Ear Mites

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any good home remedies for ear mites in cats?
    My cat has ear mites should i go to the vets and buy medicine or make cheap remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      Some of those ear mite medicines will MELT PLASTIC, so I use Mineral Oil in my cat's ears. Mineral oil will suffocate the mites, and you can wipe them out with a cotton ball.

      Once you get rid of the ear mites, you can keep them away by cleaning the cat's ears once a week. I got some "pet wipes" at Petsmart, and use those to clean the ears. Works great.

      Hope this helps........Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a natural remedy for ear mites?
    My dog has ear mites. I know most people would say to take him to the vet, but all the vet does is gives him an antibiotic, which isn't good for him. Just like it isn't good to give a person antibiotics all the time. I know there are homemade remedies, but which ones work the best and are safe? If you are just going to tell me to take him to the vet, or that i don't care about him, please don't answer this question. Thanks.
    He is a bichon frise.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Thornits Ear Powder for my dogs. I order it in from the UK.

      I started using it in desperation after 3 visits to the vet didn't solve the ear mite situation for my beagle.

      Here's a link - This is who I order from:

      http://cgi.ebay.com/Thornit-Ear-Cleaning-Powder-for-Dogs-20g_W0QQitemZ150354279455QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Pet_Supplies_Dogs?hash=item2301d03c1f&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12%7C66%3A2%7C39%3A1%7C72%3A1240%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

      ~v

  3. QUESTION:
    Can I transfer ear mites from one cat to another with my hands?
    Someone told me ear mites are transferred strictly from one cat to another, I just want to be sure. Is handwashing enough to stop any transfer of mites?
    The cat with the mites was a rescued kitten that went to the dog warden this morning, I'm concerned I might have transferred the mites to my housecat.
    I did wash my hands, but I'm thinking I could have slipped up, it was a very long night.
    If I did accidentally transfer mites to my cat, anyone know how long before I'll see symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Wash your hands. If you hold the kitten and then hold the other cat you may infect him. They live in the ear and crawl on top of the head. Ear mites do not live long off the pet.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best homemade/natural remedy for ear mites in felines?
    I have a lifetime experience with cats to know it's ear mites, so a 0+ exam fee for a medication that will be jacked up to isn't worth it when I know that nature has wonderful alternatives for everything. It's just been a long time since I've been faced with this problem, so I never bothered to look into it again.

    Trolling will be reported. Don't be rude or answer if you have no idea, please.

    • ANSWER:
      There is really no homemade or natural remedy that I know of but I do know that most decent pet stores like PetCo or Petsmart sell earmite medicince for cats at a fraction of the cost that a vet will sell it to you. I agree with you...when you KNOW it's earmites it really sucks that you get charged a vet visit for them to confirm what you already knew...your cat has ear mites. We use the over the counter stuff and it works great and the cost is about -20 a bottle for the better stuff. Go for the better stuff, it works faster and you do not have to use it as long as the cheaper stuff. We learned from experience the cheap stuff takes like 6 weeks to kill the earmites completely and then it takes two bottles. If you go for the more expensive meds you use less and have to use for a shorter time frame and it works better. We also bought ear wash for our cats as well. We would use the ear wash first to clean out all the crusty crap from the mites and then put in the medication....this allows the medication to work better instead of setting on top of all the crusty crap and having to ooze down through that mess to get to the mites. You can make your own ear wash...all your really need is one of those cheap travel sized bottle from the sample isle of your local wal-mart or target store. Get a bottle with a top on it like a lotion bottle so when you squeeze it a stream of water will come out. Fill that bottle with warm (NOT HOT) water and wash out the ears and the gently dry them with a soft cloth. Your cat might actually like this because it feels soooo good to clean all the crap out of his ears. Once all the crap is cleaned out then put in the medicine.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to tell the difference between ear infection and ear mites in a dog?
    I have a 9 month old maltipoo. He has a black discharge in his ears. But it's not like what you'd expect with ear mites (it doesn't look like coffee grounds which I've read is common.) It smells really bad and no matter what I've tried at home I can seem to figure it out. I tried using rubbing alcohol like I do for my other dog but it just won't clear up. My vet is out of town for the month so I can't see him now. So is this ear mites or an infection? Is it something that should be looked at right away or can it wait till the vet is back at then end of the month? Anything else I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites are usually brown and hard to clean out. Sounds like it could be an infection..I would take the dog to another vet then to have it checked out. Not only can it cause damage to th ears, I imagine that it is not very comfortable for the dog!

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of ear mites in cats?
    My cat Ginormo has ear mites really bad, and I've used Heartz and some similar products but not had much results. It bothers him alot and I'd like to help him. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      My cat has ear mites too, and like you, I used the over-the-counter crap too. A week later--after the medicine--she was scratching so bad she was bleeding. I took her to the vet, where they had to put her to sleep to clean her ears out, and they said her scratching had resulted in an infection. The day's total was 1. So go to the vet and get good medicine before it deteriorates to the costly and dangerous situation I had to deal with. You probably wouldn't have to take the cat, just go in and buy their medicine. They gave me two medications, one each for mites and infection, and the most expensive one was .

      I learned from the vet that if one of your cats has mites, they all do. Also, if it progresses without proper treatment the can destroy it's ear from scratching and infection. I've personally seen some feral cats with balancing problem (walking wobbly) because the mites had destroyed the inner ear.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of ear mites in puppy and house?
    I brought a new pup home yesterday from rescue shelter and his ears are making him insane. They itch constantly and he is just whining and rubbing his head all over the place. If he has ear mites, which I assume is the case...

    1. How do I get rid of them?

    2. Would they have passed to my other adult dog? IF so, how do I treat him?

    3. Will there be infestations in the house/clothes/bedding etc. How do I get rid of it?

    I'm a freak about this kind of stuff!

    • ANSWER:
      See your vet. Ear mites aren't all that common in dogs. It is probably an ear infection and easily treated. No your other dog probably would not get them. Your house will not be infested.

      Bless you for adopting a pound puppy!

      .

  8. QUESTION:
    What is a natural remedy for ear mites?
    My dog has ear mites. I know most people would say to take him to the vet, but all the vet does is gives him an antibiotic, which isn't good for him. Just like it isn't good to give a person antibiotics all the time. I know there are homemade remedies, but which ones work the best and are safe? If you are just going to tell me to take him to the vet, or that i don't care about him, please don't answer this question. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to ear mites & the treatment needed. In spite of your claim, there are no homemade remedies & vets don't treat mite infection(if that is what your dog has) with antibiotics.

      http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      There are several treatments available & you can discuss treatment options & costs with your vet.

  9. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of putting Frontline in a cats ears to treat ear mites?
    My vet treated ear mites in my cat by putting 2 drops of Frontline in each ear, then the rest on the back of the neck. A member of our family claims her vet says we should not put Frontline in the ears. I have done some research and found out that Frontline can be used to treat ear mites, but I have not seen anything about putting it in my cats ears. Typically it just goes on the back of the neck. Is it OK to put in the ears?

    • ANSWER:
      As a certified veterinary technician I can tell you it is not a common practice to use frontline for ear mites
      Fipronil which is frontline has been shown to kill ear mites when applied to the ears.
      It is used off label.
      Which means its has not been extensively studied and the manufacturer is not responsible for any adverse effects. Research does support frontline to be effective against ear mites.
      Some cats do have adverse reactions when frontline is applied to the ears.
      Cats hate having anything in their ears and may not tolerate it.
      That is why using a product like revolution is so easy.
      Its applied to the cats neck and still gets the ear mites.

      So fear not your vet is not a hack just not conventional.

  10. QUESTION:
    How effective is Revolution for killing ear mites in cats?
    I braught my 11 week old kitten to the vet because i could see she had a bunch of gunk in her ear, sure enough it was ear mites. The vet said it was pretty bad and cleaned out her ears. The vet gave her revolution. 1 week later after her ears were cleaned out i am starting to see a little bit of dirt/black stuff in her ears. So i was wondering is this because the medication is not complete, or will it take a while to kill the ear mites or is it even ear mites at all at this point?

    • ANSWER:
      It takes a long time to be 100% rid of ear mites.

      The treatment with Revolution needs to be repeated a couple of more times at 4 week intervals.

      In the meantime you can help get rid of some of the mites. You need cotton balls and olive oil. squeeze the excess oil out of the cotton ball so it is just a bit oily and gently swab the more outer visible parts of inside the cat's ear. Then take a clean cotton ball and remove the oil film in the ear along with all the "ear mite gunk" the oil has loosened.
      In doing so you will also smother and remove some of the mites.

      Do not use a q-tip and do not go far into the cat's ear! Only the part that is readily visible.

      Continue with the Revolution. That will eventually get rid of them entirely.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of ear mites in a kitten?
    she is 2 months old. im not 100% sure if it is ear mites, but there is black debris in her ears.

    she will be going to the vet for it....but i honestly prefer NATURAL ways to get rid of things...

    products are getting hard to trust anymore.

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites are common in kittens. They are parasites that enter into the ear and go into the ear canal. They can be very irritating to the cat and can cause inflammation. The black stuff you are seeing is excrement from the mites so chances are good that it is advanced at this point.
      Take your kitten to the vet and explain that you would like a natural treatment if possible. Some vets will work with you on this, but I would suggest to take their advice if they prescribe ear drops. It may not be fun for you or your cat to put the drops in, but you have to get rid of the mites and most natural remedies only treat the symptoms-- not getting all the mites out so re-infestation occurs.

  12. QUESTION:
    Can Ear Mites or an Ear Infection in a dog Cause Bad Breath?
    I have a 5 months old Miniature rat terrier and I THINK that she has ear mites. There are black grain like thingys in her ear that resemble coffee grain. She also has extremely bad breath that she can't seem to get rid of.

    Is there a chance that stubborn ear mites could cause stubborn bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      no that will not cause bad breath, dogs just have stinky breath sometimes, maybe she needs her teeth cleaned, but you really do need to get rid of the ear mites

  13. QUESTION:
    How to tell if my kitty has ear mites? And what does it look in the ear?
    I see my kitty scratch only one of her ears. She doesn't scratch the other one a lot. Theirs a bit of less hair near the ears then the other one.Also she's an indoor cat. So, can she still get ear mites? I looked in her ears and I only saw really small pieces of brown(then she meowed and moved away). But I think thats ear wax. She has a shot coming up on the 2nd so I will ask the vet then. I have 1 other cat and I checked his ear and he seems fine.

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites look like coffee grounds stuck to the inside of the ears.
      Yes, one ear could be more infected than the other.
      Both cats need treatment (regardless of symptoms) to completely elliminate the infestation.

      The vet can tell you more. DON'T USE ANY "OVER THE COUNTER" OR "HOME REMEDIES". They make more of a mess than they actually help anything.

      Cheers!

  14. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for ear mites in kittens to go away ?
    So a week ago I noticed symptoms of ear mites in a kitten I just adopted , and immediately took her to the vet , she dug all the crap out of her ears and gave me this medicine ... So im wondering when will they go away ? And are they contagious to rabbits ?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites are a common infestation and are easily spread between cats and other animals. Treatment of ear mites involves removing the debris from the ears and using a topical insecticide in the ear canal to kill off the remaining mites and new mites that hatch out of eggs left behind. All animals in the house have to be treated -- if you don't, the ear mites that you get rid of from one cat will just take up residence in another cat's (or a dog's ) ears. Takes a couple days

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of ear mites for my dog?
    Hello, My name is Amber and some friends have moved in with my family and I. Well there dog started itching her ears just recently and we think she might have ear mites. Some friends have given us slight ideas on how to get rid of the mites but none have worked. If you could please help me that would help.
    Thanks,
    Amber =]

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had a problem with ear mites last summer. I took her to the vet and all the vet said was to pick up a bottle of mineral oil, put it on a cotton swab or paper towel and wipe the inside of her ears down with it. So if you know for a fact it's ear mites, that's the cheapest thing to do. If you're not sure, you might want to consider taking the dog to the vet to find out.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some effective remedies for ear mites in dogs?
    I recently took in a stray. We are having his shots and vet care done next week, but I have noticed him constantly shaking his head and flopping his ears so I cleaned him ears with damp q-tips. Then I looked online and his symptoms match those of ear mites. Please give some suggestions. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't commonly get ear mites...the only way to know for sure if it is indeed earmites is to get it properly diagnosed by your vet. Self diagnosing and self medicating is not a good idea..you can do serious harm to the ear and if it is an infection and not mites you can make it worse and treatment harder.

  17. QUESTION:
    Do my cats have ear mites or an infection?
    I have two cats: one with very mild brown ear wax and she rarely scratches her ears - the other has brown discharge, very itchy, and red (but only one ear).
    I have treated them both for 3 months with revolution for ear mites. The one cat is fine, the other has had no success. I have a few more months of revolution from the vet. Should I keep treating them with that or could it be something else?
    Could the vet have made a mistake and it isn't ear mites? I don't understand how one cat could have them and the other not when they are so contagious.

    • ANSWER:
      cats can get ear infections or ear mites. and they are contagious, but your cat didn't get them because she didn't touch or lick the cat with the infection's ear.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long should I wait to expose an ear-mite infected cat to another after medicine?
    We're picking up a new cat at the shelter on Saturday. She's been treated for ear mites already (today, actually). I was wondering how long I should keep her away from my existing cat to be sure that he won't be getting them. Is the medicine immediate, or should I wait a bit?
    I understand that most applications take a while - my first cat got ear mites and we had to give him medicine for a few weeks by ear daily. Oddly, this medicine is apparently only administered once.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think you need to wait. We had a particular set of cats together for 16 years. The same one would always get ear-mites and the other would never get them and they were both inside cats. The medicine is pretty immediate too so I wouldnt worry too much.

  19. QUESTION:
    Are there any over the counter remedies for ear mites on a dog?
    I have a lab and he is just miserable because of ear mites. I do have an appt with the vet next week, but he is miserable now, does anyone have any suggestions that would help? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Before you do anything, you have to clean out any crust that might be in your dogs ear. To do this get some baby oil/ mineral oil in an eye dropper. Put some in your dogs ears and let is sit for a few hours. When the crust is soft, gently wipe it off, because any pressure could hurt your dog. Make sure you take the crust out of the small folds in its ear because that’s where the mites congregate and create more.

      Now that that is done, most pet stores carry over the counter medication for ear mites. Just make sure they have pyrethrins in the ingredients. This is an insecticide that is made from a flower which is not poisonous to your dog. Before you do anything, read the instructions because it varies with each brand. Apply a few drops into each ear and then rub your dogs ears so it can get into the corners. Remember that ear mites jump from animal to animal, so if you have another pet, I would do it to them too. Good luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Can Ear mites cause a cat to hude and act afraid of noises and people?
    My roommate has a two year old cat and she was wondering if ear mites could be causing him to hide and act like he's afraid of people or could it be something else because we have company and the person that is here talks really loud could this be it?

    • ANSWER:
      I run a rescue group for kittens and cats, and have seen many with ear mites. Although i treat each cat for ear mites as a precaution, the first sign i notice in a cat that does have ear mites is their frantic scratching. They go nuts! They have horrible scratching that is unsatisfied in their ears due to the ear mites. And cat's ears are very sensitive. When their ears are bothering them, they often go crazy, run around, and eventually hide.

      Please treat the cat for ear mites. You can buy the liquid drops at your vet's office for only a few dollars, no appointment needed. And it wont hurt to treat kitty even if they don't have ear mites. Keep in mind that leaving ear mites untreated can cause much damage to kitties ears in the long run!

  21. QUESTION:
    What is a natural remedy for ear mites in dogs?
    My dog has ear mites. I know most people would say to take him to the vet, but all the vet does is gives him an antibiotic, which isn't good for him. Just like it isn't good to give a person antibiotics all the time. I know there are homemade remedies, but which ones work the best and are safe? If you are just going to tell me to take him to the vet, or that i don't care about him, please don't answer this question. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil... Just put some on a q-tip or cotton ball and clean the ears out. It'll kill the mites.

  22. QUESTION:
    Any ideas for natural cat ear mite remedies?
    Since we got a new kitten on Christman 2008, both of our cats seem to have ear mites. Do you have any natural remedies for ear mites so that we might avoid a vet bill?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no natural remedies to cure ear mites plus if you buy something from pet stores, it could be dangerous for your cats. You need something from the vet. Leaving ear mites untreated can cause serious damage to their ears! Get some revolution, doesn't cost that much!

      Drink, drink, drink"

  23. QUESTION:
    How can I help my kitten's itchy ears until can get him to the vet for ear mite treatment?
    My 5-month-old kitten seems to have ear mites...he's scratching at his ears and has some flecks of dark wax in his ear, so it's either that or an infection. Either way, I don't think the vet will be able to see him for at least a few days. He seems to be pretty uncomfortable, and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of things that I could do in the meantime to help alleviate the itching. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      You can go to your local Walmart and buy ear mite treatment. Its pretty cheap.. around .

      Just follow the directions on the package and if you use every day for about 10 days the ear mites will die but it only takes a few days for your kitty to feel much better and not so itchy!

      WARNING: Kitties don't enjoy getting drops in their ears and I recommend having someone help you hold him/her while you apply the drops!

  24. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for an ear infection for a dog from ear mites?
    I believe he has had ear mites and I've been using a store bought solution..but now I smell that ear infection smell and he's shaking his head often. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs to be seen by the vet to find out what he actually has. The vet can then prescribe the correct medication which will actually help this poor dog. Don't you know that ear infections are very, very painful? Get him to the vet.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can ear mites on cats be treated without seeing a vet?
    I recently got a kitten from a farm and have been told it may have ear mites. Can this be treated without seeing a vet?

    • ANSWER:
      PLEASE see a vet... I am talking from horrible, personal experience here. We had a cat that had ear mites, my parents never treated it even though I begged them to take her to the vets... it got so bad her ear got beyond repair and she passed away. She couldn't balance properly and couldn't even eat her food without falling over.

      So please get her to the vets ASAP!!

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my cat has ear mites?
    How can I tell if my kitten has ear mites? She has been scratching at her left ear quite a bit today.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of symptoms:

      1. your cat will scratch his ears due to itchiness

      2. will shake his head due to itchiness

      3. your cat's ears will be painful to touch, so the ears may be lying flat

      4. there may be an odour coming from the ears

      5. inside the ear, you will find a dark, reddish-brown or even black (looks like coffee grounds) wax this is a mixture of wax and blood and ear mites

      The reality is, ear mites can cause damage to your cats ears and you need to see a vet to properly diagnose (under microscope) and then provide the right treatment

      The treatment is inexpensive....untreated ....will be more costly

      Having said all of this, maybe your kitty just has a little itch - so check for the above symptoms first...

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy for dogs with ear mites?
    My dog keeps shaking her head like she has ear mites, any suggestions, besides taking her to a vet, any home remedies maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      There are NO home remedies and it may not be earmites. It could be an allergy to her food, flea dust, grass, something in your house, etc - your dog really does need to see a vet. She could also have an ear infection that could be caused by build-up of ear drainage or tooth decay. Please take your dog to the vet! Good Luck

  28. QUESTION:
    what are good medications for ear mites for dogs?
    My dogs have been scratching their ears to where it bleeds. I want to know the best way to kill ear mites.

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy over the counter ear mite drops for dogs at Walmart or go to your vet. If you're sure its ear mites, you might try soak Q-tips in regular cooking oil. (use clean oil) Thoroughly swab inside the dogs ear with the Q-tip, don't go too deep! The oil will kill the mites.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of my dogs ear mites?
    My dog has had ear mites for awhile and i ready need to get rid of them. She's doing the whole head shaking thing and i can tell that it is driving her crazy. The one problem too is when people come over and play with her, they make a mistake and hit her ear and she cries, i feel so sorry for her, please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Do they make ear drops for that? or is that just for cats? You can get some at the store.

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

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

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

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

  31. QUESTION:
    Could ear mites in cats get so bad that they go into the digestive system?
    My cat has very bad ear mites and digestive problems that come when she has problems with her ears. Could they have gotten into her digestive system, acting like worms? Vets have tested for worms and not found anything wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      No but the mites could give her a bad infection which, if allowed to fester, could make her very ill. I hope you are treating the mites?

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for cats to have eye problems while having ear mites?
    My cats have ear mites right now and I noticed that all of their eyes are starting to shut and they have a lot of eye discharge. It started off with one cat but then they all started to get it is that due to the ear mites, or something else?
    It's happened within last week. and most of the time they overcome being sick and yes they are all nuetered.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm appalled that you would even ask this question!!

      How can you be so callous about ALL your cats having ear mites ?!?

      (I read about a veterinarian who experimentally put ear mites in his own ears. He could bear it for only 3 days: he said it was literally driving him crazy.)

      Now, their eyes are getting really messed up, and you want to blame it on the ear mites !?!

      If you're not able/willing to take proper care of your cats, why do you have them at all?

      (My guess is because they're the offspring of others, not neutered!)

  33. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to get rid of Ear mites out of my dogs ears?
    My dog is taring her ears up because she has ear mites well that was we think. She does shake her head and just scratch constantly. I have no money to take her to the vet so i was wondering if their is a good way at home i can do that will get rid of them. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't commonly get ear mites. You need to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to treat ear mites without getting bit?
    so my lab has really bad ear mites and we are having the hardest time treating them because everytime we go to put the ear drops in her ears she tries to bite us. I really dont know what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      Get a muzzle or have someone else hold his mouth shut. And with ear mites, there may be a presence of fleas so check to make sure he has none! (fleas cause tapeworm if they are injested).

  35. QUESTION:
    can people get ear mites from animals?
    I think my cat has ear mites and am worried about my children and myself getting them is that possible?
    just found the cat and was concerned,im planning on taking the cat to the vet ,just making sure it dont belong to anyone.

    • ANSWER:
      yes actually it is uncommon but not unheard of for humans to contract ear mites from cats, especially if you have a cat that likes to sleep up by your pillows.

      Good Luck!

      www.carewhiz.com

  36. QUESTION:
    How much does it cost to get ear mites treated?
    I brought a kitten home about a week and a half ago, and I think he has ear mites. I have two other cats, so I may need them treated as well. How much would it cost? Or what's a good estimate?

    • ANSWER:
      All vets charge differently. Just call around, they will give you the answer your looking for. It's a fairly common thing to treat in animals so it's not too costly, but the visit will cost extra to examine your cat. My vet charges 33 for the examination plus the tests to see if they are mites (about 10-20 dollars) and the treatment. The treatment can include an ear flush, or just a drop you put in yourself.

      Your best bet is to call around.

  37. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of ear mites using over the counter medicine?
    im not sure if she has ear mites but she is scratching her ears alot.
    dam its hard to take her to the vet shes afraid

    • ANSWER:
      Check the inside of her ears for some brown waxy build up that is a sure sign of ear mites. Clean them out with a cotton ball and alcohol til you get all of it out then you can treat with an over the counter med.

  38. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your cat has ear mites?
    What are the signs that they have ear mites?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites in a cat or dogs ears, actually look like they have coffee grinds in them. The other answer's above mine give other great symtoms. The head shaking and scratching. You can buy ear mite solutions over the counter, but it would be best to get it from their vet.

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I do to ease my cat's ear mite irritation until we can see a vet?
    My cat either has ear mites or an ear infection. She's showing all the symptoms. We can't take her in until next week due to financial restrictions. Is there a way I can help her be more comfortable until we can take her in to be treated?

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT buy the over the counter ear mite medicine, I did and it burned the inside of my cat's ear, my vet says the OTC stuff is TOO harsh (when she showed me down into my kitty's ear it made me want to cry).

      She did tell me that I could use a few drops of Sweet Oil and that it can comfort the itchy ear until you can see your vet. All vets sell the medication your kitty needs.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do I treat my dog's ear mites?
    I recently found out that my dog has ear mites. She has the symptoms: crusty black ear discharge, a bit of inflammation, and she shakes her head. But how do I treat it? It's only one ear that is infected but it looks kinda bad! She has a bit of inflammation and little lumps from all that scratching. How do I help her? Any remedies anyone knows? Or any brand names of medicine to purchase at the store?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have a cat? Usually it is cats who get ear mites and dogs who are close to them can get it.

      Maybe you should have a vet take a look at the ear.

      If it is an ear infection, Zymox Otic will take care of it. It is an otc product available at most pet stores. I usually tell people to read the reviews on Amazon. They say it better than I can.

      As for mites, a little olive oil placed in the ear for several days will drown the mites.

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of ear mites in kittens ears? natuarl and cheap?
    I've recently found out my kitten has ear mites, and I was wondering if there is a natural way to get rid of them? And if its pretty cheap to get??
    My kitten has his shots, and is up to date on them. I don't want to pay a huge amount of money just to get rid of ear mites. Thanks anyways, if i wanted to be told how to take care of my kitten i would of asked. I'm asking about ear mites, not his shots.

    • ANSWER:
      In the long run it will be cheaper if you take your kitten to the vet and have the kitten treated properly the first time. Many over the counter and home remedies are dangerous and sometimes fatal to pets.

      And, this is a good time to make sure your kitten is up to date with vaccinations and schedule the very IMPORTANT appointment for spay/neuter.

      good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I safely kill ear mites in my cat's ears?
    My cat has had ear mites since he was small. The vet's medication didn't work, and I need to get his ears clean. Does boric acid work?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't try boric acid. But I have to wonder why you think the vet's treatment didn't work. With cleaning out the ears, to get rid of the gunk, and application of a miticide, it should have worked.

      If the ears are clean, putting in olive oil or similar oil you can hope to smother the mites. But if you don't get the oil everywhere, and there is gunk where the mites can hide, they won't be all killed.

      However, there may be another factor. Often, if the cat had bad ear mites as a kitten, and it was not treated right away, they develop allergies, and get build up in their ears. It is more related to a yeast infection then ear mites, and ear cleaning is necessary to get ahead of the problem.

      If your cat scratches his ears, and the other back foot does a thumping motion, he is in pain. Bilateral ear cleaning can be done by a vet tech, and fortunately is one of the cheaper vet procedures.

      Unless you really know what you are doing, trying to clean his ears by yourself is not a good idea. A cat's ears are very sensitive.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for ears mites in cats?
    I have good reason to suspect ear mites in my cat; however it is at an early stage.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is take your cat to the vet to have the ear junk properly diagnosed - some cats just have waxy ears, and there are other things that can cause crud in the ears including yeast infections. This needs a specific antibiotic, and that you'd only be able to get at the vet.

      But if you're convinced it's mites, don't go buying anything from the pet store or grocery store that claims to be for mites. Many of those products are ineffective at best, and can actually be harmful. The best home remedy for mites is plain mineral oil. Put a few drops of oil into your cat's ear, fold down the flap and massage it in. Allow the cat to "fling" his head to shake the excess out. Repeat in the other ear. Do this every other day for about two weeks. It takes a while to smother the mites (new ones keep hatching) but it does work.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my cat has ear mites?
    What are the signs that a cat has ear mites? What is the best remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      They will let you know. There ears itch them alot, brownish
      color stuff in the ear canal when cleaning them.
      The vet could tell you for sure, because you can only see them with a microscope.
      Treating them is the fun part. Good luck. It takes a little time
      and effort, little expensive. Best if you treat it by the vet.
      I had to treat mine and the dog too as they are very contagious to all animals in the household. Get it treated soon as you can as Mites can cause ear infections and even deafness in an animal.
      Best luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    What can i use to get rid of ear mites in dogs?
    our dog, is having really bad ear mites, what can we use to get rid of them? stuff that you might find at home

    thanks.
    I took him to the vet this morning.

    • ANSWER:
      vet

  47. QUESTION:
    My cats freak out when I have to give them their ear mite medication?
    I have 6 cats and most of them some how got ear mites. Most of them do fine when I put their medication in, but two of them really freak out whenever I even touch their ears.

    I don't want them to have the ear mites, but I'm kind of afraid to try and give them their medication. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Agreed, they need their medication. Ear mite infections can lead to deafness and structural damage to the ear canals from the cat scratching and shaking their heads. Cats are very smart so its difficult to keep them still with treats alone. They won't fall for the same stunt twice! Try and reassure them by allowing them to see the medicine and sniff at it. Try and do it at a set time each day so that they will eventually get accustomed to it. If all else fails, firmly hold your cat between your knees while kneeling on the floor, and use a tea towel to wrap around the front of the cat so they can't claw/run away. Then do the cleaning necessary and rub in the ointment. Be gentle and give them a good rub/favourite treat afterwards to reward them. With so many cats you will probably need to treat them all at once so as not to reinfect others and end up going round in circles.

      There is an alternate drug but its more expensive and only a preventative measure. It's called 'Revolution' and it's a parasiticide that prevents ear mite infestations. That only needs to be applied to the cats skin so perhaps ask your vet about it?

      Good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    How do I rid my 5mo old kitten of ear mites?
    I used to treat my rabbits ear mites by poring a tablespoon of vegetable oil in each ear, but I dont know if it is the same for cats.

    • ANSWER:
      get medication from a vet.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for ear mites in dogs?
    I have a Newfoundland, and cannot seem to get rid of his ear mites. I have taken him to the vet who gives us medicine for it, and the medicine works, but as soon as the medicine runs out, he gets ear mites again. I clean them every few days with rubbing alcohol, but wonder what else I can do to help my Newfie...

    • ANSWER:
      lf the mites are coming back then you need to see the vet again, never put anything in your dogs ears that hasn't been prescribed by your vet, it can cause permanent damage to your dogs hearing.
      My dog suffers from recurrent ear infections, l need to clean them twice weekly and also use the ear drops when it flares up, but it does keep coming back, it may be an infection your dog has this time, some dogs are prone to it.


ear mites

Dogs With Yeast Infections In Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I cure the yeast infection on my dog's ear ?
    What are the symptoms of dog ear yeast infection and how do I cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think its called yeast infection if its a ear...but normally a dog with ear infection has yellow discharge coming from the ear, also it will have a pretty ba smell, it will seem like dogs body smells bad. Look inside the ear, and if its full of black spots or black dirt its a infection. You will need antibiotics from the vet, because some infections can cause deafness or death.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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

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

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

  12. 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..

  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:
    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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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:

  18. 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.

  19. 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 ...

  20. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast infection in both his ears?
    I took my dog to the vet, and they said he has a yeast infection in both his ears. You can smell it if your sitting with him. They did not give me anything for it. So do any of you have any suggestions on how to get rid of the infection?
    I know, I don't know what to do. He is having surgery in 3 days to get a tumor cut off. Maybe they will give me something for it when i go there.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections are a sign of some other overall imbalance in the dog. Check his environment and his food. Is he scratching a lot? Got fleas? Using topical poisons on him? Over-vaccinating every year? On a cheap kibble with lots of corn? All of these things could contribute to a yeast infection coming on.

      That said, the others are right, the vet should have told you how to treat it yourself, or given you a topical. Unfortunately, many topicals actually make things worse, which begins a vicious cycle of multiple yeast infections. If you go the vinegar route, I prefer raw apple cider. However vinegar stings and is too painful if there are raw spots on your dogs ears. A plain saline solution is best for washing your dogs ears. Try this for a week twice a day before using any other products including the vinegar. You can make your own saline solution or buy it at the drug store. Most people I suggest this to end up being amazed at how successful and non-irritating it is to the ears. In between cleaning of the ears, a very light application of virgin organic coconut oil can be applied. Coconut oil is both antiseptic and antifungal! Amazing! I use it now for all my cooking and deep frying, and as my lip balm.

      Dont forget to check back with your vet if it does not clear up. Its really criminal that they sent you home with no info.

      Ro

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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! :)

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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!!

      :)

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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 ...

  33. QUESTION:
    What could be wrong with my dogs ears?
    My Bulldog had been scratching his ears a lot and yelping so I took him to the vet and said he had a yeast infection in his ears so they gave him some ear drops. We have been using these ear drops for over a month already and my dog is still doing it. Should I take my dog back? What would be the next thing they could do for him?

    • ANSWER:

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there any home remedies to treat my dog's ear infection?
    She has a yeast infection in her ears and I heard that there are ways to treat it without going to the vet and paying too much money for what they use to treat it.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to take your dog to the vet for proper diagnosis and care.

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

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

  44. 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!!!!

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I file a complaint and ask a rescue group to be investiagted?
    I have my 7 month old beagle scheduled to be neutered at a free mobile spay/neuter clinic. Had to cut down on costs, ever since we got him from a shelter in Missouri, (he's flown here to Los Angeles) we've been to the vet 3 to 5 times already. He suffered from Conjunctivitis, needs dental work because he has Gingivitis. He had yeast infection in his ears. He was on antibitotics because of UTI. Our vet bill is running high. The shelter we got him from fooled us. Didn't even send his immunization records to show that he was up to date with shots when we were promised that all his records will be included. On the site, she told us he's 4 months old but when we got him, health certificate and the vet says he's 6 months old probably older. I want to take steps against that rescue group. They should disclose any illness any dog they "rescue" have. Whenever I check on their site now, I begin to wonder if they are backyard breeders since every dog they rescue are beagles, puggles, boggles.
    If any of you guys can help me with the right ASPCA office to forward this complaint to, I'll greatly appreciate it. This "rescue shelter" is located in Missouri.
    Thanks for all the answers. I am not sorry we rescued Buddy. I am just angry at these irresponsible people duping other people. I immediately took him to the vet the next day after his flight from Missouri. And that's where the vet told us all his problems. We understand that he's a rescue puppy and there'll be problems but not to this extent. We were promised he'll be vaccinated but there's no proof he's up to date with his shots. I called the vet in MO who gave him his rabies certificate and asked them if they also did the vaccinations they said they never had any records. I told them to tell the rescue group to fax, mail or e-mail to me any record that they have to show proof that he indeed got his shots. The nurse tracked her down and she has the gall to tell her that she included all the papers I am supposed to get when she shipped our dog to us. She said she's going to call me, she never did! I just don't want this to happen to other people.
    You can check out www.nextdaypets.com click on the dogs for adoption link, search for beagles.
    Go check that they have pure-breed beagles for adoption, beagles mixed with chihuahas, with jack terriers, boston terriers. They even had a mixed beagle and aussie shepherd before.

    • ANSWER:
      That's a toughie. Missouri is a huge puppymill state and largely unregulated. Unfortunately they probably are a puppymill or broker.

      There is not a whole lot you can do. There isn't a national organization other than the USDA and even then it's iffy at best.

      These people make it very hard for the rest of us that run reputable rescues. I guess your best bet is not to get puppies off the internet and deal with a local, reputable shelter or rescue group.

  46. QUESTION:
    How much and what brand and flavor of yogurt is safe to give to a dog?
    He is 11 pounds, and 6 months old. I've read that yogurt, along with weekly cleaning can help prevent yeast infections in the ears. thankss.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain yogurt, unflavored is best. And, any brand should do. I have used Dannon and a generic brand both without a problem.

  47. QUESTION:
    How to rest easy taking my elderly dog to vet?
    I've always had a fear of taking my dog to the vet because I feel her age (roughly 11) will just make the vet say "Oh she is so old you need to put her down". She's healthy, active and loving. I'm almost 19 years old and have had her since I was 6. Upon some home research of some itchy ear and dark brown wax research I concluded she might have a moderate yeast infection in her ears. I tried some of the home remedies that I found online to try to avoid the vet, but to no changes. So now just to end the suffering of an itch she can't scratch I'm considering taking her to the vet. But again, Shes pretty old, she's slowly going blind (but doesn't seem to really show it except the look to her eyes. she seems to see fine), and she's not the active puppy she used to be but more the lap dog that wants to lay with you and watch a whole season of family guy lol. So if any vets are here, will the vet just tell me to put her down, or try to help her? Can I refuse to put her down because she has NO SIGNS of pain or discomfort, just annoyingly itchy cropped ears. Cause I'm not going to put her down unless she's truly in pain to where he can show me every square inch of the pain. I know I may be over reacting, but this is my baby.
    Also she is a Miniature Pinscher, Female, roughly 11-12 years of age. No previous health issues other than one visit for ear mites(but that's not what this is now). Eats well, drinks well, sleeps well. Nothing to complain. Ears were very over cropped by last family standing only about an inch tall. Tail is cropped almost completely down, maybe 1/4 inch tall at the most.
    Also it may or may not help but I'm trying to put the best pic of her I have as my picture on here so you guys might be able to see just how much her ears are cropped
    I'm just estimating the age cause I don't know how old she was when I got her. All I know is her snout is white now, instead of tan and her eyes are glazing over mildly. But thank you guys.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry - no reputable vet would tell you to put an animal down just because of age. Vets do whatever they can to help their patients regardless of age. Small dogs can live to 20 years and beyond. Please take her in for a possible ear infection - tests will be done to find out what the exact problem is and medication will be dispensed based on what is found. Good luck - you sound like a very concerned and loving pet parent.

  48. 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....

  49. 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.


dogs with yeast infections in ears

Dog Fungal Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    My dog was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her nose.?
    My dog was diagnosed with a fungal infection on her nose. The vet prescribed some antifungal wipes to apply twice a day. My dog would immediately lick off all of the medication. The problem has gotten worse (extremely dry and cracked nose) are there any other home remedies I could try?

    • ANSWER:
      she needs alot of water to start, a dry nose is a sign of de-hydration. here is a site all about fungal infections.
      hope this helps!

  4. QUESTION:
    Natural Remedies to help with a Fungal Infection to the ears of a dog?
    My Rottweiler has a Fungal Infection in her ear and is starting to get it in her other. Is there any natural Remedies to help treat and cure this??
    Any info as to why she got this in the first place?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't know if you'd call this "natural" but it sure does work:

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent my dog from scratching himself?
    My dog had to be shaved for a fungal infection. But now he's all scarred up from his own scratching. Putting a cone around him didn't help.

    • ANSWER:
      First check with your vet. If there are raw spots or sores they will need medication. Search the web. I have found that dog's PH balances are different than ours and that can cause itching. Some people use Apple Cider Vinegar to help correct the PH problem. I use it diluted (by half) in water as a rinse after I wash my dog. I have heard that others have also given it to dogs in their food - research that - I have never tried it.

      Good Luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    I have a mini daschund and she has fungal infection. Is there human medication to give to her?
    My dog has been bleeding out of her nose and I have taken her to the vet almost every weekend. It seems as though there are no solutions, just more bills. Is there any human medication out there for fungal infections? I have read about Lotrimin/Clotrimazole, but does it work? Anyone have gone through this? Please help, need answers instead of paying out for nothing!

    • ANSWER:
      Try another vet (meaning another opinion). Don't try anything for humans without asking the vet. You can even call in and talk to an assistant at the vet's office about trying something new.

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    How do we stop fungal infections in dogs ?
    how do we treat fungal infection in dog's coats

    • ANSWER:
      an antibacterial and anti fungal powder like "MYCODERM" speciallly made for animals can be used.
      Also if the dog licks the area out of irritation liquid solution called "RIDD" SHOULD BE DISSOLVED IN WATER AND APPLIED IN AFFECTED AREAS.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for my dog's itchy ears?
    My dog has been scratching her ears constantly. She digs so hard that she cries and her ears bleed. I have already taken her to the vet once concerning this issue a week ago, and they told me to give her half of a 25mg pill of Benadryl and associated it to an allergy issue since the cultures came back negative for any type of bacterial or fungal infection. The only thing they said they saw was that her eardrums were inflammed. Unfortunately, the Benadryl does NOT help the ears at all. I have tried calling the vet back to let them know that it isn't helping her or alleviating the pain in any way and they have yet to get back to me after a few days.

    Is there any type of oil or ointment that I can apply to her ears - not too deep - but just enough to maybe stop the itch?
    I have already transitioned my dog from her old diet of Purina Pro Plan to Zignature grain and corn free diet since she was apparently allergic to that.

    Zignature is highly recommended for pets with a lot of allergies. She has had skin testing and I double and triple checked the ingredients on the bag to make sure that there were no ingredients that would cause a reaction.

    The vet said her symptoms should go away though within a few days (3-7) of switching, and it is going on 3 weeks.

    Also - she is an Italian Greyhound

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend reconsidering your dogs diet.

      Wheat amongst other things are horrible fillers for dogs that are present in many commercial foods and which cause or aggravate allergens.

      There are books available online called "dog dish diet" and "feed your pet to avoid the vet", both by the same veterinarian. He advocates dietary changes as a key factor in treating pet allergies and has many different nutritional alternatives.

      ADDITIONAL:
      There is an area in British Columbia (Canada) which is super hippy and organic and all that. Here is a video from a veterinarian in that area which discusses naturalistic approaches to Dog ear health. I am not a vet and have never tried his suggestions so I cannot comment if he is a good vet or not, but perhaps this video might help you. Also, perhaps this vet might be kind enough to reply to you if you post a question:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kxhAFF9m58

      Here is another youtube vet, author of those books I mentioned, who I rather trust (hence why I suggested his books). This is a video on "Home remedies for red inflamed ear":

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

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

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it dangerous to see a pink discoloration on your dog's white fur?
    My dog's white fur (particularly in the paw area) suddenly changed from white to reddish pink? Is this indicative of any fungal infection or such? Is it dangerous? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive licking can cause white fur to turn pink because of the dogs saliva.

      A red-brown staining of light colored hair is often seen in allergic dogs in the groin, arm pits (axillae) and between the toes (interdigital spaces) and can be seen in figure

      http://www.arthrix.com/dermatitis.htm

  12. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to cure a fungal infection?
    My gf got an infection kissing her dog. The infection is on her mouth and ear.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    My dog is getting a spot on his stomach that is black. He keeps licking it. What could this be?
    At first it looked just like a dirt spot, like he had been laying in the dirt. But then he started licking it. And it seems to bug him. Could this be some kind of fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      This could be an infection and if so it would need treating with antibiotics, so a trip to the vets is absolutely necessary I'm afraid. Whatever it turns out to be you will need a proper diagnosis before it can be treated.
      Good luck

  15. QUESTION:
    My dog has developed a large lump under and behind his ear.?
    My 13 year old lab x retriever suddenly has a really large lump behind and below his left ear. He has always had fungal infections in both ears, but this is a solid mass that showed up Monday. Any ideas what it is before I take him to a vet?
    Cysts develop over time and can be isolated, or pulled away-not attached to their body. This lump is easily the size of a navel orange, solid and showed up suddenly. It doesn't seem to bother Sammie.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be anything, from an abcess to a tumor. The vet will tell you

  16. QUESTION:
    Why does my cat hide before going to the vet?
    She didn't want to come out from under the bed when it was time to go to the vet. It's necessary because I want her to be healthy and she was sick this time..I was worried about her. At the vet I was told her prognosis was good, she just had a fungal infection but it was treatable and it will go away so I don't think that's the reason she was hiding. Would a cat know they're going to the vet? Its only my cat's second time going to see the vet, last time she was in critical condition so i guess that's why she didn't act crazy like this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, cats would know they are going to the vet. And it's scary to have a strange giant poking and prodding you in a strange place after a scary car ride going to a place with barking dogs and other creatures and weird smells, etc, etc.....

