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Pet Skin Allergies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What kind of food do you recommend feeding a dog with skin allergies?
    My friend's poodle has major skin problems... They have medication for her but they want to feed her the best kind of food that will help her with the issue. What kind of dog food is really good for dogs with skin allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog as well has really bad skin problems which the vet says are related to allergies. I've been doing tons of research on it and have finally got the problem under control with diet.

      You want a low carbohydrate high protein food that is highly digestible. If they are feeding kibble then there has to be some carbs in it. Make sure there are no grains, also potato is not a good idea. Skin problems have a lot to do with digestion. Things like grains and potatoes and soy contain lectins. Lectins survive digestion and bind to the tiny hairs in the intestines. This decreases the dog's ability to absorb nutrients. The body tries to compensate by thinning the intestine walls so nutrients can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. But the problem is undigested proteins escape into the blood stream too. The body's immune system goes crazy attacking all those foreign proteins which releases histamines into the body and causes inflammation and itchiness. This causes the dog to itch like crazy giving rashes and skin infections. So the key to overcoming these skin allergies is improving and healing the digestive tract.

      Switch to a highly digestible high quality species appropriate food. The problem with kibble is it is not very digestible. It raises the ph of the stomach so it ends up moving to the small intestines before it even starts to digest, which is where the damage occurs. But if you must stick with kibble there are some things you can do. Choose a high protein low carb food without the offending ingredients. Adding water to it will make it more digestible. Adding digestive enzymes and probiotics will help aid digestion as well. Cooked dog foods completely lack enzymes to help break it down and dogs are not very efficient at making their own. Especially the enzyme that breaks down carbs. You can also add some raw apple cider vinegar which helps to dissolve all the gunk stuck to the hairs/villi and also raises the acidity of the food which helps with digestion.

      I had some good results with switching to a low carb dry food, but my dog is doing even better now that I switched her to a homemade raw diet. A good low carb kibble would be EVO Weight Management and it uses peas instead of potatoes. Wysong Epigen 90 is also good but a bit more expensive (Epigen 60 uses grain proteins). There are also a lot of low carb canned foods you could try. Bravo Balance is a great commercial raw food which is very low carb. Primal is also very good too but a bit higher in carbs. It will take a while to heal the digestive tract, sometimes a year but you should see immediate improvement after switching to a better quality food. Have your friends so some research on leaky gut syndrome and lectins, and here are some excellent resources that really helped me.

      http://dogtorj.com/?page_id=3295
      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/07/02/does-your-pet-have-allergies-what-you-need-to-know-and-do.aspx
      http://www.healthexcel.com/base/DrLauraPowerLectinArticle.pdf

  2. QUESTION:
    How accurate are skin allergy tests for dogs, and which breed to they use for testing?
    I recently had a skin allergy test for a variety of allergens including dogs. I have never reacted to dogs, although I am allergic to cats. I was wondering how accurate the test is and whether anybody knows which breed of dog they use to test?

    I am looking to buying a labradoodle. I have never previously reacted to either labradors, poodles, retrievers, pugs, collies, spaniels... dogs...!

    • ANSWER:
      With dog allergies, the biggest thing you need to know, are you allergic to DOGS, or dog HAIR?
      With dog hair, find a non-shedding dog.

      I realise i'm going to get flamed for mentioning labadoodles. Idiots on the forums act like experts when they have no experience, and just want to be negative.
      Regardless of what you might hear, labradoodles are excellent dogs. My family has bred many litters, of which only two have had straight coats. Only one has had a health problem, which was fixed by simply making sure the dog was sterilised.

      The thing is, you need to find a good breeder. There is no problem with a backyard breeder, so long as they are experienced and knowledgeable. I have seen and heard of more problems with so called "specialist labradoodle breeders" than I have with other people breeding their family pets.
      The thing is, a lot of "designer dog" breeders ARE puppy mills, out simply to make money and fool people. With most breeds, buying from a breeder is good, but I have to say with specialist labradoodle breeders, groodle breeders, cavoodle etc, its usually bad.

      Look through your paper. DONT buy over the internet. Don’t buy without seeing the dog. Get the dog vet checked YOURSELF, before you buy. If the breeder is dodgy, they may lie about the vet check. If the non-shedding is important, make sure you look at the pup’s coat. Don’t take the breeders word for it necessarily. If the dog has a straight coat, and looks like a Labrador, it WON’T grow curly. There are always throwbacks to the Labrador coat, but, especially with a labradoodle x labradoodle pup (rather than poodle x Labrador), you have more chance of getting a curly coated labradoodle. If the pup has a wavy coat, it will generally curl. The waves are easiest to see around the face, especially on the ears. No curls? Don’t take the chance. Non curly labradoodles are no different, but they look and shed like a Labrador. I can email you a picture of some of my now-curly labradoodle pups?

      The thing is, there will always be faux-breeders out to make a buck.
      These are the people that give a wonderful breed a bad name.

      You must be ready to walk your dog. They are very large, energetic dogs. They need company, and either a big yard, or daily, walks. They eat a lot. Big dogs do.

      Don’t buy a labradoodle if you're wanting a perfect, housetrained 'it-doesnt-shed-so-i-dont-have-to-look-after-it' dog. They don’t exist. Dogs bark. Dogs dig. Don’t like it? Take some time and train them.
      If you do, you will get a loving, loyal pet.

      Also, if you've never had a reaction to a dog, you probably don’t NEED a labradoodle. I would still encourage them; they're BEAUTIFUL dogs (in their own, sheep-looking way)

  3. QUESTION:
    My dog is constantly scratching and chewing on herself due to skin allergies not fleas?
    I have a 10 yo bassett hound with unspecified skin allergies. They seem to be excessively bad this summer. Ske is CONSTANTLY chewing and scratching om herself. I know he must be quite uncomfortable and it's driving me nuts. She does not have any fleas and does not have flea allergy disease. I have given her benadryl up to 25mg twice a day without results. I am receptive to any and all suggestions (hoome remedies to prescriptions) that may help relieve her of her discomfort.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog gets this too during the summer, the vet says they are hot spots. At grocery stores and pet stores they sell stuff specificially for hot spots on dogs and it doesn't sting them or anything. You just clean the area (or bathe the dog) and apply it to the area. Your dogs problem seems identical to mine and the solution seems to help him. Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Whats the best shampoo to use on long haired dogs with skin allergies?
    I have a Shih Tzu. and she has skin allergies. every shampoo that I've tried so far make her schrach worse. Dose anyone know what the best dog shampoo is for her that will not cause her to schratch?

    • ANSWER:
      Johnson's Baby shampoo.

      Very mild and nonallergenic.

      Yes, I know it's not a "pet" shampoo. But it still works!! Soap is soap!

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a toy poodle who has skin allergies?
    My poodle is 10 yrs old and he's blind and suffers severly from skin allergies. He will get fleas occasionally but that's not the reason he constantly scratches and chews on his backside and tail until he bleeds. I've used all sorts of products and benedryl but nothing seems to help the little guy. He drives me and himself crazy and I don't know what to do. The vet in my town is so expensive and they'd probably blame it on fleas but I can not find a flea on him at times and he still does it. I know he gets those hot spots and dry skin and he itches all over. I can wash him hopeing it'll help but soon as I finish he's scratching and chewing again. Does anyone know what I can do or use to help with the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      i have a snoodles that is part poodle and snouzer that has the same problem and i give her vitamins called Nutri-Vet Nutritionals Healthy Coat and After Bath Conditioner for dogs and cats and that helped alot she doesn't chew or scratch herself to death any more i could only find these products at a pet store

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you decide when to euthanize a pet?
    My dog is near 12 yrs old, hard of hearing, poor eyesight, terrible arthritis, terrible skin allergies - but we love her and will miss her terribly. She takes pain medication and anti inflamatory and still appears uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      My thought has always been that if there's no joy left in the dog's life, if his or her pain outweighs any pleasure, it's time to do the unselfish thing and let them go. It's a terribly hard decision, you have to take your own feelings out of the picture, and decide only based on what's best for your dog. Dogs can cope with hearing and eyesight loss, but if a dog's in pain, I belive it's time to let them go.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your dog has skin allergies?
    Our dog has been making funny nosies when he is breathing. When we pet him his skin twitches, And he has been scratching at his belly. If you could help us it would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      You can have your vet perform tests for allergies. There is a skin test and a blood test available. These are the only way to know for certain what your dog is allergic to. They're not very expensive, and once you have the results, you can tailor your dog's diet & lifestyle to avoid the allergens.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there a special cleaning product to mop with that is pet friendly?
    We have wood flooring, and I was wondering, if her toys being on this floor, after mopping with commercial cleaners may have a negative effect on her skin allergies and general health.

    • ANSWER:
      Simple Green! Completely harmless and non toxic to all pets. :-)

  9. QUESTION:
    Can I give my Shih Tzu omega-3 supplements for severe skin allergies?
    I am looking for a more natural remedy to my dog's skin allergies. Right now she is taking steroids due to a recent flare-up. I am trying to find a way to prevent the flare-ups with something natural that I can do daily. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Liz

      This website will give you plenty of ideas to help your pet.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/petallergies.htm#a

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  10. QUESTION:
    what can I do for my dog that has really bad allergies in between vet visits to ease her itching?
    she has a bad skin allergy problem. she takes allergy shots from the vet, but in between she gets to scratching and is very uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something you need to discuss with your veterinarian because the recommendations are going to depend on the specifics of your situation.

      Have you determined what your pet is allergic to? If not and the allergy is severe, it may be time to look into allergy testing and then removing allergens that you can from the diet/environment or starting on desensitization treatments rather than continuing with steroid injections regularly. This would be the "best medicine" suggestion because you can then control the allergies without continuing to use drugs that compromise immune function.

      If the cost of allergy testing is too much or the allergies are not that severe, your vet may recommend using a combination of the steroid injections (typically what are given as "allergy shots") and antihistamines as well as switching to a hypoallergenic diet to control the itching. Don't be confused- just because a food is "good quality" in no way means that it will cause less allergy issues. Diets either have to contain "novelty proteins"--something your pet has never eaten before--or be formulated so that the particles will not trigger an allergic response. Diets have to be very specific in order to stop triggering allergic reactions.

      Your vet may also recommend that you be sure that you are using all hypoallergenic topical products on your pet--shampoos, flea/tick treatments, etc. Many many topical products will trigger allergic reactions.

      But it all depends on the details in your pet's situation so you really need to consult your veterinarian about your situation and options.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a dog with skin problems?
    My dog seems to have skin allergies we took him to the vet and we have to give him pills everyday. He is a 3 year old West Highland White Terrier. Anyone else have a dog with this problem???

    • ANSWER:
      no corn. 1000mg of fish oil a day
      oatmeal baths..buy at a pet shop

      Dick Van Patten makes a good duck and potato and a venizon and potato dry food ( many varieties)as well as canned...NO CORN.

      I have to cook for my pup ..he is allergic to cron,beef,pork,chicken,. All he gets his turkey and potatoes and green beans and 'pumpkin' for his coat...after 3 months he is BEE-U-TI-FUL ...

      the vet would give him some prednisone for a few weeks to also get it under control.
      If a dog continues to scratch ,lick, chew he will give himself and infection and then the vet will need to be seen..
      good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my pug from shedding so much?
    My pug has a skin allergy-lots of dander. He also sheds a lot. I took him to a vet & spent 0 on tests-no diagnosis-no med. I give him fish oil, bathe him monthly. He also has an ear infection. Can't stand the dog hair-it's everywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      look at the food you are feeding the dog. If he has skin allergies , most likely it is from what is ingested.
      It too could be from where the dog sleeps or spends most of his time. Make sure evey thing he sleeps on is clean with no perfumed smelling bedding as that can cause alot of skin allergies.
      Wash everything he sleeps on in a mild detergent, like something for babies and rinse well with water. A baby can get allergies because their skin is so delicate and so is your dogs skin too.

      But again make sure the food you are feeding him contains no corn, wheat, soy or corn gluten as these cause a dog to scratch so bad and cause the dogs dander to flake intensively.
      Your better brands of food contain fish oil called Omega 3 and 6 and they can be found in pet stores .
      These are high quality foods and it will help your dog with the skin issues. Here are just a few good brands with fish oil
      INNOVA
      WELLNESS AND WELLNESS FISH
      ARTEMIS
      ORIJEN
      TASTE OF HOME
      BLUE BUFFALO
      CANIDAE
      BACK TO BASICS
      Also for the ear infection make sure the dog does not have ear mites as that will cause ear infections and you can get medicine at pet stores for ear mites and it will clear up all the dirt in the ears.
      So help your dog by looking at what he eats and any snacks you give him to help him get better

  13. QUESTION:
    I have a 1 yr old Shih Tzu that has been diagnosed with kidney disease and skin allergies. What diet?
    Maizie is a foster dog with New Beginnings ShihTzu Rescue and the three applicants that were lining up for her all dropped her when her diagnoses came down. I need to know what diet to pass on to anyone interested in adopting this little girl.

    My vet recommended a kibble loaded with corn. Because of the severe skin allergy she cannot tolerate the corn or wheat in diets I have been offered. She will not eat the canned KD either. The info about the proper diet for the kidney disease is confusing. Some people say protein doesn't matter and others say it does. Low potassium is important, but not listed on the food containers, or the lists I am finding on the net. Can anyone help clarify all of this information for me?

    • ANSWER:
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      12/28/2006: Carla from NSW Australia writes, "Apple Cider Vinger cleaned my Kidney. This was discovered after taking a full blood test."

      Ted replies: "Dear Satish: Often times a kidney failure is due to excess acidity in urine as the acidity digests the kidney causing kidney failure much like the stomach acid digesting your kidneys. My own experience with kidney failure is often when urinary pH is between 5.0 to 5.5 but often times it can be as low as 4.5.

      Therefore, taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 glass of water taken about twice a day should notice some relief in the kidney problems.

      It takes two weeks to notice some improvement. In case of my own aunt who had kidney failure pending a surgical removal it took her 3 days of taking about this same amount or a bit more like 1 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day plus 1/2 glass of water for 3 days before the doctors decided her kidney was completely normal.

      Kidney failure can have all kinds of causes, but the most common problem I do see is excess acidity of the urine.

      If you are a perfectionist, a urinary pH precisely at 7 or as high as 7.34 is a pH that is unlikely to be acid to begin with, so it at least will give a chance for the kidney to recover.

      An exception is that in case the kidney failure is of a diabetes complication, then it would appear treatment of avoiding strict no sugar diets to be very important to reduce that first along with the usual baking soda needed to raise urinary pH to at least 7.0, being neutral is the best figure I can imagine where there is practically speaking no acid that can destroy the kidneys.

      There are other causes of kidney failure, but the information you supply me is lacking in details. I am therefor giving you a general ones that had worked for me the best. Ted"

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  14. QUESTION:
    Is There Something I Can Bathe My Dog In That Would Really Help Him Stop Scratching?
    My Lahsa Apso every summer itches. He does not have fleas but I think it is more of an skin allergy from maybe the grass. Is there something I can bathe him in that could stop his skin from itching? Please help! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to determine why he is itching. Food allergies, contact allergies, dry skin or even fleas (even if you don't think the dog may have them) can all cause a dog to scratch. Each of these reasons would be treated in a slightly different manner.

      If your dog has food allergies and dry skin, you may want to change the diet to one that is less likely to cause a reaction and has a high level of Omega fatty acids.

      If the pet has dry skin, bathing it can make the problem worse.

      Sometimes fleas can be present even though you don't see them. A flea bath and treatment of the premises may be a good idea just in case.

  15. QUESTION:
    If I have allergies to almost everything, is it wise to get a plain outline tattoo?
    I have indoor/outdoor/food/pet allergies. Just that darker blueish/black ink color used.

    • ANSWER:
      I have tons of allergies as well, and I have 3 tattoos.

      Apparently people are most frequently allergic to/the skin mainly rejects reds and pinks because they have yet to develop a hypoallergenic red ink, so stay away from those. All my tattoos are black & whites and I haven't had any problems to date and my skin has taken all of my tattoos just fine!

      I would say don't worry about it. Make sure your artist is using an ink that is hypoallergenic, you should be fine!

      Good luck and enjoy!

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any natural effective flea preventatives for cats?
    I have a Maine Coon, who hates Front-line, any topicals, she squints at me everytime we put it on her, as if its stings or something. She has to have something because fleas give her a skin allergy, then shes is constantly itching, etc.
    Has anyone ever heard of one teaspoon of white vinegar in the drinking water as a flea repel?

    • ANSWER:
      White vinegar, no, but apple cider vinegar, yes (preferably organic that still contains some Mother of Vinegar, but do what you can). But just a drop or two to start as vinegar actually alkalizes the system, so you will want to watch for any urinary or stool issues until you can get the dosage right for your cat. If you cat rejects it, you can try a few drops in wet cat food, or mixed in with olive oil. You can also apply some to the nape of the neck where you would normally apply Frontline, and at the base of the tail. I've dipped a microfiber cloth into vinegar and rubbed down cats...but if you think your baby is giving you the evil eye for a drop of flea med...wait 'til you start trying to vinegar wash her!

      The problem with home remedies (and I do use them in conjunction with other methods) is they frequently don't repel the fleas sufficiently, and rarely kill them, and do nothing to stop the life-cycle. So natural remedies, alas, go hand in hand with scrupulous vacuuming, sprinkling around diatomateous earth, and the like.

      There is a product called Capstar which is a tablet that is given for a few days until the infestation is gone. You can get this from the vet or online pet med sites.

      Do you get the same reaction from Advantage? I, and many other people, are finding that Frontline just isn't working well or are simply having issues with it. Your cat might be giving you the squint because it is a) wet and b) feels cold (two things self-respecting cats don't like).

      I've given you a link to Earth Clinic (although there are other sites that talk about natural flea remedies). They do discuss garlic for dogs, but please avoid that for a cat as many cats have varying allergies to garlic, from mildly irritating to highly toxic.

      You can help soothe skin itching with a little coconut oil/butter -- just get a can of Goya coconut milk, strain out the liquid, and the glop that is left is coconut butter (or, oil at 100 degree temps). Apply a little of this to itchy spots, as it will soothe, moisten, and act as both a healer and antibacterial. If she licks some, not a big issue. My Rusty seems to suffer most at the base of his tail with his allergies, and a little coconut does wonders for the irritation and itching. (Rub the excess on your hands for petal-smooth skin).

      http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/fleas.html

  17. 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!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use Rubber gloves in a fish tank?
    I've been fishkeeping for a short period of time. And I noticed I get a skin reaction to my hands due to dechlorinator or other med related products put into the fish tank water. I've been to various pet shops in my city looking for long arm plastic gloves for tanks, but none are available/they've never had it. I would like to know if I purchased brandnew rubber gloves (like those used for kitchens), would that be safe for the fish?

    I know rubber and plastic have chemicals, so I'm not sure what to do at this point. I have not used gloves at all, I wash my hands with water thoroughly, however, given my skin allergies...I have to find a way to put my hands in the tank with gloves...and I do not want to kill a fish due to any type of gloves.

    Feedback on what I should is appreciated. I've been told to use sterilized med gloves, but they are very short for a tank.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      These are available, but your store may not carry them. Here's the type I have for working in saltwater tanks: http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/209636/product.web

      The types made for dishwashing, painting, or the surgical types are okay to use as long as you don't get in water over the cuffs - many of these have other substances/powder inside to keep them from sticking to your hands. The type shown in the photo come up to your elbows. And at half orange and half purple, they make quite a fashion statement!

      You might want to print out the page and take it in to your store to see if they would special order these for you.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the red blotchyness on my chest and cheeks?
    I'm 25 and in great health. I have sensitive skin, many pet allergies etc. Whenever I drink alcohol, get nervous, or hot, I break out in a rash all over my chest. I do not know what this and I need some way to make it stop. As soon as I cool down it's gone. My wedding is coming up and I do not want it to be in all my pictures. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it is rosacea,
      rosacea is triggered by alcohol and heat, and stress.
      Which would explain your rash on your face and cheeks, go to your doctor to ask his advice, but there are some products that can help minimize the appearance of this redness,
      try to limit your alcohol though and exposure to heat, take colder showers etc.
      where i work (shoppers drug mart)
      we sell http://www.canderm.com/page.asp?intNodeID=8019
      which is our number one selling rosacea product!
      good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    Can you reccomend a good dry dog food for my Bulldog?
    I usually use a food by Breeders Choice called Advanced Pet Diets Lamb & Rice Renew Skin & Coat Formula. This has been one of the best foods I've ever given my dog but my local pet shop is not carrying it any longer. My Bulldog has been prone to gettin hot spots or skin allergies so I want to stick with something that's good for his skin. I have no problem spending money for a good premium dog food. Any suggestions???

    • ANSWER:
      I have researched this in depth since my poor dog died of kidney failure due to poor quality dog food!!(this is the only reason I answer these questions … to try and save a dogs life or at least to not let him/her suffer because of bad food)
      Fromm Dog Food is Great for dogs and cats …http://www.frommfamily.com/ - per 30 lb bag
      NO fillers….some good quality grains….NO corn….gluten or by-products or wheat
      ALL human grade food….fruits…veggies and probiotics!!WHOLE fruits and veggies!!!! Just like the kind we get at our grocery stores!
      check it out you wont regret it !FROMM 4 STAR product line is the best!!!!!!!FROMM is a 100% holistic dog food.FROMM also has a grain-free option called surf & turf

      http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/TOTW has a high protein content (not recommeded for non athletic dogs)
      Taste of the Wild contains Ethoxyquin which is a toxic fish preservative. (TOTW says that the cooking process kills all of it but it scared me away from their product)
      around for a 30 lb bag .... its the cheapest 6 star food ..

      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ lots of great dog food choices on this site !!

      Orijen and Welness are great but it is - for a 30 lb bag…high protein as well ..not good for non athletic dogsOrijen is WAY to high in protein for a non working/non-agility dog ..
      Fromm Is what my puppy gets it has a lower protein % and great ingredients! 5 outta 6 stars due to lower protein (but most dogs should not have high protein levels …. It makes their kidneys work overtime for no reason)
      You can get it online and if you go to the website you can find stores near you .. they wont be at walmarts and the like... they are in feed stores .. Agway..tractor supply stores etc

      IF your dog is not going to be a hard working/agility dog all this high protein can do more harm than good in the long run,,, you wont notice it now but it can take its toll on a dogs kidneys as it ages.

      http://4healthdogfood.tripod.com/
      there is also a brand called 4health at the tractor supply store.. it is only for a 30 lb bag.. and it seems to be of good quality. (not as good as the foods mentioned above but it good for the price if you are on a tight budget.)

      also of you go to http://www.tractorsupply.com you can get a printable off coupon!!
      they have tons of low and high end foods there(including TOTW and 4 Health)

  21. QUESTION:
    what are the causes or the kinds of foods that gives a labrador retriever skin allergy?
    i have a 1yr&5mos. old labrador retriever. i notice that his skin is pinkish & itchy and he has red rashes inside his left ear. vet says that it's due to meinge & he should avoid foods like beef, chicken etc. well what can you say about this. what will i do with my dog?
    right now i am feeding him lamb&rice dried meal. what is the best food or diet that i could give my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      They are caused by an allergic reaction to ingredients or preservatives in food. Some of the more common food allergens are:

      horse meat
      eggs

      beef
      fish

      pork
      corn

      lamb
      soy

      poultry products
      preservatives and dyes

      dairy products
      rawhide chews and dog biscuits/treats

      In dogs, beef, dairy products, and wheat tend to cause most of the problems, with chicken, lamb, and soy following. In cats, beef, dairy products, and fish account for most of the food allergies. Premium dogs foods can contain these products, so just because you are feeing a higher quality or more expensive food doesn't mean that food will not cause a food allergy.

      Dog owners commonly go to pet stores to get food to stop their pet from scratching. Pet store employees will recommend a specific food to stop the itching because they are under the assumption that this is the main type of allergy that causes skin conditions in pets. Unfortunately, by a large margin, food allergies are the least common of the allergic skin problems we diagnose.

      It is estimated by some veterinary dermatologists that food allergies account for only 10% of all the allergies that cause allergic dermatitis. In those pets that truly have food allergy, a high percentage also have atopy at the same time. Cats might have more food allergies than dogs.

      Canine atopy is a genetically determined predisposition to produce IgE antibodies when exposed to an allergen. Re-exposure to this same allergen in the future causes allergic skin disease (you learned the mechanism above). Depending on the study, it is estimated that between 3% and 15% of dogs have atopy.

      Common allergens that cause this reaction are ragweed, pollen, house dust, house dust mites, mold, animal dander, feathers, grasses, trees, and shrubs. The allergens can be inhaled, pass through the pads of the feet, and even possibly ingested. Since these compounds are in abundance everywhere, it is apparent that preventing exposure in the first place is impossible.

      If fleas are not a factor, atopy accounts for up to 90% of the allergies that cause allergic dermatitis. Only a small percent of these pets with atopy also have a food allergy at the same time.

      Golden Retriever has significant redness (erythema) on its ear flaps. Chronic ear inflammation or infections can be a sign of atopy.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is homemade dog food better for dogs than bagged dog food?
    I have a Pittbull and I feed her Purina and sometimes other dog foods but she has really bad skin allergies. I was wondering if I should start doing homemade food. The bag food is also so much money cause I have to buy her the biggest bag. Will I come out cheaper with homemade food

    • ANSWER:
      Prey model raw is about the best you can do for your dog. I don't know what homemade food you are considering but there's no need to "make" a dogs food. All you do is hand him the meat. All this other crap, like vegetables and supplements that people want to add is unnecessary for a dog. All you need is 80% meat, 10% organs with 5% of that being liver, and 10% edible bone.

      These links are a great source of education and support...

      http://www.thewholedog.org/artcarnivores.html
      http://www.kaossiberians.com/old%20kaos%20pages/health/Nutrients.pdf
      http://rawfed.com/myths/changed.html
      http://rawfeddogs.org/rawguide.html
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/rawfeeding/

      ETA: You can definitely feed raw cheaper than kibble. I haven't paid for food in months. I run ads on Craigslist looking for freezer burned meats, or meats on the verge of spoiling or hunters looking to clear out their deep freezer before the new hunting season. Plus, I know lots of people who raise their own livestock that often have surplus and even had someone give me a free sheep that was too old and tough for human consumption. Join the raw feeding group. They have a huge list of creative ways to get free or cheap meat.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me more detail about why small white dogs get skin allergies and diseases?
    I am interested in buying a westie but i keep hearing about skin problems that cost a lot of money to take care of. Can anyone explain to me how they get this and how to possibly prevent it because i can't afford to pay for these types of problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Sadly, Westies are not the only dogs with allergies these days. If you buy or rescue a westie you are going to be a happy and proud parent. I love westies, and currently own one. To prevent your westie from ever encountering allergies you should stay away from foods with grains and chicken and beef and pork. I suggest feeding your westie from the moment you get him/her Natural Balance Sweet Potato and fish all stages dog food, and the snacks of this brand. Orijen 6 fish is good too I have read, but I have no personal experience with this brand. You should never over bath a westie or use human shampoo. I suggest earth bath with oatmeal. Vet care is important for all dogs, and if you can not afford the up keep of a dog's health, I respectfully ask that you reconsider a pet. A lot of westies have sensitive tummies and food allergies. So, it is important to seek out the higher end brands with one carb source and one protien source.

  24. QUESTION:
    What food to feel my english bulldog?
    He is 3 years old and we have been feeding him Science Diet. I hear good and bad stuff about this food. He seems fine with it and seems to like it, but he has a skin allergy in between his toes on his paws which I am not sure if it is because the food or not. I was to change his food to see if this is the cause. Any suggestions on what kind of food?

    • ANSWER:
      ***ADD: @ "jocelyn"....stop being stupid - Purina Dog Chow is TRASH dog food. You have no idea what you're talking about.

      Science Diet has both corn and soy products in ALL of their formulas, so I can almost guarantee you 100% that his condition is due to his lower quality food. I would opt for a grain free dog food in your situation as these are best for dogs with skin allergies due to low quality foods. My dog is allergic to wheat, corn, and soy and thrives on his grain free food.

      Overview of Science Diet (this site rates foods on a "star" basis. You want foods with 4, 5, or 6 stars. 1 star foods are the worst quality out there, 6 star foods are the best, Science Diet (all of their formulas, are a 1 star food): http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/showproduct.php?product=135&cat=all

      The only people you will hear from that Science Diet is a "good" food is from the ignorant veterinarians and the unfortunate clients who take their advice. Many veterinarians out there know very little about proper dog food nutrition since their only class (not even required to get your license) in school is a Science Diet/Iams rep who spouts off info about their products, or because most veterinarians SELL Science Diet through their clinic (meaning more $$$ for them if they tell their client that it's good food).

      So, foods you want to try out for your little guy? Go to a pet store or tractor supply/agway to find these high quality, grain free foods:

      Natural Balance Duck and Potato
      Natural Balance Sweet Poatot and Fish
      Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Venison
      Taste of the Wild
      Merrick BG (before grain)
      Nature's Variety Instinct
      Orijen
      Fromm Four Star
      Earth Born Priminative
      Wellness Core
      Blue Buffalo Wilderness
      Horizon Legacy
      Solid Gold "barking at the moon"

  25. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps scratching and it is not fleas, what could it be?
    I THINK, just think, that my dog might have skin allergies because she is scratching constantly. If it is skin allergies, what is an easy way to treat it????? And, also what else could my dog have.
    Thank you SO much!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you are right allergies can cause itching and scratching in dogs. Often times it can be a food sensitivity or allergy as well as an environmental allergy. You didn't say what you are feeding your dog, but check the ingredients and see if it has any corn, wheat, soy protein or artificial colors or preservatives because these are some of the typical foods that dogs are allergic to. I'd first suggest you take your dog to the vet to rule out any medical condition that needs to be treated. If your vet thinks its a food allergy, I'd suggest you try a limited ingredient formula designed for dogs with sensitive skin. Nutro Natural Choice Venison Meal and Potato Grain Free food is an excellent choice for the allergy dog. It does not contain any corn, wheat, soy, dairy, egg or any of the usual foods that dogs are sensitive to. It's made in the US and has a 100% money back guarantee. It's also the only food that actually guarantees you will see improvement in your dog's skin and coat. I'm a pet nutrition specialist with Nutro and have been feeding it for 25 years and it worked great for my pets. Here's a link to learn more about it and read some reviews.
      http://thenutro.co/llqkko Good luck and hope this helps

  26. QUESTION:
    What in a natal chart signifies allergies?
    Would their be different significations for pet and pollen allergies, or are they the same? What about asthma?
    I mean; are they the same planet and house aspects?
    Not are they literally the same.

    • ANSWER:
      Virgo Virgo Virgo.

      I am a Virgo myself and I am allergic too!
      I have allergic eyes, I had my first eye operation when I was 5 years old. :O
      Every few months, I will get swollen eyes.
      If I am lucky, my eyes swell from the outside.
      But if I am unlucky, my eyes swell from the inside and I will need to go for operation.
      I not only have allergic eyes, I also get sick very easily.
      I get sick at least once every week. :/
      I have extremely weak health. I remembered during my elementary school days, I was running in the field during physical fitness lessons and I ended up throwing up after running under the hot sun.
      It's really embarrassing. My classmates all ran away from me when they saw me threw up. lol. ;(
      I threw up at least 3 times after running in the field. Sighs.
      Oh, and my brother is also a Virgo and he has allergic skin.

      So my guess is Virgo! :P

  27. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching so much?
    I have a 2 and a half month old shih tzu puppy.. She has be scratching her neck alot and has scores there now she also been chewing on her paws alot.. We switched her to a hypoallergenic shampoo and that didn't seem to be a problem.. We also took her off her puppy cow and put her on Ultra grain free formula shes been on that now for a week and still no change.. We also have her on Melissa's aloe pet which is a all natural pet supplement for hot spots, itchy skin, and allergies and this still don't seem to be working.. She is in alot of discomfort.. Can someone please help if your dog had something similar or know of any home remedies to help her feel better.. She was also left into a barn when she was a pup.

    • 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 you do not see fleas, you can always see the debris they 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 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.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are good cat food brands?
    I'm wondering what are good and healthy cat food brands. My one cat seems to have skin allergies which I'm not sure if they have anything to do with his diet so I would like a food that doesn't cause allergies and also without extra carbs to help my cats lose weight.
    I've heard of Blue Buffalo but that's pretty expensive. Are there any other brands that are a bit cheaper or is that the price you have to pay for the best food brands?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      JC answered your question spot on. Skin allergies are normally caused by food that is laden with cheap fillers such as corn and wheat. These fillers have caused a lot of distress in cats because they react wrongly in a cat's immune system, causing the body to attack them as foreign entities.

      I am going to elaborate more on JC's answer here on how to correctly choose a healthy food for your cat and I hope I can help you decide what best to feed.

      When you are choosing food, it is important for you to learn how to read ingredient labels. They tell you a lot about what kind of meat is being used and whether the food has any cheap fillers which does not benefit your cat.

      You want to feed a food which is high protein - meaning the meat source must come from wholesome muscle meat. Make sure to select only food that list chicken, lamb, rabbit, beef, turkey, venison, salmon, whitefish, herring or a combination or those and not one that says by-products (chicken by product, meat by product, fish by product)

      Stay away from too much fillers like corn, corn gluten meal, wheat, wheat gluten, soy, oatbrans, etc. These are all cheap filler which help reduce the cost of manufacturing but brings little to no benefit to your kitten.

      You would also want to stay away from preservatives like BHA/BHT and Ethoxyquin which are proven to be harmful to your kitten. Also you do not want other artifical preservatives such as propylene glycol and propolyneglycol .You need natural preservatives such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A or Rosemary.

      Your cat need an essential amino acid called Taurine. Cats can only receive this from eating wholesome meat. Choose a food that contains ample amount of Omega 3 sources - Salmon Oil, Flaxseed Oil or Canola Oil.

      When you are well educated in learning how to read pet food ingredients, shopping for the best food for your kitten would be easier.

      As I've mentioned above, quality cat food does come with a price. However, it all breaks down to a lot of savings in the long run. Feeding quality food means fewer trips to the vet. A cat on a quality diet is healthier and his immune system is better able to fight diseases.

      I hope this helps!

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you get thicker skin around the eyes to remove Dark Circles and Visible veins?
    I have really darker color skin and visible veins beneath my eyes, this seems to be because the under eye skin is so thin, how can I get thicker skin underneath my eyes to cure the dark circles, I am underweight 6'0 135 pounds. My cheeks also appear to be too thin.

    • ANSWER:
      Common Causes of Dark Circles Under Eyes

      Thinning skin
      The skin under the eyes is thin and delicate to begin with. As we age, skin and the fat pad under the eyes becomes thinner, causing blood vessels to become noticeable. This gives the appearance of dark circles. Sun damage can make it worse because it weakens skin.

      Allergies and Hayfever
      Dark circles under the eyes can be the result of allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, because people rub their itchy eyes. People with hayfever may notice them at the height of the season. Food allergies or sensitivities can also contribute to dark circles.

      Genetics
      Dark circles under the eyes runs in families. They tend to be more noticeable in people with fair skin or deep-set eyes.

      Fluid Retention
      Blood vessels under the eyes can become dilated and engorged, which can contribute to dark circles. Excess dietary salt and smoking are common causes. Conditions that cause fluid retention (e.g. heart, thyroid, kidney, liver diseases) or medications that cause blood vessel dilation may be a factor. Your doctor should be aware of any symptoms you're experiencing.

      Lack of sleep
      A lack of sleep can make skin appear more pale, which allows blood vessels to be more visible through the skin, giving the appearance of bluish or dark circles.

      Iron Deficiency Anemia
      Iron deficiency anemia may cause a bluish tinge below the eyes.

      Dehydration
      Dark circles under the eyes can be a sign of dehydration.
      Remedies for Dark Circles Under the Eyes

      There are some home remedies that may help to temporarily diminish the appearance of dark circles under the eyes, and prevent dark circles from worsening.

      1. Be sure to drink enough water. Hydration Calculator: How much water do you need?

      2. Wear sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 under the eyes to prevent skin weakening caused by sun damage.

      3. Get plenty of rest.

      4. Apply plain cool teabags over closed eyes. Don’t use herbal teabags, because most aren't as effective.

      5. Apply cool cucumber slices over closed eyes for 15 minutes.

      6. Be careful not to consume too much dietary salt. Start by learning about sources of sodium in the diet.

      7. Apply vitamin K cream. Although studies haven't looked at the use of topical vitamin K for dark circles under the eyes, preliminary studies have found that vitamin K may help with bruising.

      8. Vitamin C helps to strengthen blood vessel walls. Quiz: Are you getting enough vitamin C?

      9. The dietary supplements grape seed extract and pycnogenol contain antioxidant pigments that may help to strengthen blood vessels. They should be used under medical supervision by people on "blood-thinning" drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin) and aspirin.

      Certain foods, such as cranberries, blueberries, bilberries, tea (green and black), black currant, onions, legumes, and parsley also contain these antioxidant pigments.

      10. Eat kidney-balancing foods. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a bluish cast under the eyes are due to an imbalance in kidney energy.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some good ways to relieve pet allergies?
    If a person had to live in a household with an indoor cat/dog, and was allergic, what would be the best remedies for their allergy symptoms? Have you found anything that helps with itchy eyes, congestion, skin irritation, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a few wonderful products that you can use on your pet/s and the environment that usually eliminate the allergy symptoms. The products are safe for you and your pet. The other nice thing is that the whole solution costs less than !

      1. Allerpet/C for cats or Allerpet/D for dogs. This stuff is amazing! The bottle says you should put it on a wash cloth but I put it in a spray bottle. I have used it on my cats for years. I hold my cat still, usually while he is sitting on something by firmly but gently holding the scruff of the neck. Lightly spray the whole cat including the belly and legs and then just run my hands over the cat to evenly distribute. The cat is damp not soaked. They groom right away but it does not matter. This will keep you allergy free for about a week- so just do it once a week. This will work on dogs too.

      2. Ecology Works Pet Allergy Shampoo. This works great if you bathe your cat or dog. You can use it weekly and not use Allerpet C or D or use the above products in between washings.

      2. Anti-Allergen spray. Another amazing product! You spray this on upholstered furniture, curtains, carpets and it will neutralize any allergens.

      If you use each of these products once a week you may not need any other help. If you are still having issues a HEPA vacuum cleaner and/or air purifier will help too.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is dogs bad for skin allergy?
    I would like to have a dog but I have skin allergy. Is it ok?
    I want a poodle.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your skin allergy condition, it is minor or severe...

      If it is severe, I suggest you to think twice..

      Poodles do not shed too much... So it is suitable for you..^^

      Good Luck with your upcoming pet...

      Poodles are lovely dogs...

  32. QUESTION:
    My cat has skin allergies can I use aloe vera on her skin to help?
    She's been licking and biting her skin to the point of scabs. I need something to heal her skin that won't hurt her. Her allergies flare up every couple of months. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      When an animal’s immune system overreacts to certain substances – it is deemed an allergic reaction. When the trigger of the allergy enters the body, the body produces antibodies as a form of protection. These antibodies then attach themselves to immune cells (within the skin and other body tissues).

      So, when the allergens eventually penetrate tissue surfaces, the antibodies stimulate the immune cells to release powerful chemicals (called histamines) into the surrounding tissue. This then causes inflammation and itching on your pet.

      Avoiding the allergens, treating the symptoms or desensitizing your pet can control skin allergies. Drugs such as steroids and antihistamines may be prescribed to relieve the symptoms of itchiness and inflammation in pets, however, like any drugs – they may come with unwanted side effects and the long-term effects are not known.

      Long-term steroid use is discouraged because these drugs work by suppressing the immune system. This means that over time your pet may be left vulnerable to infection, diabetes, and other conditions.
      Natural Remedies

      Luckily for pet owners, there are many safe and natural herbal and homeopathic remedies for animals suffering from skin problems.

      Althaea officinalis root (marshmallow) is an excellent and well-known remedy for soothing the skin – while Melaleuca alternifolia can be used externally for promoting skin health and keeping the skin clean. Homeopathic remedies such as Ledum and Apis have excellent soothing properties and are particularly useful in soothing inflamed and irritated skin, or minor stings and wounds.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/pets/allergyitchease-cats-dogs-skin-allergies.htm

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I make a room Like allergy-Free?
    I have really sensitive skin and Allergies to unknown things. So Im trying to Clean up my room and make it allergy free and very clean. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      First you should look at all the laundry products in use in your home. There are special detergents made for sensitive skin -- Dreft is recommended for babies. Fabric softeners have a notorious reputation for irritating some people's skin, so request that they not be used any more at all. They coat the inside of the dryer for quite a while. Then you need to switch to all hypo-allergenic soaps and cosmetics (Almay is one good brand, available in drug departments). Lovely scented products can cause major allergic reactions, even in people who don't normally have trouble with them.

      Some people are sensitive to woolen fabrics. You may need an air-cell blanket made of synthetic fabric. Cotton is usually good for sheets and pillow cases. Have a bedspread that can be laundered fairly often.

      Your room can definitely be made more allergy-free. Unfortunately it may end up looking like a hospital room after you banish the carpets and the curtains in favor of plain hard floors and window shades. A good-quality portable air cleaner such as a Hunter will do a lot to keep the particle count down. It's good for pollen as well as dust in the air. It's smaller than a carry-on suitcase. Your room will need to be dusted at least once a week, using a dust cloth, and a dust mop for the floor. You'll be amazed at what collects in that length of time.

      If your house has a forced-air furnace, see about a high-efficiency air cleaner attachment. They are expensive, and even the pleated filters for them cost or apiece, so perhaps you can get by with the ordinary flat filter system during the heating season.

      If all these measures don't help much, you may have to get drastic. Tobacco smoke, even from a while back, and hair and skin cells from pets are some of the most notorious allergens. Even keeping the dog or cat out of your particular room may not be effective, because of the air that circulates through the house, and the particles you pick up from just sitting where they've been.

      You may need to go to a doctor who specializes in allergies. They can administer a "scratch test", which challenges your system with tiny amounts of the most common allergens. Any reaction will pinpoint your personal poisons, and guide the doctor to the correct treatment for you. It's possible that an undiscovered food allergy or respiratory allergy is making your skin allergy worse, so if cleaning your environment doesn't help after a month or so, think about consulting an allergist.

  34. QUESTION:
    Has the pet food recall changed your opinion about some of the 'premium' brands?
    I was personally more that a little shocked to find out that such supposedly premium and healthier brands like Nutro, Iams and Eukanuba apparently are serving the same content as several bargain and generic store brands. I was especially shocked to see Science Diet listed, as it has been recommended on more that one occassion by vets for my then-ailing pets.

