Allergy Induced Ear Infections: Use these effective Natural Remedies

August 16th, 2023 at 10:37 am EST

Allergies..itching...recurring ear infections

They plague way too many dogs :-(

You should be treating the underlying allergy/inflammation to help STOP the scratching/recurring infections.

A Natural antihistamine can do just that. The most effective holistic antihistamine is Quercetin.

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Allergy Induced Ear Infections in Dogs

Allergy-induced ear infections are painful conditions that tend to recur in many dogs.

Allergies to fleas, foods, and things in the environment like molds, pollens, and dander are the most common underlying causes for allergic otitis.

Allergies cause the skin barrier to break down and increase the wax production in the ear canal. This allows the low number of normal yeast and bacteria on the skin and in the ear to overproduce and allow more severe strains of bacteria to thrive. This leads to increased inflammation, pain, and discharge from the ear.

Dogs with seasonal allergies tend to get ear infections around the same season each year. Dogs with food allergies or non-seasonal environmental allergies may have ear infections recurring throughout the year.

Since dogs with allergic otitis will have repeated ear infections, this chronic inflammation can cause the ear canal tissue to scar, become calcified, and reduce the opening of the ear canals. This makes treatment even harder as the medication has a hard time reaching the deeper ear canal regions.

Symptoms of Allergy-Induced Ear Infections

The symptoms for allergic otitis are the same as otitis externa but tend to recur during the allergy season or be more frequent year-round.

  • Shaking the head

  • Scratching at the ears

  • Redness to the ear flap or entrance to the ear canal

  • Discharge from the ear canal

  • Pain when the ear is touched

  • Thickening of the ear canal

  • Rubbing the face/ear on the ground or furniture

  • Licking the paws excessively (a general sign of an allergy)

  • Itching or licking other parts of the body (a general sign of an allergy)

  • In severe cases, if the eardrum ruptures, the infection can spread to the middle and inner ear causing symptoms like head tilt, walking abnormally, circling, falling over, or pain when eating or opening the mouth fully.

How can I treat and prevent allergic otitis?


Apple Cider Vinegar is NATURALLY antibacterial and antifungal, so will help with most cases of ear infections. I prefer a 80:20 solution of ACV and Warm Green tea. Apply 5-10 drops twice daily for 7-10 days

Sweet Almond Oil in combination with lavender oil is beneficial when the ears are very inflamed, and the ACV will be irritating and painful. 2 tablespoons of almond oil, 10 drops of lavender oil

ANTI-YEAST MEDS. Medication for yeast in people, will often work in dogs. Canesten and Monistat both work well. Apply twice daily for 7-10 days.


Rule out Fleas/Lice/External Parasites

In practice Flea Allergy Dermatitis is common, and we saw a surprising number of dogs being diagnosed with Sarcoptic Mange, and Lice

Conventional Treatment with something like topical Revolution is a good way to rule out these parasites, especially Sarcoptes

Rule out Fleas/Lice/External Parasites

Natural Options

Rule out Fleas/Lice…ie Flea shampoo, consider topical Neem,(2 ml) Black Tea (1 cup), 40 drops Cedarwood Oil, Castile Soap (2 tablespoons)

Neem Spray: Neem,(2 ml) Witch Hazel with Aloe (1 cup), Lavender Oil, 10-20 drops ( apply twice/week)

Cedarwood Oil Spray: non-toxic, natural, has been effective against fleas.

NootkaShield™ nootkatone

Nootkatone is one of these protective compounds from nature, found in the bark of Alaskan Yellow Cedar trees and in grapefruit skin.

Food Allergy

Up to 15% of dogs can have a food allergy but…

There are no diets that are completely “hypoallergenic”, meaning that they will not cause allergies. The closest we have to this kind of a diet are the hydrolyzed diets that can be purchased through veterinarians. Dogs and cats can be allergic to pretty much any protein or carbohydrate ingredient that can be found in pet food.

The most commonly reported food allergies in dogs and cats are chicken, beef, dairy, and egg (and fish for cats). There is nothing particularly special about these ingredients other than they have been the most common ingredients in pet foods

Rule out Food Allergy with a Food Trial

Simple protein ( ie 1/3 Turkey, 1/3 Carb of Brown Rice, 1/3 Veggie ( ie Kale),plus Sunflower Oil and feed that for 8 weeks

2 cups/20lbs daily

Atopic Dermatitis is the most common cause of allergic symptoms/recurring ear infections in dogs.

In the past it was explained as being primarily due to allergens that were inhaled; now the belief is that these allergens are absorbed in the skin, then cause your dog’s immune system to respond inappropriately

BIOFLAVONOIDS. These are the wonderful group of structures found in the pigment of fruits and vegetables. Quercetin has been effective for people with allergies and may be effective in dogs. Standard dose is 100 mg per 10 lbs of body weight daily.

ANTIHISTAMINES. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is the most commonly used antihistamine. It is given at a dose of 1 mg per pound of body weight, 2-3 times a day. It is best to consult your veterinarian before using these medications. It often takes 14 days of using these to see if they are helping.

Herbal Antihistamines: NETTLE 1 teaspoon/10lbs daily. QUERCETIN is considered the most effective natural antihistamine with doses of 50-100mg/10lbs daily of the standard supplement.

LICORICE ROOT. Considered ‘natural’ steroid. The dose is ½ ml per 20lbs twice daily of the tincture. Caution if underlying organ dysfunction. Max use for 14 days in a row.

CURCUMIN. 95% curcuminoids can be very helpful to decrease the level of itching and skin inflammation. The dose is 100mg/10lbs of body weight daily

HONEY for ALLERGIES: Local, Unpasteurized

‘natural’ desentization, ½ tspn/10lbs daily for 8-12 weeks,

Homemade Topical Skin Cream that works GREAT!: 2ml of Licorice Root Tincture, 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil, 1 teaspoon of Honey, 10 drops of Lavender Oil


Beta-sitosterol is a sterol (type of fat) found in soy, and it can help decrease the level of pruritis (itchiness) in your dog. In people it is most commonly used for lowering cholesterol levels and improving symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). Studies have shown that Beta-sitoserol ‘attentuates’ atopic dermatis in animals. The dog Beta-sitoserol dose is 1-2mg/lb twice daily. The one I have used is called Beta-Sitosterol Plant Sterols, 180 Softgels by Now

FATTY ACIDS. These are a must for any allergy. Flax oil, fish oil or Krill Oil for dogs. Krill oil dose of 1000mg/50lbs daily. Fish Oil dose is 1000mg/10lbs daily.

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

P.S. If you have a dog with recurring ear infections, consider starting simple, such as Canesten to treat the yeast infection, and then oral meds for the underlying allergy, such as Quercetin, Betsitosterol, and Krill.

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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