Last Modified on Jul 07, 2014
Do you have a pet that suffers from the occasional ear infection? It's frustrating for you as an owner because the infection is often difficult to deal with and rid your pet of. It's even more frustrating for the pet, as it causes them to continually scratch and fuss with the affected ear and is just plain uncomfortable for them.
These types of ear problems will affect both cats and dogs, but more commonly is an issue for our canine friends. Ear infections are often pretty easy to spot as in addition to noticing your pet physically scratching and rubbing its ears, the infection often is accompanied by a dark, waxy substance inside the ear and carries with it a horrible smell. The cause of the infection could be a number of things such as a yeast, or fungal infection, ear mites, and unfortunately those dogs with floppy ears and/or fur inside the ear canal are particularly at risk.
Another sure-fire way to an ear infection is a dog that loves to swim. Retrievers and other particular breeds are naturally drawn to water and as a result it's difficult to keep them out of the pool, pond or lake. Pets who enjoy their regular swimming sessions are prone to ongoing ear infections as a result of the water that gets into their ears.
You may not be able to stop them from taking that regular dip, and you probably wouldn't even want to, but you certainly can take action to prevent those nasty ear infections. Regardless of the cause of your pet's occasional ear infection, make sure that you clean your pet's ears on a regular basis. Use a solution of 50% Vinegar and 50% Water and insert the solution into the ear canal. Gently massage it in and use cotton balls to clean out any debris. (This is also the same cleaning protocol you would want to use when your pet actually has an ear infection prior to administering any type of treatment.)
For those of you with the regular swimmers, mix a solution of 1 cup of Water, 2 cups of Vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and squirt it onto the outside of the ear canal once or twice per week and after every swim. You can also use this solution applied with a cotton ball to clean out the inner part of the ear. The alcohol in the mixture will help to dissolve wax, whereas the vinegar creates an acidic environment that will not allow yeast or bacteria to grow in.
by Dawn Forster
|Apple Cider Vinegar||30 YEAS|
|Rubbing Alcohol, Violet Solution, Boric Acid||5 YEAS|
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acidophilus and White Vinegar
- Antibiotic Drops
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Aloe, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Glycerine
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Herbal Ear Wash
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Manuka Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol
- Avoid Canned Dog Food
- Balsamic Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Blue Powder Solution
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Changes, Black Walnut
- Dish Soap Warning
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Ear Infection Remedies for Dogs
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol
- Irritated and Itchy Ear Remedies
- Methylated Spirits
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Oil and Garlic Infusion
- Olive Oil and Milk
- Over the Counter
- Reader Feedback
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol, Violet Solution, Boric Acid
- Rubbing Alcohol, White Vinegar
- Salmon Oil, Dietary Changes
- Sweet Potato
- Tea Tree Oil
- Thyroid Medication
- Vaginal Yeast Cream
- Veterinarian Warning
- White Vinegar, Boric Acid, Rubbing Alcohol, Betadine
- Witch Hazel
[YEA] 01/26/2012: Nancy from San Diego, Ca: "WOW... This site has been a godsend. My shihtzu has had chronic skin issues and ear infections for years. His skin has been managable lately but his ears never seem to clear up even after 2 weeks of a daily dose of ear antibiotics. I took him off the ears meds and started him on acidophilus mixed with fish oil on sunday-01/22/12. I also started wiping his ears with a 50/50 ratio of white vinegar and water. His ears are clearing up!!! I'm not sure if its the acidophilus, the vinegar or both. He's still doing a lot of paw licking at night around bedtime, of course, but not near as much licking during the day. I've given him plain yogurt a couple of times, also, but it's tough convincing him to eat it.
I plan on buying raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar this weekend so that I can really soak his paws and see how that works. I also plan on gradually adding to his water. If anyone has comments or suggestions please feel free to e-mail me at nancy.nash(at)cox.net."Replies
02/16/2012: Lynn from Pearlington, Ms replies: "If your pet goes outside, you need to wash paws and also wash pet as much as possible. Dr Becker has pet a web site and she has lots of good info."
