Ear infections are common in dogs, but don’t rush to the vet every time your dog has a simple ear infection. Don’t subject your best friend to potentially harmful medication when there is invariably a simpler and cheaper way to deal with this common problem.
Most ear infections are skin allergies. The chances are your dog simply needs an improved diet, not drugs. So please don’t subject your dog to the stress of a visit to the vet without at least considering a cheaper, healthier, less stressful option.
ABOUT DOG EAR INFECTIONS
Outer ear infections (otitis externa) come in at number two on the list of the most common medical conditions requiring veterinary intervention in the UK. Second only to skin allergies and infections.
Unsurprisingly, long-eared dogs such as Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels are more prone to ear infections than most breeds of dog. Their large floppy ears make it very difficult for moisture to escape, and this provides the perfect warm and wet environment for the development of yeast and bacteria.
That said, all dogs are more prone to ear infections than human beings because of the shape of their long, narrow ear canal.
SYMPTOMS OF EAR INFECTIONS
There are numerous symptoms of canine ear infection. These include:
- head shaking
- ear scratching
- strong odour
- black or yellow discharge
- red and inflammed ears
CAUSES OF EAR INFECTIONS
The causes of ear infections are many and varied. They include ear infections caused by the likes of a bite, a cut, a mite infestation (more common in puppies), foreign bodies, excess moisture or excessive cleaning.
But a large percentage of ear infections are the result of a food allergy or sensitivity. One prominent vet in the USA has cited that 95% of recurrent ear infections have their basis in a food allergy.
Unless there is any obvious ear damage, I would always recommend initially treating an ear infection like any other skin problem. Since most skin problems can be cured by dietary intervention, it follows that diet is generally the key to curing an ear infection.
Naturally consult your vet if the symptoms persist or worsen, but start by improving your dog’s diet before putting your best friend through further stress. I offer an Ear Infection Feeding Guide which would be a lot less stressful for your dog, and cheaper for you into the bargain.
If you do nothing else, add fish oil or coconut oil to your dog’s diet on a daily basis. And even if you continue to feed commercial dog food, consider supplementing this with green vegetables two or three times a week.
Be sure to reduce the commercial food accordingly so as not to encourage your dog to put on unnecessary weight. And if this works, then consider transitioning to a fully homemade diet. A homemade diet, whether raw or likely cooked, is infinitely healthier than any commercial dog food!
And if you want to contact me for a consultation for your dog’s ear infection or for any other inflammation related problem, please visit my consultations page. Let’s work together to make your dog’s ear infections a thing of the past!