Dog Ear Fungus

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for dog ear to smell and is it ok for dog to have fungus in there nail?
    I was cleaning my dog ear and I notice that my dog ear really smell really bad! Do you think she have a ear infection, she does have yellow wax in top of her ear and when I cut her nail I notice that bit of smelly fungus came out and on in the bottom of her nail there bit of fungus.

    • ANSWER:
      im not sure about the fungus but your dog definately has an ear infection, take her to the vet and you can get the nail checked out too

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my dog?
    I have had my dog, a black Labrador, for about nine years now, and over the years he's just grown progressively intolerable. In his early years he wouldn't stop running away, but I figured that it was normal for a puppy to do so. This continued until he was approximately three years old.

    He's going on nine years of age this coming October and he has recently resumed his running-away business, and it's near impossible to catch him. On top of that he suffers from epilepsy (yes, my dog has seizures every now and then) and some type of ear fungus--not mites.

    I have a limited budget and I can barely afford to take care of my dog and save enough money for school. I don't know of any close relatives or friends who would take him in, and I doubt anyone in my town would want a nine year old dog with health problems. I have thought about having him put down or sent to animal control or the humane society, but that would just be inhuman.

    Any suggestions on what I could do with him?
    Should I just duke it out for however long he lives? He's had heartworms in the past, but the vet got rid of them (he lived with a former friend in the woods for a year several years ago), so that probably cut his life expectancy down a bit.

    I love him with all my heart, but I really don't know what I should do...

    Any input would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have had the dog for 9 years, I dont see how it sounds so easy for you to part with it. Ive had my dog now for 4 years and she is like my child, I love her and she love me unconditionally, and it would be painful for me to part with her, she is my responsibility, even if she had a medical problem I would find a way to pay for her expenses, maybe picking up a few more hours at a part time job, or something.. If you cant afford proper care for the dog and want to get rid of it, you should have it put to sleep, and on its running away, has he been neutered? There is not a good chance he would get adopted at the shelter because of his age and health problems..Either try to figure out a way to keep him if you love him, or have him put to rest.

  4. QUESTION:
    what kind of ointment or something can I use on my dog that has fungus in his ear?
    My dogs ear is red inside of it & I'm pretty sure it is some type of fungus. Can someone help me on how I should treat it?

    • ANSWER:
      Your Vet will tell you how to treat it when you take him for a proper diagnosis.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I mix tea tree oil to clean my dogs ears?
    She consantly gets yeast in her ears (she's a golden who doesn't like the water, so never even gets her head wet) and the vet meds are costly. I heard tea tre oil works but I don't know how to use it. Also, does it sting?

    • ANSWER:
      Do NOT use tree oil or anything else not recommended by your vet in your dog's ears.
      Surely you can get the meds to combat your poor dog's ear infections, this is NOT a luxury, it is an absolute health necessity.
      This time, listen carefully to your vet's instructions as to how to clean your dog's ears properly, then follow through consistently. Dogs do not get constant ear infections if you clean their ears and keep them dry.

      If you were bothered by this very annoying, itchy, dangerous fungus - which is what yeast is - you would not be looking for cheap substitutes for what is needed to clear up the infection. Your dog deserves to be well, this is NOT the place to try to save money.

  6. QUESTION:
    What health problems have been resolved in your dog when you switched to RAW feeding?
    My dog's ears are a lot cleaner and she is not scratching anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      I switched forever ago but my dog had problems with UTIs and fungus growing on his belly. It would go away with treatment then always come back, no big problem really. Then I switched to raw, no more squirting pee out in segments, it was 1 regular stream. He smelled better, pooped less, the poop would turn white and dissolve into the dirt in a week instead of a year, bye bye fungus, no more tooth brushes, fresher breath, happier, healthier, better looking dog who shedded much less and more completely. No more itchy skin like you said, and my brood b****s are much healthier, produce more milk, and my pups are bigger, healthier and just plain better...they're weaned on raw turkey burger at 3 weeks of age so for all those who say raw meat makes dogs sick explain how I've weaned over 500 puppies who're now in working homes on raw chicken, turkey, and pork!!! Why aren't they dead considering they're poor little puppies with no immune system? -waiting-

  7. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear infection (fungus) I do not have the money to take her to a vet. Can I give her Flagyl?
    Her ear inside is black. I have ear wash and have been using it but I know it won't kill the virus. The correct ear drops are .00 and I don't have it but I do have a prescription for Flagyl. Will that work?

    • ANSWER:
      Any fungicide cream will kill yeast. So will rubbing alcohol if you use it 3x a day.

      Yeast is recurrent. You have to watch for regrowth. Cleaning the dog's ears with rubbing alcohol once or twice a week after you get the infection under control will prevent regrowth. Some people use vinegar mixed with alcohol. Anything that kills yeast will work.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can my dog get sick by licking my other dogs ear infection, or heal her?
    my 7 year old black lab has had a really bad ear infection in both ears and we think shes going deaf. we have not been able to find anything that helps it. Vet says its a yeast infection. My 7 month old puppy acts really gentle with her now and licks her ears out as if hes trying to help her. Can he get sick licking her infection, or can he help her heal faster?

    • ANSWER:
      Not good for puppy or older dog. The constant moistness form the licking will make any infection worse, and it isnm't healthy to lick up bacteria or fungus all day either. Teach your puppy that this is a no-no.

  9. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog's ears 2 stop stinking?
    I have a 110lb lab mix that swims on a daily basis. He is prone 2 ear infections that cause a foul odor. I've treated the infection (which the vet says is cleared up) yet the smell remains. The vet gave me an anti-odor rinse that I've used up 2 no avail. Has anyone had a similar problem? How did u solve it?

    • ANSWER:
      I have Goldens and they have the same problem. My friend who has Labs told me about this ear wash. Search the web for more information if you are interested. I got this a long time ago and don't remember where I got it from. I use on my dogs everytime the get a bath or go swimming. The Gentian Violet is kinda hard to find and is a bit expensive but it's worth it. Call around to pharmacies. Start with the ones that say they do "compounding".

