Dog Ear Infection is one of the most common diseases in dogs. It was rated the #1 disease in dogs in the year 2011. Though not fatal most of the time, it adds to a lot of discomfort in dogs. Dog ear problems could be caused by mites, Buts and fleas. Complications could lead to loss of hearing and rarely death if infections are left untreated.
Things to watch if your dog has ear infections
Dog ear infections could be easy to miss. But if you keep your eyes open and a proper watch on your dog, chances are you will notice it in a day. Symptoms include shaking of head, rubbing the ears on your furniture and sometimes even your legs. If you watch closely there may be brownish black particles in the ear area. These are usually what mites leave behind. Mites and bugs usually stick on to the skin area sucking blood. over the period of time there could be enough mites in a dogs body. Numbers from 1000’s have been reported from a single dog and this is pretty common.
Treating Mites and Fleas
This is usually the first step. A vet’s option would be to inject flea medication to your pet , but natural options do not recommend any chemical use and its usually treated easily with products from your own household or from natural products. To start with, Add Apple Cider vinegar (2-3 Tablespoon) to your dog’s food or water every day. Apple cider vinegar makes the blood a bit nasty for bugs. Adding 2 cloves of crushed Garlic to the meal every day will add on to the effect. Bathe the dog with Neem soap. Neem is a great anti bacterial and anti fungal remedy. Being natural it is also safe. If available, Neem oil can be applied to the dog’s ear . 3-5 days of neem oil treatment to the dogs ear has seen effective remedy against dog ear infections