As a dog owner and foster dog mom, I understand how frustrating it is when your dog has chronic ear infections. The constant scratching, head shaking, the sound of your dog’s collar and tags driving you nuts… not to mention your dog!
Your dog may have smelly ears; scratch or paw at his ears a lot? Do you see brown gunk, discharge, redness or swelling in your dog’s ears? Does your dog shake his head a lot?
I’ve got some good news for you! If you are looking for a home remedy for treatment for your dog’s ear yeast infection, you’re in the right place.
How to Treat Your Dog’s Ear Infection Without Going to the Vet
I tried every home remedy I could find. From apple cider vinegar to peroxide. Which by the way, I later learned actually can harm and dry out your dog’s ears. If you really want to try these DIY remedies, you can skip to the bottom of this post.
I’ve taken our dogs to the vet several times and it isn’t cheap. In fact, it was well over $100 for the visit and prescription ear medication. And after all that, the ear infection would just return or never really go completely away.
My first experience with ear infections was with JJ. In the last year of his life, he had picked up a yeast infection and had brown gunk in his ears along with an infection in his eye.
To say JJ was not a fan of the vet is putting it mildly. So, it wasn’t an easy task when I took him in to have his eyes and ears checked. If you have a dog like this, you understand how stressful it can be for both dog and human!
So that’s when my home remedy search started. As I said, I’ve tried everything. Nothing seemed to work, it was a constant battle.
Soon after, we adopted Ginger. She has food and environmental allergies that cause her to have chronic ear infections. At one point she had a bacterial infection in both ears.
I took her to the vet and same thing, $100+ for the visit and prescription ear medication.
Ginger’s ears were red and I needed to find something to get rid of my dogs ear infection fast. The prescription medication sort of worked but never got rid of the infection completely.
Natural Home Remedy for Dog Ear Infections
I was just about to take her to the vet again when I saw an advertisement for an over-the-counter dog ear infection medication called Eco Ears by Vet Organics.
I wish I had better pictures, but this shows what Ginger’s ears looked like and the amount of brown gunk I cleaned out every day before using the Eco Ears.
It is important to note that I am NOT a veterinarian, so if you have any doubts, please just take your dog to your vet.
I know you want to know how to treat your dog’s ear infection without a vet, but sometimes we need a professional to help us. If you can’t afford to take your dog to the vet, I understand… I’ve been there. Try talking to the vet to see if they have any programs to help you.
Finding out the source of the ear infection is just as important as treating it.
After just a few days of using Eco Ears in my dog’s ear infection, I was amazed at how well this stuff really works! Gingers ears weren’t red anymore and the brown gunk in her ears slowly started to disappear. I was finally able to get her ear infection under control.
During this same time frame, I realized Ginger has food allergies, which I am sure contributed to her ear infection. Between using the Eco Ears and changing her diet, we’ve been able to control Ginger’s chronic ear infections. Thank God!
Here are what Ginger’s ears look like today, infection free! And I owe it all to EcoEars.
The most common types of ear infections in your dog are: Yeast Ear Infection, Bacterial Ear Infection, and Ear Mites. And the best thing about the Eco Ears is that it will treat all of these ear infections!
The best thing that Eco Ears brings relief in 24-48 hours and has a 93.7% success rate! PLUS it’s going to cost you a tiny fraction of what it costs to take your dog to the vet!
Apple Cider Vinegar for Dog Ear Infection
I personally don’t recommend apple cider vinegar. It didn’t work for us and if used improperly could cause more damage than the ear infection. But if you are looking for natural remedies you can make at home, this is the most common remedy.
Do NOT use is remedy if your dog’s ears are red or have open sores. It will be burn and be painful for her. Apple cider vinegar works by killing both yeast and bacteria.
Use a mixture of 50% organic apple cider vinegar and 50% water, soak a cotton ball and clean your dog’s ears.
If you notice your dog in pain or her ears drying out too much, discontinue use and see your vet.
How I Clean My Dogs Ears at Home
Buying a bottle of EcoEars is the first step, this is the only product I found to work (and trust me, I’ve tried more than I can count).