      Here's a suggestion: Leave the carrier around the house and open - even better, get one that is comfy and furry inside - and play with your cat in there, let them fall asleep in there, feed them in there, so when it comes time to put them in the cage or carrier, it won't be as scary

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to give a 13 yr old dog Temaril-P with ketoconazole?
    I read on a Temaril-P information information site that Temaril-P shouldn't be given to a dog with severe fungal issues. My dog has severe allergies and fungal issues and the vet prescribed both at once plus an anti-biotic. I'm a bit concerned because my dog is also 13.5 yrs old. Has anyone been prescribed the same for their dog - same combination?

    • ANSWER:
      Temaril-P is a prescription only medication prescribed for dogs that have allergies with intense itching.
      Ketoconazole is the generic for Nizoral, which is a medication prescribed for fungal infections.
      They have been used together often, regardless of what you have read. Much information on the internet is wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    What did the vet give your dog for an ear infection?
    My dog's ear looks red and smells a bit funky. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow morning. I want to know what he might prescribe for my dog (medicine name and dosage) so I can research it a bit before tomorrow. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on what kind of ear infection it is. If your dog doesn't have a history of ear infections they'll often swab the material and take a closer look. Bacterial infections typically get an antibacterial ointment and fungal infections get ear drops with antifungal. Or they may choose an oral antibiotic, or they may suggest both. Lots of treatment options so it's hard to guess what you might possibly get. Your vet should be able to tell you about possible side effects or other concerns you have.

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    Fungal Infection in dog, looking for a specialist in this area.?
    I am looking for a vet who specializes in fungal infections in dogs? Near MIchigan.

    • ANSWER:
      Most specialist Vet Centres have a canine dermatology specialist.

      As this is an international site you will need to either Google or look in your telephone directory for a Veterinary specialist centre near you. Many of us live in other parts of the world.

      You'll probably find that you need to get a referral from your regular vet to see a specialist.

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

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

  24. 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:

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the odds of contracting ringworm from a dog?
    My girlfriend said her doctor said she may have ringworm, and she's certain that it's because of our dog being on the bed, which he doesn't do THAT often. I think it's because we don't wash the sheets like we should if anything... Anyway, what are the odds that our dog infected her with ringworm?

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to say, but the odds are pretty good that the ringworm came from the dog.... or from soil that he's come into contact with. Chances are, unless your girlfriend is a gardener, or spends time at the gym... your dog is the likeliest culprit.

      The dog doesn't even have to be ON the bed to give you ringworm. If he has it, just patting it can cause you to get it, and if he's only on the bed occasionally, he can still leave ringworm spores on the sheets.... or couch, or floors.

      If you think it's from not washing the sheets often enough, you're wrong. Yes, you need to change the sheets more often, but that's mainly because the because the spores are already there. You could change the sheets right this minute, and if the dog or your girlfriend touches them without being 100 percent treated, you can catch them again and again.

      "• You CAN get ringworm by touching a pet who has a fungal infection.
      • Dogs and cats, as well as farm animals can be infected with ringworm and easily pass it along to their owners
      • You can get ringworm on floors of public showers or locker rooms or damp surfaces. This is the most common method of contracting ringworm.
      • You can get ringworm from objects that an infected person has touched such as hats, combs, brushes, bed linens, telephones, gym mats and shower stalls.

      Prevention

      • Complete treatment as instructed by your doctor, even after symptoms disappear.
      • Minimize close contact with all pets until treated.
      • Make sure the person or animal that was the source of the infection gets treated.
      • Use a floor or bath cleaner that contains a fungus-killing agent.
      • Clean your pets environment regularly with bleach and water (10:1) dilution or use our non-toxic PetsBestRx Disinfectant when bleach is not possible.
      http://www.petsbestrx.com/petringworm/Main/kei/hightemp.htm

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a safe way to lighten a dogs fur?
    Over the last few months my dog's fur around her mouth has darkened and has a real bad odor. She is bathed every weekend. She is an inside dog and we can't figure out what has caused it. Her groomer said it was because of drooling. She doesn't really drool. When she drinks water the for gets wet around the mouth. We have had her a year and this has never been a problem before. Any ideas what be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Since it has a bad odor, I'm thinking it might be bacteria or a fungal infection, which could be caused by the fur around the mouth getting wet when she drinks. I'd take her to the vet for a check-up. Hopefully he/she can identify the problem and you can fix the cause, instead of treating the symptoms.

      Best of luck with her.

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

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

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Have you known anyone to actually get worms from their dogs?
    My puppy had worms, they're gone now, but was wondering if anyone had ever actually gotten worms from their puppy or dog? They always warn you of it, but I've never heard of anyone actually getting them from their pets. We have taken all the precautions, and of course, the puppy got her meds and the worms are not longer coming out in her feces. Just wondering.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      To those above, ringworm is not a worm, it's a fungal disease.

      To answer the question, yes. In societies where people have access to regular vet care and worming for their animals, human infections are quite uncommon. However, in third world regions in particular, a condition called visceral larva migrans is quite common. In a dog, roundworm larvae undergo a migration process through the body, which usually takes them through to the gut. When a human (children are at the highest risk) ingests worm eggs (through some sort of contact with dog faeces), the larvae still undergo a migration process but as well as reaching the gut can wind up anywhere in the body and often cause damage to whatever organ they happen to wander through.

      The tapeworm most commonly seen in dogs and cats can be transmitted to humans, but usually is not of serious health risk. The bigger tapeworm risk is associated with hydatids, which can cause large cysts in various internal organs.

      In general though, as long as the dog is wormed on a regular basis (especially important for puppies, who tend to have a higher worm burden than adults) and people observe basic hygiene, the risk of human infection is very, very low.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why does My dog keep itching and scratching constantly?
    He was fine for 6 years. But almost over night, he started scratching like crazy. Its driving ME NUTS. We didnt change his dog food. The Vet claims he must have allergies but why after 6 years did this start? No Flees and acording to the vet no parrisites. This started 4 Months ago and yes after the pet food recall we did change his food but his alergies started many Months b4 this so that isnt the problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a fungal infection - your vet should have taken a swap or scraping to test for this. You can ask them to do this if you are worried.

      and YES, animals (humans too) can develop allergies at any time during their life it doesnt matter how old they are - you dont have to be born with an allergy to something. So your vet is correct, it could be an allergy.
      .

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep on licking her paws?
    I have a 2 year old shi tzu who can't seem to stop licking her paws. Someone suggested she might be allergic to something but she's an indoor dog, I can't imagine what she might be allergic to.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be several reasons for this
      1. Pyschosymatic eg Stress, comfort (like sucking thumb)
      2. Allergies - food , grass, plant, carpet cleaner, fabric softener, cleaning product (you use to clean floors)
      3. Bacterial / fungal infection
      4. Pain in bone / joint of paw
      5. Nail bed infection
      6. Foreign body in foot eg grass seed, splinter
      Best see the vet and they will be able to have a look and see if any other signs of what is causing this behaviour

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can marijuana provide the same medical benefits for dogs as it does humans?
    Is it safe to get a dog high? My dog has arthritis due to a combination of hip dysplasia, two busted knees, and a bad spine. He is only 3 and still has the energy of a puppy. So we buy expensive medications to ease his pain. We give our dog pain killers equivalent to a low dose of Vicodin, an anti-inflammatory that may eventually cause liver or kidney problems, and on occasion tranquilizers. Add on the once a month flea/tick and heart worm medications and oh my god this pet takes more pills a day than I take in an entire month! My dog is over 80 lbs. I have read about all the pills I give him and there are some freighting side effects to some of them. My vet has assured me, however, that because he is otherwise a very healthy dog we should not worry about the possibility that he could throw a blood clot, have a seizure, or die. I know a person that blows marijuana smoke in his dog's ears and it seems to calm the dog down, I am also aware of the medicinal purposes of marijuana for humans, but is it safe for a pet and can it relieve joint pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Animals don't do as well with marijuana usually, because they don't understand what is wrong with them (being high) and it causes high levels of stress and anxiety. Marijuana doesn't do much to relieve pain as much as it does take their mind off of it. If he's already on pain killers, I wouldn't worry to much. Unless he's clearly suffering and very uncomfortable all time, taking his quality of life and euthanasia into consideration is your next step. You can also try to up his pain medications or try homeopathic remedies like acupuncture. When I worked at a vet, we offered acupuncture services and many clients swore up and down that it helped tremendously.

      And NEVER blow smoke into your dogs ears! I've seen people do that too and they're complete idiots. If you're going to do it blow it into their face. There is resin in the smoke that can cause a severe ear infection, fungal infection, damage their ear drums or potentially do worse damage. They don't 'inhale' through their ears. Common sense.

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

    Any ideas?

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck.

  37. 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

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

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

  39. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

      I hope this helps.

  41. QUESTION:
    What causes recurrent ear infections in a dog?
    I have an English Springer Spaniel who repeatedly gets ear infections, especially in one ear. I have meds for it, and I've eliminated corn from his diet, but he still repeatedly gets them. Seems like I used the ear meds constantly.
    What causes this? He's a water dog (obsessed with the river!), and I know that water doesn't help. Is it a food allergy I might be overlooking?

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him live yogurt in his daily food. About 3 dessert spoons.Do this for a week every month.
      Fungal infections cause repeated ear problems.
      Yogurt kills fungus.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to treat a dog with a plastered leg?
    I have a one year old dog. He broke his front foot while playing. Now his leg is plastered but the vet doc says that some kind of infection has entered his plaster at the lower foot portion. If the infection is not treated then they will cut his foot. Pls... any suggestions about how to treat his infected foot... are welcome. The doctor has suggested to dry the lower portion of the plaster with a hair dryer and then to sprinkle some anti-fungal powder on it. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I would see another vet for a 2nd opinion for treatment options. sounds like your current vet doesnt really care to treat your dog. if its just the cast that is infected and not the paw then the cast should be removed and a new one put on. if its the paw thats infected get a diffrent vet thats going to treat the infection

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

    She has been treated for fleas, ear mites and worms

    What could be causing her to do this ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  45. 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.

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog has a nosebleed and I don't know whats wrong with him
    My dog is 11 years old, he is blind, he has a nosebleed and he isn't eating. What is wrong with him?
    He might have bumped into something, he is blind after all.

    • ANSWER:
      get him to a vet asap

      Causes of Nasal Bleeding
      Sinus
      Foreign bodies - such as foxtails, often with secondary infections
      Fungal Infections
      Tumors
      Benign masses such as polyps
      Bleeding disorders
      Liver disease
      Low platelets
      Platelet dysfunction
      Rodenticide poisoning
      Other coagulation diseases

      Common Diagnostics
      General blood and urine testing
      X-Rays (radiographs)
      Coagulation blood tests
      Fungal Blood Tests
      Rhinoscopy and possible biopsy.

  48. QUESTION:
    My friends dog is losing his Hair. What can she do?
    My friends dog is losing his hair. Her parents want her to sell the dog. Shes too attached to the dog to get rid of it. She wants to know if you can just put some sort of shampoo or cheap home remedies for hair loss?
    ive heard of putting apple cider vinegar for hair loss on humans. I dont know how true that is but, if its true... Can you do the same thing with dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately there's no magic shampoo for hair loss, otherwise you'd never see another bald person again!
      Hair loss can be for several reasons that fit two main categories, excessive loss or lack of production.
      Basically your friend could be looking at an underlying bacterial infection, fungal infection, hormonal problem, parasites, allergies, etc.
      The only way to start ruling things in/out is to go to a vet.

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

    • ANSWER:
      (From pet suites)..

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


dog fungal infection

How To Cure Yeast Infection In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

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

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

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the treatment options for Malassezia dermatitis for dogs?
    I know that topical chlorhexidine and miconazole (Malaseb and VetXX) may be used. Could you please let me know regarding your experience with these medications? Do you have any other ideas or experience that have helped you with curing this yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.rottweilerhealth.org/pdfs/august_malasszia_paters_02.pdf

      Try going there. :)

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the cheapest way to cure yeast infection in a dog's ears?
    Does anyone have any "home remedies"? I can't really afford to take her to the vet and get expensive medicine. I would appreciate any ideas.

    • ANSWER:
      I use Apple Cider Vinegar from the health food store. I use it straight and put it in a little cup and use a clean washcloth to dab in there. Ive also heard you can use an eyedropper with ACV {apple cider vinegar} and put 0ne or two drops in each ear-bi weekly. Check out the AWESOME website below that has many home-remedies for pet ailments!

  10. 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!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter medicine that I could clean my dogs ears out with?
    He has very stinky ears & we think he may have a yeast infection but can't afford to take him right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox Otic will cure an ear infection. Go to Amazon and read the reviews on it. I use it for my girl who has chronic ear infections and it clears them up everytime. Zymox also makes an excellent ear cleaner.
      Most of the local pet stores now carry Zymox Otic so you shouldn't have to wait for an online store to ship.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog's ear flap and why is it purple?
    I have a chihuahua her ears have always been pointing up and now one of her ears flap and on the tip of the ear is blue/purple and crusty. I have read that its a yeast infection but i want to know what to do, and I don't have the money to take her to the vet right now. Please help. If theirs any natural remedies to cure it i would like to know.

    • ANSWER:
      you can always go to the vet and explain the situation.im sure they would understand.most vets would let you pay later.you could also take him to the clinic at the local animal shelter.they might treat him for free.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a natural cure for a female yeast infection?
    I am tired of using monostat, because I feel that it has to be bad for me in some way, and I want a natural cure.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to avoid all yeast and sugar products ......... sugar will literally feed the yeast overgrowth allowing it to flourish......... ditch the alcohol and sodas and diet sodas too if you drink any .....and pump up your intake of fresh filtered water to at least 2 - 3 litres per day ..... antiobiotics, especially broad - spectrum antiobiotics will also kill the helpful bacteria which you need for a healthy gut ........ supplement with a good quality probiotic to rebalance gut flora ......... eat more alkaline forming foods such as leafy and green vegies, cold water fresh fishes such as tuna, salmon, sardines and whiting, organic nuts and seeds such as almonds and brazil nuts........ all these foods are rich in magnesium and will thus encourage the production of hydrochloric acid in your tummy aiding in digestion and effective elimination ........ eat organic brown rice and quinoa (prounounced keen ~ wah) as they are both a rich source of the B complex of vitamins and will provide you with the carbs you need for sustained energy and the quinoa is also rich in calcium and iron .......... Avoid sugars such as honey, molasses, fructose, maltose, lactose and fruit juices ...... avoid artificial sweetners and foods containing brewer's yeast - ie - alcohol such as beer, wine, brandy, whiskey, rum, ciders and root beer.... avoid baker's yeast ie ~ breads and rolls and pastries .... avoid mushrooms ... avoid fruits and vegies with any sign of mold growth on them .... avoid fermented beverages and condiments including mayonnaise, ketchup, pickled vegies and pickles, salad dressings (use lemon and olive oil instead), soy sauce and vinegar .... avoid all types of hard cheeses which are a pretty good source of mold.... avoid processed and smoked meats and fish, including hot dogs, sausages, luncheon meats etc....... these meats are processed with sugar, spices, yeast and other preservatives .... avoid canned bottled or frozen fruit and vegie juices cos they have loads of sugar and are commonly made from overripened or damaged produce; generally the skin of the fruit contains surface mold and rotten spots, which are pulverised into the juice... avoid dried fruits.... avoid coffee & tea as much as you can as caffeine will aggravate yeast overgrowth..................... you don't need to use medications to kill a yeast overgrowth ..... simply eliminate their food source and they will disappear on their own ...... if you normalise the bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal tract you will feel much better and in most cases won't need drugs ♥

      hope this helps a bit

      peace 2 u

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about a home remedy to treat and cure yeast infections in dog's ears?
    Over the counter products perhaps?

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    My golden retriever has valley fever is this usually cured over time?
    The vet gave him fluconazole 280 mg for this. It is a Anti fungal medicine. I believe women take it for yeast infections also.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog had valley fever also, and yes he did get cured with the Anti fungal medicine. He was on it for six months and then we did a titer test on him to see where his levels tested and he was down to nearly zero so we stopped the medicine. The vet wanted to keep him on it for a year but I said no if his levels are down I am stopping him, besides it was very expensive at that time(6 years ago in Arizona). He was fine and lived another 5 years after that. He was a older dog when he got valley fever.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. QUESTION:
    Do women's remedies for vaginal yeast infection work for dog ear yeast infection?
    My dog, a Golden Retriever, has what it seems to be a bad case of yeast infection in both ears (not the first time). I have read that I should change his food etc. but first I need to clear his infection. I have been to the vet several times about this in the past and paid expensive medicines that seems to work just for short period of time. A co-worker suggested to use over-the-counter medicine to treat vaginal yeast infection. Does anyone has any experiense/comment/thought about this?

    • ANSWER:
      My husky developed some kind of rash on her ears too. They looked like flaky spots and would turn red and bleed a little if you scratched them.
      I figure that it was some kind of fungus eating the skin.
      I sprayed Tinactin (for athlete's foot) on the ears (On the affected area only, NOT inside the ear-canal).
      I cured it on one application. Her ears are very healthy now.
      My dog's ears are a little hairy on the inside and that helped to keep the Tinactin solution on the spots.
      What DaveSFV says on the previous answer makes sense if you give your dog some kind of internal medication for humans, something that the dog has to ingest, but in this case you are using a cream or liquid that has the same ingredients as many dog's medication. You can go to the store and compare ingredients on both medications. It is the same fungus that eat human and animal skin.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do dogs ear mites look like?
    a pic would be nice. My dog has gotten mites before but these look diffrent. It is all over his ear. not on the outside though. I was wondering if it could be a yeast infection>> also a pic would be nice.

    • ANSWER:
      Just take your dog to the Vet.

      I know when something itches in my ear or around it, I go crazy. Get some medication from your Vet to help cure it.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why does yogurt cure yeast infections in dogs??
    My vet has tried all sorts or drugs and lotions to get rid of my bulldogs yeast infections. A friend recomended I feed here some yogurt everyday. Sure enough the infection is gone. Anyone know why? Its truly amazing!!

    • ANSWER:
      It does it in humans too! Has to do with the live and active cultures in yogourt...

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

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

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

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

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

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

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Why is my German Shepherd pulling her hair out?
    She is stinky, scratching constantly, & hair is falling out on her back. I can not figure out what is causing it. Took her to the vet the last time it happened & she said that she had a yeast infection & a bacterial infection that was causing the smell. She gave us prednisone & antibiotics which cured it as long as she was on it. She's been off for about a week now & it is coming back.
    What could be causing this to happen? Why is she itching herself to the point of infection like that? I have to stop what is causing it or it is just going to keep coming back.
    Anyone have any ideas or experience with this type of thing?
    This is a very sweet dog & we all really like her but I am almost to my witts end with this stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      Friendly Hello, This can be caused by a vitamin defficancy. Even preium dog foods do not have the necessary vitamines for your dog. A deficiency in vitamin C is a deficiency in the healing, glandular, circulatory, immune, and regenerative abilities of the body. Vitamin C is a major factor in the formation and maintenance of bones and tissues, prevents cancer, and may prevent arteriosclerosis.
      The classic vitamin C deficiency is scurvy, with gum disease, urinary tract ifections, loss of teeth, weakened bones, bleeding, bad breath, and general debilitation. Signs of clinical scurvy have been apparent under stress.
      In dogs, [vitamin C] can totally resolve the problems of dysplastic hips in younger dogs and arthritis in older ones, as well as help or cure spinal myelopathy, ruptured discs, allergies, viral infections (including distemper), and skin problems. After the "cures," the pet needs to stay on C, but in lesser amounts.
      The vitamin is an antioxidant, a pollution fighter that cleans toxins from the blood and tissues.
      It helps protect against the side-effects of some veterinary drugs (including steroids/cortisone), and it is a major pain reliever.
      It keeps the teeth strong in aging pets and retards the aging process.
      Supplementing with vitamin C is a major disease preventive; therefore it's emphasized in the daily feeding plans.
      Supplementing with vitamin C can mean the difference between life and death in the case of a sick cat or dog.
      Contrary to myth and rumor, vitamin C will not cause kidney stones, it dissolves them.

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    question about my dogs eat yeast infection?
    my dog has ear yeast infection, what are some home remedies to curing my dogs ear yeast infection without having to go to the vet and spending a fortune. could someone please answer this for me. my dad feeds him 5 hot dogs everyother day, ive told him not to but he just doesnt get how dangerous this is, & could someone also tell me what makes hot dogs bad for dogs???

    • ANSWER:
      Feed him yogurt. Take him to the vet as it could be more than a yeast infection.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Puppy's ears are a little smelly, there is brown spotting, and she scratches. Is it an infection? ?
    My 6 month old bichon (doggy with floppy ears) has had the above symptoms. I know that these are possibly symptoms of an ear infection or ear mites but my bf thinks I'm overreacting. He doesn't think her ears are that smelly and thinks the gunk in there is just ear wax. She does scratch her ears a bit but she scratches in general. The stuff in her ears looks very oily and is a dark brownish-burgundy color. Am I worrying too much?
    To clarify, there isn't that much stuff in her ears. There is a bit of dark spotting in the immediately visible areas and lighter, oilier stuff inside.
    I took the little baby to the vet today and it turns out that she has a yeast infection. Thanks for the help, everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      dogs with floppy ears tend to get yeast infections in their ears. call the vet for a check up and medicine. but you will have to keep his ears cleaned out or it will happen again. you can buy ear cleaner over the counter to keep them clean after you get the infection taken care of, but you must take care of the infection first because it will get worse, be painful for your dog, and cost allot to cure when it gets out of hand. google "yeast infection in dogs ears" and you might find how to make a remedy yourself to save money.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do u cure yeast infection in dogs ears naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      If you clean the ears with rubbing alcohol 3x a day it will kill the active yeast. Yeast is recurrent, so you have to clean them once a week or so to prevent regrowth. Some people use an alcohol/vinegar combo. I think the alcohol works better. Just lie the dog on her side, pour a capful into her ear canal, make her lie a moment then let it run out onto a tissue. Do the other side the same way. It will clear up yeast within a week or less.

      It doesn't help mites. but any monthly flea spot on or monthly heartguard prevents mites.

  33. 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

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

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

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  35. QUESTION:
    How to remove my dog's ear hair at home other than plucking ?
    I was thinking if I can use men's hair remover for nose ?
    or is it better to just trim it ?
    i try to clean everyday but it still stinks.. ther'es no redness or drainage at all.....
    i have a toy poodle by the way...
    what was your dog's reaction when you pulled his/her hair ?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your vet. Your dog's ears shouldn't smell bad, EVER. The smell is a yeast or bacterial infection (only your vet can know for sure) and they will give you the correct medicine to cure it.

      I would never think to pluck a dog's hair, anywhere, but especially the ears or face. That can't feel nice. Why not ask them to trim it while you're in the office anyway? They will be able to do this without causing pain for your dog.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is there a connection between a dogs dental condition and returning ear infections?

    My dog is on a prescribed diet of Urinary SO, made by Royal Canin.

    • ANSWER:
      Almost always these problems are diet-related. Your dog is showing signs of a weakened immune system, which is manefesting in allergies. Most of the grains in dog food are not digestible for dogs, are allergens and cause tartar build-up on teeth (humans, too). Most of the immune system is located in the GI tract, where nutrients are absorbed (seen the DanActive commercial?). When you screw up its workings with non-nutritive dog "food" you see all kinds of problems, like ear and skin problems, gas, GI upset, etc. What I mean, are the filler ingredients you see in most commercial dog foods. These include corn products, wheat products, soy products, peanut hulls, sugar, colors, flavors, salt, beet pulp... I could go on, but I won't. You see many of these non-food ingredients in well-known, vet-recommended prescription foods, too. Why are those ingredients in dog food: they're cheap. CHEAP=CRAP.

      My diet of preference, that rises far above any other is raw. Although domesticated for thousands of years, a dog's gut still works the same as the wolf. They have the acids, enzymes and flora that are designed to digest raw meat and bones. What they don't have are the enzymes to digest grains (wheat, corn, etc). A balanced raw diet will cure most, if not all of your dog's problems. My dogs have sparkling white teeth, because the enzymes in the raw meat actually clean their teeth. Also, I live in FL where we have a flea problem year round. In my house there are 7 cats and 3 dogs, non of which need treatment for fleas. They don't need any chemicals because they are so healthy, they repel fleas on their own. When I think how expensive raw diet is, I just think of how much I save on flea prevention and treatment. For info:
      http://www.auntjeni.com
      http://www.drpitcairn.com

      If you really have trouble with raw, here are some other suggestions. It's a cut and paste from another question that I answered some time ago:

      Sometimes a meat and rice recipe will work, but some of the problems that you're having will respond better to a high-quality grain-free diet. All kibble, which is cheaper than canned or raw, must have grain, potato, or tapioca in it to hold it together. Potato would be cheaper than tapioca, and potato is better than grain.

      HIgh-quality means that most of the ingredients are of HUMAN-GRADE quality. None of the recall products were human-grade. If it's not good enough for me, it's not good enough for my dogs.

      The first ingredient should be a meat. It shouldn't be a meat by-product or a meal. Neither of these are human grade, nor can they be measured for there nutritional content. That's because the company cooks down a bunch of different animal parts that's different each time.

      Don't get anything with wheat, corn, soy (or soybean oil), BHA, BHT, ethoxoquin, artificial flavors and colors, salt, sugars (including sucrose and fructose).

      A lot of these poor-quality ingredients are cheap fillers, flavor enhancers, and preservatives. They offer a low source of nutrition, and weaken the immune system. That's what causes allergies. The only reason they're in the recipe is because they serve a purpose for the company, not to keep your dog healthy.

      I suggest you read dog food labels carefully. Look at foods like Evo (made by Innova), Timberwolf Wild & Natural or Ocean Blue, Barking At The Moon (made by Solid Gold). They're more expensive, but they would seriously cut down on the allergies, which would mean less trips to the vet. I also suggest adding a cold-water fish oil, like salmon, krill, anchovy or sardine. This will help a lot with the ear problem and the yeast. You could also add probiotics and dygestive enzymes.
      One product that has salmon oil, pre- and probiotcs, and digestive enzymes is Positive Health by Great Life. They also make an excellent food, but is expensive. Their website http://www.greatlife4pets.com

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  38. QUESTION:
    i have a 3 year old beagle that get yeast infections in his ear.How can i cure it ?
    he has had ear infections for about 2.5 years.The infection will clear up for about a day or 2 and then come back.I don't know what 2 do.

    • ANSWER:
      if gone only a day or two, it isn't really gone.

      contact a vet, and make an appointment.

      other things you can do in the meantime, to help the dog out:

      **use white vinegar and water 50/50 solution on 4x4s to clean any goo out. (wet, wipe, discard, get new one... wet, wipe, discard)
      **check your dog's food. If corn or soy is in the first 4 ingredients, look into a better food.
      **give the dog 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt once a day.
      **find a way to clip or "scrunchie" their ears back so that air can get to their ear canals.

      breeds with pendulous ears (like beagles) are prone to yeasty ear infections, largely due to lack of airflow to the ear canals.

  39. 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

  40. QUESTION:
    I have a dog with re-occuring yeast infections please help?
    I have a Labrador Retriever that is about 3 years old, and hes on his 4th yeast infection within the last 6 months. Poor baby :( I have been back and forth to the vet getting antibiotics, antifungal meds and prednisone.The vet has done thyroid tests (came back normal), and skin samples to ensure it is not any kind of mite etc. I have tried changing his food multiple times, but nothing seems to work. He gets treated and gets better then within a few weeks gets it right back again :(. I have inquired about the new "allergy test" that is VERY expensive 500.00, and have friends that have had it done with a non-conclusive result. I am wondering if anyone out there has any good advice for me? I am looking for a good food that will not trigger a yeast infection. One I am looking at is by IAMS and says its for "sensitive systems". I am almost at the point where I may just feed him a diet of chicken and rice, its a lot of work but if it helps Oliver its worth it. Thanks in advance!!

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains. In your case, they may even be the cause of your dog's skin problems.

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

      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.

      If you want to get your dog cured for good, stop the steroids and try the following remedy. For any skin infection (bacterial or fungal) such as the ones commonly caused by the use of steroids like prednisone, cortisone or the allergy shot or any secondary infections caused by scratching, 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.

  41. 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.

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog lick his paws and scratch himself?
    Hes on flea medicine. He has been all summer, so its def no fleas. Theres no visible signs of bugs or anything like that. Its getting so bad that he keeps me up at night. Should i change his food? Maybe allergies?

    • 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 so even one flea on an allergic dog may cause a lot of havoc. 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 AND ITCHING 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.

  44. 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!

  45. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me if tear stains on a Maltese puppy are anything to be worried about?
    I am getting a 15 week old female pup for my girlfriend. It has some tear staining. I know nothing about the dogs, I have never even seen one except in pictures. The dog is not registered, but could be. The lady I am getting it from registers with AKC only, so she won't register it. She got the dog as a pick of the litter for a stud fee by her Male dog.

    I just wonder if the tear stains mean anything. Can they be washed off or removed? I don't know what it means, if anything. If anyone knows from personal experience what this means, I would appreciate your input. I thank you in advance! Alan Gaertner

    • ANSWER:
      The tear stains are nothing to worry about alot of dogs have them. I personally have a Shih Tzu and use a wonderful chemical free solution to remove them. I also use a powder they sell to keep the hair dry. I am attaching some questions and answers from the site I order from. This lady is wonderful and will answer questions for you cheerfully. I tried several other products and worried about getting chemicals around my baby's eyes and mouth area. You can wipe across the eye with this and it does not hurt them at all.
      Here are the questions and answers from her site I think they will answer all your questions.
      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 WITH ALL ORDERS. MADE WITH ONLY THE FINEST SAFEST INGREDIENTS.

  46. QUESTION:
    home cure for yeast in dog ears?
    My dog is prone to yeast infections of the ears and I cannot afford to be taking her to the vet constantly and the medications are always expensive. I have heard of many home cures but not the recipes or ratios for them or application guidlelines. Can you help me?

    • ANSWER:
      i put my dog who also had repeated ear infections on raw, organic apple cider vinegar ... after putting that on her food morning and night she never had another ear infection for the rest of her life ... my dog was 14 pounds and i put 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onto both her breakfast and supper ... you can google it and read up on it but i was very happy with the results ... i did read about using it topically and about adding it to their drinking water but my dog did not like the water with the vinegar in it so i put it on her kibble which she ate just fine ... if they take it internally it changes the acidity of the body making it inhospitable for yeast growth ...

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    My dog has smelly itchy ears and her breath does not smell good.. treated her already but it came back?

    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu
    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu

    Could it be the food i'm feeding her? I feed her Royal Canine and sometimes Beneful dry food

    what can I do to get her better?

    • ANSWER:
      This will sound strange and I've never tried it, but if you think your dog has a yeast infection in its ear you may want to try putting organic plain yogurt in the ear. Once a day for a few days.
      Yogurt has natural enzymes that keep yeast from growing. Women have used it as a holistic way to cure yeast infections. I wouldn't see why it couldn't work for ears. Its inexpensive and won't hurt anything.

  49. QUESTION:
    Our dog is very itchy. Nothing is working. What would give him the best relief or cure him?
    He is being treated for mites, yeast infection, his food has been changed and he is on antibiotics? Help!!!!!

    • ANSWER:


how to cure yeast infection in dogs

How To Get A Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection affect when you start your period?
    I've had a yeast infection for the past couple days and I've been treating it with Clotrimazole to kill the fungus. What's weird is that I've had symptoms for my period for the psat week now, and I haven't started yet. Could this be a result of my yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      I've had more yeast infections than I can count and a yeast infection has never effected when I start my period.

  2. QUESTION:
    How prevalent is yeast infection and what is it?
    I would like to know what yeast infection is, whether it is the same thing as candidas. Also what percentage of women develop it.

    • ANSWER:
      A yeast infection is a imbalance in the good bacteria in the vagina. Yeast infections can appear on other parts of the body, like under breasts, in the fold of arms, under arms, or anywhere that skin touches skin and the bacteria gets out of balance. It is the same type infection as candida. I think all women develop yeast at some time in their life. Women can pass this infection to their male partners which are mostly asymptomatic but can transfer it back to her.

      hope this helps..

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of yeast infection and how do you cure it?
    What do you get yeast infection from? I've never had any kind of sex but I think I might have yeast infection :S Are there simple over-the-counter medicines you can buy without a prescription to treat it? How do they usually work?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get a yeast infection from being too moist down there or leaving wet clothing on too long. It really just depends. But you don't have to be sexually active to get one.

      You can actually find Monistat yeast cream in the female isle--where tampons and pads and condoms are--and you dont have to have an adult or a prescription to get them. They are very easy to get.

      There is a 1, 3, and 7 day treatment. I like 3 the best, but sometimes 7 works better.

      They work by putting a cream inside you with a applicator and it works to get rid of the yeast.

      It's under 20 dollars. If you have any more questions: contact me at: mrs.dontmesswitme@yahoo.com

  4. 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...

  5. QUESTION:
    How long can you have a yeast infection before you notice it?
    Can you have a yeast infection for a few months,
    and not even notice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections become apparent pretty quick. You will have itching and redness (sometimes sore also) almost immediately. Yes, I had a yeast infection for a year, but knew it was there. As soon as I found out that I was diabetic and got my sugar under control it went away and has not been back, thank goodness.

      best wishes..

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection escalate to a cervical infection if left untreated? Or are they different?
    I've had both before, but can a yeast infection turn into a cervical infection if left untreated? Or are they different things?

    • ANSWER:
      They are different things, however...

      Candida, the microorganism that creates a yeast infection, can spread. Although it may not cause a Cervical infection by definition, it can cause cervical irritation if it gets bad enough.

      Candida is one of the most widely overlooked epidemics of this country. It is blood-soluble so if a yeast infection is left untreated, it can spread anywhere.

      Most common areas of infection for yeast infections are:

      1. The vagina or penis
      2. The lower digestive tract
      3. The prostate in males
      4. The brain (causes a symptoms known as brain fog)

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I know when a yeast infection is gone and I can eat a lil sugar again?
    i think my yeast infection is caused by too much sugar..when do i know for sure it's ok to eat a little sugar again without the infection coming back?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are prone to yeast infections from eating sugar, it will come back

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I cure a yeast infection when I am allergic to the over the counter drugs like Monistat and Gynolotrim?
    I am allergic to all the over the counter yeast infection treatments. Diflucan worked for about 10 days and now it is back. I can't afford to go to the Dr. (I pay 100%) to get a prescription every time I get a yeast infection.

    • ANSWER:
      If you try the baking soda douche - be careful as I've heard the opposite - I've heard baking soda will actually make a yeast infection worse.

      Have you tried tea tree oil or garlic (be careful as the oil does sting.

      Consider going on a yeast-free diet, no sugar (as sugar feeds yeast), no alcohol - so no cakes, candy, sweets, etc.

      *Take Lots of acidophilus/probiotics or eat Unsweetened (Plain) Yogurt
      *Avoid tight jeans and other tight pants
      *Wear cotton underwear during the day, no thongs
      *Wear no underwear to bed
      * Put a tsp of apple cider vinegar in a 6-8 ounce glass of water and drink it 2-3 times a day.

      Try

      Fill a bathtub with just enough warm, not hot, water to create a sitz bath (enough water to cover your groin and just up to your belly). Add 2 cups of raw apple cider vinegar and sit in the bath with your knees folded toward your body (not stretched out flat). You can stay in this bath mixture for 15 minutes. Gently pat dry and make sure you are very dry before putting any clothes on. Wear only cotton underpants, preferably washed in natural unscented detergent.

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What happens if you have a yeast infection and no antibiotics?
    What happens if you have a yeast infection and run out of antibiotics? Do you explode with the yeast of 10,000 bavarian hard pretzels?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have an untreated yeast infection, that is serious, you can later on come in contact with preblems conceiving a baby. Becareful with monistat it made me extremely itchy and i couldnt sleep alll night because of it. Putting plain yogurt on your area helps alot!! Sounds nasty but it helps

  12. QUESTION:
    How I can to eliminate my yeast infection forever?
    I have a yeast infection at my penis,and i want to eliminate it forever,but whitout drugs,or creams,lotions I want to get rid of it efficiently and fast.I am 17,and I don't want to tell this to my parents. If you know some methods such insurance could get rid of it, because I want resume my sex life with my girlfriend. I want my life back ! Please help me !

    • ANSWER:
      You dont need to go to a doctor for this or need a prescription. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/male-yeast-infection/HO00172

      More details: http://ezinearticles.com/?Over-The-Counter-Treatment-Products-For-Male-Yeast-Infection&id=471358

      However, make sure your sexual partner(s) have all be treated completely so you dont keep putting it back and forth.

      Also the fact that you have this indicates you did not have safe sex. Use condoms always as an STD, STI, and pregnancy prevention.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a yeast infection and vaginal discharge?
    I think that I may have a yeast infection. What I want to know is this, is Monistat a safe treatment for a yeast infection? I haven't gone to a doctor to get it verified and don't plan on it but I want to make sure it's safe before I start using it. Also, if this is just regular vaginal discharge, will using Monistat bring up any side affects?

    • ANSWER:
      The difference is that vaginal discharge is usually normal for most women and it comes out in a clear form. A yeast infection on the other hand is an overgrowth of yeast in the vaginal area. The discharge is thicker and white like cottage cheese. It will cause itching and burning. Monistat is a safe product to use. It is made Johnson and Johnson which I work for. I have had many woman call me telling me how great the product has worked for them. I have personally used it and also have had good results. I would probably recomend the Monistat 7 day product because it's not as strong and since you have never used it before you want to be on the safe side.

      If you have any other questions, let me know. I am a Women's health specialist and will be starting school for nursing in January.

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I treat yeast infection without monistat?
    I've tried monistat 3 times now and I cannot shake a yeast infection. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with it and she prescribed me a pill. I've taken the pill before and it did not work. I am not spending 70 bucks on a stupid pill that doesn't even work. Are there any home remedies that I can try?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are listed a couple of the home remedies for yeast infection:

      · Regularly daubing apple cider vinegar in the areas prone to this infection. Your can add some garlic to stop the itchy feeling; and water to dilute the vinegar concentration

      · Curds or yogurt is regarded as one of the best home remedies. In fact, it is advisable to soak a tampon into curds and place it in the infected region for at least an hour. Basically, the healthy required bacteria from the curds will replace the unhealthy yeast bacteria. This could be repeated twice to thrice a day.

      · Drink at least two glasses of buttermilk a-day, whether infected or not. In fact making curds a part of the daily diet in take reduces the probability of yeast infection.

      · Mixture of olive leaf extract with grapefruit seed extraction a glass of water is a good curative tonic for this infection.

      Home remedies for Yeast Infection
      Yeast Infection home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers
      Home remedy using Yogurt

      Take a tampon and dip it in yogurt. Insert in the vagina, twice a day. Continue this remedy for an extra day after your symptoms go away.
      Tea Tree Oil

      A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief.
      Garlic

      For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection.

      http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/remedy/Yeast-Infection.html

      I HAVE USED THE YOGHURT ONE BEFORE AND IT HELPED ME BASICALLY THE NEXT DAY.

  15. 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!

  16. QUESTION:
    What kind of yeast infection medicines should pregnant women use?
    I know pregnant women need to ask a doctor about medicines for a yeast infection, but is there even a problem for pregnant women to use something like monastat 7? Does a doctor have to be consluted first. I know it is recommended to do so, but I want to know if there was an over the counter medicine availble without a prescription.

    • ANSWER:
      You can safely use Monostat while you are pregnant. Follow the directions. You should also let your doctor know you have the yeast infection and what you used to treat it.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of my yeast infection going away and not coming back during and after my period?
    so, I've have had a yeast infection for about three days and just got my period. Will it go away after my period? I had been treating it. And also, any extra advice for this? Every piece of information is appreciated!
    also, is it best to use tampons or pads during this time?
    also, is it best to use tampons or pads during this time?

    • ANSWER:
      good chance. your period washes everything out. usually you won't have a yeast infection after, but then again it depends on how bad it was before. if you still have it, and you've had YI's before, go get some over the counter treatment for it. it'll be cleared up in no time.

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to clear up a yeast infection quick?
    I always get a yeast infection after I take a antibioctic and I just finished one. This is the worst one ive ever had. I need help! Home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Try YeastClear! This might sound weird coming from a guy and all but I actually get yeast infections pretty frequently, and YeastClear clears em up every time so that I can get on my way. I won't use anything else. yeastclear.com

  20. QUESTION:
    How to prevent yeast infection when on antibiotics?
    Every time I am prescribed any anti-biotic, I get a yeast infection. Can a doctor prescribe something to fight off the yeast in advance or is there a reliable way to prevent it with home remedy or diet?

    • ANSWER:
      First off....CRANBERRY JUICE IS FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS, NOT YEAST INFECTIONS!
      Now that I got that off my chest let me move on.....
      I too am a sufferer of yeast infections while on antibiotics, it is really a pain BUT, here are a few tips to avoid or deal with them!
      1.) Take acidophiles while on the antibiotic. Yogurt does NOT have enough alone to fight off the yeast from antibiotics. you'd have to eat a yogurt factory to actually help. Eating 1 container a day is only good for ibs (irritable bowel syndrom)
      I eat yogurt every day and still get yeast infections while on certain medications so, I would not suggest that as a cure for your problem, You need more than what these people are suggesting!
      Get the acidophiles that you store in the frig, from GNC with Live cultures, Take 2 in the morning and 2 before bed.
      2.) Explain to your doctor that you get yeast infections and ask for a pill Diflucan, that fights yeast while on this.
      3.) Get a couple boxes of monistat while on this.

