Bloody, swollen or waxy ears with odor and pain around the ears, and changes in behavior such as depression or irritability are tell tale signs of ear infection in your dog. Other signs that can tell you this are shaking the head, scratching, holding the head to one side, and continuous whining. Ear infections are very stressing to your pet because they cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Dogs, which love swimming, and dogs with floppy ears are more prone to such infections because their ears trap a lot of moisture due to poor air circulation. Basically, dogs suffer from three types of ear infection– the outer ear infection, the middle ear infection, and the inner ear infection. If your dog has an ear infection, do not take it lightly because it may sometimes pose a serious health hazard. Left unattended for long, the infection can perforate the eardrums, and cause other grave damages. However, if you have taken it to a vet, and come back with no results there is something you should know. Too much antibiotics kills your pet’s natural ability to cure itself, as it kills the good bacteria as well. So, read below for some home remedies, which will help you to cure the ear infections in your dogs.
Home Remedies For Dog Ear Infection
Make a mixture of warm water and vinegar (apple cider or white) in the ratio 25:75. Apply, 2-4 times a week with the help of cotton balls or as a spray. Clean only the outer ear, avoiding the inner ear, so that you do not hurt your dog or worsen the infection. Using this remedy will kill off the yeast. Besides, you can also give this solution to your pet to drink.
Garlic oil is a natural antibiotic and so, it is excellent for ear infections. You can make it at home by crushing a garlic clove, and soaking it in 2 tablespoons of organic olive oil. When the garlic settles at the bottom, draw some of the oil out with a dropper, and apply 2-3 drops. Rub it gently for about 10 seconds. Do not soak the garlic for long because if left overnight garlic can become harmful to use in dogs.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E helps relieve the pain, and calm the inflamed tissues of the ear. Gently massage for 10 minutes by applying 2-3 drops of the oil in your pets ear.
You can also use a small amount of the natural, organic or pro-biotic yogurt (buy only the ones which claims to contain active strains of bacteria), and rub it well in your canine companions ears. The natural bacterium kills yeasts and soothes the ear infections.
Herbal Ear Infection Remedy
Make a neem oil ear cleaner by mixing 1-ounce neem oil, ½-ounce olive oil, 1-teaspoon tea tree oil, and ½-teaspoon eucalyptus oil. Gently massage 2-3 drops of oil into the ear base to help the oil spread. The antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties of neem will help heal the ear infection.
Applying a warm compress to the inflamed ear several times a day will also help reduce the pain, inflammation, irritation, and redness of the ear. To do this, dip a hand towel in warm water and wring it thoroughly. Press the moist and hot towel to the ears of the dog for about 30 seconds. Warm compresses are very beneficial and will help soothe your pet’s pain.