Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner – Effective Recipes to Preventing or Treating Infection

by craftmin | January 20, 2018

Like people, dogs have naturally sensitive ears. While being clean is not canines’ strongest suit, hygiene still plays a role to their health, particularly the ears. Often, through the neglect of this critical aspect, dogs develop ear conditions that hamper their quality of living. Luckily, there are plenty of homemade dog ear cleaner recipes out there that prevent or ameliorate any sign of infection should they occur.

Signs of Ear Infection for Dogs

Spotting whether or not a dog has ear infection need not have to be difficult. With just the right awareness, any person can temporarily play the vet and diagnose if there are symptoms of infection. Typically, you’d know that your dog is in such a predicament when it shows any of the following:

  • Discharges coming from the ear
  • Foul smell
  • Redness in the visible area of the ear
  • Swelling and bumps
  • Crusty-looking skin
  • Hair falls from the ear
  • Dark-looking earwax

Unless you’re keen at smelling directly an earwax up close, this substance is neutral in scent at most. But when it starts to drip, looking dark, and has an accompanying bad scent to it, that’s already a red flag for infection.

Not only is the earwax the hallmark of an ear infection, even the quality of the dog’s ears tends to change for the worse, too. Commonly, any deviation from a dog’s normal skin tone is a telltale sign of infection.

Considerations When Cleaning your Dog’s Ears

While you may be ecstatic in rendering care to your pet now, know that having to clean your pet’s ears isn’t a simple feat to do. Dogs, despite their desperate need for hygiene, do not like the idea of their owners tinkering in their delicate parts. Especially at first attempt, expect your dogs to shove you away, bite at things, or even play as a response.

The trick, however, is to make the activity as fun possible to your pet while also facilitating discipline to get the work done. How easy or difficult is this part of the task depends on your level of relationship to your pet. The more you know the soft spot of your pet, the easier the task of cleaning its ears is for you.

But should you get your way to cleaning your pet’s ears, remember the following:

  • Do not clean your dog’s ears with just any tool. Only use a sterile cotton ball for it. Like yours, your pet’s ears are very delicate and are very susceptible to pain and infection.
  • Be very mindful when dealing with the fleshy parts of the inside ear. It is much more delicate than its outer parts. In fact, better stay away from this part altogether and just focus on the externals.
  • If your dog’s ear canal is full of hair, you will be required to trim on it to facilitate cleaning.
  • When in doubt, always let the expert do the task for you.

Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner Recipes and Natural Remedies That Work

Why spend on a premade product from a store when you could come up with your own? Like most DIY stuff, a homemade dog ear cleaner is mostly practical and very effective. In addition, they’re relatively safer to use as you know of their ingredients: all-natural.

Not straying from that notion, these homemade dog ear cleaner formulas guarantee your pet non-allergenic solutions to their usual ear problems.

  1. Alcohol, Boric Acid, and Vinegar Solution

    Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner | Source: dogsaholic.com

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 ounces vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon boric acid
  • Some drops of alcohol

Making this solution is relatively simple. All you need to do is mix boric acid and vinegar in a single container. This is to be followed with the alcohol to complete the mixture.

Albeit optional, you can make your mixture to become more sterile by adding some drops of povidone-iodine into the mix. However, omit on this idea if the pet in subject has white fur. Povidone-iodine will only make a mess out of its light color and also emit a strong scent.

This is the perfect cleaning solution to use after a time of swim at a nearby sea or river. Just do not forget to keep your pet’s ears dry by wiping it with a washcloth or cotton ball. Moist ears tend to become a breeding ground for microbes among pets.

  1. Water and Vinegar Combo

    Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner | Source: dogsaholic.com

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup vinegar

Pet owners who fear that their pets may have sensitivity to alcohol turn to this simple solution of water and vinegar. Dogs who exhibit dry skin, on the other hand, should really stay away from alcohol to prevent agitating the condition.

If the supposed concoction is not suggestive enough, making the solution is as simple as mixing the two ingredients together. However, it is worth noting that the water to be used with the mixture must be lukewarm in temperature.

For better potency, make use of apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid that is found in apple cider vinegar is potent in removing any lingering debris and dirt from the ears. But, in addition to those benefits, this sour solution is also capable of killing pathogenic bacteria and yeast, too. As such, it encompasses both cleaning and disinfecting properties which both prevent infection.