Because Ginger’s ears were filled with brown gunk, I first dip q-tips and cotton balls in the Eco Ears liquid and clean the brown gunk from inside her ear.
Do not insert the q-tips deep into the ear canal, I use the q-tips to remove the gunk from the crevices around the ear, but never too far inside.
Then I put a small amount of the liquid inside her ear, rub it for a minute, and let her shake her head. I saved the red cap that came with the Eco Ears bottle and use it to fill with the liquid to pour inside Ginger’s ears. This helps lessen the scariness and noise of the big bottle.
I repeated cleaning her ears twice a day for 10 days. Even though her ears looked much better within just a few days, VetOrganics recommends continuing for the full 10 days.
I now clean my dogs ears once a month for maintenance. Even a quick wipe with a cotton ball just to make sure their ears stay clean and healthy.
My vet said olive oil vinegar and alcohol not peroxide
Work well for cat and dogs
Thank you incredibly much! Your advice was extremely helpful in treating my dog's ear problem.
Where do you buy this at
I get mine online at Chewy here: https://prf.hn/l/75ZDJ5x
My Lab,Boomer, is almost 16 yrs old. I rescued him when he was 7 months and have loved my best friend ever since. I have 2 other rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats. Boomer is the only one who has a problem with his ears. And like you I have tried everything from store bought to dig ear products and to no avail. I don't get alot of gunk from his ears just a bit yet they feel hot to the touch. And not always but just when he's shaking his head. Drs didn't find any infection or any other problems but it has to be something! What would you suggest? I had a bully rescue centre for 13 years and always just used either oregano oil and coconut oil mixture of olive oil. That usually worked but is not helping Boomer.
It could be a sign of something else going on health-wise. At this point you will need to become a bit of a detective. Try eliminating foods and environmental allergens that may trigger the hot ears.
where do you buy eco ears?
You can get it on Chewy or Amazon.
My miniature schnauzer constantly has one ear with yeast infection. I'm curious what food did you change to. I've tried everything. Even made homemade food for 6 months. With just chicken thighs, steams vegetables and brown rice. Still no change.
Chicken is the number one allergen to most dogs. I did a food elimination diet for our dog and found she was sensitive to everything but fish. We feed her Zignature now, rotate between the three fish proteins they have. Make sure to check any treats too. Consider other household environmental allergies… laundry soap, floor cleaners, etc. Read Does My Dog Have Allergies?
I use coconut oil and it’s gentle, anti bacterial clears up the redness almost over night. It really work well
Why didn’t I think of that!!! Thank you for the tip.
I also use this for my dog who had chronic ear infections. I clean his ears one a week and no more vet visits for his ears. Has been a lifesaver.
What does the product contain what are the ingredients? I'm clearing brown gunk everyday using coder vinegar and olive oil and witch hazel to soothe he loves having it done.
VetOrganics list their ingredients on their website here. Witch hazel extract is one of the ingredients.
I’m going to definitely try this. Curious to know what food you switched her to?
Ginger eats Zignature brand, I rotate between their fish based protein foods.
Hi what food did you change your dog too please
We are feeding Ginger to Zignature Whitefish. Zignature has other limited ingredient foods, so you will need to find the protein your dog does well on.
Going to try thanks for care
I use Echoears for both dogs, I have changed their diet. Works wonders
I use Zymox, an OTC enzyme that I order from Amazon.com. It works well if used before an ear infection gets really bad.
My dog also was getting bad ear infections and had itchy skin so bad he would scratch himself raw. I eliminated peanut butter and that took care of the itching and a lot of the ear redness/irritation. He still gets occasional ear infections and will give this a try.
Interesting, first dog I’ve heard about being allergic to peanut butter. So glad you found what was making him itch!
Do you know if this Eco Ears is good for cats too?
p.s. In About the Author, there is a misspelling of the word “where” . It is in the first sentence, after Rescue Dogs 101….”WERE” is the misspelled word.
Yes Eco Ears has a cat version. I don’t have cats so can’t speak to its effectiveness. And thank you, funny no one caught the misspelling until now 🙂
I have 5 rescues from people who no longer their pet. I have 3 yorkies (not the miniatures) 1 chihuahua and 1 very large retriever who thinks she is as small as the rest of her sisters and brother. Thank-you for the advice because I have 2 with ear infections and it is very costly at the vets.
