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
By alibeth05 from Michigan City, IN
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 Debra An
How much Vagisil do you use for severe infections in the ear?
By Samnatha from Corning, CA
Please take you pet to the Veterinarian for an exam. Your Vet will prescribe the proper medication for your pet. An ear infection is very painful. Ear infections are treated with an antibiotic and there is not an over the counter or home remedy that will work for this problem. Good luck
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
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 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
With no disrespect but if you can't afford Veterinary treatment do you have any idea of an ear specialist cost?
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?
Agree with FARSTAR -time for a callback to your vet. Meds may have to be adjusted.
Is there a home remedy for a dog's ear infection?
By Kathy from CT
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.
My dog has a bad ear infection. It is swollen. I need a home remedy please?
By Sarah from Sumrall
There is no "HOME" remedy for your Dog's ear infection. Consult your Veterinarian who will perscribe the correct treatment before it becomes worse. And the poor animal can live a pain free life.
What is the ratio of water to vinegar mix to treat for ear infection?
By Bryan from Norman, OK
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 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?
Rather than mixing your own, I suggest a visit to onlynaturalpet.com. They have an ear wash with tea tree oil that is safe for dogs.
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?
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.
Is there a home made solution for dogs ear infections?
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.
I tried vinegar and water and it hasn't helped much. Is there any other suggestion for topical treatments?
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.
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. She is on a diet of roo mince, veggies, and yogurt.
My dog's ear usually stand up. One is down and a little pink, is this an ear infection?
By Pat from Landing, NJ
Could be a yeast infection, common in dogs with ears that don't air out properly. Definitely check with your vet.
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 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
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.
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
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By Leigh Ann
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.
I came here for some natural healing advice for my dog who was going through a fungal skin problem. I tried a lot of the tips I received and it cleared up! :) So, now I'm going to try it again. The same dog (poor thing) now has an ear infection or is close to it. The last time he had one, his ear was a lot redder. Again, looking for natural healing tips to use to clear it up. I have cleaner I got from the last time (he had to take pills too), but as we recently moved, have yet to find it. I'm still going through boxes. If anyone has a tip/idea to try, it would be greatly appreciated.
Sandra from Queen Creek, AZ
Yesterday I tried the home remedy that Msburny posed on 7/17 - The treatment was successful in loosing the build-up in the ear and sending it out far enough for me to whip it out. I tried it again today, and simiar results. My concern is that my dog is still shaking his head and wonder if the mixture of white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and isopropyl alcohol is making his ear itch? Should I be using something else after the flushing to treat the yeast infection? And is there anything I can use to prevent itching? Sorry for the long post. (07/22/2007)
Is the infection in the outer or inner ear canal? If in the outer, you can use drops, etc. But if it is an inner ear infection, using drops and delaying treatment may make it worse or cost your dog his hearing.
If you can't find the dog's medication, please call the Vet that saw him last and ask what to do. You've already paid for that information and they'll tell you over the phone. At least that way, you'll know that you are getting the proper info and can make an informed decision on how to proceed. (07/22/2007)
My dog did the same thing for years. He would lick his paws till they were sore and painful. Turns out it was an allergy to the corn found in his commercial dog food. Since then I have switched him to raw food (such as chicken,turkey etc) and it has completely cleared. You could also try a commercial dog food that does not contain by product or corn if you do not want to go the raw route. Its called Fromm.
Hope this helps. (09/11/2007)
By Deana Koenig
I put my dogs on a raw (aka B.A.R.F.) diet to confirm that her infections were food related and it worked. She's 15 years old and acting like a puppy again. (03/19/2008)
Amy from Evansville, IN
By Bobby C
Ruby and I want to comment on the ear treatment left by msburny. It works! Two months ago, in the spring, her leash broke and she was swept 50' down the river. I had to drag her back by her leash, most of the time she was underwater. This left her with 2 huge ear infections which have resisted the vet's efforts for 2 months. My girl doesn't have a history of ear problems.
I mixed up a very weak batch of the alcohol, vinegar, peroxide, and water ear cleaner as her ear tissue is very irritated and I didn't want to hurt her. 36 hours later her ears already look 1000% better. This will remain a staple in our grooming/first aid basket !
Kate and my darling Miss Ruby ! (08/20/2008)
By Jessica H.
I know it sounds weird but one of the BEST things for bad ears or ear infections is Listerine. Yes, I said mouth wash! I work in a kennel and have for years. When you have over 80 dogs in your care you learn a lot on how to treat little (and sometime major) things simply. Listerine works I swear by it! We have had dogs that would cry out if you touched their heads and now you can play with their ears.
