DYI Remedies for Dog Ear Infections

5 reasons for dog ear infections

1 diet
2 parasites or mites
3 excessive hair in the ear canal
4 swimmer’s ear
5 floppy eared dogs.

Ear infections are a typical reason people bring their dogs to a vet. They are usually treated with ear cleaner, topical salve, prescription antibiotics or anti-inflammatories. In some cases medication can cause a recurring cycle

#1 Ear mites are considered to be part of the spider and tick family and dogs generally get them from other animals and are contagious. They live and eat with in the ear canal.  Typical signs that your dog could have ear mites is ear

  • scratching,
  • head shaking,
  • a dark reddish brown like coffee grinds in the ear, smelly ears,
  • pinprick white spots that move.

If it goes untreated your dog can develop hematomas or a secondary infections. How can you tell if your dog has ear mites? You can collect a sample on a dark cloth and look at the debris through a magnifying glass to see if there are any specs moving.

If so then what you’ll want to do is

  • clean the ear,
  • remove as much debris as you can with a cotton ball
  • olive oil. Olive oil or an oil suffocates the mites
  • repeat the process every 3 days as the egg cycle is between 18 to 28 days.
  • You can also add 3 drops of an essential oil per 1 oz of oil.
  • Greg Tilford pet herbalist suggests using garlic oil because it contains a sulfur and mites hate sulfur. His recommendation is 1/2 a cup of oil and 1 crushed clove and leave it sit overnight and then wipe the ears.

#2 Hair in the ear canal is a simple fix take your dog to the groomer and have them remove it.

#3 Swimmer’s ear is due to moisture that is trapped in the ear and causes yeast and bacteria growth. According to Dr Pitcairn’s recommends 1 cup of water to 1/2 lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. He recommends to flush the ear and let the dog shake his head. This will help neutralize any bacteria or yeast growth.

#4 Floppy eared dogs generally have moisture that is trapped creating a breeding ground for yeast, I think following Dr Pitcairn suggestion will be beneficial but it will need to be applied on a continual basis.

#5 Diet is probably the more frequent reasons dogs get chronic ear infections and is likely that your dog has a food sensitivity to something that your feeding. What generally happens is people go to their vet and get a prescription but the problem is  the only way to rid chronic ear issues when it comes to diet is you you have to get to the root of the issue.

Chronic ear conditions due to allergies can be caused by

  • chicken
  • wheat or
  • corn or any
  • other ingredient that your dog can be sensitive to which allows for a unnatural growth of yeast and bacteria.

Getting to the root requires testing or a food

On our website we offer a few options

I also created a video that you can get on YouTube that tells you how to do a food elimination diet. However to do a food elimination diet can take a long time and can be very costly. But it is an option.

So How you can tell if your dog has a yeast infection in their ears is that there will be a

  • dark residue
  • and yeasty smell.

For dogs with allergy ears a few remedies that I would recommend

  • essential oils such as tea tree which is an antibacterial and an anti fungal or oregano oil which is a natural antibiotic.
  • You can use either 2 drops per half ounce of aloe Vera juice
  • and you can add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to help reduce itching.

Or you can use
coconut oil with EO and that would be to rub coconut oil onto a cotton ball as it soothes itchiness. Coconut oil is  an anti fungal and antibacterial if you choose to you could add essential oils to it but you want to apply every few days.

you can also use coconut oil to kill mites similar to that as the olive oil but in this case coconut has a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory component.

And the third option would be apple cider vinegar you would use equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar which can help reduce the waxy buildup it can restore and maintain the pH balance.

So depending upon what type of ear infection your dog has whether it be from mites excessive hair growth swimmers ear floppy ears or diets you can try our home remedies.


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With Christine Johnson

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