The tea craze at my house continues. I’ve even gotten my dog in on the act. She drinks chamomile tea.
I should put a cautionary statement on this column: This column might not be suitable for adults with a weak stomach.
My dog has had ear problems since I adopted her about eight years ago. I didn’t know what the issue was exactly. I would take her to the vet when they would flare up. He’d put her on antibiotics and prednisone. She would get better. After a few weeks or a couple months, one or both ears would start flaring up again. It seemed to be an endless cycle.
A groomer told me I really should be using medicated ear rinse on her ears. I purchased some at Walmart and it worked. It was awesome. As long as I used it once or twice a week, her ears were fine. That lasted a couple years – it was bliss, after what I had been through.
Then, the store stopped selling it. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I searched online and discovered that the manufacturer stopped making it. I began a frantic search and found something different. I found Zymox with hydrocortisone. It works, but the price went from $8 a bottle to approximately $24 a bottle – three times a much.
A couple years later, she developed an aural hemotoma. I don’t want to get too descriptive here, but it’s a pool of blood that collects between the skin and the cartilage of the pet’s ear flap. It’s typically caused by overly aggressive ear scratching or head shaking that results from an ear infection. She needed surgical correction.
I will shorten this part of the story.
She had surgery but it wasn’t healing. What followed was a few months of regular trips to the vet, more laser treatments than I can count, and finally a follow-up surgery that included a deep cleaning because nothing was working. Her ear finally began to heal. I was very thankful.
Just when I felt it was finally over, she got worms. After treatment, they came back a couple of months later. Then, it happened again. I couldn’t help but wonder if her immunity was weakened. I felt mine definitely was, because it was quite the ordeal.
That’s when I started wondering if tea would help her. I read that chamomile is very effective at preventing and expelling both roundworms and whipworms in dogs. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which calm the intestinal tract. I decided to give her chamomile tea the next morning and see what happens. She liked it. Within a few days, she appeared to be worm free and jumping around the house like a puppy. She was acting sluggish before so this was a pleasant change.
It would suggest that you consult a vet before giving your dog any type of herb or homemade treatment. Your dog might have an allergy. I did not, because I’m a rebel sometimes.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.