Homemade Dachshund Ear Cleaning Solution

by Kay Ireland
Dachshund

Dachshund

Dachshunds have long, floppy ears that are extremely susceptible to ear infections. To curb your dog's chance of getting an ear infection, you should clean the ears out once a month and keep it dry. There are many different schools of thought when it comes to dachshund ear cleaning solution, but it is widely agreed that it can be made with ingredients at home. Here are a few recipes.

Alcohol and Vinegar

One of the easiest ways to make a homemade dachshund ear cleaning solution is to use this simple recipe that only contains things you probably already have in your cupboards at home. Mix 1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 1/3 cup of water. Pour the solution in a dropper and pour it into the affected ear, letting it sit with the dog's head cocked to one side and then draining it out after two minutes. The alcohol dries out the ear, and the vinegar kills any bacteria that might be residing therein.

Alcohol and Boric Acid

Another way to clean out your dachshund's ear is with a mixture of boric acid and alcohol or witch hazel. Mix an entire 16-oz bottle of rubbing alcohol with 4 Tbsp of boric acid powder. Shake it well in the bottle and then apply the solution to the dog's ear twice a day by dropping it in and massaging into the ear. Wipe away the excess with a tissue. The alcohol will dry out the ear, and the boric acid will soothe any burning that may occur.

Tips

Remember to never insert foreign objects into your dachshund's ear canal. Never use Q-Tips with your dog; if you cannot reach it with a simple cloth or tissue, you shouldn't be touching it. If your dog's ear infection seems to persist for longer than a week, even after you've used cleaning solutions on it, you should see a veterinarian.

About the Author

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.