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Pet Ear Infections


Is your dog or cat tormented by ear infections? Do you spend time and money at the veterinarian's office trying to bring relief to your beloved pet, only to find that another infection appears over time? If so, you may want to try some more natural approaches to preventing and treating your pet's ear infections.

Dogs and cats have an incredible sense of hearing. To protect their hearing and prevent damage to the ear drum, their ear canals are L-shaped. The problem with this design is that it allows the ears to trap parasites, moisture, debris, and earwax, and any of these can lead to ear infections. Up to 80 percent of ear problems in dogs are linked to allergies, and ear mites are often the cause of infection in cats.

The traditional treatment for ear infections is to give antibiotics, antifungal medications or other drugs. The problem with this approach is that drugs upset the normal chemistry inside the ear and can possibly turn a simple infection into a long-term problem. It makes more sense to deal with underlying allergies and strengthen the immune system so that it is able to fight bacteria and other germs BEFORE they cause infection. Also, there are many natural treatments for cleaning the ears and stopping infections without using drugs.

These are the Signs of an Ear Infection:

*Pet shakes head or holds it to one side.

*Pet scratches or rubs ears, or rubs head against furniture or carpet.

*There is a yellow, brown or black discharge in one or both ears.

*Ears smell bad or are tender or red.

The Solutions

*Clean the ears with vinegar - If your pet's ears are filled with brownish-pink wax, there is a good chance that allergies have caused a yeast infection. To clear up yeast infections, clean the ears thoroughly. Veterinarians often recommend using white vinegar, also called acetic acid, because it removes dirt and debris and helps restore a healthy chemical balance in the ears.

Diluted vinegar works well. When using vinegar, pour a small amount into the ear canal, massage the area, then gently wipe the inside of the ear with a cotton ball. Do this once a day until the ear is better.

*Stop infections with pau d'arco - The herb pau d'arco, which comes from the inner bark of a South American tree, is a natural antibiotic that quickly kills fungi and bacteria. At the first sign of infection, mix equal parts pau d'arco tincture and mineral oil and put several drops in your pet's ears. Give the drops two or three times a day for several days.

*Reduce inflammation with vitamin C - The adrenal glands produce a natural steroid that can help reduce inflammation when ears get infected. Giving pets vitamin C can help the adrenal glands work more efficiently. Pets weighing under 15 pounds can take between 100 and 250 milligrams of vitamin C a day. Cats and dogs 15 to 50 pounds can take 250 to 500 milligrams a day, and larger dogs can take 500 milligrams two or three times a day. Vitamin C can cause diarrhea, so you may have to cut back the dose until you find an amount that your pet will tolerate.

*Eliminate toxins with a healthy, all natural diet - Giving your pet a healthy, homemade diet or high quality commercial food that doesn't contain corn, additives or preservatives can greatly reduce the amount of wax that the ears produce, while also helping to boost the immune system.

*Air out the ears - Increasing air circulation inside the ears can control the growth of bacteria, yeast and fungi. Trim or pluck hair inside the ears periodically to allow more air to get inside.

*Strengthen the digestive tract - Supplements such as bromelain and quercetin (with bromelain) can help prevent an allergic response in the gastrointestinal tract, making food allergies less of a problem.

*Stop ear mites with oil - When an infection is caused by ear mites, putting a few drops of almond oil or olive oil in each ear will smother the mites and may allow the infection to heal. You usually need to continue the oil treatments for three to four weeks, putting three to seven drops of oil into the ear canals each day. To help the treatment work more efficiently, clean wax and other debris from the ears before using oil.

*Try an over-the-counter remedy - One of the best ways to stop ear mites is with over-the-counter products containing pyrethrins. Made from chrysanthemums, pyrethrins are natural insecticides that are very safe to use. Just follow the instructions on the label.

When to Call the Vet

Ear infections can look and smell awful, but they usually affect only the outer part of the ear and aren't too serious. If you're unable to get to the source of the problem (especially if your pet is still scratching a lot), you will want to see your veterinarian to find out what is causing the problem. Vigorous scratching can break blood vessels in the earflap, causing the entire ear to swell like a balloon. This condition is called hematoma and must be drained by a veterinarian to prevent permanent damage.

Other symptoms to watch out for include head tilting, clumsiness, walking in circles or drooping eyes. These are signs of an inner-ear infection, and must be treated by a vet. Your pet will probably need antibiotics to knock out the infection. In addition, your vet may need to drain pus and other fluids from inside the ear!

