Home Remedies For Yeast In Dogs Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    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

  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. QUESTION:
    What's your best 'at home vet' tip for treating your dog?
    PLEASE NOTE I am in NO WAY advocating skipping vet care for a sick dog- I am just asking people to share their 'home remedies' for common doggies problems! If you are unsure of what your dog's condition is, SEE YOUR VET. If you have tried-and-true home solutions for doggie medical issues, share them here!

    Here are mine: Zymox solution for recurring ear infections (only treat bacterial or yeast infections, not infections due to mites) and Terramycin for conjunctivitis- both available OTC online.

    My dog battled ear infections FOREVER, we were at the vet's every 2 months or so, and nothing worked, until the Zymox. Conjunctivitis flares up once in a while in another dog, we have found we can clear it up with a tube of Terramycin instead of a + vet trip/antibiotics from them.

    • ANSWER:
      Haven't really needed too many at-home vet techniques (thankfully), but we're probably among that many that use:

      Benadryl for bee stings/insect bites

      Buffered aspirin for minor aches/pains

      Ibuprofin only when advised by Vet

  9. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to get my dogs fur to grow back?
    My son sprayed some orange glow (furniture polish) on my dog and now his fur is falling out and he has a couple of scabs on his skin. Could this be a "chemical burn" or possibly mange? What are some home remedies that I can use to help him grow his fur back? Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as something like that happens to your dog you should immediately give him a bath using soap made for dogs or dish soap (if you have no dog soap). Never use human soap or shampoo, or flea soap.

      I would also take him to the vet to make sure it isn't mange, a skin yeast infection, an allergy, a hot spot, or anything else. Depending on what it is, they vet might give you antibiotics, steroids (in cream or pill form), or an ointment. Or the vet might recommend what you should put on it. They make special antibiotic ointment for dogs that is safe if the dog licks it (although if you can you want to keep your dog from licking the spot so that it can heal). I put plain human triple antibiotic ointment on my dog if he gets a cut or something from hiking. When his ears or nose get dry in the winter I use Bag Balm.

      Finally, I would keep the chemicals locked up where kids and dogs can't get to them.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    The Vet is too expensive right now, I need a way to clean out my dogs ears from home?
    Any home remedies? It is a little infected and red. I cleaned it out with warm water, but any other ideas to clean it out all the way?

    • ANSWER:
      50% white Vinegar
      45% warm water
      5% gentle soap

      Works very well...I have a dog with chronic ear problems due to thyroid condition. It's a side effect of medication. Hope your pup gets better.

      But you have to find out what type of infection he has. This is a generic remedy that makes in inhospitable for bacteria, but won't work on a yeast infection.

  12. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

      good luck hope this helps :)

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I make my dogs ears stop itching ?
    I have a 9 year old lab whose ears really itch him. We be gone to the vet many times, and he doesn't really do much to help. Has anyone had the same problem and been able to fix it somehow? Was there a specific medicine or home remedy that's worked? We ve been using an ear cleaner and then using cotton balls to clean it, but it really doesn't seem to help. I'd really appreciate some help because I feel so bad for him.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I second the recommendation for Zymox. You can get it with or without hydrocortisone. No prescription needed and it's available from larger pet stores. It deals with yeast and bacterial infections.

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy that can be used to treat a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    I know it isn't mites because I have treated him several times and he still scratches at his ear. I've checked for anything unusual such as a tick or an abrasion.

    • ANSWER:
      I researched the internet and found a recipe of water and vinegar 50:50. It didn't work. I went to the vet's to get Ottomax. That works much better. Ask your vet.

  18. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast smell what can I use to get rid of it?
    My dog is a Chow mix and she gets an odor that smells really yeasty, is there any home remedies that can rid her of this odor or any meds? She also get a hot spot every now and then.

    • ANSWER:
      Check her ears, usually the first place. If it is you need to get a vet prescribed ear cleaner and/or medication

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    What do veterinarians typically prescribe for a dog that has a yeast infection in its ears?
    I have heard this is a common problem and a lot of people use a home remedy of vinegar. How bout an over the counter human cream such as miconizole?
    Don't worry 'rm'...this isn't a case of someone not kowing. ;) This is not my dog and the dogs owner is experienced with this 4 or more times over. A home remedy is suitable here.

    • ANSWER:
      my vet prescribed an ear drop but i cant think of the name. it's not that expensive. maybe .

      also an ear wash

      1 cup water
      1 cup alcohol
      1 cup vinegar

      squirt a tsp. for large breeds, 1/2 tsp for small breeds into ear and massage for a second, then let them shake. it loosens that crap in their ears, then you can get a cotton ball to clean it out.

      i use this w/my Catahoula. he gets a yeast at least once a year..he's just prone to it.
      i love the wash, it really helps clear it up after he's done w/the drops.

      edit:
      i also found this site for you

      http://nzymes.com/L_pages/is_it_allergies_or_yeast.htm?gclid=CImlyZeVn5MCFQOIFQodQFP_3g

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

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

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

      Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.

      BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
      Mix two (2) teaspoons of BAKING SODA per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - poor over pet, do not rinse off.

