Dog Infection Ear

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is their Antibiotic for dog ear infection I can get without a precipitation RX!?
    Antibiotic for dog ear infection
    I've looked and cant find anything and i can't drive so my only option right now is buying online!

    • ANSWER:
      I know that Petsmart has an ear cleaning and disinfecting kit. If you really need an antibiotic go to a feed store they sell them there, I don't know what state your in but out here in the So. Ca. area we have Centinela,and Aneheim feed, to name a few, but usually anywhere that sells horse supplies and other types of animal supplies should have some.

  2. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  3. QUESTION:
    Recipe for a home maid dog ear infection liquid for my dog anyone?
    I have a Scottish terrier and she has a really bad ear infection I had this home maid dog ear infection cure but I lost the ingredients directions. Does anybody have a recipe for a homemade ear infection cure for dogs that ALWAYS works.

    • ANSWER:
      Trying to use home remedies and letting the infection go without proper treatment will ultimately make things worse. Take the dog to a veterinarian where they can identify what kind of infection it is, and can give you medication to treat it.

  4. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog's itchy ears at home?
    I think my dog has an ear infection or ear mites. Do you know of a good home remedy to treat the symptoms?

    I have already made and used a solution of 1/3 water 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol...

    Any suggestions will help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites MAY be treatable with the use of Revolution from your vet. This is a prescription medication, so it will require that your dog has been seen within a year, and has had a heartworm/lyme test within that time.
      Yeast or Bacteria will require a topical antibiotic such as Mometamax, again, from your vet. You can't get rid of bacteria without an antibacterial. Products like Mometamax contain antibiotics designed to kill the bacteria that is commonly found in the ears.

      Yeast/Bacteria debris tends to be moist, while ear mites tend to have dry, crusty debris.

      The problem with oils (sorry) is that mites and yeast especially do very will in oil. While it may help with the inflammation, I've seen many, many yeast infections flourish with the use of oils and over-the-counter ear treatments.

      No matter what you choose to do, do not use Q-tips. You should never put anything larger than an elbow in any ear, as you risk permentantly damaging the ear. At the very least, pick up a pH-balancing ear cleaner, apply it to the ear, and mush it around to break up the debris, then use a chunk of cotton to wipe it out.

      Allergies often cause some sort of discharge as well, and itchiness. Again, only a vet could tell you what exactly is going on in the ears.

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the best solution to clean dog ears?
    My dog has a bacterial infection in his ears. I have taken him to the vet and am using antibiotic ointment. However, I need to clean his ears between applications of the medicine. What brand or type of non-prescription ear cleansing solution works best. I have heard changing the pH by using an acidic solution works well on yeast but how about bacteria? Also any suggestions on your method of cleaning a squirming pooch?

    Thanks so much for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't really recommend using the type of ear solution you squirt in the ear as you run the risk of forcing the bacteria deeper in the ear. I personally use unscented baby wipes for ear cleaning as I have a dog that is allergic to every ear cleaning solution I have tried. If you are in doubt of what to use I would recommend asking your vet though he/she should have told you what to use if they told you to clean between applications

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my dogs ear problem without going to the vet?
    My dog keeps shaking his head and rubbing his ear on my leg. I think its an ear infection, or ear mites but I don't want to go to the vet. It looks like theres alot of dark wax in that one ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't get ear mites as commonly as cats. Don't treat for something unless you are sure of what it is!!!!
      You can at least get a dog ear cleaner and some cotton balls and clean the ear out REALLY well twice daily. You can get WAY DOWN DEEP into the ear cannal since the dogs ear forms a 90 degree angle. You won't hurt the ear. It may be very sore if there is an infection though. If you are cleaning it really well and it isn't getting better, or you can't get down far enough due to the pain, you need to see a vet ASAP!!! A ear infection is painful and the dog shouldn't suffer with something that can be easily treated!!!!!

  8. QUESTION:
    How do you stop dog from getting ear infections?
    My dog gets ear infections when it swims in my pond. I live on 5 acres and I can't really stop him from getting in my pond unless I were to lock him up in a cage which I dont want to do or put a fence around the pond which would look stupid. Is there any way to allow a dog to swim and not get ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      You will need to take extra care to make sure your dogs ears are clean and dry.

