So, your little one has an ear infection? We’re very sorry to hear that and we’d like to help. For many people out there medication is something that is taken very seriously and should only be used when Natural options have been exhausted. To that effect we are going to share a few remedies such as using coconut oil for dog ear infection healing and more! We’ll let you know how the treatment has done and give you a few more natural options that can help your dog and save those antibiotics and other chemicals for when they absolutely need them. Let’s get started!
Taking advantage of what nature provides
In this day and age it seems like we jump to medicate just about everything. Feel tired? There are pills for that. Have a fever? Why not take some antibiotics or a handful of over-the-counter tablets? While modern medicine is a wonderful thing, like everything else it is best to practice moderation whenever you can and if there is a natural option that WORKS, why not go with that every time? Nature’s remedies are many if you know where to look and your dog already takes advantage of some. Have you ever seen your dog eating grass? Dogs do this sometimes to settle their stomach or when they are feeling gassy. Grass and other plants help your dog to feel better and you can assist in that regard. Let’s start with helping that ear infection!
Symptoms of ear infection in dogs
When your puppy has an ear infection the first thing that you will likely notice is the sensitivity. A dog that normally likes having their ears scratched might now shy away, cry, or growl, as a way to let you know that they are hurting. There are some other signs which you can look for to help to confirm what is going on. Signs such as:
- ‘Scaly’ ears – The inside of the ears might be flaky or ‘scaly’, typically with dried blood in the mess. This is a definite warning sign of an ear infection.
- Bumblebee gunk – Yellow and black goo may be present inside an infected ear as well.
- Smelly ears – Take a quick sniff and see if your dog’s ears smell bad. This can be another telltale sign of infection.
- Pawing their ears – Your dog doesn’t know how to make their ears better and they might also be itchy, so you’ll notice that your dog is pawing at them all the time. Don’t worry, you can help!
Treating your dog’s ear infection with coconut oil
Now that we have gone over the signs of the affliction, let’s get to the meat of the article and discuss the treatment. While this is not a replacement for veterinary care, Coconut oil is believed to have antibacterial properties and has been used for curing an ear infection in many places in the world for a long, long time. To use Coconut oil to treat an ear infection you will want to do the following:
- Get two soft cloths, a dropper, your coconut oil, a large bowl partially filled with hot water, and a smaller bowl to place inside.
- Put your Coconut oil in the smaller bowl and place it into the larger bowl with your hot water, mixing the Coconut oil as it warms. You don’t want it to get hot, just warm and liquid.
- Fill up the dropper with Coconut oil and squeeze out the oil into your dogs ear canal.
- Let it sit for a little while and then wipe the outside area of the inner-ear with warm water and one of your cloths. You can pat it dry with the other.
- Repeat every 3 or 4 hours
Once the infection has been dealt with you can repeat this process twice a week to keep your dog’s ears nice and squeaky clean!
Are there any other herbal remedies for dogs which I can try?
Yes! There are a number of natural remedies out there which you can try out with your dog. Some popular examples include the following:
- Doggie moisturizer – That Coconut oil also makes a great moisturizer for cracked paws or nose, though if your doggy has recently developed a consistently dry nose that lasts more than a week then a vet visit is a good idea!
- Muscle aches – If your dog is bruised up from a rough session with other doggies then Arnica is an option for treating the soreness and to help speed the healing of those bruises. Give them 4 to 6 (4 for small and medium dogs and 6 for larger)Arnica 30 c pellets per day for the next few days and this should help.
“Arnica is an option for treating the soreness”
- Cleaning wounds – Green tea is delicious and useful as well. Mix a 50 / 50 solution of Green tea and spring water and you can use this with a clean gauze pad to clean minor scrapes and cuts. Green tea is good for cleaning out bad bacteria and this will help your dog to heal more swiftly.
- Doggie breath freshener – If you can get your dog used to it (and most dogs tend to like it), try putting 2 drops of spearmint or peppermint extract into their water bowl. It will freshen up your doggy’s breath every time that they take a drink and you’ll definitely notice the difference!
Some final words
In this article we have detailed the technique for using coconut oil to treat an ear infection, as well as advised on a number of alternative options which you can try to avoid always jumping to antibiotics or chemical solutions. If you are interested in learning more, you might try Googling the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and through them you can get in touch with some experts on the subject and be pointed to a number of resources in order to learn more. We wish you and your fuzzy friend the best!