Dogs tend to develop allergies, and if they have floppy ears, or they love swimming a lot, they will be no strangers to ear infections. You can notice right away that your dog suffers from some ailment if it shakes its head a lot and there is a bad smelling substance pouring out of the affected ear. If the infection is already installed, take your dog to the vet right away.
However, if you are more interested in preventing ear infections, I would like to share with you these simple tips, gathered from my experience as a dog breeder. I hope they will help you keep your dogs happy and healthy.
Clean your dog’s ears with apple vinegar
Bear in mind that this remedy will not work if your dog has already sore, red ears. These are just pieces of advice for preventing infections, and, as always, make sure that you visit the vet if your dog is already ill.
To clean your dog’s ears well, combine equal parts of apple vinegar and distilled water and use a cotton ball to soak in this mix and then gently wipe all the dirt and debris. The bacteria that might already be there will be killed, and your dog will have clean, healthy ears.
Regular cleaning is recommended after baths
The ears are more sensitive than the rest of a dog’s body, which is why you need to make sure to clean them after each bath regularly. Experts recommend to do the same thing when grooming your dog and to use a proper dog ear cleaner from a pet store. Regular cleaning will prevent infections from developing.
Dry the ear canal after taking baths or swimming
Bacteria are known to particularly thrive in moist environments, which is why it is essential to make sure that your dog’s ears are properly dried after taking a bath or after swimming. Don’t allow the bacteria to thrive inside your dog’s ears, and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Use the natural antibacterial properties of Calendula
You can purchase calendula oil from the store, or make your own from dried Calendula flowers and olive oil. No matter which one you prefer, your dog will benefit greatly from the antibacterial properties of this plant. Applying regularly a treatment with Calendula oil on your dog’s ears will keep infections at bay.
Vitamin C for boosting the immune system of your dog
While external solutions are a good option, don’t forget to boost the immune system of your dog and its resistance to infections by adding plenty of vitamin C to its diet. This will help to enhance its natural infection resistance, and your dog will experience fewer health problems.