09/22/2012: Uvaid from Fort Myers, Florida, Usa replies: "Let me offer a way for your dog to stay healthy and free from ear infections, take him for a walk outside preferably in broad daylight. If your dog has long ear flaps pin them back. Mammals produce hydrogen peroxide naturally through a process called photo-oxidation. Photo-oxidation occurs when the melanin in mamallian skin is exposed to sunlight. This process is an animal's first line of defense against disease all over their bodies including their ear, nose, and throat. There is a direct correlation between available sunlight hours and the occurrence of colds, flu, and ear infection. During the summer months exposure to sunlight produces enough hydrogen peroxide to keep animals free of disease but during the winter months the process of photo-oxidation diminshes. In addition, a study under the direction of Dr. Cindy Dunn has found a significant reduction in bacterial colonies on skin including the ears and nose after exposed to natural light. Exposing your pet to sunlight only for a few seconds everyday has proven health benefits. If you are not able to get out into the sun everyday, I suggest usinig a light supplement."
12/05/2012: Lydia from Monrovia, Ca replies: "How do you pin back the ears? I have a pitbull with short hair who is prone to ear infections."
12/27/2012: Allison from Montpelier, Vt replies: "Just wanted to respond to Lydia's question about pinning back her pittie's ears: I think that was only meant for dogs with long floppy ears like a beagle or basset hound (I just re-read the above to see that) -- unless your baby has floppy ears you won't have to touch them ;-)"
12/27/2012: Allison from Montpelier, Vt replies: "Second response to Lydia (forgot to mention this the first time around) but I wanted to recommend Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for your pittie's ears. My guys lick it right off of the spoon (it's just as good for their insides as well as their outsides) and you can clean your pup's ears out with a bit of the coconut oil as it's an excellent anti-fungal remedy. I put a dab on an organic cotton ball and wipe it out when it looks yuckky inside, sometimes it takes a couple of cotton balls so don't be surprised if you have to do this more than once at a time.
I give 1 tsp for every 10 lbs (meaning 1 tablespoon for every 30 lbs) internally. I spread some on a piece of toast in the morning with peanut butter to get my pup use to it initially but then he loved the taste and just licks it off the spoon every morning. If you give him too much, he'll get diarrhea (just so you know). The stuff is great for humans too so it's something everyone in the family can benefit from!"
[YEA] 04/24/2010: Sp from Nashville, Tn: "The only thing that worked for my dog's ear infection was the antibiotic drop from our Vet. I'm so glad he took him to the vet. This is just our story.
My Maltese poodle's both ears got infected and had dark brown gunk coming out. I have tried different remedies mentioned here to clear my dog's ear infection. I tried the ACV flush, ACV Alcohol solution, Coconut Oil, aloe vera jel, the witch hazel, etc. It worked temporary and some didn't work at all. So after a 2.5 months, his ears were still red and had dark gunk coming out. I finally took him to the Vet who gave us an antibiotic ear drop. In less than 3 days, I could see my dog was feel better and his ear looked better. We used the drops 2 times/day for 7 days and his ear cleared up completely. The Vet bill and cost of the 1 oz drop was $40, it was so worth it to see him feel better. I wish I had taken him to the vet sooner. He was suffering for too long while I was trying to figure out what would worked for him.
So far it has been 3 months and he has no ear problems. Our Vet did recommend using vinegar/warm water solution to flush his ears as a preventive treatment. And I have been flushing my dog's ears with vinegar/water solution every 2 wks. We still have the ear drops to use if the infection comes back."
[YEA] 11/06/2010: Dogs_ears_hurt from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Veterinary eardrops of natural antibiotics also can help for treatment of mild ear infections in dogs. We used Dr Dogs Ear Oil and with the regular dog ear treatment the flare-ups of sore ears and ear infection symptoms have stopped. The problem about some dogs and ear yeast infection is that it keeps coming back. ACV can sting sting sting, especially if there are any scratches or cuts of any kind it will burn and hurt the pet. I know, been there and done that, very sad it happened, I was sick about it. The natural antibiotic eardrops were soothing and did the job.
03/13/2011: Passionate For Animals from Eugene, Or replies: "Another great ear product is Mad About Organics Ear Cleaner. It works wonders for pain, ear mites and just as a everyday cleaner."