      You may need to clean his ears each time he "decides" to go swimming. I'm assuming he is a floppy-eared type of dog, and many dogs like this can get yeast infections in their ears if they are not kept up with properly. Get some gentle ear-cleaning solutions and ear powder, clean the dog's ear with some big cotton balls soaked in the ear cleaning solution, and then put ear powder in afterwards to help dry up any excess water/solution that may be left.

      You may also want to talk to your vet and see if there is any kind of maintenance products he can give you. Maybe giving your dog his "own" pool would help, too! Filling up a kiddy pool outside might give him a less-gross place to lounge when it's hot.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there anything over the counter that will work for a dog ear infection?
    I CAN NOT afford the vet right now, so is there anything over the counter that will work? and not make the infection worse? Can i give my dog human ear infection medicine or antibiotic?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of ear infections that dogs can get. I would not advise you to give your pet some medication that could be the wrong one, it might make your dog sick.

      Some vets will let you make payments. Ask your friends If they know of a vet in your area that will do that, and perhaps ask if they could donate 2 to 5 dollars toward the vet bill. If they do not know of one then start calling vets from the phone book.

      My daughter has worked for different vets while putting herself through college. She told me how some of the vets will accept payments. She also worked for three years at an emergency vet clinic, which is how I learned how dangerous it can be to treat what we think is wrong with our pets.

  10. QUESTION:
    What should i do if my dog has an ear infection?
    i think my dog has an ear infection because his ear looks really bad. he also keeps shaking his head a lot and is trying to scratch his ear. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection in dogs calls for medical attention. While some cases of this disease may heal naturally, veterinarians should be involved in the treatment process. It is essential to treat dog ear infection the moment it starts so as not to worsen your dog's condition. All dog owners have to be well-informed about this disease.

      There are three types of ear infection in dogs – the outer ear infection, middle ear infection, and the inner ear infection. It is easy to know if your dog has an outer ear infection. You'll often see the symptoms of this disease, which is usually characterized by inflammation and foul-smelling wax discharge.

      Or it could be ear mites
      Ear mites can cause discomfort and itching.

      Take him to the vet. The vet will take a sample, analyze it and give you the appropriate meds for the dog.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a dog's ear infection without ear drops?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both ears and the vet gave us drops to put in twice a day, for 10 days, but my dog gets incredibly uncomfortable and turns aggressive when the ear drops come out. He won't let us near his ears when he knows what we're trying to do and snaps. We've tried a muzzle, and restraining him, but it's impossible to administer the drops properly, especially twice a day, without putting him through stress and discomfort.

    Is there any other possible treatments for ear infections? Such as, antibiotics to be take orally? That would be much easier!

    • ANSWER:
      It may be possible to treat orally, but to be honest, topical treatment is usually far more effective. Unfortunately needs must so if you have to use a muzzle to get this treatment where it needs to be, so be it I'd suggest you get back to your vet because obviously his ears are causing him pain, so some form of pain relief might be worth considering, to make it easier to treat him.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your dog has an ear inffection?
    My dog ear smells, you can tell it huts her, is red and like with scab and she scrattches it alot...is.only one ear not both.

    • ANSWER:
      All the stuff you said... that is how you can tell your dog has an ear infection. This is very painful to her. Take her to the vet today to get appropriate antibiotics for her. Do NOT go to the pet store and buy cleaning solutions or other types of ear products off the shelf... you can make her worse by using inappropriate products. She needs real meds from the vet.

  13. QUESTION:
    Could the food my dog eats cause ear infections?
    I've posted a question before about my dogs ear infections and I've tried so much to help them heal. They just continue to become infected. Does anyone know if the food he eats cause this type of allergy? He is on large breed adult formula ProPlan.
    He's been on at least 5 different meds and has been to the vet continually.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it can contribute to it. Excess sugar can cause excess yeast and bacteria to form in the body. Corn has sugar and ProPlan has corn... you can only benefit from trying a hypoallergenic food with a protien source your dog has never had, and no corn or sugar products. I like Wellness brand Fish and Potato, or Natures Variety Venison & Rice. A less expensive food would be Sensible Choice Lamb and Rice. My dog eats that as her normal food, but it's not hypoallergenic. You can't give her treats with suger either, so check all your labels. It will take 2 months to know if it is helping for sure. Until then, use the drying/acidifying ear wash from the vet every day and use the medicated cream for 2 weeks at least to make sure you don't stop the med to soon. Continue cleaning the ears every day, or at least a couple times weekly. Also clean when they get wet or if it's humid. If she has other skin problems, like itchy feet and hot spots, it may be seasonal allergies and she may need benedryl-that'll help ears, too. Ask your vet. You can try putting a dribble of apple cider vinegar in his water dish. Also try acidophilis tablets in his food. That can help good bacteria fight the bad bacteria in his body. I do the same thing for myself...when I can afford it... spend to much on my pets...

