Dog Yeast Ears

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are dog ear infections contagious to people?
    My dog has a yeast ear infection (we are treating it with drops from the vet), Is it possible for him to transmit it to humans?

    • ANSWER:
      No, dogs and humans have completely different immune systems. You cannot catch diseases from your dog and vice-versa.

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    My dog has a yeast ear infection-What to do?
    Ok, so I took my dog to the vet last Friday, and the vet said 'she has a yeast ear infection give her benydrol and cut out all colored foods for the next 3 weeks.' Well I have, and she's been getting worse. She constantly wines, and her ear looks even worse. Is there something I can do from home, since obviously this vet has no clue what she's doing. I was thinking about taking her to a different vet, however it takes over a week to get a new dog in to see a vet where I live. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to make my dog feel better? If it helps she's a 5 month old Lab/Shepherd mix.
    It's already been swabbed, and it was confirmed that it's yeast.
    She is on a non-corn has been for a few months...

    • ANSWER:
      My french mastiff used to get nasty yeasty ears. The vet gave us Otomax liquid to clean his ears out with. Once it cleared up, we had to be very diligent keeping them clean- I just use the regular ear cleaner from Petco- smells like mostly alcohol to me. I have also diluted vinegar with water, and used cotton balls dampened with it to clean inside his ears....

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  6. QUESTION:
    is it safe to use Vagisil for my dogs yeast ear infection?
    A friend of mine told me it worked for her dog. I just got done using it. Was it a good or bad idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Is that what the vet told you to do? I'm sure you took the dog to the vet for a diagnosis, right??????

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

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

      Use this --

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears?
    My dog has yeast infection in both his ears. I know this because i took him to the vet. I have drops for his ears and an antibiotic but i dont know if theres anytihng else i should do to help the process? does it matter if he's in the heat or cold?

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics do NOT treat yeast infection. If anything, they will make the problem worse, as they kill the beneficial bacteria that attack yeast. You should clarify this with the vet, as I'd hate for a bad situation to become worse.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long does it take Zymox to help a dogs ear infection?
    Our cockapoo has a yeast ear infection. It has been 3 days and doesn't seem better. Does this medicine take a little while to work?

    • ANSWER:
      Zymox is an antibiotic for bacterial infections. It won't help yeast. They give this for secondary bacterial infections caused by the dog digging at her ears. Yeast is the most common infection seen in floppy eared dogs. It is reoccurent. Rubbing alcohol put into the year will kill it. If it is an active infection then put a capful in each ear 2 or 3 times a day until it seems to be better. Then when it seems gone, put a capful in each ear once or twice a week to keep any reoccurence under control.

      As the previous poster said Monostat or any athlete's foot cream or jock itch cream will kill the yeast. I prefer to use rubbing alcohol because it also drys out the ear so it doesn't regrow as quickly and allows secondary infections to clear up. It also helps to clean up the mess while the creams just add to the mess.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you stop dog from getting ear infections?
    My dog gets ear infections when it swims in my pond. I live on 5 acres and I can't really stop him from getting in my pond unless I were to lock him up in a cage which I dont want to do or put a fence around the pond which would look stupid. Is there any way to allow a dog to swim and not get ear infections?

    • ANSWER:
      You will need to take extra care to make sure your dogs ears are clean and dry.

      You may need to clean his ears each time he "decides" to go swimming. I'm assuming he is a floppy-eared type of dog, and many dogs like this can get yeast infections in their ears if they are not kept up with properly. Get some gentle ear-cleaning solutions and ear powder, clean the dog's ear with some big cotton balls soaked in the ear cleaning solution, and then put ear powder in afterwards to help dry up any excess water/solution that may be left.

      You may also want to talk to your vet and see if there is any kind of maintenance products he can give you. Maybe giving your dog his "own" pool would help, too! Filling up a kiddy pool outside might give him a less-gross place to lounge when it's hot.

  12. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

  13. QUESTION:
    how can I get rid of foul smelling ears on my dog?
    My little dog suffers from yeast infections in her ears. Not sure if it diet, or if it's the hair inside her ears. It starts with a foul smell, and develops into an infection. I wonder if there is another way to treat this naturally? She already has switched to a fish only diet which has helped her to stop constantly licking her paws. How can I lower the levels of yeast in my dog's system? And get rid of this smell!

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    What Are Signs Of A Dog Ear Infection?
    My dog scratches her ears alot and then my other dog started doing it to and anytime i try to look at them they wont let me and are very squirmy. Any Ideas if this could be an infection, but if not what then?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lemons!!! You can not treat this at home; she needs a vet as soon as possible. Some of the common things that could have caused this problem include; allergies, mites, bacteria, infection, something actually getting into the ear, diseases, and yeast infection (and this isn’t even a complete list if that gives you any idea of how many different things can have the symptoms you are describing.)

      If she continues to scratch them and you don’t take her to the vet she could rupture her eardrum if she hasn’t already. Your vet should clean the ears and teach you how to (must be careful if done incorrectly more damage could be caused.) He may have to sedate the dog depending on how painful it is for her. He will then take samples to see what is wrong with her. Most likely she will need medication (antibiotics, yeast cream ect or so forth depending on the problem.)

      I am sorry !!!. Lots of luck!!!
      Jason Homan

  15. 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.

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    How to cure my dogs yeast infection?
    My dog has a yeast infection in both of his years. What is the best home cure that I can do for him? He's going to the vet at the end of the month. I want to try and help him before that so if it works he doesn't have to go through this anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      He needs to go to the vet now so the vet can do an ear swab and find out what kind of yeast (or other pathogen) is causing the problem. You can medicate a dog for a month for candidiasis and it will do nothing to alleviate malasezzia, orr vice versa. Most yeast infections in dogs are easily treatable but have to be diagnosed correctly.

      Bonzie 12, you don't treat yeast or other fungal infections with antibiotics. This often makes them worse as it kills friendly bacteria that help to fight the yeast infection. You have to use a different class of drugs called antimycotics.

  18. QUESTION:
    Any ideas to keep dog ears dry while swimming?
    My dog has had ear problems his whole life and it is caused by getting any kind of water in his ears. He has never swam before because of this. Not sure how long he has because of cancer so I have always felt like swimming would be something he would enjoy, but I don't want to further his pain by having him get an ear infection. I don't know if theres a such thing as a dog water cap or something like that. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason water causes ear infections is because the ear canal is L shaped, so they can't effectively shake it all out. Once the moisture is in, it create a perfect breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. Find an ear cleaner with a self drying agent in it. Oticalm/oticlense are 2 good ones but there are LOTS more. Just squirt it in each ear after swimming or baths, it will do the rest. If you use it 1-2 times a week even with not swimming, it should prevent future infections. They are safe enough to use every day. Try to avoid ones containing alot of alcohol, it wont do damage, but if the ears are inflamed it will sting, making it an very unpleasant experience. Since your pup is prone to infections, look for one with ketoconazole in it (pharmasab/trizultra/ketomax) but you may need to go through a vet to get those.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  20. QUESTION:
    My dog just recovered from a yeast infection in her ears. Can I give her a bath?
    My dog recovered from a pretty nasty yeast infection in her ears a few days ago. Is it okay to give her a bath? If water accidentally gets in her ears will it aggravate them and cause another infection? (My dog won't tolerate cotton balls, we've tried hundreds of times. She shakes them out within .02 seconds)

    • ANSWER:
      why not use a damp flannel or rag to wipe her face ( use a little baby tearless shampoo about a peasized amount ) and ears and give the rest of her body a good scrub from her neck downwards that way you wont get water in her ears!

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the most effective way to treat my dog's yeast infection?
    Our dog is 5 years old now and for the last month or so, he's had a really bad yeast infection in his ears and around his chin. We've been giving him a prescription from the vet, but it doesn't seem to be working very well. Could you tell me how i can treat it for a long time without having to spend too much money on any kind of medicine?

    • ANSWER:
      FROM THE INSIDE:
      I'd first make sure he was on a high quality food without corn or wheat; these are very common empty additives; basically fillers with no nutritional value. They often cause nutritional imbalances and food allergies, making dogs more prone to infections of all types. Pretty much anything you pick up at the grocery store is going to have one or both.
      I suggest either Canidae All Life Stages:
      http://www.canidae.com/dogs/all_life_stages/dry.html
      Or Wellness by Old Mother Hubbard, either the fish and sweet potato or one of the allergy diets, initially, until you get his system straightened out:
      http://www.oldmotherhubbard.com/wellness/dog_index.html
      A tablespoon of plain yogurt on his food, once a day, helps re-establish beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Often yeast gets out of control when the good bacteria as well as the bad have been killed during a course of antibiotics.
      Also try adding a tsp of apple cider vinegar to his water bowl, yeast will not flourish in an acidic environment.
      ON THE OUTSIDE:
      For an earwash my vet gave me this recipe:
      1 part apple cider vinegar
      1 part hydrogen peroxide
      1 part water
      (I combine 1/2 cup each in a clean empty dish soap bottle with the push-pull top, and refrigerate after using, then allow it to warm up on the counter a bit before re-using; discard any left over after one week and make a fresh batch)
      Fill the ear canal with this solution, massage the base of the ear, and allow the dog to shake its head, then wipe with cotton balls. Never stick a q-tip into a dogs ear.
      Yeast infection can be treated externally with over-the-counter creams for athlete's foot or vaginal yeast infections (lamisil is our personal favorte) you can smear that in the ears and dab it on his chin; just be sure to soak off any crusts first with a warm wet cloth.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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

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

  27. QUESTION:
    Can I use this cream for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    Can I use this oxistat cream on my dogs ear?
    http://www.drug3k.com/img2/oxistat_12145_4_(big)_.jpg
    I got this from my round worm, just wonderin
    I got this for my round worm.***
    No it wasn't prescribed by the vet
    but the one they give me is also oxi something.

    • ANSWER:
      That is for vaginal yeast infections. Not intended for use on dogs.

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

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    how can i balance my dogs yeast level?
    i have an 11 week old pug puppy that is suffering from vaginitis, dermatitis, and a yeast infection in her ears. i know for women with yeast infections they can take natural pils taht help balance their yeast level. is there anything i can do to help my puppy?

    • ANSWER:
      Your puppies dermatitis and vaginitis have to be treated with antibiotics. As far as your dog's yeast infection it needs to be treated with otic antifungal medication. Miconazole is a popular medication that veterinarians prescribe. The mechanism for yeast infection in women is completely different from a yeast infection in a dog's ears so it can't be treated with by "balancing" a yeast level. You have to get rid of most of the yeast which is what the anti-fungal medications are for. The yeast grows in the ear because the environment in the ear may be favorable. The yeast like warm, moist, and dark areas. And yogurt won't work to treat this problem either. Also the signs that your puppy is showing may be an indication that your puppy may be developing some type of allergy. Allergies are a common cause of yeast infections in the ears. You should definitely have your puppy seen by a veterinarian not only to get the ear infection, dermatitis, and vaginitis treated, you should also have your dog evaluated for a possible allergy whether food or environmental.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can i do for my poor puppy?
    MY dogs ear is itching, well unless he is trying to get to his brain from his ear. Anyways he wont stop scratching his ear and shaking his head. HE did this the other night to and it woke me up then too. I just kinda waved that off becosue he eventually quit. BUT he is doing it again. What do you think this could be. Does my poor puppy have allergies. Could it be an ear infection or does he have ear mights. Any ideas.
    he is a yellow lab bye the way. A year and a half old.
    THe last ear infection he had he didnt shake his head like this and try to scratch his ear off. And unfortunantly we just threw away his antibiotic becouse the little nosel tip to get it in his ear broke.
    but if it was an ear infection wouldnt he do it all the time. NOt just at night???

    • ANSWER:
      ear mites look like black pepper. does he have that? an ear infection is mostlikely the cause-especially if you didnt finish out the medicine!
      a dogs ear canal is shaped kinda like an 'L' you cant see all the way down but alot could be going on on that bottom ridge where you cant see. take him back to the vets and tell them everything! if you let an ear infection go it could lead to hearing loss. and make sure you use all the meds this time-if it breaks again tell the vets and he can help you figure something out. until then a warm wet cloth will help to clean it just make sure no water gets in. you could try 90% alcohol and cottom balls-alcohol is thinnner than water and will dry if some were to get down on the ridge but dont rely on just that and not get him to the vets b/c alcohol can over time really dry out the ear causing yet another problem-yeast.
      when dogs lay they are relaxing and can feel everythng they usually dont when they are active b/c thier mind isnt being occupied. like having an achy muscle, you dont really feel it until you have stopped moving around for the time being. that is PROBABLY why he does this more at night but not def. get him to the vets and i hope all goes well.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the best solution to clean dog ears?
    My dog has a bacterial infection in his ears. I have taken him to the vet and am using antibiotic ointment. However, I need to clean his ears between applications of the medicine. What brand or type of non-prescription ear cleansing solution works best. I have heard changing the pH by using an acidic solution works well on yeast but how about bacteria? Also any suggestions on your method of cleaning a squirming pooch?

    Thanks so much for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't really recommend using the type of ear solution you squirt in the ear as you run the risk of forcing the bacteria deeper in the ear. I personally use unscented baby wipes for ear cleaning as I have a dog that is allergic to every ear cleaning solution I have tried. If you are in doubt of what to use I would recommend asking your vet though he/she should have told you what to use if they told you to clean between applications

  32. QUESTION:
    What brand of dog food would you recommend to change to?
    My 5 year old dog just came home from the vet with a yeast infection in her ears. The vet has suggested that we change her food and treats to help clear up the infection. She recommended that we change to food with rice, chicken, veggies or fish. Was looking for brands that others have tired? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, any food your dog likes that is high quality should be fine. Buy high-quality and avoid foods with any kind of by-product, and avoid those with fillers, especially corn.

      Go to your local pet-food specialty store, and ask for their recommendations. Take the time to read the ingredients.

      Ask also if they have any trial-size or sample bags of the foods that you are interested in buying; you really don't want to spend or more on a huge bag of dog food and find out that your dog doesn't like it. Spending a couple dollars on a small bag allows you to see if your dog will like it. My dog likes Nature's Menu's dry kibble food, "Chicken, Ocean Whitefish and Sweet Potato" flavor, but the best food in the world won't help if your dog refuses to eat it.

      There are a lot of high quality foods out there, and you will find that many people have their own personal favorite. You'll need to take the time to find which food your dog likes best that fits in your budget.

      If your dog has floppy (down) ears, be sure to stay on top of keeping them clean and dry, even after the infection has passed.

      Good luck! To learn more about dogs and related issues, check out Sharon McCuddy's "Lucky Dog" series of articles at http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/320974/sharon_annette_mccuddy.html

  33. QUESTION:
    Can dogs have yeast infection in their ears?
    My vet says that my dog does but i didnt really understand. and she also have to live with out any medication for it fo another 2 weeks so it doesnt interfere with her bladder antibiotics.

    Has anyone else had this problem?
    I have the medication for both problems but was told tehy would interefere with each other. Is there anything else ( other than cleaning her ears daily) that i can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes some dogs with longear flaps or very hairy ears have this problem.
      You may have to dry out the dogs ear several times per day and keep them very clean. You can sometime pout drops in the ear to dry them out. But ask the vet about that.
      Some dogs require surgery to modify the ear canal to prevent infections.
      Try cleaning them twice per day just wipe them out so thye are dry and see how it goes.
      If she is already on anitbiotics they could be making the yeast grow faster but you need to treat for one thing at a time. So you need to wait until she is done with the other antibiotics to deal with her ears.

  34. 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.)

  35. QUESTION:
    Can antibiotics cause a yeast infection in a dog?
    Similar to how women can get a yeast infection after finishing a dose of antibiotics could my dog have developed a yeast infection in his ear because of the antibiotics?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, antibiotics kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and allow the yeast to flourish.

      If your dog is on antibiotics you should be at least giving him some yogurt.

  36. QUESTION:
    What to do about my dogs ear infection?
    I have a 3 y/o Black Lab. His left ear is very red, has a bad odor and a lot of discharge. I have tried to clean it with peroxide and a cotton ball. He doesnt really like it though. Is this something he should go to the vet for? I find it ironic I am taking him on Friday for his shots. Just dont know if he needs to go sooner.

    • ANSWER:
      You should get your dog to the vet, preferably before Friday if possible due to discomfort. If you can't, the dog will most likely be ok. Don't continue to use peroxide, as it can actually make some of the problems worse. You could get an ear cleaner from your vet, or from a pet store, to clean the ear. Do not buy any actual medications, unless your vet has prescribed them. Most likely, this is a bacterial +/- yeast infection, and will need prescription medication.

      When you go to the vet, make sure that you have them show you the proper way to clean your dog's ears, and ask how often you should normally do this. Labs tend to get a lot of ear infections, mostly because they like water, and have floppy ears. So it would be a good idea to clean them regularly, so that your dog gets used to it, and so that you can catch any infection really early.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to treat a dogs ear infection (yeast) without going to the vet?
    My dog had the same problem 6 months ago and now it is back. What is the best medicine I can buy that I DO NOT NEED to go to the vet for. I would like to try something first before I make a vet appt.
    I can afford the vet but I am looking for an alternative first. Me buying ear drops for him at a pet store is NOT illegal. I know it's an ear infection because this is normal it happens to him often. This time I want to try something BEFORE I take him to the vet. I already spend a lot between his anxiety and CCD medicine, heartworm prevention, parasite prevention, and flea & tick prevention not to mention the food I must have him on because his digestive system is not strong. So thank you but I did think about it before I got him 2 1/2 years ago. Most pet owners don't end up having to spend that extra 0+ for health issues in their dog at least not a 2 1/2 year old dog. Guess what I kept him and make sure he has what he needs. I am asking for a BRAND of medicine (ear drops) that people have had success with. THAT IS NOT ILLEGAL. Especially when the infection is a normal thing with him because of his ears I know the problem, I'm looking to try a different solution this tim
    Ok look I know what can happen due to an infection I have been down this road with him and every time he has went straight to the vet. So I do know exactly what can happen, I also know WHEN it is to late for me to try something FIRST. I am pretty familiar with this issue now and catch it right off the bat.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing I'd try is switching to a grain-free low-carbohydrate food, such as Orijen, Wellness Core or Artemis Maximal Dog, or better still, a raw prey model diet. If the problem persists after a couple of weeks, ask your vet for an Rx for an oral antifungal such as itraconazole or griseofulvin. Topical medications seem to lose their effectiveness when used repeatedly for persistently recurring infections.

  38. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  39. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  40. QUESTION:
    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.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to get rid of or lessen an ear infection on a female dog.?
    My girls dog has an ear infection.She has used other medicine to make it better but i want to know if theres anyway to make it go away for good.
    And yes yes i know about the whole vet thing.We have taken the dog to the vet COUNTLESS times.And used ALOT of money of stuff he vet said would help but did nothing.One even made it worse!

    • ANSWER:
      Take the dog to the vet and find out what is causing the infection. It could be yeast or bacteria or a combination of both. It could be mites. There are different medications to deal with each problem. It's not a one size fits all type of medication.

      The dog should be taken to the vet ASAP. Ear infections are very painful and left untreated will cause deafness.

      Add: If you've taken the dog to the vet 'countless times' then you would be well aware of exactly what type of ear infection the dog has. Tell us what kind of infection and we can then telll you what has worked for our dogs in that situation.

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you get water out of a dogs ear?
    My dog went swimming yesterday and still has water deep down in his ear that he obviously cannot get out from shaking his head. I can hear it swishing around when I rub it. He is shaking his head constantly and I dont believe its helping, just causing him aggravation and I'm sure being uncomfortable.
    He suffers from ear infections so I cant leave the water in there to breed yeast and cause another infection. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      You can get swimmers ear drops at the drug store.It should be safe to use.But don't use them a lot because they have alcohol in them and it will damage the ear with prolonged use.I would not suggest ear powder because it will cake in the ear and cause more damage than good.A ear drying ear cleaner or cream is best to use as a preventive.

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat my dog ear infection at home?
    she keeps pawing her ears, there is a strong odor coming from her ear, and she is shaking her head alot! i know she has a ear infection and she has had a couple in the past! she is deadly afraid of the vet and i was wondering if there is anything i can put it in or should i take her to the vet? please give me things i can do to treat her ear infection at home if possible
    my dog eats innova and there r no grains in it! she is a golden retriever and they are just prone to ear infections! thanks everyone tried the vinegar and it helped!

    • ANSWER:
      Try this homemade ear cleaner. It has just been a miracle to my dogs when I found it. They don't get ear infections anymore. The ingredients are all available from a pharmacy without a prescription. Mix them in a 8 oz. bottle that had an applicator tip (like a hair coloring bottle from Sally Beauty Supply. Try to get one that has measurement lines on the outside). I would make some up and use it every day when you see your dog scratching their ear or if it smells or has discharge. Squirt some in and massage the ear canal well. When is cleared up, use it weekly for prevention. Try to trim any hair from the opening in the ear to help air get to it.

      6 oz. isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol (try to get the 91% alcohol )
      1 ½ teaspoons boric acid powder
      **Mix well until the powder dissolves**
      add 2 oz. white vinegar, then add one teaspoon of Betadine antiseptic
      **shake well now and every time before using**

      Also go read the ingredients panel on your dog food as grain allergies (grains with gluten, similar to celiac disease in a human) might be contributing to yeast overgrowth and ear infections. Most vets were not trained in pet nutrition and will recommend popular foods (or the Science D*** they sell) but not tell you to eliminate grains. Check these sites to understand good dog foods:

      http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/

  44. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    what food should i put my dog on he has bad yeast inf in his ear?
    M y poor poodle who's name is Dusty . Has a bad problem with yeast in his ear and I am trying everything, thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Where Can I Get Cephalexin Capsules for my dog?
    My dog suffers from ear infections, and I wondered if anyone knew where i could get this antibiotic called Cephalexin? My dog Nacho has had chronic infections and every time I take him to the vet, they priscribe the same priscription. Does anyone know where i can get this to keep handy?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, first of all, cephalexin is an antibiotic that is available by prescription only. You can always ask your vet to give you a script for it which you can fill at any human pharmacy, but definitely do NOT give your dog this medication if it comes from a source that doesn't require a prescription, because that is sketchy.

      Second of all, dogs can have two types of ear infections: bacterial or yeast. You dog should have an ear cytology done every time he has an ear infection to confirm the type of infection. If it is just a yeast infection, he doesn't need antibiotics--he needs a topical antifungal ointment. Sometimes dogs need both a topical ointment AND antibiotics.

