How to Prevent and Cure Dog Ear Infection

How to prevent and treat dog ear infection at home

Do you own a dog with large floppy ears? Then be on the watch out for dog ear infection. The good news is this can so easily be prevented with a little care and know how.

Sometimes, pets get sick and pet owners face a choice of an expensive vet visit, or learning to prevent dog health problems in the first place. It is difficult for owners to see their beloved pets suffering. One of the things you have to watch out for, if you’re a dog owner is a dog ear infection. Yes, that’s right, dogs suffer from it, too. Ear infections in dogs are caused by an imbalance of yeast or an imbalance between good and bad bacteria.

There are two primary sources of dog ear infection, bacterial infection and yeast infection. How can you tell the difference? If you notice that your dog has more discharge than usual from his ear, and there’s also swelling, pain, and redness, then it’s most likely a bacterial infection. A yeast infection is characterized by swelling and dryness. You will probably notice an unpleasant odor coming from inside the ear.

Dog ear infection is treatable. Most vets will prescribe medication. This will depend on the type of infection but will most likely be Otomax or Cephalexin antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial infection. If, on the other hand, it is yeast ear infection, then Mometamax has been found effective against dog ear infection. But if you just want to treat your dog at home, here is what you can do:

Natural treatment for dog ear infection

You can use white vinegar also called acetic acid. Dilute the vinegar using 1 part vinegar with 1 part water. Apply it and squeeze bottle with a nozzle. This will cause the PH level in the ear canal to change which makes it harder for yeast or bacteria to develop. Make sure your dog’s ears are dried thoroughly after using this treatment.

To prevent your pet developing a dog ear infection you must practice plucking the hair in your dog’s ear because the serum that comes out of their pores is an excellent breeding ground for bacteria and that causes ear infection.

When you give your dog a bath or if your dog tends to play in water, be sure to dry his ears properly because any water that isn’t removed from the inner ears can create a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast. A good idea is to pop a couple of cotton balls into your dog’s ears before bathing.You should also clean your dog’s ears regularly with soft cotton balls and not with Q-tips as these can cause damage to the eardrum.

Many canine diseases, including dog ear infection, can be prevented by improving your dog’s health which will strengthen your dog’s immune system and prevent many of these types of infections from occurring in the first place.

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