Does your dog have itchy, itchy, bad-smelling, or even painful ears that don’t seem to improve? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Dog ear infections are not fun for you or your dog.
Do not worry! Let’s see why your dog is fighting these ear infections. Also, I will share natural solutions that you can use for this job.
Most dog owners are frustrated with the difficulty of getting rid of chronic ear problems.
In fact, ear problems are one of the main reasons why dogs visit the vet. Finding a resolution can be difficult …
… But not impossible.
If your dog has an ear infection right now, you can skip to How can I naturally treat my dog’s ear infection?
But come back to learn more about ear infections when you have time. It is important to understand what is causing them.
Types of Dog Ear Infections?
Ear infections can appear in different parts of the ear. Let’s break it down.
Otitis externa: This means inflammation or infection of the outer part of your dog’s ear, the parts it can see
Otitis media: is an inflammation or infection of the structures of the middle ear. 16% of dogs with otitis externa will have otitis media. And it is also a problem in more than 50% of dogs with chronic otitis externa.
Internal otitis media: is an inflammation or infection of the inner ear. Unresolved otitis media can spread and become internal otitis.
You can easily manage otitis externa at home.
For deeper ear problems, some of the home remedies below can help you …
… Or you may need to work with your holistic vet. If you are not sure, ask your holistic vet to help you determine the type of ear problem in your dog.
Symptoms of Dog Ear Infections
Your dog will be clear enough to let you know that something is wrong with his ears.
Ear infections are painful. Think about how uncomfortable water can be in your ear. Add to that the pain of inflammation …
… So it is not surprising that your dog tells you that he is suffering. You will see some of these signs:
Head tilted to the side with infection.
Shaking your head
Scratching or stroking the ears
Crusty, crusty, or red skin irritated inside the ear.
Extreme cases can cause …
Loss of balance.
See your holistic vet if you see these symptoms.
A holistic view of ear problems.
The first step in treating your dog’s hearing problems is to identify possible sources of the problem.
An ear infection is seldom just an ear infection. Like other skin conditions, ear problems are often a symptom of an underlying disease. This means that you will have to look much deeper than your ears to help your dog overcome his problems.
We live in a toxic world. Exposure to drugs, pesticides, vaccines, and other chemicals stress your dog’s immune system.
Your dog’s body is trying to get rid of these environmental stressors as best it can. Your intestines, urinary tract, skin, and ears are ways that toxins can leave the body.
Seeing the loss and inflammation in the ears is a sign that the body is trying to eliminate toxins.
From a holistic point of view, this is a good thing! Your dog’s body works to heal itself by eliminating toxins.
Holistic treatment supports this natural detoxification process. But conventional medicine takes a completely different approach.
Why conventional treatments are like bandages
Your conventional veterinarian will often suggest antibiotics and topical drug treatments.
These drugs can help clean the ears at first … but the problem often comes back later.
The drugs only treat the symptoms that you can see. But they don’t treat the underlying condition that is causing the symptoms.
The use of antibiotics is a difficult decision. Antibiotics will upset the bacterial balance in your dog’s gut. And that’s just the beginning. Yeast can also proliferate often … and this kills more good bacteria.
Sometimes your veterinarian may even prescribe steroids to control ear problems. Steroids work by suppressing the immune system. They can cause many harmful side effects. So avoid them if you can.
When you remove the symptoms without correcting the underlying disease, it’s a problem. And with ear infections, it’s particularly bad.
Remember how I said that toxins could leave the body through the ears?
Well, if you close this way out using suppressive drugs, you can drive the disease deeper. He will return elsewhere. And that means your dog will get sick … maybe with a more serious illness.
So finding the cause of your dog’s ear problems is the key to getting rid of it once and for all.
Why does my dog have ear infections?
Remember that ear infections are an alert that the body is not doing well. Here are some reasons for ear infections in dogs.
Diet is an important factor, especially if your dog has a processed diet. Kibble is rich in refined carbohydrates, preservatives, and processed ingredients.
Dry diets nourish the natural yeast in your dog’s body. This causes the yeast to develop larger colonies in the gut … leading to inflammation.
This is why you will often see signs of food allergies or intolerances if you eat kibble.
It is always important to feed your dog with fresh, raw, and organic food if you can.
If your dog has long earmuffs, such as a Cocker Spaniel, it will be more prone to ear infections. Long ears trap more debris and moisture. There is less air circulation than in a dog with straight ears.
It may also have a tendency to accumulate and secrete wax. Your ear canal is a dark, damp environment that can stimulate the growth of yeast and bacteria.
Dogs with a more natural lifestyle are less likely to develop ear infections.
Make lifestyle choices that reduce stressors:
Feed your whole dog food, raw food
Do not over-vaccinate. Talk to your veterinarian about titles and avoid unnecessary vaccinations
Use caution with pharmaceutical drugs and avoid them as much as possible.
Avoid exposure to pesticides and chemicals in your dog’s environment.
4. Excessive cleaning of the ears
Healthy ears should not need to be cleaned. If your dog’s ears seem a bit waxy, try to leave them alone. A little wax in the ears is normal.
If your dog is not uncomfortable, do not clean his ears. Excessive cleaning can cause skin irritation and inflammation.
If you need to clean your dog’s ears, clean them with a little organic witch hazel on a cotton ball or tampon.
5. Weakened immune system
If your dog has food or environmental intolerances, his immune system is weak. Just like an ear infection, you need to find the root cause of food intolerances.
They are often due to an imbalance in the intestine. About 80% of your dog’s immune system lives in his gut … so gut health leads to overall health.
6. Other chronic diseases
Chronic conditions like hypothyroidism or autoimmune diseases can also lead to ear infections. Again, these conditions strain your immune system.
Therefore, you will not be able to tolerate stressors and toxins in your environment.
Work with your holistic vet to identify the underlying reason for the problem.
So … if your dog has itchy, itchy ears, what can you do?
Now let’s talk about the different types of ear infections.
Types of ear infections in dogs
These are some of the most common types of ear problems for dogs.
The proliferation of bacteria or yeasts.
Bacteria and yeasts naturally exist in healthy ears, but they can get out of balance.
If your dog swims a lot, moisture in the ears can contribute to any of these conditions.
If your dog’s ears smell like yeast with a dark brown discharge, it’s often an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast ears can sting but are generally not painful.
Bacterial infections can also appear. You may notice a yellow or greenish discharge with a bad smell.
Mites, called otodectes cynotis, are a parasitic infection and a type of scabies.
Dogs with mites often shake their heads and scratch their ears.
Young dogs often have mites and are quite contagious, so you’ll want to treat them quickly.
You should also prevent other pets from catching them. Cats can have them too!
You can usually identify mites by the “ground” discharge they leave in the ear. The outer ear may also have a reddish crust.
Sometimes the ear discomfort comes from foreign bodies entering your dog’s ear. Your dog can collect grass or foxtail seeds, an insect, swimming water, or even dirt.
Your dog will generally shake his head to get rid of the debris. If it fails, you can develop irritation and an overgrowth of bacteria or yeast.
If your dog shakes his head or scratches too much, it can cause a bruise on his ear. It is a type of hematoma that forms a pool of blood between the skin and the cartilage of the earmuff.
Most vets recommend surgery for this condition. Do not rush! There are milder treatment options that you can try first.
So now you know a little more about ear infections in dogs! Let’s move on to natural prevention and treatment solutions … that works!
How can I prevent ear infections in my dog?
If your dog has no history of hearing problems … leave them. You don’t want to fix something that is not broken.
Otherwise, you can help maintain good hearing health with a mild herbal remedy about once a month. You may only need to do this seasonally … maybe if you’re swimming more or have seasonal allergies.
How can I naturally treat my dog’s ear infection?
Ear infections can be very uncomfortable for your dog. So let’s take a look at the natural relaxing solutions that you can get started with.
This will put her at ease when you get to the root cause.
Soothing solutions for dog ear infections
Boil 8 ounces of water and add two green tea bags.
Let the tea sit for a few minutes and cool to hot temperatures.
Put a sponge or syringe with part of the solution in the ear canal.
Buy herbal calendula as a tincture.
Add 5 to 10 drops of calendula tincture to ½ to 1 cup of filtered warm water.
Sponge or place with a dropper in the ears.
Buy plain yogurt without sugar
Put the yogurt in the ear canal with a syringe to help repopulate the ear with “good” bacteria.
Grapefruit seed extract
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a powerful natural antioxidant. It is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
For topical use, mix ten drops of GSE with ½ oz of pure aloe vera juice and use it to clean the ears.
For internal use, add 3 to 5 drops of GSE to your dog’s food.
Oil of oregano
Oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic.
Add a ½ ounce drop of pure aloe vera juice. You can use this mixture topically in the ear … or add a few drops to your dog’s food.
These calming solutions will help relieve pain and itching.