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Pet Ear Infections

Herbal treatments to help relieve symptoms of ear infections for dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. The immune system requires a multidimensional combination of nutritional factors to help sustain balanced function. The immune system is not supposed to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, the animal body requires whole body systemic support.

Dogs and cats commonly experience ear infections and due to their amazing hearing ability, infections are usually accompanied with extreme pain and discomfort. Because animal ears are shaped intricately, earwax, debris and parasites can easily become trapped and lead to an ear infection.

The most common ear infection is otitis externa, which is an infection of the external ear canal. Another common ear infection is otitis media, which is an infection of the middle ear.

Ear infections tend to affect certain dog breeds more than others, including Basset hounds, Cocker spaniels, Schnauzers and Miniature poodles. In cats, Persian and Himilayan breeds are also more susceptible to ear infection. Dogs and cats can also be genetically predisposed to ear infection due to a growth abnormality.

Most ear infections are caused by bacterial or yeast infections. The accumulation of wax, debris, thick, matted hair trapped in the ear canal, foreign objects, allergies, ear mites, improper cleaning of the ear or impaired drainage of the ear, ulceration and tumors can also cause ear infection.

Common symptoms and signs of an ear infection include:

Shaking of the head on one side

Pawing at the affected ear

Facial shaking the head or holding it one side (usually related to a middle ear infection)

Scratching at the ears

Pain in the ear

Rubbing ears against furniture or carpet

Yellow, brown or black discharge in the ears

Ears are red, inflamed or tender

Foul odor from the ears

Paralysis may present. (Your pet’s eyelids may droop, may have difficulty swallowing, the eyelid could be covered due to drooping skin and balance can be affected)

Ear infections are a serious problem and can lead to hearing loss and neurological difficulties, however, prompt treatment can usually and successfully treat ear infections. 

Dogs and cats develop allergies just as humans do, and for the same reasons. An allergic reaction occurs when your pet develops a hypersensitive response to a foreign substance or irritant and creates a histamine attack to ward off the invaders.

Other helpful suggestions:

Clean your pet’s ears regularly with a cleaning solution formulated for dogs and cats to remove dirt and prevent ear wax build up.
Use an alcohol-free and non-toxic solution which can be obtained from your groomer or vet that contains no fragrance or dyes.
Avoid using Q-tips to clean your pet’s ears and use cotton balls or soft gauze.
If your pet has a lot of hair inside the ear flap, ensure that you have those hairs plucked by your groomer or vet.
Keep your pet free of fleas, ear mites and control allergies with natural supplements.
If an infection is caused by ear mites, add a few drops of olive oil or almond oil to stop the mites. Continue this treatment everyday for next few weeks.
Start cleaning dogs and cats ears at an early age so that it is associated with a pleasant memory. 
Ensure that your pet is fed a healthy, all natural diet that is free of corn, wheat, soy, preservatives and colorants.
Incorporate immune boosting supplements and vitamins to your pet’s diet to keep your dog or cat in peak condition.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help promote immune health and balance in dogs and cats; to help maintain ear health; to help keep the ear canals clear and free of all types of blockages; to help soothe itching ears; to help fight ear mites; to help counteract yeast, fungal and bacterial ear infections; to help balance Ph levels which destroy conditions which encourage yeast, fungal and bacteria to thrive and to to help maintain the normal balance of flora in the ears.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroid and Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders; helps promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; for Candida including systemic Candida as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid. 

Wound & Hot Spot Starter Pack – (learn more) – may help build natural defense mechanism against all types of wounds and infections including hot spots, cuts, fungus, rash, dermatitis, viruses and infections; may help heal and limit infection related to all types of wounds; may help address and potentially limit symptoms related to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and bleeding ulcers; anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, natural plant steroid, pain reliever and natural anti-parasitic (all types); hemostatic; stops bleeding on contact and helps encourage and accelerate the repair of the skin matrix up to 30 times faster by stimulating collagen production and cellular repair; topical, broad spectrum internal or external antibiotic and pain killer that is used holistically for abscess, cellulitis, flea and tick bites as well as digestive disorders such as diarrhea.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. 

 

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of a middle or inner ear infection is based on symptoms and a thorough examination of the ear, including an otoscopic exam to view the ear canal and determine if the eardrum is intact.

If the eardrum is ruptured or filled with fluid, this is usually a sign of a middle and inner ear infection. Anesthesia or sedation may also be used if the pet finds the otoscopy too painful. X-rays as well as a sample of the material in the ear canal is taken and examined under a microscope to determine the cause of the infection.

The treatment for ear infections depends on the underlying cause and severity of the infection. Very often underlying conditions such as allergies, tumors or polyps may bring about ear infections, but if treated immediately, can greatly reduce the infection. Medications to treat the symptoms of ear infection include antibiotics or antifungal drugs.

Cleaning your pet’s ears daily for the next week will also be recommended, and your vet will demonstrate how to do this properly without hurting your animal. Please use an ear cleaner specifically formulated for dogs and cats that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives. Independent pet retailers will offer such products.

In more severe cases, surgical procedures which involve an incision of the eardrum, the removal of the ear canal or bony covering of the ear may be required.

 

 

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