Treatment For Yeast Infection In Dogs Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. 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.

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

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

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

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

  6. QUESTION:
    How do i tell if my cat has ear mites or a yeast infection in his ear? (without going to a vet)?
    He has black goo coming out of both ears. It is slimey and kind of looks like coffe grinds. It is dark brown in color. I have two types of treatment at home. One for ear mites and one for a yeast infection. I don't want to give both. Bringing him to the vet will cost me .00 for him to look at him and .00 for a lab fee- money which I don't have at the moment. Thank you for any help! Greatly appreciated! In the mean time, I have just been cleaning his ears with warm soapy water and cotton balls- not going inside the ear. His ears are just terribly dirty in there. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      With a yeast infection, the ears will produce a very strong 'yeasty' smell. if there is an oder in your cats ears, then its probably a yeast infection.

      go ahead with the yeast infection medicine, and be sure to clean the ears very well. dogs and cats ears are very VERY deep so do not be afraid.

      if it doesnt seem to make a difference after about a week, then try the mite treatment.

  7. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Bath the dog in a good cleansing dog shampoo. Concentrate around the neck and under the ears. Make sure that he is properly brushed out before bathing.

  8. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?

    • ANSWER:
      give her a bath with dawn dih detergent

  9. QUESTION:
    Yeast infection treatment left my dog's fur around her neck and ears greasy and sticky! How do I fix it?
    We applied Tri-Otic to her ears, the white creamy stuff them rubbed it into her ears, like the vet told us to. Now her yeast infection is resolved, but as a pomeranian the fur around her ears, neck, and head is all greasy. Sticky, clumpy, and wet looking. How do I get it off without using something too harsh? Anybody have experience with this?
    That is really safe on animals?
    i found it but it is an extremely durable adhesive. Are you really saying to put this on my dogs face? Seriously?

    • ANSWER:
      use goop on the ears and then wash them with shampoo. You can find it in the auto parts section at most stores. Goop not anything else. I am a groomer and this is the safest most effective way to take care of this problem.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of/used athletes foot powder for a dogs ears?
    I have a 10 yr old dog with pendulous ears, therefore they stay damp. Several times she has gotten what the vet calls a yeast infection and prescribe expensive meds. My friend who has a farm, several healthy dogs and s knowledgable about vet issues says I should sprinkle some athletes foot powder lightly in her ears. Comments?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't heard of such a treatment, but I can't see it being something BAD... but I'm not a vet. Could you ask your vet? Or perhaps a different vet in your area for ideas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my dog has an ear infection or a yeast infection? or even Mites?
    Her right ear has this dark brown waxy stuff inside. It does have a sour odor to it. She shakes her head a lot but does not seem to be in any pain? Should I take her to the vet? I have Opi drops that I have been using 2 times a day. Thank you.
    Thank you so much for the help! I will be taking her to the vet!

    • ANSWER:
      Since ear mites are microscopic in nature, the only way to tell for sure is to take her to the vet. Yeast infections require a culture to see what kind, and infections also need vet treatment. The best thing to do for the dog is to take her to the veterinarian and find out what the problem is, then treat her accordingly. Good luck!

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of yeast in a dogs ears?
    i have a black lab who has yeast in his ears and it smells god awful and has my whole house stinking. ive taken him to the vets and theyve given him antibiotics and eardrops and he still has it. what can i do?

    • ANSWER:
      We have a black lab that is prone to ear infections too. It's because he loves the water and it gets inside his ears. It is a nice warm place that doesn't dry out so the yeast grows readily. I can tell when his ears are bothering him because he shakes his head a lot.
      You have to get your dog use to having his ears cleaned regularly by you. Even dry then out after he/she swims and I mean dry then out deep inside too. Be firm with the command to sit, have somebody help you by holding his head. If he snaps or twists his head away just firmly say no and then continue with the treatment. Our lab doesn't like it either, but this is the way we got him to sit still finally. I can now do it by myself except on a rare occasion when his ears get badly infected and hurt him. We do it fairly often especially in the summer, he seems to have caught on that it makes him feel better though he definitely doesn't like it! There is an ear cleansing solution called "VET" solutions you can get from your vet that isn't to expensive. It keeps the inside of the ear acidic so the yeast can't grow as well. Use it regularly and it keeps the infections under control. There are Otomax drops too which you can just drop in the ears and then rub the ears at the base to distribute the med throughout the inner ear. This is used after you clean the ears. Our dog has gotten so he likes it when you rub the base of his ears.

