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Ear Infection Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Lynx (Albuquerque, Nm) on 12/11/2016
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Ear Infections: I was scolded by my vet about using hydrogen peroxide. IT DESTROYS TISSUE. I was told to use Betadine diluted to the color of WEAK tea. Just thought I would share.

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Posted by Gloria (Hagerstown, Maryland) on 01/25/2009
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ear infection: I read that you take equal amts of water, perioxide and apple cider vinegar and warm a little to put in my 11 year old Shin Tzu badly infected ears, there is puss just oozing from both of them and the prescriptions and wash from the vet does no good. Her immune system is shot because of antibiotics.Please let me know if this is to be done daily or twice. We just started yesterday and she isn't shaking her head as much. Any more suggestions I would certainly take. She also is on precription dog food called CD for re-accuring bladder stones which she has had 2 surgerys and 3 prescriptions which include an antibiotic for her skin which is smelly and nasty- 2 baths a week at home. Appreciate any feedback. The vet costs are huge.

Replied by Anh
Sewell, NJ

To Gloria from Hagerstown - You need to get your dog off all the antibiotics and meds. Find a homeopathic vet in your area. A good raw diet with supplements will make the difference. Contact the homeopath post-haste!

Replied by Looola
Falmouth, Cornwall England

we have a retired greyhound who had bladder stones when we got her, hundreds of pounds later she had to be fed CD for 4 months. our fantastic vet suggested cranberry tablets, one a day with her supper. we have not had any problems with her since! hope this helps

Replied by Frances
Lincoln, Nebraska

I have a mix breed hound that has had skin problems for several years. After alot of vet bills I have found that a rice and raw veg. diet has worked wonders. I mix it with a dog food that I have found that is additive free (no colors, additives). It has made the biggest difference. A friend who had not seen my dog in over 6 monthes came to visit an ask what happened to the old dog I use to have. I was so happy to point and say "There she is!' She has now switched her dogs to the food I use and makes her food as well. My friend is a breeder and shows; and the food is called ____ Choice and is affordable and was developed by a vet.

Replied by Susan
Calgary, Alberta

I have read several of the comments and remedies about dog ear smell. My spaniel has very bad ear odor and stuff in it. i have had medication over yrs and its just last for awhile and ear cleaners.

I noticed it said Hydrogen peroxide and apple cidar vinegar. Would that work well? what is the portions for each? water, H Peroxide, ACV equal amounts or how? Is the peroxide, vinegar safe for the ears.


Also what is good for her skin odor?

Replied by Elana
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Peroxide, water and vinegar mixed,, 1 teaspoon each has made my dogs ears smell good, plus a probiotic every day and a drop of vinegar on the food daily...

Replied by Dr E Alberts
Johannesburg South Africa

Hydrogen Peroxide destroys tissue. At least dilute to a 3% dilution!! It's specificity is to help soften ear wax, and its removal. With ear infections with mites, bacteria and fungi the infection can spread from outer ear to inner ear, with the eardrum affected....have real brainstorms with your vets....build bridges for the benefit of your beloved pets. As a vet I tend to spend a lot of time in comms with my clients and thorough hands on on the pet involved.

Keep it simple, have the owners input and participation...listen and share knowledge....educate.....care.

Believe....miracles still happen. Regards to all.

Posted by Rita (Hammond, USA) on 07/22/2007
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Thank you for the remedy about using the peroxide in the cats water. I believe it cured his ear infection and saved his life. My cat was running diarrhea,vomitting and would not eat for two days. I used an ear dropper with the water peroxide solution, gave him Pedialyte so he would not dehydrate. I also, rubbed apple cider vinegar on him until I could get him to the vet. He started drinking on his on even before I got him to the vet. He is back to his old self. Also for now, I'm not gaving him water from the sink. I'm also letting him eat a little raw chicken, which he loves. I freeze it first. He's doing great.

Replied by Thea
Alberta, Canada

My puppy has a bacterial ear infection which came out hours after being groomed. He HATES getting the ear drops from the Vet (Surolan) and I wondered if these solutions like with ACV and hydrogen peroxide mix works on bacterial infections as well. I asked if I shouldn't be cleaning his ears between applications (when I called by phone)! And they said yes but I would have to get "it" there! I really want to know what to do. He is a 4 month old Goldendoodle that I love to pieces.

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada

Thea from Alberta, Canada: In my experience, the vet medicine you mentioned does not work. I all these years I have used ACV, Peroxide, coconut oil, and warm chamomile tea. Unless I had to have a suffering pet that needed to be euthanised, I have not have had to use a vet. Otherwise I would have to have a mortgage on my house by now.

