Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections in Dogs

| Modified on Jun 30, 2020

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Posted by Arlene B. (United States) on 09/09/2019
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Lab Shepard mix huge chronicly infected ears. Pain smelly head shaking. Multiple vet visits to no avail. Largeish alkoline water bottle with squirter in top. Empty half of water added. 1 big squirt isopropyl alcohol. Empty one teabag of probiotics herbal tea teaspoon of turmeric dash of black pepper. Fill up with ACV leaving a little room to shake. Shook it up and flushed dog's ears with it. GSE one drop down earhole and some on a cloth to clean ears. Mist all inside ear with Colloidal silver. Dog shook head violently. I just sat with him gently massage ears and calm him till shaking stop. 2 or 3 x a day. Improvement on day 1 ..improvment continues day 3 . First relief he has had in months. Continuing treatment until he no longer needs it. And thank you once again.

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Posted by Candi (Florida) on 06/28/2020

Did you use the dropper to put drops of the mixture inside your dog's ear?


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Posted by Sherry (Pa) on 06/30/2018
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My 9 year old lab barnyard has a ear infection with inflamed ears. After reading your post. I decided to try it. I mixed apple cider vinegar to two parts water and applied it with a dropper and cotton ball. After two applications his ears are completely back to normal. Thanks Earth Clinic for saving me money at the Vet's office. I will continue to use Apple Cider Vinegar on a regular basis to keep ear infections at bay.

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Posted by Gord (Nl) on 04/18/2018
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Used apple cider vinegar on my 10 year old yellow lab. He had a nasty ear infection in his left ear for a while that wouldn't go away. Smelled really bad and had a gross fluid coming out. I tried just wiping his ears out but didn't work. Seen this page and said I would try the ACV treatment as a last resort before the vet. I'm glad I did! After 1 day, his ear stopped stinking and now it's been three days, just applying once every evening, he is almost back to normal. No gross stink fluid and hardly any head shakes at all! Worked like a charm. Going to keep it going daily for at least another week to make sure it's totally cleared up!


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Posted by Regina Gross (Ky) on 03/10/2018

Coconut oil and water will soothe the ear.

Melt the coconut oil 1/2 oil 1/2 water and put a few drops in the ear. Small dog a teaspoon. A large dog a table spoon. This will help your baby


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Posted by Kevin (Nc) on 01/11/2018

Be careful with this one. Vinegar and H2O2 combined makes peracetic acid. (Very strong acid)


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Posted by Anon (Usa) on 10/23/2017
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I mixed ACV with three parts water and used it to clean my cat's ear. After two weeks it is still infected. I am using salt water with a few drops of iodine instead.


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Posted by Joan (Mi) on 07/11/2017

For anal gland infections(which happened at the vet clinic) gave my dog Sulphur 10M every 3rd day (IF YOU START ON MONDAY GIVE THE NEXT DOSE ON THURSDAY)for 3 doses(one dose a day 4 PELLETS). Never went to the vet to express his glands again.


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Posted by Melissa (Ny) on 05/16/2017
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My 2 year old doggy is a rescue. I had him 7mth. How I love him. So he started with ear infection 3mth ago I was sad n worry seeing him in pain. I ran to my friend upstairs she gave me something from her vet worked great! But it start again this morning n I didn't have anymore I went on line n so glad I found earth clinic, the apple cider vinegar worked w water! Now I can sleep better knowing he can sleep n pain free will continue to do weekly lightly.

Thank you so much... Melissa dog lover


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/26/2017

Hey Mumma, please consider the Arcane ear treatment: https://www.earthclinic.com/arcane-solution-ear-infection-dogs.html


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Posted by Mumma_melly (Act 2902) on 04/25/2017
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Hey I just did the apple cider vineger to my dogs ear and the reaction I just got wasnt very good she made her head stay on the right side thats the side that is sore. She is 12-14months old she has a bad problem with her right ear and gets irration and its like all the time I cant get into a vet and im lost on things to do please can someone help me asap pretty please


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Posted by Tania (England) on 02/25/2017

Hello,

You have very kindly been helping me with my dogs ear problems and advised I bought Zymox. I was able to find a supplier in the UK and used it successfully for a week. The gunk went as did the itching, so I stopped after 7 days, but 5 days later, her ears were flakey inside (just like if we use a thin face mask, let it dry and peel it off, the peelings were like that, never had this before) and large lumps of wax, but no itching. I wondered if I should continue he with the Zymox, or if this part of the healing process, old infected skin being shed and deep gunk coming up?

I also wondered with your experience of yeast problems, can a dog continue to show symptoms after initially clearing up. My dog has been on a raw diet now for three months, her smelly paws, itchy bottom and eye gunk went totally. Now her symptoms are occasionally showing up. Can they be so sensitive that a carrot or piece of Apple could cause irritation quickly? She used to be given a lot of raw carrot as treats.

