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Battling Dog Ear Infections
Dog Ear Infections Of Bacterial, or Non-Fungal Nature
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.
NOTE: If you have heard mention of ‘Yeast’ from a vet, or in relation to your dog’s ear issues, you are on the wrong page; please redirect to Chronic Dog Ear Issues.
Bacteria, of various types, are often be at fault, with various strains being more troublesome than others, such those belonging to the Pseudomonas family. Dealing more in ‘Naturopathic’ answers, we don’t like to get into 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 Pseudomonas 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 Pseudomonas bacteria. The main point being – if the Ox-E-Drops can be shown to be so effective with something as difficult as the Pseudomonas, surely it can be counted on to provide the effectiveness desired for other, less challenging invaders.
But, as referenced by the NOTE above, we encounter a vast number of customers coming to us with troublesome and chronic ear infection issues that have a foundation that is FUNGAL 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, or build-up in the ears, along with redness or swelling. That offensive odor is most likely for the yeast (candida) causing the very troublesome ears issues. The key to this is…this yeast didn’t just suddenly appear in the ears; it appears in relation to a digestive imbalance. Enough said here. Again, with the likelyhood of dealing with Chronic yeasty ear infections, the Help you Need is found HERE.
Other Ear Infection Types, Such as Mites
People may also be looking for help on “Ear mite infections”. While such ear issues could be helped by usage of our herbal Tincture of Black Leaf product, applied via cotton-bails or Q-tips, the overall issue of Ear Mites is most likely tied to a MANGE problem with the animal. Therefore, a wider variety of help would likely be needed under such circumstances, and to accomplish that we would redirect you to our Mange in Pets page. And, Mange problems are most often tied tied weak or Mal-performing immune systems; wherein, on the Mange page, you’ll see recommendations for how NZYMES® products factor into that discussion.