04/19/2011: Dog-daddy from Las Vegas, Nv- Usa replies: "this is such a great site, I was reading to understand more about dog ear infections and remedies that work to control them. Our dogs ears had lots of problems, I noticed someone mentioned Dr Dogs Ear Oil here and we also tried it. Thankfully it helped our dogs ears and since using this as a regular dog ear treatment his ears don't have the problems like before. It was from http://drdogs247.com
also, last time we went to the veterinary office for his ear problems it cost almost $175, wish ours was $40 as we used to be in the vets office a few times every year. Think we won't be doing that any more thanks to going with the natural dog ear treatment to control his ear infections.
Hated when the dogs ears were red and sore. So glad to have found the remedies here. PS... Don't use vinegar or alcohol, it does sting, I tried that years ago and it was terrible. Dr Dogs Ear Oil didn't bother him at all and we haven't had to use anything else since using that. Thanks!"
08/20/2011: Sp from Nashville, Tn replies: "Hi, It has been over a year now and my dog is getting a another ear infection. His ears have been doing so good until now. I will give Dr Dogs Ear Oil a try. Thank you for the information."
05/27/2013: Jundem from Zephyrhills, Fl replies: "Two of my dogs have had chronic ear problems, and I just started using Dr Dog ear oil and it really seems to do the trick. The 15 year old dog doesn't whine anymore and the 2 year old ear is not reddened any more."
[YEA] 05/04/2013: Poleydog from Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand: "I have been using 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water to wash out my dogs ears for ear infections. This has worked really really well. In 3 days the ears are clean, don't smell and the dog is not scratching at them. My dog has had a yeast ear infection in both ears that just will not clear up with vet prescribed medications and here it is gone in 3 days using cider vinegar. Thank you so much for posting this information."Replies
07/09/2013: Sara from Minneapolis, Mn replies: "How many times a day and for how many days (in a row?) should I use the ACV method?"
10/13/2012: Gatorgrl from Chattanooga, Tn, Usa: "I printed and read almost all of the postings about Apple Cidar Vinegar & Water mixture for treatment of dog ear infections. Just finished doing the first treatment on my 8 yr old Dalmation and NOW, he is shaking his head & rubbing ears on carpet worse than before I tried this home remedy. HELP... I thought I did the 1 part ACV and 2 parts water... After I did the first treatment, I applied hydrocortisone, anti-itch, ointment on the Penna(?) part of the ear lobe. Because of his reaction, I had to give him a Benedryl. Can anyone provide me some suggestions? Gatorgrl"
[YEA] 07/29/2012: Steven from Camas, Washington: "My cockapoos had awful ear mite infections, ears full of nasty black muck. After trying olive oil, Zymox, and other "remedies" for about 2 months, I finally found out about the vinegar/water treatment. AMAZING! Three days later and their ears are completely clean.
It appears that mites, fungus and bacteria cannot function in an acidic environment so they just die.
Flush the ears once a day with WARM vinegar/ water (1:2) and all the muck quickly comes out. My dogs are so happy now that the infection is gone. Thanks for turning me onto this."
[NAY] 12/03/2011: Concerneddogowner from Salescity, United States: "HORRIBLE! I used this "remedy" on my Chorkie puppy because he was scratching at his ears and shaking his head and would make himself holler. Well I did this prior to taking him to the vet hoping that it would lessen his symptoms in the mean time. Well I started with the first ear and my puppy screamed so loudly I knew I had hurt him. He shook his head ran around rubbed his head on every surface around. Finally get him to the vet for his appointment and he fought with the vet when she went to look at his ear. He is now apparently traumatized by the experience with ACV wash. Now even when I try to put in the medicine that the vet prescribed my husband has to hold my poor puppy down because he is so scared it might be the ACV going into his ear again. THIS IS A NO GO SYSTEM for dogs. Just keep in mind that your dog might react in the same way mine did to the treatment. Be careful and think about what you are about to try before you do it. It could cause your puppy to have a traumatic experience that may result in fear of anything coming close to his ears."
EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.
12/12/2011: Anntoinette from Mesa, Az replies: "My dog has been doing the exact same thing with her ear. I don't have much money for the vet, but I would like to know what's wrong with her, to do anything possible to ease her pain. What was the cause for your dogs pain?"
