Dog Ear Infections: Kill Off Bad Bacteria With 1 Remedy

Dog Ear InfectionsPersistent dog ear infections drive you crazy because you’re frustrated with your poor dog who constantly shakes his head and scratches his ears, not to mention the foul smell from wax buildup in your dog’s ears and messy infections you don’t want to touch even though your dog may be in pain … plus you’re tired of frequent vet visits to treat your dog’s infection only to find out after a month goes by his prescription didn’t help.  You know, there must be a better way.

This article gives you possible causes of your dog’s ear infections and tips to relieve your dog’s ear problems with one very effective, natural remedy.

Dog Ear Infections: 3 Common Causes

Sometimes unwanted invaders, like parasites, will reproduce inside your dog’s ears and cause an infection.  Dogs with long ear flaps which cover their ear’s passageways may be especially prone to ear infections because their ears provide perfect conditions for bacteria to breed.

  1. Bacteria – The most common cause of your dog’s ear infections could be bacteria.  The good bacteria in your dog’s ears that keeps bad bacteria in check can get out of balance and put your dog at risk for ear infections. 
  2. Yeast – Fungi also live in your dog’s ears along side good bacteria.  However, fungi can grow out of control and cause nasty yeast dog ear infections.
  3. Allergies and Hormone Imbalances – These often appear as a result of your dog’s immune dysfunction which in turn can cause your dog’s ear infections.

One Natural Remedy for Your Dog’s Ear Infections: Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Below are 4 facts about Apple Cider Vinegar and what makes it so beneficial as a treatment for your dog’s ear infections.

  1. ACV is a concentrated golden liquid with the healthy goodness of apples.  It contains minerals, vitamins, essential acids, enzymes and pectin which is a highly soluble fiber for heart health. 
  2. Choose raw, organic and unpasteurized ACV with “The Mother”, which is the dark cloudy sediment at the bottom of the bottle.  The immune boosting benefits of ACV include antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.  It is ACV’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that aid in the attack against killing off the bad bacteria in dog ear infections.
  3. You can get ACV in health food stores, online and in your local grocery store. 
  4. My personal favorite is Bragg’s, a popular brand used by many dog owners.

3 Tips to Treat and Prevent Dog Ear Infections With Apple Cider Vinegar

Antibacterial properties make ACV an ideal solution to treat your dog’s ear infection.  Below are 3 ways to treat and prevent ear infections with ACV:

  1. Check your dog’s ears – Regularly check your dog’s ears for dirt, gunk and unusual odors and only clean them as needed.  This critical step helps you to prevent your dog from getting ear infections. 
  2. Treat your dog’s ears – Mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup distilled water.  Dip a cotton ball into the ACV solution.  Gently squeeze a small amount into your dog’s ears and massage into the base of his ears.  Wait for your dog to shake his head, then wipe away any debris and extra solution.  Treat dog ear infections once daily until your dog’s ears heal. 
  3. Prevent your dog’s ear infections – Dip 2 cotton balls in the mixture of ACV and distilled water above. Gently swab your dog’s ears with fresh cotton balls 2 or 3 times until your cotton balls come out clean.  Wipe your dog’s ears softly with a dry, clean cotton ball because your dog will be at risk for ear infections and irritations when his ear passages are damp. 

Caution: Don’t use Apple Cider Vinegar solutions when your dog’s eardrums are perforated, punctured or the skin inside your dog’s ear is raw from an infection.

Now that you’ve read about the ways to treat and prevent dog ear infections with ACV you may be able to reduce your frustration.  Both you and your dog will be very happy you learned all about this natural remedy!

Vicki Salisbury is a guest blogger for Dog Health News.  She’s an advocate for the well-being of pets. Her passion for sharing her knowledge of pet food nutrition and natural solutions for pets’ common health issues was inspired by her precious golden retriever Sammy, who she lost to cancer.  Her mission is to help improve the health, wellness and longevity of pets everywhere which led her to start Sammy’s Soul All Natural Pet Care.  Vicki and her dog Misty, pictured above, live in Massachusetts.

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Dog Health: Protect Your Dog from Pesky Fleas & Ticks

Dog Health Flea and tick season is quickly approaching, and we here at Dog Health News want you to keep your dog free of pests. Fleas and ticks are known to carry dangerous diseases for both your dogs and for humans. Fleas famously spread the Black Plague and deer ticks carry Lyme disease that could affect your dog and humans alike. Just how do you as a dog owner combat these tiny threats? There is a vast array of methods, ranging from medication to home remedies.

Here are some simple ways to fight fleas and ticks so you can take better care of your dog and keep them away from the health issues caused by fleas and ticks.

Dog Health: 5 Methods to Stop Fleas and Ticks

  1. Garlic — It sounds like something your grandmother would tell you, “Just give ‘em some garlic, he’ll be fine!” But the reality is that fleas and ticks don’t like the taste of garlic. Try mixing in some chopped garlic or garlic powder into your dog’s food, or even making special treats for them with garlic in it. They’ll love the taste and you won’t have to hunt for pests that could lower dog health.*
  2. Citrus fruits — Fleas and ticks don’t like citrus either! Squeeze some juice from a lemon, orange, or grapefruit and gently apply it to their fur. Be sure to use only fresh squeezed juice, as some vets say there is a potential danger to your dog’s liver if they come into contact with the rind.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar — Apple cider vinegar is known to help with health concerns such as arthritis, but it also is great for repellingDog Health

    fleas, ticks, and other parasites. Just a little bit (about a teaspoon, varying with the weight of your dog) in your dog’s drinking water is enough to keep your dog safe from harmful pests and boost overall dog health.

  4. Bathing — Does your dog already have fleas or ticks? There’s no substitution for a good bath in this situation. Adult fleas cannot hang on to the skin when submerged in water, they will fall off and die. Bath time is also a perfect time to check your dog for ticks as well. There are special tools out there designed to remove the tick, head and all, with minimum pain to you or your animal. Bathing weekly not only makes your dog smell better, but it’s also a great way to maintain your dog’s health.
  5. Medicine — The first line of defense in dog health should be your vet. Your vet’s office probably has a cabinet full of medication for heartworm, and another one for flea and tick medication. Though sometimes expensive, prescription flea and tick medication may prove to be the only thing that stops some fleas and ticks. We give my dog a dose every few weeks during the summer and we usually have very few problems with fleas and ticks.

NOTE: Consult with your vet before changing your dog’s medication, as it is not always a good suit for all dogs.

*Some studies have suggested that large amounts of garlic can be harmful to your dog. When using garlic as a flea remedy, the best dog health advice is to use small amounts or talk to your vet before you consider adding garlic to your dog’s diet. 

Dog HealthWhile disease carrying pests may run rampant outside, your dog doesn’t have to suffer from their harmful effects. There are many ways to prevent insects like fleas and ticks ruining your and your dog’s spring and summer. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your dog will be flea and tick free forever, but hopefully with these tips and tricks, your flea and tick season will be much less stressful and your dog’s health will benefit.

Heidi Thomas is a guest contributor from Connecticut, studying at Gordon College. She has a cocker spaniel-poodle mix named Lucky back home.

This news brief gives you 5 ways to deal with fleas and ticks on your dog in order for you to do the best job you can to keep your dog free of these pests.

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