Dogs really are man’s best friend. They’re friendly, loyal, and they don’t ask anything in return for their affection except that we take care of them.
As a dog owner, I’m often humbled by the pure and unconditional love my dogs give me. That’s why it’s important to me to seek out and use the best home remedies to use with them. I don’t want to use harsh chemicals to treat them.
I’m particularly cautious when seeking out home remedies to treat a dog’s ear infection. Dogs’ ears are sensitive and prone to infection, and it’s important to keep them healthy.
Today, I want to share some of my favorite home remedies for my loyal companions. I hope you’ll find them useful, too.
Home Remedies for Dog Ear Infection
Just like people, dogs’ ears can get infected. In fact, they can get infections in their outer, middle, or inner ears.
Since these infections can be painful and potentially harmful, it’s important to treat them as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are some of the home remedies for ear infections in dogs that I use on my own pets:
- Garlic is a natural antibiotic and is very useful for treating ear infections in dugs. To use it, all you need to do is steep a couple of cloves of garlic in olive oil for two weeks to draw the healthful properties out of the garlic and into the oil. Then, simply put some of the oil inside your dog’s ears to treat for a mild infection.
- If your dog’s outer ear is infected or even just red and irritated, applying a warm compress can help soothe it and draw the infection out. I just use a clean wash cloth soaked in hot water and wrung out, and hold it on my dog’s ear.
- Sometimes, a dogs’ ears can end up growing a yeast infection. This is especially true in the hot weather and for dogs who like to splash around in the water. To treat a yeast infection, try applying some probiotic yogurt to the affected areas. The natural and healthful bacteria in the yogurt will fight the yeast and get rid of the infection.
- Just as apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural home remedy for human ailments, it can be used for dogs too. In fact, the natural properties of apple cider vinegar promote overall health. To use it to treat a dog ear infection, mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one cup of water and use it to clean your dog’s ears. (Note: use only organic apple cider vinegar for this remedy and the next one.)
- A variation with apple cider vinegar is to mix equal parts water, hydrogen peroxide, and apple cider vinegar. Pour a small amount of this mixture into your dog’s ears, rub them gently, and then clean them out with a cotton swab.
- Margosa oil has natural antibacterial properties and is often used as a natural cure for dog ear infections. The best method I have found is to mix one ounce of margosa oil, one ounce of olive oil, one teaspoon of tea tree oil, and one-half teaspoon of eucalyptus oil. Add 10-20 drops to the affected ear and gently massage the ear to relieve your dog’s pain and get rid of the infection. You can buy margosa oil, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus oil online or at your local natural supermarket or pharmacy.
If you are looking for an effective home remedy for dog ear infection, any one of these will do nicely – and give some much-needed relief to your beloved dog.
Home Remedies for Ear Mites
No article about home remedies for dogs’ ears would be complete without some natural cures for ear mites. Ear mites are a very common affliction in dogs and they can cause your dog a great deal of discomfort.
The signs that your dog has ear mites include:
- Persistent scratching and rubbing of the ears
- Shaking of the head
- Dark, waxy secretions that look a bit like coffee grounds
- Dark or black patches inside the ears
- An unpleasant odor in or around the ears
- Inflammation of the outer ears
Here are some of the home remedies that I have found to be effective in treating ear mites:
- One of the easiest home remedies for ear mites is plain mineral oil. The oil works in three ways. First, it helps to remove the debris that ear mites leave behind. Second, it smothers the ear mites, thus preventing them from spreading or laying eggs. And third, the oil soothes the persistent itching and provides your dog with some relief.
- Another ear mite remedy I like is honey and water. Honey has natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can work wonders with ear mites. To use it, mix three ounces of warm water with three teaspoons of raw honey. Use a syringe to deposit this mixture inside your dog’s ears three times a week. Continue treatment for at least a month to make sure the ear mites are gone.
- Hydrogen peroxide is a remarkably effective treatment for ear mites. All you need to do is soak a large cotton ball in one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and use it to swab out the interior of your dog’s ears. This method kills ear mites and helps disinfect the ears. It is important to note, though, that you should only use this remedy if your dog is obedient and will stay put while you treat him. Hydrogen peroxide can cause pain and other issues if it gets into your dog’s eyes.
These three home remedies for ear mites in dogs are effective, easy to make and apply, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your home already.
Home Remedies for Other Dog Ailments
Finally, I want to talk about some of my favorite home remedies for other common dog ailments, including mange and fleas.
Treating Mange at Home
Like ear mites, mange is caused by a parasitic infection. When a dog has mange, it may spend a great deal of time scratching. In addition, it may lose fur and develop scaly patches on its skins. The most common sites of mange infection are the face, ears, elbows, and legs.
Here are a few of my favorite home remedies for dog mange.
- Lemon has powerful antimicrobial qualities. To use it to treat mange, slice a whole lemon (do not remove the peel) and place it in a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat off and let it sit overnight. In the morning, dip a sponge in the mixture and use it to wipe the affected areas of your dog. The lemon will kill the mange mites and also make your dog’s coat glossy.
- Vegetable oil and mineral oil are both effective treatments for mange. Simply use a clean cotton ball to rub oil on the affected areas. The oil kills the mites and also relieves your dog’s itching and irritation.
- Calendula tea is widely available in natural food stores and pharmacies, and it kills mange mites quickly and easily. Simply brew some tea, cool it, and then use a sponge to apply it to the affected areas. You can do this treatment several times a day since it is non-toxic and completely safe.
These home remedies for mange are effective – and most importantly, they are safe for your dog.
Treating Flea Infestation Naturally
Finally, I want to talk about how to deal with fleas naturally. Many of the flea remedies on the market contain harsh and dangerous chemicals. Fortunately there are alternatives.
My favorite homemade flea killer for dogs is apple cider vinegar. What’s great about this remedy is that it works as both a flea repellant and a preventive.
All you need to do is add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to one quart of drinking water. The mixture will be so diluted that your dog won’t notice the taste, but it deters fleas and also keeps your dog’s coat looking nice and shiny.
Another natural way to keep fleas off your dog is to make a homemade flea collar. All you need is a bandanna, and some lavender or cedar oil. All you need to do is mix three to five drops of your chosen oil with two teaspoons of water. Then, use an eye dropper to apply about 10 drops of the mixture along the length of the bandanna.
Once the oil is applied, rub it around on the bandana. Then tie it around your dog’s neck and make sure to replenish the oil regularly. To make sure that fleas don’t attack your dog from the rear, combine two or three drops of the same oil with a teaspoon of olive oil and apply it just above the base of your dog’s tail.
You want the best for your dog. These home remedies for dogs’ ears (and other parts) make it easy to treat your dog without exposing him to harsh chemicals and unnecessary risks. And in addition to being effective, these remedies are also inexpensive! Trust me, your dog will thank you for using them.