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May 17, 2011


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We have had a couple of dogs over the years with recurring ear or skin infections (especially yeast) that responded to the special allergy elimination diet food. They stayed on the allergy diet and did well the rest of their lives. I also have had 2 dogs with recurring ear infections that tested low in thyroid function, and the ears improved dramatically with thyroid supplementation. Might be worth testng the dog's thyroid?


Absolutely true. I should have mentioned that. Any patient who gets recurring infections can certainly have an immune system that is below par, and low thyroid sure does that.


I had a Boston Terrier puppy (now an adult) who has Irritable Bowel Disease. He also had chronic ear infections and every antibiotic the vet gave us simply did not work. Finally, at the suggestion of a friend I tried Zymox Otic (with Hydrocortisone), available over the counter, online. We used it as directed, got him off all his other ear medications, and we treat him once a month with it and we have not had a problem since. He is on a limited ingredient diet due to his IBD, but the Zymox Otic really worked.


Hello, Heather,
I have seen some really good success stories with this product. I personally have not had much luck with it. I'm glad you are having good results.
Thanks for reading and writing.


Hi Liz:
I'm also working with a client whose bull dog has chronic yeast infections in the ears and it's been a battle to no avail yet.

His diet is good and his owner has gone through the elimination process with foods. I think it's allergies (environmental).



I have been searching the internet for help for a while, and cant find any information on what I see in my 1 yr old white boxer. I noticed a black cut on edge of his ear that was sensitive to touch about a week or two ago, I cleaned it really good with peroxide. It doesn't seem to bother him anymore, but I do notice him shaking his head and flapping his ears a lot. Last night I noticed it is no longer a small cut it has grown and looks like a chunk missing out I'd the tip of his ear, almost like something took a big bite out of it. His other ear is forming one too. Do you have any idea of what this can be or what I can do to help him before bringing him to the vet? I do not have the money to bring him at the time, possibly not for about two weeks . I can send a picture if needed.


Hello, Elizabeth,

I don't think that I can help you long-distance. This almost sounds like some sort of auto-immune problem, where the body's defenses are haywire, and are damaging the circulation to those ear tips.

I wish that I had some good advice for you, but this may even require a biopsy.

I hope that you can get to your veterinarian a little sooner.

Good luck.

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Thanks for the explanation you made about chronic ear infection for dogs. dont really have a dog now but will get soon so its pretty helpful to know this things.


We are breeders and have used EcoEars for many years with success on dog ear infections. www.ecoears.com


Hello, Craig,

I asked the clinical pharmacology experts at Veterinary Information Network for more info on this product.

The ingredients are: IPA Alcohol, Acetic acid, Hydrogen Peroxide, Tea Tree Oil, Mullein Extract, Brilliant Green, Sodium Acetate.

"...it may have merit
in mild bacterial otitis and it appears to be a good ear cleaner. "

The toxicology consultant is interested in the concentration of the ingredients, especially the tea tree oil. It has a real potential for toxicity, as well as topical irritation.

So, don't drink it.

dog ear infection

Chronic infection like this can be very troublesome for owners and painful for the dog. I think prevent is always better than the cure...if we can help it...


I'm using Eco Ears for my dog to prevent infections and clean his ears. He's a golden retreiver and seems to product a lot more wax than my previous dog (a weimar). The ingredients seem to have been changed since the previous post. The website says it has these ingredients...Nothing I'd want to drink either! but it's working for me and my dog... Denatured Grain Alcohol, Rosemary Extract, Natural Witch Hazel Extract (made from non-petroleum alcohol), Organic Mullein Extract, Vegetable Glycerine, Tea Tree Oil, Polysorbate 20 (food grade), Ionic Silver Solution, Boric Acid.


Hello, D,

I've never used the stuff. If the ear is healthy except for excess wax production, then I think it should be okay.

I would be hesitant to use it if there were an infection. Usually the ear is a little raw in that case, and alcohol will not only be painful, but retard the healing. When something hurts, it is damaging the tissue that needs to heal. It may be killing germs, but it is killing tissue as well.

guy hudson

are there any natural ear wash's like apple sider vinegar and water


Hello, Guy,
I don't have any recipes for you. Many commercial ear washes contain a small amount of acetic acid (the acid in vinegar). This does inhibit the growth of yeast. However, if the ear is sore, you will find that the acidity causes the dog significant pain. They work better as preventives. If the dog reacts as though in pain, the ear needs attention from your veterinarian.

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