Battling Dog Ear Infections
Dog ear infections can present a troublesome and smelly challenge for pet parents.
Most dogs will suffer from an itchy, awful ear infection at least once in his lifetime – mainly because those cute little folds of skin going down into the ear canal are a great place for bacteria or fungus to proliferate. Ear mites can also take up residence and create problems, especially in puppies. If you notice your dog constantly rubbing or scratching his ears, you’ve got a problem. A simple lab test from your vet can determine exactly what the problem is – but it doesn’t change the fact that ear infections are unfortunately a common problem in dogs. Bacteria, of various types, can often be at fault; but, most often we find that YEAST is the real culprit – which accounts for offensive odor. More on that below. But, if bacteria seems to be indicated, you can glean much about the effectiveness of NZYMES by checking out this VIDEO of an NZYMES associated Vet discussing ear infections tied to a most challenging type of bacteria.
Besides your dog rubbing and scratching his ears, you may also notice a strange odor – sometimes accompanied by discharge, redness or swelling. This odor is usually caused by a yeast build up in the ears. When yeast builds up inside the body it needs to find a way out and ears are a primary exit spot. There are natural ear cleansers that can be used for this problem without having to introduce harsh chemicals into the body. Try those first. Dog ears are sensitive areas, so the gentler – the better.
What if your dog has constant ear infections?
Ear infections can be common – but what if they become chronic? If you and your dog find yourselves constantly fighting this problem there’s a good chance the real problem has nothing to do with his ears at all.
Chronic ear infections in dogs are often the result of an imbalance in the digestive system and the environment in the gut directly impacts the immune system. This digestive imbalance affects the immune system as the proper ratio of beneficial bacteria and yeast becomes upset.
When opportunistic yeast overtakes the gut, it releases its by-products into the system and causes a number of overall health issues – most commonly chronic ear infections and skin problems – like itching, scratching, hot spots and blackened skin. If this happens, you will want to address the deeper internal issue – not just treat the symptoms with ear cleansers, antibiotics and/or steroids. Medications that suppress the immune system (like steroids) will actually make this problem worse. It will appear to help the problem – by temporarily suppressing the immune response, but once the medication has worn off, this issue will return, and usually worse than before as the immune system has been further weakened by the drugs.
Stop the Cycle
To combat the chronic yeast infections in the ears, you need to start with the diet. Yeast thrives on sugars and starches – so read the ingredients in your dog food and switch to a diet that doesn’t have potatoes, white rice, wheat, or other starchy ingredients in the first 10 on the list. A high protein, low carb/starch diet will help your dog in more ways than you can imagine.
Next you will want to begin supplementing his diet with immune boosters, probiotics (to build that digestive system back up), and anti-fungal agents. Nzymes has kits designed to provide help specifically for this issue.
Finally, you will need to keep your canine companion as clean and comfortable as possible. Yeast exits through hair follicles and skin cells, so be sure to bathe him often to keep those exit routes clean, open and ready to push this overgrowth of bad yeast all the way out of his body.
Not every ear infection will be the result of this overgrowth of yeast. Pay attention – gently clean the ears and use a good natural cleanser to help wipe out the infection. If the symptoms subside – great! Only if the infection continues or is reoccurring is it likely your dog is dealing with more than just a common ear infection. The problem could go much deeper – all the way into the gut. In this case, once you know what you’re really dealing with, it’s time to check his diet and supplement in some extra good stuff. Once you fix the gut – you’ll fix the problem.
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