Arcane Solution for Ear Infections in Dogs

| Modified on Jun 06, 2023
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A popular remedy for ear infections in dogs, especially if they are caused by yeast is Arcane Solution, also known as "Healthy Ear Recipe." Dogs and cats can be prone to infections in their ears, especially dogs that swim regularly. Pets who shake their heads and scratch their ears may well have an infection. There may or may not be visible symptoms in the ears.

Many thanks to Wendy from Columbus, Ohio for introducing Earth Clinic to this remedy!

Recipe for Arcane Solution

  • 1 tube Monistat (generic vaginal anti-fungal cream is fine)
  • 1 tube Polysporin (first aid antibiotic ointment - use the name brand)
  • 1 tube Cortaid (generic hydrocortisone cream 1% is fine)
  • Use similar sized tubes and mix all three together in a container with a tight fitting lid.
  • For ears with visible signs of infection or an odor, use a pea sized amount of the cream twice a day and massage into each ear. Continue treatment for several days to a week until the infection has cleared up. At that point, you can use the solution once a week in the ears to prevent a flare up.

How Does Arcane Solution Work?

Because Arcane Solution is a mixture of three different over-the-counter creams, it can address a variety of different problems. The Monistat fights fungal issues, the Polysporin fights bacteria, and the Cortaid fights inflammation. This cream will be especially helpful if the infection is caused by multiple problems. A yeast infection could be come a bacterial infection as well if the skin is scratched open by an itchy dog. None of the ingredients should sting or be uncomfortable for a dog with broken skin in his ear from scratching or from the infection itself.

Have you tried the Healthy Ear Recipe on your pet? Please share how it worked for you!

3 User Reviews

Posted by Squirrel! (Sycamore, Il.) on 09/06/2018

It`s worked like a charm! My little 12 year old Brussels Griffon, Elvira had recurring ear infections for months. Even after changing her diet to grain free she was miserable. We`d go to the vet get steroid salves and oral meds for her and they`d clear up, but came back soon after stopping treatment. This mixture doesn`t hurt her, and cleared her up in 3 days! The once a week preventative doses keep her ears clean and pink as they should be. I also have a few hints for all y`all. I warmed up all of the closed tubes, by putting them in a glass of very warm water before mixing them. It helped a lot with making sure that I was able to mix it thoroughly. I also used an insulin syringe with no needle to suck it up into and put it into her ears without getting goop all over. Elvira and I thank you!!!

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

@Squirrel: So happy the Arcane remedy worked for your Elvira :-)

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Posted by Bullies (Derry) on 02/16/2018

I have an English Bulldog who suffers from auto immune disease. He has had bad ear infections in the past year. His ears were clear however an infection broke out in the right ear, green gunk, inflamed with cuts. Vets meds did not work including formulated drops after lab results. Tried this Arcane Solution and his ear cleared up. Excellent stuff and l have used a lot, basically all options suggested by the Vets. Dog is on a raw food diet also.

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Posted by Linda (San Rafael, California) on 03/16/2016

I've been using the solution, following exact directions for 5 days now. After the I initial first day of treatment, my dog stopped shaking his head, swiping at his eyes and checking on his paws.

Unfortunately, his ear is now inflamed even more and he's shaking his head again. Last night when I attempted to put the ointment in his ear, he yelped in pain. I will try the garlic and olive oil and hope he gets better or, a trip to vet will be likely.

Replied by Wendy

If his ear is not getting better, you HAVE to take your dog to the vet! Use the Arcane remedy as a preventative but only after your dog's ears have healed from antibiotics.

(San Rafael, California)

Thanks much. I did take him to vet yesterday. In addition to the outer ear torn up from scratching, the inner ear is extremely swollen. According to the vet, it is a yeast infection. He administered Mometamax. I did share with him that I had been using the Arcane mixture. His reaction was positive however, felt it wasn't strong enough for Chico. I will be ordering e Zymox Otic today As well. I did make up the garlic and olive oil yesterday as well and will use it to clean black gunk.

Side note...I've been saturating cotton balls with Colloidal Silver and laying them gently on the torn up outer ear and have seen a significant decrease over 24 hours in redness and wounds are healing. He seems to welcome this rather then yelping and running away. Thank you so much!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Linda,

Please take your dog to the vet. The Arcane solution hits all the right notes for most infections, but it apparently isn't the right remedy for your dog's infection.

Garlic and olive oil can be effective, and unlike the Arcane remedy the fluidity of this remedy flushes the debris out of the ear which helps to reduce the itch.

Once you are past this hurdle consider buying online Zymox Otic HCL - flows easily deep into the ear and typically provides overnight - if not immediate relief.

Please report back!

Replied by Mama To Many


Thanks for reporting back. It is always good to know how things turned out. So glad your dog is improving!

~Mama to Many~

Linda Curry
(San Rafael, Ca)

Thanks so much for your support. Blessings to my EarthClinic family, so grateful.

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Posted by Karina (New York) on 08/09/2015

Help!!!! My neighbor is an old lady, her cocker spaniel had a very bad ear infection, I took the dog to my vet after, given him antibiotics and drops for his ears the vet said that the infection went all to the way to the middle ear and inner ear and nothing can be done anymore. I just can not believe this!!

I don't know if I should put alcohol or apple vinegar, the inflammation is very bad and I am afraid that with alcohol or apple vinegar will damage more or will be more painful .

I will appreciate if somebody can give me advise.

Thank you!!

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

To Karina,

For your cocker spaniel, 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...

(San Rafael, California)

I'm trying this tonight. My poor dog has been shaking his ears, scratching his ears creating blood wounds etc. I just put the mixture in his ears. Say a prayer for my rescue Pittie. He is still shaking his head and scratching though stay tuned.

Replied by Karina
(New York)

Thank you so much Wendy. Will try and let you know.


Tell us how your dog is now please. I hope we can hear from you. I need to do this tomorrow for my beagle (Donkey). His long floppy ears make a perfect breading ground for whatever likes that warm, moist and dark zone... Seems like that liquid the vet gives takes forever, and most of that ends up on the floor or me. Of course the antibiotics work, but who needs more vet bills (though I wouldnt let that stop me from caring for him, but right now I gotta do something. Maybe I should go to the vet now, cuz I was treating him with some of the liquid and antibiotics left over, but ran out of both yesterday and he is already tilting his head, so I know its coming back).

Replied by Elaine
(Atlanta, Ga)

I use Apple Cider Vinegar 50 acv/50 distilled water to clean my dogs ears at bath time, 1x monthly. She has never had an ear infection. I don't use ear dropper but a whole ear flush. I warm up in cup of very warm water, using bottle with tip opening. I pour mix in each ear, rubbing as I'm pouring. You know when canal is full as it comes out. After bathing, I towel dry inside each ear and that's it. Being a mix of Bassett hound and springer spaniel, her ears are large but haven't had an issue since first learning about Apple Cider Vinegar flush on this website 5 years ago when I thought she had ear mites. Thought this might help.