked will keep infections done. Also I like alcohol best as it dries out the infected ear. But squeeze out the cotton ball first it's ok if some goes into the ear canal. But if ears were just plucked of hair wait at least 6 to 8 hours.
By pat 1
My dog's ear usually stand up. One is down and a little pink, is this an ear infection?
By Pat from Landing, NJ
November 27, 2009
Could be a yeast infection, common in dogs with ears that don't air out properly. Definitely check with your vet.
I tried vinegar and water and it hasn't helped much. Is there any other suggestion for topical treatments?
August 13, 20121 found this helpful
I would offer the following advice: Stop feeding soy, wheat and corn. Diamond makes a good line of foods that have none of these items in them. You can buy in bulk and save money.
Is there a home made solution for dogs ear infections?
October 10, 2011
I highly recommend taking your dog to the vet to get an answer to your question. Often what's going on in a dog's ears may not need to be treated with antibiotics. He/she could have allergies, or dirt and oily build-up which a mere ear cleanse and cotton wipe on a regular basis, could cure.
Just like with humans, we have to keep the ears clean or we'll have problems. Our pets rely on us to clean their ears since they can't do it themselves. Don't try to diagnose the problem yourself, let a professional tell you what route to take. Trying remedies on your own could make the problem worse.
By Dianne 1
Can you use Monistat in a dog's ear instead of Mometamax? I can't afford a vet.
April 21, 2011
It also depends on what kind of ear infection your dog has. It could be a yeast infection or a bacterial infection, which means they would be treated differently.
By Melissa 1
Every fall for 4 years my dog has gotten fluid in her ears and it's not mites. I had a vet look at her ears and he said there was no infection. You rub her ear and you can hear the fluid.
She tears at her ears all winter, but in the spring it clears up and is fine all summer. They don't smell, but there is a lot of build up that I clean out every other day, but it only works for a day or two. Any ideas?
By Melissa from Portland, OR
March 9, 2010
I would give your dog people benadryl pills 25mg. each, one per 10lb of weight. one every 4 hours, they will not hurt your dog just make it a little sleepy and it will dry up what is in the ear. I would not use peroxide it will drive your dog crazy in their ear. the vet will probably give u an ointment to use in their ear. the benadryl will help with pain and fluid. bettywickline 069 AT aol.com
Why does my female dog keep getting an ear infection?
What should I do? My dog is shaking her head a lot. I'm thinking her ear is bothering her. Please help.
March 31, 2015
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:
I want to know how to get zymox. I read it would help my dog's ears.
By Nancy L. Lutz from Smithfield, NC
I have a Black Lab. She has an ear that is smelly and has gunk in it. Can you help me with a home remedy treatment?
December 18, 2014
Your dog obviously has a problem-infection, fungus, etc. However, you do not know what it is or how to treat and resolve the problem. Please take your dog to your vet for help-he may need medication for the ear. It is also possible he may have another condition not related to the ear itself and may need different treatment. Please do not wait as your dog is suffering.
My dog scratches her ear very hard. When I look in her ear she has some black particles inside. She also has some red dots in her ear. I would like to try the home remedies, but can you tell me how much of each product I should use in her ear?
February 6, 2014
Clean the ears with a Q-tip moistened with baby oil. Discard the Q-tips carefully because the mites will survive this. Don't go too deep into the ear! When the ear is as clean as you can get it, carefully put a dropper of 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar. Do this every day until she has no more symptoms. You may have to treat again so keep watch. It's O.K. if the vinegar/water runs out. Just going in is what is important.
Does anyone know where to find the Daphne Oz recipe for a dog's ear relief? I believe it was for "garlic infused olive oil, but have not been able to find her article on this.
By Rita G. from Alfred, ME
What is the ratio of alcohol, vinegar, water for yeast infection in dogs ears?
By Gail G
i am interested in using a homeopathic remedy for a yeast infection in my dogs ears. How much vinegar and water, in what measurements, do I use for his ears?
What is the exact formula of water, vinegar, and alcohol using cotton balls for yeast infected dog's ears? Is there a difference between apple cider vinegar and white vinegar?
October 30, 2011
There is no way to treat an infection without antibiotics. Do not use vinegar or alcohol in your dog's ears. It will burn his ears and cause your dog a lot of stress and pain.
