It's True According to Veterinary Pet Insurance:
The #1 Reason Dogs Visited The Vet Is Ear Infections
Just like you, your dog requires regular medical attention to treat minor ailments. While common issues such as ear infections and skin allergies are rarely life threatening they can be unexpected and expensive, and more importantly…
Ear Infections Make Your Dog Miserable!
According to Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI), in 2011 policyholders spent over $46 million treating the 10 most common conditions in dogs and cats. At the top of the list of doggy disorders, once again, are ear infections.
And Get This...
VPI received over 60,000 claims in 2011 for canine ear infections, with the average claim being $98!
That’s crazy when you consider you can keep them happy and health for a fraction of that cost while keeping your dog pain free, just by keeping their ears clean.
FACT: Wax or other debris left in your dog's ear canal is the foundation for infection.
Here’s How An Ear Infection Gets Started…
Your dog’s ear canal is actually shaped like an L, vertical towards their jaw and then a 45% turn horizontally toward their eardrum. This makes dogs more predisposed to a variety of ear ailments like parasites and yeast infections.
Because your dog's inner ears are twisty and curvy, it's easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in them.
Does Every Dog Parent Have To Worry About Ear Infections?
Yes! However, some dogs are much more prone to ear infections than others. If your dog has a tendency to have problems with her ears, you should check them daily or every other day at a minimum.
You can spot the symptoms of an ear infection in your own pet: Look for a lot of scratching at the ears, shaking of the head or a visible discharge from the ears.
Ear infections smell yucky: Caused by bacteria or yeast trapped in the ear canals the ear infection evolves from inflammation to infection, a strong odor can develop.
For those pet owners with the following dog breeds, pay close attention to your pet's warning signs. A pet's ear infection can be very uncomfortable for a dog or cat, and is best treated by a local veterinarian. Ear Infections are the second most common condition affecting dogs and cats. Dogs are more likely to develop ear infections than cats, and certain breeds have a higher risk for ear infections than others. The Top 10 Breeds Most Likely To Develop Ear Infections are:
Labrador, Retriever, Shih Tzu, Standard Poodle, Boxer, Maltese, German Shepherd, Pit Bull, Dachshund, Yorkshire Terrier, Mixed Breed
The Rule Is To Clean Your Pet's Ears When They Are Dirty
If there's lots of wax accumulating every day, they need to be cleaned every day. If your dog's ears don't produce much wax or collect much crud, you can be less vigilant and clean them less often.
The most common cause of ear infections is colonization of yeast in the gastrointestinal tract. Many forms of harmful yeast have the ability to centralize in one location of the body and spread throughout the vascular system. Yeast overgrowth in your pup's belly can end up causing or exacerbating nearly any form of inflammation; including arthritis, hot spots, itchy skin and paws, and much more. The best way to avoid or reverse this condition simply comes down to diet. Yeast and bad bacteria feed on undigested sugar and carbohydrates. Reducing the glycemic index of the food being fed will not only starve the yeast, but will also give the natural probiotics (good bacteria) the opportunity to regain control of the G.I. system. Once the appropriate balance is achieved and the body completes the detoxification process, your furry loved one will be able to function normally and without additional symptoms.
My dogs have given me an entirely new spiritual perspective on life. I now have a genuine understanding of unconditional love and provision.