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How To Treat Ear Infection In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you give a dog the antibiotic Minocycline for ear infections?
    I realize it is a drug mainly used for acne on humans, but I have also heard that it can treat ear infections in dogs. If anybody knows if this is accurate please let me know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask my vet this question. One of the things you don't know is the correct dosage, or duration of dosage for the weight of your dog. It's used for a lot of different things, but only a vet can safely prescribe the amount needed. Check the official site below (scroll down to "Indications and Usage for Minocycline").

      Misuse of antibiotics is one of the major reasons for the appearance and prevalence of MRSA. I now have 3 family members who suffer with this. Please consult with your vet. I have successfully used Prednisone to treat a spinal injury on one of my dogs, but I did it with my vet's dosage recommendation and supervision.

  3. QUESTION:
    If my dog won't let me treat the ear infection what can I do. We havd ear drops from the vets he tries to bite
    The dog won't even let you put a muzzel on him to treat the ear infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet or even take the dog back in and have the tech show you how they do it. Its necessary he gets it and maybe your dog needs some training classes as then he wouldnt try to bite. Most dogs do not and should not need muzzles .

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat my dog ear infection at home?
    she keeps pawing her ears, there is a strong odor coming from her ear, and she is shaking her head alot! i know she has a ear infection and she has had a couple in the past! she is deadly afraid of the vet and i was wondering if there is anything i can put it in or should i take her to the vet? please give me things i can do to treat her ear infection at home if possible
    my dog eats innova and there r no grains in it! she is a golden retriever and they are just prone to ear infections! thanks everyone tried the vinegar and it helped!

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. Try to get one that has measurement lines on the outside). I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (try to get the 91% alcohol )
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  5. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  6. QUESTION:
    How much would it cost to get my dog treated for an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I was just wondering how much would it cost to get him treated?
    I think it's pretty bad because inside his ear is pink and crusty and he always whines and tilts his head and scratches his ears more than usual and also it smells bad :(

    So yeah how much would it cost, in Australia (Perth,WA)?

    • ANSWER:
      It really depends on the cause of the infection, how severe it is, and your individual vet.
      My dog was recently treated for an allergy caused ear infection- I took her to the vet the day after she started showing symptoms (as they appeared in the evening) and I needed an emergency appointment because it was on a Sunday- so the price was a little higher than normal.
      All up it cost around 0 to treat- approx. of that would have been on the appointment, and the rest of it was for medication- she had a special ear cream, had a painkiller injection, and I also got about 250 cortisone tablets to treat her allergies. I live in Vic, Australia if thats anything.

  7. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to take a dog to a vet on average?
    I need to take my dog to the vet to treat an ear infection. Also, why does it cost so much?!?!

    • ANSWER:
      I understand the money situation. Depending on where you stay there are places set up that charge by income and such and vet usually charge to for a visit. Depending on how bad the infection he might just antibiotics if thats the problem you can always ask the vet if any of the antibiotics that are free and some grocery stores could be used. Or ask for generics.

  8. QUESTION:
    is there anything i can do at home to treat a possible ear infection for my dog?
    My dog is 1 yr old and i think she has an ear infection because sometimes i touch it and she cries. What can i do at home that won't hurt her and is cheap?

    • ANSWER:
      Growing up we had a dog that got ear infections alot the vet told us to take the dog outside and pour peroxide into the ear the dog would shake it out instantly we"d do this a couple times a day until the infection was gone

      Make sure the peroxide is warmed a bit in water so it will be less of a shock to the dog. Place the container in warm water for a while.

      if no improvement in a 2-3 days I'd take him to the vet.

  9. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  10. QUESTION:
    what kind of natural treatments are there for ear infection in dogs?
    i have a mini doxie that weighs 7 lbs and she is about 9 yrs old, she has an ear infection and i wanted to see if i could try and treat it at home.. any suggestions on antibiotics that dogs can take that are for people ? or what can i use inside the ear?

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to take the dog to the vet to get the correct medication.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the correct duration that otomax should be used for dog's ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection and was prescribed otomax by the vet. I have read that otomax is usually given for seven days, however the vet prescribed it for fourteen days once a day. Is this too long to give this medication? Would it be ok if I stopped at seven days if the infection has cleared up?

    • ANSWER:
      Use it as long as the vet prescribed. It is safe to be used for a very long time. I worked for vet that prescribed it to a dog every other day for the rest of the dog's life. Some dogs have chronic ear infections and they need the meds longer. Your dog's infection may go deeper or maybe it is a really bad infection. But you should always do what your vet tells you to do. They went to school for a very long time to learn how to treat animals.

  12. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  13. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a natural ear infection remedy for dogs?
    My Basset Hound has had a couple ear infecions caused by yeast and she has another one now. In the past she has used prescription Mometamax. Is there a natural remedy that will treat and cure the infection? I want to avoid taking her to the vet again if at all possible.
    I dont need smart assed answers please, I know what my dog has, I know that Basset Hounds are susceptible to ear infections, I take care of her and Im a big believer in natural cures. If you cant answer my question with a logical, polite answer dont answer at all.
    THANKS in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      My bulldog Bulldozer used to get sore ears and they smelled like cheese. So my vet said to try vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Fifty percent of each or half and half.
      The vinegar breaks down the gunk and the alcohol dries up water from say a bath. I used it after every bath and some times in between. Do not use it more than once a week. Too much drying can be painful. Also the smell of funky ears can draw flies that will bite and aggravate you puppy.

      Best to do this outside and only if your dog really trusts you. I had someone else pour in the medicine I would hold him still and hold his ear open. Then we would filler up. Flop his ears closed and massage the sides of his head and then let him go. This is the gross part he would shake his head and any thing loosened up would come out. Every thing would fly out. So we did this outside and in not our best clothes. With a floppy eared dog you will need to wipe away the excess after he shakes his head. Towel drying his head if he goes out in the rain or sprinkler etc is also a good idea. They don’t sweat but their skin and ears produces oil like ours.

      Do not use this solution if your dog has open sores the vinegar and the alcohol will sting.

      You could get bit or he may never let you touch his / her head again.

      Never never ever use hydrogen peroxide. The foaming action causes pressure and can damage their ears permanently.

  14. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  15. QUESTION:
    Recipe for a home maid dog ear infection liquid for my dog anyone?
    I have a Scottish terrier and she has a really bad ear infection I had this home maid dog ear infection cure but I lost the ingredients directions. Does anybody have a recipe for a homemade ear infection cure for dogs that ALWAYS works.

    • ANSWER:
      Trying to use home remedies and letting the infection go without proper treatment will ultimately make things worse. Take the dog to a veterinarian where they can identify what kind of infection it is, and can give you medication to treat it.

  16. QUESTION:
    How to treat a mild ear infection?
    Now that my dog has been to the vet, it's confirmed that he does have a very mild case of an ear infection. I know I should buy an ear cleaner, right? He's a floppy eared dog, so how should I wash his ear, and what should I do to prevent it from occurring/progressing any further? Also, what kind of cleaner do you recommend? I'm definitely going to check reviews and stuff, just wanted to get some insight.
    Sorry, my bad, it's a mild yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go, ingredients cost about from your local drug store:

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and wateR(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  17. QUESTION:
    Best way to treat a dogs ear infection?
    So my dog has an fairly severe ear infection. He's had it for almost a year now, and weve spent about 00 (AUD) on treatment mainly with antibiotics, but nothing has worked. During the colder months, he's been in even more distress than usual. We've called the main veterinary hospital in my city, but they wont touch him until the antibiotics have stopped the infection. All up, starting treatment again will cost another 00 or so.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Has any vet suggested a TECA - total ear canal ablation - with an LBO - lateral bulla osteotomy? Yahoo search these procedures and discuss with your vet. I believe these options suit your situation.

      Add: Might want to see a new vet if your current one has allowed this to continue for a year without making these suggestions.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to get rid of a dogs ear infection?
    My chow chow dog has a ear infection ive been trying to get rid of it but i cant please help it would be great to know thank you
    i couldnt really find anything the vet said just look for some medicines or so but what kind ? or anything else to treat him
    well my vet said look for some medicines at my closest pet store and ask them
    i dont know why my vet sent me somewhere else they were really packed lol

    • ANSWER:
      Really, the only way is with antibiotics from your vet. Ear infections, if left untreated, can cause permanent hearing loss not to mention, it is very painful for the dog.

      ADD:
      Wow! I would find another vet. It is very discouraging that they are not willing to treat an ear infection. I certainly would not trust them with any future problems your dog may have.

  19. QUESTION:
    What should i do if my dog has an ear infection?
    i think my dog has an ear infection because his ear looks really bad. he also keeps shaking his head a lot and is trying to scratch his ear. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection in dogs calls for medical attention. While some cases of this disease may heal naturally, veterinarians should be involved in the treatment process. It is essential to treat dog ear infection the moment it starts so as not to worsen your dog's condition. All dog owners have to be well-informed about this disease.

      There are three types of ear infection in dogs – the outer ear infection, middle ear infection, and the inner ear infection. It is easy to know if your dog has an outer ear infection. You'll often see the symptoms of this disease, which is usually characterized by inflammation and foul-smelling wax discharge.

      Or it could be ear mites
      Ear mites can cause discomfort and itching.

      Take him to the vet. The vet will take a sample, analyze it and give you the appropriate meds for the dog.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can acupuncture be used to treat behavior problems in dogs?
    My holistic vet used acupuncture to treat my dog's chronic ear infections when she was a puppy, with a lot of success. She is ten years old and has never had ear infections since. I heard the end of a story on NPR recently about acupuncture being used to treat behavior problems in dogs. Has anybody heard anything about this, and if so what?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is going to depend on the type of behavioral problem and your vet's clinical experience with it. If the dog seems prone to fear or panic, has anxiety, or tends to be obsessive-compulsive, then I think acupuncture could be quite effective. In general, acupuncture has a calming effect on people and animals. And, it won't have the side-effects of the pharmaceuticals that are sometimes used to treat behavioral issues.

      Also, don't rule out massage for your dog ...
      http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/results.asp?WRD=dog+massage

      May I suggest you look at these resources:
      http://www.acupuncture.com/animals/dog.htm
      http://www.beaveranimalclinic.com/holistictreatment.html#veterinaryacupuncture
      http://www.beaveranimalclinic.com/educationalmaterials.html

      I think you should go back to your vet. Get a diagnosis for the behavioral problem from both the Eastern and Western perspectives. Ask if the vet has successfully treated that problem before with acupuncture or Chinese medicine. Ask about other holistic therapies, like Bach Flower Remedies and homeopathics. Ask your vet if massage (by you) could be an adjunctive therapy for your dogs problem.

      Good luck =)

  21. QUESTION:
    Is there anything over the counter that will work for a dog ear infection?
    I CAN NOT afford the vet right now, so is there anything over the counter that will work? and not make the infection worse? Can i give my dog human ear infection medicine or antibiotic?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of ear infections that dogs can get. I would not advise you to give your pet some medication that could be the wrong one, it might make your dog sick.

      Some vets will let you make payments. Ask your friends If they know of a vet in your area that will do that, and perhaps ask if they could donate 2 to 5 dollars toward the vet bill. If they do not know of one then start calling vets from the phone book.

      My daughter has worked for different vets while putting herself through college. She told me how some of the vets will accept payments. She also worked for three years at an emergency vet clinic, which is how I learned how dangerous it can be to treat what we think is wrong with our pets.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my dogs ear infection?
    My cocker spaniel has some kind of ear infection, we can't really afford to take her to the vets, she constantly is itching her ears and they smell awful no matter how much we wash her. Is there any home remedies that can help or anything I can buy?

    • ANSWER:
      If she does have an Ear Infection, then the only thing that is going to get rid of it, is Antibiotics and only a vet can give them to you. Ear Infections are very painful and if you don't have them properly treated by a vet, your dog can go deaf in one or both ears. There are No Home Remedies for Ear Infections and if you mess around with your dogs ears yourself and start putting medication or anything in your dogs ears, you will cause more pain, you will cause more damage and you can cause your dog to go deaf. You have no choice but to take your poor dog to the vet and you better do it soon. It's cruel, inhumane and Against The Law to allow an animal to suffer in pain and not provide it with proper veterinary care. Most vets work out payment plans with you, so you can pay them for treating your dog later. Emergency Vets are open 24/7 including holidays, so you can take her there. Have a Happy New Year.

  23. QUESTION:
    My dog has nerve damage on one side of his face. Is it painful for him?
    He has been treated for ear infection twice this last year. The vet said his nerve will not recover. He has had this for over a year and just started staggering and falling one week ago. He also walks around in circles and is very restless. He is now taking nausea and thyroid meds and eye drops. His eye has not blinked in one year and is very red and somewhat sunken looking. Is that also normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Nerves are what make us feel so if he has loss of nerves he will not feel anything or have reduced sensation.
      At my vet surgery we have a cavalier that has facial pausie (nerve damage) due to Cushings disease (hyperadrenocorticism), it comes and goes. His owners give him "Natural tears" to help with his non blinking. Its normal for these eyes to be sunken and red, buit the more you lucricate them the better.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is a natural, home made remedy and cure for an ear infection in dogs?
    My 17 week old bichon frise had an ear infection about 3 weeks ago. we took him to the vet and the vet gave us an antibiotic, which seemed to make the infection go away for a while. but now i think its back, which means that the antibiotic did not really work. I need a homemade remedy that can cure and prevent it. Thanks :]
    And could you include directions on how to put it in his ear? thanks sooo much :]

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely your dog has an ear infection, ear mites, or both. Depending on where you live and the type of dog you have this may be very common and frequent throughout the dog’s life. Ear infections can be caused by a number of factors, anything from high humidity to poor nutrition, ear mites usually come from the ground a dog plays, or sleeps in, (ear mites are common in dogs that live around livestock). Both ailments are easy to treat at home and easy to prevent. Make a solution following this formula: One part white distilled vinegar, one part isopropyl alcohol, and one part hydrogen peroxide. DO NOT LET THE DOG DRINK THIS! FOR USE IN THE EAR CANAL ONLY! Mix them together and put the mixture in a bottle that has a rounded tip on it so it can be slightly inserted into the dog’s ear canal, (a dog’s ear canal is very deep compared to human’s) gently flood the ear canal and the outer ear with the liquid, use a clean towel to wipe away liquid that runs out of the ear and then let the dog shake to dry it’s ear. Do this 4 to 6 times a day for two days and then 3 to 4 times a day for five days and after the seven days is over your dog should have clean and pretty ears. If your dog is prone to re-infection I would consider improving his diet, if your dog is getting ear mites from his surroundings, then you can simply re-treat with the afore mentioned solution. If after seven days of the prescribed treatment the dog shows no improvement in his condition then take him to the vet. A good nutritional supplement that you can add to any type of dog food is “Dinovite”. I have used this in the past on dogs with re-occurring ear infections and it works wonders for preventing infection and maintaining general overall health. www.dinovite.com

  25. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for ear infections?
    My dog is showing all the symptoms of a minor ear infection and before putting her through a car ride and trip to the vet's office, does anyone know of any good home remedies for the treatment of ear infections?
    (If it matters, my dog is an 85 lbs American Pit Bull Terrier with no prior history of ear problems)

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, if she has an ear infection, you would be better off taking her to the vet. She most likely will need antibiotics to fight the infection. In the future, you could wipe out her ears with a 1 to 10 solution of vinegar and water to keep them clean. Only wipe the outer ear with a cotton ball; any further in and you can cause damage to her ear. It usually isn't too expensive to treat the infection, either.

  26. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to treat a Crocker Spaniel with ear infections?
    I have a rescued crocker spaniel that is deaf from ear infections. She has one now and the old owner has been taking her to the vet but the infection is not improving and it smells aweful. Any natural suggestions, she is such a sweet dog and needs to get this straighten out.

    • ANSWER:
      my friend had a cocker spaniel who would sometimes have ear issues ... she would use a hair clip to clip the ears together on top of the head which would allow better airflow into the canals ... it helped in conjunction with whatever she was given by the vet

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog's itchy ears at home?
    I think my dog has an ear infection or ear mites. Do you know of a good home remedy to treat the symptoms?

    I have already made and used a solution of 1/3 water 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol...

    Any suggestions will help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites MAY be treatable with the use of Revolution from your vet. This is a prescription medication, so it will require that your dog has been seen within a year, and has had a heartworm/lyme test within that time.
      Yeast or Bacteria will require a topical antibiotic such as Mometamax, again, from your vet. You can't get rid of bacteria without an antibacterial. Products like Mometamax contain antibiotics designed to kill the bacteria that is commonly found in the ears.

      Yeast/Bacteria debris tends to be moist, while ear mites tend to have dry, crusty debris.

      The problem with oils (sorry) is that mites and yeast especially do very will in oil. While it may help with the inflammation, I've seen many, many yeast infections flourish with the use of oils and over-the-counter ear treatments.

      No matter what you choose to do, do not use Q-tips. You should never put anything larger than an elbow in any ear, as you risk permentantly damaging the ear. At the very least, pick up a pH-balancing ear cleaner, apply it to the ear, and mush it around to break up the debris, then use a chunk of cotton to wipe it out.

      Allergies often cause some sort of discharge as well, and itchiness. Again, only a vet could tell you what exactly is going on in the ears.

  29. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are cattle dog breeds prone to getting ear infections?
    I know how to treat it as my lab gets cronic ear infections. I was just wondering if the cattle dog breeds are prone to it too. What my lab gets can't be passed to other dogs so I know he didn't get it from our lab. Yes, he is already being treated for it...I was just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      any breed with floppy ears are more prone to getting ear infections because they can get moisture in the ear canal and be unable to get it out by shaking their head were as a dog with ears that are up can easily get it out with shaking. it also depends ont eh immune system of the animal. just like people they can rarely ever be sick or be sick all the time. you never know until you spend time with them.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is causing my Pug to have chronic ear infections?
    After spending big bucks at the vet for ear infection medication, changing to wheat free dog food, keeping his ears clean (but not too clean) with natural ear wash, my pug continues to get ear infections and go deaf every few weeks. what else do i try?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have a food allergy that is not related to wheat. Some dogs are allergic to a specific protein source, usually beef, chicken, or eggs. He can also be allergic to corn or soy, or anything else for that matter. If you are trying to rule out a food allergy, you must feed a limited ingredient diet with novel protein and carb sources for 3 full months before making a determination. Good choices are Nature's Variety, California Natural (most affordable in the list), Natural Balance, Go! Natural, Eagle Pack Holistic, and Wellness Simple Solutions.

      That said, it may also be environmental allergies, which are treated by keeping him free from the offending allergens and giving oral medication. Does he itch a lot or are the ear infections his only symptom? If he does not itch or lick his paws I would doubt this is allergy-related. It may be another health issue altogether. You may need to get him a second opinion.

      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    What can I use as a substitute for canine ear wash?
    My dog is being treated for an unspecified ear infection and the Vet has asked me to clean his ears with an ear wash that I thought I had, but do not. I want to know if there are any substitutes for a commercially prepared ear wash.

    • ANSWER:
      16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol (or witch hazel)
      4 tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 drops Gentian Violet 1% Solution

      Mix all ingredients in the alcohol bottle & shake. (make sure you shake before every application).

      Treatment: Fill ear with solution & massage gently for 30 seconds and wipe with a tissue. Fill a second time and just wipe without massaging. The dog will shake the excess out. Be careful, the Gentian Violet could stain. I use a eye dropper to fill the ear.

      Treatment:
      2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
      1 time per day for the next 2 weeks
      1 time per month thereafter

      If you are concerned about the alcohol burning the inside of the ear (it could if the dog has been scratching its ear), then you can substitute the alcohol with witch hazel.

      All ingredients are available at a pharmacy. The Boric Acid is usually in the First Aid section where you find the alcohol.
      The Gentian Violet will be the hardest to find and may need to be special ordered. Rite Aid carries it, so does Longs....Walgreens? CVS? don't know.

  33. QUESTION:
    Which medication is the best for ear infection?
    My dog is a adult Tibetan, and it's having ear infection. I have used Otomax ear drop as medication but it's seen not effective at all and the illness is getting more serious. I live in Vietnam so that I couldn't get a very good animal medical treatment here. Is there any strong medicine better than Otomax? I think injection will work better. Could you give me some advice on treatment and what branch of medicine should i look for?
    Thank you a lot!

    • ANSWER:
      Injections aren't used for ear infecitons, ear drops are. The only thing that's going to work is the correct antibiotic from the vet after he's tested to find out exactly WHAT the infection is. Surely there's some good vets in Vietnam who can treat this very painful ear infection!

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I cure my dogs ear problem without going to the vet?
    My dog keeps shaking his head and rubbing his ear on my leg. I think its an ear infection, or ear mites but I don't want to go to the vet. It looks like theres alot of dark wax in that one ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't get ear mites as commonly as cats. Don't treat for something unless you are sure of what it is!!!!
      You can at least get a dog ear cleaner and some cotton balls and clean the ear out REALLY well twice daily. You can get WAY DOWN DEEP into the ear cannal since the dogs ear forms a 90 degree angle. You won't hurt the ear. It may be very sore if there is an infection though. If you are cleaning it really well and it isn't getting better, or you can't get down far enough due to the pain, you need to see a vet ASAP!!! A ear infection is painful and the dog shouldn't suffer with something that can be easily treated!!!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    What can I use as a substitute for canine ear wash?
    My dog is being treated for an unspecified ear infection and the Vet has asked me to clean his ears with an ear wash that I thought I had, but do not. I want to know if there are any substitutes for a commercially prepared ear wash.
    Thank you for all of your answers! I first noticed his head shaking and scratching a few days after a bath, so it is likely that I got water in his ears. (he will not allow cotton balls in his ears to prevent water entering). The vet tech said no to alcohol because it would burn, burn, burn!

    • ANSWER:
      mild soap and warm water, but that will only do if you have the anti-biotic drops to use after you wash them.

  36. QUESTION:
    Could the food my dog eats cause ear infections?
    I've posted a question before about my dogs ear infections and I've tried so much to help them heal. They just continue to become infected. Does anyone know if the food he eats cause this type of allergy? He is on large breed adult formula ProPlan.
    He's been on at least 5 different meds and has been to the vet continually.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it can contribute to it. Excess sugar can cause excess yeast and bacteria to form in the body. Corn has sugar and ProPlan has corn... you can only benefit from trying a hypoallergenic food with a protien source your dog has never had, and no corn or sugar products. I like Wellness brand Fish and Potato, or Natures Variety Venison & Rice. A less expensive food would be Sensible Choice Lamb and Rice. My dog eats that as her normal food, but it's not hypoallergenic. You can't give her treats with suger either, so check all your labels. It will take 2 months to know if it is helping for sure. Until then, use the drying/acidifying ear wash from the vet every day and use the medicated cream for 2 weeks at least to make sure you don't stop the med to soon. Continue cleaning the ears every day, or at least a couple times weekly. Also clean when they get wet or if it's humid. If she has other skin problems, like itchy feet and hot spots, it may be seasonal allergies and she may need benedryl-that'll help ears, too. Ask your vet. You can try putting a dribble of apple cider vinegar in his water dish. Also try acidophilis tablets in his food. That can help good bacteria fight the bad bacteria in his body. I do the same thing for myself...when I can afford it... spend to much on my pets...

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever used human antibiotics for their dog ear infection?
    My Shihtzu has an ear infection and it appears that a Vet bill is expensive. Do anyone have any feed back?

    • ANSWER:
      i have used polysporin ear drops on my dogs ears but it did not help the infection ... you have no idea what type of infection it is so you could not pick something to treat, you need a vet cuz an infection right next to the brain is not an infection you want to let get out of control ... i get surolan from my vet and it is great, one squish in the ear and within half an hour the dog stops shaking and scratching her ear ...

  38. QUESTION:
    Does the cold affect a dogs ear infection?
    My rot/mastiff mix has an ear infection and is on vet prescribed medication. I take him out in the yard in the evening to play with a laser light (his favorite toy). There is about 3 inches of snow on the ground right now. After we have been out there about ten minutes he starts shaking his head. When we come in he continues to do so and scratches at it more than he does before we go out. Could the cold be affecting it or possibly making it worse? Also I am cleaning his ears before I put the medicine in them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the cold will irritate a dog that has an ear infection. The ear canal is inflammed, and when the cold gets to it, the tiny blood vessels constrict. This is why he is shaking his head, because it feels funny. You are treating them, which is a good thing. Just keep doing what you are doing.

  39. QUESTION:
    How can I know if my dog is allergic to cooked chicken?
    My dog LOVES chicken and I have a hard time getting him to eat anything else. I know he needs other stuff, so I give him a vitamin (better be good quality - very expensive and got from vet). But I've read that a lot of dogs are allergic to chicken, and he has an ear infection right now that I'm not sure isn't an allergic reaction to the chicken. He does eat other things, and I get him to eat dry dog food as often as I can. He IS being treated, by the way, for the ear infection and a skin fungus.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a dog's ear infection without ear drops?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both ears and the vet gave us drops to put in twice a day, for 10 days, but my dog gets incredibly uncomfortable and turns aggressive when the ear drops come out. He won't let us near his ears when he knows what we're trying to do and snaps. We've tried a muzzle, and restraining him, but it's impossible to administer the drops properly, especially twice a day, without putting him through stress and discomfort.

    Is there any other possible treatments for ear infections? Such as, antibiotics to be take orally? That would be much easier!

    • ANSWER:
      It may be possible to treat orally, but to be honest, topical treatment is usually far more effective. Unfortunately needs must so if you have to use a muzzle to get this treatment where it needs to be, so be it I'd suggest you get back to your vet because obviously his ears are causing him pain, so some form of pain relief might be worth considering, to make it easier to treat him.

  41. QUESTION:
    What would you recommend for a dog's ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and she is constantly itching it. I didn't notice it until she came back from the groomer, who also pointed it out to me. I have ear drops from a previous ear infection. Is there anything I can use to provide instant relief from the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      Vet trip time!

      You need to determine the underlying cause of the infection - mites, bacterial, viral, fungal/yeast, debris - before you know how to treat it properly.

  42. QUESTION:
    How much will it cost to treat a ear hematoma ?
    My Lab had a mild ear infection and the vet wouldn't give him his usual drops so now i have seen a slight swelling inside his ear and think its a Hematoma and was wondering if anyone has had this treatment and how much it would cost. Thank you in advance.
    He suffer's from dermatitis and has eye and ear infections about 4 times a year cause of it, they told us about a week ago they would be intouch with his perscription and heard nothing so i will be intouch with them first thing in the morning.

    • ANSWER:
      "and the vet wouldn't give him his usual drops"? Are you saying that the dog is not being treated for the infection?
      If the hematoma is only slight, don't worry about it. It will go down in time. A for the infection, go read the reviews on Amazon.com for Zymox Otic. Mine is one of the many reviews. Zymox Otic will cure an ear infection. I know, I have a dog who has had chronic ear infections all her life. She has cost me an arm and a leg and my first born at the vets. Zymox Otic works! Most local pet stores carry it now.

  43. QUESTION:
    Could a cat ear infection need more than one treatment?
    My Bengal cat was treated for an ear infection with 2 weeks of amoxicillin twice a day and an injection of a long-acting corticosteroid. She also gets an ear cleaner every other day. On Friday it will be 3 weeks since the onset of her ear infection symptoms but she still has head tilt and some balance issues. Today I noticed she has discharge and foul odor again. Could she need another round of antibiotics to get rid of it? I'll be calling the vet in the morning but it's always good to get the advice of others as well.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that your cat may need another round of antibiotics. I have a dog that had an ear infection when I rescued her, and it took 2 rounds of antibiotics before the infection got cleared up. On the 2nd round the vet gave her a different antibiotic than what he had originally gave her. The second round did the trick. I am glad that you are calling the vet in the morning, just in case something else is going on. I hope that your cat feels better soon, ear infections can be so painful.

  44. QUESTION:
    What would cause chronic ear infections in my Springer?
    I have a Springer Spaniel who gets repeated ear infection..the brown gunky stuff. I've switched him to a premium dog food, eliminated corn too. It's gotten better, but he still reinfects quite frequently. I can get it to go away for awhile, but it always comes back.
    Any thoughts? I've heard those kind of ears are just prone to this.
    oh, of course I have seen a vet. That's who I got meds from..but it seems to always recur..that's my problem!

    • ANSWER:
      Springers and other spaniels are prone to ear infections because the ear flap doesn't always allow air circulation and instead trap dirt and ear wax with warm air, to create a yeasty mess.

      Your best bet is to clean out the inside ear flap and outer canal with witch hazel. Not soak it, just wipe it down, once a day, and dry thoroughly. Medicine is best when used to prevent ailments, not treat the effects. Keep your dog on the meds but make the habit of wiping down his ears daily to lessen the recurrence.

      I hope this helps you!

  45. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the difference between dirty ear and ear mites?
    My dog had an ear infection before and ever since that I clean her ears once a week. The stuff that I use is Virbac Epi Otic ear cleaner that I bought from the vet. But even though I use that her ears still start to odor after a few days before the next routine cleaning. I read that ear mites can be hard to tell because they're really small and that they leave "crusty " stuff in the ear. I've always thought that when I clean my dogs ear it was dirt and earwax coming out. Can it be possible that she has ear mites? How can I tell the difference between just plain dirty ears and ear mites.

    Also she likes to play outdoors in the yard (sunbath, roll around, play her toys, etc) but the grass has been treated with insect killer during this last summer.

    • ANSWER:
      What you might do is schedule an appointment with the vet to recheck her ears and DO NOT clean them until your vet looks at them. because if it is ear mites and you clean all the debris away they are almost impossible to see. Usually you can see them when looking through the otoscope as they move around on the debris, but if the debris is gone they are very hard to find. And yes it is possible that they are ear mites and the Epi Otic wont treat that. Talk to your vet. Good luck

      dont use a qtip unless you know exactly what you are doing. A dogs ear canal is an L shape and qtips can break off inside their ear if you dont know how to use them on a dog. Also if it smells it is probably a yeast infection and they have certain meds to treat it but the vet will need to take a sample of the debris so again DO NOT CLEAN THEIR EARS UNTIL THE VET LOOKS AT THEM!!

  46. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep getting ear infections?
    My 3 year old lab mix has had 6 ear infections (yeast) in the last year. I do clean them regularly. I changed her food to canidea lamb and rice. She is seen by her vet on a regular basis. What else can I do to help prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the breed.. terribly chronic ear infections are a normal occurrence for labradors. My dog is only half labrador (half spaniel which is another breed prone to ear probs) and she suffers from the same chronic infections.. Well she used to, the only thing that worked was an ear wash made with glacial acetic acid or me using vinegar. All of the Otomax, and Surolan didn't do crap!! So glacial acetic acid is a component of vinegar, it works really well, you can also use diluted cider vinegar which works well too.

      Man I took my dog to the vet so many times for her ear problems, she got an aural hematoma, had to have surgery, so many ear infections and ear drops and nothing worked.. except for vinegar. Sometimes vets are so worried about making a buck off you they forget to mention the most simple and effective remedies. If you want to prevent her ear infections use diluted vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe her ears with once or twice a week.. eventually she won't even need it much anymore. My dog doesn't even get her ear infections at all now after I used this method and changed her food.

      Two causes of ear infections which are generally the culprit in labs are inhalant allergies and food allergies.A switch to Lamb and rice generally helps but only if the new food has NONE of the same ingredients of the old food. It takes about 1 month to notice improvement. Inhalant allergies can be treated with Benadryl during allergy season.. IF you notice she gets ear infections around spring and fall chances are she has inhalant allergies and you can call you vet for dosage by weight of OTC benadryl.

      Anyway that's my experience with ear infections, took me forever to prevent them in my dog but shes yeast free now. If you get a chance visit http://www.marvistavet.com and check out the food/inhalant allergy pages in their pet web library.. it was of great help to me. Peace!

  47. QUESTION:
    How to treat a dogs ear infection (yeast) without going to the vet?
    My dog had the same problem 6 months ago and now it is back. What is the best medicine I can buy that I DO NOT NEED to go to the vet for. I would like to try something first before I make a vet appt.
    I can afford the vet but I am looking for an alternative first. Me buying ear drops for him at a pet store is NOT illegal. I know it's an ear infection because this is normal it happens to him often. This time I want to try something BEFORE I take him to the vet. I already spend a lot between his anxiety and CCD medicine, heartworm prevention, parasite prevention, and flea & tick prevention not to mention the food I must have him on because his digestive system is not strong. So thank you but I did think about it before I got him 2 1/2 years ago. Most pet owners don't end up having to spend that extra 0+ for health issues in their dog at least not a 2 1/2 year old dog. Guess what I kept him and make sure he has what he needs. I am asking for a BRAND of medicine (ear drops) that people have had success with. THAT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Especially when the infection is a normal thing with him because of his ears I know the problem, I'm looking to try a different solution this tim
    Ok look I know what can happen due to an infection I have been down this road with him and every time he has went straight to the vet. So I do know exactly what can happen, I also know WHEN it is to late for me to try something FIRST. I am pretty familiar with this issue now and catch it right off the bat.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I'd try is switching to a grain-free low-carbohydrate food, such as Orijen, Wellness Core or Artemis Maximal Dog, or better still, a raw prey model diet. If the problem persists after a couple of weeks, ask your vet for an Rx for an oral antifungal such as itraconazole or griseofulvin. Topical medications seem to lose their effectiveness when used repeatedly for persistently recurring infections.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I treat and keep ear yeast infections from coming back in my dogs ears?
    Male lab and he gets recurring yeast infections in his ears. The vet treats it with medicine but it always comes back.

    • ANSWER:
      well keep his ears clean and without hair, you might want to cut it, and give him the ear drops every 4 days.

      good luck..

  49. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...


how to treat ear infection in dogs

Dog Fungal Infection Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to increase dog immunity to fight fungal infection?
    Our Labrador dog is very sensitive to skin fungal infection. For two years ,it has been to clinic to get medicine from vet very often almost every two months. When stop antifungal drug (normally 1 month of treatment), the skin problem come up again. Please kindly suggest and help.

    • ANSWER:
      go to the vet and get it checked out and you will be able to

  2. QUESTION:
    How to increase dog immunity to fight fungal infection?
    Our Labrador dog is very sensitive to skin fungal infection. For two years ,it has been to clinic to get medicine from vet very often almost every two months. When stop antifungal drug (normally 1 month of treatment), the skin problem come up again. Please kindly suggest and help.

    • ANSWER:
      I think they feed some sort of sulphur , but you should consult a vet ,

  3. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to help save a dog with Blastomycosis?
    My dog has been diagnosed with Blastomycosis, which is a fungal infection and is fatal. I can not afford the 00 it would cost for proper treatment. Any at home fungal sprays or anything I could try to save him?
    Just wanted to clarify that it is a fungal infection of the lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      blastomycosis disseminates in dogs or people, antifungal therapy is necessary. Otherwise, the disease will progress and can be fatal. Antifungal therapy presents problems to the human or veterinary clinician. There are a limited number of antifungal drugs, all of which require prolonged treatment, are very expensive, and pose significant toxicity problems. At present, the preferred treatment of canine blastomycosis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is with the triazole drug itraconazole. Other clinicians have reported success using **fluconazole (a different triazole), ketoconazole with amphotericin-B, or amphotericin-B alone. The latter drug presents risks because of its toxicity for the kidney. Therefore, renal function must be monitored carefully during amphotericin-B therapy. Amphotericin-B also presents problems because it cannot be given orally, is poorly soluble, and must be administered slowly by the intravenous route. Itraconazole, fluconazole, and ketoconazole can be given orally, and hence are much more readily administered, particularly to canine patients.

      edit* I am aware that this is a fungal infection of the lungs. Diflucan circulates thru the blood and attacks the fungus where it finds it be it the lungs or the skin.

  4. QUESTION:
    Oridermyl for fungal infection on dogs leg?
    I brought my dog to the vet yesterday as she has developed 2 bald patches on the backs of her legs. He said it was a fungal infection and prescribed Oridermyl to be applied to the area twice daily.

    I thought Oridermyl was for ear problems only and have googled it for use in skin fungal infections but cannot find any information on this.

    I was wondering if anyone else had ever been prescribed this medication for a skin infection in their dog and also it is very difficult to stop her licking it - is this dangerous. Many thanks for any information.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with that particular medication, however topicals used to treat fungal infections in canines should contain either one or all of these ingredients to be effective;
      clotrimazole
      chlorhexidine acetate
      miconazole nitrate

  5. QUESTION:
    Can dewormer medication get rid of a ring worm in dogs?
    I took my puppy to the vet because she had something on her back. The vet said it could be a fungal infection or it could be a ring worm. The vet ended up not being a very good one and I have to go somewhere else but he did give me a dewormer medication just because she was a puppy. He didn't give me any other medication for a fungal infection or anything else. Will the dewormer medication get rid of a ring worm if she has it?

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm will not be solved with a dewormer. Ringworm is not actually a worm at all. It is a fungal infection of the skin.

      It is itchy, and will cause your pets to lose spots of fur. The infection will continue to spread throughout the infected pets body, can and will be passed not only to your other pets, but also to you and your family.

      You should make an appointment with a veterinarian and take any pets with the infection in. Also, let the doctor know how many other pets you have at home and he will let you know the course of action for them.

      Do not share medication across species lines. Some medication can be extremely harmful if given to the wrong specie or even the wrong breed. If the medication was not prescribed for that pet, do not give it to him. Only give medications to the pet they were prescribed to.

      Good luck, and I recommend you get to the vet ASAP before your entire household comes down with ringworm! :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  7. QUESTION:
    My puppy has two circular dry patches of skin that he itches. He tested negative for ringworm. What is it?
    One patch is under his arm pit, the other is under his neck. He was tested for fungal infections twice and the results were negative. What else could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be mange or it could be a hot spot, it could also be a sign of hypothyroidism.

      The first is seen primarily in dogs with a compromised immune system - dogs on long-term strong medications, dogs that are malnourished, dogs fighting off or recovering from major diseases or illness, and dogs that are very stressed. Treatment involves killing off the mites with medicated shampoo and improving the dog's overall health.

      A hot spot is most common on dogs with long hair and is caused by moisture, heat, and/or dirt being trapped next to the skin and irritating it. These will be hot to the touch, and are not dry when forming, though the bare patches left behind may be. The treatment focuses on getting lots of air to the affected spot and keeping it clean and dry while it heals.

      The third is a hormonal condition, almost certainly genetic, that affects primarily middle-aged and older dogs. The thyroid controls a lot of hormones in the dog's body and when it is functioning at a lower-than-normal rate, your dog's hair does not get the signal to keep growing or to grow back. Thus, a patch where the hair is being worn away will remain hairless because it doesn't grow back fast enough to replace it. Treatment involves daily medication that simulates thyroid hormones so that his body functions like it should.

      Talk to the vet again, and maybe get a second opinion as well.

      P.S. are these patches where his collar/harness always sit? Does he wear them every day? If so, the hair may just be worn away and you have nothing to worry about.

  8. QUESTION:
    My puppy has very very bad skin allergys and I need help?
    My dog bella skin is so iritatted in on spot we tried medicine swittching her dog food. Im not the only one with this problem a few others said they are having the same problem. We have brought her to the vey numerous times. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      A single affected area, localized, is likely a hot spot, a bacterial skin infection that is not generalized over the entire skin, in need of removal of hair by close clipping, cleansing, and starting strong skin infection sensitive antibiotics, like the cephalosporin Simplicef, aka cefpodoxime, for a minimum of 14, up to 28, days. Your vet may not have tried the right antibiotic, or has not treated the infection long enough. Also, she must not chew or scratch the area. Usually, if it's itchy, the antibiotics, and potentially a systemic oral steroid, treat the itchiness immediately and the skin quiets and starts healing within 24 hours, thus they don't scratch at it uncontrollably.

      If you've done prolonged antibiotics already, and closely clipped and treated the wound at the vet's, then you may need to have the vet rule out Demodecosis, an infection of overpopulating normally existing demodex mites. This is ruled out with a skin scrape, and demodecosis is common in juvenile and geriatric dogs. If the mites are present, a skin scrape with a surgical blade scraping down to the follicle, deep enough to cause bleeding, will reveal demodex mites living in the follicle, deeper than they should be. Typically, they live on the skin's surface, cleaning it of dead cells and other detritus.

      Additionally, a fungal skin infection should be ruled out. A skin impression or tape prep may be necessary, staining the slide, and distinguishing bacteria from yeast, to rule out a fungal infection vs. bacterial only.

      Also, if the bacterial infection is secondary to allergies, a food allergy is only present in 10% of skin allergy dogs. But, reducing processing and by-products can help the immune system cope with the allergy. A homemade diet, frozen raw diet, or dehydrated food can help greatly with allergies. If the vet said she has allergies, try getting her tested at a veterinary dermatology clinic, verifying what agents cause an allergic reaction in your dog.

      The simplest explanation is a hotspot, or if not localized to a single affected area, a puppy pyoderma, affecting a large expanse of skin in the inguinal area, belly, armpits, and tailhead are the most commonly affected areas. Puppy pyoderma is a more generalized, very common skin infection among younger dogs. If Bella isn't really a "puppy" and is an adult, she my have pyoderma, atopy, or a fungal infection. If you've been to the vet more than twice in 4 weeks and she's still miserable, get a second opinion at another vet.

      Good luck getting her comfy!

  9. QUESTION:
    How likely is it for my children to become infected with worms if my dog is infected?
    My puppy, who we adopted from the local shelter, has a parasite infection and is going to the vet tomorrow for medicine and treatment. How worried should I be that my 5 and 3 year-old might become infected? What should I do? I am so freaked out.
    My 5-year-old has "helped" by picking up an accident with tissue, like mama and daddy do. I made sure she washed her hands, and told her to let mama and daddy do that next time, but now I am worried that maybe she didn't was good enough.
    resurrect_ed: There is no reason to be rude. And just because I am worried, and new to owning a dog, does not make me uneducated or stupid.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it depends on what type of worms the dog has. If the childern stay away from the dog poop then they should be fine. And since they washed their hands after they helped you, then there is no need to worry there.
      If your dog has tape worm, they cannot be transmitted through the feces at all. Tape worm they either get from ingesting fleas or eating a wild animal like a rat or a squrriel.
      Also, ring worm is NOT a parasite. It is a type of fungal infection of the skin.

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog seems to have lumps of dried skin on parts of his fur. Is it skin infection?
    A friend said it is fungal infection.
    Is it dangerous? What can I do - besides bringing it to the vet?
    What medications are there?

    I checked google and there are so many names - I've no clue which fits. It's like scales on the skin.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it is. Most dogs get this - However most people here wont be vets so any information given could be wrong and harmful to your dog.
      If you have any concersn first phone a vet (cheaper that way)
      and ask there advice. Or take dog to a vet. End of day you don't want anything serious to happen to your loved pet.
      Again though - I don't think it's anything to worry about.

  11. QUESTION:
    What shampoo should I use on my dog whose got bad dandruff?
    My Sheltie mix has got bad dandruff, especially in his undercoat. Does anyone know of a good antidandruff shampoo for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      There's no point applying a shampoo until you know the reason for the flaking skin, e.g food allergy, environmental allergy, inherited skin condition, over-shampooing, fungal infection. Take your dog to the vet for a proper diagnosis before you start applying medicated shampoos to his skin - many could make him worse.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from constantly chewing himself?
    My dog is a westie cross with a miniature German schnauzer and is forever chewing his skin. It's so bad he makes himself bleed and the vets have run out of options. Is it just my dog? And is there anything we can do to stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Either he has an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the treats or the food you give him, or the grooming products you are using), a fungal or bacterial skin infection, or mites.

      ALLERGIES

      Check for fleas. Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly because they like to hide but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the harmful chemicals of Frontline and Advantage which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can get rid of fleas in your yard where he roams by dusting it with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. See this link for more info on its use to control fleas http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food and treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Do not give him anything with wheat or corn. If the treats contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. If you have recently changed the food you give him, discontinue it and get food that has no grains and contains at least 50% crude protein.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product, discontinue it immediately.

      SKIN INFECTION

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money.

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  13. QUESTION:
    My dog has little orange bulb-like things on her face and belly. What is it?
    They look like they're little bulbs on a stem of some sort. They showed up at the corner of her eye, and then they spread. My sister was able to remove some of them, and I was looking at all sorts of skin conditions, fungal infections, and diseases for dogs. I have no clue what they are.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my dog to be so itchy?
    My newly adopted dog is so itchy! He can't go 10 minutes (unless he's sleeping) without itching. I know it's not fleas, and I don't know what could be wrong with him.

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I was in the same boat 6 months ago.
      I was considering everything, including fungal infection, scabies (mange) and all sort of allergies.
      Bathing in medicated shampoo didn't seem to make much difference.

      Then I discovered that my dog appears to be wheat intolerant, or more likely, intolerant to gluten in general.
      If he eats anything with wheat and/or corn, the next day he'll get lumps and bumps on his skin and he'll be scratching like crazy.
      The problem is, just about all the food from pet stores and/or supermarkets contains lots of wheat, corn, barley, and other grains as filler.

      I've tried switching to solely home cooked meals to figure out what ingredient(s) trigger his immune system to play up (i.e. allergic reaction), at least for a while until his skin has all cleared up.
      Well, that was five months ago and his skin looks (and smells) great now. He's doing so much better on a meat, rice and veges diet, I'm still reluctant to try any commercial dog foods. Perhaps "terrified" is a more appropriate word.

      After some research I found out that many, many dogs cannot handle grains with gluten very well,
      just like there are tonnes of humans that are gluten intolerant.
      Apparently, grains containing gluten isn't really great for anyone. It just so happens that it is much more damaging to some people/animals than to others.

      My advice is, try out a gluten free diet for your dog, even if just for a week to get some answers.
      If that is the problem, then skin problems is just one of the symptoms, and if not already, it's more than likely that other problems with the digestive track (intestines) will develop too, if the dog still gets to eat food with gluten.
      Seliac disease occurs in dogs too.
      Please don't ignore the signs, otherwise the dog may suffer badly and probably won't live long.

      Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    How can a human get rid of ringworm?
    I know a friend who's dog possibly might have ringworm & now since she itches non-stop & developed 2 red patches she's concerned she might have ringworm...Does anybody know how she can take it away & what to use...?

    • ANSWER:
      Topical antifungal drugs containing miconazole (Daktarin, Micatin & Monistat), clotrimazole (Canesten, Hydrozole), terbinafine (Lamisil), butenafine and tolnaftate (Tinactin), many available without a prescription, are used to clear up the infection. Pyrithione zinc, found in Head & Shoulders shampoo, is a very effective treatment for ringworm on the scalp and can be used as a body wash to assist in overall treatment.

      On September 28, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that Terbinafine (Lamisil by Novartis AG) is a new treatment approved for use by children aged 4 and up. Antifungal granules can be sprinkled on a child's food to treat ringworm of the scalp, Tinea capitis.[1] Itching, burning, cracking, and scaling that accompany this condition may prevent effective treatment. Ointments may be mixed with hydrocortisone creams such as Cortaid appear to reduce inflammation, but can allow the infection to spread in an uncharacteristic manner, resulting in a lesion known as tinea incognito.[2] Fungal infections may take a while to clear up, but most ringworm infections should see improvement in a week or two. Treatment is usually continued for two weeks after symptoms disappear to prevent future occurrence. Types affecting the nails or scalp are very difficult to treat due to fungal infection in follicle roots or under the nail itself.

      In humans, if Ringworm infections are left untreated, it may spread to other areas of the body. This can result in complications such as bacterial infections, dermatitis, other skin disorders and/or scarring of affected areas. [3]

      Griseofulvin is a traditional drug used to treat ringworm in both animals and people. It can be very effective, but usually requires a prescription and may produce side effects. In cats and cattle, sulfurated lime rinses are often used to treat ringworm; and dilute povidone-iodine may be used as a wash in cattle. Enilconazole, as a rinse, is an effective ringworm treatment available in many countries for treating animals.

      Lufenuron, the active ingredient in Program oral flea treatment, is also commonly prescribed by vets to treat ringworm infections in cats and dogs.

      That's all the info I could find. Hope that helps.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your dog has heartworms, ringworms or tapeworms and if so can it be treated with heartguard
    i saw worms in my dogs poo and i think they are tapeworms. i just wanted to know how you treat them. and how to prevent heartworms and other kinds of worms. Can you use heartguard??

    • ANSWER:
      I would take your dog to the vet. Take a fresh fecal sample with you.

      Tapeworm (or other intestinal parasites) can be diagnosed by doing a simple fecal examination under the microscope. A worming tablet should be given every 3 - 6 months to prevent intestinal worms.

      Ringworm is a fungal infection on the skin. It affects the hair follicles so patches of scabbing skin are normally present with ringworm. This can be diagnosed in a number of ways (hair pluckings, UV lamp (depending on strain) or culture). Ringworm is treated by an anti fungal cream or medication - depending on how bad the infection is.

      Heartworm is diagnosed by a simple blood test. It is important not to use heartgard if your dog is positive for heartworm. It is advisable to treat for heartworm every month of your dogs life. Treatment for heartworm in positive dogs is costly and comes with some risks.

      I hope this helps.

  17. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is reccomended for yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pitbull gets horrible yeast infections all over his body. Currently I am giving him 1 probiotic acidophilus daily plus 1/4cup yogurt and 3 benadryl twice a day. He also gets bathed with antifungal shampoo several times a week. What should I be feeding him?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try feeding a novel protein food such as venison, bison, rabbit, or duck for at least 12 weeks to see if it helps (and you might have to try all of them), or you could feed a hypoallergenic food such as royal canin hp for at least 12 weeks to completely rule out food allergies.

      if its not food allergy related, feeding a high quality food is still recommended. also adding in fish oils would be good. 180mg/ 10 pounds of body weight.

      add- NANCY B, yeast infections can be and often are the results of allergies! food and environmental. do some research before spouting off false information.

      if its from environmental allergies, a medication such as atopica would be beneficial.

      add- NANCY B (again)- your answer is just wrong. a yeast infection is NOT a type of staph (ph not ff) infection! yeast is a type of fungus while staph is a type of bacteria. antibiotics and sulfur are used to treat bacterial infections. antifungals are used to treat fungal infections.

      there are two types of antifungals. topicals and oral. topicals include shampoo (which the owner is using), creams, lotions, wipes, and sprays. oral antifungals are extremely hard on the liver and since the animal has to be on them for at least a month and at high doses, they are usually not recommended. topicals are the best route to take. hence the bathing with an antifungal shampoo.

      now, all the antifungals in the world arent going to do a damn bit of good if the underlying cause isnt addressed, hence the reason for changing the food. if a food allergy is the reason for chronic yeast infections, then putting the dog on a hypoallergenic food will help prevent future yeast infections. if environmental allergies are the cause, finding out what the dog is allergic to and addressing it will help prevent future yeast infections.

      once again for clarity: yeast = fungal. staph (ph not ff) = bacteria. antifungals treat yeast. antibiotics treat bacterial infections.

      oh, and bag balm will also not do a damn thing to treat a yeast infection. and why would you want to add more moisture to a moisture problem?

      add- how do you know its seasonal? age has nothing to do with when allergies develop or what type.

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

      acute moist dermatitis? aka a hot spot (bacterial infection). i am so glad to know you have a crystal ball that allows you to diagnose a dog via the internet.

      pred? why? not every vet is quick to jump on the pred bandwagon and how do you know the dog hasnt already been treated with pred. besides, if it is a food allergy or something like hypothyroidsim or cushings disease, pred wont help and can potentially make things worse.

      skin scrape? what will that tell you? dogs with mange usually have bacterial infections not yeast.

      allergies are seasonal and an animal has to be exposed to an allergen twice before it develops an allergy? clearly you have no clue how allergies develop.

      just because the dog has been on the same food, doesnt mean it cant develop an allergy.

      min pins arent prone to allergies? wtf? this dog is a pitbull and any dog can develop allergies.

      go msu? again, wtf?

      please email me if you wish to continue discussing this matter because doing it this way, like your answer, is ridiculous.

      oh yeah, and even if it was acute moist dermatitis, putting bag balm on it will only make it worse.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog Scratch and nibble?
    My dog scratches and nibbles herself until she is raw and bleeding.

    She has been treated for fleas, ear mites and worms

    What could be causing her to do this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Many things cause skin conditions that itch. Infection (bacterial, fungal), parasites (fleas being only one of many), allergies and some skin cancers (however this is very very rare) etc. The list is very long. You need to go to the vets and begin the process of finding out what the problem is.

  19. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  20. QUESTION:
    What can I do to cure my dog's recurrent ringworm infection?
    I have an adorable 5-year old pugsund who was dognapped for a month last year. Since we got him back, his skin condition doesn't seem to completely improve. He has recurrent ringworm infections even though we used anti-fungal injections, dips, soap and creams. He also has red, crusty ears and seems depressed. He has been refusing to eat lately.

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm is much more difficult to get rid of than people think it is, and almost always requires a vet intervention. If you are relying on home remedies only, that may be your first problem.
      Dogs with ringworm need to be quarrantined. They need to have their bedding washed and you need to wash your hands every time you touch the dog. Being highly contageous it seems that the dog hasnt been completely cured and the ringworm is just coming back constantly.
      In order to successfully treat this, you should talk to your vet about some medication that will kill the ringworm. Put a tshirt on the dog so he doesnt scratch and spread it elswhere on his body. Have the vet take a culture and see what it grows.
      In general, it takes more than 21 days for ringworm to be eliminated after the first meds are given, and you should still go back for another culture before you decide the dog is cured.
      At this point, you could even have ringworm in your house.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why my dogs skin is peeling off?
    My 12 months old Dachshund had some skin allergies recently , I took him to the Vet and they couldn't find anything wrong but in about one week period he is losing his coat , The skin is dry and it is peeling of together with his coat we tried different remedies but looks like nothing helps and I already spent a lot of money for the Vet. Anybody had similar condition or knows what to do, anything helps. Thx.

    • ANSWER:
      Need more than "we tried different remedies." Like what? Ask for a referral to the nearest dermatologist if your vet is out of ideas. Is he scratching? Did the vet scrape for mites? Did they do a fungal culture? That takes a few weeks to come back. Did your vet try antibiotics in case of infection? Did your vet try antihistamine or steroids in case of allergies? Any bloodwork to rule out thyroid issues (unlikely in such a young dog but possible)?

      Whatever it is, fish oil can be helpful so I would try that while your vet or a doggy dermatologist continues diagnosing. If you don't have a pet dermatologist nearby, look for a holistic vet. Skin issues can be difficult and expensive to sort out. Been there, done that. Could go on a couple of vacations with what it took to diagnose my extremely itchy dog. Finally landed on allergies and she is thankfully much improved :) Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    How fast does lyme-sulfur dip work on with ringworm?
    My dog has really bad ringworm, the vet misdiagnosed him twice and then I got it and we knew it was ringworm. He is on meds but also I am started lyme dips one weekly. How long does it take ringworm to clear up using the dips?

    • ANSWER:
      To answer your question directly it can take anywhere between 4 to 6 weeks in some cases using Lyme-sulfur dips, or in severe cases it may take as long as 3 to 4 months if it works at all.

      What you are about to undertake is one of the most frustrating as well as potentially expensive experiences you may have as a dog owner. You did not mention who was actually doing the dips, but unless you are extremely experienced if you try it yourself, so can cause extensive damage to your dog’s skin.

      I have tried Lyme-sulfur dips once about 10 years ago and would never recommend them to anyone, as I had very poor results and a lot of pet supply stores are no longer carrying them because of the potential danger they can cause.

      I found that medicated shampoos are much more effective against this fungal infection followed up with a one percent topical solution that contains chlorhexidine. Lotrimin cream is also very effective, but only when used with medicated shampoos and not Lyme-sulfur dips.

      However, one other fact that may help you in this battle is that home cleaning is also a very big part of it. Anything that your dog has come into contact with that you do not need—throw it away. Then wash all of their bedding in a sodium hypochlorite solution by taking bleach and diluting it with water on a 1:20 ratio (bleach to water).

      Probably not the answer you are looking for, but I learned the hard way from experience and good luck in this battle-it will not be an easy one.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to treat dry (flaky) skin on a long haired dog?
    everytime our dog Freckles shakes off or jumps around, she has what looks like dandruf coming off and it shows pretty well on her black fur. and now she's scratched one spot so much that she has a large scratch and she has lost a little fur around the area.

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds like either a severe case of dandruff/dry skin or possbily some kind of fungal or bacerial infection. If it wasnt so bad I would recommend using special shampoo that you can buy at the pet store for dry skin. Usually has oatmeal in it. But if the dog is scratching so much that its loosing it hair and bleeding, its time to take it to the vet. They have pharmiceutical strength shampoo for dry skin or they can test if its a fungal infection in which case theyd prescribe a tablet form of medication and possibly some kind of ointment.

  24. QUESTION:
    Our dog and cat both have very dry , itchy skin. What can I do for it?
    Obviously, we can't come close to give our cat a bath, but we have giving our dog a bath and still his fur by the back, toward his tail is very itchy. Is there any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      (From pet suites)..

      1. Rule out other causes of a pet's skin flaking, itching, or scaling. Fungal infections and skin parasites can cause a dog, cat or other pet to frequently itch and scratch. Parasites and fungal infections in pets can also cause skin scaling, dryness, flaky skin and a condition similar to dandruff in dogs and cats, so these pet skin problems must be ruled out because treatment for dry skin will be ineffective if the skin problem is actually due to parasites.
      2. Treat any skin infections or skin sores on the dog's, cat's or other pet's skin. This may require twice-daily disinfecting and prescription antibiotics.
      3. Avoid frequent bathing for dogs and small animals. During the dry, cold winter months, pets should only get a once-monthly bath. The warm water and dog shampoos strip the natural oils from the dog's skin, exacerbating and worsening dry skin and itching.
      4. Keep the house humid. Humidifiers will add moisture to the dry winter air, thereby reducing the drying effects on the pet's skin. Humidifiers are especially helpful in homes with forced-hot air heating systems, which tend to be especially drying to a pet's skin.
      5. Give the dog skin and coat supplements. Purchase a good quality skin and coat supplements for dogs, cats and other pets. These skin supplements are available in the form of a thick oil that can be added to the pet's food or given directly.
      6. Provide olive oil supplementation. For severe cases of dry skin, soak a piece of bread in olive oil and include this with the dog's meal. For cats and other pets, give the oil directly by mouth or mix the oil in with the pet's food. This will help to heal the pet's dry skin from the inside out. A small of olive oil can even be massaged into the pet's skin. The oil is moisturizing for a dog's or cat's skin (and other pets too), and it's non-toxic and edible in the event that the pet ingests the oil when licking the fur or skin.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why does my dogs fur turn pink?
    I have a young golden retriever male and his fur sometimes turns pink around his groin, paws and chest. Its not his skin, that still looks normal. He is in and out of the water a few times a day, would it be a type of fungal infection? My other dogs (same breed) dont have the same problem. How do I get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like maybe allergies, consult a vet about it

  26. QUESTION:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  27. QUESTION:
    What to do to keep a mouse from scratching his back?
    My mouse keeps scratching his back lately. There is a bold spot on his back now the size of a dime and there are red scratch marks, and he can't stop scratching. Can I use some over the counter cream on the mouse? I don't think I can put a collar on it like they do with some dogs - it would rip it right off.

    • ANSWER:
      First, why is it scratching? Did it have an injury or an infection?
      Try to figure this out. It's not normal for a mouse to scratch itself bald.
      Now, whatever the problem is, I recommend you give the mouse some cod liver oil. You can get it at the drug store in liquid capsules or as oil. Mice love it. And it does wonders for almost any skin problem.
      If you think it could have a fungal infection, use an athlete's foot remedy on the skin.
      If the mouse had a scrape or cut on its back and it got infected, you could use an antibiotic ointment. But I've never had this happen with a rodent; their minor injuries heal without any problem.

  28. QUESTION:
    My Uncles little dog, half pekinese and half Jack Russell itches and scratches?
    She has had fleas in the past but not now. Groomer says the pekinese have dry skin that itches but really has no solution. Any suggestions to help relieve this itch?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Either she has an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the treats or the food you give her, or the grooming products you are using), a fungal or bacterial skin infection, or mites.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. Check for fleas. You may not be able to see the fleas directly because they like to hide but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your pet with natural methods so that she is not exposed to the harmful chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm her sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally

      Also, you can get rid of fleas in your yard where she roams by dusting it with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. See this link for more info on its use to control fleas http://www.fleacontrolbook.com/naturalfleacontrol/diatomaceous-earth-the-a-miracle-cure-for-flea-control/

      Check the ingredients of the food and treats you give her. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Do not give her anything with wheat or corn. If the treats contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. If you have recently changed the food you give her, discontinue it and get food that has no grains and that lists real whole meat on the bag as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product, discontinue it immediately.

      SKIN INFECTION

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  29. QUESTION:
    My cat has a bald spot caused by a dog attack. Will its skin and fur grow back?
    My cat was attacked by a dog while leaving it in the care of my friend and now, it has small bald spots on its ear and right leg where there's no fur and just pink, crusty skin. They were small when it first happened, but now they're getting bigger. Should I take it to a vet, because the cat doesn't seem to worried about its bald spots, or will the fur just grow back naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      a dog,if it attacked you cat, would not just rip its hair out. There would be more damage than that. Since its getting BIGGER and crusty I would say your friend gave your cat RINGWORM while in there care... time for a visit to the vet since this is a contagious fungal infection to you as well as all your family and any other pets you might have. If its not ringworm its not from the attack and it sounds like a bad skin disorder that needs immediate attention.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from itching?
    I have a jack russell x shih tzu in auckland, nz who is a year and a half and she has a skin condition where she is always itching. i have taken her to the vets a few times and given her steroids, medicated shampoo and other tablets to try and help her but shes still itching. i dont want to keep giving her different drugs because i dont think it is healthy for her. What else cud i do to help her stop itching?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh no...it is bad news that your dog has been treated with seroids. Never, ever give steroids to your dog again. If you do, you are setting yourself up for a long time of misery and huge health problems for your dog, including chronic skin issues.

      I guess many vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better above all else and if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks.

      Steroids do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      For your dog's skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur'). This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money.

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend a good dog shampoo aimed at improving a dog's skin condition?
    I am allergic to my dog's dander.

    • ANSWER:
      How were you diagnosed with this? Did your allergist do a skin test on you (injecting dander antigen and watching for a reaction?) or is this a presumptive diagnosis?
      If indeed you are allergic to his dander, your immune system is reacting to the protein in his skin cells and all you can do is minimize the exposure by frequently bathing him with an emollient, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner (HyLyt is one of many brands). Frequent vacuuming of the house, furniture, and even the dog is also helpful. If the dog is suffering from a dermatologic condition that is causing excessive dander (seborrhea) then that condition needs to be specifically diagnosed and treated.
      Malaseb shampoo is indicated for fungal dermatitis of dogs due to Malassezia infection and was not designed to prevent human allergies.

  32. QUESTION:
    Tips for a 10 year old black labrador on steroids?
    My dog Milly is currently on steroids for her skin allergies and as much as they help her itching and scratching, she is constantly hungry. I'm aware that this is a side affect but she is driving us all mad, in the nicest possible way, and we would like to help her. If anyone has any tips for how to keep her occupied, feel fuller for longer or the best food to give her, then please could you let me know. Thankyou!
    Just to make things a little more clearer and to help you when giving me advice. Milly is allergic to grass, dust mites and pine which is why she has skin allergies. Thank you for the recent answers, they are very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are about the worst medication for both dogs and humans. However, many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better and earn their money at all cost even if it is just a temporary fix or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including chronic skin problems.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      If your dog has been on steroids, subsequent skin problems are most likely secondary skin infections resulting from steroid use, bacterial or fungal. For any skin infection I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have a scottish terrier that has what I believe to be a yeast infection on his skin.?
    He has lost patches of hair with scabby sores, is very itchy all over, and his coat has become very greasy. He does not have an odor though. I took him to my vet who said it was fungal and gave me a medicated shampoo, the problem is that after two weeks, I am not seeing much of an improvement. Does anyone have any suggestions that may have been through this with their dog?
    the vet did a scraping and checked for mites, there were none, but he said he did see fungal organisms

    • ANSWER:
      They can get skin infections which are caused by bacteria or yeast. If the dog is clear for demodex then you probably just have a skin infection. Sometimes they will have allergies and from the itching they will get a secondary infection. You need to get the itching taken care of so you can get the skin cleared up. It sounds like you need a antihistamine and something for the infection. There are a few different types of meds for skin so it depends on what type of infection it is. Yeast can be a little tough to take care of, but with the right meds it shouldn't be a problem.

      Please dont feed ol Roy. There is excellent dog food on the market for allergies and I would go for one of those. Your vet will have Rx diets or you can pick them up from petco or petsmart. I like Natural Balance Duck and Potato, Proplan Sensitive skin and stomach (Salmon), Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato, Wellness Allergies, also if you try a allergies diet you cant do anything other those indigents. If you feed a venison diet than you cant feed chicken based treats. Stay away from corn, chicken, beef, and all by-products.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why do I get a painful rash on my legs when I go for an extra long walk?
    I haven't walked my dog for a while now because whenever I do, I come home with a rash on my legs that itches like no other and is hot to the touch compared to other parts of my body. (My dog is getting walked by my parents for now, so he is getting his exercise.)

    What do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog to quit itching?
    I have a rat terrier that stays in the house. He keeps a fresh flea collar, a flea and tick bath regularly, and I keep frontline on him as specified. Yet, it seems like he is scratching all night long. He has to sleep w/us ofcourse and it keeps us awake. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Brush your dog to remove excess hair. When they shed in the warmer months, loose hair in the fur can cause itchy skin.

      Wash your dog with a quality conditioning shampoo, preferably one that’s all-natural. Leave the soap lathered on the skin for five minutes to allow it to deep condition. Be sure to rinse well, as any soap left on the skin can irritate the skin and cause itching.

      Pour a homemade oatmeal rinse over your dog and work it into her fur immediately after rinsing off the soap during the bath. Do not rinse the oatmeal rinse off. Simply dry as usual. To make the oatmeal rinse, soak two cups of dry oats in one quart of hot water. (You may want to double or triple the measurements for larger dogs.) Let it soak for five to ten minutes. Pour through a sieve into a large bowl to separate the liquid from the oatmeal. Pour into a pitcher for easy pouring in the bath. If after drying there are any pieces of oats on your dog’s fur, simply brush them off.

      Brush your dog after his bath to remove any excess hair that worked loose from the wash and rinse.

      Keep your dog from lying, digging or rolling around in dry grass. She may be allergic, which will cause itching.

      Check to see if your dog has fleas. Simply run a fine-toothed comb or “flea” comb through the fur to bring them to the surface. Though flea shampoos are typically harsh, it’s the best way to rid your dog of fleas if he has them. Be sure to treat the dog’s bedding, as well as your carpeting and furniture, with a quality flea powder.

      Determine if your dog may be allergic to something you’re feeding her. Did you start her on a new dog food? Have you been feeding her human food that you normally do not? Many dogs are allergic to chicken, corn, wheat, dairy, soy, beef and oats --corn and wheat especially. Experiment with eliminating one food at a time from your pet’s diet and see how she responds.

      Take your dog to the vet if the itching persists after trying Steps One through Seven. He may have an allergy you’re unable to detect, a fungal infection or some other underlying condition.

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I boost my puppy's immune system?
    My puppy (6mos old) has been struggling to fight of demodectic mites for a few months now. The Vet keeps prescribing medication to kill the mites - which isn't working and has negative side effects. I need a way to boost my puppy's immune system so he can fight them off on his own. -And please don't refer me to any dry, commercial dog foods - I know that doesn't work.

    • ANSWER:
      Immune system
      Boosting dogs immune system
      Boosting the immune system for proper working biochemical interactions is important to your dogs wellness. The immune system is persistently protecting the body from parasites, bacterial, fungal, or virus-infected cells. Boosting your dogs immune system will help his body overwhelm bacteria, destroy toxins, or kill viruses.
      Iinfected cells produce interferon and other cytokines, which can signal contiguous uninfected cells to intensify their defenses, enabling them to damage invaders.

      In a weak immune system, bacteria, viruses, micro organisms, and toxins can pass the immune defending cells, and generate disorders.
      A lowered immune system function in dogs results in acute or chronic fungi, yeast infections, eczema, demodectic mange, food allergy, arthritis, ear infection, slowly healing wounds, or fertility disorders.

      Nutrient deficiency is an eminent cause of immune system deficiency in dogs. Animal researchers have recently demonstrated that nutrient deficiency in one generation can affect immune system function in later generations, even if they are not nutrient deficient.

      Thus, a poor nutrition or continuous feeding the wrong dog food diet weakens your dogs immune system.

      Boosting your dogs immune system:

      Balanced levels of trace elements, minerals, and vitamins are required to boost the immune system of your dogs to fight invading bacteria and viruses by itself.

      Raw food diet for dogs is necessary to boost the immune system, because stomach and metabolism of all carnivores is designed to digest raw foods. Commercial dog food is a nutritional burden that dogs digestive system is unable to cope with. The use of unnatural dry food, and over-processed, chemically enhanced commercial dog foods weakens your dogs immune system. Wild animals are not plagued by the disorders that afflict our domesticated dogs!

      To satisfy your dogs nutritional requirements and boost the immune system, all ingredients of wellness dog food have to be synergistic, meaning they should enhance each others effect as well as being able to work by themselves.
      If you are not sure about the nutritional values, and biochemical processes in the body, add a high-quality nutritional supplement to your dogs food which contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iodine, biotin, echinacea, and potassium.

      Neem
      The most important characteristic of Neem (neem tea, neem leaf) is, boosting both the lymphocyte and cell-mediated immune system. Neem boosts the production of T-cells, which defense your dogs body when attacks to the immune system occur.

      Vitamin C
      Vitamin C is crucial for boosting your dogs immune system. Vitamin C has essential antiviral and antibacterial activity, but its main effect is improvement of host resistance.

      Omega Fatty Acids
      Omega fatty acids are important for your dogs immune system, skin and coat health. Omega fatty acids boost food utilization and energy production. Evening primrose oil is most effective (omega 6 fatty acid), followed by flaxseed oil and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid).

      Zinc
      Zinc deficiency increases the risk of infection. Studies show that zinc supplements can boost the immune system, promote wound healing, and help develop white blood cells.

      http://www.doggiesparadise.com/boost-immune-system.shtml

      There were other links in this article that had MORE detail to help you.

      BUT basically it's what you're feeding your baby. Think of him as a machine. The fuel you give him results in the output he produces. You put in crap you're going to get crap - including his ability to fight off illness.

      Look into any kind of Premium Dog food. (No by products, no Corn etc) do some research - Natural Balance, INova, Nutro. Look at the lables and ingrediants.
      Good Luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Hi! can anyone let me know the best shampoo for anti-fungal or sulfur shampoo for dog?
    My 11 years old Dog is infected with fungal infection on his leg and chest and he his chewing his leg where by the leg skin has turn to greyish black from pinkish white and he his scrubbing his chest with his paws all the time. i really need help? can anyone assist me on the best shampoo for anti fungal or sulfur shampoo?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox or Malaseb shampoo. Grain in the diet allows fungus to grow. Feed raw or gradually transition (2 - 4 weeks) to a grain free kibble such as Orijen, Acana, EVO, Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae Pure or Wellness Core.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep scrating and biting herself?
    I have a miniture poodle who is about 9 years old, last night she wasn't herself of constant panting and scratching herself literally ever five minutes, I woke up an she was sick on the floor. She just doesn't seem herself.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  39. QUESTION:
    I need some advice on how to help my dogs uncontrollable itching?
    I put Petrolium jelly on his skin because I read it suffocates mites if there is any.. He always runs away to the neighbors house all day and comes back at night..

    • ANSWER:
      Petroleum jelly isn't going to suffocate mites and it's not good for the skin either. What you need to do is have your pet examined by a veterinarian to determine why he is itching and get correct treatment. This could be a parasite (one of several), a bacterial or fungal infection or allergies and your veterinarian can perform some simple diagnostic tests to help rule out some of the possible causes and then select an appropriate treatment for the problem that is there.

  40. QUESTION:
    Need a Vets Opinion. Chihuahua missing hair on tail has two bumps on it, one popped and was filled with blood?
    Hello. I have a chihuahua he's larger than he should be. For the longest time he's been missing a patch of hair in the middle of his tail. The section is about 1-2 inches. We never knew why. The other day, there was a bump on it. Yesterday, I noticed another one that looked like it was about to burst and when I touched it, it popped and it was filled with blood. It bled for a little bit. Then stopped. The part of his tail with the hair missing has a purplish tone to it, I always thought it was just his skin color. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first let's talk about the hair loss issue.

      When a dog has a patch of hair missing, the first thing I suspect is fleas.

      If the dog does not have fleas or is not itchy in that area, the next thing I suspect is hypothyroidism. It causes hair loss on the tail area, and does not cause itching or discomfort. It just...falls out. Is your chihuahua also overweight? Obesity is another symptom of hypothyroidism.

      The purplish tone on your dog's bald area is pigment. The happens because now that it is exposed to the elements, it toughens and pigments.

      As far as the little bumps--I suspect that they might be cysts, pimples, or some type of insect bite.

      I think your best bet is to get him checked by his vet, especially because of the possibility of hypothyroidism. And the issue of the unexplained hair loss should be addressed even if hypothyroidism is not the culprit. It could be any number of things. (fungal infection, demodectic mange, etc)

  41. QUESTION:
    The skin on my neck and chest is very sensitive?
    Why do you think this is?

    Even if I just rub it, or a dog or cat touches it, I get a rash or big red blotchiness. Or if the weather is really hot, my neck and chest "blushes".

    It looks pretty bad and it feels uncomfortable too! Especially when it gets itchy.
    What can I do to help my neck/chest not get red or be less sensitive?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many different causes of rashes that it is very difficult to narrow down any specific cause of one, especially without being able to see it. Common categories of rash are:

      scaly patches of skin not caused by infection,
      scaly patches of skin produced by fungal or bacterial infection,
      red, itchy bumps or patches over the body, such as on the chest and back.

      Although rashes are seldom dangerous, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a doctor or other health-care professional. Check this site for good information and you may be able to figure out what is going on.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/rash/article.htm

  42. QUESTION:
    Could my dog be a carrier for ringworm?
    For the last seven months My dog has been to three vets and tried all kinds of fungal medicine, shampoos and cremes, but the say he doesn't have it.The problem is: I, my sister and my 4 year old niece have gotten dozens and dozens of them, back to back. In that time his skin scrape tested negative for fungus. I just wanna know could dogs still carry this without having ringworm themselves?

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting question. Your dog could cetainly be a vector for ringworm, a dermatophytic fungal infection. In fact, ringworm from an animal source....zoonosis.....is a more severe infection for humans. Now, lets look at the possibility your dog is still harboring the fungus. It is quite possible for a skin scraping to be negative. It is also possible for the fungus to be on some other area of the dogs body. I have to wonder if all the medication is making it harder to find on the dog, but still be present in high enough numbers to be infectious. Also, is there any other potential animal sources? Does your dog "play" with anyone elses dogs? Do any of your neighbors have similar problems with their pets or themselves? Any dermatophytic infection can be quite difficult to erradicate, particularly if there is an outside source.

  43. QUESTION:
    My dog is a rescue animal. I found a large worm and blood clot in runny stool today. What could this be?
    How would I be able to treat it? Sometimes, with low activity, she will start to pant. And one day, she didn't eat at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like parasites. Take your dog and a stool sample to the vet. It's easy to detect and easy to treat.

      ADDED: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin.
      Tapeworm looks like single grains of rice in the stool.
      Roundworm looks like strands of spaghetti in the stool.
      Other parasites are not so visible - they are better seen under a microscope. Either way, let your vet make a diagnosis and prescribe the proper treatment. Nobody is qualified to do that online.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month shih tzu puppy named mekia.. She have been scratching her neck and chewing on her paws allot.. He put her on a new kind of dog food and that didn't help we also tryed a hypoallergenic puppy shampoo but that wasn't the problem either. We also have recently bought Melissa's Aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement and that ain't helping either.. Can someone help if your pet had anything like this or if you have any home remedies to help the dis converted

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are the deseases can spread from dog to man how to avoid this while having a puppy?
    I want instructions for the above questions.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are definately a few...

      These are called Zoonotic Diseases...if you google it you can get more info as well.

      Obvious ones are things like Rabies, but if you vaccinate your pet you should be fine. Its pretty rare.

      Intestinal Parasites are a big one. Things like Roundworms and Hookworms can be transmitted to humans as well. Most transmissions are Fecal-Oral...meaning you have to injest infected feces, as animals shed the parasites eggs in their stool.

      Other ones are things like skin mites, such as scabies and such. There is also Ringworm – the most common zoonotic disease transferred from animals to humans. It is a contagious fungal infection that can affect the scalp, the body (particularly the groin), the feet and the nails. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with worms. The name comes from the characteristic red ring that can appear on an infected person's skin.

      All animals can acquire zoonotic diseases, but animals at increased risk include: outdoor pets, unvaccinated animals, pets that are immunocompromised (a suppressed immune system), poorly groomed animals and animals that are housed in unsanitary conditions. People with immune disorders, on chemotherapy or immunosuppressive therapy may be at increased risk of infection.

      Animals with zoonotic diseases may exhibit a variety of clinical signs depending on the type of disease. The signs can vary from mild to severe.

      As a pet owner you should know your animal and be aware of any changes in behavior and appearance, and make sure your pet is getting the proper vet care to prevent as many of these illnesses as possible.

      Good hygiene practices should always be observed. Proper education, a good understanding of the disease and its method of transmission are a vital part of home and preventative care. Use proper hygiene and sanitation when handling pets and their excretions and maintain a good program of veterinary care. Make sure your pup takes monthly parasite control as well....and you should be good to go!

      Hope that helps answer your question!

      NOTE: People do not pass things on to their pets.

      ADD: Zoonotic illness is a very real thing, and people can become very sick and its very serious. It does not mean we should not own pets, nor should we be afraid. We should understand and not be niave. People should be aware of the risk, and maybe this way people will understand how important is to have a healthy pet, and why vet care is crucial. I have experience from working with an infectious diesease vet, specializing in zoonotic diseases...I saw some very sick people that would have been fine had the person walkng their dog that was infected with roundworms treated the dog, and known enough to pick up the feces.

      I have 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a bird. If someone reads this and feels they should not own a pet because of it...then maybe they are not responsible enough and shouldnt!

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog has itchy flaky skin and excessive licking and course hair falling out?
    My dog has flaky scaly skin and coase hair falling out

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See a remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections with associated bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  47. QUESTION:
    Are ringworms mostly from cats and dogs?
    Are ringworms from cats and dogs?Or are they from just about any animal?How do you get kill them so you dont get re infected?

    • ANSWER:
      Because cats and dogs are the most common household pets, they're also the most common carriers of this infection. However, other animals like poultry, cattle, horses and hogs can also be infected with ringworm and can become carriers of infection.

      Ringworm is a skin infection caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. You can be infected through direct skin contact with an infected person, animal, object or surface. I t is highly contagious, and if you have it, you should observe strict personal hygiene and refrain from scratching it or you risk spreading it to other parts of the body and to other persons.

      Fortunately, ringworm responds well to self-care medication using over-the-counter anti-fungal creams or ointments (like Tinactin, Monistat, Lamisil, or Lotrimin). Wash the affected area thoroughly and allow to dry. Apply a thin layer of the cream twice daily. You should be rid of it within 2-4 weeks of treatment. For severe infections or for ringworm of the scalp in kids, consult your doctor as anti-fungal med that has to be taken orally may be prescribed.

      For a more information, please visit my source:

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I get my rat to stop scratching?
    He's been treated for mites and there's now no sign of them. But he still scratches, not very often but he leave big sores on his shoulders where he's scratching with his back feet. I've tried to trim his nails but it didn't help. Is there anything I can use on him to stop him itching and get rid of the ugly scabby sores?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmmmm. I would get him re-checked at the vet again. What you had suspected as mites may have been something entirely differnent (food allergies, excessive amount of protein in the diet, fungal infections, dry skin etc.)

      I would have a very good look through his fur once again, mites can often be quite hard to see. If you are a hundred percent sure it could not possibly be mites, then it is most definetly one of the above. However, if you do manage to find those nasty little beasts lurking in your rat's fur, the best way to treat it is by using Revolution: for puppies and kittens. Right now I am using it for my rats and a lot of the scabs are healing up quite nicely in just under 2 weeks! Yes, it is made for dogs and cats but also works very well on rats. I am positive that it will not poison or harm your rat!

      If you do decide to use Revoultion, give your rat 0.03ml of the medicine every 2 weeks (this is what my vet had told me). He also told me only to do 3 doses of 0.03 ml but if you want I would just do it until the mites are completely gone.

      All you need is a syringe. Which you will fill with the required amount needed and then apply to the back of your rat's neck.

      For further imformation please refer to this website (highly reccomened):

      http://ratfanclub.org/skin.html

      I hope your rat gets better. Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    Do you know any ways to help my dog stop itching?
    Well I have a Rottweiler, he's 2 now. He's always itched and chewed his butt but it never made a big difference, but during the summer I left for boot camp for 3 months then came home. When I got home my dog was missing lots of hair above his butt. I have 2 other pits and 2 cats, they all don't have this problem. We do have fleas. The vet said he was allergic to fleas. We're trying to get rid of fleas but it's hard. And I have him on a cone so he doesn't itch his but. He gets a bath every other week. I feel bad because he's on a cone 24/7 unless he's eating. My dad said I have to get rid of him unless I can help him. I don't have much money. He chews above his tail, his front legs, scratches his back legs, chest, neck and upper body, always trying to rub his face on the couch or anything he could. He also sneezes alot and shakes his head alot too. I was just wondering if he has symptoms for something other than flea allergies. Also if there is anything I could do to help the itching and soothe his skin, maybe something to stop him from itching from the vets. Thanks, anything helps.

    • ANSWER:
      Itching and skin irritation can be caused by factors such as:

      - Allergic reactions to flea bites, food/treats, grooming products or house-cleaning products, etc.
      - Mites
      - Fungal/Bacterial infections (ringworm, yeast, staph etc.) See an easy remedy below
      - Steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot')

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      To allergic dogs even one flea can cause havoc. Even if not visible, you can always see the debris fleas leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If placed in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas with natural methods to avoid exposure to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will cause harm sooner or later. For recommendations see http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where your dog roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html
      and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check ingredients of food/treats. Dog's digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Discontinue any with corn, wheat, etc. Get ones with no grains with meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      Discontinue the use of grooming products or house cleaning products that can be allergens. For a while, use white vinegar as the cleaning agent for your floors, counters, etc. Vinegar has strong cleaning and anticeptic properties and the smell disappears quickly after use. See http://www.vinegarworkswonders.com/faqs.asp

      MITES

      Three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      Avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals which will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend the use of natural products. Search the Internet to find them. I prefer the spray type treatment which is effective, easy to use, and inexpensive that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including skin problems.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal), I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.


dog fungal infection skin

Dogs Yeast Ear Infection

Responsible pet owners will do more than feed, exercise and love their dogs and cats. They will search out the best pet medications to enhance the life of their beloved pets.

On average, a cat will live 15 to 17 years. With dogs, it's not that clear cut. Small dogs usually live longer than bigger dogs. But a really large dog - like a Great Dane or a dog weighing more than 100 pounds - will be physically old by 6 to 8 years old. But no matter how long your pet lives, you'll want to ensure he has the best quality of life possible - and that means treating symptoms promptly and appropriately.

Of course, you'll want to take your dog or cat to the veterinarian for proper evaluation. The vet may prescribe medication that you can purchase from the office or elsewhere. But not all illnesses require a trip to the vet.

Top-10 Illnesses for Dogs and Cats

Dogs
1. Skin allergies
2. Ear infections
3. Stomach upsets
4. Bladder infections
5. Benign tumors
6. Osteoarthritis
7. Sprains
8. Eye infections
9. Enteritis
10. Hypothyroidism

Cats
1. Urinary tract infections
2. Stomach upsets
3. Kidney disease
4. Skin allergies
5. Respiratory infections
6. Diabetes
7. Ear infections
8. Colitis
9. Eye infections
10. Wound infections

As you can see, many of these illnesses are ones that you can treat at home, once the proper diagnosis has been made. Some of the medications, however, will require a prescription from the veterinarian.
Common Problems

Ailments common to both cats and dogs include skin infections, ear infections, eye infections, and stomach ailments. Treated properly, these infections and reactions can be easily managed.

Skin Infections

If your dog or cat has developed a skin infection, or a "hot spot," soothe the area with Dermacool HC Spray twice a day. Dermacool HC Spray is an anti-pruritic, anti-inflammatory therapeutic spray that contains 1 percent hydrocortisone in a cooling astringent. It offers prompt, but temporary relief of inflammation and pruritus.

Alternatively, your vet may prescribe Derma-Vet Ointment for your dog or cat, which contains nystatin, neomycin sulfate, thiostrepton and triamcinolone acetonide. These four ingredients offer the following therapeutic benefits: anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, antifungal and antibacterial. They help the skin heal and treat the infection.

Need to clean or disinfect the infected or inflamed skin area? Try Douxo Chlorhexidine 3 percent antiseptic cleaning pads. They are all cotton and do not contain alcohol, which can sting your dog's or cat's skin. Instead, the solution contains 3 percent chlorhexidine, 0.5 percent climbazole and 0.5 percent phytosphingosine-salicyloyl. You'll get 30 pads in one jar.

Ear Infections

Most topical treatments for infected ears are flush solutions, ointments or powders.

MalAcetic Ultra Otic Flush can be used to clean the ears of dogs, cats and horses. This broad-spectrum cleanser contains active ingredients ketoconazole and hydrocortisone, as well as 1 percent acetic acid and 2 percent boric acid. It's a both an antifungal and antibacterial flush. You squeeze it liberally in the ear and then massage it. Avoid all contact with the eyes.

MalOtic Ointment is indicated for use in dogs with acute and chronic ear infections with yeast, as well as any bacteria susceptible to gentamicin.

Neo-Predef with Tetracaine Powder has several uses for dogs, cats and horses. It can be used to treat ear and skin conditions caused by or associated with neomycin-susceptible organisms or allergies. It can also be used as a dressing for minor cuts, wounds or abrasions. It may also be used to reduce pain and inflammation after surgery on tails, claws, dew-claws, ears, or ovariohysterectomies.

Eye Conditions

Your pets can fall prey to many of the same eye conditions as humans - like glaucoma and conjunctivitis.

Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate Ophthalmic Solution contains corticosteroids that are used to reduce inflammation in the eye as a result of conjunctivitis, episcleritis, scleritis, pannus and eosinophilic keratitis in cats. It contains prednisolone and dexamethasone.

Gentamicin Ophthalmic Solution is used to treat dogs and cats suffering from bacterial infections in the eye - most often conjunctival infections and infections on the cornea.

Stomach Ailments

If your dog or cat suffers from stomach upset, he may need some of the same stomach medications prescribed for humans.

With a prescription, Famotidine tablets come in 20mg and 40mg strengths for dogs and cats. There is also an over-the-counter 10mg version available. Originally, the brand name for products containing Famotidine included Mylanta AR and Pepcid. It was indicated to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and injury to the esophagus. Famotidine works the same way in dogs and cats. It is a histamine-blocker that reduces the amount of gastric acid secreted in the stomach.

If you value and love your pets, you should work with your veterinarian to find the right medications to give your pet the best life possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

  2. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast ear infection-What to do?
    Ok, so I took my dog to the vet last Friday, and the vet said 'she has a yeast ear infection give her benydrol and cut out all colored foods for the next 3 weeks.' Well I have, and she's been getting worse. She constantly wines, and her ear looks even worse. Is there something I can do from home, since obviously this vet has no clue what she's doing. I was thinking about taking her to a different vet, however it takes over a week to get a new dog in to see a vet where I live. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to make my dog feel better? If it helps she's a 5 month old Lab/Shepherd mix.
    It's already been swabbed, and it was confirmed that it's yeast.
    She is on a non-corn has been for a few months...

    • ANSWER:
      My french mastiff used to get nasty yeasty ears. The vet gave us Otomax liquid to clean his ears out with. Once it cleared up, we had to be very diligent keeping them clean- I just use the regular ear cleaner from Petco- smells like mostly alcohol to me. I have also diluted vinegar with water, and used cotton balls dampened with it to clean inside his ears....

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  4. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you stop dog from getting ear infections?
    My dog gets ear infections when it swims in my pond. I live on 5 acres and I can't really stop him from getting in my pond unless I were to lock him up in a cage which I dont want to do or put a fence around the pond which would look stupid. Is there any way to allow a dog to swim and not get ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      You will need to take extra care to make sure your dogs ears are clean and dry.

      You may need to clean his ears each time he "decides" to go swimming. I'm assuming he is a floppy-eared type of dog, and many dogs like this can get yeast infections in their ears if they are not kept up with properly. Get some gentle ear-cleaning solutions and ear powder, clean the dog's ear with some big cotton balls soaked in the ear cleaning solution, and then put ear powder in afterwards to help dry up any excess water/solution that may be left.

      You may also want to talk to your vet and see if there is any kind of maintenance products he can give you. Maybe giving your dog his "own" pool would help, too! Filling up a kiddy pool outside might give him a less-gross place to lounge when it's hot.

  6. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  8. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of or lessen an ear infection on a female dog.?
    My girls dog has an ear infection.She has used other medicine to make it better but i want to know if theres anyway to make it go away for good.
    And yes yes i know about the whole vet thing.We have taken the dog to the vet COUNTLESS times.And used ALOT of money of stuff he vet said would help but did nothing.One even made it worse!

    • ANSWER:
      Take the dog to the vet and find out what is causing the infection. It could be yeast or bacteria or a combination of both. It could be mites. There are different medications to deal with each problem. It's not a one size fits all type of medication.

      The dog should be taken to the vet ASAP. Ear infections are very painful and left untreated will cause deafness.

      Add: If you've taken the dog to the vet 'countless times' then you would be well aware of exactly what type of ear infection the dog has. Tell us what kind of infection and we can then telll you what has worked for our dogs in that situation.

  10. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  11. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  13. QUESTION:
    How serious is a dog ear infection?
    On my dogs annual checkup the vet said that my dog had a bacterial ear infection. I haven't noticed her ear bothering her at all. She has been acting perfectly normal. The vet gave me ear drops to put in both ears for the infection but since I have started giving them to my dog two days ago she has not been herself. She has had an upset stomach and just seems really tired... shes usually pretty energetic. I am going to call the vet but I was wondering if I should continue the meds or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Most ear issues are primarily yeast with a possible secondary bacterial infection from scratching. If he gave you the drops use them. I prefer rubbing alcohol to clean the ear to prevent yeast growth in the first place. If the ear is heavily infected, then the drops would help.

  14. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

  15. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  16. QUESTION:
    What would you recommend for a dog's ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and she is constantly itching it. I didn't notice it until she came back from the groomer, who also pointed it out to me. I have ear drops from a previous ear infection. Is there anything I can use to provide instant relief from the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      Vet trip time!

      You need to determine the underlying cause of the infection - mites, bacterial, viral, fungal/yeast, debris - before you know how to treat it properly.

  17. QUESTION:
    is it safe to use Vagisil for my dogs yeast ear infection?
    A friend of mine told me it worked for her dog. I just got done using it. Was it a good or bad idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Is that what the vet told you to do? I'm sure you took the dog to the vet for a diagnosis, right??????

  18. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep getting ear infections?
    My 3 year old lab mix has had 6 ear infections (yeast) in the last year. I do clean them regularly. I changed her food to canidea lamb and rice. She is seen by her vet on a regular basis. What else can I do to help prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the breed.. terribly chronic ear infections are a normal occurrence for labradors. My dog is only half labrador (half spaniel which is another breed prone to ear probs) and she suffers from the same chronic infections.. Well she used to, the only thing that worked was an ear wash made with glacial acetic acid or me using vinegar. All of the Otomax, and Surolan didn't do crap!! So glacial acetic acid is a component of vinegar, it works really well, you can also use diluted cider vinegar which works well too.

      Man I took my dog to the vet so many times for her ear problems, she got an aural hematoma, had to have surgery, so many ear infections and ear drops and nothing worked.. except for vinegar. Sometimes vets are so worried about making a buck off you they forget to mention the most simple and effective remedies. If you want to prevent her ear infections use diluted vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe her ears with once or twice a week.. eventually she won't even need it much anymore. My dog doesn't even get her ear infections at all now after I used this method and changed her food.

      Two causes of ear infections which are generally the culprit in labs are inhalant allergies and food allergies.A switch to Lamb and rice generally helps but only if the new food has NONE of the same ingredients of the old food. It takes about 1 month to notice improvement. Inhalant allergies can be treated with Benadryl during allergy season.. IF you notice she gets ear infections around spring and fall chances are she has inhalant allergies and you can call you vet for dosage by weight of OTC benadryl.

      Anyway that's my experience with ear infections, took me forever to prevent them in my dog but shes yeast free now. If you get a chance visit http://www.marvistavet.com and check out the food/inhalant allergy pages in their pet web library.. it was of great help to me. Peace!

  19. QUESTION:
    Has anyone treated their dog with gentamicin for ear infections?
    Can the use of gentamicin on dogs with ear infections cause acute hearing loss?

    • ANSWER:
      Gentamicin is used for bacterial ear infections. My dog has yeast (fungal) ear infections. So, what I was going to recommend, won't be of any help. I dont know about any risks associated with it. However, if it makes you feel uncomfortable, ask your vet for another medication. The ear infection must be treated, because that can lead to deafness for sure. Good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do you get water out of a dogs ear?
    My dog went swimming yesterday and still has water deep down in his ear that he obviously cannot get out from shaking his head. I can hear it swishing around when I rub it. He is shaking his head constantly and I dont believe its helping, just causing him aggravation and I'm sure being uncomfortable.
    He suffers from ear infections so I cant leave the water in there to breed yeast and cause another infection. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get swimmers ear drops at the drug store.It should be safe to use.But don't use them a lot because they have alcohol in them and it will damage the ear with prolonged use.I would not suggest ear powder because it will cake in the ear and cause more damage than good.A ear drying ear cleaner or cream is best to use as a preventive.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog's itchy ears at home?
    I think my dog has an ear infection or ear mites. Do you know of a good home remedy to treat the symptoms?

    I have already made and used a solution of 1/3 water 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol...

    Any suggestions will help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites MAY be treatable with the use of Revolution from your vet. This is a prescription medication, so it will require that your dog has been seen within a year, and has had a heartworm/lyme test within that time.
      Yeast or Bacteria will require a topical antibiotic such as Mometamax, again, from your vet. You can't get rid of bacteria without an antibacterial. Products like Mometamax contain antibiotics designed to kill the bacteria that is commonly found in the ears.

      Yeast/Bacteria debris tends to be moist, while ear mites tend to have dry, crusty debris.

      The problem with oils (sorry) is that mites and yeast especially do very will in oil. While it may help with the inflammation, I've seen many, many yeast infections flourish with the use of oils and over-the-counter ear treatments.

      No matter what you choose to do, do not use Q-tips. You should never put anything larger than an elbow in any ear, as you risk permentantly damaging the ear. At the very least, pick up a pH-balancing ear cleaner, apply it to the ear, and mush it around to break up the debris, then use a chunk of cotton to wipe it out.

      Allergies often cause some sort of discharge as well, and itchiness. Again, only a vet could tell you what exactly is going on in the ears.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat my dog ear infection at home?
    she keeps pawing her ears, there is a strong odor coming from her ear, and she is shaking her head alot! i know she has a ear infection and she has had a couple in the past! she is deadly afraid of the vet and i was wondering if there is anything i can put it in or should i take her to the vet? please give me things i can do to treat her ear infection at home if possible
    my dog eats innova and there r no grains in it! she is a golden retriever and they are just prone to ear infections! thanks everyone tried the vinegar and it helped!

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. Try to get one that has measurement lines on the outside). I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (try to get the 91% alcohol )
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  23. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    She is a Spaniel/Dachshund mix, and has long floppy ears. For about a month now her ears have been itching horribly and they have a foul odor. I have been cleaning her ears out with ear cleaner and it doesn't seem to be going away?? I have heard about using Monistat for ear yeast infections for dogs...I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and it worked!!Thanks for your comments and help :)
    **I also notice that when I look in her ears...it looks kind of dry and scaly looking?? Is that yeast or what?? My mother has a poodle and her ears get exactly like that, she took her to the vet and it was yeast infection, they gave her something similiar to Monistat and it cleared it up!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't reccomend using Monistat for your dog's ear infection. There are several different types of ear infections....one being a yeast infection and another common type is a bacterial infection. My dog Rascal also has floppy ears that cover up the actual inner ear part and he is constantly getting ear infections. My advice to you is to you is to first take him to the vet and get the perscription from the vet for the proper type of infection that she has. Once you know what kind of infection it is and it re-occurs later you can always go to a pet med website and order the medicine directly from the website instead of going back to the vet a million times and get charged not only for the medicine but the exam. I would only reccomend you treating it this way if you know for sure it looks the same as the last time your dog got the infection. I know with my dog it looks the same and smells the same. Also another really important thing is to really keep the dog's ears clean. The first product i used was a wipe with stuff on it to clean the ears. However this product wouldn't reach down into the ear canal where all of the infection was at so my vet recommended a liquid ear cleaner that you can pour into the dogs ear and squeeze the ear and gently rub it deeper into the ear. After you do that you just wipe the excess liquid out of the ear. I would reccommend that now while she has the infection to clean the ear pretty good every day until the medicine you get from your vet starts making good progress. Always clean the ear first and let it dry before you put the medicine in otherwise it's pointless to use the medicine as it will be washed out and not effective. Also i don't recommend using q-tips or sticking anything down into your dogs ears that you can't see where its going...that might harm a dog's ears more than help them. Only a vet should be probing in your dogs ears with a cotton swab.

      If your dog is prone to getting ear infections over and over again i would clean your dogs ears out on a weekly basis after the infection is gone and keep a good look out for any signs of a new infection and really nip it in the butt before it is a full blown infection.

      Ear infections in dogs can be serious if left untreated or not treated properly. The end result could be your dog losing its hearing or even might require your dog to have ear surgery. Not fun for your pocket book or your doggie! That's why its sooooo important to at least go to your vet before you decide to start administering any kind of medicine. Also let your vet know if the medicine they prescribe is working and if its not let them know!!

      :)

  24. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use to treat my dogs ear infection?
    I have a yellow lab that has a small ear infection. While I am more than willing to go to the vet, is there any cheap over the counter remedy that I can use to treat, obviously if it does not improve then would take to the vet, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to go to a vet straight up. If there is a yeast or bacterial infection, the dog really needs medicated (antibiotic/antifungal) ear drops to clear it up. The other thing with ear infections is that it's important to check that a/ there is nothing down the ear that has triggered the infection (e.g. a grass seed) and that the ear drum is not damaged in anyway. If there's something down the ear, then the infection's not going to go away regardless of what it is treated with. If the ear drum is damaged, you have to be very, very careful about anything that is put in the ear- some products, even veterinary ear drops, can lead to problems such as deafness if they are put down the ear canal and are able to pass through into the middle/inner ear.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a dog's ear infection without ear drops?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both ears and the vet gave us drops to put in twice a day, for 10 days, but my dog gets incredibly uncomfortable and turns aggressive when the ear drops come out. He won't let us near his ears when he knows what we're trying to do and snaps. We've tried a muzzle, and restraining him, but it's impossible to administer the drops properly, especially twice a day, without putting him through stress and discomfort.

    Is there any other possible treatments for ear infections? Such as, antibiotics to be take orally? That would be much easier!

    • ANSWER:
      It may be possible to treat orally, but to be honest, topical treatment is usually far more effective. Unfortunately needs must so if you have to use a muzzle to get this treatment where it needs to be, so be it I'd suggest you get back to your vet because obviously his ears are causing him pain, so some form of pain relief might be worth considering, to make it easier to treat him.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the difference between dirty ear and ear mites?
    My dog had an ear infection before and ever since that I clean her ears once a week. The stuff that I use is Virbac Epi Otic ear cleaner that I bought from the vet. But even though I use that her ears still start to odor after a few days before the next routine cleaning. I read that ear mites can be hard to tell because they're really small and that they leave "crusty " stuff in the ear. I've always thought that when I clean my dogs ear it was dirt and earwax coming out. Can it be possible that she has ear mites? How can I tell the difference between just plain dirty ears and ear mites.

    Also she likes to play outdoors in the yard (sunbath, roll around, play her toys, etc) but the grass has been treated with insect killer during this last summer.

    • ANSWER:
      What you might do is schedule an appointment with the vet to recheck her ears and DO NOT clean them until your vet looks at them. because if it is ear mites and you clean all the debris away they are almost impossible to see. Usually you can see them when looking through the otoscope as they move around on the debris, but if the debris is gone they are very hard to find. And yes it is possible that they are ear mites and the Epi Otic wont treat that. Talk to your vet. Good luck

      dont use a qtip unless you know exactly what you are doing. A dogs ear canal is an L shape and qtips can break off inside their ear if you dont know how to use them on a dog. Also if it smells it is probably a yeast infection and they have certain meds to treat it but the vet will need to take a sample of the debris so again DO NOT CLEAN THEIR EARS UNTIL THE VET LOOKS AT THEM!!

  28. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a dog with an ear infection?
    I have a rat terrier mix and she is already on 2 types of medication for seizures but she has an ear infection. I was wondering if there is a safe home remedy cure because the vet is expensive and it doesn't help when they try to rip you off. Any safe remedies?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of ear infection.
      If it is a yeast infection then you can use an over the counter "feminine" yeast infection product. Just a small amount (like a pea size) and rub it into ears, also clean out the ear gunk (will be brownish/reddish and SMELLY) with q-tips.

      If it is just a basic ear infection you can squirt a little diluted vinegar (50/50 vinegar to water) into the ear and then clean it out with q-tips.

      If it's ear mites then check at your local pet store or grocery store and there should be an over the counter medication that's about .

      I would also suggest calling and asking the vet what at home remedies they would recommend, sometimes they can help and will understand the financial strain.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

      This has more on the vinegar remedy...http://www.seefido.com/online-dog-vet/html/ear_infections.htm

      ----edit-----

      Looking for a safe less expensive alternative to help your pet does not mean you love them any less. Also, just because you could 'afford' them in the beginning doesn't mean you always will be able to, sh*t happens, there is no shame in finding an alternative it does not make you any less of a responsible dog owner.

  29. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  31. QUESTION:
    Could the food my dog eats cause ear infections?
    I've posted a question before about my dogs ear infections and I've tried so much to help them heal. They just continue to become infected. Does anyone know if the food he eats cause this type of allergy? He is on large breed adult formula ProPlan.
    He's been on at least 5 different meds and has been to the vet continually.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it can contribute to it. Excess sugar can cause excess yeast and bacteria to form in the body. Corn has sugar and ProPlan has corn... you can only benefit from trying a hypoallergenic food with a protien source your dog has never had, and no corn or sugar products. I like Wellness brand Fish and Potato, or Natures Variety Venison & Rice. A less expensive food would be Sensible Choice Lamb and Rice. My dog eats that as her normal food, but it's not hypoallergenic. You can't give her treats with suger either, so check all your labels. It will take 2 months to know if it is helping for sure. Until then, use the drying/acidifying ear wash from the vet every day and use the medicated cream for 2 weeks at least to make sure you don't stop the med to soon. Continue cleaning the ears every day, or at least a couple times weekly. Also clean when they get wet or if it's humid. If she has other skin problems, like itchy feet and hot spots, it may be seasonal allergies and she may need benedryl-that'll help ears, too. Ask your vet. You can try putting a dribble of apple cider vinegar in his water dish. Also try acidophilis tablets in his food. That can help good bacteria fight the bad bacteria in his body. I do the same thing for myself...when I can afford it... spend to much on my pets...

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it better to clean my dogs ears with cotton balls, Q tips or tissues?
    My dogs has yeast in her ears so I need to clean them every day, so which one of these is the best to clean her ears and won't irratate her skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection need fungicides...wiping w/anything won't do spit.

  33. QUESTION:
    vinegar and water for dogs yeast inffection in ear- has anyone used this?
    I have a Weimanear dog that constantly has yeast infections in one ear - Vets medicine only clears up about 6 months. I keep his ears clean at all times. Have you had any experience with using diluted vinegar and water in the ear.

    • ANSWER:
      i have only used surolan to treat my dogs ear issues ... i get it at the vet ... but i do add 1/4 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her breakfast and supper and since i have added that she has not had any yeasty ears ... i have not heard of using it topically but i have not even had to clean her ears since adding to her diet ... and i am constantly looking but so far so good ... i started by adding to her water but she did not like it in her water ... but she has no problem eating it with meals ...

  34. QUESTION:
    How to help a dog with an ear infection?
    My Bullmastiff has had ear infections in the past because of allergies... but this time he is driving me nuts. We just started the medicine today and he's been pacing back and forth shaking his head and trying to rub his ears on the walls and floor, right after we give him his ear drops. I don't think it's the infection that is bothering him... I think the ear drops are uncomfortable. Is there anything I can do for him to make him for comfortable and to stop myself from going insane?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's driving you nuts can you imagine how the dog feels. Ear infections are very painful.

      Gently massage the dog's ears after you put the drops in. Gently, being the operative word.

      My Cavaliers get yeast infections in their ears and they are used to the drops, they come up to me when they see me with the ear drops bottle and tolerate me putting the drops in without any fuss because the get an ear massage and a hard biscuit to chew afterwards. The chewing action helps the drops get right down into the ears where they do the job.

  35. QUESTION:
    Where Can I Get Cephalexin Capsules for my dog?
    My dog suffers from ear infections, and I wondered if anyone knew where i could get this antibiotic called Cephalexin? My dog Nacho has had chronic infections and every time I take him to the vet, they priscribe the same priscription. Does anyone know where i can get this to keep handy?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first of all, cephalexin is an antibiotic that is available by prescription only. You can always ask your vet to give you a script for it which you can fill at any human pharmacy, but definitely do NOT give your dog this medication if it comes from a source that doesn't require a prescription, because that is sketchy.

      Second of all, dogs can have two types of ear infections: bacterial or yeast. You dog should have an ear cytology done every time he has an ear infection to confirm the type of infection. If it is just a yeast infection, he doesn't need antibiotics--he needs a topical antifungal ointment. Sometimes dogs need both a topical ointment AND antibiotics.

      Furthermore, if he IS having repeated bacterial ear infections, you should ask your vet to do further diagnostics to find out why, such as having the ear cultured, or you may even need a referral to a specialist. Diagnostics or a trip to the specialist will be more expensive in the short-term, but in the longrun it will save you possibly hundreds of dollars, not to mention it will save your dog the pain and discomfort of having repeated ear infections.

      Also be sure that when your vet does prescribe medications for his ears, that you give them religiously when you are supposed to and you complete the entire course of antibiotics.

      Making sure that you keep his ears dry by drying them with a cotton ball after a bath may also help prevent these ear infections. Using a cleansing and drying ear solution for dogs, such as Otirinse, on a regular basis (like once to twice a week or more often if needed) can also help. Pick one up at your vet's office.

  36. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  37. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  38. QUESTION:
    What can I give my dog for an ear infection?
    Okay so my dog (1 1/2 yr old golden retriever mix) has been shaking and showing symptoms of an ear infection after I took him to the beach about 2 months ago. A month ago however, I took him to the vet for it, and I explained to the vet what was wrong and that he was showing symptoms of it, he checked him out EXTERNALLY but he never bothered with the ears and just agreed with me about it and prescribed him with some very expensive medicine which I payed for of course! I was suppose to give him 3 pills a day for 2 weeks, and so I did. For a week after that it seemed like it had worked. However, now he's been shaking and bothering with his ear again! I really don't know what to do because I am broke at the moment and don't get my check 'till 2 weeks from now!
    So can someone please help me out and tell me what I can do to minimize his pain 'till I get my paycheck??? I'm desperate I hate seeing him in pain :(
    or if any medicine/home remedies I could try at a local store or pet store that will work for this?
    pleaseee help, I've been told that the infection could spread to his brain, I'm super worried :(

    I WILL TAKE HIM TO THE VET WHEN I GET THE MONEY, so don't give me crap that I don't care about my dog, if I didn't care I wouldn't be bothering right now.
    So please, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all; I need helpful answers right now, not childish ones.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not try any over the counter medications - you do not know what the problem is. You may want to find another vet and perhaps try to work out a payment plan. Times are hard for a lot of people right now. Perhaps a rescue league, ASPCA, animal control, etc. can work with you also. The vet should take an ear swab and check under the microscope. This could be a bacterial, yeast infection or mites. It may be a combination of 2 or even all three. Medication is dispensed based on what is found. Occasionally they may recommend a culture and sensitivity to find out exactly what bacteria it is. The infection cannot spread to the brain. If you can find someone to help you please get him seen soon. He is in pain and needs some relief but before giving anything for pain relief you need to check with the vet as a lot of human medications can be toxic to dogs.

  39. QUESTION:
    What to do about my dogs ear infection?
    I have a 3 y/o Black Lab. His left ear is very red, has a bad odor and a lot of discharge. I have tried to clean it with peroxide and a cotton ball. He doesnt really like it though. Is this something he should go to the vet for? I find it ironic I am taking him on Friday for his shots. Just dont know if he needs to go sooner.

    • ANSWER:
      You should get your dog to the vet, preferably before Friday if possible due to discomfort. If you can't, the dog will most likely be ok. Don't continue to use peroxide, as it can actually make some of the problems worse. You could get an ear cleaner from your vet, or from a pet store, to clean the ear. Do not buy any actual medications, unless your vet has prescribed them. Most likely, this is a bacterial +/- yeast infection, and will need prescription medication.

      When you go to the vet, make sure that you have them show you the proper way to clean your dog's ears, and ask how often you should normally do this. Labs tend to get a lot of ear infections, mostly because they like water, and have floppy ears. So it would be a good idea to clean them regularly, so that your dog gets used to it, and so that you can catch any infection really early.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection in a dog?
    Similar to how women can get a yeast infection after finishing a dose of antibiotics could my dog have developed a yeast infection in his ear because of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and allow the yeast to flourish.

      If your dog is on antibiotics you should be at least giving him some yogurt.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can i do about a yeast infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, it's really red, and it has smelly wax coming out of it. im pretty sure it's a yeast infection. I have an appointment with the vet the earliest i could get was next thursday. is there any medicing i can buy or anything i can do for her until then?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd make sure it was a yeast infection first it could be ear mites. It has the same symptoms. Also your vet should be able to fit you in somewhere sooner, your dog's health and comfort is a t risk. I can't believe your vet would do this.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dogs ear infections?
    I have a black lab that has floppy ears. He continues to get yeast infections in them. We have been to the vet several times to no avail. It is so bad it smells like stinky feet. He doesn't get into any water so I can't see what would be causing it. He scratches his ears so much they bleed. I feel so bad for him cause we can't seem to kick this problem. Anyone know how to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog gets them all the time too. Our vet has us use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to clean out his ears. Soak the cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and clean out his ears, going as far in as you can without getting the ball stuck. (make sure this is a cotton ball, NOT a q-tip) The alcohol will clean and help dry out the ear canal. Do this once a week to prevent infection. Of course if he currently has an infection you will have to clear that up with a medication first. We medicate in the morning, clean the ear out in the evening and re-medicate. Do that for 10 days, then switch to cleaning only every week. This should help make the infections less frequent.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use womens yeast infection creme for a dogs ears?
    Well my standard poodle has a ear yeast infection its not that I cant aford the medicine but it is 75$ a bottle. Thanks so much for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      No - not the same thing. And, how do you know it's a yeast infection? That has to be determined by a vet since it could be some other type of infection. Anyway, it probably won't cost you much more than that to take your dog to the vet for the PROPER treatment. The dog's ears also have to have a deep cleaning and should be flushed out.

  44. QUESTION:
    How often should I clean my dog's ears?
    My dog has had chronic ear infections for years. When he gets medicine from the vet, it will go away, but then come back. The medicine we are using right now is supposed to be put in his ear once a day. I clean his ear right before I put the medicine in it. Should I also clean it another time or another two times during the day?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has worked better for ear infections in my dogs that anything I ever got from a vet. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from beauty supply). Use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  45. QUESTION:
    What Are Signs Of A Dog Ear Infection?
    My dog scratches her ears alot and then my other dog started doing it to and anytime i try to look at them they wont let me and are very squirmy. Any Ideas if this could be an infection, but if not what then?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lemons!!! You can not treat this at home; she needs a vet as soon as possible. Some of the common things that could have caused this problem include; allergies, mites, bacteria, infection, something actually getting into the ear, diseases, and yeast infection (and this isn’t even a complete list if that gives you any idea of how many different things can have the symptoms you are describing.)

      If she continues to scratch them and you don’t take her to the vet she could rupture her eardrum if she hasn’t already. Your vet should clean the ears and teach you how to (must be careful if done incorrectly more damage could be caused.) He may have to sedate the dog depending on how painful it is for her. He will then take samples to see what is wrong with her. Most likely she will need medication (antibiotics, yeast cream ect or so forth depending on the problem.)

      I am sorry !!!. Lots of luck!!!
      Jason Homan

  46. QUESTION:
    how do you know if your dog has an ear infection?
    what are the symptoms a dog would have if he had an ear infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Most the time your dog will shake its head and/or scratch at his ears--there may be a bad smell or build up in the ears--if you think he has an infection call your vet and get them checked out--it can be caused by alot of things--from ear mites to yeast--

  47. QUESTION:
    How is it that food has an effect on ear infections in dos?
    I have heard time and time again, that people who switch their dog's food with a super premium human-grade food see a reduction in ear infections in their dogs... and that the dogs do not get ear infections anymore.

    How does that happen? What does food have to do with ear infections? We don't feed the ear, we feed the mouth. So how?

