Ear Infections

Itchy Ears?…

Do This for Ear Infections

Most pet owners can easily tell if their dog has ear infections by looking into the dog’s ear. A normal ear is light pink, not tender and easy to examine.

With dog ear infections, their ear will present with a foul-smelling, black, yellow or brown discharge. The ears may be very red and tender.

Most ear infections are caused by an underlying allergy. Some are caused by water in the ear after bathing or swimming.

Dogs with large floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds, are prone to infections as their ear canals have poor air circulation, trapping moisture and allowing bacteria and yeast to grow.

Dogs with ear infections caused by yeast usually have a black discharge; this is commonly second to an allergy.

Dogs with bacterial ear infections often have an organism called “Staphylococcus”.

But then in rare cases, there is a more serious infection that can present which is caused by a bacteria called “Pseudomonas”.

no ear infections here
fairly clean dog ear
Instructions for cleaning ears

The use of white vinegar (acetic acid) will be very effective at removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and the bacteria which is responsible for any ear infections.

White vinegar is an anti-fungal. In many cases, white vinegar all by itself will be the resolution to any ear infections your dog might have.

But if your dog shows a more serious red with open wounds issue in the ears, do not use white vinegar at all.

Use of this agent will prove to be really quite painful and the dog may not trust you with his ear infections after that.

First, use some topical ointment that has soothing properties, like a mixture of Vitamin E and olive oil. You will want to soothe that painful ear before doing anything else to clean it.

You will also need to pick up a water syringe at the local drug store.

Then using a mixture of white vinegar and water at the 50/50 range, use only 5 ml of the water/vinegar solution per 20 lbs of dog body weight. Squirting the syringe full of the mixture into the affected ear.

If you are treating your cat; use 2.5 ml or half a teaspoon.

First grab gently the ear where it is attached to the animal’s head.

While holding the ear at the base next to his head, take your thumb and forefinger and squeeze them gently together with the ear closed in between them; rub the ear with that thumb and forefinger coaxing the vinegar solution down deep into the ear and canals.

Very gently wipe his ear with dry cotton balls removing any debris that comes up out of the ear canal.  This must be repeated daily from 5 to 7 days.

If your dog is prone to ear infections, this should be repeated every week at the same time.

How to clean a dogs ears in three easy steps – YouTube

Could the cause be food allergies?

When a dog is prone to ear infections that are recurring, we will want to try changing his diet to something that has less of an allergenic effect.

This means using a food that has a protein in it that he probably never would eat and in this case some people try lamb, venison, fish, turkey, and these are normally mixed with rice or sweet potatoes.

If he is already eating a lamb and rice meal, then cut that out also and go straight to something like the fish and sweet potatoes.

You can get dog food now that is total protein, this means absolutely no rice or potatoes but does contain vegetables and other important ingredients.

The dog food industry has really come to form with what they include in the more expensive foods so that our dogs are getting a diet full of things they would eat if still living in the wild.

If this is still a problem, you may want to speak to his vet. There is one more step in the food department and it is a very bland diet that requires a prescription.

Any allergy that triggers recurring ear infections, essential fatty acids must be added to their diet every day.

You will give 1000 mg for every 10lbs of dog body weight for a therapeutic dog dosage.  You can use flax seed oil which is a really inexpensive option and the dosage for that is 1 TB for every 50 lbs of dog body weight.

Medications, Oils, Homeopathic Solutions

Another thing you might give your animals/pets is an antihistamine. The most common is Benadryl and can usually be found around the house already.

The dose is 1mg per 1lb of weight. This can also be given to cats. They get this dosage 2 or 3 times per day.

But before you use anything that your pet has never used however, you should consult your vet. Most often it will normally take about 14 days before you see any significant improvements.

You should be able to clean your own pet’s ears from now on and eliminate debris and dirty build up from any ear infections that you find.

Right here is a good time to tell you about healing oils and especially if your poor pup has inflamed ears.

Since they are going to be rather difficult to work with or touch, a healing oil could be the miracle you need right now.

For healing oils that you might have around the house, using a single tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a single capsule of vitamin E and some crushed garlic will do the trick.

Cut the vitamin E capsule open and mix it with the olive oil and crushed garlic. Garlic is considered to be an anti-fungal and will usually help with those recurring ear infections. Especially if yeast is involved and it typically is if you are looking at allergies.

Put the mixture into you dog’s ear and manipulate the ear with finger and thumb just like above. After letting it soak for five minutes, remove it by wiping it out with a cotton ball.

Almost all ear infections are going to produce ears that are red and inflamed, and look like they hurt, possibly warm to the touch.

You need to decrease this inflammation.