[NAY] 03/29/2012: Tina from Salem, Or replies: "I used this on my dogs ears 2 parts water to one part ACV and it made her ear worse. I feel horrible that I hurt her worse!"
05/13/2012: Kristina M from Prescott Valley, Az, Arizona replies: "I need to let all you people know before all these poor dogs are put through a very painful week of vinager and rubbing alcohol, first of all all these remedies are wonderfull BEFORE your dog has an ear infection, my dog got at least 3 infections a year and these remedies are wonderful for PREVENTION, scratch your arm then poor vineger and rubbing alcohol on it and see if you like it, when your dog has an ear infection there ears are swollen and very raw from itching, once they have the infection you need to get them antibiotics!!! But I have a great solution to cost, you dont need to bring your dog to the vet there is a solution at petmeds. Com, you can buy without a prescription!! if you compair it to the prescription stuff you'll see there is no difference in the least, its $20 dollars for 1 oz (zymox )but worth it compared to a $150 bill which is what I paid everytime I took my dog in for an infection. Its called ZYMOX OTIC(its arouns $20 but some other petmed places have it for $10) it is the same stuff as the anitbiotics your doc will give you!!! AND YOU DONT NEED A PRESCRIPTION!!! I have been using it for 3 years now and my dogs ears clear up with in 3 days!! THERES ONE WITH CORTIZONE AND ONE WITHOUT NOW THE CORTIZONE DOES, HELP WITH PAIN BUT DONT GET IT!!!! , YOUR DOG MOST LIKELY DOES HAVE OPEN SORES FROM SCRATCHING , AND THE CORTIZONE WILL BURN!!! So get the green one not the blue bottle anyway im glad I can help its really common sense no one would ever put vineger or rubbing alcohol on a cut it hurts!!! Use all these remedies as a preveNtive NOT a solution!!!! , it wold be like me telling you "YOU HAVE CANCER !! "now go home and eat a apple EVERY DAY! " (it does nothing to cure, but it might prevented."
12/27/2012: Sage from Greensboro, Nc replies: "You've jumped to a ridiculous conclusion here. Your dog was not traumatised by the ACV - he was reacting to the ear infection. I had a poodle who constantly had ear infections and she was the same way - didn't want me or the vet to touch her ears - her ears hurt and she wanted them left alone. Someone had to help me put medicine in her ears for the same reason. It was the ear infection, NOT the ACV."
12/28/2012: James from Birmingham, Uk replies: "Sage is right. Let's use some common sense. Of course a dog is going to dislike having something poured into its ear - it doesn't understand why you're doing it! Sometimes, with patience, you can gain the dog's trust. Try letting the dog see/sniff what you're using, so it knows it's not something to be afraid of. We used to have a problem with one of our bull terriers, but with patience she now tolerates having something put into her ear. And, of course, as has been repeated several times, the vinegar MUST be diluted. And, even then, it may sting when applied - that will depend on how inflamed and sore the ear is. So just because some dogs reacted badly to the treatment, doesn't mean it's a bad remedy - perhaps their ears were already very sore, or the dog is particularly timid. It also depends to some extent on the breed - some are very stoic and seem to tolerate pain much more than others. So please - a bit more common sense and a bit less hysteria."
07/06/2014: Deedra from Ok replies: "I realize this is not ACV, but Grapefruit Seed Extract in a natural antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic. I mix it with Coconut oil (a few drops is sufficient) and drop into dogs ears. Seems to work very well with no trauma. So whether your dog has mites, or a yeast infection-- this should work."
07/07/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Deedra!
Thanks for this helpful tip!!"
03/18/2011: Michael Ratcliffe from Victoria , B.c. Canada: "hello my poddle-shih x has had cronic ear infections since she came into my life two years ago. Ive dealt with ear infections with other dogs as well. My sugestion for anyone trying a new holistic remidy for a dogs ear would be to start with your solution 20-80 20 Apple Cider Vinegar/ 80 h20. See if ther is pain or too much iritation then try 40-60 however dont go and flush the poor dogs ear 5 times in a row. Try a test every 24 hrs perhaps. I apreciate everyones coments. Im gonna put my idea to work. ill let you all know .m"Replies
01/28/2012: Ellen from Ann Arbor, Mi. replies: "This is crazy. 80% water solution? That will make everything worse. WORSE. NOT BETTER.