      Furthermore, if he IS having repeated bacterial ear infections, you should ask your vet to do further diagnostics to find out why, such as having the ear cultured, or you may even need a referral to a specialist. Diagnostics or a trip to the specialist will be more expensive in the short-term, but in the longrun it will save you possibly hundreds of dollars, not to mention it will save your dog the pain and discomfort of having repeated ear infections.

      Also be sure that when your vet does prescribe medications for his ears, that you give them religiously when you are supposed to and you complete the entire course of antibiotics.

      Making sure that you keep his ears dry by drying them with a cotton ball after a bath may also help prevent these ear infections. Using a cleansing and drying ear solution for dogs, such as Otirinse, on a regular basis (like once to twice a week or more often if needed) can also help. Pick one up at your vet's office.


dog yeast ears

Dog Ear Yeast Infection Remedy

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Question about curing my dogs ear yeast infection?
    my dog has dog ear yeast infection, im using white vinegar and peroxide, ive been cleaning his ear with it for about 1 week (if that long) , and his ear still isnt cured.. how long will it take before its cured, & what other home remedies can help cure this ? ( ive heard raw apple cider vinegar works).

    • ANSWER:
      Cleaning your dog's ears with vinegar is good as a *preventative*, not a cure for a full-blown infection.
      Your dog needs to see a vet.

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a dog yeast infection?
    My dog has a reoccurring yeast infection in his ear. I want some natural remedies to cure it, please. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      http://healingdogs.blogspot.com/2008/06/treating-ear-problems-in-dogs.html

      All natural no steroid Itchy Ear drops from the UK available in the USA

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to cure a dog's ear infection?
    Natural remedies to cure a dog's ear infection. Have read about vinegar, garlic salt, alcohol, etc. Not sure if any of these would work.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe this will help you out.

      http://pethealth.petwellbeing.com/wiki/Dog_Ear_Infections

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1591&aid=273

      or it could be a yeast infection in your dog's ear. this link tells you exactly what to do if it is a yeast infection.

      http://www.dog-health-guide.org/yeastinfectionindogear.html

  8. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  9. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  10. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. QUESTION:
    Anyone know a natural way to cure a dogs ear infection?
    I have a dog that gets chronic ear infections. Would like to know if anyone has a home remedy to either prevent them or cure them.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast is easily controlled with either rubbing alcohol or white vinegar or a combination of the two. I prefer rubbing alcohol. If you clean the dogs ears with it a couple of times a week the yeast (infections) will not regrow.

  14. QUESTION:
    what to do for a dog with an ear infection?
    My dog has an ear infection, and I really don't want to spend a hundred just to go to the vet and have them diagnose it. Is there a good over the counter cream or drop that I can get from Petsmart, without having to go to the vet?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there are no over-the-counter remedies for ear infections. You are going to have to take him to the vet to be properly diagnosed and to get the right medication to eradicate whatever is causing the infection.

      You don't even know what you are trying to treat, so how would you be able to guess what medication the dog needs? Is it a yeast infection? A bacterial infection? If it's bacterial, which antibiotic will actually get rid of it? What if it isn't even an infection? What if it's an allergic reaction, or something in the ear, etc.?

      You need a vet for this one.

  15. QUESTION:
    How to cure atopic dermatitis and yeast infections in dogs?
    I have a small shichi (Shih-Tzu and chihuahua mix). I have taken her to countless vets and found out she has atopic dermatitis and a severe case of yeast infection inside and on her body. She is on antibiotics and Benadryl for dogs but doesn't seem to be getting any better. I've tried using yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and colloidal silver remedies but nothing seems to work. I really would love some ideas of what else I could do for her. Preferably natural remedies. I hate seeing my baby itch like crazy. :(
    I have tried to change her food up by giving her just hamburger for awhile but nothing changed. But I would def be willing to try again to see if it would help. No, I haven't tried the coal tar shampoo. She has some open sores on her body from itching so much. Would that hurt her and would it help take the yeast away? I have some medicated shampoo from the vet to take the yeast away but it can be so harsh that her paws bleed when I give her a bath which I really dislike. Her vet says she's a poster child for skin problems. :(

    • ANSWER:
      my last dog had severe environmental and food allergies resulting in excessive scratching, traumatizing the skin, and yeast infections ... NOTHING the vet told me helped, not even the doggie allergy specialist i spent tons on to see, none helped my dog ... i finally switched her to a grain-free limited ingredient diet (natural balance, the salmon one) and started adding raw organic apple cider vinegar to her kibble every morning ... she stopped itching and messing with her skin and she never had another yeast infection (skin or ear) for the rest of her life ...

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

      Benadryl for bee stings/insect bites

      Buffered aspirin for minor aches/pains

      Ibuprofin only when advised by Vet

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

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

  19. 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 :)

  20. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep getting ear infections?
    My 3 year old lab mix has had 6 ear infections (yeast) in the last year. I do clean them regularly. I changed her food to canidea lamb and rice. She is seen by her vet on a regular basis. What else can I do to help prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      It's the breed.. terribly chronic ear infections are a normal occurrence for labradors. My dog is only half labrador (half spaniel which is another breed prone to ear probs) and she suffers from the same chronic infections.. Well she used to, the only thing that worked was an ear wash made with glacial acetic acid or me using vinegar. All of the Otomax, and Surolan didn't do crap!! So glacial acetic acid is a component of vinegar, it works really well, you can also use diluted cider vinegar which works well too.

      Man I took my dog to the vet so many times for her ear problems, she got an aural hematoma, had to have surgery, so many ear infections and ear drops and nothing worked.. except for vinegar. Sometimes vets are so worried about making a buck off you they forget to mention the most simple and effective remedies. If you want to prevent her ear infections use diluted vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe her ears with once or twice a week.. eventually she won't even need it much anymore. My dog doesn't even get her ear infections at all now after I used this method and changed her food.

      Two causes of ear infections which are generally the culprit in labs are inhalant allergies and food allergies.A switch to Lamb and rice generally helps but only if the new food has NONE of the same ingredients of the old food. It takes about 1 month to notice improvement. Inhalant allergies can be treated with Benadryl during allergy season.. IF you notice she gets ear infections around spring and fall chances are she has inhalant allergies and you can call you vet for dosage by weight of OTC benadryl.

      Anyway that's my experience with ear infections, took me forever to prevent them in my dog but shes yeast free now. If you get a chance visit http://www.marvistavet.com and check out the food/inhalant allergy pages in their pet web library.. it was of great help to me. Peace!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  26. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      also an ear wash

      1 cup water
      1 cup alcohol
      1 cup vinegar

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

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

      edit:
      i also found this site for you

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for a dog with an ear infection?
    I have a rat terrier mix and she is already on 2 types of medication for seizures but she has an ear infection. I was wondering if there is a safe home remedy cure because the vet is expensive and it doesn't help when they try to rip you off. Any safe remedies?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on the type of ear infection.
      If it is a yeast infection then you can use an over the counter "feminine" yeast infection product. Just a small amount (like a pea size) and rub it into ears, also clean out the ear gunk (will be brownish/reddish and SMELLY) with q-tips.

      If it is just a basic ear infection you can squirt a little diluted vinegar (50/50 vinegar to water) into the ear and then clean it out with q-tips.

      If it's ear mites then check at your local pet store or grocery store and there should be an over the counter medication that's about .

      I would also suggest calling and asking the vet what at home remedies they would recommend, sometimes they can help and will understand the financial strain.

      GOOD LUCK!!!

      This has more on the vinegar remedy...http://www.seefido.com/online-dog-vet/html/ear_infections.htm

      ----edit-----

      Looking for a safe less expensive alternative to help your pet does not mean you love them any less. Also, just because you could 'afford' them in the beginning doesn't mean you always will be able to, sh*t happens, there is no shame in finding an alternative it does not make you any less of a responsible dog owner.

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

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    What is best natural remedy for yeast ear infection appearing in the dogs, cats & other pets ear ?
    I have found Ear Oil medication remedy at http://drdogs247.Com anyone has used it before ???

    • ANSWER:
      You can use oils and they do help a lot. Swab and clean the ears and keep them very dry. Yeast thrives on sugar and can indicate animals (or humans) with high levels of sugar. Diet changes can make a big impact on preventing yeast infections. Low carb diets and those with acidophilus (found in yogurt) can be quite helpful. Commercial dog foods are very high in corn and corn is extremely high in sugars. Look for a food where meat is the first ingredient. The oil you mention should work well for now. You might consider altering the diet for further prevention.

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

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

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

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

  35. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt successfully with Clarida yeast infection in a dog?
    It seems to start with a flea allergy, goes into hot spots, then darkening smelly patches usually under forearm area and neck creases. I feed her enzyme rich food.(Eagle Pack) Have tried adding yogurt to her diet and tried many skin remedies for the intense itching.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has major allergies as well and gets that stupid yeast infection in her ears all the time. Cortisone shots seem to help but that can get expensive. I give my dog benadryl and that works great, simply sleep has the exact same ingredients and sometimes is cheaper. No need to go with the name brands the cheap stuff works just as well. It makes her a little sleepy sometimes and other times she gets wound up. I put a little peanut butter on a cracker and stick the pill in the peanut butter. Also for her skin I use an oatmeal shampoo and when she is still a little damp I rub cocoa butter with shea butter lotion into her coat and skin. She absolutely loves this routine and likes the rub down with the lotion. At first she tried to eat it all off but then discovered she felt so much better with it in her skin. Good luck.

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

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

  37. 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.

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

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

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

  39. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can cure my dogs ear infection?
    Obviously I took it to the vet . A MILLION times..but that doesnt seem to help her. Plus all they do is remove the hair from her ears and give her medicine for me to put in her ears that stings the hell out of her. (I see like her eyes get all watery) : *(
    Can some1 PLEASE tell me something I can make that well help her, without it being so harsh?????

    • ANSWER:
      I like what Winter's Child (above) recommends and will try it, too.

      I have the same problem with my cocker spaniel. I have had it with the ear infections and that stupid ear stuff they give you that doesn't work and she hates.

      Here is what I found that is natural.
      Pau D’Arco---gets rave reviews!
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections/

      Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil) -
      Rosmarinus officinale (Rosemary) -
      Calendula officinalis (Marigold) -
      Marigold
      Verbascum thapsusis -
      Website: Pet Alive Ear Dr. for dog ear mites and ear infections.

      Keep the ears dry.

      Make sure her diet contains no grains. Use a grain-free product.

      Reduce her allergies (ones she breathes in, too) because that seems to be related.

      The article below gives the advice that is helping me the most. It gives natural remedies. The second link suggests vinegar...again...the same stuff they recommend for women's yeast infections.

      If it is yeast and not bacteria...anti-biotics only make it worse. Steroids are a bad solution as well, as they shut down the animals immune system.

      Go to a naturopathic vet. Call around or look on the web for someone who will address this problem for you. Make sure their website and protocol look something like this one who understands that it may be yeast. http://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.htmlhttp://animalpetdoctor.homestead.com/Ears.html

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

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

  41. 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...

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

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

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

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

  43. QUESTION:
    Will daily yoghurt help a dog's ear infection?
    Dogs with floppy ears tend to get yeast infections. Would a little yoghurt daily help clear and/or prevent it?

    • ANSWER:
      No it won't. Getting the dog off of foods with too many grains, especially corn will though, grains feed yeast, that is why they use grains in brewing beer and distilling whiskeys.
      This website has some excellent holistic remedies for ear infections,
      http://www.dogbiz.com/faq-ear-infections.htm

      My Afghans used to have yeast infections all the time. I switched them from Pro Plan to Canidae and they haven't had infections in over 8 years !!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  49. 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.


dog ear yeast infection remedy

Fungal Infection Causes

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some fungal infections caused by PLANTS?
    I've been googling it all morning but can only find info on fungal infections caused by animals. I'm more interested in plants.

    Thanks!
    My BIO 102 teacher assigned us the task to search for fungal infections caused by a plant, I guess what she meant was not something like ringworm (bc thats caused by a worm) so maybe she was trying to get us to find something caused by something not an animal?? not really sure, i really appreciate the help though!

    • ANSWER:
      ur question is contradictory... how can PLANTS cause FUNGAL infections.. i believe its that fungal infection occurring in plants!

      search for it here!
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fungus#With_plants

  2. QUESTION:
    Can a fungal ear infection cause enlarged lymph nodes?
    I've had a fungal infection for a long time and have been given several sprays. I have noticed a swollen lymph gland on my left collar bone, could this be caused by the infection? I'm worried it's cancer. Going to the doctor tomorrow, just want some peace of mind for just now.
    Category

    • ANSWER:
      When your lymph nodes are swollen, it is a sign that your body is trying to fight off an infection. The swelling occurs because of the increased production of lymphocytes, which collect/destroy whatever is making you sick. The lymph nodes found in the hollow space right above your collar bone are called the supraclavicular lymph nodes. They drain your chest and stomach of infections, not your ears. But yes, swollen lymph nodes can be caused by ear infections, fungal and otherwise. I don't think you need to be concerned about cancer. An ear infection isn't going to cause lymphoma. Just so you know, some of the symptoms of lymph node cancers are night sweats, unexplained weight loss, constant fatigue, unexplained fever...you don't mention any symptoms even close to these....Your doctor visit will give you peace of mind, don't worry. Chronic ear infections aren't out of the ordinary, and I have never read anything about them causing lymphoma.

  3. QUESTION:
    What can cause vaginal sores other than an STD?
    Is it possible to get vaginal sores with something other than an STD? Can yeast or fungal infections cause vaginal sores? I have a few sores down there, around my butt area, and three on my butt. They don't look like blisters, just like pimples but they were pretty painful before they healed over, now they just itch. It also burned a lot when I peed last week, but has gotten much better now. My boyfriend has had HSV-1 oral since he was a baby because of his parents giving it to him at a young age with kissing him, so I'm praying that this isn't a case of HSV-1 genital, he hasn't had an outbreak in four months. I am worried sick, but it first started out with a really itchy vaginal entrance and discharge, then I noticed these sores later on in the week and a sore throat. Could there be any chance of this not being an STD, but rather a fungal infection, other viral infection, or bacterial infection of some sort? Maybe even cancer?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What can cause vaginal sores other than an STD?
    Is it possible to get vaginal sores with something other than an STD? Can yeast or fungal infections cause vaginal sores? I have a few sores down there, around my butt area, and three on my butt. They don't look like blisters, just like pimples but they were pretty painful before they healed over, now they just itch. It also burned a lot when I peed last week, but has gotten much better now. My boyfriend has had HSV-1 oral since he was a baby because of his parents giving it to him at a young age with kissing him, so I'm praying that this isn't a case of HSV-1 genital, he hasn't had an outbreak in four months. I am worried sick, but it first started out with a really itchy vaginal entrance and discharge, then I noticed these sores later on in the week and a sore throat. Could there be any chance of this not being an STD, but rather a fungal infection, other viral infection, or bacterial infection of some sort? Maybe even cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like the herpes, or syphilis

  5. QUESTION:
    What might be the cause for this recurrent fungal infection?
    Hi, I have a problem that I don't know how to deal with. Couple of months ago I had some problems with my cheeks. It was a kind of an inflammation that was very disturbing, so I went to see a doctor. He told me I have a fungal infection. He prescribed some medicine that helped me. But, after a while the infection came back. Should I see the doctor again? What might be the cause for this recurrent fungal infection?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that can make you vulnerable to a fungal infection; it could be genetics; it could be environment, or it could be something like a vitamin deficiency. Talk with your doctor to see what he/she would suggest to prevent a recurrence.

  6. QUESTION:
    why does my son keep getting a fungal infection?
    so i've got a 16 month old boy and he has this fungal rash on and around his penis, even on his bum (and no it is not diaper rash. i checked with his doctor) now, he has prescribed nystatin, and ketoconazole cream to treat it and it still hasn't gotten better, in fact its gotten worse..

    dont tell me to go to the doctor, i already have an appointment but its not for a month..

    what causes fungal infections? and how come he's never had it before he was a year? and why is nothing helping?

    i've tried, every type of diaper cream, every type of baby powder, yogurt, baking soda, and different diapers..

    apart from sleeping, he has been running around diaperless for 3 days straight...

    any suggestions?

    and dont tell me to get another doctor. he is a very very good doctor, just busy.
    um yea i use baby wipes not tissue.. u obviously dont have kids..

    its not the diapers. i've tried every kind there is.
    i think its funny that people dont read exactly what i wrote.. someone actually said "let him run around diaperless"

    um, yes. i've done that for 3 days....
    his doctor assumed it was fungal, he didnt test it or anything.

    dont tell me that i'm not cleaning him properly, i always disinfect my bathtub and bathroom and everywhere else before i let him play in anything.

    you can get infections that have nothing to do with cleaniness.

    • ANSWER:
      Is your doctor SURE it's fungal (has he taken a culture of it and tested it?) or is he just ASSUMING it is because of the way it looks? My older son went through something similar when he was about a year old. We tried everything we knew to do, and quite frankly, I was getting sick of taking him to the doctor. The different medicines we tried did nothing...it wasn't fungal, it wasn't bacterial, it wasn't this it wasn't that. Finally, we took him to a pediatric dermatologist, and it turns out it was a reaction to an antibiotic he had taken about a month before for an ear infection, and he said it would clear up on its own (which it did, two weeks later).

      I'm not going to tell you to find another doctor, especially if you like the one your son currently sees, but if you can, I strongly suggest you call back and try to get on a waiting list or cancellation list so you can get your boy in sooner. Can you imagine (if this is a fungal infection) having one for over a month? That would be like having a yeast infection for a month.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can a fungal infection of the skin drain your energy?
    I've had a fungal infection all over my body, which I've been treating with medication that is applied to the skin. The medication does not mention anything about drowsiness. Could it be the actual infection causing me to be sleepy?

    • ANSWER:
      yeah i would say its possible. any body sick with anything...their bodies are trying to fight infection..of course it would make you sleepy. its also your body hinting on that you need to rest up and relax so that you CAN get better!!!

      hope you feel better soon

  8. QUESTION:
    What can happen if fungal infection is left untreated?
    My younger sister is having fungal infection on her left ankle. It is there for more than 2 years. She did not took proper treatment at that time. The medicines & anti fungal cream were not applied time to time as prescribed by the doctor as she is immature & careless. Hence today that fungal infection has worsen. It looks very ugly and I fear of getting that same infection as she lives in the same house. Is there any home treatment for it? How serious this infection can be if left untreated? Can it lead to a surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      It will definately get worse and fungal infections are highly contagious. Also, it can eventually cause tissue viability and skin fissures, which can lead to other bacteria coming in and infecting it. Cellulitis can also occur, which is limb-threatening.

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the name of fungal infection surrounding the anus?
    What is the name of fungal infection surrounding the anus?

    • ANSWER:
      1.Tinea (say: tih-nee-uh) is a type of fungal infection of the hair, skin, or nails. When it's on the skin, tinea usually begins as a small red area the size of a pea. As it grows, it spreads out in a circle or ring. Tinea is often called ringworm because it may look like tiny worms are under the skin (but of course, they're not!). Because the fungi that cause tinea (ringworm) live on different parts of the body, they are named for the part of the body they infect.
      2.Candida (say: kan-duh-duh) is a yeast, similar to a fungus. It most often affects the skin around the nails or the soft, moist areas around body openings. Diaper rash in babies can be from one type of candidal infection, as can thrush (white patches often found in the mouths of babies.) Older girls and women may develop another form of candidal infection in and around the vagina. This is called a yeast infection

      any of these two, see a doctor before it spreads.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get a fungal infection of the vagina through oral sex with a healthy male?
    I performed oral sex on my girlfriend after having a spicy Indian meal, and the doctor says that the bacteria present in my mouth as a result of eating the spicy food was transferred from my mouth to her vagina and caused her to develop a fungal infection down there. She has been given anti-fungal cream and medication, and I have been advised to use a mouthwash before oral sex in future. Has anyone heard of this kind of problem?

    • ANSWER:
      i have yes i had the same use natural yogurt too

  11. QUESTION:
    How long after fungal infection is contracted will symptoms appear?
    i recently came into contact with someone fungal infection. probably candida how long after exposure should i see symptoms. rash or watever it is

    • ANSWER:
      jake, of course there is the possibility that you did not get any fungal infection despite your contact. Candida (also known as Monilia) is the most common fungus infection because it is so widespread in many people will no ill effect and escapes detection. It can cause anything from thrush mouth in infants or immune-compromised persons to vaginal discharge. Symptoms, usually visible, include white patches which are this fungus growing in colonies or patches within 3 to 10 days. If so, contact your doctor for simple and effective treatment. By the way, the next most common body skin fungal infection is roundworm (also called Tinea) which is not a "worm" but is a fungus instead.

  12. QUESTION:
    What medication should I use, my fish has a fungal infection?
    Hi, my columbian tetra has a small fungal infection at the start of it's tail. I used Pimafix as suggested by my local aquarium shop. BUT my sump foamed up that much that it is all over the room and I'm still mopping it up.
    Could you please suggest another medication, perhaps tablets or powder that wont look like I poured bubble bath into my sump. FYI, it's a freshwater community tank, no real plants.
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. FYI Pimafix and Melafix will cause foaming if you put them into a tank or sump that has a high flow of surface movement or bubbles in some way, it's not the best medication to use if you have a sump, as you found out.

      I would suggest Maracyn, Fungus Cure, Methyl Blue, but be careful when using the treatments with coloring they may stain your silicone and other items in your tank.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can I leave a fungal infection of the scalp untreated?
    I understand that the itchiness and the excessive scratching can cause hair loss.

    But I find as long as I wash my hair every other day, the pimples and sores on my scalp do not get itchy.

    I suppose its best to cure the fungal infection completely, but as long as i wash my hair often, and do not scratch, can I leave it untreated?

    • ANSWER:
      Not really as it will only linger and may even spread deeper in to the scalp,i too have this, so does my mum but after trying lots of different shampoos,we are now on anti fungal tablets for it, and its now clearing for us,and it takes a while to clear,you could try an anti fungal shampoo such as Nizoral for it but if it wont clear with that, you will need the tablets too, but it will take a while to go even with the tablets,and the longer you go without treatment, the longer it will take to go even with treatment, so its best to start treatment now.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of this fungal infection on my skin?
    I've had this fungal infection (tinea versicolor or tinea nigra) on my stomach for quite a while now and frankly nothing I have tried on it seems to work.I'm getting really inpatient with this.I'm even thinking of ripping off the huge patches on my skin.I'm tired of it.It itches like hell when I sweat.Please anyone, HELP ME!
    Tinea nigra
    I did all of those.

