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Itchy ears – first steps

This is a frequent email request for help – My dog has been shaking his head for a few days/weeks. when I look in the ear I see a little brown debris. They are not red. He does not scratch them very much. There is a yeasty odor.

A common answer is “go directly to your veterinarian.”  As a holistic veterinarian and consultant, I do not think you need to rush to the veterinarian. Unless your dog is absolutely miserable, I would do several things.

  1. Take the time to find a great holistic veterinarian who is local to you.
  2. If none are local, partner with a homeopathic veterinarian before you go in for any conventional diagnosis, as they can help you avoid excessive treatment and diagnosis (probably a culture and sensitivity is not needed for these symptoms, for example).
  3. While doing this, treat the ear yourself – first warm some olive oil and put 4 drops of rescue remedy or other emergency flower essence in 2 Tablespoons of the warm olive oil. Dribble some into both ears and gently rub (may want to do this outside as he will shake) the base of the ear. Do this twice a day.
  4. Find someone who will do Reiki – it can be done from afar, or in person. Take a Reiki attunement yourself as soon as you can so you can help your dog in the future with any pain or itchy problems.
  5. Start feeding a raw food diet (see my many blogs on this or the articles in the article section), or at least supplement with vitamin E and a good essential fatty acid supplement (preferably from the pet section of the health food store or your local healthy dog product store).
  6. By the time you have connected with a holistic vet (local or phone), if the ears are no better – have them examined.
  7. Read the many great holistic animal health books (see my favorite book section) for more ideas and food guidance.
  8. If you do go to a conventional veterinarian, be sure to not get any vaccines.
  9. Check your dog for the Early Warning Signs of Illness
By |2012-06-29T09:06:38+00:00June 29th, 2012|Healthy Animal's Journal|0 Comments

About the Author:

Christina Chambreau, DVM, graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary College in 1980 and has had a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice since 1988. She is co-founder and was Chair for the Academy of Veterinary homeopathy. She is the author of Healthy Animal’s Journal: What You Can Do to Have Your Dog or Cat Live a Long and Healthy Life; Healthy Dog Journal ebook; Fleas Be Gone kindle; and co-author of Tutorial and Workbook for the Homeopathic Repertory and How to Have a Stress Free Wedding and Live Happily Ever After. She has written and is quoted in many magazines. She lectures at veterinary conferences around the world. She speaks and gives classes for animal enthusiasts and practitioners. She is committed to empowering people to heal their animals and themselves in a way that heals the planet.

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