Aloe and Calendula work well on calming inflammation and they also have antibacterial properties.

Using both of these products together have at times resolved the ear infections of many a dog in pain.

Hopefully I have shown you how to diagnose a dog’s ear infections, what are the main causes for them, and how you can clean and treat them effectively.

If your dog is prone to ear infections, you should set up a kit that you can simply pull out at the first sign of a smelly or itchy ear and clean and treat the problem.
Items listed here for a first aid kit for your pet for ear infection cleaning:

We talked about changing your dog’s diet if the ear infections are recurring. You should be able to tell within about 14 days if the diet change is helping.

Make sure that any pet with any kind of allergy problem always has clean bedding. Never allow them to soil the bedding with itchy skin to revisit the same dirty bedding the following day.

Please understand that none of my experience, strength, and hope, which is much cheaper than running to a vet every single time your dog presents with ear infections, will overrule anything that your vet says. However, use common sense in all cases.

Thanks and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. I will get back to you, usually in the same day!

I hope that you and your dog, or cat, or pets truly can calm those ears, clear and clean them up so that your best friends can snuggle close again. Do you have a bad dog

9 Replies to “Ear Infections”

  1. Interesting info.

    Never had to deal with an ear infection for my dogs, but it is good to know what to do in the event. After all, dogs are just than pets, they really a member of the family, and you want them to be healthy and happy.

    I love my doggy.

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed this post. Some dogs are just more prone to ear infections due to allergies. Especially pure breeds. Thanks for stopping in and if you picked up something that might help you in the future, bookmark us and come back to see if we can help before you go to a $75 vet visit.


  2. Hello and thanks for sharing. There is and old say that says that a dog is a man’s best friends. A dog is so loyal and stay with you no matter what therefore it is good to take care of them and to give them the best care very. This post is very information about how to take good care of our dogs when it comes to ear infection. Many persons do not consider this but dogs need tender loving care like us. Your readers will find this post very enlighting. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Norman: Thanks for your kind words. I have a first love in this life and it is dogs, actually all animals because they cannot be dishonest, they cannot hurt your heart, and they love you unconditionally; kind of the way that God meant for humans to interact. Somehow most have lost their way. Yes, you are right. When you have a dog, they depend on you for almost everything and that includes cleaning their ears, taking them to the doctor if the need be, but keep them from taking medications that most vets like to write too many of. Thus, the homeopathic doctor and his homeopathic or holistic remedies!

      I’m glad you enjoyed it


  3. Thanks for this very enlightening post on how to care for your dog’s ear infections. One of my dogs has allergies, and when they’re acting up, he’s prone to mild ear infections. I wasn’t aware that white vinegar is an effective cure. This is good to know rather than immediately heading off to the Vet. I’ll give it a try the next time we have this issue.

    1. Linda: yes and yes; we never go to the vet anymore, even with the kitties. As you may know, my dog died several years ago and it was at the hands of a vet. So no more. I will always reach out to the vet that I use at my site first and then if he says “go to the vet”; then and only then do I go but that isn’t for emergency care though. With his vet practices book on first aid; i’ve learned how to do so much on my own. I really appreciate honest and forth right people who are easily transparent. Dr. Jones is one of those guys.

      Glad we could help and next time your buddy gets and ear full of yucky, just make sure you re-read the instructions because there’s a couple of other things you need to use when cleaning ears.


    2. Hey Linda: Have you had the occasion to clean out your dog’s ears with the white vinegar yet? If so, did it work, and how well did it work? Did the dog hate it because of the smell? I don’t ever wish ear infections on a dog because I am sure they are painful but if one should come down with an infection such as this, it would be good to know if any of these home remedies will work? Thanks Rene

  4. My dog used to have a very bad ear infection. I used all kinds of ear solutions for cleaning but they just made it worse. Eventually, my vet advised to use just saline plus the flushing technique that you mentioned and some potent antibiotics drops.

    Following one week, she got better and after 3 weeks, her ears were back to normal. Since that episode, I’ve only been using normal saline and I believe it’s the most gentle solution out there for very sensitive and painful ears.

    1. Hey Cathy: I’m so happy that you did find something that works. It’s funny how the most basic thing works better than all of the expensive medications prescribed or those products off of the shelf at the pet store, isn’t it? I bet your dog is so much happier too, poor thing. It works the same for humans too. Coconut oil is the best fat to use for anything human as far as consumption goes. I found that pretty amazing and I rarely ever use olive oil anymore. Thanks for coming by and telling us about the saline. That’s the only product that I’ve ever used for my own sinus issues as well. Give your pooch a big kiss for us and I’m so glad she’s a happy girl now. No more stinky ears. Take care.

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