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Posted by Cindy (Barry, Texas) on 11/10/2009

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Donna D
Nanaimo, BC
Concern about the ACV solution!! First time user of this solution and wondering if it is normal for a dogs ear to ooze puss after using the solution.. Our dog seems to have relief but we were or are concerned about this being a problem??
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Donna!

Without seeing your dog's ears in real time, it is hard to comment on the pus being normal or not.

If you cannot afford a vet, I would continue the flushing 2x3 times a day to see if it helps heal the ears. If it get's worse you may need to see the vet, as a worsening condition can lead to deafness in that ear.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Coree!

DO NOT just add ACV undiluted to a dog with an ear infection; if the dog has been scratching the inside of the ear raw [very common] then the ACV will STING and cause pain.

For a dog with sores in the ear, first start with olive oil infused with raw garlic. Take regular olive oil from the kitchen - 1 cup, and add 2-3 smashed or pressed cloves of raw garlic. Let that sit overnight. Then strain out the garlic and warm up the oil to body temperature, and massage that deep into the ear. Treat the ear with the garlic infused olive oil for a few days to make sure the skin inside the ear is healed before using ACV or rubbing alcohol on it.

Wendy has posted an ear formula made from OTC products from the drug store - it will cost you around $23 bucks or so; I like her forumla because it contains a steroid that will help with inflammation and itching. If you don't have the $23 bucks to spare, for less than 3 dollars - once the ear tissue has healed and there are no open sores or scratched raw skin - you can do equal parts of water, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar/ACV. Warm it up to body temperature and use it to flush out any gunk in the ear. The alcohol is drying, which is many times indicated with a gunky ear. You may need to flush the ears am and pm to fully knock out the infection, and then follow up with regular flushings to keep the ear healthy. This is all individual - your dog may need the ears flushed daily or every three days or weekly for the ears to stay healthy. Also a diet that has grains, corn or potatoes may contribute to yeasty ears to read the label on your kibble and consider a diet upgrade if you find grains and starches high up on the ingredient panel.

Replied by Diane
Medicine Hat, Alberta
I thought it is not good to get moisture in the dog's inner ear? Obviously turkey baster flushing is getting right in there?
Replied by Wendy
To Diane:

Moisture means dampness and/or water that just sits inside the ear breeding bacteria and yeast. It's fine to flush out the ears with an ear cleaning solution (recommended above, e.g., the ACV/distilled water mixture). You flush out the ears, then use a cotton ball to wipe out the excess solution.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Diane!

Lake water from swimming that gets deep into the ear can result in an ear infection. Typically a medicated solution - be it from the vet or a combo of vinegar [antifungal] and water - will prevent an infection, not cause it.

Using a liquid solution helps both to deliver medication to where it needs to go, and to flush out debris and the like from the ear; debris, be it a foreign body or ear wax or ear mite gunk, is an irritation and so should be removed/flushed out, to aid in healing an infected ear.

Replied by Sharon
Townville, Pa.
I put olive oil in my calico cat's ears and now for 24 hours, she is violently shaking her head.
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Sharon!

You might try cleaning your pet's ears by adding more olive oil and making sure it penetrates deeply; then allow your cat to shake and see if debris is coming loose. You can also follow up by wiping the ear of excess olive oil. If this doesn't do the trick, if your cat is still shaking her head you should consider seeing your veterinarian.

Replied by Susan
South Carolina
Pit bull rescue had fab ears, now 5 years old and shook head so hard got blood bump & have to have surgery. I had thought he fort stung by something did not realize something wrong and his head shaking caused that. Vet gave antibiotic, cone head and don't ask the price. Now his slice is finally healing but ears still red (both now) & he shakes them. Just going nuts that he does not feel well. Read and will try garlic/oil rub since do not think ACV with red ears would be good to try. Some one said there are other home remedies or solutions to make please advise. food is tractor supply 4-health so grains are not high, changed winter rye grass in back yard, could that be allergy? Scared so now cover whole yard in heavy fabric. At wits end and on pension. Help

Posted by Jessica (Arlington, Va) on 11/10/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Claire (Los Angeles, Ca, 90026) on 08/12/2009

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar a Miracle for cat's ear infection -

My cat has had an ear infection for over a year and a half. I have gone to four different vets and spent hundreds of dollars trying to cure it. After reading this site, I poured half a cap full of ACV mixed with half a cap full of water on a cotton ball and cleaned her ears for 3 days straight. It's been 2 weeks, and the infection is still gone! No more black gunk in her ears for the first time in years!!! Thank you Earth Clinic for recommending this!