Many thanks for your help,

Kind regards

Tania


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Posted by Esther (Alabama) on 02/20/2017

Dear Beverly,

I don't know why it happened.

You could try some coconut oil or olive oil into the ear to soothe it.


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Posted by Beverly (Trinidad) on 02/19/2017
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Acv and water for dogs ear Infection: I used the Apple Cider Vinegar and water solution for my dog ears and the next day his ears was swollen internally and red...why did that happen? Now I don't know what to do.

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/09/2017

Hey Tania,

I use 1 cup of olive oil and press 2-3 good sized cloves of garlic into it and let steep overnight in the fridge. I pour off a small amount that I am going to use, and put the rest back into the fridge to continue steeping; when I run out of oil I toss the lot and make a new batch. I am not aware of a garlic:oil ratio - it sounds as if your approach with the small jar is about the same as mine with 1 cup and 3 cloves :). I make sure I warm the oil up before putting it into the ear, and I make sure it goes deep down by massaging the base of the ear until I hear it squishing around - way more than 10 drops! I think the ears flushing red is normal - blood rushing to the tissue because it is being stimulated. Once the ear begins to heal and the skin is not all scratched and open and raw I might use a water based product or home made solution to flush the gunk out. I like Eoi-otic and PhytoVET ear products that I can buy online. I have no problem using home remedies and they work great especially in a pinch, but for chronic problem ears these veterinary formulations that are now commonly available online are superior particularly in terms of pain control. If pain is not an issue, I like 1/3 cup each water, hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl OR water, white vinegar and isopropyl. When you combine vinegar and hydrogen peroxide you create paracetic acid which is very harsh on the skin, so avoid mixing those two together for use on tender ear skin.


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Posted by Tania (England) on 02/08/2017

Hi Theresa,

Thank you so much for your advice. I have ordered the Zymox, I was advised by an English vet not to use a similar product as it kills off the hairs in the ear canal, but I think he meant long term regular use. May I also ask you about making garlic infused oil. I can't find an actual recipe. I read to fill up a small glass gar with garlic then top up with oil and leave for 10-14 days. I gave 10 drops in each ear, twice a day for 3 days. It has helped but I notice that her ears go red after application, she is not bothered by it but I was concerned it was a reaction or it was burning? Or could it be just the blood pumping around after the warmth of it. Can you add too much garlic to the oil? Do you know of a garlic:oil ratio please?

Many thanks again, Tania


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/01/2017

Hey Tania,

I used to have super athletic breeds and we walked in the woods 5 times a week and dogs went into the river at each walk; dogs were bathed after each walk to remove any parasites and ears were cleaned with the ACV/H2O/Isopropyl dilution. I now have lap dogs who specialize in eating and taking up as much room as possible on the couch! They do as your girl does; give a shake when they wake, and it seems the ones susceptible to funky/gunky ears all seem to get it on the ear/side of the head they sleep on. I find that they get the ear discharge for a number of reasons - seasons changing, wind direction changing bringing in new allergens, spring and fall mold blooms, feeding them bad human food. I have no problem with home remedy ear formulas for cleaning healthy ears but prefer Zymox Otic Hcl 1% that I buy online/Amazon for when I see an ear that is starting to turn pink. I use a holistic vet for dosing the acidophillus - some visits we dose PB8, some DDS w/FOS, some brands are from the local co-op. Unless you have a holistic vet [or someone that can help you use applied kinesiology] to determine which probotic is indicated for your particular pet at a particular time, your best bet is to buy one brand and dose that bottle until it is used up, and then buy one with completely different strains of bacteria and use that up and then buy another with completely different strains and so on. You want to rotate with several brands and strains rather than sticking to just one and you want to change it up every 3 weeks or so, not dose the same brand forever. I do know that when the probiotics start digesting the yeast in the GI tract that toxins are produced; supplementing with milk thistle may be indicted or other organ support remedies. I do dose milk thistle when indicated for 3 weeks or so; it is not a long term/forever supplement and using health supplements on a forever basis can cause them to be ineffective/develop resistance. It always seems that once I get the ears all nice and healthy something changes - the weather, they ate the wrong food, they were traumatized emotionally by the vacuum cleaner - and that small change can tip the scales to allow the yeast to once again gain the upper hand. You are never finished with dealing with yeast - it is an ongoing thing. So get the right remedies to have on hand and when you see the ear turn pink, act immediately and do not allow it to get worse by waiting-and-seeing. I do find treating the water helps - when I see not just one but all of them starting to have itchy skin or gunky ears then we all get the baking soda water and then a course of the borax water; I drink it as well as the dogs so I can get the health benefits too.


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Posted by Tania (England) on 02/01/2017

Hi Theresa,

I forgot to say that my dog only shakes her head on first waking up on a morning and tries to itch only for a little while. I have put sudocrem on the inside of her ear (not the canal) which has cured the redness and stopped the skin itching there but there is obviously still something bothering her inside on a morning. The yeasty ear discharge disappears for a few days and them comes back. May I ask how often you can use Apple Cider Vinegar as a flush after you use it daily initially and the ear problem is improving? And secondly how often you can use it as a maintenance? May I also ask, do you know if your give probiotic to your dog for yeast problems, can it initially excel the detoxing of ear and eye discharge?

Many thanks.


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Posted by Tania (England) on 01/24/2017

Hi Theresa,

I forgot to say that my dog only shakes her head on first waking up on a morning and tries to itch only for a little while. I have put sudocrem on the inside of her ear (not the canal) which has cured the redness and stopped the skin itching there but there is obviously still something bothering her inside on a morning. May I ask how often you can use Apple Cider Vinegar as a flush after you use it daily initially and the ear problem is almost gone? And secondly how often you can use it as a maintenance?

Many thanks


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/18/2017

Hey Tania,

You might consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water, along with Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs- you can do this on a rotating basis and include plain water in the rotation. You might also consider the Arcane ear formula recipe on EC or Zymox Otic that you can purchase online.


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Posted by Tania (England) on 01/18/2017

Hello, may I have some advice please!!

my dog has had a yeast infection, problems with her ears being smelly, hunky and itchy, together with itchy smelly paws. I have put her on a raw food diet with excellent results. I have administered 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water into her ears and used cotton wool to clean the outside of the canal. At first it cleared up well and the itching reduced massively . Now however when I clean the ear it becomes very red and more itchy after acv/water. I am still cleaning them as she is still itching on a morning and there is still some gunk coming out. Please could you suggest what I should do?

many thanks, Tania


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Posted by Dolores (Trenton, Michigan) on 01/06/2017
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Equal parts of Apple cider vinegar (with mother), 90% alcohol (so it doesn't burn), hydrogen peroxide.

Put about 3 drops in ear. I do this at least 3 times a day. What a difference!

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/26/2016

Hey Tasha!

There are cautions with the product your vet prescribed - there have been cases reported of dogs getting various ear medications and ending up with hearing loss - this in part due to damaged ear drum. You may wish to discuss with your vet before using the product on order. Also, you might consider Zymox Otic hcl - it is not an antibiotic but does have enzymes which digest bacteria and yeast/fungus.


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Posted by Tasha (Worcester, Ma) on 10/25/2016

Our foster dog was so neglected that her vet thought he would have to remove one of her ear drums >After 2 surgeries he saved her hearing & put her on daily drops of Batril optic for life .Her Local vet had to order the drops but there was a delay .I called vet surgeon & they said in the mean time to use White vinegar & water in equal parts, so your web site information is very valuable, as well as informative.

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Posted by Rachel (Michigan) on 09/01/2016
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My 10 week old kitten came down with an ear infection two weeks ago. He had dark redish brown gunk coming out of both ears. I was really hoping I wouldn't have to take him to the vet, as I had just taken him a week before for a cold which cost me 85 dollars. I decided to try natural remedies first and see what happened. Knowing that garlic helps ear infections in humans, I tried cleaning out his ears with that and using a dropper to put it down the ear canal twice a day. I did that for over a week with varied results. He would seem to be getting better, and then be worse the next day. Then all of his ear fur started falling out, his ears were red and his skin was peeling really bad. I almost broke down and took him to the vet, but thankfully I found this webpage, and decided to give apple cider vinegar a try. I cleaned his ears with a half and half apple cider vinegar and water mixture and a cotton pad two times a day. I also put four drops (of 1/2 water and 1/2 apple cider vinegar) down each ear canal. Within the first day of using it his ears were looking better! He's been on it for 4 days now, and his ears are completely gunk free, and they aren't red anymore. I have also been putting coconut oil on the outside of his ears to stop the peeling and hair loss. There is hardly any peeling skin now, and his hair is growing back super quick! I am thrilled with these results, and glad I found this page!


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Posted by Angela (Calgary, Alberta Canada) on 08/13/2016

If your dog had frequent diarrhea, please look into slippery elm powder - it stops the diarrhea and coats the intestinal tract to help it heal.


