Apple Cider Vinegar for Ear Infections in Dogs

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Posted by Steven (Camas, Washington) on 07/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Larry
(Prineville, Or)
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!

Replied by Nicola
(Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

Replied by Phyllis
(Tuscumbia, Alabama)
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.

Replied by Shaleen
(Virginia Beach, VA)
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

Replied by Felicia
(Los Angeles, Ca)
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.

Replied by Darlene
(Findlay Oh)
09/14/2015

How much do you put in the ears each time?


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Concerneddogowner (Salescity, United States) on 12/03/2011
1 out of 5 stars

HORRIBLE! I used this "remedy" on my Chorkie puppy because he was scratching at his ears and shaking his head and would make himself holler. Well I did this prior to taking him to the vet hoping that it would lessen his symptoms in the mean time. Well I started with the first ear and my puppy screamed so loudly I knew I had hurt him. He shook his head ran around rubbed his head on every surface around. Finally get him to the vet for his appointment and he fought with the vet when she went to look at his ear. He is now apparently traumatized by the experience with ACV wash. Now even when I try to put in the medicine that the vet prescribed my husband has to hold my poor puppy down because he is so scared it might be the ACV going into his ear again. THIS IS A NO GO SYSTEM for dogs. Just keep in mind that your dog might react in the same way mine did to the treatment. Be careful and think about what you are about to try before you do it. It could cause your puppy to have a traumatic experience that may result in fear of anything coming close to his ears.

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

Replied by Anntoinette
(Mesa, Az)
12/12/2011

My dog has been doing the exact same thing with her ear. I don't have much money for the vet, but I would like to know what's wrong with her, to do anything possible to ease her pain. What was the cause for your dogs pain?

Replied by Tina
(Salem, Or)
03/29/2012
1 out of 5 stars

I used this on my dogs ears 2 parts water to one part ACV and it made her ear worse. I feel horrible that I hurt her worse!

Replied by Kristina M
(Prescott Valley, Az, Arizona)
05/13/2012

I need to let all you people know before all these poor dogs are put through a very painful week of vinager and rubbing alcohol, first of all all these remedies are wonderfull BEFORE your dog has an ear infection, my dog got at least 3 infections a year and these remedies are wonderful for PREVENTION, scratch your arm then poor vineger and rubbing alcohol on it and see if you like it, when your dog has an ear infection there ears are swollen and very raw from itching, once they have the infection you need to get them antibiotics!!! But I have a great solution to cost, you dont need to bring your dog to the vet there is a solution at petmeds. Com, you can buy without a prescription!! if you compair it to the prescription stuff you'll see there is no difference in the least, its $20 dollars for 1 oz (zymox )but worth it compared to a $150 bill which is what I paid everytime I took my dog in for an infection. Its called ZYMOX OTIC(its arouns $20 but some other petmed places have it for $10) it is the same stuff as the anitbiotics your doc will give you!!! AND YOU DONT NEED A PRESCRIPTION!!! I have been using it for 3 years now and my dogs ears clear up with in 3 days!! THERES ONE WITH CORTIZONE AND ONE WITHOUT NOW THE CORTIZONE DOES, HELP WITH PAIN BUT DONT GET IT!!!! , YOUR DOG MOST LIKELY DOES HAVE OPEN SORES FROM SCRATCHING , AND THE CORTIZONE WILL BURN!!! So get the green one not the blue bottle anyway im glad I can help its really common sense no one would ever put vineger or rubbing alcohol on a cut it hurts!!! Use all these remedies as a preveNtive NOT a solution!!!! , it wold be like me telling you "YOU HAVE CANCER !! "now go home and eat a apple EVERY DAY! " (it does nothing to cure, but it might prevented.

Replied by Sage
(Greensboro, Nc)
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.

Replied by James
(Birmingham, Uk)
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.

Replied by Deedra
(Ok)
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
07/07/2014

Hey Deedra!

Thanks for this helpful tip!!

Replied by Liz
(Santa Monica, Ca)
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.

Replied by Karen
(Kentucky, US)
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.