    • ANSWER:
      Tinea versicolor and tinea nigra are caused by two different strains of fungi. Which one do you have? And, have you been to a dermatologist to verify that you indeed have a fungal infection, by having the areas scraped and identifying the organisms under the microscope? If not, you might not be dealing with a fungal infection at all, and obviously, if you are treating the wrong disorder, the treatment won't work.
      Since you say that the condition has been verified to be tinea nigra, it should respond to itraconazole.

  15. QUESTION:
    What type of fungal skin infection could this be?
    My eight year old cousin from Venezuela, has recently gotten a type of skin infection on the top of the head or the pate if you will. It causes him to lose hair in a circle and the medicine prescribed has not helped at all. The infection is spreading causing the circle to expand. Are there any types of white fungal infections common to young children? This is our main problem (identifying the type) because doctors are rare and the ones that are trying to help have not produced very efficient or affordable methods. Sorry for the lack of information. The phone calls my relatives gave were quite vague at best.

    • ANSWER:
      According to me i think it is Tinea corporis because it spreads from one person to another person directly. It caught by fungal person who already has fungal infection that's why it can be spreads from:
      clothing
      combs
      swimming pool surfaces
      shower floors and walls
      Be careful and go to doctor for effective treatments.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does masturbating worsens a fungal infection on the genitals?
    I've been diagnosed with a fungal infection (even though my cream isn't being effective) in my penis and I'd like to know if masturbating can be bad to it.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, believe it or not, masturbating CAN make an infection like this worse.it can actually spread it and cause it to itch more. .Masturbating can make a yeast infection in women itch more too. You may want to stop until your infection is completely cleared up....

  17. QUESTION:
    How long should a fungal infection last, and how do you get rid of one?
    Earlier last month I went to the hair salon and I got a haircut, a few days later my head started to itch, upon further inspection I realized I had a fungal infection. The pharmacist gave me a medicine and told me to use it when I used it for two weeks I stop, because the itching stoped but then the itching started back. Should I use the medicine for a month before stoping what should I do.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a real problem. You need to call the doc and tell him or her, or the pharmacist. Then STAY ON whatever they tell you...for as long as they tell you.

      If you don't, you may cause the infection to get used to the treatment, become resistant to it, and then it's going to be a lot harder to get rid of. That is so with any antibiotic or similar treatment. Folks feel better and stop taking the meds, or miss a few times. Antibiotic treatments must be taken correctly or you are buying sickness.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are my infections all caused by the same bacteria?
    I have a bladder infection which I'm taking antibiotics for. I also have a yeast infection and a fungal infection of my toe (yuck). They all appeared at the same time (before I started taking the antibiotics). Are these all caused by the same bacteria?

    • ANSWER:
      No - urinary tract infections are caused most commonly by e-coli which is a bacteria. Fungal infections are just that - they are caused by a fungus which needs different medication to treat (anti-fungal).

  19. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of fungal infections on the feet?
    My boyfriend has terrible feet and doesn't take good care of them. He has fungal infections on most of his toenails and on the skin of his feet as well. I'm looking for ways that we can get rid of the infection. Preferably hollistic but I wouldn't mind buying some sort of anti fungal cream if anyone knows of anything. I've heard that teatree oil can help. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      First he needs to use something to get rid of the existing infection,
      but he also needs to change his shoe wearing habits. He needs to go barefoot as much as possible. The problem is caused by having his feet encased in closed shoes for too much time each day. The spores of the fungus are found everywhere, but the reason they usually only take hold on feet is because they only thrive in a warm, sweaty, enclosed environment.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is causing these penile ringworms?
    I was recently taking a shower when I began to wash my scrotum area and I noticed small ringworms on my scrotum and towards my penis. I also noticed that there were small red bumps on my penis head. I masturbate a lot and I also sweat a lot. Could it be a fungal infection? What is causing this issues?

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  21. QUESTION:
    Can Antibiotics make a FUNGAL infection worse?
    I am sick right now and was prescribed antibiotics for my Flu. I ALSO have an athletes' foot fungal infection. Ever since taking the antibiotics the athlete's foot has gotten far worse. I know that most Antibiotics are made from fungus (penicillin is derived from mold) so could this make a fungal infection worse?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Asker!

      Candida, or Candida albicans, is a type of fungus that is generally found in the regular flora of the skin, intestinal track and the mouth, rectum, and vagina. Although Candida is naturally present in the body, it can cause problems if there is an overgrowth, resulting in Candidiasis.

      Candidiasis usually occurs when there is a disruption of bacterial flora in the body, and in people who have compromised immune systems. There are different factors which can lead to Candida overgrowth such as a person’s diet. However, research is finding that prolonged use of antibiotics can also play a major role in the development of Candidiasis.

      Why do antibiotics cause Candidiasis? Antibiotics are designed to eradicate the bad bacteria that cause certain diseases and infections. While antibiotics destroy bad bacteria and stop the spread of infection, they also destroy the good bacteria that help to keep the Candida in the body under control.

      Prolonged or strong doses of antibiotics can lead to an imbalance in gut flora, an imbalance that allows bad bacteria, yeasts and parasites to overgrow in the stomach. If not controlled, the affected person can begin to suffer a slew of negative side effects and yeast infections including:

      Oral Thrush (“oropharyngeal Candidiasis”) - is an infection that occurs along the lining of the mouth and/or the throat, and characterized by inflammation of the tongue, which is also coated with bluish-white or creamy patches.

      Intetrigo, Athlete's foot – Skin irritation that is caused by two moist surfaces adjacent rubbing against one another and accompanied by a fungal or bacterial infection.

      Vaginitis (“Candida vulvovaginitis” and “Moniliasis”) - Commonly referred to as a “vaginal yeast infection”, it is characterized by a thick white or yellow, odorless discharge. It often causes itching in the affected area and may cause burning or pain during intercourse.

      Systemic yeast infections – Dangerous infections that often affect the vital organs of those with compromised immune systems such as people with AIDS, diabetes, or those receiving chemotherapy.

      Note: Over 90% of Thrush and Vaginitis is caused by Candida overgrowth.

      How can you protect yourself against developing Candidiasis from antibiotics?

      Don’t take antibiotic treatment unless it is absolutely necessary – Illnesses such as the common cold, flu and sinus infections do not require antibiotics unless they prolong for more than two weeks, cause irregular symptoms, or produce a high fever.

      Unfortunately, many people believe that antibiotics are a fast way to get rid of common infections. Although this may be true, those who take antibiotics for these illnesses do not allow their immune system the chance to fight off the infection and become stronger. Instead, they allow their body to become dependant on antibiotics. The result – eventually they will develop a resistance to these medications, and will require a higher dosage the next time they become sick.

      In addition, antibiotic overuse is exceptionally bad for children. Children are in a state of constant growth which makes them highly susceptible to common viruses. A child who is administered antibiotics to treat every infection they experience only causes their immune system to weaken and develop poorly. Essentially, by the time they are adults, their body will depend on antibiotics to be cured from the smallest infection.

      If you must take antibiotics keep the following in mind -

      Eat a healthy balanced diet - limit your intake of yeast and sugar and drink plenty of water to help clean your system of impurities.

      Eat yogurt – Yogurt contains active cultures that can help restore the good bacteria your body requires.

      Exercise – Exercise helps keep your body and immune system strong

      Talk to your doctor - Find out if you can take a lower dosage of antibiotics or complimentary treatment.

      Hope that may help you!
      Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    How to remove dark marks on skin caused by fungal infections ?
    I had fungal skin infection in my inner thigh few months ago. Now it's totally gone but there are still dark marks on the infected area. Please suggest me some good Medicine to remove these marks as soon as possible...

    • ANSWER:
      Cucumber ( KHEERA) juice 15 ml + Mint ) PUDEENA) juice 15 ml + Lemon juice 10 ml + Tomato juice 10 ml + Glycerin 5 ml.Prepare & store. Apply this over your face or effected area at bed time for 30 days regularly your spots will be no more Do not squeeze your acne it leaves black spots over face.Apply honey at bed time over your acne for 30 days.You may also use Holy BASIL leaves juice mixed in honey.
      You will get rid of your problems.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do men get rid of unwanted hair?
    My husband has horrible hair growth in his private parts and he sweats a lot and it's causing fungal infections? He wont listen when i suggest waxing, any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      There's this new thing, it's called a trimmer.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for seborrheic dermatitis?
    I have had experience with weeping sores on my scalp, and they don't seem to be getting better. I've looked up what can cause this, and the most likely candidate seems to be seborrheic dermatitis. The jury seems to be out on what causes it, but there seems to be a definite lean toward it being a fungal infection of the hair follicles. What would you recommend to treat this condition?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey..

      I'm currently suffering with this condition. It can be a cause from unbalanced hormones, a fungus on the skin, malnutrition, etc...

      Right now, I take a liquid multi vitamin (it's called VIBE). It worked pretty well but didn't start kicking in until maybe after.....4-5 weeks?

      I also put apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil on my skin. This helps with the fungus part... cleans it up real well and stops most of the flaking and redness for me. Just look it up on the web! ^_^

      I wish all the best to you. I had horrible hair loss from this disease. I'm now looking into eyebrow and scalp transplants! yikes...

  25. QUESTION:
    Can TB infection in Fallopian tube affect Pregnancy?
    If somebody gets TB infection in Fallopian tube then what are the chances of her being pregnant? Can she become pregnant? What causes such an infection? Do fungal infection in sperm can cause such an infection?

    • ANSWER:
      TB is bacterial infection,
      woman suffering from this infection can not conceive
      u have to take treatment for long time
      after treatment u may get pregnant

  26. QUESTION:
    What sickness were lice responsible for during World War I?
    Frogs, Lice and Worse
    Rats were by no means the only source of infection and nuisance. Lice were a never-ending problem, breeding in the seams of filthy clothing and causing men to itch unceasingly.Even when clothing was periodically washed and deloused, lice eggs invariably remained hidden in the seams; within a few hours of the clothes being re-worn the body heat generated would cause the eggs to hatch.Lice caused Trench Fever, a particularly painful disease that began suddenly with severe pain followed by high fever. Recovery - away from the trenches - took up to twelve weeks. Lice were not actually identified as the culprit of Trench Fever until 1918.Frogs by the score were found in shell holes covered in water; they were also found in the base of trenches. Slugs and horned beetles crowded the sides of the trench.Many men chose to shave their heads entirely to avoid another prevalent scourge: nits.Trench Foot was another medical condition peculiar to trench life. It was a fungal infection of the feet caused by cold, wet and unsanitary trench conditions. It could turn gangrenous and result in amputation. Trench Foot was more of a problem at the start of trench warfare; as conditions improved in 1915 it rapidly faded, although a trickle of cases continued throughout the war.
    The Trench Cycle
    Typically, a battalion would be expected to serve a spell in the front line. This would be followed by a stint spent in support, and then in reserve lines. A period of rest would follow - generally short in duration - before the whole cycle of trench duty would start afresh.In reality the cycle was determined by the necessities of the situation. Even while at rest men might find themselves tasked with duties that placed them in the line of fire.Others would spend far longer in the front line than usual, usually in the more 'busy' sectors as an example - and the numbers varied widely - a man might expect in a year to spend some 70 days in the front line, with another 30 in nearby support trenches. A further 120 might be spent in reserve. Only 70 days might be spent at rest. The amount of leave varied, with perhaps two weeks being granted during the year.
    Stand To and the Morning Hate
    The daily routine of life in the trenches began with the morning 'stand to'. An hour before dawn everyone was roused from slumber by the company orderly officer and sergeant and ordered to climb up on the fire step to guard against a dawn raid by the enemy, bayonets fixed.This policy of stand to was adopted by both sides, and despite the knowledge that each side prepared itself for raids or attacks timed at dawn, many were actually carried out at this time.Accompanying stand to, as the light grew, was the daily ritual often termed the 'morning hate'.Both sides would often relieve the tension of the early hours with machine gun fire, shelling and small arms fire, directed into the mist to their front: this made doubly sure of safety at dawn.

    • ANSWER:
      "Body lice are known to transmit disease (epidemic typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever)."

  27. QUESTION:
    what is causing this pain after bowel movement?
    I've been to the dr about my itchy bottom, which sometimes causes me pain. I occassionally see a little blood on the toilet paper.

    My dr gave me some cream, as he believed it was an irritation or mild fungal infection. It's better, the itching has stopped pretty much, but I have sharp pains when I wipe my bottom.

    It feels like little cuts all around my anus and is hard to wipe through the pain. Is this a fissure or something else? Please help. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Before l even got to the end of your message, i though of a fissure. I had one of these when l was pregnant and have suffered ever since (every now and again). Did you GP have a look at your rectum to see if this is what you had.

      The following link will give you information and self help

  28. QUESTION:
    What would cause my orchid leaves to begin to yellow and in parts have a dimpled look?
    I've done some research and found that it could be too little light, too much water, or even a fungal infection. Any ideas? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reasons an orchid's leaves turn yellow. Here is all you need to know, from an expert:
      http://theorchidresource.com/yellow-orchid-leaves/

  29. QUESTION:
    fungal infection inside penis can cure completely ? how long we need to take treatment ?
    fungal infection in body can show effect in eye something like itching , burning frequently ? i tested for std(HSV I & II) nothing is positive (because some red pimples appear and disappear , so i take HSV test , result is negative ), so it must be fungal infection . what to do ?
    itching around the eye , eyelid skin burning outside of the eye.

    • ANSWER:
      hasn - Yeast infections are generally caused by an organism called Monilia, Candida albicans or Candidiasis and there is no direct evidence that it is passed through sexual intercourse. Almost half of all healthy, sexually active women, and one-third of all pregnant women tested had Candida albicans which may indicate that sexual activity itself may contribute to the growth of Candida albicans. Candidiasis can cause excessive thick, white discharge, pain during intercourse, redness and irritation. Though it cannot ever be totally cured, since it is so common in the groin area of most people, it can be controlled.

      YES, the eye may be infected with Candida. Candida endophthalmitis: The two primary forms of Candida endophthalmitis are the exogenous form and the endogenous form. Exogenous endophthalmitis is associated with either accidental or iatrogenic (postoperative) injury of the eye and inoculation of the organism from the environment. Endogenous endophthalmitis results from hematogenous seeding of the eye. It has been found in 10-28% of patients with documented candidemia. Recently, newer studies have shown a decreasing incidence of Candida endophthalmitis, possibly due to an increased awareness of this complication and the initiation of early or empirical antifungal therapy.14 It is important to note that hematogenous candidal endophthalmitis is a marker of disseminated candidiasis.
      The patient's history reveals a broad range of manifestations, including the following:
      Eye injury, Ophthalmic surgery, Underlying risk factors for candidemia, Asymptomatic and detected upon physical examination, Ocular pain, Photophobia, Scotomas, and Floaters.Physical examination reveals fever.
      Funduscopic examination reveals early pinhead-sized off-white lesions in the posterior vitreous with distinct margins and minimal vitreous haze. Classic lesions are large and off-white, similar to a cotton-ball, with indistinct borders covered by an underlying haze. Lesions are 3-dimensional and extend into the vitreous off the chorioretinal surface. They may be single or multiple.
      You would be wise to see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist MD) for definite cultural diagn osis and appropriate treatment.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can a fungal infection be caused by animals?
    I got a nasty one on my hands. I volunteer at the animal shelter and am around 20 litter boxes in one room for a good 3-4 hours a week. And one of the cats bit me a couple of weeks ago. Could this have caused it?
    I got my tetanus shot already.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh yes...lots of fungal infections are zoophilic, caught from animals, but that said, working with animals on a regular basis gives you a certain immunity. google dermnet.nz and look up toxoplasmosis and links to other zoophilic infections.

  31. QUESTION:
    How old were you when you realised you were loosing your hair?
    Im 16 and I think im starting to loose my hair....on the area above the forehead. Could it be that the other day I put some stuff on my nail thats meant to remove a fungal infection and it made my hair fall out? Cause the tablet medication is meant to do that.

    • ANSWER:
      I was 16 too and hey I am been bald since my early 20's and that never stop the girls so no worries

  32. QUESTION:
    Why are my dogs toenails changing color?
    My dog has always chewed on her toe nails. Recently they have started to change color to red purple and black. Its like bruising but I'm not sure. What could cause this? My Hamster just had to be put down because he had Black Foot, a fungal infection that I do not know weather or not it is contagious so I am worried about her.
    If I had money to take her to the vet, I would not be on Yahoo Answers. I would have taken her to the vet already. I am hoping for some natural remedies.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

      Good Luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    How is an Yeast infection transmit ed? And is it curable?
    I have the so called fungal infection and I do not Know how I got it.
    And it keeps on re- occuring. The icting disappeared after inserting some tables but the whitesih discharge has continued.

    Am a lady by the way, so what can I do to get rid of this for ever.
    Medical experts please help me and those who have suffrered from a similar illness.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast infections can be brought on by lots of different things...if you have to be on antibiotics you can get one because antibiotics not only kill bad bacteria but also the good bacteria in your body and it throws your system all out of whack. I would start by eating more yogurt...try eating some every day to regulate your system. As far as 'inserting tablets' goes...I have heard of a gel cap type thing that goes in that end but for the most part tablets need to be swallowed...I may be confused if this is not an American med. Azo makes a homeopathic tablet that you take (swallow) when you feel a yeast infection coming on and it really helps.

      On the other hand though...there are more than just the standard yeast infection that can cause symptoms like this with the discharge...for instance bacterial vaginosis. This needs to be treated by a professional and as unpleasant as the pelvic exam is your issue will be addressed more adequately if you just do it and get it over with. If this is something that happens very often you should share that information with your doctor so that they can give you proper advise regarding dietary recommendations that could help as well as hygenic practices...such as it isn't a good idea to use feminine powders and sprays or to douche all that often...all of those things mess up your chemistry as well.

      Also...I read that someone said that it is not something that can be caught...that is incorrect. If you are sexually intimate with a man who is intimate with a different woman who has a yeast infection he can get it and give it to you. Yes, men can get yeast infections too. And if you have a yeast infection and your partner doesn't also recieve treatment he will pass it right back to you and it will just go on and on...like passing a cold back and forth in a very tight-knit family.

  35. QUESTION:
    Atheists, how can evolution be true if butt hair is not an evolutionary advantage?
    The truth is, butt hair can kill you. This is a rare but serious condition. What happens if a person has exceptionally long butt hair and they do not give it monthly trims, then it can cause residue from sweat to build up in the long hairs and this can lead to a fungal infection that can travel up your anus and into your body.

    I had a loved one that was killed due to a butt hair infection. It was a dark chapter in my life.

    • ANSWER:
      The Truth is is that Evolution is an enabler for atheism. Evolution gives atheists a basis for explaining how life exists apart from a Creator God. Evolution denies the need for a God to be involved in the universe. Evolution is the “creation theory” for the religion of atheism. According to the Bible, the choice is clear. We can believe the Word of our omnipotent and omniscient God, or we can believe the illogically biased, “scientific” explanations of fools.

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (1 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mxXICZ9mXo

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (2 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMWGgY6wT30&feature=related

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (3 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFKbgIr6ngE&feature=related

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (4 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haDsxjsGP0A&feature=related

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (5 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmlLjs2rHpI&feature=related

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (6 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCqRcMXVC5o&feature=related

      Darwin's Deadly Legacy (7 of 7)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWdA6-m4ZxQ&feature=related

      The Battle for the Beginning
      By: John MacArthur
      http://www.christianbook.com/the-battle-for-the-beginning/john-macarthur/9780785271598/pd/71597?event=AFF&p=1011693&

      Creation In The 21st Century - Planet Earth Is Special 1 of 3
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk8xtXRI6OE

      Creation in the 21st Century - Amazing Design (1 of 3)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2d2yo8fbuo

  36. QUESTION:
    What can cause swelling to inside of cheek and tightness of cheek on the outside?
    There is CURRENTLY no pain - Would it be related to dental infection, fungal infection of the mouth or throat infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly an allergy or an abcessed tooth. Go to a doctor.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to cure runny nose? (I think it's caused by fungal infection)?
    I've had a runny nose for months. I think it's due to a fungal infection. What can I do? I have to constantly blow my nose and hock loogies like a million times a day, and it's gross.

    • ANSWER:
      The only known cure to collect your snot and loogies and ingest them daily. It helps if you mix it into a drink like a loogie/snot/banana smoothie. Good Luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    What are other options besides a nasal biopsy?
    I am getting a nose culture. My nasopharynx has been itching for a few months already. I cannot take it anymore. I just hope the nose culture would detect something inside my nose, so I do not have to go through a biopsy. What are the other options because I do not want a biopsy? I heard biopsy can cause bleeding and infection risks. I am scared. help?

    What does a nose culture detect besides bacteria? Does it detect viral or fungal infections if i did not tell my doctor about it?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I understand, your doctor orders the culture based on what she thinks is the cause. Fungi and viruses can be cultured. Fungi are mainly suspected if there's anything wrong with your immune system. Viruses are tricky to culture and not all of them can be cultured, so he's probably not going to order that unless he's really suspicious (most viral infections clear on their own - your body's immune system is capable of getting rid of many viruses).

      Do not worry and take things one step at a time, wait for the culture results to be in before freaking out about a biopsy.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are the side effects of taking allopurinol like zyloric to reduce uric acid in blood and doxycycline?
    i was having pain in my testicles.doctor diagnosed maybe due to bacteril infection and prescribed doxycycline-100m.g for 14 days with pain killer .also i was taking zyloric for reducing my uric acid levels in blood.does this cause any fungal infection of skin asi experienced a small rash on my thigh and neck,chest which the doctor identified as sebbahoric dermatitis.

    • ANSWER:
      Doxycycline and allopurinol both can cause minor rashes and, rarely, exfoliative dermatitis. Exfoliative dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis can look similar--producing red, scaly patches of skin. In some cases, exfoliative dermatitis can be *caused* by underlying seborrheic dermatitis.

      Seborrheic dermatitis doesn't affect the chest as often (except right down the center sometimes). Does the rash itch? Seborrheic dermatitis usually doesn't itch very much, while exfoliative dermatitis does. Also, do you have any systemic symptoms? Exfoliative dermatitis often is associated with fevers, chills, and/or generalized weakness.

      The distinction is important because the treatments for the two conditions are different (although, as I mentioned earlier, it is possible to have both). If your rash is minor, you may not require any treatment at all (just discontinue the doxycycline or wait out the 14-day course).