Remember, moist, dark, damp = perfect breeding ground for bacteria. DO NOT PUT WATER IN YOUR DOG'S EARS!"
[WARNING!] 09/05/2010: Tsmom from Boston, Ma Usa: "WARNING: After 12 days of my 45 lb dog's dog's ear infection, I put about 8 drops of 50% AC vinegar/50% water solution into the ear. It bothered her so much she shook her head for 25 minutes, resulting in a very large hematoma (swelling) covering 2/3 of her ear. It looked like she would need surgery for this. Luckily it resolved, but my holistic vet said that ACV can aggravate an ear infection. Be careful with ACV for very inflammed ears."Replies
10/03/2011: Massage Mama from Sagle, Idaho replies: "A hemotoma is a bruise, not a swelling. I think this guy is just trying to debunk the uses of ACV; trying to be all scientific and failing, lol."
10/12/2011: Lisa from Bristol, Ri replies: "Hematoma is a Swelling with blood involved! Eccymosis is a bruise."
[YEA] 06/06/2010: Gilby from Santa Clara, California: "I just wanted to say to the "Pepole" who support this web site are "AwSoMe" and thank you for all the information on this site. My cat had an ear infection and I tryed the ACV treament, WOW, it works great.my cat is not drooling anymore, which is signs of infection in the ears and gums.again
Gilby (Cat Daddy)"
09/05/2010: Tsmom from Boston, Ma Usa replies: "About dog ear infections: After I put ACV/H2O) 50/50 dilution into my dog's very inflammed ear, it irritated her so much, she shook her head for 25 minutes until a large area of swelling on the ear flap (hematoma) developed. I gave homeopathic Arnica right away twice a day until it cleared, (you can give it up to a week. ) Also I gave Rutin, 250 - 500 mg for this 45-lb dog 3 times a day with food. These two things reduced the swelling to zero after 24 hours. You can get both at a health food store."
EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR MUST BE DILUTED
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/19/2010: Denise from North Branford, Ct: "dog with ear deterioration
My 6yo german shepard was diagnosed with ear margin dermatitis, allergies, yeast and bacteria in ears. One vet told me he may have to amputate her ears and gave her lots of meds, the naturopathic vet started her on a natural anti-inflammatory and a few other remedies--neither cured the underlying problem. I started using 1tbsp of ACV in her food each day about 1 month ago. She no longer is on the meds both vets gave me. Her ears are not completely healed but they are no longer bleeding and appear to be healing slowly. She also has not had diarrhea."
01/31/2010: Charlie from San Jose, Ca: "Hello - My dog woke up this morning with an ear infection. She's a 9 year old black lab mutt that hasn't had an ear infection in over 8 years. I'm trying the ACV mixture, but how many times a day do I squirt the mixture in her ears? Thank you!!"
[YEA] 12/21/2009: Eric from League City, Texas: "dog ear solution
it really works!!!! the apple cider vin, work in two days for my pit with his clipped ears ear infections are a normal thing after $$$ at the vet i tried it and he doesn't scratch at his ears or shake his head all the time. plus i use the ear dropper to shoot it down his throat and his winter pains are gone too.. its like having my puppy back... he hates the taste and i put alot in his ears and make him sit there for a half a min at least but its so worth the results and him being happy again!!!"
EC: WARNING: Please note that Apple Cider Vinegar must be diluted with water (at least 50/50) before applying to any area on a pet, otherwise it can burn the skin and cause terrible pain. Apple Cider Vinegar should also be diluted before giving it internally as well.
01/30/2010: Brian from Elizabethton, Tn replies: "my 11 yr old shitzu has an ear infection on and off for 8 months now and have been keeping his ears clean and dry as possible. I will try the 50/50 cider vinegar/water solution but, I'm not sure about feeding it to him daily. As I've seen it's mostly women who have posted here and I think you all know what vinegar does to your bodies. It kills ALL the friendly bacteria not only in your digestive system, but your other parts also. My wife says it causes yeast infections in women. It does the same to men if they ingest alot of vinegar like what happened a few years ago. He ate pickled everything and Italian dressing on his salad daily. So if anyone knows more about the side effects on our pets, please post. I figure I should feed my dog a teaspoon of plain yougurt every few days to help his digestive system."