Replied by Alexandra
(Texas)
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 :-(

Replied by Charlie
(California)
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?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael Ratcliffe (Victoria , B.c. Canada) on 03/18/2011

hello my poddle-shih x has had cronic ear infections since she came into my life two years ago. Ive dealt with ear infections with other dogs as well. My sugestion for anyone trying a new holistic remidy for a dogs ear would be to start with your solution 20-80 20 Apple Cider Vinegar/ 80 h20. See if ther is pain or too much iritation then try 40-60 however dont go and flush the poor dogs ear 5 times in a row. Try a test every 24 hrs perhaps. I apreciate everyones coments. Im gonna put my idea to work. ill let you all know .m

Replied by Ellen
(Ann Arbor, Mi.)
01/28/2012

This is crazy. 80% water solution? That will make everything worse. WORSE. NOT BETTER.

Remember, moist, dark, damp = perfect breeding ground for bacteria. DO NOT PUT WATER IN YOUR DOG'S EARS!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Tsmom (Boston, Ma Usa) on 09/05/2010
1 out of 5 stars

Warning

WARNING: After 12 days of my 45 lb dog's dog's ear infection, I put about 8 drops of 50% AC vinegar/50% water solution into the ear. It bothered her so much she shook her head for 25 minutes, resulting in a very large hematoma (swelling) covering 2/3 of her ear. It looked like she would need surgery for this. Luckily it resolved, but my holistic vet said that ACV can aggravate an ear infection. Be careful with ACV for very inflammed ears.

Replied by Massage Mama
(Sagle, Idaho)
10/03/2011

A hemotoma is a bruise, not a swelling. I think this guy is just trying to debunk the uses of ACV; trying to be all scientific and failing, lol.

Replied by Lisa
(Bristol, Ri)
10/12/2011

Hematoma is a Swelling with blood involved! Eccymosis is a bruise.

Replied by Phyllis Allison
(Roswell, Ga)
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gilby (Santa Clara, California) on 06/06/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to say to the "Pepole" who support this web site are "AwSoMe" and thank you for all the information on this site. My cat had an ear infection and I tryed the ACV treament, WOW, it works great.my cat is not drooling anymore, which is signs of infection in the ears and gums.again

thank you
Gilby (Cat Daddy)

Replied by Tsmom
(Boston, Ma Usa)
09/05/2010

About dog ear infections: After I put ACV/H2O) 50/50 dilution into my dog's very inflammed ear, it irritated her so much, she shook her head for 25 minutes until a large area of swelling on the ear flap (hematoma) developed. I gave homeopathic Arnica right away twice a day until it cleared, (you can give it up to a week. ) Also I gave Rutin, 250 - 500 mg for this 45-lb dog 3 times a day with food. These two things reduced the swelling to zero after 24 hours. You can get both at a health food store.

EC: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR – MUST BE DILUTED


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Denise (North Branford, Ct) on 05/19/2010
4 out of 5 stars

dog with ear deterioration

My 6yo german shepard was diagnosed with ear margin dermatitis, allergies, yeast and bacteria in ears. One vet told me he may have to amputate her ears and gave her lots of meds, the naturopathic vet started her on a natural anti-inflammatory and a few other remedies--neither cured the underlying problem. I started using 1tbsp of ACV in her food each day about 1 month ago. She no longer is on the meds both vets gave me. Her ears are not completely healed but they are no longer bleeding and appear to be healing slowly. She also has not had diarrhea.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Sp (Nashville, Tn) on 04/24/2010
5 out of 5 stars

The only thing that worked for my dog's ear infection was the antibiotic drop from our Vet. I'm so glad he took him to the vet. This is just our story.

My Maltese poodle's both ears got infected and had dark brown gunk coming out. I have tried different remedies mentioned here to clear my dog's ear infection. I tried the ACV flush, ACV Alcohol solution, Coconut Oil, aloe vera jel, the witch hazel, etc. It worked temporary and some didn't work at all. So after a 2.5 months, his ears were still red and had dark gunk coming out. I finally took him to the Vet who gave us an antibiotic ear drop. In less than 3 days, I could see my dog was feel better and his ear looked better. We used the drops 2 times/day for 7 days and his ear cleared up completely. The Vet bill and cost of the 1 oz drop was $40, it was so worth it to see him feel better. I wish I had taken him to the vet sooner. He was suffering for too long while I was trying to figure out what would worked for him.
So far it has been 3 months and he has no ear problems. Our Vet did recommend using vinegar/warm water solution to flush his ears as a preventive treatment. And I have been flushing my dog's ears with vinegar/water solution every 2 wks. We still have the ear drops to use if the infection comes back.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Charlie (San Jose, Ca) on 01/31/2010