Your dog needs to see a vet. Changing the diet will help too. Give your dog lamb, duck and sweet potato. Stay away from grains, chicken and beef. Most dogs are allergic to chicken and beef cause of all the stuff the farmers give them then dogs eat the meat with all the junk in it, like antibiotics, hormones, corn just to name a few.
By kathy 1
Is there a home remedy for a dog's ear infection?
By Kathy from CT
November 21, 2010
Please take your dog to a vet so that an ear infection can be properly diagnosed and treated. Untreated ear infections in dogs can lead to seizures, other serious health issues, and potentially, death.
While I am a fan of many home remedies for both people and pets, infections are not something to experiment with. Good Luck.
Can I use Campho-Phenique for yeast infection in my dog's ear?
By Cori H.
My dog has a bad ear infection. It is swollen. I need a home remedy please?
By Sarah from Sumrall
When giving your dog ear-drops, give him a treat then wrap his whole body tightly in a large towel, leaving his head free. 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. He will react to the cold temperature, but if gently done, it should not be difficult to do.
My dog has a painful ear infection, however I cannot use any anti-biotics to treat him because he has cancer and that would be like throwing gasoline on a fire. I need a strong home remedy that can give him some relief without affecting his tumor.
JB from Monmouth, NJ
I suggest that you try yerba santa (Eriodyction californicum), a very good and safe non-toxic herbal remedy for pets' infections and wounds. Boil the herb in water, cool, and dab the resulting strong tea onto and around your dog's ear with cotton balls. Since you don't live in California you will need to buy the herb (it grown wild here). Here is one place to buy it: http://richters.com/ . I hope that helps. (10/08/2005)
By guest in N. California
I've never heard of antibiotic affecting tumor growth. I used gentamycin when my dogs had chronic ear infections. Check with your vet. (10/09/2005)
Garlic Oil is a natural antibotic. I learned this from an herbal lady. I used it for my children in their ears to stop an ear infection. About four drops in affected ear twice a day usually cleared it up. Took about a week. It also helped stop the pain. (10/09/2005)
You might try collodial silver or campho-phenique(probably spelled that wrong) (10/18/2005)
You can prevent certain pathogens from multiplying by changing the pH in the ear.........with a simple water/weak vinegar ( acetic acid) rinse. I used this to prevent reoccuring swimmer's ear external ear infections in my small son. ( we had a pool ) I made a simple ear drop solution of water with a few drops of vinegar that he used after swimming or showers. (11/01/2005)
Feed plain vanilla yogart a few times a week. I started doing this with my yellow lab who has chronic yeast infections in her ears. She loves the treat and her ears are great. (10/23/2006)
My schnauzer has allergies and chews her paws like crazy. I took her to the vet and he prescribed Vetalog, which is a steroid. Now she is hungry 24/7 and wakes up in the night needing to go outside. Does anyone know what natural remedy I can use to help her quit itching? (04/04/2007)
By Leigh Ann
My dog also has chronic ear infection in one ear, I can't keep affording the meds that the vet prescribes. Any suggestion for solutions to this. (05/18/2007)
Try gentian violet, you can find it in some petstores it is purple in colour and liquid, otherwise gentian violet can also be purchased at a health food store. (06/01/2007)
As far as treating an exisiting ear infection, there is absoluely no scientific evidence that herbal remedies (e.g. yerba santa, garlic oil, etc.) work. The only thing to treat an existing ear infection is antibiotics. Don't mess around with this.
To prevent ear infections in your dog, keep the hair around the ears very short, and consider taping your dogs ears back and up to avoid hematoma and to provide circulation. Also regular cleanings and inspections of the ears.
My 1 1/2 year old mutt is continually getting yeast infections in her ears. The ointment we get from the vet is very expensive and was wondering if anyone knew of a home remedy. Supposedly this is caused by allergies. Thanks so much!
