Dog ear infection is one of the most prominent infections that occur in the lifetime of a dog. Dogs who are infected goes through a severe pain and do all things possible to give noticeable sign for you to take note of the sort of pains they are going through at the moment.
Being a bacteria, fungal, and allergy related dog disease, there are clear symptoms such as rubbing and scratching of the ear (initial stages) and head tilting and circular walking (in critical stages).
These symptoms are evidence that the dog is in dire need of a treatment method and it should not be deprived of such as soon as possible. As a dog lover, you will agree with me that there are series of treatment options for the dog that is infected and all of these options are developed to mitigate and completely remove the infections and its factors from the dog ear.
Once you notice any of the dog ear infection symptoms, the first point of call is to take the dog to your veterinarian who will run a thorough check on the dog to determine the exact microorganism present in the ear.
The purpose of diagnosis is to further affirm the cause of the symptoms that you noticed I the dog. There are times, especially in the early stages, when you tend to misunderstand the symptoms are you reach unrealistic conclusion regarding what is really wrong with the dog.
The veterinarian would make use of different equipment and gadgets to test different parts of the dog to ascertain the original cause or causes, as the case may be, of the evident symptoms. One of the most prominent equipments used in diagnosis is the microscope.
The main purpose of using the microscope is to know the microorganism present in the dog ear. This will invariably help denote the exact nature of the infection (bacterial, fungal, or allergy).
Once this is established, the next level of treatment is also very important.
The importance of this part of the treatment stage cannot be overemphasized at any point in time. It can even be said that if this stage is omitted then there is no treatment at all. It is as important as that.
This stage is the cleansing level. This is the point where you use recommended natural substance and other processed kind of substance to clean the ear flap, ear canal, and every other parts of the ear is need thorough cleansing.
Making use of the natural homemade substances are more effective than any other type of substances. This is due to the fact that there is lots of naturally occurring medicinal, antibacterial, and antifungal constituents present in natural homemade cleansers.
Having said that, let’s quickly go through how to cleanse the dog ear for effective results.
The first thing to do is to get the gentle and natural cleanser ready, get the cotton balls available, and a couple of towel in place. You can either decide to squirt the cleanser into the dog ear or soak the cotton ball inside the cleanser.
Once the cleanser is in the ear (in the right quantity), it is time to make the dog comfortable by massaging the base of the ear where the cartilage is felt. This is very important to help the dog stay calm and reduce any form of anxiety that comes with the presence of the foreign liquid in the ear.
The massage will definitely help you get other things done with relative ease. Once that is done, it is time to gently use the cotton balls to clean the flap covering the ear and other surrounding parts of the ear.
By now the ear canal is ready to be cleaned. But before then you need to give the dog sometimes to tilt the head as intense as the dog is comfortable with. This will help dissolve all the dirt that might have accumulated in the ear over a long period of time.
Use the cotton ball to clean the ear canal for as long as the finger can go, do not force it once you noticed that the dog is no longer feeling comfortable with the process. Use the cotton balls to careful clean the dirt that has become liquid due to the actions of the head tilting done by the dog.
You can repeat the cleaning process for as long as you feel it is necessary to get the desired result – thoroughly clean ear. as much as you wish to get the dog’s ear clean, you should be alerted once you see a form of redness in the ear of the dog.
Once you see the red signs, it is a very frantic way to say stop! Hence, you must stop immediately, continuation can make the dog very uncomfortable and it can also lead to sore in the specific region.
Caution while cleansing
During cleansing, it is very important that you don’t make use of alcohol or cleansers that are alcoholic. This causes intense pains in the dog ear which can lead to discomfort and on the long run lead to sore and any other type of unwanted signs in the dog ear.
Alcohol are very harsh liquid, hence you should be careful when you are making your homemade ear infection remedy. Do not make use of substance that has alcoholic constituents or is known to be irrational on skin of humans and dogs.
Another thing to take note of when you are cleaning the dog ear is to make sure that you don’t get too deep with the cotton balls as it is dangerous to the dog. You are advised to stop once the dog shows any sign of discomfort or just clean those areas that you can see by yourself.
