I have a friend who has a beagle mix dog who is about 5-6 years old; she rescued him from a shelter about 3 years ago and from that point on, she's done everything she can to make sure that he's happy and healthy. Today, she came over and brought her dog with her and I noticed that he kept shaking his head a lot. Herrick went through a phase where he did that and when we took him to the vet, he told us that usually that's a sign of an ear infection; luckily, he didn't have one and he eventually stopped doing that. Anyway, I mentioned this to my friend and she said that her dog has been doing that for almost 2 weeks now and that she thought it was normal. I told her that I thought that it COULD be a sign of infection and I told her she should take him to the vet to make sure. Her dog's ears don't smell but I did notice that he has a dark, waxy buildup that smells kind of bad. She called me a few hours after she left and told me that she had looked up some home remedies online and said that she would try one of them because she doesn't have the money to take him to the vet right now. She told me that she was going to try out a solution made up of half alcohol and half vinegar that she was going to put on a cotton ball and clean his ears with to see how he does. I looked this up and saw a lot of mixed answers, with many saying that they did recommend this as "treating" an ear infection. I told her that she would be better off taking him to the vet just to see if it really was an infection or not but again, she mentioned the lack of money and that if she did end up taking him to the vet, she would not be able to do so until after next week because she would be getting paid then. My question is, if she DOES end up using that solution in her dog's ears, is that ok? It sounds a little crazy to me but I would hate to see her dog in pain or end up being hurt because of a mixture like that. I'd like to know if anyone has actually heard of anything like that or tried it, thanks for all your answers.