Ear Infection Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Dec 16, 2014


Apple Cider Vinegar   33  5   

Posted by Laura (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) on 12/06/2008

[YEA]  I have a 3 yr old labradoodle. He has had nasty ears for as long as I can remember, especially after her goes swimming in the lake.
A friend told me about ACV a few years back and it has become a routine in our house. When he starts to shake his head a lot, and I ask him if he needs his ears cleaned he will go and actually get the bottle off our island shelf and bring it to me. If it is a full bottle, he will just bring the papertowels (since they are lighter). If I ever pull out the ACV for any other reason, he gets all excited and sits like a good boy waiting for a cleaning (even if he doesnt really need one). Amazing how greatful he is for the stuff!!

I use full strength. I dip my finger in it and then rub it in his ear - let it sit for a second then wipe it out with paper towel. Scout wont let me use q-tips or cotton balls. I find using my finger gives me a chance to get into all the hiding spots for the crud. It is completley nasty but, he's my baby and its worth it! When I get a good spot, he always gives out a good relaxing breath like he is having a great massage.


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Posted by Tricia (Hampton Roads, Virginia) on 11/28/2008

I have a Cocker Spaniel that always gets ear infections. I found this site and read all the reviews on using ACV to treat the infection. My question is how do I know how to mix it and how much to put in his ear ? Do I Dilute the ACV with water ? If someone could tell me that would be helpful. Thanks.


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Replied by Patti
Merritt Island, Florida
06/02/2009
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Replied by Chiot's Run
Malvern, Oh
11/24/2010
We had issues with our mix getting recurring ear infections when she was young. We finally switched her to Wellness brand dog food and that pretty much cleared up her issues. She occasionally gets yeasty red ears when she spends too much time outside, but we found something that you can make called: Blue Power Ear Treatment that works wonders! it truly is amazing how well it works! It contains: alcohol, gentian violet and boric acid
Replied by Janelle
Staten Island, New York
03/09/2011
[NAY]   I have just added the drops and my dog has been shaking his head and whining ever since. I will never do this to my dog again. He lookd like he is in so much pain. I am headed out to take him to the vet right now.

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

Posted by Carrigan (Monticello, MN) on 11/20/2008

[YEA]  I have a 7 year old Wiemaraner who has always had bad build up in his ears. Recently he had a flare up and I decided to try cleaning his ears with the 1 part ACV and 2 parts water. I cleaned it every day for 4 days straight, and by day 2 the smell had already went away. After the 4th day it has returned to normal!!! I'm so glad we didn't have to waste $$ at the Vet but the best part is using a natural remedy. Also, this year I tried using ACV for his summer/fall skin allergies but was not successful. Thank you so much for this great site and all the people who take time to post!

Replied by Ginny
Canton, NC
04/06/2009
[YEA]   Our German Shepherd has chronic ear infections with his allergies. Apple Cider Vinegar does work. Please note that Summer/Fall allergic reactions can be caused by the dust mites in your ductwork. They come out of the ductwork when you turn the A/C on in the summer and the heat on in the fall. Double up on cleaning and bathing for about a week and things should settle down. Hope this helps!

EC: Yes, agreed! Our dogs were getting a goopy discharge from their eyes from dust in the air ducts every summer (a/c) and winter (heater). Issues disappeared when we got the air ducts professionally cleaned.

Replied by Connie
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
08/06/2009
Would it help to crank the heat way up to roast the mites before using the heat or air, and putting some kind of filter over the vents for the first few uses? Barbaric... I know....

Posted by Cheryl (Ottawa, Canada) on 08/27/2008

[YEA]  So the ACV seems to be working already. I have administered 2 doses so far. The barking has stopped! Acv is definitely my Cure-All, I've even added it to my cats' water just to clean their systems. Couldn't hurt!


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Replied by Peggy
Hillsboro, Missouri
09/28/2008
Regarding ACV to treat ear infections in dogs, how long do you treat? I see to use 2/H20 to 1/ACV once daily, but for how long? I am anxious to try this!

Posted by Cheryl (Ottawa, Canada) on 08/26/2008

So this is my second time trying ACV for our Old English Sheepdog pup. (the first for a UTI) She's been barking at us for unknown reasons & we were all getting frustrated. While grooming her I thought I should clean her ears. Her left had quite a bit of dark wax. After reading this sites' advice I have now given her a treatment of ACV & water directly into her ear canals then wiped with a soft facecloth. I'll let you know how it works.

Posted by Harry (Montreal, Canada) on 03/27/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar. IT REALLY WORKS!!! Thanks to all who have posted about using ACV for curing dog ear infection. I used 2 parts water to 1 part ACV as per some post, mixed in squeeze bottle, and applied once a day. This is day four, and my pooch has started to stop shaking her head or scratch her ears. I know its working because there is no longer any rancid smell coming out from her ears. Love this natural way of healing, instead of the chemiacl soup I have tried.

Posted by Marie (Walnut Creek, California) on 02/21/2008

[YEA]  I wasn't sure if it would work, but I had already spent $165 over 3 months on medications from my vet to cure my dog's itchy ear problems. Nothing seemed to work and his ears kept getting worse. He kept scratching them open until they bled. I used 1 part ACV to 2 parts water applied daily, and within 4 days his ears were all healed. Amazing results!

Posted by Kathleen (San Antonio, Tx.) on 02/06/2008

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar is wonderful to clean out my German Shepherd's ears, when his ears are bothering him. He will shake his head, and I just put an apple cider and water solution on a cotton ball, and clean out his ears, and in ten minutes he stops fussing and lays down and finally can rest. My husband takes white vinegar and soaks his feet in it, and no more athelets foot! It is wonderful for killing any kind of fungus or bacterial infections. Thanks so much for the advice!


