Cleaning Your Dogs Ears
Ever own a long eared dog and notice a foul odor coming from the ears. This is a problem that can be serious if the
correct steps are not taken. Itching, scratching and shaking of the head are sure signs your dog has an ear/yeast
infection or mite infestation. Often times before the animals ears arrive at this point you can prevent it with a simple
cleaning solution used regularly. Because the long ear flap hangs down and doesn't allow air to flow through the ear,
they remain moist, dark and hot, it makes for a perfect spot for bacterial or yeast infections. Regular cleaning and
inspection of your dogs ears can prevent infections and help you maintain your animal at peek performance. Ear
infections are potentially dangerous if left untreated. The eardrum liner can rupture and the infection can travel to the
brain. If you think your dog has a sever infection or the smell is outwardly noticeable have a vet check to determine if it
is Bacterial, Yeast or mites causing the problem. To help prevent the dogs ears from even getting to this point the
following home made solutions work well and have been used for years by Vet's, Breeders' and Kennel Masters.
Recipe One
16 oz. Bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
( Almost every store carries it)
4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
(I have found it at a small grocery store before but most pharmacies carry it).
16 drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution
(Gentian violet is a topical non-prescription anti fungal agent still used as a  treatment for Candida Albicans in nursing
human mothers. It can be found in Drug Stores or ordered on line ).
We Mix all the ingredients in the alcohol bottle and shake and store it,  it lasts a long time. I then go to the hair dye
section at a store like Wall-mart and purchase an applicator bottle, they are cheap. Add the mixture to the applicator
bottle each time you clean their ears. (Make sure you shake the storage bottle before filling the applicator and also
shake the applicator before you dispense it in the dogs ear).
Recipe one can be used as a treatment for mildly encrusted ears also.

As a Treatment for mildly smelly ears:
2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
1 time per day for the next 2 weeks
1 time per month thereafter

Recipe Two
This recipe works as a great preventative cleaner, and does not stain as bad.
Especially for light colored dogs.
Rubbing Alcohol (6 ounces)
( Almost every store carries it)
Powered Boric Acid (11/2 tsp)
(We found ours at wal-mart pharmacy)
White vinegar (2 ounces)
( Almost every store carries it)
Beta dine solution (1 tsp)
(Most stores and pharmacy's)

Mix the alcohol and boric acid first until boric acid is dissolved. Then simply add white vinegar and beta dine. This
mixture also stores well. We keep ours in the refrigerator and allow the mixture to come to room temperature, then
shake it well, add to applicator bottle and apply.

How to use: Fill ear with solution & massage base of ear gently for 30 seconds then let the dog shake while diving out
of the way. Have some tissue or soft cloth available and lift the ear flaps after the dog has finished shaking. Wipe of
any loose gunk or wax that was loosened. Repeat a second time. The dog will shake the excess out.  Gentian Violet
well stain.  So you may want to take it outside because the dog well throw it around as they shake the excess off.

This is done once a month as a preventative measure.
If your dog is already suffering from an infection and you are unsure how severe it is take them to the vet.
Below is meant only for those who know the difference between the start of an infection and a full blown one.

If the dog has open sores in the ear flap or canal from scratching then you can substitute the alcohol with witch hazel.

Ear cleaning depends on how often your dog goes swimming and the climate; you'll need to do it more often if you live
in humid places or during the summer. When cleaning your dog's ears as with human animals remember to never
insert anything into the ear canal…that means no Q-tips, swabs, ETC. If you notice something deep in the ear, please
let your vet handle it.
Some dogs are more prone to ear infections then others. If your dog continues getting infected ears even with regular
cleanings then it is possible it has a food allergy or the dogs body PH is off. If you suspect this may be the case your
vet can answer these questions.

Thank You:
John A Sampson I
K9 Training


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The above is only intended to be used for information purposes and
is solely the opinion of K9 Training and staff and represents
no guarantee or assurance of any implied outcome.
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