You are very welcome. Thank you for rescuing so many dogs!
What did you use to treat your dogs allergies. My labradoodle chews and likes on his paws. Also what dog food do you recommend?
We started with an elimination diet to figure out what she was allergic to. Then add supplements such as coconut oil and probiotics. We feed Zignature because it’s the only food I’ve found she doesn’t have a reaction to. You can read more here: https://www.rescuedogs101.com/ultimate-guide-home-remedies-dog-allergies/ and here https://www.rescuedogs101.com/treats-food-bones-dogs-allergies/
I have a Maltese rescue with skin allergies and ear infections. Vet gives a IM injection followed by Anti itch pills. We use Hills’s to Home Prescription Diet for skin allergies and ear infections. She sometimes cries. That’s been a while because we scooped everyone up to the Emergency vet.
Thank you for this helpful info. I wanted to add that Dr. Jean Dodds offers Nutriscan that identifies your dogs allergies. It is expensive but it saved my dog from suffering through the lengthy elimination test. I am not affiliated with Dr. Dodds, just a happy customer.
I have a pitbull, he is almost 3 yrs old. His ears stay full of the brown junk, smells horrible, and always scratching or rubbing it. Had previous yeast infection in ears and eyes, vet treated with antibiotic ointment. My question is this. Is it possible that all the yeast in pizza crust (he loves Little Caesar’s) could be cause of these infections? Just a thought. Any help would be be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
I don’t know, but you shouldn’t be feeding your dog pizza crust. It’s not healthy for them. Stop feeding it to him and see if the ear infections go away.
thank you for the info on Eco Ears, I plan to try it. We have Bulldogs and our female has terrible ear infections. Our male has extreme food alergies. We have limited the diet to Fish only proteins and only use Zignature. So far we are not having much success on the ear infections for our girl. Going to try your suggestion. Thank you for the great info.
You’re welcome. Hope it works. Sounds a lot like our Ginger. Are you feeding her any treats or bones. Consider anything she eats an allergy trigger. Outside allergies can also be an issue.
Hi I’ve just seen your post I’ve got a dog with sensitive ears and I’ve just ordered the liquid you recommend so thank you very much for your help and support. I’m eager to start and get this stuff so I can keep my dogs ears thanks again.
Our Labradoodle got earmites. He had an ear infection twice, the same time.
I used organic coconut oil. Three times a day – 3 drops. The next day the infection was gone. Really amazing.
In the end I had to go to the vet for the earmites, because they won’t disappear.
We’re making his food, including vegetables and even some fruit in it, every 3 weeks and put it in de freezer.
Works great for our dog.
I know that noone wants to be told what to do, especially when they clearly are knowledgeable about dogs, but have you considered not using dried kibble? I’m getting ready to take the leap to just regular quality human food, and have been researching what is best for feeding. I can’t believe the difference it makes even doing just half kibble and half human food. The dogs have fewer issues and their coats really improve. Just a thought. I’m glad you got the ear infections under control, they’re the worst!
Thanks Tracy. I have actually thought about switching to raw or cooked for our dogs many times. But with my life being extremely hectic, having two dogs and many times a foster dog, feeding fresh or raw is not in the cards right now. I know it has so many benefits for dogs and I wish you the best and hope your dog thrives on it!
Thank you for sharing. My dog Indy has the same issue and I am going yo try this product. She also suffers from allegies and will lick her belly raw, bite at her legs and get ear infections. What dietary changes did you make with your pet to alleviate those symptoms?
I did an elimination diet to figure out what her triggers were. I wrote a series about allergies, start here: Does My Dog Have Allergies?
After reading this story it sounded spot on to mine with our almost 3yr old Boxer Manny. I instantly ordered eco ears. This is day 2 3rd application and all the brown stuff is gone however his ear is soooooo extremely red! I don’t know if this is bad or if it will go away after more applications. Does any of this sound normal to you?
It sounds normal to me, but I’d keep an eye on it. It usually gets worse before getting better.