      Ear Wash
      16 oz. bottle isopropyl alcohol
      : 4 tablespoons Boric Acid Solution
      : 16 drops Gentian Violet Solution
      : Mix all ingredients in the alcohol bottle & shake. (You may need to pour out a small amount of alcohol so it will all fit.) Be sure and SHAKE WELL before each use to disperse the boric acid. It's easier to put in the dog's ears if you put some in a small squirt bottle.
      : Treatment: Flood ear with solution & massage gently for 60 seconds and wipe with a tissue. Flood a second time and just wipe without massaging. The dog will shake the excess out. The Gentian Violet isn't supposed to stain, but be careful.
      : Schedule of treatment:
      : 2 times per day for the first 2 weeks
      : 1 time per day for the next 2 weeks
      : 1 time per month thereafter
      : All ingredients are available at a pharmacy. Even despite the alcohol, dogs don't object to even the first treatment. The Boric Acid soothes the ear & the Gentian Violet is an anti-infection agent. (Where babies get their purple belly buttons from!!) The solution works well on any ear problem from mites to wax to canker. One vet reported a success rate of 95%-99% and felt those not successful had not been routine about it or had not done the treatment long enough. This solution is also effective for the treatment of fungus type infections on the feet & elsewhere on the dog, for cuts on dogs or people, and for hot spots.
      : For EXTERNAL use only. Avoid getting in eyes.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can ketoconazole be used to treat dog ear infections?
    My dog has white spots and slight swelling in the ear. She scratches quite a bit on this ear. Was told it is a fungal infection of the ear.

    • ANSWER:
      Unless your vet swabbed the ear and examined it under a microscope, you can't know what kind of infection it is. Some are bacterial, some are fungal, some are both.

      Have the vet assess the dog.

      I have never heard of ketoconazole being used to treat ear infection. Usually, the treatment is topical. Tresaderm is a cheap, prescription drug that does a good job with infections, and can be used to treat both fungus and bacteria (it's a blend of three drugs). I'd get the dog to the vet.

  11. QUESTION:
    How does a guinea pig get a yeast infection in there ear?
    Can a dog and a guinea pig play together?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is a fungus that thrives in damp, warm areas. It is possible to get a yeast infection anywhere on the body that these two conditions exist.

      I would not allow a dog & piggie to play together. You're asking for trouble.

  12. QUESTION:
    What cause a puppy to get an ear infection?
    My 4 month old's ear was red on the inside and his brother and mother kept licking and cleaning it. so we went to the vet and he said it was a fungi ear infection and put him on drops for 10 days. but I was just wondering how the lil guy could have got this and if I should watch mom & brother. if they can catch it from him.
    He is a Lab. hasn't been in water or had a bath in a month. no other health issues.
    the vet said not to clean his ears until he was done with the drops.
    also can my other 2 dogs catch this from him?

    • ANSWER:
      Any floppy earred dog of any age can get an ear infection.
      Bacteria and fungi (yeast) live in the ear normally.
      All that it takes is for an ear is to get some moisture in it say from rain and over growth occurers.
      When over growth occurs you need antibiotics.
      That is why it is a good idea to clean the floppy earred labs ears every 2 weeks or as recommended by your vet.

      Get a quality ear cleaner. Vet Solutions,Malaseb
      Do not flush the ears. A dog will learn to hate ear cleanings if you do.
      Dampened cotton balls with the solution
      Remove debris with cotton balls.
      Use dry cotton to dry the ear after cleaning. This is a critical step.
      As soon as the ear appears red or irritated stop cleaning.

      Keeping the flora of the ear in check is the key to preventing reoccuence.
      Remember ear infections are painful. So be gentle when cleaning.

      I hope your puppy is feeling well soon.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anybidy have any recommendations on an ear wash and allergy shampoo for my dog without going to the vet?
    My shihtzu seems to be having an allergy problem. Her ears are smelly and her skin has some scaly spots on it. I had another shihtzu a few years ago that would occasionally have the same problems. The vet would just prescribe an earwash and a allergy shampoo. Is there any place I can get these items without paying the high vet bills since it;s not anything serious? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The skin and the ears can get infected from having allergies and then it becomes serious. Bear with me, or skip to the end of my response for suggestions.

      In part, it is serious because, there are a few skin infections that some people can get from their dogs. I don't know why most veterinarians seem to not know this, the research is out there. The incidence is increasing.

      Plus, sorry to tell you this, many skin allergies are inherited, and there are tests to see if your dog has this genetic inheritance. Because there are tests, breeders can test before they breed to try to ensure their breeding produces the heartiest puppies available.

      Pet stores and people that are back yard breeders, and puppy millers ARE NOT REPUTABLE BREEDERS, and do not generally sell dogs from reputable breeders. They sell to make money. Reputable breeders breed to improve the breed.

      Check for sites on the internet that are specifically for your breed. You will probably find lists, blogs, and other ways to communicate with reputable breeders for your breed, that you can explain your problems to, and who will offer you suggestions like you want. They are a wealth of knowledge!

      It helps to know what the ingredients are for, when looking for a shampoo. You can do this on the internet too. Some of the ingredients are tar, aspirin or acetysalicitic acid, tea tree oil...

      One of the best shampoos I have found for skin allergies, and coat problems is Sulfoxydex. You may have to ride to the vets to get it, but all you have to do is ask them for the shampoo, and buy it. It is expensive.

      Once you get it, make sure, as with all shampoos to protect your dog's eyes. You shampoo them up and let it sit on them a while (5-10 minutes) to sink into the skin.

      Make sure you also wash the ear. Get a wash cloth and put a little of the shampoo on it and wipe what you can. Rinse, coat and ear. (watch out, the shampoo can bleach out the clothes you are wearing, why not try to bathe your dog in the shower?)

      If your dog is having allergic skin problems you may need to wash him once a week to keep the oils and debris out of the skin follicles.

      Once you are done with the bath, you will need to pour a little rubbing alcohol in the ears (check with your vet first, they may have a recommendation, or wanting you to dilute it, or add vinegar to it) rub the base of the ear... to get it to all the crevices there, and then use some toilet paper on your finger to wipe out the excess and any nasty material in the ears.

      If there is stinking, or dirty type material in your dogs ears, he may have mites and you may need to use an ear wash that says it is a miticide. Again, do this weekly. Dogs that have long ears hanging down, tend to have moist ears that grow fungus and bacteria. Alcohol dries it up, and vinegar is a fungicide, and bactericidal.

      If your dog is having allergies, MAKE SURE, you have done your flea treatments on your dog, in the house, and in the yard. Heat makes allergies worse.

      If your dog does not improve, or gets worse, see your vet. Maybe you can work out with him/her to clean the kennels in exchange for treating your dog.