      After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.

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

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

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

  24. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeasty ear infections?
    Does anyone know what home remedies I can use for my Cocker spaniels ear infections? They are yeast infections. Can I use over the counter vaginal yeast cream? I have spent hundreds at the vet (several different ones over the years) and they dont seem to understand that this problem is recurring. I cannot give my dog three ear washed every day, plus steroids year round. I need a good, safe home remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      Have you looked at the dog's diet? Most reoccurring yeast infections are caused from allergies or sensitivities to foods. This includes treats too. Has a thyroid test been done to rule out hypothyroidism? Has a culture been done to rule out secondary bacterial infection? Have you talked to your vet about oral ketoconizole? It's something that has worked on my springer along with a diet change. I've tried the vaginal creme but it didn't work as Canida (human yeast) is different then Malassezia (dog yeast). I use a combination of ketoconizole, hypoallergenic diet, and an acidic based ear wash to keep this in check on my dog. It is a constant battle once the yeast issue turns chronic which is common in many spaniel breeds.

  25. QUESTION:
    how do I clean my dogs ears?
    My vet gave me a solution to put in his ears but when reading the directions it states that a second bottle should be used to rinse and when I call them to get the other solution they say they don't have it. I have gotten 2 different ways to use it from the vet (2 different people) but not sure which way is right. Would really apperciate some home remedy to clean my dogs ears.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not familiar with a 2 step solution process...but if there is a second solution that's involved, I don't understand why your vet office didn't provide that. I have always used an ear solution with some alcohol in the ingredients (found at any Petco or Petsmart store). The alcohol helps keep the ear canal dry. A wet damp ear canal is a breeding ground for bacteria or yeast. After squirting the ear solution in the ear canal, I insert a large cotton ball in the ear and make sure the ear is completely dry. I will squeeze the out ear to bring up any solution that has gone down deep in the ear canal and the cotton ball will absorb it. The key is to make sure the ear is dry...you don't want to leave solution sitting inside the ear. Then, wipe out the outer ear canal to clean any ear wax or debris.

  26. QUESTION:
    My dog's ears stink. Is their anything I can put in them to get rid of the smell?
    My dog doesn't scratch them or act like they hurt. I figure it's probably a bacteria infection. I would just like to try some home remedy first before I spend money at the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a drug store and buy "Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops", just the pharmacist, then put two drops in morrning and 2 drops at night for 3-5 days, and the infection (if not already really infected) should go away, dirt will go away, and then so will the smell. An odor from the ears means infection, which is usually a yeast like infection, but the drops work great without paying a huge vet bill.

  27. QUESTION:
    Is there a home remedy to treat ear mites in dogs?
    will rubbing alcohol help keep the ears dry and therefore get rid of ear miites? I know as a kid I would get swimmers ears and we would treat it with alcohol and it would clear up.

    • ANSWER:
      There are tons of "home remedies" for ear mites. However none of them are effective and most of them will actually create additional problems with the ears. You can buy drops for ear mites in pretty much any pet store or farm supply store. These generally won't cause problems in your dog's ears, however they take FOREVER to work (we're talking months here, especially if your dog has a heavy mite load) and may never kill all of the mites. Plus, ear mites can move out of the ears and live quite happily on your dog's skin for periods of time, moving back into the ears once the irritating/toxic substance (ear mite drops) is gone.

      Do NOT use alcohol in your dog's ears. Alcohol is VERY drying and will cause irritation and damage to your dog's skin. If there are any cuts, even microscopic ones, alcohol will burn like crazy. Besides, ear mites are NOT caused by moisture in the ears. Ear mites are a parasite. Your dog gets them by coming into close contact with another infected animal (could be a dog, cat, even wildlife such as rabbits and squirrels).

      Which brings me to another important point. You really need to take your dog to the vet do properly diagnose the problem. Contrary to popular believe, ear mites are NOT the most common cause of ear discharge and itching. Yeast and bacterial infections are FAR more common than mites. A vet needs to look under a microscope to determine what kind of infection your dog has. Treating the wrong kind of infection not only doesn't help, it can actually make the problem worse. For example, antibiotics for a bacterial infection can actually cause a yeast infection if the dose isn't correct (or if there isn't a bacterial infection to start with).

  28. QUESTION:
    how much apple cider vinegar to use in dogs ears?
    my dog is having ear irriation and i have been reading that apple cider vinegar works best to clean the ears out and kill yeast and bacteria.
    how much of it should i use and how should i put it in her ear?
    will the vinegar burn her or cause her harm in any way?

    also, can i use mineral oil directly after to soothe her ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Put nothing in your dog's ears unless you're prepared to risk making her deaf.
      Why, when you don't know the state of her inner ear would you risk putting anything in there?

      Take the dog to the vet and ask the vet to take a swab so they can identify the problem and prescribe appropriate medication.

      Do NOT use home remedies. It's too dangerous and can cause immense pain as well as deafness. You don't know if the ear drum is perforated.

  29. QUESTION:
    Can you safely give aspirin to an adult dog.?
    Merle is 10yrs old and weighs 100lbs. He has an ear infection. Yeast infection in his left ear. I appreciate any advice or home remedies, and Merle thanks you too.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, dogs can take aspirin. But it should be children's aspirin. Never give a dog Tylenol. I would also ask the vet how many children's aspirin you should give your dog while your there getting the ear infection treated.

  30. QUESTION:
    Any luck with remedies for dog's chronic ear problems?
    I have a Shih Tzu that has had chronic ear problems (yeast) she has been to the vet for this and was prescribed ear ointment and an ear wash. I clean her ears every other day and keep the hair plucked out. The ear ointment didn't seem to help much and what improvement that was there was not long lived. I've been looking up natural home remedies to help her and I was wondering if anyone had any luck with these or another method?

    • ANSWER:
      Take her back to the vet and ask them to do a swab, culture and identification. This means taking a culture from the swab to see which antibiotic is needed to stop all this. Putting a bit of this and that into the aural cavity often just makes for a nice moist place for bacteria to grow. And it will empty your Bank account faster than anything. And it's frustrating getting nowhere.

      It could also be worth looking at his diet. Sometimes these yeast problems can start out from a food allergy. Avoid anything with wheat in it.

      The final remedy would be to have what's called an aural resection done - surgery which involves a small nick under the ear to improve drainage, and air flow.

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    What can I use on my dogs ears?
    My dog has chronic ear infections. The vet gave me the prescribed ear drops and they don't seem to work. Is there an home remedy that I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.dogbiz.com/faq-ear-infections.htm
      This works! Another thing you need to do to keep the infections from coming back, is get you dog on a food with NO corn. Corn feeds yeast and yeast sets up ear and skin infections!
      My Afghans used to get bad ear infections all the time, I started feeding them a mix of raw food and Canidae dry food, treated them with the remedy in the link, no infections for over 7 years now!!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  35. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a home remedy for yeast in a dogs ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Visit your local vet.

  38. QUESTION:
    Are there any good home remedies for ear infections on dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I don't know about the infection itself, but my lab gets ear infections caused from allergies (and yeast infections!). We give her plain yogurt every night, and just your common benadryll, and it seems to help her a lot. A warning on the benadryll, though, it doesn't always work for all dogs, and it might make your doggie drowsy.

  39. QUESTION:
    is there a home remedy for dog and cat mites?
    something to use on both animals or seperate for mites(dogs and cats)? home remedy

    • ANSWER:
      (1) Clean the cat's ears out. The first step toward clearing up an ear mite infestation is to get as many tiny critters (and their belongings) out of the ear canal as possible. Put several drops of mineral oil into the ear canal and massage gently. If the debris is particularly hard and crusty, you may have to let the oil work in for a few hours to soften things up. The massaging will help bring debris up to the outer part of the ear where it can be wiped away with a cotton ball or tissue. (Do not use cotton swabs, even though you may have seen your vet clean a cat's ears that way -- one slip could puncture an eardrum.) If you want to do a thorough cleaning job (and you're courageous enough), you can use lukewarm distilled water in an ear syringe to gently flush out the canal. Repeat the cleaning procedure until the debris is gone.

      (2) Hit the mites while they're down. While the mineral oil immobilizes any mites left behind, it won't kill them all. To do that, you need insecticide eardrops. Reliable products that contain pyrethrins (a natural insecticide found in flowers of the mum family) are widely available at pet supply stores. Follow directions carefully, making sure to massage the drops in well and wipe away any excess.

      (3) Where mites might be. By the time you notice your cat has ear mites, there are literally thousands of the itty-bitty things around. Smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, a single ear mite can crawl out of your cat's ear canal and hide out deep in her fur -- only to crawl back in after all the excitement of treatment is over and repopulate the colony. Therefore, cats with ear mites need regular treatment with flea products to knock out those adventurous mites that go exploring elsewhere on the cat's body.

      If your best home remedies don't knock out ear mites within a month, or the skin in or around the ear becomes raw or inflamed, you need professional help. Likewise, if your cat has itchy ears, shakes her head, flattens her ears, and has discharge from the ear canal -- but no mite debris or there are no live mites to be found -- check with your vet. It could be a yeast or bacterial infection or another type of ear problem.

  40. QUESTION:
    are 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.

    • ANSWER:
      Mix 1-2 drops T36-C5 melaleuca oil + olive oil. When treating ears use a dropper and massage the ears after medicating them. Be careful of the animal shaking it's head. Do no put the dropper inside the ear. Apply a slightly warm mixture twice a day until alleviated. swab excess along the flap of the ear with cotton ball. You can use this once a week after the infection is gone to prevent it from coming back.

  41. QUESTION:
    i have a dog (boxer) and i was wondering if u no any ways to cure his ear ache(besides the vets) ???
    he also has a sore throat, do you have any home remedies for my dogs(boxer) sore throat, also!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      He might have a sore throat from the ear infection...Ever heard of a Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor?

      You don't wanna play around with home remedies unless you really know your stuff. Get him to the vet, more than likely it's a yeast infection. Talk to the vet to find out what caused it. Some breeds are more prone to ear infections then others. Or, your dog could be like mine and might Atopic Dermatitis (like dry skin) if that's the case, you get secondary conditions like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infection.

      Once you find the cause, be pro-active. Clean your dog's ears once a week with ear wash. In my case I also had to change my dogs food (no wheat, corn, soy or milk) and I add an Omega 3 fatty acid supplement for her coat.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of fleas & their eggs from inside my house?

    • ANSWER:
      Removal of fleas:

      Having your carpets professionally cleaned WILL NOT get rid of the fleas, unless they use something that is meant to kill fleas. However, it will remove much of the eggs, larvae and the food that the larvae feeds on, so it can be useful in conjunction with other methods. Remember that carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture are the prime places for depositing flea eggs. Some people have success ridding their home of fleas by removing their carpets and replacing with linoleum or hardwood floors. This may not be a feasible option for everyone, though.

      RETURN

      (Natural methods)

      These tend to be of the "folk-remedy" type. Some people swear by them, others do not get any results. Some are actually toxic. They tend to work better at keeping fleas away rather than killing or eliminating present infestations.

      1) You can buy cedar shampoo, cedar oil and cedar-filled sleeping mats. Cedar repels many insects including fleas.
      2) Let outdoor pets sleep on a well-used horse blanket. Equine-l folks have confirmed that horses get ticks but not fleas, and cats using horse blankets in 'current' use seem to have fewer fleas.
      3) Fleas love dry skin: prevent dry skin by giving your pet Linatone (or any vegetable oil) with its food and avoiding excessive shampooing.
      4) Pennyroyal (the herb and the oil) is often touted as a natural flea repellent: only the fresh or dried leafs are safe. The oil is actually highly toxic to animals and humans.
      5) Garlic and Brewer's Yeast: Feed it in small doses to your pet and the resultant body odor may repel fleas. You can get it either in powder form or tablet form, at varying expense.
      6) Orange or lemon peel boiled and simmered in water makes a flea dip after it cools. Do not use on cats! (don't know about ferrets). Rinse well.
      7) 60 ml of Lavender oil mixed with 2.8 liters of rock salt can be placed under furniture and rugs.
      8) Eucalyptus leaves can be left under furniture and rugs. Also, a eucalyptus wool wash [a product for washing wool made from eucalyptus, available in Australia, perhaps elsewhere too] when washing the dog may help.
      9) Rub bruised fennel foliage into the dog's coat. Growing it in the yard discourages the establishment of fleas there.
      10) You can plant marigolds outside in your garden. This has the additional benefit of repelling a variety of other bugs.
      11) A "flea trap" that uses heat to attract fleas to a sticky pad, kind of like "flea paper." Homemade variants, considerably less expensive, include leaving out detergent-laced dishes or jars of water near nightlights at night. This approach works best in severe infestations but is not likely to eliminate the fleas.
      12) Food supplements, there are several on the market besides the "conventional" brewers yeast and/or garlic. One is Hop Off. Again, they appear to work for some dogs and not necessarily others.
      13) Often useful in conjunction with other methods is to cover up your pet's ears and around the neck with a wet towel and have it lie in a tub of cool water for a while. The towel prevents migration of the fleas to the head. Add just a little detergent to the water (a t. or a few cc's is enough) to make sure the fleas drown. Obviously, your pet must be amiable to lying in water for 15 minutes or so. This can be done as an alternative to dipping; but it will not solve the larger problem of the flea infestation.
      14) A similar method is to prepare a warm bath in the kitchen sink (or tub) with just a little baby shampoo and submerge the pet except for the head. Hold the spray attachment about an inch away from your pet (under water) and literally blast the fleas off. By doing it under water, it keeps the fleas from simply being blown to another part of the pet. The head has to be sprayed while out of the water. Fleas will float to the surface but drown because of the bit of shampoo in the water. This may help remove eggs as well. This technique only works on animals that are amiable to lying down in water.

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      (Spraying inside)

