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How to Tell if Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

by Dave Kettner June 14, 2017

How to Tell if Your Dog Has an Ear Infection

Our furry dog friends are family, at least in my house, they depend on their humans for love and affection, all around care and knowing when something is allying them or not. As their people we have the responsibility of their health but it can be hard to know when your pet is suffering from an ear infection. Do you know the tell-tale signs that are red flags signaling what to look out for? Bone up your knowledge in our article to become informed about when infection is leering within these furry friends ears.

Watch out for these signs of infection inside of your pets ear.

  • Unpleasant odor coming from ear(s)
  • Redness or swelling around the ears
  • Constantly scratching at ears
  • Shaking or tilting head

 Here is an all natural do it yourself remedy that can be tried at home for little to no cost to relieve your pets infection. I suggest mixing one batch at a time and storing it in a small air-tight container (like a glass bottle), so you can have some ready if your dog needs it again.


  • Small air tight container (like a glass bottle with a dropper top)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Distilled water


Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and distilled water in a small bowl. Pour into the glass bottle, cap and shake to fully mix.

To use in your pets ear, place about 8 to 10 drops of solution in the inner ear and massage the ear for about 20 to 30 seconds. Your dog will most likely shake their head after the massage, it is suggested to towel dry the outside of the ear and skin/fur, wiping off the access solution.

Be careful to avoid putting the dropper in the ear canal and to get the solution on your pets fur outside the ear as this can be irritating to some dogs skin and fur. Use once a day for 5 to 6 days or as tolerated. If you pet is still showing signs of an infection after the 6th day of treatment and or has a recurring infection, this can be a sign of a underling health issue like allergies and should be addressed by a vet.

We hope this article has given you a useful trick to stop those ear infection with an at home solution and easy your pets discomfort. Please leave any comments, tip or trick of your own. We love other pet owner input.

Dave Kettner
Dave Kettner

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