I would also use DE in the food to deal with deworming since ear infections often are caused by parasites. I hope this is useful. Om

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Posted by Tim (Magnolia Springs, Alabama) on 09/18/2007
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We have a poodle Bridgett who gets infections after grooming. My wife takes 1/2 peroxide and water and cleanse her ears and then takes virgin coconut oil and rubs her ears and it works great no scratching and rubbing until the next grooming.

Replied by Lovemydogs
Loveland, Co, Usa
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I used hydrogen peroxide/water and this was the ONLY thing that helped Honey's ears. She is a 4 yr. old Shar Pei/Boxer mix and this dog is everything to me.

I had tried at least 4 different vet-prescribed medications and 1 OTC product for her chronic otitis externa. The vet also suggested a mix of vinegar/water to flush out the gunk but it didn't provide lasting relief. Basically, nothing worked.

My mom, in all her wisdom of 55 years, then suggested a 60/40 mix of peroxide/water, respectively. I saturated two cotton balls with the mixture, placed one in each ear, and massaged gently, letting the liquid loosen any buildup. I let her shake her head to get any excess out (and I get very dirty in the process). :)

I repeated this treatment once a day for one week. And her ears are better than they've ever been. They're not red and inflamed, nor are they as stinky. She isn't scratching at them as much, but she will lightly scratch at them every so often.

Now that they've cleared up, I'm going to try the coconut oil to soothe the skin in her ears. (The OTC treatment I had tried before the peroxide had left her with dry skin inside her ears). I'm going to apply the coconut oil with a swab but not POUR it in. I tried using coconut oil before but this was when she was on the other medication and her ears were not as cleared up.

I've read all over the internet "Don't use peroxide!" or "It can harm your dog's ears!" and my vet even hinted that she wouldn't put peroxide in her ears so don't use any product that contains it on my dog. BUT it has worked better than any other medication they've prescribed. How do you explain this?

Could it be that they want me to spend $15-$30 on a tiny tube of crap that doesn't even work so they can drive an Audi and not care about my dog's well-being and health? I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I'm looking at the cold, hard facts. I'm looking at the most amazing dog I've ever had and finally seeing her ears healed! How could the vet not have known about this miracle treatment that can heal my dog's ears and, not to mention, save me tons of money. I can buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide for $1 and it lasts me for months.

My dogs mean the world to me; they are my family. And I would not take time make this post if I didn't really try this treatment and believe in the results. So you can try this if you want and post the results. I hope it will work for your dog, too!

Replied by Sophie
Kamloops, Bc, Canada

I don't think the vet is telling you not to put peroxide in your dogs ears so you'll buy medication, remember, the vet did suggest vinegar! I believe the effects of peroxide are long term and are not visible at first, but the peroxide could be doing long term damage to your dog's eardrum and causing hearing loss which may not manifest itself until it's too late!

"It is a common misconception that hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant or antiseptic for treating wounds. While it is an effective cleaning agent, hydrogen peroxide is not an effective agent for reducing bacterial infection of wounds. Further, hydrogen peroxide applied to wounds can impede healing and lead to scarring because it destroys newly formed skin cells"

This information can be found in a journal dedicated to wound repair and regeneration: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Replied by G Allen

Some infections are sensitive to the presence of O2. Some infections do not care if O2 is present.

For those infections that cannot live in O2 then hydrogen peroxide will kill them when the reaction causes the O2 to be released. Here is the kicker the O2 is released when the hydrogen peroxide reacts with organic matter and destroys it. Pus in a scabbed wound or an abscess is a good place to find infection that does not tolerate O2. Break the wound open and flood it with hydrogen peroxide will cause the peroxide to boil off the O2, the O2 will kill infection (some of them) and the action of the boiling will flush out the pus. Good approach for trapped pus that needs cleaning out.

Now, just think about what is going on in your ear that meets the above conditions and decide if digging around in your ear then flooding it with hydrogen peroxide is something that you would do and expect to hear from that ear again? If not why do it to any pet?

Now would the boiling action loosen matter in the ear canal so it could be flushed out, most likely. But so would a sweet oil or ACV and water. Leaving the ear canal in a slightly acid condition will cause many things that might want to grow there to find another place.

What you want here is a clean place that is dry and not prone to infection.

