Your dog lets you know when he has an ear infection. The two most obvious giveaways are constant head shaking or pawing at the ear or face, and a bad smell coming from the ear.
You can also watch out for any dark discharge from your dog’s ear, redness in the ear canal, swollen/hot ear flaps and sensitivity or pain in the ears.
But just because you see some signs that indicate an ear infection, it doesn’t mean you should immediately make assumptions about the diagnosis. There are many types of ear infections, and it’s important to know the cause of your dog’s infection in order to treat it and cure it.
What A Veterinarian Does For Ear Infections
Ear infections are one of the top reasons people take their dogs to the vet. If you suspect your dog has one, a visit to the vet will result in your vet taking a swab of your dog’s middle ear fluid and looking at it under the microscope.
In some cases, he/she will send a sample to the lab to be cultured for bacteria. Only then can he/she tell if it’s due to yeast, fungus or wax, whether it’s a bacteria that’s sensitive to penicillin, or, if the ear infection is caused by allergies…well, you get the picture!
What If You Can’t Afford a Vet?
Because it’s always wise to take your sick dog to the vet, it’s really worth making the effort even if you think you can’t afford the visit. If you’re short of funds, call your vet and explain the situation. Some veterinary practices have an emergency fund for animals that need immediate help or are willing to work out a payment plan. Some vets may even be able to give you some free telephone advice.
Alternatively, you can try these ideas:
- Contact your local humane society or animal shelter. While some states don’t allow these agencies to provide private care, in other states, they may be able to offer lower veterinary costs to help you out.
- Check out animal aid organizations like the ones listed here, who offer help to those who need emergency help with vet bills.
- Check out the local veterinary school; if there is one, they may have ideas or resources.
- Your vet may also have ideas on local resources you can tap for a short-term loan.
What Can You Do To Help Your Dog?
If your dog does indeed have an ear infection caused by bacteria or fungus, one way to treat it at home is to use Banixx Pet Care, a soothing spray that gently and painlessly remedies the infection. It’s commonly referred to as an effective dog ear infection home remedy as its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties create an environment in the ear that makes it impossible for the infection to continue.
Banixx can be bought at most pet stores and online, and it is not expensive.
To apply it, all you need to do is moisten a cotton ball with Banixx 2-3 times a day, and then coat the inside of the ear liberally with the remedy. Some dogs are okay with you spraying Banixx directly into their ear but just make certain that the Banixx is room temperature or warmer. Dogs tolerate Banixx really well, but just imagine how you would feel if some-one unexpectedly doused your ears with cold water!
And note, it can safely be used around your dog’s eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, and, the great part….you cannot overdose.
Most dog owners report that Banixx provides immediate topical relief and helps to get rid of the infection within a couple of days. For more information about Banixx and its efficacy in treating dog ear infections, check this out.
Prevention Is The Best Option
The cheapest vet is the one you don’t have to visit! We recommend that you check your dog’s ears frequently (especially if she’s prone to ear infections), and make it a habit to clean them regularly. Many veterinarians recommend that your dog have his or her ears cleaned no more than once a week, but also at least once every month. If your pup happens to have floppy ears, or swims regularly, or has really heavy fur around his or her ears, or suffers from pesky skin allergies or just gets frequent ear infections, you ought to clean his or her ears more often.
Again, Banixx can be used regularly as a dog ear cleaner and is easy on ear tissue (and, on the wallet) but potent against infection. And the good news is, with regular ear cleaning and staying vigilant, you may be able to avoid vet visits for ear infections in the future!