So, onto symptoms...Since your pets rely on you for medical care, it's helpful if you can recognize signs of discomfort. Some possible signs of an ear infection can include:
- Discharge in the ears
- Distinct pungent or chalky odor
- Excessive scratching or rubbing of the ears
- Redness or swelling in the inner ear flap and canal
- Shaking or tilting head to the side
- Ears are painful to touch
- Irritable behavior
- Watery eyes
Now that you are aware of the most common signs of a bacterial or yeast ear infection, you might be asking yourself: how does the balance become disturbed, and what are some other causes of ear infections? The easiest way for a bacterial or yeast infection to occur is from moisture inside the ear canal. The moisture allows for the growth of microorganisms in the ear canal. The ear canal can become moist from swimming or bathing.
Some pets are also prone to allergies. Pets that suffer from allergies are predisposed to bacterial ear infections, as microscopic inflammation may surface in the skin. This allows overgrowth of bacterial and yeast organisms. So, if your pet suffers from allergies, you'll want to be extra careful to avoid an ear infection.
Another common cause of ear infections are ear mites. Ear mites are-tiny, eight-legged parasites that feed on the wax and oils in a dog's ear canal, causing irritation and inflammation. Ear mites, as well as ear infections, can be very painful.
Here's the plug.
Natural preventative dog ear care is essential. But when you need it, a powerful yet safe dog ear infection treatment is available for your arsenal. To prevent dog ear infections and mites in the first place, All Ears: organic ear wash's antibacterial properties will aid in keeping ear infections at bay and will keep the natural balance. This holistic ear wash contains no chemicals, preservatives, colors, fragrances or alcohol. If you suspect your dog already has an ear infection, place a few drops of All Ears: ear treatment in the infected area and repeat for five to seven days, depending on the severity of the infection. These products are safe for cats as well (even though dogs are at a much higher risk for ear infections, cats can still be affected). For ongoing issues or if symptoms worsen, visit your favorite veterinarian!
Has your pet ever had an ear infection? What have you tried to cure it?