Dogs get ear infections easily, especially dogs that spend any time in the water. Whether they swim or not, they are absolutely susceptible to ear problems, particularly if they have ears that are floppy and don’t allow for maximum airflow in the ear canal. I once had a dog that had chronic ear infections due to allergies. That was more than thirty-five years ago and thankfully, we know more ways of treating allergies for dogs and we also know how to keep their ears cleaner as well, thanks to products like PurOtic tips made from silicone.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. What is PurOtic?
2. What If My Dog Hates Having It Inserted In His Ear?
3. Untreated Ears Can Lead to Serious Problems
4. How Often Should I Clean My Dog’s Ears?
5. Natural Options vs Traditional Medicine
6. What Causes Ear Infections?
7. Genetics Play A Role Too
8. Final Thoughts on PurOtic Ear Cleaner
What is PurOtic?
PurOtic is a product designed with your pet’s health and comfort in mind. Have you ever snuggled your dog, kissed him on the head and got a whiff of sour ear odor? That means there is a problem and when it smells, it is typically bacteria and infection. The telling sign is black gunk in the ear.
You may be tempted to use cotton swabs to clean their ears but that is a mistake you don’t want to make. It will act as a ramrod and push the infection deeper into the ear, making everything far worse than it was, to begin with.
Veterinarians suggest washing the ear by using a liquid cleanser added to the ear and then massaging the ear well. You should let them shake their head after this. Yes, fluid goes flying so you may want to do this outside and duck out of the way immediately. You do want them to shake their head though. This helps to dislodge and remove the particles in the ear that are causing them problems.
First of all, it’s difficult to get the drops in their ears. PurOtic drops are designed to be used with special tips that can be replaced, made of silicone. These will flex so that if your dog attempts to wiggle away from you, you won’t have to be worried about hurting him. They are also long enough to help get the fluid down into the ear, where the bacteria are hiding.
By getting the tip farther into the ear in a manner that is safe, you can lavage the ear and flush bacteria up and out. This is the best way in the world to get their ears clean.
Other products are made with alcohol in them so that they dry but that alcohol can really sting an ear that they’ve already experienced irritation in. If they have been scratching, then you could be causing them a lot of distress by adding alcohol. Imagine pouring some alcohol on a cut of your own and you’ll see what we mean.
PurOtic is made without alcohol. In fact, it’s 99% all-natural products that go into making it. It includes essential oils that help to kill bacteria, fungus, and prevent their return. It’s important to clean their ears on a regular basis and because there is no alcohol in PurOtic, they will be less resistant when you use it. It’s safe to use, even on the skin that is already irritated by scratching and digging.
Did you know that the #1 reason people take their dog to be seen by the veterinarian is for ear infections? Cleaning them on a regular basis can help to prevent this but many people don’t do it because they are afraid to hurt their dog, or because they just have a hard time getting the drops in the ear, to begin with. PurOtic has solved this problem.
Inserting the flexible silicone tip is simple and won’t hurt the dog. A quick squirt, massage, and release are all you need to do. Let them shake and run; it’s really good to help dislodge that ear stuff and move it out. Their ears will feel better, smell better, and you can go back to enjoyable snuggles that don’t make you gag from the smell. Your dog will be so much more comfortable too.
What If My Dog Hates Having It Inserted In His Ear?
This is very normal behavior, especially if the ear is already irritated. You can’t explain to your dog that you are helping. Try giving him some peanut butter from the bottom of a cup that keeps him occupied. Have someone help you to hold him very steady with a hug and then, while he is restrained and his mouth is occupied with a treat, insert the soft, pliable, silicone tip of the PurOtic bottle. Give a quick squirt and then massage very well at the base of the ear. If his ear is very tender and swollen, or hot to the touch, be gentle and forgo the massage if necessary.
Once you have massaged the ear at the base, if you need to do the other ear, do so and then release him as you turn head and eyes away because he will begin shaking his head immediately and will probably get some ear gunk on you! He may never learn to love getting his ears cleaned, but children often hate baths as well. This is important to his health, just as nail trimmings are. They must be done and are a part of grooming that will help to keep him in top condition and feeling well.
Untreated Ears Can Lead to Serious Problems
Chronic ear infections or infections that are left to go untreated can cause partial or total deafness. They are also quite painful for your dog. They might start out as a minor irritation from ear wax or debris that has found its way into the ear canal. If it causes an infection, it will begin to become painful. There may even be a discharge from the ear that is dark and the ears will have an odor that is unmistakable. Healthy ears will not have a smell.
Using PurOtic ear wash is the most natural way to treat the ear infection by flushing bacteria out and promoting healing in doing so. An infection that goes unchecked for too long can lead to deafness, or the need for inner-ear ablation, which will cause deafness also. A deaf dog can never be allowed to run freely again, he won’t hear danger and he cannot hear you calling him. Take care of his ears as you take care of his other needs so you can avoid this catastrophe.
Dogs rely heavily on their ability to hear for long distances. Hearing is more important to them than vision. Going deaf is a real tragedy for them when it could have been avoided. Cleaning their ears and treating ear infections quickly is essential.
How Often Should I Clean My Dog’s Ears?
This is a great question to ask because you actually do not want to clean their ears all the time. The ear is designed to excrete wax and move that wax toward the outer ear in a constant flow that takes the debris with it. The wax is sticky to catch things that float into the ear before they reach the inner ear.
Therefore, you don’t want to constantly clean their ears. You should, instead, make a habit of smelling their ears. When you groom them, give their ears a sniff. At any sign of unusual or pungent odor, use the PurOtic to treat for bacterial infection.
