Thank you for the remedy about using the peroxide in the cats water. I believe it cured his ear infection and saved his life. My cat was running diarrhea,vomitting and would not eat for two days. I used an ear dropper with the water peroxide solution, gave him Pedialyte so he would not dehydrate. I also, rubbed apple cider vinegar on him until I could get him to the vet. He started drinking on his on even before I got him to the vet. He is back to his old self. Also for now, I'm not gaving him water from the sink. I'm also letting him eat a little raw chicken, which he loves. I freeze it first. He's doing great.
We have a poodle Bridgett who gets infections after grooming. My wife takes 1/2 peroxide and water and cleanse her ears and then takes virgin coconut oil and rubs her ears and it works great no scratching and rubbing until the next grooming.
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Posted by Dawn (Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada) on 02/16/2009
I have a 4 year old pug who usually only got ear infections in the summer due to her love of swimming (she has a lab big brother what can I say.) this winter she has had two ear infections, both cured with home remedy. (I have a solution from the vet seemed to only clean it but not kill it.) So I tried equal parts vinegar, rubbing alcohol and peroxide. It worked, period. The smell, ooze, scratching, all stopped after 1st treatment. Cleaned and repeated 3 timnes a day until cleared and continued to clean with vet solution. I dont know what the vet will say when we get her in but it has worked twice now...I'll update if I get in trouble!
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Posted by Katie (St. Helens, Merseyside) on 08/03/2013
My west highland terrier has had ear problems for a while but only flares up every now and again. She keeps shaking her head, itching her ears and tilting her head on both sides. I can not get her to a vets as it is the weekend. What is the best thing I can do until I can take her to the vets???
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Posted by Dr Scott (Brisbane, Qld) on 03/10/2013
1. For infected ears rather than putting acids or alcohols into the already inflammed stinging chronic ear, try Manuka honey. Doesn't sting, i'ts active again all the harmful organisms in the ear (including Pseudomonas), and is safe if the ear drum is ruptured. It soothes inflammed skin and may helps draw material out of eardrums like a poultice. There are no bacterial resistence issues either. Also helps to deodorize stinky ears as well. Only downside is it can be a bit messy to apply and when it dries but can remove with wet cloth. Just Instill a few mls with a syringe and massage in -its easier when warm.
Works wonderfully and very economical and I use this in my Vet practice.
2. For those waxy or itchy allergic ears water based products like vinegar doesnt remove wax very well, try either warm olive oil or very dilute orange oil mixed with a little oatmeal. Good luck
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Posted by Mel (Sydney, Nsw) on 12/08/2009
Brown discharge in ear - yeast infection
My vet suggested using cotton wool dipped in methylated spirits and wiping your dog's inner ears. Helps to dry the ears out and acts as an antiseptic. Apply whenever ears have the brown discharge. Dogs won't like the smell, but it definitely helps to alleviate the discomfort of itchy ears
Posted by Chris (Hobbs, Nm) on 09/27/2009
hi.to make along story short once i went to the feed store and saw some occular ointment for pigs i think, like a salve in alittle tube and simalar stuff with anti infection in a tube from rugular store in my bulldogs ear. it must have worked. ive put acv mixed with everthing else and salve in my labs ear he dont like it so i dont do it so often. its helped some. and i found some homeopathic human ear drops in a little bottle i thinh it helped. i spray acv to wash out his ears first they are dirty and he dont like it. i been thinking about trying oil of oregano after reading here about garlic oil. both are famous for infections. also ive been giving cottage cheese to eat for their bacteria humans have to have some kind of yogurt for yeast and good health also i make biskits with 1 or 2 lbs old fashiond oatmeal 1lb white cornmeal its not supposed to be genetetically modified yet maybe half lb organic flour non aluminum baking podwer salt eggs can milk olive oil they love them. i believe oats are super food and sardine and eggs and good dog food and some ground flax
Posted by Theresa(Mpls., Mn) on 09/04/2013
At the first sign of a head tilt or constant head shaking and ear scratching, check the ears for foreign bodies and discharge. Ears may be flushed with the ACV/H20 remedy, but sore ears that are raw from scratching should be treated first with olive oil infused with fresh garlic. The fresh garlic has anti-fungal/anti-yeast properties and will aid in combating a yeasty ear infection while the olive oil provides a soothing means of delivery as well as working with the garlic to combat ear mites.
