Seeing your pup hurt or sick is one of the WORST things to go through as a furmama. Recently, Chase ended up at the vet because of what we thought was an injured paw/leg. He wasn’t eating, going outside or playing at all. Anytime we would pick him up or try to move him, he would yelp in pain. We took him to Bethany Animal Hospital right away, and they told us he probably was starting to have back issues, which is common for pomeranians and other small dogs. He was given the dog version of Aleve and within a few days was back to his hyper self – thank goodness.
Soon after, Chase started shaking his head a lot more than usual. This turned into pawing at his ears, scratching them, and walking around tilting his head to one side. When I noticed it was getting worse, I looked up the signs of dogs with ear infections. Sure enough, it seemed like Chase had one.
My first instinct was to rush him to the vet (because I’m a super anxious person), but I came across a few articles on how to treat your dog’s ear infection at home. I was a little skeptical, but because I didn’t see any blood or discharge coming from his ears yet, I decided to give one of the remedies a try. Surprisingly, within three days of using this natural remedy – Chase had stopped shaking his head and pawing at his ears, and was back to his normal self!
Here’s how I did it:
- Take a few tablespoons of coconut oil and heat it in a pan with a few cloves of garlic
- Allow the oil mixture to cool enough so it doesn’t hurt your pup (but don’t let it solidify)
- Use an ear dropper or syringe and drop 1-2 drops in each ear 2-3 times a day for one week.
Amazingly, coconut oil and garlic act act as potent antibiotics, which are said to cure and prevent bacterial infections even better than a medicinal antibiotic. As such, you can use this natural drop mix to prevent ear infections as well! As soon as this actually worked for my pup, I knew I had to share it with my fellow dog moms.
Do you have any natural home remedies for your furbabies? Drop a comment to share!