Ear disease is one the most common problems that people encounter in pets. All dogs suffer from this painful condition at least once in their lives. Scratching, rubbing, head shaking, odor, redness or swelling in the ear, unusual eye movement, brown, yellow or bloody discharge from the ears, etc. are the symptoms of ear infection. Infection in adult dogs is caused by bacteria and yeast, whereas ear mites are a common cause in puppies. Allergies, foreign bodies, moisture, hormonal abnormalities, trauma are also contributing factors to the enhancement of ear infection. Ear infection can occur anywhere in the outer, middle or inner ear. Infections can develop hypothyroidism or an excessive amount of ear wax. Some dogs become so uncomfortable that they even damage their ear flaps by continuously scratching and rubbing their ears, that is why it is important to know how to get rid of the dog ear infection. Here are some home remedies that will help your pet overcome this problem.
A raw or natural diet is very helpful to tackle ear problems. Give vitamin C regularly to your dog, as it will boost the immune system and also increase the secretion from adrenal glands, which fights the ear infection.
Vinegar acts as an antiseptic. So it helps reduce the pain and discomfort that your dog is experiencing. Take 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water, mix it well and pour it into a spray bottle. Now, use this mixture to wipe out the excess debris from the visible areas of the ear.
3. Fresh Lemons
Take the fresh juice of 1½ lemon and mix it with 1 cup of warm distilled water. Strain the liquid. Put 10 drops of liquid once daily to the irritated ear. Gently massage the ear in a circular motion, and then remove your hand and let your dog shake its head. Fleas are driven back by citrus; hence, this treatment keeps your dog’s ear clean and infection free.
Note – Dropper or syringe should be placed at the entrance of the ear canal. It should never be put in the ear canal.
Add plain yogurt daily to your pet’s food. It keeps a balance of the good bacteria in your dog’s intestine so that bad bacteria are knocked out. Yogurt is the best aid to prevent yeast infection in dog’s ear.
5. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt checks the bacterial growth in the body. Add 1/16 teaspoon of Epsom salt in 1 liter of warm water. Then take a clean towel and drench it in this warm water. Apply it on wounds of your dog.
6. Baking Soda
Baking soda can eradicate the fungal infection. It has a neutralizing property. Add baking soda (1 teaspoon) to 1 liter of water and place it in a spray bottle. Now pour this mixture into the infected ear. Do this for 5 to 7 days.
7. Almond Oil
Pour ½ teaspoon of warm almond oil in the infected ear. It will remove the dirt and loosen the wax; thus, minimizing the risk of infection.
Sprinkle turmeric powder on your pet’s skin, if you see it scratching. It will prevent your pet from fungal infection.
9. Warm Compress
Take hot water in a vessel. Soak a towel in it. Squeeze the additional water and put the towel on the outer ear to get rid of the infection and other associated symptoms of inflammation, pain, and redness.
10. Control Hair Growth
Take care of the growth of your pet’s hair. Trim all the hair growing inside the ear canal. Hair restricts the flow of air into the ear, causing canal to be dry and more susceptible to infection.
Ground oatmeal is one of the best dog ear infection remedies. Take warm water and add oatmeal to it, stir it and let your dog take a hot water bath. This process will give immediate relief to your dog from skin allergies and infections.
12. Macerated Garlic
Take two garlic cloves and steep them in olive oil. Let it sit for at least two weeks. Strain the mixture and pour 2-3 drops of it in the dog’s ear. Use this remedy until the infection heals.
13. Hydrogen Peroxide
Mix equal proportion of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and hydrogen peroxide. Pour this solution into the ears of the dog. Rub the ear’s base gently. After that, clean the ear with a cotton ball. It will safeguard the pet from bacterial and yeast infection.
Herbal Remedies for Dog Ear Infection
14. Green Tea
Add two green tea bags to 8 ounces of boiling water. Allow it to cool. Put ten drops of this mixture twice daily to the infected ear. Gently massage the ear in a circular motion. After that, allow your dog shake its head.
Note – Instead of placing the dropper or syringe inside the ear canal, put it at the entrance of the ear canal.
15. Yellow Dock
Add one tablespoon of the dry yellow dock to half cup of boiling water. Put off the heat after a few minutes. Let it cool down. Now put ten drops of this tea in the infected ear twice daily.
Note – Dropper or syringe should be located at the entrance of the ear canal. It should never be placed inside of the ear canal. If your dog is prone to ear mites, you can use this treatment for your pet’s ear, tail, and head once in a week.
16. Aloe Vera
Put one teaspoon of warm aloe vera gel in the infected ear of the pet to alleviate irritation and redness.
Take mullein leaves and flowers in a glass jar and cover it with olive oil. Keep the mixture as it is for two to three weeks. Strain it and then apply several drops of this oil into the ear canal of the dog.
- Take equal parts of garlic oil and mullein oil. Take one oz of this mixture and add 10-20 drops of olive oil to it. Apply this to your dog’s ear and gently massage.
18. Witch Hazel
Prepare a solution by mixing witch hazel and ACV in equal proportion. Use a dropper to pour the solution in dog’s ear. It will relieve the pet from discomfort.
A warm tea bag of chamomile when applied on an infected or irritated area gives soothing sensation. The anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic and sedative qualities render calming and relaxing effect to this herb.
20. St. John’s Wort
Put flowers, stem and leaves of St. John’s Wort in a glass jar and then add olive oil to it. Leave it for two weeks. Strain it into a clean jar. Apply this oil on the infected area.
Calendula promotes healing of wounds. Take 1 cup of warm water, one teaspoon calendula tincture and half teaspoon sea salt. Mix them. Gently drop ten drops of this mixture in the infected ear. Gently rub/massage the ear in a circular motion, and then remove your hand and let your dog shake its head.
22. Oregon Grape
Oregon grape possesses several properties, like anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti- bacterial, etc. Add one teaspoon of Oregon grape tincture to 4 oz of warm distilled water. Put 10 drops of this mixture into the infected ear of your dog. Gently massage the ear in a circular motion.
23. Margosa Oil
Mix margosa oil (1 oz), olive oil (1/2 oz), tea tree oil (1 teaspoon), and eucalyptus oil (1/2 teaspoon). Using a dropper, pour this herbal cleaner in the infected ear of the pet. Then gently massage the base of the ear. The antimicrobial properties of margosa will provide relief by soothing the inflammation.
- Clean inside of the ear flaps regularly.
- Restrict your dog’s activity when it is having an ear infection.
- Dry your dog’s ear thoroughly after swimming or bathing.
- Ensure good hygiene and bathe your pet frequently.
- Don’t wash your dog’s ear frequently and vigorously.
- Do not use alcohol for cleaning, it can inflame the tissues.
- Avoid keeping your dog indoor for a longer time; indoor dogs are much likely to have ear infections.