      Good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is that brown mushy stuff in my dog's ear?
    My dog has brown mushy stuff in his ears. He doesn't seem to be bothered with it until I try to clean out his ear. He scratches his ear and itches it after I clean it. It has been present for more than 2 weeks. I have been cleaning his ear with q-tips and gauze, but it won't seem to go away. Does anyone know what this stuff is?

    • ANSWER:
      this could be lots of things, anything from allergic reactions to inhalents, pollens, molds, to fungus infection, also bacterial infection.

      if it is infection from whatever cause, it is best to identify the stuff and the vet can determine what it might be and treat it. the vet can also do a culture if he isnt sure the best med to use, since I have dog with chronic and severe ear problems, I think this should be handled aggressively.

  15. QUESTION:
    What should I do for my dog who is poster dog for allergies?
    Clovee is a pit/terrier mix. She is 6 years old. One of her allergies is to mold. I live in the mold capital. I would grow mold if I stood still long enough. Her symthyms include scratching, biting of self, rubbing hair off face, and excessive ear wax. I have paid thousands of dollars to vets, pet care product catalogs, etc. I have used sulfur products, nasa inovations, vitamins, lotions made from emu, .... and she still suffers. Someone, please help her. She is my sole companion for the rest of my and her life. If I were ti lose her, I am sure I would soon follow.
    I am on a fixed income. When I take my dog to the vet, I take the money out of my food budget. Why should poverty keep me from helping my pet. The vet finally concurred it is allergy, but I can not afford the extra test. I am looking for a homeopathic and/or natural remedy.
    No I can not move from my damp climate. I can not take cold winters or extreme heat. I have my life in this area.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm assuming the vet has already done an allergy test, since you mentioned mold? If not, please do! That will tell you everything she's allergic to and you can go from there. Have you tried allergy shots? One of my dogs was tested, he has nearly 30 allergies. I changed his diet and I'm trying to keep everything else under control in his environment. If it all fails, I'm going to try the shots next. Do you run the air conditioner? Keeping the humidity between 40%-50% is the most important step in controlling mold growth. You can also try a dehumidifier, just be sure to keep it clean...to avoid mold spores. Anyhow, that's the advice I have for controlling mold allergies. Good luck!

      http://www.vetallergy.com/petowners.php

      Edit b/c of new details: The test cost me 0, but I'll save bundles....b/c I now know exactly what he reacts to and can prevent/limit exposure. Would your vet accept payments for the test? Without it, it's all a guessing game. The vet can't tell you what allergy/allergies she has, until he takes a blood sample, sends it in and gets the results back. You'll keep spending money on various products that won't help. Please, don't waste your food money on that stuff. If anything, save some of it back for the test. That WILL help, no more guessing!

      For now, try the air conditioner/dehumidifier. If you find any mold, clean it with a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach per nine parts water). For large areas of growth, scrub once with the solution, wait two hours to dry, and then scrub again. You can treat the wood and foundation of your house with Bordeaux. It can be found at your local nursery. Mix a five pound bag with 15-20 gallons of water and spray the areas you wish to treat. This should be performed at least three to four times a year. Another chemical you can use is Ziram. Mix three ounces of the concentrate to one gallon of water. This can be used indoors on floors and walls. Although, if the visible growth areas are larger than a dime, it's best to remove the wallpaper or flooring. If it helps, maybe she is allergic to mold, although she could have more than one allergy. Anyhow, all of that information came from my dog's allergy booklet (came w/test results)...mold allergy section.

      Good luck...if you have any questions, feel free to send an email.

      Oh, I also wanted to mention...although my dog has nearly 30 allergies, the only sign he has is ear infections. His skin and coat are in good condition. I was shocked that he had any at all, never mind nearly 30! Some of his are: several grasses, several trees, several fungi, house dust/mites, beef, milk, corn, oat, potato, kelp, carrots, cotton, etc.Anyhow, it's possible to have many and it not be terribly obvious.

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it unusual for dogs to get spots on their nose?
    My Bichon Frise has two large spots filled with puss on his nose. Is this a fungi infection, should i take him to the vets or will they just disappear with time?

    • ANSWER:
      Get you dog to a vet. The pustules could be caused by foxtails or something else that has burrowed into the skin; or it could be caused by an allergy or any of several different skin conditions such as:

      Actinomycosis and norcadiosis Actinomycosis and norcadiosis: Uncommon skin infections with abscesses and draining sinus tracts that discharge pus and respond slowly to treatment.

      Cellulitis or abscess Cellulitis or abscess: Painful, warm, reddened skin, or pockets of pus beneath the skin. Look for a cause (such as a foreign body, bite wound, self-trauma from irritative skin disease).

      Puppy acne Puppy acne: Purplish red bumps (pustules) on the chin and lower lip. Not painful. (See this story)

      Puppy strangles Puppy strangles (Juvenile pyoderma): Painful swelling of face (lips, eyelids, ears), followed by rapid appearance of pustules and draining sores. Occurs in puppies under four months of age.

      Only your vet can determine the cause and get your dog the treatment it needs. Good luck!

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

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    my dogs ears are disgusting they smell horrible to. what can i do to stop the smell?
    ok i have a german shepard mix and the inside of his ears are completely filled with waxy brownish stuff that smells horrible i have tried to clean them out befor but he wont let me they are getting worse and i cant afford to take him to the vet. he also never stops scratching at them and he has made them bleed i dont know what to do for the poor thing. and he has a skin problem too. i think he might have alergies. can a dog be alergic to cats or dust mites?

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably yeast. You just have to clean it out and put rubbing alcohol into the ears three or four times a day to kill the yeast fungus for a couple of weeks. If that doesn't solve the problem, you need a vet to take a scraping to identify the problem. Most ear issues are simply yeast. It will grow back, so you have to clean them with rubbing alcohol once or twice a week to prevent further infections.
      There are other over the counter products to kill yeast such as lotrimin cream or monostat cream, but rubbing alcohol is the cheapest and easily available.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    what to do with a dog with skin infected condition?
    Feels like hard scabs. Started in the inner ears, and now are all over. The Vet said it was a fungus and to treat it with Ticnactin (spray for feet ). Seemed to have taken care of the infection, but now scabs are all over.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, so why not call the Vet back and ask him what step #2 would be. He was the one who told you how to treat it, so he should be the one to tell you what steps to take next.

