Ear care is an extremely important piece of your dog’s health that can often be forgotten until you see the dreaded head shake as your best friend’s way of saying “Something is going on in my ears! HELP!” I have been there, and when my dog has an ear infection, I have learned to treat it immediately to avoid any further complications or irritations. When you are looking at medicine for dog ear infection, there are several things to consider. This article contains information on ear infections in dogs and also on ear drops for dogs, including products and instructions.
Here is an outline of this post:
- What Are Ear Infections in Dogs?
- Caring for an Ear Infection
- Ear Drops for Dogs
- Home Remedies for Dog Ear Infections
1. What Are Ear Infections in Dogs?
Infections are actually somewhat common for your dog because of the way they care for themselves and even the ways you care for them. They may get infection from bathing or swimming or they may have allergies that make them more likely to develop an ear infection. The allergies can cause inflammation that irritates the inside of the ear and causes an infection to develop. If you’re not cleaning out their ears consistently and carefully, these infections can be extremely troublesome for your dog.
2. Caring for an Ear Infection
When you’re treating an infection the first thing you want to do is clean the area. You want to find a good quality ear rinse that will help get rid of any debris or dirt that may be in the ear and put as much as you can into the ear canal, covered by a cotton ball.
Your dog probably isn’t going to like this process but try to keep them still as long as possible to get as much as you can out of the ear. After approximately one minute, you can take the cotton ball out and the solution should be gone. If your dog will let you keep repeating the process until the cotton ball is completely clean, this shows you got rid of anything in there that was acting as an irritant.
Once the cotton ball is clean you can use an ear drop to apply a type of medication into the area that’s going to help get rid of the infection itself. Your veterinarian may prescribe something or you may use one that’s available over-the-counter to help treat anything that may be happening in the ear. If you’re not able to treat it with drops you can also you a variety of oral medications which can take care of additional problems related to the infection.
3. Ear Drops for Dogs
When it comes to ear drops, there are many options that you have for your dog. Because looking for dog ear infection drops can be overwhelming, this is a narrowed list for convenience. Some of these options can be found over the counter, but some can be made at home.
- Zymox: Zymox is one of the more popular ear care products on the market. It is a natural Bio-active enzyme treatment that is recommended for use in inflamed and infected ears due to bacteria and yeast. Its active ingredient is hydrocortisone. Application: Apply generously to un-cleaned infected ear, filling the ear canal. Massage ear and do this for 7 to 14 days or until ear is cleared up.
- Adams Ear Mite Treatment: One of the better medicines for ear mites, this one is sought after because of the addition of the aloe and lanolin which helps aid in the itching and irritation. Application: 2-4 drops massaged into ear canal for 7-14 days or until symptoms subside.
- Vets+ Best: This is a natural ingredient ear wash, and the best way to help stop ear wax build up and infection, is of course prevention.
4. Home Remedies for Dog Ear Infections
- Garlic cloves and olive oil: The most common combination for homemade ear drops for dogs is simple. All you do is steep garlic cloves in olive oil and let it sit. Once it’s sat for about two weeks you can strain out the garlic and use an eye dropper to put about 2 or 3 drops in your dog’s ear each day.
- White Vinegar: This a simple solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water, applied with a cotton swab to the ear as needed.
Remember that your dog’s ears are one of the most important things to attend to for their health. Keep your best friend happy for all the love they give and make sure to monitor those ears.
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