Thank You, Debi! I am so happy that I came upon your article in Pinterest tonight. I have a dog with constant ear infections and cannot afford to take her to the vet every time. I found your article very helpful & informative. Once I get my dogs ears under control, i will do a monthly maintenance on her as well. Thank you so much for the information, it is definitely a keeper!
My groomer told me my little terrier has an ear infection. I had some leftover medicine to start her on, but I was dreading the extra vet bill, so I looked online for things I could do at home. I found this article, and read a few reviews on Chewy.com, and ordered a bottle! I hope this works- if it does, it will save me a ton of money!
I’m having the same issue. Did this EcoEar work?
We will try this. Have 3rescues 2 cats 1 Dog &7 AKC Shelties we Are Hobby Breeders and just love the Shelties Thanks. Gary & Stephanie
Loved the information. I have a rescued Akita. Since I found him he had had chronic ear infections. Yes, I’ve paid these vet bills too! I think I finally have it conquer, but you never know until the next one, or not! Thanks
Thank you so much for your advice. I recently moved to the ocean with my pit bull and she cannot stay out of the water, because of this she keeps getting ear infections from water in her ears! UGGHH! I will definitely try this! I really hope this works!
Ear infections in dogs are 99% of the time caused by allergies. The miraculous recovery you have noted is because of your food change, not this product. Also, you may want to look into the FDA warnings about Zignature diets.
I wouldn’t agree with 99%, but allergies can be a large component to ear infections. And yes, as I noted the food change was part of our journey in fixing her ears. BUT, without using the EcoEars, the ear infection wasn’t going to go away on it’s own. It is the only product I found to work. She still gets an occasionally ear infection and I turn to EcoEars every time.
I am fully aware of the FDA warning sent out in July 2019 on grain-free foods. Here is a direct link:
I’d also recommend for people to read this article, it goes over some of the facts that are important to consider:
I’m not saying that I’m not concerned about feeding my dogs Zignature. But I also don’t want people panicking. I am currently researching trying to find a food that doesn’t contain pea products to feed Ginger. Zignature is still the only brand I have found to date that she can eat without breaking out in full allergy skin issues, with itching, etc. So if it’s a matter of choosing between my dog suffering from allergies all year long, or a one in a million chance that she gets DCA… I have to choose what works for her.
You so go see a dermatologist for Ginger allergies. I have a German shepherd and he had ear problems. His body produces yeast so i have to wash him in special shampoo 2 times a week. she also knew he had a food allergy by looking at him. Luckily my husband and I tried grain free, trukey, duck, chicken,beef and lamb food before see her. She put him on a strict diet rabbit and potato it works great. It is a prescription food diet. After that he still got ear infection. She tested him and he has a environmental allergies (39 of the them). Most of them are trees and grass. Since he cant be in a bubble. She put him on a allergy serum. I give a shot every week on the same day. If you can’t afford it that’s fine but if you can you should see one. I love her and hans (my dog) love her. She is expansive. They first few bills was $400 dollars. You have to go 4 different times the first two years. After that it is once twice a year and it $190. I bought eco ear and he can’t use it due to some of the ingredients he is allergic to. I am now a firm believer in going to a professional for anything to do with my dogs. If you have a vet dermatologist please get your vet to refer you to them. The dermatologist will find a better food option.
Thank you for your insights Jessica! I feel confident that we have solved Ginger’s allergies on our own without testing. It took some time, and although I can’t pin point exactly what she is allergic too. I do know what she is not allergic too. So we have the food allergies solved. I think she has environmental allergies just like your pup. Your dog is very lucky to have you.
My mom’s dog had lots of ear infections, practically paid for the new vet clinic lol. Til one day a visiting vet told her to wash the dogs ears with a dandruff shampoo, it started with a z or x, can’t quite remember, but she washed her ears once a week with the stuff and never had an ear infection again.
Very interesting, never heard of this trick before! Glad it worked for your mom’s dog.
I am going to buy the Eco ears from Chewy.com as soon as I get this posted… I will comment to you after I use it on Chewy… I have put off purchasing it but am not waiting any more … sure hope it helps her… thank you
So very glad you posted this. Vet tried to tell me it was allergies. I will definitely be trying this!
