Retrievers are high on the list for constant ear problems and my Lulu wasn’t any different. I should say, until I learned how to eliminate her ear problems for good.
She was the “yeastiest” dog I ever had. Lulu had it all including one ear infection after another.
I set out on a mission to figure out exactly what I needed to do for Lulu to keep her healthy and yeast free. I had dogs my entire life, but never any with the yeast issues that she had. This was many years ago, before I knew what I know now.
Quality Food Makes All The Difference
When a dog develops an ear infection, it can be due to a number of reasons. Feeding cheap, low grade dog food and a lack of quality protein will lead to all sorts of trouble including chronic ear problems, yeast infections and other skin issues, digestive upset including excessive gas and so on.
Again, diets that lack in a high quality protein source contribute to most chronic ear infections.
Getting To The Bottom of The Real Problem
It’s important that you understand that it’s not a matter of giving the dog an antibiotic each time the dog develops an infection which is what most conventional vets do. When you take your dog to a traditional veterinarian, he will typically look at the ears and if red and inflamed, he sends you home with an antibiotic to use twice a day for ten days.
Well, this just treats the symptom – NOT THE REAL PROBLEM! So, now your dog is back on antibiotics which once again destroys the good bacteria in your dog’s gut, leaving him open to a whole host of other problems as well as disease in the future. The antibiotics tear down his immune system and make the dog more susceptible to the same condition over and over.
A strong immune system and healthy gut is needed to naturally fight off infection and disease. Outside of feeding correctly; anytime a dog is placed on antibiotics, probiotics should be given at the same time (one hour after the antibiotic). A good source of probiotics (all aren’t good) will replenish what the antibiotics drain from the dog’s system.
If you continue to just place the dog on antibiotics and continue to feed the same unhealthy diet – unwanted results will continue over and over again. The dog’s immune system will remain weak and cause bigger health problems as the dog ages. His body just doesn’t have the necessary tools to make it happen once his body is depleted of all the healthy bacteria in the gut.
Hippocrates stated that “all disease begins in the gut“.
You would think that since veterinarians take the Hippocratic Oath that they would be taught more about food and natural health, but, they are not and nor do many of them care.
So, what does this mean? It means that you should do what it takes to feed your dog correctly. Not just feed him as a convenience for yourself by opening a bag of cheap, processed food and throwing it in a bowl and expecting him to be healthy. Your dog’s body isn’t designed to work that way. Food alone is the biggest problem for chronic ear infections in dogs.
It’s important when your dog is on antibiotics especially, or currently has an infection to provide probiotics at the same time.
When you keep treating the symptom and you don’t treat the underlying problem, you’re NEVER going to see positive results with your dog’s ears.
Instructions For Cleaning Up The Infection
So, let’s say that your dog has stinky ears, they’re red, inflamed and packed with yeast. Here’s the necessary steps to get rid of the infection in your dog’s ears, permanently:
The first step is to kill the yeast in the ears, eliminate any inflammation and itch and restore the ears to a healthy state. The absolute best product that we’ve found is called Zymox. They offer
two different solutions; one with cortisone and one with out. We’ve had tremendous luck with the CORTISONE FREE solution that you see here.
I keep this on hand at all times, but quite honestly, I never need it because my dog’s diet is optimal and their health is excellent.
If you’re not already doing so, start your dog on a high quality dog food. If you’re already feeding a high quality dog food and your dog has systematic yeast issues along with reoccurring ear problems, the food may not be working. It could be that your dog has an issue with a particular protein source such as chicken, beef, etc. You can try eliminating a protein source and using another to see if it makes a difference. I recommend checking out my recommended list of foods to give you an idea of better choices for your own dog.
Don’t over look this step. Keep your dog CLEAN! Keep his body clean and keep his ears clean. If you’re battling a yeast problem, you can read more about how to treat it here. If The Above Steps Fail – Here’s The Next Step
In the event that you do all the above and you’re still dealing with ear infections, etc. – it’s time to look your dog’s thyroid – even if you’ve had it checked before. In fact, you might want to do this first to definitely rule out a thyroid issue.
This is IMPORTANT! Since many conventional veterinarians can’t read thyroid tests accurately, it is strongly recommended to use a specialist such as Dr. Jean Dodds. This is her area of expertise and she does testing for pet owners all over the world. Your vet can draw the blood and send it to her lab for testing. It’s not a big deal since the veterinarian will most likely send it out to another lab anyway.
You will find excellent information on dog hypothyroidism as well as a link to print out the copies for Dr. Dodd’s. The copies must be given to your own Veterinarian so that they can include them with the blood work when they send it on to her.
FINAL NOTE: Search out a good holistic veterinarian in your area.