Treating a Dog's Ear Infection

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
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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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May 29, 20150 found this helpful

The average lifespan of a maltese is 13 years. Considering that I'd suggest you continue to take him to the vet as you have been doing. If you budget carefully now, in a few years when your dog passes on the financial burden will also be over.

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May 30, 20150 found this helpful

When our 5 dachshund dogs start shaking their heads & scratching their ears we give them a pretty good dollop (nice measurement I know) of plain yogurt on top of their dry dog food. We do this for a couple of days. It seems to help them & they love the taste.

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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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