Treating a Dog's Red Itchy Ears

I have a Boxer and his ears are really red and he is always scratching them. We took him to the vet and they said he doesn't have ear mites. We have tried some ear drops, but nothing seems to be helping. He also shakes his head and rubs it up against the furniture. What are some things we could do to help this redness and itching stop?



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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

Try a new vet! Your dog is clearly having problems and needs help!

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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

Home made solution called "Blue Power Ear Wash". Look on this website in the search and you can view the directions/recipe and can also do google search and get more info. I use it on my dog's ears for years and they have never had ear mites, infections or red ears. I pour it on a cotton ball and clean the outer ear and let some of the solution run into the inner ear on a monthly basis; however, you may need to do this more than weekly for awhile. That's why I mentioned to pull it up and read directions and what others have to say about this cheap solution that really works.

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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

You may try a home remedy solution like the one suggested. But, in the meantime, get another vet. This one is not even trying.

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January 28, 20150 found this helpful

All of the other posters are right - your vet isn't trying and needs replacing!


I raised AKC Boxers 40+years in the US before my permanent relocation to the UK. Without seeing the dog in person or a photo of the affected ears, it sounds to me as though the dog is suffering an allergy or a yeast-like fungal infection. A fungal infection isn't easy to diagnose - different fungi can have different symptoms and not many have a visible discharge or odour.

The home remedy recommended below may work, another thing to try is a very light and carefully sponged on apple cider vinegar wash - dampen the sponge and be prepared for the possibility of an unhappy reaction if the wash irritates any tiny open wounds.

But the very best solution is to find another vet ASAP - if an allergy there are excellent treatments, if a fungal infection left untreated your Boxer could go on to develop more serious problems.

I hope you'll update once a cure or treatment has been found.

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June 20, 20160 found this helpful

We have a lab with constant ear infections. 3 vets before we got the right answer it's yeast. The ears smell a little bit like stinky feet.


Lots of scratching and head shaking. Mono stat helps as does the cleaner from the vet. If it's real bad they give us a Perscription. I can usually fix it with the ear clean and Monostat.

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