When the weather is turning warmer outside, dog ear infections are getting common again. Even if you are carefully looking after your dog’s ears, it can struck him sometimes in a lighter form, sometimes quite severely.
Your vet will take a sample of the auricular excretion to determine, if your pet suffers from a bacterial or fungal infection, ear mites, foreign body or if there is an underlying neoplasm or growth of benign or malignant nature that will require complex treatment.
A low-grain diet and regular ear cleaning may help to keep yeast from taking over, but dog breeds with long and hanging ears will always be at higher risk for dog ear infection, due to the lack of proper ear canal ventilation. See the anatomy of the canine ear here.
This video shows you how to clean your dog’s ear in detail. I really like the detailed explanation on a dog ear model and recorded demonstration on a patient.
Usually you’d get from your veterinarian an ear cleaner and ear medication for it, which will help to calm inflammation and bacterial and fungal growth. However, there are canine ear conditions that have got more serious underlying medical problems. Allergies, manifesting on the skin, do frequently involve the ear canals as well. Treatment of this type of ear problems can become very frustrating due to recurrence of clinical symptoms, if the causing agent has not been identified.
Homeopathic Remedies for Dog Ear Infections
Homeopathy can be tried to treat inflamed ear canals and other skin disorders. If you would like to try homeopathic remedies you should first talk to your vet and/ or to a qualified animal homeopath to make sure you get the best remedy tailored to your dog’s individual needs. A proper work up of your dog’s ear problem is very important as otherwise you will get most likely the impression that homeopathy “didn’t work”.
Homeopathic Remedies - Which Can You Try?
Pulsatilla is helpful for acute flare-ups with sensitivity and redness, along with a yellowish discharge. Pulsatilla animals like to sit near open windows, hate getting their paws wet and won’t go out in the rain. They also tend to have a very sweet (and slightly needy) disposition.
Hepar sulph is useful for irritable animals who don’t like to have their inflamed ears touched.
Sulphur is often recommended for long term, stubborn skin conditions and also has some success in ear infection treatment. Excessive scratching or pawing at the ears may be an indicator for Sulphur.
Silicea is worth considering to help ‘push out’ a foxtail or other foreign object form the ears.
Phosphorus is a good option for those dogs who suffer with cuts or hematomas to the pinna; it’s an excellent remedy for many types of bleeding.
For animals that have a severe, malodorous discharge that causes hair loss around and under the ears, Tellurium is helpful. The ears are extremely sensitive in the Tellurium patient, and the discharge may have a fish-like smell.
Treating ear problems (especially those that are stubborn and persistent) can be a very frustrating exercise. Deep seated infections can take a very long time to truly and permanently resolve. Natural remedies and a truly holistic approach that also considers diet and lifestyle can be pivotal in achieving a lasting cure.
In this video (at 1:30 min) the anatomy of the external ear canal has been nicely explained. It also talks about the diversity of causing agents and factors and that often clinical symptoms can be very similar.
You see, dog ear infections can be treated quite well, but careful examination and diagnostic tests are a must to avoid later chronic ear problems or even systemic and/or neurologic complications.
If you would like to use homeopathic remedies for treating canine otitis externa consult your vet first and discuss this treatment option.