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

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

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  23. QUESTION:
    Does my dog have an ear infection?
    I was going to clean my dog's ears but I read on numerous websites that if they're infected he should be taken to the vet. My dog only has two of the five common symptoms (his ears stink and he always scratches them, but he doesn't shake or tilt his head, and he's not sensitive about his ears. They're also not irritated looking). I was wondering should I take him to the vet or just clean them at home. I don't want to take him to the vet if he doesn't need to go because he really doesn't like it :( but if he needs to go I don't want to put it of any longer.

    • ANSWER:
      you can buy a simple ear wash from the vet without making an appointment. I don't know if its available at petstores because i've always gotten mine by going to the vet office and buying it. Sometimes just flushing the ear regularly will keep the problem under controll or nip it in the bud when it starts to come on. There are other things that can go on in their ears besides infection, foreign body, lesions, growths, fungus, yeast. It wont hurt to try to fix it with the ear wash before seein a vet. Many times when you take your dog to the vet for an ear infection and its too dirty to get a look inside they will just send you home with an ear wash regimen for a week or 2 weeks so that the ear will be clean then and they can see what is going on inside.

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

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

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

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

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

      Boosting your dogs immune system:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    what kind of solution can you put in a boxers ear?
    my pitbull/boxer mix has crust in his left ear. is there some sort of solution that i can put in his ear.. he doesnt scratch it often, but it seems to bother him. it looks really bad..is rubbing alocohol on a cottonball and rub it around in his ear? or is it bad to put rubbing alcohol in his ear? any help??

    • ANSWER:
      I would not recommend alcohol in the ear. Call your vet and see what he recommends. They might sell something over the counter to help or he might have a serious fungus or infection that many dogs get and will need antibiotics.

  26. QUESTION:
    Where can I get reasonably price medication for dog yeast/fungus problem?
    His paws stink really bad, almost like very strong onion, His ears also stink, running eyes and his body it has darken, all at the stomach.

    • ANSWER:
      Plain yogurt with active cultures. I mix in about one cup with my dogs food once or twice a day, depending on how severe the problem is. My dog weighs about 85 pounds, if your dog is smaller you may want to cut the portions a bit. My dog loves yogurt!!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    hey i wouth like to hear from you pepoles about my dog tiko is ears is red and itching.take you evrebody?
    my dog tiko his ears it red and its smeling bad 'and also itching.

    • ANSWER:
      Poor Tiko! He has an infection of some sort. He cannot tell you how much this hurts him. Could be bacteria or fungus; the vet will tell you.
      I used to have this problem about once or twice a year. Then I started to use a really good groomer every 6 weeks. Part of her service, after the bath and nail trimming, is to clean and check the ears. They sparkle now and no more ear infections! Something to think about...
      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    My 1 Year old chocolate lab has been having trouble with her ears?
    She has been to the vet and has had a course of antibiotics and ear drops but she is still shaking and rubbing at them, i am taking her back to the vets, has anybody else had this problem with a lab are know what might be happening?

    • ANSWER:
      My friend has had Labs for years, she takes them to the Vet constantly, they always have ear mites or some kind of infection. The Vet told her that it was because the labs ears flop over and the ear canal doesn't dry out making a perfect environment for ear mites, fungus growth and infection. I researched this problem and found this formula that dog handlers and dog show participants use to prevent these problems, because the AKC won't allow dogs to be shown without a clean bill of health.

      Formula:
      Warning: Do not use this ear cleaning solution on dogs with ruptured ear drums, or on dogs with open sores or wounds in the ear area.
      An ear exam by a veterinarian is recommended prior to beginning treatment with this ear cleaning solution.

      The ingredients you'll need are white vinegar, powdered boric acid, isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), and Betadine antiseptic solution. Generic versions of the Betadine are known as Povidone-Iodine, and those are fine, too. Just be sure not to use "Betadine Scrub", which is Betadine with a detergent added. What you want is "Betadine Solution" or generic "Povidone-Iodine Solution".

      The first time we looked for the boric acid and the Betadine, we had no clue where to find it... but our local Pharmacist was happy to point us in the right direction. They used to keep boric acid in stock out in the pharmacy section of drug stores and you could buy it "over the counter". Recently, it's gotten a little harder to get after the regulations got tightened regarding selling it... since boric acid can be used to manufacture illegal drugs. These days, you usually won't find it just sitting out on the shelf of your local drug store. You usually do have to ask the pharmacist for it.

      You'll also need an empty bottle to store your ear cleaning solution in, and from which you will squirt the solution in to your dog's ear. We recommend use of a plastic bottle with a long applicator snout, and with markings on the outside that show fluid levels in ounces. This makes it very easy to measure the ingredients as you pour them in to the bottle. A great place to find these is at beauty supply stores, as they are commonly used for hair-coloring solutions.

      What you see in the picture to the right is our final product. Here are the directions for mixing the solution together. Be sure to follow them in the order listed... I'll spare you the explanation of the chemistry involved, but trust me... to get the boric acid to dissolve properly, you need to do it exactly like this:

      Pour 6 ounces of isopropyl alcohol in to your applicator bottle. (This is where those ounce measuring lines on the outside of the bottle really come in handy.) Next, add 1/2 tablespoon of boric acid powder. An easy way to do that is to measure the powder, dump it on to a piece of paper, fold the paper in half and use the paper as a funnel to get the powder in to the plastic applicator bottle. Be careful not to get any boric acid on your skin or clothing. If you do, wash it off immediately.

      Shake the solution up really well, until the boric acid powder is fully dissolved. Next, add 2 ounces of white vinegar. Shake it up some more. Finally, add one teaspoon of the generic Betadine antiseptic, and shake it some more. The solution should take on coloring similar to ice tea. Be careful not to get any of the Betadine on your skin or clothing. If you do, wash it off immediately.

      That's it! You're ready to move on to the hardest part now... getting your Lab to let you squirt this stuff inside the ear canal.

      Applying this in to your Lab's ears is usually easiest if you have a two-person team... one to hold the dog still with the ear up and out of the way, and the other person to squirt the solution in to the ear. All you have to do is squirt it in there until you have completely filled the ear canal with cleaning solution. But don't let go of the dog quite yet. Fold the ear back down over the ear canal, and use your hand to rub things around so that the ear cleaning solution gets sloshed around inside there pretty well. Keep the dog still for a minute or so... because as soon as you let go, the dog's going to shake his head, and a lot of that cleaning solution is going to go flying out. If you get any of the ear cleaning solution on your skin, wash it off as soon as possible.