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  15. QUESTION:
    What can I use in the dogs ear to dry it up?
    My dogs ears are pretty oozy. She is stressed and shaking her head consistently.

    • ANSWER:
      she needs to see a vet, sounds like she has a ear infection which only can be cleared up with antibiotics.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the correct duration that otomax should be used for dog's ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection and was prescribed otomax by the vet. I have read that otomax is usually given for seven days, however the vet prescribed it for fourteen days once a day. Is this too long to give this medication? Would it be ok if I stopped at seven days if the infection has cleared up?

    • ANSWER:
      Use it as long as the vet prescribed. It is safe to be used for a very long time. I worked for vet that prescribed it to a dog every other day for the rest of the dog's life. Some dogs have chronic ear infections and they need the meds longer. Your dog's infection may go deeper or maybe it is a really bad infection. But you should always do what your vet tells you to do. They went to school for a very long time to learn how to treat animals.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why are My dogs ears are flipped inside out all the time?
    I have 2 dogs with floppy ears and one of them has their ears flipped inside out all the time, but I have another dog who has an ear infection and her ears never do this. The dog with the inside out ears don't just flip back in place after a minute they stay that way until she scratches herself or we flip them back for her. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      That happens to my dog. It could be because they're running and they flop back but don't come back down. My dog rubs his face on the ground and the flip back. There's a variety of reasons but I don't think you should really be worried.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog may have swallowed some dog ear infection medication?
    I caught my dog chewing on the cap of Routeen Otic Cleanser for dog ear infections, She had just put it in her mouth, Im guessing I caught her 30 seconds into the act.I checked the cap and it was broken open and i squeezed it and some liquid came out. Can she die from this or even get sick? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it will hurt.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is a good location to find dog medical conditions and symptons.?
    I am looking for dog ear infection information.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask someone in the "Pet" category of yahoo, not people health

  20. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to get rid of a dogs ear infection?
    My chow chow dog has a ear infection ive been trying to get rid of it but i cant please help it would be great to know thank you
    i couldnt really find anything the vet said just look for some medicines or so but what kind ? or anything else to treat him
    well my vet said look for some medicines at my closest pet store and ask them
    i dont know why my vet sent me somewhere else they were really packed lol

    • ANSWER:
      Really, the only way is with antibiotics from your vet. Ear infections, if left untreated, can cause permanent hearing loss not to mention, it is very painful for the dog.

      ADD:
      Wow! I would find another vet. It is very discouraging that they are not willing to treat an ear infection. I certainly would not trust them with any future problems your dog may have.

  21. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  22. QUESTION:
    My dog has constant ear infections with fowl smells and moisture?
    I have tried everything for my dogs ear issues but nothing seems to work. I have a black lab that has moisture and a fowl smell to her her all the time.I am constantly cleaning her ear out and have used numerous types of medicines but it will not go away. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      This needs to be seen by a vet. There are different types of ear infections that require a certain medication. Call a emergency vet and ask them what to do.

  23. QUESTION:
    What home cures are there a dogs ear infection?
    My dog has a ear infection

    • ANSWER:
      I use a garlic/mullein tincture in an oil base when I have ear problems, It should work for a dog, too. I get it at an herbal shop

      The infection could be coming from something lodged in his ear.
      Foxtails are notorious for this.

      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AqyW6cBJFhB7WnZLtRBQV7LqxQt.;_ylv=3?p=foxtails+in+dogs+ears&fr=ush-ans

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you make an old German shepherd dog with an ear infection pee?
    my dog has an ear infection which make his eyes roll around a lot----like the feeling you get after you spin around. HOW CAN I GET HIM TO PEE??!!?!?!?! he wont pee outside, even if he smells my other dog's urine.

