I hope things are going well for you, your two- and four-legged family, and your household.
Itching, allergies, and recurrent ear infections
They affect far too many canines:-(
I imagine that many people have said, “Try giving your dog Omega 3 fatty acids, like fish oil.”
Although Krill may be even more beneficial in helping STOP the scratching and recurrent infections, this isn’t always helpful.
Dogs with Allergy-Related Ear Infections
Ear infections brought on by allergies are uncomfortable illnesses that frequently reoccur in dogs.
The most frequent causes of allergic otitis include food allergies, pollen, mould, fleas, and dust mite dander.
Allergies result in a breakdown of the skin barrier and an increase in ear canal wax production. In addition, due to an overproduction of typical yeast and bacteria on the skin and in the ear, more dangerous types of bacteria might flourish. This causes the ear to inflame, hurt, and discharge more often.
Dogs with seasonal allergies frequently get ear infections at the same time. In addition, dogs with environmental or dietary allergies may experience recurrent ear infections all year.
Due to the frequent ear infections that pooches with allergic otitis experience, this chronic inflammation can result in ear canal tissue scarring, calcification, and decreased ear canal opening. Because the drug has difficulty getting to the deeper ear canal areas, therapy becomes much more challenging.
The signs of ear infections brought on by allergies.
Although the symptoms of allergic otitis are identical to those of otitis externa, they frequently reoccur throughout allergy season or are present all year round.
1. Jerking one’s head
2. rubbing one’s ears
3. Redness at the ear flap or ear canal entrance
4. From the ear canal, a discharge
5. When touched, the ear hurts
6. increasing ear canal thickness
7. touching the ground or furniture with the face or ear
8. overly licking the paws (a general sign of an allergy)
9. Other bodily regions itch or are licked (a general sign of an allergy)
If the eardrum ruptures in extreme cases, the infection may spread to the middle and inner ears, resulting in symptoms including head tilt, circling, falling over, discomfort when moving, or pain when eating or opening the mouth thoroughly.
How can allergic otitis be managed and avoided?
CARE FOR THE CONTINUING DOG EAR INFECTION
Considering its NATURAL antibacterial and antifungal qualities, apple cider vinegar can treat most ear infections. I like to mix warm green tea with ACV in an 80:20 ratio. Use 5 to 10 drops twice each day for 7 to 10 days.
When the ears are inflamed, and the ACV will be uncomfortable and unpleasant, sweet almond oil and lavender oil are helpful. 10 drops of lavender oil and two teaspoons of almond oil
MEDS AGAINST YEAST. Drugs that treat yeast in humans frequently work in dogs. Both Canesten and Monistat perform admirably. Apply for 7 to 10 days, twice daily.
The underlying allergy should be treated and avoided.
Eliminate lice, fleas, and external parasites
Applied Flea Allergy Dermatitis is widespread, and a startlingly high percentage of canines were also found to have lice and sarcoptic mange.
To rule out certain parasites, notably Sarcoptes, conventional treatment with something like topical Revolution is recommended.
Eliminate lice, fleas, and external parasites
Rule out lice/fleas…
Consider topical Neem (2 ml), Black Tea (1 cup), 40 drops of Cedarwood Oil, and Castile Soap, for example, when using a flea shampoo (2 tablespoons)
Neem Spray: Lavender Oil, 10-20 drops, Neem (2 ml), Witch Hazel with Aloe (1 cup). Apply twice weekly.
A spray made of cedarwood: Its natural, safe, and robust against fleas.
One of these naturally occurring anti-oxidant substances is nootkatone, which may be found in grapefruit skin and the bark of Alaskan Yellow Cedar trees.
allergy to food
A food allergy can affect up to 15% of dogs, although…
There aren’t any diets that are entirely “hypoallergenic” or won’t trigger allergies. The hydrolyzed diets that may be bought from veterinarians are the closest we have to this sort of diet. However, almost any protein or carbohydrate element contained in pet food has the potential to cause an allergic reaction in dogs and cats.
Chicken, meat, dairy, and egg allergies are the most common dietary intolerances in dogs and cats (and fish for cats). These components are not incredibly unique, other than the fact that they have been the
With a food trial, rule out food allergies.
For eight weeks, simple protein (such as 1/3 turkey, 1/3 brown rice as a carb, and 1/3 greens) should be eaten together with sunflower oil.
everyday 2 cups/20lbs
Dogs’ most typical cause of allergy symptoms and recurrent ear infections is atopic dermatitis.
Previously, it was believed that it was mostly brought on by allergens that were breathed; however, it is now thought that these allergens are absorbed via the skin, causing your dog’s immune system to react improperly.
BIOFLAVONOIDS. The colour of fruits and vegetables has this magnificent set of structures. For individuals with allergies, quercetin has proved successful, and it may also be helpful for dogs. The usual daily dose is 100 mg for every 10 pounds.
ANTIHISTAMINES. The most used antihistamine is Benadryl (diphenhydramine). It is administered 1-2 times per day at a dosage of 1 mg per pound of body weight. Before giving these medications to your pet, it is advised that you consult with your veterinarian. Frequently, it takes 14 days of use before you can tell if they are effective.
NETTLE 1 teaspoon/10 pounds daily; Quercetin also possesses antihistamine properties are examples of herbal antihistamines.
LICORY ROOT: It is regarded as a “natural” steroid. 12 cc of the tincture per 20 pounds is to be taken twice a day. Caution if there is organ dysfunction underneath. 14 consecutive days of maximum usage.
CURCUMIN. It can be quite beneficial to reduce the amount of scratching and skin irritation while using 95% curcuminoids. The dosage is daily 100 mg/10 lb of body weight.
HONEY for ALLERGIES: Local, Unpasteurized
‘natural’ desensitization, ½ tspn/10lbs daily for 8-12 weeks,
Excellent homemade topical skin cream: 10 drops of lavender oil, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 teaspoon of honey, and 2 millilitres of liquorice root tincture
To QUIT the ITCH, eat SOY.
A sterol (a kind of lipid) present in soy, beta-sitosterol, can aid in reducing your dog’s pruritis (itchiness). It is most frequently applied to humans to lower cholesterol and treat the signs of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). According to studies, beta-sitosterol “attenuates” animal models of atopic dermatitis. Dogs should get 1-2 mg/lb of beta-sitosterol twice daily. Beta-Sitosterol Plant Sterols, 180 Softgels by Now is the brand I’ve used.
Fatty ACIDS. For any allergy, they are a need. For dogs, use flax oil, fish oil, or krill oil. 1000 mg/50 pounds of krill oil daily. 1000mg/10lbs of fish oil are taken every day.
Dr Andrew Jones
P.S. If you have a pooch with recurring ear infections, consider starting simple, such as Canesten to treat the yeast infection, and then oral meds for the underlying allergy, such as Quercetin, Betsitosterol, and Krill.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are considered one of the most essential supplements in Veterinary Medicine (Clinician’s Brief).
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