Hello - My dog woke up this morning with an ear infection. She's a 9 year old black lab mutt that hasn't had an ear infection in over 8 years. I'm trying the ACV mixture, but how many times a day do I squirt the mixture in her ears? Thank you!!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Katupatree (Ottawa, On Canada) on 01/23/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Ear problems

When my Irish Wolfhound puppy has a waxy smelly ear problem, I use ACV glycerine instead of water. Glycerine is anhydrous and therefore absorbs the water in the ACV and is itself readily absorbed by the skin. This keeps the ear dry and prevents a moist "squishy" ear, which is an ideal environment for bacteria and such. This goes back decades to when my very young son was swimming a lot and got an ear infection. The pediatrician suggested it... Works like a charm!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Eric (League City, Texas) on 12/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

dog ear solution

it really works!!!! the apple cider vin, work in two days for my pit with his clipped ears ear infections are a normal thing after $$$ at the vet i tried it and he doesn't scratch at his ears or shake his head all the time. plus i use the ear dropper to shoot it down his throat and his winter pains are gone too.. its like having my puppy back... he hates the taste and i put alot in his ears and make him sit there for a half a min at least but its so worth the results and him being happy again!!!

EC: WARNING: Please note that Apple Cider Vinegar must be diluted with water (at least 50/50) before applying to any area on a pet, otherwise it can burn the skin and cause terrible pain. Apple Cider Vinegar should also be diluted before giving it internally as well.

Replied by Brian
(Elizabethton, Tn)
01/30/2010

my 11 yr old shitzu has an ear infection on and off for 8 months now and have been keeping his ears clean and dry as possible. I will try the 50/50 cider vinegar/water solution but, I'm not sure about feeding it to him daily. As I've seen it's mostly women who have posted here and I think you all know what vinegar does to your bodies. It kills ALL the friendly bacteria not only in your digestive system, but your other parts also. My wife says it causes yeast infections in women. It does the same to men if they ingest alot of vinegar like what happened a few years ago. He ate pickled everything and Italian dressing on his salad daily. So if anyone knows more about the side effects on our pets, please post. I figure I should feed my dog a teaspoon of plain yougurt every few days to help his digestive system.

Replied by Tink
(Asheville, Nc)
10/29/2010

All of you folks who are asking about dilution and frequency, it's all in the original post. You don't need to put so much of the solution in your pet's ear that they are shaking it out for half an hour. You can also follow it with aloe vera gel, which is soothing and also will loosen deposits in the ears. If you put the solution in a spray bottle and spray into the ear you won't end up soaking your pet's ear canal and causing them to give themselves injuries due to shaking out all that liquid. One thing that I changed from the original post and would suggest to all of you: use a tablespoon of vodka in place of rubbing alcohol. The solution potentially will drain into the animal's throat from the ear canal and/or be absorbed, and rubbing alcohol is not a healthy substance to ingest. Vodka is clean and digestible. I have poodles, prone to ear issues, and this works for me.

Replied by Buzz
(Toronto, On)
01/06/2011

Of course an antibacterial will kill all bacteria, but, just as following the use of prescribed antibiotics, you should add pro-biotic/good bacteria back into your body. Eat yogurt.

Replied by Claudia
(Portland, Or)
03/24/2011

Brian from TN opines that vinegar kills bacteria and causes yeast infections. Brian (and his wife) are confusing ANTIBIOTICS, which have those effects, with vinegar, which COUNTERS them. I am afraid someone will read his comment and become afraid of vinegar for the wrong reasons--completely oppositely wrong, in fact! (Sugar is more deadly a culprit in this situation than vinegar. ) P. S. --It has nothing to do with the gender of the person using it.