      If you don't have someone who can help you hold the dog while you apply the cleaning solution, an alternative is to use a grooming table with a noose. The noose will keep the dog's head immobilized enough for you to do the job yourself.

      Apply the cleaning solution to your dog's ears daily until you start to see some improvement. Once things get better, you can cut back to once a week... and when you're fully satisfied with the condition of the ear you can go two weeks between treatments. The ear cleaning solution can be stored at room temperature and, as far as I know, does not go bad with

  31. QUESTION:
    What would a vet visit generally cost to look at my Springer Spaniel's ear infection?
    And medication for it?

    Or, any ideas about what I can do help it?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on your area. I would suggest calling local vet hospitals to find out what they charge for an exam. It can usually range from - (US). Springer's can be quite proned to ear infections because they have floppy ears that creates a dark humid place bacteria and fungi like to grow. Swimming can also cause ear infections. When you go to the vet, they will most likely give you medicated ear drops which costs - (once again depends on your area). They should also give you an ear cleaner so once the infection clears up, you can clean your dogs ears regularly to hopefully remove debris and organisms from its ears so you can avoid any further infections. Ear infections are quite painful and can get worse the more you wait so I would suggest going to the vet soon.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have this horrible fungus from some stray kittens I found and it is so hard to get rid of.?
    I thought it was a ringworm but after trying tea tree oil,anti fungal foot cream, and calamine lotion nothing is working. I have lesions on my arm, legs and a couple on my stomach. They sort of look like ring-worms but the skin is very dry in that area and some have tiny little bumps around them. Can anybody give any suggestions? BTW I think my dog has it too, hes loosing hair around his ear and front paws.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    my dog dug up our turtles eggs and i found seven baby premature water turtles. What do i do!?

    they arent sea turtles but they are water turtles.
    they have been buried in my backyard for a while and when i found them they were all out of their shells except for two and their shells are half way open. i put them in an aquarium with a little bit of water but other than that..i haven't a clue what to do.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/29035692@N03/sets/72157607029550534/
      Sliders, cooters , painted, map, yellow bellied all are basically the same and require the same basic care.

      I have had my 2 slider girls for 36 yrs. Plus an 8 and 5 yr old and now a 2 yr old adopted from this site..
      Hatchlings..dio not pul;l off their egg sack that is attached to them it is still giving them nutrients.
      If you decide to remove the eggs to incubate them, you will need to prepare an incubation box. You can use a large plastic sweater box or a plastic shoebox. ( Plastic boxes are good since they can be throughly cleaned and keeps well the moisture.) Drill a series of small holes into the lid for ventilation. (Make no more than a dozen holes of about a quarter of an inch in diameter). Then, set up a bedding in the container of about 2 inches of vermiculite soil. Use the heavy grain rather than the fine one. Moisten the vermiculite evenly. Make sure it is DAMP and not WET.
      Removing the eggs This process has to be done very carefully. Scoop back small sections of the substrate around the next, very slowly and carefully, trying to feel the eggs with your fingers at the same time. Once you find an egg, before removing it, get a water based felt-tipped marker and make a small mark on the top of the shell. This is important since you need to place the eggs in the same position the turtle layed them. Once you have transfered all the eggs to the incubation box, set it somewhere where it will not be disturbed . Check the eggs a few days after by just removing the lid, but don't handle them! Check for rotten eggs, which you should throuw away immediately. If you see that an egg is developing fungi, you can remove the fungi with a 50/50 solution of antiseptic mouthwash and water, which you should apply carefully with a paintbrush.
      Hatching
      You should start to observe the eggs more carefully about 80 to 85 days after they had been laid. Hatching time is comming! Once the time comes, the hatchings will cut the egg shell with something called the egg tooth, which falls out about an hour later and never grows back. If they don't feel secure, they will remain inside their shells. Do not try to take them out until they have come out on their own. (they might not come out until the following day). Once they come out, you will notice a small sack hanging out of their bellies. This is the yolk sac that fed them while they were incubating. DO NOT try to remove this sac, trying to remove it can kill the baby turtle. It is better to wait that it drops on its own. Once it drops, you will notice a split in the plastron. This will heal by itself too, you don't need to treat it.
      Care of the hatchlings

      Set them on a 20 gallon tank per dozen. Provide them with a dry land area and a shallow water area. Newborns need to master the art of floating and staying underwater for long periods of time. Don't assume that they will survive only with water. Newborn red-eared sliders can actually drown if you neglect them a dry land area. Once they are set up in their tank start feeding them. It is important to get them to eat. Start by offering them one by one all items on the proper slider diet. Note: You might have to 'chop' all of the food you offer since they are small babies. This includes choping earthworms, mealworms, crickets. I know, this sounds disgusting but believe me, you will get used to after a while and it won't bother you anymore. As with addult sliders, newborns need to have their full spectrum light. So don't forget to include that in the tank. The full spectrum light will help the newborn shells to harden. Keep the water neatly clean. If you don't have a filter change the water every two days. This is very important since baby sliders are more prone to getting eye infecitions (that can leave them blind for life or even kill them) than adult sliders.

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    What causes a cat to start to go bald near its tail area?
    One has no scabs there , another has scabs there. Don't see any fleas??Sometimes I pick at their scabs and now I have a couple of scabs on my back ??? What is this?
    what is mange? Can people catch it from cats?

    • ANSWER:
      I hope im rong about this but please get your cat/s checked and yourself

      What is Ringworm

      Contrary to its name Ringworm is not a worm at all but a fungus called Dermatophytes. Dermaphtytes means 'plants that live on the skin'. In the past, because of the circular lesions made by the fungi they were thought to be caused by worms, hence the name ringworm.

      The fungi live on the surface of the skin and in the skin follicles feeding on dead skin tissue and hair.

      There are three different types of fungus that can cause ringworm but the most predominant ones found on cats and cats is Microsporum canis.

      What does Ringworm look like on my cat?

      The usual symptom is a round hairless lesion. The characteristic "ring" that we see on humans doesn't always appear as a ring on cats. This lesion will grow in size and often become irregular in shape.

      The fungi cause the hair shafts to break off and this results in patches of hair loss. Ringworm are commonly found on the face, ears, tail and paws. The lesions are scaly and may or may not be itchy and often the skin is reddened and inflamed.

      How does my cat catch ringworm?

      Transmission can happen by direct contact with another infected animal or person. It can be passed from cats to dogs and visa versa and from pets to humans and from humans to pets.

      The fungal spores can live in the environment for a long time and can be found in carpets, bedding, grooming equipment etc and can infect your cat when it comes into contact with them.