      I know yeast infections are annoying while taking other antibiotics but, I have learned how to deal with them by the 3 above choices.
      Good Luck and happy healing!

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies to treat a yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I don't want to get any medicine or go to the doctor. Are they any home remedies to threat a yeast infection? Will it just go away by itself?

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil

      A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief. It is important to dilute the oil before using it as tea tree oil is extremely potent and can cause inflammation if it is used in its undiluted form. Tea tree oil can be diluted by mixing a few drops of this oil along with a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties and will help to control the yeast infection as well as reduce yeast infection symptoms such as itching. Tea tree oil is one of the most effective vaginal yeast infection home remedies but it is necessary to first consult your doctor as some women may have an adverse reaction to this oil. Tea tree oil can also be used as a male yeast infection cure.
      Garlic

      For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil along with Vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply this blend of oils to the affected skin. While garlic oil helps to control the infection, Vitamin E oil helps to fortify the skin and coconut oil helps to provide it with several fatty acids that help to prevent the infection from spreading. Yeast infection home cures can be used alongside other treatments to help speed up the recovery process.
      Cold Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Oil

      These are two of the best natural cures for yeast infections in both men and women. Cold coconut oil or cinnamon oil can be applied on the infected areas 2-3 times a day to get rid of a yeast infection. Both these oils have effective anti-fungal properties which are very helpful in killing the yeast.
      Vinegar

      A hot sitz bath along with some added vinegar is a great way to relieve skin irritation and itching caused by a yeast infection. It is also an effective remedy to arrest the growth of yeast and restore the PH balance in the body.

  22. QUESTION:
    Can a combined yeast infection and bladder infection cause a delay in your period?
    I have a yeast infection and a bladder infection! My period was due around last week, but that's also when both of my infections had started. (The bladder infection could have started earlier.) I heard that a yeast infection usually doesn't delay your period, but what about both of them combined?

    I'm taking medication for both of them now as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I was always told that too. That a yeast infection never delays a period and blah blah blah blah.

      Ok, I've had about 4-5 if not more yeast infections and EVERY TIME it has delayed my period. I'm pretty convinced it does.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to heal a yeast infection naturally?
    I have been fighting what I am guessing is a yeast infection for over a week now. It hasn't gotten extremely bad until today, I am not wanting to take an antibiotic because I am 34 weeks pregnant. Any suggestions or ideas for natural solution to clear this up?

    • ANSWER:
      As well as treatments you also want to make sure you're not doing anything to make the infection worse. Normal vaginal health; wash regularly but only with water (soaps, washes, wipes, sprays, powders, douching, or even 'feminine' cleaning products all effect vaginal pH so cause infections), keep yourself dry (avoid tight or synthetic clothing), safe sex (anything that goes into your vagina should be clean, no food stuffs), and always wipe front to back.

      Yogurt is the best known way, it contains lactobacillus acidophilus, a bacterium that also happens to be found in healthy vaginas and that kills yeast by producing hydrogen peroxide. You need to insert plain pro-biotic yogurt into your vagina, do this before bed to avoid mess then wash in the morning, do this for a few days to get rid of the infection. You can put the yogurt into ice cube trays to make it easier to insert, the cultures don't survive as well but this way is less mess and the coolness helps ease the irritation.

      Garlic, not recommended if you're sexually active, but it works as it contains natural antifungal substances that kill off yeast. You insert a garlic clove into your vagina, peel beforehand but do not score the clove in anyway as this can sting your vagina, if worried about removal you can use a little clean muslin around it or tie string around it for easy removal.

      Tea tree oil *check with your doctor!* essential oils tend to be a bit of a grey area when it comes to pregnancy, better to be safe then sorry. It's a generall all-round anti-nasties, if you have a menstrual cup, softcups or a diaphragm you can put a few drops of the oil into these then insert into your vagina, ideally dilute with water but it is safe to use neat. Otherwise you can use an old jug, fill with warm water and put a few drops of the oil into the water, then use the water to wash over your vulva, best to do this in the shower or over the toilet to avoid water getting everywhere. If you can handle it you can just put a few drops directly onto your vulva and into your vagina, but it can sting.

      Cranberry juice, these are used when you have a urinary infection as the berries contain substances that inhibit bacteria from clinging to the walls of your urinary tract, but they are also a plus because cranberries lower the pH of your urine, which then passes over some of your vulva on it's way out so may help tackle a yeast infection or at least ease symptoms a little.

  24. QUESTION:
    What are the best ways to treat a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and it won't go away. I'm allergic to monistat, but I have also tried diflucan, yogurt, and vinegar and water. Nothing works.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see the doctor. It is probably not a yeast infection.

  25. QUESTION:
    What causes you to get a yeast infection?
    What are the causes to a yeast infection? What are some home made remedies that can help cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis, commonly called yeast infection, is the most frequent infection acquired by women and is one of the most common reasons that women consult healthcare professionals. Yeast infections result from an overgrowth of a species of fungus called Candida albicans. Fungi are larger and more complex than bacteria. Yeast is unicellular fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments such as the mouth and vagina. Problems occur when there is an overgrowth of yeast, commonly occurring with pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, poor nutrition, antibiotic therapy, diabetes, and other immunosuppressed disorders.

  26. QUESTION:
    How should I use a garlic clove to help with yeast infection?
    I have yeast infection and I heard that garlic helps but how do I go about it? Oh and I wanna know if flavored yogurt can help too, cause I don't have natural plain yogurt right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic Clove is something I have tried too, But it gave more of sideeffects than actually curing the Yeast Infection :/
      Yoghurt is good option but that as you said even I didn't have :P and also am allergic to that which I found out later on :)
      What worked for me was the 'Yeast Infection No More' which gave me great relief in under 12 Hours of using it.. :) I would highly recommend that to you too.. I bought it from here : http://www.boricacidyeastinfectioncure.com/

      Hope you get well soon :)

  27. QUESTION:
    How long before yeast infection gets better?
    I have a bad yeast infection, and my doc gave me a fluconazole pill. How long will it be before I see improvement? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      To treat yeast infection, first you need to contact a health care provider who can ask your symptoms and examine you further clarity. The health care provider might take few sample from the mouth or vagina to confirm the yeast infection, and might find few cells scraped from a skin rash which show yeast under a microscope. There are many temporary medicines available as creams and lotions to put on the vagina (skin) and tablets which can be taken by mouth.

      If your health care provider have already suggested miconazole nitrate (Monistat-7) and clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex-7, and FemCare) for your yeast infection you need to check whether they are giving you any relief from the pain or not. If not you should ask for an anti-fungal medicine taken by mouth to temporary relief.

      You can see results within 2 weeks.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection cause my partner to get bumps on his penis?
    Recently I had a yeast infection, I treated it with the Monistat pack, now my boyfriend has small red bumps on his penis. Is this a common result of my having a yeast infection or does it sound like something different? Also, have can he be treated so we aren't passing it back and forth to one another?

    • ANSWER:
      Having just spoken to my mother about my first yeast infection, men can infact take infection back with them if you have sex during an infection. He should go to the doctor to verify what infection it is though.

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a yeast infection?
    I am 28 and I've never had a yeast infection. But the last two days I have been super itchy down south and it Burns like crazy! Does that sound like a yeast infection? Sorry to be so forward.

    • ANSWER:
      Itch and cottage-cheese discharge.

      Since you've never had a yeast infection DO NOT use anything from the store for it. Call your gynecologist for an appointment FIRST to rule out any other infection.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to catch a yeast infection from having sex?
    If my girlfriend has a yeast infection and we have sex what's the chance of me catching one? I caught a yeast infection and I have a feeling that my girlfriend has one and that I got it from her. But we've been having sex for a year, wouldn't I have gotten it earlier?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't "catch" yeast infections from having sex

  32. QUESTION:
    How long should a yeast infection last?
    I've been taking 875 mg of generic augmentin (an antibiotic) twice a day for 10 days for a throat infection.
    Of course, I developed a yeast infection a little over a week from the day I started the prescription.
    I was wondering if it would go away by itself once the antibiotic left my system or if I need to get some sort of OTC treatment.
    If it will go away on its own, about how long should it last?
    Also, are there any good home remedies to treat the itching?

    • ANSWER:
      every time i take antibiotics the same thing happens to me! its annoying but from what i know its cuz the antibiotics kill all the bacteria they can, even the good bacteria which leaves us prone to infections until our bodies build the good stuff back up again.
      i wouldn't leave the yeast infection alone, i would get the monistat/other brand asap cuz it will just get worse and ive heard of it causing UTIs if left for to long, besides being horrible to live with.
      some stores have yeast tablets right in the feminine hygiene section that help prevent yeast infections or so they say but ive never tried them.
      one thing that helped me get over the yest infections after antibiotics was kombucha, its a weird tea/juice thing that tastes pretty funny but is packed with good bacterias and helps to replenish the good stuff. not good to drink while ur on the antibiotics though, think they kind of counteract each other. you can probably find it at ur local co-op or health food store.
      good luck! i hope this helps!

  33. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a yeast infection?
    Ok I think my sister has a yeast infection but she dosen't want to go to the doctor ( she is only 13 and scared. ) How can I help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lindsay,

      For years some doctors have advised women to insert live yogurt into the vagina to introduce Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium and also produce a more acidic environment to help fight infection. Sometimes, freeze-dried Lactobacillus acidophilus bacterium containing pessary is inserted into the vagina for even more pronounced results. Continue this for an extra day after you get cured.

      There are other effective natural cures for yeast infections available that can help to soothe the discomfort and frustration of a yeast infection, resolving the infection without the use of prescriptions and OTC drugs. They contain ingredients such as Cymbopogon citratus (Lemon grass), Calendula officinalis, and Tabebuia impetiginosa (Pau d'arco bark). All have antibacterial and anti fungal properties that effectively remove toxins and help to support the overall natural maintenance systems in the body.

      For prevention, ask her to wash her panties with extra care as the yeast spores are left in the panties if you are infected and normal laundering won’t kill the fungus. Scrub the crotch of the panties with unscented detergent before washing. She may also put her panties in boiling water for sometime or soak them in bleach for 24 hours before wearing them. Hot ironing your panties is also a good idea as candida may die due to heat.

      Wear loose fitting clothes, made from cotton fiber if possible, to allow good air circulation. Fibers like polyester, plastic and leather trap the moisture inside and also render poor circulation. This makes the environment near your genitals prone to infections. Remember, try to sleep naked if possible, or at least remove undergarments (panties), to allow the vaginal area to become cool and dry. This shall provide you her immense relief equal to all the medicines combined.

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

  34. 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 ...

  35. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of a yeast infection at home?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I'm not sure. All I know is that I have been having horrible itching down there for almost week. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections aren't that easy to permanently get rid of. Many products can temporarily relieve the symptoms, but a long term treatment approach will be your best bet to completely elliminate it.

      One of the more popular and effective homeopathic solutions is yeastrol. It's very effective at treating vaginal, penile and oral yeast infections.

      What you can also do to speed your recovery is to change you diet in a way that will starve the yeast organisms (Candida).

      Things that you should remove from your diet are all sodas, sugars, fruit, fermented foods, foods containing white flour,
      alcohol (especially beer), antacids and any product that has yeast or mold.

      Things to add to your diet are live yogurt cultures (or take Acidophilus), plenty of water, fresh vegetables, lots of protein rich foods, whey protein, raw garlic, nuts, seeds, oils, millet, rice and oat brans

      Another thing to keep in mind is that both you and your partner should consider the diet change/yeastrol treatment as you can be passing the infection back and forth between you.

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

      I've included the link to their website if you're interested

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I go to school with a yeast infection?
    I've had my yeast infection for 4 weeks now. I have missed two weeks of school, and I'm going to miss more if this thing doesn't clear up soon. It burns really bad, even with my prescription cream, so I have to hold an ice pack down there constantly. Any tips on how to survive school with this thing, or even clear it up? I will do anything to make this go away. I will do any crazy home remedies you suggest to me. Just please give them to me.

    • ANSWER:
      I found an article for you to look into with home remedies.
      http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/yeast_infection.shtml

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a yeast infection be passed on to a male partner?
    I have never had a yeast infection before and I didn't know if my husband should be taking some precautions to so he doesn't end up with it. What can he do to prevent it from spreading to him?

    • ANSWER:
      Theoretically, yes they are very contagious.

      So it would be much better to be on the safe side and make sure that you get rid of it first before having sex.

      That said, if he is circumcised male to have a yeast infection he is slightly less likely to get it than if he isn't but still it is only a small percentage change and the best bet is to keep the passion done and get him to keep the snake in the cage until things have passed.

  38. QUESTION:
    How long should i wait before having sex with my husband after a uti and yeast infection?
    I had an yeast infection and uti at the time. Want to the Doctor and got medication for both and everything seems find now. And my husband can't wait anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      If you use condoms you do not have to wait at all. The risk lies in passing the infection to your husband who will later reinfect you. Although this is rare (not impossible) with the yeast infection it is quite common with the UTI.
      It is actually quite important that he be checked for the infection and treated if necessary before resuming unprotected sex with him. Most of what the other people answering your question is correct in that you need to make sure that the infection is gone before resuming unprotected sex.
      Candida albicans, the same type of yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections can cause a condition called jock itch in males and sometimes females. In this way it can be passed back and forth between partners. Jock itch is external and can be eliminated with Selsun, Monistat or Clotrimazole. Candida albicans can also invade the male urinary tract and cause a condition called male yeast infection which causes itching at the tip of the penis.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can an untreated yeast infection cause havoc on other systems in the body, such as sinus and respiratory?
    If you leave a yeast infection untreated, is it possible for it to cause sickness for other systems in your body, such as sinus problems? I don't see how the two are related, but is it possible for something like that to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are many hidden symptoms of Candida overgrowth which is what causes a yeast infection.
      Here's a short list of some of the other symptoms: migraines, back problems, respiratory infections, rash, heartburn and low energy.
      I wouldn't leave yeast infection untreated - because Candida will simply keep growing and your infection will take longer to hear. And there are so many treatments you can choose from.
      I personally favour natural treatments: dietary changes and natural remedies (garlic, tea tree oil, vinegar) to treat the symptoms.
      Read the article below to help you learn more.

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    How should I tell my mom I have a yeast infection without it being awkward or embarrassing?
    I'm 13 and i'm pretty sure I have a yeast infection. I want to tell my mom I have it and for her to take me to a clinic but everytime I try, it gets all awkward and I end up changing the subject or just telling her "nevermind". It's real embarrassing.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, never feel ashamed or embarrassed about your body. You'll experience lots of changes over the next few years, and this conversation with your mother can become the first of many conversations you'll have with her in the upcoming years.

      Secondly, yeast infections are entirely normal. Young girls--even babies--can get them, as well as grown women. Think about how you would tell your mom that you had an infected cut on your knee? A yeast infection is no different (well it is a different organism--yeast instead of bacteria--but the concept is the same). There is no shame in a yeast infection, no more than there is any shame in the infection in a cut on your knee.

      A couple of approaches to try if you still can't ask straight up:
      * Ask about the signs and symptoms of yeast infections. Most moms would then ask "why do you ask" which gives you an opportunity to answer a question instead of bringing it up yourself.
      * Another signal to your mom could be talking about "a friend of yours who thinks she has a yeast infection . . ." Most people can figure out that the "friend" with the problem is actually you. Again, it could give you an indirect way to allow her to figure it out.

      It would still be best to just straight out tell her, since an open line of communication will be incredibly helpful for you as you navigate these upcoming years.

      ***A side note: Why do you think you have a yeast infection? Do you have the classic symptoms? If there's no redness nor itching, just a discharge that seems different to you, it may just be part of your natural cycle. Toni Weschler's book "Taking Charge of your Fertility" gives an excellent description of a woman's natural cycle. Yes, it's written for the adult who is sexually active, so this should be something for you to read with your mom. However, this book contains information I was never taught in any health class in school, and truly can help you appreciate and understand how the female body works. I was amazed to learn that certain "symptoms" that I had believed to be "yeast infections" were just natural fluids that are part of a woman's monthly cycle.

      Talk to your mom. Ask her about the female body. Perhaps you can learn together. Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the safest and fasted way to cure Yeast infection?
    There's so many different things to cure yeast infection but I was just wondering if there's a fast and easy way to cure it? I am going out tomorrow and it's really irritating so I just want to get it over and done with. Any suggestions how to make it better?

    Thankyou :)

    • ANSWER:
      Just found a rockin Yeast Infection site for online deals
      http://www.yeastinfection-review.com/. The book will teach you how to kill these spores. It will also discuss to you the fact that many drugs only offer “Band-Aids” treatment which only masks symptoms and discuss to you as well the real kind of treatment you need to be healthy for life.

  43. QUESTION:
    How the heck does an insurance company consider a yeast infection a pre-existing condition?
    My insurance company is trying to dispute a bill because I had a yeast infection. They're claiming it's a pre-existing condition! WTF!!! A yeast infection? It's not like that is some serious condition that I knew about. I went to the doctor and found out I had one. What a rip off!

    • ANSWER:
      Here's what you need to know:

      When a claim is billed to the insurance company, the doctor's office uses an ICD-9 (diagnosis) code for the claim.

      The insurance company flags the claim to investigate whether its pre-existing based on the diagnosis code used. (Some diagnosis codes will flag for possible pre-existing, other diagnosis codes would never be considered possible pre-existing and be processed as normal right through the system.)

      They send you and/or the doctor a questionnaire asking if you've ever been treated for that diagnosis code before.

      Here's what you need to do/ask:

      1) Did you have continuous health insurance coverage prior to this plan? If so, then you should be exempt from a pre-existing clause. Just provide documentation of your previous creditable coverage to your insurer, and you'll never hear a peep about pre-existing conditions again.

      2) Did your doctor's office bill the claim with the correct diagnosis code? The code is just a number (for example, a yeast infection diagnosis code would start with 112), and a simple typo in that code can drastically alter a bill - make it seem like you were treated for something totally different.

      3) Do you truly have chronic yeast infections, or was this your first one? If its your first one ever (or in a very long time), then its not "pre-existing." You simply need to respond to the questionnaire that you've never been treated for that before. If you do truly have chronic yeast infections and a yeast infection happens to be a diagnosis that your insurance company flags for pre-existing, then there's not much you can do about that.

      The first thing I'd do though was provide my evidence of creditable coverage, as that will waive your pre-existing clause. (As long as you had continous insurance before this without a 63 day break in coverage.)

  44. QUESTION:
    How can my boyfriend get rid of a yeast infection without going to a dr?
    I have a yeast infection and i think we keep giving it back and fore

    • ANSWER:
      There is a natural way to cure yeast infection. A former yeast infection sufferer claims to have complete relief from yeast infection in12 hours using no drugs.
      Source: http://tinyurl.com/atac4r

      And... be sure you two to treat the infection first before having sex again. It just take 12 hour after doing treatment.

      One more thing, No need to break if you still in love with him :)

  45. QUESTION:
    How old do you need to be to buy over the counter yeast infection cream?
    I am 16, and I believe I have a yeast infection and could possibly have had it for a few months. I hate trips to the gynecologist and my mother always has to accompany me. I understand it's important to share things with your mother, but I just am not comfortable with this. I would like to try an antifungal over the counter cream to heal my yeast infection. Do you need to be 18 to purchase medical cream in Pennsylvania?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not smart to try and treat yourself without being properly diagnosed. I understand that you don't want to go to the doctor, but you do need to know for certain if you have a yeast infection or something else before you go self-medicating. Even the over-the-counter creams have side effects.

      Tell your mom you think you might have a yeast infection. Trust me, she knows more about that than you do, so don't be embarrassed.

      You can buy the creams at any grocery or drug store without age restriction.

  46. QUESTION:
    How long does yeast infection cream stay in the body system?
    I recently had my first yeast infection and i used a three day cream. After the treatment, the itching and white creamy discharge stopped but 4 days later I'm still having a yellowish discharge which looks like the treatment I used. I dont have any more discomforts, just the yellowish discharge which smells abit like the cream. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      its probably still coming out. give it a week. anything after that see a dr. it could be a bacterial infection which is eerily similar to a yeast infection.

  47. QUESTION:
    What would be the best treatment for a vaginal yeast infection?
    My friend (not me>_<) has a vaginal yeast infection and she has been using vagasil disposable wipes and she wants to know if there is anything better to use? Also if douching would be a good idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Douching is the opposite of a good idea. Douching is one of the major CAUSES of yeast infections. Also, the vagisil disposable wipes don't cure a yeast infection and say as much in the packaging. They're only meant to relieve the symptoms on the outer vulva while you are getting treated. You need Monistat. Don't use the one day despite the temptation for quick relief. it's just a waste. The three day is OK, but the 7 day is really the one that works.

      She also can get diflucan, a prescription pill, from her doctor, but i still think the 7 day Monistat is better.

      That being said, it really sounds like her first yeast infection, in which case you really have to see a doctor because most people who think its yeast actually have bacteria and treating it with an OTC yeast treatment will make the bacteria worse and make future yeast harder to treat.

  48. QUESTION:
    What does it mean that a vagina is raw from a yeast infection?
    I went to the doctor to get treated for a yeast infection. He said the area looks raw then prescribed me Diflucan. I didn't think about it until after I left the office, but what exactly does it mean to have a raw vagina due to a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      The yeast makes your skin dry. It often gets red and cracks. You could also be scratching too much. Either way, don't listen to these people making jokes. Most women experience a yeast infection sometime in their lives. The word raw means the skin is cracking. Diflucan gets rid of the yeast infection, but you could also go to walmart and get some vagisil for relief of symptoms immediately. It helps with itching. Try not to scratch too much. Hope you get well soon.

  49. QUESTION:
    What's the number 1 way to cure a yeast infection from your home?
    I just found out I had an yeast infection! And I really don't want to tell my mom or sisters because well.. It's kinda embarrassing. I'm really scared and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      Use Plain Yogurt and put it in and at the opening of your vagina. It will take a few days to go away and you will need to do this at least one daily and it is best if you do so at bedtime then lay down. Wash in the morning. PS.... Most women get yeast infections and even those who arn't sexually active get them. I am assuming you don't want them to know you have had sex. You can get them from wearing a wet swimsuit or some girls get them whenever they take baths (hint...hint).... Anyways if you are still scared, yo can eat the yogurt to play off why you wanted it. However, if it is not better within a week or so, you need to tell someone... really...
      from: sombody's mother... take care honey!


how to get a yeast infection

Dog Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How did your dog act after it was attacked?
    My eskipoo was pummeled last night by a larger dog, no injuries I think but I'm watching him for attitude changes. Did you go thru this and what happened next.

    Experienced answers only please no comments or generic responses.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog was attacked and almost killed by a pit bull unprovoked on a busy downtown street just waiting to cross the road ... she was severely injured and required a over 8 hours of surgery to put her back together ... and she acts absolutely no different after the attack ... i now cross the street for any pit bulls and call animal control for any pit bull in a park or on our beach ...

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I go to the urgent care with a dog bite & not report the dog or the incident?
    I got bite by a dog on accident and have known the dog for a long time. I need to get a couple of stitches but I don't want to report the dog.... What injuries are similar to a dog bite on only a middle finger?

    • ANSWER:
      Say that it was your friends dog. It was excitedly eating a piece of steak that your friend gave it as part of pre-christmas celebrations. You were conversing with your friend in the kitchen. The dog was eating between you and your friend/relative/unknown person/ whoever you want. You dropped your car keys and the dog snipped at you as you bent down to recover your keys thinking you were taking his cherished piece of medium quality steak.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is an appropriate sign to warn people about my dog?
    I was thinking about a sign that says "One Way" so people know if they step into my yard, there is only one way out..... in a body bag.... full of dog injuries..........

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    I tried to break up a dog fight and got bitten by both dogs. Can the other owner sue for injuries to his dog?
    My dog attached first because the other dog was on our property. I sustained 2 broken bones in my hands. The other dog sustained a bite to his neck for which the owner has filed a suit against me. I feel like I saved his dogs life. He never thanked me for this, instead he has filed suit for his dogs injuries.

    • ANSWER:
      If his dog bit you, you can sue him. His dog came on to YOUR property. His dog was OFF a leash and he was not watching his dog. I do not think that he has a very good chance of winning. I feel that you would have a better chance of winning if you sued him.

      However, BOTH dogs were fighting and I am not sure if your dog was off leash. It's a shame that he is suing because I feel everyone in this world sues so easily. Try talking calmly with the owner and see if you can work things out. If not, get a lawyer and see what he says. Best of luck

  5. QUESTION:
    If a dogs bites someone,injury a dog,or kills any small animal does it get put done?
    I have a essay due soon about someone who is important and changed the world. I have picked about Steve Markwell but anyway is it that if a dog bits, injury, or kills a dog do they get out to sleep?
    ~Thanks :3

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the laws of the area where the dog bite/attack took place. Also depends on how the laws views such things

      Dog on dog attacks are rarely seen the same way as dog on person.
      Small animals? Unless they were livestock no one cares

      Many places don't put a dog down after one bite. There's also the matter of what led to the person being bit. Was it a random attack? Where they doing something illegal on the owner's property? Things like that.

  6. QUESTION:
    A nut wants to sue me because our dogs got into a fight. what are my rights in a civil suit?
    A kid let my dog lose and it got into a fight with another dog. I agreed to pay for the vet bill. No person was hurt. My dog was licensed and immunized. The dogs owner wants to sue me for much more than that because sheclaims she could not reach me. She said the police told her she should sue me for thousands of dollars even though her dog is fine. My dog suffered injuries as well. I cannot afford to pay her. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      The Police shouldn't have any rights to tell her to sue you for thousands of dollars, It is not there job, they are persuading the woman to sue you either because the police have a grudge against you, or they weren't trained in law.

  7. QUESTION:
    I adopted a dog that is considerably under weight, is it harmful to feed her more than usual?
    -she is a 2 year old rottweiler
    -adopted from the humane society where she was surrenderd after being attacked by another dog and has injuries that are healing well.

    I don't want to over fed her too much, but she is constantly hungry and looks so skinny that it is hard not to give her food. thank you for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      A dog thats been starved might have food issues. I knew of one who would raise a fit if her food bowl wasnt filled all the time. I would let her eat as much as she wants until she is up to proper weight then follow the directions on the food after that

  8. QUESTION:
    I adopted a dog that is considerably under weight, is it harmful to feed her more than usual?
    -she is a 2 year old rottweiler
    -adopted from the humane society where she was surrenderd after being attacked by another dog and has injuries that are healing well.

    I don't want to over fed her too much, but she is constantly hungry and looks so skinny that it is hard not to give her food. thank you for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      I would get her a very high quality dog food like Natures Variety Instinct or Wellness Core. High quality and high protein.
      Feed her several small meal per day until you see her starting to put on some weight. I would also get a fecal done just to make sure she isn't full of worms or paracites.

      I would not feed her large meals right now. This can lead to bloat which is something you do not want.

      Take it slow and steady and she will put the weight back on and start to look beautiful again.

      Best of luck and God Bless for taking her into your home!

  9. QUESTION:
    OCD about tracking glass around house?
    my basement is a wreck and a house aid broke some glass downstairs and i cleaned it up with a broom but i fear that my shoes will track it across the house if i walk down there, i feel like im going to cut my feet and get it in my shoes if i walk around the house with my socks now, because i know there is still little pieces down there, and will it do damage to me, i feel like its going to kill me or give my dog injuries?

    • ANSWER:
      After sweeping up all you can use damp paper towels to collect any small pieces of glass.

  10. QUESTION:
    How would a dog hurt himself while wearing a head cone?
    I hear that it's not smart to leave a dog unsupervised while he is wearing a head cone. I am curious, how would a dog hurt himself with one of these?

    To avoid getting derailed from the question, let's say the dog has no injuries or recent surgery, he is just wearing a head cone for the sake of the hypothetical situation, and is left alone in a bedroom or bathroom. How would he get hurt?

    • ANSWER:
      As a dog owner whose dog has had surgery twice this year, they can get hung up on things if they try to squeeze through a narrow opening. Depends if the dog panics or not. The edges of the cone are quite sharp - my dog seems to have a tiny cut near a dew claw which I think is the cone. Having said that, mine is unsupervised all night with the cone on, and has survived! (the alternative would be him ripping out his stitches..)

  11. QUESTION:
    What is my liability when my dog causes injury to another dog and a loss of work for the owner?
    State - VA
    County - Loudoun
    My dog was in my front yard (no fence), ran after the other dog, presumably to play. The other dog had some staples that tore a little. A tussle (no biting) ensued between the two dogs. The owner jumped on top of both dogs, and re-injured his back.

    He wants me to pay the vet bill, and for his time lost at work 3 days, which he claims is 00.

    Am I stupid to just give him a grand to make the problem go away?
    I had my hand on my dog, I turned away for a moment, and she dashed away. His dog was on a lead!

    • ANSWER:
      You would not be if the other dog was on a lead. Does not matter if it was your property. You have a duty to take precautions with your animal. If 00 will make it all go away, I would be tempted to jump. I would also have him sign something that for the consideration of 00 he agrees not to sue. BTW I think that this would all be covered under your homeowners policy. If the dog was not on a lead, tell the guy where to go and you will gladly see him in court.

  12. QUESTION:
    How many mg's of "Pro Pet Aspirin" should I give my dog?
    I bought "Pro Pet" Aspirin at Walmart for my dogs leg injury but there are no instructions on HOW MUCH to give him. I was wondering if anyone knew how much he should have. He is 94 lbs and the aspirin are 86mg. I gave him one tablet and it doesn't seem to be working. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Nobody here can or should answer that. Nobody knows what your dog's injury is or if aspirin is right for him or would make his problem worse. Call your vet.

  13. QUESTION:
    What collar to use for training?
    What collar do you prefer? Choke collar (I heard that they hurt the dogs vocal cords and make the bark less powerful)? Prong collar (supposedly you can only pull very soft because if you pull to hard you will give the dog injuries)? So which collar do you like better and how do you use it to train your dog?

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  14. QUESTION:
    Are there attorneys in Georgia that specialize in dog bite injuries?
    If so could you provide details? Looking for an Atlanta Dog Bite Lawyer.

    • ANSWER:
      Don Singleton with http://www.dwsingletonlaw.com specializes in Atlanta Dog Bite Injuries Cases. He is a great guy to have on your side.

  15. QUESTION:
    Can I get sued by driver if my dog digs out of yard and gets hit by car?
    By Florida law if my dog dug out the yard and got hit by a car. The car was damaged and dog was hurt. Can I get sued for damages to car on the other hand can I sue for dog's injuries?

    • ANSWER:
      Robert...

      Wow...so no one takes any responsibility for their own behavior in Florida, heh? Lawsuit this, lawsuit that!

      This is what's called...an accident. You did not intend for your dog to dig his way out of your yard. This driver did not intend to hit and injure an animal who happened to be loose. Your dog did not intend to get hit by a car...or even cause damage to it.

      Give me a break! You are responsible for your dog's injuries -- the driver of the vehicle is likely going to be covered for damages through his own insurance. Your dog just wants to get well and healthy again!

      Perhaps each of you taking responsibility for yourselves might be a good old way to start solving some of life's problems.

  16. QUESTION:
    Who's at fault if your dog attacks a cat that is on your property?
    Not just on your property, but in your house.

    Very inquisitive kitten wanders into someones house from outside. This is an unusual occurrence. Dog is snoozing upstairs and is not even aware of cat's presence in house. Should the dog have caused injury by biting, who is liable for the vet fees, supposing the owner of the dog did nothing to encourage the attack?

    • ANSWER:
      No one is liable for Vet fees. Only the owner of the injured animal should pay for the Vet bill. Animals on someone else's property or in someone else's home is fair game.

      The owner of the dog would not be liable.

  17. QUESTION:
    how to get my dog to meet stray dogs of our new neighborhood?
    hello
    i m moving with my 6 years old german shepherd to our new house
    at the neighborhood there are many many stray dogs and they stay exactly out of our apartment!
    so how can i get my dog to meet those stray dogs without injuries????
    i m trying to find an easy way to do that so my dog will not get stressed!!

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I introduce our new cat to our dogs, with no injuries to all parties?
    We have 2 dogs and we used to have a cat, that was really old and sick and passed on.

    Since then our dogs have started chasing cats

    Our new guy is the sweetest little boy and want him and the dogs to get used to each other, without anyone (mainly the cat) getting hurt.

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Being pack animals, your dogs viewed your previous cat as a member of the family pack and they all shared a "communal" scent. It's not unusual for dogs to get along well with their own household's cats, whilst chasing away others. It's important to handle the introductions slowly so that they will view your new cat as a pack member.

      These links have lots of information and advice on introducing cats and dogs, which you may find helpful.

      http://www.messybeast.com/first-impressions.htm
      http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=cattodogintroductions

      Hope it all works out. Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    My dogs falsely accused of attacking sisters dog continued?
    Initially I did not ask my sister what happened- she was a mess and I didn't want to upset her anymore- the commotion in garden was my sisters dog barking-
    I do not believe my sister saw what happened- my daughter I believe saw the end of whatever happened- she definitely said neither dog had dog in their mouths- she heard my sister call fred- he ran down - just doesn't make sense.... If my dog were attacking why would he not chase the other dog - the injuries not consistent with a big dog small dog incident- and no puncture wounds- no internal in juries- sliced from shoulder to shoulder- I think if anything my dog may have been protecting him- I have no clue how to work this ask respond thing... Someone asked if we live near hawks- I just saw two outside my window this am - I videoed them- my mom always sees them and neighbors with their small dogs -won't let them out unattended- my big other dog who she initially blamed too was attacked by a wild animal( we believe a coyote) severely injured last year-
    When I did approach my sister about a week later- I asked if we could talk she said yes- i told herr i had dog professionally evaluated- she did not like what I was saying - she attacked me - hit me in the head with a rolling pin and and the started punching me- my mother pulled her off as she screamed she is going to kill me- and my dog- I ended up in the er - they initially thought I had a skull fracture- thankfully not- severe concussion - brain injury( swollen) cut lip and cracked tooth- I haven't been able to work since- headaches- nausea - dizziness- slurred speech- my kids are devastated - they love that dog - the sleep with kids every night-
    It just doesn't make sense- at first it's both dogs now it's just my pit- the injuries are not consistent with dog bite- especially pit bulls- they leave several puncture wounds- my mom believe that max didn't do it- my dad doesn't care he just want to appease my sister- I feel badly for her dog-

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    What would happen if your dog bit a criminal that was going to harm you?
    Say that your dog is a protection dog, and the person was going to harm you.

    Who would be in trouble in this type of situation? Would your dog be put to sleep for protecting you?

    • ANSWER:
      Different state/local jurisdictions have different dog laws. And every place will have different lawyers, with different trials setting a precedent for how dog-bite lawsuits are handled.

      In some states like Texas & Florida, it's legal to use deadly force with a gun if an intruder is in your home. Doesn't matter if he's armed or not- you've got the legal right to shoot him. On the same token, since the precedent in that state is in favor of the homeowner's safety, a protection dog biting an intruder is not likely to be a liability to you.

      On the other hand, there have been lawsuits where burglars have injured themselves IN THE HOUSE THEY WERE BURGLARIZING....and they have sued the homeowner for their injuries. And WON! I'd imagine if you lived in a place where that was the type of legal precedent that had been set, there'd be a whole slew of salivating dog-bite injury attorneys just WAITING to take the case of the mugger/rapist/attacker who was bitten by your dog in self-defense.

      In some places, dogs biting humans in cases where they were clearly defending their owner is acceptable, provided the law can establish that "excessive force" was not used. Basically, if an unarmed man grabbed your purse and your dog mauled him to the point where he was hospitalized for weeks- or even killed him, you could be held liable for using excessive force. But if a man with a knife or gun accosted you and your dog grabbed and bit the arm with the weapon in it to neutralize the situation (as a well trained protection dog should do), chances are you would NOT be in any sort of legal trouble.

      In some cases, a "trained" protection dog is considered a "weapon" whereas an untrained pet is not....just as a Navy Seal who is trained to kill with his hands, and gets in a fight, can be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

      Basically, it's best to do some research and find out what the legal atmosphere is like, where you live. If you choose to have a professionally trained "protection dog" understand how your local laws affect your liability. Find a club in your area where people train and compete in protection dog sports- that'd be a good starting-off point, as many members are current or former law-enforcement and can tell you how the laws are in that area.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long should I wait to take my dogs to the park after eating?
    to prevent stomach injury.
    Dog park means running a lot.
    They ate 1 hour ago.
    Thank you all. I usually wait 2 to 3 hours, but today I could not. So I am glad 1 hour is ok.

    • ANSWER:
      45 minutes. Dogs with big-barreled chests can get something called bloat, which is where their stomaches turn over and they can die from it.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I keep my dog safe from intestinal injuries caused by chicken bones?
    My dog Goldie who is a 4 year old lab and noreagen ridgeback. She just ate chicken bones yesterday and seems to be fine. She ate a meal of regular dog food and water the night of the day that she ate the chicken bones. It is the morning around 8:00 and she is outside. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Check her stool to see if there is any blood. If there isn't and she's behaving normally, I'd think she was OK. Call the vet to make sure you're doing what's best for her.

  23. QUESTION:
    My Dog is limping after a incident with a cat....?
    After my dog chased a cat and got hold of it (no aparent injuries to cat) my dog is limping. The cat has scatched my dogs leg, on the joint, and i have wiped this inujury with cold water, but why is my dog limping? Any opther suggest to help my dogs injuries?

    • ANSWER:
      He may have pulled a muscle in the chase, the cat scratch may have infected (Use anti-bacterial soap next time), he may have bumped his leg, or something worse might have happened. Keep an eye on it, if it doesn't clear up in a few days call your vet.

  24. QUESTION:
    Could you use a deadly force towards someone attempted to kill your dog?
    If someone is actually torturing your dog, hurting the dog which caused serious injury, could you use a deadly force like shoot them in order to protect the dog?

    PS: I'm working on a case of animal cruelty for my class. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the state. That would fall under your state law. In my state you would go to jail for using deadly force in that situation.

  25. QUESTION:
    Can you break a lease if your dog was attacked by one of the apartment employees' dog?
    Our dog was attacked while the employees dog got off of his leash. The want sixty days notice of termination and then would charge us 1 and 1/2 months rent for the fine for early departure. Otherwise they want to charge us a 2 months rental fee (for not giving sixty days notice) in addition to the 1 and 1/2 months fine. I know is it was not an employee, we would have no leg to stand on so to speak. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely not. If your dog sustained injuries from the attack...you sue the employee.

  26. QUESTION:
    Small dogs and enemas, how deep to insert tube and how much per kilo?
    My dog has a back injury and has not done poo's for four days, he is being treated with steroids and is slowly improving but looks very uncomfortable. He is a terrier and weighs seven Kilos ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your veterinarian should have demonstrated this for you before advising you to do it at home.

  27. QUESTION:
    Who is liable for medical bill if neighbors dog injuries me?
    I live in a small apartment complex (only 4 apts.). When I go down stairs to check my mail, the down stair neighbor has his dog on a cable by mail boxes. And today the dog wrapped his cable around my legs and pulled me down and burnt my shines. The owner of complex does not carry insurance. If I have to go to doctor or ER for any injuries from this dog...who pays for it?
    The dog is not mean, it is a big overly friendly dog. If I could avoid this dog I would, but I have to get my mail daily.
    I have 2 dogs myself and take them out by the back stairs. I have told the owner of dog about the problem but all they do is cues at me and say it's there right to chain the dog out front.
    What if I am 66 and I break a hip or arm? That is my biggest fear and yes the dog is out 24/7 and no dog catcher said if the dog has food and water it can stay out...even when it was below freezing and rainy like it was last month.

    • ANSWER:
      Ultimately, you have to sue the owner of the dog for any injuries the dog causes. And, if you expect ANY of these incidents to be treated seriously, you'd have to 1. file a police report after each incident and 2. seek medical treatment after each injury.

      No police report and no medical bills, mean no injuries.

      And seriously. You're going to go to the ER for shin burns? SERIOUSLY?

      Inform the landlord that the tied up dog is causing a problem. And start filing police complaints. The dog's "right" to be tied up, ends when you don't have access to your mailbox.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can you cure a dog that got a bite from another dog?
    My dog got bitten from another dog by his tail.The bite I think is serious, that is because the bite is like a hole. I'm not sure about going to the vet because I'm scared it will cost a fortune.Also, what do I do to make it fell better? If you know any low cost vets around San Jose, California please tell me.

    • ANSWER:
      Cure him of what? Your question really doesn't make sense...
      if he got bit by a another dog-and your dog was leashed or chained or in your own yard, behind a fence-then the owner of the OTHER dog is liable for injuries and vet bills!
      If you are going to be stuck taking care of your own dog-then you SHOULD have a vet by now-that's part of owning a dog! The responsibility of having a live pet includes providing your pet with proper medical care...so call your vet and ask them what to do! If you are a poor pet owner and don't have a regular vet-after all the pet lovers get done beating you to death-call your local Humane Society-they will have a list of vets that will work with you to take care of your dog. Unless a vet with psychic abilities can examine your pet by posting a note here and tell you what the problem is...you are not going to get ANY useful information about medical care here!

  29. QUESTION:
    What charges could we face for a dog attack?
    Our dog got out and attacked a man biting his wrist and attacked his dog for several minutes..
    What kind of charges and fines are we looking at here?

    • ANSWER:
      Several things could happen.Your dog could be put to sleep (sorry).The man attacked has grounds to sue for his and his dog's injuries.You want be arrested but you have a situation that is about to get alot worse.I would seek legal advice asap.

  30. QUESTION:
    What happens the owner of a dog that was known to be aggressive, if it kills a child?
    If a dog has already attacked a person, and the owner didn't take precautions to prevent the incident from happening again.

    What would be the punishment for the owner if the dog later attacks and kills a toddler or young child?

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't mention where you live, so it's not as easy to answer. It's a complicated answer even if we knew where because there are a long list of reasons you would not be considered at fault, i.e., the person injured/killed was trespassing or provoked the dog.

      http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/free-books/dog-book/chapter11-5.html

      It also matters the type of dog it is. If the dog is a known breed to be violent and strong enough to cause serious injury, pitbull, rottweiler, etc., you would have greater responsibility and of a heightened risk of being subject to legal action.

      In general, if the person injured didn't do anything wrong, you're responsible for the dog.

      You really would be best to try google searches to learn this in great detail. You can type questions into a search engine and it will know how to search for them. This is how I found out information for you prior to answering your question.

      "What are the legal responsibilities of a dog owner in the US?" or replace US with your city, state, country, province

      Hope this helps.

  31. QUESTION:
    What can be done to help a dog that gets picked on by other dogs?
    My sweet 1 yr old dog that I have had for 2 months now loves going to the dog park and playing with the other dogs. Occasionally, she seems to get picked on where the other dog bullies/intimidates her. Her hackles go up and she looks very scared and helpless. 9 out of 10 time she is happy-go-lucky and has a great time.

    • ANSWER:
      Just like people! I would not expose her to that as soon as you notice, take her away. So far you have been fortunate but often fights ensue and injuries occur at dog parks

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I get my friends dog to stop hating me?
    My friends dog hates me, a lot. The dog knows the sound that my keys or car door makes and starts barking when she hears it. If I cough or talk, she knows. I could go on and on but basically her dog HATES me. The few times I have gone outside the dog then just tries to bite me and gets really mad. I once asked her to hold the dog so I could pet her and the dog got so darn mad that she pooped and pee'd on herself! (seriously). The dog is pretty small so I am not afraid of her but wow, she is mean. I try to give her treats and she is too angry to even notice them. I didn't do anything to this dog and she has hated me since day one. Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      If you know you haven't done anything to upset this dog, it might be that the dog is so poorly socialized she behaves this way to people outside her family. If that is the case, this dogs problems are probably too deeply seated to do anything about. The pooping and peeing on herself sounds pretty extreme, and it might be best if you just avoid this dog entirely.

      I would definately not try to pet the dog, or even have someone hold it near you. That sounds like a recipe for a problem and possibly an injury to at least one party.

      You couild try just being very passive and quiet around it and toss little bits of treats near (not at) it and try to win it over with food, but I have a feeling that won't work with this dog.

  33. QUESTION:
    What kind of injuries can happen to a female being pulled apart from a male while mating?
    I've never watched dogs breed before. The two dogs were mating and she wanted him to get off her in the middle of his humping. He got off but they were still stuck together butt to butt. 15 20 30 minutes go by and they are still stuck. Me thinking it was her first time, thought he may have been too big, so I gently pulled them apart. He's OK. She looks swollen and has a slight red bleed, as if she was a virgin. Is this normal or what? And, she acts like she can't get enough by going after another dog. What's up with that? She licks herself quite often also.

    • ANSWER:
      This can cause SERIOUS INJURY to the female. When the male is fully erect, the bulbis glandis enlarges- this looks like two little ping-pong balls on either of his penis. The bulbis glandis allows him to get a better "lock" within the vaginal wall of the female. The male will usually try to dismount from the female when he's "had his fill", but will be unable to because the bulbis glandis is holding him in place. So instead they end up standing "butt to butt" (it's called a tie), until he loses his erection and they are able to separate.
      So you can see, forcing them to separate when the bulbis glandis is inside the female can cause serious trauma to the vaginal walls. If the dogs were forced apart and the female seems painful, if you see excessive bleeding or bright red blood (discharge from a heat cycle is a diluted blood), get her into a veterinarian to be checked out IMMEDIATELY!

      Read more: can you pull dogs apart that are mating - JustAnswer http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/0dodf-pull-dogs-apart-mating.html#ixzz2Eo7E4fRo

      Have a nice day.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do I stop my dog from being protective of her food?
    My dog has become very protective of her food. Its becoming a real problem because she makes sure our cats don't go near her food area and when i try to go by her food, she growls and shows her teeth. I really need to learn how to correct this problem. She's the sweetest dog there is until i tcomes to her food. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      This is hard to answer without knowing the breed, size or age of the dog in question. I rescue german shepherds and see this problem often. First thing is to establish your role as leader of the house but do NOT attempt to alpha roll your dog or pin her down or anything like this if you don't know how. A great way to teach your dog to allow at least her people to take her food or be near her dish is to put her food bowl down and hold her food in your hand. Only give her a kibble or two at a time in her dish. She has to depend on YOU to get her food. Do this for several days/weeks if need be until she realizes and learns you are in control of her food dish; not her. I have done this with rescue dogs with great success. Good luck and in the meantime, please warn people to stay away from her food dish to prevent injuries. Seek professional training if this does not work.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do cats change their behavior during a full moon?
    i had a cat that would arch its back and walk around sideways during a full moon. now i have two cats, whom are usually good to each other, but whenever the moon is full they fight all night and have fits. I have found several reports like this and some veterinarians say that the dog and cat injury/illness rate is up during a full moon. But i haven't found anything that explains it. do you have similar stories? do you know why cats change behavior during a full moon? and don't deny it, because it's proven that some cats change their behavior when the moon is full.

    • ANSWER:
      its true for most peoples pets and ask any pet owner they will most likely tell u ther pets act differently at full moon. I think it is simply even tho most animals can see better in the dark than humans, they can see even more clearly on full moon. because everything is so bright and it is easier to see they become more restless and act differently. the brightness would also bring out more nocturnal hunters like foxes and foregers like racoons etc. this logically sets most pets teeth on edge and with more nocturnal activity from different animals, the whole area is likely to become stirred up.

  36. QUESTION:
    If an unleashed dog attacks my leashed dog and gets hurt or killed can I be held responsible?
    Let's say that i'm walking my dog on a leash and out of nowhere this unleashed dog comes at us and tries to attack me and my dog and my dog injures it or kills it in a fight. Can i get in trouble with the police or animal control? I live in North Carolina (just moved here) and don't know the laws to well. What would happen to my dog in a situation like this?

    • ANSWER:
      Legally, no you are not responsible, because the dog attacking you is unsupervised, and if the owner is located will face fines and possible jail time if their dog caused any injuries to humans or other animals.

      So, no, you will not be held liable, your dog was on leash, defending it's own life and possibly yours.

      Liable free, so rest assured you would be okay..Just make sure your dog is on leash when and if this happens, and cross your fingers it does not happen to you or your dog.

      Leash law or not if your attack you and your dog has right to defend it';s self, whether there is a leash law or not if your attacked, the attacker is at fault, no you....A no brainer, no fault on your part, is what the Judge's call the owners of such dogs, **8Well, this is a no brainer he will day, your guilty of your dog causing bodily harm ,next case......done and over

  37. QUESTION:
    What dog clothes would you most likely buy your dog?
    I would like to know what clothes you would most likely buy your dog/pet? What styles/colours/items you most purchase.
    Is there items that you wish you could see more on the market or anything you can't seem to find?

    • ANSWER:
      I have two Dobermans which is a breed with a single coat, wilts when its hears the rain and shivers when the temperature drops in cold weather and see nothing wrong in wrapping them up snugly in a warm and waterproof coat, so they enjoy being out and doing something.

      I purchased two polo neck fleece coat, which are hard wearing, lightweight – necessary as my dog was resistant to having anything on his that was heavy or restricted his movement and would spin around attempting to dislodge the offending coat – can be thrown in the washing machine and dryer, and end at the base of the tail and a funnel neck for extra warmth.

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/fallonbrooke/2807581925/
      Tori ~ Nature Reserve

      My senior b*tch has degenerative joint disease, HD and inclines to bronchial problems, so last year purchased a dog jumper for her which keeps her chest warm and covers the legs down to the stifle, with a zip down the back so she can step into the jumper, which is easier on her joints.
      http://www.equafleece.co.uk/store/dog_jumpers.html

      Excellent budget option coat, have one for my dog in brown when the other is being washed, he looks like a humbug in it.
      http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rambo-Newmarket-Fleece-Dog-Rug-Coat-Charcoal-Chocolate-/110714901082?pt=UK_Pet_Supplies_Dogs&var=&hash=item19c71f525a

      I purchase functional dog coats for cold and hot weather and functional dog boots (post surgery/cuts and prevention of injury).

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best dog for young children?
    What is the best dog breed for a family with a 2 year old and a 4 year old with no fenced in backyard. 4 year old is hyper but loves animals.
    I have had dogs in the past with no fenced in yard just want ideas on dogs that are better with small children. I do have a backyard for the dog to play in as well as family near by (2 minutes) where the dog can run once a day. Children have a chihuahua/shih-tzu but she is in "retirement home" due to age and requiring a more calm living arangement. We are more interested in a dog around age 1 as I am aware puppies are a lot of work. TIA

    • ANSWER:
      We prefer a medium size mix breed for younger kids. Especially if hyper kids. I would suggest you look for a rescue in the area that keeps dogs around a long time, preferably a no-kill shelter.

      A no-kill rescue/shelter has longer to assess temperament of dog and expose to people/other dogs. May have a owner release that is already use to small children. Many breeds are not young children friendly and would not be patient. There are no exacts for any breeds. Many rescues have guidelines on adopting out with young children--to protect all concerned from injury.

      You would want to take the whole family to see the dogs. Make sure they have a area for getting aquainted and playing. It is more important that the dog really shows a interest in your children and likes them than pick a dog just because you think it is the ONE. How cute or ugly is not the deciding factor. There has to be a "connection" between the dog and family. Keeping in mind how the dog will be exercised and play outside without fencing!

      Are you going to take the time to make sure the kids are playing nice with dog. A hyper child can over-excite any dog. You must be hands on with training the dog and the children. I would encourage a adult dog that is somewhat settled and not too hyper itself. A good rescue will know which dogs would be better suited. They may allow several play visits before you decide. Some may have a return policy if doesnt work out.

      Please rescue a dog instead of buying one because of breed.

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    What can happen if my dog eats chicken bones?
    My dog ate some hot wing bones, about 5 of them, yesterday. Today she seems like she is constipated, and she has been biting at herself(which is normal, she usually does because she has allergies, but she has been doing it a little more then normal today). Do I have something to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      Never, never give chicken bones to dogs, or any other pet, because they split lengthwise with sharp points, that can get stuck and/or cut anywhere in the digestive system. Such injury can be fatal.
      If she's constipated, it may be because of one of the bones causing a blockage. If she develops any other symptoms, starts throwing up, or poop blood, get her to the vet immediately.

  41. QUESTION:
    What would you do if your dog was attacked by another dog?
    If you were walking your dog on a leash and an unleashed dog attacked yours, what would you do to stop the fight without getting hurt yourself? What can be done to separate them with the least amount of damage done to both dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I *was* hurt when it happened, and I almost lost my dog because of it. I ended up with 42 stitches to the face and my dog had roughly 417 on his neck and shoulders. Had to have reconstructive surgery on his front leg, and suffered severe mental trauma.

      The best thing you can do is be as loud as possible, draw attention to yourself. Scream, yell, ask someone to dial an emergency number, make sure that people see what is happening.

      NEVER jerk your dog or the other dog off of each other, you risk ripping skin if the dogs have a tough enough grip on the other.

      Use the leash of your dog to loop it around the back end of the other dog and lift upward [try not to get bit], the dog will almost always release. Hopefully, by this time, someone has come to your aid.

      No fight is predictable. Ever. you have to make snap decisions and hope they work in the long run. Avoid going down streets where you know loose dogs roam, and keep Animal Control on speed dial [it saved my life].

      Never assume anything. My dog is very large, almost 80 pounds of solid muscle. I'd always assumed that Max could hold his own against anything [I've seen him wrestle down 250+ pound Newfoundlands] and this 40 pound Lab mix tore him apart in less than 20 minutes.

      This mix came out with intent to bite *me*, knocked me over in less than half a second and was at my face. Max got him off, but it was over from there. The lab tore into his shoulder, neck, back leg, chest and face before I could even get into contact with 911.

      Luckily, neighbors rushed out and beat the dog off of mine with debris in the streets. I wish I had taken pictures of Max's injuries before he was rehabbed and healthy again. We thought we were going to have to euthanize him [Max], but luckily the E-Vet gave him a transfusion and stitched him back up before he lost too much blood.

  42. QUESTION:
    How can I keep my dog from licking her stitches?
    I just had my dog spayed yesterday, and the veterinary assistant told me I could put a shirt on her to keep her from licking and pulling her stitches. Are there any other ways I can keep her from doing that?

    • ANSWER:
      Every one I have ever spayed licked their stitches. I would be very surprised if she took them out. I've never had that happen and have had at least 35 dogs spayed in my life. Unless you notice that she has actually gotten some out I would not worry about it. Licking an injury or incision is a very natural thing for a dog to do.

  43. QUESTION:
    What should I do if my dog is coughing and throwing up after drinking water?
    My dog got his head stuck in a bar on my bed. He choked himself. He seemed fine when I got him out of the bars, but now he randomly coughs and he throws up after drinking water. His eyes are fine and aren't bloodshot or swollen, and he eats just fine as well. What should I do about the coughing and vomitting problem?

    • ANSWER:
      he could have internal injuries you can't see! get that poor thing to the vet now!

  44. QUESTION:
    How much does back rehabilitation for a dog usually cost?
    My dog herniated 5 discs in her back a few weeks ago and the vet referred me to Healing Touch for Animals to start rehab for her. (She is also taking steroids to relieve the inflammation.) I have an appt to meet with the rehab center but I was wondering if anyone has also experienced this and knows the costs for this kind of treatment, either short-term or long-term.

    • ANSWER:
      It will depend on what course of therapy they are going to do for your dog. I am an animal massage therapist, and I charge /session for canine massage. I do work with my clients that have a long term program for injury rehabilitation to help with the cost if they can't afford it.

  45. QUESTION:
    How does your dog react to noisy appliances ?
    Vacuum Cleaner, Blender, Lawn Mower, etc.
    Does your dog bark at it, hide under the bed or no reaction.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately my husky is fascinated by the whipper snipper & mower.
      We have to keep her inside when doing the lawns or she would end up with some serious injuries.
      On the other hand she is scared of the vacuuum.'
      Go figure

  46. QUESTION:
    What are some causes of sudden dog blindness?
    My dog isn't that old, he is only 4. He is an American Pitbull Terrier. Lately he seems to be having trouble seeing. He can't see toys when someone is holding them right in front of his face (about 4 feet or so). He didn't recognize me coming in the door the other day. Instead of catching his ball, he has been ducking his head and avoiding it. Could I be imagining things, or is this serious? I thought I was paranoid, but my brother recognized it without me saying anything about it. I can't afford a whole lot, but if it's serious I'll do whatever I have to. Please give me suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Take this dog to your vet to examine his eyes. Lense luxation can cause this, normally seen in an older dog. Lense luxation will cause a cloudy appearance of the eyes. Poisoning can do this as well. Head injury can do this, brain tumors can do this.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent my dog from hurting his own tail?
    My dog hurted his tail a year ago and he´s been licking and licking it, stopping it from healing, what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      He may need an e-collar (lampshade). But, a year old open wound or non-healed injury needs to be re-examined by your vet as soon as you can get an appointment.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does a dog have undigested hair which protects the intestines?
    Im learning about wolves and just read that any broken bones that splinter get wrapped undigested hair which protects the intestines from injury. Dogs ancestors were wolves, so would their bodies still work the same even though they have evolved?
    Jayse - I know their body breaks it down but parts that don't get broken down end up being protected by the undigested hair.
    and by the way - I already raw feed, im not listening to kibble companies, im asking about wolves.

    • ANSWER:
      Not unless your dog has killed something & is eating the whole thing, hair & all. The bones would be wrapped in the hair of the kill. A dog does not have hair growing in their intestines.

      Check out the anatomy of a dog & look at the intestines. NO hair.

  49. QUESTION:
    How long does a dog stay lock up while mating? Why do they get lock together?
    i have one female dog who is in heat and for some reason the entire neighborhood is at my front door. I have 3 males one is fixed the next is only 7 months old and the 3rd is over two.I know that the puppy can't do much now but the older one can.

    • ANSWER:
      SOME DUDE IS INCORRECT, THEY DO NOT HAVE BARBED PEE PEES, THERE PEE PEES SWELL IN ORDER TO INSURE DELIVERY OF THE SPERM. THEY CAN STAY LOCKED FOR UP TO AN HOUR AND SHOULD NOT BE DISTURBED. INTERVENING CAN CAUSE INJURY TO BOTH ANIMALS!


dog injuries

What Causes Yeast On Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for a diaper rash caused by yeast?
    My nephew has sensitive skin and is very prone to all sorts of "diaper rashes". Now he is dealing with one caused by yeast. He scratches, then it spreads to other parts of his body. What are some home remedies I can try.
    Yes, we change his diaper frequently, change his diet. He is alergic to milk products and we can not use yougert. He is also allergic to other topical products.
    He has seen his Dr. several times. |This is a cons1tant battle for him.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using an athlete's foot cream like Lotrimin AF Clotrimazole 1% (Antifungal). It doesn't have to be the namebrand, store brand works just as well. Athelete's foot cream works excellent on yeast/fungal diaper rashes. You should take care of his rash A.S.A.P. because if he gets yeast infection in his eyes, that could be REALLY bad. I had a friend whose baby I used to watch, who ALWAYS had diaper rash, and sometimes it would bleed. I'd put some Lotramin AF on it, and by the time she would come get him, it was already no longer bleeding and starting to look better. I've also worked as a prechool teacher with toddlers, and have lots of experince with babies and toddlers. Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if it is Skin Fungus or another skin disorder?
    I think I may have tinea versicolor on my chest but I am not sure. I have an area the size of a half dollar or so that has brownish colored spots on it. I am not sure if it is a skin fungus or another condition. I have only noticed it recently since the weather has become warmer. It is a little bumpy and dry. I tried scrubbing and exfoliating the area which irritated the skin and it became red (that's when I really noticed the bumps that almost looked like tiny pimples). I put Vicks Vaporub on after (as this can treat nail fungus) and the redness disappeared and the brown spots returned. I am not sure what this is.... Any ideas? I have heard Monistat can be used for skin fungus infections caused by yeast. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Candida yeast fungi is often found topically. You can learn all that you need to know at the link below. Best of luck to you!

  3. QUESTION:
    What causes yeast infections and how can I prevent them and get rid of them?
    How can I effectively get rid of a yeast infection and prevent them in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics - Can kill the good bacteria allowing yeast to take over. If your taking antibiotics eating yogurt can help.
      Clothing - Always wear lose fitting cotton underwear.
      Chemicals - Douches and even some perfumed toilet papers are irritants.
      Diet - Some people feel that cutting down on foods that contain yeast helps lessen the intensity or frequency of yeast infections. People with uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to infection.
      Sexual Transmission - Yeast infections can be transmitted between people by direct contact.
      Hormones - Pregnant women are particularly prone to yeast infections. Many women taking contraceptive pills experience regular yeast infections as their hormone levels fluctuate.
      Yeast infections are treated with antifungal drugs, such as clotrimazole or miconazole. There are creams and tablets used in the vagina, skin ointments, and pills.

      Antifungal drugs usually work well to treat a vaginal yeast infection. But infections that do not respond to treatment are becoming more common. Taking antifungal drugs when they are not needed can help make yeast resistant to the drugs. For this reason, you should not use antifungal drugs unless you are sure that you have a yeast infection.

      If you are sure that you have a yeast infection, you can buy over-the-counter products to treat the infection. Be sure to follow the directions for using the product. If you are not sure whether you have a yeast infection or another type of infection or problem, you should see your health care provider. You should also see your health care provider if you have recurring yeast infections.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best soap to use to clean the vagina? I know there are some soaps that contain perfumes and?
    chemicals that are not good to use and could cause yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis. I have bacterial vaginosis, and i get a lot of yeast infections so i need a soap that doesnt have harsh chemicals or any thing like that so i can help prevent it from happening again..I started using summers eve femenin soap but is that harmful or helpful to my vagina.. thank you and also are bubble baths harful??

    • ANSWER:
      Bubble baths are fine as long as you don't soak in them too long as the perfumes in them can irritate your vagina. If you want to use a soap, then stick to something perfume/dye free for sensitive skin or the summers eve wash. And only clean the outer area of your vagina.

  5. QUESTION:
    Girls: Is it ok to wash your genital area with soap when you are in the shower?
    I heard once that it could increase your ph and cause yeast infections; is water enough to get it clean?

    • ANSWER:
      You should not use soap or feminine wash products to wash your genitals. These both contain chemicals that can dry out and irritate the very sensitive skin, you have oils in your skin there that you shouldn't wash away. You should use just water or a little bit of shampoo lather (like baby shampoo).
      "The most frequent cause of abnormal vaginal acid-base balance is soap foam which gets into vagina while intimate washing."

  6. QUESTION:
    Can a baby get a yeast infection from baby powder?
    My sister says that she doesn't use it because it causes yeast infections. Im having a baby in september and wanted to know

    • ANSWER:
      No ...bacteria and moisture cause yeast infections.

      Baby powder on the other hand...helps dry the skin to prevent the yeast infections...but people really don't use it all that much anymore...because it goes all over the place and kids end up inhaling it.

      My son is five months old, he's never had a diaper rash, or a yeast infection or anything else...and we use NOTHING on him, no powder or ointment or anything.

      Keep her/him clean, change her/him often and s/he'll be fine. :)

      Congratulations by the way!!

  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:
    How do you know if you have a yeast sensitivity?
    I'm trying to figure out what to do about a skin rash that comes and goes. One doctor said it was caused by yeast. How do I find out if I have a yeast sensitivity or allergy and what kind of doctor should I see?
    Shaerae's answer is great. I'm just wondering how it's different from gluten sensitivity, if the two are related, and if you need a special doc. to get tested for it.

    • ANSWER:
      i am allergic to aw yeast (found out after working at a pizza restaurant for a week). i had a BAD rash all over my body and it took a week to figure out what it was. i was placed on a series of antibiotics and steroids for like 3 weeks. plus i got anti itch pills. my regular physician figured it out. you can do a yeast test by rubbing a golf ball size amount on your fore arm wet or dry yeast will do, as long as its raw(un cooked) and wait. if it itches, swells or a rash comes up, tell ur doc and im sure he will know what you need to overcome this. i know what u are going through though. good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Do I need oral antifungal drugs to treat candidiasis intertrigo, which is a yeast skin infection of skin folds?
    I was precribed an antifungal cream that also contains a corticosteroid for the burning and itching. The rash is in the inside of the top of my left thigh in the skin fold. The band of my underwear is also irritating the area. I have no discharge.

    • ANSWER:
      Intertrigo is a yeast infection of skin folds caused by Candida albicans. In areas of the body that have skin touching skin such as the armpits, groin, and under heavy breasts or fat folds, the environment is warm and moist. This is the perfect environment for Candida albicans, a yeast that is normally found on the skin, to overgrow and cause symptoms. Other factors that can cause intertrigo include:

      Hot, humid weather
      Tight or abrasive underclothing
      Poor hygiene
      Inflammatory skin diseases, like psoriasis, occurring in the skin folds
      The use of topical steroids

      Appearance of Intertrigo
      Intertrigo is characterized by an intensely red, macerated, glistening rash with scaling on the edges. The edge of the rash extends just beyond the limits of the opposing skin folds. Satellite lesions, small areas of the same rash that are close to the main rash, are characteristic of intertrigo and other Candida skin infections.

      Diagnosis of Intertrigo
      The majority of cases of intertrigo can be diagnosed based on the characteristic appearance. If there is any question about the diagnosis, a KOH test can be performed to detect the presence of yeast. A bacterial culture can help diagnose a secondary bacterial infection.

      Treatment of Intertrigo
      Intertrigo is treated with antifungal creams such as clotrimazole and miconazole. Equally important in the treatment of intertrigo is keeping the skin folds as dry as possible. A drying solution such as Burow's compresses can be applied to the skin folds for 20 to 30 minutes several times a day to promote drying.

      Prevention of Intertrigo
      Most preventative measures involve reducing skin to skin contact and keeping the area dry.

      Weight loss to reduce the size of fat folds
      Wear loose, soft underclothing
      Apply antifungal absorbent powder to affected areas daily
      Wash affected areas with soap and water daily

  10. QUESTION:
    What causes a white rash on the inner part of the vagina?
    Theres parts of the skin that are whiteish by the clitorous and the clitorous seems to be shaped a little different.

    I'm going to the doctor on Friday but I was hoping to get some type of idea before then.
    Yeast infections are usually a white discharge not the actually skin, right? So I don't think its that.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a yeast infection.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can laundry detergents cause vaginal irritation?
    I don't think I have a yeast infection because my gynecologist said nothing looks suspicious but I notice when I wear underwear, I feel a little discomfort. I feel a bit of burning and dryness but when I urinate there's no problem I have no STI's and so I'm thinking I'm using too much fabric softener when I do my laundry. Does anyone know if this can cause a yeast infection? Anyone going through the same thing?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course laundry detergent can cause vaginal irritation. Just like laundry detergent can cause irritation anywhere on your body. Your vaginal region is very sensitive so if you have changed detergents, or fabric softeners you might want to change to another one or even one for sensitive skin like these:

      http://www.tide.com/en-US/categories/dye-perfume-free.jspx

      http://www.seventhgeneration.com/Free-and-Clear/Liquid-Laundry-Detergent

      http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/products/laundry-detergent/#free-and-clear

      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of a skin rash caused by yeast (Candidiasis)?
    Argh! I've never had this before and am at the end of my rope! I have a rash on my neck caused by yeast. My dermatologist is having me treat it with diet, supplements (acidophilous, garlic, zinc), and topical clotrimazole. It's working, but s-l-o-w-l-y. It's been over a month, and most of it is gone, but is seems to have almost stopped clearing- there are the same remaining bumps and brown spots where the bumps have cleared. Is there ANYTHING I can do to get over this last "hump"? I've been gently exfoliating and using a salicylic acid antibacterial cleanser, I was told it was safe to use. Anyone? I've searched the web for days and can only find stuff on how to cure diaper rash (almost all of which I've tried), not adults.

    • ANSWER:
      When I was a child, I had yeast infections that became red and raw in my belly button, behind my ears and in my knees and elbows. The creams the doctor gave us did not work for very long.

      My grandmother took all the processed sugar out of my diet (UGH!) and after bathing, she would douse me in cider vinegar -- the kind from the healthfood store -- the stuff with the "mother" in it. She made sure to get it into the yeast rash spots. OMG -- it hurt!! Makes my eyes water to think of it, but within week or so, all the rash spots cleared up. For a few years I had to keep on with the vinegar, or the yeast would come back, but eventually it pretty much went away. I don't have any lingering scars from it.

      A few years ago, I had an episode of the same rash in my belly button again. I didn't have time to go to the health food store and chase down the special vinegar -- so I just used generic cider vinegar right out of the bottle from my cupboard -- the same thing I use on salad. It went away in a few days, but I kept splashing on the vinegar after my showers as a deterent. Once it dries on your skin, there is no smell. Also -- if you are putting it behind your ears you invariably get some in your hair, that's fine, it helps rinse out soap suds. Which reminds me, Gram had me stop using bar soap. In general, I am an itchy person with allergy prone skin. When I am having any kind of rash, I stop using bar soap (the things that help the bar keep it's shape are harsh on skin) Currently, I use Cetaphil a non soap water rinsable cleanser.

      YMMV, but I often head off trouble with Tea Tree Essential Oil and/or Lavender Essential Oil. Just a drop of either one in your neck and face washing water may help. Tea Tree is anti-fungal. It is also a little harsh smelling, so I use it together with Lavender. Lavender helps heal burns and cuts without scarring, perhaps it will do the same for your rash.

      Get the rash under control, and then worry about the brown spots left behind by the rash. Until the yeast is under control, battling the spots will be a losing battle. Maybe they will go away on their own, but don't freak out if they don't. When you are ready to start fading the brown spots -- don't use a product with hydroquinone in it, don't use it even if your doctor prescribes it. Google "hydroquinone dangers" to see for yourself. Don't use HQ. There are lots of safe natural ways to lighten spots and fade scars. I have been using the Skin Lightening Report to fade rash scars with good results. You can find this at http://ladyh68.clarion8.hop.clickbank.net

      I think the garlic and zinc are a fine idea. Garlic is good for just about everything, remember to macerate the garlic well, the more you crush it, the more allicin it will release. If you think you can bear it, cut out the sugar -- I mean ALL the sugar, in your diet. Gram really believed in the sugar-yeast connection, and I've seen nothing to disprove it.

      Good luck with your rash. -- oh -- if it is itchy, bathe in oatmeal -- just regular oatmeal. Put a cup of it in an old sock, and let the sock hang in the water as you fill the tub with warm water. Use the oatmeal sock to rub oatmeal juice all over you, concentrating on the itchy spots. Pat yourself dry with a clean soft towel. Oatmeal baths can be done over a sink, too -- same procedure, just hang over the sink while you douse yourself.

      The person above is mentioning "gentian violet" -- yes, I have heard of that as a yeast cure. BTW, Gentian violet is an ingredient in angostura bitters. I do believe that I have heard it stains, but it is very gentle, gentle enough for babies. Ask your doctor, it's an old fashioned remedy, but some docs will go for things like that.

      I hope you feel better soon!

  13. QUESTION:
    GIRLY QUESTION i have a yeast infection and im wondering if its okay to wipe your actual vaginal hole?
    Ok, i swore i already typed all this in but its not showing up and i need an answer. Im 17, and ive had yeast infections before(im the type who gets a UTI from to much coffee), so i know how to cure and prevent. I was wondering if its okay to wipe the inner part of your hole, not like all the way your uteris but just an inch or so inside, where the discharge is coming from.

    • ANSWER:
      If you mean wiping using feminine wipes or sprays strip to clean your vagina of bacteria — and not all bacteria need to be cleaned away. Altering the vaginal environment with feminine sprays may cause yeast to grow because these products reduce the body’s natural bacteria that help fight yeast growth, .These products can be very irritating to the skin around the vagina, too.

      However you can wipe after urinating, wipe from front to back: yeast can exist in the intestinal tract and be swept into the vagina, along with E. coli and other bacteria, when wiping from back to front.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    What causes a infants skin to burn when his stool touches it?
    What can i use on his skin? Should I change is formula? etc...My Grandson is 1 month old, he is suffering from chemical burns as soon as his stool touches his skin. This burning is immediately. Please, I need some new things to try to help give him some relieve!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm...it's the stomach acid that causes that. You really need to ask him doctor what to do. Until then..rinse his bottom after diaper changes, blow dry it on cool and apply a thick layer of triple paste. My son has had many cases of severe diaper rash. Also if it looks blistered it is probably a yeast infection. You will need a prescription to get rid of that.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies to treat a yeast infection?
    I think I have a yeast infection, but I don't want to get any medicine or go to the doctor. Are they any home remedies to threat a yeast infection? Will it just go away by itself?

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil

      A few drops of tea tree oil poured on a tampon and inserted in the vagina can provide some relief. It is important to dilute the oil before using it as tea tree oil is extremely potent and can cause inflammation if it is used in its undiluted form. Tea tree oil can be diluted by mixing a few drops of this oil along with a teaspoon of olive oil or sweet almond oil. Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties and will help to control the yeast infection as well as reduce yeast infection symptoms such as itching. Tea tree oil is one of the most effective vaginal yeast infection home remedies but it is necessary to first consult your doctor as some women may have an adverse reaction to this oil. Tea tree oil can also be used as a male yeast infection cure.
      Garlic

      For non-vaginal yeast infections, you can apply garlic paste directly on the affected parts. This remedy is for other affected parts of the body and not for the vaginal yeast infection. If you do not have fresh garlic, you can dilute garlic oil along with Vitamin E oil and a few drops of coconut oil and apply this blend of oils to the affected skin. While garlic oil helps to control the infection, Vitamin E oil helps to fortify the skin and coconut oil helps to provide it with several fatty acids that help to prevent the infection from spreading. Yeast infection home cures can be used alongside other treatments to help speed up the recovery process.
      Cold Coconut Oil and Cinnamon Oil

      These are two of the best natural cures for yeast infections in both men and women. Cold coconut oil or cinnamon oil can be applied on the infected areas 2-3 times a day to get rid of a yeast infection. Both these oils have effective anti-fungal properties which are very helpful in killing the yeast.
      Vinegar

      A hot sitz bath along with some added vinegar is a great way to relieve skin irritation and itching caused by a yeast infection. It is also an effective remedy to arrest the growth of yeast and restore the PH balance in the body.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a type of lotion that does not cause yeast infections?
    From a man's point of view... I like to use lotion for dry skin, but I've heard that if I have used lotion, and then I am intimate with my wife, that she is way more susceptible to yeast infections. Is this true? Is there a certain type of moisturizer that would not have this effect on women?
    Thanks for any input!

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you put lotion on your Hu-Ha?

  18. QUESTION:
    How can you get a Yeast Infection?
    One of my friends has a Yeast Infection just because of her blatter! And now Im wondering what if i get it!! So i just want to know what are things that cause a Yeast Infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Her bladder didn't cause her yeast infection. However, if she was given antibiotics to heal her bladder infection, then the antibiotics caused the yeast infection and that's very common.

      Yeast is a fungus referred to as Candida. Yeast is commonly present on normal human skin and in areas of moisture, such as the mouth and vagina.

      Vaginal yeast infections occur when new yeast is introduced into the vaginal area, or when there is an increase in the quantity of yeast already present in the vagina relative to the quantity of normal bacteria.

      If you have diabetes mellitus or are pregnant or taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or antibiotics you may get an infection. The use of douches or perfumed vaginal hygiene sprays may also increase a woman's risk of developing a vaginal yeast infection. Improper ventilation - say wearing nylons too long, tight pants, etc, can contribute to getting an infection.

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

  19. QUESTION:
    Can tea tree oil in the bath tub help clear up a yeast infection in a baby?
    My daughter has a yeast infection and I've heard that a bit of tea tree oil in the bath tub can take care of it. What is the ratio of tea tree oil to water to clear it up? Is it possible to put too much? How long does she need to be in the water for this to be effective? I've also got her on a pro-biotic and bare bottomed. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      it is amazing how little these responders know about tea tree oil. it does not mix with water so a drop in water is silly. it is so gentle that that it COULD be applied to the skin directly without carrier oil.If you mix the tea tree oil in carrier oil before you put it in the tub it will not glom it will spread around nicely. also it is absorbed through the skin so direct application is not needed. so what to do? mix 6 drops TT oil into a small amount of carrier oil like safflower or sunflower or grape seed or jojoba but NOT cooking oil like corn or canola. Put the mix in the tub of warm water and swish it around. child could stay in the tub for maybe 10 minutes. do not use a lot of TT oil because it has to be processed by the liver and it could overburden the liver and cause some problems. but 6 drops in a tub is fine. all oils can affect a person with seizure disorder. and last if you are pregnant don't swish the water with your hand as all oils can possibly cause a problem. other than those 3 issues oils are really safe and TT along with Lavender are among the safest. read up on TT oil at Camdengrey.com

  20. QUESTION:
    I have a skin condition called Rosacia. Would appreciate if some one could give me a good home remedy ?
    Rosacia has made my skin on my cheeks, chin and nose become red. (really red). There is no real cure in allopathy it can only be controlled. DR adviced me to take Antibiotic for 6 months to reduce it but there is no guarantee that it will be cured. So would appreciate if any oen can give me a herbal /home remedy for this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ameena

      Here are some ideas to heal the issue.

      Quick Action Plan for SKin Issues

      1. Massage your skin, where needed, with bergamot, camphor, geranium, juniper, lavender, or neroli essential oils.

      2. Ayurvedic practitioners recommend making a paste of ½ tsp each of turmeric and sandalwood paste with enough water, and applying to pimples. Also, drink half a cup of aloe vera juice twice daily until skin clears.

      3. Eat an organic whole foods diet, with plenty of organic cooked and raw vegetables, and whole fruits. Reduce animal fats and stressor foods such as caffeine, refined sugars, and alcohol, as well as colas, candies, and frozen and processed foods. Include more high fiber foods.

      4. Drink eight glasses of pure, filtered water daily. Also, daily have two glasses of raw juice, combining carrot, beet, and celery juice, or, carrot, cucumber, and lettuce (not iceberg), and spinach, with carrot predominating.

      5. Add 3-5 drops of crab apple flower essence to pure water and drink during the day. Rescue Remedy® is good for stress.

      6. Combine the tinctures of herbs such as sarsaparilla, burdock, and cleavers in equal parts, taking ½ tsp three times a day. Drink an infusion of nettle several times a day and apply tea tree oil topically. An infusion of calendula mixed with equal parts of distilled witch hazel can be used as a cleansing wash. Steam sauna your face with red clover, lavender, and strawberry leaves.

      7. Useful homeopathy remedies are Pulsatilla, Silicea, Berberis, Ledum, Sulfur, Arsen alb., Belladonna, and/or Carbo veg.

      8. Enjoy full body immersion hydrotherapy treatments such as steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation, hot and/or cold compresses, and steam sauna your face with red clover, lavender, and strawberry leaves.

      9. Useful supplements are vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. Also include omega-3 fatty acids, brewer's yeast, chlorophyll, and pancreatic enzymes with meals.

      10. Expose your face to sun and air at least 30 minutes a day, and exercise daily. Keep your skin clean by washing your face three times a day with soap made from the herb calendula officinalis, or using other alternatives to soap. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Keep the skin free of oil and use water-based products. Get sufficient sleep.

      11. Make facial masks from natural products; leave on overnight to help dry the skin if the issue is caused by excess oil.

      12. For long term relief and health be sure to do a colon cleanse. This clears out the toxins in the blood and excess waste in the body. Colon cleansing will healp clear up a lot of issue, expecially skin issues.

      Cause
      Skin Issues may be worsened at adolescence, during the pre-menstrual and/or mid-menstrual cycle due to hormonal action, and when under stress, on contraceptives, eating a poor diet that causes an over acidic system, or taking prescription and non-prescription drugs.

      Skin Issues may suggest the need for better hygiene, or magnesium and vitamin A. Also some skin issues are suggesting vitamin B1 deficiency or absorption problems. Consistent raised spots on the outside of the arms and sometimes even the thighs, resembling "chicken skin," may suggest need for magnesium, vitamin A, or essential fatty acids or the need to avoid foods that inhibit the absorption of these nutrients, such as trans-fatty acids found in margarine and hydrogenated oils, such as cottonseed oil and palm kernel oil.

      Food allergies, allergies to facial creams, soaps, shampoos, makeup, and excess intake of refined sugars, can all cause or contribute to skin issues. Certain foods can also aggravate skin conditions because of their high-acid forming effects on the body, especially fried foods, trans fats, iodized salt, alcohol, hot and spicy foods, all processed foods, chocolate, fruit juices, carbonated beverages, caffeinated beverages, and dairy products. Excessive long-term intake of seafood or other high iodine foods may also cause issues in some people.

      Coexisting gum problems suggest the need for folic acid. A separate skin condition may occur in women 30-40 years old due to physical exercising or working all day with face makeup, lowered resistance due to stress, or hyper-response to bacteria or hormone problems. Another skin problem, acne rosacea (reddish spots in a pattern over nose and cheeks), may be a sign of low B vitamins or low hydrochloric acid in the stomach.

      Best of health to you

  21. QUESTION:
    What would be the best shampoo for my puppy with sensitive skin?
    My puppy was a rescue and we know or sure she has Shar Pei in her. We also believe she is also a chocolate lab mix because she has the face wrinkles and lips of a Shar Pei but the brown color and build of a lab. She gets skin flakes and also scratches herself alot. We fear about mange and currently use oatmeal shampoo for sensitive skin. Is there a better shampoo out there to help prevent this skin irritation? If so what is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Mange mites feed on yeast on the skin. Yeast feeds on carbohydrates. Oatmeal is a carbohydrate so if you suspect mange I would not use an oatmeal shampoo. Itching can also be caused by yeast and bacteria on the skin so that's another reason not to use oatmeal as it feeds bacteria and yeast and causes it to spread. But if the skin is just dry with no itching than oatmeal is fine. A shampoo that is very soothing to the skin and is antimicrobial is one that it tea tree oil based. But if it is mange then you need to see a vet as there are different treatments for different types of mange. Mange would cause crusty sores and hair loss. Also adding a good fish oil really helps improve the health of the skin and dry flaky skin can be a sign of an omega 3 deficiency. So try adding some fish oil and see if that helps too.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to treat pigmented skin and acne face?
    Im pakistani and my skin has gone darker over the past 5years however only the face but my body is light (like my face used to be) and I have a face full of acne and dry skin, any tips to reverse this change. Its a nightmare. It stuff like exercise, diet (vitamin c and fruits) and drinking water help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      First let me explain briefly that no topicals will ever, EVER.. CURE acne. This is a fact backed by the Health & Pharmaceutical industry.
      Have you ever wondered why anti-biotic supplements can treat acne even though nothing topically changes ? The answer is simply because acne is caused internally, therefore no topical will cure it!

      The cause of acne is Toxins. The manufacturer of these toxins are: candida, parasites & yeasts. Once the latter are removed the internal organs are not burdened and are able to eliminate via the primary channels of the body, namely the kidneys, liver & lymphatic system.

      When toxins within the body are excessive the body is no longer capable of eliminating via the primary channels and must therefore resort to using the skin as an elimination channel.

      The result is toxins surfacing to the 3 layers of the skin. The only way to CURE acne is to eliminate the manufacturers of toxins: parasites & yeasts, additionally reducing candida to its natural balance.

      I have personally created a site which WILL help every acne sufferer across the globe. There is no intention to profit on people's vulnerability. This is the only way to cure acne. Please remember acne is not a "condition" or "dis-ease" it is a Symptom!

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  23. QUESTION:
    How long after I finish all the medication for my yeast infection should I wait before having sex again?
    I had a yeast infection and was treating it with medication that my doctor prescribed. I waited two days after I finished treatment to have sex, and now it is back again.

    • ANSWER:
      At least 5 days.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  24. 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

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some effective ways to make my digestive system moderately alkaline?
    I am trying to kill yeast that is causing my skin flare ups.

    • ANSWER:
      Your skin flare ups are not due to your digestive system - your stomach pH is determined by your lungs.
      In fact your stomach acid is the by-product of breathing. (The Hydrogen in hydrochloric acid? Same one you breathe - it has to get out somehow)

      Those pH balance nuts always fail to know basic body functions.

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between cooking yeast and a yeast infection?
    I was just making pitas with my mom (I'm homeschooled) and I'm wondering what the difference between yeast that you put in bread and a yeast infection is.

    • ANSWER:
      A strain;
      There are over 150 strains that can cause infection and only a few strains that are used in baking all are different strains, but they are of the same Phylum, and are all fungal.

      Saccharomyces exiguus is the most common strain of cooking yeast.
      Candidiasis is the strain that is most often the yeast found in an infection.

      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      "Candidiasis, commonly called yeast infection or thrush, is a fungal infection (mycosis) of any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is the most common.Candidiasis encompasses infections that range from superficial, such as oral thrush and vaginitis, to systemic and potentially life-threatening diseases. Candida infections of the latter category are also referred to as candidemia and are usually confined to severely immunocompromised persons, such as cancer, transplant, and AIDS patients.

      Superficial infections of skin and mucosal membranes by Candida causing local inflammation and discomfort are however common in many human populations. While clearly attributable to the presence of the opportunistic pathogens of the genus Candida, candidiasis describes a number of different disease syndromes that often differ in their causes and outcomes....

      The genus Candida includes about 150 different species, however, only a few are known to cause human infections: C. albicans is the most significant pathogenic species. Other Candida species pathogenic in humans include C. tropicalis, C. glabrata, C. krusei, C. parapsilosis, C. dubliniensis, and C. lusitaniae."

      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooking_yeast
      "Baker's yeast is the common name for the strains of yeast commonly used as a leavening agent in baking bread and related products, where it converts the fermentable sugars present in the dough into carbon dioxide and ethanol. The use of potatoes, water from potato boiling, eggs, or sugar in a bread dough accelerates the growth of yeasts. Salt and fats such as butter slow down yeast growth. The majority of the yeast used in baking is Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the same species commonly used in alcoholic fermentation. Additionally, Saccharomyces exiguus (also known as S. minor) is a wild yeast found on plants, fruits, and grains that is occasionally used for baking; it is not, however, generally used in a pure form, but comes from being propagated in a sourdough starter."

      According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saccharomyces_cerevisiae
      "Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a species of budding yeast. It is perhaps the most useful yeast owing to its use since ancient times in baking and brewing. It is believed that it was originally isolated from the skins of grapes (one can see the yeast as a component of the thin white film on the skins of some dark-colored fruits such as plums; it exists among the waxes of the cuticle). It is one of the most intensively studied eukaryotic model organisms in molecular and cell biology, much like Escherichia coli as the model prokaryote. It is the microorganism behind the most common type of fermentation. Saccharomyces cerevisiae cells are round to ovoid, 5–10 micrometres in diameter. It reproduces by a division process known as budding."

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of these things called sunspots? It's a yeast in my skin.?
    So I have had these sunspots for a few years, but after being out in the sun this year they have gotten much worse and now cover my entire back, shoulders and arms. I went to the dermetologist a few years ago and he told me it was an active yeast on my skin. I do have a prescription and have been using the Head and Shoulders with the Selenium Sulfide 1%. Has anyone actually used this and been successful? I want them to go away!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The cause for pimples are many and not only adolescence as
      popularly believed. Chronic constipation is one major cause,
      the food we eat plays a very important role. You will have
      to cut down the fried food, chocolates, cheese and aerated
      drinks. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and green vegetables with
      a lot of water. Instead of washing the face with soap, use
      orange peel powder. Dry Orange peels in the shade for 4-5
      days. Powder finely and store. Wash your face with this 2-3
      times a day. It clears the face and feels very refreshing.
      more tips http://acnecaretipz.blogspot.com

  29. QUESTION:
    Soaps to use when suffering from recurrent Yeast Infections?
    I am suffering from recurrent yeast infections, I read that the soap you use can cause a yeast infection. What are some good gentle anti fungal unscented soaps I can use?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I had this problem too. I found that any moisturizing soaps, like Dove and Oil of Olay, made the problem worse. I started using Eve, its a feminine soap and they make some for sensitive skin that is unscented. Since I started using Eve, I haven't had any problems. I don't know about every store, but at mine it is in the isle with pads and the Monistat. If you don't want to buy that, then SoftSoap and Suave both make antibacterial soaps. Just stay away from anything moisturizing.

  30. QUESTION:
    How to stop itching from yeast infection?
    I have been taking medicine for strep throat & right after got a yeast infection. The first day I had the white discharge but now it's gone & just itchs like crazy! I am using vagisil & lastnight look fluconazole but nothing is helping!

    • ANSWER:
      Stoo itching!!! :( it will cause more itch!! Here's what you have to do: 1. Try finding a lotion that suits your skin type I suggest aveeno 2. Go on a yeast and white flower free diet for at least a month and you will notice your yeast infection go away! 3. Now that it's away have a doctors appointment and then try not to have to much yeast or white flower still but only have it at certain times

  31. QUESTION:
    Spots that match my skin tone until I start tanning in the sun.?
    I have this pigmentation problem where there are a couple irregular shaped spots on my left shoulder that are not visible until I start tanning. Once my skin color changes, the spots show up and remain as my original skin tone. They won't change color no matter how long or how often I stay in the sun. The tanner I get the more visible they become. What is it and how can I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      From the symptoms it looks like pityriasis versicolor. It is a common skin infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur. This skin disease commonly affects adolescents and young adults, especially in warm and humid climates. Treatment involves topical and oral antifungal medicines.

      You can try over the counter antifungal products which contain any of several basic ingredients: miconazole, tolnaftate, terbinafine,ketaconazole and clotrimazole.You can consult a pharmacist and get any cream or lotion containing these ingredients. Some of them are Lamisil, Monistat derm, Mycelex, and Nizoral.

      If the symptoms persist then it will be best to get it evaluated from a dermatologist.
      Hope it helps.take care and regards.

  32. QUESTION:
    How would you treat medicine resistant yeast infection?
    My friend has a 3 year old (just turned 3) who is potty trained during the day but still wears a diaper at night. She has a yeast infection diaper rash that is resistant to prescription meds. Her mom also feeds her yogurt as well as acidophiles. Nothing works. I suggested removing foods with yeast from her diet for a while and changing brands of diapers.

    Any suggestions to help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Those are good ideas you are doing with the yogurt( must have the live cultures) and it couldn't hurt to refrain from yeast products. Also, really important is to tell the mom to refrain from giving bubble baths and such since the ingredients in these products can cause a nasty rash and or infection. Try an Aveeno oatmeal bath... oatmeal is very soothing to the skin.Also give her cranberry juice to drink.We did this for my nieces.
      Babies in particular are prone to skin yeast infections in the diaper area, either in the perineum, on the buttocks or anywhere the diaper sits on the skin.
      The proximity of wetness to the skin combined with the acidic nature of urine starts breaking down the outer layers of skin and creating good skin yeast infection conditions.

      Babies and young children who are suffering from a simple diaper rash should be changed more frequently and have a diaper ointment of some kind to serve as a barrier between urine and the skin. Zinc oxide is the most frequently used because it also helps the skin to dry out, but anything that can protect the skin can help stop a skin yeast infection from developing.During an active skin yeast infection, you may find it helpful to wipe the area with witch hazel, aloe vera juice or some other astringent. Astringents help dry the skin out and shrink inflamed skin cells, so it both really can help with the symptoms and provide a remedy for the overall problem.
      Just re,member, yeast thrives on moist areas so keeping very dry is the best advice. Best to your friends.

  33. QUESTION:
    What food for me to avoid if I'm diagnose with breast yeast allergy?
    This allergy become so itchy in my breast everytime this occurs, the doctor give me a fluconazole to take or apply in case it occurs every now and then. The yeast was found out when they peel alittle skin on my breast that was affected and found this yeast causing my breast skin itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid sodas. And think twice about beer, or bread: Most of those are made using yeast.

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the benefits of drinking water for your skin?
    I know drinking a lot of water is supposed to prevent zits, but are there any other benefits of drinking water for your skin? Does it even your skin tone, reduce oiliness, or anything like that?

    • ANSWER:
      it hydrates your skin, which means ( oils hydrate your skin when its dry so if you drink water it will help that so there will be less oil)

      it gets rid of toxins in your body so you will feel more refreshed and clean

      Water helps keep our skin healthy and glowing.

      It helps in the reduction of wrinkling, and aids in our ability to flush fat, toxins, and any other unwanted or foreign substance from our bodies.

      Flushing our intestines with plenty of water allows us to maintain stable and safe quantities of yeast and bacteria.

      Plenty of water keeps our thought processes and brain function at optimal levels, and prevents headaches that are caused from not enough hydration.

      its the healthiest thing you can drink

      Hope this helps
      Have a wonderful day!! =]

  35. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of yeast infection without seeing a doctor?
    I only have bad odor and it itches like once a month. Besides if you do have yeast infection and you do go to the doctors what do they do to you

    • ANSWER:
      Garlic is so effective because it kills yeast. When inserting a clove of garlic into the vagina as a means of treatment, make sure you are peeling away the garlic skin. It works best if you do this treatment at night just like you do with other yeast infection treatments. Insert the garlic into the vagina by lying on your back on a bed with your knees drawn to your chest and spread apart. Discard the garlic in the toilet in the morning. Be aware that inserting garlic into the vagina may cause a watery discharge.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why is the skin at the base of my nail detached?
    Right where my skin meets the nail(skin touches cuticle)the skin is becoming detached. It started with my index finger and now my thumb on my other hand is also doing this. It's painful and gets red and irritated easily. Could it be something I'm lacking in my diet or too much moisture?

    • ANSWER:
      The detatchment is because of the redness and irritation. Too much moisture or irritation from cleansers and hand washing is a common cause. You are at risk for bacterial infections, yeast infections and nail changes from that inflammation. Minimize moisture, use vaseline to sooth the irritation and protect the skin and see the dermatologist if it continues.

  37. 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

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies that will prevent yeast infections?
    I get them all the time and don't like taking the diflucan pill from the doctor. I think taking drugs like that all the time is eventually going to have some bad side effects. I've heard yogurt is good for fighting yeast. Anyone know about anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      If they keep recurring, there is a reason for it. It could very well be from taking the antibiotics, from an overgrowth of yeast (candidiasis) or even a yeast allergy.

      A good way to treat it naturally is through your diet. You will need to cut out:
      - all refined and added sugars
      - preservatives and fillers
      - dairy (although plain/organic/greek style yogurt can help control some of the yeast, it is only minimally effective and the sugars and lactose will only aggravate it further - rendering it rather useless)
      - high sugar and dried fruits (no bananas, grapes, mangos, melons, etc. stick to apples, pears, peaches, citrus fruits, berries)
      - gluten
      - grains (gluten-free grains are okay in moderation after about a month. they are generally very high in carbs though, so be careful not to eat too much)
      - carbs in general (carbs are metabolized into sugar, which feeds the yeast causing it to grow and continue to spread the infection)
      - starchy foods and root vegetables (carb issue again)
      - peanuts and other mold-containing products
      - fermented foods (yeast is formed during the fermentation process. avoid all vinegars EXCEPT for apple cider vinegar which can help fight the yeast infection)
      - caffeine
      - condiments

      So basically, stick to eating the following:
      - meat, poultry, fish
      - eggs
      - nuts other than peanuts
      - non-starchy vegetables
      - low-sugar fruits
      - beans and legumes (in moderation! again with the carbs)
      - apple cider vinegar, olive oil and other healthy oils
      - lots of water and herbal tea (green tea is great)

      I know it sounds difficult and boring, but it will really help. Do this for AT LEAST 1 month before slowly easing into non-glutenous grains like quinoa and root vegetables, yogurt, etc. If you can, do it longer. It will help to cleanse your body of the yeast. When you first start, your symptoms get worse for the first couple of weeks. You will find you are craving carbs and sugar like crazy! This is because the yeast is being killed off and is basically 'starving' for food to keep itself alive. It causes your body to crave these things. It also releases toxins into your body once it is killed off, so you will need to wait for your body to clear it out to truly feel better. Do not give into temptation though, as it can really set you back in the healing process. This should take at least 3 weeks, though some people follow this for much longer (1 year or more).

      Some additional things you can do to help it:
      - consume LOTS of fibre (through vegetables, and supplements - the best is course ground original texture metamucil. This will help clear the yeast from your system.)
      - eat at least 2 cloves worth of garlic each day (or take an allicin-rich garlic supplement)
      - add 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to an 8oz. glass of water 1-2x daily
      - in the morning 30mins before eating anything, stir together a drink combination of: 6oz. water, 1 tsp psyllium powder, 2 tsp colloydial oil; 1 tbsp benzonite clay. These are natural anti-fungals combined with fibre)
      - probiotic supplements
      - peppermint oil capsules combined with oregano oil
      - insert a tampon soaked in 2 cups water + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
      - drink LOTS of water and herbal tea
      (not all of these combined are necessary but even trying a few will certainly help)

      I know you're probably thinking this all sounds really hokey. I did too the first time I heard it. I just want to tell you though that I have suffered from skin problems, digestive programs, inability to lose weight, undue fatigue, kidney infections, compromised liver function, depression and anxiety, yeast infections, ovarian cysts, and many other issues for the last several years. Some of those problems - my entire life. Then I discovered I had extreme yeast overgrowth and an allergy to yeast. Since trying this - I can't even describe the difference it has made in my life. I started losing weight (I was already eating healthy, whole foods, with strict calorie intake), my skin conditions have improved, my hair and nails are so much better, I haven't had a single kidney infection in the last year (was having them constantly - once or twice a month!), my digestive problems have nearly disappeared, my liver function is now normal, i haven't had a single yeast infection, only one ovarian cyst in the last year when before I always had multiple every few months, and an unbelievable increase in energy and overall happiness! So maybe some people think it's hokey - but really, what have you got to lose? It worked unbelievably well for me, and I am now finally discovering what it is like to be in good health. I have never felt this good in my entire life.

      Anyways, I'll stop with my rant... good luck!!! I hope you feel better soon!!!!

  39. QUESTION:
    I have a pretty bad yeast infection and tore my vagina a bit scratching it?
    Ok i have a yeast infection pretty bad and Im taking Monistat and today i was scratching ( i know youre not supposed to ) and i scratched pretty hard and started bleeding a bit. I am applying the anti-itch cream and trying to just heal up and not scratch anymore. How many days will it take? Do i need to go to the doctor for scratching so hard it bled a little?

    • ANSWER:
      scratching is not the solution..as you see you're only injuring yourself and causing yourself additional problems which can worsen the case..with yeast infection scrathing becomes a desire not only a need ..so,you can try to use some thing more delicate to scratch..for example a wet lump of cotton
      also you can apply some Ice the coldness will numb your vulva and make you feel relieved at least temporarily..there is also a home remedy that you can follow.

      Read down

      Yeast infections are typically treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications such as antifungal creams but there are several other ways to treat yeast infections naturally. One of the most common methods is with a vinegar douche. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar in 1 quart of warm water and use as a douche to restore the natural balance of the vagina.

      2
      Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to make a douche to treat yeast infections. Add 2 capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to a quart of warm water. An alternative to this method is to add a couple of capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to your bath water and soak. It is important to keep in mind that the vagina is self-cleansing. Once the yeast infection has cleared up it is not necessary to douche on a regular basis.

      3
      Lemon juice can help restore the acidic levels in the vagina. Add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to your bath water and soak in the bathtub.

      4
      Use yogurt to win the battle against yeast infections. Yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can be beneficial in fighting infection. Dip a tampon in plain yogurt and insert into the vagina. Replace 2 to 3 times daily. An alternative to using a tampon is to place the yogurt on a pad and wear, changing as needed.

      Tips & Warnings
      The following tips may help to prevent yeast infections: Practice good hygiene, drink plenty of water, wear cotton panties that keep the area dry, avoid clothes that are too tight and wear loose fitting clothes that allow the skin to breathe.

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    What could be the reason for a pinkish, itchy rash on the skin, on the opposite side of the elbow?
    The skin also feels dry and sometimes has a burning feeling.
    The rash is about one inch long and on both arms, where the arm bends.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like the skin reactions that I was having two to three years ago. Allergic reactions to foods and my own sweat and who knows what other toxins, that would then promote fungal infections from my weakened immune system. I eventually learned to make the right organic nutritional choices that allowed my immune system and organs to rebuild and get stronger.

      IF YI - my own skin-urticaria issues have cost about ,500 in the last three years to learn what I now know - which is that ALL skin diseases are strongly related to one's micro-nutrition and/or toxic absorption and/or hygiene and/or parasites.

      My allergic reactions continually cause small water blisters along with skin fevers and itches and then rashes and then long term scaling. When my malady was at its worst - I used to have allergic itches to my own sweat that I was burning off after showering or during exercise or when parts of my body got hot - during a time in my life when I used to have considerable toxins stored within my body fat and ‘very’ weakened immune and filter systems.

      Monistat 7 and Desenex are moist-area anti-fungals and Head and Shoulders is also an anti-fungal, but you really need to see an MD and do more internet research to better understand how difficult it is for an MD to diagnose serious skin maladies. Use meds that are prescribed in a very minimal way so that your body’s immune system's and skin/ organs can repair and grow stronger, which will then prevent reoccurrences in the future.

      Since when I was an asthmatic teen and could not use deodorants without rashing up, my life long triggers have taught me to use hypo-allergenic non-perfumed soaps in a minimal way and to sometimes powder different portions of my body with cornstarch to help minimize yeast infections; especially whenever my micro-nutritional absorption within my gut has been less than was necessary to adequately repair my body’s immune system, organs, and skin on a daily basis.

      Even though I might not have answered your question as ‘specifically’ as you may have wanted, to help you with simple and concise information on ALL itch rash illnesses and for short and long term solutions to them ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted on Y_A:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet

      The report at qid=20091113104039AAbnGet is an accumulation of my own investigations into itch rash illnesses that are due to my own non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even though I have a fairly low BMI of 26.

      I eventually learned that itching or rashes are symptoms of maladies that could become much worse if not healed with better non-toxic and more ‘dense’ micro-nutritional choices. Since doctors were not very helpful and it ‘almost’ took too long to learn what I now try to teach others, I now take a little time each week to help others understand the need for non-toxic and ‘adequate’ micro-nutritional absorption in the gut AND for good hygiene - which will then prevent or minimize every ‘dis-ease’ I am aware of.

      Finally, because I am not an MD who could diagnose you ‘personally,’ I feel I should add that although I have seen that most root problems for 'skin' issues for myself and others has usually ‘always’ been from long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' or poor hygiene COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney skin and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I ‘think’ the worst rash one might possibly have quickly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, ALTHOUGH bacterial meningitis would be VERY RARE.

      The two quotes below are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis

      “IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”

      “The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”

      For further details see: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html

      I truly truly hope that what you might rapidly learn in the next few minutes will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful malady in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF YI - the nutrition info I have learned is posted at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC .

  42. 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

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a yeast infection from masturbating?
    i masturbated the other day. and now i have a yeast infection. i was just wondering if it was from masturbating or just a coincidence? please help..

    • ANSWER:
      If you irritate the area, yes it is possible.

      Yeast Infections affect nearly 75% of all people, including both men AND women, at some point in their life.

      They occur when Candida, a natural fungus in the body, overgrows. Candida is normally regulated by Acidophilus (another microoganism living in the body).

      When diet and hygienic conditions change, sometimes the Candida will grow out of control. This leads to a yeast infection.

      Yeast Infections often show up as localized yeast infections -- as in a vaginal or penile yeast infection.

      They can also appear as a digestive tract disorder or skin irritation -- as in Candida Overgrowth yeast infections. I've provided information on how to treat LOCALIZED (vaginal or penile) infections below...

      The symptoms (you may not experience all of them):
      - white cottage cheese-like discharge
      - some odor
      - dryness (can cause bleeding)
      - digestive problems
      - itchiness
      - burning urination
      - painful intercourse
      - a feeling of just not being "normal"

      Here are some safe, natural cures you can implement.

      Avoid Sugars
      Avoid sugars and complex carbs for a week. they "feed" the Candida fungus.

      Clothing
      If you're not treating the infection with the Tree Tea Oil solution mentioned below, air out the infected area while you're sleeping at night. Don't wear underwear. Or wear cotton underwear during the day.

      Grapefruit Seed Extract
      Add grapefruit extract to your water during the day (raises acid levels in the body). This will decrease the candida in your body.

      Probiotics
      Eat probiotics like cottage cheese and yogurt. They will increase the acidophilus in your system and this in turn will fight off the candida yeast.

      Hygiene
      Shower frequently. Avoid scented soaps and antibacterial soaps. Don't take baths while you have the infection. If you go to the gym, shower immediately when you get home.

      Diet
      Drink lots of water and eat plenty of fiber to flush the infection out of your body. As a yeast infection goes away, the candida albicans release toxins which increase symptoms temporarily. Flushing these toxins out with water will speed your recovery.

      Tea Tree Oil
      Apply tea tree oil to the infection by applying it to a tampon and keep it inserted overnight.

      For more cures...
      CHECK OUT THE SOURCE LINK BELOW:

  44. 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.

  45. QUESTION:
    If a person has an circumcised penis does that person have to pull the skin back?
    I know you are suppose to when your cleaning it. But what about during intercourse? Even when I try to clean it hurts a little to pull it back. When I do get the skin back the glands are sensitive to touch. So what should I do? Any suggestions, recommendations, or comments would help.
    Also would there be more stimulation during sex?

    • ANSWER:
      No, if you have been circumcised the skin was already removed at the time of circumcision. That would cause harm for you to pull it back. Forget about it, it is not necessary and will only cause pain and problems to do so. It will not be necessary to do during sex. Just make sure before sex that you keep it clean so your girl won't get yeast infections. There would be no more stimulation during sex to do so either. People who are uncircumcised are the ones who pull the skin back for cleaning and may have the sensitivity issue during sex.

  46. 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..

  47. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if your body produces to much yeast?
    My Dermotologist said that my skin produces to much yeast and my body tries to pick a fight with it, which in turn makes my skin break out on my arms and face neck shoulder area. Has anyone heard of this?
    He gave me selenium sulfide that I have to wash with and he said ever so often we might have to add an antibiotic to it but thats about it...and the stuff jsut isnt working

    • ANSWER:
      It means your body's (immune) system is out of balance. To have a balanced system, you have to have a certain amount of microbes (harmless) to keep the "rebels" (in this case, yeast) under control. When the number of microbes, or good bacteria, is decreased, the yeast takes over the body, internally. The amount of the good bacteria is wiped out by: use of antibiotics, endocrine imbalance (insulin as in hyperglycemia or diabetes), or another kick to immunity. The thriving yeast will cause a yeast infection in women. That's usually the first sign we notice. The truth is, by then, it's probably throughout the body. We normally have yeast on our skin, but it is controlled by the good bacteria. Since the yeast is now in control, it will advertise it's arrival by becoming a rash on the skin. Now, the inside is overrun and we begin to get illnesses because we can't fight them off without our good bacteria.
      We've got to replace the good bacteria, which lives mostly in our gut. To do this, we ingest them by way of supplements. There is a natural product called Flora Q (may need a Rx) that replaces this bacteria; it contains millions of good bacteria which goes straight to our gut. Then there is a Rx drug called Diflucan that your Dr. can Rx which will help restore normal flora. Then to increase our chances of keeping the body healthy - diet. Eat less sugar and yeast products, eat yogurt that contains "active live cultures", take acidopholus capsules and Pau d' Arco to balance the system.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have tiny skin colored bumps on my face and arms?
    I have tiny little skin colored bumps on my cheeks and upper arms. I'm in 7th grade and its really embarrassing when people point them out. I've had them for about two years now and they're not acne. When I scratch them just white hard stuff comes out, but its not puss. I clean my face regurally but they don't go away. Do I need to moisturizer? I don't even know what they're called. Please help. I'm tired of these stupid things. 10 points to the best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      You probably have what is called Keratosis pilaris, Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

  49. QUESTION:
    What do you use for healthy skin and longer lasting tans?
    I am 19, I go to the tanning bed about once a week. I was wondering what kinds of lotions I should be putting on before and after. Becase my skin tends to get a bit dry.

    • ANSWER:
      Apply virgin coconut oil daily on your body its a natural oil for skin care i have been using MeritVCO extra virgin coconut oil extracted from coconut milk.

      Benefits of Virgin coconut oil for external health

      1. Virgin coconut oil and acne or pimples

      Acne is common during the stage of adolescence due to some hormonal changes experienced in puberty. One of these hormonal changes is the abnormally excessive secretion of oil (sebum) by the sebaceous glands. When bacteria mix up with sebum, then there is acne eruption.

      Virgin coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that boost the metabolic process in the body. Ingesting Virgin coconut oil can improve metabolism that enhances cell and hormonal functions. As a result of better digestion, there is regulated excretion of oil by the sebaceous glands.

      Putting coco oil on your face also melts bacteria clogged up in the pores.

      2. For dry scalp

      Healthy scalp would mean healthy hair. Lauric acid converted into monolaurin is one of the antimicrobial properties of Virgin coconut oil. This acid is also found as ingredient in soaps and shampoo. By applying coco oil, your scalp is kept moisturized and protected from fungi that cause dandruff.

      3. Virgin coconut oil for hair

      Healthier and shinier hair is also one of the Virgin coconut oil benefits. To keep your hair from being dry and unmanageable, spread an ample amount of coco oil from the roots to the tip of damp hair. Do not put too much or your hair might get greasy.

      4. For skin

      Many people experience dry skin. Untreated dry skin can cause premature wrinkling and ageing in the long run.

      A solution to this is applying virgin Virgin coconut oil as alternative to your other body lotions. The usual lotion that you use primarily contains water that easily evaporates, thus, drying your skin. Virgin coconut oil prolongs the moisture on your skin making it smooth and soft the whole day.

      To add to that, Virgin coconut oil also strengthens by holding your skin tissues together and protects the skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The antiseptic composition of Virgin coconut oil kills fungi and yeast that cause athlete’s foot, diaper rash, and candidiasis

      Eczema

      Virgin coconut oil cure can also be true to eczema. Eczema, an inflammation of the epidermis, is caused by hereditary factors, allergens like dust, pets, or plant pollens, and irritants like smoke or solvents. As a result, a person experiences itching, flaking, dryness, or even bleeding of the skin. Moisturizers are very important treatment for eczema and Virgin coconut oil is best for lasting moisture for the skin. This same effect of coco oil also treats psoriasis.


what causes yeast on skin

Causes Of Itching

Itching is caused when there is irritation or inflammation to the skin. Itching is the body's way of letting us know that there is an attack being waged against our skin. There are numerous causes of itching. It can be caused by allergies, sunburn, insect bites, natural irritants, soaps, chemicals, dryness, disease, fungus, and germs. The natural tendency is to scratch when we itch because scratching will often remove the irritation and gives a soothing effect at the same time. Scratching is seldom good for you because most times it will damage the surface of the skin which in turn opens the way for germs to infest the damaged area. I'm sure that you have seen the result of scratching an area many times where the damaged area has become infected to the point where a sore or sores have broken out. The best cure for itching is to remove the cause of the irritation. Of course to do so you must first determine exactly what the cause of the irritation is.

Many times the cause may be a soap or laundry detergent that we are using. Many times it may be an allergic reaction to a natural substance or a chemical. We can also have allergic reactions to cosmetics which is one of the reasons that I advocate the use of natural skin care oils whenever possible. These natural, undiluted oils give more of a beneficial effect than any manufactured cosmetic or drug. One product that I highly recommend for all types of itching is aloe vera oil. The reason is that the use of aloe vera oil covers all of the areas which cause itching so it is almost the cure all for itching. In the case of dry skin the aloe vera soothes the inflamed skin while it moisturizes. Since it does not contain water it doesn't evaporate to dry out the skin. It penetrates the skin's layers and continues to sooth and moisturize as long as it sits there.

If the itching is causes by allergies you need to remove the cause of the allergy before you apply the aloe vera oil. The oil has natural painkillers and its regenerative properties will nourish the skin to health. If the itching is caused by germs or fungus you can count on aloe vera's antiseptic qualities to work for you. The oil will kill germs at the same time that it soothes and regenerates the skin. Aloe Vera is extremely effective for sunburn and is the number one product that I recommend. It has been used for thousands of years as a cure for the pain and inflammation caused by burns and for its anesthetic properties. It nourishes and rejuvenates the skin at the same time that it treats the burn, so not only does it restore the skin it treats the symptoms of the problem at the same time. If you were to have any one product in your medicine chest I would recommend aloe vera oil. It has so many benefits that it is worth its weight in gold. It has been heralded for its effects for thousands of years and is also safe to use internally. It treats a wide variety of internal maladies but that is a story for the next article. I would advise you to keep this product on hand as it is so indispensable because of the many benefits realized by its use. Fragrance Oil Express

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What to do when the painkillers causes itching?
    I've seen 3 different GP's that tells me that it's impossible for the painkillers to cause itching, the last one agreed to prescribe another kind of painkiller, but it doesn't kill the pain.

    I've been taking painkillers for over 15 years now and I have never had a problem like this before. It all started when I had surgery about 18 months ago. The itching drives me crazy and I've been to the ER a couple of times because of it. They said that it is some sort of allergy, but couldn't say against what.

    I know it's the painkillers since it only itches when I take them.

    My problem is that the other kind of painkillers that the GP gave me isn't doing anything for the pain. I need to stop the pain and I take the painkillers that itch.

    Has anyone heard of anything like this?
    Do you know what causes the itching?
    Is it dangerous for me to take the painkillers that makes me itch?
    Any suggestions about how to stop the itching?
    The kind of painkillers that causes the itching are Distalgesic, Tramadol and such. The kind of painkiller that doesn't help with the pain is Voltaren.
    moonshadow, it itches all over the body. Showers and whatnot doesn't help at all.
    ellen d, I've already tried the pharmacy, nothing has changed.

    I have alternatives that helps with the pain, but sometimes the painkillers is the only thing that works.
    I have tried different antihistamines and medications against itching, non of them works.
    coloradoraverthug, the problem is that the doctors that I have seen this far denies that the itching is caused by the painkillers. Hopefully the information you gave about opioids will help.

    I know of drug chasers all to well. They make life hell for those that has real problems. Luckily my medical problems are well documented and known at the local ER.
    Heavenly Home Girl, one pill is enough to cause itching. And I don't take Tramadol more than maybe once or twice a week, most often only taking one pill each day.
    It's logic though, that a higher doze causes more itching. I don't dare thinking of how it could be if I had to take full doze every day.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, i looked up all the meds that you listed. the thing that i found with all the meds that you had itching with was they where all opioids (opium based) now there is a good chance that you have an alergy to opium. There are sevral non-opioid based pain medications that are out there but you would have to get a Rx from your doctor. I would recomend that next time you see him/her bring this up to them and see what can be done. Now you had asked if it could be dangerious, it can be but it just depends on what the reaction is. If its only itching i dont see any major threats. Now i have heard of people having alergies to opioids before. Just be carefull because alot of people that are drug chasers (fake a problem for the meds) will go into the E.R. sayn "ohhh i hurt but i cant take this this or that." By doing this they know what drugs to say they cant take for the sole purpose of getting what they want.

      ADD ON

      I read some of the responses. Morphine is also an opioid. Now some one has said benadril(sp?). while that is a good idea it is not the only option. benadril is an antihystamin. there are sevral out there and not all will make you sleepy. Also, they do not change the formula to a medication. if they did that they would loose millions. Every time they change the medication even slightly they have to go back through FDA testing.

      2nd ADD ON

      If nothing else ask them to do blood work before and after to see what levels raise when you take medication. If you would like i just signed onto YAHOO IM. I should be on for a little while so if you would like feel free to hit me up.

      3RD ADD

      I lost the message you sent me but have them check you white blood cell counts. Typically if your having an alergic reaction your white blood cell counts will go up.

  2. QUESTION:
    What causes itching in the penis shaft especially near scrotum? not a sexually transmitted disease.?
    what causes itching in the penis shaft especially near scrotum? not a sexually transmitted disease. It had happened before lasts about a week and goes away. Happens about 2-3 times a year.

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Is there an underarm deodorant that does not cause itching?
    I have used the Axe brand deodorant and it causes itching under the arm. Is there a brand that does not cause itching when you use it and still works for its intended purpose?

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably having a reaction to that specific brand. You just need a different one. It will be trial and error until you find one that doesn't make you itch.
      Good Luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    In winter my palm and mostly finger skin comes off and causes itching , what are the ways to stop it ?
    i am from india and its winter time over here and yes the skin of my palm and finger tips comes off and since the skin loosens itself from place like after bath i tend to remove it so the sensitive skin is exposed and it causes itching. what are ways to stop this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a really good lotion. Like don't laugh, Mary Kaye or Gold Bond. And when you take a bath, put some baby oil in the water and soak for like 20 mins. You could do that with a bowl and water. Just like a 1/4 cap full in big bowl and like 1 cap ful in tub. It will help greatly. Best of luck

  5. QUESTION:
    Why do opiates cause itching and headaches?
    I have taken opiates in the past for a cervical problem. My doctor has tried different ones, but all of the seem to cause itching and headaches. When you take a pain pill, the last thing you might expect is a headache. Why do they cause the headache?

    • ANSWER:
      Not knowing what you have taken/when I will give you the most common scenarios:

      First, there are vast differences between opioid meds. More than likely you have had hydrocodone and/ or oxycodone. Brand named Lortab or Vicodin/vicoprofen(Hydro) and percocet or roxicet/codone (oxy) These opioid analgesics are combined with, ususally, acetaminophen(tylenol). You could be sensitive to the tylenol. More likely, you may have been using strictly OTC meds like tylenol or ibuprofen at max or even above label recommendations and abruptly lowered that level in you when you started to take the narcotic pain reliever. Even though the narcotic pain reliever has some tylenol in it, the most common side effect of abrupt cessastion/decrease in OTC meds is a nasty headache.

      Personally, I have an aversion to low-dose oxycodone. I am in severe chronic pain and have been treated for 10 years. I have been exposed to virtually every opioid med out there. oxycodone is effective at a clinical level for me. If, however, I were to take 10mg of oxycodone with a low plasma level of it or other opioid compound, I will get a severe headache. Only ice on my neck will take it away.

      If your use of the opiate meds are PRN(as needed) and not chronic, then ask your doc if you can take a little diphenhydramine HCL(Benadryl) to control the itching. It really doesn't take much OTC benadryl to ease that side effect. The itching disappears altogether when treated chronically.

      Finally, my experience with Morphine Sulfate is that the itch can be overwhelming.

      Best of luck to you

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I explain the cause of itching to my four year old?
    My daughter is a very inquisitive child and she would like to know what causes itching. I'm not talking about itching brought on by infections, or outer stimuli...How do I explain the cause of itching in a way that she will understand? Thanks!
    Hmm...I should have worded my question differently. Namely, why does the skin itch. Thanks all!

    • ANSWER:
      your skin sends a message to your brain that it needs to be scratched...

  7. QUESTION:
    What causes an itch and why does scratching relieve it?
    I just want to know what in your body causes itches and why scratching that itch relieve the sensation.

    • ANSWER:
      You honestly want to know, huh? Ok, but it's kind of gross.

      Itching occurs when more skin cells die in a particular area of skin than the skin can naturally slough at one time, sending a nervous signal to the brain to eliminate them, and scratching the itch removes( "sloughs" ) the dead skin cells...depositing them underneath your fingernails.

      Still want to know about those itches? lol.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can regrowth of fur in dogs cause itching?
    My dog has demodectic mange, which I know can be itchy but she's been on an antibiotic for 2 weeks now and her skin is finally clearing up. She's also on ivermectin for the mites. I'm just curious since she's still so itchy if it's still the mange? Also, does regrowth of the hair cause itching like it does in humans? What have been others experience with this?

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  9. QUESTION:
    what is athletes foot tinea pedis doing to the feet to cause itching?
    just wondering why it itches from tinea pedis? whats the reaction of tinea pedis doing to cause itching sensation?
    thanks but i was more aiming toward the science behind why the fungi cause the itching as in what is the fungi doing to the skin to make it itch? is it a toxic release of the fungi or chemical disolvent process of the scin from the fungi etc?

    • ANSWER:
      It basically it is one vicious itchy cycle! The presence of the fungi causes the foot to produce more skin cells by mitosis. As the old cells flake off and new skin cells are generated the skin can itch (think about when you have a scab that is healing), the fungi then come along and eat all that yummy dead skin. In the dead skin is keratin and complex proteins which is digested by the fungi and they grow. As the fungi grow the enzymes protease and peptin and other compounds are released as by products; which act an irritant to the skin.

  10. QUESTION:
    what can be causing my uncontrollable itching?
    So my entire body has been itching uncontrollabley for the past two days and it's not getting any better. And when I say my entire body, I mean my entire body. I've tried lotion and aloe and that doesn't help. Also, my lips and tongue are kind of tingley. I'm on an acne medication as of a month and a half ago and it said it might cause itching. But it just started. Is it normal for those side effects to show up later? Or is it something else?

    • ANSWER:
      If it's your ENTIRE body, that means it must be something you are consuming that is causing it. So yes it is most likely the acne medication. I've taken some myself and had some (more minor) side effects start around 1 and a half months in as well.

      Try calling the doctor that prescribed you the medication and ask him what to do. Also, if you know the name of the drug I could give you some more information.

      Hope you get better!

  11. QUESTION:
    what causes so much itchng whenever i pass tru the sun for just some few minutes?
    i often itch very much whenever i pass tru the sun for just some few minutes,what actually causes that?What actually causes itching of the body?And how do i treat/overcome that?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe you are actually allergic to the sun. If your not allergic sometimes just the heat of the sun makes a persons skin itch, exspecially if they sweat. But if this is a re-occuring problem for you then maybe you should see a doctor. Hope it gets better for ya!

  12. QUESTION:
    Can taking penacillin medicine for 2 weeks cause vaginal itching?
    I have been on penacillin medicine for 2 weeks, can it cause vaginal itching?

    • ANSWER:
      YES, Most definitely will. You have a yeast infection! Drink lots of water and try and pee as much as you can cause that will remove all the toxins from you body and the meds will come out faster, they have already done there work now you have to get rid of them, maybe take a laxative and remember drink, drink, drink!!! They have over the counter stuff you can use for yeast infection and there good, they really work, try one! Good Luck!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Hashimotos Thyroiditis and itching on tops of hands?
    Would Hashimotos with normal levels cause itching of the top of my hands at night. I have other different symptoms, like weight gain, rosacea, fatigue, depression, eye dryness, no stamina after exercise. Any info would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many symptoms we can have w/ this that there is not room to list them. You did not say if you are on meds. I hope so.

      Here is some info:
      TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2) but would not matter if ANTIBODIES are present. Indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis…main cause of HypOthyroid & is worse.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html

      God bless

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the best indian medicine and cream for the treatment of Eczema?
    It has cause itching and some redness at certain parts of my skin which at times are very painful and further rubbing can cause blood out of it. I need to get it eliminated completely.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, you can try one of the natural treatments for eczema from the Internet – some of them do work. For my eczema I use herbal cream by Champori quite successfully. It takes just a couple of weeks to clear the spots and they stay clear for months on end.
      Try it: champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.

  15. QUESTION:
    What can cause genital itching in diabetics?
    Do you know of what can cause genital itching in a diabetic? Its not a yeast infection or STD.
    Can dishydrotic eczema on the hands and feet also cause problems in the genital area?
    Steroid creams not working only Vagisil to stop itching. Doctor doesn't seem to know!
    SERIOUS ANSWERS ONLY- OR REPORTED!!!
    It doesn't seem to be an allergy to soaps or anything else.
    Johnny M: hygiene is excellent and why do you assume diabetics are not as thin as "healthy" people?
    Its NOT a yeast infection. Was treating for that for months with no help!
    Those pictures are disgusting- didn't really need that!

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as one third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily, most skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.

      Some of these problems are skin conditions anyone can have, but people with diabetes get more easily. These include bacterial infections, fungal infections, and itching. Other skin problems happen mostly or only to people with diabetes. These include diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, diabetic blisters, and eruptive xanthomatosis.

      Fungal Infections

      The culprit in fungal infections of people with diabetes is often Candida albicans. This yeast-like fungus can create itchy rashes of moist, red areas surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. These infections often occur in warm, moist folds of the skin. Problem areas are under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers and toes, in the corners of the mouth, under the foreskin (in uncircumcised men), and in the armpits and groin.

      Common fungal infections include jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm (a ring-shaped itchy patch), and vaginal infection that causes itching.

      If you think you have a yeast or fungal infection, call your doctor. You will need a prescription medicine to cure it.

      Itching

      Localized itching is often caused by diabetes. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. When poor circulation is the cause of itching, the itchiest areas may be the lower parts of the legs.

      You may be able to treat itching yourself. Limit how often you bathe, particularly when the humidity is low. Use mild soap with moisturizer and apply skin cream after bathing.

      Diabetic Dermopathy

      Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels. These changes can cause skin problems called diabetic dermopathy.

      Dermopathy often looks like light brown, scaly patches. These patches may be oval or circular. Some people mistake them for age spots. This disorder most often occurs on the front of both legs. But the legs may not be affected to the same degree. The patches do not hurt, open up, or itch.

      Dermopathy is harmless. You do not need to be treated.

      Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

      Another disease that may be caused by changes in the blood vessels is necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD). NLD is similar to diabetic dermopathy. The difference is that the spots are fewer, but larger and deeper.

      NLD often starts as a dull red raised area. After a while, it looks like a shiny scar with a violet border. The blood vessels under the skin may become easier to see. Sometimes NLD is itchy and painful. Sometimes the spots crack open.

      NLD is a rare condition. Adult women are the most likely to get it. As long as the sores do not break open, you do not need to have it treated. But if you get open sores, see your doctor for treatment.

      Diabetic Blisters (Bullosis Diabeticorum)

      Rarely, people with diabetes erupt in blisters. Diabetic blisters can occur on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet, and sometimes, on legs or forearms.

