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Otitis Externa in Dogs and Cats / Otitis Media in Dogs and Cats

Otitis Externa in Dogs and Cats / Otitis Media in Dogs and Cats

Herbal treatments to help address chronic ear infections for dogs and cats.  

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The immune system is a complex army of cells that are found throughout your pet's body systems. Immune cells are designed to function together to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. Herbal nutrition may help nourish the immune system, helping to keep it balanced. The immune system is not supposed to be suppressed or stimulated. But even a dog or cat with a robust immune system can experience dysfunction.In those cases, your pet's body requires whole body systemic support to achieve balance.

Dogs and cats are often prone to ear infections and due to their elevated hearing skills, ear infections can cause acute 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. 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 as well as digestive upset can also cause ear infection.

Common symptoms/signs of an ear infection include:

Shaking of the head on one side

Pawing at the affected ear.

Facial shaking the head

Holding the head to 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

Red, inflamed and tender ears

Foul odor from the ears

Paralysis may present. (Your pet’s eyelids may droop, may experience 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. 

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 designed specifically for pets, which you can buy from a groomer or vet that contains no fragrance or dyes.

Use cotton balls and soft gauze instead of Q-tips.

If your pet has a lot of hair inside the ear flap, have your groomer trim the excess hair. 

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 and see your vet. 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, premium, truly all natural diet that is free of corn, wheat, soy, inferior proteins, preservatives and colorants.

Add immune boosting supplements and vitamins to your pet’s diet to keep your dog or cat in peak condition.

Herbal Remedies: (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to promote ear health in dogs and cats, to help keep the ear canals clear and free of blockages, to soothe itching ears; to help fight ear mites; to counteract yeast, fungal and bacterial ear infections; to balance Ph levels which destroy conditions which encourage yeast, fungal and bacteria to thrive and to maintain the normal balance of flora in the ears and to support stomach health, which affects immunity and is often tied into the underlying cause of ear infections in dogs and cats. 

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abscess, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs; for bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx & throat; for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria, salmonella; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums.; Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerous, anti-Candidal and reduces nerve pain associated with wounds and injury.

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..

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 Meal Topper – (learn more)  is used holistically for its nutritional content may help address symptoms related to all types of acute and chronic allergies (including Acute Moist, Atopic, Contact, Environmental and Food Allergies; natural plant chemicals are proven to help relieve and help eliminate food allergies AND allergy sensitivities; may help limit inflammatory response and help cool histamine and mast activation and cell response in the animal body; adaptogen content may help limit and potentially help disable allergen triggers once an allergy has occurred by disabling protein production related to allergen triggers; may help dismantle the itch/scratch cycle; adaptogen content may help boost or balance immunity as needed and help address chronic reoccurring respiratory infections such as bronchitis or asthma; may help address and provide relief to symptoms related to hot spots, skin rashes, scratching, sneezing, wheezing, coughing, rubbing, foot chewing, biting, fur pulling, pain and inflammation by working from the inside out to help cool allergen response. Contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-histamine, immune boosting, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antioxidant & decongestant plant properties; safe for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Conventional Remedies:

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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