Ear Infection Remedies for Pets

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Bonnie (Southwest Harbor, Me Usa) on 10/14/2009

I read a post about treating dog ear infection with home remedies. I used 1 Tbsp. Balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide and 3 Tbsp. water and swabbed ears with this. Two treatments and the irritation and redness was gone. Cleaned ears for three day and she was cured. No doctors visits. This works!!!

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Posted by Jackie (Grand Rapids, Minn) on 01/28/2008

My cousin's lab puppy's ear was red and hot. there was dried blood and dirt in it too. i have a book of home remedies for dogs and cats. cleaned ear with acv plus water then mixed 1 tbsp pure aloe vera gel and 1/2 tsp hydrogen peroxide. she's getting over it nicely' at first i used 2 eyedroppersful but got better results with 3 she had a small growth under an eye on the same side as the affected ear and it has disappeared. could it have been a mite? just want to mention,i mixed up the mixture to put in her ear fresh everyday.

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Posted by Tim (Magnolia Springs, Alabama) on 09/18/2007

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.

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Posted by Rita (Hammond, USA) on 07/22/2007

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.

Hydrogen Peroxide, Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol

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Posted by Dawn (Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada) on 02/16/2009

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)

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.


I'm going to try it. We've already spent $230 at the vet and on meds that didn't work. We can't get rid of it.

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 Jessica

Did you use regular vinegar or apple cider vinegar?

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Hi Jessica, you want to use apple cider vinegar (ACV). It's much better than regular white vinegar. And to Kathy, that is, equal parts apple cider vinegar (ACV), peroxide and water. My husband and I have a cattery in Oregon, and have 20 cats, at present. Unfortunately, one of our babies got sick with ear mites, which quickly spread to all the other 19 kitties, as most were litters of kittens from our queens! We have always favored natural remedies. My grandmother had been an advocate of apple cider vinegar, claiming it could cure just about anything that ails you. So, I decided to try the ear wash, made up of equal parts apple cider vinegar (ACV) and warm water, in a spray bottle. You want to use a bottle that has a setting for a light mist. Spray in cats/dogs ears twice a day, for 7-10 days. I'd recommend going a full 10 days, to be certain all larvae, as well as the mites, are good and dead! We decided to follow this method up with yet another natural home remedy, using warm olive oil and coconut oil. Just warm up a little of each kind of oil, together, dab with a cotton ball, in kitty/dogs ears. Be sure to wipe out any excess oils. These work beautifully together, as the oils, really help to calm and soothe the redness and irritation from the mites/infection. Which, in my opinion, the ACV/H2O mixture, because of its acidity, doesn't necessarily do, on its own. Another natural option, follow-up, to the ACV/H2O mixture, is Aloe Vera. I'm happy to report, our cattery is free of mites! I hope this is helpful! It certainly was for us and we have 20, very grateful babies!

Replied by Kathy
(London Ky)

What are the amounts of each peroxide, alcohol, apple cider that you use? I have used another remedy but it hasn't worked. My fur baby still is getting ear infections.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Kathy,

You might try the Arcane ear remedy for an active infection:


If this is a recurring issue with your dog you might also consider diet. Take a peek at the ingredient label and if you see corn or grains it could be your culprit as grains have been linked to skin and ear infections in dogs. Yo might also consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water with baking soda, and also Ted's Borax remedy for dogs.


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Posted by Dave (Boynton Beach, Florida) on 08/30/2017

I have 2 yellow labs, one 9 the other 6. Both have had ear infection problems. The 9 year old had ear infections when he was a pup through year 3. Then a redneck vet gave us the solution. Mix 4-5 drops of iodine with warm water, draw up in bulb syringe squirt in ear. Rub ear and side of head for a few minutes. Place cottonball in ear as far as possible, then pull out. Don't worry never lost one yet in over 5 years. Continue with cottonballs until clean. In two days, it'll be cured. Continue to do once every month or two. Don't let dog swim in ponds or lakes. Ocean, most rivers, and pool is okay.

Keep Ears Dry

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Posted by Sarafina (San Francisco) on 12/16/2014

The rubbing 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 ; -)

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Posted by Colleen (Greenwich, Ny, Us) on 10/25/2012

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! 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

Replied by Kiyanna

What powder would I use?

Olive Oil

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Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 12/04/2013

I have used olive oil many times for ear infection or mites in ear and has always cured it just a couple of drops then massage ear to work it down

Olive Oil and Milk

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Posted by Marie (Auckland, New Zealand) on 02/27/2009

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.

Replied by T Kelland

Wondering if anyone knows how the olive oil and milk works?

I tried the ACV diluted a couple of days ago and my dog went nuts.

He is a cavalier king charles and his ears are always sore so I wanted to make sure I will be using the most gentle remedy going forward.


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Posted by Elana (Tennessee) on 05/05/2017

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...

Posted by Mila (Niagara Falls, On, Canada, Ontario) on 07/09/2013

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...

Posted by Nancy (San Diego, Ca) on 01/26/2012

WOW... This site has been a godsend. My shihtzu has had chronic skin issues and ear infections for years. His skin has been managable lately but his ears never seem to clear up even after 2 weeks of a daily dose of ear antibiotics. I took him off the ears meds and started him on acidophilus mixed with fish oil on sunday-01/22/12. I also started wiping his ears with a 50/50 ratio of white vinegar and water. His ears are clearing up!!! I'm not sure if its the acidophilus, the vinegar or both. He's still doing a lot of paw licking at night around bedtime, of course, but not near as much licking during the day. I've given him plain yogurt a couple of times, also, but it's tough convincing him to eat it.