Replied by Cathy
(Picayune, Mississippi)
03/13/2012

To the one who stated that what goes in the ear canal drains into the mouth is not true. I have a standard poodle who has been prone to ear infections. According to the vet the dogs ear canal has a L shape. Whatever goes in the ear travels into a corner at the bottom and just sits there. Thats what causes the ear infection. Bacteria grows from the moisture left in the ear.

Replied by British
(Long Island, Ny)
06/08/2012

Can anyone help me please. My cat has an ear infection, a tooth infection and his rectum is so big and red and swollen, like a baboon's. I was so scared when I saw it. I'm sorry to say he looks like a rape victim. He is so miserable. I rushed him to the vet and was given 'Clavamox' 125mg plus 2 liquid meds to put in his ears. Oh, plus a cone around his neck. Unfortunatly I lost my job last month so I could only afford the office visit, Clavamox, ear cleaning and the collar ($121). I desperately need a home remedy that will really work and won't hurt or damage him. I'm a bit confused with all the 'yeas and nays', the dosages and the application. It is so hard to see my baby this way as i'm sure any pet owner can relate. I'd really apreciate any helpful tips that will ease his dicomfort and eradicate this problem. My cat and I thank you and wish u all the best of luck with your precious ones.

Replied by Nh Gardener
(Sanbornton, Nh, Usa)
06/18/2012

For British from Long Island re. Cat with ear and tooth infection and swollen behind--Please give him/her food grade diatomaceous earth in his raw apple cider-dampened food, starting with 1 tsp. Once a day, increasing gradually to rounded to heaping tsp. 2 X/day. DE absorbs and eliminates toxins from body, and is inexpensive. Check health food store or internet for sources, or I would be glad to send you some if I knew your postal or email adDr.Also add gently melted coconut oil to food, starting with 1 tsp once a day, increasing slowly to 1--2 tsps. 2 X/day. You might try dropping into ear from eyedropper, diluted ACV with DE in it; or if possible after swabbing out, applying gently melted coconut oil into ear. For the behind, if possible, I would gently massage or simply apply gently melted coconut oil with DE in it at 2 or 3 X/day. If kitty doesn't allow you to touch it, the DE in his food should help a lot. If he refuses his food with these supplements, apply to fur, paws, legs so he'll lick it off. Try at least a few times in his food, though. Best wishes to cat and to you.

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

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

Replied by Kim
(Indiana)
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 Donna (Cape Breton, Canada) on 12/12/2009
0 out of 5 stars

We have a long haired 10 year old cat that has had chronic ear infections all her life. Vets have told us that it is a yeast infection, not mites. Same story as everyone else. Many vet visits and much $$$ later, no relief.

I read about Apple Cider Vinegar and tried some in her ear last night. Just a couple of drops of organic ACV. I didn't dilute it with water - didn't read the posts on this site until after I had done it. It was clearly painful for her and I felt terrible so I'm hesitant to try it again. Would diluting it have made a difference in the how much it would sting?

Her ear is red, hot and has some scratches from her constant digging at it. I was wondering if I could use Traumeel Gel for a few days to help with the inflammation and scratches so that if I use the ACV again it won't sting her as much.

Also wondering about witch hazel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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

Replied by Donna
(Cape Breton, Canada)
12/12/2009

I also meant to ask how much Apple Cider Vinegar to put in a cat's water. We have 4 cats and water bowls all over the house which I change daily. Is this something that takes time for the cats to get used to or is the amount added so small that they don't notice? Thanks again!

Replied by Winterhawke
(Spokane, Wa/usa)
12/11/2010

My 15 year old cat has some sort of med resistant ear infection. In the past year, I have taken her to 3 different veterinarians and who each prescribed 3 different ear meds. The last vet prescribe an otic ointment called gentamicin. In researching it after it too failed to address her ear condition, I found it to be a very broad spectrum medication that is effective to every ear pathogen, including yeasts and fungi, that I, (a previous vet teach of 10 years), have ever heard of.

I am on a very low income and so can not afford the huge cost of another vet visit. Thus, I did an Internet search and came upon your wonderful site, and noticed many contributors using vinegar as an ear treatment. I have been treating her with a 50/50 solution, of white vinegar to water, for about 2 weeks now which has had no effect and the dark brown liquidy discharge has continued along with her discomfort.