  1. Olive, Almond, or Mineral Oil

    Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner | Source: dogsaholic.com

Here’s what you need:

  • A few drops of either olive, almond, or mineral oil

Technically, there is no mixture to be made here. By itself, any of these oils is already sufficient enough to do the task of cleaning the dog’s ears. Specifically, these oils are capable of loosening the earwax which makes removing them afterwards rather easy.

To apply this solution, simply make a few significant drops to your dog’s ears. Let your pet shake its head after making the application to let it spread naturally. Wait for a couple of minutes for the oil to take effect. Remove the wax from your dog’s ears using a cotton ball.

  1. Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, and White Vinegar

Here’s what you need:

  • Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • White Vinegar

In the random chance that your pet is displaying signs of allergy to certain ingredients, it takes a working formula to remedy it. In this case, a mixture of alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and white vinegar should alleviate the irritation.

As a caveat, however, this solution may not always treat the problem. If the symptoms of irritation persist despite the use of this formula, let a veterinarian handle the case.

  1. Water and Aloe Vera Gel Mixture

    Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner | Source: dogsaholic.com

Here’s what you need:

  • Alove vera gel
  • Water

Aloe vera gel is known for its ability to relieve irritations. In addition, it is also effective in removing earwax as well. To make the mixture, simply pour the aloe vera gel in a warm water until it liquifies. Once the solution is made, take a tablespoonful of the mixture and make a drop on each ear.

Leave the solution within the dog’s ears for a while until the formula takes effect. Wipe the ears off of its mess afterwards.

Some irritations tend to be more serious than others. Should your dog exhibit the same discomfort it usually had since having the irritation, just repeat the steps as necessary.

  1. Mullein, Olive Oil, and Garlic (Optional)

Here’s what you need:

  • Mullein leaves/flowers
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic (optional)

Mullein is an herb that is known for its antibacterial properties. When applied on the ears, it kills off bacteria which therefore prevent infection.

You must be a lucky person to have the herb already available in the wild just for picking. If not, there are sources online where you can buy this precious plant from.

To make the concoction, simply place the mullein plant in a glass jar to be covered with olive oil. For a stronger antibacterial potency, you can add 1 or 2 cloves of garlic per pint of olive oil in the mix. Allow the mixture to sit for around 2 to 3 weeks.

For actual application, you can directly apply the solution into the dog’s ear canal. Otherwise, soak a cotton in the mixture and apply that on the ear instead.

  1. Oregano Oil and Pure Aloe Vera Juice

Here’s what you need:

  • Oregano oil
  • Pure aloe vera juice

Alone, the oregano oil is a very strong ingredient which might cause irritation to your dog’s ears. So, never use it directly in a concentrated form. With that in mind, the pure aloe vera juice plays a critical role in diluting the oregano oil.

To make the mixture, simply pour a drop of oregano oil to every ½ ounce of pure aloe vera juice.

You can use the mixture directly by pouring a drop on the intended ear or use a cotton ball for the application.

  1. Calendula, Olive Oil, and Garlic

Here’s what you need:

  • Calendula
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic

Calendula is an herb known for its healing powers on the skin. But while common intuition states that it works best at the superficial layer of the skin, this herb works from within, too. In fact, this plant is also popular as an analgesic and has antifungal property.

To make the solution, simply pool all the calendula flowers in a glass jar. This is then to be covered with olive oil. Add in a clove or two of freshly-chopped garlic. Let the mixture sit in for 3 to 4 days.

Application is either directly into the ear canal by use of a dropper or via a soaked cotton ball.

  1. Coconut Oil and Garlic

    Homemade Dog Ear Cleaner | Source: Pinterest

Here’s what you need:

  • Coconut oil
  • Garlic

There are lots of healthful benefits to be sourced from a coconut oil. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties are just two of those. As such, it only makes good sense to tap on these benefits against ear infection.

Unlike other concoctions, this is the only mixture which requires actual fire to make. For starters, low heat two tablespoonfuls of coconut oil in a saucepan along with two fresh cloves of garlic. The presence of garlic complements the coconut oil’s antibacterial power.

Simmer the mixture until everything turns to liquid. Let the heated solution to cool down for a bit. You would not want to burn your dog’s ear canal by using a still hot solution for it.

In the presence of infection, routinely apply the solution directly to the dog’s ears at least twice a day for the remainder of 1 week. Once the infection is treated, constantly apply the same solution to just once a week. Doing the latter is a measure to prevent any likelihood of future infection.

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