    For years I served Nutro Max to my late dog who had serious skin allergies - under the misconception that it was somehow healthier (it was, to the extent that it helped his skin)

    I'm not knocking the nutritional content of "menufoods" per se, especially given that investigators are now speculating that the gluten content was contaminated with rat poison. I am not impressed however that such supposed premium brands are in essence the same food as the genric store brands.

    Personally, now that I can afford it I feed my pets nothing but organic pet foods.
    it's not just that they are using the same gluten.. they're using the same gravy and chunks.. "menufoods" is a rendering and processing facility

    • ANSWER:
      I am shocked as well but not too shocked. Last year my cat who was 16 1/2 yrs old got sick and went into kidney failure, well before that me & my mom were checking out the ingredients in all the foods b/c it seemed that she got very ill from foods made with by product and chicken. We learned that the very expensive brands used by products in their formulas which is very not good for a pet. I ended up going to petsmart and finding an organic brand that had no by product but it was too late for my cat. I certainly hope that you feed your pets the best and really read the ingredients, it's really a shock when you read between the fine lines...Good luck!
      PS: Science diet was the worst for my cat, about 1/2 an hour after she would eat it she would scream and have vomitting, so be careful and feed your pets the best!

  35. QUESTION:
    Pet Insurance for my French Bulldog puppy?
    The first question is do I need to get pet insurance?

    And can anyone recommend a good pet insurance company. My main concern is that French Bulldogs are prone to skin allergies and respiratory problems, and I would like to have an insurance that will cover most of the diagnostic and treatment costs. And also if they cover neutering and shots.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Do you need it? That's up to you and how you feel about budgeting a few dollars now to prevent a huge outlay of cash later. Insurance can cost as little 20/mos and as much as 80/mos depending on what you want to be covered. The more bells and whistles included, the higher the cost.

      The general rule of thumb is uif you are going to get insurance, to get coverage for illness and accidents. The routine exams and shots you can budget for...no big surprises there. However, if your dog swallows something or gets injured, surgery can cost several hundred to even thousands of dollars.

      That said, I personally prefer having insurance and the peace of mind money will never be an issue when making medical decision for my english bulldog.

      I did my research and ended up going with petshealthplan.com

      there are other companies out there so be sure to check out the web.

      good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is Iams chicken & rice entree good to feed my 10 yr old toy poodle?
    My poodle is very picky when it comes to eating. He loves real chicken, chicken pileau and canned dog food with chicken flavor. He don't like that canned food that has chunks with gravy. I know I've got to start feeding him a healthy diet because he suffers so bad skin allergies and that deals with a dogs diet.

    I bought him a can of Iams chicken & rice entree and it was moist and he really liked that. I was hoping someone could tell me if that's a good choice for my dog or what should I feed him that he'll enjoy eating?

    I've ordered some oatmeal shampoo and moisturizing conditioner for skin allergies to hopefully help soothe him and to help with tangles.

    If anyone can give me some advice please do.

    • ANSWER:
      There are dog foods for older dogs -- check with your vet or pet store to be sure of what is the best choice for your older pet.

  37. QUESTION:
    What would you do if your children were allergic to your pets?
    I know early exposure to pets decreases chances of allergies but does not guarantee them. So what if your baby was allergic to your dog? Do you get rid of the dogs? Do you put your one year old on allergy medication and nebulizer treatments for asthma? Do you bath the dog and brush constantly to get rid of the dander and if that does not work they still have attacks what do you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Thats a very good question,

      Depends on how severe the allergy is- I am allergic to dogs- yet we have a dog. I get allergy shots. I am also allergic to the environment. They come to cut the grass (CONDO) my daughter is stuffed up for 2 days.
      My daughter ( allergy shots) and husband are allergic to cats....she cant pet the cat - without washing her hands afterwards. My husband gets itchy skin
      We actually had 2 cats one 1 yr and one 9 yrs. The 1 yr old we found a new home from but the 9yr we coudlnt do it.. Some pets , especially older will pass on or die from lownsomeness.

      We just keep the pets to a minimum...no hamspters, no birds...they are worse. I have asthma and love my pets, so does my daughter. Breaking your kids heart to give away there pets ( especially years later) is not something they wont forget. If they have asthma like I do... and my daughter. I have had my daughter learn that we cant live our lives in a bubble.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why are mange and skin allergies very prevalent in dogs nowadays?
    I had taken care of so many dogs,street breeds,no pedigrees before,all had healthy coats regardless of the food they consumed but the same breeds today are very sensitive to mites and allergies.I had observed those with white coats are most vulnerable,those with mixed coat colors,the white portions seem to be the first to manifest symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it has a lot to do with how poorly bred many of these animals are today. You never see pups from a good breeder get mange, but most of the byb dogs I pull into rescue and most of the pet store dogs I see have some mange.
      When the mother is not cared for properly and the owner has no care for good nutrition through the pregnancy, then comes on Yahoo Answers the day of whelping to ask stupid questions, you know there are going to be immune deficiencies, among other health issues.
      Years ago I never even heard of Demodex mange, now I see it in just about every rescue dog we have. My newest puppy foster just started losing hair and is scheduled for a trip to the vet now, and his breeder fed the mom donuts the whole time she was pregnant.

      Edit: Wow, what a coincidence. The pup of the mother I mentioned above has just been diagnosed with Demodex.

  39. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my allergies to my cats?
    I just recently got two kittens. I have had them for about a week already and my allergies aren't getting any better. I am very allergic to animal hair( I pretty much get every symptom possible) but after being around the animal for a while I get used to them and I don't have any problems.( this is with any animal) But this time it seems like I am not getting any better. I am also pregnant so I can't take very many medicines to help with the problem. Should I get rid of the kittens or wait a little longer to see if I get used to them? Also could it be because there is two of them? Or is there anything I can do to minimize the dander from the kittens? And my last question is, is this bad for my pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      It is actually their saliva mixed with the dander that people are allergic to, not the hair.

      I also have cat allergies, and have 2 cats :)

      Kittens are actually worse for your allergies than adult cats, so with time it should get better. When they were younger, I bathed my cats once a week with a cat shampoo and rinsed them well. Also, you will want to vaccumm at least weekly. There is a product out from arm&hammer that goes on the carpet to be vacuumed up that reduces allergens from pets, but you should put the kittens in another room while this is being done, and vacuum at least 10 strokes on every spot.

      I just bought a new product from Febreeze that is supposed to reduce 75% of allergens including cats, so hopefully that helps too.

      #1 rule! NO CATS IN THE BED!! Keep them out of your bed, and wash sheets often because they will be in your bed when you are not there if they have access to the room. Go a step further and lock them out during the day. They will cry at first, but will get used to it. I leave the door to my room open at night, andsometimes my male cat will try to sleep on my pillow next to my head. I wake up feeling awful, and he is as happy as can be. It would be awful to try and lock them out at night because they will cry and scratch to be with you. I have two cat beds in my room for the cats so they don't try and sleep in my bed, but they can still be with me.

      There are also allergy wipes to wipe down the kittens for between bath times. It will get better as they get older, but you have to be diligent about keeping the house clean.

      Also, since you are pregnant, you should not be doing anything with the litter box. It is dangerous towards your pregnancy. That is the biggest warning. You will just need to have a household effort to keep the house clean. Dander is sticky, and will stick to walls and everywhere over time. It takes 16 months for it to fully clear out even after painting and a deep cleaning.

      Depending on how severe your allergies are, you can manage to live a healthy life with your cats. Some people can't even be around someone who owns a cat. Get a cat tree or two also to creat more surfaces for the cats so you will have a better chance of keeping them off sofas and other furniture.

      I had allegy testing down before i got cats, and it said I wasn't allergic, but I really am. The doctor said that happens sometimes. Mine is a respiratory allergy. Around kittens my throat closes up, my eyes water, and my face turns red from my swollen sinuses, but with adult cats I am fine, or at least can be around them longer. I do better withmy own cats than other peoples cats, probably because I am used to them, and bathe them and wipe them with allergy wipes.

      I also feed my cats Wellness canned food, and there skin isn't as dry when they are on the canned, so that may also help. They rarely drink any water since they get so much from their food, but when they were on dry, they were always thirsty and wanted all the water in the world.

  40. QUESTION:
    Black mini schnauzer hair turning white?
    He is about 2, is the only pet in the house, not under any recent stress. The only thing i can think of is that he has a skin allergy and its made his hair thinner...But why would there be white spots?

    • ANSWER:
      Miniature Schnauzers, the black ones, sometimes will get white hairs, its not from getting old, I have seen this on a 1 yr old......its not from old age, its from having a member in the bloodlines with some white, don't worry, he will be fine,,,he is still your baby....it is genetic in some blacks....nothing to worry about.........

      Breeder/show/handler Miniature Schnauzers 14 yrs.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do you think I can live with a pet allergy without medication?
    I think I might be allergic to my daughter's new puppy. My skin itches in random places at random times or if I hold her, then my arm and wrist itch, or if she plays at my feet and jumps on my legs, then my legs and feet itch, or if I snuggle her under my chin, then my chin itches. I can't bear the thought of not handling her, she's too cute. I also can't bear the thought of giving her away 'cause we've all fallen in love with her. She's already a big part of the family. I do not take medications on a daily basis and don't want to start. I only take the occasional headache medicine. I used to be allergic to cats when I was younger and I got over that 'cause now I have three indoor-only cats. I wonder if it's possible that I might just get over this puppy allergy, too. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I am guessing this itchiness does not last otherwise you would be itching all over and insane by now. So I would say if you FEEL like you can live with it then you can. I would suggest washing up after holding the dog, by getting the dander off of you it might lessen the itching. I would also give the dog fish oil mixed in with it's food it will reduce dander a bit and could probably help you. (As well as improve the dog's skin quality.. never a bad thing for a dog.)

  42. QUESTION:
    Can you be allergic to a pet even if the allergy test says you're not?
    My skin allergy test showed no allergies to pet dander or anything like that (just to pollen). Yet sometimes when I'm near my dog I get asthmatic type symptoms. I've decided it can be 1 of 3 things:

    1.) A coincidence that i get the symptoms (cause I get them at other times too).

    2.) I am allergic to my dog and the test was wrong.

    3.) The dog is bringing in pollen or something from outside (but he's an inside dog..)

    Any insight? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      When did you have the allergy testing? Allergies can develop after exposure to the antigen, and if you had the testing prior to having the pet, then you hadn't developed the response yet.
      You have several choices here: Get rid of the pet, make the pet an outside pet, or develop a plan so that you can tolerate the pet as things are. Assuming that you choose to develop a plan try the following: First - make your bedroom a no-pet zone. This is especially important during your peak allergy season(s). Consider putting a Hepa Filter in your room. Have a family member give the dog frequent baths. (Be sure to have them brush the dog thoroughly first.) I would suggest a bath a week. As you become more tolerant of the pet, the bathing can become less frequent. Have a family member dedicated to vacuuming and cleaning frequently to remove as much dog hair and dander from your environment. Make sure the vacuum has a hepa bag and filter. Add a Hepa filter to the room(s) that the pet stays in. Add Allergy filters to all your vents. Avoid spending time with the pet during your peak allergy seasons. When you are not having allergy symptoms, gradually increase your exposure to the pet.
      Consider this a do it yourself "allergy shot" regimen. What allergy shots do is build up your tolerance to the antigen by exposing you to small doses at first and then gradually increasing your exposure. Beware though - once you develop a tolerance to this dog, this will not necessarily make you tolerant of all dogs forever.

  43. QUESTION:
    Have an allergy to my daughters cat, What can I do apart from getting rid of it?
    My daughter has allergies to alot of things so I checked her to make sure she wasnt allergic to the cat before I got it. She's not. But now I am told that I am. What are ways I can reduce the reaction I have to it?? I dont want to get rid of it because she is very close to it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      I feel for you. What causes allergies to cats is their dander, which is a protein comprised of flakes of skin and are deposited on the cat's coat when the cat grooms itself, when their saliva mixes with the dander.

      While there is very little you can do to reduce the reaction, unless you are willing to undergo a series of treatments with an allergist, ( I did this and it helped a great deal and I am no longer allergic, actually ) there are things you can do to control your environment to lessen the amount of dander with which you are in contact. Here are a few of them, and I am providing a link with more information about this. Prevention is the key here.

      Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! Keep your carpets and cloth furniture as free of cat hair as possible. If you touch the cat, make sure you wash your hand immediately and do not touch your eyes until you wash your hands. Make sure your daughter handles the cat exclusively, feeding and handling litter box, as cat urine also contains protein which can cause allergic reaction. She should groom the cat daily to rid it of loose hair which to prevent the hairs from settling on furniture and carpets.

      There are air filtration systems you can use in your house. They work well to rid the air of dander. They are quite successful, in fact.

      Benedryl or other allergy medications work well. Either prescription or over the counter are useful. the newer medications advertise a great deal of success with pet allergies.

      Here is that link:
      http://www.allergybegone.com/aboutpetdander.html

      But if it were me, I would really consider allergy treatments. Talk to an allergist about this. But most allergists are not that sympathetic to cat lovers, and feel that getting rid of the cat is the only way to go. Perhaps your veterinarian can recommend you to a pet friendly specialist. The attitude of so many allergists just makes my blood boil.

      Hope this helps,

      Troublesniffer
      Owned by cats for over 40 years
      Member Cat Writer's Association

  44. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with my dogs skin irritation?
    My dog has some slight hair loss, the hair that is left is getting a reddish tint, and her skin is getting discolorations. The hair that is turning red is only in the spot of the discoloring skin.

    • ANSWER:
      Dog Health:
      Hot Spots

      Hot spot(s) occur usually in the dog, and are characterized by red, inflamed patches of skin which can ooze a clear or yellowish discharge.

      These areas are extremely sensitive to the dog, and actually are a result of the dog constantly licking, biting, or scratching an area of skin until raw and inflamed. The cause of a hot spot can be a number of things, but usually anything which can result in the release of histamine or other "mediators of inflammation" as in cases of allergies, can start the process.

      Stings from insects, scratches, small scrapes or wounds, all can be enough to cause the release of these inflammatory mediators, which start the itch-scratch cycle. What makes a hot spot different from another self-induced skin lesion known as an acral lick granuloma, is that the hot spot is usually created within hours. The acral lick granuloma takes days to months to form.

      Also, the hot spot can occur anywhere on the body, and is less likely to occur on the limbs, where acral lick granuloma tends to form mainly on the limbs. Both of these conditions however, can be started from the release of inflammatory mediators in the area on the skin affected.

      Treatment of the hot spot usually involves clipping the hair around the area of skin affected. This region is then cleansed with mild soap and water, and topical cortisone products, or anti-histamine products are applied. The main emphasis of treatment is geared towards keeping the dog from scratching at the area, as this is what started the hot spot in the first place.

      Sometimes covering the area if possible, or putting a sock over the dog's foot to prevent scratching is advised. Clipping the nails helps as well. If an underlying cause is found such as an allergic condition, treatment with oral medication is then advised. Usually this is associated with multiple hot spot lesions. Single small lesions tend to respond well to topical therapy alone.

      http://www.vet4petz.com/articles/hot_spots.htm
      http://www.prodoggroomingsupplies.com/dog_hot_spots-3.htm
      Your Pet's Skin & Coat Health

      One common malady that occurs with temperature changes is problems with a dog or cat's skin and coat.

      Let's define "healthy skin and coat" so we're clear about what is considered "normal." Don't confuse "normal" with "common."

      Every day in my practice I see pets that have unhealthy skin and coats (usually due to improper nutrition) - so less than optimum is actually quite "common." I've often thought a normal skin/coat condition was actually quite uncommon! Using your senses of touch, vision and smell you will begin to recognize the character of a "normal" or "healthy" skin and coat
      http://www.petcaretips.net/skin_coat_health.html

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get cat dander off my skin?
    My girlfriend is highly allergic to cats and gets rashes from me touching her. I try not to pet my cats and make sure to wash my hands thoroughly before I see her, while this helps a lot it does not completely solve the problem. I was wondering if there were any products or remedies to eliminate this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you're probably doing everything you can. I know sometimes people can get allergy shots to reduce their allergy symptoms, but I don't think it works in every case. Your best bet would probably be to talk to an allergy specialist.

  46. QUESTION:
    My pet dog has an allergic rash. Are there any treatments to help cure the itching?
    He gets the rash whenever he goes outside, so I'm thinking its grass allergies or pollen. It goes away completely in winter and is really bad in fall, and spring. He's a springer spannel.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a Westie who had major allergies. I tried everything from vet prescribed medicines to changing her food to doing a clinical study for Atopica. I was at the point that I feared I was going to have to give her up because I couldn't do anything else for her and the medical bills were outrageous. I contacted a rescue organization and they asked me to try one more dog food. I was more than sceptical, but it was the answer! Within days there was a massive improvement. She has been on it now since January and no more itching or bare skin. Try it! Its worth it!!! The dog food is called Kumpi. Ask for Evy. She even sent me a free bag to try.

  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of homeopathic ways to treat severe food allergies?
    I have really severe food allergies mostly to tree nuts. I have a lot of medications I take to try and reduce my symptoms(i have hayfever year round as well) but nothing seems to be working for me. My best shot is to try some natural medicines. I'm also on inhalers for asthma. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Long ... But worth the reading.

      I am a nurse with over 25 years experience in this area and I have seen a lot of people with various illnesses caused from chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC’s in their homes, schools and workplace. This problem is growing as more and more chemicals are being introduced into the market and used on a daily basis.

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with Chronic Headaches, Migraines, Asthma, Allergies, Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders. I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about MCS (do a websearch for MCS) and the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      If you or a loved one suffers from Asthma, Allergies, Autism, chronic headaches, reproductive problems, Migraines, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus or Fibromyalgia, you need to read further and learn about the signs and symptoms of MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet may be the culprit. So, the doctor will give you medications and many of these meds either do not work or cause other health problems.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of all evil when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your lungs will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don’t they make the connection?

      Here is a Brain Spect Scan Before and after a whiff of perfume: http://www.ourlittleplace.com/spect.html

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then ... well... then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO’s
      No Bounce or dryer sheets - these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze - your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins - VERY toxic
      No scented candles
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Dander
      No Sprays

      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is "Fragrance Free" these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances. Look on MCS sites if you need help finding them.

      More and more workplaces & schools are creating “Fragrance Free Zones”… why do you think this is? Make the connection, your lungs and your health will thank you

  48. QUESTION:
    Do air purifiers really work for pet allergies?
    I'm allergic to cats and just got a kitten. I've been taking Claritin, which seems to help. I was wondering though, do air purifiers really work for pet allergies or are they a waste of money?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're allergic to your cat, it's probably the dander that's causing it. Just like a human's dandruff, pet dander are flakes of dead skin. So, it all depends on the air purifier. There are some air purifiers that work better than others.

      I recommend looking at the line of air purifiers that Oreck produces. They've always had good quality in my opinion, and any extra money you pay for them now is saved in maintenance and filters later. And I think the comfort is well worth it. Also, Oreck is one of those companies that puts a small amount of ionized air out, which makes your air smell nice. Yes, there are studies that say too many ions are bad for your health, but that only means that you shouldn't sleep right next to them.

      I looked for "pet allergies" in WebMD, and came up with this: http://www.webmd.com/content/article/113/110883.htm

  49. QUESTION:
    What is the best food to feed a staffordshire bull terrier that has allergies?
    We have a 1.5 years old stuffy named Ellie. Sometimes she will get 'hot' spots, will scratch herself and lick her paws. We were told by a vet that she has a food allergies but not sure what food she is allergic to. She used to eat Flint River Ranch dry food that has no by-products or any other garbage. We switched her to Nature's Variety dry food that also is an excellent dog food. Ellie still gets 'hot spots. Any suggestions? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Common food allergens include chicken by-products, wheat, soy and corn.
      Some dogs also have senstivities to chicken since you find chicken in almost everything from treats to kibble.

      You might want to try the Nutro Grain Free because it is a limited ingredient diet. As a limited ingredient diet, it has a single novel protein and a single source of carbohydrate. A novel protein is one that the dog has not had a lot of exposure to and is thus less likely to have developed an allergy to it, such as venison or turkey. A single carbohydrate source in potato eliminates the many possibilities of food allergies that might be caused by having many different types of carbs present.

      For a dog with allergies, avoid foods with lots of different protein types as digesting different proteins can be hard on sensitive dogs. Many proteins also makes it harder to narrow down the offending allergen.

      A final tip, looking for foods with high levels of omega 3 & 6 will help with the hot spots on your dog as they help maintain a healthy skin and coat. Natural Choice has the highest levels of these fatty acids and thus they guarantee an improvement in skin and coat :)

      Good Luck!

      Olivia
      Pet Nutrition Specialist
      Nutro


pet skin allergies

Ear Infection Dog Treatment Home

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a good cure for dog ear infections?
    I have a 5 year old black lab and he is forever getting ear infections, have taken him to the vet on several occasions but the treatment only works for a while then the infection returns. Any ideas or home made remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Try a different vet. And why does he keep getting ear infections? Does he swim a lot? If so, he may be getting them from all the water that keeps getting in his ears.

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    Home treatment for an ear infection in a dog?
    I plan on taking my dog to the vet. His ear is red and when he scratches it, he yelps a little. I was just wondering if there is anything I could try at home that might help. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      your dog needs antibiotics.
      and by your picture... your dog looks so cute! is it a lab?
      becuz mines looks aolot like yours, but hes not a lab. hes mixed.

  9. QUESTION:
    Any remedies besides prescriptions for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My little chihuahua gets ear infections ALL THE TIME. The vet said it's just something she's going to have to deal with. I give her ear drops, which are not meant to be given constantly, so does anyone out there have an at home remedy/treatment that has worked for their pets?

    • ANSWER:
      clean the ears with a weak solution of white vinegar and water. usually ear infections are caused from yeast and this will help prevent.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any home remedies for a dog who has a yeast infection in their ears?
    our female english mastiff has an ear infection, and we want to know if there are home remedies or herbs we can use to clear it up, not something expensive we have to get through a vet or some website, something we can buy at a store and use at home.

    • ANSWER:
      since it is a yeast infection..don't laugh, it really works..monistat or any other feminine yeast product will work on your dogs ears! it has essentially the same basic ingredients as the mometomax that your vet will prescribe.

      no treatment will work however if you don't take precautionary steps to preventing another infection. first, clean the ear well with an ear solution (from pet store) and cotton balls. apply some of the monistat into the ear canal and massage the ear thoroughly (you want the medicine deep into the ear). clean and apply med once daily until a significant imporvement is seen, then move to once every other day, and ween off like that.. yest is caused by moist dark places, so do everything within your power to keep your pup's ears dey.

      good luck hope this helps :)

  12. QUESTION:
    How long after first sarcoptic mange treatment until dog can be around other dogs & people?
    Assuming our abandoned dog gets his first treatment this week, how long until he can safely be around us (my husband, my baby and myself) as well as our dogs without fear of us getting scabies and the dogs getting mange too?

    • ANSWER:
      Sarcoptic Mange
      Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

      Sarcoptic mange, commonly known as canine scabies is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites can invade the skin of healthy dogs or puppies and create a variety of skin problems, the most common of which is hair loss and severe itching. While they will infect other animals and even humans, they prefer to live their short lives on dogs. Fortunately, there are several good treatments for this parasite and the disease can be easily controlled.
      Who gets sarcoptic mange?

      Sarcoptic mange can infect all ages and breeds of dogs. While it prefers to live on dogs, this particular mite will also infect cats, humans, and foxes. Cats, foxes, and humans all have their own particular species of mite within the Sarcoptes family. Each species of mite prefers one specific kind of host (e.g.; dog), but may also infect others. Since all of these species of mites have a similar life cycle and respond to the same treatment, we will assume that the vast majority of dog infections are caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei and treat accordingly.

      What is the life cycle of Sarcoptes scabiei?

      The mites usually spend their entire life on a dog. The female mite burrows into the skin and lays eggs several times as she continues burrowing. These tunnels can actually reach the length of several centimeters. After she deposits the eggs, the female mite dies. In 3-8 days, the eggs hatch into larvae which have 6 legs. The larvae mature into nymphs which have 8 legs. The nymph then molts into an adult while it is still in the burrow. The adults mate, and the process continues. The entire life cycle requires 2-3 weeks.

      The mites prefer to live on the dog, but will live for several days off of the host in the environment. In cool moist environments, they can live for up to 22 days. At normal room temperature in a home, they will live from 2 to 6 days. Because of the mite's ability to survive off the host, dogs can become infected without ever coming into direct contact with an infected dog.

      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms are varied but usually include hair loss and severe itching on the elbows, ears, armpits, hocks, chest, and ventral abdomen (belly). The mites prefer to live on areas of the skin that have less hair. As the infection worsens it can spread over the entire body. Small red pustules often develop along with yellow crust on the skin. Because of the severe itching and resultant scratching from the dog, the skin soon becomes traumatized and a variety of sores and infections can develop as a result. The itching seems to be much worse in warm conditions such as indoors or near a stove or heat vent. If the infection goes on untreated or is mistakenly treated as an allergy, the skin may darken due to the constant irritation, and the surrounding lymph nodes may become enlarged.

      Sarcoptic mange is a somewhat common infection and many cases have often been misdiagnosed as severe atopy (inhalant allergy). Any time we see a dog who does not have a prior history of allergies and develops severe itching, or if the itching is not seasonal but year-round, we have to suspect sarcoptic mange.

      The intense itching caused by the sarcoptic mite is actually thought to be caused from a severe allergic reaction to the mite. When dogs are initially infected with Sarcoptes they do not develop itching for several weeks. If the animals are treated and then reinfected at a later time, severe itching starts almost immediately, which indicates the itching may be due to an allergic reaction. However, the standard treatments for allergies generally will not decrease the symptoms of scabies, and will do nothing to cure the disease.

      How is sarcoptic mange diagnosed?

      Trying to get a diagnosis for scabies can be very frustrating. The standard method is to perform a skin scraping and then identify the organism under the microscope. Unfortunately, on average, only twenty percent of the infected dogs will show Sarcoptes mites on any given scraping. Therefore, if a dog has a positive skin scraping the diagnosis is confirmed, but a negative scraping does not rule out sarcoptic mange. Therefore, most diagnoses are made based on history and response to treatment for scabies.

      How is scabies treated?

      There are several ways to treat scabies. In the past, the most effective treatment had been to clip the dog if he had long hair, bathe him with a benzoyl peroxide shampoo to cleanse the skin, and then apply an organophosphate dip (Paramite). Amitraz dips and Mitaban (also organophosphates), and lime sulfur dips (Lymdip) have also been used effectively. The animals are usually dipped once every two weeks for two to three times. While effective, these dips are very unpleasant to apply for both the owner and the dog. Because the dip must come in contact with the mites and many mites live on the face and ears of dogs, great care must be exercised when applying these dips to these sensitive areas. The dips can be toxic to humans and are not suitable for very young, old, or debilitated animals. In addition, there are some reported cases of resistance to these dips in some cases of mange.

      Fortunately, there are several other products that have been extremely effective, safe, and convenient in treating sarcoptic mange. Selamectin (Revolution) is a newer product, which is a topical solution that is applied once a month and provides heartworm prevention, flea control, some tick protection and protection against Sarcoptic mange. Liquid ivermectin is another alternative that is sometimes used. It is used at much higher concentrations that are found in heartworm preventives (e.g., Heartgard). Ivermectin should not be used in Collies or Shetland sheep dogs and should be used with caution in the herding breeds. In dogs that are sensitive to ivermectin, some veterinarians have been having success using milbemycin oxime (Interceptor) at an off-label dose. Both ivermectin and Interceptor should only be used under direct veterinary supervision and care.

      In addition to treating the dog, the environment can be treated with a residual insecticide (e.g.; permethrin).

      How is sarcoptic mange prevented?

      Because your dog does not have to come into direct contact with an infected dog to contract scabies, it is difficult to completely protect him. Places where large numbers of dogs congregate are obviously more likely to harbor the mange mite. Since fox and the environment in which fox may spend a large amount of time can transmit the mite to dogs, keep dogs away from fox and these areas. In my experience, dogs that are well groomed, eat a good diet, have a healthy skin and coat, and do not spend much time with other dogs or where dogs are brought together, are less likely to contract this disease. With the new product Revolution, we have an approved product that will help prevent Sarcoptic mange.

      Can I get Sarcoptes from my pet?

      Yes, although when humans get Sarcoptes scabei from animals, the disease is generally self-limiting, causing only temporary itching. There is a human race of Sarcoptes, which is transmitted from person to person. This human race of sarcoptic mite causes a rash on the wrists, elbows, or between the fingers. In infants, the rash may appear on the head, neck, or body.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have ear mites or an ear infection? What do I do?
    My dog has been scratching his ear a lot lately for about two weeks, he has recently started crying/whining while doing so, so this morning I checked and I found he has a dark pink patch of skin inside his ear flap that has puss, is crusty with some sort of yellow bacteria? It looks hard and feels rough. It produces a clear liquid because I touched it with my finger, and it was slightly wet/sticky. He is a 4 year old male bichion frise/Maltese mix. Any advice would be extremely helpful. Home remedies, treatment, opinions on what to do? This has never happened before. I feel bad because he won't stop scratching and I know it hurts him.

    • ANSWER:
      This may not be the answer you want to hear, but paying for a veterinary visit is probably the best course of action. The vet can take a swab of the inside of the ear and look at it under a microscope to tell you the exact cause of the infection. They may also be able to put a small camera scope inside the ear to look for mites and to see how deep the infection runs. This is a very common problem in this type of dog, and there are also plenty of commercially available treatments available - but please let a veterinarian choose the best one for you. It will probably be some type of ear cleanser that you will pour into the ear several times a day until the infection is cleared. He may also need oral antibiotics, depending on the cause and severity of the infection.

      Sometimes untreated or mistreated infections become much worse, requiring the dog to be anesthetized so that the ear can be flushed out. It's best to take care of this problem properly before it becomes more serious. I hope he gets to feeling better soon.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection or mites? What do I do?
    My dog has been scratching his ear a lot lately for about two weeks, he has recently started crying/whining while doing so, so this morning I checked and I found he has a dark pink patch of skin inside his ear flap that has puss, is crusty with some sort of yellow bacteria? It looks hard and feels rough. It produces a clear liquid because I touched it with my finger, and it was slightly wet/sticky. He is a 4 year old male bichion frise/Maltese mix. Any advice would be extremely helpful. Home remedies, treatment, opinions on what to do? This has never happened before. I feel bad because he won't stop scratching and I know it hurts him.

    • ANSWER:
      Based on your description your dog probably has an infection that needs treatment -please take to your vet as soon as you can; he has been uncomfortable for about 2 weeks. The doctor will check for different types of infections and prescribe medication for the specific problem. Mites are usually down in the ear and cause a dark substance and can be very itchy. Don't try any home remedies - you don't know what the problem is.

  15. QUESTION:
    What to do with my dog who had either an ear infection/mites? Help?
    My dog has been scratching his ear a lot lately for about two weeks, he has recently started crying/whining while doing so, so this morning I checked and I found he has a dark pink patch of skin inside his ear flap that has puss, is crusty with some sort of yellow bacteria? It looks hard and feels rough. It produces a clear liquid because I touched it with my finger, and it was slightly wet/sticky. He is a 4 year old male bichion frise/Maltese mix. Any advice would be extremely helpful. Home remedies, treatment, opinions on what to do? This has never happened before. I feel bad because he won't stop scratching and I know it hurts him.

    • ANSWER:
      Um, take him to a vet?! You shouldn't own a pet if you're that ignorant.

  16. 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!

  17. QUESTION:
    Are ear mites on a dog contagious to other animals in my home?
    I have a 6 year old Huskie/ shepard mix that just moved into my home and I think she has ear mites , is this contagious to my other dog and cat?

    • ANSWER:
      If your daughter is a vet, there's NO WAY she would have said no. Ask her again. Either you misunderstood, or she's not really a DVM.

      Earmites are indeed highly contagious between fur-bearing animals in contact with each other....so much so, that when we diagnose them in one pet, we automatically treat ALL the pets in the household whether they are showing signs or not. If you don't, just as soon as one clears up, another one will have them....and when that one clears up, the first one will have them again. (The life cycle of the mites takes 3 weeks to complete.)

      The problem is that many people waste their time and effort (and money) treating earmites that don't exist in their pet. Bacterial/yeast infections are just as likely...and show the same symptoms. The only way to tell is to look into the ear with a special instrument we use (called an otoscope), and to look at the ear debris under a microscope. If earmites are confirmed, we have a medication that is 99% effective with a single application (the company says 100%, but every once in awhile we have to retreat 3-4 weeks later.) If it's a bacterial/yeast infection, he might need a deep ear flush, followed by appropriate prescription medications. Sometimes, we'll find a tumor or foreign object (like an embedded grass seed or thorn) down in the ear canal.

      If proper treatment is delayed, permanent damage to the eardrum and middle ear can develop, resulting in deafness.

  18. QUESTION:
    my mom refuses to take her dog to the vet, she has an ear ache what else can she do?
    i looked up a few home remedies...but i told her to just take her to the vet...is there anything she can do at home to cure the ear infection completely?
    my mom does love her animals and doesn't want them to suffer...she has always taken good care of all her pets and taken them to the vet when they need it, but she has hit hard financial times like many others, and hasn't even been able to take younger sister to the doctor, let alone any of her dogs and as far as i know it is only the one dog who is having medical problems...so thanks to those of you who actually gave suggestions on what to do...

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is. And there is no magic to it. Ingredients available at local pharmacy for a total of about .

      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.

  19. QUESTION:
    Does Anyone have advice on what to do when you bring home a rescued dog?
    We are adopting a Basset Hound and get to bring him home tomorrow. I already let him meet my kids and our rotti and he was fine, but I wonder how he will be in a new home. They have no information on him because he was found as a stray. So if you know how to introduce him to a new home please let me know. Thank you.
    A dog is not just a dog and they need more than just the so called bare essentials. They need love. Besides this is a serious question for people who love dogs and are concerned about their care not just to be a smart elick or funny.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi here is a little info hope it helps maybe down the road you could post a pic.GL and enjoy

      Train your Basset on the premise that you are smarter than he, and that you are the "pack leader", not your dog. Bassets are sensitive and do not take well to harsh treatment. Usually just the tone of your voice or shake of the collar will do the trick. Most important, don't forget to praise your dog when he pleases you! We all scream at kids and dogs when they're wrong, but we forget to praise them when they're right.

      Basset Hounds Love to be loved, and need to be part of the family. If left alone for any length of time, consider getting another dog or cat to keep your Basset company. Boredom cam lead your dog to your favorite rose bush, the sprinkler system, your shoes, etc. They do not need a huge yard or high fence, but their hunting instinct can get them into serious trouble unless they are confined to the house or a securely fenced yard, one they cannot dig out of. Bassets firmly believe that they have the right-of-way in any traffic dispute. The best invention since popcorn...the dog door. A wonderful aid in housetraining, a mind-relaxer knowing your dog can get into the house in bad weather, sudden thunderstorms, fireworks, etc.

      Are Bassets Different? Yes! Many people thing of the Basset as a small dog. They are not. A "small" Basset might weigh 35-40 pounds, an average one 50+ pounds, and "large" Bassets weigh in at 65-70 pounds. They are prone to obesity, particularly after age 4 or 5. Feed only high quality dog food and watch those treats! We recommend feeding Bassets twice a day. For the Average Basset, this means 1 1/2 to 2 cups of good quality kibble each meal. The Basset does not need fussy coat care, but because they tend to shed year-round, they should be groomed at least weekly. A rubber curry glove, available at most pet supply stores, serves the purpose well. The insides of the ears need frequent cleaning. The heavy ear leather prevents loss of moisture form inside the ear. A cotton ball with warm water will do the job if ther eis no infection. The outside of the ears will collect dirt because they fall into the water and feed bowls and then drag along the ground. nairs are tough and should be trimmed about every two weeks.
      To keep the Basset Hound healthy, it should be given plenty of exercise, but discourage it from jumping and stressing the front legs. This breed will run and play by the hour when given the chance.
      Do not overfeed these dogs because extra weight places too great a load on the legs and spine. A problem area is possible lameness and eventual paralysis because of short legs and a heavy, long body. As they are prone to bloat, it is also wise to feed them two or three small meals a day instead of one big large meal. The dog should be kept observed for several hours after eating a large meal.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to clean mgmy dogs ears and get rid of ear mites?
    I have been to the vet and they said it's mites and just to use over the counter medicine but it hasn't helped. Is there a home solution I can make to clean her ear because it's very dirty and stinks.
    Thank u very much.
    -Sarah

    • 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

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best Dog ear wash out there?
    Hey everyone. We live in a place without grass and my doggy gets this black ear wax. I've taken her in and had her ears cleaned many times. They use this tea tree ear wash and said they could not sell it to me. That I could find it online. I have found so many of them. I can't decide on which one to purchase. I mean her ears get caked in a matter of days. They keep telling me to do it at home. Any suggestions? The lady that cleans her ears keeps telling me thier ears are like an L and I'm not going to hurt her. Whatever that stuff is in that bottle they use works like a charm at breaking that stuff up. Then it just wipes out. She has such huge ears and I swear after fetch she catches everything in them. Thankyou much.
    Hey Thanks guys. I have to take the kitty in to get fixed. I will see if I can get her in the same day. They have checked her ears many times and showed me how to clean them with a cotton ball. When we throw the ball to her. She kicks up massive amounts of dirt. Then runs back to us in it. I don't think it is an infection, but I will take your advice and double check it by the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      What you might have is not just dirt in her ears. She might have a yeast infection. It would keep comming back if you just used cleaning stuff in it. Have you went to the vet and had them look at it? If it is a yeast infection they can give you a treatment for it (like Zymox is one brand) that will help it to stop getting so dirty.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of my dog getting lyme disease?
    My dog is 5 year old cocker spaniel. I found 2 deer ticks biting him 1 was in his ear and the other on top of his head. They were both there for a while because they were fat and white. I also want to know if there is any cures for lyme disease for a dog. thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Definition
      Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by a skin rash, joint inflammation, and flu-like symptoms, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted by the bite of a deer tick. See also tick removal.

      Alternative Names
      Borreliosis

      Causes, incidence, and risk factors
      Lyme disease was first described in the United States in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1975, but has now been reported in most parts of the United States.

      Most cases occur in the Northeast, upper Midwest, and along the Pacific coast. Mice and deer are the most commonly infected animals that serve as host to the tick. Most infections occur in the late spring, summer, and early fall.

      The disease can sometimes be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms may mimic other diseases. A characteristic red rash usually occurs at the site of the bite. However, the bite may go unnoticed. A few months to years after the bite, joint inflammation, neurological symptoms, and sometimes heart symptoms may occur.

      The initial infection is called primary Lyme disease. From there, secondary Lyme disease and tertiary Lyme disease may develop.

      There are more than 16,000 cases of Lyme disease per year in the United States.

      Risk factors for Lyme disease include walking in high grasses, other activities that increase tick exposure, and having a pet that may carry ticks home.

      Symptoms
      Deer ticks can be so small that they are almost impossible to see. Therefore, many people with Lyme disease never even saw a tick. These people are more likely to develop symptoms because the tick remained on their body longer.

      The symptoms of Lyme disease include:

      A flat or slightly raised red lesion at the site of the tick bite (can be larger than 1 to 3 inches in diameter, often with a clear area in the center)
      Fever
      Headache
      Lethargy
      Muscle pains
      Stiff neck
      Joint inflammation in the knees and other large joints
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:

      Itching, overall
      unusual or strange behavior

      Signs and tests
      Physical examination in advanced Lyme disease may show evidence of joint, heart, or brain abnormalities
      Antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi by immunofluorescence (IFA) or ELISA. ELISA tests are confirmed with a Western blot test.

      Treatment
      Antibiotics are prescribed based on disease stages and manifestations. Doxycycline, tetracycline, cefuroxime, ceftriaxone, and penicillin are some of the choices.

      Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, are sometimes prescribed to relieve joint stiffness.

      Note: Doxycycline is usually not prescribed for children until after all the permanent teeth have erupted. It can permanently discolor teeth that are still forming.

      Expectations (prognosis)
      If diagnosed in the early stages, the disease can be cured with antibiotics. If left untreated, complications involving joints, the heart, and the nervous system can occur.

      Complications
      Secondary Lyme disease
      Tertiary Lyme disease

      Calling your health care provider
      Call your health care provider if symptoms of Lyme disease develop.

      Prevention
      When walking or hiking in wooded or grassy areas, tuck long pants into socks to protect the legs, and wear shoes and long-sleeved shirts. Ticks will show up on white or light colors better than dark colors, making them easier to remove from your clothing. Spray your clothes with insect repellant.

      Check yourself and your pets frequently. If you find ticks, remove them immediately by using tweezers, pulling carefully and steadily.

      Ticks can be fairly large -- about the size of a pencil eraser -- or so small that they are almost impossible to see. After returning home, remove your clothes and thoroughly inspect all skin surface areas, including your scalp. Ticks can quickly climb up the length of your body. Some ticks are large and easy to locate. Other ticks can be quite small, so carefully evaluate all spots on the skin.

  23. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection or ear mites?
    My dog shakes his head, scratches and sometimes crys in pain. I want to take him to the vet but right now I can't afford it. What can I do for him at home? Is vinegar and olive oil good to clean his ears?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to find the money to take your dog to the vet. Do without things for yourself and pay for a vet treatment for this poor dog. You can afford a computer and the internet.

      This infection is not recent or he wouldn't be at the stage of crying in pain. He should have been treated at the first signs of the infection...which is head shaking and ear scratching. Now it's a serious problem.

      Do not put olive oil and vinegar in your dog's ears, you'll make it worse. Until the vet takes a swab you don't even know what is causing the ear infection.

