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Treating a dog with an ear infection

Maggi coming back from the lake in 2008

Over the years we keep getting dogs with floppy ears.  Floppy ears means the occasional ear infection and even more painful for the dog as they can progress to hematoma in the ear.  A vet suggested we use ear medication for humans but a couple of years ago Maggi had a bad ear infection and this home remedy was suggested to us.

Mix all ingredients in the alcohol bottle & shake. (make sure you shake before every application).

Treatment: Fill ear with solution & massage gently for 30 seconds and wipe with a tissue. Fill a second time and just wipe without massaging. The dog will shake the excess out. Be careful, the Gentian Violet could stain.  I use a eye dropper to fill the ear.


  • 2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
  • 1 time per day for the next 2 weeks
  • 1 time per month thereafter

If you are concerned about the alcohol burning the inside of the ear (it could if the dog has been scratching its ear), then you can substitute the alcohol with witch hazel.

It has worked well on Maggi and a friend’s lab in the past and it has saved us numerous trips to the vet.  Hope it works for you.