Remember that a healthy ear will not have a pungent smell or odor. Some dogs do fine without ever needing an ear cleaning. Other breeds have issues because of their fur, or the shape of their ears, or the environment in which they live. These can all play a role in the way the ears do their self-cleaning job.
Some dogs are genetically more prone to yeast infections in the ear that can cause infections to begin. If you are in the habit of smelling their ears every few days, you’ll catch it before it has gotten worse and treating it with PurOtic will get it under control quickly and safely.
Natural Options vs Traditional Medicine
There is a time and a place for everything. Sometimes, traditional medicine is necessary and no one here will argue with that. There are, however, many times that natural products work just as well, sometimes even better. The benefit of using natural, holistic products when they are available is that you won’t be putting things into your dog’s body that can cause side-effects or even cause their immune system to become less functional from years of being suppressed by steroid treatments for allergies or ear infections.
Sometimes, the treatment with medications can cause more problematic symptoms than the issue they were initially used to treat. That’s the reason that healthy, safe, and natural alternatives are so important to use whenever it is possible.
The body is able to take care of itself in many cases. A natural product can help to give the immune system the support that it needs to perform its duties more effectively without compromising anything and causing further issues. You can relax, knowing that your dog isn’t going to have long term issues from medications when you use natural ingredients.
What Causes Ear Infections?
When the lining of the ear is irritated by a foreign object or particle that remains in the ear, it can cause infection but that is not the only reason some dogs get constant ear infections. Some dogs have allergy issues that can present themselves as chronic ear infections.
All dogs can get ear infections but some dogs are more prone to them. In fact, treating them over a number of years with steroids can actually cause them to appear more frequently because the steroids are suppressing the immune system function. This can cause infections to become so chronic that dogs are constantly shaking their heads. When this happens, they can cause hematomas to form.
Basically, a clot will form in the ear which creates a pocket filled with blood that the veterinarian will have to either drain by aspiration or surgically removed. In time, the ear tissue can become so scarred that the dog who had erect ears will be left with ears that sag and are thick and scarred, known as ‘cauliflower ear’ in some circles.
Not only is this condition very painful, but it can also cause the dog to eventually have the outer ear amputated because it no longer has viable blood flow. The swelling can block their ear canal, making infections worse as well.
If allergies are the underlying issue that is causing the ear infections, treating them is your best option. There are many natural methods and remedies for managing allergies in dogs. CBD oil can help, for example. If food allergies are the issue, you may be able to determine what your dog is allergic to and change his or her diet to reflect the sensitivity to those foods.
Some dogs are allergic to fleas. Using products that don’t just kill fleas when they bite, but deter them from being on your dog in the first place will help. Many natural products, such as shampoos with eucalyptus, exist to help keep fleas away. While they may die from one bite while your dog is on Frontline, that one bite can cause such severe reactions for the dog with flea dermatitis that they can be scratching and digging all flea season long. This is, as you can imagine, no way to live. Treating their allergies is the best thing to do and many natural products exist as well as some good solutions for living flea-free by treating your yard and having hardwood or tile floors instead of carpeting when you have pets.
Washing their bedding weekly in a shampoo designed to deter fleas by scent is highly recommended. Fleas hate eucalyptus, lavender, and many other fresh scents such as cedar. Why not keep them away, rather than letting them bite once? A hundred fleas that die after one bite is still equivalent to a hundred flea bites that cause your dog misery.
Genetics Play A Role Too
Some dogs will simply be more prone to ear issues because of genetics. Whether it is their specific breed, in the case of purebred dogs or if it is genetics from far down the family tree in the case of mixed breeds.
Some breeds more prone to ear problems and infections are:
- Cocker Spaniels
- Labrador Retrievers
- Pit Bulls
- Basset Hounds
- ...any other dogs that have floppy ears that hang down
There are also certain breeds that are more prone to allergies that could make an impact on their ear health.
- Chinese Shar-Peis
- Wirehaired Fox Terriers
- Golden Retrievers
- Boston Terriers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Lhasa Apsos
- Scottish Terriers
- Shih Tzus
- West Highland White Terriers
This is, by no means, a complete list of dogs that have allergy issues. These are simply some of the breeds most likely to have genetic traits that lead them to allergy problems. Any dog of any breed or mix of breeds can be prone to allergies.
Allergies, just like with humans, can be from foods or environmental triggers. Some dogs even have asthma that is triggered by allergies. If you suspect that your dog has allergies, your veterinarian can test them for allergens. If you cannot afford to do this testing, you can also try the elimination diet to determine if there are food allergies. This works very well for many people and pets. It isn’t simple and it can take some time though.
Final Thoughts on PurOtic Ear Cleaner
Determining the cause and underlying factors for ear infections is well-worth your time. Treating them right away by using PurOtic will also save time and money in vet bills for your family. You want what is best for them. Over the long run, natural and safe options are always going to be the best choice.
As your dog ages, you’ll want to know that his immune system is functioning well. It will keep him healthier and with you for many more years if he is in optimum physical health. That means that treating his body like an engine and doing all that you can to keep it functioning at peak performance is the best thing that you can do for him.
Since ear infections are the thing that causes most vet visits for dogs, being wise to it and treated it quickly at home can also save you a lot of time and money over the years too. Not to mention, no dog likes to go to the veterinarian. If your dog also has to be dragged to the doctor, kicking and screaming, then you know the many benefits of being able to take care of things right at home.
You’ve been armed with the knowledge and now you have the tools as well.
PurOtic Ear Cleaner will help you keep your dog’s ears smelling nice, his hearing intact, and give you peace of mind knowing that when the situation calls for action, you know what to do and how to do it. Good job!