      Of one thing you can be sure. If you don't have this treated now it will get much worse and cost you a lot more money in the long run. Your dog is in pain. You are morally and LEGALLY bound to provide vet treatment for your dog.
      If you can't afford vet, you can't afford a pet.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a sore throat super duper FAST?!?
    Please help me!
    I have had a sore throat/cold for a few days but the sore throat has gotten worse.
    I can not be absent from school tomorrow because i have a lot of important inclass things to do. Can anyone recommend any home remedies or medication i can take?
    THANK YOU in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      •Tonsillitis*:

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      • Fever
      • Bad breath
      • Nasal congestion and runny nose
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Headache, ear infections.
      • Abdominal (belly) pain
      • Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

      •OR
      Tonsilitis— Inflammation of the tonsil-a gland at the root of the tongue—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x failing which give mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and S 12x.
      It is often caused by taking too much of ice-solid ice and too much of iced water should be avoided by every body. If it is chronic MP 3x. If tonsils are painful NP 3x. If frothy transparent mucous NM 3x. If the discharge is golden yellow NP 3x.
      About 16 years ago, Sri Pooranchand Sood, Advocate, Agra, was going to get his son's tonsils removed surgically, when the author induced him to defer the operation. In about 3 weeks time this medicine cured the patient: since then he and his son have been recommending this medicine to a number of patients, all of whom have sent very favourable reports.
      Sri H.C. Mukerji, Advocate, Lukerganj Allahabad, gives an
      excellent report about its efficacy in several cases in his family.
      •454. Tonsilitis— (Septic)—Try both the above formulae, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.

      •Dosage: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      PS:If satisfied, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source: 'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  25. QUESTION:
    My doggy has a ear rash that smells like cheesedoodles what can i do?
    My doggy has a ear rash that smells like cheesedoodles what can i do?

    • 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

  26. QUESTION:
    How to make sure a shelter cat is healthy before adopting it?
    Last year my freind adopted a a dog from a shelter. We were told the dog was healthy, and that there were no problems with it. It seemed a bit worn out, but we chalked that up to the shelter being outside in the blazing heat. However, when we took it to the vet after getting it home, we found out it have worms, stomach parasites, a yeast infect, and a couple of other health problems. After spending hundreds to get it fixed, my friend called the shelter for lying about the dogs health and not giving it the treatment it needed for all it's illnesses.

    Well now, one year later she is moving into a smaller apartment. Her dog was given to her parents because their older dog had died, leaving them with a younger dog who needed a playmate. Still wanting a pet, my friend decided to get a cat. Since her apartment wont have a yard, and it's so small, it seems better suited to a cat than a dog.

    We want to avoid the health issues we had last time though. So we were wondering, what are some things you should make sure you check when adopting a cat from a shelter to ensure that it's healthy? Any little bit of advice helps!

    • ANSWER:
      Cats are the masters of balance. A healthy cat's gait is steady and fluid. A cat showing signs of losing balance could be suffering from various health problems. It doesn't have to be as dramatic as cerebellar hypoplasia. Limping, difficulty with jumping, or any other problem related to movement, can indicate anything from nutritional deficiencies to fractures or even eye or ear problems.
      The cat's coat directly reflects its state of health. The fur of a healthy cat is smooth and pleasant to touch, and does not show bald patches, wounds, or cat fleas. A dry and coarse coat may be a sign of unbalanced nutrition.
      The cat's ears should be pink and clean. If you see a waxy brownish-black secretion in the cat's ears, check for the presence of ear mites (a miniscule ear parasite common among cats). Very often, a cat infected with ear mites will also scratch its ears and shake its head, and you may be able to see scabs in that area. You will not be able to see the mites themselves, as they are microscopic.
      The healthy cat's eyes are shiny and clear, and lacking any secretion. Cats have a third, inner eyelid, which is usually wide open and not exposed. If the third eyelid is not fully open, it can be seen covering a part of the eye. This situation can indicate a health problem, since it is often a sign of physical or emotional stress.
      The nose of a healthy cat should be velvety and pleasant in texture, and without any discharge. The nose can be moist to varying degrees, but never very wet.
      The cat's mouth should be pink, clean, and without any bad breath. The teeth should be whole, white, and without excess tartar. Other signs of possible mouth disease are drooling and an apparent grooming problem - cats that suffer from infections in the mouth area often avoid self-grooming.
      The cat's rear end and genitals should be clean - Dirt in that area might indicate a problem of diarrhea. Diarrhea may be a sign of poor nutrition, worms or even some form of disease. Even without diarrhea, worms can sometimes be spotted around the anus, particularly tapeworm, which often look like small white and soft grains of rice.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you clean a dogs ears?
    we have a 21/2 year old cocker spaniel...we keep her clean and her hair is cut off nice and short for the spring but not even 24 hours after coming home from the doggy groomers her ears were very stinky again...how do i fix and prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      The groomer can only CLEAN the ears. Your dog's ears are INFECTED, most likely with yeast, which cause a bad odor, and possibly with bacteria, too. Your dog needs to see a vet to find out precisely what is wrong with the ears and to prescribe the proper treatment. You will need to tell the vet how long the ears have been stinky. The longer she has had the problem, the longer she may need treatment. Sometimes it takes more than one medication to resolve a long-term infection of the ears. If the ears are still bad after the first course of treatment, go back to the vet. Ear infections are painful and only get worse with time. I have seen ear drums totally eaten away by infection. If you bathe your dog at home, you must tell the vet so that the vet can advise you on what to use after bathing the dog and how to keep the ears protected. If your dog has allergies, you must treat them, too. Allergies can cause the ear canals to swell up, trapping moist air and debris, which makes a perfect breeding ground for infections.

  28. QUESTION:
    How much money does a medium sized dog cost annually?
    I'm getting a puggle and would like to know how much it's going to cost me on a yearly basis.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, a puggle is about the same size as my dog. The thing is, that unexpected Vet bills can KILL ya! I spent 0 in the first 3 weeks I had her, just on Kennel Cough, Deworming, and antibiotics- as well as her vaccinations.

      You can never tell how much it will cost when things come up. But as far as food, you can shop for food in bulk, at a wholesale Pet Store- in NJ I go to JB Pet Supply- they have great prices on top quality food.

      Of course there is the initial spending of a crate (about -) a dog bed (-) a good leash and collar (-) some chew toys (-).

      A medium dog will cost you about a month in food. Treats and toys, maybe a month. Poop bags, maybe a month.

      Since a Puggle doesn't require 'haircuts' like my dog does, then you'll want to bathe her at least once every 6-8 weeks. If you can handle trimming her nails and cleaning her ears (Beagle mixes commonly suffer from ear infections- so it is important to do the ear flushing on a regular basis!!! The ears will start to smell and become gunked up with wax and dirt. The cause of this is because they have flap type ears-) you can do it yourself, or you can take her to a groomer for a bath and cleaning. My vet does the nail clipping and the ear washing for me. Of course that is a charge each time.

      There are flea treatments- whether you choose a bath or a pill, it all costs money. Spaying and neutering is also a good 0 average- at 6 months of age.

      So, if you add all of that up, I would say it will average to 0+ per month, depending on the health of your dog! If there are issues, like medical problems, it can go much higher. You can't skip going to the vet when the pup needs to be seen.

      You also may want to take the puppy to "Puppy Preschool" or a similar program. This will cost 0-200.

      If you don't have a fenced in yard, you may need to do that at some point. You may also need 'baby gates' in your home to keep the dog in one room when you leave the house.

      Of course, you may want to get Pet Health Insurance, it certainly has helped out a lot of people!

      Good luck with your puppy!

  29. QUESTION:
    The most tickiest dog you have ever seen?
    My husband brought home the most adorable beagle. He was abandon at a lake and survived on picnic trash. He's only cute at a distance. Up close he is the most tick infested thing I have ever seen. We sponged insecticide dip (pyrethrum) all over him. Will the ticks fall off as they die? What is the chance that he develops skin infections from so many bites?
    I guess my husband deserves some credit for rescuing the thing. I would not have touched him. Since he's in the back yard now we need to do the right thing. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      You are so sweet to take this on. It may need another treatment soon as instrutions allow. Beagles are great dogs. I hope you can get it to vet soon for innaculations and blood test. ALSO you need treat yard as it may infest yard before it gets all off him. I like seven dust but of cource cant use when in wet season. Check if gums are pale, this means he is enemic and need see vet immediatly. Check inside ears and toes as ticks hide ther also. As a groom assistant I have lot experience in seeing some bad cases. *mamatx

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why is my dogs hair falling out from the back of his head to the end of his tail?
    I have a beagle and he is chewing at himself to the point that the hair is gone from the back of his head to the end of his tail. We have tried medication and flea spray. We don't know what else to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Sarcoptic mange, commonly known as canine scabies is caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites can invade the skin of healthy dogs or puppies and create a variety of skin problems, the most common of which is hair loss and severe itching. While they will infect other animals and even humans, they prefer to live their short lives on dogs. Fortunately, there are several good treatments for this parasite and the disease can be easily controlled.
      Who gets sarcoptic mange?

      Sarcoptic mange can infect all ages and breeds of dogs. While it prefers to live on dogs, this particular mite will also infect cats, humans, and foxes. Cats, foxes, and humans all have their own particular species of mite within the Sarcoptes family. Each species of mite prefers one specific kind of host (e.g.; dog), but may also infect others. Since all of these species of mites have a similar life cycle and respond to the same treatment, we will assume that the vast majority of dog infections are caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei and treat accordingly.

      What is the life cycle of Sarcoptes scabiei?

      The mites usually spend their entire life on a dog. The female mite burrows into the skin and lays eggs several times as she continues burrowing. These tunnels can actually reach the length of several centimeters. After she deposits the eggs, the female mite dies. In 3-8 days, the eggs hatch into larvae which have 6 legs. The larvae mature into nymphs which have 8 legs. The nymph then molts into an adult while it is still in the burrow. The adults mate, and the process continues. The entire life cycle requires 2-3 weeks.

      The mites prefer to live on the dog, but will live for several days off of the host in the environment. In cool moist environments, they can live for up to 22 days. At normal room temperature in a home, they will live from 2 to 6 days. Because of the mite's ability to survive off the host, dogs can become infected without ever coming into direct contact with an infected dog.

      What are the symptoms?

      The symptoms are varied but usually include hair loss and severe itching on the elbows, ears, armpits, hocks, chest, and ventral abdomen (belly). The mites prefer to live on areas of the skin that have less hair. As the infection worsens it can spread over the entire body. Small red pustules often develop along with yellow crust on the skin. Because of the severe itching and resultant scratching from the dog, the skin soon becomes traumatized and a variety of sores and infections can develop as a result. The itching seems to be much worse in warm conditions such as indoors or near a stove or heat vent. If the infection goes on untreated or is mistakenly treated as an allergy, the skin may darken due to the constant irritation, and the surrounding lymph nodes may become enlarged.

      Sarcoptic mange is a somewhat common infection and many cases have often been misdiagnosed as severe atopy (inhalant allergy). Any time we see a dog who does not have a prior history of allergies and develops severe itching, or if the itching is not seasonal but year-round, we have to suspect sarcoptic mange.

      The intense itching caused by the sarcoptic mite is actually thought to be caused from a severe allergic reaction to the mite. When dogs are initially infected with Sarcoptes they do not develop itching for several weeks. If the animals are treated and then reinfected at a later time, severe itching starts almost immediately, which indicates the itching may be due to an allergic reaction. However, the standard treatments for allergies generally will not decrease the symptoms of scabies, and will do nothing to cure the disease.

      How is sarcoptic mange diagnosed?

      Trying to get a diagnosis for scabies can be very frustrating. The standard method is to perform a skin scraping and then identify the organism under the microscope. Unfortunately, on average, only twenty percent of the infected dogs will show Sarcoptes mites on any given scraping. Therefore, if a dog has a positive skin scraping the diagnosis is confirmed, but a negative scraping does not rule out sarcoptic mange. Therefore, most diagnoses are made based on history and response to treatment for scabies.

      How is scabies treated?

      There are several ways to treat scabies. In the past, the most effective treatment had been to clip the dog if he had long hair, bathe him with a benzoyl peroxide shampoo to cleanse the skin, and then apply an organophosphate dip (Paramite). Amitraz dips and Mitaban (also organophosphates), and lime sulfur dips (Lymdip) have also been used effectively. The animals are usually dipped once every two weeks for two to three times. While effective, these dips are very unpleasant to apply for both the owner and the dog. Because the dip must come in contact with the mites and many mites live on the face and ears of dogs, great care must be exercised when applying these dips to these sensitive areas. The dips can be toxic to humans and are not suitable for very young, old, or debilitated animals. In addition, there are some reported cases of resistance to these dips in some cases of mange.

      Fortunately, there are several newer products on the market that have been extremely effective, safe, and convenient in treating sarcoptic mange. The most widely used is the liquid cattle wormer ivermectin (Ivomec). This product is available in a 1% liquid formula and is currently only labeled for use in cattle, but is widely used by veterinarians to treat Sarcoptic mange. In my practice, it is the first choice for treatment. Most dogs get one oral dose and then another oral dose two weeks later. The success and safety rate is excellent. Ivermectin should not be used in Collies or Shetland sheep dogs and should be used with caution in the herding breeds.

      In dogs that are sensitive to ivermectin, some veterinarians have been having success using milbemycin oxime (Interceptor) at an off-label dose of once a week for three weeks. Both ivermectin and Interceptor should only be used under direct veterinary supervision and care.

      Recently, a new product containing selamectin (Revolution) was released on the market. This product is a topical solution that is applied once a month and provides heartworm prevention, flea control, some tick protection and protection against Sarcoptic mange. I expect this product will be widely used in areas where Sarcoptic mange is a problem.

      In addition to treating the dog, the environment can be treated with a residual insecticide (e.g.; permethrin).

      How is sarcoptic mange prevented?

      Because your dog does not have to come into direct contact with an infected dog to contract scabies, it is difficult to completely protect him. Places where large numbers of dogs congregate are obviously more likely to harbor the mange mite. Since fox and the environment in which fox may spend a large amount of time can transmit the mite to dogs, keep dogs away from fox and these areas. In my experience, dogs that are well groomed, eat a good diet, have a healthy skin and coat, and do not spend much time with other dogs or where dogs are brought together, are less likely to contract this disease. With the new product Revolution, we have an approved product that will help prevent Sarcoptic mange.

      Can I get Sarcoptes from my pet?

      Yes, although when humans get Sarcoptes scabei from animals, the disease is generally self-limiting, causing only temporary itching. There is a human race of Sarcoptes, which is transmitted from person to person. This human race of sarcoptic mite causes a rash on the wrists, elbows, or between the fingers. In infants, the rash may appear on the head, neck, or body.

  32. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost at the vet for a dog ear infection diagnosis and treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog has a small and discharge from his/her ear, it probably does need a vet right away as it might need antibiotics. At my vet, this might cost 0 for office visit and meds. But if the symtoms are not advanced you might try this home made ear treatment. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore, and neither does my Mom's llasa/terrier mix after I made some for her. The ingredients are easy to get from a pharmacy. White vinegar is one of them and will reduce the ph so yeast won't thrive, but the other ingredients (alcohol, boric acid powder, betadine antiseptic) make a more effective combination. 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. http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarClean…

  33. QUESTION:
    Home care for dog with ear mites?
    Hello I've just returned from the vet after noticing one of my dogs was shaking his head and pawing his ear. It turns out both my dogs have ear mites and I was just wondering what sort of home care I can do in order to get rid of the problem more quickly. They have already had treatment from the veterinarian including an injection and a deep cleaning of the ear. I have medication as well as ear cleaning solution and will be using them as directed. The older dog is on antibiotics.

    The advice I'm looking for is more about hygiene and their living area. Upon arriving home I threw the pillow cases, comforter, and sheets of my bed into the wash because the older dog sleeps in bed with me. I put bedding, toys, leashes, and collars in wash as well. We have hardwood floors and I vacuumed however I'm not sure if this will be enough. Would a mop or swiffer be a better idea? (I have simple green cleaning solution also, but I want to kill the ear mites and I can just put the dogs elsewhere temporarily.) I also vacuumed the pillows themselves and the mattress. After I write this up I'm going to give the dogs a bath (will not wet ears) and put them to bed. I plan on having the older one in bed with me still because he gets very upset sleeping away from me. The vet assistant I spoke to about letting the dog sleep with me says it's my choice. I figured I'd just clean the whole bed once more in 2 days or so anyway so I want my dogs to be as comfortable as possible. The vet looked under the microscope and told me the type of mites they had weren't a threat to humans and only caused irritation.

    My dog took the pill antibiotic well but resists when I clean his ears before applying medication. How can I get him to cooperate while I flush the ear? I don't want him to move because the mite medication is very expensive and I don't have enough to pay for more because I've wasted some by missing his ear.

    We suspect the puppy got the mites before we even got her. (we got her at 2 months old from a pet shop and it is has been 2 months since then). My older dog has never had an ear infection and was very sensitive to the irritation from the mites. (which was how i figured out there was a problem). I don't really want any home remedies (putting various household items in ear, etc.) but more maintenance and medication distribution tips. They are both smaller dogs, so would cotton balls or gauze be better to flush with? Should I prevent them from pawing at their ears when the mites irritate them? (I can put on cones I had previously) Are there any places I should clean more thoroughly?

    Thank you for your advice if you are a trained vet please tell me in your answer I appreciate all replies.
    Dog - Male - Shih tzu - 7 yrs old - 11 lbs
    IAMS senior dog food
    Dog - Female - Maltese Poodle Mix - 4 months old - 4.1 lbs
    Natural choice petite puppy food

    • ANSWER:
      You were right to clean everything in their living area.Spray everything that can`t be washed with Lysol
      or diluted bleach.You only have to keep from scratching ears if its breaking their skin.As for getting the
      older dog to cooperate,I would wait until he`s sleepy,and then give him a kong with peanut butter to distract
      him,and then flush his ear.I would use cotton balls.
      I am not a vet or vet tech,but I do have a lot of knowledge in this area.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    For a couple of days now, my dog has been walking with his head tilted to the side and he's been scratching his ear a lot. His ears also have a foul smell to them, and they're swollen. I can't take him to the vet. Is this an ear infection or something else? And how do I help him here at home?

    • ANSWER:
      welcome to the club of dogs with ear problems and owners who are at wits end trying to deal with this condition.

      I have owned many dogs and most of them never never had ear infections, no matter the weather, cold, hot, rainy, moldy..........but one of them had serious ear problems, and unfortunately these become chronic, an endless search for treatments, meds, cleaners, fungus/bacterial causes. in the end it all comes down to your pets background...if you leave him untreated the infection will get worse, its not like a cold or virus, he probably has some allergy situation, maybe molds or fungus irritating his immune system, and when his skin becomes inflamed he scratches and the fungus/bacteria take hold and his ears become swollen, and the infection gets much worse.

      he must be treated with antifungal/antibiotic/anti inflammatory a couple weeks til it clears. so this you must do. but after you get his ears clear then you must take measures to prevent recurrence.

      If allergies seem to cause this immune system weakness then you should take precautions so his skin is not home to fungus/bacteria..after years of enormous cost and endless vet visits I can only try to minimize infection. for my dog I now use people shampoo, head and shoulders, it works WONDERS at keeping infection DOWN. this once a week during high stress times.... I wipe my dogs feet with same as he comes in so his feet do not spread infection if he scratches.. I use the shampoo around the ear and keep the area clean. and if the odor is severe I use a couple tblspn rubbing alcohol, a couple tblspn white vinegar, 1 teaspn boric acid powder mix well and with a cotton pad soaked in this solution I soak the ear with it, gently mush it around and then using cotton pads gently mop it up. do this again and you will see how much nasty stuff comes out of the ear. twice a day if ear is bad, then once daily and keep checking. keep his sleeping area clean, throw a clean sheet under where he sleeps and change it frequently washing with hot water, bleach and strong soap.

      unfortunately you must see a vet to get him cleared but your dog is suffering, cannot cure himself and his ear canal could harden creating even greater difficulties. also his pain will get much worse.

  35. QUESTION:
    my dogs shaking his head and his ears have a slight bad odor and they have a brownish debri i can wipe out?

    He is a lab rescue I ve had for 2 weeks , rather skinny but putting on some pounds now. and his coat already shines. He love water and has been in the creek, sprinkler and coupld baths in the 2 week period , I just use alochol, peroxide on cotton balls he seems to be resting fine without shaking , what about witch Hazel ? will that work too.

    • 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

  36. QUESTION:
    What to do for Dog ear infection?
    She is an older collie with a bad ear infection. She kicks it and it's now swollen shut and red. Is there any home remedy I can use to bring swelling and infection down? I have tried warm compresses and holding it to her ear. I had heard pouring a little hydrogen peroxide in the ear might help but I don't know is that safe?

    • ANSWER:
      50/50 White vinegar and warm water will clean the ear and also kill ear mites, however as it sounds like it is infected, I would do this to clen it and then take her to the vets so she gets the treatment she needs for the infection/inflammation otherwise it will not clear up.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my dogs red mange with out costing a lot,home type medications.Thanks?

    • ANSWER:
      Mange is a rather common disease in household pets.
      Dogs are primarily susceptible to two forms of mange, Demodectic mange (red mange) and Sarcoptic mange. Demodectic mange is generally seen in dogs less than two years of age. These mange mites are passed to puppy’s skin from their mothers. Demodectic mange mites live in the hair and oil (sebaceous) follicles of the skin. The first signs of this disease are patchy areas of hair loss about the head and forelegs, which do not itch and do not appear inflamed. These areas may spontaneously resolve or become larger until a large area of the pet’s skin is involved. It is considerably rarer in cats. A few of these parasites are present in the skin of many or all normal dogs. However dogs which develop disease have a defect in their immune system (T-cell defect) and can not keep the number of mites under control. The only product approved for use on Demodectic mange in the United States is amitraz (Mitaban). This concentrated liquid is diluted to a dip and the entire animal is immersed and scrubbed in the solution every two weeks until no living parasites can be seen under a microscope. A compound named benzyl benzoate cream was once used to treat small areas of infection. It is no longer believed to be effective. I will sometimes mix a 10% solution of Amitraz in propylene glycol and have the owner first cleanse and then massage this solution into isolated lesions. I have had good success in curing small areas of Demodectic mange in this way. The effectiveness of treatment is hard to evaluate because small lesions often go away by themselves. Shar Pei dogs are notorious for their susceptibility to Demodectic mange. When amitraz (Mitaban) dips fail to halt the infection, I have had good success in placing these dogs on daily oral ivermectin. This product is sold as Ivomec 1% and the dose I use is 1ml (cc or approximately 15-20 drops) per110 lbs body weight. This comes out to 200 mcg/kg of body weight. Ivermectin may take up to a year to completely cure the dog. In severe cases, secondary bacterial skin infection is severe and subcutaneous lymph nodes enlarge with mites present in these nodes.

      The second common form of mange in dogs, other pets (and wild animals) is Sarcoptic mange. This microscopic spider-like mite burrows through the layers of the skin causing an intense itch and streaks of reddened skin. After a month or so the skin becomes very crusty. It is spread from one mature dog to another by contact or by contact with objects the infected dog has touched. Humans in contact with these pets will often begin to itch too. This disease in man was once called the seven year itch. It is the disease that back-woods folk and farmers used to cure by rubbing the dog with burnt motor oil. Do not attempt this! The gentlest way of curing this disease (but the smelliest way) in all species of animals is with lime sulfur dips. Oral or injectable ivermectin cures the disease very well too. However, Ivermectin can be toxic in cats. Besides dogs, I see this disease in cats, hedgehog’s raccoons and squirrels.
      A third form of mange, psoroptic mange, I see most often in rabbit ears and the area surrounding the ears. All ear-mite medicines cure this disease but the ears often need a soothing antibiotic corticosteroids cream for a week or two to heal.

      A form of mange that I see in budgerigars (parakeets) and canaries is knemidocoptic mange. It affects their legs, the base of the beak and their vents. The skin in these areas is thickened and flaky. It responds very well to ivermectin or oily topical products containing rotenone (derris root & cube resin) such as Goodwinol. Goodwinol is difficult to obtain these days, but the active ingredient, rotenone, can be purchased as an organic rose and vegetable insecticide and mixed with margarine.

      The reason most mange can be treated with any non-toxic oily product is that mange mites, being arachnids, breathe through openings (sphericals) along their body. Any substance which plugs up these pores kills the mites. The exception is Demodectic mites which live so deeply within hair follicles that oily substances do not seem to affect them.

  38. QUESTION:
    what is the best remedy to get rid of ear infection in dogs.?
    he has had this infection over a year and has been treated by the doctors but nothing seems to completely cures him

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs with floppy ears are prone to ear infections. Don't blame the vet. If treatment with an antibiotic like Otamax doesn't work, the vet may need to anesthetize the dog and do a deep cleaning. When it's really, really bad (like a dog I adopted), the ear canals are removed. Don't let it get to that point.
      Be diligent with the ear cleaning AND please don't use those home remedies recommenced in these answers. Good luck.

  39. QUESTION:
    Bichon Frisé owners: can you tell me about their care and temperament?
    I'm considering getting a Bichon Frisé puppy, but first I would like to know a little bit more, especially about their care/grooming, temperament, and also expenses. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Grooming: Daily brushing, monthly professional grooming. Can be expensive depending on your area, averages per visit. Professional grooming is a MUST, it's not just a bath, they tend to grow very long nails which must be trimmed back regularly or they can deform the foot, they grow hair inside the ear canal which must be removed or it will cause infections, etc. Teeth should be brushed at home several times a week as small breeds are prone to tooth decay and tartar.

      Care: Special diets may be required as Bichons are prone to food allergies.

      Temperment: Sweet, loving, great companion dogs. Also very intelligent, will learn anything you teach them. Moderately easy to potty train.

      Expenses: Other than routine vet care and grooming, minimal. Not prone to any serious health issues like hips or eye problems. If fed a good diet skin issues can be avoided.

      Other: Bichons are a sensitive breed to medications, so precautions are necessary to avoid any serious problems. Bichons should receive a full round of puppy vaccines, but after that, a rabies vaccine every 3 years is the only necessary vaccine. Dogs hold their immunity just like humans, there is no need to revaccinate yearly for distemper and whatnot. It can actually do more harm than good, especially for a breed like this. I would also advise against Frontline or other spot on flea treatments; all the Bichons I've dealt with have had bad reactions to it. The best course of action is puppy vaccines, 3 year rabies, and heartworm pills, NOTHING else.

      It's also a good idea to minimize the use of anesthesia, which is why brushing teeth is important- professional dental cleanings require anesthesia, and overusing that can be dangerous.

  40. QUESTION:
    how do I cure my black labs ear infection w/out going to the vet?
    My black lab has an ear infection. She has had it for a while. They kinda stink and they hurt her when touched. I really would like to try to cure her with out going to the vet.

    Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, if caught very early, you can "cure" ear infections yourself at home simply by thoroughly cleaning the ears once or twice a day. However, this only works if you catch the infection at the VERY beginning when it is very mild and there aren't many organisms in the ear. If her ears "hurt her when touched" you have let it go far too long to fix this problem without going to the vet! You need to know exactly what kind of ear infection it is before you can even attempt to treat it because the treatment for a bacterial infection will select for yeast infection and treatment for a yeast infection will usually select for a bacterial infection...so if you use the wrong treatment you can very easily make the infection much worse. Not to mention that the type of bacteria or yeast that is present will make a difference in what medication will be most effective. Without a microscope and a trained eye you are not going to be able to determine what kind of infection your dog has without going to the vet. It's not worth your dog's continued suffering or the loss of her hearing to try treating this at home yourself.

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you think this horrible economy?
    will effect pet ownership, shelters and breeders?
    Truth doesnt hurt............LOL
    Does this mean the dogs wont be wearing Gucci this year?
    Life Happens, I've been working a 140 hour week this past 10 months. I care for the terminally ill in their homes. Not much time to get online.

    • ANSWER:
      The economy where I live is one of the worst in the country right now. And it has effected pet owners. I work at a vet clinic, and when we talk about treating their pets I would say 90% of the people ask for an estimate before deciding to treat, and probably 50% of them decide NOT to treat after looking at the estimate. They instead will decide to 'wait it out' and see if their pet gets better, or they will decide to look for a low income vet, like the Humane Society.

      Also, around here a lot more dogs are being surrendered to Animal Shelters because people just can't afford their dog anymore, or they are moving to an area that doesn't allow dogs. The local animal shelter in our area has posted numerous times that they are not accepting anymore Pit Bulls to be surrendered to their facility because SO many are being brought in, and none of them are getting adopted out. They are really in a tough position right now. And I really wish I could go get one of those Pitties, but I can't afford to take on another dog either. It just plain sucks in my area all around right now.

      **At the clinic where I work we give an estimate to EVERY surgery patient, and to any patient that will be hospitalized. This includes spays/neuters, hematoma repair, luxating patella repair, or any other orthopedic surgery. Also any pets who will be hospitalized for Radiorgraphs or treatment for Kidney Failure etc. That is not new. But what is new is clients asking for estimates to treat a simple ear infection, fleas, and for routine care. And I don't look down on these people at all, I have a bad money situation myself. But it is sad to see a dog walk out of the clinic who is in pain, and he can't get any treatment because the owner can't afford it.

      And when people see this happen, a Lot of them say "You shouldn't got have a pet if you couldn't afford it." But in most cases around here, when they adopted the pet, they COULD afford it. But for a lot of them they recently got layed off or lost their job due to the economy. And there was no way they could have predicted that this would happen. For me, because our business has gone down, my hours have been cut, and I too am bringing home less money.

      And as for Vet prices being high, we are trying to run a business, and it costs us money to perform these procedures, and it costs money to hire people who are Qualified to perform them. If vets under charged, they would go out of business, and there would be no where for the clients to bring their pets. We offer the best quality medicine we can, and for some people that is great, they Can and Want to spend the money to have the luxating patella repaired, and a blood panel run on their pet before anesthesia, and IV fluids during the surgery. They are glad that it is available to ensure their pet will be safe during the procedure. But unfortunately, for some people they just can't afford this. So they either go a cheaper route, going to a low income clinic where they can't offer those extras. OR, they might not be able to get it done at all.

      Anyways, that is my rant. I just wanted to explain myself. Sorry it was so long.

  42. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection, but I can't get to a vet?
    Its Christmas eve tomorrow, and I've recently noticed the signs of an ear infection in my 6 month old shih poo. I am well aware that i need to visit a vet, but none are open around this time. I'm beginning to worry, as ear infections can become fatal if not treated right away. Someone please help!
    Please not it is Christmas eve tomorrow, most vet clinics are closed!

    • ANSWER:
      If you have some vinegar at home, mix 50% of vinegar, 10% of alcohol and 40% of water and insert the solution into your dog's ear canal. Gently massage it in and use cotton balls to clean out any debris. The alcohol in the mixture will help to dissolve wax, whereas the vinegar creates an acidic environment that will stop the yeast or bacteria to grow more.

      This however is just a temporary solutions to ease your dog's pain. If you really cannot get any vet appointment by tomorrow, try to get some ear treatment from your nearest pharmacies or your local pet store. With experiences, they will be able to suggest you better some solution. And get your appointment with your vet as soon as possible.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is this bump on the inside of my dog's mouth?
    My 4-6 year old(unsure since we got her from the shelter, we've had her for about 3years)German shepherd/lab mix has a bump on her gum next to her tooth. Its pretty hard and it is the same color as her gums. I will be taking her to the vet but I am anxious to know what it may be and what to expect at the vet. ><;

    • ANSWER:
      If your dog develops an unusual lump under his neck or in his mouth, it could be a sign of saliva gland infection. Another sign may be drooling from the mouth, or trouble chewing or swallowing. Never dismiss this, always take your dog to the vet for early diagnosis. Early detection of any ailment gives your dog a better chance of a full recovery.

      Salivary gland infections form from a bacterial infection of the salivary glands. These glands produce saliva, which breaks the starch down into sugar molecules helping the dog's ability to chew and swallow food easier from the moisture. This aids with easier digestion of his food.

      A dog has three pairs of these glands. The two biggest ones are in the tissues beneath the skin on either side of the cheek, and in front of the ears and over the jaw. The two smaller glands are on either side of the jaw at the back of the mouth. The other two are under the floor of the mouth.

      The dog's saliva works as a mouth wash by cleaning out the bacterial food particles. This helps keep the mouth fresh and clean reducing the risk of infection.

      The dog's brain controls the amount of stimuli for the salivation. Some dogs will salivate throughout the home, through anxiety from the sounds of thunder from a storm.

      Zygomatic salivary gland disease

      This salivary gland rests just beneath the floor of the dog's eye. When this gland is infected, it could start a tumor growth, which pushes the eye ford. Luckily, this disease in the salivary gland is not a common one in dogs.

      Symptoms

      Swelling of the conjunctiva
      Discharge from the eye or red eye
      Problem closing the eyelids
      Pain when eating food
      Visual impairment
      fever

      Causes of salivary cysts

      Leaks from the ducts into the tissues within the mouth cause salivary cysts. If the saliva ducts bruised, it could swell and close off the duct. Large lumps or fluid filled cysts can form under the lower jaw, or inside the dog's mouth. Some of the lumps may not all be caused from salivary glands. An abscess, bad teeth, or tumors may show the same symptoms.

      Symptoms of salivary cysts

      You will notice the salivary cyst as a large swelling under the jaw at the base of the dog's neck or under the tongue. The dog could have a problem with eating or drinking as well.

      Treatment of salivary cysts

      Some of these infections are treatable; in other circumstances, it is not always successful. Surgery may be the best option to remove the cyst completely.

      If you suspect any infection, cyst, or notice any discomfort with your dog's normal behavior, contact your veterinary doctor immediately.

  44. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between an RN and a Nurse Practitioner?

    • ANSWER:
      The first responder has made very correct statements, except for the use of the word trained. Nurse Practitioners are educated, dogs or horses are trained. Secondly, she made another error in her phrasing. Midwifes, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Nurse Anesthetist are all advanced practice nurses(APNs). Nurse Practitioners are also considered to be advanced practice nurses, but the other APNs are not considered to be nurse practitioners.

      The second responder has also made an error in his information. While for the most part reasonably correct, NPs frequently see patients on a same day appointment basis. When a person walks into the clinic for a same day appointment, they are already assigned against a certain provider, a physician may be in one room diagnosing an ear infection during a same day appointment, while the NP is diagnosing leukemia. Whether a Family Physician or an FNP made the diagnosis the patient would be referred to a specialist. Dependent on the state laws, NPs may work without any physician colaboration, with a colaborating physician at a remote site, with a colaborating physician in the same facility. NPs take patient historys, perform physical examinations, order or perform diagnostic test and procedures, diagnose medica conditions, develop a treatment plan, prescribe treatment including medications, make referrals to other providers, and follow up. Many NPs also perform office procedures, such as biopsy lesions, culposcopy, and other procedures dependent on their practice.

      An example would be a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. The FNP will see 95% of the same patients as a Family Practice Physician. This is also true of Pediatrics. In OB/GYN, however, the NPs see a smaller percentage of the same patients, as some patients are surgical patients. Also OB/GYN NPs do not deliver infants, like OB/GYN Physicians. In Internal Medicine, NPs see about 85% of the same patients.

      The largest number of RNs are employed in hospitals, nursing homes or ambulatory facilities requiring nursing support. Their job is to plan and manage the patient care, coordinate the overall health care of the patient, and work to provide precise documentation of the patients care. They generally also manage the ancillary nursing support staff (LPNs and Nursing Assistants, NCTs and PCAs). RNs are also available to provide hands-on care to the more critical patients or for certain tasks.

  45. QUESTION:
    Does my boyfriends dog have ear mites?
    His dog is a yellow lab and recently the tips of his ears have been bleeding really bad cause he keeps shaking his head and it looks like he may have scratched his ears and caused the tips of them to tear....my boyfriend has doctored the cuts but his dog keeps shaking his head and causing them to tear back open. He is treating the dog for ear mites but I just want to make sure that ear mites is what the dog has. We are hoping to cure this without having to go to the vet but if this doesn't sound like ear mites then that may be what we have to do. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Impossible to diagnose over the net from a vague description. Many infections can look similar to mites which are not common in dogs.(more in cats) Generally the otc meds sold to treat ear mites are not strong enough & mites can be difficult to completely kill. Dog needs a vet diagnosis & proper treatment before it causes permanent damage to hearing & ears. Not treating it correctly will only cause much more pain for dog & much higher vet bill in the future when dog develops hematoma or needs to be put under for a thorough ear flushing/cleaning. Ear problems are generally not expensive vet visits when treated early but doing home remedies or treating the wrong issues instead of correct treatment adds quite a bit to vet bills.

  46. QUESTION:
    What's the treatment for a dog with an ear yeast infection and what are the causes of it?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had a yeast infection when I brought her home from the breeder. The veterinarian said that it could have been caused by water getting into the ear. My dog has floppy ears, so this is probably what happened. Her yeast infection was bad, so the Vet cleaned her ear out and sent me home with some drops that I put into her ear each day for about 2 weeks. It cleared up fine and I have had no problems since, since I really watch her ears when I bathe her.

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog constantly licks himself and shakes his head is there anything I can do at home?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like allergies, constant licking his the skin irration and the head shaking sounds like an ear infection(which can be caused by allergies). My dog was the same way, vet treatments and test failed. I switched to holistic care. I use all natural stuff to clean his ears, like Natural Care, Veterinarians Best Ear Relief cleaning solutions and ear drying lotion. It has Yucca(which I also give my dog, orally, it is a naturally anti-inflamatory) Clove, Echinacea, Aloe Vera, Tea Tree Oil. It works great on ears and the drying lotion prevents further infections. I also have my dogs on Wellness Core which is 100% GRAIN FREE, preservative free, no by-products. It is an excellent food and many dogs allergies are caused by the grains in the foods. My dog NO LONGER has allergies being on the Grain Free Foods. No more ear problems no more itching and licking. But I spent thousands of dollars at the vets prior and none of that worked.

  48. QUESTION:
    What would cause my grandmother's balance to be off?
    My grandmother lives with my mom and I and has for about 2 decades since I was a little child. She has a history of mental issues. Around 3-4 decades ago, someone diagnosed her as paranoid schizophrenic with very high anxiety. She has basically refused treatment on her own will, since. Ever since I can remember, she has heard a single guy's "voice" that she associated with hearing loud music, grinding and "death" sounds (which she called "heart attack tapes" and said a neighbor had set up speakers all over the neighborhood, under the house, etc. to disturb her and everyone with). Auditory, visual and even smell hallucinations to where she would smell bad stuff and claim neighbors were using their yard for a bathroom. She has done odd stuff like take broken pieces of sticks from the yard and put it on the sill of our living room and kitchen windows forming "arrows to point at" the neighbor's houses on either side of us that she doesn't like. She has described hearing the said guy "running in a vacant house on a back street" and when I was a child, called out the bomb squad one time because she claimed the said guy talking to her was in the attic of the house next door (which was empty - the guy was at work) and told her that a bomb would go off in 15 minutes. She got up that morning and described an "awful crackling in the street". It was simply pouring down rain very heavily and maybe a slight amount of metal sounds were from the houses (including ours) with metal awnings and gutters for channeling the water. Her basic science knowledge of common sense and how sound works, basic principles work, etc. is gone and has been for a long time.

    She has taken anti-anxiety since I can remember, as well. A variety of things, switching up over the years with various doctors. She has taken Xanax (and takes it currently, albeit, refusing to take what the doctor gives her and halving the tablet herself or even taking half of a half of a tablet when the original tablet is literally like 1mg). She "talks to the guy" half of the night, paces the floor and does/hears/says all kinds of crazy and off the wall things. Yet is "there" enough to so far, have taken care of herself, fixed herself food, etc. I don't think she has ever followed directions to do anything the "proper" way her entire life.

    This morning, however, is different. I have been sick with some type of really bad virus/cold/flu. The doctor wasn't sure which. I'm on zithromycin for possible ear infections and also taking cold meds. I got sick from someone at my job and I'm the only one in my house working. Then my grandmother must have gotten something similar and developed a heavy cough and began being awake all night sick (which is basically what I had been doing before when I first got sick). But this morning...it's different. Our dog always "follows" my grandmother around the house and tries to help her to the bathroom and such. I guess the dog knows she is old and even "worries" about her when she leaves out of the front door, until she comes back. But this morning, my mother (her daughter) found my grandmother sitting on the toilet leaning way over against the time in an odd fashion. My grandmother's ability to self-balance herself seems to have gone away for some reason. My mother tried to help her up and my grandmother was leaning way forward or way too far backward, possibly not even realizing it. My mother also wondered what happened to my grandmother's jaw, as she was talking kind of funny like a person would if it was stiff.

    She has taken her to the doctor, and the doctor may (just speculating on my own thoughts) send her by ambulance to the hospital. Am I correct to assume that this may be some kind of mini stroke or stroke? She doesn't seem to know how to put her own shirt on very well and is severely off-balance to the point where she's about to fall down the smallest little tasks. Yet she gets the usual anxiety and freaks out/screams in a shrill voice that she's "trying to" change the shirt and such. So it's like she knows that she is trying and can't seem to and is getting frustrated at it. But at the same time, doesn't seem to realize that she's leaning way over forward or backwards when walking or even sitting...and my mom has to tell her to sit back or forward in order to sit up straight and not fall.

    I'm not trying to self-diagnose. The doctor/hospital will do that. Just looking for opinions and maybe someone has heard of this before? Sorry this is so long, but I felt that it needed to be detailed.

    • ANSWER:
      A stroke sounds very likely. There are other similar things, but a stroke is more likely here. Her mental health issues are indeed severe. With that combination, you will have to decide how you will care for her after she leaves the hospital. Sounds like she will need to be in a nursing home. All of them are locked, some will have a more secure area and she may qualify for that environment given her poor mental health. She has been untreated for her mental health issues for years and years, so expect slow progress. As for her stroke, you know that is essentially brain damage. A lot of people get this brain damage. Some times there is complete recovery and sometimes not any. Most people fall in between.

  49. QUESTION:
    I have serious throat infection and cough.plz suggest some quick home remedies?
    I know that i have to take antibiotics but can u suggest some temporary remedies.There's a lot of cough in my throat. Its paining a lot.And when i tried to blow my nose,my ear started painig like hell.What can I do PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      •Tonsillitis*:
      •How to diagnose the infected tonsils/lymph nodes— 1. Keep Ur mouth wide-open by putting down Ur tongue down. 2. Ask Ur family member/friend to put light with the aid of Ur mobile phone and observe. They are located side by side behind Ur uvula. They can be swelled-up in white/yellow with pus.

      The main symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. More symptoms occur in most cases. Some or all of the following may be present:
      • Fever
      • Bad breath
      • Nasal congestion and runny nose
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Red, swollen tonsils covered completely or in patches by pus
      • Difficulty swallowing
      • Headache, ear infections.
      • Abdominal (belly) pain
      • Raw, bleeding patches on the tonsils
      When you have sore throat plus cold symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing, the cause is most likely a virus. Viral infection of the tonsils usually goes away without treatment within 2 weeks.
      TONSILS:
      Tonsils are like street dogs in Ur vicinity. They are just like security guards for Ur entire body-house.
      When a thief/stranger enters Ur locality to observe the surroundings to commit a crime/theft; the street dog[s] starts barking continuously cautioning U against the dangers ahead.
      Similarly, much before the entry of a serious virus/bacteria into Ur body, the first organs to be affected are tonsils-which are nothing but lymph glands.
      As u r aware that lymphatic system is nothing but a drainage system. If tonsils are removed surgically, it is as good as killing Ur security guards given by the God.
      It is prudent and safe to see a local homoeopath for total cure.

