Natural Remedies for Dog Ear Infections

Natural Remedies for Dog Ear Infections
January 13, 2014 by Dr Loridawn Gordon

Ear ailments, like skin issues, are surprisingly common in dogs. If you bring your dog to a conventional veterinarian, he or she will approach the problem from the surface, but a holistic veterinarian views ear problems differently. From a holistic standpoint, these ailments are often nothing more than an external sign of a problem that lies deeper within the body. If your pet has been suffering with recurring ear infections, it's time to approach the problem from a whole new angle.

Prescription Medications vs. The Root of the Problem

Oftentimes, antibiotics are used to treat ear infections. The ultimate problem with this approach is that these medications, and other topical treatments, offer only temporary relief. And if the body is trying to get rid of a deeper, more chronic condition, these medications actually prevent the immune system from functioning properly, thereby forcing the disease deeper down into the body. A few months will pass and your pet may suddenly have a respiratory or digestive ailment, and these will require even more medications that won't cure the root of the problem.

Why Natural Remedies Work

Natural remedies, on the other hand, will work on finally helping your precious pup get the permanent relief that he or she needs. Rather than simply treating the symptoms, a holistic veterinarian will be able to determine what is going on in your pet's body that is resulting in excessive wax in the ears or even ear discharges.

Examples of Natural Remedies for Ear Infections

Many times, ears that have excessive wax are attempting to rid the body of toxins and bacteria. Using a mild cleaning solution mixed with herbs that are soothing can help the body while cleaning the ears thoroughly. A mix of olive oil, tea tree oil, and vitamin E is one example of a cleanser that will also mildly disinfect the ears. A simple solution of vinegar and water can also work well. Other options include St. John's wort tea and aloe juice mixed with witch hazel. The key is to avoid chemical rinses and antibiotics or cortisone solutions that only suppress symptoms without curing the problem.

Herbs, such as mullein flower, garlic, marshmallow, Oregon grape, ginkgo, and yarrow are good for treating infections, thanks to their natural antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties. Essential oils, such as that of clove, are also wonderful at getting rid of inflammation and infections, as well as ear mites. And if a fungal infection is diagnosed, a liquid solution of Gentian Violet can bring balance back to the ears.

Final Thoughts

Natural remedies can finally provide your dog with relief when it comes to recurring ear infections. Because there are many reasons why a dog may suffer from ear infections, it's always best to consult with a holistic veterinarian who can help target the best natural therapy that will aid the body in eliminating toxins in order to cure the condition.

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