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Posted by Rolina (Maine) on 07/25/2016

Hello

About the gland condition, I did some research and run across ( Glandex ) for dogs and cats anal sac issues. Its over the counter at your vets office, or you can check online at vet source or amazon. I paid $26.00 so worth it for preventive care. My dog has had issues with her anal glands but after using this every morning in her food which is grain free, she is like a new dog, her coat is so shiny now not dull. She is so happy. I will be using this from now on for her on going preventive care.


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Posted by Shawna (Hope Mills, Nc ) on 07/19/2016

You should seriously consider having your dog allergy tested becuse chronic ear infections can be due to food allergies. The allergy can be anything from fillers/grains to secific proteins. If it is an allergy you can get rid of the chronic ear infection by simply changing the food!


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Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/16/2016

If you are trying to kill mites in ear, I use a few drops of olive oil then massage ear.


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Posted by Lisa (Indiana) on 07/16/2016
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My 14 year old collie mix had his first ear infection last week.. even after antibiotics...it was not clearing up. I read this article and tried the ACV last night. By this morning the horrible smell was almost gone, and the discharge had reduced significantly. A couple of more days and I believe my furbaby will be just fine! Thanks for the great advice!


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Posted by Yodas Mommy (San Diego, California) on 07/16/2016

Can u use any kind of cooking oil? Such as vegetable oil?


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Posted by Jen (Az) on 07/02/2016

Hi,

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Posted by Phyllis Allison (Roswell, Ga) on 05/13/2016

I just got home from the vet - you are absolutely correct - a HEMATOMA is caused by broken blood vessel which forms a pocket of blood. The vet lanced it and put in a drain tube. A Hematoma is NOT a bruise!


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Posted by Hope (Ms) on 04/30/2016

Can I use this on a 18day old puppy?


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Posted by Terry (Dickinson, Texas) on 04/17/2016
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My 5yr German Shepard has suffered from ear infections for years and several hundreds of dollars later still has a issue. I tried the 1/2 water, 1/2 ACV and she is much happier. Will continue for another 2 days and than clean them once weekly. I am so happy I came across this site. Thank You!


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Posted by Valerie (Texas) on 02/28/2016

I was woken in the middle of the night. My pit bull mixed dog was wimpering in his kennel next to my bed. He was shaking and scratching making his kennel shake. I inspected his ears. They didn't smell but we're red with brown gunk in it. It was a Sunday morning and I knew his vet was going to be closed. In a panic I searched the Web for things I could do to help him out.

I found this site and saw people were using 1 part ACV to 2 parts water. I decided to try it out. I put the solution into a clean squirt bottle and sprayed into his ear and gave him treats for letting me do that as well as wipe his ear with a cotton ball.

Within 15 minutes he stopped shaking his head and itching his ear. I will definitely continue to use this to help clean up his ears from now on! Thank you everyone for your feedback on this great ear cleaning method!


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Posted by Jim (Dallas, Tx) on 02/07/2016

Also, I've read changing the mix to 1/2 ACV and 1/2 Witch Hazel (to stop itching). Also, found a product on Amazon called Zymox with hydrocortisone - it has over 4000 5 star reviews. I just ordered it!


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Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 02/04/2016

Do a search on this site for "Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane)". It's an excellent remedy for ear infections (yeast and/or bacterial).

It totally cleared up my Golden Retriever's yeasty ears. Plus, you may need to find a new food that is "limited ingredient", with NO grains, NO legumes (beans), NO rice, no chicken, try a good-quality protein, e.g., fish.


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Posted by Asalia (New Jersey) on 02/03/2016

Do you use full strength or dilute it.? Which is more affective.? And this takes the ear ache away or infection?

EC: Always dilute Apple Cider Vinegar for pet use. 1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/2 water.  A common remedy for ear problems is also 1/2 apple cider vinegar and 1/2 rubbing alcohol (for external or ear use only.)


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Posted by Pamela (Jacksonville, Fl) on 01/31/2016

My dog has chronic Yeast ear infections and like most on this site prescriptions aren't doing the trick . Grizzly Bear is a 95 lb chocolate lab and I am curious to know the amount of Apple Cider Vinegar / water that needs to go in the ear and how many times a day it should be done .


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Posted by Asalia (New Jersey) on 01/15/2016

What are the doses how much of everything should I mix together & how many times do I use it on him..do I put the mixture in his ear with a dropper how many drops


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Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 01/08/2016

One of the best remedies for healing your pet's bacterial and/or yeast infection is the Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane). Do a search on this site for "Arcane", and you'll find it. The ingredients to buy are very inexpensive, and easy to mix. And your pet will love you for it!


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Posted by Kimberly (Ky) on 01/06/2016

My beagle is suffering from a bad ear please, please help me. He is my baby and I'm very funny about anything that is used on him. Will this work.