      •OR
      Tonsilitis— Inflammation of the tonsil-a gland at the root of the tongue—Mixture of CF 3x, CP 3x or 12x, CS 3x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, MP 3x, NM 3x, NP 3x, NS 3x and S 12x failing which give mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and S 12x.
      It is often caused by taking too much of ice-solid ice and too much of iced water should be avoided by every body. If it is chronic MP 3x. If tonsils are painful NP 3x. If frothy transparent mucous NM 3x. If the discharge is golden yellow NP 3x.
      About 16 years ago, Sri Pooranchand Sood, Advocate, Agra, was going to get his son's tonsils removed surgically, when the author induced him to defer the operation. In about 3 weeks time this medicine cured the patient: since then he and his son have been recommending this medicine to a number of patients, all of whom have sent very favourable reports.
      Sri H.C. Mukerji, Advocate, Lukerganj Allahabad, gives an
      excellent report about its efficacy in several cases in his family.
      •454. Tonsilitis— (Septic)—Try both the above formulae, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x.

      •Dosage: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      PS:If satisfied, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.
      •Source: 'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.


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Ear Infections In Adults

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What would cause continuous ear infections in an adult?
    I've had 3 ear infections in 4 months, what would cause an adult to get so many so quickly? It isn't swimmer's ear, just regular ear infection. I've been off antibiotics for 2 weeks and this morning I can feel the same pain in my ear coming back for a 4th time.

    As far as I know, I take care of my ears and this has only started in the past few months.

    • ANSWER:
      I was looking up some info on Chronic Ear Infections for you and ran across these sites on Chronic Otitis Media - causes and cures that I thought you might like to look at. There is too much information to post here or else I would - its hard to condense it into something that would be really useful for you.

      http://www.umm.edu/otolaryngology/ear_infections.html

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000619.htm

      http://health.allrefer.com/health/otitis-media-chronic-info.html

  2. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of an adult ear infection?
    I have a stuffy nose, am coughing up nasty muscous, sneezing like crazy, my right ear hurts and is clogged, and the right side of my neck hurts. Is this normal for an adult ear infection, or do you think it's something else?

    • ANSWER:
      It is normal, but sounds more like a general Sinus infection.

  3. QUESTION:
    why do ear infections only affect babies and children?
    why don't ear infections affect adults and teens? why do they only affect babies, infants, toddlers, and children? does it have to do with their age, aging of their ear, or the shape of their ear?

    • ANSWER:
      This is because of anatomy. The child's ear canal is more parallel to the ground than an adults. It is also smaller. Because of this, fluid has a harder time draining out, and they can easily become clogged. This allows bacteria to invade and infect a child's ear with greater ease compared to an adults.

  4. QUESTION:
    how long can you have hearing loss after an ear infection?
    i had a ear infection in both ears a week ago. one was way worst then the other. even had small amount of blood in it. went to doctor. she said she's never seen an ear infection in an adult that bad. put me on antibiotics for 10 days. my hearing is a bit muffled but pain and blood are gone? how long can i wait for my hearing to return?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor should have asked you to return for a check up after you finished the cours of antibiotics. I would return as soon as possible because it needs to be check. And you may need a repeat prescription. Ears are very sensitive and I believe that you should never take chances with your hearing.

      More than likely everything is fine - but I know if it was me I would be getting a follow up

  5. QUESTION:
    Are antibiotics necessary to clear up sinus and ear infections?
    I'm pretty sure I have a sinus infection and am prone to ear infections (which is kind of odd for an adult) and I don't want to go to the doctor to get antibiotics. Do these things clear up on their own eventually? I've been doing a sinus rinse 2xs daily hoping this will clear it up.
    Christina G - thanks for the pic. I'm going to give this a go.
    M B - that's a great idea. I'm going to add this to my list of remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      I had problems for years with this but about10 years ago a friend made me lay down and put hydrogen peroxide in my ears---two time a day for a couple days should work and it also took care of the sinus infections although i dont know why--pour just a small capful pour in your ear and lay down--about 10 minutes or when the bubbles have almost stopped--ive never used nose sprays or cold meds again--however i do take a visteril ( benadryl) 1 a day and any time i feel one coming on i do this and it stops mmediatly--no q-tips!!

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I treat an adult ear infection at home?
    I have some antibiotic ear drops from the doctor, but what else can I do to help clear up my ear infection? Also, how long does an ear infection typically last? I'm a 31-year-old female who's never had an ear infection!

    • ANSWER:
      Supprisingly ear infections can be viral as well as bacterial. If you have allergy symptoms as well your ear tubes may not be draining and you need a decongestant. If your ear infection has a fever or is getting worse and not better then you probably need an oral antibiotic.

      If they gave you topical antibiotic drops then the infection may be localized to the drun or external canal though some drops absorbe well through the drum.

      If the physician thinks it may be viral then tylenol or motrin for the pain combined with ear drops.

      Some people use warm (to body temprature) clove oil drops in the ear as a pain releiver. They should not be used at the same time as the antibiotic drops and you should consult with your physician to make sure that they wont cause more harm than good.

  7. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for an ear infection (in an adult) to go away after starting antibiotics?
    I have a bad ear infection. I started antibiotics about 18 hours ago. I am also using ear drops and percocets. So far, everything feels about the same... except for about 2 hours after I take the percocet- then the pain is away... but it comes back with full force. I have 12 tablets of percocets for 3 days, so I am wondering if my ear ache will be gone by then?

    • ANSWER:
      After 3 days on an antibiotic all symptoms are usually gone but you still need to continue with the medication for the entire week or 10 days or whatever the prescription is for to be sure that the entire infection is Truly gone. If you stop taking antibiotics after the symptoms go away it will come back with a vengeance!

  8. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of an adults ear infection without going to the doctor?
    Daddy has an ear infection and he dose not want to go to the doctors is there anyway to help him out and get rid of this infection

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, he needs to go get an anti-biotic. Some ear infections can turn serious quick and result in hearing loss.

  9. QUESTION:
    How many ear infections before tubes are put in?
    My 10 month old has had 4 ear infections within the last 6 weeks or so and has yet another one. I was just wondering how many ear infections usually before tubes are put in and how painful is it for a baby to have the procedure done?

    • ANSWER:
      My little man is 8.5 months old and we're getting them put in. He has had ear infections back and forth now since November. He has been on antiobiotics 4 different times and his pedi said that they typically think about tubes if they see 5-6 within a year. Last time (which was last week) she said that he has too many so we're going ahead. She explained the procedure to me and said the only reason they do the anesthesia is because a little one moves so much, where as if it were a regular adult they could just slide them in. She also said they don't go deep with the anesthesia and keep it light. We have been asking around to people who have had their children put them in have said nothing but great things about them. Good luck!!

  10. QUESTION:
    How long does an Ear Infection usually last on an adult?
    I am suffering from an ear infection and the doctor prescribed me 875 mg of Amoxicilin every 12 hours. So how long does usually take for an ear infection to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      You should start feeling better within 48 hours. It should be cleared up within a week, but you should ALWAYS take all 10 days of your antibiotics to reduce the chance of forming an antibiotic resistant strain of the bacteria that caused your ear infection.

  11. QUESTION:
    What kind of medicine is recommended for an adult ear infection?
    I have an ear infection in my left ear. Anyway, what can I take to ease it down?

    • ANSWER:
      about it you can get information from here http://doctors50.notlong.com/2AA1vMK

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that can be purchased without a prescription to treat an adult's ear infection?
    I have an ear infection, but it is too late to get to the doctor today. I have had it all weekend. A little liquid comes out at night when I sleep, there is not much pain, and no feeling of pressure, but there has been the same level of hearing loss for the last few days (it's like I have a cotton ball in my ear).

    I don't have a sore throat, cough, or any other symptoms/conditions. Just the ear thing.

    Is there something like drops that I can use to treat this? Something I can get without a prescription?
    This is the first ear infection I have had in many years.
    Polysporin ear drops are not available without a prescription at any of the stores I went to today. (I'm in east Texas).

    • ANSWER:
      There are over the counter ear drops for ear infection. I think they're Polysporin...I've never tried them, so I'm not sure if they actually work, but its worth a shot until you can get to the doctor. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss, so please do see your doctor as soon as possible, and good luck :)

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some tricks that people have used to keep ear infections away?
    My baby keeps having ear infections at least once a month since she was born. She is 13 months old and gets miserable which then makes me miserable. When her ears hurt, she misbehaves at daycare which is the first sign that she has ear infections. She always has an ear infection in both ears everytime she gets them. Just need some help on what could be causing them...

    • ANSWER:
      There's really not too much you can do, other than making sure she's not sticking anything in her ears.

      Before kids are 2, their E-Tubes (the canals that connect the ears to the throat) are horizontal rather than more slanted than they are in adult. Depending on how horizontal your daughter's are, the more fluid she's going to retain in her ears which will make her more prone to ear infections. If she has enough of them, the doctor will likely recommend that she get tubes placed, which should be very helpful.

      As for what's causing them, it's just fluid buildup due to the position and shape of the Eustachian (E) tubes at this point in her life. Combined with certain genetic features, sounds as though she's just prone to it. It should resolve itself before she goes to preschool.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to prevent ear infections in small children?
    My son just turned a year and he has an ear infection in both ears. what are some ways i can prevent this from happening again? I know wearing a hat when its cold, not letting water sit in his ears in the bath tub may help prevent them but what are some other ways?

    • ANSWER:
      You can reduce your child's risk of ear infections with a few simple steps.

      * Keep your child away from sick children. If you can, limit the time your child spends in group child care. A child care setting with fewer children may help.
      * Protect your child from secondhand smoke. Make sure that no one smokes in your home. Away from home, stay in smoke-free environments.
      * Breast-feed your baby for at least six months. Breast milk contains antibodies that offer protection from ear infections.
      * If you bottle-feed, hold your baby in an upright position. Avoid propping a bottle in your baby's mouth while he or she is lying down.
      * Ask your child's doctor about the pneumococcal vaccine (Prevnar). Prevnar is intended to prevent serious, life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis. Prevnar might reduce the risk of ear infections as well.
      * For adults, try over-the-counter decongestants or allergy medications. If your sinuses are congested because of allergies or colds, talk to your doctor about using allergy medications or over-the-counter decongestants to reduce your risk of future ear infections.

  15. QUESTION:
    why do ear infections only affect babies and children?
    why don't ear infections only affect teens and adults? Why do they only affect babies, infants, toddlers, and children? does it have to do with their age, aging of their ear, or the shape of their ear? If so, what causes an ear infection? And is there other things that can hurt the ear? If there is what causes them and how do you cure them? And how do you cure an ear infection and does it spread? If there are other things that can hurt the ear do they spread?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a tube in children's ears (eustachian tube) that lies a certain way that easily allows bacteria to fall and get trapped inside of the ear. As children grow, the tube begins to grow in a different direction, which makes it much harder for bacteria to become trapped in the ear.

  16. QUESTION:
    My daughter has two ear infections how long until the antibiotics will start making her feel better?
    My 6 month old has two ear infections, they prescribed amoxicillin. About how long does it take for her to start feeling some relief she is in so much pain and it kills me. We just started the prescription at 5am this morning whenever I rushed her to the hospital because of a 103 temp. anyways what have been your experiences with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics generally work very quickly. Usually one single dose can clear up an infection. But she is taking amoxicillin, and I'm assuming they prescribed that because she is so young and can't take anything else. Amoxicillin is pretty mild and does not work for most adults that well anymore. But I'm sure it will work for your baby just fine, and she should feel better within 24 hours.

  17. QUESTION:
    Are there any home remedies for ear infections in babies?
    My nine month old son has an ear infection in both ears. He has done two treatments of antibiotics and they haven't phased it. We were supposed to have a follow up appointment on Tuesday but our insurance coverage ( we have insurance through the state) ended on Friday. We are waiting for an appointment to get our insurance back, but I don't want my son to have to suffer until then. I found several home remedies for adults but I couldn't find any for babies or children. Please any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and i know that i will get some thumbs down for this but i don't care. Breastmilk.
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/454888/things_to_do_with_your_extra_breastmilk.html

      Make the appointment. Insurance will go back and should cover over the last 30 days. Also make sure baby isn't eating laying down or taking a bottle to bed.

  18. 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!

  19. QUESTION:
    can u help me with a home remedy for an aquatic turtle that has ear infection?
    i think it is a red eared slider, adult and it has both sides of the head swelled. looking in the computer it say it is ear infection. i do not have the money to go to a vet. please help. there must be someone that has done a home rememdy before. thanks for any info.

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't a "home remedy" for this medical condition. The puss will need to be drained from the ears (that means cutting into the skin, basically minor surgery) amd then the turtle will need to be put on antibiotics fo several weeks, and you wil need a prescription for that. If you don't take the turtle to see a reptile vet soon, the ear infection can become systemic and it will lead to the turtle's death. Here's a site that can help you find a reptile vet nearest you:

      http://www.herpvetconnection.com/

  20. QUESTION:
    How to help treat a ear infection in a 11 month old baby?
    My little sister has an ear infection & shes been coughing, sneezing and vomiting. She wakes up coughing and then she vomits and it makes me sad to see D: She's already gotten antibiotics from the doctor Monday but is there any remedies or any ways that i can either speed up the healing process or make her stop vomiting? Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Yikes! I wish there were some advice to give other than do what your doctor says. In a baby that little, you shouldn't take any advice accept that which is given from a medical professional.

      Babies often vomit when they have mucus dripping back into their stomach. You mention she has sneezes and coughing. Is she stopped up? That may be why she is vomiting. Its how they get rid of the mucus from their tiny bellies. Babies vomit a lot more than older adults. There isn't much you can do about it unfortunately accept cuddle her and let her know she has a family that loves her.

  21. 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...

  22. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of an ear infection?
    I've gone to the doctor and she prescribes an antibiotic. I can't take the pills or the liquid. They both make me throw up while taking them. I have ear infections all the time. most of the time the same ear which is normal. So besides taking medicine what can I do for my ear???

    • ANSWER:
      Get tubes. They are surgically inserted into your ear to drain excess fluids and prevent ear infections. I had them when I was a little kid but they are also used in adults.

  23. QUESTION:
    What homeopathic remedies would you use for a baby with an ear infection?
    He's a 3 month old who has a suspected ear infection. I have a homeopathic first aid kit containing - pulsatilla, belladonna, aconite, chamomile and arnica. I would imagine pulsatilla and belladonna would both help, but what about the others? Should I dissolve the pillules in water together to give him?
    I don't want to disturb the local homeopath at night to ask, so I thought I'd check here first.

    • ANSWER:
      Typically, any sort of first aid kits will have general adult doses of pills. Before giving an adult dose to an infant, you'll want to ask your homeopath... it'll be worth the wait of a few hours to give your child the right thing.
      In the mean time, some aromatic or liquid chamomile should help to calm him down and help him sleep. Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you treat an ear infection at home?
    I don't to go to the doctor because with all this swine going around I would most likely end up sicker than I already am. Could you post so ways to treat an ear infection at home? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      In this day and age, it is not wise to treat an ear infection at home because they can lead to total deafness. Swine flu in adults can be cured, deafness can not.

  25. QUESTION:
    Have or do you have a baby with reoccurring ear infections?
    I am interested in parents who have dealt with a baby with allergies which caused the ear infections. What were your findings? What was the final out come?

    FYI: I am dealing with a doctor at the present time. I am curious of other's situations with this problem. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      My third child had many allergies and an almost constant ear infection from age two months on. We were originally told that we were not propping his head up enough during feedings but at 11 months he was diagnosed correctly and we started with allergy meds. Nothing helped and his eardrum perforated when he was 15 months.
      Ear tubes were inserted in both ears at 18 months after I researched the procedure for four months.
      This was the cure. He never had another infection and he started talking and walked with much more balance.
      Today, as an adult, the only problem he still has is pressure and pain with elevation changes (airplane descent or driving down a mountain).

  26. QUESTION:
    I think that I have a ear infection in my right ear?
    My right ear has lots of pressure and it really hurts. I think I have an ear infection, any home remedies that I should try?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had a bunch of them. You will need to see a doctor. They can cause serious hearing damage. Not to mention the fact that it is real close to the brain. In the time being do not stick anything in the ear. Until you see a doctor you can do a couple of things stop drinking cold beverages. Room temp, warm or hot only. The cause of a lot of ear infections a throat infection or a Eustachian tub blockage causing fluid that would normally wash out the middle ear backs up and bacteria takes hold.
      If you are a minor you can use saline nasal spray to help clear you sinus until the doctor sees you.
      I would tell you if you are an adult to us Afrin nasal spray as it works to me but it is harsh and your doctor may prefer you didn't. That does help me but we are all different and it is harsh it can cause a nose bleed. But it opens up the sinus and the Eustachian tubes which will allow the ear to drain.
      Everybody laughs at this but I swear by it. CHICKEN SOUP what ever kind you like Fresh if possible but canned will do. It is hot which helps to clear you throat and they don't call it Jewish Penicillin for nothing. My preference is Matzo Ball soup.

      Hopes this helps I do the above before it gets bad and it cut way back on the problem.
      Oh if your and adult antihistamines and the pain reliever of your choice will help.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to tell if an adult has an ear infection?
    How do I know If I have an ear infection. The last time I went to the doctors for the opposite ear they told me it was just inflamed and it had one of those little pimples in there. How do I know if the other one isnt doing the same thing?

    The symptoms I have are:
    Severe pain starting from the neck to deep inside the inner ear.
    Swelling of the ear canal
    Pussing
    bleeding
    headaches
    peeling of the top layer of skin from inner as well as outer ear
    earring hole pussing and very painful
    No cold or sickness, no fever
    dizziness
    very very slight hearing loss

    This one is a lot worse than what happened in my other ear. How do I know for sure WITHOUT going to a doctor.
    This has been going on for about 2 weeks. Only the pain has subsided so far.

    • ANSWER:
      Something is obviously wrong; and you need to see an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist) ASAP.

      You list so many symptoms that it sounds like you might have several conditions going on simultaneously -- and yet you say the hearing loss is minimal, which is surprising. Honestly, it doesn't make sense to me. A detailed history and physical examination is the only way to properly diagnose your condition(s).

  28. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to heal an ear infection?
    I put a hot water bottle under my head and that didn't work and i tried drinking tea with honey, that helped a little bit and i am about to go to the doctor to get antibiotics but until then i need some ways to help with my ear infection, i also have been puking and have had stomach ache im not sure if that has anything to do with it but it might be part of a flu of some sort. Can you please help?? i need some home remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      There are treatments that can help clear your infeection and dry up your ear. Treatment can also heal the hole in your eardrum. But without the right treatment, you risk having your hearing damageed by the infectionn. Unfortunately, this kind of long-term ear infectionn is not always simple to treat.

      If you have an ear infectionn with discharge, you'll probably first have your ear cleaned by a specialist doctor or a nurse. Cleaning your ears helps clear out the pus.

      You're likely to be treated with ear drops. Ear drops containing a type of antibiotics called quinolones seem to work best. Taking antibiotics as tablets is unlikely to help.

      Sometimes the hole in your eardrum might not heal up, even with antibiotics. If this happens, you can have an operation to fix your eardrum.

      We look closely at the research and usually rank treatments into categories according to whether they work. But there's not much research on treating ear infectionn with discharge. All these treatments need further study.

      Ear cleaning

      Before you start treatment with ear drops, you'll probably have your ear cleaned out by a specialist doctor or nurse. The cleaning gets rid of the bits of skin and pus that are blocking your ear so that the ear drops cann get throough to thhe infectiion. But we don't know for certain whether ear cleaning is helpful. There's not much good-quality research.

      There are different ways to have your ear cleaned. A doctor might:

      Clean your ear canal with cotton buds
      Put a string made of gauze (a type of thin material) into your ear canal
      Flush your ear out with sterile (germ-free) salt water
      Use a machine to gently suck out the bits of skin and pus from your ear.
      Some doctors have looked at whether just having your ears cleaned, without having ear drops, caan clear uup the inffection. WWe found ttwo studiees that loooked at cchildren wwith this infectionn who had their ears cleaned.1 2 The studies didn't show that ear cleaning helped. But the studies were not very good-quality, so it's hard to say for certain whether ear cleaning can help or not.

      We couldn't find any studies on ear cleaning for adults.

      The studies don't tell us if ear cleaning can be harmful. But ear cleaning should always be done by a specialist doctor or nurse. You shouldn't put anything into your ear canal yourself, even to clean it. You could damage your ear.

      Antibiotic ear drops

      Ear drops that contain a type of antibiotic called quinolones can dry up your ear and stop it leaking pus. Your doctor might prescribe a quinolone called ciprofloxacin (brand name Ciproxin). Antibiotics kill the bacteria that causse infectiion. But we don't know how well antibiotics work in the long term.

      We found a summary of the research (called a systematic review) that included 14 studies.3 But the studies were not very good quality. The summary showed that:

      Quinolone antibiotic ear drops are better at drying your ear than antiseptic ear drops
      Quinolone antibiotic ear drops work better than taking antibiotic tablets.
      You'll probably have your ear cleaned out before you start treatment with ear drops. This is to be certain that the ear drops get through to the infected part of your ear.

      You might find you get some side effects from the ear drops. These are usually mild and go away when you stop taking the drops. The studies found that if you take antibiotic ear drops, you might get:

      Dizziness
      Itching in your ear
      Stinging in your ear
      Earache
      Yeast infections like thrush.
      There is some evidence that other types of antibiotic ear drops might damage your ear, although it's not certain.4 5 6 But doctors usually use quinolone ear drops to be on the safe side.

      Quinolone ear drops can dry out your ear infectionn in the short term. But we don't know whether treatment with antibiotic ear drops helps in the long term. There's not enough research to show whether using antibiotic ear drops willl make yoour infecttion go away for good, stop you getting complications, heal the hole in your eardrum or improve your hearing.

      Also, the studies all looked at adults, so we don't know how well these ear drops work for children.

      Antibiotic ear drops plus steroid ear drops

      Using antibiotic ear drops together with steroid ear drops can dry up your ear discharge.

      It is important to remember that the steroids used to treat ear infections are not the anabolic steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. The steroids in ear drops are similar to chemicals produced naturally by our bodies to deal with inflammation.

      One example of combined drops is the antibiotic gentamicin with the steroid hydrocortisone (a brand name is Gentisone).

      We don't know if this treatment works better than antibiotic ear drops alone. We found two studies that looked at adults who were treated with both antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops for four to six weeks.7 8

      The first study found that half of the people who had antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops got better while about a quarter of the people who took a dummy treatment (a placebo) got better.7
      The second study showed that antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops worked better than steroid ear drops on their own.7 8
      But the studies were quite small. Also, they all looked at adults, so there's no evidence about how well this treatment works for children.

      We don't know if this treatment has side effects. The studies didn't look at whether it could be harmful.

      Antiseptic ear drops

      Antiseptic ear drops don't work as well as other treatments to dry up a discharging ear. So they're not used much any more.

      There are several types of antiseptic treatment. These include aluminium acetate, borax, hydrogen peroxide and iodine powder.

      We found one summary of the research (a systematic review). It shows that antiseptic drops don't work as well as quinolone ear drops (a type of antibiotic ear drop).3

      Studies show that antiseptic eardrops can make you feel dizzy and give you earache. But there's no evidence that they can damage your hearing.

      Antibiotic tablets or injections

      Taking antibiotic tablets or having an antibiotic injection doesn't work as well as using quinolone (a type of antibiotic) ear drops.

      We found a summary of the research (known as a systematic review).3 It included nine studies that were mostly poor-quality. The summary found that:

      Taking antibiotic tablets or having an injection doesn't work as well as using quinolone antibiotic ear drops
      Taking antibiotic tablets as well as antibiotic ear drops is unlikely to help clear up your ear infectionn.
      You can get mild side effects from taking antibiotics. These include:9

      Headache
      Nausea
      Stomach upset
      Allergic reactions
      Yeast infections (like thrush).
      There's not much evidence to show whether antibiotic tablets, antibiotics that come as a liquid or antibiotic injections work in children. But we found one small study (a randomised controlled trial).10 It showedd that chiildren whoo had the injectionn were lesss likely to have aa dischargge from thheir ears six monthhs after tthe infecttion. But the study was too small to say for certain.

      Surgery

      You can have an operation to repair the hole (perforation) in your eardrum. This may improve your hearing. But we don't know how well surgery works for children in the long term.

      The operation involves covering the hole in your eardrum with a patch of tissue. The operation is called a myringoplasty or a tympanoplasty.

      When you have this operation you'll usually have a general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep during the operation. An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist doctor puts a small patch of tissue onto your eardrum to cover the hole.11

      You can usually leave hospital the same day as the operation. You should avoid getting water in your ear for a few weeks afterwards.11

      We didn't find any good-quality studies (randomised controlled trials) that compare people having surgery with people not having surgery.

      But there is quite a lot of evidence about what happens to people who do have surgery. Studies show there is a good chance that it will seal up the hole in your eardrum and maybe improve your hearing. The evidence shows that:

      The hole in the eardrum is sealed up for more than 9 in 10 people who have the operation12
      Between half and three-quarters of people who have the operation find that their hearing improves afterwards.13 14
      But we don't know if a repaired eardrum is likely to last in young children. Young children are more at risk of getting another ear infectionn. This might dislodge the patch, so the eardrum would become perforated again.

      One study found that 3 in 5 children who had surgery didn't get another hole in the eardrums, and had normal hearing, more than six years after the operation.15

      Surgery is more likely to work if your surgeon is skilled in this kind of operation. So it's important to ask if he or she has done this operation a lot.16 17 Surgery is also likely to work better if your eardrum isn't very badly damaged to start with.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of an ear infection?
    I haven't had an ear infection in a while, and this makes me hear funny. It's in my left ear and I don't know what to do about it. I've gone to the doctor and gotten ear drops, but the pain is only weakened slightly, nd I still cannot hear properly. Any advice on a faster remedy, or tips in helping the healing process. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are extremely painful. They can occur in a person of any age, but are more common among children. Parents will want to do their part to treat the ear infection as soon as possible. This may include a visit to the doctor's office. Take pain management steps at home. This can offer some immediate comfort to the child until an appointment with the doctor can be set up.

      Pain Relievers
      The first step in treating an ear infection is to take care of the pain. Parents have two main choices. First, they can give their child an ibuprofen product every six to eight hours. Some ibuprofen products include Advil and Motrin. Second, they can administer acetaminophen once every four hours. Acetaminophen is the ingredient found in Tylenol. The particular dosage can be found on the product label or by calling your pediatrician. It is determined by the age and weight of the child.

      Adults suffering from an ear infection can take two acetaminophen tablets every four hours, or one ibuprofen tablet every six to eight hours.

      Treatment at Home
      Parents can use some herbal remedies to treat any ear infection that has occurred within their home. First, they can take a small baby food jar and clean it out. Then place 1 tbsp. of warm olive oil in the jar. Add eight drops of tea tree oil and mix together. Place two drops of this mixture into any infected ears twice per day. Do this for at least 10 days. Tree tea oil naturally fights bacteria, viruses, and even fungus. So whatever the cause of your infection, it has the ability to get rid of it. Second, you can purchase Colloidal Silver in liquid form and use it as ear drops. Just place one drop of Colloidal Silver in the infected ear twice each day. Do this for 10 days. Colloidal Silver works as a natural antibiotic to kill the infection.

      Treatment by a Physician
      It is recommended that you see a doctor to determine the extent of the ear infection. It is best not to take a chance at suffering permanent hearing loss. Most likely, your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic. Antibiotics work to kill any present bacteria and dry up any excess fluid. The antibiotic needs to be taken until it is gone. If it is stopped too early, the infection will return and you will have to start treatment all over again. If you or your child suffer from chronic ear infections, your doctor will set you up for surgery to place tubes in your ears. The tubes allow the fluid to drain out while equalizing the pressure inside of and outside of the ear. The surgery is done as an outpatient and only takes about 20 minutes. The tubes will fall out on their own between six months to three years after they have been placed.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent an ear infection?
    I am 24 years old, and lately I keep getting ear infections. I keep trying to figure out if there's something that I'm doing now that I didn't used to before, but I just can't figure it out. Anyway, It's really painful and annoying. I would like to not get it again. It also costs me a lot of money for doctors visit and meds.
    It seems to be happening in the same ear (the left one). I drive with the window down and sometimes my hair is wet, do you think that could be the reason?
    Also my bf likes to lick my ear and sometimes he sticks his tongue in there. would that also be a reason?
    Please let me know if you can think of something.

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are an internal problem, usually. Are you also having sinus infections? Did you have a cold right before the ear problem started up? Are you around cigarette smoke? Do you have allergies?

      For some reason, bacteria are causing you trouble in the left ear. It could be a problem with the eustation tube; the eustation tube is a small tube that goes from your throat to the middle ear. Most ear infections are caused by irritation of the eustation tube due to allergy or bacteria getting up in the eustation tube. This is common in children because their eustation tubes are horizontal, making it easier for bacteria to get in there from the throat. In adults, the eustation tube has more of a slant which makes it harder for bacteria to get in there. You could have a problem with the eustation tube on the left, or it could be an infection that keeps coming back.

      There's not much you can do to prevent this other than the standard things you do to maintain good health: don't smoke, avoid second hand smoke, eat healthy, get enough sleep, etc. You know the drill. If it keeps up, you need to see an ENT.. and ear nose and throat specialist. I know you don't want to hear that. It's expensive. If all else fails, that may be your only option. Good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for ear infection, besides waiting for it to go away?
    I have an ear infection.
    I need some advice on how to treat it at home.

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are horrible. I had so many as a child and as an adult.

      How many have you had? Have you ever had tubes? If you get them a lot you want to find a good Ear Nose and Throat specialist. Please, Please, Please take my advice. I suffer from ear aches alll the time.

      Heat helps, Alieve, I know for me when I am laying down it hurts worse when I lay on the ear that hurts I guess because it causes pressure. Def. don't get any water in it. But, you probably already know that. It stinks but antibiotics and letting it pass are really all you can do. If you keep getting them you need to stay on top of it because that indicates a more serious problem that needs immediate attention.

      I myself have had so many sets of tubes and both ear drums re-built out of cartilage, getting ready to have a tube put back in the left because it is getting that bad again. I know how bad they hurt.

      I hope you feel better real soon!! Take Care!

  32. QUESTION:
    What causes an ear infection in adults?
    I know that ear infections are real coman in children, but you don't hear much about adults getting them. My mother has a horrible ear infection. She went to the dr on saturday, and was put on antibiotics, but her ear still hurts really bad. Its also been draining lots for 3 days. I'm worried about her, my mother has never been one to get sick. Also, she had been running a fever of 101 for three days. Is there some kind of underlining cause that can cause this?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Usually it is from water sitting in the ear canal. She should go back to the doctor now. I got one frm not draing my ears well after a shower one night. I usualy shower in the AM, but showered before i went to bed. From sleeping on one side, the water was able to leak further into my ear & sit there most of the night. I am a side sleeper. I had to go onto antibiotics too, but it went away fairly quickly.

  33. QUESTION:
    How is the best way to treat an ear infection?
    My four year old son started complaining last night about his ear was hurting. And again this morning he said mommy look in it. So I took a closer look and noticed that he had draining and a lot of it. Should I take him to the doctor or give him some medicine and have him just rest and take it easy? This is an ear infection isn't it? He'll be ok for a little while and then start complaining again.

    • ANSWER:
      No he won't be okay. Have you ever had an ear ache in your adult life? They hurt like ****. It could also cause permanent ear damage. Please take him to a doctor as soon as possible.......like now.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can I clean my dogs ear with my breast milk?
    I know you can use breast milk for all kinds of ailments including ear infections in infants and kids (not many adults are willing to put breast milk in their ear). So does the goes for dogs too?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the craziest thing I have ever heard. No, do not put breast milk in your dogs ear. If your dog has an ear infection do the responsible thing and get medication from the vet. If you need to clean your dog's ears do the responsible thing and purchase ear cleaner from your nearest pet store.

  35. QUESTION:
    how to treat an ear infection without antibiotics in adults?
    I have a ear infection in both ears. I do not have any money to go to the doctors

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Nicole,

      I use Hydrogen Peroxide( 3% ) strength.

      It's available from any chemist and you will need an eye-dropper as well.

      Try a couple of drops at a time in each ear, if it fizzes up that is a sign of an ear infection.

      If applied morning and night, within a few days your ears should be clear of any infection.

      If you overdo the Hydrogen Peroxide( drying agent ), then just loosen any dried wax with some warm oil or "Cerumol" once the infection has cleared.

      Actually, as a maintenance dose I apply a drop of Hydrogen Peroxide to each ear daily.

      Works like a treat!

      Blessings !

  36. QUESTION:
    What does an ear infection feel like?
    I am recovering from a reoccurring cold and my ears....feel itchy and one is tender deep inside but, no throbbing pain, no temp, and my equilibrium is also fine? If I had an ear infection should I have a temp and my balance be a little off? What can I do naturally to ease the burning,tender pain in my ear?

    • ANSWER:
      Good screen name for your question! Middle ear infections are associated with colds in pre-school aged children, but normally what one gets in adults with a cold is simply eustachian dysfunction. Your symptoms actually suggest otitis externa, and the timing is likely just to be coincidence. It's hard to suggest a treatment when the diagnosis is unclear, and I'd suggest you see your physician if the symptoms last more than just a couple of days, and even more quickly if you have other medical problems that might influence your ability to fight infections, such as diabetes or AIDS.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to prevent ear infection in Beagles?
    i have a beagle mix that has floppy ears. i do use cotton balls whenever he needs a bath and clean his ears once every 4 days with ear cleaner. But besides these methods, what else can i do to help prevent my dog from ear infection?

    and for quick question, i can see some dirt/wax deep inside his ear but too deep for cotton balls. do i just leave it alone? because i tried flushing it with ear cleaner and its wont come out. thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Provided you include ear cleaning in his routine grooming, that should be sufficient. Use a good ear cleaner, massaging the ears after putting the drops in, and that should soften any wax deep in the ear, so you can wipe it off. Do not poke deep into his ears as this could cause injury. Once a week should be enough with the cleaner - too much messing around with ears can make them inflammed actually. Puppies make more wax than adults, so you may need to clean them more frequently, to begin with.

      If you are worried, get your vet to check deep into the ear, to make sure all is well.

  38. QUESTION:
    Taking amoxicillin for adult ear infection?
    I was just diagnosed yesterday with an ear infection after experiencing incredible throat and ear pain. The doctor prescribed amoxicillin 2/day. I started this yesterday night. This morning I felt better but by afternoon, I've had uncontrollable shivers and a chill that won't go away plus a bad headache. I have allergies to Bactrim but i can't find any correlation on the internet. Should I call back my doctor or is this reaction normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I have been suffering from the exact same thing this past week. The uncontrollable shivers are just due to the ear infection. I had uncontrollable shivers/fevers for the first two days, after being diagnosed with an ear infection. The doctor gave me amoxicillian and that's helped with the fevers. Its been 7 days since I was diagnosed I have regained my energy and the fevers have stopped but my ear is still full of fluid, so partially deaf in my right ear. I dont think shivering is an allergic reaction. You get an allergic reaction if you have a rash of some form. You might be lucky enough to have it all cleared with amoxicillin.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do you know when it is time to put your dog to sleep?
    I have a 17 year old Cocker mix. She was the first dog I owned as an adult. For the last 7 years or so she has had severe ear infections, which have caused her to be deaf. They have been so bad the vet actually recommended that we sew her ears shut. I decided against that. She is also totally blind in her right eye, and has partial sight in her left. Due to her bad eye sight & arthristis she has fallen down our stairs (12 steps) several times. Luckily, she has never hurt herself. I have to get up with her EVERY MORNING at 4am to let her out, otherwise she poops and pees all over my bedroom. After I let her out I then gate her in my kitchen until I get up at 7ish. EVERY morning when I come down to the kitchen there is poop all over the floor & usually has stepped in it. When I leave home I put her in a dog carrier. Several times a week when I return home she has pee'd/pooped in her carrier and I have to bathe her and the carrier. How do you know when it's time to put your dog to sleep?
    Although I don't think she is "suffering" I don't want to wait until she falls down the stairs someday and breaks her back or kills herself. I love her very much and it is really hard for me to even think about putting her to sleep.
    I guess the problem I have is that I feel she has some "quality" of life. She sleeps a lot, but she lifes to eat her meals and for treats. I guess my question is because she isn't suffering (or what most people would consider suffering) but she is certainly displaying some very unsavory and unsafe behavior is that enough to warrent putting her to sleep? And, if not at what point does it?
    In reading some of the answers I guess I have realized that part of the problems I have with processing this mentally is when I purchased my dog (Sadi) my Mom instantly fell in love with her as I did. Over the years my Mom had to help me financially with some of the health problems Sadi has had. Now 17 years later my Mom is in a nursing home in the final stages of Alzheimers and is much like Sadi as far as some of the problems. I guess I have realized if I give up on Sadi psycholigically it would be like I am giving up on my Mom. Thank you everyone who has answered. I now know I'm not ready to give up on Sadi. I think she still has a few good months (hopefully several) in her!

    • ANSWER:
      This is one of the toughest questions and I usually say that when you have to ask, it's pretty close.

      I have been in your shoes with a very large dog, who was more than a pet, was my best friend. The time came when I realized that his quality of life was no longer existent. He ate, only out of instinct...the rest of his time he slept, wet the floor and eliminated where ever he lay.

      I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but I can't. You'll just know...

      I wish you the best of luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    How does it work that kids get sick and still play like always? But adults?
    Two of my kids have been sick with sinus and ear infections. They still played and never even slowed down. Well, now I am sick and I've been on the couch for 3 days. I feel terrible. Do kids really feel this bad and go on or do they really not get as many symptoms as we do? Anyone else notice this?

    • ANSWER:
      bcos God guild them and watch over them. . . . .since they're not old enuf 2 tak gud care of themself.

  41. QUESTION:
    I never got ear infections as a kid, so why am I getting them now as an adult?
    I have been getting ear infections a few times a year for the past three years. I am almost thirty years old. Why is this happening now? How do I prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes due to change of humidity . you suddenly go to an elevated humidity .

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your adult boxer is in-bred?
    I have a 3 year old male boxer, and he has what seems like a chronic ear infection. He scratches his right ear a lot to the point where he makes himself bleed sometimes.... He's also very disobedient and loves diggin holes in the yard. No kind of discipline is ever affective. People tell me that he may be in-bred, but do not know for sure. Are there any physical or mental indications that will help me tell?

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic ear infections are generally an issue with allergies or lack of a high quality filler-free dog food.

      Dogs dig holes when bored.

      Being inbred has nothing to do with any of the issue you are having. The only way you can tell if he is inbred is to look at his pedigree.

      Find a TRAINER to help you with the issues you are having. Look into a different brand of dogfood.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it true that 5 months infant isn't safe to travel by air plane bcause it'll cause him deaf or ear infection?
    My parents are worries that my 5 months baby boy will deaf or having hearing problem or ear infections if he traveling by air plane. We plan to have travel 2 hours by plane next month.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it's not true. If your baby is in good health, he should have no ear problems.

      If he has an ear infection already, or a cold, flu, allergies, etc., his ears might block in the airplane, which can be extremely painful. In very rare cases, an ear block can rupture an eardrum. That won't make him deaf but it can cause temporary hearing impairment (and even more rarely, permanent impairment). For this reason, he shouldn't fly if he's sick. The same risk applies to adults, too.

      The risk of infection is no greater than it would be in any other enclosed space: train, bus, restaurant, elevator, etc. If anything, it's slightly lower, since airliners are ventilated with outside air (germ-free) and recirculated air that goes through hospital-grade filters.

  44. QUESTION:
    how much amoxicillin would a 6 month old get for an ear infection?
    My daughter was prescribed 4mL 3X's daily for an ear infection. She is 6 months old. The bottle says for an adult it is 5mL. Doesnt this seem a little high?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor.

  45. QUESTION:
    How does a baby get an ear infection anyways?
    my nephew got a flu and an ear infection at the same time.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, fluid builds in the eustachian tube because it cannot drain properly. Children are prone to ear infections because their tubes are essentially horizontal (adults tubes are vertical.) There can be other factors involved too like thickness of mucus trying to drain, allowing baby to lay down flat while drinking a bottle, pressure changes (airplane ride or weather change,) etc.

      Most likely this ear infection was a result of having the virus.

  46. QUESTION:
    If I have Adult ear infections in both ears should I return to work?
    I have taken off of work for the past 5 days already first with fevers now for the past 3 days with an ear infection. I just went to the doctor and he said I have the infection in both ears and prescribed me antibiotics but they have not made me feel better yet. I no longer have the fever, but the pain is unbearable, I can barely hear, and I must deal with customers all day, what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have sick leave, take more days. You won't be any good to your customers or yourself if you aren't feeling well.

      If your employer needs a slip from your doctor telling him why you are needing sick leave, have your doctor write one out for your boss.

  47. QUESTION:
    how long does an adult ear infection last without antibiotics. PLEASE HELP?
    Its saturday so my doctor is closed. Im sure that i have an ear infection, im experiencing pain, stuffiness, itching, burning, discharge.
    So my question is. How long will the symptoms last without having treatment/antibiotics.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a child with chronic ear infections and tried a lactose free diet to try and prevent them?
    I have a 3 year old whp gets chronic ear infection (1 a month) and doctors have told me that grommets will do no good. I am at my wits end with her as her bahavior is TERRIBLE when she has an ear infection and she is in pain all the time. I have heard that a lactose free diet may help, wondering if anyone has had a similar problem and if a lactose free diet helped??
    Thanks everyone for your advice. The ENT spec said that she doesnt have glue ear so grommetts will not help. He suspects she has allergies and said to try antihistimines to keep her nose clear, the only problem is that she get ear infections without any warning(no runny nose etc) so this really isnt a help.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an Audiologist.

      First of all, I want to ask what the explanation was that the doctors gave to tell you that grommets (we call them tubes here in the USA) won't help? On the button bar below your question, you will see a pencil to Edit Question, scroll over that and select "Add Details" and you can enter more information.

      There are several types of ear infections. They can be in the ear canal, often called "swimmer's ear" (external otitis) which are usually treated with anti-baterial/anti-fungal drops and ear plugs to keep water out of the ear while bathing and swimming.

