If the symptoms of your dog’s ear infection are severe, he will need prescription and an examination by a veterinarian. Severe infections can damage nerves and equilibrium issues in dogs.
Your veterinarian will use a liquid cleanser specially formulated for dogs that contains drying agents to clean their ears, as well as provide advice on long-term care of these sensitive organs.
For most ear infections, a veterinarian will often recommend topical medication. This may include antibiotic ointments and drops as well as antifungals (to kill yeast) and anti-inflammatories to relieve discomfort.
If the infection has spread beyond outer and middle ears to include inner ears, your vet may also prescribe oral prescription antibiotics such as quinolones or azithromycin for treatment.
Avoid using rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs as these methods may push debris further into your ear canal and potentially damage the eardrum. Also avoid dairy-based yogurt that contains sugars that feed yeast infections that could further exacerbate symptoms.
yeast and bacterial otitis externa is extremely painful for dogs with long ears like Cocker Spaniels and Basset Hounds, especially those of Cocker Spaniel or Basset Hound breed. Early treatment will help your pet feel better within two weeks; however, remembering to follow all instructions from your veterinarian as prescribed could result in repeat infections resurfacing again soon after treatment has ended.
Ear cleaners can keep your dog’s ears clear of gunk, helping reduce itching and irritation. Most commonly available as liquid cleaners with special combinations of cleaning agents; veterinary nurses can instruct owners how to best utilize these products.
Cotton-tipped applicators (Q-tips) should be avoided as these can damage both the ear canal and drum while pushing gunk deeper into your ears. Furthermore, using these swabs could oversaturate ears with cleaning solution, potentially leading to further irritation or infection in your ears.
Some of the most effective ear cleaning solutions include grapefruit seed extract and oil of oregano. Mixing 10 drops of GSE with 1/2 oz of pure aloe vera juice and applying this solution daily to ears can be very helpful; while oil of oregano acts as an antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant solution that should be massaged onto visible parts of ears as a daily maintenance practice.
If your pup’s ears are itchy, try creating a natural solution with apple cider vinegar. The acid contained within contains antifungal and antibacterial properties to kill yeast while relieving any discomfort caused by irritation. Combine equal parts vinegar and water and use cotton balls to clean their outer ear canal.
Avoid products containing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide that could harm the delicate ear canal tissue of your pup, and which could trigger yeast infections by drying out his ears and drying him out completely.
Homeopathic remedies may also be effective. Belladonna may help soothe itchy ears that produce yellow discharge while Pulsatilla works wonders when their ears become sensitive and itchy with thick yellowish discharge.
CBD, a natural cannabinoid found in hemp, also has soothing properties that may help your dog recover faster from his condition. Apply some drops directly to his ears for instantaneous relief of itching. Or add it directly into a spray for easy application.
As well as taking medications prescribed by your veterinarian, home care can also help ease pain and promote healing. One such step involves gently cleaning your pet’s ears using a solution made up of water mixed with vinegar (about one tablespoon per gallon) while being sure not to get this solution in their eyes or on their face – this can help remove earwax while simultaneously decreasing bacteria populations within their ear canal.
Natural remedies like mullein and coconut oil may also help your pup recover from an ear infection more quickly, as both possess antibacterial and antifungal properties respectively. You could also supplement their diet with Vitamin C and omega fatty acids to strengthen their immune system further.
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