    • ANSWER:
      If his eyes go back and forth a lot, it might be geriatric vestibular disease, which is common in older dogs and somewhat similar to an ear infection. This is also accompanied by dizziness/loss of balance. It is treatable with medication, so get him to the vet.

      When my cat had a stroke we actually had to squeeze her bladder though her stomach, the vet showed us how to do this. Take him to the vet and find out, it may be none of the above, and if it is possible in dogs, he might show you how to help the dog pee.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of or lessen an ear infection on a female dog.?
    My girls dog has an ear infection.She has used other medicine to make it better but i want to know if theres anyway to make it go away for good.
    And yes yes i know about the whole vet thing.We have taken the dog to the vet COUNTLESS times.And used ALOT of money of stuff he vet said would help but did nothing.One even made it worse!

    • ANSWER:
      Take the dog to the vet and find out what is causing the infection. It could be yeast or bacteria or a combination of both. It could be mites. There are different medications to deal with each problem. It's not a one size fits all type of medication.

      The dog should be taken to the vet ASAP. Ear infections are very painful and left untreated will cause deafness.

      Add: If you've taken the dog to the vet 'countless times' then you would be well aware of exactly what type of ear infection the dog has. Tell us what kind of infection and we can then telll you what has worked for our dogs in that situation.

  26. QUESTION:
    How much would it cost to get my dog treated for an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I was just wondering how much would it cost to get him treated?
    I think it's pretty bad because inside his ear is pink and crusty and he always whines and tilts his head and scratches his ears more than usual and also it smells bad :(

    So yeah how much would it cost, in Australia (Perth,WA)?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the cause of the infection, how severe it is, and your individual vet.
      My dog was recently treated for an allergy caused ear infection- I took her to the vet the day after she started showing symptoms (as they appeared in the evening) and I needed an emergency appointment because it was on a Sunday- so the price was a little higher than normal.
      All up it cost around 0 to treat- approx. of that would have been on the appointment, and the rest of it was for medication- she had a special ear cream, had a painkiller injection, and I also got about 250 cortisone tablets to treat her allergies. I live in Vic, Australia if thats anything.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  29. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a good sleeping pill for a dog?
    We are needing to clean out my dogs ears as they are really bothering him. The only thing he is ADAMANT that we don't do so. He's a very close to the ground, sturdy dog so he is hard to wrangle. We want to get a safe sleeping pill to konk him out for a couple hours so we can clean his ears out without him freaking out on us. Does anyone know of a good, safe pill for this?
    To everyone saying you can't give a dog a sleeping/anxiety pill to make them sleep or at least sleepy-like is wrong...The vet has done this to my dogs before and I can't afford to go to the vet. So I was looking for a safe one I could give my dog instead of paying the OUTRAGEOUS prices they charge. Thank you to everyone truely trying to help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, i don't like to administer drugs to dogs but sometimes there is no choice. If it is last resort you can try ACEPROMAZINE- this is a sedative (normally used as a pre-med) and should calm him down.
      EDIT - 1 DAY LATER
      Whats with the thumbs down ?? This drug is used by 100,000's vets every day all over the world. The Q was asked - and I answered !! I thought you were dog lovers - so, who out there thinks that the dog should suffer indefinitely with ear infection or stress ?? If I am wrong - then tell me that you want the dog to suffer instead !!

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I get drops into my dogs ears?
    My dog has a very bad bacterial infection in his ears. I have to put drops into each ear twice a day, but it is almost impossible. I put a muzzle on him, but he moves and pulls so much, the drops aren't getting into his ears. If I have someone to help it's not too bad, but if I am alone, I just can't do it. Any suggestions? I tried giving him treats and all that good stuff, but it just doesn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      Boy, I can relate to this. Get him to lay his head sideways on your lap. With one arm firmly hold his head in place while covering his mouth with your other elbow or forearm. He will be able to wiggle a little bit, but for the most part, it should keep him still long enough for you to get the drops in. Once you have the drops in, massage his ear a few times so the medicine can get all the way down the ear canal. Hope this helps you. Been there, done that too!