When kids get swimmer's ear we use a mixture of equal parts alcohol and vinegar and put a few drops in a couple times a day. When my Shelties had chronic ear problems I used an OTC ear cleaner from the pet store, and swabbed their ears with q-tips wet with this to remove discharge. They hated it but it helped. I also had a pharmacist compound the antiobiotic drops the vet sold me in very expensive 1 oz bottles to provide a 6 oz or so bottle of identical medicine for a very small price. (05/04/2004)
PLEASE DONT'T USE PEROXIDE in your dog's ears! You can cause worse damage than an ear infection. Research has shown that peroxide can INCREASE infection by driving microorganisms deeper into wounds, as well as increase scarring. Scarring on the ear drum can cause your dog to lose his hearing. Gently wipe the inside of your dog's ear with a cotton ball or soft cloth to remove debris (don't use swabs); rinse with a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts water, rub the ear gently to distribute the solution and loosen any more debris, then dry well with another soft cloth. Many professional solutions use a little bit of eucalyptus oil to soothe. If it is allergies, then the most likely culprit is food. Gradually (to prevent stomach upset) switching to a diet free from corn, wheat and chicken is a place to start. If your vet hasn't done anything other than prescribe ear treatments instead of trying to eliminate the cause of the infections, then it may be time to seek a second opinion. (05/04/2004)
If you want to buy a product instead of a home remedy then I suggest you go to
It is $15.99 plus shipping
Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone (Petking Brands)
Lactoperoxidase system plus Lysozyme, Lactoferrin, Hydrocortisone (1%).
What is this product used for
Zymox is used in cats and dogs for the treatment of acute and chronic otitis externa due to bacterial, viral and yeast infections.
Zymox Otic with Hydrocortisone is a non-prescription (OTC) product.
Are you sure it is a yeast infection? We thought the same thing and after many hundreds of dollars at the vet and medications, we found that instead it was caused by mites. The smelly ears are a true symptom of mite infestation. One sure way to know it is mites is by black gunk in the ear cavity. I'd be interested if you found anything that worked. (05/05/2004)
I would try the vinegar/water solution also. I heard that grain in your pets kibble can contribute greatly to this ear problem. Have you considered switching to a natural raw diet for your dog? I haven't fed kibble dog food for just about 3 years now. (05/06/2004)
I'm sure your Dog has Ear Mites & he is miserable,take him to a Vet. The Vet will give you some drops that will take care of the Ear Mites. Esther (05/06/2004)
My girlfriend's dog has had the same problem for years. Someone told her to feed the dog yogurt once or twice a week. It has worked for a year now. No more ear problems (06/29/2004)
My lab had constant ear infections from yeast (smelled like sour milk). I found a produict called Veterinarians Best Ear Wash and Dry. This treatment worked wonders as a preventive. Have to cure the problem with otomax from vet first. My dog has not had an ear infection in the 8 years I've been using Vet's Best. (01/29/2005)
High quality feeding program/nutrition will keep your dog healthy. I would visit www.greatdanelady.com and follow her suggestions. Our beloved dogs are suffering from years of bad diet filled with preservatives, carcinogens, and worse. Go natural- I don't mean bloody meat and dangerous bones, but a well thought, researched and consistent QUALITY diet. I am a regular person who has been following good advice and my pets are reaping the benefits. It is not a substitute for QUALITY vet care, which does not necessarily mean expensive vet care. Find someone who is up with the times and keeps up with the latest research. Use the benefits of science instead of always trying to hide the symptoms with medications. Nothing is foolproof so do your homework. I have been to nzymes.com and used their products- I highly recommend the oxy drops for yeast and myriads of other problems. I took some in water and it cleared up a sore throat in less than one day. Just follow the recommendations and suggestions and don't freak out during the cleansing period where your dog is shedding years of bad nutrition. They are most likely getting healthier. Good luck- our pets depend on us and trust us to do what is best for them. Trust your instinct with the vet. If it is not someone you can trust with your dog then run, don't walk & get the hell out of there. (06/15/2005)
I've had this problem for a few years and only lately have I gotten a handle on it. Innova makes a food containing no grains..it's called Innova EVO. This is essentially a commercial version of a raw diet. Fact is, you cannot feed anything that encourages yeast growth. You'd be amazed at what you CAN'T feed. I now make my own biscuits out of garbanzo bean flour, and add pumpkin seeds etc for crunch. As for the diet, also cook chicken or beef in a slow cooker. I buy drums. Then I add a small amount of garlic and when it's cooked, remove bones, add a bag of frozen vegetables like broccoli, carrots...stir in and then let it sit for an hour.
