One of the main reasons why dog’s are plagued by continuous ear problems is poor nutrition or a diet that doesn’t work for the dog.
Retrievers are high on the list for constant ear problems and Lulu who was my yellow lab at the time, wasn’t any different.
She was the “yeastiest” dog I ever had. Lulu had it all including one dog ear infection after another. Stinky red inflamed ears, anal issues, stinky feet, constant skin problems, digestive issues and so on.
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 Lulu had.
Quality Food Matters
Dog ear infections usually occur for a number of reasons. Feeding cheap, low grade dog food will lead to all sorts of trouble including chronic ear problems, dog yeast infections, skin issues, digestive problems including excessive gas and so on. 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. This is secondary to the real problem – the body’s way of telling us that something’s not working.
When you take your dog to your 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.
Again, 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 body. The antibiotics weaken his immune system and actually make the dog more susceptible to the same condition.
A strong immune system with healthy intestinal flora (good bacteria) is needed to naturally fight off infection and disease. Anytime a dog is placed on antibiotics, probiotics MUST be given at the same time (one hour after the antibiotic). A good source of probiotics will replenish what the antibiotics drain from the dog’s system.
If you continue to just place the dog on antibiotics without providing a healthy immune building probiotic and continue to feed the same diet – unwanted results will continue over and over again. The dog’s immune system is weak and his body just doesn’t have the necessary tools to make it happen once his body is depleted of all the healthy bacteria.
This isn’t to say that antibiotics are bad – they’re not. They have their place and they do wonderful things – that’s a given! On the other hand, when antibiotics are used repeatedly to treat dog ear infections or other reoccurring problems; antibiotics can be harmful as well.
When you keep treating the symptom which is what a dog ear infection is 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 Your Dog’s Yeast Infection in The Ears
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 dog ear infection 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.
We keep this on hand at all times.
A good source of probiotics are also vital for fighting off future infection.
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 isn’t working. I recommend checking out my 10 best dog food list to give you an idea of some good quality dog foods available.
Don’t over look this step. Keep your dog CLEAN! Keep his body clean and keep his ears clean. Dogs with yeast and allergy issues should be kept clean. Don’t be sold on the stories that dog’s should only be bathed once a year. In fact many holistic vets now recommend bathing dogs with chronic yeast problems and allergies, weekly (in some cases daily).
But, because you will be following the other steps above, you most likely won’t have to bathe your dog that often. I use all natural baby wipes to wipe my dogs down a couple of times a week and I then bathe them every other month – but they are also very healthy.
By following the above steps, your dog should finally be free of reoccurring dog ear problems.
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 dog ear infections, etc. – it’s time to look at the 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 veterinarians can’t read thyroid tests accurately, it is strongly recommended by many to go through 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.
Here’s another article you might find helpful for any eye problems your dog may encounter.