Replied by Fiona
A few days ago, I found out my dog ear had black gunk and the pink ear is now brown. First I cleaned the black gunk out and then a fistful Diatomaceous earth rubbed inside his ear. Right before walking him I did this for several days.

I gave him 2 coffee enemas two days apart 60 ml syringe with one single packet of pure instant coffee.

And then I gave him 2grams of TMG.

TMG basically detoxes heavy metal. and my dog is less than 10 poounds. 2 gram might be twoo much? yesterday and today my dog is especially playing hard..So I think not.

It has been 5 days. His both inner ears are pink. And I will not give him a bath another week or so just to be sure.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Thank you, Fiona!

I did not know about TMG:

There is some dosing info if you scroll down.

I admit I was surprised at your giving a coffee enema to your dog; granted, I must admit to having given a douche to MY own dog so I should not be one to raise an eyebrow! :-)

My first thought about gunky black ears was yeast; when I looked up the benefits of coffee enemas I found they can help get a handle on yeast! Too cool!

Thanks for the feedback, Fiona, and please keep us posted on if the gunky ear returns!

Posted by Gsabrin22 (Miami, Florida, USA) on 08/09/2009

[NAY]  I recently got a dog and once we took him to the vet they told us he had an ear infection. Of course they wanted to give him a bunch of pills and antibiotics which were going to cost me a lot of money. I decided to try this alternative approach instead. The half water/half ACV...I've been cleaning my dogs ears and putting 2 drops of the solution on each ear...but he continues to scratch...

Am i doing something wrong? should I do it more than once a day? should I put more drops in it? Also I have realized that cleaning with a cotton swab doesn't really take much out..I'm scared of trying a q-tip since i've heard it can make it worst.

I am completely new at this, since he is my first puppy. I will appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

Replied by Fallon
Asheville, Nc
My dog has ear infections too the vet said to clean them with q-tips because it is not going to hurt his ear because the ear cannal is L-shaped so I would go ahead and use q-tips if I were you.
Replied by Katie
St. Johns, Newfoundland
I've got a yellow lab, now 11 months old. For the first 5-6 months she had several ear infections. I found that since her ears are pretty large a Q-tip or cotton ball wasn't overly helpful. The vet told me to pour the cleaner in her ear, and take a tissue (just 1-2 pieces folded over) and cover my finger, then actually stick my finger in her ear. Just go as far as the ear will allow, don't push it, and wipe gently with your finger. I find that this works so much better than a Q tip and she seems to find my finger much less irritating than the Q-tip as well. Hope this helps!
Replied by Emily
Mexico City, Gto
I too have had a few dogs with reacurring ear infections. Had no idea about apple cider vinegar. I will try now. But what has worked for me in the past is vitamin E oil. You can find oil in herbal section with pills or if not you can actually break open the vit E pills and put directly into the canal. This was the only thing that worked for me with my shepard after numerous reacurring ear infections. Also i find q tips easy if you wet it with peroxide and/or getting a cloth wet with the vinegar and using the finger that way if your dog wont let u see into the ear you can feel where you are cleaning.

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Replied by Danica
Spokane, Wa
[YEA]   My own experience.... 2 parts olive oil to 1 part ACV with the mother .... Works miracles with only 2 treatments plus helps with a shiny coat and controls helps hair balls..... I never use anything else.

Posted by Nancy (Denver, Co) on 08/04/2009

[YEA]  I have a stray cat I adopted whose right ear stunk and was oozing gunky brown stuff. Took him to a low cost clinic where I sat for 3 hours before being seen then was told it was a yeast and bacterial infection. They couldn't treat him till he was sedated and had bloodwork. Come back tomorrow, they said... Didn't want to wait hours and hours again so I took him to my vet who said he had an ear tumor and no infection whatsoever.... Gee, who was I to believe? I saw the ACV treatment on this site and figured I didn't have anything to lose. I've treated him 2 times and most of the gunk is gone and not coming back each morning. The smell is only half as bad as it was. This is great...I see most people only used this on dogs..any other cat people out there? How many days did you treat your feline?

