If you have a dog, chances are you have already dealt with a dog ear infection, and are aware that ear infections in dogs can unfortunately happen occasionally or even frequently.
Luckily, we’re here to share some simple home remedies to treat dog ear infections.
So, what causes dog ear infections?
Let’s take a look at some of the underlying causes of chronic ear infections in dogs –this may help you solve the issue altogether.
- Environmental allergies
- Food allergies– Leading to itchy skin, hot spots, and ear problems. It’s possible to try a food that has limited ingredients to see if this solves the problem.
- Poor food quality – Some dog foods contain sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, which can lead to an overgrowth of yeast, a major contributor to recurrent ear infections.
- Floppy ears – Although dogs with floppy ears are more prone to ear infections, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to avoid them. Regular ear cleaning/checking can help to keep their ears clean and healthy.
- Lifestyle – Dogs that swim often (such as those who live on/near a lake or pond) may suffer from frequent ear infections if their ears aren’t cared for regularly.
Types of dog ear infections
There are two types of dog ear infections: acute and chronic.
- Acute ear infections are occasional infections that can occur for a number of environmental factors.
- Chronic ear infections are more likely to be caused by an overgrowth of yeast related to allergies. These can typically be remedied by switching to a high-quality food or having allergy tests performed to find the culprit. Recurrent infections can also be a sign of a thyroid imbalance, so be sure to have your vet run thyroid tests if your dog is suffering from multiple ear infections.
How do I know if my dog has an ear infection?
Dog ear infection symptoms to look for:
- Excessive head shaking
- Excessive ear odor
- Redness inside the ear
- Excessive itchiness
- Pawing at the ear or rubbing head on the ground
- Build-up of black or dark yellow discharge
And now for the home remedies for dog ear infections
Here are two great home remedies you can try before heading to the vet. With these tips in mind, you can avoid quickly move to getting a vet prescription for an antibiotic every time your pup shows signs of an ear infection.
Skout’s Honor Probiotic Ear Cleaner
You can pick this up or order from our online store. gently cleans, soothes and protects dirty, itchy & irritated ears in both dogs & cats.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural ear infection treatment loaded with antibacterial properties. Simply rub onto your dog’s ears with a cotton ball.
Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties make it a great natural ear infection treatment. A known disinfectant and gentle wound healer. Coconut oil can be swabbed onto your dog’s ears with a cotton ball.
If your dog continues to have trouble and show symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact your vet.