Many dogs develop painful ear infections, both in the middle and on the insides. The two most common types of infections are bacterial and fungal (but mites also cause ear infections). You can also treat to prevent mild infections using natural remedies. However, the ideal is to take the dog to the vet if it looks like he is in pain, is not eating properly, or his ear is full of pus that smells bad. If severe infections are not treated correctly, they can cause complications such as hair loss or balance problems.
Method 1 of 3: Treating Fungal Infections
Step 1. Apply apple cider vinegar and distilled water to the dog's ear
Mix one part apple cider vinegar with some distilled water in a glass. Dip a cotton ball or clean cloth into the mixture until it's wet. Take the vinegar-soaked material with water and use it to clean the dog's ear, going as deep as you can. The mild acid in vinegar will clean the ear and kill the microorganisms that are causing the infection.
- Do not use this method if the infection is bacterial. If his ears are red and sore, use another natural remedy, because the vinegar will make his already sensitive ears itch and itch.
- Keep in mind that vinegar can sting. Also, putting water in the dog's ear will make it wet and help the infection agents.
- If you're not sure what type of infection your pet has, make an appointment with a veterinarian to find out.
Step 2. Put a mixture of coconut oil in the dog's ears to kill fungus
Boil two tablespoons of coconut oil in a pan along with two cloves of garlic until the oil is thin. Let it cool for 15 minutes, then use an eyedropper to pour two or three drops of the mixture into the infected ear. Massage the base of the ear for one to two minutes and then pass a cotton ball or cotton swab inside the dog's ear.
- Coconut oil will act as a mild antifungal that will help improve your pet's ear infection.
- You can find coconut oil in hypermarkets and natural food stores.
Step 3. Take the dog to the vet if the infection doesn't improve after two or three days
It doesn't matter if the infection is fungal, bacterial or caused by mites, make an appointment with a veterinarian if it doesn't improve after two days. There may be some illness that is causing the infection (for example, an immune system problem or nutritional imbalance) and your veterinarian may prescribe a drug to resolve the problem.
- Take the dog to the vet as soon as you can if he is tilting his head, looks in pain, or gets angry if you touch his ear.
- If you keep using home remedies and nothing works, the infection can get worse and go deeper into your pet's ear canal. This leads to infections in the middle or inner ear, which cause serious complications, such as hearing loss and motor coordination problems.
Method 2 of 3: Trying Remedies for Bacterial or Mites Infections
Step 1. Spend a basic canine ear cleaning mix with a cotton swab to remove bacteria
Take a bowl, pour a cup of warm water and two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Stir with a spoon until smooth. Then fill an eyedropper with the mixture and pour four or five drops into the infected ear. Massage the base of the ear for 30 seconds and wipe off the fluid (and loose wax) with a clean tissue or cotton ball.
- If you don't want to use hydrogen peroxide (or don't have it at home), change it to two scoops of isopropyl alcohol mixed with ground grass, which has antibiotic properties.
- You can buy these things at pharmacies and drugstores.
even though these natural remedies for bacterial or mite infections work in some dogs, they are not always effective. Taking a long time to go to the vet because of using natural remedies can give the infection a chance to get worse. If you want to try natural remedies, it is ideal to do so under veterinary supervision.
Step 2. Clean your pet's ear with calendula oil to remove bacteria or mites
Fill a small jar with marigold flowers and add enough oil to cover them. Let the jar rest for three to four days for the oil to absorb the marigold. Then strain and pour into a small bowl. Use an eyedropper to put four or five drops of calendula oil into the infected ear. Wait 45 seconds and then wipe your ear with a clean tissue.
Calendula serves to improve bacterial and fungal infections. If you don't want to make calendula oil, buy one ready-made at health food stores
Step 3. Sprinkle boric acid in the dog's ear after bathing or letting him swim
The more the animal's ears are wet (because of bathing or swimming in a pool, river or sea) the greater the chance of infection. Fight infection-causing bacteria by sprinkling ¼ teaspoon of boric acid after the dog has had contact with water. Massage the base of the ear for 30 seconds and then wipe the acid off with a tissue.
- Boric acid is dangerous to canine and human health if swallowed or inhaled. Be careful to keep the powder away from your dog's nose and nose and mouth as well.
- If you don't have boric acid at home, buy it from pharmacies or drugstores.
Method 3 of 3: Preventing Ear Infections
Step 1. Clean the dog's ear canal with olive oil once a week
Put two or three drops of oil inside the animal's ear. Massage the base of his ear and let the oil work for about 30 seconds. Then use a handkerchief to clean the ear, being careful to clean as deeply as possible and getting as much wax out as possible. You will be amazed at how much wax will come out!
Olive oil helps to soften and remove excess ear wax, which is crucial to preventing infections
Step 2. Ask the person who bathes the dog not to pull the hairs inside the ear
People believe that drooping ears and long hair help with the spread of infections because they keep the ears warm and moist. For this reason, many pet store employees pull the hair from inside the dogs' ears. This usually does more harm than good, because removing these hairs causes small wounds that are exposed to bacterial infections.
On the other hand, droopy and furry ears are more susceptible to infections
Step 3. Feed hypoallergenic pet food to reduce the risk of the pet having allergies
In some cases, a food allergy can increase the dog's risk of getting an ear infection. Even though allergies may not be the cause of the infection, switching from regular food to a hypoallergenic one can help. Choose a ration that has both a carbohydrate source and a protein source and feed just that to the dog for eight to 12 weeks.
- If he stops getting ear infections all the time, the cause is likely an allergy.
- Ask a veterinarian for a ration recommendation.
Step 4. Go to the vet if the infection does not improve with home remedies
If an infection takes too long to be treated, it can get worse and cause serious health problems for the dog. If natural products don't seem to work and you've been using them for two months, take the dog to the vet. The veterinarian will prescribe an antibacterial or antifungal remedy.
In some cases, some medications or vaccines can make ear infections easier
Avoid using two or more natural treatments at the same time. If the infection gets better after using, say, three different things, you won't know which one worked
- Natural treatments may not work and it will be more difficult to treat the infection at the veterinarian because of the delay in starting treatment. The best thing to do is to take the dog to the vet as soon as you notice he has an infected ear.
- Never rub apple cider vinegar (or any other natural treatment) on your dog's ear with a cotton swab. Swabs can make bacteria go even deeper into the ear canal and can even damage the ear canal.