Ear infections in dogs can be controlled and treated effectively by using simple natural home remedies such as herbs and dietary supplements.
Yeast and/or bacterial infections in dog ear are rather common. Many conventional medications for recurrent chronic ear infections include strong drugs such as antibiotics, anti-fungal medicines, antihistamines, and steroids. As in many other infections, ear infections in dogs are largely due to an immune system that is weakened or out-of-sync. Prolonged use of antibiotics and steroids cannot address the root cause - in fact, it can aggravate the problem since prolonged use of these medicines can very often wreak havoc to a dog's immune system.
If your dog is prone to infections in the ear, try a natural approach. Natural home remedies using herbs and essential oils are effective in treating ear infections in dogs. Herbs and dietary supplements can also be used to strengthen a dog's immune system, making the dog less prone to infections.
Herbs are effective in treating bacterial and yeast infections in the ears and in strengthening the dog's immune system. Here are some useful herbs that you can try to use:
Calendula has antifungal properties. It is also extremely effective in promoting wound healing. One way to use calendula is to make an ear wash. Get a tincture of calendula. Add a teaspoon of the tincture together with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt to a cup of distilled or filtered water. Use the mixture to flush the affected ear once or twice a day.
The antimicrobial and antiviral properties of mullein make it an excellent herb for treating ear infections in dogs. Garlic is antibiotic; when used in combination with mullein, it is also effective for treating ear problems.
Here is a simple way of making a mullein and garlic herbal remedy for ear infection:
Apply this remedy to the ear canal of your dog and gently massage the dog ear.
The strong antibiotic and antibacterial properties of Oregon grape make it an effective herb for treating ear infections or ear mites. Use an oil infusion of the herb. Apply 1-10 drops at a time in each ear once or twice a day until the infection is gone.
If your dog is prone to ear infections, use this immune-boosting herb to strengthen your dog's immune system.Back to Tab
For mild ear infections, or if you do not have any herbs at home, try these home remedies:
Steep two green tea bags in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Let the tea cool down and use it to flush the ears twice a day.
A 1:1 mix of vinegar (organic apple cider vinegar or white vinegar) and water can also be used to flush the ears regularly (once or twice monthly) to keep your pet's ears clean and bug free.
Note, however, that if your dog's ears are inflamed, the vinegar stings and can cause pain to the dog.
Add 4-10 drops of GSE with ½ oz of 100% pure aloe vera juice or witch hazel. Use it to clean the ears 2-3 times a day.
Combine 1/8 teaspoon lavender essential oil with 3/4 cup witch hazel, 1 tablespoon powdered boric acid, and 1/4 cup aloe vera juice or gel. Shake well and using it to clean the ears.
First flush out the ear with the above vinegar ear wash. Dry the ear thoroughly with cotton balls (DO NOT use Q tips)
After the ear is dry, instill 10 -20 drops of Neem oil ear cleaner to prevent yeast and bacteria infections once daily.
Aromatherapy can also be used to clean a dog's infected ear. Go to this page to get the recipe for ear infections.
As mentioned above, yeast infections in the ear, especially chronic ear infections, are an indication of a weakened immune system. If your dog has been repeatedly treated with antibiotics for ear infections, chances are his immune system is largely compromised. Furthermore, since antibiotics also kill off the "friendly" bacteria in the dog's digestive system, your dog will also suffer from various digestive problems.
Natural dietary supplements, such as digestive enzymes, antioxidants, probiotics, and essential fatty acids, are the basic essentials for treating chronic dog ear infections from the inside out.
Essential Omega-3 fatty acids should be given to your dog as a daily supplement, not only for general health management, but especially for boosting the immune system and controlling inflammation.
Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage to cells, which has been implicated in a wide array of serious health issues, such as ear infections. Vitamins A, C and E are good antioxidants.
Digestive enzymes can help the body digest and absorb food better. Better digestion can also help keep inflammatory processes in check.
Probiotics replenish the body with the "good-guy bacteria" and are absolutely essential for dogs who are being or have been treated with antibiotics or any other prescription drugs that kill off and upset the balance of intestinal microflora.Back to Tab
There are several commercial natural dog ear infection remedies that contains the main herbal or oil ingredients mentioned above. If you don't want to concoct your own dog ear infection remedy, try one of these: