How to Clean a Dog's Ears With Vinegar and Water



hi I'm dr. Laurie Leach I'm here again with Stewart today and today we're going to talk about how to clean your dog's ear with vinegar and water solution but before we go into that we're going to talk about a couple of caveats that we might have beforehand first of all I would advise that you talk to your veterinarian before you start cleaning your dog's ear with vinegar and water solution because the ear canal comes down in here to the eardrum so this is kind of like we're looking at the ear Stewart look at there we're looking at the ear like this so if we could take and open Stewart up that way we'd be seeing this and the ear is an l-shaped canal in us it just comes straight out so our ear comes straight out like this and you know that on the side of the q-tip it says never stick it into your ear so what do we all do stick it into our ear so with some very big precautions we can use a cotton tipped applicator to clean gently the outside of the ear but the problem is this you don't know what the inside of the ear looks like the inside of the ear could be very very inflamed the ear canal could be very narrowed you could have infection or pus you could have a ruptured eardrum so the your veterinarian needs to look down this ear canal and make sure there's no foreign object trapped down here make sure that the canal is not too narrowed and make sure that that it is actually appropriate to use a cleaning solution in your pets ear okay so you're going to see your veterinarian to make sure it's actually appropriate to be cleaning your pets ear with a vinegar and water solution because if you have a ruptured eardrum you're not going to be wanting to use that in your pets ear the recommendation for the vinegar and water ear cleansing solution comes back from an older time when we didn't maybe have as good medications but the vinegar and water is slightly astringent and it's going to create a pH that's not hospitable for any yeast to live and yeast are important contributors to ear disease so when Vetter were recommending vinegar and water they were taking distilled white vinegar and putting it in body temperature warm water and then mixing it up and then using a cotton ball in that solution to gently wipe the outside of the ear first of all and then sometimes very gently down in where you can see the outer part of the ear the outer part of the ear you don't want to go any further than this and there are some veterinarians that would argue that that even traumatizes the ear and contributes to perpetuation of the condition so you're going to want to just take that moistened cotton tipped applicator and only wipe the outside part where you can see anything down in this area needs your veterinarians attention and probably needs medication there's no way at home that you can look into that area your veterinarian needs to look into that area so that in short is how to clean your dog's ear with vinegar and water solution and thanks very much i'm dr. laurie leech and this again is Stewart

37 thoughts on “How to Clean a Dog's Ears With Vinegar and Water

  1. Only ever use organic vinegar as normal shelf vinegar (fish and chips type vinegar) actually encourages candidiasis (fungal infection). I use 1 part apple cider organic vinegar to 8 parts water.

  2. You must be a vet I have a vet near by He wouldn't tell me what treatment my dog needed just how much it would cost I didn't have that amount He then asked how much do you have In the end he gave him a antibiotic shot Refuse to tell me any more Vets are money hungry ppl that have no concerns for animals cause animals don't have money the owners do .

  3. what a wasted of time the camera is so far away from ear you cant see what shes talking about. how about redoing it with a ZOOM

  4. Well darn, I put commercial dog cleaning ear drops in my dog's ear to clean them but all of the fluid does not all seem to be coming back out. I watched this video hoping she would show me how to properly drain the ear afterwards, but she did not show that!

  5. I use a 50/50 solution of warm water and vinegar. I then apply a mixture of tea tree oil mixed with sweet almond oil.

  6. Hi Doctor,
    Can you please advise, i have a 3 month adorable beagle. but he has a bad bad odor and is little oily to touch even after i bathe him every 3rd day. Please i need a sure solution to this, please help me.

  7. I Think this video was very helpful. it tells you what to do and what not to do. it isn't a very simple task and when you don't know a thing about cleaning ears you most likely want what's best for you dog. I do agree with using wipes, it seems very more convenient and cheaper. I would like to note that you should not use water in you dogs ears. when you use water it causes lots of oil build up and can cause all kinds of ear infections . when cleaning you dogs ears I recommend vinegar and rubbing alcohol 50/50

  8. I Think this video was very helpful. it tells you what to do and what not to do. it isn't a very simple task and when you don't know a thing about cleaning ears you most likely want what's best for you dog. I do agree with using wipes, it seems very more convenient and cheaper. I would like to note that you should not use water in you dogs ears. when you use water it causes lots of oil build up and can cause all kinds of ear infections . when cleaning you dogs ears I recommend vinegar and rubbing alcohol 50/50

  9. I Think this video was very helpful. it tells you what to do and what not to do. it isn't a very simple task and when you don't know a thing about cleaning ears you most likely want what's best for you dog. I do agree with using wipes, it seems very more convenient and cheaper. I would like to note that you should not use water in you dogs ears. when you use water it causes lots of oil build up and can cause all kinds of ear infections . when cleaning you dogs ears I recommend vinegar and rubbing alcohol 50/50

  10. I Think this video was very helpful. it tells you what to do and what not to do. it isn't a very simple task and when you don't know a thing about cleaning ears you most likely want what's best for you dog. I do agree with using wipes, it seems very more convenient and cheaper. I would like to note that you should not use water in you dogs ears. when you use water it causes lots of oil build up and can cause all kinds of ear infections . when cleaning you dogs ears I recommend vinegar and rubbing alcohol 50/50

  11. but madam, even cleaning with a cotton ball there are chances that water may get struck inside the dog's ear canal. Please tell me any other method of removing ear mites from dog' ears ……………………….

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