      The incubation period is 10-12 days. This means that following exposure to the fungus, about 10-12 days will pass before any lesions occur

      In rare cases ringworm can be spread by contact with infected soil. The fungus can live for months in soil if the nutrients are right.

      Fortunately the spores are easily killed with a solution of bleach and water. 500mls of bleach to 4 liters of water.

      Can Ringworm spread to humans from cats?

      You can contract ringworm by touching an animal with ringworm. Ringworm can spread while petting or grooming cats or dogs. You can also get ringworm from cows, goats, pigs and horses.

      Are all cats susceptible to ringworm?

      Healthy adult cats usually have a resistance to ringworm. Young cats and kittens are more susceptible because their immune system hasn't fully developed. Many cats are carriers of ringworm but show no symptoms. They can, however, infect other animals or humans.

      Diagnosis of Ringworm

      To diagnose Ringworm your vet will need to do one of the following tests. It is not possible by just looking at the skin to make the diagnosis.

      Wood's Lamp
      An ultra violet lamp also known as a black light. Your vet may use this as 50% of microsporum canis will glow under the lamp.

      Microscopic diagnosis
      Your vet may look at part of the hair or skin from the lesion under a microscope.

      Culture
      Your vet may decide to take a scraping from the lesion and send it away to the laboratory to see what the culture grows.

      Treatment of Ringworm

      If no treatment is carried out, ringworm will run it's course in two to four months and the symptoms will resolve themselves. However, treatment is recommended to save your cat from suffering any longer than necessary and to cut down the period of time they are contagious

      Griseofulvin

      Your vet may prescribe Griseofulvin for your cat. It is an anti fungal drug that is used for cats with ringworm but it does have some side effects so be sure to consult your vet before giving any medication. Griseofulvin inhibits fungal reproduction.

      Shampoos and Dips:
      Lime sulfur dips are often recommended by your vet.

      Dips should be given twice a week and can be performed either by your vet or at home. Please be aware that Lime Sulfur will stain clothing and jewelry and will cause temporary yellowing of the cats hair. It also smells very strongly of rotten eggs. Follow your vets instructions for mixing the dip.

      Decontaminate the environment

      Use bleach mixed at 1:10 on any surface that you can. It will kill 80% of the spores. Vacuum on a daily basis a dispose of vacuum bags which will contain the spores. Steam cleaning of carpets and furnishings will also kill a large number of the spores.

      Don't forget your cats bedding or basket. Wash the basket down with a bleach solution and wash the bedding in very hot water. Confine your cat to one room of the house to avoid spreading spores all over the house.

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it weird/odd/wrong to shower with my dogs almost daily?
    Just they love to run around in the water and get under the tap; I don't use shampoo/soap etc on them ad I don't mind combing them out (Maltese X Silky and a Maltese X Pomeranian).
    Is it weird/odd/wrong??
    I've got a Pomeranian X, I've got to blow dry her as dry as possible so she fluffs up, they're dry, LOL.

    • ANSWER:
      No it is not weird or odd to have shower with your dogs. Bonding helps. But it is not right to get the dogs wet everyday/ almost daily, as it might help growth of fungus on their skin and in between digits. In case you live in humid environment, the chances of getting fungus is very very high. But if you must have shower with your dogs, make sure that you dry them thoroughly, and take care that no water gets into their ears. You will have more problems

  37. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if a dog has ear mites?

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet to exam your dogs ears. By making a smear the vet or technician can search for mites,bacteria and fungus.
      Typically dogs get yeast infection and cats have the mites!

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the different germs that can cost the lives of your pet animals ?

    • ANSWER:
      Cats - Major viral infection

      Feline panleukopenia
      Feline Leukemia Virus
      Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
      Feline Calicivirus
      Feline Pneumonitis
      Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
      Rabies

      Dog - Major viral infection

      Canine Parvovirus
      Canine Distemper virus
      Canine Influenza Virus
      Canine Hepatitis
      Canine Leptospirosis
      Kennel cough
      Rabies

      Rabbits

      Rabbit Calicivirus
      Myxomatosis
      Snuffles (Bacterial)
      Flystrike
      VHD (Viral Haemorrhage Disease)

      Fish

      Ichthyophthirius
      Gill Worm
      Anchor worm
      Flexibacter

      Hamster

      Polyomavirus
      Dwarf tapeworms
      Pinworm
      Aspergillis Fungus
      Notoedres (Ear mites)
      Mange
      Tyzzer's Disease (Bacillus piliformis)

      Reptiles

      Ectoparasites, primarily mites and ticks
      Haemoprotozoa
      Microfilaria
      Haemogregarine parasites
      Microsporidia (protozoal parasites)
      Cryptosporidia (coccidian parasites)
      Ophidascaris (Gastric ascarid infection)
      Mycotic infection (Basidiobolus
      spp. Geotrichium spp., Paecilomyces spp., Trichophyton spp., and Aspergillus spp)
      Dermatophilus congolensis

      Ferret

      Aleutian Disease Virus
      Canine Distemper
      Heartworm Disease
      Influenza
      Proliferative Colitis

      Horse

      Sporocysts - Protozoal Myeloencephalitis
      Worms and Parasites
      EI, Equine Influenza Virus
      Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis Virus
      Western Equine Encephalomyelitis Virus
      Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis Virus
      Equine Infectious Anemia Virus

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there something wrong with my dog's ear?
    I have a 15 month-old lab mix. I had never cleaned his ears before but I noticed some dirt in the left ear. When I looked closely, it was really dirty! We gently used some q-tips to clean it. But the right ear was very clean--no visible dirt. Is there something wrong with his left ear? (It was dirt, not dried blood.) Why was one ear so dirty and one ear so clean?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have some kind of ear fungus or infection. If it smells bad (you may have to actually get in his ear to smell it--I know, it's gross) then it is most likely some kind of fungus. This could be why he or she only has it in one ear. You should take your dog to the vet to have it cleaned, and they should give you some solution to clean the ear out every day until it goes away. Otherwise it will spread to the other ear.

  40. QUESTION:
    I think my Doberman puppy has ringworm?
    I took him in to get his ears docked a week ago and now he has a lesion on his head. I think it is ringworm.

    What does ringworm look like when it is just starting and later on.

    When we start treatment, how long does it take for it not to be contagious any more.?
    Oh, he is definatly going to the vet first thing in the morning, I am just trying to get some answers before because I think he may have gotten there.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably best to take the dog to a vet if the area is heavily inflammed.

