Natural Home Remedies For Dog Ear Problems
Ear infections are very common in dogs. In fact, our own canine companion has had an ear infection twice. It’s because we haven’t educated ourselves enough about it before. When Milky, our dog, had another infection last week (and it was much worse than the first time due to infected wounds from her constant scratching in just one day), it was so bad that we had to bring him to the vet again for treatment. Getting a proper diagnosis as to the cause of the problem is important, after which a range of natural remedies can help get rid of it effectively.
Types of Dog Ear Diseases:
The following ear conditions can mimic an ear infection and have similar symptoms, making diagnosis more difficult:
1. Mites are small parasites that enter your dog’s ear canal and consume any wax or buildup there. Due to their mobility, mites are easy to identify even though they cause severe itching and irritation. They’re especially common in puppies and dogs with recurrent ear infections, but any dog can become an unlucky host to these creepy spiders.
2. Loose hair in inner channel. If you’ve ever had something stuck in your ear canal, you can only imagine how upsetting it can be for your dog. Your dog will exhibit ear infection symptoms without any odor or discharge if there is a loose hair or fiber deeply embedded in the ear canal. Although it may seem harmless, a single hair can destroy the eardrum and should be removed immediately by a veterinarian.
3. Hair growth in the inner channel. Occasionally, hair grows deep inside the inner ear canal, causing your dog to constantly scratch and rub his ears against the floor. You can leave the bristles alone unless your dog is showing symptoms of discomfort. Your veterinarian can help you get rid of irritating hair if your dog is restless.
4. The condition of swimmer’s ear affects both humans and dogs, and it can be very uncomfortable for both. Water stuck in the ear canal causes swimmer’s ear, which can cause otitis externa. Keep your dog’s ears clean and as soon as they come out of the water, pat them dry to avoid swimmer’s ear. (Nicole Crosgrove, Four Natural Home Remedies to Treat Earaches in Dogs, August 24, 2022)
Before making home remedies…
It is crucial to work with your veterinarian to provide an accurate diagnosis for any condition affecting your dog. He or she will start by asking you lots of questions about your health and performing an ear exam. An ear swab to rule out the presence of mites and to provide a preliminary cytological evaluation of bacteria in the ear may be needed as part of diagnostic testing. You might also require an ear culture. These are usually sent to specialist laboratories where it will be determined which microorganisms cause ear problems and which treatments are most likely to work.
Your veterinarian should inquire not only about your dog’s diet, but also about his environment, as some ear infections can be caused by allergies. Dietary modifications or allergy testing may be alternatives for further diagnosis and treatment.
When it comes to treating canine ear infections, there are many options. You are probably most familiar with a treatment regimen that includes some sort of medication that is applied directly to the ear canal or taken by mouth in the form of antibiotics, antifungals, or anti-inflammatories. Although these drugs have long been the cornerstone of veterinary treatment, there is a risk of adverse effects and infectious agents are becoming increasingly resistant. This indicates that other possibilities are becoming increasingly important.
Some DIYs to clean your dog’s ears.
Start by keeping your dog’s ears clean. One of the simplest remedies to produce is a mixture of 3% (%) hydrogen peroxide and water, which can help remove earwax buildup from the ears. This not only helps remove debris, but also helps balance the ear’s natural environment and maintain the correct pH.
Apple cider vinegar is a fantastic natural ear cleaner that can be used alone or in conjunction with isopropyl alcohol. Just a tiny capful of apple cider vinegar should be mixed with two cups of water. Pour a tiny bit of the mixture into the ear canal and massage the ears to treat an ear infection. After that, carefully absorb as much as you can with a cotton ball. Simply use the same combination to clean the outer ears and apply it with a cotton ball as preventative care.
GSE is a powerful natural antioxidant made from grapefruit seed extract. In addition, it is antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Mix 10 drops of GSE with 12 ounces of pure aloe vera juice before topical application. Clean the ears with. Add 3-5 drops of GSE to your dog’s food for oral administration.
Everyone seems to use coconut oil in their meals and therapeutic salves. If your dog develops ear infections frequently, coconut oil is a fantastic thing to keep on hand due to its antifungal and antibacterial characteristics. It works the same way as apple cider vinegar to prevent them. Carefully apply 1-2 drops of melted coconut oil (WARM, not hot!) into the ear to treat infections. Apply coconut oil with a cotton ball on the outer ear to prevent infections.
One of the most useful natural healing components that is practically ubiquitous is green tea, which is generally considered as such. If a dog owner cannot take their pet to the vet immediately, green tea can help relieve pain and discomfort. Add a bag of organic green tea to boiling water. Then leave to infuse for five minutes, followed by cooling. The infected ear should be given 3-5 drops and the canal should be massaged. (Dana Scott, Natural Remedies for Treating Dog Ear Infections, August 3, 2022; Nicole Crosgrove, Four Natural Home Remedies for Treating Dog Ear Infections, August 24, 2022)
Avoid over-cleaning your dog’s ears. The tissue that lines the ear canal can be irritated or damaged by excessive or vigorous cleaning.
The root cause of ear problems in dogs:
A healthy “gut” equals a very strong immune system. A healthy GI (gastrointestinal) environment can be maintained with the help of probiotics. The influence of “gut” health on other parts of the body, however, has become more widely known in recent years. A stronger immune system, improved cognitive ability and better skin health, for example, have all been linked to good gastrointestinal health.
The body has a better chance of maintaining proper skin pH and functioning with improved immunity and skin health. As a result, the ears are better able to maintain the ideal microenvironment, which includes the right number of healthy bacteria and other microorganisms necessary for pH balance and proper functioning. Although it may take a few weeks before results are visible, starting a probiotic program is crucial for overall well-being and ear health. (Dana Scott, Natural Remedies for Treating Dog Ear Infections, August 3, 2022; The Natural Pet Doctor, Natural Remedies for Dog Ear Infections, https://thenaturalpetdoctor.com/natural-remedies -for-dog-ear-infections/)
There are many different probiotic formulations and dosage recommendations. To choose the best product for your dog and his unique condition, talk to your veterinarian.
About the Author: Mariana Burgos is a freelance artist. She has been a single mother for 15 years now because she is the wife of a desaparacido. She and her daughter are animal lovers and are active in the defense of not only human rights, but also animal rights.