  40. QUESTION:
    Why is just one of my nails separating from the nail bed?
    The top quater has lifted off (it doesn't hurt) . I know its not a fungal infection. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a slight fungal infection causing the bed of the nail to harden. Get some anti-fungal cream. Job done.

  41. QUESTION:
    can guinea pigs heal from fungal infection on their own?
    I think my guinea pig has some sort of fungal infection on his face which caused him to lose half his hair on his face and some of his hair on his body. his face looks dry and "scabby" and his head is completely bald with the dry and scabby look. will he heal from it on his own or do I have to take him to a vet?

    • ANSWER:
      You should probably take him to a vet to make sure he is healing properly

  42. QUESTION:
    Any treatments that work for Pityriasis Versicolor?
    I'm 15, and a few months ago i found a small patch of tan/red skin on my breast. Being the worrier that i am i immediately thought the worst and convinced myself i had cancer. Anyway after going to the doctors, he said i had a fungal infection and prescribed Daktacort cream to use for 3 weeks. After about 2 weeks, it had reduced in colour and size and was almost gone. However once i reached the 3weeks it didn't change anymore and just stayed the same. I read online that the skin may take a while to return to its colour, but its getting worse again now and the cream that i started using again isn't making a difference anymore...
    After looking online (i know not the best idea) I'm 99% sure i have Pityriasis Versicolor, as the symptoms and pictures are exactly the same. I was just wondering if anyone has found any good treatments that i can get over the counter ( in the Uk ) or home remedies that help clear it up?
    Thanks :) x

    • ANSWER:
      Jade Green,
      As you appear to consider that the diagnosis of your doctor may be incorrect and have reached a "private diagnosis" of Pityriasis Versicolor, might I suggest that you fully research this before deciding to change your treatment without consulting your doctor. You state that your doctor diagnosed a fungal infection. It may be that he recognised it as Pityriasis veriscolor and did not want to worry you with a strange sounding name. If you have Pityriasis veriscolor or as it is also known Tinea veriscolor, it is a common fungal infection of the skin that often affects adolescents and young adults. The term versicolor refers to the fact that it causes the affected skin to change colour and become either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by yeast called Malassezia furfur that normally live on the skin of most adults without causing problems. It exists in two forms, one of which can cause patches of discolored slightly scaly skin. It is relatively simple procedure to confirm this diagnosis. A drop of potassium hydroxide is applied to a small scraping of involved skin which is then examined under the microscope. The yeast forms can be seen and confirm the diagnosis. You might consider discussing this with your doctor. I would mention here that Daktocort is one of the drugs of choice used for the treatment of Pityriasis veriscolor and some other fungal infections. There are also many antifungal agents available to apply to the skin for the treatment of tinea versicolor. Over-the-counter (OTC) remedies include clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex) and miconazole (Lotrimin). These should be applied twice a day for 10-14 days but come in small tubes and are hard to apply to large areas. Another OTC option is selenium sulfide shampoo 1% (Selsun Blue) or 1% ketoconazole shampoo (Nizoral). Some doctors recommend applying these for 15 minutes twice a week for two to four weeks. There are also many prescription-strength antifungal creams that can treat tinea versicolor, as well as a stronger form of selenium sulfide (2.5%) and prescription-strength ketoconazole shampoo (2%). However, these pose the same application problems as their OTC counterparts. Oral treatment for tinea versicolor has the advantage of simplicity. A single dose of ketoconazole or five daily doses of itraconazole (Sporanox) are two therapies your doctor can prescribe.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  43. QUESTION:
    What artificial nails should I put on that won't cause fungus or any type of infection that ?
    I had white tips and go a fungal infection But I do want tips put on and I work with water groomer

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Will stretch marks prevent me from joining the army?
    I had a fungal infection in my groin area, i was proscribed a topical steroid and later caused stretch marks. Will these Disqualify me at MEPS?

    • ANSWER:
      It shouldn't. As long as you can do what they require, there is no reason for them to not let you join the army.

  45. QUESTION:
    why do some people get toe nail fungus but not others?
    i was wondering if anyone knew anything about genetic predisposure to getting a fungal infection of the nails? like, lack of resistance. is it true what heard about that?
    my friend has a very apparent infection in her toenails, ive borrowed her shoes without the thought crossing my mind it could be spread, many times.
    that seems like the best way to spread it but my toes are untouched.
    thank you for the serious answers.

    • ANSWER:
      People who wear socks and don't allow the feet to completely dry after the bath, and before putting on socks, may get toenail fungi.

      Also, athletic people whose feet perspire. A fungus grows best in a moist, dark location.

      The same conditions that lead to athletes foot, will also lead eventually to toenail fungus.

      Can you catch toenail fungus? Yes. The most common way is by sharing toenail clippers.

      An infection and a fungus are not the same thing. I still wouldn't recommend that you continue to share shoes.

      Very few of the fungi that are found in dirt and dead plant material are the cause of toenail fungus. The ones that are, have to get past the persons natural immune system, via a skin perforation or a cracked or broken nail.

      So, the reason some people get them and others don't are many. You may have a very strong immune system, and keep your nails short so they are less likely to become perforated. Make sure your toenails are thoroughly dry, and don't go barefoot in the dirt.

      Fingernail salons are the cause of most of the current rage of fingernail fungi because they use emery boards and other nail supplies on more than one person. So it pays to be aware of how your salon operates in regards to reusing equipment.

  46. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of dandruff? What is drandruff? Is it an incurable disease that has no known cause?
    I've had severe dandruff since 5th grade. I was 10 yrs old. My scalp produces fresh flakes everyday. The flakes I sometimes I take off from my head can be as big as half a centimeter wide, or that measurement can in fact be the radius of one particularly big drandruff flake. I have used coconut oil to remove the flakes, coconut milk, aloe vera, lemons, hot oil. but the dandruff keeps coming back. On particular days, my head becomes very very itchy. I've used head and shoulders for as long as i can remember, and nizoral too. I've even used sulfur ointment (which stinks and makes the hair greasy) to get rid of this "fungal infection" but to no avail. I went to a dermatologist and she said it's incurable. Which means i have to deal with this for the rest of my entire life!
    Well, when i was a sophie in HS, i had a classmate who was also my classmate back in 5th grade. She also has the same dandruff issue as I do. She told me she started having dandruff back in 5th grade, like I did, because of this flour fight in class, when everyone threw flour at everyone. Someone allegedly placed flour on her hair, and from that day on she had dandruff. Can there be a connection? Plus, a professor 10 in biology at my university said that dandruff might be caused by the skin's sensitivity to yeast in air. And he said that it might be curable.

    Why is dandruff so misunderstood?? What is it? Some say it's yeast, others say it's fungi. My dermatologist said it's "seborrheic dermatitis!" whatever the name, it's starting to annoy me. I must get rid of this. Help me!
    i'm really sorry to inform you that even tea tree oil does not help. I have this shampoo that has tea tree, manuka and thyme oils but it doesn't work and even leaves my hair drier than usual, plus i get so much tangles with that shampoo it is impossible for me to skip conditioner... I'm so frustrated.

    • ANSWER:
      Dandruff is seen as the diffuse scaliness of the scalp.
      Two varieties: :Dry and Greasy
      In dry variety , the scales are fine ,thin, furfuraceous, white or grayish and dry or only slightly greasy. The hair is dry and lusterless. There is mild to moderate itching
      Dry variety: It usually affects people with dry integument and scalp. Who usually reluctant to use oil in their scalp. and when this defect is remedied the dandruff usually disappears. Hence the outlook is more favorable in this variety than the other one.
      In greasy variety Both the scalp and the integument are oily. Occurs as well defined circumscribed patches or diffusely all over the scalp. Then it spreads to folding and other hairy regions. Over the scalp it will be present waxy, greasy, yellowish thick scales and crusts. Under the crusts the scalp is red or pale but dry. There will be thinning or loss of hair.
      Cause is overproduction or /and change id composition of oily secretion. Endocrine disorders, familial predisposition, constipation, sedentary occupation, all promote this type of dandruff. It is common at puberty.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the possible reasons which may lead to too much itching in dogs? How do I cure it?
    I have a black lab who's about to turn a year old and he's been shedding a lot lately, apart from that he has a terrible itching problem in the neck and tail region. I assumed it was Tick/fleas so I got him a shampoo but the shampoo is not working. In the past, the shampoo helped, but now it isn't. Could the Shampoo be ineffective or there maybe some other problem like bacterial or fungal infection, what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Labs are notorious for food allergies. Check what you are feeding and if it has any corn, wheat, soy, by-products or chicken, get rid of it and feed a kibble that doesn't contain these ingredients.
      Unless you actually see ticks or fleas there is no use giving a flea bath as it only adds more chemicals to an already compromised immune system that is definitely reacting to something.
      Shedding can also cause intense itching as the hair lets go of the folicle.
      If you notice an unusual amount of hair being lost from the tail and/or both sides of the body, then get your dog checked for Hypothyroidism, another major problem that labs can pop up with.
      Flea and tick shampoos only kill what is on the dog at the time and do nothing to protect long term as the topicals do, such as Frontline, Advantage, and the one I use, Biospot.

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

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

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

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

    Also - she is an Italian Greyhound

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend reconsidering your dogs diet.

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

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

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

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

  49. QUESTION:
    I applied Ketoconazole in the urethra of my penis.Have I caused serious damage?
    Doctor supplied me Ketoconazole cream for skin prob on my penis.I mistook his instructions and also applied it regularly into the urethra as it was red and inflamed and diagnosed as a fungal infection.It didnt improve,next visit he told me its not for internal use and also,I may have caused serious damage.I already feel urinary restriction.What damage could have occurred.

    • ANSWER:
      A DOCTOR TOLD YOU AND YOUR ASKING Y! FOR A SECOND OPINION??


fungal infection causes

Fungal Infection In Dogs Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      BLUE POWER EAR SOLUTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for cryptocuccus infection on my dog?
    my dog has a fungal infection (Cryptocuccus). He is seriously very sick. At the moment he stay in hospital with our regular vet. He has been taking an antifungal medication and that take a toll on him. We love our pug dog (Frank). Is any one know anything about this terible fungal infection and what is the best treatment for it. Please help us. We are very sad to see him suffer so much.
    May you be well and happy
    ah hin teoh

    • ANSWER:

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Prevention

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. QUESTION:
    Fungus treatment question: by using over the counter treatments will I create more resistant fungus?
    I have successfully treated my own fungus skin infections, or so I thought, with over the counter medications, but it always came back a while later.

    Just now I read that I should treat it with over the counter product till it's gone and then treat it once a week for two years and it won't come back. Is this good advice or will there be bad results?

    • ANSWER:
      The fungus may infect just one area of the body, or there may be several infected areas.
      Fungal infections of the scalp or beard can lead to hair loss. Fungal rashes can sometimes be confused with other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
      Causes
      A number of things can make fungal infections more likely. You'ree more at risk from fungal infections if you:
      have recently taken a course of antibiotics
      have been taking oral steroids
      have diabetes
      are obese
      are African-Caribbean
      have a history of fungal infections have a weakened immune system caused, for example, by cancer or AIDS. Moist skin encourages fungal infections. This means fungal infections are more likely when skin isn't dried properly after sweating or bathing, or when it is covered with a material that doesn't allow sweat to evaporate. Damage to the skin surface, such as a cut or graze, can also encourage fungi to grow.

      Fungal infections inside the body can cause more serious health problems than those on the skin. These infections only affect people whose immune systems aren't working properly - either as a result of another illness such as AIDS, or because of immunosuppressant medicines, such as those taken after having an organ transplant.

      How do fungal infections spread?
      Fungal infections can be spread between humans. For example, athlete's foot is thought to be spread in communal areas, such as gyms and swimming pools. Contact with bed sheets or towels can also spread fungal infections.

      It's also possible to catch fungal infections from animals such as cats or dogs, and, more rarely, cattle. Ringworm is occasionally caught this way.

      Diagnosis
      Sometimes fungal infections are easy for doctors to diagnose from the appearance and location of the rash, such as athlete's foot. Sometimes your doctor will take a skin scraping, or a fragment of nail or hair, and send it to the laboratory to confirm the diagnosis.

      Treatment
      Since most fungal skin infections are surface infections, antifungal treatments are usually applied directly to the skin in the infected area (topical treatments).

      There are a variety of treatments available in the form of creams, lotions and medicated powders. If the rash covers quite a large area of skin, or affects the nails or scalp, then tablets may be required.

      Some treatments are available over-the-counter from a pharmacist, without a prescription. For example, sprays are available for treating athletes foot. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

      Stronger forms of topical treatments and antifungal in tablet form are only available on prescription. You may also be prescribed antifungal shampoo for scalp infections.

      These treatments are usually effective. Like any drug, they can occasionally cause side effects. These may include skin irritation or an upset stomach. It isn't unusual for the rash to return, even when it seems to have been treated. The treatment may need to be used for at least four weeks to prevent the infection from coming back.

      If you are buying an over-the-counter antifungal treatment, you need to be sure that you have a fungal infection. You may recognize the rash from a previously diagnosed fungal infection. But if there's any doubt about your diagnosis, or if over-the-counter treatments don't work, then you should seek advice from your GP.

      Prevention
      Taking the steps listed below may help to reduce the risk of getting a fungal infection.
      Dry your skin carefully after bathing.
      Wear loose fitting clothes and underwear.
      Avoid sharing towels, hair brushes, and combs, which could contain skin fragments that harbors fungal colonies.
      Change socks or tights daily.
      For athlete's foot, alternate shoes every two or three days so that they have time to dry out.
      Choose fabrics that allow the skin to "breathe" - natural fibres such as cotton are better than nylon or polyester for underwear.
      For sportspeople, synthetic fibres that "wick" the sweat away from the body, helping to keep the skin dry, may be preferable.
      If you have diabetes you need to keep good control of your blood sugar (for more information see the Bupa factsheets on Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes).

      Now we are going to treat the infections with natural Medicine and things we have around the house. Of course if there is infections out of control you have to go and see and MD General Practitioner or Dermatologist do not wait until the infections are out of control.
      Things you need to do:
      1. Go to a health Food Store and get a body desintoxication program.
      2. Then after finishing the program get something to rebuild your immune system.
      3. Get a natural Antibiotics
      For example: Echinacea & Goldenseal capsules and Neem capsules , Tea Tree capsules are natural antibiotics.
      4. Aloe Vera caps

  11. QUESTION:
    Can human ringworm medicine work for dogs?
    My lab pup has a red spot with yellow ooze and hair falling out next to it. I think that is ringworm.
    Does Walgreens ringworm medicine work for dogs too?

    • ANSWER:
      As Walgreens is a pharmacy, it could be any one of about 20 diferent anti-fungals. Please be more specific. Some anti-fungals are hard on the liver, and therefore should not be used on dogs. As for your dog, ringworm does not cause yellow ooze. That is either a bacterial infection or a fungal lesion that has become infected with bacteria. Antibiotic treatment is required, with the correct antibiotic as prescribed by your vet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for my dog with mange?
    I don't have money to take my dog to the vet.. So far I've been putting used motor oil on the infected area..

    • ANSWER:
      No, no, no. Motor oil is toxic and the skin is highly permeable. You are hurting your dog.

      Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). Vets can do a deep skin scraping to detect the presence and type of mite.

      The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the mange condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door for secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that will cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible.

      Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites.

      The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/

      Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.

      I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.

      Hope this helps.

      Toxicity:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/toxicity/c_dg_ivermectin_toxicity

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ivermectin-side-effects.html

      http://www.drugs.com/vet/mitaban.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1481314/?page=1

      http://www.petmanage.com/dog-health/what-is-amitraz-toxicity.html

      Mange spray:

      http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

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

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. QUESTION:
    Tips for a 10 year old black labrador on steroids?
    My dog Milly is currently on steroids for her skin allergies and as much as they help her itching and scratching, she is constantly hungry. I'm aware that this is a side affect but she is driving us all mad, in the nicest possible way, and we would like to help her. If anyone has any tips for how to keep her occupied, feel fuller for longer or the best food to give her, then please could you let me know. Thankyou!
    Just to make things a little more clearer and to help you when giving me advice. Milly is allergic to grass, dust mites and pine which is why she has skin allergies. Thank you for the recent answers, they are very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are about the worst medication for both dogs and humans. However, many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better and earn their money at all cost even if it is just a temporary fix or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including chronic skin problems.

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

      If your dog has been on steroids, subsequent skin problems are most likely secondary skin infections resulting from steroid use, bacterial or fungal. For any skin infection I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

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

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

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

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    what should i do regarding my dogs nail?
    i dicovered tonight that my dogs nail has some how been pulled up and moved across to the left hand side and now all you see is empty shell of the nail one side and the sore red bit on the other side to me it looks painful, but the dog is showing no signs of discomfort shall i take him to the vets 1 st tomorrow , or see if i can move the nail back over? i have washed it and put a bandage on just for tonight, would the nail eventually fall of? genuine answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      It could (hopefully) be that he has snagged his claw on something but please check with a vet. Although unusual, dogs can get an infection which can cause the claws to become detached and eventually fall off. My dog had the same symptoms, he too showed no signs of discomfort, we only noticed there was a problem when he started licking his feet more than usual. We had him checked by our vet,the problem when diagnosed proved to be a fungal infection that was attacking the nail bed.
      Treatment was two courses of rather expensive antibiotics and his feet had to be washed in an anti fungal shampoo that had to be worked into his feet, left on for fifteen minutes then rinsed off
      The antibiotics had to be ordered through a chemist (not all will do this due to the expense) because they can order lesser quantities than vets and it is more than likely that vets would be left with a large quantity of medication that would not get used before the expiry date.
      I do hope your dog does not have this infection - which to be honest seemed to be more stressful for me than my dog.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my dogs rash?
    My dog licks her self so much she is loosing hair what do i do

    • ANSWER:
      Skin irritations and itching can be caused by factors such as:

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      (From pet suites)..

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

  23. QUESTION:
    I have an Italian Greyhound dog with a tracheal collapse. Any suggestions on meds for her?
    She has been on Metacam for 4 months. Now she is coughing again. She doesn't have the honking cough. I was wondering if anyone has a dog with this and what meds are working for you. Im not very confident in the Vets I have taken her to. The first one said she had heart failure, the second said NO WAY, its a tracheal collapse and put her on the Metacam.

    I just feel so lost. I was even considering taking her to ANOTHER vet, but who do you trust?? If anyone has a dog with this, any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to rule out heart disease for sure, you could request a referral for your dog to see a cardiologist. They can perform a cardiac ultrasound which will be a definitive answer for you.

      I she does NOT have heart disease, then you could focus on the possibility of a respiratory issue like tracheal collapse. There are a few other things that can cause coughing though: Kennel Cough, a foreign object in the esophagus like a grass blade or something else, a mass (cancer), a fungal or bacterial infection, polyps, or even laryngeal paralysis. It's best to have a vet that you feel confident and comfortable with re-examine her to come up with the best diagnostic and treatment plan, so that may mean a third opinion...

  24. QUESTION:
    what does it mean if my dog is biting out her hair?
    My dog is about 3 years old. I think she might have fleas but she is bitting her hair out. She has a big bald spot and it look like she has dry skin. What is wrong with her?

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

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections sometimes coupled with a bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    My dog has dandruff and patches of missing hair?
    My dog has dry skin and the flaky dandruff is getting much worse. She also was losing hair in a spot on her tail, now she has missing hair spots on her back. I have been using an omega 3 fatty acid supplement in her food, not helping too much. She also is on Science diet

    • ANSWER:
      The most common reasons for skin issues (i.e. itching, skin irritation and/or hair loss) include:

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections sometimes coupled with a bad odor.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

      For many skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my dog to develop sores on her body and begin losing hair?
    She is 4 years old with long hair, otherwise healthy, with no known issues in the past and her diet has not changed.
    Thank you to the couple of miss-know-it-all's. I actually have an appt. to see the vet tomorrow but I was just trying to get a little insight as I was worried. Thanks for those of you who are not condescending!
    i.e. Jessica and Fishmom.

    • ANSWER:
      Too many possibilites. A Vet would have to examine her and determine the cause and what treatments are available. One thing that can cause sores and losing hair is ringworm. (fungal infection).
      But there are so many other things! So Vet is best.

  28. QUESTION:
    home remedies for getting rid of and preventing ring worm in humans?
    my daughter keeps getting ringworm, we keep on decontaminating all her clothes toys and bed, but it keeps coming back, i think she is picking it up from a local cat or dog as we dont own any pets.
    does any1 have any other remedies to get rid of it from her body without using a cream from the chemist

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a home remedy I found:

      A folk remedy for ringworm is a 1:1 solution of cider vinegar and water. Another alternative is 2 drops of tea tree oil mixed with an ounce of water.

      I don't know if this works or not but I know that you can buy anti fungal cream or sprays from any pharmacy and use it to treat ringworm. If its a bad infection then it would be best to see the Dr for oral drugs.

      As for reinfestation I know the spores that cause ringworm can live in the house for up to a year so it's important to clean the entire house. Wash anything that can be washed and It can be hard to get rid of the spores in your home. Here are some tips that may help:

      This is why treatment for ringworm must also include a thorough house cleaning to rid the home of any spores that could reinfect you or your cat. This can be done by disinfecting your home using a dilute chlorine (.5%) bleach solution (this must include all furniture, carpeting etc.). Remove and replace all used air filters in the home. Thorough vacuuming of the carpeting and subsequent removal of the vacuum bags can also assist in ridding the home of spores.

      Also, it's important to try to find the cause. If you do not have any pets and you think this came from a pet then make sure you tell your daughter not to pet any strange animals until this thing is taken care of. Also, I read it doesn't have to be from a pet it can come from another person or even the soil.

      Hope I helped.

      I had ringworm before. My older cat had it and I got it and we shampooed him with anti fungal shampooed and clean the house good and treated our spots with cream and it was gone. Good Luck.

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Are ringworms mostly from cats and dogs?
    Are ringworms from cats and dogs?Or are they from just about any animal?How do you get kill them so you dont get re infected?

    • ANSWER:
      Because cats and dogs are the most common household pets, they're also the most common carriers of this infection. However, other animals like poultry, cattle, horses and hogs can also be infected with ringworm and can become carriers of infection.

      Ringworm is a skin infection caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes. You can be infected through direct skin contact with an infected person, animal, object or surface. I t is highly contagious, and if you have it, you should observe strict personal hygiene and refrain from scratching it or you risk spreading it to other parts of the body and to other persons.