      After it is all done make a big deal about how good a dog he was by petting and praising him. Giving him a treat too reinforces his positive behavior. (Our dog loves carrots which are a healthy treat too, we don't even buy dog biscuits anymore.)

  18. QUESTION:
    What kinda of ear infection does my DOG have?
    i realized a month ago that my floppy ear malti poo has a very dry and flakey ear. Just the one.
    its slightly red and seems like it really itches her. theres no discharge or foul smell. is a yeast infection? or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      It definitely sounds like a problem, but without more information it's impossible to tell you exactly what it is. It could be a chronic condition like eczema, or it could be an infection, or it could be simply dry skin. Only a qualified veterinarian can tell you for sure. Only a proper diagnosis will lead to an effective treatment. Call your vet and have your dog seen as soon as possible.

      Drs. Foster & Smith have a pet education section that has a lot of information you might find useful. Check out this page: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=427

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    what herbal or home treatments can i give my dogs for yeast infection?
    their ears are stuffed with brown to yellow yeast and there is no other bacteria found in them. i have bee going to the vet twice since and still they have it. though it went down greatly that their not so touchy. but i hate to go for the third time and pay another 140$ for they wont give resupplys until they check him. im hopping for herbal stuff besides vinager.

    • ANSWER:
      You've got a lot of good answers so far!
      I also wanted to mention that the food that you are feeding could be contributing to the problem though.

      There are so many grains and unnatural things in kibble dog food that can cause problems for them its unbelievable!
      Food sensitivities and allergies can cause a great deal of ongoing skin and ear problems for dogs!

      You might want to try switching over to a 'grain free' kibble and do ALOT of research on dog food and canine nutrition! You will be amazed at what you learn!

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for my chocolate labrador?
    He gets repeated ear infections in one ear and the vet keeps giving him anti biotics. He had skin disorders and the vets didn't know what to do about this ...but a man walking his lab told us to give a daily fish oil tablet...and his skin condition is cured. Maybe someone has used something that works for the ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      due to labs having floppy ears they get allot of moister in their another thing is that with him having the skin problems it probably indicates he has allergies their is a couple things you can try
      cleanse the ear with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water The vinegar acts to break down the wax in the ear, and creates a pH in the ear which prohibits the growth of bacteria and yeast. If the dog already has the infection keep him on the oral anti biotics and use Ear Relief by Veterinarian's Best retailing for .99 at petsmart.com but if he does not have a infection right now use the vinegar regularly to prevent any from coming it worked really well in my dogs due to our climate and the fact that they love the water all of my dogs have gotten infections from time to time until i started using the vinger treatment it keeps them at bay I may only get one infection every now and then and mostly because i slack off on cleaning their ears out we have a border collie a sheltie a springer spaniel a Pekingese and a German Shepard any way good luck hope this helps . Amy

  22. 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 :)

  23. QUESTION:
    Our dog stinks really bad! What could the odor be and what do I do to get rid of it?
    We have a Shi Tsu and recently got another Shi Tsu. Ever since the new dog came we have this horrible odor coming from both dogs. Help! We are gagging!
    I appreciate the advice telling me to give our dogs a bath. If I was that stupid, I probably couldn't work the computer.

