Vinegar: A Quick and Easy Fix for Dog Ear Infections

Photo Vinegar: A Quick and Easy Fix for Your Dog's Ear Infections

Many people call vinegar the “miracle cleaner,” using it to mix homemade household cleaners and furniture polishes.

But, did you know that vinegar can also be a “miracle cleaner” for your dog’s ears?

Vinegar’s Effects on Infected Ears

Sometimes, bacteria, viruses and fungi invade and reproduce inside a dog’s ear canal causing an infection.

Ear infections are most common in dogs with floppy ears, because the hanging ears create a damp, moist area perfect for bacteria and viruses to multiply.

Vinegar treats dog ear infections in several ways:

  • Antibiotic – Vinegar kills bacteria
  • Antiviral – Vinegar kills viruses
  • Antifungal – Vinegar kills fungi
  • pH Restorative – Vinegar restores the ear canal’s proper pH balance

How to Treat Dog Ear Infections with Vinegar

First, you must make sure your dog’s eardrum is not perforated.

If your dog suffers a perforated eardrum, inserting liquids in the ear can cause ear damage or even deafness.

If your dog’s eardrum is intact, begin the vinegar ear treatment.

Apple cider vinegar is best, but may stain white or light-colored fur.

If your dog is white or light-colored, you may want to use distilled white vinegar.

First, make a mixture of half vinegar and half water and place in a squirt bottle. (Make sure you use a squirt bottle, not a spray bottle.)

Next, completely fill your dog’s ear canal with the mixture. Be careful not to let the solution get into your dog’s eyes.

Gently massage the base of our dog’s ear.

After massaging, allow your dog to shake his head.

The excess vinegar solution will come out, along with any debris from inside the ear canal.

You don’t need to swab your dog’s ear, but might want to wipe debris from the ear flap.

Vinegar Ear Cleaning Schedule

Treat both ears (even if only one ear seems infected) twice daily for two weeks.

For maintenance, treat your dog’s ears once or twice weekly.

If you don’t see an improvement in your dog’s ears within a few days, contact your veterinarian.

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