On 1 April, 2010, the FDA approved a new drug called Posatex Otic Suspension manufactured by Intervet, Inc., that has been specifically created to treat ear infections in dogs associated with susceptible strains of yeast (Malassezia pachydermatis) and bacteria (coagulase-positive staphylococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterococcus faecalis).
One of the most common types of infections that are prevalent in dogs is an infection of the outer ear canal due to yeast or bacteria, otherwise known as otitis externa.
Diagnoses of an ear infection are quite easy: the ear canals will be sensitive to touch and a dog will shake his head in an attempt to dislodge any bacteria or fluid. A dog may also scratch or rub his ears more than normal; he may also be more irritable and appear visibly uncomfortable. An infected ear canal will be red and inflamed with an extremely offensive odor.
An infection can be caused by an accumulation of wax or matted hair lodged inside a dog’s ear canal. But they can also be caused by bacteria, fungi, ear mites, foreign material, hormonal imbalances, allergies, or a tumor inside the ear canal.
In Salt Lake City, the weather is starting to warm up and lots of dog owners are taking their dogs swimming at local water holes such as the river along the Jordan parkway. Just be sure to carefully dry and clean your dog’s ears after a swim as excess water can also cause a severe ear infection.
Your dog’s ear will need to be examined so that your veterinarian can determine whether or not the eardrum is still intact. If this is not done and your dog’s eardrum is ruptured, certain medications can cause deafness.
However, an holistic treatment option for ear infections in dogs and cats is Echo Gold sold online by PetWellBeing.com. It is a herbal formula that was formulated by a naturopathic veterinarian.
Echo Gold contains a variety of important herbs that have been proven to help relieve itching and reduce pain by working as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. These herbs also have an antibiotic action that helps fight off the ear infection and prevents it from recurring.
If you suspect your dog does have an ear infection, you can apply a warm, dry compress on your dog’s ears to help alleviate any discomfort, before heading out to your vet.
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