Internationally known homeopathic veterinarian, Dr. Christina Chambreau, is a lecturer and author of the Healthy Animal’s Journal. She is also the editor of the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal. Ask her a question by leaving a comment on the Animal Wellness Magazine Facebook page. She’ll choose two questions to answer every week!
Q. Ok Doc, here’s the poop…. I have a couple of hounds that have brown waxy stuff in there ears. My vet and I have tried a few different drops, but nothing seems to work. Any ideas?
A. Having brown waxy debris in the ears is one of the Early Warning Signs that there is an internal imbalance that could lead to a number of other problems later in life. See more of these signs at the My Healthy Animals website.
Drops are merely attempting to decrease the inflammation in the ears. Even if drops work, the underlying issue has not been resolved so the ears will get waxy and brown again. While I will list a few more natural treatments that may resolve the brown debris, the most important thing you can do it begin to follow the Four Pillars of Animal Wellness to heal the deeper issues.
Some of my patient’s ears completely resolve when their diet is improved. What is best for you to eat – a wide variety of fresh food or the same canned stew every day? You dog will do best on a fresh food diet, or at a minimum, one of the frozen raw meat diets. If this does not completely heal the ears, you may need to look at toxins in their lives – chemical flea treatments, household chemicals, chemicals in the vaccines, etc. Your most efficient way to permanently resolve the ears is to begin to work with an integrative veterinarian who can coach you through many different approaches to have your hounds live a long healthy life with few to no ear discharge.
Now for a few things to try to eliminate the brown debris while you are reading more and finding an integrative veterinarian. Try one of these for a few days. If the ears are worse, or not improved, try one of the others. Each dog may need different treatments.
1. Flush ears with a solution of half vinegar (organic is best) and half water.
2. Put a few drops of sweet almond oil, or olive oil, in the ears.
3. Try a solution of calendula, comfrey, mullein or plantain (from the health food store). Mullein and plantain can be picked from your yard (if free from chemicals).
4. Purchase Rescue Remedy from your local health food store and put 2 drops in any of the treatments listed above.
Again, if these work you still need to follow the Four Pillars of Animal Wellness and the recommendations in many of the Animal Wellness articles to build up the health and the immune system so the ears will stay clear and your dogs will live long.