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Natural Remedies for Cat and Dog Ear Infections

Dog ear infections are one of the most common canine health problems. They can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria and even hair growth. In many cases, they can become a chronic problem, and they create symptoms that are painful, smelly and itchy. Cats can get ear infections as well, but they are far less common than in canines. Most cat ear infections are caused by ear mites, but they can also be caused by allergies, yeast or a blockage in the ear canal. Our cat and dog ear infection treatments help relieve common symptoms associated with ear problems.

How to Naturally Treat Ear Infections in Dogs & Cats

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Symptoms of cat and dog ear infections can include:

  • cat or dog ear smell
  • black, brown or yellow ear discharge
  • red, inflamed ears
  • hearing loss
  • pawing or scratching of the ears
  • shaking of the head
  • tilting of the head, usually in the direction of the painful ear
  • wax residue and/or scabbing at the ear opening
  • loss of balance or disorientation
  • discharge from the ear that resembles coffee grounds (a symptom of ear mites)

Chronic dog ear infections are usually due to yeast overgrowth and candida. Click here to learn more. Be sure to check your cat or dog's ears routinely. Note any changes in temperature, skin color or moisture. Regular cleaning of your pet's ears can also help to prevent infection and warn you of a possible infection. Ears need to be kept dry and clear to help control yeast and bacterial growth.

Types of Ear Infections in Cats and Dogs

It is important to have your dog or cat examined by a vet if you think it might have an ear infection. Only some of the symptoms may be visible to the human eye. Your vet will use an otoscope, which provides magnification and light, to see down into the ear canal. With the otoscope, he or she can see if there is any damage to the eardrum. Most ear infections will require prescription medications. Our natural supplements can be used to support the immune system and prevent recurrence.

There are three kinds of ear infections:

  • Otitis externa - inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal, most common
  • Otitis media - inflammation of the middle ear, generally the result of bacteria spreading from the external ear canal, can also be cause by a foreign body (i.e. piece of grass)
  • Otitis interna - inflammation of the inner ear, can lead to rupture of the eardrum; Spaniels and Hound breeds are more commonly affected

Natural Remedies for Dog Ear Infections

The good news is that dog ear infection home treatment is possible using a holistic approach that reduces the need for prescription pet ear infection medication. Supplements are a proactive approach, helping to ward off dog ear infections. If you know your pet is susceptible to ear infections, then it is a good idea to utilize these home remedies for ear infections in dogs routinely to prevent a flare-up. Many ear infections occur when dogs have been on repeated doses of antibiotics and the friendly bacteria is destroyed, making the dog susceptible to getting a repeat ear infection.

K9 Yeast Defense + Power Probiotic - K9 Yeast Defense rebalances your dog's immune system, killing off the yeast and reducing the likelihood of developing future infections. A yeast overgrowth is often the culprit behind stinky ears, which is why we consider this to be our best smelly dog ears treatment. K9 Yeast Defense needs to be combined with a powerful and effective probiotic. This helps avoid the risk of your pet developing a bacterial infection while you are killing off the yeast. Our Power Probiotic is backed by scientific research. The powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria that are essential to a healthy immune system.

Olive Leaf Extract for Pets - This supplement is highly effective in treating many kinds of bacteria and fungus, specifically Candida albicans, one of the most common causes of dog ear infections. It helps to strengthen your dog's immune response to prevent the cycle of chronic ear infections. Olive Leaf Extract for Pets’ active ingredient, oleuropein, helps fight against pathogens while causing no harm to the friendly bacteria in your dog's gut.

NOT Drops - These drops help to relieve the symptoms associated with yeast overgrowth and they fight bacterial infections. NOT Drops work to boost the immune system from the inside out.

AllerEaze - This is a holistic antihistamine that can reduce the allergy symptoms that can trigger ear infections. It contains quercetin, which can act like nature's ‘Benadryl'.

Natural Remedies for Cat Ear Infections

When dealing with a cat ear infection, the first step is to determine the underlying cause. Your veterinarian will prescribe an antifungal, antiparasitic or antibiotic. Since ear infections frequently return, it's important to use a natural, holistic approach to support your cat's immune system. Using a few natural remedies along with diet changes can help prevent ear infections from returning.

Power Probiotic - This supplement is essential for your cat's good health. It supports digestion, helps fight infection and enhances overall immunity. It’s very important to use Power Probiotic if your cat has taken antibiotics.

Olive Leaf Extract for Pets - This supplement contains oleuropein, a powerful polyphenol compound that has been researched for its exceptional antibacterial and antifungal properties. Olive leaf is effective against pathogens that can cause cat ear infections. It supports a healthy immune response. When it comes to ear problems in cats and natural remedies, Olive Leaf Extract is a must-have!

NOT Drops - This natural homeopathic formula fights infections. It’s the first line of defense for infections in cats and can be used safely long term to prevent recurrences.

QUENT Drops - This natural homeopathic formula is excellent for fighting infections and viruses. It provides immune support. Use it along with NOT Drops on alternating nights.

Silver Immune Support for Pets - This is an all-natural, easy-to-use remedy to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up.

Immune Harmony - This supplement helps to rebalance and regulate the immune system.

Is Your Dog Shaking Its Head?

Why is my dog shaking its head? If your dog is shaking its head constantly, it could be an ear infection. Please take your dog to the vet, because an untreated ear infection can cause deafness. Ear infections are often caused by yeast. Yeast can build up until your dog has black stuff in its ears. Not only do your dog's ears smell, but the condition is PAINFUL! Your dog may constantly be shaking its head and scratching its ears to relieve the irritation. Along with topical ear medication, the yeast needs to be treated from the inside out. Ask Ariel's K9 Yeast Defense contains natural antifungal ingredients scientifically proven to control yeast.

The Best Diet for Cats and Dogs With Ear Infections

Dogs and cats with chronic ear infections need a special hypoallergenic diet that is low in carbohydrates. When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food and treats you are feeding your pet, along with any health issues, directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet tips for pets with chronic ear issues on the packing slip that comes with your order.

Need Help?

Ask Ariel understands how challenging it can be to deal with chronic ear infections. If you need help about a particular pet health condition and the products that can help, please email us at support@askariel.com and we will be glad to help. Please note that we cannot provide consultative advice due to veterinary regulations, but we will be happy to provide articles and information so that you can make an informed decision about what's best for your pet.