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Watching your dog suffering from an ear infection is a bad experience for every dog owner. You can feel your dog’s pain, discomfort, and frustration. Naturally, you want to help your furry friend and take him to the vet. However, you are far away from the vet, or maybe you don’t have enough money to pay the treatment expenses. Do not despair, as we will explain how you can treat a dog ear infection without a vet.
We first must learn what causes ear infections and what are the symptoms of ear infections in dogs before we learn how to treat them without a vet.
What Causes Ear Infection In Dogs?
There are numerous reasons why dogs get an ear infection.
These are the most common.
Ear mites are parasites that cause ear infections in dogs. They are extremely contagious, and you want to solve this issue as soon as possible. A dog infected with ear mites will shake his head a lot, scratch his ears, and you will often find “coffee-ground” discharge.
It’s perfectly normal that dogs have yeast in their ears. However, due to the other underlying issues, mainly in the dog’s gut, the yeast will grow out of the control. A dog with yeast overgrowth will produce dark discharge that smells like yeast. However, yeast overgrowth doesn’t cause pain, but the dog’s ears will be itchy.
Dogs love to explore, stick their head in everything and inspect all the objects they find interesting. Due to this behavior, foreign objects will often get stuck inside the dog’s nose or ears. A blade of grass, foxtails, seeds, twigs, dirt, or bugs will often get stuck inside the ear canal or nasal passage. Some of them may even embed themselves in soft tissue and cause blockage and irritation, which leads to infection.
Bacteria can also cause ear infections in dogs. A dog with a bacterial ear infection will have smelly ears with a green-yellow discharge.
Shape And Size Of The Ears
Some dog breeds that have long ear flaps are susceptible to ear infections. Long earflaps prevent air circulation, trap moisture and dirt and thus create perfect conditions for bacterial growth.
Active dogs that spend much of the day outdoors, running through bushes and swimming in the water are prone to ear infections. Active dogs will have much more, dirt, debris, and moisture in their ears, thus they are at greater risk of contracting ear infection.
Symptoms Of Ear Infection
These are the most common symptoms of ear infection in dogs:
- Scratching and rubbing the face and the ear area
- Head shaking
- Head tilting
- Smelly ears
- Red, irritated skin inside the ear flap
- Hot ears
- Waxy discharge
- Partial deafness
- Loss of balance
How To Treat Dog Ear Infection Without Vet?
As we already said, maybe you currently don’t have the means or possibilities to visit the vet. Some dog owners also want to take more of a holistic approach when treating their dogs’ issues.
Whatever your reason, you need to treat a dog ear infection without help from the vet.
These are some of the most effective home remedies that will help soothe the symptoms of ear infections.
Oil Of Oregano
Oil of oregano is a natural antibiotic capable of warding off a wide variety of infections.
Mix one drop of oil of oregano and half of ounce of aloe vera juice. Drop a few drops into the dog’s outer ear or add few drops to his food.
Green tea is packed with antioxidants which are great for reducing inflammation.
Add two bags of green tea to eight ounces of boiling water and let it cool to a lukewarm temperature. Syringe a few drops into the dog’s ear canal.
Mullein oil is great for treating ear infections. You can either buy mullein oil or make your own.
If you opted for the latter option, you need to:
- Pack mullein in a glass jar and cover with olive oil.
- Add a clove of garlic to increase effectiveness.
- The mix needs to sit for two to three weeks to be ready for use.
- Strain the mixture, warm the oil and add a few drops into the dog’s ear canal on a daily basis.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
A grapefruit seed extract has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. GSE is also a natural antioxidant. These properties make GSE a perfect home remedy for your dog’s ear infection.
To prepare this medicine, you need to add 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to half an ounce of aloe vera juice.
Add few drops into the dog’s ear canal, or to his food.
Vinegar And Water
Use apple cider vinegar mixed with water to reduce discomfort and itch. Mix vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Soak the cotton ball into the vinegar-water mixture and clean the visible parts of the dog’s ear.
Calendula Officinalis, also known as pot marigold, is a herb that has antimicrobial properties. Pot marigold can also soothe pain and reduce inflammation. Therefore, this herb is extremely good for treating dog ear infections.
Buy calendula in tincture form and add around 10 drops to one cup of water. Add a few drops into the ear canal.
Yogurt is packed with good bacteria, which can counteract bad bacteria inside the dog’s ear. Therefore, a few drops of yogurt into the dog’s ear may solve the problem.
Things To Consider
In most cases, home remedies, just like antibiotics your vet prescribes, will only manage the symptoms of ear infection.
However, an ear infection is often a signal that your dog suffers from an underlying health issue. Therefore, it’s very likely that the infection will recur in the future.
An ear infection is often a consequence of a weakened immune system. Most of the dog’s immune system is concentrated in the dog’s gut. Therefore, a healthy gut is crucial for the overall health of your dog.
When the dog’s immune system is weak, toxins and bacteria will breach the gut lining and get into the dog’s bloodstream. This will cause many serious health issues and can also cause ear infections.
Also, some chronic conditions such as autoimmune disease or hypothyroidism can cause ear infections in dogs.
There are many home remedies you can use to treat dog ear infections without visiting the vet. However, ear infections can often signal an underlying health issue. Therefore, it’s important that you pay special attention to your dog’s immune system and gut health.