Dogs and young kids are alike in many ways. They both fill your heart to the point where you think it might burst, they both make loud noises at inconvenient times, and they both get ear infections a LOT.
Your dog’s ear infection can have a few different causes, and discerning the cause is important in choosing the right treatment. Ear infections can be caused by:
- Hormone changes or imbalances
- Ear mites
- Immune system issues, which can start in the gut
You should visit your holistic vet if your dog is having frequent, recurrent ear infections to find the root cause of the problem. However, there are a few holistic treatments you can try.
Symptoms of ear infections
Like in people, ear infections can cause a range of symptoms in dogs. The main symptoms are:
- Itchy, irritated ears
- Tilting the head to one side
- Pain when opening the mouth wide
- Hearing loss
- Nausea and vomiting
- Walking in circles
These are not the only symptoms of ear infection in dogs, but they are the most common. If your dog is exhibiting behaviors that are unusual, contact your holistic vet.
Holistic treatments for ear infections
If your goal is to treat ear infections without needing a prescription antibiotic, you have a few options.
Colloidal silver is an antibacterial and antifungal which can help not only clean the ears and keep them clean, but can help kill the bacteria causing the ear infections. Colloidal silver can be ingested orally or rubbed into the ears.
Apple cider vinegar also has antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties and can be used to treat ear infections. Like colloidal silver, apple cider vinegar can be ingested by putting a few drops into water, or can be applied topically to the ears by mixing with a 50/50 water solution.
Coconut oil is another great option to treat ear infections because it works as an antifungal. When combined with CBD, which works as an anti-inflammatory, coconut oil can help treat ear infections when ingested. CBD Dog Health CALM and EASE CBD oil for dogs contains coconut oil and CBD and can be an effective ear infection treatment.
How to prevent ear infections in dogs
Preventing ear infections is important, but it may take a bit of experimenting to find the cause. Often, ear infections caused by allergies start with gut health. Highly processed foods, over-vaccination, and chronic stress can impact gut health, which can cause ear infections as well.
As with any new treatment, talk to your holistic vet about the best and safest option for your specific dog’s needs.
About Angela Ardolino:
Angela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert who has been caring for animals for over 20 years and operates a rescue farm, Fire Flake Farm, in Florida. She is also the owner of Beautify the Beast, a natural pet salon and shop. After getting her certificate in Medical Cannabis Biology and Therapeutic use from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, she founded CBD Dog Health to provide high quality, all-natural medical cannabis products designed specifically for pets. Angela has seven dogs, Odie a 12-year-old mini-schnauzer, Nina an 8-year-old Doberman. Jolene a 7-year-old mutt, Maza a 7-year-old mutt, Rhemi an 8-year-old poodle, Potato a 15-year-old shih-tzu, and Miss Daisie a 15-year-old black lab, plus 4-10 more at any time she is fostering or boarding. She uses Full Spectrum Hemp Extract on all her pets at her rescue farm every day, and has since 2016. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, the Veterinary Cannabis Association and has trained hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians about the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals. Visit www.angelaardolino.com for more information.