My lab does not complain about his ear washes so long as his ears are healthy. No redness, rashes, open sores. If these are present then he objects until they heal. Tough luck for him, if I keep his ears clean he has good luck. If I goof off he suffers. Get the message? If your dog or cat has sore ears it is because he or she is not getting the care needed. That's not my pets fault it is mine. Spend some time keeping your pet groomed (might mean poking around in the ears) both your pet and you will learn it is better than using meds from the vet that end up having all of the time.


My mother always used H2O2 on me and my sibling's ears to clean them. As well as to treat ear infections. Though I have heard that using it dries out the ear canal and I know that to be true. I also know that it provided relief from many ear infections. Though my mother used to always tell me that I had selective hearing, She actually got my hearing tested not to long ago and was told that there was nothing wrong with my hearing. I heard just fine... She also uses it on scrapes and cuts that have debris in them. It would fizz and bubble out most of the things that were stuck in there... She raised us telling us that it was called tickle bubbles, because of the way it felt in our ears, but we would always complain after she put it on scrapes that it didn't tickle...

Replied by Phyllis
Ocala, Fl

I've found the same results with peroxide. I've used it for years, now, but was told the same thing. I have a dear elderly couple who live next to me, they've literally spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars at the Vet. to have no results with there dog. This dogs ears were terrible after a year of Vet care, I constantly told him just buy peroxide and use it on his ears, that's all I use. He wouldn't do it, until recently, and he chuckles when he talks to me and says. you swear by this stuff and continually told me to switch, and I'm happy I did, but wish I'd listened many dollars before. Believe it, their dogs ears are better then they've been in years...due to the use of peroxide!

Replied by Louise
South Carolina

Do you dilute the peroxide before putting it in the dogs ears? My dog keeps having a problem with his ears. He has the long Beagle ears, and I am constantly mixing up Ted's recipe and putting it in his ears.

Replied by Rhonda
North Carolina

Thanks, just put the peroxide in her ears...didn't have coconut oil. Just realized she had a problem....she kinda hides out in the winter, but, wasn't eating well, as usual. I doubled her ears (both). Hopefully I'll help. Vet bills are so, so high. Should I do this daily??

Replied by Shirley

Do u put the coconut oil into the ear or just rub it on the outer part?

Replied by Theresa
New Hampshire

So what kind of oil do you use in ur lab's ears? I got two labs from a rescue that were used primarily for breeding no concern for their health and their ears are crappy.

Replied by Zichron
Na - Not In Us Or Canada

Hello. to use hydrogen peroxide is very useful. It is all about concentration. I use it in my clinic to many things. There is a book written by William Campbell Douglass MD with the name Hydrogen peroxide Medical Miracle. It is worth to read. Zichron Chason DVM

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Posted by Dawn (Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada) on 02/16/2009
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I have a 4 year old pug who usually only got ear infections in the summer due to her love of swimming (she has a lab big brother what can I say.) this winter she has had two ear infections, both cured with home remedy. (I have a solution from the vet seemed to only clean it but not kill it.) So I tried equal parts vinegar, rubbing alcohol and peroxide. It worked, period. The smell, ooze, scratching, all stopped after 1st treatment. Cleaned and repeated 3 timnes a day until cleared and continued to clean with vet solution. I dont know what the vet will say when we get her in but it has worked twice now...I'll update if I get in trouble!

Replied by Christine
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Our daschund, Copper, had a bad ear infection that had caused the ear to swell almost shut and was oozing a black discharge. We took 3 equal parts vinegar, rubbing alcohol and hydrogin peroxide, mixed well and applied enough to the ear to fill the canal area. We then massaged the ear for 2-3 minutes and had the dog shake her head several times to drain out the fluid. We then took papertowels and cotton swabs and swabed out the area carefully, as the skin was quite red and swollen. Within half and hour the ear swelling was reduced by half and the redness was significantly less. I treated her ear once a day for 3 days and the ear cleared up by day 3. Each day since I check and wipe out any new loosened wax, however the ear has never looked better. This remedy did not seem to cause our dog any discomfort, but we did use an ear lotion from the pet store to sooth irritation after the irrigation. Total cost was less than $10 and the quick healing for Copper was priceless.

Replied by Leann
Machesney Park, Il

I want to thank you for that remedy for the ears!!! Worked very well!!!! Saved me $150+ for not taking him to ER VET BECAUSE it was a weekend.

Replied by Angela
Houston, Texas

Just use white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.

