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Sniffing Out Ear Infections

Ouch… My Ears Hurt!!

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Dogs aren’t known for their sweet fragrance, but if you notice a foul odor — and Fifi hasn’t been rolling in yucky stuff — lift up her ear flaps and sniff. Healthy ears don’t smell bad. However, if you get a whiff of something alarmingly bad, chances are bacteria, mites, or fungi are thriving in your dog’s long and hairy ear canal. Other telltale signs of infection that warrant a vet visit include redness, discharge, extreme warmth, and sensitivity to touch. Your pet may run the side of her head along the floor, too. Don’t attempt to clean sore ears yourself if you are tenative — instead, get a diagnosis and treatment options first instructions from your vet.  (see some natural options below)

Source:  RightAge

Regardless of the cause of your pet’s occasional ear infection, make sure that you clean your pet’s ears on a regular basis. Use a solution of 50% Vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar is the best) and 50% luke warm or room temperature Water and insert the solution into the ear canal. Gently massage it in and use cotton balls to clean out any debris. (This is also the same cleaning protocol you would want to use when your pet actually has an ear infection prior to administering any type of treatment.)

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, ALOE VERA GEL, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE /WATER mixture  is great for dog and cat ear aches:  one cup apple cider vinegar, two cups water, 1 tbsp pure aloe vera geland 1/2 tsp hydrogen peroxide.  ( 1 to 3 eyedroppers full in each ear 2 to 3 times a day depending on the size of your dog).

Halo also makes Halo a good Herbal Ear Wash.

For those of you with the regular pet swimmers, mix a solution of 1 cup of Water, 2 cups of Vinegar and 1 tablespoon of Rubbing Alcohol. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and squirt it onto the outside of the ear canal once or twice per week and after every swim. You can also use this solution applied with a cotton ball to clean out the inner part of the ear. The alcohol in the mixture will help to dissolve wax, whereas the vinegar creates an acidic environment that will not allow yeast or bacteria to grow in.

Contributing Comment:  **Do not give Rimadyl to your loving pet. My dog died after just 2 doses. If I had known that the fatality rate was 30%, I never would have given it to him. The vet’s are supposed to tell you this, but they don’t. Look up the drug on the FDA website, its all spelled out. Another reason to look for natural remedies whenever possible.

November 14, 2008 Posted by | Just One More Pet, Pets | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment