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Ear Infection Remedies for Pets

Boric Acid, Distilled Vinegar  

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Posted by Dawn (Lewes, Delaware) on 03/13/2015
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Canine ear discharge:

I take 150 ml of water and add a heaping teaspoon of boric acid and add 70 to 80 ml of clear vinegar to it. Then I pour it into those containers which have isopropyl alcohol sheets (can buy them in drug stores or Kmart or Walmart).

I pull out a sheet, squeeze out excess fluid and wipe out my dogs ears with it. Boric acid and vinegar kill bacteria and fungus. Boric acid can also kill ear mites.

Boric Acid, Vinegar  

Posted by Dawn (Lewes, Delaware) on 03/13/2015

I take 150 ml of water and add a heaping teaspoon of boric acid and add 70 to 80 ml of clear vinegar to it. Then I pour it into those containers which have isopropyl alcohol sheets (can buy them in drug stores or Kmart or Walmart).

I pull out a sheet, squeeze out excess fluid and wipe out my dogs ears with it. Boric acid and vinegar kill bacteria and fungus. Boric acid can also kill ear mites.

Colloidal Silver  

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Posted by The_specialist (Atlanta, Ga) on 09/04/2011
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My dogs had has ear infections and I was able to heal them in just 2 days with colloidal silver. Just a few drops in the infected ear, and in 48 hours, the ear infection was gone. It has happened several times and it works all the time.

Dietary Changes  

Posted by Debbiefudge (Brighton, Uk) on 08/18/2013

Hi. Any dog that suffers with ear infections/problems, due to yeast.

Should definately change to raw feeding. Meat/Bones/Fish etc. NO vegetables as these contain natural sugars. Which feed the yeast. No steroids or antiiotics. They feed the yeast too. My Vet almost killed one of my dogs, so I have learnt all this the hard way. NO treats. A raw one is much better as a treat. Keeps their teeth clean. Gives them calcium. I'd say a big no to goats milk or any other milk.. Give probiotic yogurt every day. And, raw garlic. (A natural way to keep fleas away)

A regular dose of Diatomaceous Earth (DE) will keep worms at bay. And, also treat any. (MUST be Food Grade). Don't put any chemicals on to or in your dog. Don't give yearly booster vaccinations.

I have been raw feeding my 3 Shihtzus for 4 years now. And they are extremely healthy. No fat on them. Just pure muscle. And, it is so easy to do. I rotate what I feed them. Only, the one whom the vet nearly killed, has an on going issue with his ears. And that's because his ear canals are narrower than they should be. So, I regularly clean them with half water/half white vinegar, And put in colloidal silver, if he gets an infection.......

Most of these things are caused by food allergies. Skin problems etc. He has an overgrowth of yeast. Every time my groomer comes, she washes him in an anti fungal shampoo and the final rinse is half white vinegar/half water and left on to dry and both sides of his ears are shaved. (I don't use ACV on him, because it contains apples. That's why I use white vinegar, instead)

Posted by Bluetickmom (Cleveland, Tn, Usa) on 03/28/2013

I have a 7 year old Blue Tick with terrible skin problems and ear infections. The vet continuously prescribes steroid shots and antibiotics. As soon as the antibiotics are finished, we are back to square one. We have changed foods to a grain free and have started giving her raw goats milk. Any suggestions? I know she is completely miserable.

Replied by Kerri
Clarkston, Mi

My black lab had ear infection issues for the longest time and we treated him with everything under the sun the vet could think of, she ran every test. I changed his food, made his food, and finally the one couple things that have helped are warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar to clean the ear if its full of debris. Then after the debris is cleaned I put a few drops of tea tree mixed with coconut oil. I do this twice a day until I see improvement. Its important to clean the ear thoroughly by massaging under the ear drum while the vinegar water mixture is in the canal. Let the dog shake his/her ear after you put the fluid in it will losen and debris and then take either a cotton ball or gauze pad to clean completely. Good luck hope it helps!!

Dietary Changes, Black Walnut  

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Posted by Allie (Bc, Canada) on 06/09/2013
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For those dogs with itchy ears, ear infections.... I have a holistic dog consultant that helped me greatly. She recommened two main things: proper food - no corn, soy, or grain; and a deworming with Black Walnut. You can get Black Walnut at your health food store - my dog is 55 lbs, and I use 20 drops Black Walnut, in a syringe and into her mouth every day for 5 DAYS, then stop for 3 weeks, and then do it again for 5 DAYS. Right into your dogs mouth with the syringe and squirt it in. It tastes bad so putting it on their food won't work. ALSO, rotating food as well.... Switch from a chicken blend, to a lamb blend (lamb is actually best tolerated) to a fish blend, and round and round. Do a gradual switch though - so blend the new food into the old gradually increasing for about a week which gives your dogs digestive system a chance to adjust to the change otherwise you will have diahrrea and stomach upset. Good Luck!

Replied by Jr
Coloma, Michigan

You mentioned doing a de-worming with Black Walnut for itchy ears. Were the itchy ears caused from the worms? Would this work for tape worms?

Replied by James

Use diatomaceous earth for worming, add to food for 90 days to kill the eggs that might be lieing around and ingested at a later date. 1 teaspoon with each meal for 20 to 30 pound dog (10kg to 15kg).

Dish Soap Warning  

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Posted by Stella (Ohio)
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How potent is Joy dish-soap? Here's a little Food for Thought; A few yrs back when my dog had an ear infection the ointment that was used got on his fur & wouldn't come out for nothing so the Groomer used J...dish-soap and Yes it took the ointment out of his hair but also took the hair out along with it. Needless to say my dog still has a bald spot and the hair hasn't even attempted to grow back... Maybe J...dish-soap is the answer we've all been looking for, for hair removal on our legs & armpits.

Distilled White Vinegar  

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Posted by Joeybluesmom (San Diego, Ca) on 07/31/2011
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Oh my goodness, I just have to get on here and say thank you for this website!!!!!! I thought my dog was going deaf. He hadn't been able to respond to anything for about 5 days and I just thought it was old age... My dog is currently on Tom's mange treatment and just developed a nasty ear infection of which at the age of 11 he has never had. Poor guy. So, I jumped on earth clinic to see if there was a cure for ear infections that I could do from home. Sure enough, vinegar and water! Go figure. So, I made a 50/50 solution of the white distilled and water and used a medicine dropper and filled his ear with it. I rubbed that hollow area from the outside for a few seconds and let him shake his head to get the excess out. And guess what? Within a few minutes he was responding to everything we said! I almost cried. I've never been so happy to hear my dog growl and bark when we say "Here, Kitty kitty"!! There are no words. My heart is so happy right now. If I hadn't seen it myself, I'm not sure I would have believed it.

Replied by Kimdukeking
Quinlan, Texas

I have searched and searched for remedies for my German Shepard ear infection. He too is 11 years old. I've tried everything the vet has given me. Even having Achilles sedated and the vet doing the complete ear flush. Nothing has worked. He cries every night in pain. It completely breaks my heart. I just saw your remedy (50% ACV & 50% water ) My husband and I just put in his ear. He shook a lot of it out. I'm praying this works. I had a couple of questions. If you have a moment. First - how much should we have put in and how often a day should we do this? Second - when will we see it take affect. Thank you very much for your advice. I've never used this site so I'm not sure if this posts for everyone or not. If it does, any more advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. I do apologize for such a long email. Thank you again

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Kimdukeking!

Your reply posted to an entry from 2011 -everyone can see it if they search that particular thread OR if you just click on 'Recent pet posts' where most new posts appear.

For super painful ears I prefer to use Zymox Otic enzymatic solution I buy online; it has a bit of painkiller along with enzymes that digest the yeast. It works well but is spendy. I like this because you do not have to flush the ears clean, you just have to squirt it deep into the ear.

For painful ears where the dog is crying, my first plan would be to make sure there is no raw skin or open wounds in the ear due to scratching. If there are wounds I would start with garlic infused olive oil or garlic infused coconut oil as both a balm and an agent to soften the waxy gunk in the ears which will aid in flushing it out. Do the garlic infused oil twice a day until the ears are healed so when you use the vinegar it does not sting. I would use 1/3 each white vinegar, water and isopropyl alcohol. Do this twice a day - for as long as it takes. You might also consider Ted's anti-fungal/anti-staph remedy in the ears as well.

