Recently, one of my dogs contracted a yeast infection in his right ear. He decided to jump into a pool with water full of algae. Yeast infections are an ugly business. In addition, traditional vet treatment is expensive. Prepare yourself to deal with this and the consequences of the traditional treatment for quite some time. It can cost hundreds or, in some cases, thousands of dollars.
Luckily, some natural alternatives work well and cost little. What I did to heal the yeast infection in my dog’s ear took about two weeks. It cleared it up completely. I achieved this by curing the underlying root cause and not just treating the symptoms. Once the ears looked healthy, I had the vet check him out. She confirmed that the yeast infection was gone.
To kill a yeast infection, get raw, organic apple cider vinegar and make a solution of one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water. This is delivered into the pet’s ears, which is easier said than done. The best way I found is to do this with a syringe (no needles). I put my solution in a dropper bottle and dropped five drops into a small shot glass. From there, I loaded the syringe.
Next, I sat beside my boy and petted him, slowly getting the syringe deep enough into his ear to deposit it all in at once. It’s important to massage your dog’s ear (from the outside) right afterward. That way, the solution runs down into the ear canal. Your dog will start shaking his head and ears to get the liquid out when you let him go. So, make sure to massage the ear for at least 20 seconds. You want enough of the solution to reach its target and stay in the ear before he shakes his head.
The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
There are many other benefits to using apple cider vinegar. It is known to reduce common infections, prevent muscle fatigue after exercise, increase resistance to illness, and protect against food poisoning. Apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamins and goodness found in fresh apples. Most notably, potassium, which helps to balance acid levels in the stomach. Most important for dog ear infections is the yeast’s inability to grow in apple cider vinegar. Or anywhere near it, for that matter. Dog ear infection treatment with apple cider vinegar can be very effective. One warning, it can sting the dog’s ears, especially in case of a more severe infection. In that case, you, unfortunately, may need antibiotics to start the healing process. Once the ear infection is healing, you can use apple cider vinegar to keep your dog’s ears clean and, more importantly—yeast-free!
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Ralf Weber, MS, TWC CPDT, IACP CDT, CDTA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer Ralf Weber is lead pet dog trainer of Happy Dog Training. Ralf is a long-time dog owner of German Shepherds. During his career, Ralf has worked with over a 1500 dogs of many different breeds. Moreover, Ralf has a thorough understanding of all aspects of canine training. This includes evolutionary psychology, ethology, and, most importantly, learning science. Ralf is specialized in resolving dog behavior challenges—especially fear and aggression. Apart from this, Ralf trains dogs in basic and advanced obedience, service dog tasks, and GRC Dog Sports. Ralf is further certified in a broad range of other canine training areas. Last but not least, Ralf is the author of the behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk: Understand Your Dog Like Never Before.
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Sarah Gill, is a professional service dog trainer and handler. Sarah entered the world of professional service dog training after a car accident. As a result, she had to use a wheelchair for almost two years, trying to maneuver in a house not designed for it. No one expected Sarah would walk again. This opened her eyes and became a driving force behind pushing herself to defy the odds. When she regained some stability, Sarah attended a dog training school and learned how to train service dogs. Sarah completed her Master Trainer Certification and gained further experience by training new trainers. However, the school wasn’t accommodating to those with physical difficulties and PTSD. Hence, Sarah moved home to Dallas. In 2019, Sarah teamed up with Ralf and moved to California.
Sarah started this journey because she had a trained dog to mitigate her disabilities. But Sarah needed additional tasking for a new diagnosis. The only option she could find was getting a second dog for the new diagnosis. She knew there had to be a different way to address this. Sarah's passion is changing the ways of the service dog training industry.