Here is an article submitted by our friend, holistic veterinarian Dr. Shawn Messonnier. I’ve been on his radio show several times discussing the benefits of ThePetCheckup, and Dr. Shawn is a big fan of the product. I asked him to share his thoughts about a condition he sees on a daily basis at his practice, Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano, Texas.
*****Not a day goes by that I don’t see a pet with ear disease. All too often the pet has suffered from an ear (and often skin) infection for many months (and in a few recent cases over 4 years!!) Since I focus on a natural approach to healing, my treatment relies more on herbal remedies than conventional drugs (which often have side effects and which don’t always work.)
Here’s my approach to pets with ear and skin disease.
First, properly diagnose the infection by looking at a swab of the ear discharge under the microscope.
Second, thoroughly clean the ears in the office before sending the pet home. This reduces the infection and pain and makes it easier to treat/clean the ears at home.
Finally, use the most natural products that have the best chance to work in treating the infected ears.
I routinely use 2 natural products I’ve developed for the specific purpose of treating infections. The first is Olive Leaf Plus. It’s my favorite supplement to use for pets with ear and skin infections caused by yeasts and bacteria (and is one of the main reasons I rarely use antibiotics and have never used anti-fungal medications in my practice for these pets.) It’s also a great supplement to use to support your pet’s immune system (pets with chronic skin and ear infections, or any infections for that matter, need immune support) and is also used by healthy pets as well as those with any illness in which immune support would be beneficial (all of my cancer patients use Olive Leaf Plus as well.)
Second, I send home a bottle of Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash. The herbs contained in the ear wash relieve inflammation, help fight infection, and leave your pet’s ears smelling great!
Following successful resolution of the ear infection, I encourage owners to continue to use the ear wash every 24-48 hours and after bathing to keep the ears clean and odor-free.
While I can’t promise your pet will achieve the same results as my patients, and I can’t make any drug claims since this product is not a medication, I can share my own experiences with you. Since using Olive Leaf Plus and Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash as part of my protocol for pets with ear and skin problems, my use of conventional medications has decreased significantly for these problems. For those of you wanting to try to avoid excessive use of antibiotics and anti-fungal medications, here is my protocol to get you started:
*For skin problems, use Dr. Shawn’s Itch Relief Shampoo either daily or several times each week followed by Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash to keep the ears clean following bathing, plus Olive Leaf Plus until the skin problem is resolved.
*For ear problems use Dr. Shawn’s Herbal Ear Wash twice daily for 2-4 weeks plus Olive Leaf Plus for 2-4 weeks.
You can order these products online by going to www.petcarenaturally.com
and clicking on the link to Dr. Shawn’s Naturals Store on the left side of the page. Be sure to enter code “tpc” to save 10% on your order.