Ear Infections

ear infections for dogs

Itchy Ears?…

Do This for Ear Infections

Most pet owners can easily tell if their dog has ear infections by looking into the dog’s ear. A normal ear is light pink, not tender and easy to examine.

With dog ear infections, their ear will present with a foul-smelling, black, yellow or brown discharge. The ears may be very red and tender.

Most ear infections are caused by an underlying allergy. Some are caused by water in the ear after bathing or swimming.

Dogs with large floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds, are prone to infections as their ear canals have poor air circulation, trapping moisture and allowing bacteria and yeast to grow.

Dogs with ear infections caused by yeast usually have a black discharge; this is commonly second to an allergy.

Dogs with bacterial ear infections often have an organism called “Staphylococcus”.

But then in rare cases, there is a more serious infection that can present which is caused by a bacteria called “Pseudomonas”.

no ear infections here
fairly clean dog ear
Instructions for cleaning ears

The use of white vinegar (acetic acid) will be very effective at removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and the bacteria which is responsible for any ear infections.

White vinegar is an anti-fungal. In many cases, white vinegar all by itself will be the resolution to any ear infections your dog might have.

But if your dog shows a more serious red with open wounds issue in the ears, do not use white vinegar at all.

Use of this agent will prove to be really quite painful and the dog may not trust you with his ear infections after that.

First, use some topical ointment that has soothing properties, like a mixture of Vitamin E and olive oil. You will want to soothe that painful ear before doing anything else to clean it.

You will also need to pick up a water syringe at the local drug store.

Then using a mixture of white vinegar and water at the 50/50 range, use only 5 ml of the water/vinegar solution per 20 lbs of dog body weight. Squirting the syringe full of the mixture into the affected ear.

If you are treating your cat; use 2.5 ml or half a teaspoon.

First grab gently the ear where it is attached to the animal’s head.

While holding the ear at the base next to his head, take your thumb and forefinger and squeeze them gently together with the ear closed in between them; rub the ear with that thumb and forefinger coaxing the vinegar solution down deep into the ear and canals.

Very gently wipe his ear with dry cotton balls removing any debris that comes up out of the ear canal.  This must be repeated daily from 5 to 7 days.

If your dog is prone to ear infections, this should be repeated every week at the same time.

How to clean a dogs ears in three easy steps – YouTube

Could the cause be food allergies?

When a dog is prone to ear infections that are recurring, we will want to try changing his diet to something that has less of an allergenic effect.

This means using a food that has a protein in it that he probably never would eat and in this case some people try lamb, venison, fish, turkey, and these are normally mixed with rice or sweet potatoes.

If he is already eating a lamb and rice meal, then cut that out also and go straight to something like the fish and sweet potatoes.

You can get dog food now that is total protein, this means absolutely no rice or potatoes but does contain vegetables and other important ingredients.

The dog food industry has really come to form with what they include in the more expensive foods so that our dogs are getting a diet full of things they would eat if still living in the wild.

If this is still a problem, you may want to speak to his vet. There is one more step in the food department and it is a very bland diet that requires a prescription.

Any allergy that triggers recurring ear infections, essential fatty acids must be added to their diet every day.

You will give 1000 mg for every 10lbs of dog body weight for a therapeutic dog dosage.  You can use flax seed oil which is a really inexpensive option and the dosage for that is 1 TB for every 50 lbs of dog body weight.

Medications, Oils, Homeopathic Solutions

Another thing you might give your animals/pets is an antihistamine. The most common is Benadryl and can usually be found around the house already.

The dose is 1mg per 1lb of weight. This can also be given to cats. They get this dosage 2 or 3 times per day.

But before you use anything that your pet has never used however, you should consult your vet. Most often it will normally take about 14 days before you see any significant improvements.

You should be able to clean your own pet’s ears from now on and eliminate debris and dirty build up from any ear infections that you find.

Right here is a good time to tell you about healing oils and especially if your poor pup has inflamed ears.

Since they are going to be rather difficult to work with or touch, a healing oil could be the miracle you need right now.

For healing oils that you might have around the house, using a single tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a single capsule of vitamin E and some crushed garlic will do the trick.

Cut the vitamin E capsule open and mix it with the olive oil and crushed garlic. Garlic is considered to be an anti-fungal and will usually help with those recurring ear infections. Especially if yeast is involved and it typically is if you are looking at allergies.

Put the mixture into you dog’s ear and manipulate the ear with finger and thumb just like above. After letting it soak for five minutes, remove it by wiping it out with a cotton ball.

Almost all ear infections are going to produce ears that are red and inflamed, and look like they hurt, possibly warm to the touch.

You need to decrease this inflammation.

Aloe and Calendula work well on calming inflammation and they also have antibacterial properties.

Using both of these products together have at times resolved the ear infections of many a dog in pain.

Hopefully I have shown you how to diagnose a dog’s ear infections, what are the main causes for them, and how you can clean and treat them effectively.

If your dog is prone to ear infections, you should set up a kit that you can simply pull out at the first sign of a smelly or itchy ear and clean and treat the problem.
Items listed here for a first aid kit for your pet for ear infection cleaning:

We talked about changing your dog’s diet if the ear infections are recurring. You should be able to tell within about 14 days if the diet change is helping.

Make sure that any pet with any kind of allergy problem always has clean bedding. Never allow them to soil the bedding with itchy skin to revisit the same dirty bedding the following day.

Please understand that none of my experience, strength, and hope, which is much cheaper than running to a vet every single time your dog presents with ear infections, will overrule anything that your vet says. However, use common sense in all cases.

Thanks and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. I will get back to you, usually in the same day!

I hope that you and your dog, or cat, or pets truly can calm those ears, clear and clean them up so that your best friends can snuggle close again. Do you have a bad dog