Ear infection is the most frustrating blemish in our dogs. No matter how much we treat them, it seems impossible to cure them in the long term. Despite treatment, the ear infection always returns – weeks, months, sometimes years later.
Antibiotics are effective in treating these infections in the short term. But in the long run, they significantly unbalance the body. Finally, the dog is made more vulnerable to this type of infection.
I explain in my letter how to tackle the very cause of ear infections – and share with you 5 healing ingredientsall recommended by naturopathic veterinarians.
Redness, sweet smell and tilted head
Your dog often shakes his head: rubs his ears against walls, furniture; he scratches himself, his head is often tilted… It’s time to look at what’s going on under his ears.
If you notice:
- Brown, reddish secretions
- An unusual smell (a little sweet)
- Redness, swelling
- Crusts or scars in the hollow of the ear…
So now is the time to act.
Be careful, because if your dog also has unusual eye movements, walks in circles or suffers loss of balance, go to the vet immediately – it is possible that the infection has reached the deep ear.
Most of the time, if you detect otitis in time, you can treat it yourself, at home, and without the intervention of a veterinarian.
Forget everything you’ve been told about the cause of ear infections.
The long hanging ears; the swimming ; the dust that rises in the channel; humidity… Although these factors increase the risk, they are not the only cause of ear infections. The proof, Maki, with big ears, who loves to swim and roll in the dust, has never had ear infections.
Often, this defect is the expression of a deeper problem, and it is necessary to treat The source before treating symptoms.
Infection due to bacteria or fungus
Certain bacteria and some fungi nevertheless remain the primary cause of ear infections. Your dog’s ears naturally contain bacteria, which live in perfect harmony to protect him against pathogens. But this balance is easily disturbed.
If there are not enough of these “good” bacteria, other harmful bacteria, often from contaminated water, can colonize the ear canal.
These small infections are easily treatable thanks to the natural remedies of which I speak to you below.
But sometimes the cause of ear infections is more complicated, linked to deep-rooted habits in your dog’s environment. Infections then become chronicles, and it is necessary to act in depth to get rid of it definitively.
Support your dog’s immune system
Dogs that suffer from chronic ear infections are most often victims of a immune failure.
Indeed, if your dog’s immune system is too weak, Staphylococcus, a bacteria naturally present in the ear, can overgrow. It is often she who leads to chronic ear infections.
Three factors can cause these symptoms:
- The first: thee diet of your dog. Highly processed, grain-filled kibble contains additives; curators; lectin, which is found in ungerminated seeds. Lectin can cause unwanted immune responses.
- Second factor: udo not overdose on drugs and other toxins. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; chemical pest control; and antibiotics are not without consequence on the body. Yes, antibiotics upset the balance of the intestinal flora – where the immune system is created. Even if in the short term, they can cure an otitis, their repetitive use becomes the cause of these infections. It is a vicious circle from which we must get out at all costs – in particular thanks to natural remedies.
- Third possible factor: la survaccination. Yes, some vaccines are essential for the health of our dogs. But not all of them are – and annual reminders are completely obsolete. It is important, before vaccinating with eyes closed, to be aware of the effects that these injections have on our dogs. This includes in particular an immune response to the vaccine – such as the declaration of an allergy, and an ear infection.
At last, chronic stress or boredom also affect your dog’s immune system. Check that he is well in his paws, before being well in his ears!
Treat your dog yourself with these 5 natural remedies
If your dog is suffering from a pinpoint ear infection, don’t run to your vet to spike him with antibiotics. First try one of these 5 natural remedies, 2 to 3 times a day, for 5 to 7 days.
These 5 natural remedies all work curatively, but you can also use them preventively – cleaning your dog’s ears with it once a week.
Each of these remedies can be applied to a cotton ball, which you will rub from the inside to the outside of the ear. Beforehand, for a deep cleaning, you can put a few drops in the ear canal, before massaging the ears.
Sure, do not use a cotton swab. They push dirt inside the ear and can even puncture the eardrum.
Apple cider vinegar removes dust and dirt from the ears. Above all, it is a excellent antibacterial and fungicide. Distil it in as much water, and apply it to a cotton ball, which you will rub from the inside to the outside of the ear.
Be careful though, if your dog’s ears are red, swollen, and with sores, use another remedy: vinegar may sting!
Mullein is a plant with antibacterial properties, which works wonders against ear infections. You can buy mullein-infused oil, or even make your own!
Here’s the recipe from veterinarian herbalist Dr. Randy Kidd: Fill a glass jar with mullein leaves (which you can buy at herbalists). You can add a clove or two of fresh garlic, as garlic is also antibacterial. Cover everything with olive oil, close the jar, and leave to rest for 2 to 3 weeks.
It is a powerful natural antibiotic, but be careful, it must always be diluted, otherwise it may cause irritation. Homeopathic veterinarian Michael Dym suggests adding a drop of this oil to 15 mL of aloe vera juice (pure).
Marigold (or Calendula Officinalis), is a plant with healing properties absolutely phenomenal – one of the best for treating skin problems and otitis externa. As with mullein, you can buy a ready-made oil, or you can make it yourself with garlic and olive oil. The rest time is only two to three days this time.
And my essential: coconut oil!
Coconut oil is my favorite ingredient – and a big must-have in my first aid kit.
For ear infection, you can melt it in a pan with a little garlic. Wait for it to cool a little before applying it – although it should remain liquid.
You now have 5 easy and inexpensive ways to cure your dog’s ear infection – before it gets worse and requires antibiotic treatment.
However, watch your dog during treatment. If the infection is too deep, and persists, then a visit to the vet is in order. Although antibiotics are not ideal, they are sometimes life-saving in the event of a serious infection. It’s all about knowing how to use them sparingly.