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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 11/11/2015

Rialc (Ireland) ---

The best treatment is pure olive oil and a clove of garlic steeped in the warmed oil for about two to three days. Apply the warmed oil in a few drops in each ear morning and night, gently massaging the oil also in the outer ear and dabbing with a tissue.

This is used by natural doctors for children and in my experience it works. Just make sure you get pure olive oil as a label cannot be trusted anymore. Pure sesame oil (not roasted) will also work.

Namaste, Om


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/12/2015

Hello Rialc!

Fellow pit bull lover here :) A very simple remedy is garlic infused oil. I typically crush a couple of cloves and let it steep over night, but you could also run a few cloves through a garlic press or mince them very finely and then let them sit 10 minutes; then add to the oil - I use olive oil as it is usually handy - and allow the juices to blend with the oil. Strain the bits of garlic out and warm to body temperature before adding to the ear. Use a liberal amount - you want to be sure it reaches deeply into the ear. Massage the base and listen for squishy sounds to ensure the oil has penetrated deeply. Fresh garlic is a strong antimicrobial agent and you need to let it sit for 10 minutes to fully activate it.

If your pockets are not to let other considerations would be a trip to the local drug store for these products:

1 tube Monistat (women's vaginal yeast infection product, generic is fine - the active ingredient you want is Miconazole Nitrate)


1 tube Polysporin (Bacitracin and Polymyxin B are the active ingredients you want, so any similar antibiotic cream with those active ingredients would suit)


1 tube Cortaid (The active ingredient is Hydrocortisone which helps with swelling and inflamation and itching)

Contributor Wendy originally posted this with directions - you may have to scroll down for it:

https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/ear_infection.html

I also highly recommend Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone which you should be able to order online - IMHO this is a must have in your doggie ear care toolbox; not only does it have the hydrocortisone but it also has enzymes which help digest yeast and bacteria and you do not need to clean the ear with this product which suits dogs with very painful ears.

Good luck and report back please!


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Posted by Rialc (Ireland) on 11/11/2015 8 posts

Our pit bull has an ear infection at the moment, we were just curious as to what we should use right now. We are in Ireland so a lot of the suggested remedies are not readily available here. The dog is just really down with this infraction.

All suggestions will be appreciated.


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Posted by Susan (South Carolina) on 11/01/2015

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


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/31/2015

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.


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Posted by Sharon (Townville, Pa.) on 10/29/2015

I put olive oil in my calico cat's ears and now for 24 hours, she is violently shaking her head.


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Posted by Donya (Texas) on 10/20/2015

How many times a day to use in ear ? And how much to put in dropper ?


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Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 10/07/2015

Erika (Arizona) ---

A better way would be warm olive oil or sesame oil with mascerated garlic clove. It is used by natural doctors for children and very effective. Be aware that olive oil can be "pure" when it is not.

Ear inflammation is also caused by parasites.

Namaste, Om


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Posted by Erika (Arizona) on 10/06/2015

Hi, I read your post online about the apple cider vinegar and I would love to try it on my dog. I'm a little confused of how much vinegar and water I should use, could you help me? I have a 77lbs Rottweiler.


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Posted by Darlene (Findlay Oh ) on 09/14/2015

How much do you put in the ears each time?


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/12/2015

Hey Mary!

The amounts for the 'Blue Power Ear Treatment', developed by a veterinarian, are as follows:

16 oz Rubbing alcohol
4 tablespoons of Boric Acid
16 Drops of Gentian Violet

If the ears are badly infected, sore, raw or painful you might switch out the rubbing alcohol for water OR use raw garlic infused olive oil to heal them. Remember that pouring alcohol or vinegar on badly infected ears *hurts*, so heal the skin inside the ear before using remedies with vinegar or isopropyl.

Source: http://itsfortheanimals.com/Adobe/Blue Power Ear Treatment.pdf


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Posted by Mary (NC) on 09/11/2015

I did find the Gentain Violet , , Rite Aid ordered it for me 2oz -$10.. I just am now trying to find the exact amounts of each ... the Gentain, alcohol and the boric acid.

Can any one help with this?

Sure hope so .. Have all products just need to know amounts of each :)


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/10/2015

A side note to Wendy's note: If your pharmacy does not stock Gentian Violet they usually can order it. I was able to order it from my chain drug store - same for boric acid powder.


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Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 09/10/2015

Note: I found it impossible to find gentian violet at my local CVS. Even the pharmacist didn't have it.

One of the best remedies for healing your pet's bacterial and/or yeast infection is the Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane). Do a search on this site for "Arcane", and you'll find it. The ingredients to buy are very inexpensive, and easy to mix. And your pet will love you for it!


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Posted by Mary (North Carolina) on 09/08/2015

Trish from Reeseville, Wisconsin

Do you know the amounts of the boric acid, vinegar, and water mixture that ur vet used ??