      The most common ear infection is when fluid builds up behind the eardrum and bacteria breeds in it. This is a middle ear infection (otitis media) which is usually treated with oral antibiotics. Sometimes decongestants and antihistamines are also recommended to help the fluid drain/dry up; however, recent studies suggest that they aren't very effective. Some children with allergies are more prone to ear infections, and some people do believe that dairy does cause increased mucous, so minimizing/eliminating dairy might help them from coming back - but first you have to get rid of the middle ear fluid that is already there.

      When the patient is not responding to medications for middle ear infections, the surgery to place the grommets/tubes is recommended. It is a very simple procedure and for adults it is typically performed right in the Doctor's office using only a local anesthetic. Children need general anesthesia to keep them still, because the ear structures are so very tiny. The doctor makes a small incision in the eardrum, cleans the fluid out of the middle ear space, and places the grommet tube in the eardrum incision. The tube will allow the pressure in the middle ear space to stay equalized with the air pressure in the environment, so that the fluid will not be drawn into the middle ear by negative pressure that happens when the Eustachian tubes are not functioning properly. In most cases, the tubes are designed to fall out on their own as the eardrum heals, which usually happens 6-12 months after the surgery. While the tubes are in place, it is important to keep water out of the ears, because just a little water with some bacteria can get through the tune and into the middle ear and breed an infection that will then drain out of the tube and requires antibiotics in oral and dropper form.

      Also, it is frequently determined that enlarged adenoids and/or tonsils prevent the fluid from draining out through the Eustachian tube, so removal of those is commonly performed at the same time as the placement of the tubes. If the child often has sore throats or snores/breathes through the mouth often, this may be the case.

      Inner ear infections will effect the cochlea and/or labyrinth and will cause symptoms like sudden hearing loss, noises in the ear(s) and spinning dizziness.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I tell if my 9 month old has a headache?
    My baby just got over an ear infection, but he still pulls at his ears. The doc look at his ears and said they were healed so I began to think if it was a headache. What are the ways to tell if he has a headache?

    • ANSWER:
      Even though the infection is gone, he probably has a little bit of residual fluid build-up or discomfort. I had an ear infection as an adult, and even after the doctor said it was healed I still had some stuffiness in the eustachian tube for awhile. I would check his temperature periodically, and if it rises or he still keeps pulling at his ears for a few days you might want to take him in for another look.


ear infections in adults

Yeast Infection Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long can you have a yeast infection?
    I've had yeast infection symptoms for about 6 months now. It's not that bad at all, but I think I should just get it checked out since it hasn't gone away. But I recently started worrying about it not getting treated for this long could have done damage. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      no sweetie, it cannot cause damage. a yeast infection can last up to 14 days. whats probably going on is your body has one often, and doesnt completly go away. also if you are sexually active, your partner can be giving you one. hope this helps. if you have to go to the pharmacy and get an over the counter medicine, get miconazole 2%. good luck sweetie!

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I use yeast infection pill without it falling out?
    I have recently been diagnosed with a yeast infection and have a prescription for the vaginal ovules that im supposed to use every night before bed. The past two nights I couldn't get them to stay in. Not sure if I am doing it wrong, or if the applicator isn't working properly. I don't have any yeast infection symptoms, but I would like to use the prescription properly. Any tips or suggestions would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      You can use the yeast infection pill, without it falling out, by avoiding to use it during your period. Also, do not walk or move for the next hour after you have used it...

  3. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to cure a yeast infection with the candida diet?
    I have been on the diet for 3 days and all my yeast infection symptoms have vanished. Im wondering when it will be safe to quit the diet with out having the chance of the infection recurring again. Can anyone help me with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you used an anti fungal.Hard to beleive it`s gone in that short a time.Do you eat meats and milk that have been fed anti biotics? The length of time,depends,it is different for everyone.How long you have had it,how severe.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the signs of vaginal yeast infection?
    I want to know the vaginal yeast infection symptoms, so I can check if I have got the vaginal yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.
      These symptoms are more likely to occur during the week before your menstrual period.
      But dont worry.
      Vaginal yeast infection is not very serious, but is usually uncomfortable.

      You can use Vaginitis Powder.
      Vaginitis Powder belongs to traditional Chinese medicine formula. It has no side effect which is worth of your trust.
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      Yeast infections are common during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, don't use medicine for a yeast infection without talking to your doctor first.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is this possible early pregnancy symptoms or yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection but I've been having to urinate every hour seriously an my breasts r kind of tender not noticeable unless they r hit its my nipples that seem sore but Idk if its early pregnancy symptoms or jus yeast infection symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      These were my symptoms. I hope this helps!
      My LMP was December 17, 2010 Ended December 20, 2010.

      We did the baby dance on:
      December 20th, December 24th, December 26th, December 30th, December 31st, January 2nd, January 3rd, January 6th, January 9th, January 11th, January 13th, January 14th.
      According to an online ovulation calculator my fertile days were between December 29th and January 3rd.
      Based on light cramping to my right ovary i think I ovulated on January 2nd.

      Ovulation Day- Slight Cramping in right ovary
      1- 4 DPO- No signs (1/3-1/6)
      5 DPO- Slight headache at night. Tired (even though I got plenty of sleep). (1/7)
      6 DPO- Horrible Headache all day. Ance (Normal before AF) Slight cramping. (1/8)
      7 DPO- Horrible headache. Slight cramping, bloated. Sore boobs, threw up. (1/9)
      8 DPO- Headache all day, Slight cramping (1/10)
      9 DPO- Slight headaches, Sore boobs, mood swings, nauseous, twinges/ cramps, hot flashes, Bloated, Increase in CM, Tired, lower back pain, PMS like cramps (1/11) * I never get cramps unless its the first and sometimes second day of my period.
      10 DPO- Headaches, sore boobs, bloated, mood swings, soft cervix, hot flashes, upset stomach, nauseous, threw up, twinges/ cramps, sensitive to smells, lower back pain, PMS like cramps. (1/12) * I never get cramps unless its the first and sometimes second day of my period.
      11 DPO- Sore boobs, lots of CM, mood swings, lower back pain, BFN this morning (expired test, hoping I tested to early) Feels like AF is coming (1/13) AF due tomorrow (1/14)
      12 DPO- No AF, sore boobs, lots of CM, slight headache, hungry, lower back pain, acid reflex/ heartburn, mood swings, light cramping (not AF cramping) (1/14)
      13 DPO- No AF, sore boobs, lots of CM, slight headache, hungry, lower back pain, acid reflex/ heartburn, mood swings, peeing a lot more, light cramping (not AF cramping), took a test at 5pm BPN(1/15)
      14 DPO- No AF, cramping, peeing more often, took a test 7am Broken no results showed up Negitive or Positive. (1/16)
      15 DPO- No AF, headaches, sore lower back, cramping(not AF cramping, more like little twinges) Peeing more often even though I havent had anything to drink. (1/17) BFP!!!!!!

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a yeast infection for years?
    I have what I think to be a yeast infection, I have tried both a tablet and a pill taken orally to rid myself of this. It has gotten a lot better, but is still not completely gone. Could this be a really bad yeast infection? Thinking back I remember about two years ago having yeast infection symptoms, and feel I may have been ignoring them for these two years until they got unbearable this year. Is this possible and would it make my yeast infection harder to get rid of?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a gynecologist; Two years is too long to suffer.
      God bless.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection be induced by having sex?
    My partner and I have been sexually active since June and are experiencing some problems. He moved away in July, so we don't have sex as often as we used to. We now do it every two weeks or so, but when we try to do it multiple times, I get yeast infection symptoms. This is the second time that it's happened. It's gotten so bad that the itching and soreness prevents me from having any kind of contact "down there." Is this a yeast infection? Also, my partner and I have no STDs. Any help would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      are the itching and soreness the only thing you have or are you having a discharge at all? usually a discharge comes along with the yeast infection. the soreness and itching could also be from using lubricates and being to rough. You also could be having a reaction to the condoms (if your using). if it gets to the point where u just can't take it anymore id make an apt to be sure and have them check you out.. best of luck

  8. QUESTION:
    How to treat anal yeast infection?
    I have most to all of the anal yeast infection symptoms and signs. My question is, how do I quickly and effectively treat it without having to go to the doctor? Any over the counter medicines to completely treat and clear anal yeast infection? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Dont treat yourself. It might not even be that. Go to a doctor and get their opinion and dont trust your health to Dr. Google

  9. QUESTION:
    difference between yeast infection and scratched vaginal symptoms?
    i scratched ma vagina by accident while bathing.as i was going thru the internet i found out that yeast infection symptoms were similar to wat i was having..but as i went thru the images of yeast infection i dun think it looks like those images..help pls.

    • ANSWER:
      You could have an allergy if you aren't having a discharge with your itching. The allergy could be from soap, body wash, bleach, laundry soap. Take a bath and add some baking soda if the itch goes away, you don't have an infection.

      Different types of infections:

      Signs of yeast infections:
      White, cottage cheese-like discharge
      Swelling and pain around the vulva
      Intense itching

      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

      Signs of trichomoniasis
      A watery, yellowish or greenish bubbly discharge
      An unpleasant odor
      Pain and itching when urinating
      Most apparent after your period

  10. QUESTION:
    How long after taking a course of antibiotics can a yeast infection occur?
    I was taking a 10-day course of antibiotics. I can't recall exactly when I stopped the treatment. But I know it was no more than 2 weeks ago. A few days ago, I started experiencing yeast infection-like symptoms. Then, yesterday, I went to the doctor. She swabbed and looked at it under the microscope. She said it was positive for yeast.

    Could this yeast infection be a result of the antibiotics I took?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotic for ten days I don't think will cause yeast infection.
      Here I am suggesting u a easy way which u can do ur self
      Buy a tube of quadriderm ointment, and a few vaginal tablets of Clotrimazole ( Canesten ) or (Candid)
      Sit on stool and insert one vaginal tablet as high as u can,
      then apply quadriderm ointment on outer part of itchy patches of skin
      continue it for 5 days
      Later u can use this procedure once a week as ur personal Hygiene
      ur problem will be solved

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for yeast infection symptoms to completely stop after taking Monistat 1 dose??
    I took the prefilled Monistat 1 ovule 4 days ago and I swear within a couple of hours the painfully intense burining/itching of the inside stopped almost completely!! When I woke up the next morning, I couldn't even tell I had a yeast infection. Well, I am still having very very slight external vaginal itching but not alot. I'm also having slight odorless discharge. I am pretty certain it was a yeast infection I had b/c after taking the Monistat, my symptoms almost completely went away but why am I still iching even slightly after 4 days when it's supposed to be a 1 day treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, Monistat gets rid of the yeast infection for now but you will have to deal with what caused it in the first place or it will come back. Take out all of the sugar from your diet and anything with yeast in it. I don't know if you know of a condition known as Candida but that is what you probably have. Oh and try and eat lots of plain yogurt - yeah I know it's yuck!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection affect your period?
    I haven't started my period yet. I think I may have some sort of a yeast infection because I've been itching in my vaginal area and having other yeast infection like symptoms. Do you think if I do have a yeast infection will it delay my period from coming because I'm seriously ready for my period to come!

    • ANSWER:
      I was 3 weeks late from my period when I had a yeast infection. When my period came the yeast infection went away… could have been from home remedy things that I tried but yes, it can delay your period.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection go away on its own?
    I've had yeast infection symptoms for about a month on and off. I KNOW it's not an std. What could be going on??

    • ANSWER:
      They can but go away on their own but usually get worse and its dangerous not to treat them.

      About yeast infections: Your vagina in its normal state has healthy bacteria and bad bacteria. As long it stays balanced like that you have no problems. The balance can become unbalanced causing the bad bacteria to overgrow and multiply causing you to have yeast infection symptoms, itching, lots of discharge that over time increases and becomes clumpy. Things that can cause the bad bacteria to multiply is scented tampons, soapy soaks, soap in the area, tight underwear and pantyhose, very hot baths, high hormone birth control, taking antibiotics, uncontrolled diabetes, douching, low immune system, lack of lubrication (like with sex).

      For the itching buy Vagisil cream. The Vagisil tube will last for several yeast infections.

      To treat the infection. You can buy products like Monistat or Vagistat etc. They sell different types, 1 day, 3 day, 7 day. That does not mean it cures in the number of day you pick, that is just how many days you treat it, it still has to run its course. Yeast infections take a week to cure.

      There are other things you can take to speed along the process. You can drink 100% cranberry juice but it has to be that and no sugar or sweeteners. I dont like to do that so I buy Cranberry tabs at the grocery or pharmacy vitamin isle. One bottle can treat several yeast infections.

      Also buy acidophilus lactobacillus (AL) in the grocery or pharmacy isle. Again one bottle can treat several yeast infections.

      Buy plain yogurt, This is a must to get better. Greek is better. No sugar, no fruit no sweeteners. It tastes like crap but this will really make you better. It has acidophilus in it and kills yeast bacteria. Buy a big tub and eat 3 big spoon fulls 3 times a day.

      Note yeast multiplies like crazy with sugar, so if you have a yeast infection avoid sugar drinks and foods.

      I personally do not like to take Monistat type products. They are expensive. I keep at my home cranberry tabs, acidophilus lactobacillus and Vagisil. That way if I ever get a yeast infection I have all the stuff I need to treat it at home. Then all I have to do is buy plain yogurt. For a yeast infection I take 2 cranberry tabs a day, 2 acidophillus lactobacillus a day, eat the yogurt as I stated above and put Vagisil on the outside for itching

      Also note before bed, soak in a cool bath so the area cools down, apply some Vagisil and you will sleep in peace no itching.

      Whether you treat with Monistat or my way you should see and feel improvement on a daily basis because the bad yeast bacterial should be lessening so your symptoms should be lessening. Your discharge should be less, itching should be less and discharge should be less clumpy on a daily basis. You should keep treating yourself for a week even if you are feeling better to make sure to treat it completely. If not and its getting worse then it may not be a yeast infection. It could be bacterial vaginosis or if sexual active gonorrhea or chlamydia.

  14. QUESTION:
    How long do I need to wait to have intercourse after using Gynazole?
    Also, how long before my yeast infection symptoms are gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Wait until you have completed the treatment and you have no symptoms, if not then you could chance passing it to your partner then getting another one. It is rare for me to get yeast infections but it can happen.

  15. QUESTION:
    Could a yeast infection a week before my expected period be a sign of pregnancy?
    My period is due on the 27th, I now have a yeast infection & I may have also been having other signs such as random cravings, eating a lot, sleeping a lot, and not feeling well every once in a while.. I know ill find out in a few days lol but is a yeast infection a symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      No. They have nothing to do with each other. A yeast infection is not a sign of pregnancy. Some women might tell you that that was their first sign, but it was honestly just a coincidence. Yeast infections are more common in pregnancy, however, but that's when you're ACTUALLY pregnant. If your period is supposed to start on the 27th, the cravings and fatigue could very easily be attributed to PMS! Very rarely is there signs of pregnancy before you miss your period, so try not to worry until then. You should only worry about pregnancy if you have had unprotected sex or if you were using a condom and it broke, or if you forgot to take birth control pills. Try not to worry too much. I know it's hard, but it can delay your period if you worry too much, and then you'll REALLY freak out. I really hope this helped you :)

  16. QUESTION:
    How long till yeast infection symptoms are gone?
    I had a yeast infection, and I used treatment and I thought everything was getting better and going away, but now it seems it might be coming back only after a few days because there is still that smell, and its still a little bit itchy.. Is it possible for these symptoms just to take longer to go away or is it coming back and should I get more treatment just to make sure? Also would it be okay to have sex during this time, because it seems to be almost gone?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I understand what you mean.
      Monistat didn't work for me.. my doctor prescribed me meds and it made even worst!
      Despite when it manage to heal, the yeast infection will come back again (means it's not fully cured).
      I realized the only real cure for Yeast infection is doing the natural way so it won't come back again!

      http://whit.me/yeast

      This website on Yeast Infection will help you. I had a Yeast Infection a few weeks back and that website gave many good details. I got the book and it helped me cure my Yeast Infection within 10 hours without the use of drugs!

  17. QUESTION:
    How long will it take my yeast infection symptoms to disappear COMPLETELY?
    So...

    I had a yeast infection from my antibiotics which I finished taking. When I was done, I took the oral pill (diflucan) for my yeast infection. That was Thursday morning and it is now Monday morning, so technically 4 days ago...I feel like it definitely doesn't hurt or isn't as uncomfortable as it was but still itches a bit. Is that normal to still be feeling the symptoms a little bit a few days after? I am hoping it will completely be gone in a few days...

    I have another prescription for diflucan but I don't want my body to become immune to this drug because it literally has been a life saver.

    Just worried! Help!
    If I need to take another pill, how will I know when it's necessary?

    I'm living in Italy for 2 more months and the healthcare providers are not very thorough and it is VERY expensive. I have two diflucan pills I brought from home with me left but I don't want to take another one if I'm not sure and then immunize my body to the drug...

    I've had many yeast infections but I've never taken more than 1 diflucan...How long should I wait and how should I know when to take a second one?
    If I need to take another pill, how will I know when it's necessary?

    I'm living in Italy for 2 more months and the healthcare providers are not very thorough and it is VERY expensive. I have two diflucan pills I brought from home with me left but I don't want to take another one if I'm not sure and then immunize my body to the drug...

    I've had many yeast infections but I've never taken more than 1 diflucan...How long should I wait and how should I know when to take a second one?

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of a yeast infection? Are they similar to symptoms of herpes?
    Well, I'll be open about it, I have some type of vaginal infection. But idk what it is. I asked a friend, and she said it could be herpes, another one said it could be a yeast infection. So what are the symptoms of both, and are they similar?

    • ANSWER:
      With a yeast infection, you will usually feel a bit itchy and a bit inflamed, and you might produce more discharge than usual. Herpes will make the area feel rather dry, pained, and harboring blisters or boils.

  19. QUESTION:
    How does someone get a yeast infection? What are the symptoms?
    How does someone get a yeast infection? What are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are acquired from, antibiotic therapy, diabetes, increase change of getting yeast infection if you wear nylon panties, rather than cotton, for nylon holds in moisture, & body heat. Symptoms, are mild itching at first, advancing quickly with in about 24 to 48 hours, severe itching, whitish discharge, fungal growth on outside of vagina, smells sort of like onions, and looks like thick, whitish to yellowish substance. Easily treated with monitstat, or diflucan the later needs a prescribition from your physician. Also eating yogourt with live cultures helps tremendously, this restores the normal flora to your vaginal area, also drinking buttermilk, for it has active live good bacteria culturles in it also. Thanks for the opportunity to answer your question.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    I'm just wondering, what are the symptoms of a yeast infection? I have white secretions coming out of my vagina, and sometimes the can look like little globs. Now I'm not entirely sure that is normal. Can somebody give their opinion on what it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      What you are experiencing could be a yeast infection, other symptoms to look for would be burning, itching, redness and any other sort of irritation. Just having white secretions is tough to say, I would err on the side of caution and assume it either is a yeast infection or one in development.

      In which case, here are some natural tips and suggestions for you.

      There are many things you need to start doing and addressing if you are suffering from a yeast infection. To start, do the following:

      1. Wear loose clothing and undergarments, oxygen kills yeast, going commando and wearing nothing down there if possible is even better.

      2. Get some unsweetened yogurt and rub it onto a tampon, insert the tampon and do this continually until the yeast infection is gone.

      3. Cut out any and all sugar, alcohol and yeast from your diet. All three will promote the infection further.

      4. Start drinking cranberry juice, pure not from concentrate with no added sugar, I know this goes against the no sugar thing but the acid content in the cranberries will alter the PH balance of your vagina and cause the yeast to die off.

      5. If you can tolerate it, use a raw garlic clove and apply it to the infection, this may burn so dilute it with some olive or coconut oil, both of which can also help eliminate the yeast, especially the coconut.

      6. You can also try taking some vitamin B3, many women find their infections resolve quicker when they are taking 300mg/per day.

      7. Take a probiotic with at least 50 billion live cells per pill, this is key in redistributing good bacteria throughout your body, and effectively end the yeast infection. You must do this continually until you have eliminated your yeast infections and Candida entirely.

      8. Lastly if all else fails, begin adding 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to a bath. Only fill the tub up high enough to submerge your genital area. Stay in the tub for 20-30 minutes at a time.

      Hope this helps, the yogurt is the key really, by putting good bacteria directly on the area you will eliminate it quickly. Make sure it is unsweetened and ideally keep an eye out for a variation called Kefir which has even more beneficial bacteria in it to snuff out the infection.

      When all is said and done I would suggest you research Candida and take a test to determine if you are suffering from it, as anyone who gets yeast infections has Candida, it's just a matter of how bad it is.

  21. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between ghonorea and a yeast infection?
    I'm so worried ! I've been with my fiancé for 4 years from what I know he's never cheated but I've suddenly come down with some strange symptoms the resemble both of ghonorea and a yeast infection, at night my symptoms usually get worse, I get so itchy, and uncomfortable I couldn't sleep the first night ! I am having a creamy yellowy slightly greenish dicharge that has sort of a sour smell I guess ? not sure really ): during the day symptoms aren't too bad just the discharge and there is little blood soemtimes when I wipe .. I am currently using the Monistat 3 can someone please tell me the difference between the 2 ? Thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      That doesn't sound like a yeast infection. It sounds like bacterial vaginosis. Stop using Monistat and get to the doctor as soon as possible.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can you have a yeast infection without symptoms?
    My latest pap came back with a yeast infection, but I have absolutely NO symptoms. NO itching, burning, discharge, or odor. If anything, I'm a bit dry.

    I always thought a yeast infection was a burning, unbearable thing, but I feel nothing untoward. Could that test be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      It affects everyone differently. Basically the culture came back with an over growth of yeast, they could have caught it before it got bad enough to display its annoying symptoms.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long will a topical(internal and external) yogurt treatment relieve yeast infection symptoms?
    I used a 1200 mg monistat ovule last night for a yeast infection. this morning i was in horrible pain. awful itching, burning, stinging. i applied yogurt and felt relief besides a feeling of warmth inside my vagina. a second time i used the tampon method after scooping what i could of the yeast(and possibly some of the monistat)out in the shower. if i have plans for the night, will the relief from these two treatments likely last until tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:
      The itching, burning and stinging are all due to the effect the vaginal candidiasis has on the vaginal membranes. They're inflamed. The 1200mg ovule is Monistat 1 day Day & Night. It's a one time dose and will likely resolve the infection permanently. If yogurt helps, you can continue to use it or you can speak to your doctor about a topical cream to supply immediate symptom relief for the symptoms.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the siymptooms/signs of a yeast infection and what is a yeast infection in a male?
    Can a male get a yeast infection? What r the signs/symptoms? Is there anyhting that will happen to ur balls
    Do u get little dots that are itchy on your scrotum if you have a yeast infection?
    My genitals and butt dont smell

    • ANSWER:
      Yes men can get yeast infections. You can get a bad smell down there and they can be very painful, especially during intercourse. nothing should have to you testicles. However, you're going to want to see your pcp to get on some meds to clear it up. This won't clear up on it's own, generally.

  25. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to treat a yeast infection using vinegar and yoghurt?
    I have self diagnosed myself with a minor yeast infection with only a few symptoms and have decided to treat it by having baths with apple cider vinegar in it, having glasses of water with apple cider vinegar mixed in and eating natural yoghurt with acidofilus (spelling?) How long should it take to get rid of it and how long should I keep it up once symptoms have disappeared to prevent reoccurring infections?
    P.S I am a guy

    • ANSWER:
      I'm guessing it would take about three days all together. Keep your shorts clean and yourself dry.

      I think it is pretty rare for men to get yeast infections, however. If you are experiencing any oozing/itching please head down to your local clinic immediately for testing. It could actually be a symptom of an STD. Not all STD's stick out like the Lochness monster. A lot of the time there can be no symptoms at all.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection?
    Im on antibiotics for tonsillitis, its gone, but i must finish my prescription, its penicillin, started taking it the 3rd, and i noticed i got yeast infection like symptoms, on the 9th?

    • ANSWER:
      That's a very common side effect for women. Any time I get a prescription for amoxycillin, I have to pick up a Monistat kit at the same time. All the other women I know, it's the same for them. The antibiotic kills off the beneficial bugs as well as the bad ones, and the yeast bugs now no longer are under control and flourish.

      I don't think there are any other antibiotics you could take to escape this. Every one I've used has had the same warning listed on the side effects paper the pharmacist gives out--may cause yeast infections in women.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is flagyl for bacterial vaginosis over the counter?
    How will i know if i have a yeaster infection or BV? What are yeast infection symptoms? I have a fishy odor down there during/after sex. Also white/grey/clear discharge. Sometimes itching. Which one is it more than likely? Are the symptoms the same? And can i purchase Flagyl for BV over the counter without a prescription in Virgina?

    • ANSWER:
      In your vagina live both good and bad bacteria.
      Most conventional treatments such as Antibiotics and Anti-fungals upset the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina.

      This is the reason why when you take antibiotic cream it solves the problem for short time and then it back worse.

      I would recomend to try natural solutions, Yo can read review on great eBook here: http://recomended-prods.com/bv/review

  28. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a yeast infection to start showing symptoms?
    If me and my boyfriend had sex while i had a yeast infection, and he contracted the yeast infection, how long would it take for symptoms to start showing?

    • ANSWER:
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  29. QUESTION:
    What are Other yeast infection symptoms?
    I'm very sensitive so depending what I eat or what kind of soap I use I find I can get a yeast infection from. I know what the general symptoms are I just notice that I I feel sort of nauseous and a little bit of a sore back too just wondering if its common?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to use tampons during a yeast infection when taking medicine?
    While on my period I started using monistat 1 day treatment. Went to using pads. My day is almost over is it safe to use tampons again if I'm also using azo yeast infection pills? Most my symptoms have gone away too. Thank you... This is my boyfriends email!

    • ANSWER:
      take care and ask your doctor

  31. QUESTION:
    How early can i get a yeast infection during pregnancy?
    Is a yeast infection a pregnancy symptom ?

    • ANSWER:
      i asked my doctor this a while back and she said that it was. I got one shortly after conceiving my daughter.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does a yeast infection completely go away after using the medication?
    I had the type of yeast infection that had no symptoms (except burning during sex but I am not sure it is because of that) and my doc gave me cream for down there and Diflucan to take orally...this was a few months ago but how do I know it is gone completely? Is there such thing that I would need to go get more medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      It's shouldn't bother you too much as this point. You will be perfect fine. If you still concern about it, talk your doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    If I recently cured a yeast infection but still have the same symptoms, is it okay to purchase more medicine?
    I recently had cured a yeast infection with the seven day cream, but the symptoms still proceed. I am sure it's a yeast infection due to the fact that when I got my recent pap done, the doctor only reported yeast. Is it okay to purchase more medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      I would see your doc. It might be something else or may need a different treatment.

      When you have a yest infection you need to avoid foods high in yeast like bread and vegemite. Eat lots of fresh fruit and veg to flush the yeast out of your system. You will need to treat your boyfriend too.

      For a natural cure, swallow a clove of garlic at night (cut into small pieces but don't chew, you won't get garlic breath if you don't chew). Mix acidophilus powder into juice and drink. You often have yeast in your mouth and don't know it.

      To avoid it happening again wear cotton nickers, use perfume free, soap free cleaner for down there.

      To alleviate symptoms have a warm bath. If you have essential oils add chamomile and bergamot.

      You can put aloe vera on your external areas affected, that really sooths.

      For internally you can use natural yogurt with a drop of tea tree and bergamot essential oils. Roll a tampon in this an insert. Change it every hour.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can a prolonged yeast infection cause infertility?
    I had been ttc for five months, i think i may have a yeast infection but the symptoms come and go, we have had no luck so i didn't know if the infection was to blame. seeing my doc tm btw.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have any idea about your problem. However, I came across a blog about yeast infection. Hope you find your answer there.

      Resources for Yeast Infection Causes, Cures, Symptoms, Treatment, Remedies:
      http://yeast-infection-guide.blogspot.com

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have sensitivity of the clitoris during a yeast infection?
    I am currently treating a yeast infection and all the previous symptoms are gone, itching, irritation etc but today I noticed that my clitoris was very sensitive. Is that a normal occurance?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, totally normal...does settle down, unfortunately :-(

  36. QUESTION:
    What's a yeast infection and what are the symptoms?
    What's a yeast infection and what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      you can discover everything about vaginal yeast infection, causes and different treatments including natural remedies - see below

  37. QUESTION:
    How long after you have a yeast infection can you become sexually active?
    I noticed symptoms of a yeast infection Saturday, & actually got a LIVID yeast infection on Monday. I used the 3 day Monistat treatment and i actually got a prescrption also. The next day, it was gone. I still use the cream because sometimes it can get itchy=/. Is it alright for me to become sexually active again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can be passed back and forth between sexual partners, through regular intercourse and oral sex. If you had one, it is most likely that your partner does, too. Everyone involved should be treated for the same yeast infection.

  38. QUESTION:
    Help with worm in stool and yeast infection symptoms?
    So my mom made a doctor appointment for tomorrow for yeast infection symptoms just got off of my period and on February 15th I had sex only second time with same partner (I'm 15) anyway I just went to the bathroom and I had long brown worms in my stool I was a little worried so I grabbed a ziplock Baggie and put my hand in it and started examining it and I found what looked like a huge white worm it's 2:30 am so I don't want to wake my mom I've had health problems in the past but can anyone explain whats going on? Is it like an STD or something that I could have contracted from my partner?

    • ANSWER:
      No no calm down your stool has nothing to do with you partner or having a std so your safe people sometimes get worms when they eat meat that's not cooked or some kind of bad food so your safe

  39. QUESTION:
    how soon after using monistat 1 can you have sex?
    I used it thursday night and i want to have sex with my boyfriend tonight. It's been three days that means. My yeast infection symptoms are pretty much gone besides some slight itching on my labia last night that is completely gone now. And also if actual sex with him would be bad what about using a dildo on myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I was actually told by my doctor that while using Monistat, just to be on the safe side, to rub a little of it on his penis just so you can try to prevent it from coming back. I did just that and never got it back and we had sex in the few days I was using the Monistat too.

      If you use a dildo, just be sure to wash it thoroughly with soap and warm water to get the bacteria off.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I know if i've passed a yeast infection to my boyfriend?
    I'm 18 and i've been taking tri-cyclen lo birth control for about 4 months. I frequently have yeast infections and i never know if i could be passing the infection to my boyfriend. We don't use a condom but he pulls out. So if i have a yeast infection can it be passed to my boyfriend. How would he know if he had a yeast infection? What would be the symptoms for a male yeast infection? How do we both get rid of completely and prevent it from happening?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, guys can get yeast infections. He would start feeling itching and tenderness in the skin where the yeast cells were digging into the skin.

      However - guys have a much easier time keeping things clean and dry so its a lot less common for guys to get yeast and easier to treat. (Heck - he can spray himself with athletes foot powder or spray to fix it.)

      In general yeast grows where moisture is. Keeping the hairs trimmed so moisture does not have a place to hide, wearing pantie liners to wick away moisture helps, not wearing underwear or wearing 'boy boxers' at night to let air circulate down there can help.

      But - taking anti-biotics, over-washing the area and some problems like diabetes removes your natural yeast-fighting discharge. If the problem is chronic - you might want to see a doctor.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some other problems that might have the same symptoms as a yeast infection?
    It seems like I always get yeast infections and I'm starting to wonder if it's not actually yeast. My doc usually says it's yeast, but I've never gotten a second opinion. Are there any other conditions, illnesses that might cause the same symptoms to occur as a yeast infection? I've been tested for STDs, so it's not that. I'm just really frustrated with this and want this problem to go away! It's hurting my relationship because I can never be intimate with my bf.
    I eat yogurt every day, and use non scented hypoallergenic soaps.
    I do not wear tight clothes, and I always wear cotton panties.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess it depends on what specific symptoms you are referring to. Itch ,irritation, and a burning sensation can have multiple causes. Yeast is fairly easy to confirm by vaginal swab and culture as well as the type of discharge.... usually a curdled discharge is indicative of yeast but there may not be much of a discharge and would only be seen by a physician using a speculum on exam. As far as itch, irritation and burning, make sure of your personal habits are not adding to the problem or are the real cause being blamed on yeast.

      1. Do not use perfumed agents on the skin or anywheres near the groin because what you may be experiencing is in actuality an allergic reaction to those agents.
      2. Do not use Bounch or other fabric softeners on underware for the same reason.
      3. If you have very hard water or a water softener, not all the soap may be removed in the rinse cycle of the wash. When the machine stops, turn it all the way over to rinse again and add a full cup of white (clear) vinegar to the water. It is an acid and will neutralize base soaps and allow them to be removed easily from clothing. Otherwise a single drop of urine or vaginal moisture release onto the fabric will re-activate the soaps and then migration to the soft tissue causing more itching and irritation.
      4. Don't wear tight clothing that would cause mechanical irritation from walking especially if you are overweight which will accentuate the mechanical irritation.
      5. Use a good sterile personal lubricant again without fragrance or gental warming gels. Use this every time for sex to prevent mechanical irritation from the get go.KEEP it simple so that what you do does not cloud the waters and cause their own harm.
      6. Never use mineral oil or vaseline as a lubricant. It is actually a petroleum distallate and for some people is just as irritating as using gasoline. (plus the fact is may dissolve latex)
      7. Make sure you do not have an allergy to latex if hopefully you are using condoms.
      8. Spermicidal jellies can also be a source for irritation If one type is causing a problem, ask for a different formula that hopefully is not as irritating.
      9. Make sure your bf takes a shower before sex especially if he is not circumcised and no condom is used. Mechanical irritation to rough up a soft tissue surface followed a smear of foreign bacteria from under a foreskin or from poor hygiene on his part can cause you to suffer. It always amazes me how many men use a public restroom, pee and never wash their hands. If that is a standard of behavior, it follows that other health habits can be poor.
      10. Take a shower not a bath but if you must take baths, limit them to once a day and less than 10 minutes. Long term soaking in the tub can remove the body's own lubrication from vaginal tissue and expose the nerve endings in the tissue causing itch and burning.
      11. Avoid bubble baths for the same reason. If you disturb the natural barrier of mucous and the upper epithelial lining of these tissues, when you urinate, the salty urine will draw fluid from the lower tissue layers causeing an immediate burning sensation that will last until what remains on the labia is diluted by your own moisture.
      12. when wiping the area, use a non-sented toilet paper and pat... do not rub
      13. After a shower,use a hair dryer and dry the pubic area before getting dressed. A lot of moisture will cling to the hair and activate soaps,dyes and fragrances before you even start your day.
      14. Do not use scented tampons and change more frequently.

      These are the mechanical and allergy preventing steps you can take to maintain good genital health and prevent irritation and burning that mimick yeast infections. Most also work for men to avoid jock itch and allergies. It is just more prevalent in women due to exposed mucosal membranes of the labia. Hope that helps

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a yeast infection without any symptoms?
    I haven't had any symptoms or problems, but I went to the gyno for a routine check up and they told me my test results came back positive for a yeast infection. When I was at the doc's she did say my cervix was sensitive and there may have been an infection... so it makes sense. I just find it odd that I have had no symptoms. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I had this happen once a very long time ago.

      While the most COMMON symptoms include itching, burning and clumpy discharge, you can have any of these or none of them (or others not listed).

      If your doctor gave you meds to treat the infection definitely follow the course of treatment. If you're not suffering, why NOT prevent the possibility??

  43. QUESTION:
    are pregnancy symptoms the same as yeast infection symptoms?
    I believe I am pregnate. But im having yeast infection sysmptoms as in the discharge. I cant decifer which is which and have had 2 negative tests.

    • ANSWER:
      the symptoms are not the same at all.

      yeast infection symptoms include irritation of the vagina, and a discharge that resembles cottage cheese.

      I'm pregnant and I have not had any discharge.

  44. QUESTION:
    how long after a yeast infection can i start using tampons?
    i think tampons may have given me a yeast infection. it's been treated and the symptoms seem to have went away this past wednesday night.
    when can i start using tampons again?
    my next period should be in a few days to a week.

    • ANSWER:
      right away, but you might want to wait a few days because you are still sensitive up there, you might still be a little swollen.

      but if you think that the tampon was the cause of the yeast infection you dont want to continue to use them,
      you can be having an allergic reaction to the tampon ( the fabric thats used to make tampons)
      but also you can get a yeast infection from wearing tight pants, wearing a thong, eating to much yeast, leaving discharge on your panties, or even from taking antibiotics.

  45. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of yeast infection and what the treatment?
    what is yeast infection and what are the symptoms of yeast infection , how can you treat the infection ,

    • ANSWER:
      itchy, red and irritated, discharge. Use over the counter med. and anti itch cream usually come with it. It should clear up in a day or two.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection be diagnosed at urgent care?
    So I have been having symptoms of a yeast infection for a few days, have tried an OTC method and it has not helped. Since it is Sunday tomorrow, therefor not being able to go to a regular doctor until Monday or Tuesday.
    I was wondering if a yeast infection can be diagnosed at an Urgent Care setting? Please no funny business.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, a yeast infection can be diagnosed at Urgent Care. They will likely give you a stronger cream (if your yeast infection is Monistat type cream resistent) and Diflucan. First, make sure that you have used a seven day over the counter treatment, such as Monistat 7, not a 1, 3, or 5 day treatment, as many of them do not adequately get rid of yeast infections. If after 5 days, your symptoms have gotten worse, then you should see a gynocologist. If it's already been 5 days, yes, you can go to urgent care, and they will be able to diagnose it.

  47. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a yeast infection?
    I am showing symptoms of yeast infection. How to get rid of a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I feel for you. I had it myself for a long time. Try this http://z.pe/hti it worked for me and my family. Probably the only working treatment out there unless you want to go seek medical help from your doctor.

  48. QUESTION:
    Are these symptoms a yeast infection or something else?
    hello. are these symptoms a yeast infection or are they something else?

    - VERY dry vagina, no natural lube present

    - VERY itchy and uncomfortable vagina, can barely sit without squirming around

    - I usually get my period around now but instead when I went pee all that came out is brown type discharge. I have to wear a pad.

    I am 26 yr. old virgin so I know it's not an STD. Does anyone know any home remedies for this? I've never been to a gyno. TY.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know any home remedies for a yeast infection, but there are non-prescription ones available at any drugstore, called Monistat or Vagisil. They also sell detection kits that let you be sure what's going on in there, although your symptoms do sound like a yeast infection.

      The brown discharge probably IS your period. It doesn't have to be bright red, blood can be brown too. There's nothing wrong with that, it's more or less normal.

      I'd probably get a treatment kit that comes with the external creme that will help the itching outside, as the treatment will help the itching inside. If THAT doesn't work within a few days, then you should see the doctor because most other vaginal infections need a doctor's help to cure.

      Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    Will antibiotics make my yeast infection worse?
    I treated a yeast infection three days ago but now need to take antibiotics. If I do will the yeast infection get worse? The symptoms are mostly gone.

    • ANSWER:
      Since yeast infections are fungal (candida albicans), not bacterial, and our body's "friendly" bacteria tend to keep the yeast under control, I would say that a course of antibiotics will most likely make it worse.


yeast infection symptoms

Dog Shampoo For Yeast Infections

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will miconosol 1% lotion hurt my pregnant dog (pekingneese) if I apply it to her coat?
    She has an yeast infection and I am using it in her ears and shampooing her with MalAcetic shampoo. She itches so bad that I feel like if I used the lotion on the skin it may help speed the recovery.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something you should be asking your vet- not a bunch of yahoos on Y!A
      Edit**Myself included

  14. QUESTION:
    How to clean my dog's eye discharge?
    Hello, I own a pomeranian dog and he has some frequent red eye discharges i'm wondering what is the proper way to clean it?

    Help is greatly apperciated!♥
    ***** I mean't red discharge not eye *****

    • ANSWER:
      I use Eye Envy it is all natural and will not hurt your baby's eyes. If you get it in the eyes it will not hurt at all and it really works great. I buy it from a great lady on ebay. I am putting some questions and answers from her site here.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      1. Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.

      2. Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.

      3. Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.

      4. Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.

      5. Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining

      6. Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.

      7. Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!

      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: No we carry the new formula and it does not have to be refridgerated. The shelf life in the refrigerator approximately 3-4 months.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE NOW CARRY THE NO REFRIGERATION REQUIRED FORMULA. It's shelflife outside of the fridge is 2-3 weeks, so you product should be refrigerated immediately.

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

      http://stores.ebay.com/S-B-PET-PRODUCTS

  15. 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!

  16. QUESTION:
    Which Probiotics should I buy for my dog's yeast infection?
    My 9 year old pit has a terrible infection all over his feet, belly and ears. I took him to the vet today and was told that he has a yeast infection. The vet gave him an oral antibiotic, a medicated shampoo, a medicated ear cleanser and a steroid shot. While this may temporarily help the condition I am also going to change his diet to a non grain and potato hypoallergenic meal, as well as incorporate Probiotics. Can anyone recommend a probiotic for this type of situation? Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      i have used apple cider vinegar with success ... try to buy a high quality brand that is organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized ... i bought a big bottle for 4 dollars ...

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to get the stink off our dog?
    Our black lab really smells bad no matter how many baths we give him. We have used several different "shampoos" and nothing has seemed to work. Any ideas?
    He is an outside dog, a male, he isn't rolling in anything, we have used dog shampoo.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are bathing your lab regularly and he still has a bad odor, he may have other health issues going on. Labs and most dogs with the floppy ears have chronic ear problems, such as yeast infections. After bathing, water tends to get trapped in the ear canal, which is L-shaped. This trapped water provides the environment needed for bacteria and yeast to flourish. Look in his ears and see if the smell is coming from there, and look for any signs of irritation such as redness. These ear problems can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics if it is caught fairly early. I would make an appointment to see your vet.

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    How to reduce the discoloration of tear staining?
    I have four maltese dogs. They all have really bad tear staining. I wash their faces everyday and try to keep them dry as much as possible. I was told to give them distilled water and it's not helping. Is there any good products out there to reduce the red/brown stains?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is a wonderful natural product not carried in pet stores because it has no perservatives and cannot be stored in a warehouse for months on end. I use this on my shih tzu's and love it. It has no bleach peroxide and nothing that will hurt the dogs eyes if you wipe across the eye area. It also comes with a powder that keeps the moisture from being absorbed by the hair. The lady who runs this site is wonderful and will answer any questions you have. I am posting some questions and answers from her site hope this helps.