It could very well be allergies. If your dog get’s reoccurring ear infections, take a look at her diet. Read Does My Dog Have Allergies?
Thank you for the advice. I deal with chronic ear infections in my boxer and he scratches it raw sometimes. I bought a solution called Optic. It works great, I put it in his ear for a few days and then it clears up for a few weeks. But lately it seems like the ear infection is coming back sooner. I’m going to order the product you recommended and give it a try. Thanks again!
What kind of diet do you have your dog on if you don’t mind me asking?
They eat Zignature brand dog food, along with probiotics, coconut oil, honey and other fresh fruits and veggies. Read Top 20 Hypoallergenic Treats, Food, and Bones for Dogs with Allergies and I talk about what foods are good for dogs with allergies.
Any suggestions for the ???? on butt scooting boogie? Please and thank you!
Could be a variety of issues… diet and/or allergies are the first that come to mind. I’d look first at his diet. Add probiotics to his food. If it doesn’t get better, see your vet.
Your dog butt scooting boogie most likely means they need their anal glands expressed. You can search YouTube or take him/her to the vet to do it.
Have u had their anal glands expressed ? That’s usually what happens when my dog does it .
Several years ago we had a Weimaraner, Lucy, she was tortured with the exact same ear infections that you are describing…CONSTANTLY…it broke my heart. I am a nurse and I, like many puppy moms, am the one to deal with all of the health issues. It got to the point when she got an ear infection, she would hide from me to avoid getting her ears treated. At the very end of her life I found Eco Ears and it is a miracle! It really works…I keep it on hand just in case and yes I do clean my dogs’ ears with it routinely. I hate to expose my dogs to something unnecessarily but it works so well.
It’s easy to use and it smells so good. I asked my groomer to use it when grooming our rescued Mini schnauzer and she now recommends it to her clients.
I took it into my vet’s office and recently found out that he recommends it because many of his clients have found it to be so successful. Thank you for such a good article, I try to keep up to date with current remedies to keep my puppy babies well and happy.
So sorry to hear about your struggle with Lucy! But I’m glad you found Eco Ears to be as much of a miracle as I have… and so many others. My dogs don’t love getting their ears cleaned, but they tolerate it. I would hope they understand I do it to keep them healthy!
Do you recommend this product for monthly cleaning maintenance? My dog’s ear isn’t red or looks dirty she just shakes and bends it like it irritating her
Yes, we use it for cleaning/maintenance with our yellow lab. He has never had an ear infection, but I still like to clean his ears out … especially after a swim in the lake or roll in the mud!
What is ACV?
ACV – Apple Cider Vinegar
Thank You for your answer and all your good tips
Apple cider vinegar
My vet. recommended ACV his recipe was 1/2 Cup each of ACV & Water with 5 drops of Alcohol mix well then use no more than 10 drops in each ear once per week & rub the ears. My dogs had ear infections constantly until he told me that We’ve been doing it for about a year now & their last appt. were very good with no more infections, redness, discharge or smell. I posted the recipe with his instructions on my dog site. I should add that he uses this recipe on his own dogs.
>Ginger had a bacterial ear infection, which I believe was caused by her food allergies. Once I was able to control her allergies, the ear infections never returned.
See, I’m glad you mentioned this, because I don’t think it’s normal to have to clean your dogs ears regularly to have them not get ear infections, so if they’re getting ear infections frequently it must be a sign of something bigger. But maybe I’m mistaken.
I agree, if a dog is having reoccurring ear infections, then there is definitely an underlying reason. Ours was the allergies, but there are many other health conditions to consider.
This is exactly what I believe as well Susan. And I think it’s true for more than just dogs with ear problems. For instance, people who have skin problems – instead of trying to treat the skin problem directly, they should try to figure out the underlying issue causing the skin problem in the first place.
I was just wondering what do you do for your dogs allergies?
A lot of little things actually — I need to write a post about it 🙂 Ginger has seasonal and food allergies. So I went through an elimination diet to find the foods she is allergic to, so she is on a very restricted diet. She gets Probonix probiotic additive, coconut oil and honey as occasional treats. I also give her baths with an anti-itch shampoo when she gets really itchy.
Is there a product for cats?