      There are a number of companies that will spray your house and typically they have guarantees such as "flea free for a year" (or they will reapply free of charge). The best known one is probably Flea Buster. Flea Busters applies a product to your carpet that kills all the fleas and eggs. Many people report that the results last for longer than the guaranteed year. Other people have pointed out that the product Flea Busters uses is Terminator and applying it yourself can be a significant savings over what Flea Busters charges.
      You can spray your house. There are a number of commercial foggers and other devices which you set off in your home. Generally, you and anything live will have to vacate for a period of time. This can be effective; it depends on if the chemicals involved will kill fleas, flea larvae, or both.
      Your vet will be a good source of information on effective brands, or you can have this done professionally. Remember that a hand-held sprayer will be more effective than a fogger-type application simply because you can make sure all the hard-to-reach areas are properly treated. In general, pyrethrins are "low intensity", relatively safe, and break down quickly (some on contact with sunlight). They can normally be used safely with puppies, kittens and in sensitive conditions. Pyrethrins are made from chrysanthemums, and manage to be highly toxic to fleas but not to people or dogs. It's very safe. Permethrins are synthetic pyrethrins and have the additional benefit of a residual effect for several days.
      Organo-phosphates are "heavy duty" and last longer. They should be used with caution as they are usually toxic to people and animals. The IGR's (Insect Growth Regulators) do not kill adult fleas, but they have little or no toxicity to non-insects as they very specifically target the flea larvae, preventing its transition to adult stage.
      Precor: (methoprene) This is an insect hormone that interrupts the life cycle of fleas by preventing flea larvae from maturing. It is not a poison, even to fleas, but they cannot reproduce. It's used as an environmental spray either by itself (in which case it will take several weeks to show much effect) or combined with adult pesticides (like pyrethrins) for a quick wipeout. Because it's a hormone, it's thought that fleas can't become resistant to it. However, methoprene resistance has been reported in experimental population of fleas.
      If you're getting poor results with Precor you might try Fenoxycarb. You can buy the stuff at your local hardware/gardening store, and spray the diluted (according to directions) liquid everywhere in the house. This will not kill fleas by itself unless you combine it with something immediately lethal, but it will break the lifecycle and the fleas will go away in a few weeks as the mature ones die and the immature ones fail to develop. Such an application lasts about 4-5 months. Precor cannot be used outside because it breaks down rapidly in sunlight, but there are new formulations, such as Fenoxycarb, that show promise for outdoor use. Precor is most often combined with other agents, like pyrmethrins.
      Currently available are powders, sprays, and foggers all containing the ingredient. It can be difficult to find a source of pure methoprene. One mail-order source is Gardens Alive! It's called Vigren ( concentrate; mix with 1 gallon of water, covers 1500 sq. ft) Sectrol: This is micro encapsulated pyrethrins (low toxicity to mammals). This works well in conjunction with methoprene. Spraying your home with this combination should be good for about 5-6 months before reapplication is needed. Use the Sectrol Pet and Household Flea Spray #1495 for the pure micro encapsulated pyrethrin product (3M has a variety of "sectrol" products).
      Duratrol: This comes in both a spray (for the house) and a dip for the immediate problem on your pet. The smell is reported to be minimal and the effectiveness high. You only need to leave the house for 1/2 hour to allow the spray to dry (rather than up to four hours for other sprays and foggers, for example).
      Foggers: When choosing a fogger, note that the directions call for one can per X no. of UNOBSTRUCTED square feet. In practice, that means one can per major room. You can increase the effectiveness of the spread of the fogger by setting up fans to move the air around before you trigger the foggers. If you have a forced-air furnace, set the fan to on and thermostat to off (turning the thermostat off ensures that the heaters do not kick in; most fogging sprays are flammable or explosive). Foggers have a real problem in penetrating enough to do any good, though. They just don't reach under furniture and other inaccessible places.

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      (Treating outdoor areas)

      When treating the area surrounding your house, remember that fleas are not found in your driveway gravel or in the open. The larvae do not survive high temperatures. They are found in shaded areas, like under porches, decks, car ports, at the edges of woods, and especially in places where your pets lay down outdoors.
      Dursban: You can use this for ridding the yard of fleas. Home Depot will have the generic stuff. Spray according to the directions on the label. This is fairly toxic stuff. The generic name is Chlorpyrifos.
      Nematodes: This is a new product for outdoor treatment. "Bio Flea Halt" and "Interrupt" are two brand names -- probably others exist. Nematodes are bugs that eat fleas. You apply it to your backyard with a pump sprayer; hose sprayers will also work. Toxicity to humans/dogs is non-existent, early studies show a good degree of effectiveness.
      For those with outdoor pets: Diatomaceous Earth, Boric Acid and silica aero-gels can be used to treat your lawn for fleas and ticks. These chemicals are listed as some of the least toxic chemicals, sprays and dusts, which are for those people who want to control pests more naturally. These are not poisons, and kill by clinging to, scratching and and destroying the waxy exteriors. These chemicals should not be inhaled as they will irritate or abrade the lungs in the same way (which isn't a big problem once they've settled into your lawn). Diatomaceous earth is an abrading agent (much like borax). Use natural grade rather than pool grade Diatomaceous earth. Boric acid is also an abrading agent. Silica aero-gels are dessicants that kill the insects through dehydration. It is recommended that these chemicals be used in powder form to kill fleas and ticks.

      (Borax and salt)

