What your pet’s ears may be telling you about their health.
Hearing is one of our most important senses and
our ears are one of the opening sensory orifices. When we see outward signs of
irritation, shaking the head, constant scratching the ears, smell a foul smelling discharge, see redness
(inflammation or fever) or the ears are tender to the touch – pay attention!
Your animal is talking to you and letting you know that there is an imbalance
in their body and we need to bring it back to homeostasis. There may be many
causes for the ears to have such conditions, most often an underlying allergy is to blame, but
moisture or water left in the ear can cause infections allowing bacteria and
yeast to grow. Diet can also be a contributor to yeast in the ears.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidney meridian opens to the ears so, when ear problems are present, it may a kidney deficiency or imbalance and by treating the kidney we can resolve the ear issue. Redness, infection, or inflammation in the ear would indicate an excessive yang pattern and it is necessary to clear the heat and cool the blood. Following TCM one could do this by feeding cooler proteins in the diet such as turkey, fish, rabbit, beef or pork. Another form of resolving ear problems in Traditional Chinese Medicine is by working on acupressure points that will repair the kidney and the lower Triple Heater meridians and bring balance back in addition to calming the inflammation and irritation in the ears. Acupressure points along the Kidney and Triple Heater meridians that will cool blood and clear the sensory orifice by dispelling external wind are Ki1, Ki10, TH1, TH10, TH17. Points to consider to stop the progression of hearing loss are TH21, SI19 and GB2. See diagram for points.
There are many natural and holistic ways that we can deal with ear issues and that will aid in getting rid of yeast, allergies and moisture. As mentioned above, you can adapt the diet to cool the body down according to the meridian system or you can muscle test to find exactly what your individual animal needs to be eating to clear the issue.
Herbs that can be very helpful in relieving symptoms of ear discomfort and yeast or fungus are:
- Clean ear with vinegar or witch hazel
- Aloe vera oil soothes
- Garlic, sage and thyme have anti-fungal properties
- Yellow dock
Flower Essences such as Crab Apple can cleanse the ear and can be offered orally or topically.
Essential Oils to use for ear indications are:
- Roman Chamomile
- Halo Ear Wash
- Earth Angel Oils has wonderful oils, unique sets and often has specials going on!
Homeopathic Remedies that could muscle test useful are:
- Chamomilla when very painful
- Hepar sulph when inflamed
- Graphites when smelly discharge
- Rhus tox when infection is chronic
- Traumeel Ear Drops
Energy work always helps and a technique used in Tellington Touch called ear slides will bring animals out of shock by sliding your fingers from the base of the ear up toward the tip of the ear. Doing this several times will calm the animal and bring them out of a trauma state. For basic energy work, please refer to our August 2011 newsletter in the archives.
Whether it is energy, acupressure, herbs or homeopathy, muscle testing each animal to determine the best method of healing is the ideal way to get a quick and simple solution. Not to sound like you are listening to a broken record (yes we talk about muscle testing all the time), but listen to your body and it won’t lie! If you do not know how to do muscle testing, we offer an instructional ebook that will teach you how to do it on both animals and people.
Consider learning more about natural ways to care for your pet at www.thelightfootway.com and look at our available workshops and new Membership site coming up that can help you with choosing your pet’s diet or helping him or her with any emotional issues.
Make holistic animal care a way of life, not a last resort!
Blessings to you and the animals you love!