EcoEars does have a version for cats! On Amazon: https://amzn.to/2v09UIv
My dog is not a big fan of ear cleaning ..runs from me…how can I clean her ears without it being traumatic to either one of us
A lot of patience! My dog JJ (since past away) would not let me touch his ears. I took it slow, putting the solution on a cotton ball, I’d sit next to him, when he was in a relaxed state of mind (usually at night). I’d pet him, with the cotton ball in my hand and slowly work my way closer to his ears. I know it sounds silly, but I’d almost be petting him with the cotton ball, until I got to his ear, then inside his ear. He still never liked it, but I was at least able to get him calm enough to allow me to clean them out. It didn’t happen over night either, it took weeks for me to be able to sit down and clean his in ears in 5 minutes. In the beginning, I’d spend 20 minutes just petting him with the cotton ball!
My darling Jack Russel suffers from the symptoms as described in your message. I would love to buy the recommended product and would be most grateful if you could tell me how I could get hold of the mentioned Eco Ears
It’s available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2sOEbuY.
Thank you for the information, if i have a future problem with my dogs ears, i will consider this product.
Thank you for the info
How did you determine that your dog had food allergies. ? We have a cihuahua with reddish pink belly and ears. Also red anus and dark red down rear and front legs. Bet can’t cure it!
That’s not a home remedy. I don’t have a credit card or debit card, I’m on a very limited income. I was expecting a real home remedy.
unfortunatly its not sold in australia
My dog has an ear infection when I came across this article so i am going to try this stuff. Thank you for your advice.
That’s great, I hope it works for your dog as well it does for ours.
i was reading about the product u use…and i really want to try it…unfortunately it does NOT ship to Canada!…is there any other product u could suggest Debi ? thank u !!
Hi Terri, I’m sorry I don’t have experience with another product I can recommend. Have you tried going direct to their website and see if they’ll ship to you?
Amazon.ca sells EcoEars, as well.
How to get loose hair out of your Chihuahuas ears?
Jean, I’m sorry but I am not really sure. Have you asked your vet for advice? How is loose hair getting into his ears?
I have been using Zymox ear cleanser every other weeks. My dog hasn’t had another ear infection since she was a puppy. She is now 10 years old. It cleans and prevents. Wonderful products.
That’s awesome. So glad you found something that works for your dog!
You shouldn’t use q-tips for your ears. Your better off going to the vet to get better advice. Humans shouldn’t use q-tips either in the ears as you only remove a small amount of wax and push more of the wax into the ear therefore at risk of causing more damage
Hi Katt, Thanks for your comment. As I mention above, I use the q-tips to clean the outer part of my dogs ears. I have been to the vet and they have instructed us to clean her ears and then you pour the solution into her ears and massage it for a minute before allowing the dog to shake her head.
Just wanted to say we have a Pit mix with floppy ears & were having a problem with ear infections. Used an OTC product. I agree with you the most important thing is persistence. You must clean the infected ear/ears daily until infection is gone. It’s painful for your dog especially if there is pus; I found that I could kind of just touch the pus with the Qtip & slowly turn it while pulling the pus would come out so it was less painful. Now we clean them every 2-3 wks with a Qtip dipped in a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol/ water.
You are correct, you must clean the infected ears at least once a day, if not twice a day until the infection is gone. I heard of using rubbing alcohol/water before, but also heard it can dry out the dogs ears. That’s why I like the Eco Ears so much. It’s safe and gentle enough to use daily without any of the side effects.
Please don’t ever use alcohol in your dog’s ears. It’s painful and dries the ear out. Also, if your dog has an ear infection, cleaning them daily is harmful. They need cleaned once them treated with an ear medication prescribed by your vet (because different meds treat different infections) for at least 14 days. Don’t stop before just because you think it looks better. Finish the treatment.
I am appreciate for you care, Thank you so much.
First off, good job by keeping the clean, that’s a great way to prevent ear infections as well. However, I noticed that you said to be careful sticking the q-tips down too far. I don’t know how much your vet previously told you but dogs ear canals are actually L shaped so if you are going straight down, then you can’t go too far, you won’t hit the canal. Not sure if any of that made sense but basically the ear canals of humans and dogs are different so you won’t hurt them by going too far straight down.
