Does your dog have recurring, chronic ear issues? Does your dog have itchy ears? Are your dog’s ears smelly? Do your dog’s ears stink? Are they goopy? Does your dog suffer from canine ear infections regularly? Before we address why your dog has itchy, stinky, goopy ears, let’s get ‘em clean!
There are many over-the-counter ear cleaning for dogs available, though many of these concoctions are loaded with chemicals and preservatives that unfortunately can do more harm than good. Did you know that many store bought solutions contain alcohol? For a tender ear, this can be a skin irritation to dogs ears causing drying, more itching and a painful sting if the pet has an open wound or sensitive skin. OUCH!
Save some money and naturally help your dog’s itchy ears by using a safe and healing homemade ear solution. Below are a few of our favorite recipes and why:
Witch Hazel - Many refer to Witch Hazel as natures “Neosporin”. Witch Hazel works great to cleanse, protect against infection and encourage quicker healing of minor skin breaks. Witch Hazel also has great anti-inflammatory properties as well. How to use: To 1 tablespoon of either grape seed oil or olive oil, add 1-2 drops of witch hazel. Simply use a little of this solution on a warm, damp wash cloth to wash out your dog’s ears.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and Purified Water. Mixed equal parts. – Apple cider vinegar has been used for decades for external and internal folk medicine. It has been proven to naturally heal and kill germs as well! This is a very gentle and effective solution that many pet owners turn to on a weekly basis when ear cleaning for dogs is necessary.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Purified Water. Mixed equal parts – Besides the obvious use to cleanse wounds, Hydrogen Peroxide is one of the best ways to dissolve ear wax.
Tea Tree Oil (Great for dogs but NOT for Kitties) – This wonder oil has a multitude of uses! It’s healing and soothing. How to use Tea Tree Oil: To 1 tablespoon of either grape seed oil or olive oil, add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil. Swab this oil mix gently in your pet’s ears. Tea Tree Oil can actually be found as an ingredient in Dinovite DogOsuds Essential Oil Blend Shampoo! Did you know Tea Tree Oil has a triple antibiotic quality? This means it kills bacteria, fungus (like yeast) and infection, NATURALLY! DogOsuds Essential Oil Blend Shampoo actually makes an excellent, natural, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial ear wash. Simply use a little DogOsuds mixed in water as a solution on a warm, damp wash cloth to wash out your dog’s ears. And it smells wonderful too! To view this product, click HERE!
Always be careful of what you put into your dog’s ear. The ear is a very tender and delicate organ that is sensitive to chemicals and temperature. Do not use anything too cold or too hot in your dog’s ears.
Chronic ear issues can be a sign of yeast overgrowth. And to resolve this issue, it must be fought from inside your dog by implementing dietary changes. Stop feeding the yeast; feed your dog instead!
For a solution to your dog’s recurring ear issues, try our Homemade Dog Food Recipe for 30 days! Solve the problem for GOOD!
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