    • ANSWER:
      Foods with a lot of grain, especially corn are not processed well by dogs.
      All dogs, and other mammals, have natural yeast in their system, in a carnivore, corn converts to sugar in the animal's system, which in turn feeds yeast, causing it to grow unchecked, causing yeast infections in the ears.
      I think this is also the cause of so many dogs that are diabetic these days, so many foods have corn, again, it converts to sugar, that can't be good for carnivores.
      Corn is added to dog food to give it bulk and to boost the protein levels, problem is carnivores can't process grain protein.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to help my dog's ear infection?
    I am positive that my dog (2 year old labrador retriever) has an ear infection. I have made her a vet appointment for tomorrow morning, but want to know if there is anything I can do in the mean time to help her be more comfortable. She is clearly in pain and very VERY itchy, she can't stop shaking her head. Is there a medication like benedryl I can give her? I just want her to be comfortable until she can see the vet tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      The ear problem needs to be evaluated by your vet tomorrow. The problem could be several things. This includes a yeast infection, bacterial infection, ear mites or a combination of any of these. The proper medication will be prescribed. Best not to give her any medication before she is seen but you may want to contact the office before the appointment and ask if she is that uncomfortable. The vet will also probably prescribe an ear cleaner to be used before any treatment, after a bath and as needed. He or a technician should show you the proper way to clean the ears - if not please ask. FYI - if it is mites note that they are contagious and every animal in the household will need to be treated.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to treat a dogs ear infection (yeast) without going to the vet?
    My dog had the same problem 6 months ago and now it is back. What is the best medicine I can buy that I DO NOT NEED to go to the vet for. I would like to try something first before I make a vet appt.
    I can afford the vet but I am looking for an alternative first. Me buying ear drops for him at a pet store is NOT illegal. I know it's an ear infection because this is normal it happens to him often. This time I want to try something BEFORE I take him to the vet. I already spend a lot between his anxiety and CCD medicine, heartworm prevention, parasite prevention, and flea & tick prevention not to mention the food I must have him on because his digestive system is not strong. So thank you but I did think about it before I got him 2 1/2 years ago. Most pet owners don't end up having to spend that extra 0+ for health issues in their dog at least not a 2 1/2 year old dog. Guess what I kept him and make sure he has what he needs. I am asking for a BRAND of medicine (ear drops) that people have had success with. THAT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Especially when the infection is a normal thing with him because of his ears I know the problem, I'm looking to try a different solution this tim
    Ok look I know what can happen due to an infection I have been down this road with him and every time he has went straight to the vet. So I do know exactly what can happen, I also know WHEN it is to late for me to try something FIRST. I am pretty familiar with this issue now and catch it right off the bat.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I'd try is switching to a grain-free low-carbohydrate food, such as Orijen, Wellness Core or Artemis Maximal Dog, or better still, a raw prey model diet. If the problem persists after a couple of weeks, ask your vet for an Rx for an oral antifungal such as itraconazole or griseofulvin. Topical medications seem to lose their effectiveness when used repeatedly for persistently recurring infections.


dogs yeast ear infection

Yeast Infections In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  2. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  4. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    She is a Spaniel/Dachshund mix, and has long floppy ears. For about a month now her ears have been itching horribly and they have a foul odor. I have been cleaning her ears out with ear cleaner and it doesn't seem to be going away?? I have heard about using Monistat for ear yeast infections for dogs...I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and it worked!!Thanks for your comments and help :)
    **I also notice that when I look in her ears...it looks kind of dry and scaly looking?? Is that yeast or what?? My mother has a poodle and her ears get exactly like that, she took her to the vet and it was yeast infection, they gave her something similiar to Monistat and it cleared it up!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't reccomend using Monistat for your dog's ear infection. There are several different types of ear infections....one being a yeast infection and another common type is a bacterial infection. My dog Rascal also has floppy ears that cover up the actual inner ear part and he is constantly getting ear infections. My advice to you is to you is to first take him to the vet and get the perscription from the vet for the proper type of infection that she has. Once you know what kind of infection it is and it re-occurs later you can always go to a pet med website and order the medicine directly from the website instead of going back to the vet a million times and get charged not only for the medicine but the exam. I would only reccomend you treating it this way if you know for sure it looks the same as the last time your dog got the infection. I know with my dog it looks the same and smells the same. Also another really important thing is to really keep the dog's ears clean. The first product i used was a wipe with stuff on it to clean the ears. However this product wouldn't reach down into the ear canal where all of the infection was at so my vet recommended a liquid ear cleaner that you can pour into the dogs ear and squeeze the ear and gently rub it deeper into the ear. After you do that you just wipe the excess liquid out of the ear. I would reccommend that now while she has the infection to clean the ear pretty good every day until the medicine you get from your vet starts making good progress. Always clean the ear first and let it dry before you put the medicine in otherwise it's pointless to use the medicine as it will be washed out and not effective. Also i don't recommend using q-tips or sticking anything down into your dogs ears that you can't see where its going...that might harm a dog's ears more than help them. Only a vet should be probing in your dogs ears with a cotton swab.

      If your dog is prone to getting ear infections over and over again i would clean your dogs ears out on a weekly basis after the infection is gone and keep a good look out for any signs of a new infection and really nip it in the butt before it is a full blown infection.

      Ear infections in dogs can be serious if left untreated or not treated properly. The end result could be your dog losing its hearing or even might require your dog to have ear surgery. Not fun for your pocket book or your doggie! That's why its sooooo important to at least go to your vet before you decide to start administering any kind of medicine. Also let your vet know if the medicine they prescribe is working and if its not let them know!!

      :)

  5. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for yeast in dogs ears?
    Yeast infection in dog ears. Is there a home remedy? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll second the Zymox Otic! I have a girl who has had chronic ear infections all of her 13 years. I've paid the vet a small fortune over the years. Several years ago, I found Zymox and LOVE IT! It works all the time.
      You can go to Amazon and read the reviews on it.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter ointment for a yeast infection for a dog's paw?
    I think my dog may have a yeast infection or bacterial infection between his toes. He constantly chews at his paws, causing them to become extremely sore. Is there an over the counter remedy for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the drug store and buy some " Bag Balm ". It comes in a small green can and works wonders. I use it for my pets and myself for any skin irritation. Read the can, it was originally made for farm animals. Love that stuff.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for yeast infection on my dog's feet?
    My vet is treating my two dogs for allergies to grass which, because of the constant licking of the feet, has caused a yeast infection on their feet. Nothing yet has proven effective against the yeast infection. Does anyone know anything that will be effective?

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet prescribe for the yeast? I would think that a course of Ketaconazole would be in order. In addition to that, daily doses of Benadryl (your vet can give you the correct dosage based on your dog's weight). In addition to THAT, you could ask your vet for an antifungal shampoo that you could use on your dog, paying close attention to the feed (leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing). Last, ask your vet about using Predisone for the allergies, but rather than a short, high-dose course, ask the vet about using a smaller dose as needed (20%-25% of regular dosage). I was always reluctant to use Prednisone for my own dog until I started using a 5mg pill PRN...it helps him out, and I don't worry about side effects any longer. He gets them only when his allergies are acting up.

  10. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  11. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a dogs' yeast infection?
    My dog has this awful smell and we looked it up online. We saw that it was very common for the type of dog we have to get yeast infections, but we aren't sure if that's what he has. He seems to show the symptoms for it. He is also very old.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the location. It usually causes redness, dark brownish-red discharge in the ears. On the skin, it prefers warm places, like the arm pit or groin area, but can affect anywhere. The skin gets red, irritated and itchy ( of course!), and has a sweet odor. With chronic infections, the skin will darken, and get thick, like elephant skin.

      The easiest way to tell is to have your vet look at a swab of the skin/ears, to see if there is any yeast. There are many treatments, most topical unless the condition is severe. Please go to the vet, for his comfort.

  15. QUESTION:
    My Dog has a yeast infection how do we get rid of it?
    We took our dog to the vet last week to find out she has a yeast infection. It smells so bad it is almost untolerable. (the smell seems to be mostly coming from her mouth but her years and anus/vagina smell bad too. The vet didnt prescribe her anything but said she needed to loose weight (Is this a load of crap? I didnt know a dogs weight influenced yeast infections..) anyway ... if anyone knows the fastest way to get rid of this infection please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain,unsweetened yogurt,AZO Yeast Tablets ( these are made for women,but are safe for a dog) and put Monistat or an athletes foot powder all over her,just make sure it contains Miconazole,2%.Also,I cannot believe that the vet wouldn't give you at least an antifungal shampoo.There is a good one called Malaseb,I would ask the vet for some.My cousin's Golden had this,and finally got rid of it after two years,with Ketoconazole,which is an oral antifungal.Get some Panalog from your vet to put in her ears,but I don't know about her mouth;I've never heard of a yeast infection causing bad breath.And,is she spayed? If she has a bad odor or discharge coming from her vagina and she isn't spayed,it could be pyometra,an infection of the uterus,which is fatal if not treated. Good luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection in a dog?
    Similar to how women can get a yeast infection after finishing a dose of antibiotics could my dog have developed a yeast infection in his ear because of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and allow the yeast to flourish.

      If your dog is on antibiotics you should be at least giving him some yogurt.

  17. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of and preventing dog yeast infection?
    My dog has been having bad skin problems. He itches a lot, gets bald spots, smells bad, and has grey elephant looking skin. I took him to the vet a few months ago, and he did a test and determined he has a yeast infection. The steroids and antibiotics helped it get better, but it just returned once he was off them. What should I do for my dog? Dont I need to find the source? Could it be his food? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try a grain-free limited ingredient diet and apple cider vinegar ... when i put my very allergic dog on that diet with the vinegar added to the kibble breakfast and supper, she never had another yeast infection (ear, skin, otherwise) again ... natural balance makes limited ingredient diets (try to pick a protein source your dog has never had before) and they make kibble, canned and treats ... use organic apple cider vinegar (raw and NOT heinz from the grocery store, if it has mothers, bonus) ... my dog was fifteen pounds and i added about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on top of her kibble twice a day ... it is cheap and very effective ...

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I treat and keep ear yeast infections from coming back in my dogs ears?
    Male lab and he gets recurring yeast infections in his ears. The vet treats it with medicine but it always comes back.

    • ANSWER:
      well keep his ears clean and without hair, you might want to cut it, and give him the ear drops every 4 days.

      good luck..

  19. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use womens yeast infection creme for a dogs ears?
    Well my standard poodle has a ear yeast infection its not that I cant aford the medicine but it is 75$ a bottle. Thanks so much for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      No - not the same thing. And, how do you know it's a yeast infection? That has to be determined by a vet since it could be some other type of infection. Anyway, it probably won't cost you much more than that to take your dog to the vet for the PROPER treatment. The dog's ears also have to have a deep cleaning and should be flushed out.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to treat/cure a Yeast infection in my dogs ears?
    My pit bull mix keeps getting a yeast infection in her ears. I keep them VERY clean but for some reason it comes back every 4-6 weeks
    I am using Epi-Otic which I got from my vet for cleaning, and when she's tearing at her ears I use DV Max which is a prescription that I got from the vet, however even though it seems to work...after it clears up it starts all over again in a few weeks....by the way...thanks for the info you already sent and anymore that you do send is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a yeast infection in it's ear, it needs antibiotics.

      Sometimes ear infections will recur after successful treatment. Primary inhalant or food allergies causing secondary ear infections should be considered. But usually, with proper treatment, a yeast infection can be cleared up within two weeks.

      I have found that chronic ear infections ususally have some underlying cause.I don't know if your mixed pup is known to have an anatomy problem that contributes to ear infections, but that is always a possiblity. It is best to purchase a product from your veterinarian to clean out your dogs ears prior to placing the prescribed antibiotic drops in the ears, such as Epi-Otic. I have found that some medications don't work well in the presence of a lot of dirt or discharge. Keeping the hair plucked out of the ears also helps keeping the ears cleaner.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long after a yeast infection does my vagina smell?
    Ive gotten over my yeast infection and now it still smells like wet dog hair. Does anyone know how long this will last?

    • ANSWER:
      NEVER put deodarant in between your legs, the irritation could end you up in hospital. Use clean swipe wipes that are given to you by your doctor or a pharmacy (chemist).

      Also, drink cranberry juice.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  24. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is reccomended for yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pitbull gets horrible yeast infections all over his body. Currently I am giving him 1 probiotic acidophilus daily plus 1/4cup yogurt and 3 benadryl twice a day. He also gets bathed with antifungal shampoo several times a week. What should I be feeding him?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try feeding a novel protein food such as venison, bison, rabbit, or duck for at least 12 weeks to see if it helps (and you might have to try all of them), or you could feed a hypoallergenic food such as royal canin hp for at least 12 weeks to completely rule out food allergies.

      if its not food allergy related, feeding a high quality food is still recommended. also adding in fish oils would be good. 180mg/ 10 pounds of body weight.

      add- NANCY B, yeast infections can be and often are the results of allergies! food and environmental. do some research before spouting off false information.

      if its from environmental allergies, a medication such as atopica would be beneficial.

      add- NANCY B (again)- your answer is just wrong. a yeast infection is NOT a type of staph (ph not ff) infection! yeast is a type of fungus while staph is a type of bacteria. antibiotics and sulfur are used to treat bacterial infections. antifungals are used to treat fungal infections.

      there are two types of antifungals. topicals and oral. topicals include shampoo (which the owner is using), creams, lotions, wipes, and sprays. oral antifungals are extremely hard on the liver and since the animal has to be on them for at least a month and at high doses, they are usually not recommended. topicals are the best route to take. hence the bathing with an antifungal shampoo.

      now, all the antifungals in the world arent going to do a damn bit of good if the underlying cause isnt addressed, hence the reason for changing the food. if a food allergy is the reason for chronic yeast infections, then putting the dog on a hypoallergenic food will help prevent future yeast infections. if environmental allergies are the cause, finding out what the dog is allergic to and addressing it will help prevent future yeast infections.

      once again for clarity: yeast = fungal. staph (ph not ff) = bacteria. antifungals treat yeast. antibiotics treat bacterial infections.

      oh, and bag balm will also not do a damn thing to treat a yeast infection. and why would you want to add more moisture to a moisture problem?

      add- how do you know its seasonal? age has nothing to do with when allergies develop or what type.

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

      acute moist dermatitis? aka a hot spot (bacterial infection). i am so glad to know you have a crystal ball that allows you to diagnose a dog via the internet.

      pred? why? not every vet is quick to jump on the pred bandwagon and how do you know the dog hasnt already been treated with pred. besides, if it is a food allergy or something like hypothyroidsim or cushings disease, pred wont help and can potentially make things worse.

      skin scrape? what will that tell you? dogs with mange usually have bacterial infections not yeast.

      allergies are seasonal and an animal has to be exposed to an allergen twice before it develops an allergy? clearly you have no clue how allergies develop.

      just because the dog has been on the same food, doesnt mean it cant develop an allergy.

      min pins arent prone to allergies? wtf? this dog is a pitbull and any dog can develop allergies.

      go msu? again, wtf?

      please email me if you wish to continue discussing this matter because doing it this way, like your answer, is ridiculous.

      oh yeah, and even if it was acute moist dermatitis, putting bag balm on it will only make it worse.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can shaving a double coated dog cause yeast infections?
    My MILs golden retriever has been having yeast infections on his skin and other problems since they've been shaving him and i was just curious.
    I'm not the one who shaves him. I don't agree with shaving double coated dogs it's my in laws dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. I never thought it was a good idea to completely shave a long hair dog. I had a Golden many years ago we cut her hair ourselves three times a year and let it grow long in the winter but never shaved and never had any issues.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the optimum doseage for Diflucan for an ear infection thought to be a yeast infection in a Labrador?
    Dog has brownish substance and bitter smell in one ear. Amantadine was first used, and her ears were cleaned, and she still is showing signs of infection. I believe it is probably a yeast infection, and I would like to use some Diflucan to treat her. I don't know doseage for and 85 lb Labrador.
    I have many vets, and docs in my family, and I have diflucan on hand. I only have information on dosage for humans. I would only trust information that were consistant with information I already know... but thanks for the advice...
    Non Amantadine... Augmentin.... my bad... I am not a vet, but I have many who are in my family who will be glad to help my when they are not working. I have a doc bringing me some diflucan, and I am just trying to figure out the correct doseage
    I should've read the rest of the response before, but I needed to correct the amantadine mistake. As far as the topical goes, I have been using some Clotrimazole over the counter cream, but I am worried about going too deep in her canal. I also have worries about pushing any buildup down into her ear when I enter the canal with a swab. I would rather use oral and knock the infection out
    To Merlinandmeimei-

    If what you say is true, that is quite alarming. I understand that pretty much all store bought dog food is "junk" are mostly 50% filler (grain or rice). My dog would love nothing more to eat an "all meat" diet, and I would love to feed it to her, but there are also heath problems associated with that. Labs (and I think all dogs) have an inherent allergy to beef fat that causes theme to get ill in response to eating beef all of the time. All meat all the time will get expensive, too, can I put her on a meat and guts diet?
    ....Thanks for the information on how yeast may effect the overall health of a dog throught its life cycle, I will definately look into that information.
    .... As far as the Blue Star, perhaps subtracting the alcohol from the mixture (and using the substitute) might be best. I dont think that alcohol would kill the yeast, and might cause drying and inflamation. It is probably something other than the alcohol in the ointment. thks
    Merlinandmeimei-

    I have also seen yeast used as an ingredient in very many dog foods... What you say about yeast makes alot of sense...

    • ANSWER:
      Please contact your vet. He/she is the one qualified to tell you this. Take your dog in to see the vet. He can tell more from seeing her ears. He can also tell you definitely whether or not your doggie has a yeast infection and he can prescribe drops in the correct dosage for her weight and breed.

  28. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Bath the dog in a good cleansing dog shampoo. Concentrate around the neck and under the ears. Make sure that he is properly brushed out before bathing.

  29. QUESTION:
    My dog just recovered from a yeast infection in her ears. Can I give her a bath?
    My dog recovered from a pretty nasty yeast infection in her ears a few days ago. Is it okay to give her a bath? If water accidentally gets in her ears will it aggravate them and cause another infection? (My dog won't tolerate cotton balls, we've tried hundreds of times. She shakes them out within .02 seconds)

    • ANSWER:
      why not use a damp flannel or rag to wipe her face ( use a little baby tearless shampoo about a peasized amount ) and ears and give the rest of her body a good scrub from her neck downwards that way you wont get water in her ears!

  30. QUESTION:
    Is there something to give cats to help them from getting yeast infections in her ears?
    My cat tends to be very prone to yeast infections in her ears. All the vet told me was to keep cleaning her ears out but I just wondered (actually after seeing a question over in the Dog section) if there was something I could feed/give to her that would help prevent her from getting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Feeding, probably not, but yes there is something very easy to do.

      Ours was prone to it too, and he'd get a huge buildup of waxy stuff as well. I started using a swab of 50/50 diluted vinegar (in water) to wipe out his ears once a week. I used a wadded kleenex for it, and made sure to get down as far as my finger and the kleenex would allow. This changed the acidity in the ear enough to stop the infections. Once a week is fine, or you can do it twice a week, but definately not every day.

  31. QUESTION:
    How do you take a long eared dog a bath without it getting a yeast infection?
    My brittney spaniel went to the vet a week and a half ago and found out he had a yeast infection in his ears well we have been putting drops in them and they look good as new! How do I stop it from happening again he really needs a bath but I am afraid his ears are going to get infected again and around his ears is oily because of the drops how do I clean them?

    • ANSWER:
      OK, did anyone else laugh really hard when they read the title of this question? :) heehee! Ok, now to be mature... Well, you are never going to completely be able to keep your dog from getting ear infections. Some characteristics that were bred in to specific breeds are functional in some regards but not always in others. The long ears are always going to trap moisture whether from a bath or from dew on the grass or moisture in the air. Knowing this just keep an eye on the ears use a good ear wash at least once weekly and you should do fine! :)

  32. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      give her a bath with dawn dih detergent

  33. QUESTION:
    Acidophilus - How many units are beneficial for yeast control?
    Does anyone at all know what Acidophilus I should get that might help a dog with chronic yeast infections? We have exhausted all other vet treatments and feel as though we threw our $$ away. All the products I see online have certain amount of units of the bacteria and I don't know what would be effective and not effective. Some are 1 million units, others are 6 million units etc. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I love using acidophilus with my dogs. Even though they get top-of-the-line food, since they are older, they are prone to digestive problems and not being able to assimilate food well. I have found that acidophilus helps tremendously.

      Most of the brands in the health food store are in the mega-units, specific to human adults. Since my dogs are small, I use the liquid drops and capsules that are designed for babies and children. You didn't mention how big your dog was but, like humans, you can go by body weight. I think your best bet is to find a holistic vet (even online - Dr. Marty Goldstein in New York) to ask as well.

      The article in the source section will give you an idea how to deal nutritionally with pet yeast infections and the use of pro-biotics, as well as including a couple of yummy recipes to help your dog get well.

      Good luck and all the best!

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use an OTC treatment for a vaginal yeast infection if I've never had one before?
    I've never had a yeast infection before but I have all of the symptoms and since j no longer have health insurance I can't added to go to my doctor. I just bought an OTC treatment but it specifically says not to use it if you've never had one before. What would be the worse that could happen if I used it?

    • ANSWER:
      that doesn,t make sense. just use it. everyone gets these. even my female dog had vaginitis. this is not a joke. it really happened. just follow the directions.

  35. QUESTION:
    Today my dog's groomer said he has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears. How can the groomer tell?
    I took my dog to get groomed today. The groomer cleaned his ears with a wipe and when he removed the wipe, there was a little bit of ear gunk. Normal stuff like we get. But then he said that my dog has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears.
    How can he tell?

    • ANSWER:
      Many times due to the smell, and the 'wetness'
      You may want to check your dogs' food.
      I had a basset, and he was constantly going to the vet for ear infections (Yeast can turn into ear infection)
      Anyway, I'd pay like for vet visit, get 10 days of Antibiotic, 11th day-wham, another ear infection, back to then vet, another , another 10 days-
      Eventually, he put him on steroids.
      I started to do research, and found that corn was one of the biggest allergy triggers.
      And what does an allergy look like?
      Scratching with no fleas, excessive shedding, hot spots, and ear infections!
      My guy had them all!
      I was feeding a grocery brand food, not knowing any better.-didn't realize it was all artificial colors!
      I started using Nutro Natural Choice, lamb & rice.
      Ear infections went away!
      Scratching, shedding and hot spots- gone!
      Nutro is 100% guaranted to improve skin and coat and, guaranteed for taste!
      Can't go wrong
      I no longer have to spend all that money on vet visits, or medicatin.
      Give it a try!

  36. QUESTION:
    How do i tell if my cat has ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear? (without going to a vet)?
    He has black goo coming out of both ears. It is slimey and kind of looks like coffe grinds. It is dark brown in color. I have two types of treatment at home. One for ear mites and one for a yeast infection. I don't want to give both. Bringing him to the vet will cost me .00 for him to look at him and .00 for a lab fee- money which I don't have at the moment. Thank you for any help! Greatly appreciated! In the mean time, I have just been cleaning his ears with warm soapy water and cotton balls- not going inside the ear. His ears are just terribly dirty in there. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      With a yeast infection, the ears will produce a very strong 'yeasty' smell. if there is an oder in your cats ears, then its probably a yeast infection.

      go ahead with the yeast infection medicine, and be sure to clean the ears very well. dogs and cats ears are very VERY deep so do not be afraid.

      if it doesnt seem to make a difference after about a week, then try the mite treatment.

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears?
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears. I know this because i took him to the vet. I have drops for his ears and an antibiotic but i dont know if theres anytihng else i should do to help the process? does it matter if he's in the heat or cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics do NOT treat yeast infection. If anything, they will make the problem worse, as they kill the beneficial bacteria that attack yeast. You should clarify this with the vet, as I'd hate for a bad situation to become worse.

  38. QUESTION:
    What can i do about a yeast infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, it's really red, and it has smelly wax coming out of it. im pretty sure it's a yeast infection. I have an appointment with the vet the earliest i could get was next thursday. is there any medicing i can buy or anything i can do for her until then?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd make sure it was a yeast infection first it could be ear mites. It has the same symptoms. Also your vet should be able to fit you in somewhere sooner, your dog's health and comfort is a t risk. I can't believe your vet would do this.

  39. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?
    That is really safe on animals?
    i found it but it is an extremely durable adhesive. Are you really saying to put this on my dogs face? Seriously?

    • ANSWER:
      use goop on the ears and then wash them with shampoo. You can find it in the auto parts section at most stores. Goop not anything else. I am a groomer and this is the safest most effective way to take care of this problem.

  40. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food would you recommend to change to?
    My 5 year old dog just came home from the vet with a yeast infection in her ears. The vet has suggested that we change her food and treats to help clear up the infection. She recommended that we change to food with rice, chicken, veggies or fish. Was looking for brands that others have tired? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, any food your dog likes that is high quality should be fine. Buy high-quality and avoid foods with any kind of by-product, and avoid those with fillers, especially corn.

      Go to your local pet-food specialty store, and ask for their recommendations. Take the time to read the ingredients.

      Ask also if they have any trial-size or sample bags of the foods that you are interested in buying; you really don't want to spend or more on a huge bag of dog food and find out that your dog doesn't like it. Spending a couple dollars on a small bag allows you to see if your dog will like it. My dog likes Nature's Menu's dry kibble food, "Chicken, Ocean Whitefish and Sweet Potato" flavor, but the best food in the world won't help if your dog refuses to eat it.

      There are a lot of high quality foods out there, and you will find that many people have their own personal favorite. You'll need to take the time to find which food your dog likes best that fits in your budget.

      If your dog has floppy (down) ears, be sure to stay on top of keeping them clean and dry, even after the infection has passed.

      Good luck! To learn more about dogs and related issues, check out Sharon McCuddy's "Lucky Dog" series of articles at http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/320974/sharon_annette_mccuddy.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have yeast infection on his paws?
    I have I chihuahua thats always biting his paws so I looked into it and now i think its yeast infection. His feet stink horribly while he sleeps, and during the night he bites them like they're really bothering him. The pads on his paws are sorta cracked and (he has dew claws on his back feet)<they have sorta like yellow crust on them. Is it yeast infection? Theres not alot of available info online and i wanna be sure.
    ;)Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I would take him to a vet.

      But I honestly wonder if maybe he is having some sort of allergy issue.

      Foods with Corn, Wheat, or Soy are highly linked to food allergies (know as food sensitivities).

      Its also important to avoid chicken too.

      I would also switch to a premium food like Wellness and Blue Buffalo, anyway.

      I personally prefer blue buffalo as its a little cheaper, equal quality kibble, and they have a life source bit which boast the immune system)

      I would go with the basics formula (if it is food sensitives I would go with the basics) or the small breed fish and brown rice

  42. QUESTION:
    Does putting yeast in dog food help their odor?
    I saw an info-mercial where the guy said if your dog smells strongly, put yeast in his food. I have looked online and people say yeast gives them yeast infections. Would it be bad to put yeast in his food, or does it just need to be a small amount in order to help the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't pay attention to ANY info-mercials. Ask your vet..

  43. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  44. QUESTION:
    how do you restore your dogs pads of their feet?
    my dog has a horrible yeast infection causing the pads on her feet to go.How do I restore them?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the vet, have a cytology done to ensure you get the right medication to treat the infection, then follow the vet's instructions.

  45. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    My 5 year old chihuahua has never had ear problems. Last night she started yelping like she was in pain, wouldn't let us touch her, became agressive but also timmid. I took her to the emergency vet who said that she has a yeast infection of the ear. Not that I'm the expert, but I am just not buying it. Her pain seems so much worse. Any experience you have to offer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well since she wont let you touch her ear, there is deffinently something wrong with it. It could be an ear infection or something stuck in the ear canal itself.

      If its an ear infection and it is that painful, it has been there for probably a little while. There would be a foul smell coming from the ear and also there would be a black/brown discharge coming out of the ear. The dog will be itching it and shaking its head alot. And like you stated she will get aggressive when trying to touch the ear and it is very painful.

      What you can do is take your dog to her regular vet and ask the dr. to look in the ear. THey will probably recromend an ear flush, culture, and also, oral and topical antibiotics. If you dont want to spend a lot of money, try the brod spectrum antibioitics. If it doesnt go away after that (probably 10-14 days) then go with the culture and the flush.

      The cluture is going to be expensive but it will tell you exactly what type of bacteria is growing in her ear and the vet will know which antibioitic to perscribe to directly treat the infection.

      The flush is going to clean the dogs ear out they vet will probably give an oral sedative and clean the canal out all the way and get everything out of there.

      If you decide to go with the antibiotics and the flush they will probably give you the orals before the flush and then the topicals because there is no use in giving topicals in a dirty infected ear.

      Anways, I hope this helps. Just take her to your regular vet. so its not as expensive as the ER.

      Good Luck!!!!

  46. QUESTION:
    how can I get rid of foul smelling ears on my dog?
    My little dog suffers from yeast infections in her ears. Not sure if it diet, or if it's the hair inside her ears. It starts with a foul smell, and develops into an infection. I wonder if there is another way to treat this naturally? She already has switched to a fish only diet which has helped her to stop constantly licking her paws. How can I lower the levels of yeast in my dog's system? And get rid of this smell!

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Can supplementing a dog with omega fatty acids aggravate a Candida(or yeast) infection?
    My dog is recovering from what I belief to be a yeast infection(Vet wouldn't say.. She simply said "Secondary infection from flea allergies".) It is almost gone, but where it is/was, it was always super oily, not dry like most skin infections.. So I'm assuming supplementing an oily dog with oil would be bad, right? Just checking, because I've read about all the other benefits of giving dogs omega fatty acids.

    • ANSWER:

      Derm caps may actually help.
      Derm caps are a balance of omega 3 and 6 with vitamin e.
      Try a shampoo like hylyte 2 days after flea prevention treatment.
      Make sure to fully rinse the dog and brush.
      Brushing daily will help stimulate the oil glands to work properly.
      If oiliness continues I would try an anti seboreahic shampoo from the vet.

  48. QUESTION:
    dogs do get yeast infections in their ears because it is damp and dark and bacteria forms?
    yeast infections are not just in private parts,

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, yeast infections are not bacterial, they are fungi, and yes, being dark and damp encourages the growth of the fungi but a lowered immune system makes it easier for the fungi to grow. Feeding your dog a high quality food, not over vaccinating, watching his health with regular check-ups from a vet you trust, and keeping the dogs ears clean and free of debris will help discourage the growth of the yeast. Sometimes an underlying problem such as bad teeth, allergies, Hypothyroidism can lower the immune system, so keep up to date with dentals, and blood work if your dog is having constant yeast infections.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to remove ear infection medication from my dog's fur?
    My wheaten terrier is 14 weeks old and has yeast infections in both ears. The vet prescribed medication that we put in his ears twice a day, but it's quite oily and now his ears and head look wet and greasy. We can't bathe his head and ears, because moisture is the cause of his infections. I've tried my best to wipe it off with a kleenex, but that doesn't seem to make much difference. He also hates getting the medication put in his ears and nothing works to distract him during the application.

    • ANSWER:
      Corn starch rubbed into the coat will absorb some of the oil. Work it in carefully, making sure none falls into the ear canal, and then brush it back out.


yeast infections in dogs

Yeast Skin Infection In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter ointment for a yeast infection for a dog's paw?
    I think my dog may have a yeast infection or bacterial infection between his toes. He constantly chews at his paws, causing them to become extremely sore. Is there an over the counter remedy for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the drug store and buy some " Bag Balm ". It comes in a small green can and works wonders. I use it for my pets and myself for any skin irritation. Read the can, it was originally made for farm animals. Love that stuff.

  2. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  3. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  4. QUESTION:
    What kind of dog food is reccomended for yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pitbull gets horrible yeast infections all over his body. Currently I am giving him 1 probiotic acidophilus daily plus 1/4cup yogurt and 3 benadryl twice a day. He also gets bathed with antifungal shampoo several times a week. What should I be feeding him?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try feeding a novel protein food such as venison, bison, rabbit, or duck for at least 12 weeks to see if it helps (and you might have to try all of them), or you could feed a hypoallergenic food such as royal canin hp for at least 12 weeks to completely rule out food allergies.

      if its not food allergy related, feeding a high quality food is still recommended. also adding in fish oils would be good. 180mg/ 10 pounds of body weight.

      add- NANCY B, yeast infections can be and often are the results of allergies! food and environmental. do some research before spouting off false information.

      if its from environmental allergies, a medication such as atopica would be beneficial.

      add- NANCY B (again)- your answer is just wrong. a yeast infection is NOT a type of staph (ph not ff) infection! yeast is a type of fungus while staph is a type of bacteria. antibiotics and sulfur are used to treat bacterial infections. antifungals are used to treat fungal infections.

      there are two types of antifungals. topicals and oral. topicals include shampoo (which the owner is using), creams, lotions, wipes, and sprays. oral antifungals are extremely hard on the liver and since the animal has to be on them for at least a month and at high doses, they are usually not recommended. topicals are the best route to take. hence the bathing with an antifungal shampoo.

      now, all the antifungals in the world arent going to do a damn bit of good if the underlying cause isnt addressed, hence the reason for changing the food. if a food allergy is the reason for chronic yeast infections, then putting the dog on a hypoallergenic food will help prevent future yeast infections. if environmental allergies are the cause, finding out what the dog is allergic to and addressing it will help prevent future yeast infections.

      once again for clarity: yeast = fungal. staph (ph not ff) = bacteria. antifungals treat yeast. antibiotics treat bacterial infections.

      oh, and bag balm will also not do a damn thing to treat a yeast infection. and why would you want to add more moisture to a moisture problem?

      add- how do you know its seasonal? age has nothing to do with when allergies develop or what type.

      add- okay dr nancy, explain:

      acute moist dermatitis? aka a hot spot (bacterial infection). i am so glad to know you have a crystal ball that allows you to diagnose a dog via the internet.

      pred? why? not every vet is quick to jump on the pred bandwagon and how do you know the dog hasnt already been treated with pred. besides, if it is a food allergy or something like hypothyroidsim or cushings disease, pred wont help and can potentially make things worse.

      skin scrape? what will that tell you? dogs with mange usually have bacterial infections not yeast.

      allergies are seasonal and an animal has to be exposed to an allergen twice before it develops an allergy? clearly you have no clue how allergies develop.

      just because the dog has been on the same food, doesnt mean it cant develop an allergy.

      min pins arent prone to allergies? wtf? this dog is a pitbull and any dog can develop allergies.

      go msu? again, wtf?

      please email me if you wish to continue discussing this matter because doing it this way, like your answer, is ridiculous.

      oh yeah, and even if it was acute moist dermatitis, putting bag balm on it will only make it worse.

  5. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt successfully with Clarida yeast infection in a dog?
    It seems to start with a flea allergy, goes into hot spots, then darkening smelly patches usually under forearm area and neck creases. I feed her enzyme rich food.(Eagle Pack) Have tried adding yogurt to her diet and tried many skin remedies for the intense itching.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has major allergies as well and gets that stupid yeast infection in her ears all the time. Cortisone shots seem to help but that can get expensive. I give my dog benadryl and that works great, simply sleep has the exact same ingredients and sometimes is cheaper. No need to go with the name brands the cheap stuff works just as well. It makes her a little sleepy sometimes and other times she gets wound up. I put a little peanut butter on a cracker and stick the pill in the peanut butter. Also for her skin I use an oatmeal shampoo and when she is still a little damp I rub cocoa butter with shea butter lotion into her coat and skin. She absolutely loves this routine and likes the rub down with the lotion. At first she tried to eat it all off but then discovered she felt so much better with it in her skin. Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can shaving a double coated dog cause yeast infections?
    My MILs golden retriever has been having yeast infections on his skin and other problems since they've been shaving him and i was just curious.
    I'm not the one who shaves him. I don't agree with shaving double coated dogs it's my in laws dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe. I never thought it was a good idea to completely shave a long hair dog. I had a Golden many years ago we cut her hair ourselves three times a year and let it grow long in the winter but never shaved and never had any issues.

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes a dog to get a yeast infection all over her body?
    She lost her hair.Her skin felt like elephant skin.She couldn't stop itching.
    I took her to the vet but they gave me no specific reason she may have got this infection or what may have caused it.

    • ANSWER:
      There are certain breeds that are predisposed to this disease such as cocker spaniels , basset hounds, and dachshund. It is usually caused by conditions of high humidity, and temperature, your dog could have a hypersensitive condition such as allergies especially food allergies, there could be defects in the normal way the skin sheds making it more susceptible for a yeast infection, certain hormonal diseases also could contribute to this as well it could also be a genetic predisposition. It would be important to rule out allergies because it is likely to recur if the cause of the allergies are not determined. Just to note yeast infections are not diagnosed by skin scrapings but by impression smears from the skin.

  8. QUESTION:
    Who honestly knows If vinegar and water works for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    Has anyone tried it? Is it effective? or is there any other natural remedies for ear infections in dogs. no antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      Ineffective. This summer alone, I've already treated over 50 ear infections. Tis the season, is our motto. Ear infections, skin infections, in high numbers usually due to more water exposure, humidity, trapped moisture, and allergens.

      Your vet treatment team and your dog would really appreciate if you don't try vinegar and water at home, it fails, then you have a stinky dog, with infected ears, at the clinic, in desperate need of a topical antifungal/antibioitic/anti-inflammatory med. Normal flora on the skin's surface should not be in ear canals. When yeast and bacteria infect the ear canal, usually it's due to water in the ear compromising the balance of yeast/bacteria populations or the dog started scratching due to allergies and got a secondary infection after breaking the skin and compromising the skin barrier, allowing bacteria and yeast to affect multiple skin layers in the ear.

      Antibiotics and antifungals help the ear go back to normal state with only bacteria and yeast living on the exterior of the body. Ensuring it's being shaken before use, enough med is being administered into the ear canals, then massaging at the base of the ear, are all important to ensure the med is effective.

      For maintenance, cleansing the ears with a cerulytic (breaks up wax/debris) cleanser with a drying agent can help prevent ear infections with weekly use and whenever exposed to water, not to exceed every 2-3 days. If a dog swims daily, cleansing their ears every 3 days will reduce their risk for ear infections.

      And definitely don't immerse a dog in vinegar, diluted or not. They are so hypersensitive to odor and it does not benefit skin that is already symptomatic for infection, sebhorrea, itchiness, or fleas.

      Meds such as Mometamax, Easotic, Genotic/Betagen/other gentamicin based meds, or Posatex are effective against yeast and bacteria, and may be prescribed by your vet. You cannot avoid Rx med if your dog has an ear infection. He will continue to have inflamed ears, with trapped moisture, excess debris, itchiness, and possibly develop internal ear damage and destruction if left untreated. Do not take it too lightly! Hope you're just randomly asking about vinegar, and you don't have a dog with an ear infection...

  9. QUESTION:
    how much does it take to treat ear infection for dog?
    Just like the question, how much does it usually take to treat an ear infection for dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends where you go. There is the office visit, some places require you be current on a rabies vaccine before you are seen, so you may have to get that. In order to find out what type of ear infection is going on you will need to do an ear cytology. This will allow the yeast or bacteria that is in the ears to be seen under a microscope. THERE IS NO WAY TO FIND OUT 100% WHAT IT IS BY JUST LOOKING AT THE EAR. Medication depends on what you find, usually it's some type of ointment and an ear wash. You will need to recheck in about 2 weeks to make sure the infection is gone and the medication does not need to be switched. Usually ear infections are a sign of allergies, so don't be surprised if they find anything else wrong w/ the skin and want to send home antibiotics. You do not want to wait for it to "get better on it's own" IT WON'T. Do not wait too long because if the infection is severe enough and the dog is shaking his head like crazy you may have an ear hematoma on your hands. That is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE to treat, basically it's a broken blood vessel in the pinna of the ear (floppy part) and has to be treated surgically. Also, you do not want to apply any of the over the counter stuff-won't work. Do NOT apply water, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, or any "home remedy" that will just cause further irritation to the ear. Depending on where you go it may run from -0. Also, good idea to get your dog up to date on vaccines and heartworm test and prevention if not already on this. Pets are not cheap and if people cannot afford minimal care on them they should think twice before aquiring an animal.

  10. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of and preventing dog yeast infection?
    My dog has been having bad skin problems. He itches a lot, gets bald spots, smells bad, and has grey elephant looking skin. I took him to the vet a few months ago, and he did a test and determined he has a yeast infection. The steroids and antibiotics helped it get better, but it just returned once he was off them. What should I do for my dog? Dont I need to find the source? Could it be his food? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try a grain-free limited ingredient diet and apple cider vinegar ... when i put my very allergic dog on that diet with the vinegar added to the kibble breakfast and supper, she never had another yeast infection (ear, skin, otherwise) again ... natural balance makes limited ingredient diets (try to pick a protein source your dog has never had before) and they make kibble, canned and treats ... use organic apple cider vinegar (raw and NOT heinz from the grocery store, if it has mothers, bonus) ... my dog was fifteen pounds and i added about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on top of her kibble twice a day ... it is cheap and very effective ...

  11. QUESTION:
    Can supplementing a dog with omega fatty acids aggravate a Candida(or yeast) infection?
    My dog is recovering from what I belief to be a yeast infection(Vet wouldn't say.. She simply said "Secondary infection from flea allergies".) It is almost gone, but where it is/was, it was always super oily, not dry like most skin infections.. So I'm assuming supplementing an oily dog with oil would be bad, right? Just checking, because I've read about all the other benefits of giving dogs omega fatty acids.

    • ANSWER:

      Derm caps may actually help.
      Derm caps are a balance of omega 3 and 6 with vitamin e.
      Try a shampoo like hylyte 2 days after flea prevention treatment.
      Make sure to fully rinse the dog and brush.
      Brushing daily will help stimulate the oil glands to work properly.
      If oiliness continues I would try an anti seboreahic shampoo from the vet.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a dogs' yeast infection?
    My dog has this awful smell and we looked it up online. We saw that it was very common for the type of dog we have to get yeast infections, but we aren't sure if that's what he has. He seems to show the symptoms for it. He is also very old.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the location. It usually causes redness, dark brownish-red discharge in the ears. On the skin, it prefers warm places, like the arm pit or groin area, but can affect anywhere. The skin gets red, irritated and itchy ( of course!), and has a sweet odor. With chronic infections, the skin will darken, and get thick, like elephant skin.

      The easiest way to tell is to have your vet look at a swab of the skin/ears, to see if there is any yeast. There are many treatments, most topical unless the condition is severe. Please go to the vet, for his comfort.

  13. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  14. QUESTION:
    Our dog stinks really bad! What could the odor be and what do I do to get rid of it?
    We have a Shi Tsu and recently got another Shi Tsu. Ever since the new dog came we have this horrible odor coming from both dogs. Help! We are gagging!
    I appreciate the advice telling me to give our dogs a bath. If I was that stupid, I probably couldn't work the computer.

    • ANSWER:
      take them to the vet. really! if they smell that bad then something is wrong. It could be that one has a dental problem and spreads that "infection smell" when they lick themselves or they could have a bacterial infection on the skin, yeast infection in the ears or yeast infection of the skin. I had a cocker that got yeast infections on the skin and the infections were caused by thyroid problems. Please do not waste your time and money on worthless shampoos and treatments from any store. Take the dogs to the vet and find out the specific cause so you can get the right treatment.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has ear mites?
    My dog has a red little bump on his ear (like if a mosquito bite). Does anyone know what it has?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat and Dog Ear Mites
      Signs & symptoms · Diagnosis · Treatment · Related articles
      What Are Ear Mites?
      Ear mites medical terms: cerumen, otodectes, notoedres, demodex, malassezia yeast, staphylococcus bacteria, streptococcus bacteria, pruritus
      Ear mites in dogs and ear mites in cats are tiny little creatures rather like spiders. They have 8 legs and live on or just under the surface of the skin. The two species of mites that cause ear infections are Otodectes and Notoedres. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, foxes and ferrets. Notoedres infect cats—usually the body and sometimes the ear. A common mite that causes skin infection and may involve areas of the head around the ears is demodex. While demodex causes skin infections around the ear, it does not cause infections in the ear canal.

      Who gets ear mites?
      Ear mites usually infect young pets, especially pets in shelters, and abandoned puppies and kittens. Older pets are somewhat resistant to mites. If the pet’s ear mites infect humans, the mite dies within a couple weeks because humans are not their natural host.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dog from crying/ constant tears?
    I have a dog that is half Pomeranian and half Chihuahua. She has these tears where she is constantly crying and I don't know if its because she has emotional feelings about something, or if it is natural that she constantly has tears coming from her eyes. She doesn't crying as in she yells but theres always tears coming from her eyes and she's been crying so much that there is stains by her eyes that are dried up tears. If it's not natural, can I do something to make the tears stop like cleaning it with Q-tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't cry emotional tears. Your dog may have a problem with her tear ducts (which is easy to fix), the structure of the area around her eye, eyelashes growing inward and irritating the eye, lots of hair or dust in her eyes, eye infections, or something else. You need to take her to a veterinarian to find out what is wrong, and what can be done about it. This is not normal. Cleaning alone is not enough and won't stop the constant tearing.

      Aside from having a wet face, the constant moisture can create skin infections under each eye. These can be yeast infections (stinky infections) or bacterial infections. The dog could end up with raw, open sores under each eye. The skin may become scarred and the hair may never re-grow there.

      People develop this problem sometimes, too. In people, it is usually a tear duct problem.

      Please see your vet and get this taken care of.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to bathe my dog so that he smells good?
    I have bought every dog shampoo out there and have used MY shampoo, but my dog still has that wet dog smell. How do i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Possible low level bacterial or yeast infection of the skin. Brush daily to remove debris and dead skin. Try Zymox shampoo. When using regular dog shampoo do not over bathe as it can cause the oil glands to go into over production which has an unpleasant odor. Check the mouth, ears and rear end (anal glands) to be certain they are not a problem.
      Read the reviews:
      http://www.amazon.com/Zymox-Enzamatic-Shampoo-12-oz/dp/B00076NTJG

  18. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get yeast infection? How can it be homeopathically cleared?
    Female dog had spay surgery and had antibiotics, and has had a bad odor since.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get both urinary yeast infections and yeast infections in the skin...the skin infections have the foul odor. I had a Boxer for 14 years that had skin yeast problems all her life..caused by allergies, and by thyroid problems. She was 7 before we discovered the thyroid problem and thus we treated her with dips, cortisone shots, and gave her ketoconizole as a maintenance medication to combat the yeast. When we got her on thyroid meds, that, along with the ketoconizole, pretty well kept it in check..
      I guess what I'm saying is, there is no effective homeopathic treatment for yeast infection. Let your vet evaluate the dog and choose a regimen of treatment for her. Could be temporary, could be chronic...Good Luck1

      Papaw

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a dog has a skin or fur problem?
    I give my dog a bath every other day but when I get home from work he always smells like he hasn't had a bath in weeks. Does he have some kind of fur problem?

    • ANSWER:
      If he still stinks after all those baths he needs to see a vet. Dogs get yeast infections on and in their skin. Itchiness and soreness (redness) are signs, but some dogs just suffer in silence. Also, look in the ears, yeast is famous for hiding there and causing all sorts of problems.
      You are bathing him too much. He only needs a bath once or twice a month. Long haired dogs need brushing but not bathing every day. All that wetness causes yeast infections.
      A vet can give you meds to clear it right up.
      Good Luck

  20. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get my dogs fur to grow back?
    My son sprayed some orange glow (furniture polish) on my dog and now his fur is falling out and he has a couple of scabs on his skin. Could this be a "chemical burn" or possibly mange? What are some home remedies that I can use to help him grow his fur back? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as something like that happens to your dog you should immediately give him a bath using soap made for dogs or dish soap (if you have no dog soap). Never use human soap or shampoo, or flea soap.

      I would also take him to the vet to make sure it isn't mange, a skin yeast infection, an allergy, a hot spot, or anything else. Depending on what it is, they vet might give you antibiotics, steroids (in cream or pill form), or an ointment. Or the vet might recommend what you should put on it. They make special antibiotic ointment for dogs that is safe if the dog licks it (although if you can you want to keep your dog from licking the spot so that it can heal). I put plain human triple antibiotic ointment on my dog if he gets a cut or something from hiking. When his ears or nose get dry in the winter I use Bag Balm.

      Finally, I would keep the chemicals locked up where kids and dogs can't get to them.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have a yeast infection?
    I have a pitbull she is 1 1/2 years old. She never licks herself. Last two days she has been licking constantly and she like smacks her lips after like shes still licking but isnt, like something is on her tongue. Is this a yeast infection? any home remedies for dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      i think so. especially if she is licking constantly. here is something that may help. Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
      Treatment: External Problems

      Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a natural flea deterrent for your dog?
    I have heard that feeding your dog garlic works, but i have read and asked my vet if it is recommended. He said that it may upset their stomach for it being strong, but i was reading on a website that it breaks down their red cell count.... Does anyone know what is a good natural flea deterrent?

    • ANSWER:
      garlic and brewer's yeast pills........
      http://www.3mutts.com/brewers-yeast-garlic.html
      its completely safe and effective garlic does not contain the same compound that onions do, a poisonous alkaloid called n-propyl disulphide
      garlic is a wonderful natural alternative with many benefits for your pet, including

      * expectorant and antibiotic properties

      * garlic's blood cleansing action makes it a good preventative measure for respiratory and viral problems.

      * it is said to help keep down the worm population due to the sulfur content

      * is used to help fight infection.

      * shiny coat and healthy skin

      *heres an article on it
      http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=72301528

      i give my dog (garlic and brewers yeast pills) they dont upset his stomach. the garlic that is in the brewer's yeast with garlic pills has been processed, which removes the sulphide compounds that are toxic to your dog.

      garlic is safe to use it does'nt break down their red cell count thats onions, onions are toxic for dogs and they will cause the oxidisation of red blood cells which leads to anaemia

      *heres an article about onions and garlic.....
      http://www.veggiepets.com/acatalog/tips.html

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my dog's flaky skin?
    She has the worst flaky skin. Looks like a horrible case of dandruff. It is mainly around her back/butt area. I added Missing Link to her diet for the Omegas but it doesn't seem to help. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on what breed of dog you have it could be prone to skin problems. You need to take it to the vet and see if it could have a yeast infection of the skin. Also check what kind of shampoo you are using. Try a dog shampoo that conditions. And be sure you are getting all the soap off too. If she is itching really bad and scratching a lot then it could be an allergy. Possibly some sort of plant that is in bloom or a food allergy. Take it to the vet.

  24. QUESTION:
    What can I use to treat an irritation in my English Bulldog's facial folds?
    I have a 10mos. old English Bulldog and he has developed a moist skin irritation and/or minor yeast infection in the facial fold under one of his eyes. This problem is quite common among the breed. I wanted to find out if anyone knows what type of ointment or solution can temporarily be used to treat it until I take him to the vet next weekend? Thanks for your opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Peace on Earth has already given you the correct answer:

      as a groomer this is the response I have been trained to give many owners with this same question,
      "English Bulldogs are prone to developing yeast infections within the folds of their face, for this reason owners should prevent the bacteria build-up by wiping out the folds via the use of a warm, damp cloth daily. When signs of an irritation or possible infection occur, continue to clean the folds out in the same manner so long as it does not cause the dog any obvious discomfort, and of course speak to your vet about these types of concerns as soon as they arrive to avoid any major skin irritation."

      You are a step above most of the owners I've already spoken to about this as you already are aware that this is a common problem and you know to take your dog to the vet for it. Many owners I've known will wait until the skin within the folds of their dog's face will be completely raw and infected, then the owner brings the dog to the groomer to be cleaned expecting that the smell from between the folds will magically vanish after a bath, of course by this point the groomer can only refer the owner to a vet because the skin irritation has become a major medical problem.

      Good on you for researching your dog's specific care requirements and loving him enough to seek proper medical care, you are a step above many others on this forum!

  25. QUESTION:
    Are apple cider vinegar tablets are safe to give for dogs?
    My dogs wont take the liquid form of it. Can i give them a tablet form? Its not specifically for dogs i purchased it for myself. Is is safe?

    • ANSWER:
      I found this information through a Google search.

      "Apple cider vinegar (in its natural form from a health food store, not the pasteurised version from the Supermarket) is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, and deodorant; It helps digestion and to remove tooth tartar; prevents tooth decay and hair loss (even mange), it also prevents and heals gum disease and skin problems; and will discourage fleas. Putting a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar per quart of water in your dog's water bowl or on food can clear up most active yeast infections and prevent future infections. Apple cider vinegar tablets can be used if your dog refuses to drink the treated water or eat the food."

  26. QUESTION:
    what herbal or home treatments can i give my dogs for yeast infection?
    their ears are stuffed with brown to yellow yeast and there is no other bacteria found in them. i have bee going to the vet twice since and still they have it. though it went down greatly that their not so touchy. but i hate to go for the third time and pay another 140$ for they wont give resupplys until they check him. im hopping for herbal stuff besides vinager.

    • ANSWER:
      You've got a lot of good answers so far!
      I also wanted to mention that the food that you are feeding could be contributing to the problem though.

      There are so many grains and unnatural things in kibble dog food that can cause problems for them its unbelievable!
      Food sensitivities and allergies can cause a great deal of ongoing skin and ear problems for dogs!

      You might want to try switching over to a 'grain free' kibble and do ALOT of research on dog food and canine nutrition! You will be amazed at what you learn!

  27. QUESTION:
    My puppy has very very bad skin allergys and I need help?
    My dog bella skin is so iritatted in on spot we tried medicine swittching her dog food. Im not the only one with this problem a few others said they are having the same problem. We have brought her to the vey numerous times. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      A single affected area, localized, is likely a hot spot, a bacterial skin infection that is not generalized over the entire skin, in need of removal of hair by close clipping, cleansing, and starting strong skin infection sensitive antibiotics, like the cephalosporin Simplicef, aka cefpodoxime, for a minimum of 14, up to 28, days. Your vet may not have tried the right antibiotic, or has not treated the infection long enough. Also, she must not chew or scratch the area. Usually, if it's itchy, the antibiotics, and potentially a systemic oral steroid, treat the itchiness immediately and the skin quiets and starts healing within 24 hours, thus they don't scratch at it uncontrollably.

      If you've done prolonged antibiotics already, and closely clipped and treated the wound at the vet's, then you may need to have the vet rule out Demodecosis, an infection of overpopulating normally existing demodex mites. This is ruled out with a skin scrape, and demodecosis is common in juvenile and geriatric dogs. If the mites are present, a skin scrape with a surgical blade scraping down to the follicle, deep enough to cause bleeding, will reveal demodex mites living in the follicle, deeper than they should be. Typically, they live on the skin's surface, cleaning it of dead cells and other detritus.

      Additionally, a fungal skin infection should be ruled out. A skin impression or tape prep may be necessary, staining the slide, and distinguishing bacteria from yeast, to rule out a fungal infection vs. bacterial only.

      Also, if the bacterial infection is secondary to allergies, a food allergy is only present in 10% of skin allergy dogs. But, reducing processing and by-products can help the immune system cope with the allergy. A homemade diet, frozen raw diet, or dehydrated food can help greatly with allergies. If the vet said she has allergies, try getting her tested at a veterinary dermatology clinic, verifying what agents cause an allergic reaction in your dog.

      The simplest explanation is a hotspot, or if not localized to a single affected area, a puppy pyoderma, affecting a large expanse of skin in the inguinal area, belly, armpits, and tailhead are the most commonly affected areas. Puppy pyoderma is a more generalized, very common skin infection among younger dogs. If Bella isn't really a "puppy" and is an adult, she my have pyoderma, atopy, or a fungal infection. If you've been to the vet more than twice in 4 weeks and she's still miserable, get a second opinion at another vet.

      Good luck getting her comfy!

  28. QUESTION:
    I have a scottish terrier that has what I believe to be a yeast infection on his skin.?
    He has lost patches of hair with scabby sores, is very itchy all over, and his coat has become very greasy. He does not have an odor though. I took him to my vet who said it was fungal and gave me a medicated shampoo, the problem is that after two weeks, I am not seeing much of an improvement. Does anyone have any suggestions that may have been through this with their dog?
    the vet did a scraping and checked for mites, there were none, but he said he did see fungal organisms

    • ANSWER:
      They can get skin infections which are caused by bacteria or yeast. If the dog is clear for demodex then you probably just have a skin infection. Sometimes they will have allergies and from the itching they will get a secondary infection. You need to get the itching taken care of so you can get the skin cleared up. It sounds like you need a antihistamine and something for the infection. There are a few different types of meds for skin so it depends on what type of infection it is. Yeast can be a little tough to take care of, but with the right meds it shouldn't be a problem.

      Please dont feed ol Roy. There is excellent dog food on the market for allergies and I would go for one of those. Your vet will have Rx diets or you can pick them up from petco or petsmart. I like Natural Balance Duck and Potato, Proplan Sensitive skin and stomach (Salmon), Pinnacle Trout and Sweet Potato, Wellness Allergies, also if you try a allergies diet you cant do anything other those indigents. If you feed a venison diet than you cant feed chicken based treats. Stay away from corn, chicken, beef, and all by-products.

  29. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a natural ear infection remedy for dogs?
    My Basset Hound has had a couple ear infecions caused by yeast and she has another one now. In the past she has used prescription Mometamax. Is there a natural remedy that will treat and cure the infection? I want to avoid taking her to the vet again if at all possible.
    I dont need smart assed answers please, I know what my dog has, I know that Basset Hounds are susceptible to ear infections, I take care of her and Im a big believer in natural cures. If you cant answer my question with a logical, polite answer dont answer at all.
    THANKS in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      My bulldog Bulldozer used to get sore ears and they smelled like cheese. So my vet said to try vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Fifty percent of each or half and half.
      The vinegar breaks down the gunk and the alcohol dries up water from say a bath. I used it after every bath and some times in between. Do not use it more than once a week. Too much drying can be painful. Also the smell of funky ears can draw flies that will bite and aggravate you puppy.

      Best to do this outside and only if your dog really trusts you. I had someone else pour in the medicine I would hold him still and hold his ear open. Then we would filler up. Flop his ears closed and massage the sides of his head and then let him go. This is the gross part he would shake his head and any thing loosened up would come out. Every thing would fly out. So we did this outside and in not our best clothes. With a floppy eared dog you will need to wipe away the excess after he shakes his head. Towel drying his head if he goes out in the rain or sprinkler etc is also a good idea. They don’t sweat but their skin and ears produces oil like ours.

      Do not use this solution if your dog has open sores the vinegar and the alcohol will sting.

      You could get bit or he may never let you touch his / her head again.

      Never never ever use hydrogen peroxide. The foaming action causes pressure and can damage their ears permanently.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to keep my labrador retriever from getting any diseases?
    i know how labs are sometimes prone to diseases when they reach older ages and I want to keep my dog around for as long as i can so,any ideas on how to keep her happy and healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a lab, too, so have researched this a lot....

      We are waiting to neuter our lab until he is full grown (2 years). There is research that suggests sex hormones and growth/bone development are related. In other words, if you neuter a lab before they are done growing, it can change their growth... they will be taller, but have weaker bone structures (thus leading to hip problems). This is controversial research... people tell you to spay and neuter right away to prevent pet overpopulation. Our lab is never out of our care, so we prefer to wait until he is fully developed. We will neuter him when he is an adult (there is a risk of testicular cancer in the older years if they aren't neutered).

      For females, this is much more complex. I think if we had a girl, we would spay her before her first cycle.... there are potential health risks for waiting. Early spay and neuters in labs have been linked with thyroid problems and obesity, though... both of which my golden retriever has and she was spayed at 6 months.

      Also, for hips and joints... we don't allow our lab to jump very much. We do walk and run him and get him plenty of exercise, but we haven't taught him to jump on couches, beds, etc... we help him up. Being easy on the joints and hips may help. When you play with him, don't pull on his legs either... be gentle on the joints.

      It is also important to keep him in a healthy weight range. You should see the belly "tuck" before the hind legs. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is very important. If he seems hungry, you can supplement his food with green beans or something along those lines.

      In addition, we supplement our dogs diet with Calcium, Glucosamine, and Chondroiton (pills or low-fat treats). All of these promote healthy joint and hips.

      Labs are also prone to have sensitive stomachs. If your dog's stool is runny, you may need to swtich foods. For us, California Natural is good. It is high quality but has few additives.... that as why we add the dietary supplement, though. I have read the "chicken" should be the first ingredient.... there are a lot of articles on this. We are also considering switching our lab to a "grain-free" food as he gets a little older. Grain Free foods are said to more closely mirror what they would actually eat in the wild... wild dogs eat more protein, not grain. I have heard labs stomachs often do very well with grain-free foods. I would wait until your dog is at least a year, though. Sometimes grain-free food is too much for a puppy's tummy due to the protein content being too high for them.

      Labs also tend to get ear infections a lot. We bought medicated cleaner from our vet. Any time we take him swimming or bathe him, we clean his ears. Also, if they ever look a bit reddish, we clean them and it does the trick.

      Finally, labs sometimes get allergies. For dogs, allergies often manifest through skin irritations (itchy feet, sores on skin, yeast infections in ears). Just be watchful of this. If it is bothering your dog, the vet can give you allergy meds (oral and/or topical).

      Finally, as you probably know... annual trips to the vet are always important. Enjoy your lab. They are awesome. We love ours!

  31. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my dog with very dry skin?
    he's chewing himself, does not have flees and is bathed about every month. is there something that he could be fed that would put more oil in his skin?
    please help him.

    • ANSWER:
      Dog allergies are a little different that human allergies. The thing that you hear about on TV that causes all of the problems is histamine. In people, histamine is in our upper airway (runny nose, watery eyes, etc.). In dogs, histamine is in their skin, so they get itchy. If your dog is itchy all of the time, then it may have food or inhaled allergies. There can be other things that make a dog itch, especially if there is hair loss (bacterial infection, mange mites, yeast...).

      You can supplement the dog's diet with fish oils. The tablets contain omega fatty acids, which are very good for skin. Something else that you can try for the itching is Benedryl. I don't know how big your dog is, but a rough dose is 25 mg for each 50 pounds. Small dogs would get 1/2 of a tablet.

      Hope this helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

      There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). This condition is known as mange. The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin.

      If the reason for the itching is mites, avoid the medications most often prescribed by vets that contain toxic chemicals that will harm your dog sooner or later. These are Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). Instead, I recommend a natural, effective, easy to use, and inexpensive spray treatment that will kill the mites but is harmless to pets and humans. You can get it at http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

      STEROID USE

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like Prednisone, cortisone or the so called “allergy shot” or any secondary infections caused by flea bite allergy or mites, as well as cuts, scrapes, etc. I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  33. QUESTION:
    Anyone who had any personal experience with these dog diseases?
    I wondered if anyone can share some personal experience of these dog diseases. Like symptons, treatment and just anything important like what happened with the dog, did it survive, did it better fast or worse fast etc?
    Here they area:
    Skin Fold Dermatits
    Pyoderma
    Ringworm
    Abscess
    Allergies
    Skin Cancer
    Hot Spots
    Folliculitis
    and
    Yeast infection of the skin

    I wanna know exactly what the differences between them are like how you would differentiate pyoderma from hot spots etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Infections of the skin (pyoderma, skin fold dermatitis, folliculitis, and yeast) generally appear as rashes:
      Pyoderma and folliculits appear as groups of reddened spots, and can look like a really bad case of acne.
      Skin fold dermatitis appears, as you may have guessed, in the folds of the dog's skin, especially if the area is typically moist (i.e. around the muzzle), and may have red and irritated appearance.
      Yeast may be moist, red, and irritated, or flaky/yellow in appearance, and are best determined by your vet due to it wide variety of appearances.

      Ringworm is a fungus (which is CONTAGIOUS) that *typically* appears as round patches of hairless skin which may have some irritation underneath. The hair loss may not be perfectly round in some cases, and may be widespread on the dog. Sometimes (esp. in cats) it is not this obvious, an no hair loss is present.

      An abscess is an infection, and typically looks like a large angry and irritated pimple. If it is bad enough it may be accompanied by a fever. It may be dry, or it may weep pus.

      Allergies may cause any number of skin conditions, but the most typical is itching of the rump, abdomen, and feet.

      Hot spots look like wet, reddened, irritated areas of skin, typically with matted hair around the site and hair loss where the sore is present. It may scab over and re-open. They are painful and itchy, so the animal may have a hard time not rubbing on it (which will just irritate it more and slow the healing process).

      Skin cancer can take many many forms and is best discussed with your veterinarian if you suspect it. It is more common in dogs with light colored and less dense fur (think pale, light haired people on the beach with no sunscreen).

      The treatment for each will depend on how severe the problem is. Infections may require antibiotics. Allergies can be dealt with by finding their source (chicken? soy? dust mites? grass pollen?) and either eliminating it or giving allergy injections (just like some people get). Ringworm and yeast infections often require special medicated baths. Skin cancer may not be treatable.

      All of the conditions listed would need a veterinarian to properly diagnose and prescribe medications. They will get worse if you let them go, so it's best to have them addressed ASAP.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I make my basset hound stink less?
    Obviously we bathe her, but within a few days she stinks again. Its not like a normal dog stink either. Its a rotten fishy, sour, extremely strong smell. I don't think she's rolling in anything because our other dog doesn't smell like that and they do everything together.

    • ANSWER:
      I Don't Smell Anything

      When you enter somebody's front door
      Where you've not been invited before
      Your nostrils may twitch
      To a stimulus which
      It is only polite to ignore

      It is faintly or pungently found
      Any place that has Bassets around
      And stinkily scenty
      To all congnoscienti
      Betokens the genus of hound

      Fastidious folk soon get tired
      Of the odor when deeply respired
      To all but the strong
      The Basset Hound pong
      Is a taste very slowly aquired

      Antiseptic deodorant foam
      Can't stop it corroding the chrome
      Defying detergent
      It triumphs resurgent
      As part of the fabric of home

      When all that you own is imbued
      With that which your bassets exude
      Blow your nose like a trumpet
      And like it and lump it
      Or live in a tent, in the nude.

      ________________________________

      Basset Hounds do tend to have an odor.

      First of all, I suggest having her checked by the vet to rule out medical issues. Causes of odor in Bassets include:

      Ear infections
      Skin problems
      Yeast infections (causes "stained" fur in groin, armpits, wrinkles, dewlaps, between toes etc.)
      Dental issues
      Lip fold infections/debris
      Anal gland problems

      Another issue to look at is diet. Many people report a reduction in the odor of their basset when switching to a corn-free diet.

      Regular brushing will help keep the skin and coat healthy. If the dog's skin is healthy, you can try a shampoo with a strong scent, like La Pooch or Lambert Kay Fresh N Clean with baking soda.

      If there is a skin problem, use a shampoo recommended by the vet. Otherwise you can try using a Listerine rinse, or a vinegar rinse, after you bathe the dog. Just mix Listerine or Vinegar half-and-half with water, pour over the dog (making sure you get it everywhere) and allow to dry. If you can blow dry your basset, paying special attention to the wrinkles, that will help as well. If you can find a really good groomer in your area, one that will dry your basset with a high velocity dryer, it might be worth the cost.

  35. QUESTION:
    How often should you wash a dog?
    I have an insanely cute dog! She is medium sized mostly black with some white and she is a lab/pointer mix I usually wash her once every two weeks but I'm not sure if that is not enough or too much!! Any advice would help!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it really depends on the dog breed, their coats, skin, allergies, shampoos, etc. That being said, I think it's safe to say that once a month is just fine. I wash my 4 lb chihuahua once a month. She is black with some white also. As soon as I start to smell a bit of "doggy odor" on her, which is about 3-4 weeks after a bath, I'll bathe her again.

      Also, if your dog has floppy, long ears, often times an pungent odor can come from them. So those type of dogs need to have their ears checked weekly to be sure there is no infections, like yeast infection developing. Putting some cotton in the ears prior to a bath can help prevent yeast infections from occurring.

      I have worked with animals for 20 years. In vet offices, grooming shops, pet sitting, pet care-giver.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for my chocolate labrador?
    He gets repeated ear infections in one ear and the vet keeps giving him anti biotics. He had skin disorders and the vets didn't know what to do about this ...but a man walking his lab told us to give a daily fish oil tablet...and his skin condition is cured. Maybe someone has used something that works for the ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      due to labs having floppy ears they get allot of moister in their another thing is that with him having the skin problems it probably indicates he has allergies their is a couple things you can try
      cleanse the ear with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water The vinegar acts to break down the wax in the ear, and creates a pH in the ear which prohibits the growth of bacteria and yeast. If the dog already has the infection keep him on the oral anti biotics and use Ear Relief by Veterinarian's Best retailing for .99 at petsmart.com but if he does not have a infection right now use the vinegar regularly to prevent any from coming it worked really well in my dogs due to our climate and the fact that they love the water all of my dogs have gotten infections from time to time until i started using the vinger treatment it keeps them at bay I may only get one infection every now and then and mostly because i slack off on cleaning their ears out we have a border collie a sheltie a springer spaniel a Pekingese and a German Shepard any way good luck hope this helps . Amy

  37. QUESTION:
    My Boston Terrier seems to have a skin fungus in the crease of his eyes, how can I cure it at home?
    I have tried putting an antifugal cream (made for yeast infections), how can I cure it at home?
    Can I buy something at Petsmart?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs the vet - his eyesight isn't anything to fool around with. And you NEVER use anything on a dog made for people unless its at the direction of a vet!

  38. QUESTION:
    Why do you like your current dog food?
    I know what to look for in dog food. However, I'm surprised by the number of people that think Pedigree and Science Diet are good food. What do you feed your dog and why do you feed it? Is it the commercials on TV? Is it the vet's recommendation? Is it the cheapest thing at the store? Because it has your breed of dog on the bag? Why do you feed your dog the food you feed?
    Bulldog -- what do you mean you haven't tried your dogs food? what kind of owner are you? :P Actually, I do taste my dogs kibbles and cookies.

    • ANSWER:
      I have 4 dogs and do rescue, so often have more and also do adoption expos. I fed the dogs Science Diet, thinking that, if my vet carries it, it must be good - WRONG, it's not much better than supermarket junk.

      Several trainers pointed this out to me and I finally started to read the ingredients and analysis on the bags of dry kibble - amazing, most of it is corn meal and ground meal fillers - not good nutrition.

      I now feed only Canidae chicken and rice, first ingredient meat, not meal, no corn or grain fillers,
      no artifical ingredients or preservatives.

      It has made an enormous difference in my dogs conditions - no more ear infections, no more dry skin or yeast infections - it's amazing what decent food will do for a dog - way cheaper to spend a bit more on their food than their vet bills.

      Read what's in the dog food folks - go to a feed store or large pet store and get some decent dog food.

  39. QUESTION:
    My dog smells really bad and continues to itch around her eyes and ears causing them to bleed. What is wrong?
    She is a beagle basset mix about 11 years old. She has always smelled due to the basset in her but lately it has gotten terrible. She continues to itch at her eyes and ears and it is getting so bad she has constant scabs and is now forming some scar tissue around her eye. We have gone to the vet and they have had us switch her dog food, given us shampoos, and ear mite medicine but nothing will work. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      We are going through the same thing with our dog, and there doesn't seem to be anything else we could do about it other than give her prescription pills for her skin and thyroid, use prescription ottomax for the yeast infection in her ears, and shampoo her every three days with medicated shampoo.

      She has allergies which give way to yeast infections starting with her ears, then all over her body, especially her pits and feet, which peel.

      The doc said since she is 11, her thyroid might not be working well, so he gave her medication. Apparently her immune system will be strengthened if her thyroid is healthy. Then she could fight off the stinky yeast.

      We feed her raw food. Our vet is okay with this since he's a dog nutritionist too. He wants us to test for food allergies now, like allergies to beef and chicken. Dogs can be allergic to the corn, wheat, beef, and chicken in kibble.

      The condition is chronic, meaning it might not go away, but it could be maintained.

      Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Could the food my dog eats cause ear infections?
    I've posted a question before about my dogs ear infections and I've tried so much to help them heal. They just continue to become infected. Does anyone know if the food he eats cause this type of allergy? He is on large breed adult formula ProPlan.
    He's been on at least 5 different meds and has been to the vet continually.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it can contribute to it. Excess sugar can cause excess yeast and bacteria to form in the body. Corn has sugar and ProPlan has corn... you can only benefit from trying a hypoallergenic food with a protien source your dog has never had, and no corn or sugar products. I like Wellness brand Fish and Potato, or Natures Variety Venison & Rice. A less expensive food would be Sensible Choice Lamb and Rice. My dog eats that as her normal food, but it's not hypoallergenic. You can't give her treats with suger either, so check all your labels. It will take 2 months to know if it is helping for sure. Until then, use the drying/acidifying ear wash from the vet every day and use the medicated cream for 2 weeks at least to make sure you don't stop the med to soon. Continue cleaning the ears every day, or at least a couple times weekly. Also clean when they get wet or if it's humid. If she has other skin problems, like itchy feet and hot spots, it may be seasonal allergies and she may need benedryl-that'll help ears, too. Ask your vet. You can try putting a dribble of apple cider vinegar in his water dish. Also try acidophilis tablets in his food. That can help good bacteria fight the bad bacteria in his body. I do the same thing for myself...when I can afford it... spend to much on my pets...

  41. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what is wrong with my dogs skin?
    Hello, I have a 3 year german Shepard mix who has terrible skin problems. He has red spots, with dead skin around the edges that slowly peels away and becomes larger red spots. These are very itchy and cover his entire body He is loosing hard (not sure if this is just because of excess scratching and biting), and is so down lately. We have spent ,000+ at the vet and they still have no answers as to what's wrong. Someone please help me with an answer or a similar condition in their dog. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I relate I relate and I relate!!!! My dog had severe skin problems that the traditional meds (antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids like prednisone) didnt help at all. Special diets, elimination diets and vitamins and herbs didn't help. Tests like skin biopsies and scrapes didn't find any cause. Blood work was normal.

      First though - if you have had any symptoms of being itchy even for just a couple days treat your dog for sarcoptic mange even if the scrape was negative.

      If you or anyone else hasn't been itchy this is what I did for my dog. A year went on with traditional vets. Then I saw a holistic vet who did a blood allergy test on her with heska.com. It cost 0 and I found she has a whole list of environmental allergies like grass and dust. Really I didn't need to test her. I can't avoid those things so the only option is to fix her immune system.

      Fixing the immune system starts with good diet. If you can add any amount of appropriate fresh food that's going to help. Digestive systems and immune systems are linked closely together. That's why stress can make some people have an upset stomach. The whole body is linked and works together. When the digestive system has to work harder in a dog to digest processed kibble and grains, that takes away from the immune system working as well.

      So first do a fast at least 24 hours and up to 48 hrs. See if you can help the diet. Even just adding probiotics (not acidophilus but ones for dogs) will be helpful.

      Ok next thing is to get the symptoms under control so the dogs not stressed and suffering. I found dermagic lotion to be so helpful. Also k9 Lycra top coat body suit helped and also prevented my dog from licking. The body suit will cost nearly for a gsd I believe. But out of all I tried, which was a lot, those are what worked. Also a pill called beta-thyme the holistic vet put my dog on was very good. It's a natural plant steroid you can buy over the internet. My 25 lb dog could get up to 2 a day.

      The third part is balancing the body. The vet put my dog on enzyme powders of the adrenal and pineal glands. Those have to do with natural cortisone production. If you want you can read about how it wolks in dr. Martin Goldsteins book "the art and science of animal healing". The vet also added vitamin c (a natural antihistamine) in the form of ester c, probiotics, and I already gave omega 3. The vet tried vitamin a therapy which does help some dogs skin problems but it didn't work with mine. B vitamins are also important so is zinc for the skin but your vet needs to discuss therapeutic doses.

      Finally if this doesn't work you may need to do allergy testing and get immunotherapy which can work in 1-3 years. The problem however is the immune system if not healed can develop new allergies at any time. It's like a star going supernova. Things that suppress the immune system like vaccines will just cause it to go into hyperdrive. Seeing a holistic vet is the best thing. But maybe even changing the diet alone to a raw diet will help.

      Oh and I forgot - secondary skin infections. From the scratching and chronic irritation secondary infections like staph bacteria or yeast usually occur. I found really the best thing topically was plain aloe for the sores.

  42. QUESTION:
    What can be done for a dog that has stepped on a bee?
    It's almost midnight Friday,(no vets available) and our dog came in limping and licking his paw. When I tried to check it, a bee flew up from it. We can't find the stinger,but it still seems to be hurting.

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the stinger with tweezers. Or scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface, to reduce the chance of pumping more venom into the dog�s skin.

      * Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water.

      * Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel). Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.

      * One way to treat bee stings is to give the dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Typical dosages: for cats and dogs under 30 pounds, give 10 mg...dogs 30 to 50 pounds, give 25 mg...dogs over 50 pounds, give 50 mg. Use only the plain Benadryl formula.

      * A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.

      * Stings and bites can cause severe reactions. If there is major swelling, or the animal seems disoriented, sick or has trouble moving or breathing, go to the vet immediately. Even if your pet seems fine, watch him carefully for 24 hours.

      * Dogs with short and thin fur are more prone to spider bites and scorpion stings. The venom can be very dangerous.

      Remedies for Various Skin Ailments:

      * Some ways to soothe insect bites, hot spots, and other skin conditions:

      ** Dab with milk of magnesia to calm irritated skin.

      ** Aloe vera from plants and creams. Apply gel directly on the spot. Or dilute with water, put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the spot.

      ** Dab with organic apple cider vinegar.

      ** Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply on hot spots for several days.

      ** Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected areas. This also helps soothe itchy human skin in case you, too, have a sting, rash or poison ivy.

      ** Epsom salt: mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin.

      ** Combine 3 capsules of sage, 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salts and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then strain out the sage. Store in a spray bottle or jar in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Apply to the affected area several times a day.

      ** Emu oil is a natural, soothing substance that helps treat canine skin ailments such as ringworm, flea bites, bee stings, rashes, hot spots and lacerations. Apply on the affected area.

      ** Aveeno. Mix a package of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder with 2 cups of water, wet the dog down with cool water, then apply the Aveeno mix. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and towel dry.

      ** Petkin Reliefstick, which comes packaged like a stick deodorant. It contains natural ingredients to cool the skin as well as reduce redness and swelling and promote healing -- plus a safe licking deterrent.

      ** Petroleum jelly or Bag Balm � use either to seal in moisture. Also excellent for chaffed paw pads.

      ** Brewers yeast: one pill for every 10 pounds of the dog�s weight; just add the pills into the dog�s food.

      .

  43. QUESTION:
    my dog has really dry bad skin, its a yeast infection or the mange or something, how do i get rid of it?
    we was taking her to the vet but the bill got a lil high for my income. my mom and sister keep trying these made up home remedies, like washing her with tresemme giving her benedryl. bt she isnt getting better, she's getting worse. And it doesnt make it better that they feed her table food all the time, yes she is a mixed breed dog, bt her skin is so sensative i dnt think she should be eating everything and doing all these human things. i need alot of help, they wont listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to see a vet. Home remedies don't work in cases where you don't even know what the problem is, and shouldn't be done without a vet's guidance anyway.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it better to clean my dogs ears with cotton balls, Q tips or tissues?
    My dogs has yeast in her ears so I need to clean them every day, so which one of these is the best to clean her ears and won't irratate her skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infection need fungicides...wiping w/anything won't do spit.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Keeps Chewing his foot?
    My dog keeps biting his foot and we don't know what to do! We put on medicine but it did not help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry that your dog is having problems with chewing on his feet. There are different things that can be causing it.
      The first thing you need to do is to rule out any medical reasons for your dog to be chewing on his feet. Medical reasons can be allergies, yeast infections, or in more serious cases, liver disease. You need to take your dog to a vet to be thoroughly examined. They can do blood work, x-rays skin test to determine if there is any medical reason that would cause your dog to constantly chew his feet. The most common medical reasons are allergies and infections. Untreated allergies can lead to yeast skin infections. If it is allergies, then the vet would then have to determine what is causing the allergy, which can be from food or environmental things. The vet can do blood work to determine what is causing the allergy, and then try to eliminate it from your dog's life. Your dog may need to go on to a different dog food. Many of your commercial brand dog foods contain corn and wheat flour, which many dogs are allergic to, so you may need to switch your dog to a potato based dog food.
      If your dog has an infection, then your dog will need antibiotics to help clear it up. The important thing to remember, is to make sure you give your dog all of the medication, even if your dog stops chewing his feet. This will make sure that the infection is completely out of your dog's system.
      If there are no medical reasons for why your dog is chewing his feet, then it must be a behavioral problem.
      Some dogs chew or lick their feet when they are bored, and it just becomes a habit for them. This often happens if dogs are not getting enough stimulation or physical activity. Try taking your dog for more walks, or play with him more often. Or get your dog chew toys, or the Kong toys to keep your dog occupied and mentally stimulated. You can put small treats, crackers, pieces of dog food or even peanut butter. Your dog would have to play with it and move it around to figure out how to get to the treat inside the toy.
      Or if your dog is a high strung or nervous type of dog, the chewing of his feet may be a nervous habit. If this is the cause, then you need to socialize your dog, which means walking him more, letting him be around other dogs, paying more attention to him, playing with him, anything that will calm his nervousness or anxiety. In some cases, a vet may have to put your dog on an anti-anxiety medication to help him not be so anxious or nervous.
      If the other things don't work, then talk to your vet about this, or if he has any other suggestions for your dog. Even massages will help your dog to relax and calm down, and dogs love the personal attention.
      There are also some sprays that you can spray onto your dog's feet that has a bitter taste to it, such as Bitter Apple, which may help break the habit of your dog chewing his feet, but this does not always work with some dogs.
      No matter what the cause is, it will take patience and persistence to help your dog and break the habit of chyewing his feet. It will take time, but you can help your dog to stop.
      Best of luck with your dog. Hope I helped.

  46. QUESTION:
    why does my little male chihuahua mix always have a bad smelling odor?
    When we give him a bath he only smells like a normal dog for about 2 days! it smell like he's never had a bath in his life! do you know why tht is?

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be his breath? He may need his teeth cleaned. Or he may have a skin condition like a yeast infection, or he may have found something really nasty to roll in. A yeast infection has a sweet-sour smell. You can get special shampoos for this and cure it.

  47. QUESTION:
    what are some powerful herbs that kill yeast in the skin?
    I would like to buy herbs that can be taken internally, are there any such herbs that really work against yeast overgrowth?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, u can buy Acidophilus in the vitamni section of any store that sells otc vitamins..... (walmart, kmart, cvs, etc.) Acidophilus can be taken n swallowed as directed on bottle n it works on ur intestinal tract by killing the bad stuff n in it n promoting health.... the same way that that Danactive claim to work.... also it has live stuff in each pill that eliminates n manages yeast in the body. Dr's tell woman to eat yogart if they have a yeast problem because it has acidophilus in it.... But only some yagart has it, the more expensive brands like yoplait. Point is u can take acidophilus to eliminate yeast n promote healthier living in ur body by a cleansed intestinal tract. They don't cost that much like .88 at walmart for 100 pills (I think) Also if ur taking this anyway it has been proven that if u take a magnesium pill and a vitamin d w/ calcium pill also (1 each a day) that u will reduce ur chances of catching any illness by 50% including the flu, swine flu, colds,.... everything. As soon as school starts my kids always bring germs home n we got sick llike 4 x's a yr.... I saw this on tv about 14 months ago about the 3 pills above... We have been taking them since n no one in my family has been the slightest bit sick in 14 months.... For my family of 4 thats 20 less sickness we have had to deal w/ n treat .... these vitamins r a much cheaper n healthier way of living... Oh n I have not had a yeast infection in that time either. I even put my dog on acidolpholus.... n it has controlled her problem as well.... Good Luck n hope u feel better!!!!

  48. QUESTION:
    Can't get rid of yeast infection in my dog's ears?
    I have a black lab/border collie mix, he constantly has infection in his ears, I clean them use the medicine and wash and have had them flushed twice which can get expensive. The vet said it is common in this type of dog and it could be allergy too, which I think so because he has really itchy dry skin on his back. I just don't know what to do to help him, should I change his food? I have been to two vets they both just say to give benedryl. But it doesn't really work, and I feel bad for him scratching at himself all the time.
    The ear medication I used was called Mometemax drops and also used a cream, I cant remember the name but it was in a pale green tube. Also use Oti Calm cleansing solution.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet to try him on a 3 week course of Ketoconazole ( oral anti - fungal) It's expensive,but it works wonders.Also,have you tried pulling his ears back? Use a men's tube sock,cut the end off and slip it over his head ( you may have to secure it with some athletic tape) This will get the air circulating in his ears and help to kill the yeast.Feed him yogurt (plain,unsweetened) everyday,and add at least 2000 mg. of salmon oil to his food every day. Benedryl may stop the itching,but it doesn't kill the yeast.May I ask what ear medication you use?

      Hmmm...Has the vet cultured the discharge from the ears? Perhaps a different antifungal agent is needed.You may also try a rinse of 1/3 white vinegar,1/3 witch hazel and 1/3 dostilled water,in addition to the sock/headband treatment.Have you ever used Panalog? It seems to do the trick,or ,you could even try Monistat ( yes,for vaginal yeast infections.) Clean the ears with the vinegar/witch hazel solution,let dry well,and massage a little of the Monistat cream into the ear canal.It won't hurt the dog;I did a search;here are a few links for you.
      http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html
      http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29091.asp
      http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dogear.html
      http://www.dermapet.com/articles/moeet.html

      Good luck in treating this frustrating problem.

  49. QUESTION:
    Tips for a 10 year old black labrador on steroids?
    My dog Milly is currently on steroids for her skin allergies and as much as they help her itching and scratching, she is constantly hungry. I'm aware that this is a side affect but she is driving us all mad, in the nicest possible way, and we would like to help her. If anyone has any tips for how to keep her occupied, feel fuller for longer or the best food to give her, then please could you let me know. Thankyou!
    Just to make things a little more clearer and to help you when giving me advice. Milly is allergic to grass, dust mites and pine which is why she has skin allergies. Thank you for the recent answers, they are very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are about the worst medication for both dogs and humans. However, many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better and earn their money at all cost even if it is just a temporary fix or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including chronic skin problems.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.
      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      If your dog has been on steroids, subsequent skin problems are most likely secondary skin infections resulting from steroid use, bacterial or fungal. For any skin infection I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

      This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments including fungal and bacterial infections and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.


yeast skin infection in dogs

Yeast Infection In Dog S Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for yeast in dogs ears?
    Yeast infection in dog ears. Is there a home remedy? Just wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      I'll second the Zymox Otic! I have a girl who has had chronic ear infections all of her 13 years. I've paid the vet a small fortune over the years. Several years ago, I found Zymox and LOVE IT! It works all the time.
      You can go to Amazon and read the reviews on it.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to treat/cure a Yeast infection in my dogs ears?
    My pit bull mix keeps getting a yeast infection in her ears. I keep them VERY clean but for some reason it comes back every 4-6 weeks
    I am using Epi-Otic which I got from my vet for cleaning, and when she's tearing at her ears I use DV Max which is a prescription that I got from the vet, however even though it seems to work...after it clears up it starts all over again in a few weeks....by the way...thanks for the info you already sent and anymore that you do send is greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a yeast infection in it's ear, it needs antibiotics.

      Sometimes ear infections will recur after successful treatment. Primary inhalant or food allergies causing secondary ear infections should be considered. But usually, with proper treatment, a yeast infection can be cleared up within two weeks.

      I have found that chronic ear infections ususally have some underlying cause.I don't know if your mixed pup is known to have an anatomy problem that contributes to ear infections, but that is always a possiblity. It is best to purchase a product from your veterinarian to clean out your dogs ears prior to placing the prescribed antibiotic drops in the ears, such as Epi-Otic. I have found that some medications don't work well in the presence of a lot of dirt or discharge. Keeping the hair plucked out of the ears also helps keeping the ears cleaner.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I treat and keep ear yeast infections from coming back in my dogs ears?
    Male lab and he gets recurring yeast infections in his ears. The vet treats it with medicine but it always comes back.

    • ANSWER:
      well keep his ears clean and without hair, you might want to cut it, and give him the ear drops every 4 days.

      good luck..

  5. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use womens yeast infection creme for a dogs ears?
    Well my standard poodle has a ear yeast infection its not that I cant aford the medicine but it is 75$ a bottle. Thanks so much for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      No - not the same thing. And, how do you know it's a yeast infection? That has to be determined by a vet since it could be some other type of infection. Anyway, it probably won't cost you much more than that to take your dog to the vet for the PROPER treatment. The dog's ears also have to have a deep cleaning and should be flushed out.

  7. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

  8. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    She is a Spaniel/Dachshund mix, and has long floppy ears. For about a month now her ears have been itching horribly and they have a foul odor. I have been cleaning her ears out with ear cleaner and it doesn't seem to be going away?? I have heard about using Monistat for ear yeast infections for dogs...I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and it worked!!Thanks for your comments and help :)
    **I also notice that when I look in her ears...it looks kind of dry and scaly looking?? Is that yeast or what?? My mother has a poodle and her ears get exactly like that, she took her to the vet and it was yeast infection, they gave her something similiar to Monistat and it cleared it up!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't reccomend using Monistat for your dog's ear infection. There are several different types of ear infections....one being a yeast infection and another common type is a bacterial infection. My dog Rascal also has floppy ears that cover up the actual inner ear part and he is constantly getting ear infections. My advice to you is to you is to first take him to the vet and get the perscription from the vet for the proper type of infection that she has. Once you know what kind of infection it is and it re-occurs later you can always go to a pet med website and order the medicine directly from the website instead of going back to the vet a million times and get charged not only for the medicine but the exam. I would only reccomend you treating it this way if you know for sure it looks the same as the last time your dog got the infection. I know with my dog it looks the same and smells the same. Also another really important thing is to really keep the dog's ears clean. The first product i used was a wipe with stuff on it to clean the ears. However this product wouldn't reach down into the ear canal where all of the infection was at so my vet recommended a liquid ear cleaner that you can pour into the dogs ear and squeeze the ear and gently rub it deeper into the ear. After you do that you just wipe the excess liquid out of the ear. I would reccommend that now while she has the infection to clean the ear pretty good every day until the medicine you get from your vet starts making good progress. Always clean the ear first and let it dry before you put the medicine in otherwise it's pointless to use the medicine as it will be washed out and not effective. Also i don't recommend using q-tips or sticking anything down into your dogs ears that you can't see where its going...that might harm a dog's ears more than help them. Only a vet should be probing in your dogs ears with a cotton swab.

      If your dog is prone to getting ear infections over and over again i would clean your dogs ears out on a weekly basis after the infection is gone and keep a good look out for any signs of a new infection and really nip it in the butt before it is a full blown infection.

      Ear infections in dogs can be serious if left untreated or not treated properly. The end result could be your dog losing its hearing or even might require your dog to have ear surgery. Not fun for your pocket book or your doggie! That's why its sooooo important to at least go to your vet before you decide to start administering any kind of medicine. Also let your vet know if the medicine they prescribe is working and if its not let them know!!

      :)

  10. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  13. QUESTION:
    How can I cure a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I have a shih tzu who has chronic yeast infections in his ear. The vet isn't helping. The infection keeps coming back. What are some natural remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic with hydrocortisone is an enzyme treatment. It treats yeast and bacterial infections. Available online without a prescription.
      Feeding a grain free food also helps.
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Taste of the Wild, Canidae grain free, Wellness Core are some good brands.
      Eliminate grain in treats.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  15. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you take a long eared dog a bath without it getting a yeast infection?
    My brittney spaniel went to the vet a week and a half ago and found out he had a yeast infection in his ears well we have been putting drops in them and they look good as new! How do I stop it from happening again he really needs a bath but I am afraid his ears are going to get infected again and around his ears is oily because of the drops how do I clean them?

    • ANSWER:
      OK, did anyone else laugh really hard when they read the title of this question? :) heehee! Ok, now to be mature... Well, you are never going to completely be able to keep your dog from getting ear infections. Some characteristics that were bred in to specific breeds are functional in some regards but not always in others. The long ears are always going to trap moisture whether from a bath or from dew on the grass or moisture in the air. Knowing this just keep an eye on the ears use a good ear wash at least once weekly and you should do fine! :)

  17. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection in a dog?
    Similar to how women can get a yeast infection after finishing a dose of antibiotics could my dog have developed a yeast infection in his ear because of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and allow the yeast to flourish.

      If your dog is on antibiotics you should be at least giving him some yogurt.

  18. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    My 5 year old chihuahua has never had ear problems. Last night she started yelping like she was in pain, wouldn't let us touch her, became agressive but also timmid. I took her to the emergency vet who said that she has a yeast infection of the ear. Not that I'm the expert, but I am just not buying it. Her pain seems so much worse. Any experience you have to offer?

    • ANSWER:
      Well since she wont let you touch her ear, there is deffinently something wrong with it. It could be an ear infection or something stuck in the ear canal itself.

      If its an ear infection and it is that painful, it has been there for probably a little while. There would be a foul smell coming from the ear and also there would be a black/brown discharge coming out of the ear. The dog will be itching it and shaking its head alot. And like you stated she will get aggressive when trying to touch the ear and it is very painful.

      What you can do is take your dog to her regular vet and ask the dr. to look in the ear. THey will probably recromend an ear flush, culture, and also, oral and topical antibiotics. If you dont want to spend a lot of money, try the brod spectrum antibioitics. If it doesnt go away after that (probably 10-14 days) then go with the culture and the flush.

      The cluture is going to be expensive but it will tell you exactly what type of bacteria is growing in her ear and the vet will know which antibioitic to perscribe to directly treat the infection.

      The flush is going to clean the dogs ear out they vet will probably give an oral sedative and clean the canal out all the way and get everything out of there.

      If you decide to go with the antibiotics and the flush they will probably give you the orals before the flush and then the topicals because there is no use in giving topicals in a dirty infected ear.

      Anways, I hope this helps. Just take her to your regular vet. so its not as expensive as the ER.

      Good Luck!!!!

  19. QUESTION:
    What can i do about a yeast infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, it's really red, and it has smelly wax coming out of it. im pretty sure it's a yeast infection. I have an appointment with the vet the earliest i could get was next thursday. is there any medicing i can buy or anything i can do for her until then?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd make sure it was a yeast infection first it could be ear mites. It has the same symptoms. Also your vet should be able to fit you in somewhere sooner, your dog's health and comfort is a t risk. I can't believe your vet would do this.

  20. QUESTION:
    My dog just recovered from a yeast infection in her ears. Can I give her a bath?
    My dog recovered from a pretty nasty yeast infection in her ears a few days ago. Is it okay to give her a bath? If water accidentally gets in her ears will it aggravate them and cause another infection? (My dog won't tolerate cotton balls, we've tried hundreds of times. She shakes them out within .02 seconds)

    • ANSWER:
      why not use a damp flannel or rag to wipe her face ( use a little baby tearless shampoo about a peasized amount ) and ears and give the rest of her body a good scrub from her neck downwards that way you wont get water in her ears!

  21. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of/used athletes foot powder for a dogs ears?
    I have a 10 yr old dog with pendulous ears, therefore they stay damp. Several times she has gotten what the vet calls a yeast infection and prescribe expensive meds. My friend who has a farm, several healthy dogs and s knowledgable about vet issues says I should sprinkle some athletes foot powder lightly in her ears. Comments?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of such a treatment, but I can't see it being something BAD... but I'm not a vet. Could you ask your vet? Or perhaps a different vet in your area for ideas?

  22. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of dogs yeast infection?
    we have a pure bread pitt bull who has been scratching for about the last 6 months or so. it's been getting worse lately; he is to the point where he draws blood from scratching so much and is loosing hair from scratching; his skin is bright red where he has lost hair from this. his ears are also red and irritated. he sometimes cries out when he's scratching himself because it hurts him. someone told me that their dog had similar problems and that it was yeast infection. she said that she used a home remedy but couldn't remember exactly what the ingredients were; so what i'm wondering is; what is a home remedy for a dog's yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      First you don't know that your "pure bred pitbull" has a yeast infection. You need to take him to a vet to find out what is wrong with him. He may be allergic to the food you are feeding him or it could be a number of things. And shame on you for letting your dog be miserable for the last six months.

  23. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Bath the dog in a good cleansing dog shampoo. Concentrate around the neck and under the ears. Make sure that he is properly brushed out before bathing.

  24. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the optimum doseage for Diflucan for an ear infection thought to be a yeast infection in a Labrador?
    Dog has brownish substance and bitter smell in one ear. Amantadine was first used, and her ears were cleaned, and she still is showing signs of infection. I believe it is probably a yeast infection, and I would like to use some Diflucan to treat her. I don't know doseage for and 85 lb Labrador.
    I have many vets, and docs in my family, and I have diflucan on hand. I only have information on dosage for humans. I would only trust information that were consistant with information I already know... but thanks for the advice...
    Non Amantadine... Augmentin.... my bad... I am not a vet, but I have many who are in my family who will be glad to help my when they are not working. I have a doc bringing me some diflucan, and I am just trying to figure out the correct doseage
    I should've read the rest of the response before, but I needed to correct the amantadine mistake. As far as the topical goes, I have been using some Clotrimazole over the counter cream, but I am worried about going too deep in her canal. I also have worries about pushing any buildup down into her ear when I enter the canal with a swab. I would rather use oral and knock the infection out
    To Merlinandmeimei-

    If what you say is true, that is quite alarming. I understand that pretty much all store bought dog food is "junk" are mostly 50% filler (grain or rice). My dog would love nothing more to eat an "all meat" diet, and I would love to feed it to her, but there are also heath problems associated with that. Labs (and I think all dogs) have an inherent allergy to beef fat that causes theme to get ill in response to eating beef all of the time. All meat all the time will get expensive, too, can I put her on a meat and guts diet?
    ....Thanks for the information on how yeast may effect the overall health of a dog throught its life cycle, I will definately look into that information.
    .... As far as the Blue Star, perhaps subtracting the alcohol from the mixture (and using the substitute) might be best. I dont think that alcohol would kill the yeast, and might cause drying and inflamation. It is probably something other than the alcohol in the ointment. thks
    Merlinandmeimei-

    I have also seen yeast used as an ingredient in very many dog foods... What you say about yeast makes alot of sense...

    • ANSWER:
      Please contact your vet. He/she is the one qualified to tell you this. Take your dog in to see the vet. He can tell more from seeing her ears. He can also tell you definitely whether or not your doggie has a yeast infection and he can prescribe drops in the correct dosage for her weight and breed.

  26. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  27. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      give her a bath with dawn dih detergent

  28. QUESTION:
    What are some natural treatments for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My dog has had chronic yeast infections in his ears for years. My vet has given me tons of different drops, antibiotics, etc. but nothing works. The infection will go away for a few weeks and then come back. Are there any "natural" treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      Diet change plus appropriate antibiotic for an adequate length of time, followed by weekly use of Zymox cleanser. The Zymox products are enzyme-based, and kind of "eat" yeasts, bacteria, ear debris and whatever other junk is in there. It is the best stuff ever! You do not want to combine either the Zymox cleanser or Zymox Otic (a stronger formula for treatment of minor infections) with antibiotics, since the antibiotics will "kill" the enzymes. I purchase Zymox products from http://www.vetamerica.com , and you can sometimes buy them at vets' offices.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money for what they use to treat it.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and care.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do i tell if my cat has ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear? (without going to a vet)?
    He has black goo coming out of both ears. It is slimey and kind of looks like coffe grinds. It is dark brown in color. I have two types of treatment at home. One for ear mites and one for a yeast infection. I don't want to give both. Bringing him to the vet will cost me .00 for him to look at him and .00 for a lab fee- money which I don't have at the moment. Thank you for any help! Greatly appreciated! In the mean time, I have just been cleaning his ears with warm soapy water and cotton balls- not going inside the ear. His ears are just terribly dirty in there. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      With a yeast infection, the ears will produce a very strong 'yeasty' smell. if there is an oder in your cats ears, then its probably a yeast infection.

      go ahead with the yeast infection medicine, and be sure to clean the ears very well. dogs and cats ears are very VERY deep so do not be afraid.

      if it doesnt seem to make a difference after about a week, then try the mite treatment.

  31. QUESTION:
    looking for a home remedy for dog ear infection?
    can anybody suggest a cheap home remedy for a dogs ear infection? I have a cocker spaniel and she has some kind of ear infection but I am out of work so I am trying to avoid taking her to the expenisive vet.
    Has anybody had any luck with any home remedies for this? I have tried putting the fluids from a couple of vit. E capsules in her ear but I am not sure if it has worked or not...I have only just did this yesterday though.
    Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO home remedy - you need to get your dog to the vet, have the ear infection identified -- could be a yeast infection, could be ear mites.

      The vet will then give you the proper treatment for the problem.

      This is not expensive and absolutely necessary. Ear infections don't go away with home remedies, you've just made it worse with the E capsule.
      This isn't an option, it is absolutely necessary to get your dog treated by a vet - ear infections are painful, itch like mad, and can cause deafness and worse for your dog.

      Get that dog to the vet -- doesn't cost that much for the infection to be identified and the right medication given.

  32. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food would you recommend to change to?
    My 5 year old dog just came home from the vet with a yeast infection in her ears. The vet has suggested that we change her food and treats to help clear up the infection. She recommended that we change to food with rice, chicken, veggies or fish. Was looking for brands that others have tired? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, any food your dog likes that is high quality should be fine. Buy high-quality and avoid foods with any kind of by-product, and avoid those with fillers, especially corn.

      Go to your local pet-food specialty store, and ask for their recommendations. Take the time to read the ingredients.

      Ask also if they have any trial-size or sample bags of the foods that you are interested in buying; you really don't want to spend or more on a huge bag of dog food and find out that your dog doesn't like it. Spending a couple dollars on a small bag allows you to see if your dog will like it. My dog likes Nature's Menu's dry kibble food, "Chicken, Ocean Whitefish and Sweet Potato" flavor, but the best food in the world won't help if your dog refuses to eat it.

      There are a lot of high quality foods out there, and you will find that many people have their own personal favorite. You'll need to take the time to find which food your dog likes best that fits in your budget.

      If your dog has floppy (down) ears, be sure to stay on top of keeping them clean and dry, even after the infection has passed.

      Good luck! To learn more about dogs and related issues, check out Sharon McCuddy's "Lucky Dog" series of articles at http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/320974/sharon_annette_mccuddy.html

  33. QUESTION:
    Getting rid of and preventing dog yeast infection?
    My dog has been having bad skin problems. He itches a lot, gets bald spots, smells bad, and has grey elephant looking skin. I took him to the vet a few months ago, and he did a test and determined he has a yeast infection. The steroids and antibiotics helped it get better, but it just returned once he was off them. What should I do for my dog? Dont I need to find the source? Could it be his food? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      you could try a grain-free limited ingredient diet and apple cider vinegar ... when i put my very allergic dog on that diet with the vinegar added to the kibble breakfast and supper, she never had another yeast infection (ear, skin, otherwise) again ... natural balance makes limited ingredient diets (try to pick a protein source your dog has never had before) and they make kibble, canned and treats ... use organic apple cider vinegar (raw and NOT heinz from the grocery store, if it has mothers, bonus) ... my dog was fifteen pounds and i added about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on top of her kibble twice a day ... it is cheap and very effective ...

  34. QUESTION:
    My Dog has a yeast infection how do we get rid of it?
    We took our dog to the vet last week to find out she has a yeast infection. It smells so bad it is almost untolerable. (the smell seems to be mostly coming from her mouth but her years and anus/vagina smell bad too. The vet didnt prescribe her anything but said she needed to loose weight (Is this a load of crap? I didnt know a dogs weight influenced yeast infections..) anyway ... if anyone knows the fastest way to get rid of this infection please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain,unsweetened yogurt,AZO Yeast Tablets ( these are made for women,but are safe for a dog) and put Monistat or an athletes foot powder all over her,just make sure it contains Miconazole,2%.Also,I cannot believe that the vet wouldn't give you at least an antifungal shampoo.There is a good one called Malaseb,I would ask the vet for some.My cousin's Golden had this,and finally got rid of it after two years,with Ketoconazole,which is an oral antifungal.Get some Panalog from your vet to put in her ears,but I don't know about her mouth;I've never heard of a yeast infection causing bad breath.And,is she spayed? If she has a bad odor or discharge coming from her vagina and she isn't spayed,it could be pyometra,an infection of the uterus,which is fatal if not treated. Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears?
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears. I know this because i took him to the vet. I have drops for his ears and an antibiotic but i dont know if theres anytihng else i should do to help the process? does it matter if he's in the heat or cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics do NOT treat yeast infection. If anything, they will make the problem worse, as they kill the beneficial bacteria that attack yeast. You should clarify this with the vet, as I'd hate for a bad situation to become worse.

  36. QUESTION:
    Today my dog's groomer said he has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears. How can the groomer tell?
    I took my dog to get groomed today. The groomer cleaned his ears with a wipe and when he removed the wipe, there was a little bit of ear gunk. Normal stuff like we get. But then he said that my dog has a little bit of a yeast infection in his ears.
    How can he tell?

    • ANSWER:
      Many times due to the smell, and the 'wetness'
      You may want to check your dogs' food.
      I had a basset, and he was constantly going to the vet for ear infections (Yeast can turn into ear infection)
      Anyway, I'd pay like for vet visit, get 10 days of Antibiotic, 11th day-wham, another ear infection, back to then vet, another , another 10 days-
      Eventually, he put him on steroids.
      I started to do research, and found that corn was one of the biggest allergy triggers.
      And what does an allergy look like?
      Scratching with no fleas, excessive shedding, hot spots, and ear infections!
      My guy had them all!
      I was feeding a grocery brand food, not knowing any better.-didn't realize it was all artificial colors!
      I started using Nutro Natural Choice, lamb & rice.
      Ear infections went away!
      Scratching, shedding and hot spots- gone!
      Nutro is 100% guaranted to improve skin and coat and, guaranteed for taste!
      Can't go wrong
      I no longer have to spend all that money on vet visits, or medicatin.
      Give it a try!

  37. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?
    That is really safe on animals?
    i found it but it is an extremely durable adhesive. Are you really saying to put this on my dogs face? Seriously?

    • ANSWER:
      use goop on the ears and then wash them with shampoo. You can find it in the auto parts section at most stores. Goop not anything else. I am a groomer and this is the safest most effective way to take care of this problem.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for an ear infection in one dog to pass to another dog?
    One of my dogs is going to the vet tommorrow for an ear infection (I'm not sure yet what is the cause of it.) I've been checking my other dogs ears...haven't noticed any symptoms, but I'm wondering if infections caused by yeast, other bacteria, or ear mites would be contagious?

    It's not a problem to bring my other dog to the appointment...should I, just to be on the safe side?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can be contagious... all of them.

      H.O.T. Dog
      Handler Owner Trainer of GSD's

  39. QUESTION:
    Can you treat a dog's ear infection without ear drops?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both ears and the vet gave us drops to put in twice a day, for 10 days, but my dog gets incredibly uncomfortable and turns aggressive when the ear drops come out. He won't let us near his ears when he knows what we're trying to do and snaps. We've tried a muzzle, and restraining him, but it's impossible to administer the drops properly, especially twice a day, without putting him through stress and discomfort.

    Is there any other possible treatments for ear infections? Such as, antibiotics to be take orally? That would be much easier!

    • ANSWER:
      It may be possible to treat orally, but to be honest, topical treatment is usually far more effective. Unfortunately needs must so if you have to use a muzzle to get this treatment where it needs to be, so be it I'd suggest you get back to your vet because obviously his ears are causing him pain, so some form of pain relief might be worth considering, to make it easier to treat him.

  40. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a dogs' yeast infection?
    My dog has this awful smell and we looked it up online. We saw that it was very common for the type of dog we have to get yeast infections, but we aren't sure if that's what he has. He seems to show the symptoms for it. He is also very old.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the location. It usually causes redness, dark brownish-red discharge in the ears. On the skin, it prefers warm places, like the arm pit or groin area, but can affect anywhere. The skin gets red, irritated and itchy ( of course!), and has a sweet odor. With chronic infections, the skin will darken, and get thick, like elephant skin.

      The easiest way to tell is to have your vet look at a swab of the skin/ears, to see if there is any yeast. There are many treatments, most topical unless the condition is severe. Please go to the vet, for his comfort.

  41. QUESTION:
    What's your best 'at home vet' tip for treating your dog?
    PLEASE NOTE I am in NO WAY advocating skipping vet care for a sick dog- I am just asking people to share their 'home remedies' for common doggies problems! If you are unsure of what your dog's condition is, SEE YOUR VET. If you have tried-and-true home solutions for doggie medical issues, share them here!

    Here are mine: Zymox solution for recurring ear infections (only treat bacterial or yeast infections, not infections due to mites) and Terramycin for conjunctivitis- both available OTC online.

    My dog battled ear infections FOREVER, we were at the vet's every 2 months or so, and nothing worked, until the Zymox. Conjunctivitis flares up once in a while in another dog, we have found we can clear it up with a tube of Terramycin instead of a + vet trip/antibiotics from them.

    • ANSWER:
      Haven't really needed too many at-home vet techniques (thankfully), but we're probably among that many that use:

      Benadryl for bee stings/insect bites

      Buffered aspirin for minor aches/pains

      Ibuprofin only when advised by Vet

  42. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my dogs ears?
    My Bulldog had been scratching his ears a lot and yelping so I took him to the vet and said he had a yeast infection in his ears so they gave him some ear drops. We have been using these ear drops for over a month already and my dog is still doing it. Should I take my dog back? What would be the next thing they could do for him?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter medicine that I could clean my dogs ears out with?
    He has very stinky ears & we think he may have a yeast infection but can't afford to take him right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic will cure an ear infection. Go to Amazon and read the reviews on it. I use it for my girl who has chronic ear infections and it clears them up everytime. Zymox also makes an excellent ear cleaner.
      Most of the local pet stores now carry Zymox Otic so you shouldn't have to wait for an online store to ship.

  44. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there something to give cats to help them from getting yeast infections in her ears?
    My cat tends to be very prone to yeast infections in her ears. All the vet told me was to keep cleaning her ears out but I just wondered (actually after seeing a question over in the Dog section) if there was something I could feed/give to her that would help prevent her from getting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Feeding, probably not, but yes there is something very easy to do.

      Ours was prone to it too, and he'd get a huge buildup of waxy stuff as well. I started using a swab of 50/50 diluted vinegar (in water) to wipe out his ears once a week. I used a wadded kleenex for it, and made sure to get down as far as my finger and the kleenex would allow. This changed the acidity in the ear enough to stop the infections. Once a week is fine, or you can do it twice a week, but definately not every day.

  46. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  47. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to remove ear infection medication from my dog's fur?
    My wheaten terrier is 14 weeks old and has yeast infections in both ears. The vet prescribed medication that we put in his ears twice a day, but it's quite oily and now his ears and head look wet and greasy. We can't bathe his head and ears, because moisture is the cause of his infections. I've tried my best to wipe it off with a kleenex, but that doesn't seem to make much difference. He also hates getting the medication put in his ears and nothing works to distract him during the application.

    • ANSWER:
      Corn starch rubbed into the coat will absorb some of the oil. Work it in carefully, making sure none falls into the ear canal, and then brush it back out.

  48. QUESTION:
    has anyone had theyre dog tested for food allergies-and did you get good results?
    my dog scratches his ears and gets yeast infections in them frequently,i changed his food many times with no luck,,,
    horrorwriter8-yes he has had patches on his skin too, vet says its staph infection from the allergy,,,,he was sure it was from meat protien so he told me to try vegetarian food, with no luck.
    toad- www.quantumalliance.com doesnt work-is the spelling right?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try an elimination diet for dogs. You get rid of everything including treats and you may even have to find another alternative to heartworm preventatives and flea/tick drops. Your dog should not have rawhide or anything else containing food products throughout the duration of the diet.

      You make home cooked meals using only the novel protein and novel carbohydrate and see if that works on getting rid of the itchiness. You can talk to your vet about using a plain, human vitamin instead of flavored dog one or just work without that while using the diet.

      You add in foods one by one to see what causes a reaction. The problem with commercial allergy diets is that they can contain different things to make them easier to produce into kibble that may be causing a reaction. They can give you a false positive.

      Some dogs will have ear problems just because of the structure of their ears. I use Zymox (online for about ) and it clears up periodic problems easily and painlessly.

  49. QUESTION:
    very difficult dog with yeast infection in ears?
    I have a shar pei dog who is very hard to deal with when it comes to treating him for any medical condition. He has a yeast infection in his ears and i've tried every way possible to get the medication in his years. I have got to get this infection under control. Does anyone have any tips on ways to hold him down/restrain him so that I can get this stuff in his ears? Thanks a lot!!

    • ANSWER:
      I keep mine occupied. Put a smear of peanut butter on the floor or somewhere and squirt while he works on the peanut butter. I put it on a long rubber toy and hold the toy between my legs while sitting on a chair so I can get to the dog's head easily. Good luck!


yeast infection in dog s ears

Description Of Yeast Rash

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do I get a painful rash on my legs when I go for an extra long walk?
    I haven't walked my dog for a while now because whenever I do, I come home with a rash on my legs that itches like no other and is hot to the touch compared to other parts of my body. (My dog is getting walked by my parents for now, so he is getting his exercise.)

    What do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  2. QUESTION:
    What sort of doctor can identify parasites from third world countries?
    I went to a third world country within the last year, and ever since I have had weird little tiny bumps all over my body periodically. I got it checked out right when I came back to the states, but the doctor I saw didn't have an answer and said it didn't look like any parasites she knows of. But they still keep appearing now and then, and I have had a lot of illnesses recently and I suspect these two things might be related. The trouble is, these spots can sometimes look like heat rash or like ingrown hairs, but they feel different- they itch in a different way when they do itch and if you try to squeeze them like you would an ingrown hair nothing comes out (they just hurt worse). So if I tell my doctor, I think she will likely just blow it off. I have had problems with very frequent colds, with yeast infections, and with extreme thirst. I am getting some labs taken this coming week, but I am not sure if these would show if I had some kind of parasite.

    I have looked a lot online and can't seem to find any pictures or descriptions of the kind of bumps I have.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    How can i tell what sort of infection i have.?
    For the past week i have been having vaginal itching and pain. I thought that it was a yeast infection so I took monostat. However the itching and pain is still there now and i have had some bleeding from my labia i believe. I would just go to a gyno but I am in college in the middle of nowhere so I am unable to get to one because i dont have a car. Please help. Oh and i have also skipped my period this month, i dont know if they are related.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  4. QUESTION:
    I have a dark red rash on my inner thigh with little pimples all around it, Do I have herpes?
    The rash is very sensitive to the touch and it is on both sided of my inner thigh. My girlfriend did just have a yeast infection, I don't know if that is related or not. The pimples are small and some have a single hair growing out of the middle of the pimple.
    I have had the rash for about a week and yesterday I began putting A&D ointment on the rash and it seems to be getting better however it is still very sensitive to the touch, The slightest touch is very painful.

    • ANSWER:
      It is hard to say from your description whether it is herpes or not, but it does not sound like it. When people experience a typical herpes outbreak, it is usually a series of pimples with clear, white or beige head on it. It usually does not include an additional rash. It sounds more like you may be dealing with folliculitis or another skin irritation. Since herpes can vary significantly from person to person, it is always best to have anything that concerns you checked out by a doctor. No matter what it is, if it is causing you this much discomfort you should get it looked at. The doctor can tell you exactly how to treat it.

      Since you and your girlfriend do not know your STD status, you probably should request some testing while you are there. That way the next time you have something unusual show up, you will not need to stress that it is an outbreak.

  5. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between eczema and dermatitis?
    Also there's seborrhoeaic dermatitis and seborrhaeic eczema....are they the same thing?
    What do you mean ' a form of'....what are other forms? How can you tell which is which?

    • ANSWER:
      First, dermatitis simply means inflammation of the skin, with ailments like the different types of eczema and psoriasis being variations of different types of dermatitis or skin inflammation. I'll cut and paste a little information from the health-cares.net website to give you a brief overview of some of the differences between the main types of eczema and skin ailments you mention above then will add a little information of my own at the end:

      "Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) - This type of eczema comes and goes repeatedly, and usually occurs in people who have a genetic
      (inherited) tendency to have allergies. In about 70 percent of cases, either the patient or a family member has allergic asthma, hay fever or food allergies. Atopic eczema appears early in life, usually in babies between 2 months and 18 months old. In babies, atopic eczema primarily affects the face, neck, ears and torso. It also appears on the tops of feet or the outside surface of elbows. Atopic eczema also is seen in older children, teen-agers and adults, where it usually involves the skin inside the creases of the inward bend of the elbow, knee, ankle, or wrist joints, the hands, or the upper eyelids.

      Contact dermatitis - When irritants touch the skin, they can produce two types of contact dermatitis. Irritant contact dermatitis is direct irritation of the skin. The problem is called allergic contact dermatitis when an allergic reaction occurs in the skin. Irritant contact dermatitis can be caused by prolonged contact with mild irritants such as bubble bath, soap, sweat, saliva, urine and even water. Allergic contact dermatitis only occurs in people who have an allergy to a specific substance. Each year, about 70 percent of people in the United States are affected by some type of skin allergy. The most common allergens are poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Other common substances that trigger skin allergies include construction materials used to build homes and offices, cleaning products, deodorants, cosmetics and medications. Dermatitis of the earlobes can be caused by an allergy to earrings that contain nickel. Chemicals in fragrances, skin cream and lotions, shampoos and shoes or clothing also can cause allergic reactions.

      Hand eczema - This form of chronic eczema is limited to the hands. It can be related to atopic eczema or it can occur because of repeated hand washing or exposure to strong detergents. Occasionally, hand eczema is caused by an allergy, such as a latex allergy.

      Seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea) - Some doctors consider seborrhea to be a type of eczema, although it creates a greasier rash than is usual for eczema conditions. This scaly dermatitis commonly appears on the scalp as "cradle cap" in infants or dandruff in adults. It commonly affects the face or neck around the nose and at the scalp line. It probably is triggered by the skin fungus Pityrosporum ovale."

      The different types of eczema generally have a different look to them (Wikipedia lists some good descriptions) but for most types, resolution requires a two pronged approach: inner/nutrition and outer/natural moisturizing skin care products.

      If you are looking for input on dealing with eczema, I really encourage you to try some dietary changes. A lot of my clients (I'm a holistic nutritionist) find that going totally off dairy and/or grains helps their eczema a lot. Or, if there is a yeast overgrowth component, then moving to an anti-Candida dietary plan can be very helpful. Lastly there are often nutritional deficiencies such as omega 3 and omega 6 deficiencies. Those would all be worth taking a look at.

      Finally, if you have eczema, some of the products you are using may be making things worse. If they have synthetic chemicals (i.e. parabens), the ingredients can provoke a response in the skin or make the skin drier. You may want to check EWG's Skin Deep Data Base and check your products out on their rating system to see if maybe switching to a natural or certified organic product for sensitive skin might help. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Best method to clean feces off of toddler underwear?
    We are potty training our son. What would you say is the best method of removing his feces off of his toddler underwear (not diapers)? I don't want to contaminate my washing machine with fecal matter. Any ideas? Pre-wash them in the sink first? Wash them by hand with gloves on?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      *Im assuming this would be the same way to handle the toddler underwear?*

      How Do I Wash Cloth Diapers?

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Dear Catherine;
      I know I want to use cloth diapers on my baby, who will be born very soon. How do I find a diaper service,? Are the diaper services more expensive than disposable diapers? If I can't find one in my city, how hard will it be to wash my own?

      In the 1950's, diaper services flourished. Now, because of "disposable" single-use diapers, the larger cities and their suburbs are often the only areas with diaper services. Check your Yellow Pages book under Diaper or Diaper Services. Diaper Services are much more expensive than home laundering, but usually less expensive than "disposable" single-use diapers. Many parents find the added convenience of clean, fresh diapers arriving on their door-step each week worth the extra cost. For the early weeks, and for parents without washing machines - this is often an ideal solution.

      Washing diapers at home is actually quite simple. This is a very detailed description. Initially it may sound complex, but you'll soon find it routine.

      1. Shake "poop" into toilet. Rinse "poopy" diapers in toilet bowl. You can use a Diaper Duck or rubber gloves will help keep your hands clean.
      2. Collect soiled or wet diapers in a plastic pail with no liquid added, or (only if you prefer) in a solution of water mixed with 1/4 cup of vinegar, Borateem®, Borax or Ivory Snow® Liquid. This can help control odours and staining. Do not soak your diaper covers in this though, as it can ruin their waterproofness.
      3. When ready to wash, if you've been soaking your diapers - drain excess solution into toilet. Use your spin cycle to drain the diapers of any remaining solution. Otherwise, or in addition, run your diapers through a cold wash /cold rinse presoak cycle - if you have this setting on your washing machine. For optimum cleanliness, wash only 24 diapers in an average load.
      4. Then, use HOT wash and COLD rinse with high water level. If rashes are a problem, try a double rinse to remove detergent or soap residues. Use a mild soap or detergent with no phosphates, and a minimum of additives.
      5. Dry in dryer on high heat for an average of 60 minutes to help sterilization. Drying in direct sunlight is also an excellent method, and it helps wonderfully with getting rid of stains.
      6. Some parents like to add washing soda, vinegar or borax to the wash to keep diapers white, and to help sterilize them. Some parents prefer to boil diapers for 10 minutes once in a while, especially after a bout of diarrhea, or a yeast infection, to help prevent rash and provide optimum sterilization. But this is absolutely NOT necessary on a regular basis or for all babies.

  7. QUESTION:
    What's this wierd rash on my upper thigh?
    I have this wierd white rash on my upper thigh right beside my scrotum and it itches sometimes. Its not sexual-related because i havent had sex in over 7 months. It only has like one bump but the whole thing itches severely sometimes especially when i start to scratch. Anyone know what this could be?
    I wore protection on that last encounter btw and i donated blood about 2 months ago so i don't i have any STDs or anything. I think it might be some skin condition or something.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a fungi, because in that area it is suitable for such fungi to grow. You should first treat it using a topical antifungal cream. Feminine yeast control products have a topical cream that can treat this most effectively. However, I don't know why you choose to discount the fact that it could be related to your harboring any number of STDs, you should go to the VD clinic, since they are very prepared to treat all your conditions associated with your discomfort. That should be the first place that you go. You could be carrying AIDs. The reason that I suggest you get tested for AID’s is because this killer has destroyed massive populations. And in some cases it is preventable did you know that aids (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is:
      A SYNDROME FIRST IDENTIFIED IN LOS ANGELES IN 1981; A DESCRIPTION OF THE CAUSATIVE CIRUS- THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) WAS AVAILABLE IN 1983. THE VIRUS DESTROYS A SUBGROUP OF LYMPHOCYTES, THE HELPER T CELLS OR CD4 LYMPHOCYTES, RESULTING IN SUPPRESSION OF THE BODY'S IMMUNE RESPONSE (SEE IMMUNITY). AIDS IS ESSENTIALLY A SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE. EITHER HOMOSEXUALLY OR HETEROSEXUALLY. THE TWO OTHER MAIN ROUTES OF SPREAD ARE VIA INFECTED BLOOD OR BLOOD PRODUCTS (CURRENT PROCESSING OF BLOOD FOR TRANSFUSION AND FOR HEMOPHILIACS HAS VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED THIS DANGER) AND BY THE MATERNAL FETAL ROUTE. THE VIRUS MAY BE TRANSMITTED FROM AN INFECTED MOTHER TO THE CHILD IN THE UTERUS OR IT MAY BE ACQUIRED FROM MATERNAL BLOOD DURING PARTURITION; IT MAY ALSO BE TRANSMITTED IN THE MOTHER'S MILK. ACUTE INFECTION FOLLOWING EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS RESULTS IN THE PRODUCTION OF ANTIBODIES (SERO CONVERSION), THEIR PRESENCE INDICATING THAT INFECTION HAS TAKEN PLACE. HOWEVER, NOT ALL THOSE WHO SERO CONVERT PROGRESS TO CHRONIC INFECTION. FOR THOSE WHO DO ENTER A CHRONIC STAGE THERE MAY BE ILLNESS OF VARYING SERVERITY, INCLUDING PERSISTENT GENERALIZED INVOLVEMENT OF THE LYMPH NODES; WHAT IS TERMED AIDS RELATED COMPLEX ARC, INCLUDING INTERMITTENT FEVER, WEIGHT LOSS, DIARRHEA, FATIGUE, AND NIGHT SWEATS; AND AIDS ITSELF, PRESENTING AS OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS (ESPECIALLY PNEUMONIA CAUSED BY THE PROTOZOAN PNEUMOCYSTIS CARNII) AND OR TUMORS, SUCH AS KAPOSI'S SARCOMA. HIV HAS BEEN ISOLATED FROM SEMEN, CERVICAL SECRETIONS, PLASMA, CERBROSPINAL FLUID, TEARS, SALIVA, URINE AND BREAST MILK BUT THE CONCENTRATION SHOWS WIDE VARIATIONS. MOREOVER HIV IS A FRAGILE VIRUS AND DOES NOT SURVIVE WELL OUTSIDE THE BODY. IT IS THEREFORE CONSIDERED THAT ORDINARY SOCIAL CONTACT WITH HIV POSITIVE SUBJECTS INVOLVES NO RISK OF INFECTION. HOWEVER, HIGH STANDARDS OF CLINICAL PRACTICE ARE REQUIRED BY ALL HEALTH WORKERS IN ORDER OT AVOID INADVERTENT INFECTION VIA BLOOD, BLOOD PRODUCTS OR BODY FLUIDS FROM HIV POSITIVE PATIENTS. UNTIL RECENTLY AIDS HAS BEEN CONSIDERED TO BE FATAL, ALTHOUGH THE TYPE AND LENGTH OF ILLNESS PRECEDING DEATH VARIES CONSIDERABLE. AIDS IS PANDEMIC AND AS YET THERE IS NO KNOWN CURE, ALTHOUGH ANTIVIRAL DRUGS, INITIALLY USED SINGLY BUT MORE RECENTLY USED IN DUAL OR TRIPLE COMBINATIONS, MAY WELL MODIFY THE GLOOMY OUTLOOK. THESE DRUGS INCLUDE SIADOVUDINE (AST), DIDANOSINE (DDI), ZALCITABINE (DDC), STAVUDINE (D4T), AMD THE PROTEASE INHIBITORS. Bantam Medical Dictionary, 2000
      And among these diseases are autoimmune disease:
      - ONE OF THE GROWING NUMBER OF OTHERWISE UNRELATED DISORDERS NOW SUSPECTED OF BEING CAUSED BY INFLAMMATION AND DESTRUCTION OF TISSUES BY THE BODY'S OWN ANTIBODIES (AUTO-ANTIBODIES). THESE DISORDERS INCLUDE ACQUIRED HEMOLYTIC ANEMEIA, PERNICIOUS ANEMIA, RHEUMATIC FEVER, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, GLOMERULONEPHRITIS, SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS, MYASTHENIA GRAVIS, SJ'O'GREN'S SYNDROME AND SEVERE FORMS OF THYROID DISFUNCTION, INCLUDING HASHIMOTO'S DISEASE. IT IS NOT KNOWN WHY THE BODY SHOULD LOSE THE ABILITY TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN SUBSTANCES THAT ARE SELF AND THOSE THAT ARE NON-SELF. Bantam Medical Dictionary, 2000
      I do pray that you will be able to protect yourself and be educated about this.

  8. QUESTION:
    I am 34 weeks pregnant and am itching all over help any ideas?
    I am itching that bad that i am leaving raised red marks from where i have scratched.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  9. QUESTION:
    I need some one who can help me with a very strange rash/fungi?
    If you can help me please leave an anaerobic as your email and I will send you pictures, descriptions, ext.

    The blemish is on the bottom of my foot

    • ANSWER:
      3.Dyshidrosis. Google images and dermnet.nz ...... does it look like this?
      It is allergy to a dermatophyte, which is any kind of skin loving bug. mold, yeast, bacteria, virus, parasite, pollen. It could be anywhere on your body. The rash on the hands(or feet) is just a red flag. Take anti-histamines for immediate relief. Fexofenadine 180mg, and 12 hours later 60mg, then every 12 hours 60mg. This is not the cure. But it will stop the itching. Go to dyshidrosis@yahoogroups for treatments and information.

  10. QUESTION:
    Rash on legs near the scrotum?
    I'm an 18 year old male and since yesterday a rash has developed at the very top of my legs, near the scrotum/testicles. It hurts and stings a lot, is somewhat moist, and has a intense rotten cheese-like odor smell. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      A pretty good area and description for a yeast infection.

  11. QUESTION:
    Very odd symptoms my mom is having?
    I'm a daughter who is very concerned of her mother.
    My mom is 43 years old, and almost every night she'll get hives all over her legs. Little red circles all over her legs that itch like crazy, and she needs to take Benedryl almost every night.
    She also sometimes wakes up in the morning and her upper lip is swollen and inflamed, it's very big. It doesn't hurt, but it's very big and inflamed.

    Is there anything that matches these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection or an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions without as many sufferings in the future.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not solved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them– please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  12. QUESTION:
    does anyone find it weird that lemons/grapefruits can give you thrush?
    like wtf? i squeeze grapefruits or lemons first thing every morning... cos the acid burns the old leftover crap in you stomach. and i like grapefruit/lemon juice. but like theres a downside to it! anyone know what to eat on top of the juice that can prevent thrush?

    • ANSWER:
      fresh lemon juice is really really good for you ....... highly alkalising and brilliantly rich in vitamin C which is a powerfull natural antibiotic, antibacterial, antihistamine ...... although it has an acidic taste to it the residue it leaves in your system is alkaline .... grapefruits also have an alkalising affect ..... though not as alkalising as fresh lemons .. fresh lemons will increase the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy thus aiding in digestion and helping to "burn the leftover crapola in your stomach" as you so brilliantly put it ...... you nailed it luv ....... don't listen to the naysayers you're right .... you just must either be adding sugar of some description or eating or drinking too much sugar anyway .... you know, like sodas, pop, chocolate, most packaged foods, most foods labelled as low fat, high sugar fruits like oranges, bananas, mangoes, grapes etc.... ..... squeeze a lemon first thing in the morning and drink it through a straw (dilute with cold water if the taste is too tart for you) and within 10 minutes you'll be on the toilet "cleaning" out your system ...... you might get a yucky tummy ache first but within 10 minutes you'll move ...... try changing what you eat for dinner the night before .... maybe it's too heavy for your digestion ..... avoid the starchy stuff like potatoes, white rice, white bread and have quinoa (pronounced keenwah ~ from your health food store) or brown rice instead ...... just ensure you drink the lemon juice through a straw to protect the enamel on your teeth ..... neither the grapefruit or lemon juice will give you thrush hun ........ what are you eating with it??? honey or sugar will feed a yeast infection and help it to flourish and produce and increase thrush ........ ditch all processed sugar and natural sugar for a couple of weeks and get a topical cream like Nyastatin or Daktarin from your pharmacy to help with the discomfort and pain ........... oranges are very high in natural sugar so avoid them until the thrush clears up ....... fruits naturally low in sugar are lemons, pears, strawberries, watermelon blackberries ...... avoid all except the lemons though till the thrush clears up ....... aloe vera is touted as a digestive aid but some people are very sensitive to it ........... it has the exact opposite effect on me only serving to bloat, constipate me and give me acid reflux ........ if my little girl takes it she breaks out in a skin rash........ so be carefull with it.

      peace baby

  13. QUESTION:
    Started as a yeast rash on diaper area?
    Now we have little spots popping up all over. mostly on our legs and hands. They are small blister like spots. We are using the Lotrimin at the Doctor's suggestion, but they aren't open today when i am noticing the spots have migrated beyond the diaper area. Could this be spreading?? Could this be a result of switching to cow's milk? We were on Similac and Dr. said that was cow milk based, so he acted like that wasn't an issue.

    • ANSWER:
      possibly depending on where it is; yeast tends to thrive in a very warm moist environment so if it is traveling into areas that don't fit that description, it is likely something else; have you changed soaps, detergent, lotions, food, brands of food, etc...anything that could account for a rash? even though the doc is closed they should have someone on call; if u feel u need advice, call their number, and an answering service should pick up...they can have the person on call call you back; usually it's a nurse, but if she doesn't feel comfy answering the ?, she will most likely call the doc on call, ask him and call you back....gl, hth

  14. QUESTION:
    How long does it take 4 hair 2 grow when taking biotin? Please answer!!!!?
    When does it start taking effect? I need to grow my hair longer before May or June, about 4 inches or so.....because I'm going out of the US for the first time and I want my hair to grow....
    Like in the next week or so? Or the first two months?

    • ANSWER:
      HAIR NORMALLY GROWS AT A RATE OF 5 INCHES/YEAR.
      Biotin

      TRADE NAMES
      D-Biotin (Numerous manufacturers), Biotin Forte (Vitaline Corporation), Meribin (Mericon Industries).

      DESCRIPTION
      Biotin, a member of the B-vitamin family, is an essential nutrient in human nutrition. It is involved in the biosynthesis of fatty acids, gluconeogenesis, energy production, the metabolism of the branched-chain amino acids (L-leucine, L-isoleucine, L-valine) and the de novo synthesis of purine nucleotides. Recent research indicates that biotin plays a role in gene expression, both at the transcriptional and translational levels, and that it may also play a role in DNA replication.

      Biotin is widely distributed in natural foodstuffs. However, the absolute amounts of biotin in foodstuffs is relatively low when compared with the other B vitamins. Some of the better food sources of biotin, are egg yolk, liver, kidney, pancreas, milk, soya and barley. Brewer's yeast or Saccharomyces cerevisiae (see Brewer's Yeast), which is used as a nutritional supplement, is one of the richest sources of biotin, as well as the other B vitamins. Royal jelly, also used as a nutritional supplement (see Royal Jelly), is another rich source of biotin. Mammals and many plant species are unable to synthesize biotin. Biotin is synthesized by bacteria, yeast and other fungi, algae and certain plant species. In fact, the microflora of the human large intestine appear to contribute to the biotin requirements of the body.

      The first demonstration of biotin-deficiency in animals was observed in animals fed raw egg white. Rats fed egg white protein were found to develop dermatitis, hair loss and neuromuscular dysfunction. This syndrome was called egg white injury and was discovered to be caused by a glycoprotein found in egg white called avidin. It was subsequently found that egg white injury could be cured by a liver factor which was first called protective factor X and later determined to be biotin. Because biotin cured the skin disorder of egg white injury it was called vitamin H. H is for haut, the German word for skin. Avidin causes egg white injury because it binds very tightly to biotin, preventing its absorption. This is only true for native avidin, which is resistant to hydrolysis by proteolytic enzymes. When egg white is cooked, avidin is denatured and denatured avidin is digested by proteolytic enzymes.

      Although clinical biotin deficiency in humans is rare, it does occur. Prolonged consumption of raw egg white, long-term total parenteral nutrition without biotin supplementation and malabsorption syndromes, such as short-gut syndrome, have resulted in biotin-deficiency states. The symptoms and signs of biotin-deficiency, include a generalized erythematous scaly skin eruption, alopecia, conjunctivitis and neurological abnormalities. The rash may be distributed around the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and perineal orifices. The facial appearance associated with the deficiency, with the rash around the eyes, nose and mouth along with an unusual distribution of facial fat, is called biotin deficiency facies. In biotin deficient infants, the neurological findings are hypotonia, lethargy and developmental delay. In adults, the neurological findings are lethargy, depression, hallucinations and paresthesias of the extremities. Marginal biotin status may occur under certain conditions, e.g., during the first trimester of pregnancy, and it is thought that this situation may be teratogenic. Functional biotin deficiency occurs in certain genetic disorders. These will be discussed below.

      Biotin is the coenzyme for four carboxylases. Acetyl coenzyme A (CoA) carboxylase, found in both the mitochondria and cytosol, catalyzes the carboxylation of acetyl-CoA to malonyl-CoA. Malonyl-CoA is the immediate precursor of 14 of the 16 carbon atoms of the fatty acid palmitic acid. It is also the immediate precursor of all of the fatty acids up to palmitic acid. Further, the reaction catalyzed by acetyl-CoA carboxylase, a complex reaction, is the primary regulatory, or rate-limiting, step in the biosynthesis of fatty acids. Pyruvate carboxylase, which is located in the mitochondria, catalyzes the carboxylation of pyruvate to form oxaloacetate. Oxaloacetate can be metabolized in the tricarboxylic acid cycle or it can be converted to glucose in the liver and kidney and other tissues that are involved in gluconeogenesis. The formation of oxaloacetate from pyruvate is known as an anaplerotic reaction. Anaplerotic is from the Greek word anaplerosis, meaning filling up or restoration. The pyruvate carboxylate reaction is the principal reaction which replenishes tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates. Methylcrotonyl-CoA carboxylase, also located in the mitochondria, is involved in the metabolism of L-leucine, while the mitochondrial enzyme propionyl-CoA carboxylase is involved in the metabolism of L-isoleucine and L-valine, as well as L-threonine and L-methionine.

      All four of the carboxylase enzymes, which use bicarbonate as their one-carbon substrate, share a common biochemical mechanism. In all four carboxylases, biotin is covalently linked by an amide bond between the carboxyl group of the valeric side chain of biotin and an epsilon-amino group of a specific lysyl residue in the apocarboxylase. The enzyme that catalyzes the formation of the covalent bond is called holocarboxylase synthetase. Biotin is recycled by the enzyme biotinidase. Biotinidase, an hydrolase, functions to recycle biotin by cleaving biocytin (epsilon-N-biotinyl-L-lysine), or short-chain oligopeptides containing biotin-linked lysyl residues, products of the normal breakdown of the holocarboxylases, to free biotin. Biotinidase is also thought to play a critical role in the release of biotin from biotin-containing dietary proteins. Recently, biotinidase has been found to have biotinyl-transferase activity. All five classes of histones are selectively biotinylated via the biotinyl-transferase activity of biotinidase. It is thought that biotinylation of histones is involved in the regulation of gene transcription and may also play a role in the packaging of DNA. Interestingly, biotinylation is an important technique in molecular biology. Biotin can be covalently linked to both proteins and nucleic acids, and is used as a label in many molecular biology and biochemistry technologies.

      Certain inborn errors of metabolism result in functional biotin deficiency. These disorders, include multiple carboxylase deficiency, holocarboxylase synthetase deficiency, biotinidase deficiency and propionic-CoA carboxylase deficiency. Those with these disorders require much greater cellular biotin levels than normal in order to activate these biotin-dependent enzymes. Biotinidase deficiency is the most common cause of late-onset multiple carboxylase deficiency. Features of late-onset multiple carboxylase deficiency, include skin rash, alopecia, seizures, hypotonia, ataxia, hearing loss, optic atrophy, developmental delay, immune deficiency and recurrent infections. Coma and death may occur if the disorder is not treated. The treatment is high-dose biotin, which results in pronounced, rapid clinical and biochemical improvement. Holocarboxylase deficiency is the most common form of multiple carboxylase deficiency in neonates. Features of neonatal multiple carboxylase deficiency, include lethargy, hypotonia, vomiting, alopecia, lactic acidosis, keratoconjunctivitis, perioral erosions and seizures. Again, the treatment is high-dose biotin, which may completely reverse the symptoms and signs of the disorder. There is a relatively high incidence or propionyl-CoA carboxylase deficiency among the Inuits of Greenland. Those with this deficiency may present early in life with a severe, often fatal metabolic acidosis, hyperglycinemia and hyperammonemia. The only known treatment for this disorder is high-dose biotin. All of the above inborn errors of metabolism are referred to as biotin-responsive disorders.

      Biotin is a bicyclic compound. The tetrahydrothiophene ring contains sulfur and has a valeric acid side chain. The second ring contains a ureido group. Eight stereoisomers of biotin exist. However, only one is found naturally, and it is the only one that is enzymatically active. The natural stereoisomer of biotin is called d-(+)-biotin or just biotin. In addition to being known as vitamin H, biotin is also known as hexahydro-2-oxo-1H-thieno[3,4-d]imidazole-4-pentanoic acid; cis-5-(hexahydro-2-oxo-1H-thieno[3,4-d]imidazol-4-yl)valeric acid; cis -tetrahydro-2-oxothieno[3,4-d]imidazoline-4-valeric acid; cis-hexahydro-2-oxo-1H-thieno[3,4]imidazole-4-valeric acid; coenzyme R and bios IIb. Its molecular formula is C10H16N2O3S and its molecular weight is 244.31 daltons. Biocytin or epsilon-N-biotinyl-L-lysine is a naturally occurring complex of biotin which has approximately the same biochemical activity as biotin.

  15. QUESTION:
    what is the difference between diaper rash and yeast infection
    visually what is the difference

    • ANSWER:
      well, MT got it right about the description.

      However, yeast infections can occur on more than the genitals. You can have a systemic infection, a blood infection, skin, genital, oral (thrush), anal, and there are others. I believe there are 7 different kinds of yeast infections.

      My son had one (a very bad one) when he was an infant. Basically, if you have treated the rash for a few days with diaper rash cream and it is not getting better, or maybe even getting worse...then it is probably a yeast infection.

      The doctor ordered some medicine by mouth and Lotrimin. I noticed an improvement within 24 hours.

  16. QUESTION:
    I Feel really itchy all over For No Reason?
    First of all yes i do shower daily, and no im not pregnant. Lately Ive been feeling itchy after about 7 oclock at night. It feels like some bug is crawling underneath my skin. Its not an external itch. its really wierd and i feel it all over the place. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys AND/OR a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  17. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when the bottom of your?
    foot will just not stop itching.....lol?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like an allergic reaction or fungus but it's hard to tell without seeing.

      After reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them– please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  18. QUESTION:
    Yeast rash question ?
    hi, well dd 13 mos got a huge deep red with some looke like blisters but didnt pop, and now it seems like its stoped but it leaves like a brown very lite scab for quite some time, but its not a rash anymore. Has anyone had that ?
    And it only lasted a little over a day, probably cause i took a lot of care, but does it sound like
    yeast ?
    How long do these yeast rashes last usually ? and Do you ever make diet changes in baby and yourself if breastfeeding ?

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast rash won't just go away, it needs to be treated with an anti-fungal cream. I'm breastfeeding and I've never changed my diet.

      This is a picture and description of yeast rash - http://www.babycenter.com/0_yeast-diaper-rash_10913.bc

  19. QUESTION:
    discomfort in sensitive area?
    i'm an 18 year old girl, a virgin, but i keep feeling discomfort in my vaginal area. it's not a rash, and the problem seems to be coming from the interior, rather than the external area. its sort of a feeling of having to pee, but i don't actually have to pee, but it feels worse than having to pee sometimes. its a lousy description, but its the best i can describe it. its just a discomforting feeling and i have no idea what could be causing it. if someone understands what i'm talking about, i would appreciate a diagnosis and possible solutions, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Whether you are a virgin or not women of all ages can get Urinary Tract Infections and yeast infections I would see your Doctor to have a check up.. Make sure you are drinking enough water. Even though you are a virgin are you having any sexual activity. Please make sure you tell your Doctor. Even though you are not being penetrated anything is possible

  20. QUESTION:
    Foreskin rash with tiny white spots?
    I was convinced this was a yeast infection, the doctor prescribed me canesten. It didn't work so this other doctor came up with this stupid theory it was eczema because I had it when I was a baby and I'm doubtful - it's been slightly dry recently but only because of my over washing it, it's not cracking at all and would white spots occur if it was eczema?

    There's no pain it's just slightly red and yea, there's some white spots.

    I want to know if this diagnosis is just rubbish or if actually it's likely to be eczema.

    • ANSWER:
      Yea, i would say if it is just like spots where you have some slight white spots it
      is going to be eczema.
      My baby has hit and he is only 8 months old, the description seems to match it
      so yeah i will say it is high chance eczema.
      Thanks

  21. QUESTION:
    I have a two year old son with terrible diaper rash- he also keeps getting a yeast infection, any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him a bit of yogurt, of the sort that has active bacterial cultures in it (most brands have that). Those bacteria help the body maintain its normal acid/base balance, and make it an inhospitable place for yeast to grow.

      This kind of growth USUALLY occurs when a child who is in diapers is taking antibiotics of some description. In addition to the bacteria for which the antibiotic has been prescribed, it also kills the "good" bacteria that normally keep the yeast in check, so the yeast runs wild. If it continues, there are several topical medications that you can get from your pediatrician to put on the yeast/rash - it usually goes away literally within hours. It's the sort of thing that really can't do any harm, so most doctors will simply call in a script if they're familiar with you. If THAT doesn't work, then of course you should take him in to be checked.

  22. QUESTION:
    The roof of my mouth, specifically the hard palate, has turned whitish, what could this mean?
    The roof of my mouth, is sore, as if it were burned, and it's a whitish around the edges and back of the teeth. It's not something i can scrape or brush off and it just showed up, at least to my knowledge, this morning. If anyone has had this or knows much about oral health, please respond and let me know what it may be.

    • ANSWER:
      A agree, it sounds like thrush. Here's a quick description:

      Oral thrush is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans grows out of control. Like most healthy people, you probably have small amounts of the fungus in your mouth and digestive tract and on your skin. You can't see the fungus and normally won't know it's there — it usually doesn't cause problems because normal bacteria (flora) in your body keep its growth in check. But when this balance is disturbed — by medications or illness — Candida can grow out of control, leading to problems such as diaper rash and vaginal yeast infections as well as oral thrush.

      Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on your tongue or inner cheeks. The lesions can be painful and may bleed slightly when you scrape them or brush your teeth. Sometimes oral thrush may spread to the ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH, your gums, tonsils or the back of your throat.

      Although oral thrush can affect anyone, it occurs most often in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people whose immune systems have been compromised by illness or medications. Oral thrush is a minor problem for healthy children and adults, but for those with weakened immune systems, symptoms of oral thrush may be more severe, widespread and difficult to control.

  23. QUESTION:
    Why does it itch? But then sting after I itch it? Please help?
    My first time having sex was last week Thursday. And ever since then my pussy itches really badly. Then once I itch it, it kind of stings. I really would like to know why it is itching and how I can get it to stop.

    Please help, It is really bothering me, and I would love to be able to get it to stop.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor. You might have an std of some sorts or a yeast infection. In order to really help you, I think we'd kinda need a description. Check for rashes, bumps, oozing puss, malodorous fumes...

  24. QUESTION:
    Calling everyone here.I need urgent help with my very sick 4 year old daughter?
    Okay please help me! I just got back from the ER with my 4 year old daughter. You see a few days ago my daughter wasn't feeling well so i took her to our doctor. She was diagnosed with the flu. A day later i noticed she had a rash i took her back to the doctor and he thought it was still the flu. I knew it wasn't so i took her to about 5 other doctors. They all gave different diagnoses so i took her to the ER. This is what she has: flu, measles, yeast infection, and irritable bowel syndrome. Home Remedies or treatments to help with these? Thank you and I'm sure my daughter thanks you too

    • ANSWER:
      1. First of all has your daughter had her MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vacination) their suppose to get it at 12-15 months old and then a 2nd one at 4-6 years old. I would definitely check her shot record, or with your peditrician about that shot. #2....if there's anyone you know that's pregnant don't let them around her or vise versa (the pregnant mothers baby could be born blind due to the measles)
      #3....Measles

      Definition of Measles
      Measles (Rubeola) is a highly communicable disease characterized by fever, general malaise, sneezing, nasal congestion, brassy cough, conjunctivitis, and a maculopapular eruption over the entire body caused by the rubeola virus.

      Description of Measles
      While measles is usually a benign infection, encephalitis is a grave complication. Of those who develop encephalitis, about one in eight will die.

      Bronchopneumonia is a serious complication of measles.

      Otitis media, followed by mastoiditis, brain abscesses, or even meningitis, is not rare.
      Causes and Risk Factors of Measles
      Measles is most common in school-age children with outbreaks occurring in the winter and spring.

      The occurrence of measles before the age of 6 months is relatively uncommon because of passively acquired maternal antibodies from the immune mother.

      Symptoms of Measles
      The onset is gradual with rhinitis, drowsiness, loss of appetite, gradual elevation of temperature for the first two days, when the fever may rise to 101 to 103 degrees (F).

      Koplik's spots usually appear on the buccal (inner cheek) mucosa opposite the molars on the second or third day.

      About the fourth day, fever usually reaches a higher elevation than previously, at times as high as 104 to 106 degrees (F). With this recurrence the rash appears.

      The measles rash first appears on the face, being seen early as small maculopapular lesions that increase rapidly in size and coalesce in places, often causing a swollen, mottled appearance. The rash extends to the body and extremities, and in some areas may resemble the rash of scarlet fever.

      A cough, present at this time, is due to bronchitis produced by the inflammatory condition of the mucous membranes, which undoubtedly corresponds to the rash seen on the skin.

      Ordinarily, the rash lasts from 4 to 5 days; and as it subsides, the temperature declines. Consequently, five days after the appearance of the rash, the temperature should be normal or approximately normal in uncomplicated cases.

      Treatment of Measles
      Maintain bedrest and provide quiet activities for the child. If there is sensitivity to light, keep room darkly lit.

      Remove eye secretions with warm saline or water. Encourage the child not to rub the eyes.

      Administer antipruritic medication and tepid sponge baths as ordered.

      A cool mist vaporizer can be used to relieve cough.

      Apply antipruritic medication to prevent itching.

      Isolate child until fifth day of rash.

      Prevention of Measles
      Generally two doses of live measles vaccine are recommended, one shot at 15 months of age, and the second shot before entering either kindergarten or first grade (or at some other age as required by law in your state).

      Measles re-vaccination guidelines are as follows: Persons vaccinated with live measle vaccine before their first birthday should be considered unvaccinated, and should receive at least one dose of measles vaccine.

      Immunization is recommended one time for all persons born after 1956 who lack evidence of immunity to measles (receipt of live vaccine on or after the first birthday, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of physician-documented measles).
      A second dose of measles vaccine is recommended for young adults in settings where individuals congregate (colleges, residential settings, etc.).

      Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Measles
      A:What are the usual symptoms of measles?
      B? What can be done at home to help with the discomforts of measles?
      C:What are the complications of measles?
      D: Do you recommend the measles vaccine?
      E: When is re-vaccination necessary?

      I HOPE THIS HELPS......

  25. QUESTION:
    Mixture for severe diaper rash?
    my cousins son who is 1 and a half has a nasty habit of scratching himself in his private area very hard and constantly. it is severly red and looks raw (especially on the underside of his penis), and we can tell its very uncomfortable. i was trying to tell my cousin about a mixture of ingredients i heard about from someone else but all i remember was zinc oxide and hydrocortizone 1 % cream...and i forgot what else. do you know any good mixtures that include those products, or is there something else? i need ideas quick because the poor kid is so uncomfortable!

    • ANSWER:
      Most diaper rash cremes contain zinc oxide. Without consulting a doctor, I would not use anything other than diaper rash creme.

      Corn starch (powder) also works well.

      However, from your description it sounds as if it might be a yeast infection. He will need an Rx to clear that up.

  26. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of thrush in a man?
    Can anyone tell me the symptoms of thrush in a man?

    (The women's symptoms are irritation, pain when having sex and dishcharge, right??)

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This is an even better description then the first one posted below:
      Male thrush
      What are the symptoms in men?
      If you're sexually active, You need to watch out for a foreskin and penis head that is red and inflamed, tender and uncomfortable - and which you can't leave alone for all the wrong reasons.

      http://www.thesite.org/healthandwellbeing/generalhealth/menshealth/malethrush

      This is from a link from webmd.com for a man with thrush or yeast infection:
      Infection. Infection with the yeast candida albicans (thrush) can result in an itchy, red, spotty rash. Certain sexually transmitted diseases -- including gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis -- can produce symptoms of balanitis.
      It is found on page number 3 of this link. It is referring to the penis and not forms that arise in the throat.

      http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/46/2953_507.htm?pagenumber=3

  27. QUESTION:
    could this be herpes? yeast infection? really scared?
    i noticed two small dots on the outside of my butt and i think in may be herpes. it was never a blister or a sore it. they were just two white patches and then they turned into normal skin color. the reason i think in may be herpes is because they have a circular shape. i dont know were they came from or how i got them. i was thinking it may be from a yeast infection rash because i'm getting over one right now but the odd shape of the patched are worrying me. could i be just overreacting? i did get tested for herpes twice before and it came back negative.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't sound like herpes or yeast from the description you give. Yeast usually spreads as is pretty distinctive looking, not two dots. Herpes also starts as a blister which crusts over like a sore. Usually it has tingling sometimes pain & fever with it. If it returns get it looked at. For now relax.

  28. QUESTION:
    my 4 month baby has had a rash for about 3 weeks now, what could be wrong?
    doctor told me to put cortisone on it with desitin... but its still there...We have been using same diapers and same wipes ???? dunno

    • ANSWER:
      Did the doctor actually look at the rash, or was this an over the phone consult? What does it look like? Where is the rash?

      *Diaper area: If its red and raised or with obvious edges to the rash, then theres a good chance its a yeast rash. Lots of babies and even toddlers get this. Warm, damp spots are prone...Try using an over the counter yeast cream on it, like Vagisil. Id have the doctor check it out though just to be sure. My pediatrician always recommends the Nystatin (or OTC vagisil stuff) and it clears up amazingly within a day or two... http://www.askdrsears.com/html/8/T081400.asp (See bottom of page where you can find descriptions of certain types of diaper rashes)

      *Body (arms, face, ect): It could be baby excema and will come and go. It can be itchy and the cortisone cream should help that, along with any inflamation.

      PS. If its an allergy rash, you would notice it diminish when you remove the offending culprit (diapers, wipes, detergent, certain foods, ect.)

      GOOD LUCK!

  29. QUESTION:
    why do i itch down there?
    As soon as i wake up in the morning, i itch so much down there. As the day goes on it goes on it goes away? is that weird or normal or what?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a yeast infection or an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not solved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them– please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  30. QUESTION:
    i have a rash on my body/face and it itch's?
    i slept at my mates house and when i got home i had a bath n i didnt realise when i got in the bath my face and parts of my body got a rash what is very small lumps but they arnt red but are itchy and ive had it last 5 days now and u can seel it and mainly the face itch's alot what could it be? and how should i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  31. QUESTION:
    what is the best creams for itching?
    i have a rash

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like an allergic reaction but it's hard to tell without seeing.

      After reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them– please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  32. QUESTION:
    i have a facial irritaion with a constant itch. its been persistent for about two weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  33. QUESTION:
    What are these weird bumps?
    ok the other day i noticed weird bumps all around my right knee and left ankle. They are in little patches and are red around them but have a white bump at the top. i have dogs, but they don't really look like flee bites. im 13 if that means anything. I dont know if im having an allergic reaction or anything. they are SUPER ITCHY. and if i itch them too much the form a scab. please help im kinda worried and dont know what they are from
    oh and i live in the country there are bugs....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like your malady may be a bacteria_fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection AND/OR an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to your liver/kidneys but it's hard to tell without seeing and learning the details about what you have been eating breathing and applying to your skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen your liver lymph and kidney systems to handle allergic reactions with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify your triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how your body reacts. If you are like me you may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria that began during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream and water rubbed on my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo after reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch ringworm etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  34. QUESTION:
    Infant Yeast Infection??
    My six month old little girl has raised red bumps in her diaper area, it's above her pubic bone and a little on her bottom as well. I've been treating it with Balmex but it isn't responding at all so I'm wondering if it could be a yeast infection. Does anyone have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of people arent' going to like this.... but, you don't have to take her to the doctor or even call just yet. I've had 4 children, 2 of which had frequent rashes. You did right by trying the Balmex first. Since that isn't working, get an over the counter yeast infection cream, just the cheap 7 day kind is fine. Use at least 4 times a day. If it doesn't improve within the first 2 or 3 times of use, it's probably not yeast. Lastly, it could very well be her skin's response to something in the diaper, certain plastics, etc... Get cortisone cream, use it on the affected area in the same way as the other creams. If this is the culprit, you may want to consider changing brands of diapers. I had to do that with my youngest, and still have to use the cortisone cream occasionally. Personally, from your description of the rash, I would try the yeast cream first since you can tell very quickly if it's working or not, and can move right on to the cortisone. This is what my family physician advised me to do many years ago, and have been doing this ever since. Hope this helped!!

  35. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like herpes?
    I need help...I noticed 4 reddish bumps on my vagina and they became a little itchy and they burned after a few days...They arent filled with any puss or liquid but are uncomfortable especially when I urinate. I noticed this while I had a yeast infection also..and when I rub a yeast infection cream on it, it helps tremendously with the irritation..however, the rash hasnt gone away yet...I went to the doctor and she said that herpes is a possibility considering everyone has different outbreaks..she also said it fits the description of an allergic reaction and other more minor conditions. Please help does this sound like herpes? It doesnt match any pics on the internet and still hasnt had puss or liquid coming out.... oh and I havent had any unprotected sex in over a year.....
    *** I WENT TO THE DOCTOR YESTERDAY..I WAS TESTED FOR HERPES AS PRECAUTION AND NOW AM WAITING FOR RESULTS!! JUST VERY NERVOUS!!***

    • ANSWER:
      i know how u feel. it takes a week for the test to come back. mine came back positive but that's not the end of the world. no 2 outbreaks are alike. i've seen tons of pics online and none of them look like my outbreaks either. herpes is different with each person. sounds like herpes to me. remember it's not the end of the world, herpes won't kill u. 1 out of every 5 people has herpes, just no one talks about it. doesnt matter what kind of sex u have, u can still get herpes while having an outbreak. it's important to be honest and open with your partner. the people that make fun or joke about herpes are the ones that are stupid and not educated about stds. so don't worry about those ppl. and herpes is not as bad as a lot of people make it out to be. plus it weeds out the bad ppl in your life.

  36. QUESTION:
    i think i have a yeast infection.?
    i'm going to try the yogourt trick but is there anything i can put on it for now to make it stop itching untill i get it? could i use diaper rash cream?

    • ANSWER:
      Only a doctor can tell for sure if you have a yeast infection by taking a swab and run some tests. Most of us can sometimes tell by the feel, look, and smell that you have a yeast infection. If your symptoms don't match this list, or you are confused or uncertain, go see your doctor if at all possible.

      It feels like an intense itching, burning sensation, localized in your vagina and vulva. This itching is not always present, but can get really bad, so bad you can hardly walk, let alone sit still or concentrate on anything.

      It looks like clumpy white stuff. Most medical descriptions compare the discharge to ricotta cheese, but it can range from thick and not clumpy to faintly yellow to thin and clear.

      It smells like bread or beer. In fact, it smells pretty much exactly like yeast.

      There are other types of infections that can sometimes infect your vagina and vulva and it's helpful to know the symptoms of all of them so you can be really sure before you go treat yourself for a yeast infection you might not have.

      A bacterial infection of the vagina can feel a lot like a yeast infection if the vulval area is itchy or painful. Unlike a yeast infection, the discharge can be dark yellow, green, or brown and it won't smell like bread, it can smell like fish or something rotting. If you think you might have a bacterial infection, or if you're not sure, get I would recommend going to see your doctor as this has to be treated with prescription antibiotics.

      Urinary tract infections (UTI's) are due to bacteria infecting the urethra rather than the vagina. UTI's can be fairly easily distinguished from vaginal infections by a host of symptoms, including pain or burning when urinating, blood or mucus in urine, needing to urinate often, pain or pressure in back or lower abdomen and a fever or chills. If you think you might have a UTI, don't delay, go see your doctor, because the infection can travel up past the bladder, causing kidney damage.

      Another type of infection called trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite that can infect both the vagina and the urinary tract, and is primarily sexually transmitted. If you have a trichomoniasis infection, your vagina can be itchy or painful, it can hurt to urinate, intercourse can be painful, and occasionally you can experience pain in your lower abdomen. Again, you have to see a doctor to get antibiotics to treat this.

      I would recommend you see your doctor just to rule out any other infections and to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment.

      Good luck :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Red rash like thing on my face?
    So today i woke up with this weird red rash looking thing on my face. it actually looks as if multiple layers of skin have peeled off and its healing.. kind of like a blister. i have it under my right eye and lower on my left cheek.

    lately my face has been super dry and itchy and peeling a bit so i stopped using my liquid makeup and decided to get a face moisturizer (which i have never needed before as my face is usually really oily) so anyways, i went to bed and woke up with these horrible burning rash spots and i dont know why, i havent used any new products( i didnt use the new moisturizer yet ) and i didnt scratch it or anything it just popped up, so i put moisturizer on it and that helped with the peeling and flaking but not the burning and redness, i took benadryl just incase i was allergic to something. but no luck there.. then i tried aloe which helped soothe it but not get rid of it.

    and i dont know what it is or what to do, i practicly never get break outs, and i havent had any conditions like rosacea or eczema...so i dont know what it is or how to get rid of it.
    should i see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      I assume it could be Seborrhoeic eczema
      Here's the description

      General

      Seborrhoeic eczema has little or nothing to do with sebum (the oily secretion of the sweat glands), so the name is a poor one.

      The name persists partly because some of the areas affected (eg the groins and armpits) are also where there are greater concentrations of sweat glands within the skin.

      It is a well recognised pattern of eczema affecting all age groups from young adults to the elderly.

      A type of seborrhoeic eczema is also seen in babies during the first year of life.
      Appearance and symptoms

      Four common patterns are seen.

      1. Scalp and face: skin is greasy, red and scaly. Affects the central face and forehead, the sides of the nose down to the outer ends of the mouth, the edges of the scalp, eyebrows and behind the ears. The scalp is very scaly (dandruff).
      2. Front of chest: a red scaly patch over the breast bone.
      3. Back of trunk: multiple red raised dots across and between the backs of the shoulder blades.
      4. Skin folds: a moist red skin reaction in the groins, under the breasts and in the armpits. In childhood seborrhoeic eczema the skin folds are most affected, but there can be a yellowish scaly crust on the scalp, too (known as cradle cap).

      The condition varies in severity. A mild case would be a little bit of dandruff and flaky skin over the face.

      In severe cases, the skin is widely affected and very itchy; the scalp is itchy, oily and, if very inflamed, there is much scaling of the scalp skin.
      Causes

      Increased sensitivity to a yeast called Pityrosporum, a normal organism living on the skin, is thought to play a part in seborrhoeic eczema.

      Anti-yeast treatment can therefore be effective, although it usually needs to be repeated regularly in the long term.
      Treatments
      Scalp

      Medicated shampoos containing anti-yeast medication may keep mild activity under control.

      If there is a lot of scaling, additional treatments such as sulphur and salicylic acid cream followed by selenium shampoo or coal tar preparations can be needed.
      Face, trunk and skin folds

      A mixture of anti-fungal cream and mild steroid (1per cent hydrocortisone) is the usual regime for flare-ups. This is used for approximately two weeks at a time.

      Washing your face and body twice a week in the shower, with the medicated shampoos listed above, helps to prevent relapse.
      Children

      The main treatments for infants are emollient creams, but mild steroid and/or antifungal creams may be needed.

      Cradle cap can be loosened with a mixture of salicylic acid in aqueous cream, which is then washed out with baby shampoo.

      Oils, such as olive or arachis, are also long-standing remedies for de-scaling cradle cap.
      .

  38. QUESTION:
    Red spot under my nostril?
    I have this red, bumpy looking rash thing under my left nostril. I have had it for years. It itches and gets scabs, but never goes away. I have tryed putting yeast infection medicine on it, and it burns. I have tryed everything to get rid of it. If I dont wear foundation, it really looks bad. It only about the size of a quarter, but it drives me nuts! I can't afford to go the the dermatoligist. Does this happen to other women? What the hell is it? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      PHOTOGRAPHING IT WITH A NEAR VIEW CAMERA MAY ENABLE ME KNOW WHAT IS THIS..
      but your description sounds good expectations, may be rosacea ,a chronic red spots like acne needing antimicrobial therapy,some diseases of abnormal skin immunity may present like this,like discoid lupus,lichen planus...
      ANY WAY PLEASE PHOTOGRAPH IT AND SEND IT TO ME ON abdelmoaty_ismailia@yahoo.com

  39. QUESTION:
    Any idea what this is?
    My 5 year old has a strange whitehead like rash all over his body.
    On Sunday, I noticed about 2 or 3 little whiteheads on his left cheek, which he does get from time to time, so I thought nothing of it. Yesterday, it spread to his forehead,nose and chin.. all on one side. Today, it has completely spread to his chest down to the belly button and all down his back. It isn't red or itchy, it really looks like whiteheads, and it isn't bothering him at all. I can't get to the doctor until Friday, so I was wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them or their children?

    Thanks for your help!!
    I forgot to mention that he has had the chicken pox vaccine in 2004, and is up to date on all his vaccinations.

    • ANSWER:
      Your description indicates the possibility of a form of acne*, which include: whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules. Moderate to severe acne includes: nodules, cysts, rosacea and conglobata. If the acne is inflamed or swollen or is not limited to acne "spots" the acne may be moderate to severe acne. If the acne is not inflamed or swollen and is limited to acne "spots" the acne is probably mild acne. If it is localized to small areas of the forehead, cheek, chin or other body areas, and does not appear as a rash, but appears as acne "spots" the acne is probably a mild form of acne. If the acne is not limited to small areas of the forehead, cheek or chin and has effected larger body areas like the back, arms, legs, or buttocks the acne is probably a more severe type of acne.
      Whiteheads are the result of a completely blocked pore that traps serum (skin oil), bacteria, and dead skin cells. White blood cells attacking invading bacteria gives the pore a white appearance. The appearance of whiteheads are filled with a mix of white blood cells and bacteria. Incorrectly "popping" the whitehead can result in the spread of bacteria. Whiteheads typically heal more quickly than blackheads. A strict skin care and treatment plan is important for healing whiteheads.
      Impetigo is ruled out, being crusty. Hives and contact dermatitis (Poinson ivy, oak & sumac etc) is ruled out, being red. It also does not resemble yeast infection, from your description. *Acne does not usually affect children of around 5 years of age, but usually at 11 or older, when the biological changes affect the glands. The usual ‘spotty diseases’ normally present with red spots. (Measles, Chickenpox, German Measles etc.)The fact that your son’s spots are white, would normally rule those out.
      It might be a good idea to take some photos to show your doctor, in case the spots diminish during the period until you see him/her.
      However, when you visit your doctor, he/she will be able to do a visual check and identify the cause.
      Hope this helps
      Matador 89

  40. QUESTION:
    female problems?
    i have had a rash on my private area for almost 2 weeks maybe a 2 weeks in a half it want go away i itch every once in a while but most of the time its not itchy. majority of my vagina dont hurt to touch but some parts. ALso my vagina is very red. So far i have had 1 discharge since its been like this. what do you think it may be. I go to the doctor tomorrow just want to know have anybody else experience this.
    Mature answers only
    i went to the doctor and she told me it was bacteria vagrosis or something like that have any of you experience this?

    • ANSWER:
      off the top of my head, it sounds like a yeast infection, which is very common. i know you don't want to hear this, but the doc will be able to diagnose it better in person... people online can't really know from a description.

      just keep the area clean & dry, no tight underwear or pants or tights... and underwear should be 100% cotton. (these are staples for most any female genital irritation.)

      try to relax & distract yourself in the meantime, until your appt. good luck, girl! i think you'll be fine. :)

  41. QUESTION:
    Vaginal Yeast infection?!?
    I had my period a few days ago and right after I was finished I had some irritation down there in my private area. Kinda like a rash possibly due to the pads, the next day it was kind of itchy and now it just itches ocationally but very mildly. I was reading on what it could be and I came across 'yeast infection' I have some of the symptoms which are itching and i HAD some irritation but not any of the rest, i mean I had some discharge but it doesnt fit the 'cottage cheese' like description of the symptoms.

    I dont know if I should buy the over the counter meds for it because Im not sure if thats what it is, cause this is the first time somethibg like this happens to me.

    PS. Havent had sex so pretty sure its not an STD.

    Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Wash and pay attention to it for a few day. If the irritation goes away then you are fine. If it continues to bother you go to your doctor.

  42. QUESTION:
    Cause of skin rash?
    My husband and I both have a rash. It is located in the fold areas between our crotch and legs....hope that description helps...I'm not sure what to call the area. The rash is not on our genitals. It's not herpes, syphilis, or anything like that. Mine itched in the beginning, now just feels like the skin is a bit raw. My husband's still itches a bit. The rash has been present on both of us for about two weeks. Over-the-counter remedies do not seem to work--have tried hydrocortisone, antibiotic ointment, diaper rash cream, and calamine lotion. I thought that maybe my rash was something connected to my pregnancy, but since my husband also has it that is very unlikely. Any insight as to what might be causing this rash would be greatly appreciated. Please site sources. A website with photos would be great.
    Right before the first answer was posted, yeast did come to mind. I hadn't thought of that before. If anyone can recommend an effective ointment for it, that would be great. As I mentioned, I am pregnant...and don't want to take anything orally.

    • ANSWER:
      usually a fungus or yeasts ...see the doc for a culture and treatment soon

  43. QUESTION:
    Itchy Vagina, I don't think it's a yeast infection.?
    At first, I put in a tampon and I thought I put it in at a wrong angle, because I've done that once and it caused a rough pain around the edges. But, that cleared up. This time, it's starting to itch like crazy. Not internal* only on the labias and above it. No rashes, No unusual discharge, just Itchiness. It's swelled a little, too. It's been at it for 2 or 3 days. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If you recently had sex or did something that might have scratched or irritated your outer labia, as it heals it will tend to itch.
      However from your description, it really does sound like it could be a yeast infection, if only a minor one. Feel lucky it only itches on the outside haha. Until you can get to your gyno, there are a couple of things you can do that can help the itching stop. You can use creams such as preparation H (i know it's not made specifically for that but it really does help and is safe to use) or something made by monostat. You can also try an over the counter medication for a yeast infection.

  44. QUESTION:
    Red & Painful Scrotal & Penile Rash?
    I have a very swollen and red rash on my shaft and scrotum, mainly on the area where the penis often rests throughout the day. I believe it has arisen from a very high presence of sweat there in the last few days, as the weather has gotten very hot and humid lately.

    This rash is slightly itchy but highly painful when irritated. It is characterized by primarily red sensitive skin with slight cracking and pus excretion, with a dry, white, eczema-like surrounding that serves as the outer boundary of the rash.

    It extends from the beginning of my penile head to the bottom of my scrotum. It is less painful when a tissue or something is placed in between the penis and scrotum to reduce contact.

    I am using Lotrimin Ultra, but that only works for 10 hours. When that 10 hours is up, it is extremely painful again. The rash itself looks extremely malignant and gross.

    I have been researching and have found that my symptoms vaguely match up with Balanitis, Jock Itch, and a Yeast Infection, but I have no idea or confirmation of what it actually is. Does anything in my description stand out?

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a yeast infection. Go to the drug store and check the men's health aisle for a product to treat Jock Itch. If they do not stock one, go to the feminine hygiene aisle and get a product to treat vaginal yeast infections,...like Monistat, Canesten, or Vagisil. All are anti fungal creams and all will work.
      Apply the cream according to the instructions on the carton, and if it is a yeast infection, you will notice immediate relief. Continue to use the cream until the instructions tell you to stop,...not just until the rash goes away,.....or it will come back,,,with a vengeance!!
      Yeast infections just happen, and are not a sign of not cleaning yourself. You can try a body talc (powder that absorbs sweat) to see if this will alleviate the problem afterwards.
      Hope this helped.
      Mithras

  45. QUESTION:
    Cat's Yeast Infection. Anyone knows a remedy for it?
    I found a stray cat last night and it is a Blue Persian. It is in a very bad condition. I took it home and cleaned it. But I notice it emits a very foul body odor;Like the smell of a stinky gym shoes, even after I got it all cleaned. It also has rashes all over it's body and face and it's ears are thick and spongy. I suspect it's got yeast infection. I wanted to take the cat to the vet but the vet won't be available until Saturday. So I was just wondering if there's any home remedy I can use and follow to treat the cat. And is there any specific food that I cannot give the cat for the time being? and will the smell come off or do I have to live with it?I need an answer. Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      This cat sounds like it needs to see a vet before saturday. Call around and make an appointment with a different vet. Based on your description it sounds like the cat has aural hematomas, which needs to be drained, and he might have ear infections as well. Any cat that has rashes all over its body is not comfortable, and denying medical attention until the weekend isn't fair to him.

  46. QUESTION:
    the doctor perscribe fluconazole for my yeast infection but will this help to clear discoloration of skin?
    I had this bad break out for the longest months and months.. I thought it was a rash on the inside of my butt cheeks under the vagina its discolored like a pale color i thought it was a rash caused by some fragrances it itches and skin use to peel in a grayish color. I went to the doctor today and she told me its fungus / its a yeast infection. I took the pill im suppose to take just one in 24 hours results will began to be shown and by 5 days it should be better. Im more concern not only about the yeast infection with the vagina but also the discoloration how can I cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      No, the pill will not change the color of the skin.
      And, let's hope that your doctor was correct in her diagnosis, because from your description, it does not sound like a yeast infection to me, but rather possibly another condition such as lichen sclerosus et atrophicus.
      However, without seeing the rash, it's not possible for me to tell you exactly what the problem is. If your doctor is correct, the rash will be adequately treated, but any resulting color change will not be corrected. Only "time" will help correct that problem.

  47. QUESTION:
    Could this just be the worst yeast infection of all time?
    So I had an allergic reaction to these scented wet wipes I was using. I had used them for about two weeks before I realized what was causing the problem. During that time I had had sex and the friction from sex raised a large v shaped lump of skin on my perineum. I assumed the friction in tandem with the irritation caused the lump which itched. After I stopped using the wet wipes the burning stopped and the itching diminished.

    I was getting really worried about the lump as it was getting a little smaller but not really healing. I then realized that the allergic reaction to the scented soap had caused a yeast infection. I went on monistate yesterday and the remaining itching cleared up almost immediately. The V shape lump also started to heal. Half of the V has receded back into the skin of my ass. (Yay!) And the other half is diminished in size. WTF? Was that lump somehow associated with the yeast infection? I know that a bad yeast infection can cause a rash, but from what I've seen they usually look more like diaper rash than anything. Can a yeast infection cause lumps of this description?

    Also, it was definitely not an STD as my boyfriend and I have both been tested. I don't have insurance in the state where I'm currently going to school so I'm only going to the doctor if the condition doesn't improve. (I will be having a gyno appointment over spring break however.)

    Thanks!
    I thought it was warts at first too, but it gets bigger and smaller when irritated which is not a symptom of warts, it itches, it appeared overnight after some rather vigorous sex and I've had the gardasil shot which protects against most strains of gentile warts.

    • ANSWER:
      Your skin sounds very irritated and maybe that's what's causing your lump. Try leaving it alone for a while and not using anything over the counter on it. Try soaking in an oatmeal bath or even just a cool bath for a while. Spring break will be here before you know it at least & then you can get it checked up then.

  48. QUESTION:
    Itching! I need help?
    I was in a relationship for a year, and we had unprotected sex everytime, several times a week. I didn't have yeast infections or anything. (Though I did end up catching an bacterial STD from this wonderful wonderful man) Now I am single again, i use condoms, I have two partners, but only one is regular and him and i only have sex once a week. I MIGHT have sex with the other during that week, but it rarely happens. So to sum that up I only have sex once a week, twice at max, ALWAYS protected. However, I seem to keep catching what I assume to be yeast infections. Immediately after sex. i say yeast infections because a few of hours after, I itch very badly, and I begin having a large amount of discharge, and swelling. I plan on seeing a Dr. but is it normal to have yeast infections like that? Could it be something else?
    I DO NOOOOT! Have an STD. If you would read my description. I am have protected sex, ONCE a week. NO itching until AFTER I have sex. I had an STD before, and I got it taken care of. that was almost two years ago. I need to know what's wrong now.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like an allergic reaction but it's hard to tell without seeing.

