Homemade ear cleaner for cocker spaniel

Updated February 21, 2017

The most common health issue with Cocker Spaniels is ear infections. They need their ears cleaned once a week, or more when an infection is present. The inside of the a Cocker Spaniel's infected ear will be red and inflamed. The dog's ears will smell and have a dark brown discharge. Ear infections are hard to treat and can be frustrating. If your dog is shaking its head or scratching at its ears, chances are an infection is present it the ear. There are prescription medications for ear infections, but are very expensive and have a low rate of success in curing the problem. There are ways to make your own ear cleaner with ingredients you may have around the house.

Pour 177ml. of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol into an applicator bottle, such as a picnic ketchup bottle with a long nozzle or a hair colouring applicator. Mix a 1/2 of a tablespoon of powdered boric acid into the bottle. Shake vigorously until the boric acid is dissolved.

Pour 56.7gr. of white vinegar into the mixture and shake well.

Pour 1 teaspoon Povidone-iodine (Betadine) into the bottle. Do not get the Betadine scrub. Shake the ear cleaning mixture well before cleaning your dogs ears.


Warm the mixture before cleaning your dogs ears. Do not make it hot or it will burn the ear. You dog will tolerate it better when it is warm.


Wash your hands immediately if you get the boric acid or iodine on your skin. Chemical reactions will happen if you do not follow the directions and the order the ingredients are mixed.

Things You'll Need

  • Applicator with a long tip
  • 170gr isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • 1/2 tablespoon powdered boric acid
  • 56.7gr white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Povidone-iodine (Betadine)
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Amanda Flanders has been writing since 2007. She received “Rising Star” awards for her articles published in 2010 and is educated in a wide range of home improvement topics and dog care. Flanders holds a certificate in Real Estate Appraisal from the University of Maine, Bangor and is certified in Standard Operating Procedures and Interpreting Animal Behavior for Safe Handling from Human Society University.