      Fortunately, ringworm responds well to self-care medication using over-the-counter anti-fungal creams or ointments (like Tinactin, Monistat, Lamisil, or Lotrimin). Wash the affected area thoroughly and allow to dry. Apply a thin layer of the cream twice daily. You should be rid of it within 2-4 weeks of treatment. For severe infections or for ringworm of the scalp in kids, consult your doctor as anti-fungal med that has to be taken orally may be prescribed.

      For a more information, please visit my source:

  31. QUESTION:
    Could my dogs have mange or could it be something else?
    I have two Pomeranians and I noticed both of them have little patches of fur missing around their mouth, eyes, nose,and paws. The one that has the patch on his paw has little red bumps in it. I plan on making a vet appointment on Monday. I am 100% sure it's not fleas. If it matters one is 2 years old and the other is 7 months. I adopted the 7 month old when he was 4 months and he had missing fur around his mouth but I didn't pay it any mind because I thought it was "acne" that maturing pups get. I just recently noticed them rubbing their face and scratching, so I looked closely and the fur was missing. My older dog as a big patch on his leg and paw.

    • ANSWER:
      What you describe sounds like it could be a case of Sarcoptic mange.

      Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). Vets can do a deep skin scraping to detect the presence and type of mite.

      The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the mange condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door for secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that will cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible.

      Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites.

      The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/

      Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.

      I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.

      Hope this helps.

      Toxicity:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/toxicity/c_dg_ivermectin_toxicity

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ivermectin-side-effects.html

      http://www.drugs.com/vet/mitaban.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1481314/?page=1

      http://www.petmanage.com/dog-health/what-is-amitraz-toxicity.html

      Mange spray:

      http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  32. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps scratching his face until he bleeds?
    I have a Yorkie-Bichon and he keeps scratching his face until he bleeds. It's mostly at the top of his muzzle but I just noticed one by his eye as well. I always stop him my scratching if I see him and let him rub up against my hand until he doesn't need to strach anymore but he's still continueing this.
    What can be causing this and what can I do to help him? We do give him monthly flea and tick treatments as well as worm meds too.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, We recently took our dog, a little Maltipoo to the vet for similar scratching, around the eyelid mostly. The vet shaved her eyelid and tested for mites, no mites,Yea! Vet said she probably has allergies, gave her meds and a cone to stop the scratching.

      Kudos to Katarzan & Danielle....great answers!

      Please take your baby to the vet, sounds just like what my baby has. Although it still hasn't gone completely away, she still scratching some, but a lot less. Good Luck!

      Did some more research and found this:

      Lick granuloma, also kown as acral lick dermatitis (ALD), Acral Lick Granuloma (ALG) or Acral Lick Furunculosis (ALF), is a common condition observed in large, active dogs in which the dog licks an area excessively, usually on the front leg, until a raised, firm ulcerated lesion is formed. These lesions are prone to infections, which make them itchier and itchier, which then leads to a self-perpetuating cycle of itching and licking. The term "acral" refers to the peripheral portion of an extremity.

      Many underlying diseases are responsible for this condition. It could be caused by psychological and behavioral factor or by skin and internal diseases. Allergies, endocrine disease, parasitic, bacterial and fungal diseases may cause lick granulomas. Interestingly, allergy to flea bites may also be a cause. Aggressive flea control is recommended in flea-sensitive individuals.

      They mention large dogs, but I am thinking my dog may have this too. Just another thought.

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. QUESTION:
    My dog is a rescue animal. I found a large worm and blood clot in runny stool today. What could this be?
    How would I be able to treat it? Sometimes, with low activity, she will start to pant. And one day, she didn't eat at all.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like parasites. Take your dog and a stool sample to the vet. It's easy to detect and easy to treat.

      ADDED: Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin.
      Tapeworm looks like single grains of rice in the stool.
      Roundworm looks like strands of spaghetti in the stool.
      Other parasites are not so visible - they are better seen under a microscope. Either way, let your vet make a diagnosis and prescribe the proper treatment. Nobody is qualified to do that online.

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

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. QUESTION:
    How should I clean my dogs ears?
    I have a puppy and her ears stink. I see a little dirt looking stuff in her ear. Any ideas? Thank you for the tips!

    • ANSWER:
      You can buy a cleaning solution from a pet supply store or a vet, something like epi-otic, to clean your dogs ear. Squeeze it in the ear, massage the ear canal, then let your dog shake his head to get it all out.

      You should never clean the ear with Q-tips or any cotton bud type product. Remember that your dogs ear canal is not straight, it's angled. Using a cotton bud will most likely push all the gunk further down into the ear and because of the angle of the canal it'll be even more difficult to get it out.

      Having said all this, if your dogs ear does indeed "stink" I'd suggest a taking her for a check up with your vet. They can make a quick slide of the "dirt looking stuff" and tell you if she has an infection (bacterial or fungal) and they'll be able to advice you on the best course of treatment.

      Good luck, I hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    We live with my mother-in-law, and her dog has mange. Can I call the pound without neglect charges?
    We've tried to help the dog, but she's so miserable. We simply don't have the time or the money to make her better, but the shelters won't take her in her condition. I don't want to be charged with neglect or anything, because I haven't neglected her. I just can't help her.

    • ANSWER:
      This dog should not be suffering as there are inexpensive and non-toxic cures for mange out there.

      Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). Vets can do a deep skin scraping to detect the presence and type of mite.

      The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the mange condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door for secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that may cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible.

      Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites.

      The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/

      Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.

      I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.

      Hope this helps.

      Toxicity:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/toxicity/c_dg_ivermectin_toxicity

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ivermectin-side-effects.html

      http://www.drugs.com/vet/mitaban.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1481314/?page=1

      http://www.petmanage.com/dog-health/what-is-amitraz-toxicity.html

      Mange spray:

      http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  38. QUESTION:
    Can i find any mite medicine at the store?
    I positive my dog has mites but my dad doesnt have enough money for a vet so i was wondering if there was like any recipes or any kind of medicine i could use for my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      firstly ear mites take 21 days to kill.
      i got a stray dog with a bad infection, they consistently lay eggs and it takes 21 days to kill off the unhatched eggs. its a process. u gotta q-tip/ ear-swab it all out and Never put the same tip in the ear twice u could push the mites deeper and spread them. ( dollar store sell large q-tip/ ear-swab boxes) ear mites a a horrible thing for dogs to have
      here is some info: http://www.dogchatforum.com/ear-mites-dog.htm

      you can go to a local pet store and get ear mites specific treatment "big box stores suck they only carry ear cleaners" NOT THE SAME THING AT ALL!

      my dog used : Surolan
      http://www.drugs.com/vet/surolan-drops-can.html
      or
      http://www.drugs.com/pro/surolan.html

      but the thing to look for is the Active ingredients:
      Miconazole nitrate 23 mg, polymyxin B sulfate 0.5293 mg, prednisolone acetate 5 mg.

      (crappy pet stores will tr to get u to buy ear cleaner) like i said but this is useless ..trust me on this it took quite sometime to finally get proper ear mite stuff for my dog.. and i do not Have to go to the vet u can buy stuff online now.
      u need the anti fungal anti inflammatory!
      its under and worth it cause it works!

  39. QUESTION:
    My Uncles little dog, half pekinese and half Jack Russell itches and scratches?
    She has had fleas in the past but not now. Groomer says the pekinese have dry skin that itches but really has no solution. Any suggestions to help relieve this itch?

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

      ALLERGIES

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

      You can get rid of the fleas on your pet with natural methods so that she is not exposed to the harmful chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm her sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally

      Also, you can get rid of fleas in your yard where she roams by dusting it with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. See this link for more info on its use to control fleas http://www.fleacontrolbook.com/naturalfleacontrol/diatomaceous-earth-the-a-miracle-cure-for-flea-control/

      Check the ingredients of the food and treats you give her. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. Do not give her anything with wheat or corn. If the treats contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. If you have recently changed the food you give her, discontinue it and get food that has no grains and that lists real whole meat on the bag as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

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

      SKIN INFECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

  40. QUESTION:
    My dog has itchy flaky skin and excessive licking and course hair falling out?
    My dog has flaky scaly skin and coase hair falling out

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    Why does my pet mouse keep scratching?
    My pet mouse "Ralphie" keeps scratching. I am sure there are no fleas in the house. Could it possibly be mites. I changed his box and still he scratches. I also disinfected it really good along with his toys. If it is mites is it ok to use the mite treatment you get for cats and dogs or is there something else?
    There is no hair loss or redness yet. Should I take him to a vet? Do vets even take mice?

    • ANSWER:
      it might be mites. it could also be a fungal skin infection. is there hair loss and redness? eating too much corn can make them itch.

      I use pine shavings and have no problems with it.

  42. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

      Many dogs are allergic to flea bites so even one flea on an allergic dog may cause a lot of havoc. You may not be able to see the fleas directly but you can always see the debris they leave behind that looks like finely ground coffee. If you see these and put them in water, they will turn red.

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION AND ITCHING REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from itching?
    I have a jack russell x shih tzu in auckland, nz who is a year and a half and she has a skin condition where she is always itching. i have taken her to the vets a few times and given her steroids, medicated shampoo and other tablets to try and help her but shes still itching. i dont want to keep giving her different drugs because i dont think it is healthy for her. What else cud i do to help her stop itching?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh no...it is bad news that your dog has been treated with seroids. Never, ever give steroids to your dog again. If you do, you are setting yourself up for a long time of misery and huge health problems for your dog, including chronic skin issues.

      I guess many vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better above all else and if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks.

      Steroids do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

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

      For your dog's skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur'). This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

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

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

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

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

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

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog eat the hide off of his backside?
    He is always rubbing his back against anything with traction; me, his cage(whether or not he is currently in it). He has exposed his skin, it looks like open sores almost- no bleeding but close and he constantly gnaws at it. I believe that fleas could be involved, but am concerned that there's more to it. Please assist.
    In truth, it was my dog until about 4 months ago- I'd let my brother have him. I draw disability and have no $ for the vet. But, thanks to all for your answers.
    In truth, it was my dog until about 4 months ago- I'd let my brother have him. I draw disability and have no $ for the vet. But, thanks to all for your answers.
    Problem solved, a most INANE amount of fleas were "livivg" in an old shack not very far from the house-Jesse(the dog) was getting out of the fence and traversing over to the area whenever nobody was looking('cept my brother this morning) he's been given a bath with something different he's bought and is putting salve on it. Now it just looks like thinning hair where it was bad-looking.Thanks for all of the responses. But, to clarify a few things; 1) Jesse was my dog until about a year ago when I had to move and gave him to my brother 2) I'd considered taking him to the vet but draw disability and therefore can't afford it 3) My bro is still taking him to vet asap thanks to the possibility of it being more than just those fleas.

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my teddybear hamsters fleas?
    I have 2 teddybear hammies 1 long haired and black-white(oreo)
    and I also have a brown and white one (popcorn) They keep on scratching and I dont know what to do PLEASE HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If they are fleas, you'll be able to see them, or at least the "dirt" they leave behind.

      It's more like that, if it is a parasite, it's some sort of mite. It could also be a fungal infection or a reaction to the bedding. If you're using pine or cedar, that often causes skin problems.

      The only way to know for sure why they're itchy is to bring them to a vet - they can check for mites or an infection and prescribe something, either Ivermectin for mites or an anti-fungal treatment if it's something like ringworm.

      Definitely don't use a flea and tick treatment made for dogs and cats - it'll be too strong and will more likely kill the hamsters than solve any problems.

  47. QUESTION:
    My dog itches his butt side and legs?
    I don't think it's anything contagious as we have another dog is he allergic or something?

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

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    I need some advice on how to help my dogs uncontrollable itching?
    I put Petrolium jelly on his skin because I read it suffocates mites if there is any.. He always runs away to the neighbors house all day and comes back at night..

    • ANSWER:
      Petroleum jelly isn't going to suffocate mites and it's not good for the skin either. What you need to do is have your pet examined by a veterinarian to determine why he is itching and get correct treatment. This could be a parasite (one of several), a bacterial or fungal infection or allergies and your veterinarian can perform some simple diagnostic tests to help rule out some of the possible causes and then select an appropriate treatment for the problem that is there.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do you know if a dog has mange?
    My cousins dog bites himself on the back and around the base of his tail and anywhere else he can get to. He does this till he bleeds or till we catch him and tell him to stop. He is always taring out his own fur when he bites and itches himself very frequently. My aunt thinks and tells everybody that he has a rash/irritated skin, but im just not so sure about that. The dog still has most of his fur but he is going bald on the base of his tail and spots of baldness on his rear. I told my other cousin and he said mange is usually all over the body. So cold this be mange? Maybe the beginnings of it? im worried about this dog because nobody here seems to give a crap about him since my aunt and cousin got a chihuahua about 3 1/2 years ago. Oh and my aunt also said that she tried to use a shampoo for irritated skin and nothing got better. His skin looks dry, flaky, and when you touch his bald spots they feel kind of oily. Thanks to anyone who can give me some advice on this.

    • ANSWER:
      To be sure that problem is mange, the dog needs to be diagnosed by a competent veterinarian. Aside from a visual evaluation of symptoms, the vet will most likely take a deep skin scraping and look at the sample under a microscope. The mange treatments usually recommended by most vets involve medications that contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that lead to undesirable health issues that you need to investigate.

      Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). Vets can do a deep skin scraping to detect the presence and type of mite.

      The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the mange condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door for secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that will cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible. Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites.

      The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/

      Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.

      I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.

      Hope this helps.

      Toxicity:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/toxicity/c_dg_ivermectin_toxicity

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ivermectin-side-effects.html

      http://www.drugs.com/vet/mitaban.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1481314/?page=1

      http://www.petmanage.com/dog-health/what-is-amitraz-toxicity.html

      Mange spray:

      http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html


fungal infection in dogs treatment

What Can You Do For A Yeast Infection

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

      hope this helps..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      best wishes..

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Most common areas of infection for yeast infections are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Try

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

      Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Tea Tree Oil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  25. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of a yeast infection without medication?
    I'm 14 and currently have a yeast infection (it isn't so bad, it looks like it 's been there for 2-3 days not so noticeable but i can see it and it itches), I don't know what to do! I don't want to tell my mom because it's embarrassing so I want to try home remedies first but if that doesn't help, I guess i'll have to tell her. It's just she'll think i'm sexually active and all. So, if you could please leave home remedies that work please tell me!

    • ANSWER:
      First off hun I recommend that you tell your mom because she can help you get certain medications to get rid of it alot faster than if you go with out. A yeast infection is a fungal infection, and what does fungus need to grow? Moisture. Keep your area clean and dry at all times. try not to wear tight clothing or anything that will constrict the area and keep moisture inside. Your area down there is a completely different place then other parts of our bodies, meaning we need to clean them differently. Do not put chemicals like soaps or lotions down there because that will effect the normal Ph balance that the vagina naturally has. You need to talk to your mom so that she can help you with the proper ways of taking care if it. Don't be scared. It happens even to women who are not sexually active.

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

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

      Hope you get well soon :)

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

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

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

      You can see results within 2 weeks.

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Itch and cottage-cheese discharge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lindsay,

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

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

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

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

      Hope all this helps

      Good Luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps and best of luck! :)

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Theoretically, yes they are very contagious.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thankyou :)

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here's what you need to do/ask:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


what can you do for a yeast infection

Dog Skin Irritation

To home a pet is serious business, the animal whether a dog or any other animal becomes a family member and the right animal care knowledge for kids is very essential. This article gives a broad overview of the basic considerations and care that need to be taken for dogs.

Dogs are probably the most loving of all pets; they give love unlimited and want the same in return. As a parent it is your responsibility to teach your child the importance of loving and caring for the animal as a first step in keeping a pet. A dog needs to be fed right, exercised and groomed at regular intervals. Training the dog to live indoors, obey commands and not chew your favorite rug or slippers is all a part of owning a dog.

Some basic tips on the right kind of animal care knowledge for kids to be practiced:

* Sweets are poison for your dog; the Xylitol an artificial sweetener is very dangerous because it causes the animal's blood sugar to drop dangerously causing seizures, lack of coordination and even depression.

* Chocolate for dogs is an absolute NO! It can cause seizures, diarrhea and vomiting and has been known to be fatal for the animal.

* Dogs by nature are curious animals especially in the puppy and growing stages, keep them away from electrical cables and power outlets, glass and plastic. They can get an electrical shock, choke on plastic and the glass when ingested can cause internal bleeding.

* Dressing up your dog may cater to your fantasies but for the dog it may mean skin irritations and breathing problems.

* Your dog should be registered and wear a collar and dog tag ID attached to the collar at all times. Make sure your contact details are on the Identification tag.

* It is not advisable to bathe a dog too often due to skin problems; your vet can guide you on the right bathing intervals. Practice grooming the dog on a regular basis; everyday is best and give the animal plenty of fresh air and good nutrition. You can always sponge the animal down with warm water if he gets too dirty.

* You need to do a physical exam of the animal at least once a month - check the teeth for tartar, the gums for disease, the pads of the feet for cuts and bruises, the ears for infection. The dog needs to be taken to the vet for annual checkups and booster shots.

Use these basic tips as a starting point and build on your animal care knowledge for kids.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from scratching his neck?
    My dog skin irritation on his neck, which he keeps on trying to scratch. He either uses his leg or rolls his neck on the dirt, which delays the healing process. So what can I do or use to make sure he can't scratch?

    • ANSWER:
      This may sound strange, but apple cider vinegar works. Your dog will smell a little unpleasant after you apply it (half warm water, half apple cider vinegar) with a cotton ball, but it WORKS! My dog had two HUGE hotspots on both sides of his neck that he had scratched raw and bloody and they got badly infected so I had to take him to the vet. They gave me a soothing spray (cost me 40 dollars) that did not work at all. Instead, I bought ACV (about 2 bucks) and dabbed it on the spots twice daily for 3 days. Soon, they crusted over (they were open and oozing green pus) and healed up. Check out this link!

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

  2. QUESTION:
    whats the best hypoallergenic dog food I can get without a prescription?
    my dog has a skin irritation (theres yeast present) and she is on antibiotics and has to be bathed every 5 days with a special shampoo. My vet said try a different dog food but he didn't want to prescribe anything yet. we're doing meds first, but I do want to change her food. she's eating Beneful for mature dogs now but that may be one of the causes. can anyone recommend a good dry dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't recommend a real good dry dog food right now, but my dogs stomach was really upset, purebred dogs vs commercial dog food. After about a month with dog foods, I decided to cooked real, lamb and rice for him for about 2 months, and later slowly introduced him into dry iams, (lamb and rice). It was quite remarkable how he switched from my cooking to iams, then to a affordable dog food brand that he totally loved. He was a beautiful Belgium Sheppard.

      The following source will definately lead you in the right direction though. If I can't paste it here just go to the pet category and look for the top answerer. Chetco is an excellent person and will respond to all pet situations.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you cure hives for dogs?
    Our dog has like this skin irritation. Its like hives. He has bumps all under his skin and keeps screaching at them. And its making it worse. Now I know your gonna say 'Take him to the vet!' Our vet is shut right now. And we are going to wait and see if we should take him to the Animal Hospital. Any idea's? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Call a Vet

  4. QUESTION:
    is there a website that tells about dog skin irritations?
    I need to find a website that tell about different skin irritations so i can find the right treatment for my dog without making a bill at the vet.
    My girl is part husky and part rott and shepherd.

    She hates wet grass.

    • ANSWER:
      I know it's not what you want to hear, but you're better off taking her to a vet.

      Mange, for example, comes in two forms and neither can be seen without a microscope. How would you diagnose that at home?

      Allergies are another common problem, but you can't avoid the allergen if you don't know what it is.

      Ringworm is another common skin problem. Sometimes, it's somewhat obvious (in rings), but sometimes it looks just like mange. In some cases, the skin actually has to be scraped and cultured to find out if ringworm is actually the problem.

      Then, you have skin infections. They usually develop as secondary problems when treatment is delayed for the primary problem. The skin gets scratched and broken down which leaves it open to infection and now your problem is doubled! Infections need antibiotics, which again, isn't something you can generally handle at home.

      Along with the problem of figuring out what it is, most skin conditions spread pretty rapidly. Some of them, such as sarcoptic mange and ringworm, are also contagious to other pets and people.

      I've seen people spend lots of money guessing and getting it wrong. No one likes to spend money, but it's worse if you're spending it on things that don't do any good at all.

      Until you can get your dog to a vet, you can try giving him Benedryl to help ease his symptoms. It won't cure the problem, but it may help him feel a little better until you can get the problem cured. For a dog over 50 pounds, a 50mg dose is appropriate. For dogs under 50 pounds, give 1mg per pound of body weight. This can be given every 12 hours, as needed. (NOT every 4-6 hours as it is with people)

      You should also avoid giving your dog any other people medication as much of it is toxic to them.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are you thoughts on HALO dog food?
    Just bought a "healthy" food for my dogs due to possible skin irritation due to diet. How is HALO? Is this a good one?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a site that will show you which dog foods are the best and the worst. I suggest that you get any one of the dog foods that are top rated. HALO might be listed.
      http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/
      Most of grocery store dog food formulas, like IAMS, Pedigree, Science Diet, Purina,and etc contain "meat and bone meal" which has been known to contain dead dogs and cats that were euthanized in animal shelters. Their bodies are picked up and bought by the truck load by "rendering plants" , that also pick up road kill, dead live stock, and etc. They are shredded, and boiled. They skim off the fat on the top of the "soup" and collected it and sell it to pet food companies as "animal fat", the rest of the animals' remains are crushed up, dried and sold to dog and cat food companies as meat and bone meal.
      You can read more about it here.
      http://earthislandprojects.org/eijournal/fall97/fe_fall97petfood.html
      Here is an article where the owner of a rendering plant talks about it. He says that cremating the dead shelter animals would cause pollution, and that rendering them is good.
      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m5072/is_12_26/ai_115041999
      Here is further information on what you shouldn't see in the ingredients list in your dog's food.
      http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients
      Top rated dog foods like Canidae contain good healthy ingredients.