      Also known as sodium polyborate, sodium tetraborate, sodium borate. The chemical is related to boric acid. This is present in a variety of household products. Sprinkling 20 Mule Team Borax, the kind you use in laundry ('not' the hand soap Boraxo; the added soap can be toxic to your pet) on the carpet and upholstery will dry out the deposited flea larvae. The procedure is to vacuum the house, sprinkle borax or salt using a sieve on carpet and upholstery (and under the pillows, under the furniture); sweep with a broom to settle the borax into the carpet and then vacuum again. Some people leave it on for a few days before vacuuming, but this runs the risk of abrading the surface of the carpet. Don't let your animals eat the stuff. If you use borax, you may need to adjust for this when cleaning your carpets by using less soap. The effects of a borax treatment seem to last about a year or so.
      Drawbacks: The chemical borax is abrasive and 20 Mule Team Borax may abrade your carpets. In addition, there are documented cases of long-term low-level exposure to sodium polyborate resulting in conjunctivitus, weight loss, vomiting, mild diarrhea, skin rash, convulsions and anemia and other similar allergic reactions in humans. If you're using borax as flea control, and your pets (or family) are showing loss of appetite, eye or skin problems, anemia or kidney problems, you may want to switch to another flea control method and see if their health improves.
      Do not apply it to damp carpets as it can take the color out. Borax is NOT advisable where you have pets which groom themselves (e.g., cats and ferrets.) They can ingest enough to harm them if the borax is not settled deeply enough into the carpet. Symptoms of acute poisoning include diarrhea, rapid prostration and perhaps convulsions (these occurred when borax was scattered openly for cockroach control).
      There are various products that are applied in the same way, such as PEST-X. Check these types of products to see if they contain borax or boric acid. If so, the above commentary applies to those products as well. Some people use salt instead of borax. Provided that you do not live in high humidity areas, this is an alternative. Since salt absorbs water, salt in carpet in an non-air conditioned house in Florida (for ex.) would mean a damp carpet -- later rotted or mildewed. A cheap source of boric acid powder is "Terminator". Available in hardware stores.

      (Vacuum)

      Put flea powder in the vacuum cleaner bag to kill any fleas that you vacuum up, otherwise they will crawl back out. You should change the vacuum cleaner bag after a round of flea-cleaning in any case. Moth balls can be used but are toxic.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of fleas?
    My two dogs have fleas and I feel so bad for them. I heard this rumor that if you put Soapy Water into a little aluminum pie pan and take a night light and you put the pan in a corner or anywhere that it's close to the light. The fleas will be attracted to the light. And hop into the pie pan. Thus drowning them. Does this actually work? Can you please give me other options?

    • ANSWER:
      If the fleas are already in your home, don't be afraid to take the cheaper way out! It's not your fault that you are already spending hundreds on your pet. You sound plenty responsible to me. Basically what I did when fleas were in my home was I bought special shampoo formulated for killing fleas (which I bought cheap at the grocery store). I simply bathed my dogs in it, which killed fleas and any eggs and kids too. I saw them fall off and into the tub drain. It was great!

      Now for your home, you can buy some powder to shake and cover rugs in your home. It will go deep down and kill fleas and larvae. Or you could buy flea "bombs" and follow the directions on the bottle. Generally use them in one room at a time with the door closed and no pets inside. Doing all of the things I mentioned was how I personally rid fleas from my home!

      Here are home remedies I saw at a website:
      a. Citrus repellent:
      You can make an effective flea repellent from lemon by cutting it into quarters and immersing it in boiling water. This is then steeped overnight to get you the repellent. By spraying this all over your pet, especially behind the ears and generally around the head, and also at the base of the tail and the ‘armpits’, you can rid it of fleas.

      b. Aromatherapy repellent:
      This repellent is made by adding lavender and cedarwood essential oils to pure almond carrier oil as the base. This is then shaken well and spread over the pet’s skin to keep the fleas away. You can also make effective flea collars by rubbing an essential oil of eucalyptus , tea tree , citronella , lavender or geranium on webbing, rope collar or even a doggy bandanna .

      c. Essential oil bath:
      If your pet is badly infested, it’d need an essential oil bath. So, draw the bath using a few drops of tea tree or lavender essential oils. An alternative is a herbal flea dip made from fresh rosemary leaf .

      d. Internal flea repellents:
      Garlic when fed to your dog works wonders. This is because its smell is excreted through the skin making it ‘inhospitable’ for the fleas. Brewer’s yeast tablets also help in controlling fleas. Another good alternative is natural apple cider vinegar that makes the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks.

      e. External flea repellents:
      Sprinkling diatomaceous earth, generally in the filtration system for swimming pools, all over the yard is an effective way to keep the fleas at bay. You can also put cedar chips along your fence to keep the fleas out. Planting a herb, called tansy, around your pet’s pen will also keep the problem in check. All these external repellents are effective natural home remedies for fleas.

      Good luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you clear your dog ear mites at home on a low budget?

    • ANSWER:
      How do you know your dog has ear mites if you haven't taken him to the vet and had a swab taken?
      Yeast infections are more common than ear mites.

      If you try home remedies you can do more harm than good and it will cost you more in the long run.
      Take the dog to the vet.

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I clean my dog's ears at home?

    • ANSWER:
      if you are looking for an at home remedy, we recommend a solution made up of 1/2 alcohol and 1/2 vinegar.. it works great and is cheaper than ear cleaning solution (which if bought at a pet store could actually cause more problems if there is yeast or bacteria in the ear!!)

  46. QUESTION:
    Can i bath my puppy if she has fleas and has been given advantage?
    My puppy has fleas and the vet put advantage topical on her last tuesday. Shes getting really dirty from playing outside in the wet grass and i want to bath her. Im worried that i shouldn't because of the topical medicine they put on her back.