    • ANSWER:
      take them to the vet. really! if they smell that bad then something is wrong. It could be that one has a dental problem and spreads that "infection smell" when they lick themselves or they could have a bacterial infection on the skin, yeast infection in the ears or yeast infection of the skin. I had a cocker that got yeast infections on the skin and the infections were caused by thyroid problems. Please do not waste your time and money on worthless shampoos and treatments from any store. Take the dogs to the vet and find out the specific cause so you can get the right treatment.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my dog has ear mites?
    My dog has a red little bump on his ear (like if a mosquito bite). Does anyone know what it has?

    • ANSWER:
      Cat and Dog Ear Mites
      Signs & symptoms · Diagnosis · Treatment · Related articles
      What Are Ear Mites?
      Ear mites medical terms: cerumen, otodectes, notoedres, demodex, malassezia yeast, staphylococcus bacteria, streptococcus bacteria, pruritus
      Ear mites in dogs and ear mites in cats are tiny little creatures rather like spiders. They have 8 legs and live on or just under the surface of the skin. The two species of mites that cause ear infections are Otodectes and Notoedres. Otodectes infect dogs, cats, foxes and ferrets. Notoedres infect cats—usually the body and sometimes the ear. A common mite that causes skin infection and may involve areas of the head around the ears is demodex. While demodex causes skin infections around the ear, it does not cause infections in the ear canal.

      Who gets ear mites?
      Ear mites usually infect young pets, especially pets in shelters, and abandoned puppies and kittens. Older pets are somewhat resistant to mites. If the pet’s ear mites infect humans, the mite dies within a couple weeks because humans are not their natural host.

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I clean scabs from my dogs ear?
    She gets the scabs from hematomas from shaking her head. Her ears are clean and she has no mites just shakes her head a lot and the ear flapping causes the hemtoma to occur at the tip of her ear and then breaks open whenever she shakes her head flapping her ears. I'm hoping to find a way to fix her ear so it will heal and hopefully stop the scabs from opening up. Any suggestions will be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      She's shaking her head because she has a painful ear infection. Take her to the vet and have the vet take a swab to determine if the infection is caused by bacteria or yeast, or a combination of both.

      As long as she has the ear infection it will continue to worsen and she will continue to shake her head. She needs vet treatment.

  26. QUESTION:
    How do you remove ear wax in dogs?
    I have a German Shepherd Dog/Yellow Lab cross whose ears slightly flap over. Recently he has has an abundance of ear wax. I treated him with OTC ear mite treatment, but his ears are still producing lots of dark wax and he's shaking his head. Unfortunately for both of us we live in a foreign country (not the US) and there is no veterinary care around. I don't know what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs rarely have ear mites.
      Zymox, available online without a prescription, treats bacteria and yeast infections.

  27. QUESTION:
    Treatment for dog swollen ears and losing hair?
    My dog use to hide under the bed and dark places. Now maybe of mosquito bite or using excess dry shampoo, she is suffering from swollen ears and losing hair.

    I would like to know what treatment I should give my dog. Thanks...:)

    Kimi.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like a yeast infection than anything else. But you should get the vet to rule out a bacterial infection.

      Is she scratching, have red eyes or getting thickened skin where she is losing hair? These can be sure sign of yeast.

      This can be really hard to get rid of in the long term, One thing to try is 1 part apple cider vinegar mixed with 3 parts water. Use this to clean her ears and wash down with after a bath or in her itchy spots. Continue the ear drops daily for at least two weeks and then use twice a week after that.

      Another thing that seems to work well is a product called Zymox. I'm in Australia and had to order mine from the US but it seems to be working really well.

      One of the best things you can do to help prevent yeast issues is to not feed your dog any grains or high carb vegetables. This is harder than it sounds as most commercial foods use these as fillers. My dogs don't get any commercial food at all; I feed then a carnivore diet of meat, meaty bones and organs.