Thank you! I ordered this from your affiliate link and i can’t wait to get it! One of our dogs has any ongoing problem with his ears and I’m so excited to try this!
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PLEASE DON’T CLEAN YOUR DOGS EARS . As a vet nurse, we are taught how to do this, a dogs ear in NOT the same as a human ear.
Thank you Jo Anne for your comment. But I still think dog owners need to be able to handle certain health and grooming situations on their own. I’ve actually never heard a vet suggest not to clean your own dogs ears.
I agree 100%, Debi. Our dog has allergies and gets ear infections every now and then. Last time I brought him in to have his ears checked, the vet & vet techs spent most of the visit showing me the proper way to clean his ears. I’d highly recommend that anyone who is not comfortable cleaning their dogs ears have their vet show them. It’s helped our dog tremendously!
That’s fantastic that the vet did that for you! It’s so important to be an advocate for your dog.
An owner should ABSOLUTELY be cleaning a dog’s ears! As a hound owner, I want to make it known how damaging the above advice can be. Sure, my erect eared dogs can go ages without needing to be cleaned other than getting dead skin and dust out, but floppy eared dogs, especially things like hounds, Labs, and Cockers who are incredibly susceptible to ear infections, need to have their ears cleaned daily. I’m sorry, but asking any dog owner to visit the vet for ear cleaning on a daily basis is ludicrous to the extreme.
Cleaning a dog’s ears is basic care just like trimming nails or brushing their coat or lotion for hairless dogs. It is absolutely not something we should be relying on a vet for.
I am very glad you were shown how to do it, but that is to be expected. Of course you should be taught in your profession, but that does not mean the owner of the dog shouldn’t learn too. An uneducated owner can cause incredible pain and misery to a dog if nails are trimmed wrong, but that is done at home too.
Thank you so much for your thoughtful and thorough comment. I totally agree with you!
As Debbie so rightly points out , controlling the food allergy cleared up the ears and therefore the ear cleaning was not necessary.. 90% of repeating ears have an underlying allergic cause that is what needs to be addresses
Thank you Andrew. The ear cleaning was still necessary to get rid of the infection in her ear, that was not going away on its own. But to prevent it from returning, we needed to figure out the underlying cause, which was her food allergies.
Thank you for the info in the ears, but how did you change the food diet? My dogs are constantly itching their ears, face, and chewing their feet. Apoquel works but soooo expensive when having more than one dog.
Hi Elizabeth, I’m actually working on writing an article about Gingers allergies. But basically, I stripped her diet down to 2 ingredients, fish and sweet potatoes. I cooked this food so I knew there were no hidden ingredients. She was on this diet for about 2-3 weeks until she stopped itching. Then I slowly introduced new proteins to see if she started to itch again. Long story short, we now feed her a fish based, limited ingredient dog food. I have also found that coconut oil, fish oil and honey help as additives. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter so you can be notified when the article on allergies is published. Good luck with your dog, I understand how frustrating it can be to watch your dog constantly itching!
Apoquel works for enviromentla and food allergies. If your dog has a food allergy then can take off the apoquel and change the diet but if your dog has enviromental alleegie then the food chnage will not work. Im a vet tech and i deal with allergies in dog on a daily basis.
I’m having major issues with my Lab’s ears. Horrible ear infection and licking constantly on her paws and legs. Shaking head non stop. Vet after vet and lots of $$$$. How can I treat if it’s environmental? How do I find out if it’s food allergies? I’m so lost and discouraged. Any suggestions?
I totally get your frustration, we are constantly struggling with our dog Ginger’s allergies. It’s heart breaking to see her scratching so much. We started with an elimination diet to find out what foods she was allergic to. But she does also have environmental allergies, so she is starting to itch again now that spring has arrived. We help her by giving coconut oil, probiotics and raw honey. It doesn’t cure the allergies, but helps her itch less. You can also try a OTC medicine.
I know the whole post is about dogs, but what about cats. Well this Eco Ear work on cats as well?