Deena Caruso, author, teacher, & distributor of natural pet products Helps pet owners create healthy, happy pets. To receive FREE "Pet Pointers" Newsletter, go to: http://www.healthyfoodforpets.com deecaruso@cox.net Ph: 760/758-7963, 877/877-0665


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Pets of the week: Trip and Louie  Billings Gazette

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PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Dr. Maro: Know the signs of pain in pets  The Times

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Wally: Pet of the Week 9-27.20  Tyler Morning Telegraph

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Pets of the week: Dozer and Haley are two happy, energetic dogs in need of new homes  MLive.com

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Poisonous toads roaming in Florida could be deadly for your pets  FOX 35 Orlando

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Firefighter suffers minor injuries, pets die in fire - The Suffolk News-Herald  Suffolk News-Herald

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SPCA continues no lost pets campaign by microchipping animals  WABI

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Erie County offers free rabies vaccinations for pets  WGRZ.com

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Clean carpets possess a deeper meaning than just an inviting home  The Daily Nonpareil

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Adoptable pets in Tucson  Arizona Daily Star

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Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Jordan  nwitimes.com

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30 adoptable pets get ‘courtside’ seats at NBA playoff game  Today.com

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FOTAS: County shelter pets find fantastic forever homes  Charleston Post Courier

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Points for Pets: Dental disease is most common disease among older cats, dogs  WV News

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Buy these stocks to ride the pandemic 'pet boom,' according to Bank of America  CNBC

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Cabot animal shelter using facial recognition to help find lost pets  THV11.com KTHV

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PUPS Act introduced to keep pets, owners together after travel  The Franklin Sun

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Ammon reptile owners talk about surrendered pets - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

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Annual pet blessing held as a drive-thru event due to ongoing pandemic  WLOS

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SMVHS Pet of the Week: Duke  Lompoc Record

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Pet owners felt less lonely and stressed during COVID-19 lockdown  Earth.com

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Annual pet costume contest goes virtual to raise money for animal groups  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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PET TALK: Chickens can be pets, but they also have other benefits  Chron.com

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Big Flats house fire takes the life of one man and family pets  WETM - MyTwinTiers.com

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Pets and People: Putting two feet first | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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Pets with Potential: Meet Duchess  WCAX

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Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Meet our pets of the week: Two Lab mixes and a rooster  STLtoday.com

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Stanton Foundation grant to help pets, families  University of Georgia

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Pet owners cancel plans to spend time with dogs, cats instead, Pet Census finds  Fox News

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The Majority Of Pet Owners Admit Cancelling Plans To Hang Out With Their Furry Friends  Tyla

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Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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You All Need To Pet The Dog In Hades More  Kotaku

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Photos: Hoosiers fall in love with new pets this autumn at free adoption event  The Indianapolis Star

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Sponsor spotlight: Pet safety during a home remodel  My Edmonds News

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Local sisters make ‘furrtastic’ accessories for pets  myfox8.com

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NYC woman sues pet shop for not letting her take pricey poodle home  New York Post

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How to get a pet in Among Us: Step by step guide  Sportskeeda

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CBS3 Pet Project: Is Commanding Or Cueing Better For Pet Training?  CBS Philly

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Is your pet's food making you sick? Study finds many don't know the risk  Agri News

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Blue green algae poses danger to swimmers and pets  1430wcmy.com

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Pet Talk | Features | mtexpress.com  Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

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United Pet Fund in Blue Ash collecting donations Sunday  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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Pet of the Week: Billie Jean  South Bend Tribune

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Pets of the week: Darling London has a friendly personality, loves to play fetch  Victoria Advocate

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El Paso Animal Services helps feed needy pets with a food bank  KVIA El Paso

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Sick 9/11 Hero's Dog Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

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CAPA Pet of the Week: Canelo  Lompoc Record

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Pet Toys Market : development, key opportunity, and forecast to 2026 | Kong, chuck it, Jolly pets, Nylabone, Petmate  The Daily Chronicle

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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Three rabies cases confirmed in Roanoke City and County; experts remind pet owners to vaccinate their pets  WFXRtv.com

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Jobs, jobs, jobs at Pet Supplies Plus in West Bend  washingtoncountyinsider.com

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Here are some of the companies that could benefit from COVID's ‘pet boom’  MarketWatch

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All About Pets: Emergency preparations for your pets  Prescott Daily Courier

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Hit the Paws Button: Vote for your favorite pet!  Waterbury Republican American

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Keeping pets at a healthy weight  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Grab Rover and drive over to church for a pet blessing  Sun Sentinel

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Pet Health: Smoky air especially harmful to pets  KOIN.com

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Real Pet Food Company recalls dog food due to possible salmonella contamination  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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World's largest pet walk to take place Sept. 26  Ponte Vedra Recorder

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How Pets May Improve Our Immunity  Psychology Today

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Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

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Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

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Woman starts community pet food pantry to help owners during the pandemic  Yahoo News

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Young-Williams Animal Center Pet of the Week: Dr. Yap  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Pet of the Week: Oliver  County 17

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The global pandemic's newest luxury traveler? Your pet  CNBC

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Free pet adoptions this weekend at animal shelters  KLAS - 8 News Now

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Siouxland Humane Society hosts 18th annual 'Pets on Parade'  KTIV

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Austin Humane Society distributes thousands of pounds of pet food  FOX 7 Austin

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Help Pets in Need Find a Forever Family During PetSmart Charities® National Adoption Days  PRNewswire

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Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Yogi  KBTX

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Is Your Pet Spoiled? Just A Little Bit!  newstalkkit.com

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Pets with Potential: Sky  WCAX

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Advice on raising pets makes most owners have a cow, survey finds  Israel Hayom

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Pet stores at Arizona malls accused of selling 'puppy mill' dogs  The Arizona Republic

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Local shelter reduces adoption fees during BISSELL Pet Foundation's Empty the Shelters event  WILX

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N.J. pets in need: Sept. 21, 2020  nj.com

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