It is time to check those ears! A dog’s ears are incredibly important to their daily lives. They are super sensitive and can hear sounds that are too quiet and too high pitched for the human ear to detect. However, they are also very susceptible to infection. Dog ear infections can often be prevented and, in some cases, cured.
Main Causes Of Dogs Ear Infections
Are your dog’s ears red and inflamed? Does your dog rub their ears on everything or always want them scratched? Your dog could have an ear infection. There are several things that could add to dog ear infections. Here are a few important ones:
- Nutrition. Food allergies are one of the biggest contributors to inflammation in a dog’s ears. Chronic inflammation almost certainly leads to dog ear infections. Also, a dog may not be receiving proper nutrition to keep the dog’s immune system in a healthy working state.
- Water. Water in your dog’s ears can help create that warm, moist environment that yeast and bacteria need to breed. With a dog’s L-shaped ear canal, water can become trapped inside more easily than you might think.
- Yeast. Yeast in dog ears can sometimes multiply out of control. It is a quite common reason for dogs to have ear infections.
- Environmental Allergies. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to a variety of things in their environment (dust, pollen, mold, etc.). These allergies can result in inflammation anywhere in the dog’s body – including their ears.
Let’s Talk Solutions
Nobody likes dog ear infections. They lead to an uncomfortable dog, veterinarian bills, and potentially even hearing problems for your dog. This doesn’t have to take over your dog’s life! There are some simple solutions that you can use to prevent your dog from ever getting an ear infection.
- Nutrition. Providing your dog with a diet of whole foods, fresh meat and nutritious vegetables, can help your dog’s immune system to be up to the challenge. Make sure to skip the starches that are found in so many commercial dog foods! Check this out for a more in-depth view on this topic.
- Water. When it comes to dog ears, two very important words to remember are “clean” and “dry”. There are several ways water can get into your dog’s ears to cause infection. After each time your dog gets water in their ears, make sure to dry those ears again. Sound like too much work? You can prevent water from ever getting into your dog’s ear canal by using CrittEar dog earplugs. These in-ear earplugs for dogs, fit the special, L-shaped ear canal of a dog perfectly!
- Yeast. Yeast is everywhere! The easiest way to prevent a yeast infection in your dog’s ears is to clean your dog’s ears properly and often. Using a solution of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 1 part water should do the trick! Put the mixture onto cotton balls and use the cotton balls to wipe out your dog’s ear. Keep wiping until the cotton balls come out clean.
- Environmental Allergies. Your dog’s environmental allergies are caused by an overreaction of your dog’s immune system to an environmental stimulus. Certain mushrooms (Reishi, Shiitake, Cordceps, Turkey Tail, Maitake), nettles, licorice are just some examples of great natural ways to calm your dog’s immune system. You also may wish to consider prebiotic and probiotic supplements.
Are Causes Of Dogs Ear Infections Linked?
Noticing any common threads among our solutions to dog ear infections? Proper nutrition brings everything together.
Just like the human body, a dog’s body has an immune system made of two different parts: the microbiome and the innate immune system. The innate immune system is all the parts of the dog’s actual body that help to fend it off from attack, such as white blood cells. The microbiome is a layer of microbes (bacteria, yeast, etc.) that coats the outside of the body as well as all throughout the digestive tract.
When the dog’s diet is not providing proper nutrition, it can throw both parts of the immune system off. Parts of the microbiome can become overpopulated because they are not being held in check by a proper balance of the other microbes and a fully functioning innate immune system. This means that certain bacteria and yeast can become infectious even if your dog has not been exposed to them by the environment.
Also, an innate immune system that is not receiving proper nutrition’s from the dog’s diet can become overly sensitive, resulting in unnecessary environmental allergies and inflammation. A proper diet means balance for the immune system.
Water Is Another Item You Can Control
Controlling the amount of water that is sitting in your dog’s ears is especially important in preventing dog ear infections. You don’t want to create the warm, moist environment in your dog’s ears that is favorable to yeast and bacterial growth. After every exposure to water (swimming, bathing, melting snow, etc.) take the time to use a few cotton balls to dry out the inside of your dog’s ear. Or prevent the water from ever getting into your dog’s ears in the first place by using CrittEar dog earplugs. These in-ear dog earplugs will expand to fit your dog’s inner ear exactly and won’t let water through!
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