  6. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my Pitbull's dry skin and skin irritations?
    My Pitbull gets skin irritations and ear infections very easily. He doesn't have fleas, he stays inside except to go to the bathroom. What can I do for his skin irritations and ears?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have him checked by your vet just to make sure there isn't a underlying problem with the skin.
      All some Omega 3 fish oil, brush him more to distribute the oils, boar bristle brush is good. When you bathe him use some tea tree oil shampoo, but do not bathe too often.
      Some dogs like Pits, Rotts, have allot of muscle in the jowls and they can block the ear canal keeping moisture in and causing infection, at least that is what my vet told me. Talk to your vet about keeping the ears dry

  7. QUESTION:
    What can I use to treat an irritation in my English Bulldog's facial folds?
    I have a 10mos. old English Bulldog and he has developed a moist skin irritation and/or minor yeast infection in the facial fold under one of his eyes. This problem is quite common among the breed. I wanted to find out if anyone knows what type of ointment or solution can temporarily be used to treat it until I take him to the vet next weekend? Thanks for your opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Peace on Earth has already given you the correct answer:

      as a groomer this is the response I have been trained to give many owners with this same question,
      "English Bulldogs are prone to developing yeast infections within the folds of their face, for this reason owners should prevent the bacteria build-up by wiping out the folds via the use of a warm, damp cloth daily. When signs of an irritation or possible infection occur, continue to clean the folds out in the same manner so long as it does not cause the dog any obvious discomfort, and of course speak to your vet about these types of concerns as soon as they arrive to avoid any major skin irritation."

      You are a step above most of the owners I've already spoken to about this as you already are aware that this is a common problem and you know to take your dog to the vet for it. Many owners I've known will wait until the skin within the folds of their dog's face will be completely raw and infected, then the owner brings the dog to the groomer to be cleaned expecting that the smell from between the folds will magically vanish after a bath, of course by this point the groomer can only refer the owner to a vet because the skin irritation has become a major medical problem.

      Good on you for researching your dog's specific care requirements and loving him enough to seek proper medical care, you are a step above many others on this forum!

  8. QUESTION:
    My dog has a what occurs to be a skin irratation, causing him to itch himself raw, what should I do?
    Since my dog as been about 2 (he is 4 now) he has had an skin irritation, he itches himself raw sometimes. I want to help him out, he is on pills right now but they cost a fortune, anything I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Their is a special mixture you put in their food. He may have a fatty foods deficiency and this can cause itching and flaking. Plus it is not expensive.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there any non-cream medication that can prevent/reduce skin irritation?
    I have a dog whose hair makes my arm turn red and itchy almost immediately after contact. This lasts for about an hour or so. There aren't any other typical allergy side effects like sneezing and such, just itchy red skin. The only pill I've found that can reduce this is Benadryl, which has the side effect of making me sleepy. Is there any other antihistamine allergy pill that can help with skin irritation?

    • ANSWER:
      They do sell NON-drowsy Benadryl ya know.

  10. QUESTION:
    What would ofloxacin be used for in dogs?
    My dog has an ear infection and my mom won't take her to the vet but we have ofloxacin ear drops from my little brother's past ear infections. Would it be OK if I use it on my dog? If not what should I use? Is there anything else I could also give her to be sure she gets well? She already takes pretazone for her skin irritation and I've heard it helps. The infection looks like its outer but I'm not a vet so I can't be sure.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the reasons for hair loss on a dog other than shedding?
    My Chow/Spaniel mix is losing her hair in two different spots about two inches wide on her hind quarters. She has a slight skin irritation on the bald spots. I have seen her scratching in that area. She's 18 months old. She has been spade and lives in a fenced in back yard with her four litter mates. She's the only one with this kind of problem. I would like to find something to put on her that doesn't sting or cause her any pain, if possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Mange, allergies, possibly flea allergy dermatitis. Have you checked your dogs for fleas? Even is all of them have fleas, your one pup could be the only one that is allergic to them. DO NOT get meds OTC please. Only a vet can properly diagnose what's going on with your dog. Your best bet is to go to the vet and see what they find. It could be something completely different than any of us here think.

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

    • ANSWER:
      Dog Health:
      Hot Spots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    What at home remedies can be used to help sooth Bullmastiffs skin allergies?
    Our Bullmastiff gets skin irritations and each time has to go to the vet for pills/special medicine. Is there anything that can be used that are everyday natural products(re oatmeal baths), that can be used to help? He has a inflamed rash in between his toes that makes it uncomfortable to walk.

    • ANSWER:
      soak area in apple cider vinegar and water

      add some vinegar to water to to help from the inside out

      google apple cider vinegar for dogs and you will see

  15. QUESTION:
    What Raw Meats Should I Feed My Dog With Food Allergies?
    I am going to start my dog on a raw food diet and was wondering what to feed him? He has food allergies so I know chicken is a no. What about turkey and duck? And are there any other meats he would likely be allergic too? A list of meats I COULD feed him would be helpful. He is a 9 year old 35lb beagle. The food allergies give him skin irritations and itches non stop.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep in mind that may dogs who are allergic to cooked chicken are not allergic to raw chickens. Same with any other protein.

      We feed chicken, turkey, cornish game hens, duck, pork, beef, lamb, sheep, goat, llama, guinea pig (not pigs who were bred to be pets), rabbit, oily fish (sardines, mackerel, anchovies, herring), and all wild game except for wild boar and bear.

      A GREAT site for learning how to feed raw is preymodelraw.com. It has a getting started guide, success stories, tips, etc. A great forum where any questions can be asked and quickly answer by extremely knowledgeable people is dogfoodchat.com. When I started feeding raw these two sites were a lifesaver. There are all sorts of questions and the folks here are very knowledgeable and many of them have been feeding raw for decades. There are pet owners, Search and Rescue dog owners, Service Dog owners, therapy dog owners, dog sport owners, herding dog owners, breeders, and more here who have tons of experience. May folks end up there BECAUSE they had a dog with food allergies and we have helped them figure out what proteins work best for their dogs.

      It's a great site. Give it a read and ask any questions you have.

      ETA: Kayoh, the pork industry in the US is pretty safe. We feed a lot of pork here. The parasites you want to watch out for are found in wild boar but not domestic livestock as it is carefully monitored. And the skins are not bad for a dog either. You don't want to feed a dog a meal full of skin but feeding chicken or turkey or whatever with the skin left on isn't going to harm your dog. Dogs NEED fat in their diets. Dogs without fat in their diets tend to experience some hair loss and get itchy. Adding a bit more fat to their diets can reverse that. I stay away from ground only because there are no teeth cleaning benefits. Many people feed only ground, especially for people withdogs who might not have many or any teeth like older dogs, hairless dogs, or rescues.

      There are lots of little do's and don'ts in raw feeding but they are easy to learn and easy to remember. All of the little things I panicked over in the beginning soon became second nature.

  16. QUESTION:
    what do i put on dog skin irritations?
    He's a little doggy :) and had fleas for quite sometime due to my lawn being made of nothing better, sand. so now ive treated the fleas and he has this rash not red and puffy, more like little brown dots on his rear and between joints etc, where fleas infest. i've put aloe vera on it because its great for skin, but is there anything else that may relieve it faster? or even better?

    will it heal itself? any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the bites have already scabbed over and are healing. You can get some moisturizing dog shampoo and give your dog a good bath. As long as he is not scratching, the bites will heal soon.

  17. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to get a dog to swallow a pill?
    My dog is a 9lb. rat terrier, about 8 years old, and we took him to the vet yesterday due to his extreme itching on his back and his back legs. Everything checked out okay, he just has some skin irritation.They gave us pills to give him but it's so difficult to get him to swallow them. What's a good way to get him to take these?

    I don't want to give them to him in the butt, either. Sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      put it in his water or in a slice of meat thats wat i do

      hope this helped!!

  18. QUESTION:
    why does my dog lick her paws after a shower?
    my dog is 2 years old, i just gave her a shower today and when she was almost dry she started licking her paws. she had never done this before. She had some skin irritation a week ago, but we took care of it and she's better now. I don't think the licking is a big deal but i was wondering if anyone else's dog does this or if anyone knows why she did it.

    • ANSWER:
      i think she is just trying to clean herself my dog does it all the time she also bites the hair on her paws

  19. QUESTION:
    Any problems raising a rabbit in an apartment?
    I'm thinking of getting a rabbit for a 4-year old? Any problems with possible allergies, such as skin irritation or asthma? How often would the cage and apartment need to be cleaned? Do rabbits need to be bathed? Do they need to be taken outside like dogs or can they be raised strictly at home (in an apartment)? One last item: if the family goes away for the weekend, can we just leave food out for the rabbit for three days?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.oink.demon.co.uk/pets/rabbits.htm

      http://lala.essortment.com/howtotakecare_rcqn.htm

      click on the links...

  20. QUESTION:
    What is dried skin clump on my dogs rear back?
    Its a German shepard and not only is there a clump on her back about 3" x 2" but she scratches and bites herself like she has fleas. I dont see any fleas at all and she gets treated for them monthly. It seems like some kind of skin irritation problem.

    • ANSWER:
      Old injury? Something a vet should look at?

  21. QUESTION:
    how do i stop my dog itching with eczema?
    My Lurcher has developed a skin irritation not unlike eczema that is suffered by humans, she sits and scratches her head and flanks sometimes until pieces of fur are pulled out. We have had her to the vets but nothing is working. We do not wat her to be prescribed with steroids because of the complications, are there any other solutions please?

    • ANSWER:
      Good idea Abe. I give my dogs whole raw eggs, they like to play with them, then eat them - and all the shells. You could also try feeding the dog some fish.

      Could it be that the dog is allergic to something in the home? Perfumes, washing powder on her bed? Strong fresheners? Is she coming into contact with anything when she is out playing?

  22. QUESTION:
    Can a dog have a skin reaction to a skunk spray?
    My lab was sprayed in the face 3 days ago. His lips are really pink and red. I am wondering if it is a reaction to the skunk spray. I can't find anything on line about skin irritations from a skunk spray.

    • ANSWER:
      oh yeah, its from the skunk its happened to my german shepard mannnnnt times she doesnt seem to learn her lesson. give the dog benedryl for a lab prb lyk half a tablet or 1/4 if its a puppy. this is what the vet told me and it seemed to help. since its already been 3 days you might want to talk to the vet first.

      DID U KNOW?: a spray to the eyes from a skunk can actually blind your dog?

  23. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a home remedy for blisters?
    Need a holistic remedy for blisters, or skin irritation in the ear canal of a dog. Vet thinks the blisters were due to briars or thorns from a crab apple tree. The home is on 35 acres and short of keeping him on a leash, the vet could not see a way to prevent this from occuring again.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry I don't know anything about holistic remedies for dogs. I always use the vets.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is a safe ointment to use on a diabetic dog that wears diapers to avoid skin irritations ?
    She is an 8 yr.old poodle who is totally incontinent and wears diapers 24/7 and her skin is getting very dry & chapped . Is it safe to use vasaline on her skin ?

    • ANSWER:
      I know that Vaseline is safe and so is Sodcreme with the proviso that she does not lick this. I am at a loss as to why she needs to wear diapers continually.

      I had a sixteen year old dog who had problems, however she coped without diapers and she enjoyed her walks. I did restrict her to a tiled un- carpeted room, however I was with her for most of the time.

      Your dog needs air to her bum, remove the diaper and take her for a walk. Fresh air will help.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any tips for a bathing a Westie Puppy?
    I had a 9 week old Westie Puppy a week ago. She is starting to smell and I think she needs a bath. I have heard that bathing a Westie to often can cause skin irritation. Does anyone have any tips on what products to use and how often they should be bathed? Also any tips on keeping them calm whilst bathing as I have a funny feeling she's not going to enjoy it!!

    Thanks for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I have to dogs and both of them now really enjoy getting washed... here's how we do it.
      Get them used to having water on ther body, sprinkle a bit of warm water on them, put a towel in the bath to stop them slipping (and scratching the bath!) I use the shower hose bit, you know the detachable head thing, stand in the bath with your dog, my lil pup, who's a miniature pinscher likes to stand up against my leg and the big pup, who's a doberman, nuzzles his head in my tummy, keep the shower head on their paws and slowly rinse them, keeping it away from their eyes, talk to them, keep them calm, let them know how good they're being and a treat won't go down badly either!!

      I use a shampoo that we got from the vet for sensitive skin, I really can't remember what it's called but it leaves them lovely and glossy for days.

      We bathe them once a month, too often and the dog stops grooming himself and that's not good. x

      Good luck. x x x

  26. QUESTION:
    is it ok for me to wash my dogs with my shampoo?
    I really need to give my dogs a bath but i ran out of dog shampoo and i cant really get to a store right now. I was wondering if it would be ok if i used my shampoo that I use for my hair. I've read the bottles and it doesnt really say anything. So would it be ok or would they get skin irritation or something?
    Please help!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Not a good idea. Shampoo created for people have a different PH balance and will dry out your dogs skin.

      If you are in a pinch, tearless baby shampoo is acceptable on occasion.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog's skin red and irritated?
    My dog had fleas this summer and her skin became red and irritated. I've eliminated the flea problem and her skin condition improved.

    Her skin seems to get red and irritated for a few days and then the redness subsides. She seems to have a week where her skin is pale and then another week where it seems irritated. I have another dog (her sister) and she has no problems with her skin at all.

    What causes a dog to have skin irritation?

    • ANSWER:
      I have a Weimaraner and one day i noticed that her belly was red i took her to the vet and found out that she has allergies. The Vet gave me some spray that i spray on her belly when it gets red. They also gave me some pills to give her. i noticed that the pills they gave me are just like the people allergy pills. you can buy them at any walmart or store i get the off brand and it helps her a lot. but i would first take your dog to the vet and see what they say and if it is allergies there are other things you can get (not from the vet) that are a lot cheaper. =) good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    My dog has a little area of flaky irritated skin, help?
    Hey, my dog has skin irritation on his lower back and I was thinking of shaving the area, should I?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    My 5 month old puppy is loosing teeth and his belly is looking a little bald is this normal?
    My puppy is 5 months old he has lost three teeth that I have found so far. I also noticed today that his belly is not as furry. There are thin stubs of hair and no sign of skin irritation. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs can still be teething at that age. When they are teething, they lose (not loose) puppy teeth.

      If he's losing hair, and it's not just puppy coat or coat blow, then he needs to see a vet. If he's losing adult teeth, then this is even more serious and a vet needs to be consulted tomorrow or early next week.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can I put on my dog to help prevent skin irritation?
    He's been getting really bright pink from being outside, which subsides when he comes back in and warms up (and yes, he wears a sweater or jacket), but he seems to have more spots where he's licking and mild irritations from the snow on his belly and upper legs.

    • ANSWER:
      Is the area on his belly that is bothering him not covered by the sweater or jacket? Is it possible that he is licking those areas because they are getting snow caked up? You did not mention if you live where there is snow or not or if your dog has long hair or fur or if this is new thing for him to be doing? My Shih Tzu pup wears a sweater when there is deep snow and I have not been able to shovel his area yet as he is still smaller. But both he and my Bichon do those things sometimes when they come in from outside. I just make sure to keep an old towel by the door so that I can get as much off them as possible. This keeps them from biting at themselves to get the snow off, gets any salt off from the paws so that they do not get irritated by it, and it protects my furniture. In the end though, to give better answers, I think we need more information because it may even be something that would require a visit to the vet.

  31. QUESTION:
    I switched my dog to a better quality food but didn't have any of the old food left to transition her slowly?
    What should I expect in terms of a reaction? They basically have the same ingredients and her old food only came in the huge 20 lb bags so I didn't want to buy another huge bag just to transition her with. She's been having a lot of skin irritation and is scratching constantly; we treat her with Frontline regularly we were thinking it might ber her food.

    • ANSWER:
      At most a little digestive upset, (loose stools) doesn't last long.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is Sovereign silver good for a dogs skin irritation?
    I am new to this product. I see that there allot of benefits. Could this also be one more? I would hate to waste it and would love your input if you have knowledge about this product.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no value whatsoever to colloidal silver in humans or in dogs.

      BIG FAT SCAM!

      ETA: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colloidal-silver/AN01682

  33. QUESTION:
    What are some natural dyes for dog fur?
    They can be brands of dye, or just things that can stain them...Some things that are non-toxic, and safe for animals. That preferably don't last too long, and won't stain a dogs skin. Also if there are any that last only about a day or two or wash out in a bath! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Manic Panic is generally safe for dogs. It's not something that will wash right out though.

      Vegetable based food colouring is good for a very temporary dye job. If the dog gets wet it WILL run so you can literally just rinse it right out of their fur. Biggest problem is if the dog licks themselves, they'll lick out the colour.

      Make sure you test a small bit on your dog 2 or 3 days before whatever event you want your dog coloured for to ensure there's no irritation to the skin.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there a topical spray or cream for dogs to ease skin irritation from seasonal allergies?
    My 2 yr old springer spaniel has seasonal allergies. Food allergy as been ruled out. He receives monthly cortisone shots and daily benedryl to control but he can still get quite red and irritated on belly and chest at times; and always after a bath. Scratching and licking causes hair loss. Is there any safe topical sprays to use during severe outbreaks?

    • ANSWER:
      I note that you have ruled food allergies out, nevertheless the experts now say that we should NEVER FEED GRAIN. I shower my dog with warm water when she gets dirty, however I don't use shampoo. She smells and looks clean and gets a proper bath about once a year. If your dog has problems after a bath, don't bath him.

      I will copy the info that I have on grain free foods.In all of this remember that vets want dogs to have shots and medications thats how they make their profits. PLEASE DO CONSIDER A CHANGE OF DIET AND PERHAPS YOU WILL BE ABLE TO STOP THE MEDICATION.

      •I have learnt by my mistakes. My present dog had dreadful problems because of the food which I gave her, I experimented with dog food, I tried raw diets, cooked diets and over the years I tried various dog foods. She did not like the raw diets and the dog food that I gave her resulted in diarrhea. As an experienced dog owner I introduced any changes gradually. Nevertheless my dog still had problems. She was eight years old before I resolved her problem.
      Eventually, because of my researches on the Internet I found that the experts have discovered that GRAIN in our dog’s diet causes many problems. I now know that grain creates acidity in the blood. This causes skin problems, sickness, diarrhea, anal gland problems etc.,

      if your dog has skin problems or any of the above problems PLEASE CHANGE THE DIET. Avoid Grain, rice, beef derivatives and dairy food

      I now give my dog a dried food which uses beet for fiber and fish. It’s called Fish4Dogs and I buy it on the Internet. Look on the Internet and investigate yourself. Gluten free dog food is not enough to help our dogs, it MUST BE GRAIN FREE.

      A rapid change of diet will upset your dog; any change of diet must be done gradually. Do please change to a grain free diet. I have had sixteen dogs throughout the years and they have had various problems. Perhaps if I had known about the dangers of GRAIN they would have had fewer problems.

      EDIT, I DO HOPE THAT YOU TRY SOMETHING GRAIN FREE, HOWEVER IF YOU WANT TO TRY A TOPICAL SPRAY, COLLOIDAL SILVER IS EXCELLENT. .

  35. QUESTION:
    is it okay to bathe your kitty with dog shampoo?
    My cat was covered in turd this morning and had a bloody eye, dont have a clue how it happened, so i bathed her in puppy shampoo.. was that okay or will she get a skin irritation from it?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to assume that you were just cleaning her up before taking her to the vet as any injuries to the eye should be considered seriously. My neighbor once had a cat come in with a bleeding eye. She waited to take it to the vet and the eye got infected. The infection traveled into the ear canal of the cat and caused permanent damage there. The damage in the ear made her lose her sense of balance and she never fully recovered. (She's still very tippy and leans to one side when she walks).

      My vet prescribed us a pet shampoo that says on the bottle that its good for cats, dogs, bunnies and horses, so I don't think it should be too bad. My cat never got any irritations from it so I think its possible for shampoos to be multi-purpose. To be safe just don't use it again and make sure you rinse your kitty really well. It may just be that they just market the product towards dogs, not really believing that many people will bathe their cats but there's no way be able to tell. Keep an eye on your cat and ask you vet. (bring the bottle with). Buy a proper kitten shampoo and bathe your cat with it to get rid of anything that might be too doggy.

  36. QUESTION:
    Remedies to stop dog biting above her tail?
    My dog recently started biting above her tail. I checked her all over and she does not have any fleas. I bought the "hot spot" shampoo and spray, and she still bites at it. **The biting is NOT consistant, it comes and goes. I don't see any skin irritation either. Does anyone know anything that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe allergies? I would give your dog some benedryl to see if it gets your dog to stop....i give my 85lbs dog one tablet and it usually stops his itching.

  37. QUESTION:
    My dogs skin beneath the eye is a bit irritated?
    Ok, so i have a poodle if that helps, but i may have scrub a bit to hard under the eye, where her tears are, and now its a bit irritated, well its been irritated and im guessing its not healing because it keeps getting wet with her tears, is there anything i can do to heal that part of her eye! Someone told me to just clean it with warm water for the next few days, that that should help the irritation, is there any other suggestions, like home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      What you can do to help depends on what area it is in. If it is very, very close to her eyeball or tear duct, I wouldn't risk putting any cream or substance on it without the vet's recommendation - you can dab it with warm water though, like you said. That will help her feel better. If it is further away (at least an inch, to be safe) from her eyeball, you can think about using soothing creams like A&D to promote healing or Bacitracin Zinc to prevent infection. You said you scrubbed too hard - if this is what caused it, I don't think it's anything too serious, maybe a little like rugburn and will heal up in a few days. If you notice any hairloss or bright redness or discharge, this is a sign it may be infected and she might need to see a vet.

      You know what, I just thought of something you could use even if it's close to her eye - pure vitamin E oil. It's great for healing irritated area (I use it on scars and chapped lips) just be sure not to drip it into her eye. You can get some vitamin E at any dollar store for cheap and just squeeze it out of the pill.

  38. QUESTION:
    What home remedies can I use for my dogs skin?
    My dog had a bad flea problem. We have FINALLY gotten rid of the stupid things but my dog still scratches and his skin is very red. He even has a few spots that are bleeding. He has lost some hair but the Vet told us that it will grow back. Are there any home remedies that I can use to soothe this poor guys itching?

    • ANSWER:
      there are no home remedies.

      Your dog is suffering from flea bite allergies.. the fleas are gone, but the bites caused an allergic reaction.. your dog itches and scratches.. the skin is irritated, so it gets even more itchy.. its a vicious cycle.

      Your best bet is to ask the vet about a cortizone shot to releive the itching and irritation.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to put aloe vera on a dogs skin if it has a slight sunburn or minor skin irritation?
    I had to shave off a little of my dogs matted fur. I used clippers made for dogs, but it looks like either a little sunburn or a little irritation. He licks it once in a while, not a lot, but i was wondering if aloe vera would help. Or anything else you know of? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes aloe vera is very good for sores of any kind.

      Best to keep the actual plant though rather than a made cream / gel.

