When the weather is turning warmer outside, dog ear infections are getting common again. Even if you are carefully looking after your dog’s ears, it can struck him sometimes in a lighter form, sometimes quite severely.
Your vet will take a sample of the auricular excretion to determine, if your pet suffers from a bacterial or fungal infection, ear mites, foreign body or if there is an underlying neoplasm or growth of benign or malignant nature that will require complex treatment.
A low-grain diet and regular ear cleaning may help to keep yeast from taking over, but dog breeds with long and hanging ears will always be at higher risk for dog ear infection, due to the lack of proper ear canal ventilation. See the anatomy of the canine ear here.
This video shows you how to clean your dog’s ear in detail. I really like the detailed explanation on a dog ear model and recorded demonstration on a patient.
Usually you’d get from your veterinarian an ear cleaner and ear medication for it, which will help to calm inflammation and bacterial and fungal growth. However, there are canine ear conditions that have got more serious underlying medical problems. Allergies, manifesting on the skin, do frequently involve the ear canals as well. Treatment of this type of ear problems can become very frustrating due to recurrence of clinical symptoms, if the causing agent has not been identified.
Homeopathic Remedies for Dog Ear Infections
Homeopathy can be tried to treat inflamed ear canals and other skin disorders. If you would like to try homeopathic remedies you should first talk to your vet and/ or to a qualified animal homeopath to make sure you get the best remedy tailored to your dog’s individual needs. A proper work up of your dog’s ear problem is very important as otherwise you will get most likely the impression that homeopathy “didn’t work”.