How to treat dog ear infections at home: 3 Tried and tested remedies

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Why Do Dogs Get So Many Ear Infections?

Observing Pippy’s ear anatomy:

  • Pinna: The large flap of the ear.
  • External Ear Canal: Large opening in the lower part of the pinna.
  • Ear Canal Parts: Consists of a vertical and a horizontal section.

Common causes:

  • Underlying Allergies: Ears and ear canals are extensions of the skin.
  • Symptoms: Redness, discharge, head shaking, scratching, and sometimes a yeasty smell.
  • Common Culprits: Yeast (most common), bacteria (e.g., staph or pseudomonas).

Home Remedies for Treating Ear Infections

Home Remedy #1: Witch Hazel with Aloe for Mild Infections

  • Ingredients: Witch Hazel with Aloe.
  • Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial.
  • Application:
    • Method: Use as an ear flush or direct drops.
    • Procedure: Tilt your dog’s head back, apply about 10 drops, rub the base of the ear to distribute.
    • Frequency: Twice a day for five to ten days.
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Home Remedy #2: Green Tea and Apple Cider Vinegar for Established Infections

  • Ingredients: Green Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar.
  • Properties: Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
  • Preparation:
    • Green Tea: Steep half a cup for about 20 minutes.
    • Vinegar: Add two tablespoons to create a 25% concentration.
  • Application:
    • Procedure: Draw a small amount into a syringe, apply five to ten drops into the ear base, rub well.
    • Frequency: Twice a day for five to ten days.

Home Remedy #3: Over-the-Counter Medication Combination for Severe Infections

  • Ingredients: Canesten (clotrimazole), 1% Hydrocortisone, Polysporin.
  • Properties: Antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial.
  • Preparation:
    • Mix: One teaspoon each of Canesten, 1% Hydrocortisone, and Polysporin.
  • Application:
    • Procedure: Apply about a quarter teaspoon into the ear base, rub well to distribute.
    • Frequency: Twice a day for five to ten days depending on the infection type.

If you have a dog with recurring ear infections, I encourage you to try these remedies. If one of them helps, I’d love to hear your feedback. Thanks so much for watching this edition of Veterinary Secrets. 

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1 thought on “How to treat dog ear infections at home: 3 Tried and tested remedies”

  1. Your recommendation for yeasty ear using Monostat and 1% Hydrocortisone worked phenomenal for my dog. I feed them a yeast diet also.

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