10/29/2010: Tink from Asheville, Nc replies: "All of you folks who are asking about dilution and frequency, it's all in the original post. You don't need to put so much of the solution in your pet's ear that they are shaking it out for half an hour. You can also follow it with aloe vera gel, which is soothing and also will loosen deposits in the ears. If you put the solution in a spray bottle and spray into the ear you won't end up soaking your pet's ear canal and causing them to give themselves injuries due to shaking out all that liquid. One thing that I changed from the original post and would suggest to all of you: use a tablespoon of vodka in place of rubbing alcohol. The solution potentially will drain into the animal's throat from the ear canal and/or be absorbed, and rubbing alcohol is not a healthy substance to ingest. Vodka is clean and digestible. I have poodles, prone to ear issues, and this works for me."
01/06/2011: Buzz from Toronto, On replies: "Of course an antibacterial will kill all bacteria, but, just as following the use of prescribed antibiotics, you should add pro-biotic/good bacteria back into your body. Eat yogurt."
03/24/2011: Claudia from Portland, Or replies: "Brian from TN opines that vinegar kills bacteria and causes yeast infections. Brian (and his wife) are confusing ANTIBIOTICS, which have those effects, with vinegar, which COUNTERS them. I am afraid someone will read his comment and become afraid of vinegar for the wrong reasons--completely oppositely wrong, in fact! (Sugar is more deadly a culprit in this situation than vinegar. ) P. S. --It has nothing to do with the gender of the person using it."
03/13/2012: Cathy from Picayune, Mississippi replies: "To the one who stated that what goes in the ear canal drains into the mouth is not true. I have a standard poodle who has been prone to ear infections. According to the vet the dogs ear canal has a L shape. Whatever goes in the ear travels into a corner at the bottom and just sits there. Thats what causes the ear infection. Bacteria grows from the moisture left in the ear."
06/08/2012: British from Long Island, Ny replies: "Can anyone help me please. My cat has an ear infection, a tooth infection and his rectum is so big and red and swollen, like a baboon's. I was so scared when I saw it. I'm sorry to say he looks like a rape victim. He is so miserable. I rushed him to the vet and was given 'Clavamox' 125mg plus 2 liquid meds to put in his ears. Oh, plus a cone around his neck. Unfortunatly I lost my job last month so I could only afford the office visit, Clavamox, ear cleaning and the collar ($121). I desperately need a home remedy that will really work and won't hurt or damage him. I'm a bit confused with all the 'yeas and nays', the dosages and the application. It is so hard to see my baby this way as i'm sure any pet owner can relate. I'd really apreciate any helpful tips that will ease his dicomfort and eradicate this problem. My cat and I thank you and wish u all the best of luck with your precious ones."
06/18/2012: Nh Gardener from Sanbornton, Nh, Usa replies: "For British from Long Island re. Cat with ear and tooth infection and swollen behind--Please give him/her food grade diatomaceous earth in his raw apple cider-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to rounded to heaping tsp. 2 X/day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from body, and is inexpensive. Check health food store or internet for sources, or I would be glad to send you some if I knew your postal or email adDr.Also add gently melted coconut oil to food, starting with 1 tsp once a day, increasing slowly to 1--2 tsps. 2 X/day. You might try dropping into ear from eyedropper, diluted ACV with DE in it; or if possible after swabbing out, applying gently melted coconut oil into ear. For the behind, if possible, I would gently massage or simply apply gently melted coconut oil with DE in it at 2 or 3 X/day. If kitty doesn't allow you to touch it, the DE in his food should help a lot. If he refuses his food with these supplements, apply to fur, paws, legs so he'll lick it off. Try at least a few times in his food, though. Best wishes to cat and to you."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 12/12/2009: Donna from Cape Breton, Canada: "We have a long haired 10 year old cat that has had chronic ear infections all her life. Vets have told us that it is a yeast infection, not mites. Same story as everyone else. Many vet visits and much $$$ later, no relief.
