Skip to content
Previous article
Now Reading:
Ear infection in dogs - Natural treatment - Part 1

Ear infection in dogs - Natural treatment - Part 1

Drug and Steroid-Free Holistic Approach to Ear Infections

I must say that even a day ago, I was not planning to write about ears. In fact, most vets find ear infections in dogs the black abyss of veterinary medicine.

The conventional course of events usually goes like this:

ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids – ear flush – antibiotics – steroids

The best case scenario is that the suppression with steroids will eventually make the ears better, but the overall health of your dog worsens.

The worst case scenario leads to ear surgery – called partial or full ear ablation, which, in other words, is a removal of the ear canal and sometimes the whole ear. I am shivering just thinking about this. Imagine the agony? It's no wonder that these poor dogs often end up being nervous wrecks.

And so, I am here typing away with the hope that if I write about ears for the next few weeks, I will make a difference in at least a few canine lives.

What is coming

My plan is to rock the conventional ear treatment world foundations. In fact, I need to because the use of antibiotics and steroids does not address the core of ear problems and so many dogs suffer unnecessarily.

In the course of the next few weeks, I will share with you the following:

1. The true causes of ear conditions.
2. A step-by-step treatment guide for ear conditions.
3. Diet and supplements that address ear problems.
4. How to look after healthy ears.
5. and more….

True causes of ear conditions

I must be honest here. As soon as I wrote the title, I realized that this could be a book and not just a simple newsletter.

But then I thought, wait a minute, how about if I simply write about what I have learned about the causes of ear problems.

First, I would like to start with rare conditions that cause ear infections:

1. Ear mites in less than five percent of dogs; in fact, almost never.
2. Frequent swimming - it is not a cause because most dogs swim and have no ear problems.
3. Not enough ear cleaning.
4. Allergies are a sudden reaction to a specific food and people often mistake it with food intolerance.

Ear problems appear to be closely connected to the following:

1. Liver balance
2. Inappropriate diet for dogs, like processed food
3. Neck injury (trauma, collars)
4. Tightness in the temporal-mandibular joint. Dogs often scratch their ears when this happens
5. Lumbar injury which affects the intestinal tract and therefore the ears
6. Too much ear cleaning is a very frequent mistake
7. Too frequent treatment like repeated drug administration causes bacterial resistance and severe deep infections

The red light

Most people see ear infections as a problem that relates only to the ears themselves. However, the reality is that the ears only signal that the body is out of balance and in distress. They are the ‘warning light’ that something is going on at the systemic level.

The biggest myth about ears

It is a common belief that when ears get waxy or infected cleaning will help. In fact, the only time I recommend cleaning is once at the beginning of the treatment and then wait and see.

Frequent ear cleaning often disturbs the ears and also introduces more resistant pathogenic bacteria, such as proteus or pseudomonas, which are very difficult to treat.

The discharge or wax that you clean out usually builds up again quickly and if you try to clean it out over and over again, your dog will slide into a vicious cycle of never ending ear problems.

The rule of thumb is when your dog’s ears are sore, focus on the overall health and the ears will follow.

I know this recommendation is contrary to some practitioners who suggest frequent cleaning. In my experience, this approach makes ear problems worse.

Why are ear problems so challenging to treat?

Most people have preconceived ideas about ear problems, about bacteria, too much water in the ear, not enough cleaning etc…

The first step to addressing your dog’s ear issues successfully is to open your mind to the likely possibility that your dog’s ear problems are systemic and that local treatment is unlikely to help without causing more damage systemically. It can be compared to washing your car instead of fixing the engine that leaks oil.

Of course, this is just a metaphor.

Take part in our natural ear treatment challenge!

If your dog is suffering from ear problems and you have had an exam done by your care provider to make sure that your dog is okay otherwise, I invite you to try our ear tune up protocol that works for the majority of dogs with ear problems.

All I am asking, is for you to keep your mind open and see what happens.

Action plan for dogs with ear problems 

Originally, I intended to introduce you to feeding an all-natural diet because it is so important, but then I decided to postpone it to week two.

Today, I will focus on gently detoxing your dog's body.

I mentioned before that when ears get inflamed, it is usually a signal that something else is going on. Commonly it is a signal that the body is toxic. My experience is dogs are exposed to increasingly higher amounts of toxic substances from medication, food, and the environment. Treating ears can be relatively easy when you use the following:

  1. Collect your dog’s hair and get a HairQ Test done to check his or her mineral and heavy metal levels. You will receive your dog's results in 4-8 weeks.
  2. Start GreenMin – a chlorophyll, amino acid and mineral rich formula to gently cleanse the digestive tract and provide missing nutrients. In order for your dog’s ears to start healing, you need to ensure that the digestive tract is in top notch condition and that your dog gets essential nutrients. I cannot emphasize this enough. No matter what food you feed, it is depleted of essential nutrients because of today’s intensive agriculture and soil depletion. GreenMin is a simple and economical solution to this problem. In fact, GreenMin is a human grade, all-natural product that both myself and my dog Skai take every day.
  3. Start your dog on LiverTune - a liver cleanse formula that is beneficial for dogs. Keep your dog on this treatment for six weeks for the initial cleanse and then four weeks for follow-up cleanses every six months.
  4. If you would like more details on the above-mentioned products and supplements click here.


