Recipe: Homemade Dog Food for Ear Infections

Ear infections in dogs are a common problem; some dogs get them more than others. Homemade dog food for ear infections, also known as yeast starvation recipes, helps to reduce one of the most common causes of ear infections in dogs.

Recipes like these will help to treat the cause of most ear infections, and once your pet is feeling better he will need to return to his regular diet.

Homemade dog food for ear infections may not provide complete and balanced nutrition for your pet.

For this reason, this food should not be fed long-term without the express permission of your veterinarian.

Of course, there are other causes of ear infections in dogs.

There is also a difference between outer and inner ear infections, the latter being more serious.

It's important to check in with your veterinarian if you believe that your dog may have an ear infection.

While effective over-the-counter and home remedies exist for dog ear infections, your veterinarian should make the final call.

If your dog gets frequent ear infections due to yeast buildup, your vet may recommend a yeast starvation diet.

This homemade dog food for ear infections is cheaper and just as effective as commercial diets claiming to do the same thing.

Homemade Dog Food for Ear Infections

dog food for ear infections

The Skin and ear infections caused by yeast are known as yeast dermatitis.

One particular type of yeast, Malassezia, lives on your dog's skin at all times.

Malassezia does not typically cause problems, but when this yeast is overpopulated, an infection can occur.

If you notice your dog scratching his ears incessantly or seeing that he has cracked lips or red, inflamed skin, it could be a sign of a yeast infection.

Yeast can also build up between the toes, causing your dog to chew on his paws.

If you look inside your dog's ear and notice redness or swelling, he likely has an ear infection.

If the redness is accompanied by a stinky smell, that is a sure sign of a yeast infection!


Recipe: Homemade Dog Food for Ear Infections

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You can certainly try home remedies to get rid of a dog ear infection, but your veterinarian can also prescribe an antibiotic that will get rid of the problem in a jiffy.

Don't wait too long to call your veterinarian. If the ear infection doesn't seem to be getting better within 48 hours, you need to contact your vet immediately.

Waiting too long to seek treatment could leave your dog with a hearing impairment.

  • Author: Samantha Randall
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 cups 1x
  • Category: Cooked Food
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Dog Food


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 oz beef liver (chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup kale (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup broccoli (chopped)
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp diced garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp kelp powder


In a large frying pan, melt the coconut oil. Cook the ground turkey and beef liver.

Add the eggs and stir until they are cooked through. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook over medium heat for another 10 minutes.

Once the food has cooled, you can serve it to your dog.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 34 mg
  • Fat: 13.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.5 g
  • Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 7.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 66 mg

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Serving Size Recommendation: You can serve this homemade dog food for ear infections to your pet as soon as it has cooled.

I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight.

This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. So, a 25-pound dog would eat about 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening.

This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.

It's best to consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for your dog.

They will also help you evaluate the meal to ensure it meets your pet's unique nutritional needs.

If necessary, they will assist you in choosing the best supplements and/or multivitamins to add.

How to store: You can store the leftover ear infection dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze them, and they’ll keep for up to 3 months.

Remember that this recipe includes no preservatives, so it won't last nearly as long as commercial dog food.

For More Information

We publish many homemade dog food and treat recipes every month.

For more recipes, pet food cooking tips, and advice, see our “Recipes” section.

If you're new to home-cooked dog food subject, I recommend you read more about “How Much To Feed” to understand serving sizes, “What Supplements To Use” to create well-balanced meals, and “How To Store” for tips on simple and easy homemade dog food storing in a fridge or a freezer.

Samantha’s biggest passion in life is spending time with her Boxer dogs. After she rescued her first Boxer in 2004, Samantha fell in love with the breed and has continued to rescue three other Boxers since then. She enjoys hiking and swimming with her Boxers, Maddie and Chloe.