If you’re a dog parent like me, chances are you’ve already encountered dog ear infection once or twice. Ear infections in dogs are health issues that need to be given the proper care and attention immediately because they could potentially lead to more serious problems like otitis media and otitis interna.
But a lot of dog parents immediately reach for chemical-based—not to mention expensive—medicines to make their pets get and feel better. What’s really interesting is that you can treat dog ear infection naturally.
And the best part about it is you probably have all the things you need to get the job done at home already. Make sure you read on because I’m also going to share a few useful tips and pointers on how to clean a dog’s ears, which plays a crucial role in treating ear infection in dogs.
How about we start the ball rolling by finding out what the indicators of ear infection in dogs are?
What are the Symptoms of Dog Ear Infection?
For starters, the most common indicators that your dog may have an ear infection are constant head shaking as well as scratching of the ears repeatedly. Other signs of dog ear infection also include a sore, reddish appearance, the presence of discharge and secretions, including a smelly odor coming from the ears.
And it’s not uncommon to see your pet less energetic than usual in this situation, too. Your dog can also become a bit elusive when ear infection strikes and will prefer to hide and skulk most of the time.
Things You Can Use to Treat Dog Ear Infection Naturally
Now let’s talk about the things you can use to treat dog ear infection naturally…
1. Apple cider vinegar
While most people normally use apple cider vinegar to give sauces and salads a bright, rounded taste, it is actually an option you can go for when it comes to treating a dog with ear infection the natural way.
See, apple cider vinegar has an inherent acidity level that has been seen to kill bacteria and fungi according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). You can use it as a natural ear cleaner just like you would a conventional ear cleaning solution.
Recent scientific studies reveal that besides having the ability to get rid of candidiasis, apple cider vinegar can also eliminate the types of bacteria that cause staph infections. Just remember that a little goes a very long way when applying apple cider vinegar on your pooch’s ears for cleaning.
2. Virgin coconut oil
Did you know that coconut oil is loaded with fatty acids that help eliminate bacterial growth? Another NCBI study reports that VCO has been observed to possess antibacterial and immunomodulator activities in laboratory tests.
These fatty acids basically create a barrier between the skin and the infection, as well as help activate the body’s anti-inflammatory capabilities. This makes coconut oil also suitable as a natural ear cleaner.
Simply put a small amount of coconut oil on a clean piece of cloth and apply it on your dog’s ears just like with a conventional ear cleaning solution.
Why is it Necessary to Keep your Dog’s Ears Clean (even when he’s suffering from infection)?
There are two key reasons why a dog’s ears have to be kept clean when he is suffering from ear infection.
The first reason is this helps contain the dog ear infection so it won’t become worse sooner or later. You are basically preventing the problem from spreading to other parts of your dog’s ears that aren’t affected.
And the second reason is to help ensure that contaminants and other causes of ear infections in dogs won’t be in places where they aren’t supposed to be. Keeping these unwanted things out of your pet’s ears not only significantly reduces the risk of infections, but also prevents them from triggering the same the least you expect it.
A Natural Product You Should Consider Having in Your Home Pet Care Checklist
Unlike conventional ear cleaning solutions that are mostly composed of alcohol and other harsh chemicals, Zumalka’s EAR CARE ADVANCED KIT is made only from high-quality and natural ingredients.
You see, while alcohol and similar chemicals do have their benefits against dog ear infections, applying too much of them to your canine friend’s ears can potentially lead to skin dryness and even lesions in some cases.
Using the EAR CARE ADVANCED KIT is as straightforward as can be! No need to deal with very strict dosage requirements and applications here. This kit consists of our EAR CARE, SILVERPET, TONICPET #4 and TONICPET #7 products.
EAR CARE helps support your pet’s ear health and comfort.
SILVERPET promotes a healthy immune system and can be used with other dog ear cleaning products you may be using.
TONICPET #4 promotes healthy oxygen circulation throughout the ear tissues and helps speed up healing.
And TONICPET #7 helps support the ideal circulation of oxygen to the deeper layers of the skin for better ear comfort.
The point is that making a dog with ear infection get and feel better should neither be guesswork or something that will potentially expose him or her to more health problems.
Allow me to share a message from a dog parent who has already used the EAR CARE ADVANCED KIT on her pet…
This one’s from Annick:
“My little Shih Tzu was suffering from ear infections in both ears.
Even after many antibiotic treatments the inflammation was still present. There was a foul smell emanating from his ears with a purplish color, and on top of that our little dog's ears were a source of highly unpleasant itchiness.
After many months of real pain I discovered the HomeoAnimal internet site by chance. I immediately thought that this product would help him...
One month of treatment and his ears were back to their normal pink! Amazing! And since then no relapses... I even lent the product to my son for his cat that had the same problem and again it worked within a few weeks!”
Thank you so much for your kind words, Annick.
A Quick Guide on How to Clean Your Dog’s Ears
One of the crucial things that you need to have in your dog parenting checklist is knowing how to keep your pet’s ears clean. Apart from making sure that they’re in good shape, keeping your dog’s ears free from any unwanted debris and the wayward insect or two also helps fend off ear infection.
And doing this is very simple, too, with an added natural touch. All you need is a clean piece of cloth, a few cotton balls, and some distilled water with a little bit of lemon juice mixed in. A few drops will already suffice.
You can also use the SILVERPET product included in our EAR CARE ADVANCED KIT to clean your dog’s ears since it promotes ear health as well.
Start by placing your dog in a comfortable position where you can easily inspect his ears. Make sure your hands and fingers can move freely, too. Moisten the clean piece of cloth with water and gently wipe the areas in and around the ear flap.
Don’t forget to cover all the nooks and crannies because debris and other foreign objects tend to get in there unnoticed. Do the same thing to the inner ear, but be extra careful not to get in too deep because you might poke the eardrum.
Once you’ve finished doing a once-over with the cloth, dip a cotton ball in the distilled water and lemon juice solution and repeat the whole process. Use as much cotton balls dipped in the water and lemon juice solution as necessary to make sure you’ve removed all of the dirt and grime.
Besides keeping irritants and other possible causes of dog ear infections at bay, your pet will also see this activity as a precious bonding moment between the two of you. How awesome is that?
Keep in mind that if you’re looking to boost your dog’s ear health and support his overall immune response simultaneously, using our EAR CARE ADVANCED KIT will be a convenient option for you.
Keeping your dog happy and healthy can be a bit challenging at times, especially when health issues like ear infections unexpectedly get in the picture. If you’d like to learn more about maximizing your natural options to give your pet the quality of life you’ve always wanted, make sure you contact us right away.
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in making and improving natural animal health solutions in the global setting.
Being the co-founder of Zumalka, Suzie is a forerunner in enhancing the lives of pets through natural and homeopathic options using the knowledge she has gained from the Classical Homeopathy School in Quebec.
Besides immersing herself in books, personal development and visiting new places, Suzie also enjoys keeping herself in tiptop shape by snowboarding and taking daily hikes with her husband and Zumalka co-founder, Matt Lessard, and their Golden-Doodle, Westin.