  40. QUESTION:
    Whats an over counter solution for a dog with skin mites?
    I have a chihuahua puppy (appx: 3mths old) that is losing hair starting in small spots and growing. He doesn't scratch or appear to have any irritation. I cant afford to foot a vet bill so what are some cheaper alternatives?
    I know it has mites because the lady who gave her to my wife said the rest of the litter had them too, vet's diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      There are no cheap alternatives that substitute for a vets diagnosis. Your dog may not have mites and you can do more harm than good with over the counter medication when you don't know what the problem is.

      Your puppy is only 3 months old. Why did you get a puppy if you can't afford to have it properly treated by a vet when required?.
      Unfortunately vet costs are part and parcel of dog ownership.
      No vet = no pet.

  41. QUESTION:
    My shih tzu has a horribly bad skin irritation what can it be caused from, any suggestions on what i can do?
    He has been struggling from this for quite sometime and the vet has prescribed him drugs and they just don't seem to work.. The spots are red and his skin is always hot. Do shih tzus normally have bad skin?
    I really dont have much money to take him to vet for second opinions so any other suggestions

    • ANSWER:
      Shi's are especially prone to Hot Spots. Looks like a rash but when they bite at it it can get infected pretty quick. The vet probley put the dog on a cortisone cream and antibotics (oral). You can also ask the vet for a cotisone shampoo. Our dog has 2 or 3 outbreaks a year. It happens more with nerves than anything. When we go on vacation when always have the meds avalible for the kennel people. Also when we had new carpet put in it flairs up. When you get it under control ask the vet for the shampoo. only use it when you see her just starting to get the hot spot. It helps soothe the skin before it gets out of hand. Also a cool bath helps sooth the skin too. But once you get the infection it is hard to treat without the vet.

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

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

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

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

      What is the life cycle of Sarcoptes scabiei?

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

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

      What are the symptoms?

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

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

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

      How is sarcoptic mange diagnosed?

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

      How is scabies treated?

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

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

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

      How is sarcoptic mange prevented?

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

      Can I get Sarcoptes from my pet?

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

  43. QUESTION:
    Is there are any home remedies for skin allergies for dogs?
    My dog itches a lot after she goes outside. her tummy gets red and she itches a lot. I don't want to bathe her after every time I take her out. Is there any home remedies to stop the itching? I have heard of giving her baby bendryl but it just makes her sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of using brewers yeast to help with skin irritation in dogs.... putting it in their food... check with the health food store.

  44. QUESTION:
    How soon after a flea treatment can i bathe my dog?
    I used a hartz flea treatment on my dog it's the one where you run the stuff down the back of the dog. It made my dog greasy and I don't want to touch her and it makes her coat look gross. The package didn't say when I can give her a bath and neither did the website.

    • ANSWER:
      usually 7 days after the treatment is applied, this gives it the chance to sink in.

      i bath my dogs then apply it on the next day, this usually makes it easier. although if they get dirty within those 7 days you will have to wait.

      the best flea treatment to get is from the vets, over the counter treatments do not work and can cause skin irritation. its not as expensive to get it from the vets as people think and it really does the job.

  45. QUESTION:
    How many times a year do dogs need their anal glands expressed?
    I am wondering because my dog Duke keeps scratching at the base of his tail either from allergies or because he needs it done.
    I think its allergies because sometimes when he is scratching I can smell his anal glands express and its really stinky
    Wildfire: I know it! I used to work at a vett and had to help hold down a dog that needed it done! Stinky and messy job!

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs never need it doing, one of my Labs has never had it done, but Milly my chocolate one needs it doing regularly.

      Scratching at the base of the tail sounds more like skin irritation than an anal gland problem.

      Milly will chew and nibble at her bottom and sometimes whimper when hers need expressing.
      Some dogs scoot their bottom along the floor, but Milly never does this.

      If you think they need expressing then see the vet, it's a very simple and inexpensive procedure.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is there an over the counter ointment for a yeast infection for a dog's paw?
    I think my dog may have a yeast infection or bacterial infection between his toes. He constantly chews at his paws, causing them to become extremely sore. Is there an over the counter remedy for this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the drug store and buy some " Bag Balm ". It comes in a small green can and works wonders. I use it for my pets and myself for any skin irritation. Read the can, it was originally made for farm animals. Love that stuff.

  47. QUESTION:
    How can i stop my dog licking?
    How can i stop my dog licking its genitals? He is an inside dog, I know its only natural, but he gets a bit carried away and starts making lots of noise, its so disgusting! Oh and he wont stop licking my other dogs genitals, i can understand 1 lick, but he just doesnt stop! Like i have to physically stop him! Its disgusting. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot sauce on household items yes...but on genitals, for obvious reasons no. What worked well for our dog which stopped her from chewing on the chair & table legs was a spray you can buy from pet stores called "bitter apple". It's really sour for them and trust me...they'll quickly learn tables & chairs don't taste so good. It's not supposed to harm wood surfaces either.

      As for the genital licking thing...maybe a quick run down to the vet to check for an unnoticed skin irritation going on there. If it's constantly licking and won't stop, this could be the problem. Another issue which it could be are it's anal glands are full and need to be emptied. We have to empty our dog's and this is one of her ways of letting us know they're full & bothering her. It could be psychological thing as well though.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is the best thing for face irritation on an engish bulldog?
    My dog has real bad red irritation between her wrinkles on her face. Wiping with a wash cloth doesn't seem to help as much. It gets really irriated, really fast. I feel like her irriation needs Neosporin or something?

    • ANSWER:
      there is actually specific lotion for dogs with chaffing/ dry skin. i belive it's at petco. i hope your puppy feels better!

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I get a short hair dog to stop shedding?
    I have a short hair dalmation. His shedding is horrible. He sits, and leaves a puddle of hair, CONSTANT. I dont' even want to touch him, he leaves so much in my hand. I love my dog, he is good, but what is going on with his hair? I keep him outdoors now. This has got to stop. Does anyone have tips on putting control on this problem? He eats dog food and sometimes mixed with people food. Bathe 1xmo. and seems fairly happy. I have no clue whats causing this, but its excessive. He is not balding. He's quite healthy. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a short haired Dachshund, so have dealt with your problem. Nutrition, and Cleanliness are probably causing your Dalmation to loose hair.

      1) Grocery Store Dog Foods don't have enough of the right kinds of groceries in them for most pets. Pets Mart type stores carry more expensive brands but some of them still don't have good groceries in them. You want to find a brand of dog food that doesn't use corn as a binder. I use a dog food (from Pet Smart) that uses Rice which dogs can digest better, and uses whole meats instead of left overs from meat processing. It also has additives for vitamins and metals a dog needs. That way I don't have to give her a multivitamin. You can also suppliment your dogs dry food with good soft food for a boost, canned carrots for weight gain, and canned green beans for diet food. You just replace a portion of the normal food allowance with the suppliment. Good nutrition will help with skin problems, joint problems, hair issues, and extend the lifetime of your pet.

      2) Gracie, my Dachshund, insists on getting in the shower at least once a week. She has since I brought her home. It wasn't my idea of fun, but being short haired she dries very quickly, and if I don't have the time to allow it, she looses twice as much hair. I have no idea why regular bathing (with a dog shampoo, as they have bases in their products and we have acids in ours. Which can cause skin irritations) seems to help. But it does, alot. Keeping her clean and running a smooth soft bristle brush over her after she's dry helps with her shedding, which can be intense if she's stressed out. Locking your Dalmation outside could INCREASE his hair loss, not help fix it.


dog skin irritation

Infections In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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...

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

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

  3. QUESTION:
    Can my grandson who is remission from luekemia catch any infections from my dog?
    Tristan has just completed 3 years of chemo and is now in remission. I bought a 6mth old Golden retreiver in November 2006 not knowing that a new dog could pass on infections. The dog is now 1 yr old and Tristan wants to start spending time with it. The dog has not shown any signs of ill health.

    • ANSWER:
      No. My son had chemo for lymphoma when he was 4. We got a cat and a dog shortly after he came home from hospital as a treat for us and our kids after the horrible time we had during Adams treatment.
      I asked his oncologist and the vet if there was any risk to his immune system or increased risk of him catching disease and they both said no.

      Adam has now had seven years of remission and so have most of the kids who were treated at the same time as him.

      The lesson I learned from my boy's brush with death was to enjoy every day and take every oportunity for pets ,holidays and every thing else.

      That said it's always sensible to wash hands after handling pets and to take care with pet bowls etc.

      All the best for Tristans continued remission.

  4. QUESTION:
    how do i kill my dogs yeast infection around on her vaginal area?
    its always brown on to the hairs there. it looks like her hairs grow together,she is a red tick coon-hound and she has yeast in her ears vet treated that.she is always itching and chewing / cleaning her feet.i have read so much about yeast infection on dogs but nothing tells me the right answer.the vets here where i live do more work on livestock then any house pet.please if u have the answer please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      are you sure it is an actual yeast infection ??? when my dog had a yeast infection there the vet gave me a cleaner called hibitane (http://www.drugs.com/vet/hibitane-skin-cleanser-can.html) which i used once a day for a few days and that cleared it right up ... if your dog tends to have issues with yeast (as my own dog did) i switched her to a limited ingredient, no-grain diet and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble ... the vinegar changes the acidity of the body making it not possible for yeast to grow ... she never had another yeast issue for the duration of her life ... you should google raw apple cider vinegar ...

  5. QUESTION:
    what is the sign of a yeast infection in a dogs ear?
    i have been doing research on the internet about yeast infections in my dogs ear and somethings match up but some don't. He shakes his head alot, paws at them constantly, smelly ears, and when i clean his ears he has brown sometimes black wax build up. I clean his ears everyday and he still has extreme amount of build up. Is that a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      Shaking head repeatedly
      Smelly Odor
      Scratching excessivly
      Slimy looking wax or drainage

      If you go to www.ehow.com and search for yeast infection dogs, they have a great article about a home remedy to help for clearing it up. Not that I wouldn't recommend a vet, don't get me wrong, but still it doesn't hurt to read the article!

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you give a dog the antibiotic Minocycline for ear infections?
    I realize it is a drug mainly used for acne on humans, but I have also heard that it can treat ear infections in dogs. If anybody knows if this is accurate please let me know. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask my vet this question. One of the things you don't know is the correct dosage, or duration of dosage for the weight of your dog. It's used for a lot of different things, but only a vet can safely prescribe the amount needed. Check the official site below (scroll down to "Indications and Usage for Minocycline").

      Misuse of antibiotics is one of the major reasons for the appearance and prevalence of MRSA. I now have 3 family members who suffer with this. Please consult with your vet. I have successfully used Prednisone to treat a spinal injury on one of my dogs, but I did it with my vet's dosage recommendation and supervision.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are other causes of canine staph infections due to a skin rash other than allergic reactions?
    My daughter's dog (a boxer/collie mix) was diagnosed as having a staph infection. The dog has a rash on her skin but no other symptoms other than scratching. The dog does not have any fleas and is an indoor dog for the most part (goes on walks to take care of business). The vet indicated that if the cause of the staph was not from fleas, something really serious was wrong. We're wondering what else could cause this? The vet prescribed a number of different antibiotics to administer as well as an injection of another type of antibiotic. The dog is approximately 1 year old and appears healthy otherwise. She was also recently spayed.

    • ANSWER:
      Staph is a kind of bacterial infection that's why your vet gave you antibiotics. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections not allergic reactions.
      Your dog just got an infected scratch or wound just like people can get, and it became contaminated with Staph, just like people experience.
      Staph is everywhere. It's a very common infection and is generally easily treated if the animal is in good health otherwise.
      Just be thankful that you got it treated in time because if you hadn't noticed it for a while and it had a chance to grow it could spread to other parts of her body and could become a worse infection that would be harder to treat and could possible cause some damage.
      Thank goodness that you are an attentive owner.

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the health risk of letting your dog or other animals sleep in your bed?
    It is possible to acquire bacterial infections from dogs? Develop allergies, hives, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      if your dog is healthy and clean, and you use a regular antibacterial cleaner i dont think that would be a problem

  10. QUESTION:
    What causes infection in a dogs lymph node?
    I took my dog to the vet (his neck is swollen) the vet put him on Tribrissen for a week. I forgot to ask the vet what causes infection in a dogs Lymph Node?? any information would be helpful, Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Lymph nodes are a part of the immune system that fights infections in the body, the presence of infection often causes lymph nodes to increase in size.The lymph nodes make antibodies that will help keep you from being infected with a particular germ in the future. All kinds of infections can cause node enlargement - strep, bacteria, a virus, ear and fungal infection etc.

      There are different types of infections in the lymph glands such as:

      Reactive hyperplasia - the most common.
      Primary or secondary inflammation of the node (lymphadenitis)

      Mineral-associated lymphadenopathy

      metastatic neoplasia like lymphoma

      Lymph node haemorrhage, infarction or oedema.

      Hopefully you have the reactive type - the rest are pretty nasty.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can a dog get sick from a sick cat?
    I am fostering 2 kittens and they have been sneezing. They are being treated for a sinus infection. My dog has now started sneezing. Is it possible that a cat can get a dog sick?

    • ANSWER:
      There are some zoonotic diseases that can be transmissible between cats, dogs, and humans, but they shouldn't cause upper respiratory diseases. Most are caused by internal parasite infections, such as giardia or tapeworms. Rabies, mange, and ringworm are other examples of zoonotic diseases. For cat and dog upper respiratory infections, however, the disease-causing agents are usually species-specific and your dog should not be able to catch the URI from your kittens. Your dog may have caught it from another dog and, if it persists, you may want to have your vet look at your dog.

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

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

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the signs or a tract infection in a dog?
    Does anyone know the signs of a urinary tract infection in female dog? At first I thought she was just in heat, but she is spayed. She is constantly rolling over on herback and licking herself, even on walks.

    Does anyone know anything about this kindof stuff?
    She also has a faint brownish discharge, and it seems like she is very sensitive in that area. She is an inside dog. I has been going to the bathroom less that usual.

    • ANSWER:
      You can look up anything like this on www.thepetcenter.com but if you suspect something I would say just take her to the vet ASAP. A standard visit is not that much money for your pet's health. Things left untreated or home remedied are often causes for extensive and expensive treatments later on. You could also call your vet and tell them what's happening and they may be able to suggest things to look for but most likely you will have to take her in to be seen.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can i take doxycycline that has been prescribed to my dog?
    Is the doxycycline vets prescribe for dogs the same doxycycline that is prescribed to humans with bacterial infections? My dog recently had kennel cough but she doesnt anymore and shes got leftover pills. Ive got bronchitis and have had it for months. My roommate was just prescribe doxycycline for the same thing. Are there Any potential negative side effects? (No allergies)

    • ANSWER:
      For Heaven's sake, just go to the doctor!

  15. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog eating old soggy tissues?
    I have been sick with a sinus infection. My dog HAS BEEN EATING my old soggy Kleenexes full of the mucus. Why on earth is he doing this? Is it because the tissues have my scent on them?

    He has plenty of food :) & is a healthy dog, gorgeous sleek, shiny coat, a happy loving dog.
    Wow, are some of you rude jerks.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog does this too! I'm pretty sure it has something to do with their sense of smell. They probably feel sensitive to it and become curious of what it's from. I know this sounds REALLY gross but my dog sometimes gets in the bathroom trashcan and steals my old pads =S I think it's the smell of blood ( kinda like an animal smell) that causes her to take it.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you treat eye infections in dogs?
    Recently, my dogs left eye has been watery and has a green discharge coming out of it. It is also pink and looks very swollen. How could this have occurred and what can I do about it? He's not nice around people he doesn't know because he's not used to that. What could I do at home or do I NEED to take him to the vet? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to take your dog to the vet.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can I use Monistat for my dogs ear yeast infection?
    She is a Spaniel/Dachshund mix, and has long floppy ears. For about a month now her ears have been itching horribly and they have a foul odor. I have been cleaning her ears out with ear cleaner and it doesn't seem to be going away?? I have heard about using Monistat for ear yeast infections for dogs...I was wondering if anyone else has tried it and it worked!!Thanks for your comments and help :)
    **I also notice that when I look in her ears...it looks kind of dry and scaly looking?? Is that yeast or what?? My mother has a poodle and her ears get exactly like that, she took her to the vet and it was yeast infection, they gave her something similiar to Monistat and it cleared it up!

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't reccomend using Monistat for your dog's ear infection. There are several different types of ear infections....one being a yeast infection and another common type is a bacterial infection. My dog Rascal also has floppy ears that cover up the actual inner ear part and he is constantly getting ear infections. My advice to you is to you is to first take him to the vet and get the perscription from the vet for the proper type of infection that she has. Once you know what kind of infection it is and it re-occurs later you can always go to a pet med website and order the medicine directly from the website instead of going back to the vet a million times and get charged not only for the medicine but the exam. I would only reccomend you treating it this way if you know for sure it looks the same as the last time your dog got the infection. I know with my dog it looks the same and smells the same. Also another really important thing is to really keep the dog's ears clean. The first product i used was a wipe with stuff on it to clean the ears. However this product wouldn't reach down into the ear canal where all of the infection was at so my vet recommended a liquid ear cleaner that you can pour into the dogs ear and squeeze the ear and gently rub it deeper into the ear. After you do that you just wipe the excess liquid out of the ear. I would reccommend that now while she has the infection to clean the ear pretty good every day until the medicine you get from your vet starts making good progress. Always clean the ear first and let it dry before you put the medicine in otherwise it's pointless to use the medicine as it will be washed out and not effective. Also i don't recommend using q-tips or sticking anything down into your dogs ears that you can't see where its going...that might harm a dog's ears more than help them. Only a vet should be probing in your dogs ears with a cotton swab.

      If your dog is prone to getting ear infections over and over again i would clean your dogs ears out on a weekly basis after the infection is gone and keep a good look out for any signs of a new infection and really nip it in the butt before it is a full blown infection.

      Ear infections in dogs can be serious if left untreated or not treated properly. The end result could be your dog losing its hearing or even might require your dog to have ear surgery. Not fun for your pocket book or your doggie! That's why its sooooo important to at least go to your vet before you decide to start administering any kind of medicine. Also let your vet know if the medicine they prescribe is working and if its not let them know!!

      :)

  18. QUESTION:
    What would be a good home remedy for dog ear infections?
    I was wondering What would be a good At home remedy for smelly ear infections in a dog. I believe it is a yeast infection again. Can anything make the dog feel better & what can i do about the smell?

    • ANSWER:
      though I would recommend a vet. I found this online
      http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

      and here is another i found..all natural
      http://www.naturalfamilyonline.com/go/index.php/419/dog-ear-infections

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there something you can do to help prevent ear infections in dogs?
    I have a springer spanial and he keeps getting ear infections, I don't want to take him to the vet everytime he gets one, It gets kind of spendy. Got any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      we're having similar problems with our lab. out vet said to get ready b/c we will have ear problems with him for life!
      i said "oh, great...."

      she told us to be sure to keep his ears clean all the time! so, basically we clean his ears a few times a week.
      she also said, to be sure to clean them anytime he is outside getting dirty. also, if he is swimming or around a lot of water and can get water in his ears, then we need to put some doggie wimmer ear drops in his ears.

      i hope it will work, so we don't have to go to the vet all the time, either!

      take care!

  20. QUESTION:
    after a dog bite in the hand, there is 3 red lines forming in the hand towards the wrist. What shoud be done?
    could this be infection? the dog does not have rabies.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes that is probably a blood infection! My boyfriend had to have his hand surgically debrieded from a dog bite. Go straight to the doctor

  21. QUESTION:
    Can a puppy catch health problems from another dog?
    Could a 10 week old puppy catch anal glands, skin infections or ear infections from another dog? Im getting a puppy next week and just yesterday found out my 12yr old westie has an anal gland problem which has lead to her skin problem and ear infection, can the puppy catch this from our westie? If so, how do I prevent this?

    • ANSWER:
      Anal glands - no
      Skin infection - unless your Westie has parasites, mites, mange, no.
      Ear infection - ear mites yes. Otherwise no.

      As a general rule, dogs pick up infection from other dogs. I would, however, start taking your Westie on her walks away from heavily frequented doggie areas because even healthy dogs can walk infection back into the house for an unprotected puppy to pick up. Parvo for instance. And once your puppy is home with you, again take your Westie to areas away from other dogs if you can. Your puppy can have at least the first set of shots almost immediately (he/she should see the vet within 48 hours of coming to you in any case), so it will have some protection.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do you prevent ear infections in dogs?
    I have a cocker spaniel which I adopted about 6 mos ago. But as soon as she gets over an ear infection she has another one. My vet tells me to keep her ears clean with the solution I have... but she hates me putting anything in her ears. She starts biting and barking. Now she has another ear infection and the only thing she will let me do is massage her ears. My pockets are running on empty with buying meds that she shakes out of her ears... HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Yeasty ears are a sign of food allergies. If feeding kibble look for one with no grains or at least one with no corn. You'll be amazed at the difference, You dog will be much happier too.

  23. QUESTION:
    Are there any other options than a kennel for my mom's dogs?
    My mom has to spend 2 months in a short term care facility for an infection. Her 2 dogs do not like mine, and I have 4 dogs anyway.

    My uncle lives next door to my mom and walks them (well, he just let's them outside to run in the yard). I don't know if I like this idea since she'll be gone for 2 months. They won't have anyone to sleep or play with. Are there any other options?
    My uncle couldn't keep them in his house. My mom's dogs are big and he has 2 shih tzu's that are pretty old and don't like to play.
    ... oh yeah, and my brother wouldn't take care of them. My dad usually took care of them but he died a few months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      You could hire a petsitter, but I don't know how much better that would, since usually they just visit the dog once or twice a day.

      Maybe ask around to see if anyone will take the dogs for a couple months. If you're willing to pay for a shelter, it certainly would be better to get someone to pay to care for them in their home.

      Maybe you could find someone who will live in your mom's home for a couple months. It might work out really well that someone needs a place to stay for a couple months.

      Either way, I would check the person's references and get a signed contract. I've heard about some weird things, which aren't terribly likely, but I'd feel better having some sort of signed agreement.

  24. QUESTION:
    My dog just recovered from a yeast infection in her ears. Can I give her a bath?
    My dog recovered from a pretty nasty yeast infection in her ears a few days ago. Is it okay to give her a bath? If water accidentally gets in her ears will it aggravate them and cause another infection? (My dog won't tolerate cotton balls, we've tried hundreds of times. She shakes them out within .02 seconds)

    • ANSWER:
      why not use a damp flannel or rag to wipe her face ( use a little baby tearless shampoo about a peasized amount ) and ears and give the rest of her body a good scrub from her neck downwards that way you wont get water in her ears!