    Is it okay to bath her? I would be using normal puppy shampoo

    • ANSWER:
      Bathe your puppy in Lemon Dawn Dish liquid. It will kill the fleas but is safe to use on ALL dogs of ALL ages. Professionals even use it. How old is you pup? You may not be able to use the Advantage. However, There are other things you can do. Here are some tips.

      CITRUS REPELLENT: Cut a lemon into quarters and place in a pint jug. Cover the lemon with boiling water and let it steep overnight. Next day you have a flea repellent that you can use in a spray bottle. Spray all over your dog remembering especially behind the ears and around the head generally (careful of eyes), around the base of the tail (once again keep away from delicate bits) and under your dog’s "armpits."

      AROMATHERAPY REPELLENT: Using 10 ml. of Pure Almond Carrier Oil as your base, add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil. Shake well and use 1 or 2 drops [of this mixture] spread over the skin at least twice a week to keep the fleas away.

      A flea collar can be made by rubbing a few drops of one of the following into an ordinary webbing or rope collar or even a doggy bandanna: Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Citronella Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil or Geranium Essential Oil. Don’t forget to do this weekly.

      YOUR HOME: Fleas spend most of their time in your furnishings and only hop onto your dog or you for their next meal. Make sure you wash your dog’s bedding regularly because no flea ever survived a hot wash cycle. If you add Eucalyptus Essential Oil to the final rinse it will also kill 99% of house dust mites according to research from the University of Sydney, Australia.

      Vacuum your home very thoroughly and sprinkle a fine layer of ordinary table salt over your upholstery and carpets and leave overnight before vacuuming again to evict your unwelcome guests safely but don’t forget to empty your vacuum bag.

      BATHING: A badly infested dog really needs to be bathed so use your favorite dog shampoo. Rinse the dog off very thoroughly and in the final rinse add a couple of drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil or Lavender Essential Oil. An alternative is to make your own herbal flea dip which will also work on ticks. Steep two cups of fresh Rosemary Leaf in two pints of boiling water for 30 minutes. Strain the liquid, discard the leaves and make it up to one gallon ( 8 pints) with warm water. Pour this mixture over the dog until it’s saturated. Do not rinse off and allow the dog to dry naturally so this is a remedy to use on hot summer days.

      INTERNAL FLEA REPELLENTS: Garlic may not be your favorite cologne and it’s not the flea’s favorite smell either. When your dog eats garlic, the smell is excreted through the dog’s skin making your dog less likely to be the flea’s next meal. In case you think you might need to give your dog a breath freshener along with the garlic, my dogs, Mack and Josh, eat garlic every day and I don’t find their breath smells from it at all. Brewer’s yeast tablets will also help to make your dog less attractive to fleas because once again the smell is excreted through the skin.

      Adding a dessertspoon of natural apple cider vinegar to the water bowl will make the skin more acidic and unpleasant to fleas and ticks. If your dogs don’t fancy apple cider vinegar in the water bowl, dilute it 50/50 with water and use in a spray bottle instead of the citrus repellent. [Or, you can use natural apple cider vinegar tablets.]

  47. QUESTION:
    My parents wont take my dog into the vet again for his yeasty ears...?
    we have already been in once, and he got his ears flushed and bought a bottle of something to
    put drops in his ears.

    the bottle is almost used up, and his yeast has come back.
    any home remedies to get rid of it?
    also, should i clean out the yeast or not?

    • ANSWER:
      go to petsmart and try to find the bottle of ear drops so you can continue the treatment. , or just CALL the vet. theres no cost to just call the vet. maybe the vet will be nice and order another bottle for you, without making an expensive appointment.

  48. QUESTION:
    My cat has nasty breath , he is 6 months old so is it safe to take proden?
    Hi, has anyone tried proden, iam not sure whether to give it to my 6 month old cat. He has smelly breath and I give him mostly dry food. i have tried giving him herbal tablets but doesnt work. Is he too young to take proden?

    what is your opinion please?

    • ANSWER:
      This is off the Proden Website.

      Proden PlaqueOff for Dogs and Cats (180 g) has been clinically proven to reduce and help prevent plaque and tartar.

      It is estimated 85% of dogs and 70% of cats over 3 years show signs of gum disease, the major cause of tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by the accumulation of plaque bacteria and is converted to calculus by the minerals naturally occurring in saliva.

      If gum disease is left untreated, it can lead to bad breath, pain, tooth loss and other health problems.

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      This article may be helpful to your kitty :)

      Home remedies for cats & other pets

      Bad Breath - Foul odor is the sign of plague. Brush your pet’s teeth, feed them raw carrots, and avoid canned food or scraps of food lying on the table. If the problem still persists, get the vet to clean your pet’s teeth.

      Skunk Odor - Vinegar and water douche is helpful in covering up the skunk odor. Pour the mixture on your pet and rub. Use rubber gloves to protect yourself from the skunk odor. Do not let your animal get wet soon as the smell will return. Repeat till your pet is skunk odor free.