  31. QUESTION:
    What's a good home remedy to get rid of a dog's ear infection?
    My dog has had an ear infection for a couple of weeks now. I have cleaned it really well, and I bought some stuff at Pet Smart that's supposed to help it, but it doesn't seem to. Can anybody tell me what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not a vet so don't take my word, but my vet told me to clean my dogs ears out with 1 table spoon of white vinegar mixed with water. But once again I'm not a vet and I don't know if this is good for an ear infection.

  32. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of my dogs ear infection?
    my dog has a bad ear infection and her ear stinks, ive been puting cipro in her ears for a while and it hast helped. i dont have the money to get her to a vet right now and my dog is miserable, does anyone know a way to get rid of it at home?

    • ANSWER:
      What i do for my dog is i mix equal parts of vinegar and water and soak a cotton ball in it. then i rub it in my dogs ear, and rub the cotton ball as far down his ear canal as it can go. If you're going to do it to both ears, be sure to use a different cotton ball for each ear. I'm not sure if this will totally cure the infection, but it will keep it under control. I've also heard that 2 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar will cure infections. I've never tried it though. But remember, NEVER put alchohol or peroxide in your dog's ears. It will burn her like CRAZY, especially if she has open sores in there.

      And i recently ordered a product called Ark Naturals Ears All Right. I haven't gotten it in the mail though but i've read the reviews and people say that it works great in preventing and curing an ear infection and ear mites. Plus, the ingredients are all natural. on amazon, it only cost me 8.99 plus about shipping.

      but if your dog's ears keep getting worse and worse, you really should save up some money and take her to the vet.

  33. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for yeast in dogs ears?
    Yeast infection in dog ears. Is there a home remedy? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll second the Zymox Otic! I have a girl who has had chronic ear infections all of her 13 years. I've paid the vet a small fortune over the years. Several years ago, I found Zymox and LOVE IT! It works all the time.
      You can go to Amazon and read the reviews on it.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is there an alternative to an expensive to a vet regarding dog ear infection?
    My dog has one ear infected and has seen a vet in the past, but due to the humongous cost of vets I want to know if there is an alternative to the prescription used by the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      You should never try to treat an ear infection yourself. For one thing you need to find out what exactly is causing the infection and get the correct medication for it.
      If the ear drum is perforated and you put anything in the ear you can permanently damage your dogs hearing.
      lt really is better to see the vet, if not you will cause your dog prolonged suffering and possibly cause more damage which will end up costing you more money and your dog more pain.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      If it's already a full blown infection, then you need to take your dog to a vet; those remedies (at least some of them) help *prevent*, not cure ear infections.
      You really don't want to mess with an ear infection, they can turn into something serious if they're not taken care of properly!

  37. QUESTION:
    Ear cropping a dog not traditionally done?
    First off I am totally against ear cropping, tail docking, and every other pointless surgery that is done to animals. But for those who say ear cropping helps prevent ear infections by allowing the ear to breath, why aren't dogs that are prone to infections ear cropped? Like cocker spaniels or any dog with a drop ear. Has anyone known a vet to crop a dog's ears that traditionally isn't done?
    I work at an animal clinic near Los Angeles.

    • ANSWER:
      Well it originally started with WHY the breeds were cropped and docked. There was a reason for it because of the "job" they were bred for. So it has become a tradition in the dogs of our time. I'll give an example: why don't they crop Basset ears? Because the drooping ears help bring the scent that they are hunting for up to the nose. I know I'm probably not wording this right, but do you get the drift? Every dog had it's purpose back in the day. We know have out dogs mostly for pets, but we want to carry on with the tradition that the dogs were bred for and alot of people stilll do use some breeds to do their job. It is more of a tradition than something that we have to do. I think it is a personal choice, but, that is why good breeders of cropped and docked breeds do this prior to placing their pups. They want to keep the standard for what the dog was intentionally bred for.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can ketoconazole be used to treat dog ear infections?
    My dog has white spots and slight swelling in the ear. She scratches quite a bit on this ear. Was told it is a fungal infection of the ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless your vet swabbed the ear and examined it under a microscope, you can't know what kind of infection it is. Some are bacterial, some are fungal, some are both.

      Have the vet assess the dog.

      I have never heard of ketoconazole being used to treat ear infection. Usually, the treatment is topical. Tresaderm is a cheap, prescription drug that does a good job with infections, and can be used to treat both fungus and bacteria (it's a blend of three drugs). I'd get the dog to the vet.