Namaste'

This was in the comment above you ~~~

750 ml Rubbing alcohol
4 tablespoons of Boric Acid
8 Drops of Gentian Violet


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/07/2015

Hey Charlie!

For ears that are NOT infected or sore from scratching - for general cleaning or after swimming I have used equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol; I have also used equal parts water, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol has a drying effect - if you do not want that leave it out or do equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar.


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Posted by Charlie (California) on 08/07/2015

Going to try the coconut oil on my hound pup for cleaning...Has anyone used straight hydrogen peroxide as is used for babies?


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/02/2015

Hey Susan!

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 (Milk of Magnesia)
  • 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.


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Posted by Nanette (Illinois, USA) on 07/26/2015

Re: Circling... usually this is not an ear infection causing an off equilibrium... it's more like vestibular disease. It's like a drunk human who can't tell how they're walking and they feel dizzy and sick all the time. There is no cure for this but after years of study across the world to find something for my dog who had suffered with this, I found, through the University of Miami who is working on the problem, that it is probably caused by a vitamin deficiency.

I started my Dusty on different multi-vitamins and after 2 weeks of the vitamins and calm environment and helping her to walk using a material brace, it went away but came back 6 months later. I, again, doused her with vitamins and it went away and never came back.


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/16/2015

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.


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Posted by Wendy (Ohio) on 07/16/2015

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.


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Posted by Diane (Medicine Hat, Alberta) on 07/15/2015

I thought it is not good to get moisture in the dog's inner ear? Obviously turkey baster flushing is getting right in there?


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/10/2015

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.


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Posted by Lisa (Cleveland Tn) on 07/07/2015

Hi Wendy,

Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been applying antibiotic ear drops to my 15 year old toy poodle the last four days and it seems as though it's making her feel worse. I went and got all the ingredients for this and just put the first dose in her ears And she is resting comfortably now. I will check back in to let you know how she's doing in a couple of days.


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/06/2015

Hey Wendy!

Thank you for sharing this recipe - I am copying it and putting it in my bag of tricks! I also have found the OTC remedy Zymox Otic HCL is super effective on my kids when they have ear troubles, but I do think your remedy is likely a bit easier to come by in the middle of the night. I also really like Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy which is also inexpensive with ingredients that are easy to come by.


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Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 07/06/2015

Please use only THIS remedy (Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane) for healing your dog's ears:

Read it very carefully and completely! It's an excellent remedy for ear infections (yeast and/or bacterial) in dogs. I've used it on my Golden Retriever's ears when she had a yeast infection. Totally cleared it up. Plus, find a new food with NO GRAIN, NO CORN, and NO RICE (rice=sugar which yeast loves).

Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane)

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.

My doctor (human) is the one that came up with this as her dogs were having ear issues that weren't really under control from the things her vet was prescribing! Anyone that I know that has gone to using it has had remarkable results and the dogs are much happier and SAFER than using anything with alcohol in it. I was told by my vet that alcohol just dries the ear out - which includes drying out the ear drum AND that if there is even the tiniest of perforations in that ear drum, it can let alcohol down into the middle ear where it can do permanent damage. That's why this cream is SOOOOO good! There's nothing "liquid" about it. It goes in and melts its way down to where it's needed. No alcohol to cause drying or damage and it will take care of anything yeast, bacterial etc...


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Posted by Karen (Manchester Mo) on 07/04/2015

I flooded my dog's floppy ears with equal parts of ACV and water. He didn't seem to mind it at all, and he is pretty sensitive and vocal about having his ears and tail touched. He has his first ear infection that I can recall. Hope it works as we have been treating his ears for a week with a prescription, Motozol, and it doesn't seem to be helping. Will report back in a few days.


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/04/2015

Hey Olivia!

Walking in circles could mean an inner ear infection - these are typically very painful and you would see other signs of discomfort such as scratching the ear raw and a smelly ear full of gunk. It could also be neurological in nature, either from genetics [as seen in Bull Terriers] or from a brain tumor. Many times animals with a neurological issue cannot tell if their feet are positioned properly; try picking your pet's foot up and folding it under and placing it down again - so the paw is facing the ceiling: your dog should be able to figure out its paw is placed wrong and re-position it so the pads is on the ground. Dogs that cannot sense their paws are not placed properly often have neurological issues.

If you cannot bring your dog to the vet, and if the ear flushing is helping I would continue flushing the ears daily if not twice a day to see if there is any improvement. If there is no improvement you may want to consider seeing a vet.


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Posted by Olivia (Poland) on 06/04/2015

Can please someone help?

