Ear infections are a common problem for dogs, especially among breeds that have droopy ears. Did you know that there is a simple but highly effective natural way to treat them? Just mix distilled water and apple cider vinegar and you will have your own homemade ear drops. Who would have thought that ACV was good for dogs too!
- How to Recognize Whether Your Dog Has an Ear Infection
There are a few easily detectable symptoms which suggest that your pet is probably suffering from an ear infection:
- Redness or swelling around the ears
- Constantly scratching at ears
- Unpleasant odor coming from ear(s)
- Shaking or tilting head
ACV For Dogs
Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid, an organic compound that can prevent the growth of bacteria. Numerous studies conducted in recent years have shown that acetic acid has the ability to stop the growth of many kinds of pathogenic bacteria found in ear discharge. In addition to this, ACV can also be used for the treatment of fungal infections. As a result of these healing properties, apple cider vinegar can deal with both yeast-based ear infections and bacterial ear infections.
Also, there are some preliminary studies which suggest that ACV can even be effective in preventing the spread of cancer.
- Homemade Remedy For Ear Infections in Dogs
It is recommended to make one batch and store it in a small air-tight container (like a glass bottle).
You will need:
- Distilled Water
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Small Air-Tight Container (like a glass bottle)
- Ear Dropper
- First, mix equal amounts of distilled water and ACV.
- Put 10 drops of the solution in your dog’s ear using a dropper. Be careful not to put the dropper into the ear canal of your pet.
- Then, massage the ear at the base for about 30 second
- Let your dog shake their head
- Gently wipe the surrounding area of the ear with a towel
- Sometimes, apple cider vinegar can be irritating to some dog’s skin and the small hairs in their ears, which is why you should only use this treatment sparingly and watch for signs of irritation.
- Recurring ear infections can be a sign of allergies. So, if your dog has long-lasting problems with their ear(s), you should start considering whether there is something they are eating or otherwise exposed to that could be the cause for the constant discomfort.