      If it is ringworm it will show as an round area (sometimes with a tail off it) and the hair will break off in that circle.. Ringworm is fluorescent under a black light (disco lights that turn white a glowing blue!) and if it is ringworm the vet will prescribe an antifungal cream - Ringworm is actually only a fungus and is not a living worm like creature.

      I have found that Tea-tree (Melaleuca Oil) oil is very effective on ringworm as it is antifungal antibacterial and because it is an oil it is also not too drying on the skin.. To apply the teatree oil do not use the 100% concentrate use the 15% dilute mix you can buy at the shops and apply it sparingly 3 times a day to the area with a cotton ball. Tea tree is also good for hot spots on dogs as the cream they often prescribe makes the hot spot weepy and lasts a lot longer.

      I am not sure when it stops being contagious but wash you hands often and wash all of the dogs bedding with a spash of the oil in the wash and that will help get rid of it quickly..

      Good Luck

      Look after you puppy and his ears.. What you do now will last a lifetime.. Make sure the splints are keeping the ears erect or you will have half flop ears..

  41. QUESTION:
    How do You know you have allergies?
    my nose is really stuffed.my eyes burn a little i been sneezing and the major thing i been goin through is my throat has been feelin very...i dont know "itchy" and my ears have been bothering me also

    do you think this is a cold or maybe allergies?

    • ANSWER:
      Allergies

      What is an allergy?

      An allergy is a disorder of the immune system which, causes an exaggerated response within the body when you come into contact with a foreign substance, that would be harmless in most people. The contact can be with your skin, mouth, gullet (oesophagus), stomach, intestine or with the lining of your lungs. Substances in the environment that cause the response are known as allergens and someone who suffers a response to a particular allergen is said to be allergic to it. If you are allergic to a particular allergen you may suffer from a mild cough or a sneeze attack, but for others the symptoms can be much more severe, and can even lead to death. Almost any substance can be an allergen for someone.

      Allergies are generally the body’s way of eliminating something it considers unsuitable. Allergies are responsible for many illnesses, especially in young children. If you think you have an allergy, you must contact your doctor who will help you to control the symptoms.

      What causes allergies?

      An allergy occurs when the allergen in question e.g. pollen, triggers a reaction in the body of the individual. When the allergen comes into contact with the body, the immune system believes that the specific allergen is harmful and so produces an antibody called IgE (E-class Immunoglobin) to fight it. This antibody then triggers chemicals, including one called histamine to be released from cells (called mast cells) in our skin, lungs, nose or intestine, causing the various symptoms of an allergic reaction.

      The most common allergens are as follows:

      The house dust mite is one of the most common causes of allergies and no matter how clean your house every household will have them. The warmth and humidity in most homes is an ideal breeding environment for them, therefore our beds are a haven for them and a single mattress can contain up to 2 million mites. Mite allergy is caused by the mite faeces, which when inhaled cause breathing problems (asthma) or can irritate the skin on contact.
      Pollen from grass, trees and weeds is the second most common cause of allergies. Pollen allergies are usually seasonal. This type of allergy is called hay fever.
      The family pet is also a common cause of an allergy. The majority of U.K. households have a pet with 40% of asthmatic children being allergic to cats and/or dogs. It is usually the skin/fur (animal dander) which causes the problem. For more details on animal allergies click here.
      Insects bites such as those from bees or wasps.
      Foods and drinks, such as milk, eggs, fish, wheat, soy, citrus fruits, seafood and peanuts. Colourings and preservatives can also trigger attacks. For more information on food allergies click here.
      Cosmetics, toiletries, jewellery and washing powders all contain common allergens. Symptoms are typically identified by an itchy, red rash.
      Mould and mould fungus. Mould grows in damp conditions and is obvious in houses that have damp patches on the walls or black mould around window seals or bathrooms. Mould spores can also be found in the soil of house plants.
      Latex and rubber.
      Certain medicines and drugs, such as antibiotics and anaesthetics.
      What symptoms are linked with an allergy?

      There are many different types of allergies and the symptoms can vary according to what the allergen is, how severe the reactions and what part of the body is involved.

      Common symptoms of an allergy may include:

      Attacks of sneezing or a runny nose (usually key symptoms of an allergy).
      Blocked nose and sinus pain.
      Watery, itchy eyes.
      Itchy, red rashes or inflamed skin (eczema or dermatitis).
      Number of raised bumps or weals surrounded by red skin, which can be itchy. This is known as urticaria, hives or nettle rash. Urticaria can be caused by allergies to animals, foods, bee stings or medicines.
      Coughing.
      Swelling of the lips and tongue.
      Diarrhoea.
      Sickness and vomiting.
      Itchy, sore throat.
      Wheezing and shortness of breath (asthma attacks).
      Anaphylaxis, the most extreme of allergic reactions.

      How many people suffer from allergies in the U.K.?

      The number of people with allergies has increased dramatically over the past 20 years:

      1 in 3 people will at some time in their life suffer from an allergy.
      1 in 5 people suffer from hay fever (Over 9 million in the U.K. are thought to be affected).
      1 in 5 school children are thought to be affected by asthma.
      Approximately 6 million people have eczema.
      Why do people get allergies?

      It is unknown exactly why people get allergies, some experts believe they could be hereditary. This is especially true for certain reactions such as, asthma, eczema and hay fever. If one or both parents have allergies there is a high chance the child will also have allergies. However, the child only inherits the likelihood of having allergies, not a particular allergy. A child is also more likely to develop allergies if exposed to passive smoking.

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  42. QUESTION:
    I need to know what mange on a rottweiler looks like?
    We recently moved where there are other dogs. My dogs have always been very healthy, until we were in Oklahoma for about 3 weeks---they got terrible fly bites on there ears......we got that taken care of and they were as good as new till we moved to another state....there is a dog that lives where we do and I think it has mange ( I have looked it up and I believe thats what she has her owners say its a skin disease but she is constatly itching, has a few scabbed areas and alot of her hair has fallen out she is 13 years). Since we have been here my male rott has gotten a couple of areas on his muzzle that are a dirty gray in color and looks like the hair is falling out, he doesn't seem to be itching it. Any suggestons would be helpful?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin conditions can be caused by many many things. Most commonly are allergies, mange (specifically demodex, which is caused by a compromised immune system and stress - not contagious to you), ringworm (a fungus that is contagious to you), and sometimes even flea allergy dermatitis. The best option for you is to take him to your vet for an exam. Most likely, a skin scrape will be performed, which allows the vet to see if there are any mites involved. A culture of the hairs and follicles can also be performed to check for fungus growth. In any case, a pair of trained eyes and some diagnostics are your best bet. I would take care of this problem now before it a) gets worse or b) spreads to you or your other animals.

