How to Make an Ear Cleaning Solution With Vinegar for a Dog

Whether they stick straight up or hang to the ground, all dogs' ears need regular cleanings.
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All dogs need regular grooming that includes cleaning the visible part inside the ears to prevent infections. If your dog is scratching his ears a lot, or if the ears seem sore, inflamed or emit a foul odor, see a vet immediately to check for ear infection or injury.

Step 1

Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with isopropyl alcohol in a clean glass bowl.

Step 2

Clean out an appropriately sized container with a small mouth or dropper spout. Be sure to rinse the container well and dry it. A bottle for dispensing drops, like an empty saline solution or contact lens cleaner bottle is perfect.

Step 3

Pour the apple cider vinegar and isopropyl-alcohol ear cleaning solution into the container – using a funnel if necessary.

Step 4

Apply the ear cleaning solution to a cotton ball or soft cloth to gently wipe the inside of the ear flap and visible areas of the inside near, but not deeply into the ear canal.

Step 5

Add one or two drops of the ear cleaning solution to your dog's ears, one ear at a time, and gently massage the base of the ear to get at any wax or debris lower down. Allow her to shake her head to remove excess liquid.

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