      After reading your description I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      FOR HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      ITCHINGS & RASHES/BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.

      * fungal bacterial = thrush yeast_infection jock_itch etc.

      * viral = measles smallpox etc.

      * parasitical = scabies_mite lice etc.

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = pellagra scurvy beriberi rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite cause
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – a self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them– please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  49. QUESTION:
    What are these vaginal sores that are internal & external? had been tested at the ER for all stds & im clean?
    Okay, so i was at the er two days i. A row. The 14th and 15th. I had swollen abdomen glads, sore infected throat, impacted wisdom teeth pain, EXTREMELY bad yeast infection, fever, and no period since late january and i had sores that i thought were just ingrown hairs from shaving. So i left the er on the 14th without letting them know about these sores. They had also said i wasnt pregnant and all of my blood tests came back okay. Then the morning of the 15th, i noticed more sores that hurt worse than they did a day ago. The doctor wasnt a gyno, but some sort of gyn branch. He told me it could be an infection due to irritation and bacteria from shaving. He also reminded me that my bloodwork was okay. They gave me ointment, meds for my yeast infection. The day before i was prescribed an antibiotic for what my discharge paper said "uti" and said it would help cure my infected tonsils and my yeast infection.

    Now, ive been keeping track of the sores. Theres one on my vaginal lip, and a few inside the lips but not completely internal.

    Im really scared. Can anyone help me understand what is going on? I have no health insurance, so im hoping, if reccomended, i should find a free clinic. Sorry for the lengthiness. Im losing sleep worrying about this. Can someone help?! PLEASEEE!
    The medications i was given were:
    BACTROBAN CREAM (mupirocin calcium cream 2%) to apply externally on the sores

    Fluconazole for my yeast infection (was given two. Took the first yesterday, then the second in a week)

    Anf i also was given NITROFUR-MACR 100mg that i have to take twice daily.
    I started all of my meds yesterday. I had the fevers and such before hand. But, im going to continue with what was prescribed to me, and apply the cream to the outer areas. It's so painful. I t
    hate it. Im not sure how to handle the inner sores. A few more have appeared as well. Im assuming theres not much i can do but wait. Ugh, still a bit worried. I have an appointment the 26th at planned parenthood, just to be safe. Thank you so much for the help! Googling my symptoms just werent cutting it! Ive never had such a severe infection before. Now to try and soothe my infected throat :c

    • ANSWER:
      Hi SugarDoll,

      First relax and know from your description its sounds like you have Cellulitis (skin infection). Keflex the most common and widely medication used for it and most likely is causing problem here. If it's possible, could you tell me the name of you medication you are currently taking so i can check and make sure that's the case. Also I am aware you don't have health insurance but need not worry this can be taken care of in no time. For the time being I would suggest you avoid ALL of the following things I listed below:

      1. Avoid all junk foods (white sugar, white flour, soft (soda) drinks)
      2. Avoid all sugars (even fruits)
      3. Avoid all grains ( Barley, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rice, Wheat)

      What you need to get is apple cider vinegar not regular store bought vinegar. Here is what you need to get which will cost you next to nothing:

      4. Get a bottle of RAW apple cider vinegar and take 2 Tbs in the morning and 2 before you go to sleep.
      5. For the first 7 days you will only eat RAW leafy green vegetables and other RAW vegetables. If you don't like to eat vegetables than juice them. You can find tons of recipes online. Do this every time you get hungry.
      6. Get probiotics. I would suggest Garden of Life Raw Probiotics. Their main function is to provide balance for less-desirable organisms (such as yeast)
      7. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables whenever you are hungry.

      By doing so you will see results much faster with your current infection until I am given the name of the medication you are on. But till will also assuage your symptoms. Don't worry or stress yourself out.

      Edit: Yup, It's the Fluconazole that's going to prolong your issue. Once you have taken your last pill I would highly suggest what I recommend above. Continue you to apply the cream and during this time you might get some discharge but don't panic since that's normal. NITROFUR-MACR might make you experience cause nausea and vomiting, fever, rash and urine a dark orange-brown; this is completely harmless. Let me know what happens after the week.

      Edit 2: Don't worry too much since stress will cause prolong your infection. It will be go and no problem :)


description of yeast rash

Canine Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what herbal or home treatments can i give my dogs for yeast infection?
    their ears are stuffed with brown to yellow yeast and there is no other bacteria found in them. i have bee going to the vet twice since and still they have it. though it went down greatly that their not so touchy. but i hate to go for the third time and pay another 140$ for they wont give resupplys until they check him. im hopping for herbal stuff besides vinager.

    • ANSWER:
      You've got a lot of good answers so far!
      I also wanted to mention that the food that you are feeding could be contributing to the problem though.

      There are so many grains and unnatural things in kibble dog food that can cause problems for them its unbelievable!
      Food sensitivities and allergies can cause a great deal of ongoing skin and ear problems for dogs!

      You might want to try switching over to a 'grain free' kibble and do ALOT of research on dog food and canine nutrition! You will be amazed at what you learn!

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy to cure a canine ear infection?
    Our black lab has had an ear infection on and off for a long time regarless of what drops the vet has given us. I have cleaned his ears with cotton balls or paper towels using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. I always make sure to keep his ears dry even after swimming. Is there a supplement or some other home remedy to cure this ongoing problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a yeast infection, very common in floppy ears.
      This is waht i use on my Afghan Hounds. Works great.
      http://www.dogbiz.com/faq-ear-infections.htm

  3. QUESTION:
    Which good quality dried dog food do you think is the best?
    I have been looking at Hill's Science Plan, Royal Canine, James Wellbeloved and Iams. Which do you thinks the best? Or are there any other good ones i should look at? I have a 2 year old English Cocker spaniel who loves food and will eat anything!

    • ANSWER:
      Science Diet and Iams are GARBAGE!!! Royal Canin is a good food, but it is not the best for every dog, and very overpriced. Cockers are genetically predisosed to skin issues, ear infections, yeast problems, and allergies- which makes it even more crucial to stay away from the brands that contain ANY if the following: Wheat (#1 culprit for food allergies/sensitivities) Corn, Soy, by-products, unspecified animal fats, and surags. Oatmeal, Barley, Brown Rice (as long as there are no more than 2 forms listed) are OK. My personal favorites, which my dogs have rotated on for years, are Merrick and Innova. Both are holistic, US sourced and Manufactured (except 4 lamb, they are healthier in New Zealand) and Acai berris-they are grown in South America. ALSO- Always make sure that whatever meat is listed is also followed by a meat meal. (ie- Turkey, turkey meal) It takes 4 cups of meat to make 1 cup of meat meal. If not followed by the meal, it will drop from ,say, thje 1st ingredient down to about ingredients 5 after cooking. No matter what process they use to cook their foods.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to loose weight?
    I have a nova scotia duck tolling retriever and she is about 20 pounds over weight we went to the vet and they didn't know what to say and we never feed her table scraps and we give her iams weight control food and we take her for walks everyday does anyone know what we should do?

    • ANSWER:
      ~ Iams is horrible!!! Look at the ingredients. Change your dogs food. This stuff is junk in a bag.

      Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Flavor, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Caramel, DL-Methionine, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

      Guaranteed Analysis
      Crude Protein, minimum 20.0
      Crude Fat, minimum 10.0
      Crude Fat, maximum 12.5
      Crude Fiber, maximum 5.0
      Moisture, maximum 10.0
      L-Carnitine, minimum 30.0 mg/kg*
      Omega-6 Fatty, Acids minimum 2.0*
      Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.2*

      *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

      Iams® ProActive Health™ Weight Control Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

      Registered: October 2005
      Posts: 3534
      Review Date: Sun February 3, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0

      Pros: None
      Cons: Byproducts, inadequate meat content, mixed quality grain, controversial filler

      The main grain and main ingredient in the food is corn. Corn is a difficult to digest grain of limited value and that is commonly associated with allergy problems. Sorghum is decent quality, as is barley, but these are minor ingredients and this product is very heavy in grain content with little meat included for the canine.

      The second ingredient is byproducts. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of Chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. The fifth ingredient in the food is a named meat product. This is not a meat meal, but is inclusive of water content (about 80%). Once this is removed, as it must be to create a dehydrated product, the ingredient will weigh around 20% of its wet weight. As ingredients are listed in order of weight, it is thus unlikely that this is truely the first ingredient in the food, but would be more accurately placed much further down the ingredient list as a minor ingredient in the food.

      Beet pulp is a controversial filler. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than egg product in the food.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there any over the counter antibiotic that I can use to get rid of my dogs yeast infection in his ears?
    I can't afford a vet right now .

    • ANSWER:
      don't know about the antibiotic's but if you keep the ears dry and apply some Camphor oil 1 or 2 times daily it works on rabbits, why not canines?

  6. QUESTION:
    What can be done for a dog that has stepped on a bee?
    It's almost midnight Friday,(no vets available) and our dog came in limping and licking his paw. When I tried to check it, a bee flew up from it. We can't find the stinger,but it still seems to be hurting.

    • ANSWER:
      Remove the stinger with tweezers. Or scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface, to reduce the chance of pumping more venom into the dog�s skin.

      * Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water.

      * Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel). Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.

      * One way to treat bee stings is to give the dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Typical dosages: for cats and dogs under 30 pounds, give 10 mg...dogs 30 to 50 pounds, give 25 mg...dogs over 50 pounds, give 50 mg. Use only the plain Benadryl formula.

      * A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.

      * Stings and bites can cause severe reactions. If there is major swelling, or the animal seems disoriented, sick or has trouble moving or breathing, go to the vet immediately. Even if your pet seems fine, watch him carefully for 24 hours.

      * Dogs with short and thin fur are more prone to spider bites and scorpion stings. The venom can be very dangerous.

      Remedies for Various Skin Ailments:

      * Some ways to soothe insect bites, hot spots, and other skin conditions:

      ** Dab with milk of magnesia to calm irritated skin.

      ** Aloe vera from plants and creams. Apply gel directly on the spot. Or dilute with water, put it in a spray bottle and spray it on the spot.

      ** Dab with organic apple cider vinegar.

      ** Saturate a cotton ball with witch hazel and apply on hot spots for several days.

      ** Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the affected areas. This also helps soothe itchy human skin in case you, too, have a sting, rash or poison ivy.

      ** Epsom salt: mix 1 teaspoon in 2 cups of warm water for drawing out infection and bathing itchy paws and skin.

      ** Combine 3 capsules of sage, 1/4 teaspoon of Epsom salts and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature, then strain out the sage. Store in a spray bottle or jar in the refrigerator to keep fresh. Apply to the affected area several times a day.

      ** Emu oil is a natural, soothing substance that helps treat canine skin ailments such as ringworm, flea bites, bee stings, rashes, hot spots and lacerations. Apply on the affected area.

      ** Aveeno. Mix a package of Aveeno oatmeal bath powder with 2 cups of water, wet the dog down with cool water, then apply the Aveeno mix. Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water and towel dry.

      ** Petkin Reliefstick, which comes packaged like a stick deodorant. It contains natural ingredients to cool the skin as well as reduce redness and swelling and promote healing -- plus a safe licking deterrent.

      ** Petroleum jelly or Bag Balm � use either to seal in moisture. Also excellent for chaffed paw pads.

      ** Brewers yeast: one pill for every 10 pounds of the dog�s weight; just add the pills into the dog�s food.

      .

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog is allergic to her food?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a distinction that needs to be made between food allergies and food intolerances. Food allergies are true allergies and show the characteristic symptoms of itching and skin problems associated with canine and feline allergies. Food intolerances can result in diarrhea or vomiting and do not create a typical allergic response. Food intolerances in pets would be similar to people that get diarrhea or an upset stomach from eating spicy or fried foods. Fortunately, both food intolerances and allergies can be eliminated with a diet free from offending agents.Common food culprits

      Several studies have shown that some ingredients are more likely to cause food allergies than others. In order of the most common offenders in dogs are beef, dairy products, chicken, wheat, chicken eggs, corn, and soy. As you may have noticed, the most common offenders are the most common ingredients in dog foods. This correlation is not a coincidence. While some proteins might be slightly more antigenic than others, many proteins are similar in form and the incidence of allergic reactions are probably associated with the amount of exposure. For example, pet foods have historically been made up of beef, chicken, corn, and wheat. In an effort to combat food allergies, several companies produced a diet made of lamb and rice. There was nothing special about lamb and rice diets except those two ingredients were normally not present in pet foods. Animals had not eaten lamb or rice before, and therefore, had not developed an allergy to it yet. If the main ingredients in pet food become lamb and rice, then it would stand to reason that the most common problem foods could become lamb and rice. The determinant of whether a food is likely to cause a food allergy or not is based on the structure and size of the glycoprotein in the food. In addition, many lamb and rice-based foods contain many other ingredients, and if the animal has a food allergy to any of them, this lamb and rice food will do nothing to treat the food allergy. In addition, while many people criticized and blamed preservatives and flavorings as a source of food allergies, studies have shown that they are not the causes, and while we may not have justifiable health concerns about preservatives, food allergies is not one of them.

      Symptoms

      The symptoms of food allergies are similar to those of most allergies seen in dogs and cats. The primary symptom is itchy skin. Symptoms may also include chronic or recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots, and skin infections that respond to antibiotics but reoccur after antibiotics are discontinued. There is evidence that dogs with food allergies may sometimes have an increased incidence of bowel movements. One study showed that non-allergic dogs have around 1.5 bowel movements per day where some dogs with food allergies may have 3 or more per day.

      It is difficult to distinguish an animal suffering from food allergies from an animal suffering from atopy or other allergies based on physical signs. However, there are a few signs that always make me suspect food allergies. One of these, is a dog with recurrent ear problems, particularly yeast infections. Another, is a very young dog with moderate or severe skin problems. A third tip off, is if a dog suffers from allergies year-round or if the symptoms begin in the winter. And the final clue, is a dog that has very itchy skin but does not respond to antihistamines or steroid treatment.

      Diagnosis

      The diagnosis for food allergies is very straightforward. But due to the fact that many other problems can cause similar symptoms and that many times animals are suffering from more problems than just food allergies, it is very important that all other problems are properly identified and treated prior to undergoing diagnosis for food allergies. Atopy, flea bite allergies, intestinal parasite hypersensitivities, sarcoptic mange, and yeast or bacterial infections can all cause similar symptoms as food allergies. Once all other causes have been ruled out or treated, then it is time to perform a food trial.

      Elimination diets and provocative testing: A food trial consists of feeding an animal a novel food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks. A novel food source would be a protein and carbohydrate that the animal had never eaten before. An example would be rabbit and rice, or venison and potato, or duck and rutabagas. These are homemade diets but there are several commercial diets available on the market. Special Foods produced by Hill's and Purina, and a food named EXclude are used by many dermatologists. Regardless of the diet used, it must be the only thing the animal eats for 12 weeks. This means no treats; absolutely nothing but the special food and water. Young growing pets have special dietary needs and a homemade diet that only contains one protein and one carbohydrate with no multivitamin or fatty acid may not be suitable even for only twelve weeks. For puppies undergoing a food trial, a balanced commercial diet like the ones listed above is recommended.

      A food trial consists of feeding a dog a novel food source of protein and carbohydrate for 12 weeks.
      Veterinarians used to recommend that a pet only needed to be placed on a special diet for 3 weeks, but new studies show that in dogs, only 26% of those with food allergies responded by day 21. However, the vast majority of pets responded by 12 weeks. Therefore, it is very important to keep the pet on the diet for the entire 12 weeks. If the dog shows a marked reduction or elimination of the symptoms, then the animal is placed back on the original food. This is called 'provocative testing' and is essential to confirm the diagnosis. If the symptoms return after going back on the original diet, the diagnosis of a food allergy is confirmed. If there has been no change in symptoms but a food allergy is still strongly suspected, then another food trial using a different novel food source could be tried.

      We must reiterate that placing a dog on a commercial lamb and rice formula dog food is not an acceptable way to diagnose or treat food allergies. Lamb and rice are no longer considered novel food sources and most commercial lamb and rice diets also contain wheat, egg, corn, or other ingredients that can be the cause of the food allergy. Despite the implication by dog food companies to the contrary, these foods do not prevent food allergies nor are they considered adequate for diagnosis. While these diets may provide adequate nutrition, they are not a substitute for a true, novel protein source diet.

      http://www.dogsonly.org/FoodAllergies.html

  8. QUESTION:
    how hard is it to take care of a basset hound dog?
    i want a basset hound REALLY REALLY bad. but i'm wondering is it hard to wash their ears and stuff? what do i need to do? give it walks daily? do they chase things and have their nose to the ground alot?

    • ANSWER:
      My first question back is are you out a lot during the day - working full-time/at school with nobody at home? If so, then the Basset is NOT for you. Above virtually all other types of dog, the Basset is a hound, a pack animal, and forced to live on their own is very cruel to this breed. In the absence of another canine companion, their humans become their pack.

      Point two, obviously their ears need to be kept clean (talking about inside, not externally) and plan on a weekly ear and nail grooming. Washing them - well being low to the ground they do get messy on bad weather days, but they have an easy coat, so a good towelling down is normally okay. People do say they have a 'houndy' smell, but a healthy hound should smell sweet. It's only if they get into a yeast infection that the smell builds up. Daily grooming and good feeding should help with that.

      Obviously this is a scent hound and above virtually anything else, they will take off, given the chance. So proper fencing is essential. They don't move fast, but they can keep going for hours so it's going to take time to work on the recall, or exercise them somewhere safe.

      Basset puppies should only have romps, right up to 6 months. They obviously have huge bone from an early age, and before it's properly supported by good muscle tone, it's easy to cause damage. And especially to fronts. So no up on furniture or stairs (coming down especially) early days. Once they reach 6 months, then more regulated road work can begin. Once they get to 12 months, the Basset can take as much, or as little (within reason) exercise as you are prepared to give.

      Please find a good breeder - this breed has become too popular for it's own good with loads of BYBs out there producing hounds with poor temperament, and health often. Contact the Breed Club and ask for names of known reputable breeders. It will pay off in the end. And go visit a few, by appointment. You may be surprised at how big the adult hound gets - he will take up as much room on the floor as a Labrador. And weigh anything up to 80 lbs, male, with the females slightly lighter.

      And do remember the need not to be left alone during a working day!!! I can't stress this enough. also if you live storeys up in an apartment, having a Basset puppy to carry up and down stairs regularly isn't going to work either.

      ps Health-wise, this breed is prone to bloat/torsion - you should be aware of this, and feed adults two meals daily, not just one. Also no exercise for 2 hours after feeding, and no feeding for an hour after exercise.

  9. QUESTION:
    How does chlorhexidine kill yeast in an ear of a dog?

    • ANSWER:
      Chlorhexidine gluconate is an anti-microbial that can be used to treat yeast infections in canine ears.

      Having said that I wouldn't go flushing the ear with a chlorhexidine solution unless I'd taken my dog to the vet. Some, not all, yeasts are susceptible to it so I'd be heading to the vet so they can make up a slide of the organisms in there to figure out what the best treatment is.

      Good luck and I hope your dog is OK.

  10. QUESTION:
    help! my dogs is a lab/beagle mix and is constantly gettiing ear infections?
    does anyone have a home remedy of a soltution i can put in his ears ?
    the vets stuff is like 45 for a small bottle and i cannot afford to keep on buyin it.

    • ANSWER:
      Kind of lenghthy but here is an article by Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM who believes in home remedies when possible. His newletter has lot of helpful tips if you want to sign up.

      Veterinary Secrets Newsletter
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      From: Dr Andrew Jones
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      I was woken up early this morning with Lewis my dog
      shaking is head. I peaked into his right ear and
      found black debris, and a sweetish smelling odor..

      Likely a yeast infection.

      SOLUTIONS

      CLEAN THEM. White vinegar (acetic acid) is very effective at
      removing debris from the ears and killing the yeast and bacteria
      responsible for ear infections. Dilute the vinegar with water 50:50,
      pick up a syringe from your local pharmacy and put 5ml of the vinegar
      solution per 20lbs of body weight into the affected ear.
      (Your cat would get 2.5ml or 1/2 a tsp). Grab the ear where it
      attaches to the head (at the ear base), gently squeeze your thumb
      and forefinger together, rubbing the solution deep into the ear canals.
      Wipe the inside of the ear well with cotton balls to remove debris
      coming from the ear canal. Continue to do this daily for 5-7 days.

      For dogs with recurring infections, this can be done weekly.

      >>> Lewis is not really fond of Vinegar, so I used a very dilute amount
      of Vinegar ( a 25% solution) and I happen to have a syringe which I
      flushed his ears with..LOTS of black debris>>>

      LESSEN THE INFLAMMATION. Most ear infections produce red, inflamed ears,
      so it is important to decrease the inflammation. Aloe or Calendula essential
      oil can be applied topically in the ears twice daily to decrease inflammation.

      >>>The outside of Lewis' ear is somewhat red so I cracked Off a part of my Aloe
      Plant and rubbed it on his ear.

      TREAT THE INFECTION. Garlic, Sage and Thyme have antibacterial and antifungal
      properties. One treatment is to soak garlic cloves overnight with Calendula oil.
      Remove the garlic and instill the calendula-garlic mixture twice daily.

      >>>Lewis was still shaking his head after the cleaning, so I crushed some garlic in
      Olive Oil and instilled a small amount into his ear..The oil seemed to have
      a nice soothing effect

      This does tell me that I have to get at the root of Lewis' problem.

      I will have to at least clean his ears weekly, and look into a diet change.

      Here is what i advise from my membership site:

      ALLERGY DIET. For dogs that get recurring ear infections it is important
      to try a less allergenic diet. It should include a completely different
      protein with minimal added ingredients. One example commercial diet is
      made of fish and sweet potato. See the FOOD ALLERGIES section for recipes
      for homemade diets.

      BIOFLAVANOIDS. These are the wonderful group of structures found in the
      pigment of fruits and vegetables. Quercetin has been effective for
      people with allergies and may be effective in dogs. The dose is 25mg
      per 10 lbs of body weight daily.

      FATTY ACIDS. These are a must for any allergy that triggers recurring
      ear infections. Flax for dogs (1 tsp per cup of dog food) and fish oil
      for cats (1 capsule per 10 lbs).

      VITAMIN C. This may help your pet, and is worth a try. It suppresses
      the product released from cells in the body that causes itching (histamine).
      Start with a low dose of 100mg twice daily per 10 lbs of body weight.

      Copyright 2007 Veterinary Sec.rets Revealed

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  11. QUESTION:
    can anyone who has a maltese tell me about skin problems?
    I have a maltese and a cocker with food allergies. The cocker has the most problems. Causing inflammed ears and scratching. He gets an allergy shot every 6 weeks. both dogs did great on royal canine mini 30 food for 2 months. Thier coat was beautiful no stains around thier eyes from tearing or pink in thier white coat from biting themselves, and all of a sudden the maltese started biteing herself on the tale, back legs and anal area. there were also times her skin seemed brighter pink or more red than usual. I also had not had the maltese's anal glands cleaned in a while, so i did the same day i changed them from the royal canine mini 30 to natural balance duck and potatoe.I thought she had developed an allergy to corn or something in the royal canine mini 30 they were eaing. didn't think it could be because of her anal glands. what would cause her skin to be brighter pink or red at times? is it normal? was the royal canine mini 30 ok for the cocker with allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      All skin conditions are NOT allergy related. This must not be overlooked. It is very easy to look at a Westie and say "allergies. There could be an underlying thyroid condition, or the dog could have lice, sarcoptic or demodetic mange mites. Blood tests, skin scraping or biopsies may be required to diagnose these problems.
      It does sound like your Maltese may have a yeast infection.
      Whatever the cause, dogs with chronic skin problems need to have an ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS and APPROPRIATE TREATMENT. See your vet.

  12. QUESTION:
    Im thinking of changing my dogs diet?
    So my dogs name is humble, and he goes through these periods of time in which he gets really scratchy and starts losing his hair. He currently has a bald spot on his bum. I know its not fleas cause i check him daily. So im thinking it may be his food that is causing these allergies. I was just wondering if any one has any simple dog food recipes that might help with the itching?

    • ANSWER:
      First I would have a vet do a skin scraping and rule out mange. If it was food related, the problem would probably not come and go. There are many foods with limited ingredients for dogs that suffer from food allergies. The common allergens are wheat, corn, soy and the protein source (chicken, beef, or lamb) that he has been exposed to. By giving a protein source he hasn't come into contact with, his body will not have had a chance to produce allergens against the protein. My dog was having yeast ear infections and itching. Her food was already free of wheat, corn or soy. We switched her to Taste of the Wild Wetlands Canine formula which is a grain free food and within 3 weeks all ear infections and itching disappeared. Mange can come and go during times of stress when the immune system is compromised. Seasonal allergies could also cause the problem and won't be helped by diet.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will coconut oil cure my dogs yeast infection along with diet change?
    Shes a 2 yr old mix and this is her third yeast infection!! She also seems to have a pseudo pregnancy each time,could they be related? Ive spent thousands of dollars and changed vets with no answers still. Her last one was about 21/2 months ago,went to a new vet,was impressed with him off the bat as he actually took blood and skin scrapings(her original vet put me thru months and $ with guesses!) The new one came back with the results and said she had a yeast and a ear infection.Gave her a shot and two prescriptions one of which was a 42 count 500 mg antibiotic that she took for 21 days!!! I have recently just took a crash course on canine yeast infections and everything Ive read says that antibiotics are a leading cause of reoccuring yeast!!!! Someone please help,am thinking about trying the natural cure and prevention which starts with diet change and coconut oil!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      ok- for ear yeast infections- try cleaning the ear- my dog had that had to get the goo for the ear as well as the pills- however if you clense the ear weekley they stop, Use a ear wash:)

  14. QUESTION:
    does anyone have a miniature schnauzer with a very poor appetite?

    • ANSWER:
      Each breed of dog has its own unique set of nutritional requirements.

      Their unique set of nutritional requirements have been passed on from generation to generation just like the breed's unique coat, body size and temperament. We have found that we can not change the genetic makeup of the animals we are feeding just by exposing them to a different diet for a small amount of time (1,000 to 2,000 years) any more than we can change any of their other genetically predetermined characteristics by taking them to a different climate. Therefore, I suggest that Miniature Schnauzer owners try to feed their present companion pets with foods that contain what this breed requires. The food should contain: (#1) nutrient sources that are similar to those found in the native environment of the breed's ancestors (sources which are not foreign to the digestive and glandular systems of today's Miniature Schnauzer and which are easy for them to assimilate) and (#2) the proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals that match the breed specific nutritional requirements - those which have been passed on by their ancestors.

      Pet owners who feed their companion pets correctly can save a lot of money. Many dogs are taken to the vet, suffering from nutritionally related problems, and the vet bills can be huge. i.e. dry/itchy/flaky skin, hot spots, yeast infections in the ear, thyroid - liver - kidney problems, just to name a few, cost the average dog owner hundreds of dollars every year. That is why I recommend that pet owners learn about the nutritional needs of the animal they are feeding before deciding on what they are going to feed their dog. When we first learn what our companion pet needs and then choose a diet that is correct for the animal being fed, it is a win-win situation: the dogs are healthier and the owners save money.

      PLEASE DO NOT E-MAIL ME AND ASK . . .There is NO commercial all-breed, any-breed dog food on the market today that I would recommend feeding to any Miniature Schnauzer. The reasons why are MANY and explained in full in the articles at this web site.

      I personally believe that the best diet for a Miniature Schnauzer is one that the owner makes fresh, using quality ingredients, without preservatives. It only takes about one to two hours a week to cook for a Miniature Schnauzer so that both #1 & #2 are met and preparing home cooked meals for a dog can be less expensive than buying the average all-breed, any-breed commercial pet food. I hope that you will consider using this option to feed your companion pets correctly.

      In my books (published in 1990 and 1997) on breed specific canine nutrition, I listed food sources to use and food sources to avoid when feeding a Miniature Schnauzer. The idea was to provide pet owners (both those who wanted to cook for their companion pets or those who wanted to buy an all-breed/any-breed preservative filled food for their pets) information about food sources to use or avoid. So that you can have that same information, below is the text from the page "Miniature Schnauzer" that was in one of my books on canine nutrition.

      ________ text from the Miniature Schnauzer page out of my 1990 all-breed book on Canine Nutrition ________

      MINIATURE SCHNAUZER
      Weight Standards: m/f 14 to 17 lbs.
      Height Standards: m/f 12 to 14 inches
      Coat: hard & wiry in solid black or salt & pepper or black & silver
      Common Ailments: cataracts, kidney problems

      The Miniature Schnauzer developed in the farmlands of Germany. It was bred down to its present size by selectively breeding a larger variety of Schnauzer with other smaller German breeds. Which breeds these were has been the topic of many a lively debate amongst Miniature Schnauzer fanciers. Whatever these breeds were, today's Miniature Schnauzer has been in existence since the 15th century. It retained the Schnauzer appearance, with the abundant whiskers and leg furnishings, but developed its own charming personality. This combination of good looks and personality made it one of the most popular miniature breeds.

      There are very few breeds of dog that do not shed their coat. The Miniature Schnauzer is one of these rare nonshedders. This feature makes it an ideal pet for people with allergies and also gives it different dietary requirement for hair production than those breeds that are shedders.

      Native food supplies found in this breed's homeland would have been beet pulp, wheat, potatoes, cabbage, and meats from rodents and beef cattle. Therefore, for the Miniature Schnauzer I recommend foods that have a blend of pork with beef, potato, wheat, and beet pulp. However, I also feel you should avoid feeding a Miniature Schnauzer any soy bean products, avocado, ocean fish, white rice, or brown rice.

  15. QUESTION:
    my dog ways 87 lbs and is having ear infections?
    please help cant afford to go to vet i have augmentin and also have clindamycin but i think augmentin would work better just need to know how much to give and how man times to give it

    • ANSWER:
      Do not attempt to give your dog any medications without consulting a veterinarian. Besides, most canine ear infections are caused by yeast, which won't be cleared up with the medications you mentioned. Get your dog to a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  16. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of stinky dog smell?
    even after i give him a bath he is stinky within an hour please help

    • ANSWER:
      As usual on here, you got some good advice and some ridiculous comments. The bathing advice is quite accurate, and to reiterate...be sure to use doggy shampoo. Even baby shampoo is a no no for canines.
      Have you emptied the anal glands? This can be a real source of bad smells and if there isn't enough fiber in this diet to produce a compact stool, the anal glands will not automatically empty as they should. It's hard to explain how to do this, but a groomer can show you and most of them are happy to do so. It's a messy job, but does help with the odor.
      As several posters said, yeast infection can also be a problem, but normally you would see skin redness or little pimples on his body.
      Allergies to food can cause a smelly dog odor too, so you might try changing his diet. I've noticed many of the raw fed dogs really stink, so stick to either homecooking or a good quality kibble.

  17. QUESTION:
    Canine Yeast Infections???
    My dog Ringo is a shih Tzu and he has, what we think is a yeast infection. He has the musty smell, flaky yellowish skin, rashes, and itching. Other than changing his diet, is there anything else we can do? Should we take him to the vet office to get it checked out?

    • ANSWER:
      Changing his diet is a very good idea! I would suggest asking your vet about Eukanuba Response FP. If your dog has fleas then he could also be experiencing a flea allergy. Yes, I would suggest you make him an appointment. He probably needs some special shampoo, some steroids, and possibly some antibiotics to get him a boost on the road to recovery. Good Luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone who uses a natural remedy for dog allergies?

    My boxer has red bumps on her belly, yeasty paws and ears, and she is always scratching herself. I have done shots, given her lamb and rice dog food, given her endless medications, and bathed her with anti- bacterial shampoo, and nothing ever works! I however have no allergies, sorry for the confussion.

    • ANSWER:
      Allergies to what? That's a pretty broad question. In order to answer this question appropriately, you need to tell us what is causing the problem, so this is going to be a long answer and a lot of it won't be applicable. Before you give any herbs (or the like) to your dog you need to find out what can be toxic to your dog, each case varies and failing to adjust the drug dosage, or changing it too much, could be disastrous. If your dog has a condition that you didn’t mention such as kidney, heart, liver, pregnant, or thyroid diseases, you would have to consult your vet. A LOT of things need to be taken into consideration such as your dogs general health, amount of herbs given, trusted sources (be weary of products from other countries), interactions with certain drugs, herbs are generally not meant for long-term use, and allergies to herbs are always possible.

      FOOD ALLERGY TRIAL
      When you gave your dog the “lamb and rice” diet, did you buy it already made or did you make it yourself, because it’s best to do it home-made?
      8-week diet trial:
      ¼ pound lamb or tofu
      1 cup cooked white rice
      ¼ to ½ teaspoon olive oil
      1 teaspoon bonemeal, ground oystershell, or calcium carbonate powder
      1 daily vitamin supplement (human or canine)
      Recipe feeds a 10-20 pound dog for one day. Increase amounts according to weight.
      When deciding to use tofu or lamb, choose the ingredient that your dog has never eaten in the past. If your dog has eaten both, try pinto beans, venison, rabbit, or turkey. Provide only spring water, no treats or other food sources (including beef-flavored heartworm preventives). This diet is not meant for long-term use.
      OR..
      1 part cooked, skinless chicken breast or low-fat cottage cheese
      2 parts cooked white rice
      Pancreatic/digestive enzyme and probiotic supplement that contains lactobacillus.
      Be sure to add fresh vegetables and vary the ingredients for a long-term diet plan. If your dog has food allergies, look for a probiotic without dairy, wheat, corn, or animal products.

      EAR DISEASES Common causes of ear disease; foreign bodies (foxtails), fleas and flea allergies, environmental allergies, food allergies, ear mites, inherited seborrhea, glandular problems, yeast infections (often secondary to the above problems) chronic dampness, reaction to drugs, improper ear cleaning, immune disorders, prolonged use of antibiotics.
      Symptoms; scratching, shaking the head, head tilt, repeatedly ducking or bobbing the head while swallowing, sensitive to touch, redness, offensive odor or discharge, bloody discharge, heavy accumulation of wax, crusts or scab on the tips of the ear.
      When allergies are uncontrolled, they can lead to bacterial or yeast infections, chronic odor, and painful skin sores.

      NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT (but make sure your dog isn’t allergic to the ingredients):
      • Change to a home-prepared diet (due to food allergies)
      • Enzyme supplements (especially helpful w/ hair loss and crustiness on the skin)
      • Add fatty acid supplements (excellent for inflammatory skin conditions)
      • Antioxidants (helps with skin inflammation and allergies) Vitamin E
      • Melatonin (hair loss) FYI, Boxers who have sparse hair year round may also respond.
      • Vitamin A (suppress overactive skin glands
      • Zinc (assists several immune mechanisms and some skin conditions)

      HOMEOPATHY (all of which are used for various reasons so you need to find the cause or decide what your treating); Arsenicum, Calc. Sulph., Hepar, Ledum, Rhus tox., Silicea, Sulphur, Thuja, Urtica urens
      HERBS (all of which are used for various reasons so you need to find the cause or decide what your treating); Aloe vera, Calendula, Calendula-hypericum lotion or ointment, Green or black tea, Witch hazel
      HERBS TO USE W/ CAUTION; Black walnut, comfrey, ephedra, garlic, gingko, pennyroyal, red clover, st. johns wort, tea tree oil.

      When SHAMPOOING, look for hypoallergenic shampoos, avoiding products made with artificial colors, fragrances, and other chemicals. Ingredients with oatmeal and aloe vera help w/ itchy skin and allergic skin disease. Benzoyl peroxide, aloe vera, and tea tree oil help with chronic bacterial skin infections. Acetic acid, boric acid, sulfur, selenium, and vinegar help with chronic yeast and fungal infections. Sulfur and pyrethrins help with external parasites.

      If you have any more questions, you can email me directly and I'll look it up for ya. Good luck taking care of your baby.

  19. QUESTION:
    What makes dogs have that 'dog smell?'?
    My dogs have NEVER had that smell, and I've had dogs all my life, but I have met dogs that have that god awful smell, I cant even explain it. Any reason behind it?

    • ANSWER:
      Environmental Factors
      Often the unpleasant smells radiating from your dog can be associated with something it rolled in. Although it may smell horrid to humans, the smells of dead animal carcasses and animal feces do not seem to bother dogs. According to the School for Champions website, this is a natural instinct based on the relationship of domesticated canines to wolves. Wild dogs would roll in these things to mask their own scents so they could hunt undetected. It can also be done to inform other dogs in the pack of something interesting they may have found. The best way to treat this smell is by bathing your pet and allowing it to fully dry before going back outside.

      Skin Diseases
      Skin diseases can be to blame for much of a dog's body odor. If bathing your pet has not stopped the issue, it is probably time to visit your vet. The Hillsboro Veterinary Clinic website states that "Pyoderma, a bacterial skin infection, yeast infection and seborrhea, or excessively oily skin, may also cause a foul smell." These problems should be treated by a veterinarian and by regularly bathing your dog in a prescription shampoo.

      Dental Disease
      Bad breath, which can be associated with dental, or periodontal, disease, causes odor to emit from a dog. The smells are from bacteria in the mouth. According to the Pet Health 101 website, "by 3 years of age, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have oral disease. Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease of pets." The best way to prevent dental disease is by regularly brushing your dog's teeth and taking it to annual veterinary checkups

  20. QUESTION:
    Canine Ear Medication Also used on a Cat??
    Hi, I was wondering if the canine medication MalOtic (it is a Gentamicin sulfate, usp betamethasone valerate, usp and clotrimazole, usp ointment) can be used on cats as well? For the same reason.. a bacteria/yeast infection. Is this medication commonly used in felines as well?? Thanks
    btw, this was prescribed for my boyfriends cat by his vet.. i just am weary of putting a canine medication in the cat's ears.. nowhere does it say feline

    • ANSWER:
      It is not approved by the FDA for use in cats....but yes, it is commonly prescribed for them. We have some leeway in doing so when a medication has been shown to be effective and safe for a specific usage, even if the company hasn't spent the money to have it approved. Tresaderm is approved for bacterial/yeast infections in cats. I have only seen one adverse reaction in a cat using MalOtic....and I'm not convinced it was the medication that caused it. One out of hundreds is a lower rate than many approved medications, anyway.

      I can't say whether it's safe for any cat I haven't seen....but if your boyfriend's DVM prescribed it specifically for his cat, then I'd feel pretty good about it.

      VERY wise of you to ask, however!!! Sometimes, mistakes are made, and the wrong medication gets sent home for one reason or another. Always...and I do mean ALWAYS...call and ask if there is any doubt whatsoever.

  21. QUESTION:
    What would tiny white bumps on my gum be? HELP!?
    On my gum right about the right canine it is really sore and looks kind of white on parts and only hurts when i put pressure on it. Then up on the highest part of my gum there is another one that really stings when touched. What are these and what is causing them?

    • ANSWER:
      I had this, it turned out to be oral thrush. Thrush is basically like a yeast infection, it's nothing to worry about, you can get some drops from a pharmacy to clear it up in a few days.

  22. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of my dog's ear infection? i don't have the money to go to a vet.?
    my dog has been sick for a week now her ear really hurts but i can't see anything wrong inside the ear,
    does anyone know of any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      There are particular cleaning solutions that a veterinarian would recommend, including acetic acid (or vinegar) which effectively removes dirt and substances in the ear. Other home remedies include the application of essential oils such as olive oil that is regarded to treat as well as prevent infections from recurring.

      How to clean your pet's ears?
      When cleaning the ears, use a cotton or tissue moistened with the solution and wipe off the ear as carefully as possible. Regular cleaning must be endeavored to sustain the health of your pet's ear.

      Trimming off hair from the insides of the ears also helps reduce the chances for bacteria, yeast, or other parasites to attack your pet's delicate ears. Nonetheless, make sure that the pet is steadily tied down during cleaning to prevent any form of resistance from treatment.

      Alternative Remedies -
      A responsible pet owner should also adopt a list of healthy measures to sustain canine ear health and prevent instances of infection. The hygienic practice of removing excessive wax buildup in the ear helps prevent bacterial and yeast infections from occurring. Meanwhile, strengthening the immune system through a boost of vitamin C and a healthy diet will reinforce your pet's resilience against ear pathogens. In the same way, an organic diet will prove to be helpful in keeping the immune defenses robust while sustaining the routine functions of related bodily systems.
      Use of antiseptic and antimicrobial herbal remedies can also help support ear health. Marigold and Tea Tree Oil are regarded as natural antiseptics while Rosemary extracts have been observed to strengthen the dermal layer of the skin. All these medicinal benefits are available in the tincture base of PetAlive Ear Dr. This standardized herbal supplement formula promotes ear health through the holistic healing of its symptoms and as a preventative against re-infections.

      And if problem still persists then as Ashanabu said. Consult a Vet.
      Hope your dog gets better soon. Take Care of your dog & yourself.

  23. QUESTION:
    puppy keeps scratching but I don't see any fleas or ticks?
    I don't know why.. it worries me but I just search for little fleas but see nothing. Chevy is 9 weeks old and we keep him inside. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      There are more than 500 different things that can cause your dog to be itchy. If your dog is scratching all the time it is important to find out what is causing the itch. This can be quite difficult. While there are many common causes of canine scratching, it can take quite a bit of detective work to figure out the culprit. Try not to scratch your dog’s itchy spot for him. Believe it or not, scratching the itch will only make the dog more itchy.

      There are several things you can do to ease your dog’s itch while you try to figure out, with the help of your vet, what is causing the irritating itch.

      1. Bathe the dog regularly in cool water. Warm or hot water will only make the itch worse. Soak for five to ten minutes. Adding some Epsom salts, baking soda, or colloidal oatmeal (like Aveeno) to the water will increase the soothing effects. This will provide only a temporary relief lasting from a few hours to a few days. After the bath, pat the dog with a towel. Do not rub the skin, as this will only increase the dog's itch. Do not use a hair dryer on a heat setting. A cool (no-heat) setting would be okay. Heat and rubbing the dog’s skin will increase your dog’s itch, making the bath ineffective.

      2. Fatty acids, found in either marine oils or evening primrose oil, can be very effective in easing an itch. You can try giving one of these fatty acid supplements. It will take several weeks before the benefit will take effect, so they are for treating long-term problems rather than an on-off irritation. You can find these at your local health food store.

      3. Antihistamines can sometimes be effective for short-term itches. For example, insect bites or a flare-up of hay fever. You can use an over-the-counter antihistamine such as clemastine (Tavist), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Be sure to consult your veterinarian first. Your vet will give you the proper dosage and tell you if this will be a good thing to try for your dog’s problem.

      Top Ten Worst Itching Offenders
      1. Fleas
      2. Airborne allergens like pollen, which result in hay fever
      3. Parasites, such as ear mites, scabies or cheyletiellosis, also known as walking dandruff
      4. Skin infections caused by bacteria
      5. Ticks and lice
      6. Food allergies
      7. Fungal infections, including yeast infections
      8. Seborrhea
      9. Contact allergies
      10. Whole-body illnesses, such as liver disease, immune-system problems and some cancers.

  24. QUESTION:
    My Dog Has a Yeast Infection in Her Ear?
    I noticed that she is scratching the ear again and the smell is from a yeast infection. She had one several years ago. She also has cancer and is incontinent. I will be calling the vet today and hopefully they will not ask me to bring her in as she has a hard time getting into the car without assistance. Shes a GH mix.
    What med have worked best on your dog's yeast infections and have any of you had luck with naturals remedies. I ask this because she is on medicine and really don't want to add more. She's and old girl of 13 and don't wish to put her through anymore trauma. I even wondered if over the counter yeast medicine for vaginal yeast infection for women would work. Don't worry, I won't use it, but just curious as these meds do kill yeast. Thank you for any info.
    To those who say I am irresponsible, better read this again. By the way, her cancer diagnosis and meds were over 00, pill foe incontinence are over a month. Her diapers are per month. She leads a good life. I feed her dog food mixed with boiled chicken so it is easier on her stomach and she likes it. So I would not say that I am cheap. I am trying to give her a quality life until the time comes which I am not looking forward to. She is a loving dog and a member of the family. Just want the least amount of trauma for her. Thank you for the caring and informative answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Ignore those idiots who were rude - I know what you're saying - but as a vet tech it's really best to use canine medication instead of human. They are made differently. Do you have a good rap ore with your veterinarian? Perhaps they will just give you a prescription without charging an office visit if they know how hard it is for your dog to get there. Yeast infections can turn into staph infections and then you'll really have a problem on your hands - good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    my dog keeps licking his paws & it looks like he's developing some rash.?
    He won't stop and i've already taken him to the vet a month ago to treat the damage that has been dont to his paws from him constantly licking and irritating it. I don't know what started this or how to get him to stop. I really don't want to go back to the vet to pay another 0 for examination and treatment...

    any suggestions please?

    • ANSWER:
      The same exact thing happens to my dog. It is initially caused by an allergy (my dog is allergic to raw hide), it usually manifests on the feet, causing them to itch and burn. The dog then licks his feet to try and stop the itch, and the excessive licking causing a canine yeast infection. In order to treat my dog's paws we had to get a special cream from the vet and he had to have his paws bathed in warm water with special canine soap after every walk to limit infection. We were also given pills from the vet to heal up the infection and fight off the yeast. The only way to permanently stop the cycle is to figure out what the dog is allergic to. Pay attention to what he has recently eaten when he starts the licking, it may take ages to figure it out (we did it by taken away all of my dog's treats and bones and limiting him to his dog food and then slowly reintroducing each treat or bone, and we quickly discovered it was the raw hide)
      You will have to go back to the vet though, there is no way around it.
      Hope this helps
      Good Luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Dog Ear Infection coming back?
    Greetings, My dog had an yeast infection in her ear and the vet gave me some antibiotic and pills. At the vet, the vet flushed her ear clean. After a few days i saw some gunk growing and i smelled it and it had an odor. Whats wrong? I thought the antibiotic was suppose to make it better. Do i need to go to the vet again? I spent 0 on her ears already. If her ear problem continues to come back, I might have to give her up. I mean can i clean the gunk out myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I am assuming you meant the 0.00 was spent on several visits for recurring ear infections. In my area, the visit, the meds, and the ear flushing is only .00. I was having the same problem with the ear infection coming back. I already had her on a food free of by-products, corn, wheat and soy, but they can also develop an allergy to the protein source, like chicken. Switch her to a food with a protein source she hasn't come in contact with like lamb or duck that is also free of wheat, corn, by-products and soy or a limited ingredient food like California Natural Duck and Potatoe. I actually switched to a grainless Taste of the Wild, Canine Wetlands. You have to attack recurring ear infections from many directions. First the change of diet, next removing hair from the canals, daily cleansing even if there is no infection (more important with dogs with floppy ears), lamb's wool in the ear to prevent water from seeping in during bathing, never blow dry the ear canal, and lastly treat infections as they occur. I use Zymox with hydrocortisone Otic solution and have been very happy with the results. I am not using the Zymox cleanser and have not had the yeast infection reoccur and it has been almost a year, but would use the cleanser also since you have "gunk" or if I had a Cocker Spaniel or other dog with floppy ears. Both products with shipping should be about .00.

      http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=zymox

      Read the reviews.

  27. QUESTION:
    German Sherperd/canine dermatitis best medical treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Best treatment, depends on the actual cause of the dermatitis.

      Dermatitis just means the skin is inflamed/oversensitive. This could be from thyroid, to food allergies, to enviromental allergies, to stress (kenneling, recent adoption/rescueing, show dog), to diabetes, staph or yeast infections.....the list goes on.

      Each of these have a different treatment that needs to be addressed as well as the skin itself. If everything else if fine, and it truely is just stress or the skin is reacting for no reason, then baths MAY or MAY NOT help.....sometimes, it drys out the skin or makes the dog itchier. Benedryl can help relieve the itch and anxiety the dog may have---untreated itching and anxiety can leave the dog with symptoms similiar to obsessive compulsive disorder---but, they just want to lick things---walls, floors, objects---something to get some of their anxiety and stress out on. (our shepard/husky has this, but, she was rescued from a horrible enviroment and had severe dermatitis from staph/yeast that went years untreated and has food allergies from all of it).

      Consulting a vet is probably the best advise I would recommend---to run a round of blood work to make sure none of the above is present, try an anti-allergy diet (I like wellness--all natural, human grade ingrediants with fruits and veggies--and, you can get protein sources you don't normally find, without doing the actual "allergy" formula: lamb, white fish, or venison or duck in the allergy formula).

      Otherwise, it can take time---up to 3 months--hopefully, you can find some improvement within 3 weeks if you can find the problem. Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my Golden Retriever? Any ideas of what his medical issue could be?
    I need some serious help with the health of my dog. He is a two year old Golden with seriously dry skin, hot spots, consist yeast infections in his years, and not a mouth infection. We got our golden retriever from a family in Germany when he was 10 weeks old. Since we brought him home he has suffered from server dry skin which we thought was due to the cold weather and or diet. We changed his diet to Royal Canine and put him on Omega supplements from the vet. At least every other month he had ear infections which the German vet treated with steroid shots and antibiotics. As he got older his ears never fully improved nor did his skin. We have also tried many soaps that the vet has prescribed with no luck. Now he is nearing two years old and we have relocated to the states. His skin continues to get worse even with many diet changes to include gluten and grain free. He is now on Blue Buffalo without any grains and little to no improvement. His hair is now beging to fall out and he now has a mouth infection. We have set up a vet appointment in two day and I really hope they will find out why he is in such bad shape. I am tired of temporally treating him with antibiotics and steroids. We do not over feed him, we walk him daily and he is 105lbs. He is 5 inches taller than a American Golden and is not fat at all. Both our vets have told us he is just a big dog muscular wise. I know this may not have anything to do with a medical condition I just wanted to provide all the facts. All of the veterinarians we saw overseas said he was way to young to have a medical problem but I think there has to be something wrong. It seems that he has lost all intreats in activities or playing with our other dog. Any information or ideas I can bring up to the vet will be helpful. I plan to have them do extensive blood work and hopefully find out why he is going down hill.

    • ANSWER:
      Every time that I hear about a dog being treated with steroids I shudder. Your dog's skin problems are most likely caused or aggravated by the use of steroids.

      I guess many vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost and prescribe steroids knowing the risks, especially if they are not sure about what the problem is.

      Never, ever give steroids to your dog. If you do, you are setting yourself up for a long time of misery and huge health problems for your dog, including chronic skin issues.

      Steroids do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin..." Please read the information below: 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'. http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

      For your dog's skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur'). This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

      Even vets have forgotten about this wonderful and inexpensive remedy but fortunately you can still purchase it at your local pharmacy for very little money. You can also buy it online at http://www.pennherb.com/search?mp=s&se=Flowers+of+Sulphur+Powder

      Flowers of sulfur is safe to apply to your pet's skin but take care not to inhale sulfur powder.

      You can dust this powder on your dog's skin OR mix it with an oil to rub on the skin. I prefer the latter.

      The dusting can easily be accomplished if you use a powdered sugar duster or an empty talcum powder bottle. Separate the hair as you go around dusting to expose the skin until you have covered it.

      Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of flower of sulfur with 1 cup of Jojoba oil and put it in a bottle. Always shake to mix well before applying to the skin as it tends to separate. You do not need to wear gloves as it is not toxic to humans either.

  29. QUESTION:
    Same problem, New question (Grandparents dog)?
    Okay, I have read the comments from my previous question (Grandparents’ “neglected” itchy dog) and I have some things to say. I have done research into what my dog has. I’d say she either has some form of canine atopy (all the symptoms I’ve read about it are EXACTLY what she has), although it could be some form of mange too. I’m not so sure about yeast infections though. I do remember this one time where her skin was beet red and her face swollen for a while. I’m not sure what could have triggered it. It could have been dust, but my grandparents didn’t really seem to bother cleaning up any dust and they “fixed” the red skin and swollen face problem by giving her a bath… I mean, c’mon, I would have taken that dog immediately to a vet, not given her some crappy bath. My question now is, should I really bring in animal control for the situation, or should I give up? As much as I really hate to say it, it’s really none of my business since it’s not my dog… and even when I try to help by finding ways to relieve the itching for her, they say they’re not going to go out and buy too many things for her because it’s too much money… although my grandfather was happy about buying a brand new set of speakers for his computer…Honestly I don’t know what to say. When they contact the vet he tells them they have to pay for a dermatologist specialist which is expensive. I tried asking my mom about using some of my scholarship money for the dog, but she made it pretty clear that that’s not going to happen. I do know that PAWS (Philly Animal Welfare Society) gives money to people for vet care, but that only really pertains to people with low-income and government aid, neither of which my grandparents have. I’m still going to try, but in the event that doesn’t work, should I really involve Animal Control? I’m not even sure they’re going to take the dog away just for being itchy… although she is missing a lot of fur and has an open wound on her leg… I don’t know, I’m pretty much hoping for the best now.

    • ANSWER:
      I answered your question last night and you obviously do care about the dog or you would not have done a re-post. Before calling animal control (my fear is that they would put him down) is to research dog rescues in and around your area. That dog deserves better than he is getting. I wish you well in finding the right care and home for this girl.

      Add: For those of you who did not read the post last night-the dog has been to a vet-he did not do a skin scraping but referred the dog to a dermatologist-but his grandparents won't do it. It is not mange as the vet would have diagnosed it. The vet should have done a skin scraping and sent it off which is what I said last night but for some reason the vet did not. Personally I would take this dog to another vet for a second opinion and ask for a skin scraping. This guy is trying his best for his grandparents dog.

  30. QUESTION:
    how can i help my dog's dry skin?
    my dog(s) have really bad skin allergies this time of year. the one dog is on benedryl and steroids to help with the allergies, but his skin is still so dry and he's itching so bad. we've bathed him in dandruff shampoo per the vet's recommendation and we've also bathed him in flea shampoo to make sure all fleas are gone. is there anything else we can do to help with his dry skin? my mom's tempted to put lotion on him but i'm not sure how that would work out. any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Two things first off - be cautious to not over-bathe him. A dog (even without skin problems) shouldn't be bathed more than every 4-6 weeks, as any more often can strip the skin of necessary essential oils, causing more problems than good.

      Second, you're right about the lotion - canine skin is much more sensitive than human skin, and you don't want to apply any topicals that are not designed for dogs only. Most of our lotions are riddled with fragrances that can cause much irritation to his skin.

      If you do bathe him - use a good oatmeal shampoo. Better yet, if the steroids & antihistamines aren't helping enough - it may be that he has a secondary bacterial and/or yeast infection on his skin as a result of the inflammation. Your veterinarian would be able to diagnose this with a skin taping (gathers skin cells on a piece of tape, which is then stained and examined under the microscope). If this is the case, he will need a course of antibiotics and/or antifungal agents to resolve the problem.

      Allergies are a P.I.A. - and there's lots of dogs with them out there, so don't feel alone! Pollen season will be over soon, no worries. If you know when he starts flaring up, make sure you get him to the vet at the first sign of scratching/redness next year. Early treatment can help reduce the severity of his condition.

      Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    my dog is losing hair in patches and has scaly skin, what is the cause ?

    • ANSWER:
      Endocrine gland disease can also account for hair loss in dogs, should take hi mto the vets.
      Other common problems

      1>Flea-associated dermatitis
      This is a common problem in all the Southern States. Even a single flea can cause this problem and the flea or its waste can be very tough to find. This is particularly true in dark haired pets. One give-away is the distribution of the problem. For reasons unknown to me, fleas prefer the area just anterior to the base of the tail. A brittle, broken hair coat in this area with a characteristic musty (seborrheic) odor and or the presence of pepper-like granules that stain a wet paper towel are sure signs of flea involvement. In other cases, the bite of a single flea will set off itching of the entire body – but particularly the webs between the toes. Eventually, bacteria and yeast become involved. The best treatment is to apply a topical flea-control medicine such as Advantage or Frontline.

      2>Canine Atopy
      This is an allergic itching and subsequent loss of hair. In allergic people, the respiratory system is often involved. In dogs and cats however, it is the skin that is most involved. Unfortunately, antihistamines that are so effective in people are much less effective in our pets. There is no cure for pets that are allergic to things they breathe. If you move, they soon become allergic to material in their new environment. This is a genetic disease and it occurs in lines of dogs and cats. The animals are generally a year or so old when it is first noticed. Eventually, bacteria and yeast become involved. Treatment will make the problem more bearable to the pet. They can include antihistamines, soothing topical shampoos used weekly or biweekly, soothing anti-inflammatory topical ointments, bathing agents that keep bacteria and yeast in check, tranquilizers that lessen itching and when all else fails, judicious use of cortisone-like products. Some owners even resort to mechanical collars that prevent chewing but I do not.

      3>Pyotraumatic Dermatitis (Hot Spots)
      his is a problem in, long-coated thick-haired breeds of dogs with rich oily coats. Usually they are 2 years old or older Often, these are northern dogs, which have recently moved to Southern States. Golden Retrievers, Cocker Spaniels, Spitz, Samoyed, Chows, Akitas, and Pyrenees are some breeds that come to mind as over represented among dogs with this problem. It is a rarer problem in cats and when it does occur in cats, it is often subsequent to stress. Intense itching occurs in one or two isolated area of the trunk of the body. The area becomes inflamed, raw and wet with serum within a matter of hours. Some theorize an insect bite initiates the problem. If the dog is muzzled or restrained during this period, the problem passes in 24-72 hours. If not, when the area is painful enough, the pet ceases to bite at the area. It may reoccur every 4-8 months or never again. It is treated with a topical astringent/cortisone agent and often with an injection of anti-inflammatory drug as well. Antibiotics are generally not required.

      4>Demodectic and Sarcoptic Mange
      The first form, Demodectic mange, is generally a disease of young dogs. A parasite, which lives in hair and oil glands of the skin of all dogs, begins to multiply out of control. This is a genetic disease. It runs in certain lines of dogs and is more common in certain breeds of dogs (see article on mange). It causes no itching but the involved areas are subject to secondary bacterial infection. It is treated with Mitaban (amitraz) dips or with ivermectin. Ivermectin is dangerous to use in cats. Small lesions may disappear without treatment.

