What Are Cankers?
A canker is a fungal disease of woody plants. Weeds and other organic substances that enter the ear combined with moisture can result in an ear canker. It causes inflammation and infection in the ear and auditory canal. Canker infections can produce a foul smell and a darkish discharge that emanates from the ear. Like ear mites, this infection causes cats pain and irritation.
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Natural Remedies For Treating Ear Cankers
Natural remedies are highly beneficial for treating cankers and maintaining ear health in cats. They are safe to use and have no side effects. Herbs such as rosemary, marigold, and mullein combined with tea tree essential oil keep the ear canals clear and free of blockages, soothe itching and maintain the normal balance of flora in the ears. There some ready-made natural remedies available that contain these herbal ingredients such as Ear Dr. from PetAlive.
Making Own Canker Remedies
It is equally possible to make your own natural canker remedies. If the canker is due to a simple infection, clean your cat’s ears internally with a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Mix half a teaspoon of the vinegar with three teaspoons of water. Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply it to the inside of the ear, three times during the day. Alternatively, wash the ears three times daily with a witch hazel extract, four drops diluted in a tisane of horehound.
Remove as much as possible of the built-up dark brown matter. Avoid Q-tips for cleaning as they may cause damage to the ear. After cleaning mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with one teaspoon of almond oil and add six drops of Swedish bitters. Warm the mix slightly until it has reached a tepid temperature and administer four drops into your cat’s ear. Gently massage the area around-ear for a few moments afterward.
Treat the condition during the day and make sure that in the evening you give the ears a good clean out with dry cotton wool until the inside ear is as moisture-free as possible. You can also use a hairdryer on low heat to speed up the drying process. Leave the ears dry overnight and resume treatment in the morning.