Is your dog or cat tormented by ear infections? If so, you might want to try some more natural approaches to preventing and treating your pet’s ear infections. Austin Wildlife Removal
Dogs and cats have an extraordinary sense of hearing. To protect their hearing and protect against damage to the ear drum, their ear canals are L-shaped. The problem with this design is that it allows the ears to trap parasites, moisture, debris, and earwax, and some of these can result in ear infections. Up to 80 percent of ear problems in dogs are linked to allergies, and earmites are often the reason for infection in cats.
The traditional treatment for ear infections is to give antibiotics, antifungal medications or other medications. The trouble with this method is that drugs upset the normal chemistry within the ear and may possibly turn a simple infection into a long-term issue. It makes more sense to deal with underlying allergies and strengthen the immune system so that it is able to fight bacteria and other germs until they cause infection. Also, there are many organic remedies for cleaning the ears and preventing infections without using medication.
These are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection:
*Pet shakes head or holds it to one side.
*Pet scratches or rubs ears, or rubs head against furniture or carpeting.
*There is a yellow, brown or black discharge in one or both ears.
*Ears smell bad or are tender or red.
*Clean the ears with vinegar – If your pet’s ears are full of brownish-pink wax, there is a fantastic chance that allergies have caused a yeast infection. To clear up yeast infections, wash the ears thoroughly. Veterinarians often suggest using white vinegar, also called acetic acid, since it removes dirt and debris and helps restore a healthy chemical balance in the ears.
Do this once a day until the ear is better.
*Stop infections with pau d’arco – The herb pau d’arco, which comes from the inner bark of a South American tree, is a natural antibiotic which quickly kills fungi and bacteria. In the first sign of disease, mix equal parts pau d’arco tincture and mineral oil and put several drops in your pet’s ears. Give two or three times daily for many days.
*Reduce inflammation with vitamin C – The adrenal glands produce a natural steroid that can help reduce inflammation when ears become infected. Giving pets vitamin C can help the adrenal glands work better. Pets weighing under 15 pounds can take between 100 and 250 milligrams of vitamin C each day. Cats and dogs 15 to 50 pounds can take 250 to 500 mg a day, and larger dogs can take 500 mg two or three times a day. Vitamin C can cause diarrhea, so you may have to cut back the dose until you discover an amount that your pet will tolerate.
*Eliminate toxins with a healthy, all natural diet – giving your pet a healthy, homemade diet or higher quality commercial food that doesn’t contain additives, corn or preservatives can significantly decrease the amount of wax that the ears create, while also helping to boost the immune system.
*Air out the ears – Increasing air circulation within the ears can control the growth of bacteria, yeast and fungi. Trim or pluck hair inside the ears occasionally to allow more air to get inside.
*Strengthen the digestive tract – toxins such as bromelain and quercetin (with bromelain) can help prevent an allergic response in the gastrointestinal tract, which makes food allergies less of an issue.
*Stop ear mites with oil – When a disease is caused by ear mites, putting a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil in each ear will smother the mites and might allow the infection to heal. You usually will need to continue the oil treatments for a few weeks, placing three to seven drops of oil into the ear canals every day. To help the treatment work more efficiently, clean wax and other debris in the ears before
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When to Call the Vet
Ear infections can look and smell awful, but they usually affect only the outer region of the ear and are not too severe. If you’re not able to get to the source of the problem (particularly if your pet is still scratching a lot), you may wish to see your veterinarian to discover what is causing the problem. Vigorous scratching can break blood vessels in the earflap, causing the entire ear to swell like a balloon. This condition is called hematoma and must be emptied by a veterinarian to prevent permanent damage.
Other symptoms to watch out for include head tilting, clumsiness, walking in circles or drooping eyes. All these are indications of an inner-ear infection, and must be treated by a vet. Your pet will likely need antibiotics to knock out the infection. Moreover, your vet might need to drain pus and other fluids from within the ear!