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Battling Dog Ear Infections
Dog Ear Infections Can Present Unique Challenges
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, this is indicative of itchiness and a causative problem. Lab tests by your vet can begin to reveal the underlying source of the issue, though 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, with various strains being more troublesome than others, such those belonging to the Pseudonomas family. Not being a ‘medical’ website, we don’t like to get into heavy medical terms for describing the various microbial invaders that can infect and create serious health concerns for your animals. However, you will get a much better idea of how seriously challenging a Pseudonomas issue can be by reviewing the VIDEO provided (bottom of page) by Dr. K. Kenyon, DVM, of Bakersfield, CA. She not only points out how this type of bacteria is highly resistant to most antibiotics, but also describes the success she has seen with using NZYMES Ox-E-Drops in her practice with several cases involving Pseudonomas bacteria. The main point being – if the Ox-E-Drops can be shown to be so effective with something as difficult as the Pseudonomas, surely it can be counted on to provide the effectiveness desired for other, less challenging invaders.
On the other side of the coin, we encounter a vast number of customers coming to us with troublesome and repeating ear infection issues that have a foundation quite different than bacteria in nature. Different symptoms can provide strong clues in these situations. Besides your dog rubbing and scratching his ears, you may also notice a strange and often repulsive odor – sometimes accompanied by discharge, along with redness or swelling. That offensive odor is likely not caused by bacteria infection, but is bound to be FUNGAL in nature. This means you will probably see a yeast build up in the ears. The vast majority of customers reporting ear infection to us will be describing the various symptoms of yeasty ears, or yeast Candida buildup – which is ONE symptom of yeast overgrowth in the GUT of the animal. When yeast builds up inside the body it needs to find a way out, and ears are a primary exit path. These problems will most often be Chronic, meaning that IF they get cleared up, they will come back – again and again. More on this below. Though you must deal with the issues found within the ears, if you don’t deal with the INTERNAL yeast infection, your problems will compound, instead of going away. There are natural ear cleansers that can be used for dealing with the symptoms in the ears, without having to introduce harsh chemicals into the body. Try those first. But, yeasty ear problems is likely to be a CHRONIC problem – due to the intestinal problems as the root cause.
What if your dog has constant or recurring ear infections?
Ear infections can be common – but what if they become chronic? If you and your dog find yourselves constantly fighting this problem, the probability is… the ear problems emanate from a core issue elsewhere in the body, and the ear issues are just a side-effect. The scary part is – that starting with typical ‘treatments’ will likely make things worse. Take a quick look at Savanna, where yeasty ear infections where the only issue – before Steroid/Antibiotic treatments.
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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