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Posted by La Verne (Hampton Roads, Virginia) on 01/10/2008

Dear Users of the Earth Clinic website, I have been reading your comments and I have been truly amazed at the information on this site. I have a 6 year old German Shepherd. Chronic ear infections. I have been going to the vet on a Teacher's salary and it has taken me straight to the poor house. With your comments and remedies about ACV and other home rememdies... I feel like I have gone to church and been Saved!!! I will definately try these rememdies. Last summer my dogs' ear infection had gotten so out of control that I seriously thought about having my 102 pound girl put down. She was in such misery and turmoil. So was I , not getting any sleep for all the scratching and digging, whining and crying... it was Awful. Thanks to you readers of Earth Clinic I have new hope! Please keep sending your comments and suggestions for pet remedies. You have definately helped me out!!! Thank-You Thank-You!


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Replied by Dawn
South Barrington, Il
12/01/2009
My Maltese has recently gone completely deaf from an ear infection. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar but I don't think the ear canal is open enough to receive the medication. Has anyone found a way to open up the ear canal or reduce swelling? I'm considering giving her benadryl to see if it's allergy related.

By the way, I use ACV all the time with my German Shephard/Doberman Mix to cure Urinary Tract Infections. I give her one tablespoons twice a day (she weights 110lbs) for a few days. It is usually gone soon after the first treatment. By the way, I do this for myself and it cures my UTI's too. You gotta love ACV

Replied by Babs
St Loius, Mo
04/12/2012
U. can use tucks pads or buy liquid witch hazel. It will take down the swelling. Then u can put the medication on a piece of cloth or cotton ball and use it as a wick to get it into the ear. Just make sure it's long enough for u to retrieve it when needed.

Posted by Tricia (Hamilton, On, canada) on 01/05/2008

[YEA]  A couple of weeks ago I responded re ACV remedy, I was very pleased with the results. I am sending my comments again because when I think of the money I spent at the vet which did not cure the cats ear infection and this simple solution of ACV worked so well. Its a wonderful solution, our cat seems to be completely healed, no more scratching what so ever.

Posted by Tricia (Hamilton, On, Canada) on 12/18/2007

[YEA]  I have a seven year old indoor siamese, have been having trouble with his ears getting dirty for the last year and a half, vet has treated him with clavamox and prednisone and even though the scratching stops it returns as soon as the meds are finishedl. I recently read the article re apple cider vinegar and the dirt in his ears is basically almost gone and the scratching has stopped, obviously this method is working but I still do not know what is causing the dirt. The vet said it was an infection and the clavamox would cure it but it did not. I have to say I am extremely impressed with the acv remedy. Hopefully in time this will cure him completely.


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Posted by April (Las Vegas, NV) on 11/13/2007

[YEA]  I have a Shitzu (sorry for the spelling) who is constantly getting ear infectoins, I have had to pay twice for surgical cleaning of her ears, and a number of times for meds "clear" her ears I just recently stared using ACV and I am truly amazed at the results. Today is day 4 for ACV and her ears are almost clear again!! She also had one paw that she is constantly chewing I put a 50/50 mixture on her paw and she has cut back on her chewing considerably!! This stuff really works!


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Posted by DogMA (Salem, MA) on 10/24/2007

[WARNING!]  Hi, My Bernese Mt. Dog has had chronic ear infections for most of her life. (she's 6 years old) I've tried everything that the vet's recommended, including prednisone. Nothing works. I just tried the vinegar/water mixture, and she seems to be very irritated, rubbing her ears, shaking her head. Is this normal, and should I continue to try it again? Help!

Replied by Aandrea
Ithaca, NY
05/29/2008
Your dog may be sensitive to the mix. I talked to my vet and she said that can be the case with some dogs. Her dog in fact has it bother him sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. I wouldn't worry too much.
Replied by Leanne
Rolla, Missouri
05/29/2008
In regards to the ACV for yeast infections. My dog has a sensitivity to this also but I put in a tablespoon or so of aloe vera gel (natural) and shake it well. This helps tremendously.
Replied by Terese
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
06/02/2008
[YEA]   My dog has to be held down and then I put the mixture in his ears. He shakes, rubs his ears, rubs them all over the floor, rolls around on the floor, etc. Google Jim Zim family cocker website. He has the ear infection remedy on there. Do it exactly as he says. My dog used to get infections all of the time... no more.

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Posted by Debra (Morganton, North Carolina) on 09/21/2007

[YEA]  Mandy and I just moved into an area where pets are allowed, which in itself is a rarity. Fleas are an issue. Mandy is my only (baby) still at home and she's a 14 yr old schnauzer. She depends on me for everything as it should be. I depend on her for "lovin' and cuddlin'" and she's very good at it. Anyway, I've only recently discovered (lemon) flea killer, however, after using this half and half mixture leaves me to wonder. Did I do this right because this smell is almost unbareable it really smells like wet dirty dog, but not on Mandy only where she's been ie under coffee table, her bed' etc... Can anyone tell me how I messed this up because I don't see how??

Also, I have used the vinegar solution (one (1) part vinegar to two (2) part water) for a yeast build-up in Mandys ears and as of this day I'll swear by how well it works three (3) or four (4) days in a row then weekly treatment, amazing, and no vet bill nor chemicals which is a bonus for us as well as the world. THUMBS UP!!!

Posted by Lynn (Wallingford , CT) on 03/06/2007

[YEA]  I was seeking a natural alternative to cure my dog's ear problems, I have used ACV for many things and even drink it daily with warm water and honey, I never thought to use it for my dog. I read some of the comments on treating your dog's ear infection and several of the answers said to try ACV. It really works, I now clean my dog's ears regulary with ACV and water. Regular ACV does not contain the same healing properties as due to the heavy processing. Thanks.


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