  39. QUESTION:
    What would you recommend for a dog's ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and she is constantly itching it. I didn't notice it until she came back from the groomer, who also pointed it out to me. I have ear drops from a previous ear infection. Is there anything I can use to provide instant relief from the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      Vet trip time!

      You need to determine the underlying cause of the infection - mites, bacterial, viral, fungal/yeast, debris - before you know how to treat it properly.

  40. QUESTION:
    How serious is a dog ear infection?
    On my dogs annual checkup the vet said that my dog had a bacterial ear infection. I haven't noticed her ear bothering her at all. She has been acting perfectly normal. The vet gave me ear drops to put in both ears for the infection but since I have started giving them to my dog two days ago she has not been herself. She has had an upset stomach and just seems really tired... shes usually pretty energetic. I am going to call the vet but I was wondering if I should continue the meds or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ear issues are primarily yeast with a possible secondary bacterial infection from scratching. If he gave you the drops use them. I prefer rubbing alcohol to clean the ear to prevent yeast growth in the first place. If the ear is heavily infected, then the drops would help.

  41. QUESTION:
    What did the vet give your dog for an ear infection?
    My dog's ear looks red and smells a bit funky. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow morning. I want to know what he might prescribe for my dog (medicine name and dosage) so I can research it a bit before tomorrow. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what kind of ear infection it is. If your dog doesn't have a history of ear infections they'll often swab the material and take a closer look. Bacterial infections typically get an antibacterial ointment and fungal infections get ear drops with antifungal. Or they may choose an oral antibiotic, or they may suggest both. Lots of treatment options so it's hard to guess what you might possibly get. Your vet should be able to tell you about possible side effects or other concerns you have.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is recommended for dog ear infections?
    My dog, a shepherd/hound mix, 2 yrs old, has another ear infection. He had taken TRI-OCTIC, which was given to us by his vet. His ear is bothering him again. Is there an ear drop that anyone recommends, preferably one where I don't have to make another trip to the vet and pay for another expensive prescription medication?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope, a vet is your dog's best bet. Period. If the one medication didn't work, try another - doing anything OTC or without vet advice is asking for trouble. As in 'dog loses it's hearing due to improper use of medication' trouble.

      If your dog is having frequent ear infections, there could be a reason. Poor diet is usually the cause - corn or grains are notorious for causing allergies (of which ear infections can be a part of). Go grain free with the food and see what happens. Properly cleaning the ear on a regular basis AND after swimming is also a good idea.

  43. QUESTION:
    How often should i clean my english springer spaniels ears?
    i don't really clean my dogs ears right now, and i really need to start doing it more often. I just don't know HOW often... Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Floppy-eared dogs are prone to fungal infections of the ear. I would recommend you check them weekly and swab them with some ear cleaner, Don't probe deep in the ear, just swab the folds with a wipe. If there is a pungent odor or a large amount of dark brownish wax, have his ears checked by a vet.

  44. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  45. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  46. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

  47. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  48. QUESTION:
    My dog just recovered from a yeast infection in her ears. Can I give her a bath?
    My dog recovered from a pretty nasty yeast infection in her ears a few days ago. Is it okay to give her a bath? If water accidentally gets in her ears will it aggravate them and cause another infection? (My dog won't tolerate cotton balls, we've tried hundreds of times. She shakes them out within .02 seconds)

    • ANSWER:
      why not use a damp flannel or rag to wipe her face ( use a little baby tearless shampoo about a peasized amount ) and ears and give the rest of her body a good scrub from her neck downwards that way you wont get water in her ears!

  49. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection, are there any human meds safe for her?
    My dog is prone to ear infections. Most of them go away on their own. I'm having some money problems right now and can't take her to the vet. I know some medicines for humans work well and will not hurt an animal. Does anyone know of any cheap over the counter meds I can pick up for her? or any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      No there is nothing over the counter you can put into a dog's ear to help. Your just gonna have to go to a vet to get some ear ointment (antibiotic), they have different kinds otomax,panalog, and triotic. Your vet will give you one of these. If the infection is really bad, they may give an oral antibiotic also. I know that's not the answer you wanted to hear , but you will have to do it because your dog will only get worse to the point where she will start having a problem with her equilibrium.


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