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 my dog’s ear issues 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.
Quality Food Matters
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, 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. 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 and continue to feed the same unhealthy 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. Plus, these reoccurring infections in your dog’s ears can eventually lead to a loss of hearing.
It’s important when your dog is on antibiotics especially, or currently has an infection to provide a healthy immune building probiotic.
This isn’t to say that antibiotics are bad – they’re not. But, too much of a good thing, is never good!They have their place and they do wonderful things – that’s a given! On the other hand, when antibiotics are used repeatedly to treat a dog ear infection; antibiotics can be harmful as well.
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.
We keep this on hand at all times.
Remember a good source of probiotics can be a big help for dogs who are currently fighting off an 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 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. All dogs should be kept clean. But, dogs prone to yeast and allergy issues, even more so. 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.
But, because you will be following the other steps above, you most likely won’t have to bathe your dog that often once you get everything under control. I use all natural baby wipes or just a plain warm wet wash cloth to wipe my dogs down a couple of times a week and I then bathe them every other month.
By following the above steps, your dog should finally be free of reoccurring ear concerns.
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.