I plan on buying raw, organic Apple Cider Vinegar this weekend so that I can really soak his paws and see how that works. I also plan on gradually adding to his water.

Rubbing Alcohol, Violet Solution, Boric Acid

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Posted by Jp4120 (Phila., Pa) on 01/27/2010

cure for dog ear infections

this works perfectly for my dogs after many wasted trips to the vet and many useless expensive drug treatments

[Recipe found on the web ]

* 16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
* 4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
* 16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. You also will need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears.

TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days. Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue and leave alone without massage. The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue. Best done outside wearing old clothes, as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows: Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears. Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks. Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog). All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy. Despite the alcohol, most dogs will not object to even the first treatment. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker. After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls. Their success rate for this treatment is 95-99%. Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not been regular about it.

Replied by Melissa
(Atoka, Ok)

It's a miracle !!

My 6 yr.old yorkie has suffered all her life from allergies, yeast infections in her ears, chewing on herself until she made sores. She has been treated with antibiotics,allergy medicines,Prednisone,medicated shampoos,& even ear surgery. Nothing worked for long. She was scratching and crying almost constantly. my daughter told me about Earth Clinic, so I started using some remedies I read about & they helped,but the one that worked a miracle for her ears was the one that you mix: 1- 16oz bottle of alcohol, 4 Tbsps.Boric Acid & 8 drops of Genetian Violet, mix together in the bottle of alcohol. Shake well before using. Clean the ears then apply drops to ears twice a day for one week, then once a day for a week. As soon as you see improvement,you can decrease how often you have to use it. I apply it once a week now and I can't beleive how much she has improved. I also give her the ACV & accidophilus in her food. I can't thank you enough !!!

Replied by Judy
(Lansing, Mi)

I don't know who Melissa from Atoka OK is but you posted that your dog has suffered for years with severe allergies. He is on a raw diet, but I don't think I have the vitamins and minerals down correctly, so any help would be appreciated.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh/usa)

To Judy from Lansing, MI: Please read in full this link ("Apple Cider Vinegar" is usually called "ACV")

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Very Important: If you decide to get it, ONLY get the ORGANIC "Apple Cider Vinegar". This organic ACV contains the nutrient-rich sediment, which is called "the Mother". You can get it at your local Health Food store or the health food section of your local supermarket.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Karina!

I agree that the vinegar and alcohol will sting and hurt a dog with such a severe ear infection.

If this were my dog I would go online and try Zymox Otic hcl 1%. This is a liquid and will need to be worked deep into the ear several times per day.

If you do the vet they likely will try to prescribe 'Oti-pack E'; please be aware this product has resulted in permanent deafness in some dogs.

If I had zero money and could not afford the Zymox or another vet visit, I would crush a couple of cloves of raw garlic into 1 cup of olive oil [Neem oil would be my first choice] and let steep over night and then warm that up and get that into the ear; raw garlic has strong antibacterial properties and the oil should be soothing. My next choice would be to spend the $20.00 or so to make up Wendy's recommended healthy ear formula, but my concern is that it is too thick and will not properly penetrate deep into the ear canal.

Replied by Darryl W.
(Papua, New Guinea)

I was taught that Boric Acid shouldn't be used in inflamed ear because the acidic property could have the tendency to burn the inflamed ear tissue. Is there any information relating to this?

Replied by Ruth B.

What strength alcohol do u use?

Replied by Wendy

@Ruth: please read Theresa's post above dated 8/11/2015. If your dog has very inflamed/raw ear canals, the alcohol will sting! Also search this site for "Arcane" which is a remedy you can make yourself using over-the-counter ("OCT") remedies.

Rubbing Alcohol, Violet Solution, Boric Acid
Posted by Carol (Sacramento, CA) on 10/27/2007

I have used this on my dog (a cocker spaniel) for more than 10 years. No more ear infections!

Dog Ear Cleaner

16 oz. rubbing alcohol
10 drops violet solution
2 tabs. boric acid powder

You can purchase violet solution and boric acid powder at the drug store. Pour a little of the rubbing alcohol out of a 16 oz. bottle. Add the violet solution (be careful! - it stains) and the boric acid powder. Shake well. Put 5-8 drops in each ear several times per week. Shake each time you use it. You will save loads of money on vet bills - no more ear infections in your dog!

Replied by Cathy
(Deltona, FL)

The recipe for the Blue Power Solution is incorrect. I am using this on my dog and it is awesome! The true receipe, from the book, It's all about the Animals, is:

16 oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
16 drops of Gentian Violet Solution (available at pharmacy)
4 tbsps Borac Acid Powder
(available at pharmacy)
1 new hair dye bottle to serve as the applicator

The Gentian Violet stains, so be careful. Best to do this outside.

Mix everything in the alcohol bottle and shake well. Put in the dye bottle and gently flood the ear canal. Massage for 60 seconds and wipe with cotton ball. Do this 2x per day for 2 weeks. Always shake the bottle before each treatment to disperse the borac acid powder.

Replied by Elba Martinez
(Columbus, OH)

My Golden Retrieves has been getting ear infections every couple of months for the last year. The bill is over $200 every time I take him. I got the gentian violet and the boric acid at the pharmacy (special order because they do not carry it any longer) and started using it. I saw my dog's ear getting better within two day. I am still using it twice a day as recommended. Bingo's ear is like new and I only spent $21 and have solution for several month. I am even sharing it with a friend who also has a Golden Retriever and has spent over $1200 in vet bill. I am sure this is going to work. Thank You!! Does anybody know how often to use it after the infection is gone?

Replied by Lynne

Isn't Boric Acid a pesticide?

Replied by Lindia
(St Petersburg, Florida)

1× a month, so I've been told.

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