  28. QUESTION:
    A dog that is believed it have had a tick and now has an open wound, how do we treat it?
    I've just been given a dog to look after for a month, now this dog is 7 years old and has infection in its ears. After looking at the infection we believe theres been a tick there and the dog has had no proper treatment as the wound it circular and is open. This is also causing the dog to scratch its ears from irritation we believe. Is this a tick wound and what can we do to help it heal?

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infections are a common problem for dogs. Consequently, ear mites are often a problem that accompany an infected ear. The two most common infections are otitis externa, infection of the ear canal, and otitis media, the infection of the middle ear. The cause of the ear canal infection, is most commonly bacterial or yeast related. It can also be a result of wax build up, thick or matted hair in the canal, debris, impaired drainage of the ear, mite infestations are a secondary result of another bodily infection.

      Otitis media, an infection of the middle ear, is a common result of the spread of an infection from the ear canal, where debris, ulceration, or improper cleaning ruptures the eardrum moving the infection into the middle ear. The discomfort your dog or cat experiences from an ear infection is often displayed in shaking his/her head or scratching of the ears. Often the infection causes red and inflamed ears with an offensive odor and perhaps some yellow/black discharge. If discomfort is observed and the dog often tilts his/her head this may be a sign of an infection of the middle ear.

      When dogs have repeat ear infections it's often because of underlying allergies. Here's the deal: Either flea allergies, food allergies, bacterial allergies,or inhalant allergies (also known as atopy) ...or any combination of these allergies irritate the mast cells that are concentrated in the canals of the dog's ears.

      You have to determine what ear infection the dog has to treat it properly. Since you have no experienced this before, it is best to have a vet check it out. It can be as simple as an ear cleaner or some vinegar/water mix to as complicated as flushing the ear and giving the dog medication. Consult a vet.

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for yeast infections for dogs?
    My Chow/Lab mix has a yeast infection in his ears and all over his body
    WHat is the best home treatment

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of dog ear mites?
    My dog gets ear mites regularly... the vets meds help but they come back!!! I clean as often as he will let me and I have tried all kinds of drops, dring creams etc....

    • ANSWER:
      Introduction
      Ear mites (otodectes cynotis) are common to most pets - especially strays. Symptoms include scratching, shaking of the head and a reddish brown or black waxy buildup in the ears.
      Instructions
      Difficulty: Moderately challenging
      Things You'll Need
      Mite Medications For Pets
      Cotton Swabs
      Medicine Droppers
      Mineral Oils
      Flea Shampoos
      Steps
      1Step OneConfirm with your veterinarian that your pet has ear mites.
      2Step TwoUse a small dropper with lukewarm mineral oil to lightly coat the inside of the ear. After several hours, the waxy buildup should soften so that you can clean out the ear with a cotton ball.
      3Step ThreeAsk your veterinarian about prescription insecticide or use an over-the-counter brand - these are fine for most cases. Use the product as directed.
      4Step FourBe patient and thorough. Treatments can take up to four weeks - enough time to eliminate any eggs that might hatch.
      5Step FiveGive your pet mild flea baths during the treatment period to squelch any wayward mites.
      6Step SixConsult with your vet about more aggressive medication for a particularly stubborn case.
      7Step SevenTreat all the animals in the household at the same time because the mites will relocate to new hosts.
      Tips & Warnings
      Check your pet's ears for a strong rancid smell. This could indicate an ear infection. Ask your vet for a medication that will treat the infection and eliminate ear mites.
      If you don't want to use traditional medications, dab mineral oil in your pet's ears (after they have been cleaned) with a cotton swab, twice a week for a month.
      Consider using an anti-yeast medication, since secondary yeast infections are commonly found with ear mite infestations.

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

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    Can't get rid of yeast infection in my dog's ears?
    I have a black lab/border collie mix, he constantly has infection in his ears, I clean them use the medicine and wash and have had them flushed twice which can get expensive. The vet said it is common in this type of dog and it could be allergy too, which I think so because he has really itchy dry skin on his back. I just don't know what to do to help him, should I change his food? I have been to two vets they both just say to give benedryl. But it doesn't really work, and I feel bad for him scratching at himself all the time.
    The ear medication I used was called Mometemax drops and also used a cream, I cant remember the name but it was in a pale green tube. Also use Oti Calm cleansing solution.