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    how can i tell if my dog has ringworm?
    my dog Buddy may have ringworm. idk how he contracted it, but i also have it too (the DR prescribed me something dont worry.) he is getting old and suddenly all these health issues hav just popped up: the ringworm, ear mites, swollen anal glands. i want to know how i can tell it IS ringworm. i know the signs, but HOW CAN I BE POSITIVE???
    we also do not have the money for a veterinarian.

    • ANSWER:
      Ringworm in dogs is a contagious skin illness caused by fungi affecting various parts of a dog such as the scalp, body and feet. This fungal infection can be transmitted by direct contact between infected and non-infected dogs.

      http://blogs.dogtime.com/pet-articles/2008/12/how-to-treat-dog-ringworm

  44. QUESTION:
    Can you catch mange from a dog?
    We've just recently adopted a very cute mutt, but he's recently showing signs of dermatatic mange - the vet has been to see him and says it could be a fungus and/or mange. We are treating him for both but I was wondering if humans can catch it off their pets.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. There are 3 kinds of mange in dogs such as Demodex, Sarcoptes and Otodectes. Demodex are ordinarily found in dog's skin but when their immune system goes down, these multiplies a lot and cause alopecia or balding all over the body but this type of mange is not contagious. Sarcoptes is the one that can infect humans or even cats. It causes a lot of itchiness and also alopecia. Otodectes is only confined to the ears but when it is severe it also crawls to the outside part of the ears (to the body) but does not cause balding, only itchiness.

  45. QUESTION:
    Do you think giving yogurt to a dog would help with yeast infection in ear?
    **She has been to vet-can prove it:) Vet prescribed 1st visit: Conofite drops & OtiSoothe cleanser. 2nd visit, new vet: Nystatin Cream (Vaginal Cream!!)...to no avail...looking into grain-free food options, etc.
    yeah, yogurt in the ear, that was my plan...lol. Educate yourself and you will see why this has worked for some:)

    • ANSWER:
      ROTFLMFAO............NO!!!!

      Where on earth did you come up w/this STUPID bit of INSANITY????
      FUNGUS is killed w/ FUNGICIDE!!!

  46. QUESTION:
    Can I use my 'for people' organic oatmeal wash on my dog, instead of dog shampoo?
    He is a chihuahua, doesn't shed almost at all but has dandruff. I figured oatmeal would be good for that, but could I use mine, or is it necessary to get his own?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you can. Most pet shampoos tend to be less alkaline in nature then our shampoo. Just asses for itchy or dry skin. A rehydrater or creme rinse will be nessesary to lower the PH after your "human" shampoo. Rehydrater should sit on coat for at least 3-5 minutes before cool rinse. Leave in conditioners can also be healpful and often provide SPF.

      YOu may want to try Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo. This is an effective treatment for humans and canines. Get the one with Coal Tar and Sulfer. This is excellent for occasional use for treatment of seborrhea, dandruff, allergy, bacteria, fungus, and dermatitis of unknown origins.

      Keep shampoo out of eyes and ears.

  47. QUESTION:
    Any special homemade remedies for you?
    I love hearing about people's ideal homemade remedies for beauty/health etc. Feel free to tell me yours! I'd love to hear them!

    • ANSWER:
      Very handy tips!

      Did You Know That? Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately -- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

      Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

      Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

      Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

      Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

      Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer . Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly -- even though the product was never been advertised for this use. (Note: Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine is not the same..and contains aspirin, which can cause stomach bleeding if you have ulcers.)

      Honey remedy for skin blemishes... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

      Listerine therapy for toenail fungus... Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

      Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

      Coca-Cola cure for rust... Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the coke is what gets the job done.

      Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

      Smart splinter remover...just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

      Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

      Balm for broken blisters...To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine ... a powerful antiseptic.

      Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

      Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dish washing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas.
      Rainy day cure for dog odor... Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

      Eliminate ear mites... All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

      Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

  48. QUESTION:
    I need help with my dogs ear fungus?
    I have an 11 yr old labrador and she has fungus in her ears it sticks so much and is gunky all the time, I dont know what to do ive been to the vets so many time and spent so much money even had her put under to have her ears cleaned, i clean with the solution they give me and put creme in but i finish treatment it always comes back, does any one have the same thing happen i just want to get rid of it for good, i think it may have been caused from her swimming at the beach when she was little, i dont know, can you help?.

    • ANSWER:
      I've never had a problem with ear infections, but my mother-in-law's Westie had alot of trouble with the. She got fed up with the vet continuously trying something new, so she went and bought Monostat (yes, for women), cleared it up within 3 days and she didn't have any reoccurring problems.

  49. QUESTION:
    has anyone used "blue power wash" to treat their dogs ears?
    I have a Rottweiler who is constantly getting ear infections,every time he gets one we take him to the vets who gives him medication but this never seems to clear it up.
    I read on line about "blue power wash" for an ear cleaner and wondered if anyone has used it and what was the results.

    • ANSWER:
      if your dog has ear infection ONCE as adult it might not become chronic.
      unfortunately so many times it becomes a big problem.. first bad news, if the dog has narrow ear canals, and size of dog has nothing to do with this...some small dogs have large openings to the eardrum...so if a dog has narrow ones, and gets frequent infections, his ear canals will thicken and suffer fungal/bacterial infections again and again. and real bad news is the surgery for this out of control ear problem, ear canal removal..

      it can cost thousands of dollars to treat ear infections, originally they might be allergy related, the dog scratches, the bacteria/fungus invades the skin and because of lowered immune response due to allergy, the dog develops infection making more ear infections etc.

      what might be done is this (vet prescriptions required) desoximetasone cream placed far back inside ear and massaged to open ear canals..antibiotic/antifungal ointment made specifically for your dog after sending out specimen of infected ear matter and testing this to find drugs effective to destroy the infection. (many are resistant super bugs)

      to clean ear use 3 tblspn rubbing alcohol 3 tblspn white vinegar 1 tsp boric acid powder, mix and then with cotton square soak the ear, with a few dry squares compress them (the bad one) dry. 2 x day till things improve. this is chronic ear infection, hope this helps.


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