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Posted by Katie (St. Helens, Merseyside) on 08/03/2013

My west highland terrier has had ear problems for a while but only flares up every now and again. She keeps shaking her head, itching her ears and tilting her head on both sides. I can not get her to a vets as it is the weekend. What is the best thing I can do until I can take her to the vets???

Replied by Lynn
Venice, Florida

You may have a good result for your Westie with Apple Cider Vinegar. Try mixing with water, 3 to 1. (1/3 cup ACV with 2/3 cup lukewarm-warmish water) With a cloth apply very generously to the scruff of the neck right at the SKIN so it can be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream. Wetting just the coat/fur will not be sufficient. I would not be afraid to leave the area wet and even somewhat dripping. I might also do the same with the area behind and around the outside of the ears but NOT (!! ) inside the ears. Depending upon the severity I would repeat this perhaps 4 times a day. I have never had any of my patients or pets object very much to being subjected this, which indicates to me that they know something I don't.

I have not read any explanation as to what it is with the ACV that provides healing of so many ailments. Obviously there is a scientific explanation of the mechanism of healing but, as ACV is so inexpensive a remedy, Big Pharma and it's bedmates will not be doing any looking into this anytime soon. The first time I used ACV on my animals I felt almost silly, but, for me, it rarely doesn't help and often completely heals so I'm sold.

Of course if your pups infection (I'm guessing) proves to be beyond the reach of the ACV we must get to the vet. The possibility exists that something may be in the ears that must be removed or otherwise addressed by the vet. Best wishes for a healthy, happy dog.

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Posted by Dr Scott (Brisbane, Qld) on 03/10/2013
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1. For infected ears rather than putting acids or alcohols into the already inflammed stinging chronic ear, try Manuka honey. Doesn't sting, i'ts active again all the harmful organisms in the ear (including Pseudomonas), and is safe if the ear drum is ruptured. It soothes inflammed skin and may helps draw material out of eardrums like a poultice. There are no bacterial resistence issues either. Also helps to deodorize stinky ears as well. Only downside is it can be a bit messy to apply and when it dries but can remove with wet cloth. Just Instill a few mls with a syringe and massage in -its easier when warm.

Works wonderfully and very economical and I use this in my Vet practice.

2. For those waxy or itchy allergic ears water based products like vinegar doesnt remove wax very well, try either warm olive oil or very dilute orange oil mixed with a little oatmeal. Good luck

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My dog has pseudomonas in both ears with both ear drums ruptured. Culture is showing that the bacteria is now resistant to all drugs and he has recently has surgery to remove both upper ear canals to allow a greater amount of air into each ear in the hope this help.

I am interested in using manuka honey to see if this is effective and wondered if I made a dilution of warm warm water with the honey if you think that this would be as effective as putting pure honey into the ear canals as it will be difficult to put the honey into his ears with the shape of the canal.

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Posted by Mel (Sydney, Nsw) on 12/08/2009
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Brown discharge in ear - yeast infection

My vet suggested using cotton wool dipped in methylated spirits and wiping your dog's inner ears. Helps to dry the ears out and acts as an antiseptic. Apply whenever ears have the brown discharge. Dogs won't like the smell, but it definitely helps to alleviate the discomfort of itchy ears

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Posted by Chris (Hobbs, Nm) on 09/27/2009
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hi.to make along story short once i went to the feed store and saw some occular ointment for pigs i think, like a salve in alittle tube and simalar stuff with anti infection in a tube from rugular store in my bulldogs ear. it must have worked. ive put acv mixed with everthing else and salve in my labs ear he dont like it so i dont do it so often. its helped some. and i found some homeopathic human ear drops in a little bottle i thinh it helped. i spray acv to wash out his ears first they are dirty and he dont like it. i been thinking about trying oil of oregano after reading here about garlic oil. both are famous for infections. also ive been giving cottage cheese to eat for their bacteria humans have to have some kind of yogurt for yeast and good health also i make biskits with 1 or 2 lbs old fashiond oatmeal 1lb white cornmeal its not supposed to be genetetically modified yet maybe half lb organic flour non aluminum baking podwer salt eggs can milk olive oil they love them. i believe oats are super food and sardine and eggs and good dog food and some ground flax

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Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/04/2013
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At the first sign of a head tilt or constant head shaking and ear scratching, check the ears for foreign bodies and discharge. Ears may be flushed with the ACV/H20 remedy, but sore ears that are raw from scratching should be treated first with olive oil infused with fresh garlic. The fresh garlic has anti-fungal/anti-yeast properties and will aid in combating a yeasty ear infection while the olive oil provides a soothing means of delivery as well as working with the garlic to combat ear mites.

