If you’re anything like most canine parents, chances are you’ve dealt with a case of dog ear infection once or twice already. This health issue is so common that all dogs go through it at some point of their lives.
While a lot of people seem to focus on the remedies to go for when their canine family members suffer from dog ear infection, I’d like to go for the “prevention is better than cure” approach instead.
So make sure you follow along because I’ll walk you through a few simple and practical tips that will help you pull the whole thing off. How about we get things started straight away?
How to Properly Keep Dog Ear Infection at Bay
Tip #1: Clean ears help curb dog ear infection.
Sure this sounds rather simplistic, but habitually getting rid of any dirt, gunk, and debris from your canine family member’s ears is the most straightforward way to stave off infections.
Having a thorough ear cleaning session every 1 to 2 weeks will already do the trick. I’d just like to emphasize that regardless of the shape, length, width, and fluffiness of your dog’s ears, they are very sensitive and must be handled gently at all times.
A quick reminder, though. While regularly cleaning your dog's ears is important, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) warns that overdoing it can already be counterproductive and may even pose as a predisposing factor to inflammatory diseases like canine otitis externa.
Tip #2: Make it a point to examine your dog's ears regularly.
Routinely checking your canine family member’s ears for any bumps, nicks, swelling, and similar irregularities significantly helps hold back infection. You can already nip the problem in the bud as soon as you notice any unusual discharge or some other sign of irritation.
My favorite way of doing this is when I have a snuggle session with my furbaby. My dog thinks of the whole thing as play, so he won’t be that tense when I examine his ears. As a bonus, it also helps us become closer on an emotional level.
How’s that for a win-win situation?
Tip #3: Proper drying is key when it comes to preventing infections.
Excess moisture in and around the ears can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other unwanted visitors like fungi, which can eventually set off an infection.
It is important that you always dry your dog’s ears properly after engaging him in an activity that could lead to this situation such as swimming or an extended play session. The same also goes for post-bathing and grooming.
This tip especially applies to long and fluffy-eared pooches like the Havanese, the Treeing Walker Coonhound, the Beagle, the Bloodhound, the American Cocker Spaniel, the Afghan Hound, as well as the Basset Hound, among others.
Their ears usually can’t completely dry off by themselves and could easily have a few nooks and crevices where infections could start if not dealt with appropriately.
Tip #4: A thorough ear wipedown is a must after spending time outdoors.
Another factor to take note of when it comes to keeping dog ear infection in check is the presence of foreign objects that can get lodged in your canine family member’s ears. These could easily trigger irritation and subsequently cause infection.
Examples of these foreign objects include seeds, pinecone fragments, small pebbles, beads, and bits of wood. And given your pet’s inquisitive nature, it’s even possible that insects and other small critters can be stuck in his ears, too.
Tip #5: Be proactive in dealing with even the slightest symptoms of ear problems.
If we’re being honest, no dog ear infection immediately starts out as serious. This is the reason why you should always take time to check the overall condition of your canine family member’s ears to see if something needs urgent care or attention.
Doing this at least once a week is already enough. Just make sure you go over your pet’s ears as carefully and thoroughly as you can since even the smallest issues can lead to serious infections if neglected.
Tip #6: Take advantage of natural options when it comes to dog ear infection.
Now here’s something that you might find a bit surprising. Did you know that you don’t have to get your hands on conventional medicines to effectively hold back dog ear infection?
Zumalka’s SILVERPET actually offers a potent defense against this health issue, but uses a gentle holistic approach instead of harsh chemicals compared to conventional medicines.
Featuring colloidal silver as its main ingredient, which is scientifically-proven as a powerful, natural antimicrobial agent, SILVERPET is designed to strengthen your canine family member’s immune system so he will become more resilient to health problems like ear infections.
This natural product also keeps the skin and coat in tiptop shape as well as boost the body’s natural healing functions. SILVERPET is even formulated to withstand more than 650 types of germs and works to destroy bad bacteria without any adverse side effects.
A Quick Recap
Dog ear infection can be a real hassle. And it could even lead to more serious health issues if not given the right care and attention. However, knowing these simple and practical tips will definitely help you keep your canine family member clear from this problem.
Before wrapping things up, I’d just like to point out that taking charge of your pet’s health is a must if you’re looking to give him the quality of life you’ve always wanted. One no-fuss way to get on the right track is by checking out our ONLINE HOMEOPATHIC CONSULTATION.
Besides being tailored to be specific to your animal family member, our ONLINE HOMEOPATHIC CONSULTATION also helps get to the root of the problem instead of just focusing on the symptoms. Isn’t it high time you finally got on top of your pet’s health and wellness?
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne is a certified Homeopath with over ten years of experience creating natural products for cats and dogs. She co-founded eCommerce brand, Zumalka in 2013 with her husband Matt and is on a mission to help thousands of animals naturally improve their quality of life and shares her experience on their popular YouTube show. Hence, she created a line of high-performance natural pet supplements to target the root cause of common health issues.
Suzie was influenced by her mother-in-law, who practiced homeopathy and made natural remedies from home. After being on prescriptions for many years for a skin issue without resolution, she wanted to try something new. Her problems were cleared up within a few months of dedication to a better diet supplemented by homeopathic remedies. That's when she knew that homeopathy worked! During this process, she wondered why there weren't better options for pets and soon created a popular line of natural remedies that have helped thousands of pets across the USA.
When she’s not traveling or reading the next personal development book, you can find Suzie snowboarding, working out, or enjoying a daily hike.
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