Does your dog have ear infections? Part 2

IMG_7114To avoid ear infections after bathing clean ears with cotton balls soaked in witch hazel or hydrogen peroxide half diluted with water. For flop eared dogs you can use a clothespin to hold the earflaps to allow air to dry the inside of the ears. Pin to the hair not the skin. Another trick is prior to the bath put a cotton ball soaked in olive oil inside the ear. Remove the ball after the bath and thoroughly dry the ears.

The following are formulas from Dr. Richard Pitcair to resolve ear mites in dogs or cats. Use formula one for the first three days, do nothing for three days and then use formula two for three days. Wait ten days and repeat the sequence.

Formula 1 – Place the following in a one once eye dropper bottle, days 1,2,3:

·¾ ounce of almond oil
·¼ ounce of olive oil.
·400 IU vitamin E (puncture a capsule)
·Refrigerate the mixture for storing.
·Warm before using by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water.
Formula 2 – Place the following in an eyedropper, days 7,8,9.

·2 teaspoons ground dried Rue.
·5 teaspoons witch hazel extract.
·1 cup boiling water.
·Steep the Rue in boiling water for 15 minutes, then strain and add the witch hazel.
·Refrigerate the mixture for storing.
·Warm before using by placing the bottle in a bowl of warm water.
Vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are excellent to resolve ear problems are:

·Vitamin E (open the capsule) makes a soothing and healing ear medication. Use it after cleaning the ears with vinegar or peroxide or witch hazel.
·Mullein and garlic ear oil is available at most health food stores and it works on pets ears. Make sure you clean the ear canals of discharge and wax before using.
·Garlic oil is especially useful when the infection is due to fungus or yeast. The fungus or yeast in the ears is usually caused by chronic wetness in the ears.
That’s enough playing doctor for the day. It is time for me to get back to my more important job, tasting our great tasting and smelling grain free dog biscuits.

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