      These sores look like burn blisters. They sometimes are large. But they are painless and have no redness around them. They heal by themselves, usually without scars, in about three weeks. They often occur in people who have diabetic neuropathy. The only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.

      Eruptive Xanthomatosis

      Eruptive xanthomatosis is another condition caused by diabetes that's out of control. It consists of firm, yellow, pea-like enlargements in the skin. Each bump has a red halo and may itch. This condition occurs most often on the backs of hands, feet, arms, legs, and buttocks.

      The disorder usually occurs in young men with type 1 diabetes. The person often has high levels of cholesterol and fat in the blood. Like diabetic blisters, these bumps disappear when diabetes control is restored.

      Digital Sclerosis

      Sometimes, people with diabetes develop tight, thick, waxy skin on the backs of their hands. Sometimes skin on the toes and forehead also becomes thick. The finger joints become stiff and can no longer move the way they should. Rarely, knees, ankles, or elbows also get stiff.

      This condition happens to about one third of people who have type 1 diabetes. The only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.

      Acanthosis Nigricans

      Acanthosis nigricans is a condition in which tan or brown raised areas appear on the sides of the neck, armpits, and groin. Sometimes they also occur on the hands, elbows, and knees.

      Acanthosis nigricans usually strikes people who are very overweight. The best treatment is to lose weight. Some creams can help the spots look better.

      Good Skin Care

      There are several things you can do to head off skin problems:

      Keep your diabetes well managed. People with high glucose levels tend to have dry skin and less ability to fend off harmful bacteria. Both conditions increase the risk of infection.

      Keep skin clean and dry. Use talcum powder in areas where skin touches skin, such as armpits and groin.

      Avoid very hot baths and showers. If your skin is dry, don't use bubble baths. Moisturizing soaps, such as Dove or Basis, may help. Afterward, use an oil-in-water skin cream, such as Lubriderm or Alpha-Keri. But don't put lotions between toes. The extra moisture there can encourage fungus to grow.

      Prevent dry skin. Scratching dry or itchy skin can open it up and allow infection to set in. Moisturize your skin to prevent chapping, especially in cold or windy weather.

      Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Do not use Mercurochrome antiseptic, alcohol, or iodine to clean skin because they are too harsh. Only use an antibiotic cream or ointment if your doctor says it's okay. Cover minor cuts with sterile gauze. See a doctor right away if you get a major cut, burn, or infection.

      During cold, dry months, keep your home more humid. Bathe less during this weather, if possible.

      Use mild shampoos. Do not use feminine hygiene sprays.

      See a dermatologist (skin doctor) about skin problems if you are not able to solve them yourself.

      Take good care of your feet. Check them every day for sores and cuts. Wear broad, flat shoes that fit well. Check your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.

      Additional information: Vagisil is a medication used to treat yeast infection. You mentioned above that only Vagisil stops itching. Therefore, if Vagisil works, it would have to be a fungal infection like the one described on paragraph 3 by the American Diabetes Association.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is that irritating tiny bright green insect that bites in North India?
    it comes out during this season (after rain/ autumn) Its very very tiny probably the size of an ant but its bright green in color..and black eyes. It comes out in the night surrounding lamps and it bites. It causes itching, irritation, but does'nt generally swell.

    • ANSWER:
      hara machhar

  17. QUESTION:
    Can feeding my dog local honey help his grass and mold allergies?
    We had him tested and he is allergic to grass and mold. Great. Causes itching, redness, hair loss

    • ANSWER:
      No, honey can likely make it worse, it is made with pollen.

      Did your vet not give you some meds for your dog's allergies?

      You can give him Benadryl by mouth and put the gel on any hives or skin rashes, but you really should get something that will stop his allergies.

      I have a dog who has allergic reactions, he gets meds when he has a flare up and a shot of prednisone when it is really bad. The Benadryl helps him too.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is it that causes itching?
    I itch, a lot. And want to know what causes itching in the first place.

    Also, is there any way that I could at least slightly reduce itching?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    I have irritation in armpit and pubis . it shows redness and red spot after swealing and cause . What is this?
    and red spots in armpit . this cause itching . sometimes I use travacort cream , but irritation comes again after swealing . What is this ?

    • ANSWER:
      Crabs? I don't know man... see a doctor, sooner rather than later.

  20. QUESTION:
    Why would a bug bite still itching after over 2 months?
    I live in FL and my mom has a bug bite of some kind that has been itching for over 2 months. Could there possibly be something inside the bite or is there a type of bug bite here that can cause itching for that long?

    • ANSWER:
      well if she keeps scratching it,that might cause it to keep itching for a longer period of time.another thing could be that the bug had something in it to irritate the skin more than it should of been..if either of these are the cause i wouldnt worry.

  21. QUESTION:
    What kinds of nail polish removers work on sensitive skin?
    Every time I just my nail polish remover (I've tried with and without acetone), my hands start itching and hurting. Once I accidentally spilled the nail polish remover on my arm and ended up with hives that went away only after I scrubbed with soap and water. Are there any good nail polish removers that don't cause itching or hives?

    • ANSWER:
      What you have sounds more serious than what I could suggest so honestly the best advice I could give you is see a dermatologist or don't use nail polish remover.

  22. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of a deodorant that doesn't cause itching?
    My husband is having trouble with his deodorant lately as it causes itching.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend Dove's sensitive skin deodorant. I have tried it and it is VERY comfortable!

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have contact allergies (itchy skin) from one cat and not another?
    I recently got a new cat from the Humane Society and a few days later I was itchy all over my body but no redness or rash. I have another cat and this has never happened before. I can't think of anything else that has changed that would cause itching. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is totally possible. In general I don't really have allergies from cats as I own three. But every once in a while I meet a cat that causes me to have a horrible allergic reaction. I do not know why it's only certain cats but yes it for sure possible.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long will this medicine take to work?
    So I went to the doctor & i have a bacterial infection in my vagina, causing itching, burning, & discomfort. She gave me Penicillin Vk 250MG . I have to take it every 6 hours for 10 days. Im on my 6th day, should it be working by now? Help.

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily. A lot of antibiotics keep working for days after you stop taking the actual pill. Wait until about your 12th day, and if you don't feel all better by then, call your doctor back. Whatever you do, don't quit taking them early even if you're feeling 100% better - that's how the antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains are formed.

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  25. QUESTION:
    does the skin ever excrete a chemical that causes the skin to itch?
    I went to a dermatologist for a skin itching problem and she was saying something about the skin in some people will create a chemical that will cause itching and irritation. Has anyone had this problem or is there a name for this issue? Looking for some help with this issue.

    • ANSWER:
      The only one I can think of is histamine. It's the same chemical that causes allergic reactions, such as red, watery, itchy eyes and/or stuffy heads and runny noses in spring when there is lots of pollen in the air. When something you are allergic to contacts your skin histamines are produced in the contact area and can make it red and/or rashy and/or itchy. The resulting condition is Allergic Contact Dermatitis, or more commonly just Contact Dermatitis.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you know when you have fleas?
    OK, you itch a lot, I know that. But lots of things can cause itching. I put this in the religion section because I believe all creatures are God's creatures, except maybe ants.

    • ANSWER:
      you should forgive the fleas if you have any and pray for them. Eventually they will see the errors of their way in live together with you in peace.

  27. QUESTION:
    How toxic are peace lilies to cats?
    Yesterday I went to a gardening store, and the store clerk said my cat would only have a problem with peace lilies if she rubbed up against it, and that it would only cause itching. I thought 'no big deal' because my cat's not allowed in the room I put the plant in anyways. However, I recently read somewhere that they cause fatal poisoning. Do you know which is true?

    • ANSWER:
      If a cat eats any part of ANY kind of lily they will probably die. All lilies are extremely toxic to cats. Unless you are 110% sure that your cat won't be in the same room with that plant, I wouldn't risk having it in your house.

  28. QUESTION:
    What would cause my children to itch when they get out of our pool?
    We have a small pool set up in the yard. We are having trouble getting the chemicals at the correct levels, both the ph and chlorine are down. The kids can't seem to stay out of it and when they come in from swimming, they all complain of severe itching until they take a shower. How do I get the chemicals correct and what could be causing the itching?

    • ANSWER:
      you need to learn how to better regulate your chemicals. the first step is to take a sample of your pool water to your local pool place. usually they will test for free, or a small fee at most. after testing, they will tell you what you need to add to get the ph, chlorine, etc to the proper levels. this is a very serious issue, improper chemicals can lead to health problems, like the itching you describe, and worse. please stop playing around and guessing at the chemical levels and talk to a professional....

  29. QUESTION:
    Do some dogs scratch themselves out of habit or nervousness?
    I realize that allergies and infestation/infection/hot spots can cause itching and scratching. But I'm wondering about other possible reasons. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they can. They can develop the habit simply out of boredom or they could have a more serious anxiety issue that would need medical treatment. I would try some extra exercise first; a longer walk, go to the dog park, game of fetch - whatever they enjoy and see if the extra attention and workout helps. If so, it's likely that your dog is simply bored and needs more stimulation. If so, there are lots of toys/games you can buy for dogs to keep them occupied more while you're away too.

      Unfortunately, there are literally hundreds of reasons that dogs scratch. Everything from a simple, one-time bug bite to cancer or liver disease so if it doesn't stop relatively quickly with more exercise/stimulation then I'd say doggie needs to be checked out for the real culprit.

  30. QUESTION:
    Which medication is causing severe itching?
    I recently started taking Meclizine for the first time for Vertigo as well as Vicodin for the headache. Both were prescribed to me. I have had extremely itchy skin tonight and I can't figure out which medication is causing the itching. Which medication is most likely causing the itching and what can I do to stop the itching? I have already taken Claritin, Benadryl, and Chlor Tabs, and I am still itching like crazy. Also, how long can I expect the itching to last?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, from general knowledge, itching is a sign of an allergic reaction. If you're having an allergic reaction to one of your medications, it's not like you can say "oh, I'm more likely to be allergic to this type of medicine", if your itching is really from an allergic reaction. Neither one of the medications you are on should cause itching- it sounds like you are having a mild reaction to one of the medications. Check the prescription labels on your medications, they probably have a section telling you what to do if you itch from them. You should DEFINITELY talk to your doctor, they know you best and could give you the best advice on what's wrong and how to fix it.

  31. QUESTION:
    Could wearing a sublimation dyed garment that's made of 100% polyester be uncomfortable to wear?
    For casual wear at certain times of the year,
    - in cooler or warmer weather and seasons?
    Could it cause itching?

    • ANSWER:
      It just might.

  32. QUESTION:
    What caused me to itch all over after a day at the beach?
    I was in Hawaii a few years ago and after a day at the beach, my body was itching like crazy all over, except there was no rash. It lasted all through the night and I didn't get any sleep. I've always wondered what it was that caused the itching that night..do you have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Your skin dried with the sun and the breeze; sometimes algae from the sea cause a reaction. And sea weed attacks microscopic insects that bit, but you don't see them. Either way, wash with plenty of mild soap and water; follow with skin lotion or cream. Don't use anti-itch creams. Baby lotion, Lubriderm, etc. are good. Noxema from Cover Girl is excelent; it also heals sunburn and makes the sting go away.

  33. QUESTION:
    My dog has hot spots, what can I do to relieve his itching?
    My dog has hot spots which causes itching, irritation and scabs.

    • ANSWER:
      get to a vet n ask him for an antiseptic dog shampoo.
      Put the shampoo there for 15 mins n then wash off. do this twice everyday n it'll be fine soon

  34. QUESTION:
    For people who know somebody or have been diagnosed?
    Lymphoma,does it cause itching?I heard it does but my friend who was diagnosed with it said she has never been abnormaly itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptom distinguishing Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin's Lymphoma is pruritis (itching). Patients with itching will likely have Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Patients with no pruritis will most likely have NHL.

      I have cited a reference detailing the symptoms of HL and the treatment guidelines.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to experience it during 37 weeks of pregnancy?
    I am 37 weeks pregnant. I am experiencing uncomfortable feeling when I am urinating & there is whitish V-discharge, which causing itching. Doctors gave me different kind of treatments such as vaginal insert tablets, creams etc but I am still having it.
    Is it normal to have it during pregnancy? because I never experienced it before my pregnancy

    • ANSWER:
      you need to see your doctor again, this sounds very much like a yeast infection commonly known as thrush and you certain want to get rid of it before delivery because it can be passed on to your child during childbirth and whilst not really life threatening can cause problems.

      you can try eating yoghurt and even applying natural yoghurt to the vaginal area just check that it has an acidophilus content which is what is needed.

      do not panic if it is not cleared at the time of birth because it can be easily managed.

      i wish you luck, not long to go now.

  36. QUESTION:
    What relives itching of the vaginal area?
    For the last 2 days, my pubic area has been itching like crazy and even worse when i itch it. I've been trying really hard not to itch it. It's never done this before. The area includes--below my clit, lips around it, and around the vaginal hole. Could PreparationH relieve the itch? And does anyone have an idea what caused the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like maybe a yeast infection...use something for that & it will relieve itch
      if it's not a yeast infection, don't use prep H it's for your butt. so use something else that stops itch. a & d ointment is good for everything!!
      but check with your doctor for sure

  37. QUESTION:
    is it ok to use a Thin Spermicidal Lubricant Condom for your first time?
    i might have my first time soon and i have a Thin Spermicidal Lubricant Condoms, but i saw on the internet that spermicidal can cause itch, irritation, and or burning but its not common. however should i still use it?

    • ANSWER:
      First off, kudos to you for planning ahead and using protection. Second, if you are not in the situation to be able to discuss it with your partner, don't use a condom with the Spermicide. It could be the first and last time with this person. As long as it fits, and there's minimal friction, you should be good to go. If you're worried about STD's or Pregnancy.....don't have sex. Yes it's the lame answer, but think about it.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is organic fruit good for someone with moderate fruit allergies?
    I have always had fruit allergies that cause itching in my mouth and some other effects. I have heard lately that organic fruit may not affect me

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know where your hearing this. If its the pesticides used on nonorganic fruits, then vegetables would be giving you symptoms too. Simply removing pesticides will not get rid of what component inside the fruit that is bothering you.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can a food or food additive cause generalized itching?
    I've been having trouble with severe itching (creepy-crawly and pinprick feelings) for several months now. There is no visible rash (except where I've caused it by scratching). The doctor has treated for scabies (just in case) and my blood tests are normal. I use hypoallergenic everything (laundry soap, lotion, etc.), the pets checked out OK at the vets (no mites or fleas), I've checked for bedbugs (no signs), and can't think of anything else that might be causing the itching. I asked the doctor about food allergy, but he said that food allergies can cause shock, but not generalized itching, and that if I was allergic to a particular food I would be able to tell.

    I know that in animals, whenever they itch and parasites are ruled out, that a food allergy is often suspected. Why would a food allergy in humans only cause anaphylaxis, and not just cause generalized itching?

    Any other ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      This is my experience as well. There could be a food allergy. It hits different
      people a different way. What you could do is to try eliminating suspect foods.
      I am highly allergic to peanuts & grapefruit. With peanuts I got severe nausea
      and abdominal pain. It gets worse over time and am really sick. Even half of a
      peanut would do it to me. My husband was the one to figure out the peanut
      allergy. I stopped eating them for two weeks then had a half a one. I thought I
      was going to die. The grapefruit caused massive hives. Even with a high anti
      histamine prescription, it was 6 weeks before the hives went away. Hives on top of hives. Oh what fun. There could also be something else causing the
      itching. I have a place on the back of my neck and shoulder that drives me
      almost insane {a short trip}. You can't see anything, unless I've been scratching, but the itching is horrible. Good luck and I hope that you find a
      solution fast.

  40. QUESTION:
    How to stop anal itching and heal raw skin?
    For the past 2 years, I've had itching inside my cheeks, around the anus and on my left labia majora. There are no warts, but from scratching for such a long time, the skin is pink and raw.

    I've tried self medicating with peroxide, rubbing alcohol and witch hazel to subdue the itching as well as Neosporin to try and heal the damaged skin. I end up scratching again down there every day and I don't think I'm allergic to anything.

    What may be causing this itching, and what is a better way to treat it? Should I go to the gyno and get a prescription strength cream? I have been tested for STDs this year and everything is ok.

    Thank you for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      you should make another appointment with your doctor or gyno. Apart from that some people have to take worming tablets for threadworms.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can you shave your bikini area with veet leg wax?
    I'm 14 and i can't get proper bikini wax because it would be embarrasing, shaving causes itching and ingrown hairs to. I don't want to ask my mum because it would be really awkward but I really do want to get rid of hair there because i hate it. Also I don't want to shave to be attractive, I want to do it because I don't like having hair on my bikini area. Thanks in advance for answering!:)

    • ANSWER:
      Well asking your mum would be a hell of a less awkward then asking her to bring you to doctor because you used leg wax on your bikini area. This is a terrible idea. Don't do it.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can a food or food additive cause generalized itching?
    I've been having trouble with severe itching (creepy-crawly and pinprick feelings) for several months now. There is no visible rash (except where I've caused it by scratching). The doctor has treated for scabies (just in case) and my blood tests are normal. I use hypoallergenic everything (laundry soap, lotion, etc.), the pets checked out OK at the vets (no mites or fleas), I've checked for bedbugs (no signs), and can't think of anything else that might be causing the itching.

    I asked my doctor about food allergy, but he said that food allergies can cause shock but not generalized itching, and if I was allergic to a particular food I would be able to tell.

    In animals, whenever they itch and parasites are ruled out, that a food allergy is often suspected. Why would a food allergy in humans only cause anaphylaxis, and not generalized itching?

    I'm considering trying an elimination diet to check for allergies. Any suggestions/links?

    Other serious ideas are welcome, too.
    Thank you for all the suggestions!

    To answer the bloodwork question, my liver values were checked and are normal. I appreciate the suggestion, though, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      hi there :)

      in light of some health issues i've had of my own, recently i have done MUCH reading and study regarding the immune system and how what we eat supports good health. even just last week, i had an appointment with a naturopathic practitioner whose advice and guidance, i believe, is much better than any general practitioner's advice i've ever received! i agree with the person who suggested you see a naturopath--if you are, in fact, deficient in a vitamin or mineral, they can tell you right away. you'd be surprised what strange symptoms pop up with deficiencies. i was shocked to find out that i was pretty deficient--and i eat a very good diet! a naturopath can also tell you if candida is a problem or anything else that could be directly linked to your symptoms. they will help you treat the problem, not just the symptoms like conventional Western medicine usually does. *steps off soapbox and gets to the point* hehe ;)

      i believe trying an elimination diet is the best thing you can do at this point, so long as you're not in serious pain or feeling really crummy. you said your tests all came back normal, so that is good. i wouldnt necessarily go so far as saying you have a food "allergy" though, but probably more of a food "intolerance." WHEAT and DAIRY are the two biggest culprits! in fact, my naturopath advised me to eliminate them both from my diet and so far so good! we eat so much wheat and dairy that over time, our immune system identifies substances in them as intruders and we start having all sorts of weird allergic reactions. (this is a really basic description--its actually pretty complicated!) i have crazy sneezing fits for no reason--its sporadic, all year round. ive not been able to identify it to a certain food, pet, pollen, chemical, or whatnot. its simply immune system overload!

      dairy especially can cause skin issues, so if you dont want to eliminate both dairy and wheat, try dairy first for a month. if it doesnt go away, remove wheat as well. once your symptoms subside, keep it eliminated for at least 3 months--and during that time, be sure to do things to rebuild your immune system like taking a good multivitamin and eating plenty of fiber thru fruits and veggies. our immune system is directly affected by how healthy our "gut" (digestive system) is, so the fiber is important so you can absorb all the good stuff!

      then after 3 months or longer, you can try to SLOWLY introduce either wheat or dairy back into your diet. note any changes and either proceed, or try it for another 3 months. of course, you can also choose to give up both permanently. this is mostly likely what i am going to do! (with the occasional exception--gotta enjoy life, too!)

      sorry this was so wordy, but i could have gone on forever ;) hehe! i am learning so much about diet and how we can heal ourselves through proper nutrition that i just want everyone to know and to be able to achieve better health without the use of prescription drugs and other non-health-promoting methods.

      i included a link below that is a great source to find out more about how wheat and dairy affect our health, plus also tons more info!

      hope this helps and best of health to you!
      ~josey~

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the best soap for vaginal area?
    I was just wondering what is the best soap to clean the vaginal area without causing itching,irritation etc.... Thanks in advance for any advice =)

    • ANSWER:
      Dove with moisterizer it feels amazing

  44. QUESTION:
    What causes the vaginal area to be discolored and dry?
    I'm currently sixteen years old, and recently have started shaving much of the hair around my vagina (outer lips; labium majora and mons pubis). I noticed that this area's skin was very discolored compared to my overall tone-- a slightly tanned peachiness. The discolored area is instead a distinct purple-ish, dark color. Also, the outer lips there is a skin dryness that doesn't irritate to cause an itch-- it's just dry. What could be causing these two problems and what can I do to undo the dryness and discoloration?

    I'm a very hygiene conscious person, so I'm totally lost about what the cause is. I've resorted to looking online (search engines, health websites, etc.) to find possible solutions in restoring the coloration and non-dryness, but I haven't had any luck.

    Thanks for any helpful responses; I'd be highly grateful.

    • ANSWER:
      dont worry about it for making wet it menstual cycle is present in ladies .if your menstrual cycle is abnormal then go to doct for checking.or for best result in medical store vaginal molish oil is awailable.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why she make hissing sound with her nose?
    My sister wear nosestud.it is stuck and causes itching.she ask me to put my finger on her nosestud to press it.when I press her nosestud she make hissing sound with her nose.how this is made?

    • ANSWER:
      .Probably because the pressure closes her nostril and she is inhaling through her nose.Which cases this sound

  46. QUESTION:
    What causes itching in a general area can go into remission then resurfaces again?
    My left arm started itching before I knew I was pregnant, but that's been 81/2 yrs ago, I break out with little bumps under the skin, then they have a break through just a tiny red dot that has a stinging itch that can drive a person insane. Can someone give me a diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Can leaving soap in the area betweeen the your anus and vagina cause itching?
    The area between my anus and vagina always itch. Sometimes I don't think that after I shower I thoroughly rinse all the soap off from that area. Can that be the cause of my itching?

    • ANSWER:
      Is that you?...Angela?...lol

  48. QUESTION:
    Possible allergic reaction that would cause itching all over?
    I am trying to narrow down what might be cause my skin itching all over. I get no rash, but am itchy all over for 2-3 days maybe once or twice a month. There is no rash. Benedryl helps alleviate the itching for a couple hours.

    I'm going to write down everything I eat to see if I can find some trends, but what else should I look at?

    • ANSWER:
      Is it by any chance your laundry detergent because that might be the only thing that would get in contact with your whole body. I find that if I put in just a little too much, I'm scratching like crazy. Have you tried any new bath soaps, etc. either? I would start by decreasing the amount of detergent & see if that makes a difference. By the way, it isn't uncommon for that to be a mentrual or pre-mentrual symptom as well.

  49. QUESTION:
    Why causes itch under my skin?
    I have this incredible itch under my skin in my abdomen. I was wondering what causes this itch. I had a c-section 10 years ago, I was wondering if this could be a contibuting factor?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      This is when the nerve produces mild tingling and similar sensations. I recommend seeing a dermatologist have them diagnose you and treat you. They may even suggest an MRI.


causes of itching

How To Cure Ear Infection In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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:
      If it's already a full blown infection, then you need to take your dog to a vet; those remedies (at least some of them) help *prevent*, not cure ear infections.
      You really don't want to mess with an ear infection, they can turn into something serious if they're not taken care of properly!

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do cure my dogs ear infection?
    I recently gave my dog a bath. A day or so after, she started shaking her head, and scratching her ear. Additionally, she has started to rub her ear on the carpet. I managed to hold her down long enough to check that her inner ear was a normal color, and I didn't notice any odor, or anything abnormal. I would like to know if she has an ear infection, and how to cure it.

    • ANSWER:
      IF YOUR DOG IS RUBBING HER EAR ON THE CARPET AND SHAKING HER HEAD SHE MAY HAVE A PROBLEM. SHE MIGHT OF GOT WATER IN HER EAR. IF SHE CONTINUES I WOULD TAKE HER TO THE VET. IT MAY NOT BE AN INFECTION BUT JUST WATER IN THE EAR.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    I have a small dog with bad ear infections. We have tried many things but none seem to work. Wat helps?
    We have tried so many things to try and cure his ear infections! We are constantly taking him to the vet and they will give us medicine but it never seems to work. I know most of the time it only takes something simple to solve a problem that seems so complicated.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to ask your vet if it cold be from allergies. One of my dogs had a couple of recurring ear infections. The vet thought it might have been a food allergy, so he had us switch to a different food and she has had clean ears ever since.

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    Any natural remedies for an ear infection on my dog?
    My dog has just underwent surgery and for it had to take quite a few meds (antibiotics and pain killers), but now developed an ear infection. I really do not have the money to take her to the vet, and I really do not want any more harsh methods to cure her infection.
    Could someone please give me any suggestions? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Chlorophyll liquid is the best thing in the world to aid in healing of practically anything,from earaches, minor infections,sore throats,eye irritations,it can even be used in the nose for congestion and allergy irritation.I use it for myself, my 3 children and my animals...just make sure not to give it orally to any human on blood thinners(unless okayed by their Physician)Try you local health food store...Good Luck.

  10. QUESTION:
    can you give antibiotics for humans to dogs?
    will giving a 100 pound dog azithromycin 250 mg.as prescribed for humans 2 then 1 a day for 4 days cure his ear infection?if so do i cut down the dose?

    • ANSWER:
      No do not do this..take your dog to the vet..he will give you canine medication...acting as a dog pharmacy might kill your dog...take him to the vet.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    What home cures are there a dogs ear infection?
    My dog has a ear infection

    • ANSWER:
      I use a garlic/mullein tincture in an oil base when I have ear problems, It should work for a dog, too. I get it at an herbal shop

      The infection could be coming from something lodged in his ear.
      Foxtails are notorious for this.

      http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AqyW6cBJFhB7WnZLtRBQV7LqxQt.;_ylv=3?p=foxtails+in+dogs+ears&fr=ush-ans

  15. QUESTION:
    Any over the counter medicine for a dog ear infection?
    My dog is very prone to ear infections because of his floppy ears (so the vet tellsme) and eveytime I take him to the vet, it costs about 0. Is there an over the counter cleanser that cures ear infections? or only to prevent them?
    Thanks for any response!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You can use this simple, affordable homemade solution to prevent problems, once the current infection is cleared up: http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/ears.html
      It's very gentle and effective. I can't use OTC or even prescription ear washes on my dog because they irritate her ears. This doesn't irritate her at all yet it prevents ear infections quite effectively.

      Any time you suspect your dog has an ear infection, it's best to go ahead & take the dog to the vet, because only the vet can look carefully inside the ear to determine if the eardrum is intact or has been ruptured by the infection. If you use an earwash, homemade product, or even leftover medicine from a previous infection in a dog whose eardrum has ruptured, it can cause permanent damage to the ear and possibly deafness. It's possible for your dog to have a ruptured ear drum and not really act like it's in pain - my dog's ear drum ruptured once from a deep infection without any visible symptoms, and the only clue she ever gave that there was a problem was to begin shaking her head occasionally.

      I would suggest that you go ahead & take your dog to the vet for this infection, and then after the ears are cleared up, begin using the purple power ear solution from the link above. My dog used to cost me a small fortune for ear infection vet bills on a regular basis until I started using the purple power solution. But she hasn't had a single infection since I started using it a couple of years ago.

      Another thing you might want to consider: ear infections are often associated with allergies. Check your dog food ingredients: does it contain soy, corn, wheat, or artificial coloring? Those ingredients often cause allergy issues for dogs - try to find a food without those ingredients. My dog does well on Chicken Soup for the Dog Lovers Soul. Canidae and Wellness are also both excellent brands that are less likely to cause allergy problems.

      If the ear problems continue even after starting the purple solution and changing your dog's diet, you might want to see a veterinary dermatologist for allergy testing.
      http://www.acvd.org/

      Hope this helps!

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent my dog from getting ear infections?
    My dog is a Yorkshire terrier I've had him for 5years now. Over the last year he keeps getting ear infections. I brought him to the vet on noumours occasions and he is still not cured.

    • ANSWER:
      Totally agree with the person who recommends you NEVER feed your dogs with dog food packed with corn products.

      Check the quality and contents of the food you are feeding on www.dogfoodanalysis.com

      The best food you can buy which is totally grain free is Orijen.

      Also clean his ears weekly with a gentle natural cleaner like "Petnat Ear cleaner"

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    How Long Will It Take For A Dog To Get Over An Ear Infection?
    I have a senior dog with fold over ears. She ALWAYS has an ear infection, so I mix all natural yogurt with her food. It seems to be helping. She's running and seems to have more energy, but how long will it take for her ears to go back to normal or almost gone?

    • ANSWER:
      The yogurt will not cure the infection in her ears, only a medication will.
      You may think the yogurt is helping, well, it's not.

      Once you start a med, it may take 1-4 weeks to get it totally gone depending on how bad it is.
      Some dogs have chronic ear problems so get yourself some earwash also and when the infection is finally cleared up use it in her ears once or twice a week.

      Now get yourself to a vet and get her ears examined and the proper medication.
      Think about how bad that must be for the dog right now.

  19. 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.

  20. QUESTION:
    is there a safe way to cure a labrador dog's ear infection without it being costly?
    My dog has an ear infection. I've taken her to the vet twice. The first vet, gave her antibiotics and drops. Plus the diognosis at this vet was that she had scratched her ear!!!! of course it didnt cure it. The second vet, which is her primary vet, which we have the pet insurance with, also gave us drops and a liquid to wash it with. it still didint cure it!!! Please help! It's got this red/brownish color and her ear lobe is red.

    • ANSWER:
      No there is no safe way to cure your Labs ear infection and you can cause permanent damage as well as more pain for your dog. If you don't find a vet to get this problem taken care of really soon, your dog will be in even more pain and your dog can go deaf. If a certain medication isn't working to help your dogs problem, then you need to keep going back to the vet until you find a medication that does work. You need to take your dog back to the vet and have the vet take a look inside your dogs ears again. That is the only option that you have. The vet would be the best person to ask what else can be done to get rid of this infection. I feel sorry for your poor dog. Ear Infections are extremely painful. Your poor dog must be in so much pain. Most vets are willing to work out payment plans with you, so you can still take your dog to the vet, have her treated and pay the vet later. Please if you care anything about your dog, take her back to the vet, until you find a solution to the problem.
      @<33 I don't know where you get your information from, but you never put dish soap in a dogs ear. You think the dish soap will clean out the dogs ear? That is ridiculous. If you think that dogs heal from these problems naturally, then you are sadly mistaken. If this poster was to take your advice, she will be causing major damage to the dogs ear or cause the dog to go deaf. Never mess around when it comes to Ear Infections. You never stick anything in a dogs ear unless advised to do so by a vet and a vet only. If a medication that the vet prescribes isn't working, then what makes you think some over the counter garbage products that they sell will help? Be very careful of the advise you give to others. If you don't think it's necessary to take your dog to the vet when your dog is sick or injured, then you should not have a dog in the first place.

  21. QUESTION:
    Hollistic cure for dog ear infection?
    Does anyone know a hollistic cure for curing an ear infection in a six month old beagle puppy? We have taken her to the vet so many time for intestinal parasites (4 times) that we can't afford this one. Any suggestions? We have tried cleaning them many times.

    • ANSWER:
      really there isn't a way that i know of... but you can mix peroxide and water and clean them out REALLY well, make sure to get all of the liquid out of there. floppy eared dogs tend to get lots of ear infections, unfortunately. but cleaning them with either the mixture (or if its really nasty looking-red, crusty crap--use straight peroxide) this should help get the nasty crap out of there. put the mix in the ear canal and massage it really well, she will try to shake her head, so hold her still. then take cotton balls and rub out the ear well
      hope this will stave off the vet for a bit longer. maybe you can look at petmed.com or at your local pet store and they will have some ear meds for you?
      good luck and i hope this gives you some help!!

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a good home made remedy for recurring ear infections on a dog.?
    I have a cocker spaniel, she gets ear infections just about every other month.

    • ANSWER:
      lol if not antibiotics from a vet, maybe folic acid, or foods rich in folic acid http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26ref%255F%3Dnb%255Fss%255Fgw%255F0%255F5%26field-keywords%3Dfolic%2520acid%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps%26sprefix%3Dfolic&tag=tennzinshine-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

      chicken noodle soup in a can used to have natural anti biotics .. science may have "cured" that problem by now though

      you may try different external steroid ointments like "hydrocortisone" or the stonger "protopic" which is prescription only, but sometimes findable on craiglist etc http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fs%3Fie%3DUTF8%26x%3D17%26ref%255F%3Dnb%255Fss%255Fgw%26y%3D17%26field-keywords%3Dhydrocortisone%26url%3Dsearch-alias%253Daps&tag=tennzinshine-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957

  23. 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.

  24. QUESTION:
    Apple cider as a home cure for an ear infection?
    My beagle seems to really suffer with mild ear infections due to genetic skins problems. I always take him to the vet asap when I see the signs but I've heard that mixing one part of apple cider or even white vinegar with one part of water will do the trick.

    I'm happy to get him the medication but if it works just as well, I'll try it! Does it actually work?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing apple cider is going to do is make your dogs ear sticky. I would think that if you are going to do anything like this, use hydrogen peroxide on him. Try that first before you use apple cider.

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of my dogs ear infection?
    my dog has a bad ear infection and her ear stinks, ive been puting cipro in her ears for a while and it hast helped. i dont have the money to get her to a vet right now and my dog is miserable, does anyone know a way to get rid of it at home?

    • ANSWER:
      What i do for my dog is i mix equal parts of vinegar and water and soak a cotton ball in it. then i rub it in my dogs ear, and rub the cotton ball as far down his ear canal as it can go. If you're going to do it to both ears, be sure to use a different cotton ball for each ear. I'm not sure if this will totally cure the infection, but it will keep it under control. I've also heard that 2 parts water and 1 part apple cider vinegar will cure infections. I've never tried it though. But remember, NEVER put alchohol or peroxide in your dog's ears. It will burn her like CRAZY, especially if she has open sores in there.

      And i recently ordered a product called Ark Naturals Ears All Right. I haven't gotten it in the mail though but i've read the reviews and people say that it works great in preventing and curing an ear infection and ear mites. Plus, the ingredients are all natural. on amazon, it only cost me 8.99 plus about shipping.

      but if your dog's ears keep getting worse and worse, you really should save up some money and take her to the vet.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do I cure the yeast infection on my dog's ear ?
    What are the symptoms of dog ear yeast infection and how do I cure it?

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think its called yeast infection if its a ear...but normally a dog with ear infection has yellow discharge coming from the ear, also it will have a pretty ba smell, it will seem like dogs body smells bad. Look inside the ear, and if its full of black spots or black dirt its a infection. You will need antibiotics from the vet, because some infections can cause deafness or death.

  28. QUESTION:
    What can be used for an ear infection?
    We have a five month old yorkipoo and for the last few weeks he has been getting bad ear infections. We took him to the vet and he gave us Mometamax for it. But it doesn't seem to be working his ears actually
    seem to be getting worse. So i was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything we can buy him to help heal his ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Call your vet and tell him that the 10 days of the ointment didn't work. He will be happy to let you pick up a stronger ear ointment that you can try twice a day for another 10 days. The antibiotic ear ointment is all that will work to cure it.

      Are you sure that it's getting worse? You should be seeing more of the junk in the ear as it works it's way out of the canal. It may look worse as it is actually getting better. You need to be wiping the ear out with tissue or cotton before you apply the next dose. I would also flip the ears inside out to let them dry out in there.

      Once he is over this ear infection, I would buy some drops to administer and clean the ear out regularly. Sometimes they can have chronic ear infections as a pup that clear up as they mature. We've had that with several of our pups. Eventually, they outgrow it. If your vet recommends surgery, I would urge you to wait until your dog hits maturity to see if it doesn't go away first. Some vets are quick to recommend this unnecessary surgery. I find it best to wait it out and just treat the infections as they come up until they hit maturity. I'm sure I'll get thumbs down for that, but it has worked for us and saved us thousands.

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a good hypo-alergenic dog food recipe?
    I have two dogs that have what I think to be food allergies. Their tummies get red and my female has chronic ear infections that have lead to multiple hematoma. I've tried highest of quality dog foods, but they don't seem to make a difference. I've been giving them brown rice, hamburger, and veggies, but they might have an allergy to grains. Please help my poor puppies!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I highly recommend the raw dog food diet. I actually had an epileptic yellow lab that was cured after we switched him to raw (Google 'Cory's Story'). But if the raw diet could cure epilepsy in a dog, imagine what it could do for allergies. Anyway, we ordered from a company called Darwin's Natural Pet Food and they delivered right to our house. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

      http://www.darwinspet.com

  30. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever used Colloidal Silver for a pet? Its a natural remedy?
    My dog has chronic allergies and ear infections.
    Everything I have tried has failed. I was told to try "Colloidal Silver" A natural remedy. Its suppose to cure ear infections, allergies and more. Has any one ever used it before? Did it work? Its for people and animals.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a breeder of Yorkshire Terriers...about 8 years ago had a pup that was very sick on the edge of death and used Colloidal Silver the pup is now 8 years old I swear by it for a cure of any infections and when you have tried almost anything it is my last resort.

  31. 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

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I cure a dog's ear infection?
    This weekend I took my dog to a new groomer. Our previous groomer was over-priced and the first time we took her there she got an ear infection. We told them not to put anything there and every since she's been fine. At the new groomer we didn't tell them and she came home shaking her head. It started off rarely and now she does it constantly. SHE is a poodle/snowzer ( sorry if i spelled that wrong ) and i'm starting to panic please Help! And also, taking her to the vet is a small chance because of my parents...

    PLEASE!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You "cure" it by taking the dog to the vet...where it can be cured.

      Go tell you parents your dog is sick. don't gamble with the dogs life.

  33. QUESTION:
    How can I clean my dogs ear?
    We tried cleaning his ear but it is difficult, and he may have a ear infection. He screams and constantly shakes his head. When we try putting ,dog ear cleaner, he instantly shakes his head and continues screaming. What should we do?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain around the ear area and shaking of the head are signs of an ear infection. Other signs include a bad odor and discharge from the ear. But, I would take him to the vet to get a diagnosis and treatment. If it is an ear infection, it needs prompt attention. Cleaning the ears doesn't cure an ear infection. It needs to be treated by a vet. Left untreated, an ear infection can cause severe ear problems.

  34. QUESTION:
    My dog has had at least 2 seizures in a 10 week period. What can cause this?
    He is prone to ear infections and shakes his head alot. Also, when he sees a cat out the window, he jumps at the window frantically. Can either of these be the causes? Also, to promote a longer lifespan, should I put him on medication (after consulting vet), or just let the seizures continue? Is there a cure? Is this considered epilepsy? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      You should take your pup to the vet just to rule out any underlying causes. I'd go ahead and take him now. The vet can start trying to rule things out for you. It's possible that this isn't epilepsy.

      Medication is really a decision you should make with your vet.

      My dog started having seizures a few months ago and, after having all the blood work and tests done, we eventually figured out that they were happening within 22 hours of putting Frontline on him. I've stopped putting Frontline on him and the seizures have stopped.

      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Any tips for how to clean your puppy's ears nicely?
    My puppy has an ear infection and the vet gave me ear cleaner to clean his ears. Every time I try to put cleaner in his ears it's a struggle. He bites, yelps, and squirms. Then afterwards he is terrified of me. Any tips!

    • ANSWER:
      Always give him a treat afterwards, and if you can, have someone helping with holding him (they could even be holding the treat in front of him so that he's distracted while you're doing his ears).
      Unfortunately ear infections are always painful to dogs... prevention is better than the cure, so once he's better remember to clean his ears regularly - cleaning them won't hurt nearly as much as treating an infection.

  36. QUESTION:
    Help for Rottweiler with chronic ear infections?
    Our two-year old Rottie has had chronic ear infections since she was about six months old. Has anyone had experience with this or found a good remedy? Prescrips from the vet seem to provide only temporary relief. Her ears are constantly moist, smelly, and full of nasty-smelling reddish-brown residue. She scratches at them constantly and is miserable!

    • ANSWER:
      I had a dog with chronic ear infection and as soon as I would cure it, it would come back until the meds stopped working altogether. The vet mixed some meds together and called it "Purple Thunder" which helped, again, only for a little while until he became immune to it. He was old, had gone deaf and became incontinent and with his incurable ear infection, I decided to euthanize him.

      Dogs with floppy ears tend to have chronic ear problems. Here is a link to information.
      http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html

  37. 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.

  38. 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

  39. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps getting ear infections, have given her benedryl what kind of home remedies are there? 17lbs 6 yr?
    Shitzu chiuaua mix, taken her to vet so many times running out of money need home remedies to clear up the infections

    • ANSWER:
      One of mine gets recurrent ear infections, too ... despite my efforts to keep those ears clean, he's just always been prone to them and between diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up, it can cost me 0 or more to clear one up.

      So I completely understand what you're saying. BUT ... aside from dedicated ear-cleaning to (hopefully, anyway!) prevent the ear infection, there are NO "home remedies" that will effectively CURE one once it happens. You still need to see the vet for medication every time.

      Sorry, I wish I had a better answer for you ... my vets have told me that my dog will likely need to have a surgical procedure to drain behind the eardrum if (more likely WHEN because I KNOW it will happen) he gets another infection, because his are so stubborn and severe.