Take 1 cup of olive oil and add 1 good sized clove of fresh, chopped garlic and let steep overnight. Strain the garlic from the oil, and then warm to a comfortable temperature for the pet [101 degrees F]. Appy generously to the ear canal, making sure it gets down deep; massage the base of the ear canal near the pet's jaw and listen for it squishing about. The pet will shake its ears to remove excess oil. You can apply the garlic infused olive oil 2 x day for 2-3 days; this will allow the ear tissue to heal to where you can then use the ACV/H20 remedy with no stinging or burning.
You can purchase already made preparations of Garlic and Mullien oil or Neem oil that can also be used on painful ears; these oils need not be used full strength from the bottle, they can be diluted with olive oil 50:50. Always warm to a comfortable temperature before using in the ear.
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Posted by Marie (Auckland, New Zealand) on 02/27/2009
I tried the Vinegar solution but it only caused more redness in my dogs ears. But I have had great success with the Olive Oil and milk remedy. 2tbs oil to 1 tbsp of milk, warmed up. Soak a piece cotton wool in the mixture and rub on the inside of the ears making sure only a little goes into the ear cavity. It is really helping, the redness and smell is nearly gone. It will need to be kept up once a day a least to keep it at bay for now though.
Posted by Lisa (Lilburn, GA) on 05/28/2009
I tried most of the remedies except the blue power.The apple cider vinegar works great to clean my dog's ear and if I use it regularly it prevents the ear infection from returning. After some time of neglecting to clean my dog's ear, the ear infection always returns. After the last ear infection, we had a culture and sensitivity test done to confirm the presence of an antibiotic resistant staph bacteria. The vet prescribed a powerful antibiotic that would have to be administered for over a month and possibly longer. I refused the antibiotics from my "naturopathic" vet and received a horrible scolding after I said I wanted to try something else first. I tried the milk and olive oil and saw some improvement but not enough. Needed something stronger, quicker because the ears were oozing puss. After researching I found a commercial product called Zymox which got the ear infection under control within 2 days. I have now been using it for about 5 days and the ears look normal, but I will continue for the full 14 days to completely kill the bacteria. Ingredients include natural milk enzymes lysozyme, lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin that work by digesting bacteria. It comes with or without hydrocortisone. Other ingredients include: glycerin, deionized water, dydroxy propyl cellulose, benzol alcohol, potassium iodide, dextrose, propyl glycol, glucose oxidase.
Posted by Susie (Exeter, Ca.) on 11/25/2011
Used this on my poodles ears, now he can hear. Can the stuff block hearing?
Posted by Mila (Niagara Falls, On, Canada, Ontario) on 07/09/2013
I am a breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Every year I was fighting ear infections in some of my doggies, as Cavaliers have long ears and infections are quite common. After learning about use of probiotic formula for pets 2 years ago, I don't see these infections any more. I am giving them just a little sprinkle (a pinch) on their food once a day - not even the recommendation on the product container. Only once a week I am cleaning their ears, but there are no infections. You can buy this "Geneflora Probiotic formula" in any pet store. It costs around $36.00, which is much cheeper then vet visits, medications and the time involved. I hope this will help somebody else as well...
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Posted by Pawpads (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/08/2010
You should not be putting anything in your cats ear, that you have no idea what your diagnoses is. TAKE YOUR CAT TO A VET!!! Especially alcohol, and straight vinegar.... You should be cleaning your cats ear if they are extremely waxy twice a week with a cotton ball, dampened with nothing more toxic than a quarter cup of distilled vinegar, and warm distilled water... And do not go deep into the ears... You can do extreme damage... If you don't get it all the first time, go back in a day and do it gently again. If there is too much goo go the the daggone VET!!
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Posted by Jp4120 (Phila., Pa) on 01/27/2010
cure for dog ear infections
this works perfectly for my dogs after many wasted trips to the vet and many useless expensive drug treatments
[Recipe found on the web ]
* 16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
* 4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
* 16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You also will need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears.
TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days. Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue and leave alone without massage. The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue. Best done outside wearing old clothes, as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.
The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows: Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears. Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks. Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog). All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy. Despite the alcohol, most dogs will not object to even the first treatment. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker. After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls. Their success rate for this treatment is 95-99%. Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not been regular about it.
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Posted by Carol (Sacramento, CA) on 10/27/2007
I have used this on my dog (a cocker spaniel) for more than 10 years. No more ear infections!
Dog Ear Cleaner
16 oz. rubbing alcohol
10 drops violet solution
2 tabs. boric acid powder
You can purchase violet solution and boric acid powder at the drug store. Pour a little of the rubbing alcohol out of a 16 oz. bottle. Add the violet solution (be careful! - it stains) and the boric acid powder. Shake well. Put 5-8 drops in each ear several times per week. Shake each time you use it. You will save loads of money on vet bills - no more ear infections in your dog!
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