Homemade dog remedy
for recurring itchy ears
(Granite City, IL)
My dog was a rescue and had ear problems when she came to me as a puppy. Now as an adult dog she still occasionally has itchy ears with a small amount of fluid or wax buildup. Whenever she gets to shaking her head to try to clear the problem herself or is continually scratching, I will clean and disinfect her ears with things I have at home in the bathroom cabinet. (I discovered this easy remedy one late night when she had scratched so much that she had caused her ear to bleed and it was too late for any stores to be open.)
By wetting a washcloth with a little bit of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide and squeezing a little in the problem ear, I can then massage the ear from the outside to break up any wax or other debris. The alcohol will also help to dry up any fluid in the ear. I then mix a few drops of tea tree and jojoba oil and apply it to the inside of her ear with a Q-tip.
The ear is cleaned, dried, moisturized and disinfected with minimal cost and stress to myself and the dog. I think now she even likes getting her ears cleaned.
Editor's note: Thank you so much for submitting this homemade dog remedy, KJN! I'm sure our visitors will find this helpful as many dogs have trouble with their ears...