PetHonesty Dog Ear Cleanser & Ear Infection Solution

Last updated date: August 30, 2020

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PetHonesty Dog Ear Cleanser & Ear Infection Solution

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Overall Take

Dogs with sensitive ears should appreciate the PH-balanced formula in this cleanser. It is easy on skin but fast-acting, producing results in 7-10 days. The acting ingredients can eliminate common bacteria and parasites while reducing discomfort. In our analysis of 18 expert reviews, the PetHonesty PetHonesty Dog Ear Cleanser & Ear Infection Solution placed 1st when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 1, 2020:
Checkout The Best Dog Ear Cleanser for a detailed review of all the top dog ear cleansers.

Expert Summarized Score
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
428 user reviews
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What experts liked
Produces results in just 7 to 10 days. Helps fight microbes and bacteria. Balanced PH for sensitive skin.
- Doggie Designer
Powerful ingredients for reducing itching redness, door, irritation and inflammation. Helps eliminate bacteria, yeast, fungus, ear mites, and debris.
- Dog Lovers Pup
What experts didn't like
May cause irritation and redness. Reports of scabbing in the ears after use. Not the best for eliminating itching. May be too drying for some pups.
- Doggie Designer

From The Manufacturer

A gentle way to clean your dog’s ears and cure most common ailments and issues that affect ears including ear infections, ear odor, ear itching. Just take our easy to use bottle and squirt tip cap to fill your dogs’ ear canal with the solution and gently massage at the base of their ear.

Overall Product Rankings

PetHonesty Dog Ear Cleanser & Ear Infection Solution
1. PetHonesty Dog Ear Cleanser & Ear Infection Solution
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 2
Bodhi Alcohol-Free Dog Ear Cleanser Solution
2. Bodhi Alcohol-Free Dog Ear Cleanser Solution
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
Vet Organics Natural Multi-Symptom Dog Ear Cleanser
3. Vet Organics Natural Multi-Symptom Dog Ear Cleanser
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
Lively Pets Broad Spectrum Dog Ear Cleanser
4. Lively Pets Broad Spectrum Dog Ear Cleanser
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 0
Nutri-Vet Dirt & Wax Dog Ear Cleanser
5. Nutri-Vet Dirt & Wax Dog Ear Cleanser
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1
ZYMOX Otic Hydrocortisone Dog Ear Cleanser
6. ZYMOX Otic Hydrocortisone Dog Ear Cleanser
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
Pet MD Otic Dog Ear Cleanser Wipes
7. Pet MD Otic Dog Ear Cleanser Wipes
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Dog Ear Cleansers

If you’ve got a dog, you know those ears of theirs work overtime. Toddlers can use them as horsey reins and yet they’ll still perk up at the sound of steps on the front porch.

You can imagine what it feels like when those sensitive ears get infected, irritated with parasites or clogged up with dirt. Most likely, your pup will let you know exactly how it feels when that happens. Constant scratching or a shaking head can be signs of a bacterial infection, and an odor or dark discharge can signal a yeast infection or even an infestation by ear mites.

Whether they’re already at that sad stage or you want to prevent it from happening, regular applications of a good dog ear cleanser can help.

There is a wide variety of cleansers on the market, made with a wide range of ingredients. Some are best suited to tackle bacterial infections and will say so, while others are meant to soothe inflammation or remove fungus. If you’re using them as a preventative measure, it’s best to get a broad-based cleanser will a lighter formula that’s less likely to cause discomfort. If you’re treating a specific problem, it’s always best to consult with your vet, who will likely have some recommendations.

Most dog ear cleansers will come in a tube or bottle, either as a liquid solution or some type or cream or foam. These will likely save you some money since a few drops is all you may need for each application. Some can also be used externally for other inflamed areas. On the other hand, not every dog takes well to having liquid squirted in their ear.

In that case, there are cleansing wipes available. You’ll need to do some work getting into those ears, but make sure not to push too hard with these. You don’t want to exacerbate your dog’s problem by pushing any dirt or debris further into the ear canal.

No matter what, you’ll want to avoid using any cleanser with an alcohol base. That will irritate your dog’s ear no matter what the underlying problem, and make them less amenable to future cleanings. Likewise for “home remedies” like hydrogen peroxide. These work fine for cuts on humans but will sting a dog’s sensitive ears.

DWYM Fun Fact

In case you were wondering, there is a Guinness world record for longest ears on a dog. That title is held by a bloodhound from St. Joseph, Illinois that passed away in 2009. His family called him Tigger, though a better name might have been “Dumbo”: Tigger’s impressive, floppy ears measured in at 13.75 and 13.5 inches for the right and left ears respectively.

The Dog Ear Cleanser Buying Guide

Once you’ve chosen a cleanser, how do you go about cleaning your dog’s ears? Depending on how bad their ears are, you may want to do set up for the process outside, or in the bathroom. If you’re using a liquid, apply the recommended dosage and don’t be shy about using treats if your pup is skittish about the process. Massage the ears gently for awhile so that the solution can loosen any debris. Feel free to go in with some gauze or a cleansing wipe no further than a knuckle, and carefully clean any loose material out. Your dog will probably want to have a good shake afterward, and that can help. Just make sure you stand clear, or protect yourself with a towel!

If you’re cleaning as a preventative measure, once a month is standard, but different breeds (especially those with long ears) may need more care. Consult with your veterinarian about your pet’s specific needs.