There is a bigger picture when it comes to chronic ear issues - diet, vertebral subluxation, systemic yeast and allergies come into play.

What are you feeding your dog? Take a look at the ingredient label and if you see grain or corn in the first 5 ingredients it is time to upgrade the groceries to a grain free diet as grains have been linked to chronic allergies and systemic yeast in dogs. Any treats or chews should be made in the USA and not treated with sugary coatings and red food dyes and nitrates. A chiropractic adjustment is another option to consider as a misalignment of the neck vertebra can result in chronic ear issues.

You might consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs or alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda as well.

Good luck and please report back!

Replied by John
Warrington, UK
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My boy is bout fourteen and he kept goin off balance and calapsing thort it was old age and thort I was goin to have to put him to sleep but luckily I read this first so I tried it and sure enough it worked when he stud up without fallin over I got on one knee and give him such a big hug with tears down my cheek thanku so much for leavin a comment so people like me kud read as I cud of made a bad mistake once again thanku so much my dog is a Alsatian cross with a lab and I also have a Japanese Akita which I rescued from the fire at Manchester dogs home and I love my boys to bits

Posted by Tom (S.Salem, NY) on 07/28/2009
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I have a rescue pit bull which has had chronic ear infections since she was about 5 months old. Since the first infection I have administered nothing but pure white vinegar. This always works and usually in a short time. I lay the dog down using voice commands (For this routine she is very reluctant but obedient, ALWAYS offering the good ear and I have to flip her). From here I almost fill the ear canal w/the vinegar (Which is warmed in hot tap water). I then massage the ear for up to 2 minutes(Listening for the gurgling in the canal to know I'm getting it all), drain, wipe it out with cotton balls cleaning all of the ear.Thoroughly dry when finished. I then put a very light coating of olive oil or bag balm on the skin (Administered w/fingertip). I have spoken to vets who agree this is a good remedy because the vinegar will balance the ear's atmosphere and the oil may kill bacteria. I never heard of using any water mix with the vinegar. My concern is that the water or a moist atmosphere (Like in humans) is what causes a lot of infections. I also never heard of using ACV just white. I like the idea of adding rubbing alcohol to help dry the ear but this will also burn the skin that is often damaged from scratching or rubbing.

Replied by Bruckey
La, Ca, Usa

I see all over the 'net not to use alcohol but absolutely no evidence to back up that assertion. Alcohol is miscible in water and helps water evaporate from the ear canal. Of course if the dog already has an infection, alcohol can hurt. But for preventative care, alcohol is just fine.

Replied by Airpan
Houston, Tx

I have also heard of grain alcohol (everclear) being used to dry out ear canals in pets and humans. I was on a dive team when I was a kid and I kept getting swimmer's ear. My grandmother purchased a bottle of it and with a capful would fill my ear, I would let it sit there for about 30 seconds and then tilt my head over a towel to drain. After that, never got another swimmer's ear infection again.

Replied by Sarafina
San Francisco
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Therubbing alcohol works for swimmers ear because it breaks the surface tension of the water trapped in the ear, which facilitates draining. The trapped water is not sterile and creates a nice warm humid environment for bugs to grow in.

Get the water out and no infection develops. I use the cocker spaniel ear cleaner which is alcohol based after my setter has been swimming to avoid problems from this. And I learned it when I was a kid, from dad, who was a competitive swimmer ; -)


Posted by Colleen (Greenwich, Ny, Us) on 08/12/2011

My cocker spaniel has had ear infections forever and I was wondering if anybody has ever used DMSO (dimethyl sulphoxide) to treat it? I think I'm going to try it on a q-tip after I clean her ears. I would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks.

Replied by Colleen
Greenwich, Ny, Us

So I tried the DMSO in my dogs ears and 2 days later the redness and discharge have decreased considerably. I've cleaned them again and squeezed the DMSO from a cotton ball into her ears again. I'll let you know of the results.

