When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?

March 13th, 2011 by Emily

Question: When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many state apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

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Answer by CHAO§:BB is WB, BOW at Doswell
Everything I have read, and everyone I have talked to (including our vet), has stated apple cider vinegar. I have not seen anything about white vinegar.

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11 Comments on “When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?”

  1. Dog Section Regular says:

    If you have to ask, don’t do it. Do not self treat your pets, you can do serious harm and make the problem worse. At the very LEAST – CALL and ASK YOUR VET. The phone call is free.

  2. Crookshanks says:

    I have worked in a vet clinic for years…and have never heard of using apple cider vinegar. Usually what happens is people mix a solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% rubbing alcohol and clean the ears thoroughly twice a day. There is no way to tell if it is a yeast infection or just a regular ear infection unless you take her to the vet. In most cases antibiotics are required to clear up any kind of ear infection. Your dog can loose it’s hearing and develope secondary infections if it doesn’t clear up..so make sure you keep a very close eye on the ear and take the dog into the vet if it gets worse or doesn’t clear up in 5 to 7 days.

  3. sisu says:

    My dogs hated the vinegar and water solution for the ears. Warm the bottle of any ear medication in your pocket for 30 minutes before using. If there is any redness or scratching the vinegar burns and the dog will react. I have had more success with Zymox Ototic with hydrocortisone. It is available online without a prescription. Feeding raw or grain free works wonders in preventing ear infections.

  4. Alyssa J says:

    White vinegar. My mix for washing the ears that the very gave me is equal parts water, vinegar and thing alcohol, with a single drop of dish soap. I use that to clean, but still use surolan to clear things up.

  5. Lizzie says:

    A yeast infection makes the ears smell very bad. A regular, bacterial infection does not.

    You want to keep water OUT of the ears. Yeast thrive in dark, moist environments. NO WATER.

    Vinegar is mostly made of water. (no water!) I realize there is a kind of urban myth about curing ear infections with vinegar but it does NOT work. NO VINEGAR.

    The vet will take a small sample of the stuff in the dog’s ear and check it under a microscope to see if it is yeast, bacteria or both. Many dogs have *both* at the same time. [To treat only one infection when a dog has dual infections is asking for trouble.] Then you are given prescription ear drops and instructions. Follow the instructions carefully and the ears will clear up nicely.

    Spending your time trying to cure ear infections with myth-based “cures” only prolongs your dog’s suffering and allows the infection to grow and GROW. I have seen ear infections in which the bacteria and yeast have eaten a hole through the eardrum, spreading the infection and misery further. Not only is that an absolute horror story for your dog to go through but then you have to pay a fantabulous amount of money to have the eardrum repaired… or have the inner ear removed (colossally major dollars here).

    In the long run, it is far more kind,and a lot less costly to have the vet treat the ear infections.

  6. jennifer says:

    i try to use natural remedies whenever i can, but if your dog already has a full blown prob, she needs help. i fought with a bacteria/fungal infection for 5 months, then threw away the crap the vet gave my and researched. i bought ZYMOX on amazon.com and her prob was cleared up 9 days. sometimes natural stuff is best for a preventative, but isn’t always strong enough for a full blown problem.

  7. Bonzie12 says:

    the only way to cure an “infection” is with antibiotics. anything else you do isn’t going to do anything

  8. Leigh says:

    Neither one will cure a yeast infection. You need an antifungal medication for that. How do you know that the infection is yeast, and not bacterial? You can use vinegar as a wash, but it is not going to cure infection.

  9. Annie says:

    Don’t use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn’t work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won’t work.

    Use this —


    16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
    4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
    16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

    Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
    You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

    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.

    Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
    Shake the bottle each time before using.
    Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the 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.

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

    The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

    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, 2 x per week.

    They have found the Blue Powder 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.

    Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  10. Happy Times says:

    I am not totally sure about this matter but having had a very uncomfortable situation myself i’ve found http://bit.ly/yyeastinfo to be a valuable resource.

  11. Skyangel says:

    This web site had a recipe for a home made ear cleaner. The ingredients are easy to get from a pharmacy. White vinegar is one of them and will reduce the ph so yeast won’t thrive, but the other ingredients (alcohol, boric acid powder, betadine anteseptic) make a more effective combination. I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it. http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarClean…

    Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:


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