How to Prevent A Dog’s Ear Infection Naturally
13 February, 2017
Ear infections in dogs are very common and can be long lasting. While they are very difficult to cure, there are different natural ways that you can try to prevent ear infections. An ear infection that has already developed should always be looked at by your veterinarian. However, there are some ways that you can try to prevent them from occurring naturally.
Symptoms of external ear infections include: head shaking, crying and scratching the ears. The inner ears might even have a gooey brown to black discharge.
It’s important to first see your veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis
Your vet will examine your pet’s ear canal and take a swab to identify the primary bugs involved and the severity of the disease. You can also discuss natural, holistic treatments with your vet.
Cleaning your dog’s ears regularly can be counterproductive
Most dogs’ ears don’t need regular cleaning and can mostly be left alone. Normal, healthy ears should not be cleaned because the process itself can rid the delicate pH balance and natural atmosphere in your dogs’ ears. Some dogs need occasional cleaning to remove dirt or to help eliminate excess moisture from the ears after swimming.
Minor amounts of debris can be removed with a clean, dry cotton pad which is the best solution for maintaining ears that don’t have a deep-seated problem or infection. Never to clean beyond the areas of the ears that you can actually see.
You can easily make your own cleansing solution that can help correct the pH balance and kill any contaminants in your dogs’ ears:
Try mixing a solution of a cup of warm water, 2 tablespoons of apple cider or white vinegar, and plantain tincture (a healthy herbal remedy you can find online) as a cleanser to wipe out excess debris from visible areas of the ear.
A healthy diet can also help ear infections
A grain-free diet is always helpful in combating chronic yeast infections (as well as many other benefits). If antibiotics are prescribed for a persistent or stubborn ear infection, you might consider supplementing the diet with a good probiotic supplement containing acidophilus to help maintain the good bacteria in the dog’s system. Live-culture plain yogurt with lactobacillus and acidophilus can also help to offset the side-effects of antibiotic therapy.
Topical Treatments that are natural can be used to clean on an as-need basis
There are many good, natural commercial topical treatments that can help combat yeast and bacterial infections. Just apply the solution on a piece of cotton gently wipe out excess wax and buildup. It’s essential not to push anything into the ear canal as it can cause extreme and very painful damage to the inner ear. Never poke cotton, a Q Tip or anything inside the ear canal and don’t squirt or pour large volumes of these topical applications into the ears; a small amount on a cotton ball is plenty.
Once you have an ear infection under control, below are some homeopathic treatments for ear infections:
Calendula Lotion is nice product for topical use because it’s very healing and has wonderful healing properties.
Products containing Tea Tree Oil are helpful. Mullein Oil is an excellent ear product that’s recommended by some holistic veterinarians for basic ear infections. A few drops of Colloidal Silver can be applied into the ears daily for about seven to ten days, until some relief is seen.
Hepar Sulph can be useful for irritable dogs who don’t like to have their inflamed ears touched.
Sulphur is often recommended for long term, stubborn skin conditions and also has some success in ear infection treatment. Excessive scratching or pawing at the ears may be an indicator for sulphur.
Silica is worth considering to help ‘push out’ excess debris or other foreign object from the ears.
Phosphorus is a good option for those dogs who suffer with cuts or hematomas it’s an excellent remedy for many types of bleeding.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is an excellent astringent that decreases swelling in the ear canal and eases pain.
The best way to prevent ear infections in your pups is to keep their ears dry, clean and check them readily and not to over-clean them!