Frank and Jellys have been recently all about ears. We have helped countless numbers of fur mums and dads with problematic pooch ears. So, does your furbaby suffer from recurrent ear infections and nothing seems to work? What are the symptoms what are the causes and how can we help and prevent them?
First of all
10 Facts about your Dogs Ears ￼
- ￼Some breeds have better hearing then others
- A dog has 18 muscles in his ears which does not only give him an impressive hearing range, it also allow him to tilt, turn, raise and lower as well as move them individually.
- Pooches express their emotions by moving their ears. Surely you noticed this already. Cocking his head might help him to tune into sounds further afield but might just be used to make him look cute?
- Puppies are born deaf because their ear canals are still closed. It will take a few weeks until they begin to hear
- Furbabies are very adept at filtering out some sounds while remaining alert to others. Did you notice while watching TV you fury friends listens out for a visitor coming to your house.
- At night when we believe everything is quiet our pooches live in a noisy place hearing sounds we don’t even know exists.
- Dog ear canals are L-Shaped and vertical towards their jaws. This structure is one of the reasons they are susceptible to various ear issues
- Inner ear infections often cause loss of balance
- Ear disease, sometimes called Otitis by our vets, is very common in dogs. In some dogs breeds are more susceptible than other
- Each time a ear disease develops, damage is done due to the walls of the ear canal in danger to become thicker
How do you know you have an Ear Problem?
An Ear disease rarely goes unnoticed when it is severe
- The inside of the ear is brown and waxy
- reed and warm
- Dry and itchy
- Swelling in the ear
- Odour comes from the ear
- Rubbing ears on the furniture or floor
- Head tilted and shaking
- Sensitive to touch
- Our pooch is moving in circles
- Having trouble with balance
The bottom line
What Causes the Ear Issue?
- Bacterial Infection
- Hormone imbalance
- Foreign object
Dogs with long dangly ears like spaniels seem to have particular problems. This is probably because it is difficult for air to circulate in the ear canal. The ear becomes hot and sweaty, providing the ideal breeding ground for bugs. These types of dogs also have often a lot of hair growing up the ear canal and this can become matted with wax making the problem worse. Dogs which spend a lot of time in water from bathing, swimming and grooming may also get regular ear infections. The moisture fosters the growth of microorganisms in the ear canal. So, Bacteria is one of most common cause of ear infections. And they are one of the most frustrating to deal with because they tend to come back, again and again.
Yeast infections happen often as a secondary infection, and they set in following primary bacterial infections or other conditions, such as allergies.
Allergies are caused by pollen, grass, trees and weeds as well as dust, mould, intolerance of some protein and flea bites
If your fur baby suffers regularly from ear infection his gut health and therefore immune system might be an issue.
Sometimes a foreign body like a grass seed could be the root of all evil.
How to Solve and Prevent the Ear Infections
- Check your furry friends ears at least one a week
- Clean his ears regularly especially after contact with water
- Always check for foreign bodies in you pooches ears after a nice walk through long grass
- Always us cotton ball or pads when cleaning, never use cotton buds as they can push dirt and bacteria further into the ear and cause serious damage
- You must go to the vet when there is a clear discharge or blood is present
- To prevent ear infections quickly from the comfort of your home
Try Oz Oil, a tea tree based product, for brown and waxy discharge
Colloidal Silver for Red & Warm ears
And Dry and Itchy Leucillin
- To boost your fur babies immune system Frank and Jellys recommend to you ImmuBoost
- Act fast if you suspect an infection has occurred. Sometimes a dog with will shake his head so much that they burst a blood vessel and develop a swelling in their ear flap – a haematoma. If this happens fur baby will need to visit the vets and probably need an operation to drain the swelling. Golden Retriever Max had to.
Our aim is to help you and your fur baby as best as we can. We like to approach the natural and holistic way so please find below a couple of homemade ear cleaning solutions. As we are happy with the products we have tried and tested we have so far not made this solutions ourselves. Feel free to try and let us know how you got on.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The acetic acid in vinegar can help remove dirt and debris from ears. But more importantly, it can kill both yeast and bacteria. But if your dog has red, sore ears, don’t use vinegar … it will be very painful for him. Use one of the other remedies instead. Take your apple cider vinegar and put it in a glass with equal parts distilled water. You can either put it in a syringe (you can pick one up at your local pharmacy) and squirt a little in your dog’s ear, or you can soak a cotton ball in the vinegar/water solution and gently clean your dog’s ear flap with the cotton ball.
Oil of Oregano is another effective natural antibiotic but should never be used undiluted on your dog or it will cause irritation! Here’s one of our favourite recipes:
Add one drop or oregano oil to ½ oz of pure aloe vera juice. Drop a small amount of the mixture into your dog’s ear or soak it in a cotton ball and swab the ear flap with it.
Coconut Oil both antibacterial and anti-fungal. Here’s an easy recipe using coconut oil:
Place 2 tablespoons coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat with two fresh garlic cloves for extra antibacterial power.
Simmer until the oil is liquid then let it cool slightly (you don’t want the oil to be too warm for your dog’s ears).
]Use a dropper and place two to three drops in the affected ear. You can also dip a cotton ball in the mixture and use it to clean your dog’s ear. You’ll want to apply any of these solutions to your dog’s ear two to three times a day, for 5 to 7 days. Once the infection is gone, you can keep some on hand and give the ears a cleaning once a week to help prevent future infections.
If you have suggestions for alternative remedies to help with dog ear infections, we’d love for you to leave a comment below and share your wisdom!
Paws of Love,
Sarah (fur mum to Frank) xo
P.S. Are you in the Frank and Jellys ‘Doggy Detectives’ Facebook group? It’s a place where fur mums and dads go to make friends, test doggy products and share stories on best products. PLUS we always share tips and tricks as well as offering advice and sharing experiences when one of our furry friends is not well or not behaving! It’s great fun and it’s absolutely FREE to join! Come join the fun HERE xo.
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