DIY Ear Cleaner For Dogs

I grew up with Poodles … lots of Poodles. Six to be exact. The reason I bring this up is because Poodles are extremely susceptible to ear infections. The breed tends to have a lot of hair growth in their ears, which can interfere with healthy air flow in the ear canal. For that reason, Poodles require routine ear hair plucking and cleaning. Of course, Poodles aren’t the only breed that has this “problem.”

Overall, dogs with long, floppy ears tend to be more susceptible to ear problems. 

While a variety of ear cleaners are available at your local pet store or vet’s office, I fully believe in eliminating as many chemicals as possible and sticking with all-natural cleaners. Our furry friends over at Planet Paws shared this great DIY ear cleaner recipe video to help combat all ear problems (from irritated ears to ear infections). 


The Recipe

The Base:

  • 1/3 cup witch hazel
  • 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • 1 tablespoon colloidal silver for ear infections
  • 3 drops oil of oregano for yeasty ears
  • 3 drops lavender oil for irritated ears
  • 10 drops neem oil for ear mites

Signs Of An Ear Infection

Some of the most common signs of an ear infection include:

  • Rubbing/itching ear with paw
  • Rubbing ear on the floor or furniture
  • Redness/swelling
  • Brown or yellow discharge
  • Bleeding
  • Crusts or scabs in the ear
  • Odor in the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Strange back and forth eye movements 

When To See Your Vet

Some ear infections can be cleared up by cleaning the ear. However, if your pup isn’t feeling any relief within a few days then it’s important to make an appointment with your veterinarian. Your vet may prescribe oral antibiotics along with strong ear drops and a medicated ear wash.

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