      Sarcoptic mange is due to a transmissible parasite that burrows through the layers of the skin causing intense itching. It passes from pet to pet through contact. It will attack humans as well. It is easily cured with ivermectin given orally or by injection.

      5>Rongworm
      This is quite common in the terrier breeds. It is more common in dogs than cats and more common when both of a couple works and the pet is left alone. It also occurs due to persistent licking of an area in older, obese or lame pets. Dogs are usually adults but can be any adult age at onset. It is hard to cure. Some treatments include topical bitters mists, relieving boredom, anti obsessive/compulsive behavior drugs such as chlomipramine, and taping isolated areas with a protective covering.

      6>Food Allergies
      ets with this problem itch all over, all the time. Pets that are allergic to food or treat ingredients have cells in their skin that release histamine when the pet ingests certain proteins. All the preceding problems should be ruled out first.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is Royal Canin Renal LP better than Hill's k/d food?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say yes based on the food quality.

      With Science Diet, the primary ingredient in the food is brewers rice which is a low quality grain that is by-product of the alcohol industry for which the definition is the liquid portion of malted grain or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.

      The second ingredient is Corn gluten meal, another low quality ingredient. Corn is a problematic grain that is difficult for dogs to digest and thought to be the cause of a great many allergy and yeast infection problems. I prefer not to see this used in dog food. Corn gluten meal is that which remains after all the nutritious bits have been removed. Corn appears a second time as the fourth ingredient.

      The next ingredient in this food is by-products. It is impossible to ascertain the quality of by-products and these are usually products that are of such low quality as to be rejected for use in the human food chain, or else are those parts that have so little value that they cannot be used elsewhere in either the human or pet food industries. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.”

      Animal fat is a further low quality ingredient and is impossible to determine the source. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this as "obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".

      Chicken digest is a further low quality ingredient of indeterminate source which AAFCO define as "material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed chicken tissue". Fish meal, 9th on the ingredient list, is the sole quality named meat product in the food. This is too low to make up an appreciable portion of the food. We note that the manufacturer does not claim to use ethoxyquin-free sources (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative commonly added to fish destined for meal, and is believed to be carcinogenic).

      On the Royal Canin though the main ingredient in this food is a grain. Even if of good quality, grains are not a natural foodstuff for a canine, and dog foods should be based on meat. The sole meat product in the food does not occur until fourth on the ingredient list (below even the fat content). This is a named meat product in meal form, but with low placement in the ingredients listing, we have extreme doubts that this product has adequate meat content.

      Chicken fat is the third ingredient. We note that research at Purdue university has identified fat in the top four ingredients of dry food as a factor increasing the risk of bloat in large breed dogs. Smaller breeds are untested.

      The primary ingredients in the food are rice and corn. Rice is generally a good quality grain, but corn is a low quality grain in dog food products, that is difficult to digest and commonly associated with food allergy problems. In gluten form, this ingredient is a low quality filler. It is the dried residue from wheat after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm. In plain English, that bit of the grain leftover after most of the nutritious bits have been removed.Cellulose is “purified, mechanically disintegrated cellulose prepared by processing alpha cellulose obtained as a pulp from fibrous plant materials”: otherwise known as sawdust. A further grain in the food is wheat, which although not a grain fragment in this food is still not a desirable ingredient. Wheat is believed by many to be the number one cause of food allegies in dogs.

      Overall, the product is primarily a collection of mixed-quality grains and fillers. There is very little meat content for the canine.

      I would note that both foods are not adequate for maintenance, and are not intended by the manufacturers for long term use.

  33. QUESTION:
    Corn, corn gluten, wheat flour, wheat gluten, soybean meal, brewers rice, beet pulp...?
    What do you think of these ingredients in dog foods? Some people think they're ok, others think you should stay away from them at all costs.

    Some dogs seem to do ok on these diets, and don't develop any health problems. Additionally, many veterinarians recommend, sell, and even feed these types of dog foods (such as Hill's Science Diet and Purina Pro Plan) to their dogs as well as their patients. And these dog foods are cheap and can be found at local grociery stores.

    On the other hand, these are exactly the ingredients that go into feed fed to cattle to fatten them up for slaughter. And some dogs do develop health problems from eating these foods, including (but not limited to) allergies, digestive problems, obesity, cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, arthritis, diabetes, yeast infections, etc.

    In your opinion, are dog foods that do not contain these ingredients worth the extra cost, or is a meat-based canine diet just hype?
    I am not saying feeding these ingredients to cattle is a good thing. They add FAT, not muscle. These ingredients are how stockers (feedlot owners) make the grade (ensure their cattle at least grade choice, have some fat on them). These ingredients are what makes beef so unhealthy. Bad fats and bad cholesterol. We shouldn't be feeding these ingredients to cattle, nor should we be feeding them to dogs.
    I am not arguing one way or the other. I'm just presenting some facts and asking people for their opinions.

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    my german shepherd 1 1/2 years old has an allergy. she is on special food...?
    the vet put her on canine ZD alergine free food. And benadryl but it hasn't helped. Someone said I should use goat milk? She is scratches consistantly and has a few small patches where there is no fur. Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      My GSD has a problem that sounds similar to this. We tried a lot of things, including the BARF diet, to no avail. My GSD often gets skin yeast infections which has to be treated via perscription by the vet--could this be a possiblity?

  35. QUESTION:
    A few questions about eye teeth coming in?
    How hard of a time did you child have when they were cutting these? Fever, sick, diarrhea, pain?
    Did they come in one at a time or all 4 separately?
    How old was your child when they came in?
    Do you call them eye teeth? Canines?

    Rylee is 19 months. Will be 20 months next week. She is cutting one of her lower canines. It is coming in all by itself. She has always had a hard time teething. She gets a fever usually, cranky, doesn't sleep, and she gets a bad yeast infection. Well she had a fever of 102.0 this morning. Would teething cause a fever that high, especially with the eye teeth? And for some reason my mom always calls the upper eye teeth "eye teeth" and the lower ones "stomach teeth". Oh, and Rylee has all of her teeth (12) besides her eye teeth.

    • ANSWER:
      How hard of a time did you child have when they were cutting these? Fever, sick, diarrhea, pain?
      I have not had much of any of thise with either. A bit of fussyness with my youngest.

      Did they come in one at a time or all 4 separately?
      both, some together some seperatly. My sons canines came in all at once, i thought he would drive me crazy.

      How old was your child when they came in?
      Youngest under 12 months, oldest was I think 14 months.

      Do you call them eye teeth? Canines?
      I called them canines.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to bath with a dog?
    My wife is doing it right now, she lets the dogs hop in the bath with her so she can wash them up. So basically, my wife is naked in the water with dirty water full of dog hair and God only knows what else. Can she get a doggy yeast infection or some sort of canine parasite by doing this? I think its nasty as all hell, I see our dogs stepping in poop and eating other dogs crap all the time, sniffing each others rears, licking their balls, never in my life would I do it Id rather just spray em down in the driveway so we have our personal distance. But whatever.

    • ANSWER:
      lol,you may have to take your wife out on the driveway and spray her down

  37. QUESTION:
    Ok..my dog has been on prednisone for over 2 months..i need advice.?
    he is a 10 year old English Bulldog. He was put on steroids to help clear up a yeast infection that my vet just couldn't get a handle on. he is suffering from muscle loss in all four legs. he is extremely weak. he has been on one tablet once a day. now the vets are going to ween him off to one tablet every other day for seven days. but HOW DO I GET HIS MUSCLES built back up? he is so weak. he will fall on his face while walking sometimes. he had no problems with his legs before. what can i give him or do for him to help him get strong again?? please help.
    the muscle loss is caused by the prednisone...one of the horrible side effects of steroids. are his muscles just relaxed or are they deteriorated?
    my vet knows, she is the one who decided to ween him off. she has left for the day before answering my questions.

    • ANSWER:
      I would look into aquatic therapy for him... his body mass is overpowering those atrophied muscles, but if he were to walk on an aqua treadmill a few times a week I suspect you will be able to regain muscle condition.

      Here are a few links to check out --

      http://www.tailsofrye.com/Rudy_Demo.html --
      this video shows a Bulldog using the aqua treadmill!
      http://student.santarosa.edu/~dwomack/dreamweaverwebtips/index.html
      http://www.canine-campus.com/aqua.htm

      Now that you've seen how it works, this site is for the Association of Canine Water Therapy and a list of clinics in North America.
      http://www.caninewatertherapy.com/directories.html
      http://landofpuregold.com/challenge-physical.htm

      I think this type of rehab would do wonders to build him back up. Good luck with your boy!

  38. QUESTION:
    My boxer has chronic diarrhea and may have colitis?
    I have a two year old boxer who I rescued about 2 months ago. He has always had very soft stool and when I adopted him the foster parents claimed he was just wrapping up Giardia. I brought him to the vet the first week I had him and he had a bunch of things wrong, including a yeast infection all over his skin and a bacterial ear infection. My dog always eats really well and acts well. There has been no change in behavior. A couple weeks ago he started getting really bad diarrhea. I put him on a chicken and rice diet for 3 or 4 days and nothing seemed to help. I brought him back to the vet and they said that he had some bad bacteria in his stomach lining. They gave him and antibiotic and FortiFlora to put on top of his food for a week. I kept him on chicken and rice and his stool hardened a bit. As soon as the week long meds when done, his diarrhea came right back. He has lost a couple pounds and cannot afford to do so, he is very underweight. The vet said he may have colitis and that she could administer him a colon biopsy and 3 week long treatment, but I read online that it is not always effective. Please help! Thank you.

    Hoping for a vet to stumble across this question so I can have a professional opinion. Thanks.

    Also, I am still feeding my dog chicken and rice.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      If your dog has "boxer colitis" or HUC (histiocytic ulcerative colitis), which can be verified by biopsy, and was considered fatal, you may find this helpful. Even if you can not afford biopsy or are worried about perforating intestinal walls, and all conventional treatments fail (typical of HUC) I recommend you give it a try. It saved my girls life, after months of suffering she was all skin and bones, and I was considering euthanasia.

      My advice is to forget any attempts to treat HUC with various diets (like raw) or probiotics, they bring temporary improvement at best, often not even that. It seems HUC is caused by E. Coli and can be treated easily (sorry about all caps - I copy from my one of my earlier emails):

      I HAVE A BOXER GIRL THAT HAD THE SAME PROBLEM BACK IN 2005, AND VETS HAD NO IDEA HOW TO TREAT IT (AND WE WENT TO MANY)! AFTER A LOT OF TIME AND MONEY THE SOLUTION CAME FROM AN EXPERIMENTAL STUDY: ENROFLOXACIN 1x150mg (5-10mg/kg) DAILY FOR AT LEAST 6 WEEKS. IT IS A COMMON ANTIBIOTIC AND RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE. AFTER 2 WEEKS SHE WAS GETTING BETTER. IN THE END SHE WAS CURED AND WE HAD NO MORE PROBLEMS!!! IT SEEMS SOMETIMES THERE IS A REMISSION, BUT REPEATED THERAPY WORKS AND IS USUALLY NEEDED ONLY ONCE. GOOD LUCK AND DON'T WORRY, IT WORKS ALMOST 100% OF TIMES!

      By the way, enrofloxacin is called "Baytril" in US (i think)...

      Personally, back in 2005, I contacted mr. Roger A. Hostutler directly for help, he was very helpful and sympathetic...

      Good luck!

      -- SOURCES:

      J Vet Inter Med 2004 Jul-Aug; 18(4):499-504 "Antibiotic-responsive
      histiocytic ulcerative colitis in 9 dogs"
      Roger A. Hostutler, DVM, MS, DACVIM
      Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas
      6405 Tryon Road, Suite 100, Cary, North Carolina 27511
      919-233-4911 (Phone), 919-854-1155 (Fax), hostutler.4@osu.edu (email)
      ABSTRACT:
      Canine histiocytic ulcerative colitis (HUC) is characterized by
      colonic inflammation with predominantly periodic acid-Schiff
      (PAS)-positive macrophages. The inflammation results in colonic
      thickening, ulcerations, and distortion of normal glandular
      architecture. Resultant clinical signs consist of chronic large bowel
      diarrhea, tenesmus, and marked weight loss, and the disease frequently
      results in euthanasia. Conventional therapy consists of some
      combination of prednisone, azathioprine, sulfasalazine, and
      metronidazole. Nine dogs (8 Boxers and 1 English Bulldog) with
      histologic confirmation of HUC were treated with antibiotic therapy
      (either with enrofloxacin alone or in combination with metronidazole
      and amoxicillin). Clinical signs, physical examination findings,
      laboratory abnormalities, and the histologic severity of the disease
      were evaluated. Four of the 9 dogs had been treated previously with
      conventional therapy and had failed to respond favorably; then, these
      dogs were placed on antibiotic therapy (enrofloxacin, n = 1;
      nrofloxacin, metronidazole, and amoxicillin, n = 3) and had resolution
      of clinical signs within 3–12 days. Five dogs were treated solely with
      antibiotic therapy (enrofloxacin, n = 1; enrofloxacin and
      metronidazole, n = 1; enrofloxacin, metronidazole, and amoxicillin, n
      = 3), and clinical signs resolved in 2–7 days. Repeated biopsy
      specimens were obtained from 5 dogs after treatment, and all showed
      marked histologic improvement. The increase in body weight after
      treatment was statistically significant (P = .01). Three dogs
      currently are not on any treatment and have had resolution of clinical
      signs for up to 14 months. These observations suggest that an
      infectious agent responsive to antibiotics plays an integral role in
      the clinical manifestation of canine HUC, and they support the use of
      antibiotics in its treatment.

      ---and---

      NEW THERAPEUTIC APPROACH TO BOXER COLITIS
      Michael E. Matz, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Veterinary Specialty Center
      of Tucson, Tucson, AZ
      North American Veterinary Conference, January 7, 2006

  39. QUESTION:
    Dog food and skin problem help?
    Hey,

    We have a 4 year old female miniature daschund named Georgi, just recently she has started losing fur on her ears as well as the top of her head...it's more prominent on the back of her ears. I took her to the vet the other day which is where I work (I'm 17 and training to be a vet nurse) and she did a skin scraping and everything and said she had no mites, ringworm, yeast infection or anything, which is good but she is still unsure exactly why she is losing the fur there..it started a few weeks ago and has gotten progressively worse. The vet gave me Malaseb which is a medicated shampoo to try for 2 weeks, so far nothing has happened but I don't expect much after 1 try.

    She has Purina ProPlan Weight management dry food (being a daschund she is prone to weight gain..and this just keeps her stabilised at a good weight) she has lost 500grams on it and has maintained that for about 6 months now, which is really good for her as she was slightly above what she should have been. She has never had a problem with that food and she generally loves it. I know it isn't the best but it isn't the worse out there. http://www.purina.com.au/proplan/dog/proplanWeightManagementChickenRice.asp
    She usually has a cup of that a day and at night time she will sometimes have a small amount of fresh chicken mince or some wholemeal pasta and mackeral fish as a treat occasionally.

    I've added the website for it if you want to have a look, it does have a few grains in there would it be possible that this could cause a skin allergy and that might be why she is losing fur? Like I said she has probably been on the food for over half a year and she hasn't had any problems yet...I just thought that might be a reason why. If so what food do you recommend? I just want the best for our dog and would like to know if there is a food out there that could help her with her skin? She has never had any skin/fur problems before and I would just like some advice. Thanks guys!
    The vet said it might be the food so try the shampoo first and then give a new food without so many things such as corn and grains a go or do both..that's why I wanted your opinion on what food and whether you too think it could be the food.
    E.H Amos

    The vet is a very good vet with honours...she has done a blood test on Georgi to test everything INCLUDING the thyroid we haven't got the results back yet...I didn't mention it because I wanted to see about the food first!
    If the blood test come back with nothing that suggest a problem with the thyroid then we will go further...sheesh I was just asking about food not to get my head or the vet's head ripped off. :S thanks to everyone else for their great answers
    By the way I'm not the one putting all the thumbs down, all your answers have been helpful

    • ANSWER:
      Several things in a dogs food can trigger allergies, the most common are;
      corn, wheat, soy, and any by-products (mainly because you never know exactly what they are)
      Purina is a good food unless you run in to allergy problems, then it's time to switch to a food without the above ingredients. Try not to use Chicken as the latest evidence in the allergy fight shows Chicken to be an allergen in some cases. Find a food with just one protein, turkey or salmon, make sure it doesn't have the above ingredients, and is preserved only with Vit E or C or both. If the hair doesn't grow back in after switching, then you have a problem other than food allergies.
      Sometimes Hypothyroidism can cause hair loss too. Here are the symptoms of Hypothyroidism;

      http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CANINE-A1-THYROID.HTM

  40. QUESTION:
    What is best to get rid of dog ear mites? I tried Pets Mart's spray and it hasn't worked.?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that you should take the dog to the vet. Canine ears are easily damaged by well-intentioned amateur doctoring. Packing gauze or anything in a dog's ear is not a good idea. It could even be a yeast infection, which should be treated completely different. Vets have inexpensive drops that take care of ear mites, and don't endanger the animal's auditory canal.
      Rather than waste time or injure the animal with homemade recipes, please take the dog to a vet. That's the easiest, and shouldn't be expensive.

  41. QUESTION:
    dog's yeast infection on body?
    My pug has reoccurring dual ear infections from yeast since he was a puppy. The problem spread to his under belly and under his neck which my vet said can happen from itching his ears and infecting his skin. I've been bathing him every 5-7 days. And it has taken months for it to start clearing up. Now it's just under his neck but doesn't seem to be getting any better.

    He lays on our leather furniture and gets his 'discharge' on it. He also goes on car rides daily to his baby sitter's house.

    My question is can he be reinfecting himself from his bedding and the furniture? And how would I clean these things and how often? How would I get his yeasty discharge off of leather? Right now I use leather cleaner or plain water for the furniture and just normal laundering for his bedding and toys.

    • ANSWER:
      Ditch the regular vet and go to a canine dermotologist.

      If they can't help, try the blue power (below) stuff for the ears, and spay the body in a 50/50 solution of cider vinegar (with the "mother" in it) and water. Every day. You dog will smell a bit like a salad, but it does help.

      But really, hit the dermotologist first, this sounds severe.

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and wateR(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  42. QUESTION:
    why is my dog itching?
    at first we thought she had fleas but after a few months of washing, brushing, and playing with her, we finally realized we never saw any fleas. we did however find a few ticks but after those were removed, she still kept scratching, mainly in one spot on her back.
    what other things could cause this?

    there was a lady at the store that had a similar problem and she said it was some small perhaps microscopic creatures that cause this. their names start with an "m". have any ideas what they are?

    • ANSWER:
      There are more then 500 different things that can cause your dog to be itchy. If your dog is scratching all the time it is important to find out what is causing the itch. This can be quite difficult. While there are many common causes of canine scratching, it can take quite a bit of detective work to figure out the culprit. Try not to scratch your dog itchy spot for him. Believe it or not, scratching the itch, will only make the dog more itchy.

      There are several things you can do to ease your dogs itch while you try to figure out, with the help of your vet, what is causing the irritating itch.

      1. Bathe the dog regularly in cool water. Warm or hot water will only make the itch worse. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Adding some Epsom salts, baking soda, or colloidal oatmeal (like Aveeno) to the water will increase the soothing effects. This will provide only a temporary relief lasting from a few hours to a few days. After the bath, pat the dog with a towel. Do not rub the skin, this will only increase the dogs itch. Do not use a hair dryer on a heat setting. A cool (no heat) setting would be okay. Heat and rubbing the dogs skin will increase your dogs itch, making the bath ineffective.

      2.Fatty Acids, found in either marine oils or evening primrose oil, can be very effective in easing an itch. You can try giving one of these fatty acid supplements. It will take several weeks before the benefit will take effect, so they are for treating long term problems rather than an on-off irritation. You can find these at your local health food store.

      3.Antihistamines can sometimes be effective with short term itches. For example; insect bites or a flare-up of hay fever. You can use an over the counter antihistamine such as clemastine (Tavist), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Be sure to consult your veterinarian first. Your vet will give you the proper dosage and tell you if this will be a good thing to try for your dogs problem.

      Top Ten Worst Itching Offenders

      1. Fleas

      2. Airborne allergens like pollen, which result in hay fever

      3. Parasites, such as ear mites, scabies or cheyletiellosis, also known as walking dandruff

      4. Skin infections caused by bacteria

      5. Ticks and lice

      6. Food allergies

      7. Fungal infections, including yeast infections

      8. Seborrhea

      9. Contact allergies

      10. Whole-body illnesses, such as liver disease, immune-system problems and some cancers.

  43. QUESTION:
    Vegetarianism vs Carnivourism?
    Alright, now what in the world are humans?

    Is it true that meat rots in your stomache?
    Do you think meat can truly cause cancer?

    Are we naturally meat, or vegetable eaters?

    Please help me sort fact from fiction, and provide all sources!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd actually written this a bit ago but in doing so I learned a lot myself:

      We can eat flesh but that doesn't mean we should and certainly not the amounts the average person does these days especially in the United States. Even a vegetarian gets twice the RDA of protein.

      Part of why we do eat so much meat is modern refrigeration and preservations techniques, and politics which allows major subsidization of the feed crops as well as supports for meat production.

      There is nothing in meat that we can't get from a plant-based diet. Even B12 is a soil bacteria which is how other animals get it but we have to wash off because of the way we raise modern meat with the runoffs contaminating and making the soil and sometimes plants dangerous unless sanitized.

      We get way too much protein too which manifests in health issues of affluence such as kidney issues, gout, and even osteoporosis (protein is acidic causing calcium to be drawn from our bones).

      Not only can humans "survive" without flesh, they can thrive without it. These include:

      * A healthy heart
      * Lower blood pressure
      * Lower cholesterol
      * Controlling diabetes
      * Cancer prevention
      * Better weight control
      * Stroke Prevention
      * Longer (and more enjoyable) life

      I've had an abundance of issues clear up since adopting the diet including much healthier teeth and gums (including better breath), lessened to zero heartburn, less fatigue and more. I've known others to stop having issues with UTI's, yeast infections and athlete's foot, less depression and more energy, clearer skin, as well as better control over chronic health issues such as MS, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.

      Among the many other physiological clues other than teeth, our intestines are much more like herbivore guts than carnivore. Meat does actually rot in our bodies before being eliminated taking 4 to 6 times the hours to get through.

      ==
      EDIT TO MOVE this link up with the issue since you asked specifically about meat rotting inside of us:
      http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/slideshow1_ss_yourbody_embarrassing
      ==

      And, our teeth are much like herbivore teeth. Some herbivores actually have much more pronounced cuspid teeth in part for defense but the canines are also to get a firm hold on things from taking down prey to carrying back to the den which we do neither with. Our cuspid teeth also have very long roots which help shape our face (meaning they have more than one purpose). Even dogs & bears which could get by quite fine on a plant-based diet have much different back teeth than we do with our grinders which correspond to herbivore teeth. And a dog for instance has a very acidic stomach which allows it to eat the questionable opportunistic things it does such as spoiled meat or e coli laced food.

      A bit more on the teeth issue is that meat-eaters tend to have jaws that go up and down only while herbivores have jaws that allow grinding up and down and side to side as well as back and forward; actual chewing rather than gulping.

      Cows produce milk for their offspring which are removed from them so we can take it. That's not natural. It's also not natural for them (or chickens) to produce through the winter months. Milk is not naturally high in Vitamin D which is added to it so that the calcium is more absorbable but that calcium came from somewhere and that's from their diet. Other animals don't partake of cow's milk, including adult cows. Most of us are intolerant of milk and more would be if we weren't drinking it from early childhood.

      Eggs too are meant to produce more birds. A chicken didn't produce as many eggs naturally as she does now and that's from breeding (plus she's spent after a couple years due to loss of calcium and other nutrients). In the past if she produced an egg that wasn't viable she might eat it herself to recycle the nutrients.

      Lately most meats are being supplemented and extended with soy protein so even those who think they are avoiding soy are more vegetarian than they think.

      Finally, herbivores can also digest meat and have been doing so quite a bit in factory farming situations. Mad Cow came about by giving cows other cows, sheep, chicken, etc in their feed. Currently they are still given blood products, bonemeal and chicken litter. This doesn't mean it's good for them though.

      ==

      There's more to it but I think most that claim omnivore do so from an emotional standpoint in that they want it to be, so they believe it is so (and this means they often reject any evidence to the contrary too while embracing anything that might support their idea). One factor to consider is we can do very well on a plant-only based diet for an entire lifetime (which is on average 6 to 10 years longer) but would suffer from a meat-only one.

      Some sites that discuss how and why humans are herbivores (I especially like the first two):
      http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/09/are-humans-carnivores-or-herbivores-2/
      http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html
      http://www.nealhendrickson.com/mcdougall/030700pumeatinthehumandiet.htm
      http://www.celestialhealing.net/physicalveg3.htm
      http://www.goveg.com/naturalhumandiet_physiology.asp

  44. QUESTION:
    Malassezia Dermatitis?
    My 7 month old westie may have Malassezia Dermatitis. I am just assuming this because his skin has turned from white/pink to black. My sister who is a groomer had brought it to my attention. Does anyone know if this is curable? I would hate for this infection to take my puppy away from me. I have read (maybe a bit too much) that it can get so bad. Some one please reasure me about something.

    • ANSWER:
      Malassezia dermatitis is a yeast infection of the skin.

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1557&articleid=321

      A change to black skin is usually a sign of hyperpigmentation which can have many causes, among them a yeast infection, hypothyroidism, ongoing flea infestation, etc.

      http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CANINE-AI-THYROID.HTM

      Yeast infections and hypothyroidism can be treated and controlled, but not necessarily cured.

      The best person to give a proper diagnosis (and reassurance) would be your veterinarian.

  45. QUESTION:
    My Lahasa Apso has ear infection and watery eyes....?
    Hi, My Lahaha Apso is 2 years old.
    Problem 1- He developed an ear infection in his right year in October 2011. I showed him to my vet immidiately who gave him a sleeping injection and thoroughly cleaned his ear. The vet also gave me me ear drops which my dog did not let me put. Anyways the ear was fine in a couple of days. I repetedly asked my Doc as to the reason for the infection n was not given any proper answer. (My Vet is apparantely one of the best vets in city ....). Now again after a month he developed the infection with pus. The same procedure was repeated and my dog was fine. This time also no clearely stated reason was given . The worst is that 2 days back my dog again has the infection in the same ear. He scratches his ear....there is smell like before.....and im very sad and upset because my vet/ doc is of no help....or maybe thats what I feel....
    Maybe giving a little detail about his food habits will help you help me. He somethimes has milk in the morning (depends on his mood). Lunch is rice with 2 small pieces of boiled chicken n stock. Dinner is 2 Indian Chapatis (Its a bread Made with whole grain and cooked on grill). We never-never-never give him spices, salt or anything sweet. Yes I admit we do put some Ghee (Clarified Indian butter without salt) to my dog .....i need to know if this is a healthy practice or not....

    Also he goes for pet grooming every two months where there is proper ear cleaning. We at home also regularly keep cleaning his ear with a soft tissue paper without going too deep.....

    I need you help as to why / how is this infection recurring and what should I do???

    Issue Number 2-
    His eyes are very watery. Right from the time he was a little puppy. The Doc/ Vet that we regulary show and one / two other vets say that its because of the hair. So now I have done a lot of experiments. Have cut the hair around his eyes really short so that no hair falls in his eyes....does not help. Have grown his hair, tied them up loosely and comfortable enough for him....does not help. Thankfully enough my father is a Family Physician so he whenever notices any eye inflammation gives some mini anti infective medicines and my dog becomes okay...but still i think this is not the solution.

    I hope that you will be able to help me with some answers.....NO RUDE ANSWERS PLEASE.

    I love my dog a lot and all I want is the best for him....

    Looking forward for an reply

    • ANSWER:
      Checked to see if you were a new account because I suspected a troll - am assuming you are legit, so will address your question.

      Dogs do NOT drink milk, they are lactose intolerant, so that has to stop right now, it contributes to his problems without doubt.
      You also need to get him off the GRAINS - no more chapatis, skip the gee too, way too fatty for a small dog.
      I am amazed that your vet has not pointed all this out to you - or did you not tell him what you feed this poor animal.

      Your dog needs a good dry kibble, no supermarket junk with corn meal or wheat gluten --- MEAT should be the first ingredient listed. Go to a good holistic or small pet shop and check out the kibble, READ the ingredients. I suspect all the grain your dog is getting (chapatis are great, I love them, but they are for humans, not small dogs) contributes to your dog's ear infections.

      I used to feed my dogs Science Diet, figured vets sell it, must be good. Not so, it is loaded with corn meal. On advice of handler at AKC dog show, I switched to Canidae, no corn meal or wheat gluten in that. My dogs have not had an ear infection or yeast infection since I switched.
      Do so immediately, and in month or so you should see a good change. NO more milk - you can give some plain, live culture yoghurt if your dog has to have a dairy product, that is good for dogs.

      I have 7 small dogs plus I foster, literally dozens of dogs have gotten healthy on a good diet once they came into foster to me, it makes all the difference.

      Meanwhile, ear infections are caused by either ear mites or yeast infection, your vet should have told you that. Either can be very stubborn and you must continue treatment (ear drops) for at least a month or it comes back. Find out which your dog has and continue the meds.

      I am betting that if you change your dog's diet to something approaching normal for a small dog, you will see improvement. You can add some plain, no skin or bones, white meat chicken to his kibble to make it more appetizing - you just boil it in plain water.
      Small dogs have fussy intestinal systems sometimes and yours is getting a really, really poor diet.

      Go back to the vet, ask if it is a yeast or mite infection - continue the treatment even after the infection appears gone, at least another 2 weeks after that or it likely will come back, these things are very subborn.

      Put your dog on a CANINE diet, that isn't milk or chapatis --- it is a good kibble possibly supplemented by a bit of yoghurt and plain chicken.

      Please realize you have a dog, not a child and feed him accordingly.

      The eye problem will likely be better on a NO GRAIN diet, if not, get a better diagnosis or a better vet.

      Good luck to you and your dog.

  46. QUESTION:
    canine ear infection?
    so my boxer ears are red the right one is ten times more red than the left i wanted to see what it was so i got a cotton ball and the redness seemed to be dry blood. I really want to take him to the vet but have no money. my parents cant afford to take him either. So there is really no way i can take him. so any advice? what would you do if you were me? will it go away on its own?

    • ANSWER:
      There's really no way to know what type of problem he's experiencing. It could be ear mites, it could be a yeast infection, or it could be some other type of infection.

      The dog's ears will have to be flushed and given a deep and thorough cleaning - that should only be done by a VET! Then your dog will likely required antibiotics which you can only get from a vet. There will also be some home care too. The vet will give you drops and something to rinse the ear with.

      Really, sell something, pawn something, put it on a credit card, borrow the money. But try to get him into a vet.

  47. QUESTION:
    Heavy Ear wax build -up ( Canines)?
    How do you clean the heavy ear wax build - up on dogs? I just got a 2 year old Golden Retriever and the ear wax is heavy, dark, soft & smelly!

    I used a Q-Tip and alcohol to clean most of the gunk -out, but, now after 1 week, the wax build-up is the same!

    Can I use hydrogen peroxide or are there any OTC products at the pharmacy?!

    Is the wax build-up normal or is it an infection, on account of the odor?!

    She does not itch nor scratch her ears, although the inside of the ear flaps seem to be reddish?!

    • ANSWER:
      Bacteria or yeast infection.
      Zymox, which treats the bacteria and yeast, is available online without a prescription.

      Get some of the material on a Q-tip.
      Spread the material on a piece of paper.
      Look closely. If it is mites you can see them move.

  48. QUESTION:
    Kitten of 3 weeks with gum infection, help!!?
    Before you write "Take him to the vet," I live in a third world country where veterinary care is hard to find, and humane societies don't exist. Traditional pet medicines are out of the question, too. I found this kitten with four others abandoned in a box, so I am fostering them with a homemade formula of cow milk, egg yolks, and nutritional yeast.

    A 3 week old kitten I am fostering has a nasty looking sore/infection on it's gum below the canine on his lower jaw. It looks somewhat like a crater, and it is discolored, appearing gray. It looks like an infection of some sort, but I found nothing like it on Google images. Please, any home remedy ideas are welcome. Due to my situation, I will need to do whatever I can myself.

    Please help!! Any veterinary experience would be amazing.

    Please understand my situation and offer my either help or resources.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can find an antiseptic type mouth wash (like regular Listerine or something similar) you can try putting a little on a cotton ball or q-tip and dabbing it on there a couple of times a day. It could be a bacterial infection of the gum, and if that's what it is, the mouthwash should help. It may sting, but it would be the best thing.
      If that won't work, you could try peroxide, but be very careful with it. I wouldn't use peroxide more than once a day and be frugal with it because if the kitten swallows any of it, it can make them vomit.
      Baring that, rubbing alcohol would work, but would sting like hell and won't work as well as the mouthwash or peroxide.
      I hope this helps, and I wish I had a better answer. Kudos to you for taking the kittens in though. You sound like you have a good heart and I hope this makes the kitten feel better.

  49. QUESTION:
    My GSD has Malassezia Seborrheic dermatitis with Atophy (dust allergy)?
    My Gsd, had been starved, tied up and beaten for her first 9 months of life before coming to me at 10 months. She is now 3yrs old. My dog smelt mousey, itched alot and had skin lesions. Vet did skin tests, this showed the above skin condition caused by yeast. The tests for allergy didn't show a food allergy, instead an allergy to dust and house mites.

    After a year of detoxing my dog internally on brown rice and meat and twice weekly baths with Malaseb shampoo for 1 year. The yeast problem was treated, her skin is great, however under her chin remains itchy. I have tried most foods for my dog avoiding wheat, wheat gluten and potato as it has to be sweet potato for a dog with this condition. Prevention is the key to keeping it away. Humidity changes aggravate my dogs skin as the yeast is a micro orgnasim that lives in the gut hence the need to avoid foods with ingredients that would feed yeast in the gut.

    My question is this : Are the expensive dog foods that claim to be hypoallengenic really that good for dogs? I have tried my GSD on Arden Grange, Vitalin sensetive, Burns, Nutrix petfoods, James well beloved, Nature diet, Royal Canin German Shepherd 24 and a few others. I am now just at the end of a bag of Applaws cereal and grain free dryfood that I mix with half a pouch of Wainwrights so my dog will eat it. This food retails at £54.00. This is too expensive for me to keep buying. The foods I have given my dog all say they are wheat, wheat/gluten free, free from diary, soys, pork, corn basically all the ingredients known to cause problems in dogs.

    I feel I have wasted money buying the foods as my dog hasn't liked most of them (hence I had to mix all of them with meat/food pouch) to get my dog to eat them. My dog has never ceased to rub her chin on the floor, on the chairs. None of them shinned my dogs coat, rather the salmon oil I add to the food does that.

    My Dog doesn't have a food allergy, she has a immune system problem that makes her prone to changes internally when humidity changes occur. I still bath her once a month in Malaseb shampoo as humidity is her enemy.

    So it looks like the dog food industry is making a lot of money creating hypoallengenic dog foods yet at the end of the day genetics play a big part in your dogs health and life span. This dog I have acquired this immune disorder due to being starved as a puppy, this weakened her immune system and made her allergic to dust, for that she takes allergy tablets.

    I am just about to try my dog on skinners field and track salmon dry food with low protien and because it's wheat, gluten, dairy, soya, e.t.c free It's also affordable, I will have to mix that with half a food pouch of wainwrights otherwise she won't eat it. My dog isn't a fussy eater, I am a frustrated dog owner that has bought into the hype surrounding hypoallengenic dog food that I feel have made no difference to my dogs health or coat. There is no way I could afford the 5 star dog foods.

    So if I downgrade to skinners salmon dry food will I really be putting her health at risk? Are dry foods best for your dog when most of them have added herbs and other things to preserve them?

    • ANSWER:
      Sadly, you are upset (especially re: dog foods & their ingredients) but do not fully understand issues surrounding yeast infections. While your dog may not have a food allergy (per se) yeast LOVES & thrives on sugar and moist environments. All grains are somewhat inflammatory (corn & wheat which are the number one and 2 most common dog allergens, are the worst offenders). Inflammatory foods are like throwing gasoline on a fire (fuel!) with any skin condition. The higher a diet is in carbohydrates, the more inflammatory it is & in this case, it actually FEEDS yeast. Sweet potatoes are mis-named, as they have a much lower glycemic value, than white potatoes, as any diabetic can tell you.

      Dog don't digest any grains well, they're not a natural canine or lupine food source. They have a much shorter intestinal tract than humans & do not digest food exactly the same way, having a much stronger stomach acid, enabling them to digest meat & bone in only 4 hours. They are considered carnivores, not not herbivores, although to save money, people starting throwing excess leftover grains/cereals in dog foods 50-70 years ago as a cheaper way to feed them, although it did not particularly agree with them, nor was it good for their overall health or longevity.

      Dog foods are often made of poor quality ingredients from food rejected at meat plants for humans consumption for any number of nasty reasons, as well as foods which may contain added pesticides, preservative, dyes, or sugar - either straightforward; like molasses or fruit, or in ingredients like sugar beet pulp. (You do get what you pay for in dog foods. ) Only the companies using human-grade ingredients are worthwhile, if you choose not to make your own food.

      Salmon is an anti-inflammatory ingredient IF (REPEAT -IF) wild caught, vs FARMED. However much of it is FARMED, due to the high demand & cost, & that is raised in small poorly cleaned, poorly oxygenated tanks, & fed an entirely grain-based un-natural diet. So some salmon foods do not hold the purported or suggested anti-inflammatory & high nutritional value. Better to make your own diet & add a anti-inflammatory fatty fish (such as canned mackerel) that is not valuable enough to be farmed.

      Has your vet suggested adding probiotics to your dog's diet? Dogs with a yeast overgrowth often do not have adequate gut flora. (This might be an imbalance caused by antibiotics or may occur for other reasons.) Other helpful anti-yeast supplements are olive oil capsules & oregano oil capsules. Whole Dog Journal wrote an excellent article some years ago on fighting yeast infections through diet and supplements.


canine yeast infections

Fungus In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog constantly scratching itself?
    She does not have fleas. I've heard diet has something to do with the health of the skin. Well, we've switched to a higher-end brand and the problem persists. Is it a fungus? The dog is miserable. Were she able to reach the spot I'm sure she would have nibbled herself hairless by now. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Start with a vet. Take your dog in to find out what the problem is. Yes diet could have a lot if not everything to do with it. When you change a dogs food, do it gradually. Our pets need quality pet food. Read the ingredients list and learn what the stuff on there is and what it does (or does not do) to/for our pets. A quick pet food 101. If the pet food contains corn/corn products or by products it is a poor quality food. Corn is a filler that can trigger skin problems. (allergies, skin problems, itching and excessive shedding) By products is anything from an animal not fit for human consumption, including cancerous tissue. Do not pay attention to advertising, they all say there food is great. "Vet approved" means they have a vet on staff to approve their product. In other words, someone paid to approve it. Same with foods most vets recommend. Salesmen "gift" vets then the vet recommends the food. Most vets are not nutritionists! Quality foods have meat as the first ingredient. Wellness, Solid Gold, Innova and Merrick are a few of the best brands available. If you want to learn more check out: http://www.sagekeep.com/petfood.htm www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359& more=1 http://animalark.eapps.com/animal/PetFoods.nsf/$$PetFoodsByRating?OpenForm

  2. QUESTION:
    How to permanently get rid of the fungus on my dog's nose?
    I have a six yr old pug. Since I rescued her about 1 year ago she has had a dry fungal growth on the top of her nose. I was told that Lamasil would work to remove it, which it did, however it keeps growing back. She has no other symptoms beside the dry fungus on the top of her nose. How can I get this fungus to permanently go away? Can it spread to me?

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet. Maybe he or she can prescribe a different cream.

      They'll know whether it can be spread to humans, too.

      Good Luck

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the most common external parasites dogs can get?
    I am rather curious as to what other parasites dogs can pick up, besides fleas, ticks, and mites. I noticed something on my dog the other day but she is not showing the signs of fleas (scratching and self-mutilation), mites, and no ticks. Are there parasites that are attracted to dogs or insects?
    I live in a semi-city environment but there are parks and unmowed areas in my neighborhood. Tecnically speaking, it is called a temperate woodland area. What should I be watching out for? Are there insects that inhabit neighborhoods that are pests to dogs that have the potential become a problem? Also, are there any good prevention ideas that help me and my pet out?

    • ANSWER:
      That's pretty much all of them - well, ringworm too. This is a type of fungus, characterised by patched of baldness and kind of a red ring. Some types of mites cause mange, and not all types of mange are itchy.

      Not all dogs itch when they have fleas - like humans they have differing levels of sensitivity. Did the thing you saw look anything like this?:
      http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/md/pictures22/flea.jpg they're about this size: -

      Sort through your dogs fur, or comb it and look at the fur on the comb - look for black specks, These are flea dirts which you see much more often than the live fleas.

      I would go to a vet if you think your dog has parasites - get them identified and treated.

      Chalice

  4. QUESTION:
    How can i get my dog to sleep in the dog house?
    My dog won't sleep in her dog house. She would rather sleep in the dirt and grass, what can I do to get her to sleep in the dog house?

    • ANSWER:
      your dog will sleep where it is most comfortable. Please do not use blankets in the box this can get wet and cause mold that can cause fungus on your dogs skin and also in the winter if the dog is wet from snow or rain the blanket will become wet and not allow the dog to stay warm. Hay or straw also is not the best thing to use they to can mold and cause fungus on the dogs skin. If you have to use any of them they should be change every few days. Stall shavings, cedar chips or pine chips should be used. and it should be changed at least weekly. we dont have our dogs outside all the time but we do have boxes out in the yard in case they need them, we came home one time and one of the dogs was sitting in the rain and look up at the sky, if your dog wants to it will use the box.

  5. QUESTION:
    What the difference between slime mold and fungus?
    Slime mold are a fungus-like protists, but what made it different to fungus?

    • ANSWER:
      A bright yellow slimy blob is commonly seen in the summer on mulched flower beds. It is not pretty, unless you like yellow, and it soon gets uglier. The yellow blob turns gray, becomes hard, then breaks down into a brown powder. People complain that the yellow blob looks like dog vomit and that the brown powder stains sidewalks.

      The blob is a slime mold called Physarum polycephalum. The brown powder is made up of the millions of spores it makes in order to reproduce. Other slime molds are tiny and difficult to find. Their spore-producing structures are not an ugly crust like Physarum, but rather beautiful colored spheres or popsicle shapes.
      A fungus or funguses is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, and bacteria. One major difference is that fungal cells have cell walls that contain chitin, unlike the cell walls of plants, which contain cellulose. These and other differences show that the fungi form a single group of related organisms, named the Eumycota (true fungi or Eumycetes), that share a common ancestor (a monophyletic group). This fungal group is distinct from the structurally similar myxomycetes (slime molds) and oomycetes (water molds)

      Slime molds may be slimy, but they are not molds. Molds are fungi. A century ago, fungi, were defined by what they did not have, or did not do:

      They did not move, like animals.
      They did not have the green pigment chlorophyll, which meant they were not plants.
      They were not as small as bacteria.

      Today, organisms in the Kingdom Fungi are defined by:

      having chitin in their cell walls. The hard shells of insects are also made of chitin
      not being able to move during any stage of their life cycle
      lacking chlorophyll
      being larger than bacteria.

      Slime molds move, and lack chitin in their cell walls. They are now classified as belonging to the Kingdom Protista (Protoctista).

  6. QUESTION:
    When using vinegar and water to cure a yeast infection in my dogs ear, does it have to be apple cider vinegar?
    I have looked into homeopathic remedies for my dogs ear infection and many say apple cider vinegar and water. Does it have to be apple cider vinegar or will white vinegar be ok to use?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't use just vinegar, start with this, if it doesn't work try the raw apple cider vinegar. NOT white vinegar, that won't work.

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

      INGREDIENTS:
      16 Oz. Isopropyl Alcohol
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops Gentian Violet Solution 1%

      Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
      You will also need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.

      TREATMENT: Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all.

      Wait until inflammation has subsided which will be about 2 days.
      Shake the bottle each time before using.
      Put cotton balls or similiar absorbent material under the ear.
      Flood the ear with solution, (gently squirt bottle), massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.
      Flood again on first treatment, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without massage.

      The dog will shake out the excess which can be wiped with a tissue, cotton ball, etc as the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics.

      The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:
      Treat 2x per day for the first week to two weeks depending upon severity of ears
      Treat 1x per day for the next 1-2 weeks
      Treat 1x per month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog)

      All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy.
      The Boric Acid Powder soothes the ear.
      The Gentian Violet Solution is an anti-infection agent.
      The solution appears to work well on any and all ear problems from mites to wax to canker.

      After the 2nd or 3rd day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton balls.

      The success rate for this treatment is 95-99%.

      If an infection seems to be remaining in the treated ear after the above course of treatment, you may also have some Pseudomonas bacteria in the site.

      This can be eradicated by using a gentle flush of raw apple cider vinegar and water(warm)

      Use 2 Tablespoons of vinegar to one cup of water, 2 x per week.

      They have found the Blue Powder Solution to be effective for treating fungus-type infections on the feet and elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.

      Remember it is for external use only ..so be careful not to get into the eyes.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do dogs get ring worms and what is it?
    What are dog ring worms and how do dogs get it? Can humans catch it off dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm is not a worm, it's a fungus spread by spores. It makes a round circle on the dog in any place it's growing, where the hair falls out. Yes, it's very much able to be spread to humans, you have to treat it on the dog or it just gets worse.

      Use the cream the vet gives you, and put that on three times a day on the spots. Do NOT scrub at the spots, that spreads the thing wider and makes it worse. Just dab the cream on and press it to the edges.

      If you don't treat it it'll spread all over the dog and to any person who touches the spots. It'll take a month to clear up in a dog, two months to clear up in humans.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the shortest that you have gotten your dog's nails and what is the shortest you would allow them?
    When I rescued my dog his nails were extremely overgrown. I began cutting them as short as I could so that the quick would recede.

    I brought them to a proper length but I want them to be as short as possible. I have trouble with memory and I don't want them to overgrow if I forget.

    So over the last few months I have been forcing the quick back with clipping and filing. I have the down to half an inch which got me thinking how short can they go?

    I am opposed to intentional quicking. Everything I do is just short of the quick. I am cutting and filing every three days. Timber loves it because he gets a treat after each clipping. Everyone loves his nails because he never scratches.

    So I thought I would ask, how short have you gotten your dogs nails? In theory could they be totally removed with progressive clipping and filing? Anyone ever done this?
    Read the question, I don't encourage cutting the quick or making them bleed. I don't want my baby to be in pain.

    As for obsession, meh. I had to get them this short but shorter was just a thought to pose.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you trimmed just short enough. I've been a vet tech for 10 years and you did everything right. You can't get any shorter than what you got or you will cause some foot and walking problems such as abscesses, fungus and animals unlike humans use their nails for traction while walking and defense against others. in my experience only cats get their nails removed and really the procedure is a removal (amputation)of the actually digit which holds the nail in place. Right now the best thing is to maintain the length that you have by filing and trimming every couple of weeks. I hope this helps you and Timber.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog has ringworm, and how do I treat it?
    As it's a fungus on the skin surface, do I have to go through his fur and check his skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm is not very common. most often its one spot that looks like an O and there is no hair around that O but there is on the inside. If you still want to make sure it doesn't have ring worm then take a black light to the pets skin in the dark, if it glows neon green its ringworm, but doubtful your dog has it. Bring your dog to the vet so the doctor can make sure your pet is not allergic to fleas and does not have a form of Mange (scabies as we know it) but most dogs suffer from allergies, which commonly comes from food. Try switching the dogs food if you absolutely cannot go to the vet. Just don't let your pet suffer because you cant go to the vet.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there a medical condition that would cause my dog to eat dirt?
    I recently found my dog scratching the dirt in different locations in my back yard and eating the dirt. My other dogs do not do this so I don't feel like there is anything nutritional involved.

    • ANSWER:
      Dirt contains micronutrients and also bug larvae and other nutritional 'stuff' for dogs and other animals.
      It may also contain clay, a natural inner body cleanser.
      If your dog has had all his shots, appears healthy in stature and fur coat, I wouldn't be concerned about this.
      I would watch the dog for any signs of nutritional deficiencies (his metabolism may be different from that of your other dogs) and make sure he gets all the nutrition he needs. Perhaps offer a supplement (can't hurt).
      Other than that, I have not found any relation between dogs eating dirt and dog diseases or medical conditions.
      On the other hand, the dog scratching up and eating dirt may CAUSE a medical condition:
      Especially in the southwest, a fungus infestation known as 'Valley Fever" afflicts dogs and humans alike.
      This can be a long-term, expensive, and potentially fatal condition.
      It might just be a habit the dog has acquired for no apparent reason, and it is probably a good idea to let him know that you don't want him to do it.
      Just use the general "NO, OFF" command whenever you see him do it, and lend leash assists to enforce the command. Then substitute a chew toy or other acceptable activity to re-direct the behavior.
      Any other questions, feel free to contact me.

  11. QUESTION:
    whats the name of the yellow fungus growing in potting soil?
    I add water to my scorpions tank to keep the humidity high and this yellow/white fungus starts growing everywhere. Does anyone know what kind it is? Or it could be many different kinds. I am from Willamette Valley of Oregon if that helps.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this is similar, but it might be dog vomit fungus. I found a pic on google images a while back.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of dogs affected by the pet food recall?
    I am really scared right now. I bought 2 President's Choice "Extra Meaty" 624g cans and fed one each to my dogs the other day. As soon as I heard about the recall I checked the website and although the product I bought does not appear in the list I'm still not reassured because for all I know they just haven't realized it yet! My one dog is drinking A LOT more water than usual and has pale gums but seems fine..they consumed the food two days ago. Please let me know what symptoms to look for and how quick the onset of the symptoms are. Please let me know!!

    • ANSWER:
      Food was recalled after a fungus was found to be present. The fungus produces poisonous aflatoxin. Symptoms of aflatoxin poisoning include lethargy, loss of appetite, yellowish eyes and gums, and severe or bloody diarrhea.
      If you suspect any of these symptoms you should take your dogs to the vet. Better safe then sorry.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to stop peeing on the carpet?
    My dog is potty trained and always go pee on the landing on my stairs we don't have a yard or I would leave outside I have to walk her 3xs a day and I let her go pee before we go to bed but she always pees. How do I stop it? Rubbing her nose doesn't stop it so I know it's an accident.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm guessing your dog is peeing in the same spot because it still smells like pee. Use MonoFoil Antimicrobial to get rid of the smell once and for all.

      he difference between it and other similar products is “durability,” since it can stay on surfaces for weeks, months and even years.

      The Problem:

      1. Odors that you cannot get rid of.

      2. Pet odors in carpet and upholstery.

      3. Mold, mildew and algae that keep coming back after a surface has been cleaned.

      Take Action with MonoFoil:

      MonoFoil solutions . . .

      • We can eliminate odors that you have not been able to remove

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      • Prevent staining & odor-causing bacteria, mold, fungi, algae & viruses

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      • Apply to furnace filters to improve air quality

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  14. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to help save a dog with Blastomycosis?
    My dog has been diagnosed with Blastomycosis, which is a fungal infection and is fatal. I can not afford the 00 it would cost for proper treatment. Any at home fungal sprays or anything I could try to save him?
    Just wanted to clarify that it is a fungal infection of the lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      blastomycosis disseminates in dogs or people, antifungal therapy is necessary. Otherwise, the disease will progress and can be fatal. Antifungal therapy presents problems to the human or veterinary clinician. There are a limited number of antifungal drugs, all of which require prolonged treatment, are very expensive, and pose significant toxicity problems. At present, the preferred treatment of canine blastomycosis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is with the triazole drug itraconazole. Other clinicians have reported success using **fluconazole (a different triazole), ketoconazole with amphotericin-B, or amphotericin-B alone. The latter drug presents risks because of its toxicity for the kidney. Therefore, renal function must be monitored carefully during amphotericin-B therapy. Amphotericin-B also presents problems because it cannot be given orally, is poorly soluble, and must be administered slowly by the intravenous route. Itraconazole, fluconazole, and ketoconazole can be given orally, and hence are much more readily administered, particularly to canine patients.

      edit* I am aware that this is a fungal infection of the lungs. Diflucan circulates thru the blood and attacks the fungus where it finds it be it the lungs or the skin.

  15. QUESTION:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  16. QUESTION:
    will putting bleach and water solution on my dogs ringworm kill it?
    My dog has a ringworm on her paw and she is limping a little at times.
    She not in pain.I can press down on it and she will not pull away or cry.
    Maybe the little not like on top of her paw fells funny to her when she walks on it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are sure it is ringworm? Alcohol will kill it if applied several times a day. Bleach/water does work on hoof rot caused by fungus in livestock, so I assume it would work on ringworm too. I know rubbing alcohol will work.

      Ringworm doesn't usually cause limping, so I would question your diagnosis though. Are you sure it isn't an infection that would require antibiotics?

  17. QUESTION:
    What health problems have been resolved in your dog when you switched to RAW feeding?
    My dog's ears are a lot cleaner and she is not scratching anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      I switched forever ago but my dog had problems with UTIs and fungus growing on his belly. It would go away with treatment then always come back, no big problem really. Then I switched to raw, no more squirting pee out in segments, it was 1 regular stream. He smelled better, pooped less, the poop would turn white and dissolve into the dirt in a week instead of a year, bye bye fungus, no more tooth brushes, fresher breath, happier, healthier, better looking dog who shedded much less and more completely. No more itchy skin like you said, and my brood b****s are much healthier, produce more milk, and my pups are bigger, healthier and just plain better...they're weaned on raw turkey burger at 3 weeks of age so for all those who say raw meat makes dogs sick explain how I've weaned over 500 puppies who're now in working homes on raw chicken, turkey, and pork!!! Why aren't they dead considering they're poor little puppies with no immune system? -waiting-

  18. QUESTION:
    Will eating an animal that ate holly kill a dog?
    Okay, I know holly is poisonous for dogs if they eat it...but is it poisonous for them to eat an animal that has holly in it's stomach(I would think so)? Also, is it only the berries that are poisonous?

    • ANSWER:
      Well if a rat ate rat poison, and a dog ate that rat, the dog could get poisoned. It makes sense that a dog that ate an animal that ate holly could become poisoned the same way. If it was me, I wouldn't take the chance. I believe the entire plant is poisonous, but don't quote me on that. I really don't know much about holly, just that you don't want it around if you have dogs. I wasn't really aware that it was creeping into other people's yards, but I guess when people let it run wild, it can get out of control and like a weed, infect anything it can reach. As much as I have read about holly lately, I guess the idea that it's more of a fungus than a plant?

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it unusual for dogs to get spots on their nose?
    My Bichon Frise has two large spots filled with puss on his nose. Is this a fungi infection, should i take him to the vets or will they just disappear with time?

    • ANSWER:
      Get you dog to a vet. The pustules could be caused by foxtails or something else that has burrowed into the skin; or it could be caused by an allergy or any of several different skin conditions such as:

      Actinomycosis and norcadiosis Actinomycosis and norcadiosis: Uncommon skin infections with abscesses and draining sinus tracts that discharge pus and respond slowly to treatment.

      Cellulitis or abscess Cellulitis or abscess: Painful, warm, reddened skin, or pockets of pus beneath the skin. Look for a cause (such as a foreign body, bite wound, self-trauma from irritative skin disease).

      Puppy acne Puppy acne: Purplish red bumps (pustules) on the chin and lower lip. Not painful. (See this story)

      Puppy strangles Puppy strangles (Juvenile pyoderma): Painful swelling of face (lips, eyelids, ears), followed by rapid appearance of pustules and draining sores. Occurs in puppies under four months of age.

      Only your vet can determine the cause and get your dog the treatment it needs. Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Are their any types of worms dogs can spread to humans?
    I am broke and trying to figure out the neccarry treatments for my dog. (ie-rabies vaccine, flea & tick treatments & worm meds). This dog was forced on me against my will. I like him, but if I can't afford to see a doctor, I can't afford to take him to the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are many parasites that dogs can pass to humans. Notice I said PARASITES. Not all are worms.

      Worms that can be passed to humans include roundworms and hookworms. Other parasites are things like Giardia (a single-celled organism), Coccidia (Isospora), Toxoplasmosis (though cats are the definitive host-- dogs can occasionally pass it on); dogs can also pass on Scabies (sarcoptic mange, Sarcoptes scabei) and ringworm (a fungus, like athletes' foot that affects other parts of the body). This is not a complete listing of zoonotic diseases, but it outlines a few of the more common ones.

      Edit: However, heartworm IS NOT spread from dogs to people. Humans, for one thing, are not a good host for heartworms-- dogs are the ideal host, followed by cats. Also, heartworms are spread from one animal to another by mosquitoes-- a mosquito MUST pass it. HW's cannot be directly transmitted from one animal to another without a mosquito. Heartworm disease can be prevented with a monthly HW preventative, for both dogs and cats. Prevention is MUCH cheaper, easier and safer than treatment for HW disease. And for cats-- there IS NO TREATMENT for HW-positive cats. Often, there are no symptoms, either. In cats, the first symptom is often SUDDEN DEATH. Be sure to include HW prevention in your pet-care budget!

      If you honestly like the dog but can't afford to care for him and get the necessary care, your best bet is to take him to a no-kill shelter. Another option is to check with your Humane Society in your area to see if there are low-cost clinics that you can afford. If not, then the only responsible option is to take him to the N-K shelter.

  21. QUESTION:
    How could I get rid of ringworm on a dog?
    I know a dog that has ringworm. I know the family doesn't have any money to take it to the vet and neither do I, but if anyone has any tips of how I could treat it cheap? A home remedy? The family would let me help it if I could. They don't want their dog to suffer..