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Replied by Connie
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
After hearing about using rubbing alcohol and vinegar for ear infections in people, I tried it on my cat, just in one ear. I soaked the corner of a wash cloth with a mixture of half rubbing alcohol and half apple cider vinegar and squeezed and rubbed it into her ear for maybe half a minute. Afterward she shook her head good to get the liquid out. She looks more comfortable now two days later, but there is still gunk in her ear (and the other ear). Tomorrow I'll do it again with the suggested solution instead, and on both ears. And clean them out with Q-tips.

She's been eating cat kibble. So I gave her some thawed fish fillets last night, and a chicken liver tonight. I'm her favorite person when I walk in the door now... Except that I had the nerve to put apple cider vinegar in that nice canned salmon... After giving her and the others apple cider vinegar for a few days their coats are getting soft and shiney. We have one with a crippled front paw who can't reach to clean herself well, and tonight her fur was soft and clean feeling. What a blessing...

Posted by Vfamily (Evergreen, Co) on 07/31/2009

We will try the ACV, but first have a question: Wondering if our dog's infection is different than the rest of yours? I hear the ACV is only for certain types of infections, and many of you mention classic symptoms of itching, redness, pain - sometimes associated with swimming. Our lab doesn't swim (i know, weird) - but we've been to the vet three times $$$ getting antibiotics and washes for her ear. Her symptoms - not to gross anyone out, but - include major discharge, creamy and then hardens to a dark brown color. Very messy, hardens around the ear... Is this more severe than all you are talking about, or just a different type of infection? Does anyone have experience with the ACV OR White vinegar treatments for infections that include this infectious discharge? Thanks so much for your help!... :)

Replied by Jan
Sauk City, Wisconsin
to the Vfamily...I have not yet tried ACV myself but getting ready to in the next few days. Your Lab isn't weird but I would change vets. For one thing 2 drops of anything in a dogs ears won't do anything. Find out more on how your dogs' ears are built. The ear canal takes a j-hook whitch is why they are prone to infection in the first place. Yeast are hard to kill. Does your dog have yeast or a bacterial infection? Your vet can tell you that. Do not use a q-tip or cotton swab to clean inside your dogs ears. Again the design of the ear canal makes them kind of useless. I always use a cotton ball. And you can soak your cotton ball in your mixture or solution, then push it into your dogs ear and squish it around so it gets to the areas beyond that curve. My Shadow has major ear probs. Had a little hematoma and her ears were actually swollen so bad that the vet couldn't see into them. It also made it diffacult to get meds into. Originally I did get some antibotic drop to put in there, then I changed vets and learned a whole lot of things, as I have been explaining here. You must be aggressive to beat an ear infection of any kind bacterial or yeast. Don't give up. Does your dog have food allergies? Change to a limited ingredient dog food or feed a raw diet. Does your dog have seasonal allergies? It is a sad fact that some vets will just keep you coming back to them for more meds, costing you more money. What we really need to figure out is the cause and the maintaince proceedures we need to take to prevent this from coming back again and again.I will post the results of my testing of ACV and or anyother remedies that I try. I have been asking other "trusted" dog owners that I know also of any remedies they have had success with. I hope you the best. Read everything you can about ears problems in dogs and about dog foods and vaccinations. Good Luck!!!

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Posted by Pacha (London, UK) on 07/25/2009


My cocker spaniel have been suffering from recurring ear infections for months. The last treatment from the vet hasn't helped at all. I've started to use ACV (1/2 ACV with 1/2 water).

I have a few questions: The brown discharge coming out of her ears seemed to increase at first: is it normal?

Also the vet used to tell me to clean her ears with cotton budds and try to go as deep as possible in the ear canal. However I was wondering whether the "rubbing" is making matter worse. Especially that in most of the testimonies I've read, people seem to use a kleenex or cotton ball to wipe the solution, which makes me think that they don't go as deep.

My last questions regard the length of the treatment? When do you know when to stop? How often should you do it to prevent any infection coming back. I did it every day for a week and it seemed to get better so I waited and when I saw my dog starting scratching her ears 5 days later, I used the ACV again. The quantity of brown discharge was considerable. I'm not sure whether I should carry on with it. Please help.

