preventing ear infections in pets

Prevent common ear issues in your animal companion by inspecting his ears regularly, using natural solutions like Banixx, and promoting his overall health.

Ear problems in pets are more common than you might think. Because dogs’ ear canals are vertical (unlike human ear canals), it’s easy for bacterial and/or fungal (yeast) infections to proliferate. The result? A painful, stinky ear infection.

While they’re typically caused by bacteria or yeast, canine ear infections can result from excessive hair in the ear canal, moisture or wax, foreign bodies, allergies, hypothyroidism and ear mites. If you suspect your dog has an ear infection, pay a visit to your veterinarian. In the meantime, take steps toward prevention with these helpful tips:

1. Build his health

Healthy pets rarely get ear infections. Help promote your pet’s overall health by feeding him a high-quality diet, avoiding unnecessary vaccinations, limiting his exposure to chemicals and other toxins, and embracing a more natural lifestyle. If you’re not sure where to begin, a holistic or integrative vet can help steer you in the right direction.

2. Inspect his ears

Prevent serious problems by checking your dog’s ears on a regular basis. The following signs are a good indication that something is wrong:

  • Scratching of the ear or area around the ear
  • Brown, yellow, or bloody discharge
  • Odor in the ear
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Crusts or scabs on inside of the outer ear
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Rubbing of the ear and surrounding area on the floor or furniture
  • Head shaking or head tilt
  • Loss of balance
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Walking in circles
  • Hearing loss

3. Have your pet groomed regularly

Removing excessive hair in the outer ear canal is a simple way to prevent ear problems in your dog. Ask your veterinarian to show you the proper technique for removing the hair, or schedule an appointment with your groomer.

If your pup’s outer ear appears dirty, gently wipe them with a cotton ball dampened with Banixx®. Banixx is a powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial low pH solution that offers tissue-friendly dog ear cleanser without steroids or antibiotics. Unlike many dog ear medications Banixx provides a solution that is odor and sting free that is not sticky or viscous. Clearing up your dog’s ear infections with Banixx is as easy as 1-2-3!

When it comes to ear infections in your pet – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By following these three tips, you’ll help keep his ears healthy, and improve his overall well-being to boot!

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Animal Wellness is North America's top natural health and lifestyle magazine for dogs and cats, with a readership of over one million every year. AW features articles by some of the most renowned experts in the pet industry, with topics ranging from diet and health related issues, to articles on training, fitness and emotional well being.