      For natural flea control – groom your pet daily. Use a fine toothed flea comb. Bathe your pet a natural pet shampoo that has flea repellent herbs. During summer wash your pet’s bedding in hot soapy water weekly and dry in hot dryer. Vacuum rugs and mattresses in the house every 2 or 3 days. Dust natural powders containing herbs such as rosemary, wormwood, rue, eucalyptus and sometimes tobacco powder to repel fleas. Add garlic and brewer’s yeast to your pet’s daily diet. Try rubbing the yeast into your pet’s fur.

      Ticks - Pull out ticks using your fingers. Grab the tick as close to your pet’s skin as possible, twist and pull gradually.

      Stickers - Use a stainless steel comb with wide teeth to pull out stickers from the fur before matting begins. Or else you can use your fingers to pull them out. If you find the sticker deep inside the ear making it difficult to remove, put some warm vegetable or mineral oil in the ear to soften it and take your pet to the vet.

      Ear Mites - To remove ear mites, mix ½ ounce of almond and vitamin E. Put a dropper or two in each ear and massage it well. Let your pet shake its head and clean out the opening with cotton swabs. The oily mixture smothers the mites and helps healing. Refrigerate the mixture between uses, warming it before use.

      For temporary treatment of ear mite, soak a cotton ball with mineral oil and swab the ear canal. Then seek medical advice from the vet for any further treatment.

      Anemia - Feed you pet with foods rich in iron and vitamin B.

      Arthritis - To make your overweight pet’s loose weight, 20 minute walk several times a day will help lighten the load on the achy joints and reduce the progression of arthritis. During winter season, let your pet sleep inside on soft bedding to reduce discomfort if any.

      Asthma - Use a humidifier, stop smoking, and keep your pets inside during pollen season.

      Remedy for broken bones - Freeze your pet holding him still and placing him on a board, floor mat or folded blanket. Avoid bandaging or supporting with splint as it can cause more damage.

      Car Sickness - Avoid car sickness for your pets by letting them sit in the front seat, allowing them to look out of the windows and cracking the windows to allow fresh air flow in the vehicle. Some pets prefer to travel on empty stomach while some prefer to have small amount of food.

      Choking - If you pet is choking, open the mouth to see any object stuck and remove it. If you pet is not breathing and you are unable to find out what’s the obstructing the air passage, try the Heimlich maneuver. You hold your pet against you, clasp your hands around the upper abdomen or make your pet lie down on their side and put one of your hands on top and another just below the rib cage and then push or lift upward to dislodge the object. If you’re unsuccessful, see the vet immediately.

      Diarrhea - If you detect any hint of diarrhea in your pet, ensure that pet is drinking lots of fluids. You can stop feeding for 24 hours from the onset of the disease. When the pet is ready to eat again, try giving easily digestible food every 4 hours for 2-3 days moving to regular food when your pet is diarrhea free. If the problem still persists, seek medical treatment as it could be more serious issue.

      Fever - If the pet is down with fever, soothe away the heat with a cold compress on their belly or give them a cool bath for 10 minute. Also ensure that they are drinking enough water. If the fever does not go down, consult the vet.

      Flatulence - Exercising helps to move the gas out of the system, so taking your pet for walk several times in case they suffer from flatulence. Give your pet, yoghurt that contains bacteria the helps to decrease gas problem.

      Insects Bites - If your pet is stung by insects

  49. QUESTION:
    Dog is always scratching one ear, what could be possible problem?
    My daughter has a 1 1/2 year old part Shih Tzu, part terrior. The last couple of days we have noticed that it is scraatching one ear quite a lot. And seems to be really digging in sometimes so that that she'll whimper. My wife and daughter has looked in the ear but have found no hair growing or a sign of infection or anything for that matter.

    I have noticed that even when the dog is walking that ear is kinda hanging down. To me it's like she has something a little deeper inside the ear like an infection.

    Anyone have any dogs that have shown similar signs? We live about 6 hours drive from the nearest vet so we really don't want to make the long journey unless we need to.

    Maybe someone has had the same problem and a simple remedy. Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:
      could be a few things.

      the first vould be ear mites, as suggested above. ear mites feed off of the ear and cause it to become red and swollen and can be cured with a medicine perscribed by your vet.

      it could also be a yeast infection which also causes the ear to be red and swollen. yeast infections alsso have a bunch of brown/black gunky buildup in and around your dog's ear canal. if this is the case, then the vet should also be contacted.

      HOWEVER i will tell you what to do at home. first off, visit your local pet or feed store and you can purchase an ear cleansing liquid. squirt it into the dog's ear canal and massage the base of the ear (you'll hear a squishing noise) for a few minutes. then gently clean the outside and inside of the ear canal. do this once daily for a week and see if it clears up.

      if not, it could be a yeast infection. a simple home remedy is to apply monistat or other yeast infection medication into the ear canal and massage thoroughly. i am not telling you to do this because you are unable to distinguish the difference, you still should visit a proper vet clinic.

      in order to prevent this condition in the future, keep hair out of your dog's ears, and do not allow the ears to get wet (be especially careful at bathtime) because bacteria LOVE wet, dark breeding grounds.

      hope this helps :)


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