Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dog Ear Wash Recipe

Had a dog in for grooming today with very yucky, yeasty smelly ears.  

Thought it would be a good time to post a homeopathic ear wash that I have used on my dogs for years!

“Purple Power Ear Treatment”

16 Oz. (= 0,47 litres) Isopropyl Alcohol
4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.

NOTE – You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

To use, purchase a small “Clairol”  squeeze type plastic bottle or a  baby ear syringe bottle to dispense solution to affected ears.

TREATMENT:   Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.  See your vet.

Shake bottle each time before using. The boric acid will fall to the bottom and recipe needs to be well mixed for full potential.

Put cotton balls or similar absorbent material under their ear.

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, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.  It's a good idea to do this treatment outside so when dog shakes his ears, staining in the house will not occur.

SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:

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 or local Wal-Mart.  Wintergreen alcohol can be used for extra soothing especially if your d  Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear while Gentian Violet is an anti-infection agent.

The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to cankers.

After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q- tip or cotton balls.

Happy Ears!!!


  1. Hey Karen ~
    I'll have to print this out and try it. Loocie gets stinky ears often.
    Hope you are enjoying the warmth of Arizona. There's no warmth in Ohio!!!
    Pug hugs :)

  2. It works really well! My Heart dog had extremely yeasty ears and this works better than what you get at the vet! I hear its really cold back there! I hate to mention it but it's nice here and am getting ready to get on my bike and try to do a mile or more. I don't think dad and I will come back to Indiana until at least the first of June. He gets so cold anymore!
    Have a great day!!

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