      Eye Envy is the most effective product for curing runny, ugly tear stains on your dog or cat. Our solution removes tearstains effectively, safely and gently. Eye Envy is an eye treatment solution that is non-irritating and proven to prevent eye leakage and discharge, quickly and through an easy to use method that your pet will thank you for. Eye Envy also comes in an herbal version. It is guaranteed to be effective, endorsed by veterinarians, catteries, and groomers the world over. If your pet is prone to tearstains, Eye Envy is for you. It is also effective in treating urine stains, red yeast infections, food stains, helping droolers, and of course for that unsightly brown goop around the eyes that affects dogs and cats everywhere.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS. .

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    What can I do about dog losing hair on tail?
    My 7 year old Chihuahua keeps biting the hair from her tail and backside. I keep taking her to the vet and I've gotten answers from allergies to impacted anal glands to yeast infections to heredity but no consistent relief for her yet. The last time he didn't even send antibiotics home for her (she bites and makes sores on her skin), but gave her the routine shot in the office and some prescription shampoo and leave on conditioner. Well now her tail has bloody sores all over it again. She's been spayed and is on flea treatment so I can rule those two issues out. Her mother and sister did had similar problems so I do wonder if it's hereditary. Anyone else have any experience with this? I know it hurts/aggravates her and she looks pitiful. Even if it is just bad genes shouldn't there be something to help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried spraying her tail with something that tastes bad. I saw some stuff at Petsmart. I think it was yuk or something like that. It said that it did not sting but was made to stop the chewing of sores. However if this is compulsive, she might still do it anyway. But if you can get it to heal that might help relieve it. It is worth a shot if you haven't tried it already. You would still need to find the root cause though.

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can i make my dog smell good after taking her a shower?
    Every time i shower my chihuahua,she always smells bad, even with really smelly shampoos.
    what can i do to make her smell goooooooooooooood?
    Please Help! :)
    That i could make at home!!!

    • ANSWER:
      She may be sensitive, or even allerigic, to ingredients/fragrances in the shampoos.

      Also, if the odor is returning that quickly, it may be a type of yeast infection on her skin which is quite common in some dogs. A veterinarian can check for this and prescribe a treatment that will help quickly.

      Good luck - I hope Stinkerbell smells better soon!

  25. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I feed my dog?
    My dog has skin problems and he always smells dirty and was red in color, we've tried many different diets but it doesn't seem to get much better. The most recent food we've tried lately had salmon and potatoes, but it seemed to make his skin smell just as bad but more like salmon. What should I be feeding him to help with his skin problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Only 10% of skin allergies are associated with diet.

      He may have atopy, the more common cause of skin problems, a skin allergy associated with environmental allergens, be it pollen, dust, excess moisture, etc. Atopy will not abate with a diet. Often, any current infections need to be treated, then prevent and control future "breakouts" and allergy reactions with antihistamines, or prescription strength cyclosporine, such as Atopica.

      The red/rust coloration is due to salivary staining of the hair usually. Red, inflamed skin is another color indicator of discomfort. Moist, sticky discharge at paw pads, in facial/lip/dewflap folds, and anywhere on the skin is another indicator.

      Often, they have yeast and bacterial infections, secondary to the allergy. These infections do generate a malodor, pungent, sour and "yeasty" being the best description.

      Ensure he's free of ectoparasites, especially fleas, which can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions also. Prevent infestations with monthly prevention, using veterinarian approved effective, safe products only.

      Therapeutic bathing is also beneficial, with antibacterial, antifungal, and antisebhorreic shampoos, that set for at least 7-10 minutes prior to thorough rinsing. Using them once to twice weekly helps resolve infections.

      Your vet will have differential diagnoses, and help you clear his current problem before you try preventing future infections. He may need 2-4 weeks of antibiotics, antifungals, and steroids for his current problem.

      Most commercial diets do not benefit food allergy dogs (the 10% of skin allergy dogs that do wind up having food allergy). Raw, unprocessed diet is usually the best influence on food allergy dogs, as it requires less digestion time and resources, has readily available protein, packed with water, and has no by-products or plant-based carbohydrate, major contributors to skin and GI problems.

      Add high concentration omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) in the form of fish oil to his diet also, as these also help improve skin and coat health.

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I clean chihuahua ears during flea bath?
    I bathe them with flea/tick shampoo but afraid to put any of it in their ears.

    • ANSWER:
      First, don't bathe your dog too often as it will dry out his skin and they will have problems. I take a wet cloth, ring it out and wipe out the ears. Keep water out of the ears as they can develop a yeast infection.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my Shih Tzu dog's eyes clean?
    Her left eye constantly 'leaks' brown coloured tears that stain her fur. She often has a clump of hard fur stuck in the corner of her eye that is irritating her eye and making it red. I assume that's why she has the brown tears. How do I get the brown stain to go away - shampooing doesn't do it. Does she need drops all the time? Thanks for the advice.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There! I am owned and operated by a Shih Tzu and can tell you how to solve the problem. This is a common problem with alot of breeds. I use Eye Envy. It is all natural and will not hurt your dogs eyes at all. I take a washcloth with warm water and clean the goop and then wait for the hair to dry and wipe across the eye area with a pad soaked in the Eye Envy solution. I put the Eye Envy powder on the hair after the solution drys and it repels further moist to penetrate the hair. What usually happens is that the hair stays moist and bacteria starts to grow. I buy my product from a wonderful lady who sells on Ebay. She is having a 3 day sale right now and I ordered today from her. I will post the questions and answers from her site and post the link. You can't buy this in stores because it is all natural no bleach or peroxide and the shelf life is only 3-4 months so big stores can't store large quantities of it. It really works!! And believe me I have tried them all.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO we now carry the new original formula and it does not need to be refrigerated

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

  29. 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.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do I make a natural soothing bath for an itchy dog?
    The vet only recommended a soothing wound cream but I find the cream is so greasy and gets flaky, esp. that I have to apply all over my dog's body. I'm thinking of dipping my dog in some kind of cooling solution to stop him from itching all over. I currently have peppermint oil but not sure if it's OK.

    Recommendations greatly appreciated. If you don't advice this solution, maybe you might have other solutions, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Bathing is a great idea for itchiness. I like a tea tree oil shampoo, its antimicrobial and soothing. Do not use anything with oatmeal though as it is a carbohydrate. Carbohydrates feed bacteria and yeast on the skin which causes it to grow, which will only contribute to itchiness. You can also follow with a rinse. The vet in these videos recommends a chamomile tea rinse. My dog had problems with skin infections and allergies and I always used a povidone iodine rinse. Here are some excellent bathing videos.

      http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MercolaHealthyPets#p/search/0/i1voV6BLr8U

      http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MercolaHealthyPets#p/search/1/MH6gjJHtUhM

      ADD: Sorry this is the video where she talks about soothing tea rinses.

      http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=MercolaHealthyPets#p/search/1/E9On7N-zQ48

  31. QUESTION:
    What can i use to clean my dogs ears?
    I currently dont have the money to buy ear cleaner for my dog. Is there anything home made i can use in her ears? I have dog shampoo but it says not to use in the dogs ears. Any help would be great! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Do not use water in a dogs ears. Water in the ears promote yeast and bacterial growth which leads to ear infections. The same goes for hydrogen peroxide. You can use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to wipe out the ears. Do not use cotton swabs. You can also make an ear cleaner using 50% rubbing alcohol and 50% vinegar. Do not use this if the ears are sore or if the ear drum is ruptured.

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to give my Samoyed to make his coat thick?
    I took my Samoyed to the vet and they gave him too much grooming. Cut his undercoat. I want his coat to come back thick. What is the best thing to give him. Someone said fish oil, but this seems to make his tummy growl. Someone else said yeast tablets. Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I am a former breeder and exhibitor of Samoyeds for the show ring. Samoyeds are beautiful dogs when their coats are properly maintained but very pathetic looking when under the care of half hearter owners who ignore their coat needs.

      Samoyeds are double coated dogs that go through annual changes in coat when the spring weather sets in. They were bred for Artic temperatures,;but because they are double coated, they are able to adjust their coat volume to either insulate from the heat or from the cold. They tend to have fuller coats in colder climates but adjust to the climate that they live in very well. Samoyeds in Brazil, for example, will never have the bushy winter coats of the Samoyeds in Michigan, USA.

      At this time of the year, they "blow all the undercoat" in order to adapt for a warmer season and to also begin growing new coat for the cold, winter months. The blown coat is actually dead hair that you can actually pull out in little perfect tufts. If the dog is not groomed, the hair eventually starts to fall out in massive quantities. If he is groomed, the groomer uses a grooming rake to pull out the dead hair before bathing, and the shampoo and warm water do the rest.Groomers will use a blue shampoo, known as a whitening shampoo, to thoroughly remove any dirt and maintain a bright white coat. If maintained regularly, the coat continues to brighten more and more . Once shampooed, a Samoyed requires hours of drying followed by further brushing to remove any remaining dead hair.

      Your dog will start to grow his undercoat in September and begin to return to a thicker coat by November. Once again, in April the coat change will begin again. This is an ongoing process with this breed that is best managed by taking the dog to the same groomer every 4-6 weeks so he can establish a routine with the dog that can actually reduce the time somewhat to finish the grooming.

      The absolute best thing you can do to maintain a lush, healthy coat year round, is to take your dog to a groomer once a month. If you go less often, the extra time required to groom the dog will end out costing you more and the dog will never look as nice as if he had regular grooming. Furthermore, if you try bathing him at home, you will likely not dry him suffiently , which will cause severe mats (tangles) that twist down to the skin and actually cause skin infections.

      You own a marvelous and beautiful breed of dog. He does not need any additives but is likely to become overweight without adequate exercise. For the show ring, I took my dogs for daily 3 mile walks to maintain condition. They are working breeds that need a job and some activity. Without much activity, you are better to cut the quantity of food to nor more that 1 1/2 cups of a maintenance kibble once a day. You should also know that Sammy coats will get a little dull from home heating during the winter and house dust--not because of the need for additions to the diet. The regular grooming will take care of that.

      Hope this helps.

  34. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of itchy skin on our dog?
    our dog which is 8 has always had skin problems she has been to different vets and they have tried numerous things including cortisone shots. she gets like dandruff and her hair falls out and she really smells no matter how many baths she gets. any ideas out there?
    the skin around where the hair is falling out is brown and scaly.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you considered she has food allergies?
      2 of my dogs had dry skin and problems with their fur - I switched them all to Canidae chicken and rice from Science Diet, which is mostly corn meal and artificial preservatives.
      In the year and a half they are on Canidae, they have nomore skin issues.

      The bad smell would indicate a yeast or fungus infection - your vet doesn't know that? Miconyzol (what is used for vaginal infections in humans) applied twice a day to the problem areas and washing twice a week with a good dandruff shampoo heals the fungus - and better food keeps it from coming back. Your vet should have some ideas as to treatment - this is what my vet advised, and it worked beautifully for my dogs.

  35. QUESTION:
    My shih tzu has yeast growing on her front legs and under her chin as well as really flaky skin, what can I do
    The yeast is also on her face, and back paws which she chews nonstop. For the yeast I've used Malaseb shampoo and for the flaky skin I've used NuSalt shampoo, both recommended by my vet. Both shampoos did the job for a while but now seem to be ineffective.

    • ANSWER:
      Miconozole helped my dog get over this, along with the dandruff shampoos.
      I thought my husband was nuts when he brought home the Miconozole "he's a boy, he hasn't got a vagina" is what I said, but the same thing used for vaginal yeast infections works for dogs' skin yeast infections. My vet said to use this, and it worked very well.

      You can buy the generic cream at Walmart cheaply - apply twice a day untilt he yeast infection is gone - you need to be persistent and keep doing it until all of the infection clears up.

      Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a white dog's red stear stain effectively?
    I have a white Maltese, and she has these ugly red tear stains around her eyes. I am trying Petgold tear stain remover and applying it everyday, but the stains aren't budging. Help please. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There I use Eye Envy. I swear by it. It is all natural and will not hurt your baby's eyes if you wipe across the eye. It really works and will not hurt the hair shaft like the other things I tried from the pet store. I am adding questions and answers from the site I purchase from. You can't find find it in stores and if you do I would worry about it being old. The shelf life is only 3-4 months because it has no perservatives. Hope this helps it sure has been great for me.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS. .

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

      http://stores.ebay.com/S-B-PET-PRODUCTS

  37. QUESTION:
    what is a good shampoo and conditioner for my shih tzu?
    i have a shih tzu and when ever i bathe him i only use shampoo. but after like only 2 days he starts to smell bad again. When he goes to the groomer he seems to smell good for at least 4 days. i think its the conditioner they use. does anyone have any suggestions for something that would make him smell good.

    • ANSWER:
      Derma Pet shampoos are superior for the shih tzu.
      Try DermaPet Malacitc acic/Boric acid shampoo. It's a bit pricey but well worth it. The spray on conditioner is superior. It cleans and kills bacteria on the skin. It's free of dyes, inks, fragrances, ammonia. Do a google and see where you can buy it locally or online.

      I did all the prescription shampoos from the vet and they helped some but only short term. Been using Derma Pet for almost 5 years now and it's great.

      There is nothing, I mean nothing from walmart or the grocery store that will do anything but harm to your shih tzu's skin. You need a natural product that is free of all the bad stuff.

      He has a bad odor do to yeast like organisms on his skin. He needs a good veterinarian exam to start with to rule out infection, including subcutaneous or sebacous issues. He could even need a couple weeks of Simplicef or other antibiotic to knock it out of his skin.

      So get him checked first and then use Derma Pet once a month for maintenance.

      Some Tzus just have special needs skin

      Please don't use fabric softener or other products not designed for the purpose of bathing a dog.

      Any product can cover up the odor. You want to kill the yeast like organisms that are causing the odor. The healthy shih tzu has no odor, none.

  38. QUESTION:
    what causes yeast in between my dogue de bordeauxs toes?
    He takes regular baths,used selson blue,cleaner from the vet still he gets it .stumped. He is an inside dog,out just for exercise and bathroom.??????
    Ive tried innova first now avoderm, thank you for the info.

    • ANSWER:
      Many wrinkly breeds are unfortunately prone to yeast infections. Try a Malaseb shampoo and rinse from your vet, it's especially effective in controlling yeast. Carefully drying the feet is also a good idea. Some yeast problems stem from poor diet, what food do you have him on? Perhaps upgrade him to a premium diet like Innova Evo or Orijens if he's not already eating something similar.

      If all else fails, ask your vet about oral antifungals, they sometimes prescribe them for chronic yeast infections in the skin or ears.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dog ear mites?
    My dog gets ear mites regularly... the vets meds help but they come back!!! I clean as often as he will let me and I have tried all kinds of drops, dring creams etc....

    • ANSWER:
      Introduction
      Ear mites (otodectes cynotis) are common to most pets - especially strays. Symptoms include scratching, shaking of the head and a reddish brown or black waxy buildup in the ears.
      Instructions
      Difficulty: Moderately challenging
      Things You'll Need
      Mite Medications For Pets
      Cotton Swabs
      Medicine Droppers
      Mineral Oils
      Flea Shampoos
      Steps
      1Step OneConfirm with your veterinarian that your pet has ear mites.
      2Step TwoUse a small dropper with lukewarm mineral oil to lightly coat the inside of the ear. After several hours, the waxy buildup should soften so that you can clean out the ear with a cotton ball.
      3Step ThreeAsk your veterinarian about prescription insecticide or use an over-the-counter brand - these are fine for most cases. Use the product as directed.
      4Step FourBe patient and thorough. Treatments can take up to four weeks - enough time to eliminate any eggs that might hatch.
      5Step FiveGive your pet mild flea baths during the treatment period to squelch any wayward mites.
      6Step SixConsult with your vet about more aggressive medication for a particularly stubborn case.
      7Step SevenTreat all the animals in the household at the same time because the mites will relocate to new hosts.
      Tips & Warnings
      Check your pet's ears for a strong rancid smell. This could indicate an ear infection. Ask your vet for a medication that will treat the infection and eliminate ear mites.
      If you don't want to use traditional medications, dab mineral oil in your pet's ears (after they have been cleaned) with a cotton swab, twice a week for a month.
      Consider using an anti-yeast medication, since secondary yeast infections are commonly found with ear mite infestations.

  42. QUESTION:
    How often should I bathe my Siberian Husky?
    I have a female Siberian Husky named Misty and I take Misty a shower every week. Does that affect her health somehow? I just want best for her<3 And what kind of shampoo is best for her?
    She smells really bad like after 3 days when I take her a bath

    • ANSWER:
      The only reason a Siberian ever smells bad (other than after rolling in something nasty!) is because,

      A) You live in a humid climate and haven't dried them properly. They need to be dried with a blower, down to the skin...otherwise their coats will *never* be completely dry.

      B) They have a yeast infection, allergy, or some other skin problem that is making them smell. Again this could be due to the humidity.

      Siberians don't have a "doggy" smell. They are a very clean breed. If your dog smells, you are doing something wrong.

      There is no reason to bathe a Siberian more than once every few months, if that. Keeping them properly brushed out is much more important. I have 12 year old Siberians at home who have never had a bath in their lives!

  43. QUESTION:
    Treatment for dog swollen ears and losing hair?
    My dog use to hide under the bed and dark places. Now maybe of mosquito bite or using excess dry shampoo, she is suffering from swollen ears and losing hair.

    I would like to know what treatment I should give my dog. Thanks...:)

    Kimi.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like a yeast infection than anything else. But you should get the vet to rule out a bacterial infection.

      Is she scratching, have red eyes or getting thickened skin where she is losing hair? These can be sure sign of yeast.

      This can be really hard to get rid of in the long term, One thing to try is 1 part apple cider vinegar mixed with 3 parts water. Use this to clean her ears and wash down with after a bath or in her itchy spots. Continue the ear drops daily for at least two weeks and then use twice a week after that.

      Another thing that seems to work well is a product called Zymox. I'm in Australia and had to order mine from the US but it seems to be working really well.

      One of the best things you can do to help prevent yeast issues is to not feed your dog any grains or high carb vegetables. This is harder than it sounds as most commercial foods use these as fillers. My dogs don't get any commercial food at all; I feed then a carnivore diet of meat, meaty bones and organs.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why does my short haired dog have an odor even shortly after bathing her?
    She is in excellent health and I can't figure out why she smells.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many possible things that could be going on. What are you bathing with?? If you are bathing her frequently make sure you are using a detergent/soap free shampoo. The detergents in the shampoo can strip away the oils in her skin, causing dry itchy skin. Then she may lick and bite at the itchy skin causing her to smell from all the licking and biting. Is she itching a lot?? What kind of dog is she? Does she have any allergies that you are aware of to food or environment?? What are you feeding her now?? There are many skin conditions that can cause the skin to smell, including yeast infections.

      If you continue to have an issue I would recommend taking her to get checked by the vet if it is really bad. I hope you figure it out.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I get these itches to leave my beagle alone?
    My beagle is really itchy but doesn't have fleas. He is mostly itchy on his rump and tail base, but also his bellybutton! He doesn't have fleas or ticks, and he is kept in our yard.
    Also, he isn't loosing fur, except in the places on his tail that he scratches raw.

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably a yeast infection (candida). You can get a product called, Anti-itch spray from Pet Relief, but it will only help a little. Try bathing the dog in Malaseb shampoo (leaving it on for the prescribed amount of time), and I think you can only get it from a vet. Then, change the diet to a grain-free diet - grain feeds candida. Some foods have added other things such as potato, but wheat and corn are the worst offenders in causing the yeast to grow and irritate the poor doggie. Benadryl may help, temporarily, but you will really need to try the food change. You might need to make a change more than once to determine which is best for your own dog. If it is especially severe, you can get some prednisone-type of medication to help out on a short-term basis, but in the long run, it only causes more problems. You have to get to the root of the problem, which is most likely the food. It can take time for it to really help.

  46. QUESTION:
    My Dog's eyes water and as a result she has developed a stain under one of her eye.How can i remove the stain?
    Its under the corner of her eye. Please help ! what shld i do ?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there I can help. I use Eye Envy. It is all natural and has no perservatives and will not hurt the dogs eyes if you wipe across the eye area. Here are some questions and answers from the site I order from and the link.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: No refrigeration is required. The shelf life is up to one year.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: No we only carry the New No Refrig. required Original formula and the shelf life is up to 1 year.

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The product does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can i keep my White Bichon puppy clean?
    I know you are not to bath them often due to the oils in his coat,but he looks so grubby at times,especially his face.
    I also have a problem with tear staining and he is only 13 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! I use Eye Envy. It is wonderful. All natural no bleach or peroxide. It will not hurt your puppy. It is completely safe and will not hurt the baby's eyes if you get it in the eye. I use it on my Shih Tzu puppy. I buy from a wonderful lady on ebay. She has a question and answer section. I will post some of it here and the link to her site.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: No refrigeration is required. The shelf life is up to one year.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: No we only carry the New No Refrig. required formula and the shelf life is up to 1 year.

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have a shorty jack russell, he itches all the time, can anyone help me. We have had him on steroides, & oth?
    We have also changed dog foods, no corn, wheat or soy products, only dry dog food with meat.
    The steroids were for the itching. We have taken him to 3 vets no help, they want to draw blood to try to find a disease. He is on antihistamines right now, not helping. No fleas sorry. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog could be allergic to you LOL LOL or the environment my dachshund (male 7 yrs old ) is allergic to grass not a joke he has cost me several trips to the vet and around 1000,00 bucks to discover he can;t be in fresh cut grass or for a few hours after something in the type grass we have just tears the dog up & he scratches like crazy all the time.I have a special shampoo I use from his vet. Now your dog may be allergic to something in your home yard or garden it may not be his food can get your vet to do some tests to see what if any thing he is allergic to then again it may be he is over ridden with fleas if you live in an area with flea populations.Such as the south. Have you ruled out plain old dry skin ?? Some shampoos that are used on pets do dry the skin out.

      Pruritus:::::(could be)
      A chemical reaction that occur in the skin & stimulates the nerves causing the itch factor the act of scratching may stimulate these inflammatory reactions in the skin & make it all worseANY skin condition that causes inflammation can acuse pruritus!!!!This is also associated with other skin diseases secondary bacterial skin infections (pyocerma) also may have secondary yeast infection. The main skin condition are allergies & skin parasites ask your vet to do diagnostic tests, or may have to do some blood work to find the under luing condition.Have your vet do
      1)Complete & through medical history on your dog
      2) A through physical examination
      3) Do a skin scraping to rule out mange, mites, or other parasites
      4)Do a fungle culture of the hair to rule out dermatophytes (ringworm)
      Antihistamines, supplements, shampoos and corticosteroids ALL temporary relief for this dog.
      Flea allergy is the Most common in the USA.
      Insect allergies, scabies, cheyletiella mites, and lice are also some commen reasons for itchy skin in animals.
      To best help this dog (your buddy) is to find the under lying cause.
      This is a frustrating problem with so many causes treatments are the same alot to tryIts extremely important you keep in close communications with your vet(s)
      Here is what I buy for my dog
      Sulf Oxy Dex shampoo
      12 fl oz can ask your vet for this good Luck

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I clean the tear stains under my pomeranian's eyes?
    And is it common for a pomeranian's eyes to water so much?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is very common for their eyes to water. I have a shih tzu and know exactly what you are dealing with. I use Eye Envy and purchase it from a lady on Ebay. I will attach the questions and answers from her site and the link to her site. You have to be careful who you purchase from because it is all natural and no bleach or peroxide and has a shelf life of only 3-4 months. I purchased some from someone else and it went bad very quickly and they would not replace it.

      Questions and Answers

      Eye Envy is the most effective product for curing runny, ugly tear stains on your dog or cat. Our solution removes tearstains effectively, safely and gently. Eye Envy is an eye treatment solution that is non-irritating and proven to prevent eye leakage and discharge, quickly and through an easy to use method that your pet will thank you for. Eye Envy also comes in an herbal version. It is guaranteed to be effective, endorsed by veterinarians, catteries, and groomers the world over. If your pet is prone to tearstains, Eye Envy is for you. It is also effective in treating urine stains, red yeast infections, food stains, helping droolers, and of course for that unsightly brown goop around the eyes that affects dogs and cats everywhere.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What causes excessive tearing and staining:
      A: Staining can be caused by a variety of things:

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS. .

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor.

      FREE HOMEMADE TREATS ARE INCLUDED MADE WITH ONLY THE FINEST INGREDIENTS.


dog shampoo for yeast infections

Dog With Skin Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  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:
    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. QUESTION:
    My 4 month old golden retriever has red itchy bumps under arms and scratches constantly.What is the cause?
    He scratches and bites and no fleas are present only little red bumps and rash like symptoms under his arms, on his belly, and under his neck. I need answers this is not good. Is it a yeast infection or something else i don't know about?

    • ANSWER:
      Take your pup to a vet, they are best at diagnosing and treating pet skin ailments. A yeast infection is possible because yeast does live in the moist areas but my guess is that this is unlikely. More likely it is fleas, mites, scabies or some other biting critter. Check the base of the tail for signs of fleas. The mites are too small to see so the vet will do a skin scrapping (painless) and look under a microscope. The good news is all these things are treatable. The bad news is that if you don't treat the dog, you may get them next.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    what cures dogs skin yeast infection?
    After some research I think my dog may have a yeast infection on his skin. What's a good cure? Can I feed him or lather him with yogurt? I know yogurt can keep humans yeast at healthy levels.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a dog that had skin yeast infections all it's life. I tried cortisone shots...helped, but no cure. I tried dips...not much help at all. Vet then put her on ketoconizole...that helped greatly and she stayed on it til she died this year at 14. I also found out, when she was about 8, that she had thyroid problems that contributed to the yeast infection. So for the last six years of her life she took thyroid pills and ketoconizole. That pretty well kept it under control.

      Papaw

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    plain yougurt on dog skin yeast infection?
    does anyone know if plain yougurt on a dog's skin yeast infection works, or at least cut down on the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      Yogurt with active cultures CAN help a yeast infection. It is a very old, natural remedy. "Infection" does not necessarily imply *bacterial* infection. Antibiotics WILL make a yeast infection worse because it kills off the good bacteria that keep yeast infections in check - just ask any woman about yeast infections and antibiotics. However, it is likely that your dog will lick it off as soon as you put in on the affected area. You could try bathing the dog and then pouring a mixture of water and yogurt on the area. Let it sit for a while and then rinse. Make sure you use plain unsweetened yogurt because yeast feeds off of sugar and your dog will end up sticky!

      I wouldn't use an over the counter remedy without first talking to your vet (even over the phone if they will help you that way) because a lot of human medications are not safe for dogs and cats.

      Personally I would want to know what is going on with the dog that it has a yeast infection in the first place, which will require a visit to the vet, unless you already know. I have heard that some dogs end up with chronic yeast infections because of a food allergy. The most common food allergies in dogs are to corn or wheat products, so you may want to try switching to a grain free food.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    What is my dog allergic to?
    Our dog has all the signs of an allergy: dry flaky skin, recurrent yeast infections in her ears, excessive shedding, skin inflammation and constant itching. She has to be allergic to something, and we just can't pinpoint it! She is currently on a prescription dog food to see if it's a food allergy and it doesn't seem to be working. Assuming it's NOT a food allergy, what else could it be? It's not pollen/ragweed because she has these problems even during the winter. Besides food and environmental allergies, what could it be? Laundry detergent? Nylon collar? Dog bed? Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    What is my dog allergic to?
    Our dog has all the signs of an allergy: dry flaky skin, recurrent yeast infections in her ears, excessive shedding, skin inflammation and constant itching. She has to be allergic to something, and we just can't pinpoint it! She is currently on a prescription dog food to see if it's a food allergy and it doesn't seem to be working. Assuming it's NOT a food allergy, what else could it be? It's not pollen/ragweed because she has these problems even during the winter. Besides food and environmental allergies, what could it be? Laundry detergent? Nylon collar? Dog bed? Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What kind of food should I feed my dog?
    My dog has skin problems and he always smells dirty and was red in color, we've tried many different diets but it doesn't seem to get much better. The most recent food we've tried lately had salmon and potatoes, but it seemed to make his skin smell just as bad but more like salmon. What should I be feeding him to help with his skin problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Only 10% of skin allergies are associated with diet.

      He may have atopy, the more common cause of skin problems, a skin allergy associated with environmental allergens, be it pollen, dust, excess moisture, etc. Atopy will not abate with a diet. Often, any current infections need to be treated, then prevent and control future "breakouts" and allergy reactions with antihistamines, or prescription strength cyclosporine, such as Atopica.

      The red/rust coloration is due to salivary staining of the hair usually. Red, inflamed skin is another color indicator of discomfort. Moist, sticky discharge at paw pads, in facial/lip/dewflap folds, and anywhere on the skin is another indicator.

      Often, they have yeast and bacterial infections, secondary to the allergy. These infections do generate a malodor, pungent, sour and "yeasty" being the best description.

      Ensure he's free of ectoparasites, especially fleas, which can cause dermatitis and allergic reactions also. Prevent infestations with monthly prevention, using veterinarian approved effective, safe products only.

      Therapeutic bathing is also beneficial, with antibacterial, antifungal, and antisebhorreic shampoos, that set for at least 7-10 minutes prior to thorough rinsing. Using them once to twice weekly helps resolve infections.

      Your vet will have differential diagnoses, and help you clear his current problem before you try preventing future infections. He may need 2-4 weeks of antibiotics, antifungals, and steroids for his current problem.

      Most commercial diets do not benefit food allergy dogs (the 10% of skin allergy dogs that do wind up having food allergy). Raw, unprocessed diet is usually the best influence on food allergy dogs, as it requires less digestion time and resources, has readily available protein, packed with water, and has no by-products or plant-based carbohydrate, major contributors to skin and GI problems.

      Add high concentration omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) in the form of fish oil to his diet also, as these also help improve skin and coat health.

  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:
    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.

  28. QUESTION:
    What kinda of ear infection does my DOG have?
    i realized a month ago that my floppy ear malti poo has a very dry and flakey ear. Just the one.
    its slightly red and seems like it really itches her. theres no discharge or foul smell. is a yeast infection? or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like a problem, but without more information it's impossible to tell you exactly what it is. It could be a chronic condition like eczema, or it could be an infection, or it could be simply dry skin. Only a qualified veterinarian can tell you for sure. Only a proper diagnosis will lead to an effective treatment. Call your vet and have your dog seen as soon as possible.

      Drs. Foster & Smith have a pet education section that has a lot of information you might find useful. Check out this page: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=427

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend Dog food for a dog with allergies?
    My dog has allergies, ie; dry flaky skin, ear problems yeast, lots of scratching at himself. What is a good brand and type of food I could give him that is not rediculously expensive. He is a 55 lb dog. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      My Samoyed girl had terrible problems with yeast infections in her ears because of food allergies. Her coat was also terrible. I've been feeding her Canidae for over 7 years now, and haven't had any more ear infections. It's made from all human grade ingredients.

      I highly recommend it. My girl is going on 17 years this year. I attribute much of her longevity to the quality of the Canidae food.

      It's not incredibly cheap, but when you factor in what you're paying in vet bills for the ear infections, it's much cheaper in the long run. Another advantage to higher quality foods is the dog doesn't need to eat as much because it's higher in nutritional value and is more filling for the dog. Bags last longer.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    Will miconosol 1% lotion hurt my pregnant dog (pekingneese) if I apply it to her coat?
    She has an yeast infection and I am using it in her ears and shampooing her with MalAcetic shampoo. She itches so bad that I feel like if I used the lotion on the skin it may help speed the recovery.

    • ANSWER:
      This is something you should be asking your vet- not a bunch of yahoos on Y!A
      Edit**Myself included

  39. QUESTION:
    how do i tell if my dogs alergy is a yeast infection or a true allergy?
    my dog itches and scratches constantly benedryl doesnt control it. She has lost her hair in a couple spots and the skin has turned black.

    • ANSWER:
      The only way is to have her allergy tested. It gives a very effective diagnosis these days but it's not cheap.

  40. 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

  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:
    how do you treat a dog for skin allergies?
    I have a wiener dog,he has had sneezing problems, also scratches and always licking his paws. Now the vet says it is a yeast infection. Nothing has helped need help Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast can be cleared up, but it's going to take a little time.

      Watering down some vinegar and dabbing it on the area can help, since yeast needs an environment that's going to let it grow. The acid in vinegar changes the skin's alkaline levels, enough to inhibit the yeast. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the dog's water can help too. Not too much in the water though, dogs don't like the flavor that much.

      (And ask your vet about this, never just do what someone on the internet tells you to! Always check it with your vet first)

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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."

  48. 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.

  49. 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!


dog with skin yeast infection

Yeast Ear Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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....

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    What can i take for my ear infection besides antibiotics?
    Currently, I can't take antibiotics because I have a yeast infection right now. I've been having the yeast infection for 3 months already and I'm finally getting it tackled.

    I do not want to take antibiotics, because of course antibiotics makes a yeast infection worst. I do not want to go through this again. But neither do I want an ear infection because those are very severe. Including I kind of have anxiety issues too so that kind of might trigger my ear infection a bit because stress or anxiety affects your immune system, but im working on it.

    Sorry for too much writing but in short words do you guys know any home remedies or anything that isn't an antibiotic that can treat an ear infection? because its already going down my throat and the ear drops aren't effective

    • ANSWER:
      I empathize with you, dealing with two competing medical problems simultaneously. I've been there (with different issues then yours, obviously).

      There are some home remedies for outer ear infections, but if the drops are failing that means it's probably inner ear. You'll have to see a doctor, or doctors. Y!A won't do it here. Everything becomes very different when dealing with multiple infections.

      Only a doctor can help you balance the pluses and minuses, and understand the risks of possible treatments. Some ear infections can lead to complete hearing loss, and so might be worth the antibiotics and misery. Perhaps an ear/nose/throat doctor has some way of getting the drops to where they're needed, or at least to clean out the ear.

      Or (cross your fingers) you may find out the infection is trivial, which will alleviate both the dilemma and the stress.

      Best of luck with this.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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:
    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

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the average price for curing ear infection at the vet for cats?
    My cat has an ear infection and I would like to know how much it would cost. If they vets cure it.My cat is about 3 or 4 years old.His ears have this black stuff in it.It also has this yellow mucus stuff in it.It smell bad.If a veterinarian reads this it would be great.But anybody who wants to help.THANK YOU

    • ANSWER:
      Your cat needs to go to a vet and get meds for her ears. there is something wrong and it will just get worse if you don't go.

      as for how much is it going to cost, didn't you ever take your cat to the vet before??? every vet is going to charge a different price so that is a question that can't be answered.

      if you care about the cat, call a vet and make an appt. you will not be able to treat this yourself. it was just black in her ears thats a sign of either mites or yeast, but with the yellow mucus, don't know what that is. get her to the vet please.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to heal an ear infection?
    I put a hot water bottle under my head and that didn't work and i tried drinking tea with honey, that helped a little bit and i am about to go to the doctor to get antibiotics but until then i need some ways to help with my ear infection, i also have been puking and have had stomach ache im not sure if that has anything to do with it but it might be part of a flu of some sort. Can you please help?? i need some home remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      There are treatments that can help clear your infeection and dry up your ear. Treatment can also heal the hole in your eardrum. But without the right treatment, you risk having your hearing damageed by the infectionn. Unfortunately, this kind of long-term ear infectionn is not always simple to treat.

      If you have an ear infectionn with discharge, you'll probably first have your ear cleaned by a specialist doctor or a nurse. Cleaning your ears helps clear out the pus.

      You're likely to be treated with ear drops. Ear drops containing a type of antibiotics called quinolones seem to work best. Taking antibiotics as tablets is unlikely to help.

      Sometimes the hole in your eardrum might not heal up, even with antibiotics. If this happens, you can have an operation to fix your eardrum.

      We look closely at the research and usually rank treatments into categories according to whether they work. But there's not much research on treating ear infectionn with discharge. All these treatments need further study.

      Ear cleaning

      Before you start treatment with ear drops, you'll probably have your ear cleaned out by a specialist doctor or nurse. The cleaning gets rid of the bits of skin and pus that are blocking your ear so that the ear drops cann get throough to thhe infectiion. But we don't know for certain whether ear cleaning is helpful. There's not much good-quality research.

      There are different ways to have your ear cleaned. A doctor might:

      Clean your ear canal with cotton buds
      Put a string made of gauze (a type of thin material) into your ear canal
      Flush your ear out with sterile (germ-free) salt water
      Use a machine to gently suck out the bits of skin and pus from your ear.
      Some doctors have looked at whether just having your ears cleaned, without having ear drops, caan clear uup the inffection. WWe found ttwo studiees that loooked at cchildren wwith this infectionn who had their ears cleaned.1 2 The studies didn't show that ear cleaning helped. But the studies were not very good-quality, so it's hard to say for certain whether ear cleaning can help or not.

      We couldn't find any studies on ear cleaning for adults.

      The studies don't tell us if ear cleaning can be harmful. But ear cleaning should always be done by a specialist doctor or nurse. You shouldn't put anything into your ear canal yourself, even to clean it. You could damage your ear.

      Antibiotic ear drops

      Ear drops that contain a type of antibiotic called quinolones can dry up your ear and stop it leaking pus. Your doctor might prescribe a quinolone called ciprofloxacin (brand name Ciproxin). Antibiotics kill the bacteria that causse infectiion. But we don't know how well antibiotics work in the long term.

      We found a summary of the research (called a systematic review) that included 14 studies.3 But the studies were not very good quality. The summary showed that:

      Quinolone antibiotic ear drops are better at drying your ear than antiseptic ear drops
      Quinolone antibiotic ear drops work better than taking antibiotic tablets.
      You'll probably have your ear cleaned out before you start treatment with ear drops. This is to be certain that the ear drops get through to the infected part of your ear.

      You might find you get some side effects from the ear drops. These are usually mild and go away when you stop taking the drops. The studies found that if you take antibiotic ear drops, you might get:

      Dizziness
      Itching in your ear
      Stinging in your ear
      Earache
      Yeast infections like thrush.
      There is some evidence that other types of antibiotic ear drops might damage your ear, although it's not certain.4 5 6 But doctors usually use quinolone ear drops to be on the safe side.

      Quinolone ear drops can dry out your ear infectionn in the short term. But we don't know whether treatment with antibiotic ear drops helps in the long term. There's not enough research to show whether using antibiotic ear drops willl make yoour infecttion go away for good, stop you getting complications, heal the hole in your eardrum or improve your hearing.

      Also, the studies all looked at adults, so we don't know how well these ear drops work for children.

      Antibiotic ear drops plus steroid ear drops

      Using antibiotic ear drops together with steroid ear drops can dry up your ear discharge.

      It is important to remember that the steroids used to treat ear infections are not the anabolic steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders. The steroids in ear drops are similar to chemicals produced naturally by our bodies to deal with inflammation.

      One example of combined drops is the antibiotic gentamicin with the steroid hydrocortisone (a brand name is Gentisone).

      We don't know if this treatment works better than antibiotic ear drops alone. We found two studies that looked at adults who were treated with both antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops for four to six weeks.7 8

      The first study found that half of the people who had antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops got better while about a quarter of the people who took a dummy treatment (a placebo) got better.7
      The second study showed that antibiotic ear drops and steroid ear drops worked better than steroid ear drops on their own.7 8
      But the studies were quite small. Also, they all looked at adults, so there's no evidence about how well this treatment works for children.

      We don't know if this treatment has side effects. The studies didn't look at whether it could be harmful.

      Antiseptic ear drops

      Antiseptic ear drops don't work as well as other treatments to dry up a discharging ear. So they're not used much any more.

      There are several types of antiseptic treatment. These include aluminium acetate, borax, hydrogen peroxide and iodine powder.

      We found one summary of the research (a systematic review). It shows that antiseptic drops don't work as well as quinolone ear drops (a type of antibiotic ear drop).3

      Studies show that antiseptic eardrops can make you feel dizzy and give you earache. But there's no evidence that they can damage your hearing.

      Antibiotic tablets or injections

      Taking antibiotic tablets or having an antibiotic injection doesn't work as well as using quinolone (a type of antibiotic) ear drops.

      We found a summary of the research (known as a systematic review).3 It included nine studies that were mostly poor-quality. The summary found that:

      Taking antibiotic tablets or having an injection doesn't work as well as using quinolone antibiotic ear drops
      Taking antibiotic tablets as well as antibiotic ear drops is unlikely to help clear up your ear infectionn.
      You can get mild side effects from taking antibiotics. These include:9

      Headache
      Nausea
      Stomach upset
      Allergic reactions
      Yeast infections (like thrush).
      There's not much evidence to show whether antibiotic tablets, antibiotics that come as a liquid or antibiotic injections work in children. But we found one small study (a randomised controlled trial).10 It showedd that chiildren whoo had the injectionn were lesss likely to have aa dischargge from thheir ears six monthhs after tthe infecttion. But the study was too small to say for certain.

      Surgery

      You can have an operation to repair the hole (perforation) in your eardrum. This may improve your hearing. But we don't know how well surgery works for children in the long term.

      The operation involves covering the hole in your eardrum with a patch of tissue. The operation is called a myringoplasty or a tympanoplasty.

      When you have this operation you'll usually have a general anaesthetic, so you'll be asleep during the operation. An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist doctor puts a small patch of tissue onto your eardrum to cover the hole.11

      You can usually leave hospital the same day as the operation. You should avoid getting water in your ear for a few weeks afterwards.11

      We didn't find any good-quality studies (randomised controlled trials) that compare people having surgery with people not having surgery.

      But there is quite a lot of evidence about what happens to people who do have surgery. Studies show there is a good chance that it will seal up the hole in your eardrum and maybe improve your hearing. The evidence shows that:

      The hole in the eardrum is sealed up for more than 9 in 10 people who have the operation12
      Between half and three-quarters of people who have the operation find that their hearing improves afterwards.13 14
      But we don't know if a repaired eardrum is likely to last in young children. Young children are more at risk of getting another ear infectionn. This might dislodge the patch, so the eardrum would become perforated again.

      One study found that 3 in 5 children who had surgery didn't get another hole in the eardrums, and had normal hearing, more than six years after the operation.15

      Surgery is more likely to work if your surgeon is skilled in this kind of operation. So it's important to ask if he or she has done this operation a lot.16 17 Surgery is also likely to work better if your eardrum isn't very badly damaged to start with.

