In training for Kung Fu, it is very advantageous to have a training companion. While most people train with their spouses, children or friends who could also help remind them about their training schedule, some opt to train with dogs. There are breed of dogs that are able to withstand strenuous training activities and are really effective as training companions. But they are as limited also to their health condition. In particular, if the dog has an ear infection, their owners could not do anything more than to find another training companion while waiting for their pet to be okay.
A dog ear infection is a common condition which can affect any breed of these animals, from the bigger breeds to smaller breeds like the teacup Pomeranian. However, they are more common among dogs whose ears hang down because as their flaps cover their internal ears, the dark and moist environment inside becomes a haven for bacterial and yeast growth. Aside from that, parasites, the dog’s diet and lifestyle can also implicate ear infection.
Dogs whose diet is composed mostly of grain and sugar are more at risk of yeast infection because sugar feeds the naturally occurring yeast in the body of dogs. This in turn will cause yeast overgrowth which is characterized by yeast-smelling dark buildup inside the ears of the affected dog. The same problem is also true for dogs that constantly engage in swimming because their ears become constantly moist, and yeast like to reproduce there. In rare cases, parasites could also invade the ear canal causing allergic ear problems.
Dog owners should be vigilant about the symptoms of ear infection so that it can be treated as early as possible. Typical symptoms include: ear wax buildup which could quickly build up again within a day or two after cleaning your dog’s ears, painful or sensitive ears when touched, vomiting, dizziness, inflammation or redness in the ear canal or flap, repeated scratching of ears, frequent head shaking, and strong odor coming from the ears. It is very important to note these symptoms, especially the head shaking and persistent scratching as they could lead to the development of Aural Hematoma which is a more serious condition.
An ear infection can be remedied at home using some of the products in your pantry. If the diagnosed cause of infection is parasitic, it can be remedied with any plain mineral oil. But for other causes, apple cider vinegar and Aloe Vera gel are great for prevention and remedy. Clean the ears of your dog first then prepare a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and then apply to the ears. The vinegar can help the ear dry out. You could also use Aloe Vera gel by warming it up first in a cup and then applying a teaspoon in each ear.
If your dog is infected with ear infection, the animal could not perform well as your training companion. Carefully observe if your dog has any of the symptoms listed above and be sure to apply the right remedy. If the symptoms still persist, bring your dog to the veterinarian.