The Best Home Remedies for Curing Dog Ear Yeast Infections
By Kristi Patrice Carter
If you’ve noticed a recent change in your dog’s behavior, such as frequently shaking his head, holding it to one side or often rubbing it on the floor or furniture, then perhaps your best friend has a yeast infection in his ears.
Home remedies have become a popular choice for curing dog ear yeast infections. This is mainly because traditional treatments usually include antibiotics, antifungal medications or other types of drugs that can upset the normal chemistry of a dog’s ear. A more natural approach will deal with underlying problems and help to strengthen your dog’s immune system so it is better able to fight off bacteria and germs before the infection even starts.
Allergies are another common culprit for ear infections in dogs, but can be treated using simple home remedies using a few ingredients you may already have. If you’ve noticed a brownish-pink waxy substance in your dog’s ears, then chances are he’s suffering from a yeast infection, possibly caused by allergies.
If this is the case for your dog, try the home remedy of first cleaning your dog’s ears thoroughly using a specially formulated dog ear wash, then dilute white vinegar and carefully wipe the inside of your dog’s ear with a damp cotton ball or soft wash cloth. Massage the outside of the ear gently to loosen debris and then wipe dry.
One home remedy touted by many as a successful way to combat a dog ear yeast infection is feeding your dog a healthy, homemade diet or a very high-quality commercial dog food that is free of corn, additives and preservatives. The reason for this is that the previous ingredients, or “toxins” as they can be referred to, can add to the amount of ear wax your dog produces, thereby increasing his risk for a dog ear yeast infection.
The adrenal glands in dogs are designed to produce a natural steroid which reduces inflammation, and adding vitamin C to their diet can help those glands work a bit more efficiently. Consult your vet on the amount you should give your pet, which will vary based on the age, weight and general health of the animal. Vitamin C can also cause diarrhea in some dogs, so it’s best to start out with very small amounts to see what they can tolerate.
Simply making sure your dog’s ears are “aired out” on a regular basis can also help prevent a dog ear yeast infection from occurring. Keep the fur and hairs trimmed or plucked to allow for better air flow, which will in turn control the growth of yeast, fungi and pesky bacteria.
As with any home remedy or natural approach, if you’re hesitant to try something new, consult with your pet’s veterinarian. They’ll offer answers to your questions about a dog ear yeast infection and point you in the right direction. The internet is also full of reliable sources that offer helpful advice and information.
The best love you can give your dog is the right kind of care to keep him or her happy and healthy for as long as possible!