Going too deep can cause damage to the eardrum which is the powerhouse that help the ear retain its ability to hear and balance. Any damage to the eardrum might lead to permanent deafness and loss of balance at the same time. It is important to take note of this.
Once the cleansing process is successfully completed, the next thing that comes to mind is to dry the damp ear region. This also needs some sort of explanation so that you can get the effective treatment for your dog’s ear infection.
Drying the ear is a way to relieve the dog of the cleansing experience. At this point, you can make use of the following ways;
- Heating: This is the use of equipments such as thermostat or fan to dry the dog ear. There is no specialty to this; all you need to do is to put the equipment at a conducive and standard measure so that you won’t hurt the dog with any form of intensity. You can also use a dryer to make this process really faster and effective.
- Natural airflow: This is my most preferred drying method. This is because of the natural results your dog gets from having cool breeze flow into all the damp part of the ear. it is generally believed that an average of 15 minutes airflow is enough to dry all the vital parts of the dog ear, which means you don’t have to wait forever to get to the last point of the treatment procedures.
Once you are done with the drying process, it is time to go to the final stage of the treatment process.
If you are following the process raptly, you will agree that all the aforementioned stages of treatment are in a way priming the infected dog ear for this last stage of the treatment. It is at this point that the expertise of the veterinarian is actually needed.
There are ranges of prescriptions that can make by the veterinarian. These include;
- Oral medications: anti-yeast, antibiotics, etc.
The vet is responsible for prescribing the needed drops or ointments that will heal the infection. I am opined that it is important for the veterinarian to duly take the first process very serious as he is going to use the conclusions drawn from that stage to make the accurate prescriptions in this final stage.
Once the vet prescription is ready, application is the next thing to do. The veterinarian might decide to apply the prescribed ointments or drops by himself if he feels there is need for a high level of professionalism while administering the prescriptions.
The effectiveness of the prescribed ointments or drops is a function of two things; the expertise of the veterinarian and the severity of the infection.
This leads us to the next important thing to note.
Length of Treatment
To grab the right understanding surrounding the length of the treatment, it is very important to know the vital factors that sum up the treatment procedures. These factors are;
- The Patient: The main player in the course of the treatment is the dog which acts in the capacity of the patient. The treatment length might be short or long depending on how fast the dog heals and how ready to undergo all the treatment process. The length of treatment will definitely be longer than required if the dog is not interested in cooperating with the veterinarian in going through the treatment procedures.
- Infection Severity: This is a critical determining factor to the length of the treatment and it is the first thing the veterinarian tries to check out before mapping out the treatment time table. If you are alerted faster at the initial stage of the infection, your dog will definitely have a shorter treatment time. Now you should why you might have to go through a lengthy treatment time if you decide to go see the veterinarian when the dog starts showing the loss of hearing symptom.
- Miscellaneous Events: In the event that the unplanned for happened during the process of treatment, there is definitely going to be extension of the treatment time. Take for instance let’s assume there is a form of change in the ear, the veterinarian would have to device time for it to heal up. The common changes that can occur is thickening or softening of the ear tissues which might occur as a result of the infection itself. Hence, there must be provision for such occurrences.
One way to help the dog from going through any form of lengthy treatment time is to keep an eye on it from time to time and understand the symptoms to look out for that will make you understand that there might a form of dog ear infection in the dog body system.
You can also help your dog by regularly cleaning the ear with homemade remedies for dog ear infection which will definitely be a very vital cog in helping you defend your dog against this ugly dog ear infection. You have a role to play in keeping your dog as safe as possible from this hearing threatening infection.
Either as a dog owner, a dog lover or you are just interested in knowing how the dog ear infection treatment looks like; I hope you have been able to learn one thing or the other from this highly researched article.
By now you should know that are quite a simple and straightforward procedures to follow when it comes to treating your dog for ear infection. Though it is advisable to take your dog to the veterinarian or to the nearest animal house available within your residence, that doesn’t mean you should not understand the basis of the treatment.
Natural substances are preferred over its processed counterparts due to many health reasons, and it is advisable to make use of it.
Prevention is very important in the case of dog ear infection as their ways of preventing the occurrence of the infection. Good dieting is one of the core ways of preventing your dog from having this infection.