Head Shaking+ Dog Ear
This week I received a question about ear infections and it reminded me of a few times that we battled this
pesty problem with our dog, Siena. The reader asked if she should go to the vet and get her dog on antibiotics.
I am not a vet and perhaps a trip to the veterinarian is in order if the condition is serious or the discomfort
severe, that is a choice I told her she would have to make.
But she should also know that there are other options for treating less severe cases of ear infections, and that
she should have all the information she could get to make a good and informed decision for her dog.
I'l tell you how we handled the problem in a minute after I share with you how a holistic veterinarian treated
the condition for his own dog.
His dog apparently contracted and ear infection while swimming,exhibiting similar symptoms as our little
Here's what Dr. Jones had to say and his solution when he noticed his dog (EVERYTHING WITHIN QUOTES IS EXCERPTED
AND FROM THE VET DIRECTLY)...
"...shaking his head, scratching at his ear and yelping if I touched it.
In short..One very unhappy dog.
So I used a few At Home Remedies, and Today he is already a much happier dog.
You Don't need to Rush to your Vet and Get that Side Effect laden, expensive medication every time your pet has
Here is all you need to know about ears..
Infection of the external ear canal (outer ear) is common.
It is called otitis externa.
Some breeds, particularly those with large or hairy ears like Cocker Spaniels, are more prone to ear infections,
but they may occur in any pet.
Ear infections are sore. Most dogs will shake their head and scratch their ears trying to get the debris and
fluid out. The ears often become red and inflamed and develop a bad smell. A black or yellowish discharge is often
Ear mites are infectious parasites primarily found in young cats. They are spread from direct contact from cat
Ear infections are most typical in dogs. Most ear infections are caused by an underlying allergy, such as to
food or environment.
Some are caused by water in the ear after bathing or swimming. Dogs with large floppy ears, such as Basset
hounds, are prone to infections as their ear canals have poor air circulation, trapping moisture and allowing
bacteria and yeast to grow.
CLEAN THEM. White vinegar is very effective at removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and bacteria
responsible for ear infections. Grab the ear where it attaches to the head (at the ear base), gently squeeze your
thumb and forefinger together, rubbing the solution deep into the ear canals. Wipe the inside of the ear
well with cotton balls to remove debris coming from the ear canal.
SOOTHING SOLUTION: If the ears are painful, and have exposed open skin, I advise something less irritating, such as
Olive oil and Garlic....
FATTY ACIDS. These are a must for any allergy that triggers recurring ear infections. Flax for dogs ( works
ALLERGY DIET. For dogs that get recurring ear infections it is important to try a less allergenic diet. It
should include a completely different protein with minimal added ingredients. One example commercial diet is made
of fish and sweet potato.
It is important to get the medication into the horizontal part of the ear canal. Unlike our ear canal, the dog's
external ear canal is "L" shaped. The vertical canal connects with the outside of the ear and is the upper part of
the "L". The horizontal canal lies deeper in the canal and terminates at the eardrum. Our goal is to administer the
medication into the lower part of the "L" - the horizontal ear canal.
The ear canal may be medicated by following these steps:
1.Pull the earflap straight up and hold it with one hand.
2.Place a small amount of medication into the vertical part of the ear canal while continuing to keep the
3.Put one finger in front of and at the base of the earflap, and put your thumb behind and at the base.
4.Massage the ear canal between your finger and thumb. A squishing sound tells you that the medication has gone
into the ear canal.
5.Clean the outer part of the ear canal and the inside of the earflap with a cotton ball soaked in some of the
END Dr Jones DVM
In our case I was pretty certain that Siena had contracted an ear infection when I noticed her shaking her head
almost constantly, hanging her head low, and clearly in a state of discomfort.
I decided to call our Chinese Medicine mentor, Elliot Harvey,who advised us to use a holistic treatment to fight
pathogens of this nature called OxyDoc. He created it as I recall, the cost is minimal, no Rx necessary.
We added it to Siena's drinking water and the condition cleared up in a day.
If you want to see what is in Oxy-Doc it is in
the dog section at Great Life
You'll note a good many uses for the product.. and we always keep a bottle in the pup supply cabinet
Click on " Shop for Dogs" at the top of the page, and select "Holistic Supplements" .. it will take you to the
You can read about the product, the ingredients and the myriad of ways it can be used.
Now you have what, in our lay opinion, are 2 viable ways to take care of your dog and perhaps avoid using
antibiotics or other prescriptive drugs and a costly vet visit.
The choice is yours, the key is to be informed. If you do go to the vet, Ask, Ask, and Ask more questions.
Get all the information available and make sure you know every side effect for any drug the vet may want to
Your dog relies on you to speak for him.
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