Replied by Connie
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
When I overuse q-tips or rub to hard it tends to encourage more wax and infection in my own ears. Maybe try adjusting the ratio of the solution and don't rub or clean so much?
Replied by Connie
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
You might try adding the rubbing alcohol to the vinegar and water.
Replied by Peter
Chantilly, Va
We adopted a very old Cocker Spaniel from a relative who had really bad ear infections. I came up with a way to allow more air to get into the ear canals and help prevent some of the reoccurring infections. There are 2 ways; first you get a rubberband and pull the hair from the ends of the floppy ears together, above their head, and bunch them up. You have to get a pretty good amount of hair and use a smaller rubberband, or 2. The other way is to create a sling for both of their ears. I made 2 loops using some elastic cord from a dust mask and connected them together with another piece of elastic. In this shape O--O. The ears go in the holes and the tension can be adjusted by the piece in between. It will not lift them completely up, but it will give them an inch or so which helps keep them inhospitable to the infections. I think the best way is the first, just make sure to put some sunblock on the inside of the ears if they will be outside with you for a couple of hours. Don't want them getting burned.

Another thing that helps ear infections in general is to put a warm/hot compress on the outside of the ears below the opening to the ear. This will weaken the bacteria or fungi and increase circulation.

Cheers, Peace and Happy Trails!

Posted by Daniel (Indianapolis, IN) on 07/08/2009

Well let the ear flapping begin. My 4 yr old lab has chronic ear infections and I just cant afford 150.00 vet bill every few months. I just gave him his first dose of 1/2 acv and 1/2 water. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by Aeroplaneflier (Sacramento, CA) on 06/24/2009

[YEA]  My new cat had been suffering on and off from an ear infection for nearly three months. He'd had a dark, crusty buildup in his ears that was so bad I had to clean them twice a day. So of course, I took him to the vet, who prescribed $150 worth of medication on top of the $90 I had to pay for vet visits (initial and the follow-up visit). I treated him with the meds exactly like I was told to do. I switched his food because the vet had suggested he might be allergic to what I was feeding him, and I also started giving him fish oil supplements. While the meds helped enough for the vet to declare that my cat was cured when I brought him in for a follow-up, the infection promptly came back a week later. Frustrated by the idea that I had just thrown so much money at what seemed like such a small problem, I thought there had to be an easier, cheaper way to cure a simple bacterial/yeast infection. This led me to the internet, where I discovered earth clinic and the success that others had had with apple cider vineger. I had some in my kitchen and decided I had nothing to lose, so I started treating him with a solution of 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water in a spray bottle. I either sprayed it in (which he doesn't like too much but which seemed to be the most effective way of getting it in) or used cotton balls soaked in it to wipe his ears out, once a day for a couple of weeks. It's gone from one ear completely, and the other ear is almost back to normal. I'll probably keep treating his ears once a week or so on a regular basis. I am SO happy I could get rid of his ear infection without having to throw my money away at the vet's office.

Posted by Lay93007 (Green Bay, WI) on 06/06/2009

This isn't a remedy I'm posting I'm actually curious as to the measurements and how many times a day and how many days should I give my dog the apple cider vinegar. And would vinegar work instead or does it have to be ACV? My dog has had 4 ear infections since February and I keep going to the vet just to get more medicine and for them to tell me the same thing over. Thanks guys.

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Replied by Denise
Plantation, Fl
My vet recommended the vinegar cure for ear infections. His recommendation was 1/2 white vinegar, 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Put drops in dog's ear when he started to scratch.
Replied by Leslie
Indianapolis, Indiana
My Golden Retriever has had some persistent ear infections. To treat them, I have to be persistent, too! Undiluted alcohol and vinegar would probably burn your poor dog's ear a LOT. Try a cup of warm water and 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball, twice a day (it is easiest to do one early and one before bedtime). This worked and clear up a really persistent, ongoing infection. The vet just kept wanting to give meds. Go the natural route. It's cheaper and just as effective, but you must be persistent and do not skip days (or the infection will sneak back up).

Posted by Shaun (Portsmouth, UK) on 05/20/2009

[YEA]  What a great site.

I was hurriedly looking for a natural way of treating an infection in my dog's ears, which was getting out of control. I had already spent a small fortune at various vets, and had lost faith in them.
Yes, my eye focused on articles, reference to ACV.
Yes, I had second thoughts.