Replied by Colleen
Greenwich, Ny, Us

So I have an update in regards to my cockerspaniels ear infections. After a year of trying to figure out the perfect solution to clean my dogs ears to cure and then prevent her ear infections I learned that the only way to keep her infection free is to put NOTHING liquid in her ears! Soon after my last post I took her to the vet with a raging ear infection in both ears which they suggested removing her ear canal for a long term prevention treatment! Of course that was a big fat NO! After clearing up her infection with Mometamax and Baytril Otic, I maintained her condition by wiping her ears out with a tissue every day!!! I put NOTHING in her ears! Now I am able to wipe out her ears maybe 1x a week. I've also started putting a drop of Zymox Otic Enzymatic solution in her ears, wiping that out with the tissue then following it up with a little powder. She has been infection free for MONTHS!!! AFter 10 years of fighting for a solution for her problems i've figured it out! She smells great and doesn't hate her ear cleanings anymore! I hope this helps anybody who is struggling with this same problem. One last thought, I literally put a drop of the enzymatic solution in her ears, no more. Also, I always have the meds on hand in case I smell the beginning of an infection. Fortunately I have not had to use them!!!

Cheers!! Colleen

Ear Infection Remedies for Dogs  

Posted by Shawn (Cape May Court House) on 08/24/2013

I have a 4 year old French bulldog this is his first ear infection. I took him to the vet she gave me ear medicine to use twice daily until gone a prescription for cephalexin 250mg I've been giving it to him for 2 weeks now if anything he's getting worse :-( I cannot afford a $620 diagnostic test the vet recommended for him if he is not getting any better by the 3rd when I get my disability check I will have no choice buy to put him down which is my last choice I just think it would be best for him not to suffer anymore than he already is he barely walks before falling on his face I need help/tips anything I can try to make him better asap

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello! I am not sure what to advise, except that you may wish to surrender your dog to French Bulldog rescue if you can no longer afford to vet your dog and euthanasia is your only option.


It sounds as if your vet treated accordingly; you SHOULD have seen improvement by now. Additional testing IS needed for a proper diagnosis. You can try the home remedies - the ACV sounds appropriate, Ted's remedies for changing the PH of the dog sound appropriate but they won't work over night, and the hit and miss approach will likely prolong your dog's discomfort.

Perhaps the rescue can work with you to help get your dog treated - its worth a shot.

Replied by Lidia
Dallas, Texas

To Shawn from Cape Court House

your dog has inner ear infection. The reason he falls because they see the room spinning and he loses his balance. The equilibrium is off. It happen to my dog and she cried because it was so painful. Humans get the same from the inner ear infection. It is in the deep inside of the ear. It is not visible. The vet gave her predisone to minimize the inflammation of the ear and amoxicilline for the infection. The inflammation cause the ear to loose their balance, and the dog will have double vision. It happen to my dog. Do not put your dog to sleep.

Replied by Elaine
Atlanta, Ga

Omg, please don't put him down over an ear infection. Take him to your nearest dog adoption facility and tell them you can't take care of him. Ear cleaning done monthly is easily done by inexpensive Apple Cider Vinegar and distilled water flush 50/50 in each ear via squirt bottle, warmed up in glass of water, until it runs out, rub each ear as mix goes in, towel dry and that's it. If dog currently has ear mites or infection, please do daily until gone. The monthly flushes will keep his ears clean and infection free.

Replied by Mary

There is an enzyme based product called Zymox which works wonders on ear infections. I had a 16 yo dog whose ears were red and inflamed, and after ordering this product (zymox otic hc 1%) it cleared up within a day. Recently I gave a bottle to a friend whose dog has chronic ear infections, and the drugs and cleanings did nothing. She was constantly shaking her head, poor thing was in agony. Within 5 days all shaking stopped. You can order from amazon. Be sure to read the directions, and don't clean the ear first, just apply to dirty ear.

Replied by Becki

I have an American Bulldog & he had ear infections since he was a puppy. It was so expensive & so sad to see him suffer. I changed his diet to grain free/ NOTHING with chicken meal in it. Merrick grain free with salmon worked for us, but you have to do grain free teats as well. No chicken meal at all. Stick to fish based food, treats with only veggies in them.