Hi Jamie, Actually Vet Organics makes a Eco Ears specifically for cats. You can find it on Amazon also: http://amzn.to/2ASY2YG
When my two year old Molly got an ear infection, I would put coconut oil on my hands and rub it inside her ear. Three times and her ears stopped smelling and were no longer dry and sore
Ah yes, we love coconut oil too! Never used it in my dogs ears, but I can see that it could work since it is an anti-fungal. We have an article all about Coconut Oil and it’s awesome benefits: https://www.rescuedogs101.com/coconut-oil-good-dog/
I have seen a number of ears that have been treated with alcohol in the medications. The ear flap turns black and rough. Soothing herbal ingredients can bring troubled skin back to life. Thanks for bringing this product to my attention. Gusto has prick ears so he is unlikely to get an infection but he hangs out with Labs that swim a lot and seem to have ear infections as a result of that activity.
After my dog’s ear surgery I had to go to town cleaning her ear because it was bandaged up for a few weeks and it was smelling something bad. It’s good to have a good ear wash to help with that and reduce the smell from their ears when there’s too much stuff in there. I think we’re not supposed to use cotton swabs in dog’s ears like we’re not supposed to in human ears either but I used a few in visible areas to get the wax stuck to something before using a wash like you did!!
Good point, I use the swabs to get into the nooks and crannies of her ear, never went far into the ear canal. That’s why the Eco Ear instructions say to poor the liquid into the ear, so you don’t have to dig into the ear.
So happy you found something that works for your dog and you with ear infections. I’ve been very lucky that none of my cats have had ear infections.
I’m so thankful that you found a solution that worked for you dog! The pictures tell the story. Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe has never had an ear infection, but now I’ll know exactly what to watch for.
Hmm . I never knew about the different types of infections dogs can suffer from that infect the ears. I never had an issue with my pets ears however this Eco Ears product sounds like a winner. So glad your dog found relief and you saved money! It’s a win win.
Fortunately, our dogs aren’t prone to ear infections, but they are miserable when they have them. One of my dogs gets them occasionally as part of her allergies.
Yup, that’s the same with our Ginger, I realized that the ear infections were caused by her food allergies.
This is interesting! I’ve had yeast infections in my ears and my vet said to treat it with drops of mixed water, white vinegar and athlete’s foot and it works, so even vets sometimes promote ‘home brew’ treatments!
Interesting, I never heard that home solution before. I’d be concerned about putting athlete’s foot medication in her ear though. That’s what I liked about the Eco Ears, it uses only natural ingredients.
Mr. N hasn’t had an ear infection despite having floppy ears *knocks on wood. He doesn’t like getting wet though so I’m sure that helps! I do clean his ears occasionally though.
It sounds like an amazing product. I am using an organic one at the moment to keep Layla’s ears clean but will check more into it when it will be needed, thanks for the post
Organic is good, glad it works for your Layla, that’s awesome!
Thanks for this great guide. I think you might have helped me figure out the diagnosis for my parent’s dog’s issues. While a head tilt is cute, it can definitely be signs of something more serious going on.
So glad it could help. The head tilt and pawing at the ears are cute until you realize why they are doing it. Not that all head tilting means an ear infection, but something to look into.
only once did little M get an ear infection and he was about 4 months at the time. Was yeast. Nothing since!!
Little M is lucky! I know most of our dogs never had issues with their ears. But since we adopted our Ginger a couple years ago, her allergies really keep us in check on with her ears and health.
I’ve been lucky enough that my dogs haven’t had ear infections. Wow that looks so painful! But this is an interesting product that I will research further for my canine clients.
Differentiating between the various kinds and causes of ear infections is very important, so thanks for outlining what they are and what to expect. I used to clean my dogs’ ears weekly with hydrogen peroxide, until the vet told me I was actually over-drying his ears, making him more itchy. Eco Ears sounds like a good alternative to other products I’ve tried in the past
I used hydrogen peroxide before too before learning that it’s actually bad for their ears. The Eco Ears has been a miracle for us.
Great info, ears have to be the most prone to dirt part of a dog. Fortunately, one of our girls, Cece, takes it upon herself to clean the rest of the dogs ears. It’s pretty gross, but it’s effective. I still make sure to clean them each once a month at least for preventative maintenance
umm, okay that is gross! But if it works 🙂