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
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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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November 13, 20160 found this helpful
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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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August 1, 20160 found this helpful

My shih tzu/maltese mix has a chronic ear infection, I read that you recommended a 1/2 alcohol to 1/2 vinegar. What are the measurements, a cup

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September 3, 2010 Flag
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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.

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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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January 4, 20140 found this helpful

Just be careful not to use alcohol or vinegar on dogs. If there's any scratches on their ears because it will sting like crazy. Another option that is effective and without danger of stinging - use Dr Dogs Ear Oil. It has natural antibiotic and pain reliever to fight dog ear symptoms from common ear yeast infections or to get rid of ear mites. Find it from DrDogs247.com

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful

You do NOT need to use Peroxide and rubbing alcohol separately. It always helps to know why you're using what you're using so here it is: The H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) cleans the ear canal and the isopropyl alcohol dries it. So, you should use the two together as a concoction so the alcohol will dry the ear canal after it's wetted with peroxide. That's the entire reason you use both simultaneously!

If you only use peroxide it will keep the ear canal wet and you're not really gaining any ground. But when you use it with the rubbing alcohol it both cleans and dries the canal with the same treatment. I have no idea who told you not to use both simultaneously, but I was a Vet Tech and know you should use both at once.

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October 19, 2013 Flag
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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.

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March 6, 2013 Flag
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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.

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

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April 19, 2015 Flag
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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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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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April 26, 20160 found this helpful

What if I cannot afford a Vet? When I got my dog 13 years ago I was younger, obviously, making very good money and did not foresee a long term debilitating illness in my future since I had never been sick. Now I only have disability for income, had to give up all my credit cards and have to access to "extra cash", hell I do not even remember what they actually is. So my dog is in pain and I want to help and no vet will offer any help other than payment at the time service is rendered.

Than what, Abagail A. Miss Holier Than Thou???? Are you going to say I should give her up? Give up one of my children, because that is what she is, one of my children.

God, people like you make me so angry.

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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 12, 20142 found this helpful
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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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May 16, 2016 Flag
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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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August 29, 20160 found this helpful

Is your dog a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull Terrier, or a different breed all together? Reason for me asking is because I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and he has ear infections all the time!! I've brought him to the vet numerous times in the past and got the medication and cured it but then itll happen again, and going to the vet plus buying antibiotics gets extremely expensive and just isn't realistic with my income. Does your dog experience any similar issues regarding his ears or sinuses?

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March 5, 2013 Flag
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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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April 20, 20160 found this helpful

Go to a different vet!

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May 14, 20160 found this helpful

I have a I have a job dog that always has severe Ear infection. I figured it out on my own that she is allergic to grain so now I only feed her grain free dog food no more ear infections

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January 21, 2014 Flag
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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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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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January 23, 20140 found this helpful

The person you should be talking to is your Veterinarian.

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September 22, 2010 Flag
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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.

Source: friend

By Michele from West Salem, WI

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

She is perfect. I see kisses dripping from her face. Beautiful.

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June 3, 2011 Flag
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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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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 14, 20160 found this helpful

Grain free dog food. It works for mine

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May 28, 2015 Flag
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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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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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August 10, 20150 found this helpful

Keep the hair clipped short to allow air into the ear canal.

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April 27, 2011 Flag
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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.

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