Posted by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn) on 08/02/2015
It sounds like the ears are sore and painful. At this stage I would NOT do the vinegar rinse as it could cause your dog pain.
If this were my dog I would either do Wendy's healthy ear recipe [will post below] that costs about $20.00 to assemble, or Ted's Antifungal/Anti-staph remedy.
Make a small batch, warm and use directly in the ears:
- 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tbsp MOM
- 1 tbsp Epsom salts
- 1 tbsp Borax
Also consider Wendy from Columbus OH ear remedy:
1 tube Monistat (generic is fine)
1 tube Polysporin (use the real deal - it's inexpensive)
1 tube Cortaid (generic works here as well)
Use tubes of similar size. Mix all three together in a container that can be closed well. It takes a bit to incorporate because the Polysporin is a bit like Vaseline. Once incorporated, it stays mixed.
If ears are gunky, inflamed or smell bad, start with using a pea sized dollop twice a day. Use your finger to gently push it into the ear. Rub. Dogs will only shake their heads once or twice! It's a creamy, very soothing mixture. Once you have the ears under control, lessen how often you use it till you're only using it once a week. Once a week, it keeps ears from getting bad again.
If your pockets are to let and you do not have the funds to the above remedies, you can crush 1 clove of garlic into half a cup of cooking oil and let steep over night, and then warm and use in the ear. Use this to clean out the ears twice a day for 3-5 days and when the ears are healed up from the scratching then proceed with the vinegar rinse.