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your vet to try him on a 3 week course of Ketoconazole ( oral anti - fungal) It's expensive,but it works wonders.Also,have you tried pulling his ears back? Use a men's tube sock,cut the end off and slip it over his head ( you may have to secure it with some athletic tape) This will get the air circulating in his ears and help to kill the yeast.Feed him yogurt (plain,unsweetened) everyday,and add at least 2000 mg. of salmon oil to his food every day. Benedryl may stop the itching,but it doesn't kill the yeast.May I ask what ear medication you use?

      Hmmm...Has the vet cultured the discharge from the ears? Perhaps a different antifungal agent is needed.You may also try a rinse of 1/3 white vinegar,1/3 witch hazel and 1/3 dostilled water,in addition to the sock/headband treatment.Have you ever used Panalog? It seems to do the trick,or ,you could even try Monistat ( yes,for vaginal yeast infections.) Clean the ears with the vinegar/witch hazel solution,let dry well,and massage a little of the Monistat cream into the ear canal.It won't hurt the dog;I did a search;here are a few links for you.
      http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html
      http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art29091.asp
      http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dogear.html
      http://www.dermapet.com/articles/moeet.html

      Good luck in treating this frustrating problem.

  34. QUESTION:
    Dose my dog have allergies or a yeast infection?
    Her ear is very swollen and is oozing runny, yellow liquid.She itches it a lot.She cleans her paw and tummy a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      When the infection is already at this stage, i think it's best to bring your dog to the vet for a proper treatment plan.

      Here's a link you can refer to:
      http://lnk.nu/dogtime.com/v5x.html

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

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

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

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

  36. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep itching her ear?
    My dog has been having a problem with her right ear. She itches it a lot, I've tried cleaning it out with special pet solution from the pet store, when that didn't work, I took her to the vet and got them cleaned.

    It never helped though. It's been a couple weeks since the vet cleaned her ears and she is still itching, just the right ear though. I've looked in it, it doesn't look dirty, or infected, and it doesn't smell bad.

    Does anyone have any ideas about why her ear won't stop bothering her?

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog will need to go back to the vets office for a more thorough examination of the right ear of the cleaning didn't take care of the problem. Your vet will take a swab if he/she suspects a bacterial or yeast infection, or a scraping, if concerned it could be one of the types of mange. Itchy ears can also be caused by excess wax, ear mites, fleas, or food allergies. There are many things that can cause your dog discomfort of an ear,

      To try to treat it with stuff from a pet store - when you do not know what the problem is - never works. Each thing/condition requires a different treatment from the others.

      Call your vet for a recheck appointment on the ear and to find out what type of treatment the dog needs to get relief. Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    My dog has an ear hematoma, how much will it cost to fix?
    We've been fortunate to go through this dog's life without any kind of major vet bills. Through all the descriptions I've read, I'm sure he has an ear hematoma that the "travelling" vet will look at tomorrow. I've read so many different treatments. To treat or not to treat... Money is an issue, how much will it cost me?

    • ANSWER:
      You absolutely have to treat the underlying yeast infection that caused the head-shaking if that is the cause. Treatment of the hematoma itself is minor if the vet is conservative. They just give pain killers and use a steroid to take down the swelling. The surgery is not necessary. I read about vets pushing it often, but it is not necessary. Hematomas heal in about a month on their own if you treat the underlying infection.

      If the hematoma was caused by a bite from another dog in play or fighting, you will have to have some antibiotics too. You are looking at less than two hundred dollars for everything if your vet treats it with painkillers/steroids/antibiotics. If your vet pushes surgery, and you agree, then you are talking over 500.