  12. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make an Inner Ear Infection go a way quicker?
    About a week and a half ago I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis (inner ear infection) and I still have the symptoms of it, which are mainly feeling very off balance, dizziness and panic attacks. I had the symptoms for weeks even before I was diagnosed. All the doctor could do was prescribe Meclizine for the dizziness and it is not doing a thing for me. Is there anything I can do to make my symptoms go a way quicker? This is really disrupting my life. I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Oregano oil is a natural and effective solution, this is from an article about it:

      "Meet the powerful anti-biotic of nature: Oil of Oregano. Every time I find scientific proof for a natural alternative to prescription drugs –It makes my day (I simply hate drug companies, sorry). Oil of oregano was recently found to be significantly better than all of the 18 currently used antibiotics in the treatment of MRSA staph infections.

      This super herb is rich in anti oxidant. The strong phenol anti-oxidants destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts, which means there are many oil of oregano uses.

      What do Studies Say About Oregano Oil Uses and Benefits?

      The Natural News website reported that “oregano oil was found to be very rich in phytochemical flavonoids and phenolic acids. It is the third highest herb in oxygen radical absorbency capacity (ORAC) with an impressive score of 200,129. Oregano is one of the world’s greatest sources of the powerful phenol component thymol. Thymol is great for improving digestive function as well as destroying harmful microbes”.

      The best use of oregano oil is as a disinfectant. It will be beneficial for any sort of bacterial or viral conditions, such as ear, nose and throat infections, respiratory diseases, Candida, acne and much more. It also works to suppress inflammatory mediators and cancer cell production (it contains rosmarinic acid which has very strong cancer fighting properties)....

      Read more at the source - about which one and dosage etc

  13. QUESTION:
    what natural treatment can I use for an ear infection on a child who has tubes?
    My son is 9 years old and has suffered from ear infections for ever. He has a permanent set of ear tubes now but he is still getting the infections what can I use that is natural. I hate to give him antibiotics because he has issues with yeast overgrowth.

    • ANSWER:
      U should take him back to the doctor. Permanent tubes doesn't mean for the rest of his life. And if u put anything in his ears u stand the chance for the liquid to go into the tube causing terrible pain. Play it safe and take him to the doctor.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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/

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. QUESTION:
    Can an antibiotic give my son a yeast infection? If so, how can I prevent it?
    My 7 month old son is on an antibiotic for an ear infection. He has to take it 2 times a day for 10 days. We are on day two. He does not have a yeast infection right now. I want to prevent it from happening, just in case he reacts to them the same way I do. I get a yeast infection every time I take an antibiotic.
    I called the pediatrician's office. The nurse suggested either use Culturelle (medicine) or feed him yogurt. Her yogurt examples were DanActive and Activia.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh yeah, they can cause yeast infections! When my third baby was born I had a postpartum infection and the antibiotics gave us both yeast rashes all over our bodies! Fortunately he didn't get thrush. From now on, if any of my kids need antibiotics, I'll be giving them probiotics right along with it. It's the probiotics (the live cultures) in yogurt that help with yeast infections. You can either give him yogurt or buy probiotics in capsule form and open it up and put the powder in apple sauce or something else easy for your son to eat. That's how my little boy finally got rid of his full-body rash.

  26. QUESTION:
    what is the best remedy for ear infection for my shar pei?
    I think it is a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      get a cleaning solution from the vet and alternate - one day use the vets solution and on the next day use Listerine and then go back and forth between the two and within 7 to 10 days both ears should be immaculate and clean smelling - most Chinese Shar Pei end up with two different types of bacteria in their ears and the vets cleaner only kills one type and the Listerine should kill the other type - after several years of frustration - this is the solution that allowed me to clear up my Shar Peis ears for once and for all times - never had a problem again with their ears - Good Luck

  27. 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...

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    What cause a puppy to get an ear infection?
    My 4 month old's ear was red on the inside and his brother and mother kept licking and cleaning it. so we went to the vet and he said it was a fungi ear infection and put him on drops for 10 days. but I was just wondering how the lil guy could have got this and if I should watch mom & brother. if they can catch it from him.
    He is a Lab. hasn't been in water or had a bath in a month. no other health issues.
    the vet said not to clean his ears until he was done with the drops.
    also can my other 2 dogs catch this from him?

    • ANSWER:
      Any floppy earred dog of any age can get an ear infection.
      Bacteria and fungi (yeast) live in the ear normally.
      All that it takes is for an ear is to get some moisture in it say from rain and over growth occurers.
      When over growth occurs you need antibiotics.
      That is why it is a good idea to clean the floppy earred labs ears every 2 weeks or as recommended by your vet.

      Get a quality ear cleaner. Vet Solutions,Malaseb
      Do not flush the ears. A dog will learn to hate ear cleanings if you do.
      Dampened cotton balls with the solution
      Remove debris with cotton balls.
      Use dry cotton to dry the ear after cleaning. This is a critical step.
      As soon as the ear appears red or irritated stop cleaning.

      Keeping the flora of the ear in check is the key to preventing reoccuence.
      Remember ear infections are painful. So be gentle when cleaning.

      I hope your puppy is feeling well soon.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can infants get yeast infections or urinary tract infection?
    My daughter is on antibiotics for an ear infection. She is two. Today, she has been grabbing her diaper and saying "hurts". It seems like every time she pees she screams in pain. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes they can. You need to take her in and get her checked out.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have tinititus from an outer ear fungal infection?
    It started when my ear infection started. This will go away as soon as the infection is cleared up right? My ent doctor vacuumed the yeast out and put an antifungal cream in there, and I went back and they did it again. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Tinnitus is not well understood by the medical profession. Once it's there it can take years to go away.

      An acute outbreak of yeast means your whole-body systemic levels of yeast are out of control (the infection merely targets the weakest point). You should address this with a systemic anti-fungal protocol (diet, grapefruit seed extract, oil of oregano, olive leaf, etc..)

      The best way to avoid yeast is not to feed it sugar or simple carbs in any form.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some ways I can treat myself without going to the hospital?
    I think I have a yeast infection so I bought a kit to treat it, but i still itch. Also my ear still aches after going on antibacterials for an ear infection. I have no insurance and I have no money. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      well for the yeast infection, it can take serval days. and are you absolutely sure it's an yeast infection? for itchiness, load up on yogurt. make that plain yogurt preferably no sugar added and natural. not too tasty but are you doing this for the taste buds or the pussy.
      ear, take q-tips and dab the ear with vinegar. a few times a day until it goes away. probably like a week.

      if you got no money and no insurance why are you buying a whole bunch of stuff like yeast infection kits and antibacterials for ear infections? all you are doing is paying these people who keep you poor and uninsured, and what they do in return is keeping you sick with their products. what kind of place is that a hospital where you gotta pay?

      added: i can't believe they censored p-u-s-s-y

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    My baby has been taking antibiotics for an ear infection. Now she has a white toungue. Is it thrush?
    She has been on antibiotics for 1 week & has kicked the ear infection. I noticed she has a white toungue & it won't wipe off. It doesn't seem to bother her but I know it is a yeast/ thrush thing due to the meds. Do I need to get this treated or will it go away? Is there anything I can do at home for it?

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like it, and it probably won't just go away... I would call the pediatrician. Be thankful she isn't acting bothered, it's probably only a matter of time before it does start bothering her though, so I'd take action as soon as possible. Thrush is a pain... good luck!

  41. 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...

  42. 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!!

      :)

  43. QUESTION:
    Does anyone get yeast infection reactions to antibiotics?
    Every time I take amoxicillin for throat or ear infections I get yeast infection or something similar. I'm wondering if anyone else suffers from this? What do you take instead of the amoxicillin?

    • ANSWER:
      Many woman suffer from this...it is a common reaction because the antibiotic messes up the good bacteria in your body that fight off the yeast. Try eating some yogurt every time you take the pill....yogurt contains acidopholus which helps to prevent yeast infections (you can also buy it at any health food store in pill form). If you already have one, still get the yogurt or acidopholus pills, but also get an over the counter treatment (monistat, etc,) or talk to your doc about diflucan, which is a pill you can take for the yeast infection....much easier than the messy over the counter creams. Good luck....they are SUCH a PAIN!!

  44. 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

  45. QUESTION:
    What is best natural remedy for yeast ear infection appearing in the dogs, cats & other pets ear ?
    I have found Ear Oil medication remedy at http://drdogs247.Com anyone has used it before ???

    • ANSWER:
      You can use oils and they do help a lot. Swab and clean the ears and keep them very dry. Yeast thrives on sugar and can indicate animals (or humans) with high levels of sugar. Diet changes can make a big impact on preventing yeast infections. Low carb diets and those with acidophilus (found in yogurt) can be quite helpful. Commercial dog foods are very high in corn and corn is extremely high in sugars. Look for a food where meat is the first ingredient. The oil you mention should work well for now. You might consider altering the diet for further prevention.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can yeast cause blisters in the mouth in an infant?
    My daughter has had several ear infections in the last 3 months. She's about 15 months old. The antibiotics have given her a yeast infection, and we are using a prescribed cream in her diaper area. She has had 3 cold sores in her mouth this week as well, and my fellow-mom-friends said that that can also be caused by yeast. Is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it can... 2 of my children had this, and also many friends children... It's called Thrush... I'd go to the doctor to get some medication for this.. as it can spread and be very painful for your baby.. best wishes ♥

  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:
    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:
    Any remedies besides prescriptions for chronic ear infections in dogs?
    My little chihuahua gets ear infections ALL THE TIME. The vet said it's just something she's going to have to deal with. I give her ear drops, which are not meant to be given constantly, so does anyone out there have an at home remedy/treatment that has worked for their pets?

    • ANSWER:
      clean the ears with a weak solution of white vinegar and water. usually ear infections are caused from yeast and this will help prevent.


yeast ear infection

Skin Conditions In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What type of skin condition could my dog have?
    My dog has been losing fur on his back and chest. It has scabs from where his fur has fallen off and when he scratches they bleed. He has black patches where he is loosing fur too. What kind of skin condition could my dog have and what causes it? or What can I do to help it? Please help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Take the dog to the Vet to have a skin scraping done and analyzed. You can't treat something if you don't know what it is. Also, they will probably want to do blood testing, as well. Sometimes coat loss can be due to a Thyroid issue.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I know if my westie is developing a serious skin condition?
    How can I know if my westie is developing a serious skin condition?
    I have read lots of articles about westies having problems with their skin, my 5 year old westy scartches her snout a lot, and she also has some grey dry spots on her belly. In my town there's no veterinary dermatologist. I have taken her to several vets but they only recommend vitacilina ointment which isnt helping.

    • ANSWER:
      if your dog has a skin problem the first sign is itching all the time if your dog doesn't have fleas then the vet will explain to you most likely it has allergies also you can tell if bald spots are there due to scratching

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there any alternative medication for dogs with skin conditions?
    I've got a westie with a skin condition and we've been to the vets several times...all they give us is some shampoo and some steroids. I hate giving her steroids because they make her eat and drink huge amounts, and they cause incontinence. I wondered if there is any medication that will really help.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I think that she needs a change in her diet. The experts have now discovered that grain in dogs food causes many issues, including skin problems. Stop giving her biscuits and investigate "grain free" dog food on the Internet. I resolved my dogs problems by giving her a fish based dog food, its called "Fish4Dogs". You should also omit dairy food and anything remotely related to beef. If you change, do it gradually by mixing a small % of the new with the old. Increase the % every day the change over should be complete in about two weeks. Don't try to speed this up as a sudden change will cause diarrhoea.

  4. QUESTION:
    How can i make my dogs hair thicker?
    My dog suffered from Addison's disease about a year and a half ago, and he has had really bad skin and hair condition since, he has scaly skin and his hair used to be fluffy, but now it is thin and you can see his skin through it....

    He is an extremelly attractive dog, winning first prize in most appealing eyes four years in a row and he won best condition dog (ironic) before he suffered from the disease.

    He takes steroids everyday as well, which can't help.

    Does anybody have any ideas???

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Puppies usually have their adult coats by 10 months or so. If his hair has already gone from curly to straight, he probably has most of his adult coat already. It may thicken up some, but don't count on it. The sweater in the winter is a good idea. As far as sunburn goes, I wouldn't worry too much about it. (I assume your not tying him up in the full sun all day.) The hair that he has should provide enough shade to prevent him from burning. Laying in the sun coming in through a window is fine. He won't burn through the window. I groom many dogs, and some of them are very thin haired, so its not that uncommon.

  5. QUESTION:
    What warrants a pet dog to be put to sleep?
    I read somewhere that a woman had to give up her dog on grounds of cruely just because it had a skin condition.

    On the other hand, my cousin's dog had to be put to sleep because it had arthritis. I mean, aren't animals supposed to die naturally and gracefully? Isn't putting it to sleep for no fault of his/her amount to cruelty too? Why this hypocrisy when it comes to pet ownership laws in the US?

    • ANSWER:
      The only time a dog is put down for legal reasons is if it's found to be dangerous by your city/village/municipality/whatever.

      Most of the time an owner's decision to put their dog to sleep comes down to age, treatability of the condition, disease or injury, and money. For example, if you have a 15 year old dog with cancer, you can spend thousands of dollars on cancer treatments that MAY prolong his life a few months, or you can put him down and end his suffering.

  6. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of my dog's skin condition?
    Well my dog's getting old and well she's got a bad skin condition where she get's these bumps and she will itch them until they bleed. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of this or what's causing it. She also get's these yellow eye buggers anyone know a cheap way to get rid of them.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some all natural treatments you can try after the Vet diagnoses your dog..
      http://www.ehow.com/list_7233029_natural-treatments-skin-rash-dogs.html

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a good all natural dog food for dogs with allergies?
    My schnauzer has a horrible itchy skin condition. I do not trust vet dog food because I mean look at all those chemicals on the ingredient list! My dogs on Hills Prescription diet, and I just have a bad feeling about it. Anyone effectively treated this problem NATURALLY????? How? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      it is helpful to try and figure out what the dog is allergic to ... there are environmental allergies so if you live somewhere with 4 distinct seasons and your dog gets better at certain times of the year, your dog might have environmental allergies which would require antihistamines ... there is no fix for environmental allergies ... if your dog is allergic year round with no difference in seasons, the dog might have a food or protein allergy ... a 3 month elimination diet would be the best place to start if it is a food allergy ... if the dog is allergic to animal protiens foods like orijen, wellness, evo would be absolutely the WORST as these foods are almost double the protein an adult pet dog needs (average pet dog requires approximately 18% protein, which is about the amount of protein a dog would receive eating a raw diet) ... i have a dog with severe allergies and she requires a unique protein source and limited, simple carbs ... no treats or chewies as they contain colour, flavourings, preservatives, also very allergenic ... avoid chicken, avoid lamb, avoid corn, avoid by-products ... and no, there is no way to treat it naturally ... think about it, if there was a way to treat allergies naturally, humans would then be treated naturally ... i work for an allergist and the people who choose holistic allergy care are the laugh of the office, as it is scientifically not possible to treat allergies naturally unless you are talking avoidance and those patients all end up coming back for real treatment ... you are right to not take advice on food from your vet, especially a vet who suggests science diet ... my dog has been on antihistamines and prednisone for her entire life and only recently i found a food that she is off meds and has normal skin, no more infections, no scratching (it is made where i live so not sure if available where you are - http://www.firstmate.com/dog_food.aspx?guid=38F-8C95EF820A13) ...

      wellness simple salmon - http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/product-details.aspx?pet=dog&pid=50&dm=allergy

      halo spot's stew wild salmon - http://shop.halopets.com/Dry-Dog/Adult-Dog-Dry-Salmon-4lb

      nature's balance vegetarian - http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/Vegetarian.html

      all of these foods will help a dog with animal protein allergies ... many people will suggest testing but just so you know testing is a waste of time ... i had my dog tested by a specialist and she received immunotherapy for a year with no improvement whatsoever ... it is the same as allergy testing for humans, that too is hit or miss ... and also don't think a raw diet will fix the allergies ... my dogs skin almost fell off on raw diets (BARF and prey model) ... evo food was very detrimental for my dog ... orijen was awful for her, as was california natural, taste of the wild and science diet z/d ... all of those foods made my dog significantly worse ... good luck, i know how hard it is to find a good food that will work for your pet ...

  8. QUESTION:
    Would Gold Bond medicated powder be okay and safe to use on a dog?
    My dog, a half German Shepherd and half Black Lab, has a skin condition associated with the summer heat. I do not believe it is the mange. I wanted to try Gold Bond and see if that helps relieve some of her discomfort.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it would be ok i am a vet tech and gold bonds actually makes animal sauve that we use on cow udderes and small abrasions,but yes i think it would be ok just watch the eyes, make sure the dog isnt licking it iff r anything. if injested with humans or animals its not good and same with being in the eyes. so watch and be careful and i wouldnt use unless u can be there to watch. if you can just go get the sauve that they make from like a petsmart or pet co or a local farm and feed supply store they would have the kind made for animals that you wont have to be so watch full and anal over k. If u ask me though i think you should go and get the flea and tick powder from your local vet or farm store like i said above and try treating her with that. i dont want to worry u but u should look at some pics of what mainge looks like and determine whether she needs to go in or not. She also might have a skin infection. my lab as a kid had that problem with her ears but of course that was a ear infection but it sounds the same as what she has on her body thats y i mention her maybe having a infection id watch it carefully. ALSO IF SHE HAS ANY OPEN WOUNDS I WOULD NOT USE GOLD BOND POWDER!!! THAT WILL STING AND ITS NOT MENT FOR BEING INTERNALLY USED!!!

      GOOD LUCK HOPE SHE GETS BETTER I HATE SEEING ANIMALS SUFFERING OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT!!!

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use a conditioner meant for people on dogs?
    I've always heard you shouldn't use people shampoo/conditioner on animals because it can dry out their skin too much. What other problems could arise from using a conditioner meant for people?

    One of my Pomeranians has really tangly hair. I brush her daily and bathe her once a month, but she still gets matted. I've tried conditioners for dogs, but they don't work. I have also tried No More Tangles and that didn't work either. I was desperate and tried a little Agree conditioner on a small area, she had no problems and it worked marvelous.

    She is tender skinned - meaning she doesn't like to be brushed because it hurts her in spite of being very gentle with her. She has no skin conditions and do you think it would be okay to use Agree on her? It's her bath night!
    It's the little black one that is having the hair problem

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that you shouldn't use human shampoo on dogs, also, but don't believe it. I have a Golden Retriever that has a very oily coat and we tried every dog shampoo on the market on her, and I mean expensive, professional quality products, but couldn't get rid of her doggy smell. In desperation, I tried a human shampoo, and bam, for the first time in her life, it cut through the oils and she was clean, shiney, and smelled great. I've never gone back to dog shampoos.

      Dogs are as different as people, and you have to find what works for your dog. If you've already tried it and it worked, why not?

      Could I suggest something different that might help? Go to the Chris Christensen website and look at their line of brushes. Expensive, but perfect for a dog with sensitive skin. A good brush will make a difference.

  10. QUESTION:
    my dogs is scratching/biting himself so badly his skin is raw and the hair is gone?
    and he sheds everywhere? what could this be? no fleas. can dogs have skin conditions? he a full bred bassett hound.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are positive it isn't parasites, it could be allergies. Possibly food allergies, especially if you are feeding a low quality dog food. I'd recommend making sure you are feeding a high quality dog food and checking with your vet to rule out any other possibilities.

      Not all pet food is made equally. A lot of it is full of corn, by-products, dyes, unhealthy preservatives, filler grains and all sorts of nasty stuff. A lot of pet food companies are perfectly happy to the dump cheap leftovers and things that aren't safe for human consumption (from human food processing plants) into their foods. Will it kill your dog? No, it has to be nutritionally complete and safe to even be marketed. Is it healthy? Not by a long shot.

      Corn is a low quality ingredient you never want to see in your pet food. Corn and low quality grains are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to food allergies in our pets.

      Thankfully, there are some excellent dog foods being made these days that include organic, human grade ingredients rather than trash not fit for human consumption.

      Examples of low quality foods to avoid: Anything you can find in a grocery store will be low end, Purina, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Pedigree, Kibbles n' Bits, Beneful, Ol'Roy.

      Examples of high quality foods to look for: Innova, Wellness, Solid Gold, Canidae All Life Stages, Fromm Four Star, Merrick, GO Natural, Nature's Variety Prairie, Nature's Logic, Artemis Fresh Mix, Timberwolf Organics.

      Although the high quality foods are more expensive, you're getting what you're paying for. Less filler material means more concentrated nutrients... this means you typically need to feed far less of the high quality food than you would of the low quality one. Which also means less poop!

      Seriously on a budget? Two of the most affordable of the higher quality foods would be Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul and Canidae All Life Stages.

      Before following your vet's food recommendation, keep in mind that vets get /very/ little nutritional training during their schooling. Besides that, what training they /do/ get is usually sponsored or taught by the crappy pet food companies! They also often get paid to sell some of their products at their clinics (Science Diet, Royal Canin etc.)

      A great option is to go with an entirely grainless diet. Many of the high quality foods now put out grainless formulas. Some good grainless diets include: Innova EVO, Wellness CORE, Blue Wilderness, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Horizon Legacy, Merrick Before Grain, Canidae Grain Free All Life Stages, Fromm Surf & Turf, Now!, Sold Gold Barking At The Moon, Ziwipeak, and Taste of the Wild.

      Some pretty decent foods can even be found in common pet stores. Petsmart carries Blue Buffalo products (such as the excellent grain free diet Blue Wilderness). Petco carries Wellness, Solid Gold, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack Holistic Select, Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux Organix, Pinnacle, and Halo. If you can't find a food, most of the high quality food brands have websites with store locators on them.

      Another option, if you can't find anywhere around you that sells good foods, is to order your pet food online. Here's an excellent place to do so: http://www.petfooddirect.com/store/

      Remember that foods should be switched gradually (mixing the new slowly in with the old over the period of about week or so), especially when switching to a higher quality one, so as not to upset tummies. For example:
      Days 1 & 2: 75% old food, 25% new food
      Days 3 & 4: 50% old food, 50% new food
      Days 5 & 6: 25% old food, 75% new food
      Day 7: 0% old food, 100% new food

      Another option for feeding dogs is to feed raw. This is something that should be thoroughly researched before being attempted:
      http://www.rawfed.com/ (Excellent raw feeding information)
      http://www.rawlearning.com/ (More excellent raw feeding information)
      http://rawfeddogs.net/ (Even more!)
      http://rawfed.com/myths/preymodel.html (Raw Prey Model Diet Vs. BARF Diet)
      http://www.rawfed.com/myths/index.html (Myths about raw feeding)

      Also remember that freefeeding (leaving food down) is the fast lane to canine obesity. Make sure to have scheduled feeding times based on the feeding instructions on your dog's food.

      More on dog food:
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=main (Learn how to determine the quality of your dog's food.)
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/ (Dog food reviews. Four stars is a decent food, five stars is a great food, and six stars is an excellent food.)

      Darksong~

  11. QUESTION:
    What's the best type of shampoo to use on a dog with really bad skin?
    I am a dog groomer and I recently started bathing a dog that has a really bad skin condition. The skin is just really dry,cracked, hot, and raw all over. So I was wondering what people thought would be the best type of shampoo for this dog. Milk bath? Aloe? Oatbath? Baking soda? Oatmeal? Are there any other solutions or ideas to help this poor pup? And yes the dog has been to the vet ,who recommended regular grooming appts

    • ANSWER:
      Well if the dog has been to the vet then the vet would have prescribed an appropriate Shampoo.

      My vet prescribed Douxo. They make several different shampoos for different conditions.

      Have them bring the shampoo to you for the dogs next appointment.

      Currently I have to wash my dog every three days with the medicated shampoo.

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I sooth or treat my dogs itching?
    My Jack Russel Terrier has a serious skin condition and is always itching. IT IS NOT FLEAS OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT. The vets don't know what to do but I know there has to be something I can do.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be mites, if not just try an oatmeal bath and lightly moisturize his skin with vitamin E oil....this seemed to help my jrt

  14. QUESTION:
    Why is oodlesoanmals giving a dog Benedryl?
    I hope she feels better, by the way. But what is the Benedry for? Allergy? Skin condition? IF a skin condition, have you tired Sulfadine?

    • ANSWER:
      I give my dog benadryl every day for his allergies. I haven't had the allergy testing done as the vet said his symptoms aren't severe enough for that, and since the benadryl gives him relief to stick with that for now.

  15. QUESTION:
    How common is it for The Siberian husky breed to have Zinc responsive dermatitis?
    a skin condition which improves by giving Zinc supplements?

    Do you have this problem with your siberian husky or know anyone with a siberian husky that has skin problems?

    or is this very rare for the siberian husky breed and most don't have those problems like they are known for eye and hip problem.

    I was just researching the common health problems that a siberian husky has. I want to be educated about the common natural health problems that are most reported and you should beaware of when you buy a puppy from a siberian husky breeder .
    Should the breeder show you the health history's for the last 4 generations to prove their dogs are a High class health Quality dog.

    • ANSWER:
      Its not terribly common among well bred dogs, nor is it a critical life threatening disease.

      Most crucial are making sure Hips and Elbows have been certified free of dysplasia. You should be able to look up the dog's parents certification on OFA (www.offa.org) if they are in the US. Also you'll want to see a current (within a year) CERF certification.

      You should get, at minimum a 5 generation pedigree. All dogs in that pedigree should have hip scores.

      If this is your first dog, do a LOT of research. Siberian Huskies are fantastic dogs, but are not necessarily great dogs for a first time owner.

      Talk at great length to the breeder. If you find the breeder intolerant of being asked questions, go elsewhere!!! A good breeder wants to sell their puppies to well-educated homes.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I convince my mom to let me get a hamster?
    I already have one dog that has a skin condition and smells bad, so my mom doesn't want another pet to make the house smell worse. But my dad said it's okay. My mom is VERY stubborn. I really want some help from you all! I'm dieing for a hamster so please help!
    Nagging her to death will only make her more stubborn -_-

    VVV

    • ANSWER:
      Step 1 - Research, one of the problems with kids/teenagers getting pets is they 'think' they know everything about the animal or that they know enough to care for it properly, when in reality this isn’t the case, the obvious one is that hamsters sleep through the day and stay up when you’re trying to sleep – spinning around in there wheel making a massive noise and keeping you up – would you endure this, or would you be harsh on the animal and take away the wheel? If you’re going to try and impress your parents, ask them to take you to the library, as lame as that sounds, you’re not really hinting if you say ‘Mum, any chance we could get a library membership, I was hoping to get a book about hamsters for a bit’ – and books are the best place to start, there much more reliable then the net, I read so much crap on the net which is claimed to be true.

      Step 2 – Empathise, This is important, don’t just read this step, actually do it. Think about why your parents said no, or might say no – do you honestly believe there just being nasty to you? Seriously, have a think for the next minute about why they might, for example – I had the idea of ‘MUM ffs, il honestly care for it your just being nasty, let me have one PLXXXXX’ but I should thought about it, turns out when she was a kid – she was the same as me, begging her parents for a pet, but they wouldn’t let her, when she finally got one, she got bored after a few months – as much as you think you won’t get bored, you have to truly understand that most abandoned pets are from children – and only then can you get set on getting your pet. PS – I hope you have really thought about this one, because it’s important to understand your parents reasons for saying no (really is, because of step 5 EG – they could be allergic, they might HATE that particular animal, it could be the apartment rules.

      Step 3 – Save, don’t even mention it to your parents, but just go about your business and save your money. Secondly, research where you could get it from, is there a local breeder? Could you adopt?

      Step 4 – Once you have seriously done step 1,2 & 3 (research should have took a week or two). You should do the basic, simply ask – don’t prepare a big speech, just be calm, pleasant and ask ‘Mum/Dad, I was thinking and after a lot of research and saving money I was wondering whether I would be able to get a pet soon?’ They very well might say no, don’t go all crappy, just say ‘Ohh alright, is there any particular reason why?’ – don’t pester, just politely demand a reason or two why they think it’s a bad idea.

      Step 5 (this is where my guide is handy, because you already have money, all the research and all the reasons before even asking – Counter, counter there reasons. If they say (this is where doing step 3 properly is important) that we simply don’t have the money say “Oh well I’ve been saving this last month, and have money” if they say you won’t care for it, say “But I’ve read 3 books and been researching..” and then appeal to past events, such as responsiblities “And remember, I was really good when we had fish”..Etc etc. It depends on your parents, but before asking, thinks of answers to any reason why they might say no. Also appeal by saying that it isn’t a random choice, you have been thinking about it for a month, and have been getting ready, just didn’t want to pester the parents.

      Step 6, Hope that after the counter, they agree – if not, be patient, DONT pester and beg, drop it for a fortnight, then say ‘Mum,ive still been saving more money and researching and I really would like a pet still’ which shows that it’s a dedication and not a spontaneous choice. You also might want to compile a list of positives about the pet to show your knowledge. Or if your much younger, you may want to make a poster/leaflet, although this is naturaly for much younger kids.

      Points to consider
      - Do you have a regular income, if you dont have a paper round etc, how will you pay for maintaining the animal, this is most of the cost..food etc. You cant just hope it falls from the sky, and its gonna royaly pee the parents of if you did all the above and then went ahead to say 'Erm, I kinda need money for food...'

      - How long does it live, and where will you be for it. Eg - at 16 you might want a ferret, but remember - you cant take it university, and you wont have much time with it during college, and some apartments wont allow it. Your parents might end up having it more then you!

  17. QUESTION:
    What can you do to stop your dog from sneezing and having irritated eyes?
    My JRT has been sneezing,inverted sneezing,and his eyes are all irritated and runny---symptoms similar to a human suffering hay fever. He also has a slight skin condition,so my vet does nothing but subscripe prednesolone for him,which is no help to him whatsoever. I keep pointing out his nose and eye problems,but the vet says the prednesolone will help with that,and doesn't offer any alternative. Is there any other medication that will help him? Poor little guy is miserable.

    • ANSWER:
      I would switch vets first off. If they do not change the course of treatment when you tell him/her that what they have prescribed for your dog is not working and the symtoms are not getting any better then I would look for another vet. Dogs do get severe alergies. Most of the alergies come from the food they eat. I am not a big supporter of the expensive dog foods, but in cases like yours, you may need to switch brands of dog food to one of the science diet foods. Try a brand for week or so and if symtoms do not improve, try another. Also when you switch, you should also take away dog treats as well and only use bits of the dog food for a treat as the treats have alot of "extra" ingredients. Depending on the size your dog, you can give benedryl capsuls ( I would check with vet on this first) to help with the running eyes and itchy skin. Our dog is about 80 lbs and can take two pills three times a day. A good vet can and will prescribe medication to help with the allergy symtoms and most will want to do some testing (which can be expensive) to find out what the animal is allergic to. Don't let your dog suffer with the allergies while the vet does nothing but give him steroids. Try to find what he / she is allergic to and treat it just as you would if it was you.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can i stop my westie from itching itself to death?
    I have just rescued a 4 year old westie. The owners haven't taken very good care of it and it has a skin condition like eczema where large patches of hair are missing from its side and between all four legs where it is very black and dry. Can anyone help me firstly in the short term because it's hurting me just watching him. I already have a 4 yr old westie and he is absolutely fine. Also is there a chance my own dog will catch it?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably not. Westies have hereditary skin issues & like you said the previous owner didn't address. Your new dog may not completely recover but can make huge strides in getting better. I would not bathe him until a vet looks at him first. You will need medicated shampoos to treat the skin & anything you use now might make it worse. Until a vet fully examines him, there isn't much you can do other feed a good quality food & add fish oil to the food. Without seeing your dog firsthand I don't want to suggest any products. I can't stress enough, a vet first before using anything on the skin. Call & see if they will suggest giving antihistamine to help until appt. I had a westie & groom & work with a lot of them on their skin issues so you have to be so cautious with any products you use on them. You can easily make it far worse cuz his skin is hyper-sensitive right now & will break out more than it normally would.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to feed raw egg to an adult dog?
    Lately, I've been mixing in a raw egg into my dog's dry food, to fight a skin condition he's developed. But I've noticed he's had loose stools, and is not eating as robustly as he used to.

    • ANSWER:
      Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
      Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.
      Avocado The leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
      Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
      Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.
      Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
      Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.
      Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
      Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
      Grapes, raisins and currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
      Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
      Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
      Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
      Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
      Milk and other dairy products Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
      Moldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
      Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
      Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
      Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
      Pits from peaches and plums Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
      Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
      Raw meat May contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
      Rhubarb leaves Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
      Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.
      String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
      Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
      Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
      Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
      Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
      Xylitol (artificial sweetener) Can cause very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can result in vomiting, weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause liver failure.

  20. QUESTION:
    Has your dog ever been in a near death accident?
    Whether it be with a disease, an attack by another dog, almost being hit by a car, or surviving the first few weeks of life without,a mom or in a poor condition. Was your dog rescued or saved from a serious situation or background?

    For one my Terrier mix was attack by a Rottweiler once at a dog park. I adopted a dog that was supposedly dropped of on the side of a busy highway and was almost hit two times before being brought to me, and I fostered a puppy that had a serious skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, actually.

      We have a JRT, and we were walking him past a neighbours garden. Someone new had moved in. We heard a dog barking the other side of the gate, but we figured it will be okay because we thought the garden was secure. But seconds later, a Pit Bull came out of a hole in the hedge and launched an attack on little Charlie. :o(

      (Just for the record, I don't have anything against Pit Bulls, just that one!)

      EDIT: I don't know if this counts, but we had a collie cross spaniel who lived to the good old age of 16. A friend of the family got her, then the wife decided she didn't like her so she was due to go to a small local shelter. My dad quickly leapt in and said we would have her. We got our cat the same way. (They gave up the cat because they were getting the dog. Stupid, I know!!) anywho, about a month after we got them, the RSPCA did a raid on the shelter they were going to and found dozens of dead and dying animals. Lucky escape for both of them I'd say!!

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best route to go for pet insurance?
    My German shepard mix constantly gets into things and develops skin conditions and such. I was looking into getting pet insurance but I dont know if 1) its worth it 2) what would be the best option and 3) if I should just try to find some other way to afford it.
    It is not that I do not watch him. I take very good care of my dog and dont feel he needs to be crated all the time.

    • ANSWER:
      I have frequently read on this forum that it is advisable to have a pet savings account or take on an interest free debt in the form or a credit card or loan and it that purchasing insurance is a scam, but in has been my experience that not all policies are the same.

      I have insured with Petplan for years and it is worth every penny.

      In December my b*tch was diagnosed with septic peritonitis and the cost of treatment at a veterinary referral hospital and local practice was £13,768, 19. My pet insurance policy covered £12,000.
      How many people have that amount saved or would be willing to take on a debt of that magnitude?

      The cost of a hip replacement is £4,000, knee surgery £2,500, treatment for cancer thousands of £ and these are a few of the health conditions that can be treated if the owner can finance the treatment or has a pet insurance policy to pay all or part of the cost.

      Pet insurance will cover health conditions that are diagnosed after the policy it taken out that the owner was not aware of, not to pay out on a known problem, so the skin condition would be excluded.

      1. The right policy is worth it.
      2. The best policy is one that covers a dog for life.
      3. How a person chooses to finance veterinary treatment is personal preference.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has mange?
    My brother's dog,Lucky, appears to have a skin condition.I think it may be mange.He's a golden retriever,but his belly and legs have turned a GROSS grey color.And he's beem scratching it ALOT.Does it sound like mange?How do u treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      There is NO way to know without going to the vet. The vet will analyze a skin scraping (sounds bad...really painless) and determine if it is mange. There's no other way to know for certain and there is NO cure that won't come from the vet. Tell your brother to make an appointment ASAP.

  23. QUESTION:
    how can u cure a certain skin conditiion for dogs?
    um my cuzins dog has this skin condition where her fur comes off and she gets these ugly scabs. i know that theres this condition where the fur falls but this is different waaaaaaaaaaaay different!!!!! help!!!!!! please does any one have an idea of wat it is or how to cure it???

    • ANSWER:
      I have a dog that gets "hot spots" every summer. They are actually bacterial staph infections, The dog keeps them raw by scratching. I took mine to the vet last week. He gave the dog a cortisone shot for the itching, shaved her fur around the area where the spots were and put him on 250 mg cephalexin 2x daily. He also gave me a pump spray called GentaVed topical spray (Gentamycin Sulfate) Spots are clearing up nicely and itching has almost totally stopped.

      I have another dog, a Boxer, that has severe skin allergies. She suffers from a skin yeast infection called malasya. (very strong odor, sticky skin , fur comes out) and lots of itching. She has two sources of problem:
      1) Thyroid imbalance (takes a daily pill)
      2) Skin allergies (Malasya) She takes 500 mg cephalexyn 2x daily, takes a thyroid pill, and takes 200 mg ketaconozole daily. Doesn't cure, but keeps the inflamation down.

      Take yours to the vet for evaluation. It took vets 6 years to properly diagnose my boxer, but she's doing well now.

      3) Flea bites can also cause inmlamation and fur loss

      Hope you get it under controll soon Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog eat better food then me and my family?
    My dog eat better food then me. Is that good or bad? Hes a small black cocker spaniel and he has a skin condition.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean that his diet is more balanced because he eats a high-quality pet food, or do you mean that he eats filet mignon and caviar, while you're eating wieners and beans? I don't mean to seem unfeeling, but you control what you eat.

      If you cannot afford wholesome food, you need to seek help from your church or your community.If your dog's skin condition requires a special pet food, you need to feed him that--not people food. If he is eating table food, that might be why your dog has a skin condition.

      I am not sure of your pet's diagnosis, but it sounds like you may need to increase Omega 3's in his diet. If you can't afford a vet, you can sometimes get a voucher from your local humane society. Go on the Pet Forum in your local Craigslist and ask if such vouchers are available in your area. The regulars will usually know where you can get a voucher if one is available.

      The bottom line, though, is that even though you need to make sure your dog is getting proper nutrition, you are responsible for seeing that you do too.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do we keep our pekingnese from scratching his nose 'til it bleeds?
    We have a pekingnese who for a few weeks now has at random intervals just started pawing at his nose and cheeks area 'til it bleeds. We don't know exactly what's causing it, but we believe it's some sort of skin condition. We are on SSI income and don't have the money at this time to take him to the vet. We need suggestions on what to do to keep him from scratching at his nose 'til it bleeds.

    Also, can one purchase cones to be placed around a dog's neck?

    In severe need of suggestions!

    Thanks in advance. :-D

    • ANSWER:
      It must really be uncomfortable for him to do it until it bleeds...I hope you will go to a vet because only blocking him from being able to scratch won't stop the discomfort he feels. I know times are hard with money, but think of how much he's got to be suffering to make it bleed.

      Try to pinpoint what may be triggering this. Since it happens in intervals, see if there's some connection between perhaps a treat you are feeding or laundry detergent used or somewhere outside you go, since it may be an allergic reaction.

      Wash the area with mild soap and water to prevent infection. When it's healed, you can try to control it from flaring up again by washing it every day with white vinegar mixed with water.

  26. QUESTION:
    Recommend a hypoallergenic god food that is CHEAP?
    My dog needs a hypoallergenic dog food because of an itchy skin condition. I've been feeding her royal canin and james wellbeloved but they are so expensive that I can't afford to buy them any more. Canyou recommend a cheap hypoallergenic WET dog food?

    • ANSWER:
      natural balance makes limited ingredient diets that are grain free with unique protein sources ... it comes in kibble, canned and treats ... i put my itchy dog on this food and i stick pretty much to this food only and she is no longer an itchy dog after 10 years of being tried on different diets, allergy testing and immunotherapy shots, and antihistamines/prednisone ... i don't know how cheap you are after but this food is cheaper than say orijen ...

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/allergy.html

  27. QUESTION:
    My dog is a 11 year old chihuahua. I recently noticed a small black "pimple" growing on his head.?
    I can't tell if its getting bigger or not. I was just wondering if this is something I should be worried about or if its just a skin condition common in older dogs. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Older dogs often get skin tags. If that's what it is, it is harmless. If it grows or doesn't go away, it's a good thing to call your vet about. Most times it's nothing but there's only one way to find out :)

  28. QUESTION:
    How Can I Tell If It's Just Dandruff Or Something Worse?
    My puppy has what I think might be dandruff. It might be partly because of the breed he's mixed with (He's part Pyrenees and the weather has been sort of warm), but he doesn't scratch it at all. Is there a website or something where I could see if its even dandruff, or some sort of skin condition? Or do most dogs get something similar this time of year?

    • ANSWER:
      You might not be able to tell just by looking, a vet can do a skin scraping for analysis.

      If she is not bothered by itching, maybe a supplement such as salmon oil would help with dryness & flaking--ask your vet.

  29. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a muzzle for an English bulldog?
    We need a muzzle for taking our bulldog to the vet. He has a skin condition left over from his previous owner & is at the vet several times a year. He gets snippy when they have to clean his ears, ect.
    We need a muzzle for taking our bulldog to the vet. He has a skin condition left over from his previous owner & is at the vet several times a year. He gets snippy when they have to clean his ears, ect. The pet stores don't carry a size to fit bulldogs.

    • ANSWER:
      You should never muzzle a bulldog. Their noses are way to short and they breathe through their mouth most of the times. If he gets snippy, they should have assistants handy to restrain him. If the employees are trained to restrain correctly, your bulldog will be able to breath and the vet will be able to look and clean the ears without getting bit. If he really needs to be muzzled- look for the basket muzzle kind. It covers the entire mouth and nose, but allows the dog to pant and drink water if needed. You can see some police dogs wearing them.

  30. QUESTION:
    9 year old German Shepherd is paralyzed in legs. What can we do to make her comfortable?
    She is my daughter's dog and vet checked. She seems reasonably happy,considering, but we're worried about pressure points, skin condition, etc. She seems to like a bath once she's in it....to ease her pain? Vet says she has no pain. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!
    She does have a doggie wheelchair but just HATES it. She is taken outside almost every day.

    • ANSWER:
      both legs you can give the dog massages and move his legs like he is walking for like 20 to 30 min a day it will increase blood flow and make his muscles not cramp up that's why he likes the bath the water loosens them put him on a nice big dog pillow and every like 3 and a half hours flip him over on his other side it him make him more comfortable how long has he been like this if his hind legs re just par then there are these wheel chairs that keep there legs up and the front ones pull the back ones one wheels these kind of dogs need to have lots of attention its great that you care so much not many people do my cousins dog has arthritis and every time i come over i give him a fully body massage he loves it and it helps his hips oh and it is great that you are teaching your kid responsibilty for her animals most people think there disposable but there no and they need love so thanks its people like you that make me wan to be a vet

  31. QUESTION:
    Theres weird black spots on my dogs legs n inner thighs?
    Could this have something to do with fleas or a skin condition? My dogs is a year an a half old an shes a yorkshire terrier.

