Mites and/or fleas can sometimes be the reason your dog has contracted an ear infection. It is ideal to use an herbal flea powder after you have bathed your dog to kill any mites or fleas present. The flea powder should contain pennyroyal powder, eucalyptus, rue, wormwood, and rosemary, and you will need to sprinkle it on the dog’s body at least once per week. The herbal flea powder will remove the mites clinging to the pet and provides respite from the symptoms related to ear infection as it will soothe irritation as well as redness.
Home remedies for dog ear infections can allow for a safe, natural, and effective healing process. Many home remedies are quite gentle while still being able to be powerful enough to kill bacteria and inhibit further growth. It is important to remember to check your dog’s ears often, at least once per week, especially if you have a breed that is prone to ear infections. When you are checking your dog’s ears, look for signs of abnormal discharge, odor and/or redness. You will need to take the time to gently cleanse your dog’s ears as this is a preventative method. If your dog’s outer ear appears dirty, clean gently with a cotton ball or cotton swab that is dampened with a solution suggested by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can make recommendations on how frequently you should clean your dog’s ears, as breed, age, and environment will be factors for frequency. For breeds that have lots of hair in the outer ear canal, it should be removed. A groomer can do this, or you can ask your veterinarian to show you the proper technique for removing the hair safely. You should also ensure that you dry your dog’s ears properly if they have been swimming or recently bathed.
Keeping an eye on their environment, such as what they are eating and what ingredients are used in products your dog ingests or uses externally will help to narrow down possible causes of ear infections.
If your dog is showing any of the symptoms described above, he or she should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Ear infections can be very painful and if left untreated can harm both the ear canal and middle ear or even cause permanent hearing loss. When you are given a diagnosis, you can then seek treatment using one of the many natural home remedies for dog ear infections.