I read about Apple Cider Vinegar and tried some in her ear last night. Just a couple of drops of organic ACV. I didn't dilute it with water - didn't read the posts on this site until after I had done it. It was clearly painful for her and I felt terrible so I'm hesitant to try it again. Would diluting it have made a difference in the how much it would sting?
Her ear is red, hot and has some scratches from her constant digging at it. I was wondering if I could use Traumeel Gel for a few days to help with the inflammation and scratches so that if I use the ACV again it won't sting her as much.
Also wondering about witch hazel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.
12/12/2009: Donna from Cape Breton, Canada replies: "I also meant to ask how much Apple Cider Vinegar to put in a cat's water. We have 4 cats and water bowls all over the house which I change daily. Is this something that takes time for the cats to get used to or is the amount added so small that they don't notice? Thanks again!"
12/11/2010: Winterhawke from Spokane, Wa/usa replies: "My 15 year old cat has some sort of med resistant ear infection. In the past year, I have taken her to 3 different veterinarians and who each prescribed 3 different ear meds. The last vet prescribe an otic ointment called gentamicin. In researching it after it too failed to address her ear condition, I found it to be a very broad spectrum medication that is effective to every ear pathogen, including yeasts and fungi, that I, (a previous vet teach of 10 years), have ever heard of.
I am on a very low income and so can not afford the huge cost of another vet visit. Thus, I did an Internet search and came upon your wonderful site, and noticed many contributors using vinegar as an ear treatment. I have been treating her with a 50/50 solution, of white vinegar to water, for about 2 weeks now which has had no effect and the dark brown liquidy discharge has continued along with her discomfort.
Yesterday, I ran out and purchased some ACV and mixed it to a 50/50 to water solution and shall begin a treatment with that hoping that the particular kind of vinegar used may make a difference. I am really at a loss as to what to try if the ACV solution does not work. I would very much appreciate any ideas that anyone can contribute. Seeing my feline friend suffer is just not acceptable, and so, if any of you could post an idea ASAP, I would certainly appreciate it. There is also a store in town where alternative ingredients can be purchased, or perhaps someone could suggest an online company that sells a product that may work. No matter what, I thank you for reading my plea and for any advice that you could give to me. A Cat Lover in Spokane, Washington"
02/25/2011: Peg from Katy, Tx, Us replies: "Feed your pets some Plain Yogurt daily. Just a spoonful a day will do and they love it. Not temporarily just to treat the problem, but always as their daily routine because it's good for them anyway and will be a preventative. When it's a yeast infection in the ear then they have a yeast infection internally in their body. Drops in the ears from vets are not treating their whole body. Yogurt works on their whole body. Also, if your pet is having chronic yeast infections then you should look into them having a food allergy. Find a food that is for pets with allergies. Do some research online about pet food quality and how to narrow it down to find out what their allergy could be. Animals with allergies tend to get yeast infections. Also, if they've been on antibiotics they can get yeast infections."
[YEA] 11/10/2009: Cindy from Barry, Texas: "Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders! I have a 3yr old chocolate lab that suffered from re-occuring ear infections for over a year ! Many trips to the vet ,surgury for cleaning and prescription drugs ( over a $100 a month ) did not rid my girl of her ear aches ! I decided to search the web ! I found your site .Seems daisy is allergic to corn ! I changed her dog food and she gets 1 teasoon of vinegar a day. Its been 2 weeks and I have my girl back . Daisy has done so well that I give 1 teaspoon ACV to my 9 yr old chocolate lab who suffers from arthritis. Red barely limps now . Just Amazing ! My kids ( Red and Daisy ) now have a new lease on life thanks to this site and ACV!"
[YEA] 11/10/2009: Jessica from Arlington, Va: "After coming home to find my cat lethargic and disinterested in food & water, I realized his left ear was causing him extreme amounts of pain. I searched online for advice as I wasn't interested in an expensive vet bill and unnecessary tests. I stumbled upon the posts for Apple Cider Vinegar and tried it on my cat. I mixed one cap of ACV with one cap of tepid water, placed in an infant ear irrigator and squeezed as much as my cat would allow into the ear, massaging the area when possible. He wasn't a fan of the process, however, after one day he was purring and eating again. After 2.5 days, the infection released and drained. After 3 days, he's pretty much back to normal. Thank you!"
EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.