Take 1 cup of olive oil and add 1 good sized clove of fresh, chopped garlic and let steep overnight. Strain the garlic from the oil, and then warm to a comfortable temperature for the pet [101 degrees F]. Appy generously to the ear canal, making sure it gets down deep; massage the base of the ear canal near the pet's jaw and listen for it squishing about. The pet will shake its ears to remove excess oil. You can apply the garlic infused olive oil 2 x day for 2-3 days; this will allow the ear tissue to heal to where you can then use the ACV/H20 remedy with no stinging or burning.

You can purchase already made preparations of Garlic and Mullien oil or Neem oil that can also be used on painful ears; these oils need not be used full strength from the bottle, they can be diluted with olive oil 50:50. Always warm to a comfortable temperature before using in the ear.

Replied by Aljay
Tel Aviv, Israel
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I used olive oil and garlic for my dog's ear infection, it's amazing..it works, thanks god, my dog is happy now.

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Posted by Marie (Auckland, New Zealand) on 02/27/2009
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I tried the Vinegar solution but it only caused more redness in my dogs ears. But I have had great success with the Olive Oil and milk remedy. 2tbs oil to 1 tbsp of milk, warmed up. Soak a piece cotton wool in the mixture and rub on the inside of the ears making sure only a little goes into the ear cavity. It is really helping, the redness and smell is nearly gone. It will need to be kept up once a day a least to keep it at bay for now though.


Posted by Lisa (Lilburn, GA) on 05/28/2009

I tried most of the remedies except the blue power.The apple cider vinegar works great to clean my dog's ear and if I use it regularly it prevents the ear infection from returning. After some time of neglecting to clean my dog's ear, the ear infection always returns. After the last ear infection, we had a culture and sensitivity test done to confirm the presence of an antibiotic resistant staph bacteria. The vet prescribed a powerful antibiotic that would have to be administered for over a month and possibly longer. I refused the antibiotics from my "naturopathic" vet and received a horrible scolding after I said I wanted to try something else first. I tried the milk and olive oil and saw some improvement but not enough. Needed something stronger, quicker because the ears were oozing puss. After researching I found a commercial product called Zymox which got the ear infection under control within 2 days. I have now been using it for about 5 days and the ears look normal, but I will continue for the full 14 days to completely kill the bacteria. Ingredients include natural milk enzymes lysozyme, lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin that work by digesting bacteria. It comes with or without hydrocortisone. Other ingredients include: glycerin, deionized water, dydroxy propyl cellulose, benzol alcohol, potassium iodide, dextrose, propyl glycol, glucose oxidase.

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Posted by Susie (Exeter, Ca.) on 11/25/2011
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Used this on my poodles ears, now he can hear. Can the stuff block hearing?


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Posted by Mila (Niagara Falls, On, Canada, Ontario) on 07/09/2013
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I am a breeder of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Every year I was fighting ear infections in some of my doggies, as Cavaliers have long ears and infections are quite common. After learning about use of probiotic formula for pets 2 years ago, I don't see these infections any more. I am giving them just a little sprinkle (a pinch) on their food once a day - not even the recommendation on the product container. Only once a week I am cleaning their ears, but there are no infections. You can buy this "Geneflora Probiotic formula" in any pet store. It costs around $36.00, which is much cheeper then vet visits, medications and the time involved. I hope this will help somebody else as well...

Replied by Jeri
Hamilton On

Your dogs have chronic ear infections, and YOU ARE BREEDING THEM???

Replied by Melanie

Can I use the isopropyl alcohol (wintergreen) when making the ear cleaning concoction?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hello Melanie,

A common ear cleaning solution is 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup isopropyl alcohol for cleaning ears after a swim. This is not for infected ears that have sores or are scratched raw - garlic infused olive oil would be the better remedy for that.

Replied by Wendy

@Theresa: I'd advise against using alcohol. In my original post of the "Arcane" remedy, it stated that while alcohol can dry out the ear canal, "if there's even the tiniest perforation inside the ear, the alcohol can seep far into the inner ear where it can do permanent damage."

Now, I would think simply soaking a cotton ball with your solution, squeezing the excess out of the cotton ball first, then wiping the outer ear with the solution, would be ok. Just didn't want readers to pour a solution containing alcohol into a dog's ear for fear that doing so would damage the inner ear if there was a perforation in the inner ear.

