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Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a ubiquitous gram-negative bacteria famous for its ability to become drug-resistant, especially in chronic disease where other organisms have been eradicated. For pseudomonas otitis, treatment options are multi-fold: to decrease local toxins generated by pseudomonas, to dry out the ear, to shrink edematous tissues and to restore normal bacterial flora.


McKillips powder, added to propylene glycol in a 1:8 proportion and shaken vigorously, can kill pseudomonas, dry the ear and shrink hypertrophic or edematous tissues, even in totally blocked ear canals. This treatment can also be used in the case of yeast infections. Once the problem is eradicated, there are other natural substances that can help maintain ear health.




The following nutraceuticals or natural/herbal formulas can also provide effective treatment (and prevention) for your canines and felines living with both intermittent and chronic ear infections.





Integrative Medicine


» Goldenseal and tea tree oil (which contain some antibiotic and fungicidal properties) promote healing. Tea tree oil acts as a highly effective natural disinfectant and can help heal ear infections that are even resistant to some antibiotics


» Myrrh and chamomile are effective in reducing inflammation and soothe both pain and irritation. 

» Pau d’arco (an inner bark natural cure from South America) acts as an organic antibiotic for cat ear infections. Mix equal parts of Pau d’arco Tincture with mineral oil and put several drops in the affected ear. Repeat two to three times a day until the ear infection has fully healed.


» Almond Oil or Olive Oil effectively kills ear mite infections in cats. Place several drops in each ear daily to kill the mites and gradually heal the infection. Continue for three to four weeks using three to seven drops each day in each ear.


» Cod Liver Oil or Vitamin E Oil helps relieve the pain of a middle and inner ear infection. Use one drop of cod liver oil (or break open a Vitamin E soft gel cap and use one drop) in the affected ear.


» Apple Cider Vinegar can help prevent an ear infection from getting worse. Add two tablespoons to one cup of water. Give this twice a week and make sure your dog finishes the entire solution for best results. You can also use this same solution for routine ear cleaning.


» Macerated garlic is effective for dogs with a mild ear infection. Leave two cloves of garlic soaking in olive oil for two weeks.  Strain out the garlic pieces and place two to three drops of the warmed mixture into the dog's ears each day until the infection is gone.


» Herbal flea powder helps reduce and/or prevent ear infections caused by ear mites. For best results, using an herbal flea powder with rosemary, wormwood, rue, eucalyptus and pennyroyal help repel both fleas and mites so infections are less common. Sprinkle on the entire body after bathing.


Resistant Pseudomonas Otitis
(Reference: Veterinarians’ Desk Reference)

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Species affected: Dogs, Cats

Background: Elevated humidity, water in the ear, over-zealous cleansing techniques, and the introduction of weed seeds or other foreign bodies can be factors in the development of the condition. Dogs with long, pendulous ear flaps are more likely to develop otitis. Compromised immune systems and genetic predisposition are also important contributors. Yeast is often a component, especially with repeated use of antibiotics.

Symptoms: Discharges from the ear; may be painful, pruritic; animal may cock head to one side with the affected ear on the low side. The ear is often fetid.

Diagnostics: A complete health work-up will often reveal other signs of chronic disease.

Special Notes: The infectious agent should rarely be considered the true cause of the condition. The chronic problem is generally due to a wide variety of bacterial and yeast invaders that contaminate the primary otitis.

Principles for Supplementation: Antibacterial compounds can be used to help clear up the bacterial invaders, along with products that reduce inflammation and heat.







1 capsule per 20 lb bid or 1 scoop per 20 lb bid

Clears heat with immune support for ears.

Super EPAVET12 or Omega PlusVET12

Cats:1 gelcap Omega PlusVET sid
Dogs:2 gelcaps/25 lb Super EPAVET sid

Reduces inflammation.


To help you quickly find the right Integrative Medicine formulas and manufacturers to help treat your dogs, cats and horses, please refer to the Veterinarians’ Desk Reference
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A warm compress helps to ease the pain, irritation and inflammation associated with an ear infection. Apply to the affected area several times a day.


» If you board your canine or feline, make sure to bring your own medication bottle for them to use for an existing ear infection.


» As always, prevention is in the best interest of your beloved canine or feline’s optimal health.  Regular weekly ear cleaning is imperative for healthy ear hygiene and preventing future ear infections. Knowing how to properly clean your pet’s ears will not only save you money but will also help your cherished canine or feline avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort.


» Proper cleaning your pet’s ears can be done with an over-the-counter solution. Make sure to use an adequate amount of the solution – filling up the ear until it almost overflows.  Place your thumb and first two fingers at the base of the ear and gently squeeze and massage the ear until you hear a slushy sound in the ear canal.  Keep a paper towel or washcloth handy to wipe up the overflow.  If the ears are dirty, one rinse may not be, enough – you will have to do this at least twice to remove as much wax and debris as possible from the ear. Do not use cotton swabs (Q-tips) to clean your dog or cat’s ear; doing so may:


» Push the wax further into the ear canal;


» Push an infection deeper into the ear;


» Create a future infection; or


» Cause injury.   




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