Well I have given ACV a try,( equal parts ACV and water) and I am amazed at the results in only 3 days. The infection is how under control and I am sure a few more days, it will be gone. Honestly, I would say to others, it's worked for me and my dog.

It's not the fact I have saved on a large vet bill, but most importantly I have a cure that works and it's natural.


Replied by Gsabrin22
Miami, Florida, USA
can u tell me exactly what u did to your dog that it worked? how many drops a day and how u cleaned the ear? I am having trouble figuring it, I've been doing it for my dogs for a few days now but he continues to scratch. Thanks!

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Replied by Jessica
Overlnad Park, Ks
When my lab, campbell, got an ear infection, i spent several hundred dollars on vet bills. When there was no change, i switched vets. My new vet gave me specific insturctions on how to flush out his ears with the solution. I used a squeeze bottle with a vinagar solution. I squeezed the solutions into the ear canal until there was enough solution to fill the ear. Make sure you have a hold of your dog, don't let him shake his head yet. place your finger an thumb just below the ear and behind the jaw. You will feel the canal under the skin. Massage the canal, letting the fluid seep into the canal. Do this for AT LEAST 60 SEC. you will know you are doing it right when you hear a squishing sound. Let your dog shake its head. Then wipe out the brown residue that is left in the ear. Do this three times a day, until there is no more brown stuff and no more odor. Its messy, but it worked for us.

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Posted by Jim (Green Bay, Wisconsin) on 05/16/2009

we have an old shepard mx. he has always been a tremendously obidient dog. I was seriously worried when what seemed like an ear infection started affecting his hearing and seemingly his internal compass. It happened almost overnite. we thought maybe he had a stroke, not being able to afford vet bills we hoped for a rebound, he is slightly better. But in my search for a solution i found this site. i am immediatley goin to try acv hope it works good for a great dog!

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Replied by Connie
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
If it happened overnight and seemed to affect his internal compass it might be he has a punctured ear drum? It might not be a good idea to put vinegar and alcohol in an ear with a punctured ear drum.....

Posted by Adriana (Diamond Bar, California) on 03/29/2009

[YEA]  Dog's Chronic Ear Infection Cured!

I have a sixteen month old Lhasa Apso who started getting ear infections around 6 months of age. In the past year she has seen the vet 4 times for her ear infections. I would administer the prescribed anti-biotics exactly as directed until the medication ran out. However, the infection kept coming back, ans spread from the right ear to both ears. It killed me to see her in pain all the time, stopping to scratch and pound at her ear every few minutes. Also, the smell was very rancid and almost unbearable. I was afraid that some sort of surgery might be necessary to correct the problem. THEN I found Earth Clinic. I read the dozens of post regarding ACV and pets. After a few days of research I decided to give it a try.

I bought organic apple cider vinegar from my local health food store. I emptied the contents of the squirt bottle full of solution from the vet and washed and dried it. I put 1/3 ACV and the other 2/3's distilled water. I then put the mixture in both ears, dried out the ears with a kleenex, then put a squirt of pet ear powder (that I bought from the pet supply store) in each ear to absorb all excess moisture.

I have to be honest, as soon as I put the mixture in her right ear she thrashed and banged her head against the couch and itched at it for a good 10-15 minutes. HOWEVER, within an hour I noticed she had stopped itching her ears. The next day she had completely stopped itching her ears and the odor was gone. I repeated the process on day 2 and 3 and I am confident that the ACV has treated her ear infection. I stopped after 3 days. A week has passed and she no longer pounds her head on the couch or hits at her ears. I am a firm believer in the power of ACV and have started taking it internally myself.

Please note, I noticed that after I administered the ACV my dog started to pant and seemed very dehydrated. I made sure that she drank plenty of water during the 3 days of treatment.

Not only will this method save me hundreds of dollars in doctors visits and prescription cost, but I no longer have to see my lil girl in discomfort and pain due to chronic ear infections. THANK YOU so much earth clinic and all of you who have posted your experiences!!! Give ACV a try!

