- One of the common causes of ear infection in Labradors is an infestation of ear mites. They can’t be seen without a microscope.
- Dogs that swim a lot or spend a lot of time in water are prone to ear infections because of water buildup.
- Too much milk and dairy products can cause frequent ear infections in Labrador retrievers.
- Ear infections can also be caused by excessive wax build up in the ears.
- If your dog is shaking his head constantly or pawing and scratching at his ears, he may have an ear infection brewing.
- The ear will be very red, inflamed, and a foul odor may be present. There may be drainage.
- There may be signs of pain and discomfort.
- Keep hair inside the ears trimmed short to prevent bacteria or yeast build up.
- To prevent ear infections, clean ears once or twice a month, regularly. A couple drops of peroxide in the ear may help to loosen up secretions and ear wax buildup. Also read home remedies for itchy ears
- A home remedy for ear infections is to use apple cider vinegar to fill the ear canal. Massage gently to break up any debris in there.
- For full blown infections in progress, add 4 tablespoons of boric acid to a bottle of alcohol. If the dogs ears have any open ares from scratching, use witch hazel instead. The alcohol would sting too much.
- Add 15-16 drops of crystal violet or tea tree oil. Shake the mixture thoroughly before each use.
- Start with filling the ear canal with the solution twice a day for a couple weeks, then once a day for a couple weeks.
- Continue to use the solution once a month as a prophylactic measure. The crystal violet and tea tree oil are antiinfective as well as antifungal.
- Vitamin C has natural antibiotic and anti inflammatory properties Supplement your dogs food daily.
- Warm cod liver oil may provide pain relieve by decreasing inflammation.
- A warm compress or heating pad may be applied for pain relief and facilitate drainage.