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    Puppy's ears are a little smelly, there is brown spotting, and she scratches. Is it an infection? ?
    My 6 month old bichon (doggy with floppy ears) has had the above symptoms. I know that these are possibly symptoms of an ear infection or ear mites but my bf thinks I'm overreacting. He doesn't think her ears are that smelly and thinks the gunk in there is just ear wax. She does scratch her ears a bit but she scratches in general. The stuff in her ears looks very oily and is a dark brownish-burgundy color. Am I worrying too much?
    To clarify, there isn't that much stuff in her ears. There is a bit of dark spotting in the immediately visible areas and lighter, oilier stuff inside.
    I took the little baby to the vet today and it turns out that she has a yeast infection. Thanks for the help, everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      dogs with floppy ears tend to get yeast infections in their ears. call the vet for a check up and medicine. but you will have to keep his ears cleaned out or it will happen again. you can buy ear cleaner over the counter to keep them clean after you get the infection taken care of, but you must take care of the infection first because it will get worse, be painful for your dog, and cost allot to cure when it gets out of hand. google "yeast infection in dogs ears" and you might find how to make a remedy yourself to save money.

  42. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can cure my dogs ear infection?
    Obviously I took it to the vet . A MILLION times..but that doesnt seem to help her. Plus all they do is remove the hair from her ears and give her medicine for me to put in her ears that stings the hell out of her. (I see like her eyes get all watery) : *(
    Can some1 PLEASE tell me something I can make that well help her, without it being so harsh?????

    • ANSWER:
      I like what Winter's Child (above) recommends and will try it, too.

      I have the same problem with my cocker spaniel. I have had it with the ear infections and that stupid ear stuff they give you that doesn't work and she hates.

      Here is what I found that is natural.
      Pau D’Arco---gets rave reviews!
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections/

      Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) -
      Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary) -
      Calendula officinalis (Marigold) -
      Marigold
      Verbascum thapsusis -
      Website: Pet Alive Ear Dr. for dog ear mites and ear infections.

      Keep the ears dry.

      Make sure her diet contains no grains. Use a grain-free product.

      Reduce her allergies (ones she breathes in, too) because that seems to be related.

      The article below gives the advice that is helping me the most. It gives natural remedies. The second link suggests vinegar...again...the same stuff they recommend for women's yeast infections.

      If it is yeast and not bacteria...anti-biotics only make it worse. Steroids are a bad solution as well, as they shut down the animals immune system.

      Go to a naturopathic vet. Call around or look on the web for someone who will address this problem for you. Make sure their website and protocol look something like this one who understands that it may be yeast. http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.htmlhttp://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html

  43. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to cure a fungal infection?
    My gf got an infection kissing her dog. The infection is on her mouth and ear.

    • ANSWER:

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  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:
    Typically how much is a vet appointment / ear infection antibiotics all together?
    I would like to bring my dog to the vet, but I'm not sure I can afford it right now. Typically are they around 100 dollars for the appointment plus extra for the antibiotics? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Our vet charges for office visit, then tacks on depending on what's needed. If they need to do any diagnostics they would charge per test. Then they would charge for meds. Call YOUR vet and ask what the office visit fee is, then double it. Heck, triple it just to see what happens. That might give you a ballpark figure.

      If the dog needs to see a vet, there is no waiting. Period. Waiting will make the issue(s) worse and in the long run will cost much more to cure, possibly even double or triple if the initial round of antibiotics don't work or the vet needs to try a different kind. Plus, the dog will be in PAIN - and it isn't uncommon for ear infections to spread or worsen and cause damage to the inner ear and/or maybe even hearing loss.

  48. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if my male dog's foot pads are swollen?
    He has currently been prescribed meds for an infection where too much air was in his chest, and he had some blood in his stool. (*we called the vet and prepared to take it to the vet tom.) I just noticed the footpads.

    • ANSWER:
      Abnormally soft foot pads occurring in young dogs of German Shepherd ancestry. The cause of the abnormality is unknown. This condition is also called soft feet or soft footpads.

      Related Condition:

      Familial Vasculopathy of German Shepherds/ Cutaneous vasculopathy: This is an inherited disorder involving the blood vessels. The condition is typically seen in young puppies following the first vaccination. Symptoms are fever and lethargy, swollen lymph nodes, joints, and footpad swelling and de-pigmentation. There is also crusting and ulceration of the nose, and tips of the ears and tail. Most dogs recover fully by 6 months. However, the footpads remain soft. Prior symptoms of fever and lethargy can reoccur with each subsequent vaccination. The condition is diagnosed if abnormalities in the blood vessels are present upon biopsy of the footpad. This condition is immune-mediated.

      Symptoms:

      Lameness, tender, swollen, crusty, or ulcerated foot pads. The pads may bleed if the dog walks on hard or rough surfaces. Less severe forms express as footpads that are thin and soft. Affected pads may be lightly pigmented or show some degree of pigment loss. Symptoms are usually most severe in dogs that are under a year old.

      Diagnosis:

      Diagnosis is made based on the clinical signs and/or a skin biopsy.

      Treatment:

      There is no cure for this condition. Many dogs outgrow the more severe symptoms as they mature. However, the feet still remain tender in comparison to other dogs. Management of a dog with soft feet involves keeping the dog off of rough, hard, hot, or frozen, surfaces that may damage the foot pads. Treatment of cracked or ulcerated foot pads may require cleansing and bandaging the area, and providing antibiotics. If the condition is determined to be autoimmune related the vet may prescribe a course of prednisone or other medications that suppress the immune system. If vaccine reaction is suspected, the dog may have to be placed on a special protocol with respect to vaccinations.

      Once all open wounds are healed there are creams available that can be used to further toughen and/or protect the pads. There are also various different types of protective footwear on the market that might be beneficial for dogs with soft feet.

      If you suspect your dog has this disorder, or for further information about this condition, please consult your veterinarian

  49. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a dog's ear infection?
    i think the cause is ear mites, and i'm pretty broke but i LOVE my dog so i need to fix this.
    Any home remedies or medicine suggestions even!
    THanks!
    thanks, but you guys, i have no money. i currently have 48 dollars. yes, i do care for my dog and just b/c i don't take him to a vet doesn't mean i don't care for him. How do you apply for that health card? Btw, I'm not eligible for health insurance... would that be a problem? for the card...

    • ANSWER:
      The only cure is to take the dog to the vet. You can apply for a care card which is a credit card for medical (human and animal) expenses only, or find a vet that will take payments.


how to cure ear infection in dogs

Smelly Itchy Dog

A veterinarian may advise you to buy Cyclosporine for the treatment of eye, skin and autoimmune diseases which may include Perianal fistulas, atopic dermatitis, and dry eye conditions. In the market one can buy cyclosporine in the following forms: capsules (micro- emulsified modified), tablets (non modified), ointment (skin or ophthalmic) or compounded oral liquid. You may also buy cyclosporine under brands such as Atopica, Optimmune, Neoral, Gengraf, Protopic, Tacrolimus among others. Cyclosporine is administered once or twice a day depending on the condition being treated. You must always have your dog examined by a qualified and certified veterinarian before administering the drugs and ultimately you must follow the correct formula and dosage recommended.

One of the conditions that may require you to buy cyclosporine is the dry eye condition. Cyclosporine was found to deal well with the discomfort and symptoms of the dry eye also known as Kerotoconjuctivitis Sicca (KCS). This condition comes about when the production of tears is hampered as a result of tearing, injuring or inflammation of the gland tissue. In such cases you may be advised to buy cyclosporine in ointment form. Topical application of cyclosporine will stimulate the production of tears which have the natural growth constituents that control corneal-cell healing.

Atopic dermatitis will also require you to buy cyclosporine. Cyclosporine in the form of Atopica will effectively control any inflammation that is as a result of allergic and immune mediated skin diseases. Atopic dermatitis is described as the development of itchy skin thanks to immunological sensitivity to some natural substances for example airborne allergens. Failing to treat Atopic Dermatitis in good time may result in Pruritus which is an intense itchiness that often causes a relation rift between the dog and its owner. This disease may worsen with age but when you buy cyclosporine in good time you may help prevent the disease from graduating into a full blown situation. You may need to apply cyclosporine for up to 6 weeks for Atopic dermatitis to respond to treatment.

Perianal Fistulas will also force you to buy cyclosporine. The inflammatory nature of this disease is effectively controlled by the administration of cyclosporine capsules. Cyclosporine has been found to be very effective in the reducing the overall surface area and depth of the deepest naturally occurring fistula. Initially fistulas were considered a surgery related condition but now you can buy cyclosporine to counter the need for surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My dog is very smelly and itchy, what to do?
    I have a mix of Border Collie and Icelandic sheepdog and she is very smelly and itchy. She is old and my parents just want to put her to sleep but me and my sisters don't want it.

    Could the answer be to just shave her? Her fur is very dirty and tangled and I really don't want her to be put to sleep so should we shave her? Could that be the answer?
    Yeah I forgot to mention that she is a farm dog and spends her life outside :)

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    How often to bathe my dog?
    I have a 8yo female chihuahua. I adopted her, her last owner said they bathe this chihuahua twice/once every week.
    I heard that we are not suppose to bathe her that much, but she smelly and itchy, she kept scatching herself, and getting more and more dog smell.
    I just bathe her on Sunday, should i bathe her again?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Chihuahua should not have a doggy odor unless there is a tooth problem, an ear problem, anal glands ,allergies, thyroid problems, or digestive problems. Using a good quality food and a good quality dog shampoo with oatmeal, bathing can be done as often as you would like. Scratching means there is a problem, and it could be mange mites, dermatitis, fleas, or allergies. A healthy dog, free from parasites, should not have a disagreeable odor, nor should they be scratching.
      When bathing, rinse well or soap residue can cause itchy skin. I suggest you get a veterinarian to check your dog over, as there are many conditions that can be causing this, all of them fixable.
      An itching dog is miserable so please find out why all this is going on. It isn't normal.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is flea treatment necessary during the winter?
    He never had them before, but my 25# Lhasa had an infestation in late summer. We keep his hair pretty short. My groomer said I don't need to treat him in the winter. It's between 20 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit where I live. Can I skip the flea spray right now? It's smelly and makes the dog itchy.

    • ANSWER:
      I just gave my dog the flee pill and he is good for a month it is real cold in Washington here!

  4. QUESTION:
    can i use human nizoral shampoo for my dogs yest infection hot spot?
    my lab has a smelly very itchy spot on the under side of his neck, he also licks his paws alot, after some research i figure it is caused by a yeast problem. The pet shampoos for this condition contain "ketoconazole".and are very exspensive. Can I use Nizoral human shampoo for dandruff instead. Anything else i should do?

    • ANSWER:
      According to a website you can use Nizoral shampoo you want to strip the oils from his coat that help to feed the yeast infection. Also look to go grain free with his food if he isn't already, corn can cause a host of allergies in dogs so if you have a food with corn or chicken I'd look to change if you can. For spot treatment use vinegar and water solution.

      Good luck

  5. QUESTION:
    What dog smell more Boston Terrier or Mini Schnauzer?
    I am looking for a dog, I have mild allergies and I am between the Boston Terrier and the Miniature Schnauzer. My girlfriend request is that do not smell, I know that is impossible but which one smell less? And how often they should take a bath?

    • ANSWER:
      Not only are dogs fed on a raw diet of meaty bones and organs MUCH less smelly, it appears that they may be less allergenic too.

      A friend of mine was becoming more and more allergic to her dog - it had gotten to the stage that the dog couldn't come into the house without hives, itching and sneezing attacks occurring within minutes. The poor dog was on 'prescription' skin food but she was covered in bald itchy patches as well.

      Now that the dog is totally off commercial foods and on a raw diet not only has the dog's skin and coat improved out of sight, my friend is no longer having any allergic reactions.

      I also know of people that are no longer allergic to their cats after changing the animals diets.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it bad if you get water in your dogs ear whilst bathing them?
    I bathed my dog today and managed somehow to get quite a bit of water in her ear! She doesnt seem destressed but i have always been told how bad it is for the dog to have water in the ear! Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      It can lead to infections just like it can for a human. Even worse for dogs because their ear canal is usually covered by the ear flap. The infection can be very itchy and smelly.

      They sell several products in pet stores to deal with water in the ears that inevitably happens when bathing the furry ones.

      In the meantime though, a good drying out rub with a towel will be good. And all doggies like their ears rubbed

  7. QUESTION:
    How often should a dog be bathed?
    I have 3 and we don't bath them very often (simply cause they don't need to be) as they live inside the house.

    If they smelled bad we'd bath them more often obviously but I really don't think it's necessary. How often do most people bath their dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Simply put it, there is no one straight answer to this question. By asking this, is like asking me which dog breed should you get without considering your lifestyle, commitment level, personal preference and financial status. Sound judgment will tell you that your active dog needs a bath badly when he is smelly and dirty. Similarly, a lap dog who rarely steps out of the house doesn’t need a bath until it is called for.
      I’ve known of some dog owners who bathe their dogs twice a year while some once in every other day. These two methods are of the extreme which I personally won’t do or advocate it. Granted, my Dachshund lives in a topical climate so more frequent baths is needed but they certainly don’t deserve to be striped off their natural oils from their coat that often.
      I know I’m not making it easy for you to grasp for now, but bear with me as I go more in depths soon. Many will say that dog bathing is more of a science (rules), I would have to say is a combination of both science and art (situation).
      Note: Dogs should be groomed before bath in order to prevent further matting otherwise you want to use Detangle Formula Shampoo to speed up the process. In any case, all dogs should have a weekly brush or comb regardless how frequent you bathe your dog.
      There are few factors to look at as to how often should one bathe her dog
      1. Dog Coat
      •Double or undercoat dogs (ie. Cocker Spaniel, Pekingese), bathe once every 4 to 8 weeks.
      •Silky long coat (ie. Yorkie, Lhasa Apso), bathe once every 3 to 6 weeks
      •Non-shedding curly coat (ie. Poodle), bathe once 6 to 8 weeks
      •Smooth coat (ie. Chihuahua, Boston Terrier), bathe no less than once in 8 weeks or only when it gets dirty, frequent bath will wash out their waterproofing oils produced by the skin for protection.
      •Wiry/Coarse coat (ie. Schnauzer and most terriers), bathe once every 4 to 6 weeks * Scottish Terriers tend to get dirty skin through a build up of dandruff, a fortnightly bath is ideal.
      2. Lifestyle of the Dog
      If your dog loves to roll in the mud or faces every chance he gets, you may have to bathe him every time he does. Usually a small amount of dirt can be brushed out when dry. While some might use dry shampoo to get rid of the dirt, honesty it doesn’t help much. It is only excellent for a quick clean to remove excess oil in the coat but won’t do much good for a really dirty dog. Should your dog get muddy every day or so, I don’t recommend a regular bath using any ordinary doggy shampoo as you will strip off his natural oil in no time. Either you prohibit him from doing (better option) or shampoo him with Evening Primrose Oil Shampoo as it’s suitable for daily use.
      Not many dogs worship water as much as Newfoundlands do, however if your dog enjoys weekly swim be it in the pool or sea you have to give him a bathe after by using moderate mild shampoo. This is to wash out the chlorine and salt water. Most importantly, a good light or heavy conditioner is essential to retain his natural oil and lustrous coat.
      For regular daily walk, a good wash on his paws is more than enough. Just in case you didn’t notice that he stepped on someone else’s poops.
      3. Climate
      All dogs require more baths during summer (ticks and flea infestation season), naturally. Nonetheless, try not to bathe your dog more than once fortnightly. Use Evening Primrose Oil Shampoo or baby shampoo with only one wash. A thorough scrub is not necessary.
      I have yet to know of any dog who doesn’t like to roll in the snow. It’s a fun activity but it won’t be fun to see your dog caught on “Hot Spot” also known as Moist Eczema—a cause by dampness of the undercoat. This happens when the dogs aren’t properly dried. It can be very detrimental and certainly a sore sight to look at those infected areas when he keeps chewing on the itchy spots. In some neglected cases, you might see molds collected underneath the thick matted coat. This requires two to three thorough baths and a good shave down. A “bald” Shih Tzu is not a very pretty sight during winter even she is wearing Louis Vuitton from head to paws.
      4. Dog Allergy and Skin Disorder
      This happens in rare occasions where your dog needs medical attention for a period of time. One important rule is to follow your veterinarian’s advice to the tee. EPO Veterinary Grade Shampoo is one that I recommend for dogs with severely dry and/or inflamed skin to soothe irritated skin and promote healing.
      5. Human Allergy
      There are many owners who suffer pet allergies still keep dogs. The only difference is that they know how to manage it and not let it affect them too much. It’s good to know that I’m not the only crazy one who bothers to go the extra mile.
      My tolerance to dust, dirt, and dander is moderately low, therefore I have to keep my semi-active dogs very clean in order for them to be close to me. As such, I give them a weekly bath using Evening Primrose Oil Puppy Shampoo (extremely gentle to their skin) or White Coat Shampoo to pr

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it harmful to give your dog a bath once a week?
    My dog (Westie) plays outside a lot and get very dirty and smelly so I end up giving her a bath once a week or 2 weeks. Is that bad?

    • ANSWER:
      absolutely not harmful ... but you do need to use a good dog shampoo that will not strip the oils and make your dog dry and itchy ... most quality shampoos are fine for weekly use ... i use this one as i sometimes bathe my dog daily in the summer because she swims in the ocean and is all sandy and salty and her coat is healthy and shiny ...

      http://shop.halopets.com/Grooming-Supplies/Herbal-Shampoo - you can see most of the ingredients are oil and will not make your dog itch if used on a regular basis ...

  9. QUESTION:
    What other symtems can be caused from too much yeast besides ear infections?
    My Cavalier King Charles has itchy ears sometimes smelly (which i know can be caused from too much yeast) puffiness around the eyes, soar and puffy lower lips, looks soar around the genital area and I have recently noticed her hair is thinning across the chest and neck area. She is 3 years old

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your dog to the vet. Ear infections can be caused by mites and result in a yeast infection. He could also have a staph infection, and thinning hair can be caused by the mange. This is caused by mange mites. See the vet ASAP..

  10. QUESTION:
    what are some temporary reliefs for dogs that has an itchy ear?
    my dog has had an ear itch for quite some time and its just in one ear. the ear is not red at all but it is very smelly. we are bringing her to the doctor as soon as we can, this weekend actually. but i was wondering are there any temporary reliefs for her? i just hate to see her suffer over this. thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you cleaned them out? It could be mites, infection or excessive hair growth. Take the dog to the vet.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give any advice about helping my dog?
    I have a 9 month old Shi Tzu. He has demodectic Mange. My Vet currently suggested this new medicine like front line that you apply to their neck once a month. Its an 8 month cycle and im only on my 2 month. I havent noticed any change. Does anyone have any suggestions on what more i can do for my dog to help with this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Mange is a sod of a problem when dogs or even humans get it - so watch out for that, always wash your hands thoroughly after you have petted your dog. You've done the right thing in going to your vets, but mange is really hard to get rid off so of course you have not really seen much change in the poor little dog. Your vet is treating the dog internally which is the best cure, so keep up your faith in the vet.

      If your from the USA, and in a warm part of the country, then I would suggest you by an Aloe Plant - can get them here in the UK too, but its just that in the warmer countries they grow all over the place so you could whip one out of the ground for free. Anyway, cut off a bit of the aloe plant, open it up, so you got all that smelly goo (yes I know it stinks horrid), and rub it over the dogs skin. Best do this in the yard. OK the dog will stink to high heaven for 20 minutes or so, but the Aloe juice will get into the skin and dry, and I bet you a thousand dollars, you will see a change in the dog within a week to 10 days.

      I have a little westie, and she has bad skin problems, so when I lived out in Barbados for 2 years, I learnt the trick with the Aloe Plant - her red rashes almost cleared up over night, her coat became even whiter than it already is, and it soothed her itchy skin. So even if your from a colder climate, just buy an Aloe Plant and do as I described above, with hand on heart I can promise you, your dog will improve very quickly.

      But remember about washing your hands - Mange can be passed over to us. And if you end up smelling even slightly of ALoe's then you'll end up having no friends.

      Good Luck and I really hope you do what I suggest because it truly does work. Works great on us too when we get burned int he sun, and stops the skin from scarring.

  12. QUESTION:
    My dog has smelly itchy ears and her breath does not smell good.. treated her already but it came back?

    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu
    - My dog is half long haired chihuahua/ 1/4 pom/ 1/4 shitzhu

    Could it be the food i'm feeding her? I feed her Royal Canine and sometimes Beneful dry food

    what can I do to get her better?

    • ANSWER:
      This will sound strange and I've never tried it, but if you think your dog has a yeast infection in its ear you may want to try putting organic plain yogurt in the ear. Once a day for a few days.
      Yogurt has natural enzymes that keep yeast from growing. Women have used it as a holistic way to cure yeast infections. I wouldn't see why it couldn't work for ears. Its inexpensive and won't hurt anything.

  13. QUESTION:
    What makes dogs break out in hives and what do you do for them?
    I have a Boxer puppy. No change in food. No changes in anything like soap or anything. Today, she just starting breaking out in hives. I dropped cookie dough on the floor earlier and she got to it before I did. Could it be the peanuts or peanut butter?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs and cats tend to be itchier than humans, especially when these animals have allergies. The slightest contact with the wrong thing -- anything from plants in the backyard to insect stings to certain foods -- may cause them to break out in hives, itchy welts that resemble mosquito bites.
      Hives aren't particularly serious and rarely last more than a few days. But they can be ferociously itchy. Some pets, dogs especially, have been known to scratch themselves raw in their vigorous attempts to make the itching go away.

      See Your Vet If...
      Your pet is scratching, and there are bumps under her fur
      Patches of fur appear slightly raised
      Your pet is shedding or scratching more than usual
      He has scales, bald patches, or a rash
      He has severe dandruff or dry skin
      His fur is greasy or smelly even after baths
      Your pet has broken out in hives and is having trouble breathing
      He has a bad sunburn
      There has been a significant change in skin color, or the skin seems loose
      There is a lump or swelling beneath his skin
      Your pet has a sore on the skin that won't heal
      The skin of the lips, abdomen, or rectal area is yellow
      There are red or purple dots or splotches on his skin

      Check out this site!

  14. QUESTION:
    if i cant use perfume on a dog is it safe to use human shampoo?
    I jsut asked a question about if i can apply perfume to my dog as he smells really bad. Can i use human shampoo such as Clairols Herbal Essences? it don't matter if i cant i jsut need my dog to stop smelling and i dont want to buy anything new!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there,
      don't put perfume or any human shampoo on your dog. Use a shampoo that is formulated for dogs, and a one that is gentle and will not take out the oils in your dogs coat. Do not use human shampoo on your dog as it is not the right pH on your doggies skin. Make sure you read the instructions but be aware that some shampoos are for different types and ages of dogs. Oatmeal shampoo is good for dogs who have itchy skin.Avoid shampoos with insecticides, since the chemicals can be harsh. If your dog has fleas, use a gentle shampoo containing pyrethrin, pyrethrum or citrus oil.
      But in your case with a smelly dog i would recommend you use is homemade shampoo or something that smells nice and isnt harsh on the skin. You could go to your local vet and see what kind of shampoo they recommend you use. It doesnt cost much to get dog shampoo :) think of thje dog to..
      Hope that helps :) xx

  15. QUESTION:
    My dog has allergies please help?
    I have a 10month old american bulldog, she has terrible allergies she scratches herself till she bleeds and just crys all the time. Parts of her skin goes brown and gets these hive like bumps. She licks her paws and they get infected. Ive taken her to the vet multiple times and theres nothing they can do but put her on steroids which will shorten her life darasctily and i herd they are very bad for her she was on steroids for two weeks and it cleared her up atraight away but i domt really want to keep her on them. At the moment she is on benadryl having regular baths with allergie shampoo and eating a natural grain free dog food. She is also on homeopathic remedies but nothing helps her. Is there anything anyone knows that i could try please help?!?

    • ANSWER:
      I've been there, done that. My dog is a 7 year old mixed breed (Shepherd/Hound) that has had allergies since she was around a year old. I tried everything... vet recommended hypo-allergenic dog kibble, benadryl, prednisone, cortisone injections, special shampoos and conditions, going grain free. She scratched all the time, year round, and sometimes bled. She also chewed her paws a lot.

      I highly recommend getting your dog on a raw food diet before it gets any worse. The fact that your dog licks her paws tells you that it is likely a food allergy that is related to the protein she is eating (the meat - chicken, beef, etc.). Since switching my dog to a raw diet, she rarely scratches anymore or licks her paws, her coat is beautiful and soft, nice teeth, small and firm stools.

      A raw diet doesn't contain all the preservatives, fillers, and food colourings that are in a commercial kibble (even the expensive ones). It is all natural. For a dog with severe allergies, I would recommend feeding a pure raw meat diet, as opposed to one that has raw vegetables and fruit mixed with it.

      My dog is fed pure raw turkey (meat and ground bones), with a bit of pure rabbit mixed in to help keep her stools from becoming hard. I used to use pure beef or pure lamb for this, but found that she is allergic to those two meats (her scratching increased). I also give her pure salmon occasionally for variety in her diet, and mix in a powdered vitamin and mineral blend made specifically for dogs.

      Allergy dogs also need a digestive enzyme supplement, as well as herring oil mixed with their food. If your dog's coat feels greasy to the touch or smelly, it should help to bath her about once a week with a gentle natural shampoo to help get any yeast off her skin (which is itchy).

      If you aren't very familiar with raw feeding, or unsure about it all, head over to my website to read more: www.precision-dog-training.com/raw-dog-food-diet.html.

      All the best!

  16. QUESTION:
    What exactly are hotspots on dogs?
    what do they look like and how do you know if your dog has it?

    I've had a friend ask me what they are and i don't know. I've never seen anything "odd" in looks or color on my dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      How do dogs get hot spots in the first place?
      There seems to be no one cause for developing dog hot spots but certain things such as "clipper rash", foreign objects in the coat, as well as trauma and allergies are often the cause.
      Typically, these circular hot spot patches will lose hair. These lesions are incredibly itchy and include massive amounts of scratching, licking and rubbing by the dog.

      They are also swollen, smelly and "pussie" and they can be very painful to touch for the affected dog. Any dog with a hot spot will feel compelled to scratch, lick, or bite the area - often to the point of self-mutilation.

      Untreated, these areas could easily spread and cause even the most even-tempered dog to bite. Dog hot spots can happen in just a matter of hours and with no prior warning of any kind. And any dog can develop these. It does seem, however, that those dogs most susceptible to hot spots in the first place are those that have heavy coats or a history of flea infestations, allergies, ear infections, irritated anal sacs or a hair matting problem.

      It is also true that dogs that live in warm, humid climates are more prone to develop hot spots when they shed their undercoats if they are not groomed properly and thoroughly. If the underlying cause of hot spots in your dog is as a result of tangled, matted or trapped dead hair, you can easily avoid this in the future by putting the dog on a regular and thorough grooming schedule.

      Tips to help avoid dog hot spots
      • Wet coats can be a dog hot spot problem starter. If your dog is bathed or goes swimming, be sure to rinse and dry the dog off completely.
      • Increase the number of grooming sessions and be careful not to scrape or damage the dogs skin when you brush your dog.

      • A natural approach can be very helpful when treating hot spots on dogs. Aloe vera and chamomile can help reduce pain and promote healing. Tea tree oil, chamomile or aloe vera can clear up most hot spots in just a few days.

      The most common areas for dog hot spots to occur are on the dogs back, rump, legs, feet and flanks — but hot spots on dogs can also appear in other places such as on the ears, neck, and chest.

      Your main aim is to dry the hot spot out and get air into the infected area.

      How do you treat dog hot spots?
      Typically, you need to treat the sore but also remove the underlying cause to prevent future recurrences down the road. Some methods include: trimming the hair around the hot spot sore to prevent further spread of the infection.
      Next you'll need to wash the area with a mild water-based astringent or antiseptic. Here's what I use: a very simple mixture of water, hydrogen peroxide (3%) and rubbing alcohol. I use this to treat all my dogs whenever they have a hot spot. Here's how I make it: in a regular drinking glass (around 12 oz. or so), I fill it 1/6 full of hydrogen peroxide, add 2 teaspoons of rubbing alcohol and then fill it the rest of the way up with water. Stir it up really good and you're ready to apply to the hot spot on the dog.

      Important: It is very, very important that you do not put in too much alcohol or hydrogen peroxide in this mixture to treat hot spots on your dog. By itself, alcohol hurts. Hydrogen peroxide, if applied directly to any wound, can cause tissue damage. So, you want a large amount of water and only a little bit of peroxide with just a splash of alcohol added to the mix.

      Elizabethan collars can also help to prevent further self mutilation and to give the hot spot a chance to heal. Oral antibiotics, special shampoos, topical drying sprays, antibiotics or cortisone may be needed as well to treat the area depending on severity of the hot spots. Cool compresses can also be helpful.

      If your dog ever needs veterinary help for any kind of skin lesion, or hot spot problem, don't delay in making that call and asking the vet what you need to do to clear it up. Hot spots on dogs are highly treatable.

  17. QUESTION:
    We took our dog to the vet for a bad rash on her face and neck and he wants to put her down?
    He said she had the mange, she is a 12 week old pit bull. He said it was infected and she needed to be put down. Should we get a second opinion, or is it something she can't come back from and we should just put her out of her misery?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally I'd get a second opinion before making a decision. Find out which manage she has. Sarcophic or Demodex.

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      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 mange and the disease can be easily controlled.

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      Demodectic mange, also called "demodicosis," is caused by a microscopic mite of the Demodex genus. Three species of Demodex mites have been identified in dogs: Demodex canis, Demodex gatoi, and Demodex injai. The most common mite of demodectic mange is Demodex canis. All dogs raised normally by their mothers possess this mite as mites are transferred from mother to pup via cuddling during the first few days of life. Most dogs live in harmony with their mites, never suffering any consequences from being parasitized. If, however, conditions change to upset the natural equilibrium (such as some kind of suppression of the dog's immune system), the Demodex mites may "gain the upper hand." The mites proliferate and can cause serious skin disease.

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      Demodectic mange can be treated with Ivermectin but the treatment is long and expensive. If you are willing to do that.

      However, some demodectic mange is localized on puppies and sometimes clear up on their own with no treatment.

      Localized demodicosis occurs as isolated scaly bald patches, usually on the dog's face, creating a polka-dot appearance. Localized demodicosis is considered a common puppyhood ailment and approximately 90% of cases resolve with no treatment of any kind. This is quite a contrast to generalized demodicosis as described below so it is important to be able to distinguish localized from generalized disease. It seems like this would be a simple task since localized demodicosis classically involves several round facial bald spots and generalized demodicosis involves a bald scaly entire dog; still, reality does not always fit into neat categories in this way. Some guidelines used to distinguish localized demodicosis include:

      If it's Generalized:

      Classically with generalized demodicosis, the entire dog is affected with patchy fur, skin infections, bald, scaly skin. Sometimes large patches of affected skin are present, sometimes multiple "polka dots" of lesions cover the dog, and sometimes the entire body is involved. The secondary bacterial infections make this a very itchy and often smelly skin disease. The approach to generalized demodicosis typically depends on the age at which the dog developed the disease.

      Find out exactly what you're dealing with so you know the course of action. It appears that American Pitbull Terriers are suseptible to increased risk of mild cases of mange as young dogs.

  18. QUESTION:
    My 6mth old Australian Kelpy x border collie gets a build up of carp in one of her ears.?
    Jessie my 6mth old kelpy x b. collie gets one dirty ear she has always had this, the vet showed me how to keep it clean with ear buds which i do once a week, but lately she is very itchy and there seems to be liquid in there, my worry is i had her in the yarra river and she may have bought some back with her, in her ear. could this cause infection? how can i get it out? should i go to the vet? Any Idea's?

    • ANSWER:
      Your vet is being a tad irresponsible in saying to use ear buds....they should never be used on dogs. Much safer to use a piece of cotton wool......soak it with Witch Hazel, squeeze out excess, and clean the parts you can reach. For the actual gunk, you need to buy some garlic capsules (the smelly ones, not the deodorised ones as they won't work). Prick the capsule with a pin, and gently let the oil to into the ear canal. Rub the outside of the ear gently. Do *both* ears even if only one is affected. Do this for two weeks on, one week off. You'll probably notice that the gunk gets worse....this is a good thing....it's coming up and out. Don't allow your dog in the river until this has cleared up well. It could take some time, but don't give up. You can, of course, go back to your vet......he will give you a steroid ear cleanser, which dries it up.....but it will come back.

      Also, ask yourself why your dog always has this. Could be the food you're feeding. The toxins in food comes out in various ways.........skin and ears usually....the extremities.

      Good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    Anything I can buy to remove stain on my beagles face?
    My beagle tears on my face and there's becoming like a permanent stain on his face. I clean his face EVERYDAY and I still can't remove the stain. He was born with that defect....but he is still beautiful to me :) Is there anything I can buy for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Change foods. Many dogs are allergic to grocery brand dog foods (Iams, Science Diet, Pedigree). All use corn which is NOT digested by any dog. It is used as a filler (a way for the food companies to save $$$). Dog allergies come out differently in dogs than in people. Eye boogers, big smelly bowel movements, itchy skin.

      Switch to canadie, wellness, merrick, solid gold, innova. All these foods are CORN FREE and have human grade meats listed as the 1st ingredient.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can I bathe my 10 week old Boston Terrier puppy 2x a week?
    It's summer now, and he gets smelly fast. I'm using a dog shampoo my vet gave me. What can else can I do to avoid him having itchy skin if i bathe him almost 2x a week?

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not bathe your Boston puppy this often. For the reasons stated by other Yahoo members, it is bad for his skin.

      Your dog should not be getting so smelly so fast. Is he an inside dog? He should be an inside dog as Bostons are not bred to be outside dogs.

      However, you are probably doing potty training, so he is going outdoors a lot. He can be picking up soil and stuff on his paws, so it's OK to wash his paws 2x a day with a warm wet washcloth.

      Bostons with tight tails also tend to get bits of dried fecal matter under their tails. It's OK to clean under his tail every day, but again please just use a wet warm washcloth to spot-clean. (And pat him dry under there, too, especially if the tail is tight to his body and moisture won't air-dry easily.)

      Try to limit the full-blown baths to every 3-4 weeks if you can. I understand sometimes puppies will soil their crates and lay in feces/urine and then you really have no choice but to bathe them. But other than that, bathe your puppy sparingly.

      Good luck! Nothing is more fun (or requires more patience) than a Boston puppy.

  21. QUESTION:
    what does it mean when you have dark yellow/brown discharge?
    i just noticed that i have very dark yellow discharge (like, as in it only started today).

    after a while it dried up and became brown.

    i have never had my period so it can't be like after period discharge.

    does anyone know what this might be?

    thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      The yellow discharge sounds like an infection - could be thrush. You need to see a doctor who will give you tablets to help the infection. If it smells, this confirms it.

      The brown discharge could be your period. Congratulations!! x See your doctor to check this though. Hope you're okay!

      If it turns out to be your period, here is an A-Z of periods to help yourself get ready! x

      Age - you can start your periods at any age between about eight and 20. The average age is 13.
      Bloating - While you're on, you can feel really bloated and heavy. To relieve this, sip plenty of water or eat foods containing loads of fibre, like wholegrains and cereals.
      Chocolate - If you're feeling down in the dumps and having bad period pains, eating a bit of chocolate release chemicals called endorphins into your brain, giving you a happy boost!
      Discharge - This is totally normal and helps to keep your vagina clean and infection-free. The type and amount tends to vary during your cycle. If you're producing a lot at certain times, wear a pantyliner to stay fresh and comfortable. If your discharge is lumpy, smelly or itchy, see your doctor to make sure everything's OK.
      Emotions - Your hormones can go crazy when you're on your period, making you feel vulnerable and teary.
      Flow - This varies during your period, so choose the correct absorbency pad or tampon for the stage you're at. Remember to change these every four to eight hours.
      Gentle exercise - This can relieve cramps and make you less tetchy, so walk the dog or dance around your room if you feel grotty!
      Hormones - these chemical messengers cause body changes.
      Irregular cycle - Keep a diary so you know when to expect your period - but don't panic if they're a bit 'here and there' in the couple of years after you first start. Your cycle can also be affected by stress, so try to stay chilled.
      Jokes - Lads often snigger about "women's trouble" when you're in a bad mood. It's not 'cause they know when you are or aren't on, they're just being immature and silly!
      Kissing - Scientists claim that your face gets better looking during your period. Why not take advantage and flirt with that lad you fancy while you're at your most gorgeous?
      Length - a period lasts between three and eight days. These monthly changes - from the start of one period to the start of your next one - is your menstrual cycle. It usually takes about 28 days to go full circle.
      Moodswings - PMS (pre menstrual syndrome) can strike just before your period, leading to moodswings or even mild depression. The main thing to remember is it will soon pass - in the meantime, try a pamper sesh to lift your spirits.
      Night time sanitary towels - They're extra thick and extra-long to keep you well protected all night.
      Ovulation - This is the name of the process by wich your ovaries release an egg each month.
      Pain - Many girls get mild backache or stomach cramps. For others, it can be a lot worse. Try easing pains with a hot-water bottle, warm bath, relaxation or a mild painkiller. If nothing works, ask your doctor for advice.
      Queasy - If you feel a bit sick at this time, settle your tum with peppermint tea.
      Rehydrate - Dehydration can be a problem at this time, so drink plenty of water to feel at your best.
      Sanitary Protection - Try different kinds to find out what's best for you. Most girls start out with towels and then move on to tampons.
      Tampons - They may seem a bit fiddly and daunting at first, but once you're used to using them they're easy, discreet and convenient.
      Underwear - Some girls feel more secure in big knickers when they're on. But if you're using the right protection for your flow, leakage shouldn't be a problem.
      Vagina - Showeing and bathing is fine during menstruation, but your vagina is delicate, so avoid using harsh or scented soaps when you wash yourself.
      Womb - At the beginning of your cycle, a thick lining forms in your womb. If an egg isn't fertilised - which can't happen unless sex takes place - the body gets rid of it, along with the womb lining. This is your period.
      X-tremely annoying - Yes, periods can be this, but they're a part of being a woman, so keep smiling!
      Yoga - Yoga can be a good way to relax muscle cramps and tension. Why not see if there's a qualified teacher giving classes in your area?
      ZZZZs - Get plenty of sleep 'cause hormonal activity during your cycle can make you tired.

  22. QUESTION:
    Westie keeps dragging her bottom along the ground?
    Our family westie is 12yrs old, she keeps dragging her bottom along the floor and even outside on the tarmac. Its caused the fur on her bottom and tail to dissappear, its all pink and looks sore. Does anyone know what is wrong with her and how to deal with it? Or is it a matter for the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Westie's butt dragging is an indication of irritations in the area near the rectum. Dogs can’t reach around and scratch their behinds and it is not easy for chew or lick that area either. Instead, scooting is a way for dogs to alleviate their itchy or painful rear ends. Additionally, scooting is a way to get rid of irritants such as dirt or fecal matter that may be stuck there.

      The most common cause of the scooting behavior is irritated anal sacs, the smelly little sacs of fluid located on either side of your dog’s anus. All dogs and cats have two anal sacs located just under the skin below the anus at the 4 and 8 o’clock positions. The sacs are small little pouches that secrete a thin, yellow-to-brown, smelly material that is automatically discharged onto your pet’s feces as it defecates. The scent it applies to stools is a calling card for your pet and communicates information to other animals. Normally, the sacs are barely visible, soft and compressible. If the sacs appear swollen and noticeably large, your pet has a problem.

      If your pet is scooting frequently, you should take him to the vet for examination. You vet may need to manually express the sacs and if the sacs are infected, he may need to apply an antibiotic after they are emptied.

  23. QUESTION:
    If a dog gets frequent yeast infections could it be something serious?
    Where can I go online to get more information?

    • ANSWER:
      MALESSEZIA DERMATITIS
      (Yeast Infection of the Skin)

      WHY SUSPECT YEAST?

      Yeast infections are especially itchy, crusty, and smelly. Often a dog starts with a rash or with simple itching but the skin thickens to an "elephant" skin appearance. The itch is extreme and the odour can be especially troublesome. Parts of the body or the entire body can be affected. Mostly dogs are affected but cats can get yeast infections as well. Yeasts are the spore-like forms of fungi; Malessezia dermatitis is a fungal infection of the skin.

      WHERE WOULD A DOG GET A YEAST INFECTION?

      Yeast happily live on most normal skin and in ears and anal glands. To get a yeast infection, conditions on the skin surface have to change to favour the proliferation of the yeasts. The yeasts in small normal numbers are harmless but when the yeasts are present in large numbers, disease results.

      So what conditions lead to a yeast proliferation? An increase in skin oils (which often occurs in an allergic flare up) would be the most common situation. Sometimes there is an immune deficiency which allows the yeast proliferation. Some animals are battling seborrhoea (excessive oil production of the skin) and thus are naturally predisposed to the yeast proliferation. Some animals are actually allergic to the yeasts themselves. The most important thing to realize is that yeast infections are not contagious but they tend to recur unless the underlying allergy, seborrhoea, or whatever problem is controlled.

      The following breeds are predisposed genetically to yeast infections: the West Highland White Terrier, Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, Silky Terrier, Australian Terrier, Maltese, Chihuahua, Poodle, Shetland Sheepdog, Lhasa Apso, and the Dachshund.

      HOW IS THIS CONFIRMED?

      There are several testing methods to confirm the overgrowth of yeasts:

      Impression smear (pressing a microscope slide on the skin to collect yeast organisms)

      Scotch tape sampling (pressing a piece of clear tape to the skin to collect yeast organisms)

      Skin scraping with a blade (scraping the skin with a blade to collect yeast organisms)

      Cotton swab (rubbing a moistened Q-tip on the skin to collect yeast organisms)

      Skin Biopsy (removing a small plug of skin with a biopsy punch with a local anesthetic. This is the most invasive choice but provides substantially more diagnostic information)
      Very few yeasts need to be seen under the microscope to confirm yeast infection.

      HOW DO WE GET RID OF IT?

      Treatment can be topical, oral, or both. Topical treatment alone is not usually adequate but, since oral medications are expensive, often topical management alone is attempted first, especially if the pet is small enough for convenient frequent bathing or if only a small body area is involved.

      Shampoos: While degreasing shampoos such as the benzoyl peroxide (oxydex®, pyoben®) and sulfur/salicylate (sebolyte®, sebolux®) shampoos will help remove the skin oils feeding the yeast, there are shampoos that are specifically anti-yeast. We prefer the 4% Chlorhexidine shampoo called Chlorhexiderm Max as it both strips skin oil and kills yeast; however, other anti-yeast products include Selsun Blue, Miconazole shampoo, Nizoral shampoo, and more. The pet must be bathed twice a week to start and the shampoo requires a 15 minute contact time (meaning do not rinse the lather for 15 minutes).