    • ANSWER:

  32. 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

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the Children's LIQUID Benadryl dosage for English Bulldogs?
    My vet told me it is OK to give my dog Benadryl when she has itchy skin, (she has a skin condition). I forgot what the dosage is. I bought Children's Liquid Benadryl. I know the pill dosage is 1mg per pound, but, what is the dosage for the liquid formula?

    • ANSWER:
      basically a childrens dose, its a quarter to a half of what you would give yourself. so just however much you would give a child

  34. QUESTION:
    HELP wih two female dogs living in the same house fighting all of a sudden?
    Recently our two female dogs have started fighting and the fights are so bad either the person trying to break it up gets bitten or one of the dogs end up getting hurt. They are both smaller dig breed with the older one being a Chihuahua 5 years old and the younger female (Tibetan spaniel) just turned one a couple of months ago. They always used to get along so well, with the older female always having the leadership but not in a overly aggressive way. Now as soon as they spot each other they both tense up stare each other down, the only way we've been able to stop the fights is to separate the dogs into different rooms as when the fights break (and they always do now when they see eachother, without fail) out they always get so violent and into it that something or someone ends up injured. Both dogs are de-sexed. Im not sure if what I heard is true but I was reading that sometimes if a female dog has an infection of some sort the other female dog may mistake that for it being on heat. Our younger dg the Tibetan has a skin condition as shes so sensitive to everything, so I was thinking maybe that could be a possibility, we also have a 4 month old Pug we've has for 3 month who the Tibetan is very protective over? Could these be contributors to the situation? Please help as we can't keep them separated anymore it's not fair on the dogs and they're going to seriously injure one another if it dosnt stop. Any kind of professional help or comments appreciated greatly!

    • ANSWER:
      I have had two female cairn terriers that fought constantly. It all about leadership. They both want to be the top dog and this can be tough to control. You do not want to break them up of the fighting will get worse over time. I would give more advice if I had time but Unfortunately I don't. I just wanted to chime in really quick. Google something about dog leadership fighing and visit Cesar Millan's website. Hope I helped. Good luck! :)

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the large numerous dark black spots on my Maltipoo's skin?
    My Maltipoo is a 1yr. old female & is spayed & current on all shots. What are these spots & why are they spreading? Can it be treated or cured? Is this skin condition common in Maltipoo's?

    • ANSWER:
      First, this should be under the Pets category, not under Health.

      Second, unless the spots are raised, flaky, irritated, or seem to be causing discomfort, they are likely just pigment (like freckles). If they really concern you, discuss them with your vet. Enjoy your dog :)

  36. QUESTION:
    My puppy died last night. How have you dealt with the loss of a pet?
    We had just gotten her Saturday. She had worms and coccydia, some kind of skin condition (the vet wanted to wait until she was getting proper nutrition to see if that was the problem), and she wouldnt eat (we fed her baby formula with a syringe). We were expecting that she wouldnt make it, but still hoped that she would. For those of you who have lost a pet, how did you deal with it?

    • ANSWER:
      crying helps. also, and this may sound crazy, but when my dog died, and when my rabbit died, i felt i needed someone to tell about the greef, so i spoke to my dog and rabbit. i told them how my day was and then told them that i missed them and said goodnight. it does help becuase you can think they can hear you just like when they were alive. i know it sounds childish but it does help.
      im sooooooo sorry to hear about your loss!

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    My dog has very small dark flakes on most of her skin. The flakes are also in her fur. What could this be?
    What kind of skin condition would cause DARK and VERY VERY small flakes?
    If it's flea poop, then where are the fleas?

    • ANSWER:
      If you get them wet and they look like blood, it is flea feces. Does your dog scratch/bite at its skin? Do you treat with flea medicine?

  39. QUESTION:
    Does your dog have skin conditions to?
    My dog has a skin condition he cant go near grass well not to much and for some reason he keeps farting when we give him a certain food HELP!! please

    • ANSWER:
      Skin and digestive problems are very common in dogs. The main allergy cells in dogs are in their skin so instead of hayfever signs when they have allergies to pollens and grasses they tend to itch. Signs seen can range from licking feet to constant ear infections to general itchiness. Skin allergies can also occur with digestive intolerances too, which can either show as vomiting and diarrhoea or wind.

      Have you discussed with problem with your vet? If your dog has digestive and skin problems a change in diet may help. The most common dietary intolerances in dogs are to proteins like chicken and pork - these are included in most dog food (regardless of what flavour it is suppposed to be!). changing to a novel protein (ie one which your dog has not been exposed to before) can help certainly with dietary problems. Foods such as James Wellbeloved and the Hills d/d foods are good as they contain single proteins and are good quality foods also. the flavour varieties include duck, turkey and salmon. when doing a diet trial you should feed nothing but these foods and water, and it does take about 6-8 weeks to get the full effect.

      You can have allergy tests done to find out exactly what your dog is allergic to - either a blood test or skin test can be done to check for food allergies and also allergies to indoor or outdoor allergens (eg house dust mites, grasses and pollens). These tests are fairly expensive but they can be very useful as it may then be possible to try vaccinating your dog against her allergies!

      for ongoing allergies your vet may suggest antihistamines or possibly steroids to reduce the problems caused by scratching or chewing at the skin. Skin allergy problems are ongoing throughout the dog's life and do require regular check ups and medication.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have a small terrier x female dog, she is 3 years old and is scratching really badly.?
    She hasn't got fleas tho and the vet has said that it is an allergic reaction to grass and pollen etc. Can anybody tell me what to give her to improve her skin condition so that she doesn't have to take steroids?

    • ANSWER:
      Aw, poor pup.
      My Westie, Poppy, is allergy prone too - hopefully your dog's skin will improve this time of year as the pollen count drops.
      We use hypoallergenic dry food to avoid triggering any other allergies (sensitive dogs can often have more than one type) - James Wellbeloved is her favourite (she highly recommends loves the fish flavour!) http://www.wellbeloved.co.uk/
      Did your vet suggest any shampoos? These can help remove the irritant from the skin and sooth any inflammation. This site (http://www.bestpetpharmacy.co.uk/search_results.asp?sec=127&category=Allergy) is useful, although you may want to check with your vet which shampoo/treatment will be appropriate.
      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    What skin condition will cause a dog to smell worse after a bath?
    He smells bad before the bath and even worse after the bath. The poor dog is losing hair by the hands full and is scratching all the time. The dog, a mixed breed, is 11 or 12 years old. He has taken the dog to a vet but the vet hasn't an answer for this. Has anyone else been able to solve this kind of condition?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe try using a hypo-allergenic shampoo. sounds like he may be allergic to the shampoo.

  42. QUESTION:
    WHELPING: How can I tell if she is in labor?
    I have a small rescue for dogs and require frequent trips to the vet, not to mention Frontline, Heartguard, Worming, Spayed/Neutered , and 10 are due for yearly checkups and shots. One with diabetes, one with arthritis, one w/ skin condition, and now a new girl with puppies on the way (depsite efforts not to contribute to the reason I have them in the first place}. I cannot afford to run to the vet everytime she burps.
    I need to know how to tell if she is in labor or not. I 'm so nervous I jump everytime she does something and prepare to have new pups, but nothing happens. Conception date is unknown and not enough time to conclude her normal temperature to see if it drops. She's been restless and hasseling for two days. Has good appetite, Yesterday a small amount of clear discharge, uncomfortable and just stands around. Would appreciate answers from experienced, knowledgable persons that are helpful, not personal comments which are useless. Nervous but Excited

    • ANSWER:
      Her temp should drop to about 97, she'll probably not eat & she should have a bloody discharge just before hard labor begins. If when you squeeze her teats milk starts to flow that means to expect babies in 1-3 days. Have on hand several small towels(to grab & wipe the pups), sharp scissors (to cut the cords), dental floss (to tie off the cords), small scale (to weigh the pups) & pen w/paper so you can keep track of when each pup was born, weight & sex. It's best to tie the cord in 2 places about 1/4" apart so you can get the afterbirth out safely. If she seems to have more pups but she's tired, walk her to keep the labor going. But, since you don't know what bred her & you didn't say whether you've had an xray to see how many pups there are, don't wait more than an hour between pups before contacting your vet. They could be too large for her to deliver. I wish you alot of luck & let us know how it goes.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had immunotherapy done for their west highland terrier?
    Hi I'm at my wits end with my lovely little westie, he's 7 I've only has him for two years. He has suffered with skin conditions
    The only relief he gets is the cortavance spray which he has to have daily. The vet says the only option is immotherapy/ allergy skin testing which is fine only he has to be off his spray for a two week period as it can effect the results, this is proving really difficult as its the only thing thing that offers relief.
    I want these test done however previous vets have said they are not 100% and may not work they will cost over £1000 which I'm prepared to pay as he can't carry on like this. But just wanted to know if anyone has had experience of them. I've tried everything!

    • ANSWER:
      My dog suffered from severe skin problems for about 3 years....I had her allergy tested with a company here in America called heska.com (it was a blood test, not the skin testing one, very accurate cost me 0)

      But really it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter WHAT your dog is allergic to unless it's food, in which case you can do an easy elimination diet to determine that.

      But if your dog has environmental allergies like mine you can do better than just suppress the symptoms - you can HEAL your dog's immune system.

      First thing: determine that it really is allergies. The "cheapest" and probably easiest way to do that is rule out other infections, fleas and mites. But since cortavance spray works short-term, my guess is that it is really allergies.

      Ok so second things:
      1. NEVER (or at least while your dog is sick) get vaccines again. If your dog had his initial shots, he's most likely good for life anyway, besides the short term non-core ones (bordetella, lepto, lyme) don't get those either though.
      2. Diet is linked to the immune system, and the immune system is the problem. If you can and want to, I recommend a raw or home cooked diet. If you can't do that for whatever reason, you will need to add digestive enzymes and probiotics.
      3. Stress is linked to the immune system too, and I know terriers can be little bundles of pent up energy, so just try to keep your westie as stress free as possible:)

      Ok so this isn't necessary but I really think it helped my dog a lot, I got a k9 lycra body suit
      link
      http://www.k9topcoat.com/product.asp?specific=96
      If they don't ship to the UK you probably can find them on ebay.
      This worked really good for my dog and worth every penny.

      Also what I found helped was to bathe her once a week. I tried many shampoos like medicated ones or special skin ones, but really I didn't notice one better than another plus my dog had a bad reaction to ones with tea tree oil in them. So I use my own shampoo, regular castille soap with aloe I mix in myself from an aloe plant, and a little white vinegar added helps kill bacteria and makes it dog skin ph. (you can experiment using lavender oil in the shampoo too)

      Another great thing that helped her was dermagic lotion. like I mentioned, didn't notice dermagic shampoos help any better, but the lotion almost gave my dog normal skin by itself.

      So those above things don't cure but they help with symptoms.
      To cure I recommend seeing a holistic vet but I'll tell you what they did for my dog that cured her.
      It was so simple.
      The vet gave her a nutritional powder with glandulars of the pineal and adrenal glands (because these help regulate the body's natural production of cortisone), probiotics, and Ester C (vitamin C is antihistamine and ill or stressed dogs need it supplemented sometimes because a healthy dog can produce it's own C but sick/stressed don't). And the vet also said to give her a supplement called beta-thym which is a plant steroid (w/o the side effects of synthetic steroids like prednisone - which hadn't helped my dog anyway)
      My dog was literally better in a little over a month. The vet told me her symptoms would get worse before she got better, that happened for about a week.

      My dog was covered in painful sores from mouth to tail for 3 years..then to get better like that was amazing. I thought I had tried everything too, but it was this holistic vet who helped her. The holistic vet told me that immunotherapy could help but it may take 1-3 years to work, and that most dogs don't need it when they are given the supplements I used, and healthy diet.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why does my puppy scratch all the time?
    I have a beagle-bassett hound mix and she scratches all the time. She doesn't have fleas, ticks, or any other visible skin condition, yet she continues to scratch. What do I try next?

    • ANSWER:
      Scratching can be caused by many things.

      Microscopic mites that you cant see could be causing the dog to itch, a bacterial infection or skin infection could be causing it to and so could allergies.

      These are things you sometimes cannot see, if the dog is scratching excessively, it needs to see a vet.

  45. QUESTION:
    My dog was diagnosed with skin allergies. What is the best food for dogs who have this skin condition?
    My dog was diagnosed with severe skin allergies, the vet prescribed several medications and special food for her, but it's all way to expensive. The vet was charging me about 0 dollars for everything. With a two year old at home there is no way i can afford this. Does anyone know of any home remedies I can do for my Peke and does anyone recommend a special food brand?

    • ANSWER:
      When looking for a food you want to stay away from by-products, ground yellow corn, and any artificial flavors or colors. Also switch up her main protein source. A lot of times it is the protein source that dogs are (or become) allergic too. So if she is on a chicken based food now switch to lamb, venison, or herring. I would try a venison based diet first. Nutro Natural Choice Venison Meal & Whole Brown Rice is an excellent food. No ground yellow corn, which is a filler and a big allergen among pups. No by-products, which can include heads, feet and intestines. And no artificial colors or flavors. Nutro also has the highest levels of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 & 6) to help promote healthy skin and coat and also reduce shedding. They are actually the only company that I know of the guarantees healthy skin & coat. And all of their foods are 100% guaranteed! So give it a few weeks, if you don’t notice a difference, return the food (with your receipt), and either get another formula or get your money back.

      Hope this helps!

  46. 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:

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of my dog passing on skin conditions to her pups?
    We have a chocolate labrador, who is now six, and she was born with skin allergies. It becomes very itchy and she often bites at it and starts rolling around on the carpet to help ease the pain. But as she grew older, it wasn't as bad. I was wondering if there would be a chance of her passing these problems on to any puppies. We really want to mate her, but we don't want to put anymore dogs through pain.

    • ANSWER:
      SPAY IT TODAY!
      SPAY SPAY SPAY SPAY NOW!!!
      Do *NOT* make junk...more allergy dogs!
      SPAY!!!!!...got that?

  48. QUESTION:
    Do both of my dogs have a skin condition?
    I have a 7 yr old min pin, and a 6 yr old rat terrier. I have notice that they both have been losing hair on their ears, and the min pin on her tail. When the hair comes out it feels and looks like there is dry flaky skin attached to it. The skin on their ears is almost bald with scabs on them. What is this, and is there a treatment to make the hair grow back?

    • ANSWER:
      Vet time. No one here can diagnose your dog over the Internet.
      Sounds like a bacterial infection or Sarcoptic Mange, both of which require vet intervention.

  49. QUESTION:
    How much do i feed my Jack Russell?
    I have a wonderful dog how unfortunately has a skin condition which requires medication. One of the side effects is it increases his appetite. I do feed him little and often to make it easier on him. But I would like to know how much he should be eating each day as I worry that I am over-feeding him just to keep him happy. He eats both wet and dried food, but how much would you recommend.....? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance xx

    • ANSWER:
      The suggestion on the bag is usually too much. f you can see his ribs, he is too thin, increase his food. If he does not have a "waisltine," he is too fat, cut back on the amount you feed him. If you are feeding a food that contains corn, wheat or soy, stop and find one that has none of those ingredients. Those are the most common food allergens and cause skin problems. Other common allergens are yeast, chicken, beef, eggs and dairy products. That could be the cause of the skin problem. Wellness Lamb, Barley and Salmon and Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice have none of the common allergens. They also have low ratios of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids, also good for the skin and coat.


skin conditions in dogs

Yeast Infection On Dog

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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!

  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:
    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!!

      :)

  13. 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.

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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! :)

  28. 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..

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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!!!!

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do I know if there's a yeast infection?
    Is there certain characteristics yeast infection in eyes has? My dog never had tear stains, but now she does all of the sudden and it SMELLS bad if I skip a day of washing her face.

    I'm not looking for products to get rid of the stains. I just need answers about how do I know if it's due to an infection or not, like if it's a certain color, or the odor.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If ur dog is all white its natural. If not might be the sun or light messing with the eyes, same happens to my dog. Might not even be a problem. Try to gey eye drops for itchy eyes. That could be it.

  45. 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!

  46. 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.

  47. 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!

  48. 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.

  49. 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..


yeast infection on dog

Yeast In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  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:
    Is raw yeast good for flea riddance?
    I once used raw yeast with dog food and got rid of ticks and fleas, and it seemed to impove the coat..I just can not remember how much to give per feeding.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it frequently works but it's not 100%.
      You can kill flea infestations with food grade diatomaceous earth -- great for getting rid of them in the house, yard, bedding, etc.
      Raw fed dogs and cats don't attract fleas at all. People who add foodstuffs that aren't meat however (not necessary at all since they're carnivores) will still find fleas.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can humans take brewers yeast? If so, what benefits does it offer?
    I know that you can give brewers yeast to dogs but can people take it too? What does it do? What is it good for? If it doesn't do anything beneficial then I wouldn't take it.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the first answerer. The B Vitamins are known as the anti-stress vitamins and Brewers yeast does contain these and thus taking it could help with stress. Admittedly though, these are present in small amounts. It may benefit the hair, skin and nails, from its B Vitamin content, mineral content and also from its amino acid content. Its all natural so could be considered a food (and perhaps super food) rather than nutritional supplement.

      One of its traditional uses in humans as been for the nervous system, for calming the nerves. Again, this goes back to its B Vitamin content. However, if you have been suffering from prolonged nervous exhaustion and stress, a formulated B Complex tablet may offer more benefit owing to having higher concentrations of the individual B Vitamins.Another traditional use is for healthy skin and hair.

      A typical break-down of nutrients, though this will vary from brand to brand and batch to batch:
      http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/tl/yeast.html

  5. 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!

  6. 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:

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of yeast in a dogs ears?
    i have a black lab who has yeast in his ears and it smells god awful and has my whole house stinking. ive taken him to the vets and theyve given him antibiotics and eardrops and he still has it. what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      We have a black lab that is prone to ear infections too. It's because he loves the water and it gets inside his ears. It is a nice warm place that doesn't dry out so the yeast grows readily. I can tell when his ears are bothering him because he shakes his head a lot.
      You have to get your dog use to having his ears cleaned regularly by you. Even dry then out after he/she swims and I mean dry then out deep inside too. Be firm with the command to sit, have somebody help you by holding his head. If he snaps or twists his head away just firmly say no and then continue with the treatment. Our lab doesn't like it either, but this is the way we got him to sit still finally. I can now do it by myself except on a rare occasion when his ears get badly infected and hurt him. We do it fairly often especially in the summer, he seems to have caught on that it makes him feel better though he definitely doesn't like it! There is an ear cleansing solution called "VET" solutions you can get from your vet that isn't to expensive. It keeps the inside of the ear acidic so the yeast can't grow as well. Use it regularly and it keeps the infections under control. There are Otomax drops too which you can just drop in the ears and then rub the ears at the base to distribute the med throughout the inner ear. This is used after you clean the ears. Our dog has gotten so he likes it when you rub the base of his ears.

      After it is all done make a big deal about how good a dog he was by petting and praising him. Giving him a treat too reinforces his positive behavior. (Our dog loves carrots which are a healthy treat too, we don't even buy dog biscuits anymore.)

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it true that feeding brewers yeast to pets will repel fleas?
    We've got a household full of cats and while we have only one small dog, he is a _huge_ personality and sometimes seems to take up a whole room by himself.

    The pills, and the Frontline, and drops, and flea baths, are expensive, toxic, and only work partially. I would love to stop using all of them, but we live in a warm, wet climate and fleas are _everywhere_.

    I heard that feeding brewers yeast to cats and dogs will repel fleas, and that they love to eat the stuff, besides.

    Is it true?
    .

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible to use brewer's yeast as a source of zinc and other minerals, and also as a flea repellent -- but the amounts used are small and there is a "trick" to using these so your pet doesn't become ill.

      One thing to mention: some animals are allergic to brewer's yeast, so it's best to try with a small patch of the animal's skin first to see if there is a reaction before adding the yeast to food or using it as a flea spray.

      Warm, wet climate sounds nice. Where I live (central Texas) we're in the midst of our worst drought in 50 years, and we can't even BUY rainfall!

  11. QUESTION:
    what yogart is best choice for yeast infections in my dogs ear?
    i have heard about giving dogs yogart for ear troubles. so im thinking and wondering about witch yogart should i get. if i were to explaing to a sales associat what should i say?
    and should the dog take it oraly or putit in the ear?
    im being nickeled and dimed nearly to death by going to the vet!!!!!!!!!
    if it will taist bitter to my dog ill mix it with penut butter.

    • ANSWER:
      *palmtoface*

      your dog needs medical attention, not yogurt!

      lets say yo u had an ear infection...

      Would you:
      A: go to the doctor
      B; or eat yogurt

  12. 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 ...

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it better to feed your dog home made food?
    I feed my dog homecooked food with Solid Gold vitamin supplements. I cook chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and broccolli together. (Veggies change from week to week and I somtimes add liver). This diet consist of 1/3rd meat, 1/3rd rice, 1/3rd veggies. I make crunchy home made dog biscuits with wheat germ and brewers yeast for treats. My dog appears very healthy and full of energy but I am wondering if this diet is really better for my dog than commercial dog food? I was feeding my dog California Natural lamb & rice dry dog food (a high quility dog food) until the last couple of months. Now she is completely on homemade food. I am wondering if she is missing any thing in her diet. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know about your dog but I would love to have that diet. Seriously though, your buddy is fine. Our dogs are all top breed and have always been fed home cooked meals. If the meal is well prepared and high in vitamins/minerals/fat/protein- which sure sounds like it is, they are fine. But just to be sure send me a dish or two and I'll try it.

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is your opinion on whether dogs can have leftover lasagna?
    People have told me that dogs shouldn't have tomatoes.
    My dogs are insisting that leftover lasagna wouldn't hurt them a bit.
    Should I listen to my dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      The following is a list of KNOWN canine toxins. It is not an inclusive list so do not assume that if a food is not on this list that it is safe to feed to your dog. Use your common sense also.
      onions
      garlic
      chocolate
      grapes
      raisins
      fruit pits and seeds
      macadamia nuts
      chicken bones
      cooked pork bones
      potato peelings
      green potatoes
      rhubarb leaves
      broccoli
      green parts of tomatoes
      yeast dough
      coffee
      coffee grounds
      tea
      human vitamins
      human vitamins that contain iron
      moldy food
      persimmons
      raw eggs
      raw fish
      salt
      baking soda
      baking powder
      mushrooms
      sugar-free foods
      nutmeg
      avocado
      dairy products

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    What kinds of foods are dogs not supposed to eat that could kill them?
    I just read that grapes can be toxic to dogs. I was not aware of that. I know chocolate & certain bones can splinter but other than that, what other foods can harm my dogs. Thanks in advance.
    Thank you everyone. I'm a terrible mother. I'm suprised my dogs are not dead. I promise to change my ways and do more research.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of things dogs cannot eat and the reasons why:

      Items to avoid -- Reasons to avoid

      Alcoholic beverages -- Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.

      Baby food -- Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.

      Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources -- Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.

      Cat food -- Generally too high in protein and fats.

      Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine -- Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems.

      Citrus oil extracts -- Can cause vomiting.

      Fat trimmings -- Can cause pancreatitis.

      Grapes and raisins -- Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.

      Hops -- Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.

      Human vitamin supplements containing iron -- Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.

      Large amounts of liver -- Can cause Vitamin A toxicity, which affects muscles and bones.

      Macadamia nuts -- Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.

      Marijuana -- Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

      Milk and other dairy products -- Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.

      Moldy or spoiled food, garbage -- Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.

      Mushrooms -- Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.

      Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) -- Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs.
      Garlic is less toxic than onions.

      Persimmons -- Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

      Pits from peaches and plums -- Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.

      Potato, rhubarb, and tomato leaves; potato and tomato stems-- Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock.

      Raw eggs -- Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.

      Raw fish -- Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.

      Salt :If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances.

      String -- Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."

      Sugary foods --Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.

      Table scraps (in large amounts) -- Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.

      Tobacco -- Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.

      Yeast dough -- Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

      I hope this helps.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my dogs from stinking up the whole house without the use of fancy shampoo?
    My dogs ( a lab and a husky both mixed with german shepard) stink everytime they come in and there is nothing dead in the yard for them to role in! What can I do to make them smell better?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs stink because bacteria and yeast builds up on the skin. You don't have to use a fancy shampoo. Just make sure the one you use is antimicrobial. One that is tea tree oil based works well and is not expensive or anything. Don't use oatmeal shampoos and conditioners because oatmeal is a carbohydrate and will actually feed bacteria and yeast and cause it to grow even more. You can also make a lemon rinse. Just boil some lemons in water. Once it cools down pour it over a wet coat and it will make them smell good and kill the bacteria.

  20. QUESTION:
    What kinds of foods or plants are actually poisonous to dogs?
    Everyone says that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, but I don't know if this is true, because last year my dog ate a whole bag of hershey's chocolate and he was fine. I've also been hearing that raisins and grapes are poisonous to dogs, but I don't know if that's actually true. I'd like to know what kinds of things are actually poisonous to dogs and which things aren't.

    • ANSWER:
      Some poisonous foods affect certain dogs more or less then others.
      Here's a list of harmful food and plants:
      Chocolate
      Grapes and raisins
      garlic
      onions
      macadamia nuts
      mushrooms
      citrus oils
      tomatoes & tomato plants
      poultry bones
      xylitol
      caffeine
      acetaminophen
      raw potatoes
      uncooked yeast dough
      poinsettia
      holly
      mistletoe
      lilies
      ferns
      ivy
      ficus
      philodendron
      aloe vera

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between malassezia pachydermatis and Candida albicans yeast infections?.?
    In dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      it makes them act funny and 1 dog is samller

  23. QUESTION:
    What is a homeopathic way to prevent tick bites on dogs?
    I have been finding ALOT of ticks on my two dogs lately, and I don't want my house to become infested with ticks. I want to be able to sit with my dogs and not have to worry about ticks getting on my or my furniture. If anyone knows any homeopathic ways to prevent ticks from biting my dogs, that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There isn't any - it's not truly effective, all the brewers yeast, garlic, etc. - just doesn't work well.

      Only thing absolutely works is a topical liquid every month for fleas and tix - Frontline Plus and Advantix work very well.

      You are just fooling yourself i you try all the homemade recipes, your dogs won't be protected.

      By the way, garlic is dangerous for dogs as are onions - can cause blood problems.

  24. 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!!

      :)

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I get fleas out of my house and dogs?
    Hi!
    My dogs have never had fleas and now they do, so I don't know what to do! I have tried frontline and it didn't work AT ALL. I also tried flea collers. The only thing that has worked is flea shampoo and I hate useing that stuff because I know it mustburn there skin.
    I will use the shampoo and then 1 day later my dog is already itching! They are in the house too.
    Please Help! My dog has been keeping me up all night scratching non stop! Everything I have tried but the shampoo has failed.
    Only serious answers please!
    Thanks!
    ~habu_chabu

    • ANSWER:
      There is a product called FleaBusters RX you can get from your vet, it is a powder that kills the flea eggs in your carpets. It isn't a poison, it just dries them out, so it is safe in the house. It works GREAT. We used it and at the same time used "Duratrol" Yard Control spray on all the bushes in the yard to kill the fleas, and shampood the pets. We had no further problems with fleas for over 2 years.

      I know Advantage works really well as a flea preventer for cats, I don't know if they have a dog version and if so how good it is, but if they have one I would try it.

      Also, my best friend's mom has always given her dogs a bit of yeast (I think it was brewer's yeast) with each meal. The vitamin B compounds in it repel fleas and mosquitoes and ticks -- she lives in the country and never has any problem with any of those pests, so it must work really well. I have seen her adopt stray dogs that are all mangy-looking from flea problems, and within a month or two they look perfectly healthy again from just the yeast (she doesn't use flea collars or chemical treatments of any kind).

  26. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dogs uncontrollable scratching and screeching?
    My dog is about 95 years old in dog years. She lives outside for the most part. She's constantly scratching her ears uncontrollably and screeching really loud then she shakes her head as if she's shaking out her ears. Does anyone know what can be causing this or how I can provide relief for her??

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection, ear mites, allergy induced ear infection, "cheatgrass" or "foxtail" lodged in her ear, an insect bite/s, an injury, a piece of fur.

      Could be any of those things.. The first thing you should do is take your dog into a well lit area, get a magnifying glass and a flashlight/lamp, if you don't have a magnifying glass you can use a magnifying make-up mirror instead. Get your dog to lay down and relax, if you can give the dog a toy or chew(so long as your dog doesn't have possession aggression) calm the dog first and then gently lift up the ear flap and look inside making sure you have a bright light so you can see, look into the ear canal.

      It should be healthy pink or grey skin with no crusts, or dirt or waxy buildup. It should be shiny and clean deep inside.

      If you see black/brown/reddish "dirt-like" build up in the ear canal take a cotton ball and wipe some out.. put a dab of water on it.. if it turns bloody red it's most likely your dog has "Earmites". They cause intense scratching, pain, and can lead to infection, inflammation and skin disease.

      You can buy effective and reasonably priced OTC earmite medication from your local pet store. I reccommend taking the dog to a vet for a conclusive diagnosis but if you are unwilling or unable, OTC meds will work to cure ear mites, you can even try a home remedy if that's all you can manage... Home Remedies.. http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_mites.html

      More info about OTC and vet meds and more about ear mite symptoms and treatments.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      If you look in the ear and it is dirty, waxy and with a brown/dark discharge, and a sour, foul scent.. it's most likely an infection.. bacterial. In that case you will need to bring your dog to the vet to conclusively find out what bacteria is causing the infection so you can treat it. Yeast smells yeasty, like beer or bread dough and has a yellower discharge. Again if you are unwilling or unable to go to the vet, you can try OTC ear meds or a home remedy.. Keep in mind the reason you need to see a vet is to know exactly what it is, otherwise you are just guessing and it may not work.

      Home remedies... http://www.petherbalinfo.com/pet-health-concerns/home-remedies-for-dog-ear-mites-and-ear-infections/

      Vet info.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_infections.html

      If it is allergy you will see/smell almost the same thing as an infection, except it will keep coming back no matter what you treat it with, until you determine the cause.. Could be food, inhalant, environment. In this case you should change your dogs diet to a food that has NONE of the same ingredients as the old food. If it is environmental you will need to find out the source and remove it from the dogs environment. If it is inhalant you will need to treat the dog with an anti-histamine. For more about allergies and treatment go here.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_food_allergies.html
      Inhalant allergies... http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_inhalant_allergies.html

      If it is cheat grass or foxtail, or hair.. the ear will appear healthy and clean except you may be able to see pieces of grass or hair deep in the ear canal, your dog may have also injured herself scratching or shaking her head. Either way she will need a vet to safely remove the grass/hair and treat the injuries with antibiotics etc.

      Hopefully your dog didn't shake her head too much and give herself an Aural hematoma.. if that is the case her ear flap(the outer flap) will be filled with liquid like a small balloon and hot to the touch. This is a very painful condition caused by a broken blood vessel in the ear due to shaking of the head. It could easily cause a dog to cry out in pain. My dog had one, and trust me it is best if you take the dog to the vet and get the ear surgically drained and sutured open to allow it to drain and head. Again if you can't go to the vet, you can drain it yourself using a sterile syringe or razor blade to drain the ear. You will have to clean it and drain it daily and make sure it doesn't get infected. It's best to leave that to the vet but it's possible to do it on your own if you have no other choice. They also can be left to heal on their own but it leaves the ear deformed and thickened.. I know my dog's previous owners did this to her and her ear was ruined. It is thick and lumpy.

      More on Aural Hematomas.. and their treatment. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_aural_hematoma.html

      Good luck, hope I helped you help your dog..

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I mix tea tree oil to clean my dogs ears?
    She consantly gets yeast in her ears (she's a golden who doesn't like the water, so never even gets her head wet) and the vet meds are costly. I heard tea tre oil works but I don't know how to use it. Also, does it sting?

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT use tree oil or anything else not recommended by your vet in your dog's ears.
      Surely you can get the meds to combat your poor dog's ear infections, this is NOT a luxury, it is an absolute health necessity.
      This time, listen carefully to your vet's instructions as to how to clean your dog's ears properly, then follow through consistently. Dogs do not get constant ear infections if you clean their ears and keep them dry.

      If you were bothered by this very annoying, itchy, dangerous fungus - which is what yeast is - you would not be looking for cheap substitutes for what is needed to clear up the infection. Your dog deserves to be well, this is NOT the place to try to save money.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing to use for a dogs ears?
    My dog scratches his right ear all day, that one ear smells bad too and we're going to take him to the vet but is there anything i can use now? What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I have a website all about Standard Poodles and there is a page all about ear care. Check it out, it might help. He probably has a yeast infection or ear mites.

      http://www.standardpoodlesusa.com/ear-care.html

  30. QUESTION:
    how can i balance my dogs yeast level?
    i have an 11 week old pug puppy that is suffering from vaginitis, dermatitis, and a yeast infection in her ears. i know for women with yeast infections they can take natural pils taht help balance their yeast level. is there anything i can do to help my puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppies dermatitis and vaginitis have to be treated with antibiotics. As far as your dog's yeast infection it needs to be treated with otic antifungal medication. Miconazole is a popular medication that veterinarians prescribe. The mechanism for yeast infection in women is completely different from a yeast infection in a dog's ears so it can't be treated with by "balancing" a yeast level. You have to get rid of most of the yeast which is what the anti-fungal medications are for. The yeast grows in the ear because the environment in the ear may be favorable. The yeast like warm, moist, and dark areas. And yogurt won't work to treat this problem either. Also the signs that your puppy is showing may be an indication that your puppy may be developing some type of allergy. Allergies are a common cause of yeast infections in the ears. You should definitely have your puppy seen by a veterinarian not only to get the ear infection, dermatitis, and vaginitis treated, you should also have your dog evaluated for a possible allergy whether food or environmental.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for bread yeast to ferment in a dogs stomach and make beer?
    Someone told a story about a dog that ate bread dough and then was intoxicated. This story doesn't seem plausible to me, but I just couldn't find the words to explain why this wasn't possible. Can someone please help me out?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever eaten a bite/slice/loaf of bread and gotten drunk from it? No. Of course not. Bread yeast (and brewer's yeast) require a pH in the 4-6 range to ferment. Gastric acid in the stomach has a pH of 1-3.

      Log this one with the pigeons that explode after eating rice thrown at weddings.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my homemade dog biscuits from molding?
    If I put them in a pastic container or a ziploc bag, they mold within 2 days. Some ingredients are chicken broth, wheat flour, cornmeal and yeast. I even leave them in the oven over night. Can I put them in a dehydrator?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep enough out for your dog for 2 days and freeze the rest. Take them out as you need them. You must love your baby a lot to make homemade biscuits for him/her.

  33. 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.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there are any home remedies for skin allergies for dogs?
    My dog itches a lot after she goes outside. her tummy gets red and she itches a lot. I don't want to bathe her after every time I take her out. Is there any home remedies to stop the itching? I have heard of giving her baby bendryl but it just makes her sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of using brewers yeast to help with skin irritation in dogs.... putting it in their food... check with the health food store.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I help comfort my pug with a yeast infection in the ear?
    I took my pug to the vet about a month ago with brown wax in her ears. The vet examined the wax and determined it was yeast. He gave me an ear cleaning solution for her. I have been using it ever since, and the left ear seems to be getting better, but the right has now become swollen. She definitely seems uncomfortable, and I cannot get her back into the vet for another week. Is there anything else I can do to help ease her discomfort until I get her seen?

    • ANSWER:
      if your dog has an ear infection, nothing but medication from the vet is going to help ... and it would be very easy for that ear infection to spread and so close to the brain, i personally would not wait a week to get it looked at ... my dog can start shaking her head in the morning, signalling an ear infection, and when i apply the medication from the vet she has comfort within half an hour ... once i waited just two days and the infection had taken over and required at least three times the amount of medication to fix (not to mention the discomfort to my poor dog) ... and if your dog does get chronic yeasty ears, you might consider adding organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with mothers to the dogs diet (not heinz from the grocery store) ... 1/4 teaspoon on both the breakfast and supper food and it will change your dogs body chemistry to more acidic and the dog will not get yeasty ears ... i have had my dog on apple cider vinegar for over a year with not one ear issue ... and my friend has a pug with yeasty ears and i looked after him for six weeks, giving him apple cider vinegar, and his ears cleared up, my friend was shocked cuz the dog had had funky ears for life ...

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    What can I make with Nutritional Yeast Flakes?
    I purchased nutritional yeast flakes at the health food store, but not quite sure what to do with them. I know they are a great source of nutrients. I don't eat cheese and was told I could use them as "cheese substitute".... I'm clueless. HELP?

    • ANSWER:
      Use it as a condiment sprinkled on the evening meal, rice and vegetables, or on popcorn for snack time.
      Add 1/2 teaspoon per 1 cup liquid to gravies and sauces.
      Add a tablespoon per 2 cups mixture to vegetable, bean and grain burgers.
      Use 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast along with each cup of flour or meal in baked goods.
      Make a yeast "cheese" to adorn a vegan pizza or lasagna.
      Add it to your cat or dog's food to help eliminate fleas and promote a healthy coat and good general nutrition

  39. 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.

  40. 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??????

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    What foods can be harmful to dogs?
    What foods can be harmful to a dogs health? I have a Volpino Italiano that is over a year old, if you needed to know more.
    Other than grapes or onions, what other fruits and should i keep away from my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      - chocolate (2 oz of dark chocolate can harm a 10 lb dog).
      - grapes/raisins
      - avocados
      - macadamia nuts
      - alcohol
      - drinks with caffeine
      - dough (uncooked dough with yeast will still rise in a dog's stomach and cause severe bloating, pain, and vomiting).
      - small, poultry bones
      - salt
      - dairy products, although only very little may be given.
      - fatty foods
      - foods sweetened with xylitol
      - spoiled foods
      - too much of any human food is bad

  43. QUESTION:
    Hoe can you get rid of dog ear mites naturally at home ?
    Hello, is there wa way to get treat a dogs ears at home, they look red, , itchy and mitey.

    Can they go from dogs to humans ( i hope not !!)

    Thanks !!!!.

    • ANSWER:
      Before you start trying to treat with something from home you need to know what you are treating. It could be mites but it could also be bacteria or even yeast. Please take to a vet for an ear exam first so you know what it is. If it is mites your vet will prescribe the correct medication. The vet will probably also send home - or recommend - a good ear cleaner to use after bathing and as a preventative.

      Mites are contagious so all animals in the environment should be treated. You cannot get them, but obviously use protection while treating.

  44. QUESTION:
    My dog had the antibiotic shot called Convenia today, can I still give her probiotics with this?
    I always give my dog probiotics when she is on antibiotics. I wait 4-5 hours after her antibiotics to give her probiotics. Convenia is a one time shot that stays in their blood for 2 weeks, I wanted to know if it would still be alright to give her probiotics or would it have a bad effect on the Convenia?

    • ANSWER:
      No, it should be fine. I like iFlora brand from the health food store, or will give kefir to drink (more species of beneficial bacteria/yeasts than yoghurt).

  45. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog starting to bite people all of a sudden?
    I adopted a hairless chinese crested about 2 months ago. Untile this weekend she seemed to like everyone (people and other dogs) but for some reason she has been running behind people and biting the back of their legs. All of these people she has been around and seemed quite comfortable. The only thing that has changed is that is shaved some of her hair off her back and face but surely that wouldn't alter her personality. I don't know what has gotten into her! ANY IDEAS?
    Also, How do I correct this behavior?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of times dogs will go through "instant" personality changes when they are experiencing some type of pain that you can't see on the outside. Ulcers, infected tooth, yeast infection in the ear, something lodged in the paw pad, are all common culprits. Before addressing the behavioral issue, I really suggest a trip to the vet to be sure there's nothing going on that you can't see. Also, keep in mind a dog you buy/adopt won't show its true personality until it has settled into the home, which usually does take a couple months. If all medical issues are ruled out, then you have to find out WHERE this aggression is stemming from. Is it being territorial? Is it resource guarding? Is it fear based? Is she doing this all over the house? Is she doing it near her kennel or food dish? Is she doing this to people who are coming towards her? If it's the first, it's probably territorial. The second, resource guarding. The third, fear based. Territorial and resource guarding can be corrected the exact same way, fear based can be more involved. When she goes to nip someone, put yourself BETWEEN her and the person. Walk towards her. She should immediately back up. Tell her "NO." in a low voice, don't yell. Repeat this several times. She should eventually lose interest in the person. When she is calm and minding her own business, have the person she was aggressing towards give her a small treat. If when you try to block her, she slips between your legs or still won't lay off, I suggest putting a leash on her. I would use a normal leather or nylon collar and not a choke chain as the Chinese crested doesn't have much fat/hair to protect her throat. Give the leash a hard tug, and say NO. Immediately force her into a position on her side (gently, but firmly). She will probably scream, wiggle, and possibly even bite. Still, don't let her up until she is quiet and holding still. When you let her up, odds are really low that she will go for it again instantly. If she does, repeat. You will have to work with her for quite awhile until she is reliably not going after people. CONSISTENCY is the name of the game here. You (or someone else who won't panic or use a high voice) must be able to do this EVERY time she tries to bite. If this is fear based, you need to find the variable that is scaring her. Lots of new company, a friend visiting with their dog, someone's child pulling on her? Look long and hard for something that could be scaring the dog. I also recommend getting her on a predictable routine. This should help immensley (also do the actions I suggested for resource guarding/territorial behavior) Dogs thrive on having a schedule. Feeding, walking, playing, etc. all at the same time. It's very soothing for a dog to feel like a member of a stable pack. Also be sure she is getting enough walking, a dog with a lot of energy can direct it towards negative things. Hope this helps, good luck!

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is everything a dog is allergic to?
    I know chocolate is bad for dogs.. Can somebody give me a whole list of things they are allergic too? Thankyou! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs are not "allergic" to chocolate. Allergies are when the body mounts an immune response to a protein that does not actually pose a threat - i.e. when peanuts cause your immune system to mount an irritation and swelling response even though peanuts won't actually hurt you normally.

      Chocolate, on the other hand, is a POISON to dogs that actually causes physiological damage apart from an over reactive immune system.

      Here is a "short list" of common foods that humans eat that are or can be toxic to dogs:

      *Garlic
      *Chocolate
      *Coffee/caffeine
      *Grapes and raisins
      *Alcohol
      *Macadamia nuts
      *Onions
      *Dairy products
      *Raw yeast dough

      Dogs can also have allergies, the most common allergens for dogs are grains, but dogs may also be allergic to various meats, fruits, eggs, and any other plant or animal food source.

  49. QUESTION:
    How does a guinea pig get a yeast infection in there ear?
    Can a dog and a guinea pig play together?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is a fungus that thrives in damp, warm areas. It is possible to get a yeast infection anywhere on the body that these two conditions exist.

      I would not allow a dog & piggie to play together. You're asking for trouble.


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