Just soak a cotton ball or one of those round, flat cotton pads and put it down in their ear and rub a little if you can. We try to do it once a day. If they have been scratching a lot it may burn a little so they might whine. I know you hate to do stuff that makes them cry, but I assure you it is better than using antibiotics constantly. Eventually antibiotics stop working if you give them too often. And some poor pups just have bad ears.
Try the Listerine and good luck! I noticed you posted your question a long time ago, so hopefully you got it all fixed and maybe this will help someone else! (11/18/2008)
By Michelle (guest)
By true to help ear infection
The person who says there is no evidence that herbal treatments work, well, as far as I'm concerned, the tons of people claiming success with them, myself included are proof enough. When you get better and longer-lasting results treating "your own' dog's ear infection at home with Zymox Otic (w/hydrocortizone) or Blue Power Solution, than two vets were able to achieve, that's proof enough.
Blue Power Solution is good. Google will turn it up for you. Zymox Otic with Hydrocortizone is good too. I've tried both with different dogs, and had more success with them, than with vet and vet treatments. Costs a lot less, too. Good luck to you. (12/30/2008)
Since you did not indicate your dog has any difficulty in his sense of balance; it may turn out to be an outer ear infection after all. The blood in the ear discharge may be due to any open wound, a sore from all the scratching and ears shaking.
Do bring your dog to the vet asap. Treating the infection early is easier and cause less pain and distress to your dog. Do tell us how it goes. Looking to hear from you again. Wishing your Dachshund a speedy recovery. (01/20/2009)
For both Ear aand Skin Problems including Infections, Parasites and Allergies I personally highly recommend the following two products. They are both "Natural" (no steroids or antibiotics), and they work like a charm. First wash the ears out with some Hydrogen Peroxide, (I usually also use Q-Tip swabs), then fill the ear canal with NU-STOCK and massage the ears. I recommend doing this outdoors because it's going to get a bit messy when Fido starts shaking his/her head. Do this every day for a week and the infections are usually gone. Then if they are a recurring problem, treat Fido this way once a week or as needed to prevent recurrence. NU-STOCK is available at Feed Stores, Farm Stores, Tractor Supply and such.
Now, for skin problems including Fungus, Mange, Dry Skin, Hot Spots, etc. I highly recommend Shapley's M-T-G. Either this or NU-STOCK will usually fix 99% of Fido's skin problems. You will need to keep Fido in a cage or outdoors after working this stuff into the skin. I usually wear rubber gloves (cause this stuff really stinks!), and I work the M-T-G into every nook and cranny from head to tail. When it's all done, you have got a smelly greased dog, and Fido needs to keep this on for a day or two. Not in the house, unless in a cage! Both NU-STOCK and M-T-G contain sulfur and various oils, so they stink and are messy, but they work! And, they are not harmful to your pet. Good Luck ! (02/05/2009)
I have a 7 year old Basset Hound who has had chronic ear infection for the majority of his adult doggy life. I have taken him to the vet every time and they give me antibiotics and drops.
How can I cure my dogs ear infections?
My dogs have a yeast infection in their ears. I need a natural way to treat it. No money to go to the vet.
I'm looking for a natural cure for ear infections in my two dogs.
What is a home remedy for yeast infections in dogs ears?
Our Basset hound has an awful ear infection that keeps recurring. It is fungus/yeast based and the doctors just can't find the right medication for him. Any suggestions?
My 7 year old pug Butch has been having problems with yeast infections in his ears for about 2 years now.
I took Molly (Basset Hound) to the vet because I thought she had ear mites and I could not get rid of them. The vet told me it was yeast. She advised me to take white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and mix 1 to 1 and clean her ears.
My Cocker Spaniel has had a horrible yeast ear infection for 3 months. We have made many trips to the vet, spent $700+ and the ear is still stinky, draining, etc.
What is the mixture for the vinegar and water to help with a ear infection?
My Labrador dogs have constant yeast infections in their ears, paws, and mouth. I have tried antibiotics, anti-fungals, and steroids, but I want something natural that will take care of the problem permanently without side effects.
My Cocker Spaniel has severe yeast infections in his ears. They are recurring. He is six years old and we have had him for three of those years.
Anyone with a good treatment for Cocker Spaniel with chronic ear infection? I am using something new, from Jeffers.com, called Vetericyn Wound Treatment.
What amount of vinegar and rubbing alcohol do you use for yeast infection in dogs' ears?
I have a 6 year old Lab/Pit mix. He has had chronic ear infections for about 3 years. I have taken him to multiple vets.
For those of you looking for help with your dog's ear infections, it's probably yeast. It could be bacterial, but I'd treat for yeast first if dollars are short, and they always are at my house.