Treating a Dog's Ear Infection

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.

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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.

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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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April 20, 20150 found this helpful

There are really no home remedies for dog ear infections. They are very painful for the dog and can progress to the inner ear causing the dog to experience vertigo. There is no cure for that. He will live with it the rest of his life. Your dog needs veterinary care. If you can't afford it you can surrender your dog to a local humane society or dog rescue and he will be treated.

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July 16, 20150 found this helpful

It's kind of unfair for someone to say if you can't do another round to the vet or if you try to fix it at home, "surrender your dog"... I mean come on! You haven't treated your child at home for anything and took the steps THEN taken them to the doctor if it didn't work? Speaking from experience and someone who has several kids AND dogs, we try to solve the problem at home first.. then go to the dr. We work WITH the doctor/vet to get the results we need... but in our case, we've taken our bulldog at LEAST 15 times to the vet and they STILL haven't solved her issues with ear infections.

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These ear infections are bacterial (as again the last testing predicted) - and given the time lapse and now because her ear is so swollen the fluid can't come out, we are at our limit (as is she most likely). WHY? Because the MANY drugs they've prescribed and failed with have cost us a TON of money and now we are taking things into our own hands with suggestions from others who have dealt with similar issues. Surrender my dogs??! FU comes to my mind! I have her best interest at heart. I have taken care of her for nearly 10 years and I will continue to try to make her as healthy and comfortable as I can... in whatever means/way possible...

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November 23, 20150 found this helpful

Who told you to surrender your dog after 15 vet visits?
We were responding to Jack C.
It is absolutely true that neither rubbing alcohol nor peroxide will fix Jack C.'s dog's ear infection.
Neither will baking soda, vinegar, or any of the other cheap things he has at home.

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After seeing several dozen of these types of posts, you'd realize that people are getting incorrect information on the internet. These home remedies promise a lot, but leave the animal in worse condition since they don't fix the problem but the illnesses progresses and makes things worse.

So yes, the FIRST thing you should do is see a vet. The first thing many people try is the cheapest thing possible, allowing the illness to get worse and be that much harder to treat.

As for what is causing your dog's illness, I have no idea. However, antibiotics usually work just fine the first time for ear infections. Obviously you have had a different experience, but that doesn't mean that will be the same for everyone.

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