  38. QUESTION:
    Dog food good for ear bacteria infections?
    Mixed rescued breed from the pound has abnormally thick ears with deep ear canals, yes I have taken her to the vet for treatment 6 or 7 times since I've had her in 2 years.
    German shorthaired pointer/ pitbull/ st benard maybe?

    • ANSWER:
      Grain free kibble has been shown to cut down on the number of bacterial and yeast infections. That said, you still need to clean the ears on a regular schedule and use a drying solution after baths, swimming, or other activities where the dog's head/ears get wet. Also, make sure you treat the current infection for the entire time specified by thevet (generally 14 days); the dog may seem better and the ears look better after only a few days,. If you stop the treatment early it will rebound worse and possibly mutate into an antibiotic resistant strain, as well as do permenent damage to the dog's ears.

  39. QUESTION:
    Someone suggest a good ear medicine for my cat?
    Max is always shaking his head violently, and scratching his ear with his back paw. He's 13 weeks old - not too young for medicine, right? I need something that I can get at the local Walgreens. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Vet diagnosis best, but sounds same as the prob I get from time to time with some of my pups and not usually in both ears!....Yeast infection....common with all domestic pets. Don't recognise the name you mentioned of a store, so obviously we are on opposite sides of the world. You can get 'over-the-counter' drops (dog and cat do the same job) that are usually described as "cleaning and drying". Costs around $A12 in my part of the world - where everything tends to be very expensive compared to USA and UK.
      Yeast infections are caused usually by moisture in the animals ears. If you can't afford proper veterinary treatment/diagnoses straight away, suggest you: soak a cotton ball and squeeze almost dry with hydrogen peroxide and swab/clean the affected ear as deep down as you can with care and without causing distress to your 4 legged buddy. . Then, repeat same with cotton ball soaked and squeezed with methylated spirits. Peroxide is anti-bacterial and the metho also helps, as well as being an excellent 'drying' agent.
      Check the inside of your pets ears first though..... if looking raw the metho may cause him pain, though only momentarily. If red and raw - even if his ears feel a bit stiff/thick, the infection needs ear drops from the vet - prescription only in my part of the world, guess likely same in yours.
      My suggestions above are not something to use to avoid proper treatements - just something I have done with my darlings when unable to quickly get what they need - have been caught unawares with this ear problem even when checking weekly.
      My (pups) prescription only drops are called DERMOTIC but this is just the brand my local vet prescribes. The non-prescription/over the counter/pet supply shops ear cleanser/dryer - again what my local vet has available - is called MALACETIC OTIC. Again, there are different names/brands. Same stuff goes for puss as does for my pups.
      Please keep in mind.........if you don't get a proper diagnoses from a VET and don't maintain your furry friends ears, he could, quickly, (assuming he has a yeast problem) become deaf. Let alone the pain the poor bugger would be in with the infection!
      Please find a way to have your cat seen by a Vet. Hope all goes well and puss is OK!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. 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.

  42. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps getting sleeps arround his eyes, and then he's left with mildly bleeding sores. Any remedies?

    I don't have enough money right now to take him to the vet. Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely it is a yeast infection. Colloidal silver is a alternative to traditional antibiotics. You can buy it at a health food grocery store like Bashas or Sun Harvest.

      It tastes just like distilled water and can be ingested or applied to the skin, in the eyes, nose, or ears, or any other body part that requires treatment. Treat a couple of times a day by placing a drop or two directly in the eye and also use a cotton ball or Q-tip saturated to clean off the eye goobers twice daily. It is completely harmless to the eye and will not burn the eye or the open sores.

