How to treat my dog's ear infection without going to the vet?

How to treat my dog's ear infection without going to the vet?


Does your dog keep shaking its head? You may not know it, but this is a sign that they may have an ear infection, also called otitis.


Do you remember having an ear infection yourself? Personally, I have a vivid memory of the time my left ear got infected, because it was oh so incredibly painful.


It’s a similar discomfort that our dogs experience when they have an ear infection. Of course, they can’t tell us this, but there are several symptoms that may indicate that they are in pain in this part of their body. We will see these symptoms in detail below, as well as the causes of these infections.


It often happens that we have to cure rather than prevent! So, let's take a look together at how to treat ear infections without having to go to the vet, because as we all know, this is not our doggies’ favorite place!



3 types of ear infections in dogs


Otitis can be caused by a variety of organisms, including bacteria, yeast and even mites.


  • Yeast infection in dog’s ears: Malassezia organisms are single-celled fungi that normally live in small amounts on a dog's skin. However, they can multiply. This form of infection is very common in dogs.
  • Bacteria: They can also populate your dog's ears if its immune system is compromised.
  • Mites: Ear mites (Otodectes cynotis) are parasites, so your pet catches them by direct contact via another infected animal, for example.



What are the causes of my dog's ear infections?


Several factors can predispose your dog to developing ear infections, such as genetics, lifestyle and sensitivity to allergens.


Some dog breeds, e.g. those with droopy ears, are at higher risk of developing ear infections, as these ears trap moisture.


A dog who lives in a very rainy environment, or who loves to bathe, will also develop more ear infections, for the same reason as mentioned above.


Humidity is the number one enemy of a dog’s ears!


A dog with allergies (environmental or food) is also prone to getting more ear infections, as the immune system is busy fighting allergens.





How do I clean my dog's ears?


  • Fill the ear canal with an ear cleaner. 
  • Give the ear a good massage to dislodge the debris and then let your dog shake his head. 
  • You can then use a cotton ball to wipe debris out of the ear canal.


Ear cleaning products sold in vet clinics are generally made from a solution containing a type of soft alcohol, which allows the ear to dry out after swimming, for example.


It’s important to never use cotton swabs/tips, as they push debris towards the back of the ear, which can cause blockages.


Also, be careful not to wash them too often and hold off if you suspect an infection.



How to know if your dog has an ear infection?


Typical symptoms of an ear infection in dogs are scratching of the ears and shaking of the head. Do you think your dog may have an ear infection?


To be able to spot an infection in your dog's ears, you will need to pay attention to the following signs:


  • Constantly shaking its head
  • Scratching the ear
  • Head tilted to the side
  • Smelly ears
  • Significant amount of secretions in the ears
  • Decreased energy
  • Red/warm ears
  • ‘Cauliflower’ ears



Is a dog ear infection an emergency?


If your dog's head is tilted or it seems to be hearing less than usual, it is possible that the infection may have migrated into the middle or inner ear and the tympanic membrane may have ruptured. This is therefore a more urgent condition.


A swollen, red, warm ear is also more worrying, as it could be an ear hematoma.


Such symptoms should be discussed with a vet.



How to naturally treat my dog's ear infection at home?


For cases of minor ear infections, we suggest natural remedies that you can treat your dog with at home, without even visiting a vet. We suggest our homeopathic solution, a cleaning technique based on peroxide or apple cider vinegar, and finally a treatment based on coconut oil.


Natural EAR INFECTION Remedy


If your dog is showing the first signs of an ear infection, this product is for him.

The homeopathic product EAR INFECTION helps to soothe itching in your furry companion's ears and reduce the redness associated with inflammation.

It helps to heal either liquid or thick secretions in the dog's infected ear and helps cleanse the ear wax.

This remedy is also effective and safe for several species of animals, including cats.


Home remedies for ear infections in dogs, without prescriptions


Hydrogen peroxide


This commonly known technique is controversial. Some veterinarians see this over-the-counter product as a good ear cleaning agent. Others see its use as risky. Read on to understand why.


I remember as a child my father used this technique to clean MY ears!


It’s suggested to use one part of peroxide mixed with one part of water to kill the bacteria present in the ear, by using a cotton wool soaked with the mixture to clean it.


That said, peroxide also attacks good bacteria in the ear, so use this in moderation. Also, in the case of a yeast infection, this product could cause more inflammation. Due to its chemical action, the peroxide leaves the ear wet, which technically predisposes it to further infections.


While some recognize its effectiveness, the supervision of an animal health professional when using this technique is always recommended.


Apple cider vinegar


This natural product is recommended by some as a cleanser, antifungal and antibacterial agent.


Apple cider vinegar consists, in part, of acetic acid. This compound is also found in several commercial ear cleaners.


By further diluting this product with an equal amount of distilled water, dip a cotton ball in this mixture to clean your dog's ears.


Be careful though, this remedy can be painful in cases of redness in the ears. Use sparingly.


Coconut oil treatment


Using this remedy will require you to unleash your talents as a chef!


You can follow this recipe from Wellpet:


  • Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil with garlic over low heat to create a marvelous antibacterial concoction!
  • You can use this cooled mixture to clean your dog's ears, again with cotton wool or gauze.



In any case, ear infections in dogs should be taken seriously even if they are very common.


If your dog shows signs such as shaking his head, scratching his ears or they are smelly, use our natural remedy or the other treatments suggested to relieve him of his ear infection symptoms.


Act now and avoid complications.


A dog with healthy ears is a happy dog!


About the Author

Denyse Lessard

Denyse Lessard is a therapist in alternative medicine. She is the creator of the company’s entire line of natural remedies.

She has an extensive educational background and has earned multiple degrees, including diplomas in Chinese medicine, Reflexology, Naturopathy & Iridology, and Homeopathy. She is also a member of the Association of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Quebec, and the Professional Union of Homeopaths of Quebec.

When working with her patients, Denyse believes in not only helping pets achieve optimum health, but keeping them in tip-top shape for their entire lives.

We invite you to learn more about Denyse's expertise in the alternative field.

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Created on Posted by Don Becker Comment Link

My pug keeps itching his right ear. I regularly clean with soft wet baby wipes. (Also use wipes to clean wrinkles on face). I purchased at pet store a bottle of “Prosense” which says it is an (“Ear cleanser solutions enzymatic formula”). In short, not working. No problems with left ear. What home remedy works best?

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Created on Posted by Katie Taylor Comment Link

We are in lockdown, our dog suffers from dermatitis which is now present in her ear too. Any advice on how to sooth or even better how to treat?!

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Hi Lindsay,

Thank you for sharing your situation with us. We are so sorry to hear about what you and your pet are going through right now.

We would love to help your dog get relief as soon as possible which is why we have sent you a private email so we can give your dog more personalized help.

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Created on Posted by LIndsay Comment Link

I know my dog has ear infection,I’m out of work with coved 19 and I wanted to see if can take a swab of my dogs ears n put in ziplock
And label n so they can see what bacteria is in there,or trust me n give me something,she’s had this going on for years ,but not as much,or give me something minor,I did give her a 1/2 baby aspirin n it seems to make her better..I called her dermatologist and left messag for her to call me,left her email 4 days ago n nothing

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