Do homemade dog ear cleansers really work? As the owner of a Golden Retriever, I’ve battled smelly ears and chronic ear infections and wondered if there ever would be an end to it. I’ve spent a lot of money buying the cleansers at the vet’s office and tube after tube of prescription ointment to end the ear infections. It seemed that the ointment was merely a band-aid. It would help for a short time, but within a week the ear would be bad again. My vet suggested a homemade cleanser of equal parts of water, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar. It did seem to clean the ear, but I wanted something that would help in healing the ear infection and keep it from coming back all the time, which this remedy didn’t do.
Desperate for something that would work, I did a search on the internet for homemade dog ear cleansers. A lot of the recipes were similar to the one my vet had suggested so I disregarded them. Then I came across this website: www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html. When reading on this site about their Cocker Spaniels and the problems of ear infections, I felt like I was reading about my dog. I printed out the recipe and decided to get the ingredients and give it a try. The only ingredient that wasn’t readily available at my local drugstore was powdered Boric Acid, but I found it easily online at Amazon.com.
According to the directions, when you first start to clean your dog’s ears with this solution, you clean them every day until you see improvement. Ok, I did that. My dog was definitely not happy having his ears cleaned that much, but there was definite improvement within a few days. Once I saw improvement, I started cleaning his ears every couple of days. The site said the problem should be cleared up within two weeks and it was. I was amazed! I went from constantly battling nasty ears weekly, to cleaning my dog’s ears every few weeks for maintenance. Since the first time I used this home cleanser, my dog has not had an ear infection or even a smelly ear. I try to clean his ears every two to three weeks, but there have been times when I’ve forgotten to do it for a month and he still hasn’t had a problem. It’s so nice to look into his ears and see nice, healthy, pink ears rather than oozing, smelly, nasty ears. I’ve had family and friends who have used it and had the same results. It really does work.
You should definitely check with your vet about any problems your pet might be experiencing and to be sure there aren’t other things going on. Some ear infections are bacterial and won’t go away without antibiotics.