Replied by Shelly
Clarksville, TN 37043
Try a product from the drugstore for swimmer's ear. It was the only thing that helped my dog.
Replied by R
Greenwich, Ct
Thank you for writing that your dog was thrashing and trying to get at its ear. My dog has had on and off again chronic ear infection for the past few yers. Its a terrible thing. I feel so guilty and everyone always asks me what's wrong with her ears. I feel like a bad owner. I've tried all the vet and store products. Well, I decided to give the ACV/Alcohol and water treatment. She looked like she was in so much pain and was trying to get at her ear. I felt so bad! But, then afterwards, she panted, drank water and seemed to calm down. I noticed that her ear no longer smelled and that it seemed to be clearing up. Less stuff in her ears. I was doing every other day, but I will try 3 days in a row like suggested. I just want to make sure I'm not hurting her further.
Replied by Sue
New Zealand
[YEA]   Well my daughters choc lab has had trouble with ear infections nearly every time she goes swimming (which is often) ever since she got her. Very distressing. Vet treatments didn't seem that effective. So I tried her with the apple cider vinegar this morning. She was very disressed when I put it in and I felt real bad but now a couple of hours later she has stopped shaking her head and seems much happier. Have just given another rinse out and her ear is obviously feeling heaps better as she didn't worry much at all this time. Will keep up for another couple of days then use as a preventative treatment. Great remedy.

Posted by Brook (Somerdale, NJ) on 02/08/2009

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar got rid of my dog's ear infections:

I took my Lab to the vet because he had a smelly ear infection in both ears. The vet gave me 3 different products for his ears.($$$) He told me it was very severe and it was yeast. When I got home and thought about the situation, I decided to try something natural first. I diluted the apple cider vinegar and washed out his ears the first day and then used a cotton ball soaked in diluted ACV the next couple days and it was gone-no redness, no smell, and he stopped scratching at his ears. I got rid of the products from the vet and now if he goes for a swim I wipe out his ears with the ACV.

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR -- AND WATER. One part ACV to two parts water seems about right.

Replied by Shell
Hollywood, Fl, Us
Looking forward to trying the ACV & Water mixture for our Catahoula mix we adopted about 2 months ago. Since having him he has been on a mixture of medications with no relief from his chronic ear infections. We were told from the shelter he was tested for allergies and is allergic to pollen and molds and was on and off medications the entire year he was at the shelter. In addition to the roller coaster of antibiotics, he is also on an allergy medicine trial called Allercept (started while in the shelter). This dog has the sweetest disposition for being so uncomfortable, we want to do anything to help him get better. However, we are concerned with the continued use of medications and the mounting vet bills.

I have also switched his food recently to a grain, yeast, gluten free diet (salmon based) in case his ear infections could be related to food allergies... which I have also read a lot connecting the two.

So happy to have found this site.... Any recommendations on how much to apply each time and how frequently? Thanks again.

Replied by Anna
Milton, Canada
Dogs with ear infections, allergies, yeast. These problems need to be fixed from the source. All owners need to read the website Many questions will be answered that your vet has not.
Replied by Anon
This mixture didn't work for my samoyed at ALL! He started flipping out right away and rubbing his ear on the floor. It made it a heck of a lot worse!

Posted by Bonnie (Waterbury, CT) on 01/12/2009

I am about to try apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/2 water for an ear infection on my Westie. I only have distilled white vinegar on hand. Will that be good or should I go out and get the apple cider vinegar?

Replied by Dianna
Austin, TX
in my experience white vinegar is better at killing things than ACV is and ACV is better for taking internally since it has nutritional qualities.

i have found that putting a few drops of garlic oil (from a garlic oil capsule) really helps ear infections in myself. i have not tried it on my dog - but i do give my dogs garlic orally for flea control. it must be NON de-odorized garlic.

Replied by Holly
Easton, PA
[YEA]   My poor Cocker Spaniel suffered for about 5 years with chronic ear infections, nothing else helped for the long term until using a mixture of equal parts, white vinegar, water & alcohol, (vinegar kills, water dilutes, and alcohol dries). I always had a bottle on hand to use at bath time, if I smelled that familiar odor or if I noticed him shaking or rubbing his ears on the floor. A little squirt massaged into the ear and the excess moisture wiped out of the ear canal. My dog was not fond of the process, he too would shake his head and rub his ears for a few minutes afterwards, but chronic Ear Infections are far worse. I swear by this stuff. In addition, I kept his ears trimmed to prevent them from retaining moisture, and used a water bowl that kept his ears out of the water.
Replied by Judah
Provo, Ut
Has anyone tried or had any success using garlic?