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Posted by Malcolm (Chapel Hill , North Carolina) on 01/04/2011

Since onion is bad for a dog, is garlic oil in the ear also bad? I ask this since I have had great results with garlic oil for ear infections in my boys when they were little. I have given my children a few drops of garlic oil in the ears when they've had bacterial ear infections (I pierce a garlic oil gel tab and squeeze a few drops into the ear canal). Would this be okay for a dog? Dr. Weil states that garlic is a natural antibiotic.

Posted by Susan (Kaneohe, HI) on 07/25/2009
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the yeast infection in the ear is candida...the best natural way to completely eliminate it is with garlic. My son who is now 17, when he was a baby he had food allergies & constantly sick with ear infections. I went through the normal course of the pediatrician & ended up having him on different antibiotics for over a year. He developed a severe case of candida. I took him to an homeopathic doctor who tested him for the food allergies. I had read about candida & learned about the garlic which I gave to him everday in a pill form crushed up. Because of the severity it took nearly 6 months before it was completely gone. He has never had it again. This also works for your pets. I buy the already peeled whole garlic from Costco's & using a chopper add it to the dry Costco brand dog food along with olive oil for their coats & joints. It helps eliminate the fleas, they have no worms or intestinal parasites.

Posted by Jan (Niwot, CO ) on 11/04/2008
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I have 4 cocker spaniels. Anyone who has had cockers knows they have ear problems. Also they are prone to skin conditions. I had 2 previous cockers one that skin condition so bad at 8 years old.........she got so sick and died. The other I spent a fortune on medications again and lived to 7. I bought a very healthy male and female at 6 weeks old. Waited to make sure they had no skin or health problems. Of course they were on otomax every other month That's the ear thing. We breed them and had a litter of pups. We kept 2 of them. One of them has severe ear and skin problems. All of a sudden the Mom started the skin problem. Again vet bills on medications. I have changed food so many times figuring allergy. I finally went to a no-grain dog food. The ears and skin cleared up , but it kept reacurring every couple months. I finally did 2 days of searching on the internet. They are still on the no grain dog food........but, I am adding a teaspoon of chopped garlic packed in water to their dinner meal. Also a few squirts of flaxseed oil, and a little powdered Acidophilis. We keep treating a condition and not getting to the root!!! After 4 days.and a bath 2x a week with Selsum blue shampoo. my baby that has had problems all her life (3 years) does not scratch any more. great skin and coat. and no more bad ears!!!! The other three have had same diet and they are amazingly more happy and active. They don't scratch anymore either!!! I know it's the garlic!!! It is the best natural medication there is!!!! They all weight about 20 pounds each..........and for 3 weeks now.no side effects except i can sleep with out my bed shaking from dogs scratching , licking feet and shaking their heads!

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Replied by Teresa
Edmonton, Canada

Yes change your food to grain free, as turns to sugars that feed yeast, give some yogurt or probotic pills to help fight yeast by introducing better bacterias into the gut. And maybe the message way above yours that said they tried Milk of Magnesia spread in the ears to remove moisture may help. (It must have other ingredients that fight fungus) also to many antibiotics just create yeast and its a never ending cycle.

Replied by Dolores
Trenton, Michigan

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!

Green Tea  

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Posted by Tina (Seattle, Washington) on 10/19/2014
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I use herbal green tea as a drops solution for my Beagle's chronic ear infection. I've only used it for 4 days but he's no longer scratching at his ears and yelping. Herbal green tea has been a natural healing solution for many different problems, not just dog infections and it works great. You put two bags of Tea in a cup of boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes, and when its cooled you put 10 drops in each ear 2-3 times a day. It doesn't sting and it smells good so the stinky ears part goes away. What you don't use can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days for repeated use.

I am however looking for a solution to my dogs inflamed ear flaps that won't sting please so if you have good ideas for that please respond here, I will check this daily. I am still working on my present E-mail as for some reason I can't check it due to problems with getting passwords to work.

Thank you and I hope my solution helps others.