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    Anything else I can do for dog with ear yeast infection?
    My German Shepherd has had a bad yeast infection for a few weeks now. I recently got him (a few weeks ago) so I don't know if he had it long before I got him. We took him to the vet and he got a shot of cortisone, perscription yeast treatment to squirt into his ears, and aloe cleaning fluid. We cleaned them as instructed, which wasn't extremely productive with cotton balls, and used the treatment. We've also been giving him probiotics for a week or two now. (The shelter was giving him antibiotics for it!!) We also had his ears professionally cleaned, but within a day the gunk was back. He holds his ear down half the time and scratches it a lot; it really bothers him. Should I take him to see the vet again? What else can be done? Or does it simply need more time with the probiotics and cleaning? (He's not on the prescription anymore, but we still clean them once a week.) (He is on grain-free dog food.)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good article for you http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Not all grain free foods are good, and many are not good for yeast issues. Yeast feeds off of high starch, high sugar ingredients. Things like potato, tapioca, gluten, oatmeal, white rice, etc., will make yeast worse.

      First thing is to clear up the infection. Most of the time this means a course of antibiotics and daily ear cleaning. K9 Liquid Health is a great ear cleaner. Once the infection is cleared up again, put your dog on a raw or other fresh food diet free of any carb/starch source. Continue to use probiotics. Coconut oil is another helpful supplement to fight yeast. Your dog should improve and eventually stabalize on the raw diet. Once your dog is healthy and off medication, you can put him on a low glycemic dry food. Nutrisource grain free, Nutrisca, and Precise Holistic grain free are good choices.

      You will need to continue with frequent ear cleaning and probiotics long term. Good luck.

  45. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my dogs ears?
    When my dog digs at her ears there is a bad smell comming from them, anyone now what might be up??? And she does not like them being touched!
    Just to let everyone know I just got her last week from our neighbors and she is going to the vet tonight, I just wanted a heads up !
    That comment is for 'its just junk'

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like an ear infection, probably yeast,,Quite common, especially in dogs with heavy floppy ears,,,ie Cocker Spaniel. Your vet will probably give you drops. I use Canaural...I put the drops in their ears & massage them gently, They are probably quite sore at this point, your vet should start you off by cleaning them really well, & showing you how to use them. My dogs have accepted this treatment quite well, they know that I am trying to help them. Kudos for you taking your pet to the vet...

  46. QUESTION:
    My Dog is Scratching so much he is going bald. Is there a Shampoo or something I can use to help him?
    He does nothing but scratch and chew himself. His legs are blad His ears are Bald and he looks Sad. I just want to make him feel better.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your dog to a vet for a thorough exam. This could be a number of things.Scratching dogs generally may suffer fur loss when they develop a skin allergies and infections from excessive scratching that can be caused by anything from mange, to flea bites to infections to thyroid deficiency, to any other number of things. Sadly this fur loss often is permanent, especially if the dog develops a yeast-type infection or bacterial infection in the skin. Your safest bet is to let the vet check the dog and do skin scrapings to determine what it is so he can give the proper treatment.

      Papaw

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog's starting to get scabs on his neck and ears. He scratches at them and they get raw?
    His ears have scabs on them and he's losing a good amount of hair. (not going bald but has bald parts where his scab or open scab wound is) Please help me! Thank you and have a good day.

    • ANSWER:
      Can be a few things, ear mites, skin infection or a yeast infection.....You should consult a vet for the proper treatment... Hope it helps :)

  48. QUESTION:
    Will a womens yeast infection cream help a yeast infection in a dogs ears?

    • ANSWER:
      Not all yeast infections are the same. Besides being different strains there can be 2nd, 3rd additional bacterial infections also which yeast treatments will not help. Take to vet for accurate diagnosis then work on what is causing the yeast to occur - food, humidity, not cleaning etc.

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how to treat chronic ear infections in dogs?
    I have tried almost every ear cleaner! Help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs to see a vet that is knowledgeable about ear infection. There are different causes, and a variety of treatments...only an informed vet can tell you how to treat. Cleaners will not clear up an infection...your dog will need antibiotics or an anti-fungal or both. Some ear infections are caused by yeast, some by bacteria...and there are a number of possible contributing factors: environment, allergies, moisture, and even other illnesses can contribute to ear problems. Please see a vet about this, and if your vet cannot guide you, find one that can.


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