About the author

Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM is an Integrative veterinarian, nutritionist and creator of natural supplements for dogs and people. Helping you and your dog prevent disease, treat nutritional deficiencies, and enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives together.

Most Popular

  • Flying with dogs
    In my article, I share the personal story of how I'm able to fly with my dog, Pax, thanks to overcoming challenges with sleepwalking and night terrors. This unique experience not only allowed me to travel with my service dog but also serves as a reminder that even difficult situations can have positive outcomes.
  • dog and pony
    Successful communication is essential for building healthier and more fulfilling relationships and happier lives. In this article, I'll share with you 8 communication hacks to help you avoid unnecessary drama, prioritize active listening and address conflicts effectively.
  • Dalmatian eating fruit
    Can dogs eat bananas, apples, strawberries and other fruit? What about grapes? Find out what fruits are safe, toxic, and healthy for dogs. Learn about the potential health benefits and risks of feeding fruit to your canine companion, and get tips on the ideal time to feed it.
  • Illustration of the anatomy of a heart
    As dog lovers, we all want our beloved pups to live long and healthy lives. Protecting your dog's heart from potential health issues is important, and in this blog Dr. Dobias shares some key points that you might not yet be aware of, read on to find out what you can do to keep your dog's heart safe. 

Dog Health

  • Husky lying on blanket with heart toy
    Dogs have our hearts and that is why we need to protect their heart. Dog’s as they age often face muscle problems and spinal misalignment and you might be surprised to know how that can hurt their heart. Learn how to protect your dog’s spine and by extension their heart.
  • The secret ingredient for a perfect No. 2
    Dogs and humans have evolved side-by-side but they are still quite different when it comes to their digestive tracts and dietary habits. We have studied their original environments such as the soils of the African savanna and consulted with top experts in the field of probiotics and microbiology to come up with a combination that reflects healthy bacterial flora of canines.
  • Man being pointed at
    Criticism can hurt a brand, but constructive feedback can help it grow. In this blog Dr. Dobias talks about the differences between these approaches, and how to handle the power of influence and opinion with care. 
  • Broccoli with vitamins and minerals
    Are you worried that your and your dog's diet is missing something? Maybe you're worried about toxin levels in food, the environment, or flea and tick products. Let's face it; we can't remove ourselves entirely from our toxin-filled world, but we can do things to reduce our exposure to harmful substances. 

Human health

  • Dr. Dobias with Pax
    How do you navigate the seas of life? How do you deal with disappointment? Whatever life throws at us, we can always rely on our dogs to bring joy into our days. In this blog I share my thoughts on the support our dogs provide during the difficult moments in life. 
  • Why 1 in 4 Americans suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
    Learn more about the alarming prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) affecting 1 in 4 Americans. Discover its main risk factors, diagnosis methods, and treatment options to better manage or prevent this silent yet severe condition. 
  • A new perspective on brain health, memory loss, Alzheimer's Disease, and dementia in people and dogs
    The Science of DHA and the Brain: Omega-3 fatty acids, primarily DHA, are the unsung heroes of brain health. They play crucial roles in brain physiology and biological activities, with exciting links between Omega-3 levels and cognitive function. Higher DHA levels have been shown to preserve the integrity of the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB), your brain's security system
  • Dr. Dobias and Pax
    It appears that most of the world is ready for change, but whenever I think about the solutions to any of the problems that plague our world, I can’t prevent myself from thinking that we humans are acting like little toddlers who have broken a toy and do not know how to fix it. Despite my generally optimistic attitude, I have had a hard time staying positive at times because I know how complex this all is. Read here for some tools that make me feel good about the world, which I would like to share with you.

News, stories and good life

  • Dr. Peter Dobias with his dog Pax on his lap
    Do you have trouble staying positive during difficult times? These days we are surrounded by a lot of negative messaging, and it's easy to let that get you down. Here are some of my tips for remaining positive, and don't forget to share your tips with me!
  • Man raising fist on a mountain
    Most of us have been exposed to panic-inducing information about the virus spread, however, I have noticed the general absence of one piece of information, how to make your immune system stronger and body more resilient. (It will definitely not happen by stockpiling toilet paper!) I have always loved immunology and the current situation has prompted me to put together two simple lists on how to increase your dog’s and your own immunity.
  • Man with dog wearing a collar
    Does your dog have ear problems, nasal or oral tumors, reverse sneezing or an  itchy head or hair loss on their head? Learn how you can address some of these problems and save thousands in vet care costs.
  • Terrier eating raw food
    Now there is no need to guess if there is something missing in your dogs diet.  The HairQ Test is a highly accurate test for mineral deficiencies, toxins and heavy metals in dogs to finely tune your dog’s diet and supplement schedule.



Your cart is currently empty.

Start Shopping