About one and a half week ago my dog started walking around in circles (he was making pretty huge circles. He has an anal gland issues and I thought it's because of that). But few days ago he started making much smaller circles, basically spinning around. I put some garlic oil into his ears for two days and yesterday decided to flush his ears with the 50 acv/50 water and I already saw an improvement - he started walking a lot more straight, he started sniffing around (I think his nose is a bit blocked too). But it only lasted for a few minutes. Then, few hours ago, after a nap, he even tried to walk the opposite way. But again, it didn't last for too long (about half an hour maybe). I flushed his ears again but this time I didn't see any progress, I think it even worsened. He's still circling today.

I gave him hepar sulfur for his anal gland and now he's taking silicea. I know it's supposed to help push out stuff from the body so maybe it will also help for his ears?

He's too old to have anesthesia and proper cleaning. So I'm scared to take him to the vet.


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Posted by Diane (Texas) on 05/12/2015
5 out of 5 stars

My Border Collie Louie has been suffering with seasonal ear infections since I adopted him 5 years ago. I have always believed in holistic healing for myself and recently started using it for my dog. For one, it's super cheap and you usually have all the ingredients or at least one of the ingredients to cure you in your very own kitchen. I also don't have to tell you vet costs/doctors visits are astronomical. And of course, all the great side effects the drug companies want you to experience so you will go to the doctor again and buy more drugs. So here we are.

Anyway, he woke up this morning shaking his head violently and repeatedly until I woke up to help the poor little angel. Low and behold, I went on this website to look up a cure and found the 1 part Apple cider vinegar and 1 part water remedy. I filled it with a dropper and squirted it in his ear, then rubbed the base of the ear canal to make sure it got down in there. It took about 15 minutes give or take, and he was good to go. No more head shakes! For good measure and because I use this on myself when I start to feel sick, I gave him 250 mg of vitamin c chewable and 5 mg dose of acidophilus (Lowered dosage for him of course) to boost his immunity and protect his stomach. He is 35lbs and he also suffers from frequent bouts of diahrrea. He wasn't eating yesterday and acting gloomy and since I gave him all that he perked right back up and started to eat all his food. He's the nerdy kid with allergies and also a very fussy eater!

Needless to say, I won't be going back to the vet for a while. No side effects except smelling like a salad but I will take it. Thank you earthclinic.com!

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Posted by Anon (Pennsylvania) on 05/03/2015

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!


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Posted by Kim ( Indiana ) on 04/19/2015

Is that 1 cup apple cider vinegar to 2 cups water or 1 cap to 2 caps..need to know asap, dog has infection in both ears and don't have money for a vet visit right now.


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Posted by Felicia ( Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/14/2015

When you say flush out, could you pleade give detailed instructions? My dogs ear is swollen and I hear liquid in it...no funds to go to Vet. And his brother keeps wanting to kick his ear to help, which I'm trying to stop but not at home all day. Would peroxide added help also? I mixed: 1 part ACV to 2 parts water and used a spoon to pour in ear, then massage, let shake and absorbed with cotton pad.


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Posted by Amanda (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia) on 04/05/2015

Did the ears get red at first when you cleaned them out?


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/31/2015

Hey Tina!

You can do both. Use white vinegar for the ears, and you want to only use the organic raw apple cider vinegar for taking internally.


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Posted by Tina (Kingsland, Texas) on 03/30/2015

Has ear infections. How do I give my boxer vinegar? In ear or oral?


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Posted by Alexandra (Texas) on 03/21/2015

Trying the ACV and water for the first time will see how it goes. Another suggestion if your dog has lotsa hair growing out of his ears it helps to pull them so the ear can vent better and not so much gunk or moisture will get trapped BUT PLEASE HAVE A VET show you first how to do it right so you don't hurt your pooch! I have to do this for my Sheepdog and it really helps to keep infections away.This ear infection is kinda my fault because I wasn't keeping up on his ears :-(


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 03/05/2015

Hey Jazmyn!

I replied to your post under ACV; my only advice re: swelling is again the vet visit, and barring that OTC women's vaginal yeast cream [watered down so it can be worked into the swollen ear canal] or Zymox enzymatic ear solution. Ted's anti-fungal-anti-staph solution is also one remedy to try.


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Posted by Jazmyn (Ontario) on 03/05/2015

Hey I have a valley bulldog who has a severe ear infection to the point that her canal is swollen shut. Do you think the ACVMETHOD will help it. I wanted to start trying it but I'm not sure if it will help the swelling


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Posted by Vincent (Colorado, US) on 02/27/2015

how do you administer the acv? do you use a dropper or sprayer or what?


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/09/2015

Hey Shaleen!

