One of my golden retrievers, Danny, had a stubborn ear infection for a couple weeks that I just could not get rid of. I cleaned his ears with ear cleaner, treated the infection with Otomax, and also tried an antibiotic ear powder I got at the vet a while back. Still, his ear sounded like it had fluid in it and smelled like it was full of infection. I didn't want to have to take him to the vet, so I started digging around on the internet about possible home treatments for ear infections.
During the course of my research, I found site after site that talked about a home remedy for ear infections called "Blue Power Ear Treatment". It was simple to make, simple to use, and every site I went to was full of comments from people who gave it a glowing report. I decided to give it a try. I bought the ingredients and started treating Danny. It has now been a week and a half, and his ear appears to be free of infection. No squishy sound and no infection smell. I will treat for another week as recommended, but I believe I can add my own glowing report for this remedy.
The ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and are available at most pharmacies without prescription. Want to know more, keep reading..... (more)
You should always check with your vet prior to starting any treatment on your own to ensure that the health issues your dog is having are not more serious, such as a ruptured eardrum or foreign object trapped in the ear channel. Treating dogs with these conditions could permanently damage their ear.
Blue Power Ear Treatment
16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%
Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well. If you can only find 2% gentian violet, use 8 drops. You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder. To use, purchase the "Clairol" type plastic bottle to dispense solution to affected ears. You can also use an ear syringe, which should be available at your pharmacy. When I went to buy the ingredients, the boric acid powder and gentian violet were not out on the shelf, but when I asked the pharmacist he had both of them in stock in the back. If they don't have gentian violet, they should be able to order it for you.
Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days. Simply flush out the ear with the solution until then.
Shake the bottle each time before using. Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue. Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage. The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics (and practically everything else, as I found out).
SCHEDULE OF TREATMENT
Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)
All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear. The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent. The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker. After the second or third you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls. Their success rate for this treatment is 95-99%. Those who do not succeed have usually not done the treatment long enough or have not been regular about it.
Dogs on the verge of ear canal surgery have been returned to normal with only the regular follow-up treatment to keep the ear healthy. If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site. This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water (warm). Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2x per week.
They have found the Blue Power Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots. You may find other uses for this simple anti-infective agent. Remember it is for external use only and be careful not to get into the eyes.