JB from Monmouth, NJ
I suggest that you try yerba santa (Eriodyction californicum), a very good and safe non-toxic herbal remedy for pets' infections and wounds. Boil the herb in water, cool, and dab the resulting strong tea onto and around your dog's ear with cotton balls. Since you don't live in California you will need to buy the herb (it grown wild here). Here is one place to buy it: http://richters.com/ . I hope that helps. (10/08/2005)
By guest in N. California
I've never heard of antibiotic affecting tumor growth. I used gentamycin when my dogs had chronic ear infections. Check with your vet. (10/09/2005)
Garlic Oil is a natural antibotic. I learned this from an herbal lady. I used it for my children in their ears to stop an ear infection. About four drops in affected ear twice a day usually cleared it up. Took about a week. It also helped stop the pain. (10/09/2005)
You might try collodial silver or campho-phenique(probably spelled that wrong) (10/18/2005)
You can prevent certain pathogens from multiplying by changing the pH in the ear.........with a simple water/weak vinegar ( acetic acid) rinse. I used this to prevent reoccuring swimmer's ear external ear infections in my small son. ( we had a pool ) I made a simple ear drop solution of water with a few drops of vinegar that he used after swimming or showers. (11/01/2005)
Feed plain vanilla yogart a few times a week. I started doing this with my yellow lab who has chronic yeast infections in her ears. She loves the treat and her ears are great. (10/23/2006)
My schnauzer has allergies and chews her paws like crazy. I took her to the vet and he prescribed Vetalog, which is a steroid. Now she is hungry 24/7 and wakes up in the night needing to go outside. Does anyone know what natural remedy I can use to help her quit itching? (04/04/2007)
By Leigh Ann
My dog also has chronic ear infection in one ear, I can't keep affording the meds that the vet prescribes. Any suggestion for solutions to this. (05/18/2007)
Try gentian violet, you can find it in some petstores it is purple in colour and liquid, otherwise gentian violet can also be purchased at a health food store. (06/01/2007)
As far as treating an exisiting ear infection, there is absoluely no scientific evidence that herbal remedies (e.g. yerba santa, garlic oil, etc.) work. The only thing to treat an existing ear infection is antibiotics. Don't mess around with this.
To prevent ear infections in your dog, keep the hair around the ears very short, and consider taping your dogs ears back and up to avoid hematoma and to provide circulation. Also regular cleanings and inspections of the ears.
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