As for a solution... take 1-160z bottle of isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alc), add 4 tablespoons of boric acid and 16 drops of GENTIAN VIOLET...available at Alleon pharmacy on the net. Shake each time you use it. Fill ear canal and clean out, then add a few drops and repeat. You'll be finding lots of brown goo..which I originally thought were earmites..but NOT ! Do this daily...don't let up. You need to be aggressive because left untreated the dog can actually get a compound infection that can kill it...as I'm told it can enter the brain. Jerry<romanczak @ yahoo.com> (12/09/2005)
My dog had chronic yeast infections and nothing we did helped. So finally I switched her to a food that was fish and potato, and the yeast cleared up. You could try it...the fish helps to lower the pH of the dogs body thus making it hard for yeast to grow. (06/21/2006)
Boric acid is not something that you should be putting in your dogs ears. I have worked as a pharmacy tech and that was some thing that people would ask for because its a rat poison. I know that a lot of older people would use it for diffrent reasons but you should talk to your vet before you start mixing things together and putting them in your dog. They cant tell you its not feeling good to them. (06/22/2006)
My dog has had yeast infections in her ears and on her paws almost constantly for several years. I have been to many vets and have bags full of medication
that will only work for a while, then it's back.
I found one thing that has actually been working
for months now. It is an ear drying solution
calld CleaRx by DVM. Instead of trying to cure the yeast infection, this seems to create a dry environment that doesn't allow the yeast to grow
in the first place. Still trying on the paws, but this
half the battle anyway. Good luck! (09/17/2006)
By Jan S.
I have a golden retriever with ear infections. the only issue we have thus far. We use Granules and BacPak from Nzymes.com. It was recommended by the vet. They used it on their horse. Its been great. Its reasonable too. When we stop using it we end up going back b/c he gets an ear issue. I wont stop using it now. I couldnt handle the crying I heard when I took him to a clinic for his ears and they released black goo over and over. My heart sank. (01/22/2007)
I usually never post anything, but this time I have something that really works. A dog groomer in town gives out this recipe. If your dog seems to have painful ears AND/OR a reddish-blackish substance comming from the ears it could be a yeast infection. The home-remedy is made with:
16 oz Isopropyl Alchohol (70%)
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution (1%)
I got the items from behind the pharmacy counter, and they were rather inexpensive. The ingedients should be mixed, warmed, and shaken. The latter two steps will need to be done every time. I applied the solution to a cotton round and wiped the ear. She advises pouring it into the ear; however, my dog did not like that. I applied it twice a day for two weeks. It was like a miracle. I have heard testimonials of others who spend hundreds on vet bills only to find this home-remedy to be the cure-all. You will thank me later. (01/29/2007)
CHANGE your dogs food! If your dog is eating bad commercial dog food, his/her immune system will suffer! I did a lot of research on dog food and now I feed my 9yr old terrier real chicken and vegetables. He is acting like a puppy again! And has no more lumps that were developing on his chest before. Commercial dog food will cause your dog to age faster! And you will have lots of vet bills! Remember: IF YOUR DOG ISN'T SICK, the vet doesn't get paid! (05/09/2007)
My Chinese Crested has been prone to them since he was a pup. What I found important is always dry his ears after a bath. Take a Qtip and gently clean. A yeast infection always smells, if there's substance dripping and it does not smell it likely to be another issue. The key to treating it is clean his/her ears twice a day with a Qtip before applying your remedy. If you don't clean it will never heal. Also make sure that his/her paws are clean and yeast free, yeast infactions can be transferrred to their feet when they scratch their ears. Then you have a situation where it keeps getting passed back and forth. My vet prescribes Surolan. It works wonders, he's usually cured in about 5 days, it's only about $15 and a bottle goes a long long way. If you visit your vet once, get them to prescribe it and subsequently get your prescription re-filled at your local pet pharmacy or through one of the on-line pharmacies. You can also use this on his feet. Make sure to clearn the webbing between his toes.
Why play around with wacky experiments, trust your vet and do realize that it's not costly to treat with trusted and tested drugs. A mere $15.00 and your pet will be much more comfortable in a week.
PS. This bottle will last you around 4 or 5 episodes (around a year). (05/19/2007)
I also have an on-going battle with my Golden Retriever's ear infections. I have noticed that what she eats does help keep them down. I also was told by someone about feeding vegtables and chicken and to cut out wheat. I didn't have time to cater to my dog to that extent, so I looked at the ingredients of retail store dog food and low and behold, I found one. It is called Natural Way by Sunshine Mills (It is endorsed by Lassie, whatever that means). I am certain it has helped because my husband went out and bought the old brand (with wheat) and we have had the worse case infection since she was reintroduced to wheat. After getting her back on track with the vet's regiment of meds and changing back to the Natural Way food, she is now on a road to recovery!