There is no getting around getting fluid in the ears when you flush them; that is the goal, to FLOOD the ear with fluid to flush the debris out, and to get the working component of the solution - the vinegar - deep into the ear canal to kill the yeast. If any part of the ear canal is not flushed with the solution, the yeast remains and the ear cannot heal.

In infected ears that are scratched raw with open sores, I would first use garlic infused olive oil for several days to allow the skin to heal before flushing it with vinegar and water. It may also help to use vinegar, water and isopropyl alcohol [1 part each] to help break down any wax in the ear as well.


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Posted by Shaleen (Virginia Beach, VA) on 02/08/2015

Can you share the best way to flush out the ear with the 50/50 solution? I don't want to get too much fluid in her ear.


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Posted by Phyllis (Tuscumbia, Alabama) on 01/14/2015

Hi, another suggestion is colloidal silver. You can put it in your dogs drinking water and also apply it, after washing the ear out, inside the dogs ears. It has very potent antibiotic properties.


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/13/2015

Hey Nicola!

Flushing refers to flooding the ear with the solution to rinse away particulate matter and to saturate the area with the working solution.

If your dog has a chronic ear infection, then you have to clean the ears daily if not twice a day to stay on top of the yeast or bacteria so they cannot over grow and cause discomfort.

You might find the addition of baking soda or borax to your dog's drinking water helpful in keeping a chronic infection at bay.


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Posted by Nicola (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) on 01/12/2015

What do u mean by flushing, my dog has a recurring ear infection which wont clear up after vetrinary treatment. I would like to give this apple cider/water a go as he has lots ov black crap in his ears.


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Posted by Anthony (Delaware, US) on 12/03/2014

Day 2 and second round of treatment with the Apple Cider Vinegar mix, going well. Odor almost completely gone. Still got some build up deep in the canal but it's working its way out.


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Posted by Danica (Spokane, Wa ) on 12/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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Posted by Anthony (Delaware) on 12/02/2014
5 out of 5 stars

My 60lb beagle, Pnut, has had the same description going on inside his ears regarding chronic ear infections and the use of Apple cider vinegar. Well, I gave him his first treatment of a 50/50 mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and water and low and behold it has been over a hour or so and not one head shake or ear scratch and the ears look better inside already.

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Posted by Larry (Prineville, Or) on 11/12/2014

I also have a Cockapoo who's prone to ear infections so I'll try the vinegar-water mixture myself! Thank goodness for this site!


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Posted by Karen (Kentucky, US) on 11/10/2014

Deedra, I use Coconut Oil on a cotton pad to clean my dogs infected ears and its amazing on it's own. I'll try it with the Grapefruit Seed Extract next for sure. Thanks for the tip. I've tried the ACV and also a remedy containing alcohol, povidone iodine and vinegar and boric acid. You would think that combo would kill just about anything but the plain ole Coconut Oil was what finally cleared up the infection.


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Posted by Liz (Santa Monica, Ca) on 11/03/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Apple cider vinegar is awesome! It does clear out the infection better than anything else I've tried. A note to all the people saying their dogs had negative reactions to the experience: let me remind you that putting vinegar on an open wound is going to sting. Make sure there's no blood in the ear before you put vinegar in it, I made this mistake once and that was the only time my dog yelped and was obviously in discomfort afterwards. If they shake their head a little bit afterwards, I wouldn't be alarmed, again you are messing with their injured area and they don't enjoy that. My dog obviously feels relief after the first few minutes, and has never been "traumatized" by the apple cider vinegar experience. You are only traumatizing your dog by being insensitive to its injuries. Have a little common sense.


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/31/2014

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.


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Posted by Donna D (Nanaimo, BC) on 08/30/2014

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??


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/07/2014

Hey Deedra!

Thanks for this helpful tip!!


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Posted by Deedra (Ok) on 07/06/2014

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.


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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/13/2013

Thank you, Fiona!

I did not know about TMG: http://www.arrowheadhealthworks.com/TMG.htm

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!

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2013/jul/09/ask-the-pharmacist-benefits-of-coffee-enemas/

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


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Posted by Fiona (Tustin,ca) on 11/12/2013

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.


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Posted by Sara (Minneapolis, Mn) on 07/09/2013

How many times a day and for how many days (in a row?) should I use the ACV method?


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Posted by Sue (New Zealand) on 05/31/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.


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Posted by Poleydog (Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand) on 05/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Anna (Milton, Canada) on 01/05/2013

Dogs with ear infections, allergies, yeast. These problems need to be fixed from the source. All owners need to read the website greatdanelady.com. Many questions will be answered that your vet has not.


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Posted by James (Birmingham, Uk) on 12/28/2012

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.


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Posted by Sage (Greensboro, Nc) on 12/27/2012

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.


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Posted by Shell (Hollywood, Fl, Us) on 10/10/2012

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.



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