      Spot Treatments:

      If only a small area is involved, it is probably not necessary to bathe the entire animal. Special acetic acid wipes can be used to cleanse the affected area. Mixtures of vinegar and water can be used but the pet will develop a distinct vinegar odour.

      Oral therapy: Ketoconazole (Nizoral®) rules when it comes to oral therapy. Typically a several week treatment is needed and there are numerous protocols involving different dosing schedules. Higher doses tend to be needed if recurrence is a problem. The extreme itch usually resolves within one week. This medication is expensive, especially in larger dogs, but often there is no way around its use.

      Treatment of the Underlying cause: It is important to realize that yeast overgrowth occurs in response to a primary problem be it allergy, seborrhoea or something else. If the underlying problem is not controlled, yeast dermatitis is likely to periodically recur.

      Veterinary Partner
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      What is Malassezia dermatitis?

      Malassezia pachydermatitis is a common yeast organism that is found on normal and abnormal canine skin and ears. On normal healthy skin it causes no problems, but when the environment of the skin is altered for any one of many reasons, Malassezia can cause severe dermatitis or otitis (inflammation of the skin or ears respectively). Some of the factors that can lead to Malassezia dermatitis include moisture (as in dogs with skin folds or floppy ears with narrow ear canals), excessive waxy or scaly build-up (as in seborrhea), and allergic and bacterial skin disease.

      Not only is Malassezia a secondary cause of dermatitis in any dog with one of these predisposing conditions, but it may be the primary or initiating cause of skin problems in certain breeds of dogs. This may be related to an alteration in immune response to the yeast.

      Malassezia pachydermatitis is also known as Malassezia canis, Pityrosporum pachydermatitis, P. canis.

      How is Malassezia dermatitis inherited?

      Unknown

      What breeds are affected by Malassezia dermatitis?

      Malassezia can be a complicating factor in a dog of any breed with a skin condition, but dogs of the following breeds have a higher risk of Malassezia dermatitis or otitis: American cocker spaniel, basset hound, dachshund, English setter, poodle, Shetland Sheepdog, Shih Ezu, and many Terrier breeds including the West Highland White, Australian, Jack Russell, Maltese, and Silky.

      For many breeds and many disorders, the studies to determine the mode of inheritance or the frequency in the breed have not been carried out, or are inconclusive. We have listed breeds for which there is a consensus among those investigating in this field and among veterinary practitioners, that the condition is significant in this breed.

      What does Malassezia dermatitis mean to your dog & you?

      Malassezia ear and/or skin infections are extremely itchy. The problem may be confined to certain regions - generally the ears, lips, muzzle, inner thighs, or feet - and your dog may chew its feet or scratch in a frenzied manner at the muzzle or ears with its front paws. With ear infection there is often head shaking, pain if the ear is touched, and a waxy discharge. Dogs with more generalized Malassezia dermatitis have reddened, itchy, crusty skin, and are often greasy, scaly and smelly.

      Malassezia dermatitis often starts in the summer, corresponding to an increase in humidity and to allergy season, and persists over the winter.

      How is Malassezia dermatitis diagnosed?

      About 50% of dogs with this condition have an underlying problem, especially seborrhea, allergies, or a bacterial skin infection. Dogs with these conditions generally all have greasy, crusty, smelly skin but where there is Malassezia infection, there is also extreme itchiness.

      It is essential to sort out whether the Malassezia is the primary problem or is occurring secondary to another condition that can be treated. In either case the yeast infection must be cleared up, and then your veterinarian will look for an underlying cause. If none can be found, and the yeast infection quickly recurs, this suggests that the Malassezia is the primary problem.

      For the veterinarian: There are many differential diagnoses for this condition and most of them can also be associated with or can trigger Malassezia infection. This can make diagnosis perplexing. Malassezia-associated dermatitis should be considered in any persistent scaly, seborrheic, pruritic dermatitis where other differentials have been ruled out and there is a lack of response to treatment.

      Cytologic examination is a useful and readily available diagnostic tool. Samples are collected by vigorous rubbing of a cotton swab on affected skin, superficial skin scrapings or pressing a slide onto the skin. These samples should be heat-fixed, stained (NMB or Diff-Quik), and examined for numerous round or oval, budding yeast-like cells.

      Skin biopsies may also demonstrate the presence of the yeast. Culture is not a reliable way to identify a Malassezia infection.

      How is Malassezia dermatitis treated?

      This condition is treated with anti-fungal drugs and medicated shampoos. The itchiness usually subsides within a week, and the skin lesions within a few more weeks. Your dog must continue taking the drug for another week or so beyond that.

      Commonly there is recurrence of the yeast infection, although the frequency may be reduced if an underlying cause can be identified and treated or managed. Sometimes maintenance treatment is required to prevent frequent yeast infections. This may involve weekly medicated baths and your dog taking antifungal drugs once or twice a week. Your veterinarian will work with you to determine how your dog's skin condition can best be kept under control.

      Breeding advice

      Although little is known about the inheritance of this condition, it is preferable not to use dogs with severe or recurring yeast infections for breeding.

      For more information about this disorder, please see your Vet.

  24. QUESTION:
    What can I expect if uncle farty moves in bringing his four kids three cats one old dog and a snake with fleas?

    • ANSWER:
      A very unpleasant and itchy atmosphere... not to mention smelly.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are hot spots on dogs?
    I just saw a reddish brownish scab looking thing inside my dogs ear and I think its a hot spot but then again Im not really sure what it is. Do you know what the the cause of this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot spots are (pyotraumatic dermititis) surface skin infections possibly caused from allergies, ear infections, fleas, thick undercoat of dead hair .. itchy to the dog. Circular patch that loses hair - could be swollen - could be smelly ... but definitely itchy to the dog.

      The vet will be able to make a proper diagnosis.

      http://www.canismajor.com/dog/hotspots.html

  26. QUESTION:
    Dog has really itchy skin, what do I do?
    The dog doesnt and hasn't had fleas and he is wormed up to date, but some how he has really itchy smelly skin, he is 7 year old and he is a jack Russell

    • ANSWER:
      My one dog has allergies and always breaks out on his tummy. My vet prescribed some great medicine and it goes away. Take him to he vet it sound like allergies.

  27. QUESTION:
    I have a 5 year old Dachshund with flaking skin. Her coat is soft and shiny. Ideas?
    She had a skin infection that required antibiotics to cure, about a year ago. I've given her sulphur shampoos but the dandruff is still there. She's itchy also.
    She eats Purina One-Lamb and Rice with occasional "treats" (Snausages, etc.). I don't add oil to her diet since it resulted in diarea when I did.
    Note, the sulphur shampoo was given with the thought that it would cure the problem; it is not used as a regular shampoo.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like she has plenty of protein in her coat to make it soft and shiny. I would suggest trying an iodine rinse, its a bit smelly but it works great, or other brands on antiseptic shampoo like Malaseb (Not to be confused with Malaban!), otherwise it could be her diet, alot of dogs react badly to beef and pork and this can really show through their skin. Look at her diet, stay away from canned or cooked foods, raw fresh meat (like chicken, lamb and roo) is the best way to keep your dog happy and healthy.

      Hope this helps! :)

  28. QUESTION:
    I have a shi tzu with terrible itchy ears: what to do?
    We have tried everything to alleve her constant itching...from over the counter to vet medications...from a cleaning solution and a drying solution nothing seems to help...her ears smell something terrible. I have tried cleaning them and all of this smelly substance comes out and it seems that it attaches itself to the hair in her ears. What can we do? (No matter how much they're cleaned, it is still there)

    • ANSWER:
      Shitzu's like many small dogs (I have a Bichonpoo) have a tendency to grow hair inside their ears. This hair can get rather lengthy and entangle itself around inner ear structures. Every 4 to 6 weeks you need to have your vet or groomer, pluck this hair from the ear. It won't hurt them it is dead follicles. If you do this religiously and in between clean your dogs ears with an ear wash and a little cotton ball 3 to 4 times a week the problems should clear up. My pup had the same problem until I got her on a regular ear-care routine. The hair growing in their ear harbors yeast causing yeast infections.

  29. QUESTION:
    I just bought Frontline Plus for Dogs, my dogs are within the weight guidelines and still scratching?
    I have just applied their second treatment a few hours ago. I applied the first treatment last month (actually 26 days ago). Will they stop itching? Is there something better than Frontline? I just don't understand, I thought the itching would stop????????

    • ANSWER:
      It may be flea allergy dermatitis...many dogs are allergic to flea bites and become very itchy, my friends dog had the same problem and continued scratching after the fleas were gone simply because he kept scratching and irritating the area, It took a while but it cleared up...a good bath with a medicated shampoo such as Tar-riffic, helped to relieve his itch and he has stopped now. She was also using a flea medication like frontline which killed the fleas but her dog was still itchy...Like I said give it time and discourage them from scratching and maybe give a good bath, or add some cod liver oil to thier food to help moisturize thier skin.

      What Is Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
      Flea Allergy Dermatitis Medical terms: Dermatitis, Miliary dermatitis, Hot spots, Atopy, Pyodermatitis, Alopecia, Eosinophilic plaque.
      Flea allergy dermatitis is a skin disease (dermatitis) caused by your pet’s allergic reaction to fleas. Derm means skin, and “itis” means inflammation, so your pet will have inflamed skin. Inflamed skin is hot, red, and itchy. Often the skin becomes smelly because yeast and bacteria grow well on unhealthy, inflamed skin. When your pet scratches the bacteria are rubbed deep into the skin and hot spots develop. Hot spots are just infected sores.
      Pets with flea allergic dermatitis are so sensitive they can develop hot spots if bitten just twice a month by fleas. Your pet is having an allergic reaction to flea saliva, feces and exoskeleton.

      How Common is Flea Allergy Dermatitis?
      About one in five visits to a veterinary office is for skin problems, and flea allergy dermatitis is often the culprit. In fact, fleas cause more dermatitis than any other insect. While food allergies are the most common cause of year-round itching, fleas are the most common cause of seasonal itching.

  30. QUESTION:
    Dog is shaking its head like something is in its ear?
    She's ok now, but just earlier was going mad shaking her head, scratching her right ear and rubbing it on the carpet, I mixed up some flea and water in a spray bottel, weak mix, and sprayed her ear with it, seems to have worked but what the heck happened? a flea in her ear? I've never seen that before.
    no discharge, no infection , no ticks, and shes now asleep. seriously just jumped up and started going at her right ear like anything would if it had something in it, she's booked into the vet next sunday, so i'll get it checked then, and she's a staffy, 2 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I would not spray anything in your dogs ear. ever. She might have just had an itchy ear, or she may have an ear infection, especially if there is a lot of brown, smelly wax discharge. Call your veterinarian.

  31. QUESTION:
    My dog get extremely itchy after baths that he breaks the skin. What can I do?
    My dog is a Goolden Retirever and I love him so much. Any time he gets a bath he starts to scratch and breaks the skin. I try not to give him baths becuase I dont like to see him scratch so much. He only gets a bath 1 a month or less. I try and wait until he is to smelly for me to handle. :) I have tried hypo. allergenic shampoo's, tea tree, oatmeal and puppy shampoo, but he still gets very itchy. If you have any ideas please let me know or what it could be? I will be taking him to the vet soon. :)

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I would think of is the shampoo, but you have used some good ones. Next are you sure you are rinsing really, really good? Do you use conditioner? Sounds like dry skin, if not allergy to the shampoo. Ask your vet, when you go.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can I bathe my dog once a week?
    My chihuahua sometimes get smelly and itchy can I bathe her once a week?

    • ANSWER:
      Both the above answers are wrong. It isn't something that is necessary to do weekly, and if you do bathe weekly and use a good dog shampoo it will not dry out the skin.
      I would be more concerned about why the dog is itchy and smelly. That isn't normal for Chis or any other dog unless they are playing in the dirt.
      I have clients at my grooming shoppe that have standard weekly appointments and their dogs coats are beautiful. Until you can get to the bottom of why she is itchy and smelly, get a good oatmeal based dog shampoo at a Pet shop or at a groomers if they sell shampoos and go ahead and use it weekly. Make sure to rinse thoroughly and get her good and dry before allowing her to go outside.
      Check her food and see if it contains and corn, wheat, soy, by-products or chicken. If so try switching to one that doesn't contain these ingredients, including any treats that you use, and see if it helps stop the itching. Anal glands can cause a dog to smell bad if they are impacted so you might check and see if that is the case too. Wear gloves when emptying them as the stuff in there really stinks.

  33. QUESTION:
    Smelly itchy dog ... Any suggestions to help him? All I can do is put a jumper on him?
    My Maltese silky Schnauzer constantly scratches and has an odor to go with it. He is so bad he bleeds and that doesn't stop him. I have spent a fortune at vets and pet shops nothing works any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      suggest to the vet the critter might have skin bugs,parasites,or fungus infection,,maybe buy a microscope
      with good power,thin glass slides,cover slips,sodium hydroxide (KOH),a glass eye dropper,heat the KOH in a teaspoon,,put a drop on the big slide,(just a wee bit of skin sample) take skin scrapings from
      doggywoggie,cover it with a thinner glass slip,let sit & dry for 45 minutes,look @ this under the scope,till you see the bugs w stickly heads, asparagus like branches of the fungus,(on line are pics of a hundred varieties)
      sometimes human and animal medical care is careless,means this is a do it yourself project

  34. QUESTION:
    Does chicken make your dog fart?
    I know my dog tend to fart after eating chicken, but I was wondering if this was common or just specific to her.

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the breed and what she's eating - it might be tougher to digest for her - or just a coincidence. Cooked chicken is actually a very easy to digest food - if your dog has allergies to it - some dogs do - then she might pass gas or be itchy - or burp - but it might be more of the grain that is making her pass gas (meat sources are naturally what dogs eat, and grain is not - so it's the grain in the dog food that makes dogs pass gas and burp and has smelly poo).

  35. QUESTION:
    I need medical advice for my jack russel terrior?
    She has a bloody nose out of her right side and her right eye is slightly swollen and developing a third eye lid. She also has a lump between her eyes. Went to the vet and shes been on anti biotics for two weeks with no improvement, Any suggestions. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jeff

      Here is a remedy I recommend to use.

      Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs
      Updated: January 25, 2008 9:45 PM EST

      Every home with dogs should have apple cider vinegar. It's a remedy with multiple uses for dogs: alleviating allergies, arthritis, establishing correct pH balance. You can also give apple cider vinegar to cats and horses.

      As written in an excellent, 1997 article by Wendy Volhard:

      "...If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, the application of ACV may change things around. For poor appetite, use it in the food - 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or beginning hot spots, put ACV into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in 24 hours and will save you having to shave the dog. If the skin is already broken, dilute ACV with an equal amount of water and spray on.

      Taken internally, ACV is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. To check your dog's pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog's urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 - 6.5, your dog's system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline, and ACV will re-establish the correct balance.

      If you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use ACV in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.

      After your weekly grooming sessions, use a few drops in his or her ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Other uses for ACV are the prevention of muscle weakness, cramps, feeling the cold, calluses on elbows and hock joints, constipation, bruising too easily, pimples on skin surfaces, twitching of facial muscles, sore joints, arthritis and pus in the urine. There are also reports that it is useful in the prevention of bladder and kidney stones.

      Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc., are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out. Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo -- one that you would use on your own hair -- rinse thoroughly, and then sponge on ACV diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the ACV rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some ACV in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home, and when you get back. Take some with you and keep it in the car, just in case you need it any time. Obviously for major infestations, more drastic measures are necessary. ACV normalizes the pH levels of the skin, makes your dog unpalatable to even the nastiest of bacteria and you have a dog that smells like a salad, a small price to pay! "

      Testimonial

      Carolyn, from Gallon Jug, Belize writes: "I use a few drops of ACV solution (1 part ACV, 1 part water, 1 part rubbing alcohol) applied with an eyedropper in my dog's ears after a bath. It cleared up her dark ear discharge completely. We use it on ourselves as well since ear fungus is common in this humid part of the world."

      Best of health to you

  36. QUESTION:
    How often should i bathe my 4 month old chihuahua?
    The vet told me every week
    Wednesday
    Soo i do
    Is this healthy

    • ANSWER:
      No, it isn't. Twice a month is the limit; once a month is preferable. Bathing so frequently tends to dry out the skin, making him itchy and uncomfortable. Removing his coat's natural, healthy oils so often can also send the oil-producing glands into overdrive to make up for it, so you end up with a smellier, more oily dog than you began with.

      When you do bathe him, make sure you're using a gentle shampoo formulated for puppies. I'm partial to the "earthbath" brand, available at any pet store. It's very gentle, has a rather cherry-like smell and cannot harm the environment in any way.

      To keep your Chihuahua's coat healthy between baths, make sure you're feeding a quality diet. Avoid lousy brand such as Science Diet, Purina, Iams, Nutro or Eukanuba. Also, brush him frequently to remove dead hair and other debris. If he gets a little dirty, just clean him up with unscented baby wipes or scented wipes made for dogs. (earthbath makes these, too.)

  37. QUESTION:
    Are my two pomeranian's hair losses connected?
    I have three dogs in my home, two Poms and one spitz. My oldest Pom (5 years old) had started loosing his coat since October, his skin is itchy and very flaky and smelly, and he is always scratching and chewing himself. Just a few days ago we noticed that my younger Pom (1 years old) is also started to loose his coat, he is itching and chewing on himself as well but his skin doesn't seem very dry and doesn't have a yeast smell at all. He is also not so "obsessed" about getting his back scratched unlike my older Pom. They don't show any signs of fleas as I have brushed them and parted their fur to look at their skin many times. My spitz doesn't seem to be showing any signs of itchiness or coat loss at all.
    I taken the older Pom to the vets twice, none of them know what it is, and the medicines only work for so long until they are useless.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Mange mites and if it is the contagious one, you could end up with it too along with your Spitz. Get that dog to the vet for a skin scraping as soon as possible.
      While there, if the scraping doesn't show mange, ask for a thyroid panel which is the second most common reason for what you are seeing, especially the dry flaky skin.
      Whatever, this dog should have been to the vets a long time ago.,

  38. QUESTION:
    What are Chinese Medicine's theories on homosexuality?
    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, what causes homosexuality? How do they go about treating it? What are there views on it?
    Please paste links with your comments if information is from a website.
    I heard it was a result of yang deficiency and something about the kidneys and loss of jing from this website, but now I can't find that website!
    Please note: I am not against homosexuality, it is just that I am interested in learning about the TCM view of it.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Confusious say:

      He who fishes in another man's well often catche crabs

      Man who lie down with dog get fleas

      Man who stick dick in peanut butter jar is f..king nuts

      Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day

      Man who go to bed with itchy butt wake with smelly finger

      Man who sleep with sex problem wake up with solution in hand

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there a scent you can get for smelly dogs? UK?
    Even if I bathe the dog, he still has that doggy smell.

    • ANSWER:
      We had a friend's little lab to stay for a few months and he STANK! She never seemed to notice it, even when she was working in a room with him in there with her and the door shut. We changed his food to an Oscar pet foods dry mix (can't remember which one, but the lady was really helpful and knew exactly which would work) and he stopped smelling within a week. None of our other 5 dogs smell at all, so it was really odd that this one smelt so bad. The key difference in the new feed was, I think, no fish. Even in meaty feeds or plain old chicken and rice, there's still fish content, and this was reacting with something in his coat or skin. With reference to another answer on this page it could be overactive anal glands (sounds gross, but quite common) but we have a dog with this and apart from being permanently itchy he doesn't actually smell.

      Hope this helps!

      p.s. is he prone to being a little overweight? This can cause smell problems too.

  40. QUESTION:
    Our samoyed has mange mites, the vet gave us cordizone+anitbiotic -but it's not working, any suggestions?
    He is raw on his belly, elbows, and tail and has lost a lot of fur, there has to be alternatives...
    We have read also about shots that can be given and baths, are these just alternative treatments or do they apply only to certain types of dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Cortisone is a great anti-inflammatory, and an antibiotic will of course kill the bacteria overgrowth in the itchy, inflamed skin. But neither of those will kill mites.
      Treatment depends on the type of mite. From the description you gave, it sounds like 'scabies', or sarcoptic mange. The sarcoptes mite tends to cause intense pruritis (itchiness). This mite is contagious to other dogs. The treatment our vet uses is Revolution, the topical flea/tick/heartworm preventative. First, the dog must have a recent heartworm check and of course be negative. Then, she prescribes one dose of Revolution every two weeks for 3 treatments. This kills the mites. If for some reason this can't be used, there are lime-sulfur dips that will work (but are very smelly!).

      If the mite is demodex (demodicosis or demodectic mange), which is not contagious and usually not very itchy, then the usual treatment is ivermectin given orally once daily. The treatment is continued until the dog has two negative skin scrapings, one month apart (in our clinic, other clinics have different protocols). However, many breeds (normally herding breeds, such as collies, shelties, etc. and mixes of those breeds) have a deadly sensitivity to ivermectin. A simple DNA test from Washington State University will check to see if a dog has the gene mutation or not. If not, ivermectin is safe. If it does have the mutation, the next step would be Mitaban dip.

      I would return to (or call) your vet and be certain of the diagnosis, or get a second opinion from another vet.

      Please check the links below. The last 2 will probably tell you more than you ever wanted to know, but are from an excellent, reputable site.

      Good luck with your poor pup!

  41. QUESTION:
    My dog has really bad itchy butt and cries while itching it.?
    A couple weeks ago my Boston terrier started itching her butt, and it has only gotten worse. She now cries while she itches it and seems like she itches all over. No Fleas.

    • ANSWER:
      The dog's anal glands need to be expressed (squeezed) to get rid of the you in them.

      http://www.raisingspot.com/health-care/dog-anal-gland

      The anal glands are small glands that sit on each side of the rectum and are filled with a thick smelly discharge. They are normally expressed naturally as pets have bowel movements. A small amount of the anal gland discharge is released with the bowel movement allowing pets to "mark territory".

      These glands can become clogged in some pets causing problems. When they become clogged, pets may lick their rectums or "scoot" their bottoms on the floor in an effort to relieve the discomfort.

      Many groomers routinely express the anal glands when pets are bathed and groomed. Some pet's owners also attempt to do this procedure at home.

      There are two basic ways to express the anal glands – exteriorly and interiorly. The interior method is generally what your veterinarian does at which time they put on a glove, insert a finger into the dogs rectum at which time they can feel the gland between the anal wall and their finger.
      This allows them to fully feel and express the gland. The exterior method allows you to express the glands from the outside. To do this, you basically pinch the rectum closed trying to squeeze the glands as you do it.

      Papaw

  42. QUESTION:
    my boxer/pit bull mix has been constantly licking and biting his 2 right feet the past 2 days
    Anyone have any idea what is causing this? his back foot is so tender he can't balance himself well on it. No visible injuries, cracks, etc. No ticks or anything of that nature between toes.
    He is already getting benadryl daily for allergies as well as brewers yeast with garlic daily
    The daily meds he is on are vet recommendations. Just had him at the vet Friday morning to get capstar and vet said just keep an eye on the licking and biting til Monday

    • ANSWER:
      he probably has hot spots - superficial pyoderma, a skin infection known to veterinarians as pyotraumatic dermatitis and to dog owners as hot spots. Hot spots are surface skin infections caused when populations of normal skin bacteria grow and overwhelm normal resistance. They are generally circular patches that lose hair, can be swollen, may exude a smelly pus, and can be painfully itchy, causing the dog to scratch, lick, or bite to the point of self-mutilation. Untreated hot spots can spread and provoke a normally even-tempered dog to growl or nip when touched.
      Bottom line - take him to the vet.

  43. QUESTION:
    How should I talk to my um... mom about my first period...? >___< Sorry if it's personal.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey hunnie, stop worrying! =]. If your mom has been telling you about periods, than I think she really wants to know when you have started. I don't think you should tell her until you have your second period, which should be in about 28 days (count the days from the day your period starts). So if you started your period today, then tomorrow will be 27 days, then 26 etc etc. Don't worry if it comes a bit late or early, your body is just adjusting to womanhood =]. But when you get your second period, I think that's the time to tell her (then you know for sure that it's your period). Just say something like, 'Ive started my period and I need someone to talk to." - that should do the trick!
      And if you want help now, here's a A-Z of periods..

      Age - you can start your periods at any age between about eight and 20. The average age is 13.
      Bloating - While you're on, you can feel really bloated and heavy. To relieve this, sip plenty of water or eat foods containing loads of fibre, like wholegrains and cereals.
      Chocolate - If you're feeling down in the dumps and having bad period pains, eating a bit of chocolate release chemicals called endorphins into your brain, giving you a happy boost!
      Discharge - This is totally normal and helps to keep your vagina clean and infection-free. The type and amount tends to vary during your cycle. If you're producing a lot at certain times, wear a pantyliner to stay fresh and comfortable. If your discharge is lumpy, smelly or itchy, see your doctor to make sure everything's OK.
      Emotions - Your hormones can go crazy when you're on your period, making you feel vulnerable and teary.
      Flow - This varies during your period, so choose the correct absorbency pad or tampon for the stage you're at. Remember to change these every four to eight hours.
      Gentle exercise - This can relieve cramps and make you less tetchy, so walk the dog or dance around your room if you feel grotty!
      Hormones - these chemical messengers cause body changes.
      Irregular cycle - Keep a diary so you know when to expect your period - but don't panic if they're a bit 'here and there' in the couple of years after you first start. Your cycle can also be affected by stress, so try to stay chilled.
      Jokes - Lads often snigger about "women's trouble" when you're in a bad mood. It's not 'cause they know when you are or aren't on, they're just being immature and silly!
      Kissing - Scientists claim that your face gets better looking during your period. Why not take advantage and flirt with that lad you fancy while you're at your most gorgeous?
      Length - a period lasts between three and eight days. These monthly changes - from the start of one period to the start of your next one - is your menstrual cycle. It usually takes about 28 days to go full circle.
      Moodswings - PMS (pre menstrual syndrome) can strike just before your period, leading to moodswings or even mild depression. The main thing to remember is it will soon pass - in the meantime, try a pamper sesh to lift your spirits.
      Night time sanitary towels - They're extra thick and extra-long to keep you well protected all night.
      Ovulation - This is the name of the process by wich your ovaries release an egg each month.
      Pain - Many girls get mild backache or stomach cramps. For others, it can be a lot worse. Try easing pains with a hot-water bottle, warm bath, relaxation or a mild painkiller. If nothing works, ask your doctor for advice.
      Queasy - If you feel a bit sick at this time, settle your tum with peppermint tea.
      Rehydrate - Dehydration can be a problem at this time, so drink plenty of water to feel at your best.
      Sanitary Protection - Try different kinds to find out what's best for you. Most girls start out with towels and then move on to tampons.
      Tampons - They may seem a bit fiddly and daunting at first, but once you're used to using them they're easy, discreet and convenient.
      Underwear - Some girls feel more secure in big knickers when they're on. But if you're using the right protection for your flow, leakage shouldn't be a problem.
      Vagina - Showeing and bathing is fine during menstruation, but your vagina is delicate, so avoid using harsh or scented soaps when you wash yourself.
      Womb - At the beginning of your cycle, a thick lining forms in your womb. If an egg isn't fertilised - which can't happen unless sex takes place - the body gets rid of it, along with the womb lining. This is your period.
      X-tremely annoying - Yes, periods can be this, but they're a part of being a woman, so keep smiling!
      Yoga - Yoga can be a good way to relax muscle cramps and tension. Why not see if there's a qualified teacher giving classes in your area?
      ZZZZs - Get plenty of sleep 'cause hormonal activity during your cycle can make you tired.

      Sorry for the long answer, but hope I helped! =] x

  44. QUESTION:
    my German Sheperd dog doesn't want to gain weight. I feed him with beef meat. What is the problem?
    I have a 3yrs old German Sheperd. He has declined weight for the past 5mths or so. I took him to the vet and he said he stressed up. I feed him with beef meat and bones.
    His back bones, ribs and all his skeleton can be seen. He is very active and is always on the look out. someone please help me

    • ANSWER:
      The answer is obvious:
      Your pooch is burning off more energy than he is taking in.

      So the first question is:
      • How MUCH are you feeding him? And how often?

      In the unlikely event that I'd agree that that is enough for the amount of exercise your pooch gets, the next obvious question is:
      • Is he DIGESTING his food properly?

      Presumably NOT.
      And THAT is usually because his pancreas has been damaged. The pancreas is a powerhouse that produces all the enzymes used in digestion. But all sorts of diseases can kill or atrophy part of it, after which that area's enzyme is no longer produced, or produced in too small amounts. In humans, the most common such is insulin, as needed by diabetics. In dogs, losing the ability to produce lipase (needed to digest fats) is sadly common - if your vet finds that that or some other enzyme, is his problem, you must sprinkle an appropriate amount of that enzyme over EVERY meal from now on. Many owners report that feeding raw pancreas to their pets is helpful.

      But first your vet has to find out whether a pancreas problem IS the cause of the weight loss and, if it is, WHICH enzyme or enzymes is/are now deficient. That requires you to bring in the pooch (for a blood sample) and a fresh stool.
      Some indications of pancreas problems are:
      · dead coat, itchy skin
      · greasy-looking stools
      · VERY smelly stools
      To read about EPI and pancreatitis, in the first group below click Links, then Diseases_&_Disorders, followed by Pancreas.

      There are other possibilities, including cancer in one of his organs (probably liver or kidneys), leaving him not keen on eating. An ultrasound scan will tell the vet whether he needs to check for those.

      You simply do NOT supply enough DETAIL! A fault typical of Y!A's Askers.

      It WOULD have been helpful had you reported his actual WEIGHT and his HEIGHT to the wither vertically above his elbow when he is standing. Many owners think that a GSD should be fat (like too many Labs!) or broad-muscled like a Rottie. No, it should have the lean, hard, wiry condition of a champion marathon runner.

      And there is no such thing as a "German Sheperd dog":
      My breed was developed to HERD sheep in the German boundary patrolling way, so its real name translates as German Shepherd Dog - 3 words in the proper noun, with GSD for short.

      ◙ Add http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source to your browser's Bookmarks or Favorites so that you can easily look up such as rescue groups, feeding, vaccinations, worming, clubs, weights, teething, neutering, disorders, genetics.

      ◙ To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with them. Each group's Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos in your messages.
      Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
      "In GSDs" as of 1967

  45. QUESTION:
    My cat has what looks like dandruff on his skin,any idea what that could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff

      Dandruff: A health cat healthy have a soft skin free from scabs and dandruff. If dandruff is present, it is a possible sign of fleas, tapeworm, allergic dermatitis, or some other ailment. Consult a vet.

      Dogs and cats don't wear blue blazers or black scarves, so dandruff doesn't show up as much as it does on people. But they get it just as often, usually for the same reason: Their skin is a little drier than it should be, and it is flaking off fast enough to become visible in their coats, says Peter S. Sakas, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Niles, Illinois.

      Some pets have dry skin simply because that is how nature made them. Vets call this condition dry seborrhea. "The itching can drive your pet crazy," says Robert Rizzitano, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Los Angeles. Dry skin and dandruff are much more common in the winter, he adds, because indoor heat removes large amounts of moisture from the air. Frequent bathing can also lead to dry skin.

      Dandruff itself isn't a problem, but the dry skin that causes it may be. Pets with dry skin get very itchy. Since dogs and cats don't know when to stop scratching, they may dig in so hard that they will scratch themselves raw, getting skin infections in the process. Allergies, parasites, or infections of any kind can also be a cause of flaky skin.

      Dry skin and dandruff may be a sign that something is wrong in the diet. Dogs and cats need certain nutrients, especially fatty acids, to keep their skin healthy. Most pet foods contain plenty of fatty acids. But some dogs and cats either don't get enough fatty acids or they need more than the usual amounts. This can disturb the skin's normal balance, leading to dry skin and dandruff, Dr. Sakas says.

      A tiny parasite known as walking dandruff can cause large white flakes to appear on the neck and back. It can cause Fur loss as well. All pets can get walking dandruff, but it is most common in puppies.

      It doesn't happen often, but dandruff may be a sign that the thyroid gland is underactive and producing too little hormone, a condition called hypothyroidism. Other symptoms of thyroid disease include Weight gain, thinning fur, and a loss of energy.

      See Your Vet If...

      * Your pet is gaining weight or is lethargic
      * She is losing fur in places
      * She is scratching a lot or developing skin sores
      * Your pet spends a lot of time indoors in the winter
      * Your pet is shedding or scratching more than usual
      * He has scales, bald patches, or a rash
      * He has severe dandruff or dry skin
      * His fur is greasy or smelly even after baths
      * Your pet has broken out in hives and is having trouble breathing
      * He has a bad sunburn
      * There has been a significant change in skin color, or the skin seems loose
      * There is a lump or swelling beneath his skin
      * Your pet has a sore on the skin that won't heal
      * The skin of the lips, abdomen, or rectal area is yellow
      * There are red or purple dots or splotches on his skin

      That being said, my cats get dry flaky skin sometimes, and since they don't have an infection or anything, I use Nova Pearls spray to help moisten their skin and it works pretty well.
      Good luck!!

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do ferrets have bad odor cases?
    Cuase my ferret Phoebe always sinks.even if i take her a GOOD,and im talking about Good bath.

    • ANSWER:
      Well here's a video for you that if it doesn't answer any questions it should at least amuse you.

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=uPS6xc08V_Q

      On the serious side maybe this will help you information wise.

      Deodorizing Your Stinky Pet Ferret
      Curing the Odoriferous Ferret
      By Anarch
      Takeaways
      Ferrets are smarter than dogs and retain a playful attitude even through adulthood.
      Ferrets possess scent glands that give them this musky odor.
      Spaying or neutering your pet will not only help with odor, but will keep your pet healthier too. Ferrets are captivating little pets with their cute faces and comical antics. Said to be smarter than a dog and retaining an almost kitten-like playfulness even through adulthood, they are popular, save for one problem; time and time again, ferret owners find themselves put on the spot or questioned about their odiferous pets. Is there any way of combating this problem or are ferret owners doomed to always have the stinkiest pets? While many ferrets are abandoned, every year, due to issues with their smelling, there is hope yet. In fact, by taking a few simple steps, ferret odor can be practically eliminated, leaving pet owners free to enjoy their little furry friends.
      Belonging to the same zoological family as creatures like skunks, wolverine, mink and badgers, the fact that ferrets can be smelly is an entirely natural thing. Possessing musky scent glands behind their ears and around their anus, ferrets have no idea that their own particular eau de ferret is not what most humans consider the prettiest of scents. Fortunately, most ferrets which are sold in pet stores have been “descented,” removing the glands from around their anus and preventing them from spraying, though the glands behind their ears remain.

      So how do we combat “stinky ferret syndrome?” There are many steps to take that will help eliminate odor. First of all, it will definitely help to cut down on the potency of your pet’s smell rating by ensuring that s/he has been spayed or neutered. When a ferret is ‘fixed,’ they are less inclined to mark their territory or to exhibit many of the traits that a breeding ferret might show. Additionally, spaying and neutering your pet will also improve their health, making them less susceptible to disease, as well as reducing the likelihood that they will exhibit territorial behaviorisms.

      They say that you are what you eat, and ferrets are no exception to this rule. Feeding ferrets a diet that consists of fish-based foods can contribute to your pet’s odor, as well as giving their a coat a sheen that tends to be quite oily in appearance. For best results (and least odor), feed a chicken or meat-based ferret food and avoid vitamins or treats that contain fish oil. Ferrets that are extremely obese, or that are fed a diet that is particularly fatty, can also carry a strong odor. Diet is essential to helping control pet odor.

      Many ferret owners will bathe their pets, to help eliminate excessive odor and, while this can often help to keep your little pet clean, you must still take certain precautions while bathing your ferret. Like a child, always test your water before placing your ferret in for his bath and never leave him unattended in the tub or sink. Furthermore, when bathing your ferret, be sure to use ferret-specific shampoos and conditioners. These will not wash out the natural oils that are present in your pet’s coat. Additionally, you should not bathe your ferret more than once a week; bathing him more extensively will also wash out these natural oils and can lead to dry, itchy skin and dander. In-between bathings, the use of deodorizing sprays and conditioners may help alleviate strong odors, until you can give your fuzzy friend another soak in the tub.

      Water-soluble odor reducers have been found to work well for controlling stinky ferrets, although no ferret will remain odorless for long, if proper steps are not taken to keep his habitat clean as well. Cages should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week, where all bedding is taken out and washed. An excellent suggestion is to purchase two of everything and then alternate them on wash day; cleaned bedding can then be placed into a small plastic tub with an unwrapped bar of scented soap and left until ready to use (the scent of the soap will rub off on the bedding and on your ferret as well, acting as a deodorizer in-between baths.

      In addition to switching the bedding, you should also be cleaning the enclosure with a non-toxic, non-ammonia cleaner (ammonia will mix with your ferret’s urine and make a stronger odor). This should be an easy task as a ferret’s litter box should be emptied twice a day, to prevent him from tracking mess around his cage. The use of odor-reducing ferret litter can be helpful, or many people have found that the newer ‘scoop-able’ kitty litters work well, provided they are dust-free.

      If, after bathing your ferret and cleaning his cage, you still experience an odor, you may try using some sprinkle deodorizers on your carpeting or, even better, move your ferret into a room that does not have a carpeted floor. While somewhat costlier, plasma or minus ion air purifiers also work well to eliminate the odors in the air and, therefore, make for a less-stinky ferret.

      There are many different steps that one can take, in order to keep their ferret smelling good; all it takes is a little bit of time and perseverance. A regular routine will make this chore seem like a breeze and, in no time, you will be amazing your friends, when they discover that you have a beautiful and playful ferret… but without all the rumored bad smell!

  47. QUESTION:
    What CAN'T you use baking soda for?
    It is like the perfect thing. You can use it for cooking, cleaning, it makes your teeth whiter, it keeps your refrigerator smelling fresh and it makes your hair shinier. Is there anything you can't do with baking soda? What else are some tricks you can use with it.

    • ANSWER:
      i really dont think there is anything u cant use it for but here are some more things you can use it for :

      AROUND THE HOUSE
      Smelly Fabrics: That cute shirt that you think you’ve finally smelled out the pits of is not necessarily DOA. Soak those smelly sponges, clothes or cloth diapers in a mix of water and baking soda overnight.

      Smelly Fabrics still in laundry bin: Not planning to tackle that overflowing hamper this week? Sprinkle some baking soda to get you through the week.

      Shoe Desmelling: Sprinkle some in those sneakers regularly to keep smelly foot bacteria at bay.

      Carpet Cleaning: Sprinkle over your rug, and let it sit for an hour. Then vacuum.

      KITCHEN
      Fruit Washing: A bit of baking soda and a sponge helps really clean those fruits and vegetables which have touched lord-knows-what on their route from field to truck to supermarket to you.

      Microwave Cleaning: This is my favorite. Put water, lemon juice and baking soda in a microwave safe bowl and turn on high for 90 seconds.

      Dish cleaning: Water, baking soda and a scouring pad remove the toughest stains. (Liquid dish soap works by greasing up stain molecules until they slide off, but sometimes some good scouring is in order.)

      Refrigerator freshening: An open box in the back of the fridge absorbs all sorts of noxious food odors. Baking soda companies suggest changing the box every three months; we say do it annually.

      Drain Freshening: Every once in a while, something gets caught in the drain, and it reeks! Run warm water and sprinkle baking soda over the drain.

      Fire Fighting: Baking Soda puts out grease and electrical fires. Keep a box within easy reach of your stove, and if necessary, dump it on the flames.

      Coffee Maker Cleaning: Make “coffee” by pouring baking soda and water into the water reservoir, and turning on the pot.

      Emergency Toothpaste, Mouthwash and Deodorant: The morning you wake up and realize that your honey took the only toiletries on that business trip, water and baking soda will get you by for all three.

      Hair Degreaser: Not in the mood for a shower? Sprinkling a bit on your part line will soak up grease, giving you an extra 10 hours or so before your hair starts to gel together.

      Antacid: Out of Tums? Their prime ingredient is sodium bicarbonate–which is baking soda. A half teaspoon in 4 ounces isn’t as yummy as those orange-flavored Tums, but they’ll get the job done.

      Deitching: A pastey mix of baking soda and water calms itchy skin, rashes and insect bites. This is great for pooches, who may lick toxic ointments.

      Shower curtain cleaning: A wet sponge covered in baking soda effectively scrubs off that nasty mildew we referred to last week LINK. Dumping the curtain and baking soda in your washing machine also works.

      Scuff Mark remover: Sneaker or crayon stains on tile or linoleum easily disappear with a sponge and baking soda.

      baking soda makes a great facial scrub

      If your dog pees on the carpet, absorb as much of it as you can, then generously cover the stain in baking soda. Leave it for a couple hours, then sweep or vacuum it up.

      Along with the hair degreaser, you can soak hair brushes and combs in water with baking soda in it to clean them. I usually wait forever to clean them so i soak them first, remove lint, hair, and stuff and then soak them again.

      If your oven or broiler pan gets burnt-on grease spots, spray them with water, sprinkle on baking soda to cover, then spray on more water. Leave it overnight, then just wipe the grease away with a soapy sponge.

  48. QUESTION:
    i got a new dog at the shelter and i would like to know what kind of shampoo is the best to use?
    she is a terrier/pug we give her baths now but she still smalls afterward

    • ANSWER:
      I just adopted a dog from my local shelter. I bought a flea and tick shampoo that has oatmeal in it. She had fleas pretty bad and even after they were gone she still was itchy and smelly. I talked to my vet and they said to get a shampoo w/oatmeal and it has worked great...no more itch or odor!
      Good luck and good for you for adopting from a shelter!!!

  49. QUESTION:
    my dog has itchy smelly skin shes always scratching shes rad and feels sweaty?

    • ANSWER:
      Wash her thoroughly with an anti-tick and flea formula as well as any type of dog washing soap you can find at petco or Walmart. See if this helps. If not, seek out a vet's advice.


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