Commercial Dog Ear Drops and Homemade Solutions Compared

Dog ear drops are often used to help clean a dog's ears or to treat an infection. Drops can be bought at a store or made at home.

Commercial Dog Ear Drops

Commercial drops are often used as a dog ear infection treatment that has may have been prescribed by a veterinarian. Other commercial ear drop can be purchased to help treat a dog's ear mites or inflammation of the ear. Commercial products will many times contain preservatives to help give them a longer shelf-life.

Homemade Ear Solutions for Dogs

Many dog owners and breeders make their own dog ear wash solutions with ingredients one can find at home or a local drug store: white vinegar, powdered boric acid, rubbing alcohol, or a povidone-iodine antiseptic solution. Talk to a veterinarian for an ear solution recipe he recommends. If the dog ear wash is mixed properly and the dog does not have any wounds in his ears, a homemade ear solution is safe to use. Otherwise, a veterinarian should be consulted.

Ear washes and drops for dogs can help break-down wax, dry the ear canal, and help keep a healthy balance of acid in a dog's ears.