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Providone iodine is just the generic name for Betadine. It has antiseptic properties that will attack the bacteria in your dog’s ears. It does not have to be added to this homemade dog ear cleaner if you are concerned about red staining. The solution will work very well without the providone iodine.

My vet gave me a homemade recipe for cleaning my dog’s ears out. It consists of: 1/3 cup each of rubbing alcohol – white vinegar – water. Mix.

Another ear cleaning solution can be made up of one part vinegar to five parts water. Fill a turkey baster with the solution, then squirt this solution into your dog's ears. Use the turkey baster to suck the solution back out again, then discard. This is an effective home ear flush that rids the dog's ears of any odor causing debris or parasites. Be sure to wear old clothing if you try this procedure, as it tends to get a little messy.

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Feb 9, 2017 - But how often is best when it comes to cleaning your dog's ears at home When your dog’s ears are dirty and smelly and need cleaning, it means that there is some kind of infection present and what you need to do is disinfect them. You can take him to the vet for professional treatment or you can easily clean them at home using a disinfectant like EcoEars which is made for dog ear infections.

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Apple cider vinegar can be used as a very mild homemade dog ear cleaner solution. Simply mix together 2/3 cup of water and 1/3 cup of cider vinegar. This is a good solution to use on floppy-eared dogs that need to have their ears cleaned often.

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While vinegar and water solutions are effective for dissolving earwax and routine cleaning, consult your veterinarian before attempting home treatment if your dog displays signs of an ear infection. Ear infections often cause your dog's ears to smell, bleed or look red, scaly or irritated. Your veterinarian is likely to treat your dog's infection with medications rather than vinegar. Vinegar should not be used on dogs with perforated eardrums. It can lead to the loss of hearing.1. How to clean ears at home: Ear infections can be prevented by keeping the ears very clean. Place a 1-2 inch layer of dish soap ( Joy, Ivory, Dawn, etc–any soap you use to hand wash dishes) in a 16 oz plastic spray bottle then fill it with warm tap water. While pulling the ear away from the head and up slightly, spray this heavy soap solution 20-30 times vigorously into the ear canal. No matter how much your pet objects you are really not seriously hurting them and it is extremely necessary to do. Massage the ear well and let the pet shake its head. Then use another spray bottle filled with only clean water to flush out the soap and debris. You may need to repeat this process 2-3 times in a row to get them clean. Do not worry about getting water in your pets ears as you must clean out the debris or the ear ointment will not work. When a dog shakes it head the ear is now 99% dry! Special NOTE: Some dogs with chronic ear infections will need cleaning 2-4 times a month. After each cleaning you should place prescription ear ointment (Otomax, Posatex, Otibiotic, Malotic, Triotic) in the ear. When done as maintenance, the ointment only needs to be put in the ears one time. The prescription ear ointment can be purchased as needed without bringing in your dog for an exam. A large 8oz bottle of ear ointment is available to purchase if you need it.