Chronic ear infections and yeast problems are frequently a sign of allergies. Allergies are becoming more and more common and troublesome in companion animals. Please read the
short article on our site about Seasonal Allergies & Itching, as this will also apply to a
pet with chronic ear problems and should answer many of your questions.
The Truth About Pet Vaccinations
is another important article to look at. Over-vaccination can contribute to
many chronic health issues including ear infections, skin, allergy and immune problems.
Diet, digestive enzymes & probiotics, and essential fatty acids are the basics for treating
chronic ear infections caused by allergies:
Supplement your dog’s diet with
Digestive Enzymes &
Probiotics. The probiotics are especially important for an animal that has been on antibiotics, as they kill the
beneficial gut flora and help set up conditions for the allergies to worsen. Continue to supplement with
digestive enzymes whenever you feed processed food to aid your pet's digestion and
assimilation of the nutrients in processed foods.
Supplement with Essential Fatty Acids (preferably fish oil) to nourish your
pet’s skin and coat and help reduce inflammation
in the ears and digestive system. You can increase the dosage above what is recommended on the bottle, but if you see loose stools, then reduce the dosage a bit
until stools normalize.
You also might consider Only Natural Pet Immune Balance.
This supplement is discussed in our article, "Alleviating
Your Pet's Itchy Skin." It is typically recommended to continue using this supplement for 6 months, then taper off, and see if any symptoms return. All of this, however, needs to be done in conjunction with changing to a healthy diet.
If your pet also has digestive problems as is the case for many animals with
chronic ear infections and allergies, gastrointestinal supplements (especially Only Natural Pet GI Support) can be helpful.
Most animals with chronic ear infections caused by allergies have unhealthy gastrointestinal systems that are not able to digest food properly. A condition called "leaky gut" develops in which molecules that are too large for the body to process are allowed through the gut wall, setting off allergic reactions, which include chronic ear infections. The gut must be healed to finally eliminate the allergies. Digestive enzymes help break down the food so that there is less of a chance of the larger molecules passing through the intestinal walls, probiotics help restore a healthy balance of flora in the gut and aid digestion, and fatty acids help reduce inflammation and heal the gut as well as nourish the skin. (It is a long-term process, not like giving a medication to make symptoms go away.)
If you would like to consult with a holistically trained veterinarian, here is a link to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Referral Directory.
If there is not a holistic veterinarian within reasonable distance of your home,
many veterinarians will do phone consultations, so you may be able to consult with a holistic veterinarian practicing outside your home state.
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