Yesterday, I ran out and purchased some ACV and mixed it to a 50/50 to water solution and shall begin a treatment with that hoping that the particular kind of vinegar used may make a difference. I am really at a loss as to what to try if the ACV solution does not work. I would very much appreciate any ideas that anyone can contribute. Seeing my feline friend suffer is just not acceptable, and so, if any of you could post an idea ASAP, I would certainly appreciate it. There is also a store in town where alternative ingredients can be purchased, or perhaps someone could suggest an online company that sells a product that may work. No matter what, I thank you for reading my plea and for any advice that you could give to me. A Cat Lover in Spokane, Washington

Replied by Peg
(Katy, Tx, Us)
02/25/2011

Feed your pets some Plain Yogurt daily. Just a spoonful a day will do and they love it. Not temporarily just to treat the problem, but always as their daily routine because it's good for them anyway and will be a preventative. When it's a yeast infection in the ear then they have a yeast infection internally in their body. Drops in the ears from vets are not treating their whole body. Yogurt works on their whole body. Also, if your pet is having chronic yeast infections then you should look into them having a food allergy. Find a food that is for pets with allergies. Do some research online about pet food quality and how to narrow it down to find out what their allergy could be. Animals with allergies tend to get yeast infections. Also, if they've been on antibiotics they can get yeast infections.

Replied by Karen
(Manchester Mo)
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.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)
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...

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

Replied by Lisa
(Cleveland Tn)
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.


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Cindy (Barry, Texas) on 11/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Apple Cider Vinegar works wonders! I have a 3yr old chocolate lab that suffered from re-occuring ear infections for over a year ! Many trips to the vet ,surgury for cleaning and prescription drugs ( over a $100 a month ) did not rid my girl of her ear aches ! I decided to search the web ! I found your site .Seems daisy is allergic to corn ! I changed her dog food and she gets 1 teasoon of vinegar a day. Its been 2 weeks and I have my girl back . Daisy has done so well that I give 1 teaspoon ACV to my 9 yr old chocolate lab who suffers from arthritis. Red barely limps now . Just Amazing ! My kids ( Red and Daisy ) now have a new lease on life thanks to this site and ACV!

Replied by Donna D
(Nanaimo, BC)
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??

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

Replied by Diane
(Medicine Hat, Alberta)
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?

Replied by Wendy
(Ohio)
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

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

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

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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.

Replied by Susan
(South Carolina)
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


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jessica (Arlington, Va) on 11/10/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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

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

Replied by Fiona
(Tustin,ca)
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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)
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!


Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gsabrin22 (Miami, Florida, USA) on 08/09/2009
1 out of 5 stars

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

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

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

Replied by Fallon
(Asheville, Nc)
10/08/2009

My dog has ear infections too the vet said to clean them with q-tips because it is not going to hurt his ear because the ear cannal is L-shaped so I would go ahead and use q-tips if I were you.

Replied by Katie
(St. Johns, Newfoundland)
10/14/2009

I've got a yellow lab, now 11 months old. For the first 5-6 months she had several ear infections. I found that since her ears are pretty large a Q-tip or cotton ball wasn't overly helpful. The vet told me to pour the cleaner in her ear, and take a tissue (just 1-2 pieces folded over) and cover my finger, then actually stick my finger in her ear. Just go as far as the ear will allow, don't push it, and wipe gently with your finger. I find that this works so much better than a Q tip and she seems to find my finger much less irritating than the Q-tip as well. Hope this helps!

Replied by Emily
(Mexico City, Gto)
04/19/2010

I too have had a few dogs with reacurring ear infections. Had no idea about apple cider vinegar. I will try now. But what has worked for me in the past is vitamin E oil. You can find oil in herbal section with pills or if not you can actually break open the vit E pills and put directly into the canal. This was the only thing that worked for me with my shepard after numerous reacurring ear infections. Also i find q tips easy if you wet it with peroxide and/or getting a cloth wet with the vinegar and using the finger that way if your dog wont let u see into the ear you can feel where you are cleaning.

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

Replied by Danica
(Spokane, Wa)
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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