Dog Ear Care – Home Remedies

If your dog is constantly shaking his head, scratching his ears, or holding his head at an angle it may be an ear infection. If your dog’s ear is painful to touch or there is a discharge it may be an ear infection that needs immediate attention. See a veterinarian before trying any home remedies.

You can use home care for your dog’s ears and maybe stop the problem before it gets worse. Allergies will often cause a brownish pink discharge. This can be cleared up by cleaning the ears with white vinegar.

Your vet can give you Alocetic which is a prescription product with acetic acid and aloe vera. When using either white vinegar or Alocetic put a little bit into the ear canal and massage gently then wipe away.

If you see a waxy discharge and the dog has little or no discomfort you can dissolve the waxy build up with warm (not hot) olive oil. Put olive oil in a glass and set the glass into hot water for a few minutes. Test the oil to see that it is not too hot. Use an eyedropper and put a few drops into the ear canal and gently massage.

You can also clean your dog’s ears with chamomile tea. Make a cup of tea and let it cool. You can open up a vitamin E capsule and add the oil to the tea. Then use your eyedropper and put a few drops into the ear canal and again gently massage.

Allergies are a common cause of ear problems. Cleaning your dog’s ears will not stop the allergies. Switch your dog to a preservative free, chemical free natural dog food. Many times this alone will resolve a chronic ear problem. Feed him a diet consisting of as many raw foods as possible.

Ask your vet about an elimination diet. Many times switching to a hypoallergenic dog food will eliminate food allergies and you will see an improvement in itchy skin and chronic ear problems.

It makes sense to try to prevent the problem before it becomes a long term condition. Daily cleaning with white vinegar or chamomile tea could be the preventative your dog needs. And switching to a more natural healthier diet without chemicals and additives may help resolve any allergies causing ear problems. Always consult your veterinarian before resorting to home remedies.

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