    Thank you!!
    God bless!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm is a fungus, the same that causes Athlete's Foot. If you can afford to buy the medication used for Athlete's Foot you can apply it to the affected area and treat it until the redness and itching disappears.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can children and dogs pass ringworms to each other?
    My neice has recently gotten ring worms, and we don't know where from. Now my dog has a spot on his nose and under his arm. Can they pass it back and forth? Also whats the best way to treat them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! Depending on the serverity of infection you may have to see a doctor to treat the child. Keep in mind that ringworm can SCAR - don't be frugal - have it treated. The child will most likely be treated with an antifungal cream and perhaps an oral medication as well. The dog you can treat most effectivly with a 30:1 bleach bath and DO NOT RINSE. For every 30 cups of water add one cup of bleach. This will kill the fungus the fastest - and keep it from spreading to other areas of the dog. You can also treat the spots with any cream made to treat athleets foot. Wash all bedding and toys or anything the dog touches in hot water and bleach. Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    What causes recurrent ear infections in a dog?
    I have an English Springer Spaniel who repeatedly gets ear infections, especially in one ear. I have meds for it, and I've eliminated corn from his diet, but he still repeatedly gets them. Seems like I used the ear meds constantly.
    What causes this? He's a water dog (obsessed with the river!), and I know that water doesn't help. Is it a food allergy I might be overlooking?

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him live yogurt in his daily food. About 3 dessert spoons.Do this for a week every month.
      Fungal infections cause repeated ear problems.
      Yogurt kills fungus.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why do my dogs nails fall out?
    My dogs nail constanly fall out why do they do this and what can i do to prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      i have 4 dogs so i know just about anything that can happen to them. This isn't normal but if i know anything about dogs my guess is that their nails are falling out because there could be a fungi that is growing under them and are falling off. If there is bleeding then you diffidently a problem. If it isn't a fungi then it could be something to do with their immune system, it could be that their immune system is going against it's self and it is killing the cell/nerves holding the nail on. You could also try asking your vet if your dogs need more vitamin b. There is nothing you can do with out taking your dogs to go see a vet because it could be really serious. I hope your dogs are okay. =]

  25. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of ringworm on a dog???
    After moving into a new house my dog started getting spots on her belly. She is an indoor puppy. I had her fixed about 4 weeks ago and had the vet look at them since there seemed to be more and she was loosing hair. The doctor gave me a lime sulfer dip and said it will dissappear. It has been 4 weeks and it isn't getting any better! Is there something I can do to my house or to my puppy to get rid of ringworm??

    • ANSWER:
      try a bleach and water solution this has worked for me as clorox kills just about everything from germs to fungus. I gurantee if it is ring woorm it will work. Put this on three times a day and continue even a week after symptoms disappear.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can a tree be saved if the bark has been damaged by my dog?
    I know I must protect the tree from my dog causing more damage. What can I do about the missing areas of bark my Mastiff pup chewed off? Can the young tree survive?
    Forgot to mention, the tree is about a 4 year old Arizona Ash with a 7" diameter trunk. The damage is at the base and extends upwards on one side about 1 1/2' and about 2" wide. He just pealed it upward.

    • ANSWER:
      In the bark (actually, under it, but usually you won't notice the difference) are the vessels (called phloem) that transport the products the tree resp. the leaves are making mostly down to the roots. In the inner core the vessels (called xylem) are for transportation of water and minerals up to the leaves. So you see, both vessel systems are vital to the tree and they should not get damage. However, if there's just a side where the vessels are damaged and the larger part is still intact, the tree will survive. It would be optimal if you could seal the spot with some tree sealing wax or similar (you can get that in a garden store usually) in order to prevent infection by fungus or bacteria but it's not absolutely needed. The tree won't restore the vessels but if given time, will make a thicker piece of bark, just like a scar, around it.
      Make sure for the future, your dog get's something else to play with he can strip, chew, gnaw or whatever and that trees are taboo! ;-)

  27. QUESTION:
    Can I buy larger dose of frontline plus and split it between two small dogs?
    I've always just bought the upto 22lbs applicator for my 2 dogs that weigh in at 20lbs. I was told I can buy the next dosage 23-44lb and split it in half between my two dogs. Is this true? also, I think frontline has stopped working for my dogs. I have yet found any flea on them but they keep scratching. Should I change it to k9 advantix? is that any good?

    • ANSWER:
      Theoretically yes but it's pretty hard to accurately split a dose. Then you'll have one dog getting too much, and the other not getting enough. PetArmor Plus is the same active ingredients but should be cheaper. Advantage is usually cheaper than Frontline Plus as well. I've also had good luck buying online. You can compare prices between several places such as Petco, Petsmart, 1800petmeds and often find one of them with a good sale. I've also found good prices on Amazon. Just be careful that the seller is a reputable pet supply company if you go with Amazon.

      If you part the fur in several places and look carefully, make sure you aren't seeing any small brown/black dirt specks. If you still see no signs of fleas, please consider the possibility that something other than fleas is making them itchy. Mites and fungus are contagious possibilities. Allergies are possible but not likely if both are scratching, unless they are related. Good luck!

  28. QUESTION:
    What medication can you give a dog for a tummy rash?
    My dog keeps rubbing her stomach on the carpet and then licking it she now has a RASH and I have been putting antibiotic ointment on it but what else can I put on it?

    • ANSWER:
      Before you can determine what to put on it, you need to determine what is the underlying cause. A trip to the vet is called for.

      Rashes can have MANY causes, including food allergies, fungus infections, reaction to fleas, bacterial infection, immune system problems, etc.

      And all are require different treatments.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a ringworm on a dog?
    Im pretty sure its ringworms and cant go to the vet for about a day or 2. Is there any type of fungus spray or something like that I can buy until??

    • ANSWER:
      Try Clotrimazole cream. It's anti fungal cream basically what you use for Athletes foot. It's a over the counter.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are the odds of contracting ringworm from a dog?
    My girlfriend said her doctor said she may have ringworm, and she's certain that it's because of our dog being on the bed, which he doesn't do THAT often. I think it's because we don't wash the sheets like we should if anything... Anyway, what are the odds that our dog infected her with ringworm?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to say, but the odds are pretty good that the ringworm came from the dog.... or from soil that he's come into contact with. Chances are, unless your girlfriend is a gardener, or spends time at the gym... your dog is the likeliest culprit.

      The dog doesn't even have to be ON the bed to give you ringworm. If he has it, just patting it can cause you to get it, and if he's only on the bed occasionally, he can still leave ringworm spores on the sheets.... or couch, or floors.

      If you think it's from not washing the sheets often enough, you're wrong. Yes, you need to change the sheets more often, but that's mainly because the because the spores are already there. You could change the sheets right this minute, and if the dog or your girlfriend touches them without being 100 percent treated, you can catch them again and again.

      "• You CAN get ringworm by touching a pet who has a fungal infection.
      • Dogs and cats, as well as farm animals can be infected with ringworm and easily pass it along to their owners
      • You can get ringworm on floors of public showers or locker rooms or damp surfaces. This is the most common method of contracting ringworm.
      • You can get ringworm from objects that an infected person has touched such as hats, combs, brushes, bed linens, telephones, gym mats and shower stalls.

      Prevention

      • Complete treatment as instructed by your doctor, even after symptoms disappear.
      • Minimize close contact with all pets until treated.
      • Make sure the person or animal that was the source of the infection gets treated.
      • Use a floor or bath cleaner that contains a fungus-killing agent.
      • Clean your pets environment regularly with bleach and water (10:1) dilution or use our non-toxic PetsBestRx Disinfectant when bleach is not possible.
      http://www.petsbestrx.com/petringworm/Main/kei/hightemp.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    Any ideas how to stop my dog constantly chewing her feet?
    The vet says it might be stress related. There is no infection or other signs of fungus or damage. I'm getting quite concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be stress, sure.

      Could also be an allergic reaction to something in the food, the home, or outside. Has the vet looked at your food, or mentioned that food allergies can be (and often are) to corn, beef, or chicken? Has the vet suggested SWITCHING to a corn and grain free food? Maybe one with an uncommon source like lamb of fish? Try that, see what happens.

      You could also take to wiping the dog's paws off after coming into the home, wash off anything the dog may have stepped in (road salt/sand.) Could also try swapping cleaning brands if you use anything on the floors or bedding (detergents and such.)

      When you notice the dog going for the feet, it's time for a distraction. Get a puzzle toy of some sort, or start a game of fetch/tug/whatever works. Do some training. Go for a walk.

  32. QUESTION:
    how do I grow grass in my dogs penn/kennel?
    I keep my two medium dogs in a gated area. When i moved in to the house their was some patches of grass but over time it just died out. Now the gated areas is completely hard compact dirt, so how do I go about getting grass to grow again? And Once the grass has grow in if i keep my dogs in the same gated area will it eventually die again?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't. Even if you remove the dogs, amend the soil with fertilizer to neutralize the urine in the ground, then re-sod the dog pen, the grass will die shortly after you put your dogs back into the kennel. Dog urine will kill vegetation, pacing and jumping dogs destroy the grass and its roots. Give up on having grass in your dog's area. Concrete is easier to clean. Just spray it with a hose daily. Concrete also helps keep claws short. I would not recommend using artificial turf. When wet, it can harbor mold, fungus, and all sorts of other nasty gunk, especially in a dog yard. Just go with the dirt yard, or pour some concrete.

  33. QUESTION:
    Tell me if this sounds like my dog has many problems?
    Ok, i bought an american bulldog today, but man, i should have edjucated myself. This dog rib cage is showing good, but has a big belly underneath, also, there are black circles all over the bottom of the dog. I dont know if this is just part of the look of the dog, but it doesnt look good. Also, he is sleeping now and he is breathing in and out faster than a greyhound runs. He's making noises as he sleeps but i dont know if hes jus snoring. I know everyone is going to say take him to a vet, but i want opinions of those who know about dogs. I plan on hitting the vet later today. He is suppose to be 10 weeks old.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, he really sounds wormy! He may also have ringworm. ( a fungus like athlete's foot) or puppy staph on his tummy.
      The breathing heavily may be related to roundworms, so *hopefully* the vet can fix him up quickly and inexpensively.

      It sounds like he found you just in time!

  34. QUESTION:
    what to do with a dog with skin infected condition?
    Feels like hard scabs. Started in the inner ears, and now are all over. The Vet said it was a fungus and to treat it with Ticnactin (spray for feet ). Seemed to have taken care of the infection, but now scabs are all over.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, so why not call the Vet back and ask him what step #2 would be. He was the one who told you how to treat it, so he should be the one to tell you what steps to take next.

  35. QUESTION:
    the say omega 3 is good for fungus and yeast infection in dogs is this true?
    the vet told me my dog has a bacteria infection, is this omega 3 good for her?

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure but it wont hurt her, omega 3 is an natural oil so it wont hurt her if you want to try it.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a dog for ring worm?
    I just recently found out that I have ringworm, and I can give it to my dog. I have stuff for mine but if he gets it (I know I didn't get it from him I got from another dog)can I just wash him with selsun blue?
    He doesn't have it yet, but I'm taking precautions.

    • ANSWER:
      I found these remedies on line...>>>My puppy has had ringworm for 4 weeks now and it is getting better slowly. I shampoo him with KETOCHLOR shampoo everyother day and apply Lotrimin AF everyday to the fungus areas. The vet told me it could take up to 2 months for the ringworm to clear. It is stubborn! But I feel this is probably the best and safest way to treat the problem with a puppy. AND here>>> CREST toothpaste is the way to go! We used it on our horses (70 horses had it in all!) a couple times a day we would do the rounds and just slather it on! Our vet even recommends it (not publicly!) Cleared up as fast as ring worm can!
      And this one...>> I bought Tree Tea Oil from http://www.aloetherapy.com and use it on my Dog. fixed him up in a short time. Tree Tea Oil is Anti Fungal as well as Anti Bacterial.
      I used Campho-Phenique on the kids and it really worked, also. Can't hurt to give it a try. The teatree oil sounds good too. Tea Tree Oil is good for a lot of things
      And herer>>> Ring worm is really a fungus....not worms. Tea Tree oil is better than even prescription stuff on fungi like ringworm, athletes foot, even rashes. It is also the best topical antibiotic I have found. Wounds heal in half the time. A little goes a long way...so use sparingly. Get it at your health foods store. This oil comes from the Malaluka tree in Australia. It grows wild along the river shores and ponds. The leaves fall in the water and turn it very dark...like tea. Thus the commonly known name of Tea Tree. The natives bathe in the dark water to heal almost everything. It has a menthol odor so works great to steam your chest and sinus problems. Hope this helps.
      and here>> i found that Lamisil AT cream for athletes foot works real good

  37. QUESTION:
    What is that brown mushy stuff in my dog's ear?
    My dog has brown mushy stuff in his ears. He doesn't seem to be bothered with it until I try to clean out his ear. He scratches his ear and itches it after I clean it. It has been present for more than 2 weeks. I have been cleaning his ear with q-tips and gauze, but it won't seem to go away. Does anyone know what this stuff is?

    • ANSWER:
      this could be lots of things, anything from allergic reactions to inhalents, pollens, molds, to fungus infection, also bacterial infection.

      if it is infection from whatever cause, it is best to identify the stuff and the vet can determine what it might be and treat it. the vet can also do a culture if he isnt sure the best med to use, since I have dog with chronic and severe ear problems, I think this should be handled aggressively.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of ringworm on my dog?
    My dog has ringworm and I think I got it too. What is the home remedy for getting rid of ringworm? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's a fungus actually, not a worm.
      You really need to take your dog to the vet, but my vet recommended a good dandruff shampoo and Miconysol, which is what cures yeast infections in women.
      Sounds weird, but putting miconysol on the dog twice a day and washing him with good dandruff shampoo actuall did cure his ringworm - but it takes weeks and you need to be persistant.

  39. QUESTION:
    What is this white fungus looking stuff on my cat's poop?
    I've been seeing this for about a month. It all started ever since I set up the Xmas tree and it looked like my cat's were eating the white tree curtain that covers the base of the tree. It's not worms. Just looks as if their poop is covered in cotton. Could this be a fungus or something? Or do I not scoop it often enough?(If this is the problem I will totally start scooping more frequently. However, I own businesses and it is very hard, my fiance hasn't scooped their poop in 7 months. Her help could really be appreciated though. You know how women are with disgusting things, so I took up the chore.)

    But could my cats be sick or something. They have all their shots. Last time they went was back in November. I have to toxedo cats. 7 months old.

    • ANSWER:
      That's funny. My cat eats plastic and I often notice different colors in her poop. If you're just noticing it now and she ate at Christmas time, you're cleaning the litter WAY to infrequently. It's the most likely the tree curtain you're seeing. My dog used to eat used tissues and she would poop white the next day. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous in animals when they eat something like that, it can cause a blockage. If you have been cleaning the litter box and you're just noticing it now, it was probably stuck somewhere inside and you're lucky she passed it. If you have 2 cats, the litter needs to be cleaned a minimum of every other day. If you're still noticing the "white stuff" in a day or two and you know she's not eating stuff she shouldn't, please contact your vet.

  40. QUESTION:
    What would cause a fingernail that is the same raised shape, thickness and appearance of a dog's claw?
    I have a friend who has this even though all her other nails are normal. It's something she was born with and drs have ruled out any fungus and can't figure out what else it would be. It is very difficult for her to trim and it rips to the quick and bleeds rather often unless she has artificial nails over it. Due to the makeup of it, there is no way to file it down smoothly. No matter how it is trimmed if even possible (it's so thick she can't even do that without it ripping), it grows back with the same thickness and appearance. What would cause something like that?

    • ANSWER:
      i would go to those doctors that take care or feet and ingrown nails and stuff that very rare ive never heard that b4

  41. QUESTION:
    How can i convince my parents to let me get a dog?
    I love love love animals♥,
    so i usually go throw these fases where i want something, then beg, beg, beg, then get it.
    I know, i can't stop, Also, how can i stop it is part question.
    But lately i've been doing everything for the dog i have now, bringing it to dog parks, giving it baths, trainning it ageitly, but i want a small pug.
    so how can i convince them?
    ALSO: They say i'm not responsible, can i prove i am?
    i'm 14 too!

    • ANSWER:
      do all your chorses before your ask.
      do as your told...
      keep it up with your dog...
      do what i did beg beg beg but dont make them mad once they said no
      wait a couple days after being "sad"
      ask one more time.......
      ps a pug is alot of work because of the wrincles in the skin there can be fungus and such/

  42. QUESTION:
    How long does ringworm last on a dog after treated with antibiotics?
    my dog has ringworm and has been on antibiotics for about a week and i was wondering if anyone knows how long it will last after treated

    • ANSWER:
      You need an antigungal, not an antibiotic.
      Actually, when my dog had ringworm, my vet said to bathe him every other day at first, then twice a week, with a very effective dandruff shampoo -- something medicinal not like head and hsoulders. Your drugstore has very effective shampoos like that.

      Then vet said to apply the same sort of anti-fungal women use for yeast infections - Myconisol or the generic version - twice a day to the affected area.

      This cured my dog in a few weeks, but you need to make sure it is all gone.

      Ringworm is NOT a worm - it's a fungus, like a yeast infection.

  43. QUESTION:
    My dog is sweating is there a problem with her?
    My dog which is a minature shih tzu has been sweating on her armpits and chest . Is it because of my country which is hot and tropical or something . She is groom(cut bald) everytime when her fur gets long or matted . She's just recently been groom bald and she is sweating on her armpits , chest and body is there a problem with her or it's just wierd or it's my country ?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't have sweat glands on their bodies, that's why they pant.
      She either has some sort of fungus or infection from being damp all the time or she is laying in a wet spot in your yard trying to keep cool.
      She really should not be shaved bald, even when it's hot as her fur is insulation from heat and sun as well as cold.

  44. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my fungus toenails?
    They are thick flaky and yellow and can only be cut with the dogs claw cutters

    • ANSWER:
      With this you need not worry because you will be cured, pls ask the chemist if they have oral medication to go with it, thatway its faster. my sister had it and its a long forgotten history now

      all the best, ciao

      Your nail fungus infection doesn't live on your nails — it lives under them. And your infection won't go away on its own. It can even grow and spread to other nails

      Lamisil Tablets can help you see clearer, healthier nails again.

      Lamisil Tablets are a highly effective treatment for mild to severe nail fungus infection.
      Lamisil Tablets are the #1 prescribed treatment for nail fungus infection worldwide.
      Since 1996, healthcare professionals have prescribed Lamisil Tablets to more than 17 million people in the U.S.
      Lamisil Tablets are an FDA-approved pill that treats for nail fungus infection.

      Unlike surface treatments you try on your own, Lamisil Tablets work through the bloodstream to target the infection where it lives, deep under the nail.

      You don't have to live with thick, discolored, flaky, unhealthy toenails. Take Lamisil Tablets for 3 months and you may soon be on your way to seeing clearer, healthier nails again.

      It takes time to grow new nails, but it's worth it. Nails grow from the bottom out, so as time passes, you'll start seeing new, healthier nails grow in.

      Month(s) Treatment Stage

      1-3 months Take one Lamisil Tablet each day. The medicine in Lamisil Tablets travels to the infection deep in your nail bed. This will help the nail start growing in healthy again. Learn how to take Lamisil Tablets

      3-6 months You may start seeing your nails grow in healthier as the discolored, thick nails grow out. You may not be taking Lamisil Tablets anymore, but the active ingredient from Lamisil Tablets continues to fight the infection in the nail bed.

      6-9 months You can see more and more of your clearer, healthier nails as the infected part of your nails grow out.

      9-12 months Your nails may have completely grown back and you may no longer see the symptoms you used to. Follow some simple nail tips to help keep your nails as healthy as they now look.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it wrong to teach your dog to lick your feet?
    i dont have a dog, but my gf does and she trained him to do this
    is it morally wrong? because the dog doesn't do this by choice, she trained him with treats, praise and stern command

    • ANSWER:
      dogs have the instinct to be motherly/fatherly to some one they love. If your dog was trained to do this and your girlfriend doesn't have foot fungus or anything, the dog will be fine health wise and will fell like a mother/father loving and cleaning their baby

  46. QUESTION:
    My Dogs Testicles Are Pink Covered With Black?
    So my dogs skin is pink, his testicles are pink too, but covered with black spots, that connect create this patch of black on his testicles. When I touch it, he yelps. Is this normal?
    LOL ok... To be clear, and fair. I thought it was dirt from our garden. I was trying to clean him with a clothe. Thanks for the negative comments everyone... Helps a lot?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not unusual for a dog to have pink skin with black spots - even on testicles. But if the black patches do not appear to be normal healthy skin - then it could be some type of fungus, infection or even dead necrotic tissue.

      Bring him into the vet for an exam - and quit messing with his testicles!

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I bring condition of fishes to the notice of Petsmart?
    I was in Petsmart few days back shopping stuff for my goldies and I stopped by their aquarium area to watch the fishes. I was heartbroken to look at the condition of those fishes and it really made me very sad. The goldies had all turned black due to bacteria infection and fungus, rotten fins and some where almost dead and others where nibbling on the dead ones and most of them where going to die because they were completely diseased. I felt it was very inhuman behaviour on the part of store and of course i understand they are doing the business but as a pet owner I felt deeply sad for those creatures. I wanted to know if other people have also observed similar scene at their local pet store or is it just my local store that treats the fishes that way? Have you ever done anything to bring it to the pet stores notice? What would be the right way of dealing with this situation without offending the owners?

    • ANSWER:
      Email the head office. You can also write, and call. That way 3 different people will hear your complaint. I have complained about similar pet issues to a variety of stores. A Pet Value (that isn't supposed to sell cats/dogs) had a small cage crammed with 5 sickly/dirty cats for a price of each. I emailed the head office and they told me that this store had violated their policy and would be dealt with.

      It pays to complain.

      This link has their email, address, and telephone number.

      http://www.petsmart.com/global/customerservice/cs_contact_us.jsp

  48. QUESTION:
    What do we need to prepare before going to a house auction?
    The house that we'd like to bid on is selling As-is with no contingencies. There is 30,000 worth of termite and fungus damage, and we do not know what structural damage there might be. What sorts of things should we prepare before going to auction.
    Should we already be preapproved?
    What sorts of inspections should we arrange prior to the bidding?
    The house is in a rural area, are there any other concerns we should be aware of?

    • ANSWER:
      You already have some good answers. The other thing to re-iterate, is to BE CLEAR on what the process is. Not all states/counties/cities follow the same process for auctions, and the devil is in the details.

      In some cases, you will have to clear up any outstanding liens yourself (unpaid property taxes, mechanic's liens, etc.), so know in advance what you'll need to satisfy in order to have free and clear title.

      Also, be sure you want to do this - this house sounds like a dog and might be tough if it's your first time out. Your auction deposit is probably non-refundable, so once you bid, changing your mind can be VERY expensive...

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to bathe a dog and leave his collar on?
    my mum bathes our dog but leaves the collar on
    I always think it must be very uncomfortable for our dog to have a damp/wet collar on
    Should i just bathe her on my own and take her collar off for a few hours then put it back on myself?
    There is no chance of her escaping,
    Our backdoor is locked if she has her collar off.

    • ANSWER:
      The collar should be removed, washed and dried and put back on when dry. The fur underneath the damp collar is going to take longer to dry and air will not circulate. Warmth from the skin will build up and the warm damp area provides the best medium for growing bacteria, fungus, etc. Sure, it won't happen overnight, and it won't hurt once in a while, but why take a chance. I just have an extra collar and when I wash dog, collar one gets washed and collar 2 goes on.


fungus in dogs

Causes For Yeast Infection

Vaginal infections in women can lead to several complications, apart from destroying her sexual life, and need immediate medical attention. There are many causes of vaginal infection. Let us try to brief on the more common causes.

Bacterial Vaginosis accounts for about 50% of all Vaginitis cases. When the commonly present bacteria, Gardnerella Vaginalis, overgrow, a woman will start feeling the symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis.

Candida Albicans, a fungus, causes vaginal yeast infections, which is also called Vulvovaginal Candidiasis, Candidiasis, and Genital Candidiasis. This kind of infection can become life threatening and mostly affects women with weak immune defenses, such as diabetes, being on steroids, pregnancy, or to HIV positive cases. The infection can spread to skin, esophagus, mucus membranes, heart valves, etc. Among the other causes of vaginal infections, such potential causes require our serious attention.

The overgrowth of fungi in the vagina can cause vaginal yeast infections. This disease is not transmitted through sexual contacts. The bacteria that present in vagina naturally, can become one of the causes of vaginal infection when their balance is disturbed.

The vaginal conditions in pregnancy and diabetes offer favorable ground for fungal growth, and also lower the glycogen store in certain vaginal cells. Vaginal pH and sugar content also increase. Such factors increase the risk of yeast infection in women.

Since using antibiotics destroys the 'good' bacteria in vagina that stand guard against Candidal organisms, the risk of yeast infection increases. Moreover, birth control pills cause some changes in vaginal environment that give rise to conditions favoring fungus growth.

Another cause of vaginal infection in women is Trich or Trichomoniasis, which is the infection of genital and urinary tract, and it is a sexually transmitted disease.

Some infections are caused due to a woman's being allergic to some vaginal hygiene products like spermicides, fabric softeners or detergents. Moreover, vaginitis or thinning of the vaginal walls during menopause can affect women in their older age.

As some other causes of vaginal infections, we find unhygienic vaginal conditions and lack of immunity become responsible for an infection. Some women also get infections through sexual contact with an infected person, and also if the vagina is kept constantly moist. Wearing tight and non-cotton underwear, using douches, and such other factors also favor the infection.

In any case, it is always highly advisable to consult a doctor once any of the symptoms appear. Medical attention can prevent many complications if addressed on time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What causes yeast infections & can sex play any part in getting one?
    It seems like almost everytime I have sex with my husband, I end up with a yeast infection. Why would this be? What causes yeast infections???

    • ANSWER:
      Many people deal with yeast infections at some points in their lives. Yet, not everyone understands the severity of the situation, nor how important it is to contain the infection while treatments are administered. When it comes to answering the question of "is a yeast infection contagious?", the answer is that it can be very contagious.

      Perhaps the most well publicized type of yeast infection has to do with infection of the genitals or other parts of the body that are normally engaged in sexual activity. Both men and women may experience a yeast problem in and around the genitals. Such areas as the anus and the mouth may also be impacted. When one partner has a yeast infection in any of these areas, physical contact with another human being can open the door to sharing the infection. For this reason, sexual activity of any kind should be avoided until the infection is cleared up and a doctor confirms it is safe to resume sexual relations.

      For more information on causes of yeast infection and immediate relief, you may wish to read about them here : http://yeast-infection.best-health-remedy.com/

  2. QUESTION:
    Can metronidazole cause yeast infection or make it worse?
    My doctor prescribed it to me to clear up the infection i have but will it make it worse? I also burn when i pee so i was hoping it would clear that up too? Will it? Or will it make matters worse for me? Because i heard it can cause yeast infection still, and im using it because i DO have an infection so will it make it worse? Should i stop taking it?

    • ANSWER:
      It's an antibiotic, all antibiotics can cause yeast infections. It is usually prescribed for bacterial vaginosis. antibiotics can not cure a yeast infection since yeast is not a bacteria.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can lubricated condoms cause yeast infections?
    I am on the pill, but my boyfriend and I have started using condoms again because we figure it's cleaner and safer that way. I'm wonder though, if lubricated condoms are known to cause yeast infections or be irritating? If so, which type or brand are less likely to do that?

    I'd really like to do whatever I can to avoid things like yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.

    • ANSWER:
      I would actually think that you're LESS likely to get a yeast infection if your BF wears a condom. The ph balance in the vagina needs to stay correct (acidic), and it goes out of whack with a yeast infection. Semen is alkaline, and if you have sex a lot, it can contribute. At least I think so. I'm not a doctor or nurse, and may be remembering this inaccurately, but it isn't life or death, and it would probably be best to talk to your doctor anyway.

      You probably want to avoid spermicidal lubricant though. With the pill you really don't need it. And regular lubricant is less irritating.

  4. QUESTION:
    Will my antibiotics cause a yeast infection ?
    I'm currently taking antibiotics for my bladder infection and I was wondering if the medicine will cause a yeast infection. Now I'm asking this because on some forums I read that sometimes when you take antibiotics it can cause yeast infections. Any advice ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they can. Start eating lots of plain yogurt.

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching
      Buy Monistat 7 over-the-counter

      Signs of bacterial vaginosis:
      A white, gray or yellowish vaginal discharge
      A fishy odor that is strongest after sex or after washing with soap
      Itching or burning
      Slight redness and swelling of the vagina or vulva
      See a doctor

  5. QUESTION:
    Can taking a round of macrodantin for a bladder infection cause a yeast infection?
    I've been taking macrodantin 4 x day for 9 days for a bladder infection. I've also been fighting a yeast infection at same time, it seems. Could the macrodantin have caused the yeast infection or be contributing to it now?

    • ANSWER:
      As ladies taking medicine in large amounts can cause a yeast infection.

      "ANTIBIOTICS are probably the leading cause of vaginal yeast infections in American woman, and are a great example of the important principle that by using technology to solve problems, we create other problems. Say you take an antibiotic to cure your sinus infection. The antibiotic kills the unwanted bacteria in your sinuses, but can also kill the "good" bacteria in your crotch, upsetting the balance of your vaginal ecosystem, allowing the yeast to take over. (Antibacterial deodorant soap can have the same effect.) Most wimmin have problems with only a few types of antibiotics, or with prolonged antiobiotic treatment. Others get yeast infections every time they take antibiotics. Unfortunately, I know of no way of preventing an antibiotic-induced yeast infection; you just have to treat it once it starts.

      hope this helps

  6. QUESTION:
    Can being on antibiotics cause a yeast infection?
    I'm taking probiotics twice a day but wonder if the meds could still have caused a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes some antibiotics can cause a yeast infection eat some yogurt.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some antibiotics you can take that WONT cause a yeast infection?
    Ive taken amoxicillin before and it gave me a yeast infection, is there an antibiotic that WONT cause a yeast infection, or when I do take a antibiotic can i take acidophiles with it at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are prone to yeast infections, then there is no antibiotics that won't cause them.

      What happens is antibiotics kill bacteria, and they don't discriminate against what parts of your body they will trigger. So the good bacteria in your vagina are killed along the bad ones that make you sick. Result: yeasts in the vagina, that were already there, now have the whole place for themselves and thrive.

      Eating more probiotic foods like yogurt can help in reducing the effects, but while some women never get yeast infections when they are on antibiotics (I never have), others just always get them no matter the antibiotic (like my mother).

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of a yeast infection? Is Having sex the cause of a yeast infection?
    i'm 14 & i think i may have a yeast infection i had never had sex? i just wanna know what might have caused a yeast infection i want to tell my mom but im scared she will think i did sex or something bad when i dont even have or had sex before ?

    • ANSWER:
      Many things can cause a yeast infection. Also, you could have a bacterial infection and just think it's a yeast infection. Both of these are caused by things other than sex as well as sex. For instance, one can get a yeast infection after taking a couse of antibiotics. The drugs kill off the good bacteria that keeps the yeast level down. Eating yogurt helps to prevent this from happening.

      You should tell your mother so you can get treatment otherwise, you'll be miserable.

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do antibiotics cause yeast infections?
    Antibiotics such as penicillin is used to clean up bacteria infections in the body. But why do they cause yeast infections in many women? I get one every time I take antibiotics (which is rare, but it happens). Isn't a yeast infection a bacterial infection? I'd assume penicillin would prevent it but it causes it. Usually I get one after 4-5 days of taking antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:
      yeast is a fungal, not bacterial infection, and it's always present down there. it's kept in check by "good" bacteria in your system. if you take antibiotics, it can kill the good bacteria, which let's the fungus get out of control.

      for the same reason, taking antibiotics can cause problems in your digestive system ... by killing to good bacteria in your intestines.

      i don't know why you are taking antibiotics, but you should refrain from doing so if at all possible. if your dr. is prescribing them often, question them if it's truly necessary,

  10. QUESTION:
    Can a vaginal yeast infection spread to the anus or cause anal itching?
    I just recently got off of antibiotics for bronchitis, which I know have been known to cause yeast infections. Personally, I have never had one before but I have been experiencing a vaginal itch, along with discharge - classic signs of a yeast infection. My only concern is that I am having itching in my anal area as well. Is it possible that the yeast infection could have spread to my anus or that the irritation has spread to that area?
    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it can easily be spread if not treated. I'd contact your doctor.

  11. QUESTION:
    Doxycycline for acne can cause yeast infections?
    I'm 15 and was prescribed doxycycline for my acne, but I read that it can cause yeast infections. I've never had one before and I'm not "active". If I do get one as a side affect, what should I do? It would be embaressing to tell my mom or doctor, and I'm only 15 so I can't drive myself to a drug store or doctor. Should I just buy "CANESTEN vaginal clotrimazole yeast infection cream 10 g" in case I ever get an infection?

    • ANSWER:
      When women take antibiotics there is always a chance of getting a yeast infection. In my own case it only happens when I am on a really high dosage for a long period of time but all of us are different. Antibiotics "kill" the infections that they are prescribed for but they can also kill some of the good things in our bodies that fight off our infections, yeast infections included. If it does happen your doctor could try a different medication that may work better for you. I honestly wouldn't "pre-use" any creams or buy any because some of those aren't good for your body either and your doctor should be able to help you with that or direct you to another doctor who can if you do get a yeast infection. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you!

  12. QUESTION:
    I am on my last day of treatment and I still have a yeast infection?
    I have been using the off brand Monistat 7 and tonight is my last dose but I still have a yeast infection. Can someone please tell me what the most effective way of treating a yeast infection is and how to prevent them? I am open to home remedies as well. Also, what causes yeast infections. I know antibiotics can because I get one every time I am on antibiotics but what else causes them?

    • ANSWER:
      As you may already know, candida, the bacteria that causes yeast infections lives in the vagina. There is always a small amount of it but because the vagina itself is acidic with a Ph between 3-4 it is controlled, and doesnt bother at all. Ok, so you know about antibiotics, but any other factor (like soap, ovulation, condoms or any type of birth control ) that changes your vaginas Ph and makes it less acid is giving the candida a environment that is perfect for it to grow.

      Now about the remedy, give the monistat some time to work, but I recommend you to take Some Apple cider vinegar dilute it in some fresh water and sit on that mixture, in a tub or in a bucket, allowing your legs to be just a little open. Believe me THIS WORKS.
      Do it at often as you can :)
      Hope I helped!

  13. QUESTION:
    is it true using a dildo often cause a yeast infection?
    me and my partner have been having sex with a dildo, i wanted to know if it causes yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      Only stuff that changes the acidity of the vagina(eg. douching) or something that affects your immune system would cause a yeast infection. As long as it is cleaned before and after use it should be fine. Also don't use the dildo in your vagina after you use it in your anus without washing it first as this is unhealthy for your vagina.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can using only tampons cause yeast infections ?
    - Hi, I have my period, and I only use tampons because I think pads makes me feel like I am wearing a diaper! My mom says that only using tampons can cause yeast infections but I thought I would see what other people have to say

    Thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      "Don't cave in to misinformation! Keep on using tampons as long as you are comfortable with them. A yeast infection is very common form of vaginal infection caused by a fungus known as Candida. The fungus which is normally found in most women, may overgrow the vagina when you take antibiotics, or the bc pill, over douche or have diabetes, wear a wet bathing suit too long or wear sweaty leotards (among other reasons). It is common that when yeast infections occur, they do shortly before your period begins. Because of that, women may mistakenly believe that their tampon is the cause of the yeast infection. The symptoms of a yeast infection are vaginal itching, redness and intense burning, and a thick cottage-cheese like discharge...no odor. It is important to see a doctor the first time you have a yeast infection to make sure you get the correct diagnosis. Once you know what the symptoms of a yeast infection are (and it was confirmed to be a yeast infection) you can use the anti-fungal medications sold in drug stores."

      http://www.beinggirl.com/en_US/questiondetail.jsp?ContentId=ASK28

  15. QUESTION:
    Can 1% Hydrogen Peroxide kill taste buds or cause a yeast infection in the mouth?
    I heard the swishing your mouth out with 1% hydrogen peroxide is a great way to clean and whiten teeth without buying expensive stuff. Could it kill the taste buds being that it is 1%? How about cause a yeast infection in the mouth?

    • ANSWER:
      The one percent Hydrogen Peroxide won't cause any infections and won't cause any serious problems, if you remember to follow up with plain water.

      However, it may not whiten your teeth very much. The Hydrogen Peroxide solutions used for that purpose are at least 3 times as strong (3% solution), and sometimes they are as much as a 15% solution.

      But if you want to experiment, go ahead. It won't hurt to try.

  16. QUESTION:
    WHAT CAUSE YEAST INFECTIONS AND HOW TO PREVENT IT PLEASE?
    What cause yeast infections and how to prevent it please? It seems like I have it a lot lately, how many yeast infections is normal for a woman to have per year? My DR keep saying “oh it’s normal for women to have it don’t worry you’ll be fine” here’s a prescription. I hate that mannnnnnnnnnnn.

    Merci Beaucoup mes amis!

    • ANSWER:
      You naturally have yeast in your vagina all the time, but yeast infections happen when normal healthy levels of yeast get thrown off, where yeast start overgrowing. The most common causes come down to either pH imbalance or warm and moist environment.

      Your vagina has a very delicate pH, anything chemical can effect this so soaps, washes, sprays, powders, so-called 'feminine' wipes & washes, these can all interfere with normal vaginal pH so allow yeast to overgrow. Another common cause I've seen many times is tampons - they prevent vaginal cleaning, encourage growth of bacteria and yeast, and commercial brands contain chemicals that can effect vaginal pH - thus one reason why menstrual cups are recommended over tampons these days. Pads and liners can also be problematic, if made form synthetics it stops your genitals from being able to 'breathe' so making the area warm and moist, commercial pads can also contain chemicals that effect vaginal pH, so if you use pads switch to cotton at least, or ideally cloth pads. Essentially you just have to think about keeping yourself dry and cool, so avoiding tight or synthetic clothing, thongs and g-strings, if you sit on a chair all day walk about a bit, dry properly after washing (wash with water only), practice safe sex and also watch diet (cut out yeasts and sugars).

      It's normal for women to get yeast infections from time to time, but not reoccurring infections, that suggests there is something wrong and your doctor should have discussed this with you - but don't rely on your doctor to take care of your health for you, you're more than capable of looking into vaginal health and yeast infections yourself, and demanding proper care from your doctor or even asking to see another doctor if this one is not being helpful to you.

  17. QUESTION:
    How can antibiotics cause a yeast infection but also can cure one?
    Today I start taking prescribed antibiotics for a ingrown toenail I am in fear of getting a yeast infection, but I would also like to know how antibiotics cause a yeast infection but can also cure one?

    • ANSWER:
      antibiotics kill your good bacteria as well as the harmful bacteria. when you take antibiotics good bacteria killed letting opportunistic pathogens take effect giving you the thrush

  18. QUESTION:
    Is Valtrex like an antibiotic for cold sores & herpes? Could it cause a yeast infection as a side effect?
    I was prescribed it for a fever blister and I was wondering if it would cause a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      Valtrex is an antiviral drug. It's mechanism of action is that it is an inhibitor of an enzyme that only the virus uses, so it cannot cause a yeast infections. Yeast infections that are caused by antibiotics because they kill the "good" bacteria that live in the vagina allowing for yeasts to move in and set up shop.

      I've attached an article if you'd like to know more. I hope this helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    What causes you to get a yeast infection?
    What are the causes to a yeast infection? What are some home made remedies that can help cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis, commonly called yeast infection, is the most frequent infection acquired by women and is one of the most common reasons that women consult healthcare professionals. Yeast infections result from an overgrowth of a species of fungus called Candida albicans. Fungi are larger and more complex than bacteria. Yeast is unicellular fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments such as the mouth and vagina. Problems occur when there is an overgrowth of yeast, commonly occurring with pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, poor nutrition, antibiotic therapy, diabetes, and other immunosuppressed disorders.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can old underwear cause yeast infections?
    I've had these undies for a year or more. Can they cause yeast infections, I keep getting them.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural ways to get rid of a yeast infection?
    I'm allergic to the prescription and over the counter treatments... My dr recommended I eat probiotic yogurt or said that antibiotics could work. Well, antibiotics can cause yeast infections... So, are there any natural ways to get rid of one?

    • ANSWER:
      A study reviewed in JOGNN showed that applying yogurt directly to the vagina (about one tablespoon via an applicator) can also fight yeast infections.
      "A vaginal application of yogurt containing Lactobacillus acidophilus may help to prevent and treat candidal vaginitis (a.k.a. yeast infections)."

  22. QUESTION:
    What to do about a mild yeast infection?
    I was recently put on a strong antibiotic for an extended period of time, and I noticed right around the end of my use that I had some strange vaginal discharge. I researched it and found out that antibiotics can cause yeast infections.
    I only had one day of the thick white discharge, and there was no smell. There is very, very little itching/burning, and when it is present, it's extremely tolerable. My question is whether I should let this continue to clear up on it's own (it's been maybe four days), and if so, what types of things should I do to help the process along? For example, I read that it's good to eat yogurt.
    I am not sexually active, so I can not possibly have an STD.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Caitlin

      it is never a good idea to let it clear on its own. So my advice would be to take action and do something about it, before it gets worse.

      Best thing to do is to go see a doctor about it, and tell her/him your symptoms.

      But, I never liked doctors, and I usually try to cure things naturally. Yes, yogurt can help a lot, so definitely start eating one yogurt a day. It is best to use a plain, unheated, low-fat yogurt. Make sure it doesn’t contain any additives, sugar, fruits or any flavors in it.

      You can use yogurt to spread it down there, around the affected area and on it as well. You will feel a great cooling effect, and the itch will be gone fast.

      Same with honey (organic one). Apply it to infected area, and it will help relieve the symptoms.

      Also, Garlic is very helpful for treating yeast infections.

      Try to stay away from red meat for a few days as well. Sugar is a big no no also, so try not to eat foods high in sugar (candy bars, cookies, things like that)

      Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I know that I have Yeast Infection?
    Well my vagina started to itch alot about an hour ago and now it's starting to swell up. I looked up what it could be and people say it could be yeast infection. I looked up what causes yeast infection but I don't take and medication I'm not sexually active or anything. I'm 13 so the causes don't really make sense for me. Is it really yeast infection or is it something else? Oh and I'm on my period.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to be taking medication or be sexually active to develop a yeast infection. Antibiotics are usually the biggest culprit (they kill off the good bacteria in your body that helps keep your natural yeast levels in balance), but your body's natural flora can be thrown off balance for other reasons, such as stress, fatigue, or a diet high in yeasts or sugars.

      Unless you know for certain that you have a yeast infection, you don't want to treat yourself with over-the-counter medications. It might seem like the easiest solution, but if you don't have a yeast infection and you try to treat yourself, you could be setting yourself up to become breeding grounds for medication-resistant yeast. That's why it's recommended that for your first suspected yeast infection you consult a doctor. Your doctor will perform an exam, most likely take a culture, and can then instruct you on the best course of action to take.

      Talk to your mother about this and have her set you up an appointment with your doctor. There's nothing to be scared or embarrassed about. It's one of those unfortunate things that some of us women have to go through.

  24. QUESTION:
    What causes a Yeast Infection? My doct said it's from wearing too tight pants/too much anti-biotics?!?
    Uhh what causes a yeast infection? My doctor said I either wear too tight pants or put on too much moisturizer/anti-biotic thing.. I doubt thats true .. It's like this sticky whiteish thing that I get on my underwear.

    • ANSWER:
      You normally have some yeast in your body. When they overproduce and get out of control, you have a yeast infection.

      Your doctor is right...
      Tight pants can cause it because they don't let the area get enough air, which makes a moist warm enviornment where the yeast can multiply.

      Taking antibiotics can wipe out the good bacteria in your body that keep the yeast in check, so you get an overproduction of yeast.

      Using scented soaps or cremes can cause irritation, which increases your chance of getting the infection.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the chances of getting a yeast infection if u get fingered in a hot tub?
    That popped in my mind a few mins ago.
    I'm curious.
    Cus isnt alot of water in your vag suppost to cause yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:
      i don't know about yeast infections specifically but you should not have sex or get fingered in a hot tub, they are breeding ground for bacteria and you risk infection....

  26. QUESTION:
    Yeast Infection from Groin, can it move to inside penis causing yeast infection there?
    Can a yeast infection of the groin move into the Penis and cause a yeast infection there? I have been diagnosed with groin yeast infection and was wondering if it could spread to the penis because i have had painful urination for a while?

    • ANSWER:
      yes it can go there, if i were you i would check if i had gonoria or other sexual diseases

  27. QUESTION:
    Yeast Infection from Groin, can it move to inside penis causing yeast infection there?
    Can a yeast infection of the groin move into the Penis and cause a yeast infection there? I have been diagnosed with groin yeast infection and was wondering if it could spread to the penis because i have had painful urination for a while?

    • ANSWER:
      yes an you can also spread to your partner so you both need to be treated

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you WASH your Vag correctly? direct soap keeps causing yeast infections for me :(?
    I ALWAYS tend to get yeast infections because my vag is so sensitive. If I use certain soaps I get a yeast infection. I began using summers eve wash and spray. And i think it was the spray but i have a yeast infection. Do you apply soap directly to the vagina from your wash cloth? What type of soaps do you use that doesn't effect your normal PH? Even Irish Spring, & Zest causes yeast infections for me :(

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, you should just use warm water down there. Anything with chemicals in it (even products that claim they're made for that part of your body) are bad for you. The vagina cleans itself, which is why women have discharge.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can eating yogurt prevent a yeast infection?
    I am about to start taking Flagyl for a vaginal infection. From what I understand, this medicine causes yeast infections. Will eating yogurt prevent me getting a yeast infection and how much yogurt should I consume to prevent one?

    • ANSWER:
      It can help. Yogurt has natural live bacteria. Antibiotics kill good bacteria as well as bad, so it helps to replace the good (to keep things in balance). Just one a day is usually good for basic maintenance, but you may want to have a second while you are taking the meds (just to be safe). You can also buy acidophilus tabs. That is the active bacteria in yogurt. It is more expensive, though.

  30. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent my yeast infections?
    I seem to get a lot of yeast infections and I want to know what I can do to stop this from happening. I always follow the basic rules to avoiding yeast infections such as wearing cotton panties, etc.
    I am on the birth control pill, which I know can cause yeast infections sometimes, but other than that I'm happy with the pill and I want to remain on it. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably already know, but in treating the yeast infections, has your partner been treated too?

      He can re-introduce the infection over and over, and often he'll have no symptoms.

  31. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection cause very tiny drops of blood during pregnancy?
    I am 21 weeks pregnant with baby number 2. I am on antibiotics for a UTI and I think they have caused a yeast infection. Can this cause spotting?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. There is more blood flowing throughout your body during pregnancy, including your cervix. So the slightest irritation in that region can cause your cervix to bleed some. If it is just tiny spotting, it's nothing to worry about at all - very, very common.

  32. QUESTION:
    Causes and cures of vaginal yeast infection?
    I got a yeast infection about 3/4 days ago.. The burning now is not as intense as it was then, but it still bugs me a great deal.
    This is the first time this has happened to me, so I dont really understand what causes a yeast infection.I heard that tampon pads may cause it, if they do, could I use tampons again. Also, I know that you can buy over the counter medicine like Vagisil and Monistat, but could this infection heal by itself? Does yogurt help?

    • ANSWER:
      Get Monistat, it helps insert it before you go to sleep, so it can stay up there a while. It does help. Eat yogurt, it definitely cannot hurt you. If you are not better with those two things(in a few days) call your family physician or gynecologist.

  33. QUESTION:
    My wife has a yeast infection, but is there supposed to be blood coming out?
    She has been taking 2000 mg antibiotics for almost a week, since she had a tooth taken out. I've know antibiotics to cause yeast infections, but we simply forgot about it. Now she has the most intense yeast infection, with white gunk oozing out and now blood. I know your probably regretting reading this now, but I'm really worried about the blood especially since she isn't due for her period. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It is abnormal to bleed even if she is sufering from yeast infection. Are you sure her periods are not due? It is best to check out with your doc.

      In the meantime for treating the yeast infection make use of simple home remedies- these do not produce any harmful side effects and will provide some relief from the infection symptoms.
      http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Cure-A-Yeast-Infection-Naturally?-Two-Excellent-Home-Remedies-for-Fast-Relief&id=4975914

  34. QUESTION:
    Can you get yeast infections from damp swim suits?
    I had heard leaving a swim suit on too long can cause yeast infections in women. True or false? It makes me paranoid.

    • ANSWER:
      True. Bacteria like yeast like warm and damn places (aka your vagina and a damp swim suit) to grow. But don't worry. You need to be wearing a warm wet suit for over three or four hours (not including time in the water, cause then you are moving and nothings growing underwater) and even then you might not. Just throw on some panties and shorts after your done swimming if you can. But I have had damp suits plenty of times and have only had one yeast infection (in the middle of winter too) so i don't think its too common.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you get yeast infections from damp swim suits?
    I had heard leaving a swim suit on too long can cause yeast infections in women. True or false? It makes me paranoid.

    • ANSWER:
      True. Bacteria and yeast thrive in dark, moist areas and wearing a damp swimsuit increases the chance of women getting a bacteria and/or yeast infection. Some people are more susceptible to them than others. Don't be paranoid, just play it safe. Instead sitting around in a damp suit all day change out of it (atleast the bottoms) and let everything dry for while. Then I highly recommend putting you swimsuit in the sun to dry because I hate putting on a cold and clammy swimsuit. If you think things aren't normal after spending a lot of time in a swimsuit, go to the doctor.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between females practicing athletics in the morning causing yeast infections?
    I've heard people say that practicing early in the day would cause girls to get yeast infections. Anyone shed some light and truth?

    • ANSWER:
      Morning, noon or night women are prone to get a yeast infection any time. Yeast infections come from damp, dark places and our va-jay-jays are just the perfect grounds for them. After you practice make sure you take a shower and get clean and dry. Also trying wearing all cotton undies , this will help to pull moisture away from your body.

  37. QUESTION:
    Am I most liekly getting a yeast infection now, after taking antibiotics ?
    I have been taking Bactrim and some other type of antibotic for over 2 weeks now because I was suffering from 3 merca infections (staph) on my legs. Now they are pretty much healed up and gone. I know taking antibiotics causes yeast infections afterwards. The past 3 days my vagina feels like its itchy (sort of inside, near my labia area). I don't see alot of white things in it. (i ve had a yeast infection once before about 5 years ago). Do you think the itchiness is b/c of that?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you get a yeast infection from having intercourse while in the shower?
    I've heard that something with the water and having sex can cause a yeast infection. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Well your info is not particularly good.

      So, if the right conditions exist you can get a yeast infection from: Non-venting clothes that cause moisture and warmth in your vaginal area
      Stress and a suppressed immune system
      If you're pregnant or diabetic - soap, detergent, powder
      antibiotics used to treat another ailment
      having sex frequently

      and this is just the tip of the iceberg. So water and sex???
      I don't think so

  39. QUESTION:
    My antibiotics caused a yeast infection. What can I do about it?
    My antibiotics caused a vaginal yeast infection and it is really bothering me. Is there anything I can do to make it go away or help it with out seeing a doctor? I stopped taking my medicine today and I hope that will fix it but is there anything to do in the mean time?

    • ANSWER:
      The same thing happens to me every time I take antibiotics. The best thing I have found to take is Canestan combi - a tablet and some cream for the itching. You can get it over the counter, it costs about a tenner but thats almost the same as a prescription now anyway. Now i always ask my doctor for a prescription for Canestan at the same time as the antibiotics to save time! Also it will help regain your natural 'good' bacteria if you start drinking Actimel or similar regularly to avoid reoccurances of infections.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to treat a yeast infection while still using antibiotics?
    I have 3 more days to use the rest of my 7 days worth of antibiotics, and it has already caused a yeast infection. It is bugging the crap outa me, and I wanna get rid of it pronto! Is it ok to begin treatment, or should I wait until I finish the rest of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      if you have yeast infection then you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience

  41. QUESTION:
    Can you get yeast infections from damp bathing suits?
    I had heard leaving a swim suit on too long can cause yeast infections in women. True or false? It makes me paranoid.

    I had one last summer, and it seems logical that thats what caused it because we have a pool and I am in my suit a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are actually fungal infections. Fungal infections thrive in dark, warm, moist places where a lot of air does not move freely. So the answer to your question is Yes, leaving a swim suit on for too long may cause a yeast infection. If you are prone to yeast infections it is best to wear cotton panties to help keep air circulating. Yeast is actualy a normal bacteria in your vagina, but when the yeast starts to overgrow it becomes an infection.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can Athletes foot cause yeast infections?
    My son has athletes foot-his 20 month old baby boy has diaper area yeast infection.Could the athletes foot have caused the yeast infection for the baby? My sons girlfriend washes all of the clothes together and uses only little bit of soap,no she doesnt separate the clothes.Now Im taking care of his laundry.Any advice would help,Im not looking for rude comments,I can do that myself.The baby went to the doctor and Ive been putting the medicine on the rash,keeping him clean and dry.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it can't.
      Yeast infections and athletes foot are two different types of fungus. You can get athletes foot in you pubic area, but it's not the same.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics for a uti cause a yeast infection ?
    Im pretty sure i have a uti but im scared to get it treated because i heard that the antibiotics for it will cause a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      I just went to the doctor 2 days ago to ask her this exact same question. She said that it's a 50/50 chance of getting an infection when you take antibiotics at the same time as birth control. Antibiotics clean the body of infections and it cannot differentiate the mouth infection with any other openings of your body, like the vagina. So it causes a chemical imbalance "down there", it cleans out the moist balance of our private area.
      I have gotten infections before, but just pay attention to the signs, if it itches, becomes irritated, sore, constant urination etc. Start taking care of it (3 day monistat/over the counter), it will go back to normal as soon as you finish taking the antibiotics. If you do get one, it will take about 4 days for it to go back to normal. If you do not want to use the over the counter method, go to your doctor, they will give you a simmilar method or a pill method. But the sooner you take care of it the better, an UTI can worsen to a yeast infection.
      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    Should I stop taking birth control pills while I have a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and I keep wondering if I should be taking birth control pills still because I know they can cause yeast infections. I'm currently taking Diflucan and Terazol 3 for the yeast infection. Hope this is over SOON!

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for yeast infection on my dog's feet?
    My vet is treating my two dogs for allergies to grass which, because of the constant licking of the feet, has caused a yeast infection on their feet. Nothing yet has proven effective against the yeast infection. Does anyone know anything that will be effective?

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet prescribe for the yeast? I would think that a course of Ketaconazole would be in order. In addition to that, daily doses of Benadryl (your vet can give you the correct dosage based on your dog's weight). In addition to THAT, you could ask your vet for an antifungal shampoo that you could use on your dog, paying close attention to the feed (leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing). Last, ask your vet about using Predisone for the allergies, but rather than a short, high-dose course, ask the vet about using a smaller dose as needed (20%-25% of regular dosage). I was always reluctant to use Prednisone for my own dog until I started using a 5mg pill PRN...it helps him out, and I don't worry about side effects any longer. He gets them only when his allergies are acting up.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do you tell if a baby has a yeast infection?
    my son is 9 months old, and he has been on the antibiotic Augmentin for an ear infection. The doctor told me that this antibiotic causes bad yeast infections. He has been pooping like crazy (I guess form the antibiotic) and his bottom is very red. I have been keeping desitin on it around the clock, and he has never had more than a mild diaper rash before. What does a yeast infection on a baby look like, and what do you use to treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      a yeast-based diaper rash is red and bumpy, will quickly ulcerate (become raw and bleeding).

      instead of desitin, switch to canesten (clotrimazole) or monistat (miconazole) to keep the yeast in check.

      make sure he gets lots of active bacterial culture yoghurt in his diet - it will soothe his GI tract and help replenish the beneficial bacteria that get killed along with the malignant ones.

  47. QUESTION:
    Can the acyclovir cause a yeast infection?
    I am taking it on a daily basis to prevent cold sores but I think it caused a yeast infection. Is that possible and if so should i stop taking it?
    this is the only time ive had a YI. It start like a week after taking the acyclovir

    • ANSWER:
      No.
      Only broad spectrum antibiotics against bacteria can.
      Anti virals as acyclovir don't.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can not drying off all your urine on your vagina cause yeast infections?
    Can the urine sitting around the vagina cause yeast infections?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you take medication for yeast infections while on penicillin?
    Just wondering, I am on penicillin (which I believe caused the yeast infection) and am going to talk to my doctor about medication for it tomorrow. Can I take yeast infection medication while on penicillin? I have a few days left of the penicillin.

    • ANSWER:
      yes! you can!

      and if you have yeast infection then you must get rid of it as soon as it is possible!!!

      if you really want to get rid of yeast infection forever then you must follow these tips:

      1) Eat yogurt!!!! It contains helpful bacteria (live cultures, including acidophilus and bifidus) that destroy yeast. Use only plain yogurt with active cultures.

      2) Douche with a solution of 1 to 3 tbsp. vinegar in a quart of water. Repeat once a day while having symptoms, but no longer than a week.

      3) Decrease or eliminate sugar and sugary foods. Sugar promotes yeast growth.

      4) Use a garlic clove as a suppository. Garlic contains a natural anti-fungal agent.

      5) Try gentian violet. It's a traditional remedy for yeast and other infections, and can be found in pharmacies. Swab the area with it once or twice a day. Make sure to use a thick pad - it stains everything.

      6) Use an herbal douche. Combine equal amounts of sage, raspberry and comfrey with 1/4 part goldenseal. This can be combined with cider vinegar.

      7) You must use herbal treatment. In that case Yeastrol is really good (probably the best) product that gets rid of yeast infection comparatively fast and makes you feel more confident knowing that it wont reappear again!
      And of course it is better if you use full course (5 months - if I remember correctly). For me it worked very fast + I dont get yeast infections anymore...

      I do not know if any pharmacies carry Yeastrol but I do know that you should purchase it directly from the manufacturer and read more about the product here http://www.yeastrol.com/?aid=221781

      good luck!

      Working in women's health - Gynecologist + personal experience


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