Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections in Dogs

| Modified on Jun 30, 2020

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Diane (Texas) on 05/12/2015
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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Poleydog (Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand) on 05/04/2013
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Danica (Spokane, Wa ) on 12/02/2014
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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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
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


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Kevin (Nc) on 01/11/2018

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


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Liz (Santa Monica, Ca) on 11/03/2014
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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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Anthony (Delaware) on 12/02/2014
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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 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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Steven (Camas, Washington) on 07/29/2012
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My cockapoos had awful ear mite infections, ears full of nasty black muck. After trying olive oil, Zymox, and other "remedies" for about 2 months, I finally found out about the vinegar/water treatment. AMAZING! Three days later and their ears are completely clean.

It appears that mites, fungus and bacteria cannot function in an acidic environment so they just die.

Flush the ears once a day with WARM vinegar/ water (1:2) and all the muck quickly comes out. My dogs are so happy now that the infection is gone. Thanks for turning me onto this.

Apple Cider Vinegar
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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jessica (Arlington, Va) on 11/10/2009
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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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Claire (Los Angeles, Ca, 90026) on 08/12/2009
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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!

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Meesa (Markdale, Ontario, Canada) on 04/18/2010

I had the same problem with my Siberian Husky cross with a lab. She had an ear infection that the vet could not get rid of. I found the following recipe and all products can be bought in any pharmacy.

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

The Gentian Violet you will need to ask the pharmacist for. Be careful with the gentian Violet as it will stain everything purple.

Clean the dogs ears with a cosmetic pad (this is what I use but a cotton ball will work). Clean every other day for two weeks. Then you can go to every week. Within the first week she stopped scratching and shaking her head.
My dog was great and she smiled every time I did it. This will also take care of ear mites.

Hope this helps!!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Laura (Cambridge, Ontario, Canada) on 12/06/2008
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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.

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – MUST BE DILUTED

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Heather Smith (United States) on 05/23/2020

Hi Arlene What is GSE please ?

EC: GSE or GFSE =  Grapefruit Seed Extract.

Caution with this product - it can burn and cause tremendous pain.


Apple Cider Vinegar
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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