By Judy Bruland
I had the same issues with a dog of mine many years ago. I finally went to a holistic vet who said allergies. Great, I knew that. What I didn't know is the main allergens of dogs are corn, wheat, beef and soy. So I eliminated those (don't forget the raw hides are beef) and WOW, no more ear problems! Now you have to be paitient, it took about a month before it really was working, but the rest of her life she did not have any ear problems, unless she managed to get ahold of something beef. I kept the others out of her diet, but I am certain her allergy was beef.
I watched my puppy suffer since we got her. We have a bishon Frise and I heard that was typical for dogs with hair in their ears. I tried the vet drops and that never seemed to work, I tried changing her diet and nothing worked. I then spent the day on the internet looking for herbal cures. I even went and bought stuff for women yeast infections as a last resort. I talked to the vet and groomer and druggist and none of them suggested that of course. I then found something new at Petco called Natural Care and it contains Yucca, Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Clove Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and Echinacea. It comes in a ear wash and then a more solid gel you put in their ear afterward. I gave her first some baby benadryl to stop the itching and then tried squirting the stuff in her ears, of course the wrestling match was on so I thought I'd better turn it into a pleasant experience so I took cotton balls and soaked two of them then squeezed the liquid into her ears. Then wiped each ear out with the cotton ball, then took q-tips to get in the crevices, brown goop would come out, then put the gel on my finger and spread it in her ear and massaged her ears. I did this every day for about 10 days, Magic, her ears cleared up, she quit itching, (I stopped the benadryl after a couple of days) and there were no more bloody sores from scratching. She is a much happier dog, no more head shaking and digging. I haven't even taken her to the groomer to have the hair pulled out. I would definately recommend this treatment. The clove oil seems to numb the ends of my fingers so I'm sure she gets the same benefit. I'm only doing the treatment every 2-3 days now and will continue (09/19/2007)
By Deborah Reinertson
Giving dogs or cats people food can cause major allergy issues! If that's an issue, ease up on the people food, and follow up on either vet Rx treatment or the advice you get from those vets, and see if that helps! (10/24/2007)
Someone wrote on this page that vinegar, with it's antibiotic properties, clears up dog's ear infections. It has worked 100% of the time for me. I bathe my dog, ending with a rinse of undiliuted vinegar (he was standing in a small puddle of vinegar in my bathtub) including pouring some vinegar directly into both ears. I used one gallon. My dog is dismayed by the taste in his mouth when I do it, but by morning, both ear infections are completely gone. I read here that sometimes an infection can be carried on the paw or in a dog's nails and then spread to the ears when s/he scratches the ear, and this can also be the reason for recurring infections, so this treatment treated the infection and it's cause. I also washed his bed at the same time. One gallon of vinegar is much cheaper than vet costs, prescriptions or online medications. Hope it works as well for you as it is for me. (12/08/2007)
By molly w b
I would NOT recommend full strength vinegar directly into a dogs ears.
I have used Witch hazel this way, but it did nothing.
I took me Black Lab to the vet for ear infections.
They took him into the back room whilst I waited. When they returned with him he was sneezing, eyes watering, foaming at the mouth, in obvious discomfort and stinking of VINEGAR. They said he probably scratched his ears and some of the medicine got into the cuts. Then They sold me some ear "medicine/cleaner" whose main ingredient was cider vinegar. When I used it on him (once) I had the same results i.e. sneezing, eyes watering, foaming at the mouth, in obvious discomfort and stinking of VINEGAR.
While this stuff worked..I don't wait to hurt my buddy so I threw it away.
Then I came up with this procedure.
White Vinegar seems to be the one to use. Start by trying to dilute 1 teaspoon vinegar into 2 cups water.
Mix and soak a couple cotton balls with the mix. Sqeeze excess. Carefully insert (don't let the cotton go into the canal just some of the mix) and massage for a count of 10. GET THE COTTON BALLS out of the ears and WAIT five minute. Allow Dog to shake and massage to try and loosen up wax.
If you Dog shows no discomfort , do it again for a 30 count and this time follow up with a couple dry Cotton Balls to absorb moisture and/or a cotton ball with Sweet Oil (available at any drug store for about $1.00) to help soothe.
And of course LOTS OF "GOOD BOY / Girl"and a special treat for being so cooperative.
If that works OK try to increase the vinegar to two or three teaspoons.
If the pup has discomfort from the vinegar, Dry Cotton balls, message, watered cotton balls, repeat and lots of "I'm so sorry's" Followed by a treat and a call to the vet. Ask them not to use vinegar (12/26/2007)
By Roy's Dad
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