You might have heard of using apple cider vinegar for natural remedies in people, but have you heard of using it for your dog’s health, more importantly did you know it can be used for dog ear infection treatment? Apple cider vinegar helps with gases, as an aid to digestion, for constipation, and many other ailments. It can even be used to deter mosquitoes and other annoying insects! But best of all for your dog ear infection yeast can’t grow in it!
Many herbalists recommend the use of apple cider vinegar. It is recommended that you buy vinegar made from cold pressed, organically only grown apples to get the benefit of the naturally occurring enzymes.
In its most natural form, apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic. It is even used to treat mange!
There are many other benefits to using apple cider vinegar. It is known to reduce common infections, prevent muscle fatigue after exercise, increase resistance to Illness, and protect against food poisoning. Cider vinegar is very rich in the vitamins, and goodness found in fresh apples, most notably potassium which helps to balance acid levels in the stomach. Most importantly of all for dog ear infection though is Yeasts inability to grow in apple cider vinegar, or anywhere near it for that matter. Dog ear infection treatment can be very effective with apple cider vinegar though as a warning it can sting the dog’s ears especially in a severe dog ear infection when unfortunately you may need antibiotics to start the healing process. When the dog ear infection is healing you can use the solution below to keep your dogs ears clean and more importantly – Yeast free!
Now you know the way things are. If you dog has pointed ears then they’re less likely to get a yeast dog ear infection but more likely to get infections caused by debris, and if he or she has floppy ears then it’s vice versa. Typical. Some dogs have hairy ears which are very susceptible to yeast dog ear infection and other types of dog ear infection. Dogs that swim a lot and lead an active outdoor life will be in danger. What’s more the yeast is ever present in the dog’s body and is ready for action on any number of triggers. Dogs like humans have ups and downs and it’s often the downs when the yeast monster strikes.
Now if your dog has a dog ear infection and it’s yeast it’s going to be pretty obvious, not only will he or she let you know, but the smell will confirm any doubts. With Canines the dog ear infection comes on fast. Some vets will prescribe ear drops, others will give you antibiotics as dog ear infection treatment. Antibiotics kill the bad as well as any of the good bacteria reducing your pets resistance to future attacks. It’s for this reason I’ve included the three best tips I’ve used to treat my dogs for over three years now.
Other treatments you can use now are as follows:
1. To actually kill off the yeast infection you need to purchase some apple cider vinegar and make a solution of 25/75 vinegar and water, that’s 1x vinegar to 3x water. This needs to be put in a container so it can be “dropped” into the pet’s ears. You know the thing, an ear drop device! 5 drops each ear twice to three times a day. If you get ear drops from the vets, it’s basically the same thing but without chemicals.
2. A second method I’ve found very useful for dog ear infection is crushed garlic in organic olive oil. I get one clove, crush it and chop it up then put it in two tablespoons of and let it rest for and hour or two or until all the garlic has sunk to the bottom. Put a few drops in your ear dropper and into the dogs ears as gently as you can. Its important to make fresh batches of this every time. Garlic can be harmful to dogs if it’s allowed to remain in the oil for more than a day.
3. Another solution to help sooth the ears during a dog ear infection is to buy organic, natural, probiotic yogurt, it must be all of these and must state on the tub that it contains active strains of bacteria. Apply a small amount to your dog’s ears and rub in well. This contains natural bacteria to kill the yeast and is soothing for your pets ears.
I’ve used these three methods to maintain an environment where a yeast infection simply can’t settle in. Maintaining healthy ears on your dog is sadly people neglect to do until it’s too late. Dog yeast infections is painful for your dog so always be careful when using these methods.