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Mpls., Mn

@Wendy, thank you for bringing this point up for discussion. I believe if you check around you will find that many ear cleaning solutions on the market do contain alcohol. The reason one would include isopropyl in an ear cleaner is *because* of its drying qualities. Veterinary studies have shown that simply rinsing ears out with sterile water will result in a yeast infection of the ear - so alcohol does have a place in ear remedies. Please also note that even the formula that you recommend may cause deafness *if* the inner ear drum is ruptured due to the antibiotic it contains. The key is for each pet guardian to know the history of their pet's ears, and if there have been chronic infections to beware of any treatment involving antibiotics or alcohol as if the ear drum has been punctured it may sting like the Dickens - and could also result in permanent deafness. For a dog that has had a history of healthy ears, who likes to swim and gets into lakes and streams regularly, I have no problem recommending the water/vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution as I have used it many, many times on my own dogs with excellent result. There simply is no one remedy that fits all; the solution the original poster asked about [water/vinegar/rubbing alcohol] is five bucks - the solution you promote [Arcane] is $30.00 bucks. I have recommended your ear formula to friends - it worked well and saved them money too! But I have also suggested the alcohol based formula for friends on a shoe string budget who's dogs do not have infected ears nor a history of chronic ear infections who simply want an effective and affordable ear cleaning solution for when they come home from the lake.

Since the poster I was responded to was asking about ear *cleaning* solution [as opposed to an ear infection remedy], do you have a home remedy that you recommend? I very much learn from and enjoy your posts and am curious if you / your vet has anything up their sleeve for a home ear cleaner. Thank you!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh

Hi Theresa :-) When I had my Golden Retrievers (don't have a dog currently) I used the Oti-Clens from the vet to simply clean my dogs' ears. I had originally gotten a large bottle which lasted awhile. I do agree with your recommendation for cleaning, especially on a shoe-string budget! In retrospect, I wish I had known about the water/vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution.

I also agree with you that every dog is different, and it's up to the owner to be aware of the pet's history, e.g., with chronic ear infections, don't use an alcohol-based cleaner because it would sting and possibly damage the inner ear. And yes, to simply clean the ears after swimming, the water/vinegar/rubbing alcohol solution would be ideal.

By the way, I too enjoy all your posts! :-)

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Posted by Pawpads (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/08/2010

You should not be putting anything in your cats ear, that you have no idea what your diagnoses is. TAKE YOUR CAT TO A VET!!! Especially alcohol, and straight vinegar.... You should be cleaning your cats ear if they are extremely waxy twice a week with a cotton ball, dampened with nothing more toxic than a quarter cup of distilled vinegar, and warm distilled water... And do not go deep into the ears... You can do extreme damage... If you don't get it all the first time, go back in a day and do it gently again. If there is too much goo go the the daggone VET!!

Replied by Jujucats
North East, Pa

Geez, calm down! You obviously haven't been reading the posts-if you had, you would see that most of these responders had gone to the 'daggone' vet! Hundreds of dollars later, the blue power and also ACV has worked for my lab's ears and now I have a new rescued kitten that I've noticed had horrible gunky ears. She was a stray we got from a shelter and she'd been abused and we've worked really hard with her to gain her trust and she's finally coming around so I've twice used Cerumene to loosen up the gunk and even when she shook her head, hardened pellets of it came flying out! Apple cider vinegar is a great solution-especially if you use organic and soaking a cotton ball of ACV and water and smooshing it into a cat's ears will not hurt them. Not one bit. I do not recommend sticking Q-tips or any other item smaller than a finger into a cat's fragile ear, but a cotton ball? You bet! Squish and dry-if you want to follow up with Vit. E oil or olive oil (extra virgin, organic, from the first cold pressing is what I use) go for it. Your cat will be so grateful.

Replied by Helene

I went to the vet, got anti-mite treatment, my cats had gotten ear mites from stray cats that were hanging around our property, the treatment didn't work. I went to another vet a few months later, he said " Well of course it didn't work, you need to use the ear drops as well as the topical treatment! ". Did just that. My cats still have ear mites. I have been cleaning their ears for a year with q-tips, they don't mind it now that I don't use vinegar anymore- They HATED the vinegar! - and they have never lost hearing. I just want to be rid of these ear critters. I used Purel, didn't work. Now I'm considering a mixture of Hydrogen Peroxyde, water and tincture of green soap. And yes, I did see the vet, and it's not an infection. Just bugs. I don't trust vets anymore. After 300$ spent on ear mite treatments and toxic pesticides applied directly to my cat's skin, I will never trust mainstream treatments again.