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.
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.
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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.
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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.
I have not been paid by Eco Ears or is the post sponsored in any way by Eco Ears. I just love the product and believe it is the best dog ear cleaner available on the market!
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!
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.
Buying EcoEars from Vet Organics or on Amazon 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.
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P.S. I’d love to hear from you, have you tried Eco Ears before? Or do you have another over-the-counter dog ear infection medicine that has worked for you and your dog?
Debi McKee is a mom of three kids, three dogs and the creator of Rescue Dogs 101... where she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. She also volunteers for a local dog rescue and Humane Society.