Keeping our pets healthy includes being aware of any issues with the ears and nipping it in the bud. Dogs and cats can be having problems and we don't even notice until there is in ceaseless scratching and/or odor.
Odors and ear scratching may be an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria infection.
Two home recipes to use to maintain a healthy pH in the ear are:
The first is a mixture of 1/3 white vineger, 1/3 isopropyl alcohol and 1/3 distilled water. The second is 1/2 distilled water and 1/2 apple cider or white vinegar. Either one is inexpensive and a good preventative for keeping those ears clear. Just wet a cotton square and wipe the outer ear canal once a week. Don't use q-tips. No poking inside the ear canal.
When dogs go for a swim, they can accumulate water within their ears. Dog ears differ from humans due to their L-shaped structure, which can make it difficult for water to escape. When the moisture doesn't escape it can lead to the development of an ear infection, also known as otitis externa. Let your dog shake his/her head to help clear the water. Then give the ears a good cleaning with a mixture of half white or apple cider vinegar and half distilled or sterile water. The vinegar serves as not only a drying agent but as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, and balances the ear’s pH to prevent yeast.
If your pet's ears are already scratched sore, don't use the vinegar or alcohol/vinegar blend as it will be painful for your pet.
If when you clean your cat's ears you find a black discharge on your cotton round, it could be because of an infection or it could be ear mites.
Try the tried and true remedy of using garlic olive oil. This oil blend can be used as a way to smother the mites but you have to be diligent and apply the oil daily until you don't see signs, which may take up to a month. If you have more than one cat there is a good chance you'll need to do this for each cat. Add a dropper of garlic oil to each ear, gently squish the ear cartilage so it gets down into the canal, wipe out with a cotton round to remove the black discharge and clean the ear. Be sure to do both ears.
When not in use keep this mixture in the refrigerator since hopefully you won't be needing it that often. When needed warm the bottle by rolling between your hands or sit in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Do not microwave to avoid the chance of uneven hot spots. Add a small amount onto a cotton round and wipe out the ear canal or add just a small bit into the ear, gently squish a bit to help the ear clean itself and wipe with a cotton round or tissue. Do this twice a day.
For cats, use once a month or so as a general preventative against ear mites.
Garlic fights bacterial infection by being a natural antibiotic. It also works against fungal infection. Before the Age of Antibiotics with the discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, garlic was relied heavily upon for the treatment of infection. The source ingredient in this wonder herb was discovered in the 1920's when researchers at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland isolated alliin. When garlic is chopped or chewed, the alliin comes in contact with a garlic enzyme, allinase, which transforms it into another chemical, allicin, a powerful antibiotic.
Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is so very gentle.
Mullein flowers have long been added to olive oil as an ear oil to help reduce pain, inflammation and fight bacteria.
St. Johnswort also contains antibacterial properties and helps with the inflammation. The buds and flowers contain hypericin, a treasure responsible for the plants healing powers.
Antibiotics are a godsend when truly needed, but the problem is that while antibiotics do destroy harmful bacteria the friendly bacteria that normally fights against the colonization of the bad guys is also destroyed. Overuse of such antibiotics increases bacterial resistance, which means the antibiotics may become ineffective.
If you suspect your pet is not improving, don't hesitate to go to your veterinarian.
These ear drops should not be used if the eardrum is perforated, if something is lodged in the ear or if there is drainage.
Don't use oil in the ears if the problem is swimmer's ear. The ear canal has to dry out therefore oil can make things worse.
Store the oil in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life up to 2 years.
Herbal Garlic Ear Drops come in a 1 oz. glass amber dropper bottle
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