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedys for yeast infection in dogs?
    My dog keeps getting yeast infections around her eyes and in her ears. I have taken her to the vet plenty of times. She is five years old, German Shepherd. It is costing me too much money. It cost me about 0 worth of medicine. I have taken her about four times. Once she has the medicine she is good for a couple months then it comes back again. What home remedies can I use to make it go away again and how can I make it stay away? It is a yeast infection. My aunt is a dog groomer, she said some breeds will catch stuff and it is hard to get rid of.

    • ANSWER:
      my dog used to have problems with yeast infections ... i switched her to a salmon-based limited ingredient grain-free diet (natural balance) and i added raw organic apple cider vinegar to her morning kibble daily ... after that she had no more problems for the rest of her life ... you should google the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar ...

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of strep infection in dogs?
    And don't tell me to take the dog to the vet please. If you do so, you make an ass of yourself.

    I don't have a dawg, cowboys.
    W...is curiousity an acceptable reason to you? Or do I need to get permission from the yahoo answers nazis to be curious? A special permit, perhaps.

    • ANSWER:
      Strep infection? I've never had that experience with dogs. I have had dogs with staph infection. If you don't have a dog,why are you asking?

      edit: If you are that curious,Google your questions so you can find more educated information.

  27. QUESTION:
    How is it that food has an effect on ear infections in dos?
    I have heard time and time again, that people who switch their dog's food with a super premium human-grade food see a reduction in ear infections in their dogs... and that the dogs do not get ear infections anymore.

    How does that happen? What does food have to do with ear infections? We don't feed the ear, we feed the mouth. So how?

    • ANSWER:
      Foods with a lot of grain, especially corn are not processed well by dogs.
      All dogs, and other mammals, have natural yeast in their system, in a carnivore, corn converts to sugar in the animal's system, which in turn feeds yeast, causing it to grow unchecked, causing yeast infections in the ears.
      I think this is also the cause of so many dogs that are diabetic these days, so many foods have corn, again, it converts to sugar, that can't be good for carnivores.
      Corn is added to dog food to give it bulk and to boost the protein levels, problem is carnivores can't process grain protein.

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the sign of a bladder infection in dogs?
    Beagle/Cattle dog mix is 1 yrs old and is housebroken. He always wakes either my husband or myself at night if he has to go out, but last night after we got back from a wedding he urinated twice all over the bedroom.

    • ANSWER:
      That's bladder infection, just get your vet to give your dog an anti-biotic

  29. QUESTION:
    Can your dogs and cats get sick from drinking pool water?
    Kidney infection in my dog, and now my cat.How can two animals get the same life threating disease? I lived in a house with a pool in the backyard for 4 years. I had my cat snickers when I moved in. I bought snoopdog 2 years later. They allways were drinking water out of that pool against my wishes(how can you stop them) I had to move out when snoop was almost 2 years old. About 11 months later snoop got very ill, very fast. Snoop had an operation, that was very $$ Thank you Bark,ASPCA,ANIMAL ASST LEAGE. Snoop has passed on. Now my cat has the same problem. Could it have been the poolwater?

    • ANSWER:
      I have never had cats and a pool at the same time. The amount of cholorine you put in a pool to rid it of bacteria is very high. I use a Brita water filter for my cats' water inside the house because I can smell chlorine when I run the tap. It also makes my coffee taste better.

      Sorry that the animals were harmed by drinking from the pool. That would be hard to solve. A fence could keep the dog away from it and it wouldn't deter a cat if he wanted to drink from it.

      I have a community flood control drainage ditch that runs through the back of my garden. My 22 yr old cat will drink from it and some neighbors have been disposing of toxic things "upstream". Cameo was poisoned by something in that water. Fortunately she vomited a lot and she did lose the use of her back legs for several hours. I have two sources of water always available in the back yard too and I have had to take a broom to Cameo to keep her out of the ditch.

      Martin Goldstein, DVM says in his book "if you do nothing else for your pets make sure they have filtered water to drink". This was in relationship to raw feeding and other dietarty issues.

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

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    My dog will urinate and poop when I take him on a walk, but he will not go on the balcony, what should I do?
    I have two dogs in an apartment with a balcony. I adopted one of my dogs 2 weeks ago and he is 2 years old. The dog I just got 2 weeks ago will only urinate and poop when we are going on a walk and he will not go on the balcony, while my other dog goes in both places. I even didn’t take him out on a walk for a long time, so he would on the balcony (his crate is right inside the house, but it is opened up to balcony, so he go out anytime he wants), but this didn’t work. I don’t know what to do. I want him to go on the balcony too, because sometimes late I night to fall asleep accidentally and then have to wake up in the middle of the night to walk the dog for fear of a bladder infection. The dog was neutered two weeks ago and lifts his leg to urinate, which my other dog does not do, does this have something to do with why he isn’t on the balcony? What should I do to train the dog go on the balcony? Is it possible? Thanks!
    I purchased one of the fake fire hydrants that is has a sent to attract dogs to pee, but this dog still does not want to go on the baloney. I have been trying to train him to urinate and poop on command, but I think it will take a while and I have been completely unsuccessful thus far.

    • ANSWER:
      The dog has been trained for outside

      The dog lifting his leg the highest is the leader of the two. If you see it going back and forth then you may have a potential dog fight sooner or later..

      Good Luck
      sew

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to catch an infection on the incision area of surgery from your pet dogs?
    My father underwent a spine surgery last week and is recovering at home. The sutures have not been removed yet. His worry is whether there are any chances of him catching an infection from our dogs on the incision area.I have 3 adult dogs which are allowed indoors and are never put on leash. He is very worried about it and wants the dogs to be kept outdoors permanently. I do bathe and brush my dogs twice in a week and keep them clean. Any suggestions on this? Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      technically yes there is a chance he could catch an staphylococcus infection from the dogs however! if the wound is covered and redressed on a regular basis then he will be fine. Many people have indoor pets and undergo surgery, dogs can actually help in the recovery to surgery.

      so yes there is a chance but if you live in a clean environment and the dressing is changed as it should be using all the usual precautions that a district nurse should use then you are fine.

      i know if i had any type of surgery i wouldn't kick the dog out id still let the beefer lay on my bed

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you cure a skin Infection in dogs?
    I think my Doberman has a skin infection he stinks really bad even after i bathe him how do i cure this?

    • ANSWER:
      i think the best thing would be to see a vet and they will instruct u from there .x

  34. QUESTION:
    If I have a chest infection could my puppy get it from being around me?
    I have a bad chest infection and I'm coughing a lot but all my 4 month old puppy wants to do is curl up and go to sleep in my lap. I'm just worried that he could get sick from being around me. I can find lots of stuff in google about pets making their owners sick but nothing about transmission of illnesses from human to animal. Does anyone know if I can pass on a chest infection to my dog?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with everyone else, you're fine. The only human thing that I know of that can be transfer between human and pet (besides worms) is conjunctivitis also known as pink eye. That is extremely contagious and it can be transferred either way. My dog had pink eye once and gave it to me!

  35. QUESTION:
    Recipe for a home maid dog ear infection liquid for my dog anyone?
    I have a Scottish terrier and she has a really bad ear infection I had this home maid dog ear infection cure but I lost the ingredients directions. Does anybody have a recipe for a homemade ear infection cure for dogs that ALWAYS works.

    • ANSWER:
      Trying to use home remedies and letting the infection go without proper treatment will ultimately make things worse. Take the dog to a veterinarian where they can identify what kind of infection it is, and can give you medication to treat it.

  36. QUESTION:
    What to watch for in a Dog Bite?
    My friends dog bit me the other day, on my palm below the pinky. Theres one main puncture where the skin around it is red, except for the skin right on the edge that looks a little yellow (this might just be dead skin though). I'm probably overreacting, but Im a little worried about infection. The dog has his shots but im thinking about blood poisoning and bacteria. What should i do to prevent it, and what should i watch for?
    I've been using alcohol and Lanacaine: Going out to buy Neosporin tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      You should keep the wound clean and use new gauze every time you wrap, an anti-biotic cream would be a good idea.

      But more importantly see your doctor if you are concerned, any puncture wound is going to look nasty especially with in the first 24-72 hours. With the exception of Rabies, there isn't much to worry about so if the dog has it's shots, then the bacteria in the dogs mouth actually will help fight infection... before antibiotics people would let dogs lick their wounds.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    what yogart is best choice for yeast infections in my dogs ear?
    i have heard about giving dogs yogart for ear troubles. so im thinking and wondering about witch yogart should i get. if i were to explaing to a sales associat what should i say?
    and should the dog take it oraly or putit in the ear?
    im being nickeled and dimed nearly to death by going to the vet!!!!!!!!!
    if it will taist bitter to my dog ill mix it with penut butter.

    • ANSWER:
      *palmtoface*

      your dog needs medical attention, not yogurt!

      lets say yo u had an ear infection...

      Would you:
      A: go to the doctor
      B; or eat yogurt

  39. 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.

  40. QUESTION:
    How Common Is Heartworm Infection For Dogs?
    I mean, what are the odds of a dog getting heart worms from a common indoor fly infestation.
    And what exactly happens when a dog gets heartworm?

    • ANSWER:
      Early signs are quite difficult to catch, as there are no signs. That's why early detection is so important. Heartworms do not come from flies - they are from mosquitoes and all it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito,

      The onset of infection has no signs. As the parasite grows and develops, the heart is it's main target and infests it. The next stage is you will notice your dog coughing. Not much at first, but as the disease progresses, so will the cough. The dog will also become lethargic, loss of appetite and tire very easily. The heartworms are attacking the heart literally rating it away. Late detection is almost always fatal. It's a slow and horrible death.

      Also, it is much cheaper to treat the infection in the early stages and they have a better chance at recovery.

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

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

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

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

  42. QUESTION:
    What's the best dog food for two allergy prone dachshunds?
    My black and tan dachshund can't eat Pedigree Small Bites, because it makes him itch and now my red one gets ear infections from the Purina Dog Chow I've been feeding him. I have two dachshunds and I need a brand of dog food that matches both of them without breaking the bank. That means it would need to be dry dog food that I can buy in bulk. Also, if you know of any supplements which would help them, I'd appreciate !

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Lets face it even the most expensive bag of dog food will last a long time with just two dachshunds, it won't break the bank. You must give them GRAIN FREE dog food. I will paste some stuff about the problems that grain in dog food causes, however before I do so I am concerned that you may be giving your dogs milk, don't do this milk can cause dreadful problems and so can other dairy foods.

      Manuka honey is expensive and you would need the 15 strength its about £10 a jar. I know that goats yogurt is dairy food, however it is much easier to digest and your dogs obviously have a digestion problem, goats yogurt soothes.

      Now I will paste the saga of the problems which my dog had before I discovered that grain in dog food is bad for dogs.

      I have learnt by my mistakes. My present dog had dreadful problems because of the food which I gave her, I experimented with dog food, I tried raw diets, cooked diets and over the years I tried various dog foods. She did not like the raw diets and the dog food that I gave her resulted in diarrhoea. As an experienced dog owner I introduced any changes gradually. Nevertheless my dog still had problems. She was eight years old before I resolved her problem.
      Eventually, because of my researches on the Internet I found that the experts have discovered that GRAIN in our dog’s diet causes many problems. I now know that grain creates acidity in the blood. This causes skin problems, digestive issues, allergies, sickness, constipation, diarrhoea, anal gland problems etc.,

      if your dog has skin problems or any of the above problems PLEASE CHANGE THE DIET. Avoid Grain, rice, beef derivatives and dairy food

      I now give my dog a dried food which uses beet for fibre and fish. It’s called Fish4Dogs and I buy it on the Internet. Look on the Internet and investigate yourself. Gluten free dog food is not enough to help our dogs, it MUST BE GRAIN FREE.

      A rapid change of diet will upset your dog; any change of diet must be done gradually. Do please change to a grain free diet. I have had sixteen dogs throughout the years and they have had various problems. Perhaps if I had known about the dangers of GRAIN they would have had fewer problems
      There will be other grain free dog foods, however when making your final choise, choose something with the least amount of ingredients.

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog that gets regular UTI infections?
    I'm starting to notice a pattern of continued UTI infections in my dog. I took her to the vet about a year ago for the same problem. The doctor prescribed a medicine for her but I can't remember what it was. She has the same symptoms as before and I would like to avoid taking her to the doctor and just getting the medicines for her. Does anyone know of any UTI medicines for dogs? Anyone know where I can get/order them?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the vet to get meds to treat the current UTI, if it is a chronic problem, while you are there talk to your vet about giving her cranberry pills. (you can find them OTC at your local grocery store or health food store)

  44. QUESTION:
    What causes dogs anal sacs to fill with liquid?
    I've had dogs for 33yrs and none of them have ever had this happen to them. And now I have a dog that has had to have them treated twice in one month. Is this a common thing? Is there ways to prevent it?
    Help!
    She eats Canidae dry (slightly soaked). She's almost 3yrs old. She's a mix of either a min pin (a bit to big) or Manchester Terrier (a bit to small). Weighs 19lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      Lots of dogs have to go to a Vet frequently to have their anal sacs emptied.

      Some even have it so bad, they need to surgically remove the glands because they can get infected, and can be very painful, and cause infections.

      Some dogs have bigger problems with them than others, varies on the dog.

      With most dogs, (and cats) they release the glands during a bowel movement. When this doesn't happen, problems can arise as the ones I posted above.

  45. QUESTION:
    How to cure atopic dermatitis and yeast infections in dogs?
    I have a small shichi (Shih-Tzu and chihuahua mix). I have taken her to countless vets and found out she has atopic dermatitis and a severe case of yeast infection inside and on her body. She is on antibiotics and Benadryl for dogs but doesn't seem to be getting any better. I've tried using yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and colloidal silver remedies but nothing seems to work. I really would love some ideas of what else I could do for her. Preferably natural remedies. I hate seeing my baby itch like crazy. :(
    I have tried to change her food up by giving her just hamburger for awhile but nothing changed. But I would def be willing to try again to see if it would help. No, I haven't tried the coal tar shampoo. She has some open sores on her body from itching so much. Would that hurt her and would it help take the yeast away? I have some medicated shampoo from the vet to take the yeast away but it can be so harsh that her paws bleed when I give her a bath which I really dislike. Her vet says she's a poster child for skin problems. :(

    • ANSWER:
      my last dog had severe environmental and food allergies resulting in excessive scratching, traumatizing the skin, and yeast infections ... NOTHING the vet told me helped, not even the doggie allergy specialist i spent tons on to see, none helped my dog ... i finally switched her to a grain-free limited ingredient diet (natural balance, the salmon one) and started adding raw organic apple cider vinegar to her kibble every morning ... she stopped itching and messing with her skin and she never had another yeast infection (skin or ear) for the rest of her life ...

  46. QUESTION:
    Possible ear infection on my dog?
    I have a chocolate lab named Zoe, and she has a red, itchy, swollen ears.But they don't smell bad like ear infections on dogs usually do. What is wrong with her? We want her to be back to herself soon!
    I don't really want to take her to the vet, although if symptoms persist I will. Is there any things I can do at home to help it? It's not really much of an emergency enough to go to an emergency clinic or anything like my sister suggested.

    • ANSWER:
      Get her to the vet. If ear infections get bad enough, a dog can lose their hearing. You don't want that.

  47. QUESTION:
    What can I do to prevent ear infections for my dog?
    I have a Lhasa Apso. I have had her for three months and she has already had two ear infections. I think she may be getting another one. I keep the hair pulled out of her ears, which was recommended, but it doesn;t seem to be helping. Will putting cotton balls in her ears when bathing her help keep out the water? Also, can I put rubbing alcohol in her ears to help dry out the water that does get in?

    • ANSWER:
      you might look into adding organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to the dogs food ... my dog would get repeated ear infections cuz she swims in the ocean regularly ... since adding the apple cider vinegar she has had not one ear infection ... you can put cotton in the ears while bathing but i would not put rubbing alcohol in the ears ...

  48. QUESTION:
    Can dogs give humans a bacteria infection?
    I know humans can get the infection from anywhere (but it's a rare disease) but can dogs catch the infection and give it to humans?

    I was reading the news, and there was this lady who got a bacteria infection from her dog's saliva, and now she needs to get quadruple amputation. The lady has cancer too and doctors said she got the infection from her dog because her immune system is weak....

    So, do all dogs have the bacteria infection and can they pass it to their owner? And how do they catch the bacteria infection anyways?

    • ANSWER:
      No. I have never heard of any disease or aliment that has been passed between a human and a dog. That is why if you have a cold you can't give it to a dog. The only reason if that really did happen would be that her immune system was so shot that any sort of contact with anything would make her sick. A normal person isn't going to get any sort of aliment from a canine. It would be like getting strep throat from your dog. It isn't going to happen. Not unless you are bubble boy minus the bubble.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is a natural, home made remedy and cure for an ear infection in dogs?
    My 17 week old bichon frise had an ear infection about 3 weeks ago. we took him to the vet and the vet gave us an antibiotic, which seemed to make the infection go away for a while. but now i think its back, which means that the antibiotic did not really work. I need a homemade remedy that can cure and prevent it. Thanks :]
    And could you include directions on how to put it in his ear? thanks sooo much :]

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely your dog has an ear infection, ear mites, or both. Depending on where you live and the type of dog you have this may be very common and frequent throughout the dog’s life. Ear infections can be caused by a number of factors, anything from high humidity to poor nutrition, ear mites usually come from the ground a dog plays, or sleeps in, (ear mites are common in dogs that live around livestock). Both ailments are easy to treat at home and easy to prevent. Make a solution following this formula: One part white distilled vinegar, one part isopropyl alcohol, and one part hydrogen peroxide. DO NOT LET THE DOG DRINK THIS! FOR USE IN THE EAR CANAL ONLY! Mix them together and put the mixture in a bottle that has a rounded tip on it so it can be slightly inserted into the dog’s ear canal, (a dog’s ear canal is very deep compared to human’s) gently flood the ear canal and the outer ear with the liquid, use a clean towel to wipe away liquid that runs out of the ear and then let the dog shake to dry it’s ear. Do this 4 to 6 times a day for two days and then 3 to 4 times a day for five days and after the seven days is over your dog should have clean and pretty ears. If your dog is prone to re-infection I would consider improving his diet, if your dog is getting ear mites from his surroundings, then you can simply re-treat with the afore mentioned solution. If after seven days of the prescribed treatment the dog shows no improvement in his condition then take him to the vet. A good nutritional supplement that you can add to any type of dog food is “Dinovite”. I have used this in the past on dogs with re-occurring ear infections and it works wonders for preventing infection and maintaining general overall health. www.dinovite.com


infections in dogs

Systemic Yeast Infection In Dogs Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can demodetric mites eventually lead to an animals death?
    My pitbull/boxer mix has them and we have treated him several times and they keep coming back worse every time.. he is missing most of his hair on his underside and has sores on his skin that burst if light pressure is applied... I don't want to put him to sleep because he's such a good dog and seems to enjoy himself and life..
    also, i have already taken him to the vet several times and treated him with the dip bath, we have even gotten the shot for him, and i even ordered some herbal stuff and nothing works.. just answer the question, because i don't want to put him to sleep.. if it will kill him, i will, but if it won't, i won't...

    • ANSWER:
      This is a much more serious disease. It is difficult to treat successfully and the secondary bacterial infections, often staphylococcus, are very debilitating on the general health of the affected animal. This mite lives its entire life cycle deep within the host's skin, right down with the oil glands of the skin. It is not easily transmitted from dog to dog, except by direct and constant contact. It is unlikely to infect man.
      The condition is diagnosed by finding the mites or their nymphs in deep skin scrapings.
      It is easily differentiated from sarcoptic mange because it does not cause itching. There are two forms of the disease, known as squamous and pustular.
      In the squamous form, there is hair loss around the eyes, or muzzle, hocks, elbows, feet and neck. There is usually a scaly skin with a light grey greasy feel. The condition may remain at this stage for a number of years. If the animal is stressed, the condition will worsen - the hair loss will become generalized, the skin will thicken and the greasiness will increase.
      In the pustular form, the skin is thickened, wrinkled and inflamed. Pustules are present; these may become abscesses, or pus may underrun the skin. There may be irritation when this occurs. There is nearly always bacterial invasion in this form of the disease.
      Demodex may be treated with oral flea preventatives, used at the rate for flea control. These preparations should not be used on young puppies except under strict veterinary supervision. These drugs often take many weeks to express the damage they may cause the central nervous system, which may appear from any signs of vitamin deficiencies to wobblers disease and even skeletal abnormalities.
      If the disease is the pustular form, concurrent treatment with antibiotics to which the secondary infections are susceptible are essential.
      Demodectic mange treatment is also helped by increasing the general health of the dog with food supplements such as cod liver oil, yeast, kelp, vitamin C and ensuring that the diet is rich in digestible protein, and has some simple carbohydrates in it. Increasing the dog's general health will help towards healing the affected areas and improve the resistance to reinfection or to building up of a residual infection not removed with the initial treatment.
      Bitches that have demodectic mange, or those that have never coated up completely after treatment for demodectic mange should not be used for breeding. Puppies develop demodectic mange in the nest through constant contact with their mother, if she is infected.
      Demodectic mange is commonest in short coated dogs. This is because of the nature of the mite. It would more likely be brushed off the fur of a longer coated dog before it could enter the skin. But still it may occur in longer coated breeds, and these are even more likely to infect their puppies, because all puppies are born with relatively short coats.
      It is irresponsible of owners of dogs with demodectic mange to take their dogs into public areas where there are other dogs in close proximity. Certainly such dogs should never be taken to functions catering for dogs where there is close contact.=
      http://www.erinrac.com/articles/mange.html

      Many times a dog will have a skin condition that mimics mange but is not mangeThere are times when a dog may have a skin allergy that looks like mange but is not mange. There are times when a dog may have systemic problems such liver disease or thyroid malfunction that can cause a skin condition that is not mange but may look like mange. If a dog has an organ disease or malfunction, no matter what you do to treat mange or any other skin condition, the skin won't heal because the organ needs to be treated first. It's all a function of the animal's immune system. A properly functioning immune system is a primary factor in healing demodectic mange, or any other skin condition. If it's mange, our remedy will kill the mites. If the open sores have become infected, treatment with antibiotics from the vet is probably needed before the mange can heal.
      Veterinarian treatment would be extensive and require multiple visits, and definite diagnosis is frequently difficult. Stress levels must be reduced. It is essential and critical for dogs who are afflicted with demodectic mange to have their stress levels reduced. Whatever may be causing the animal's stress should be eliminated if at all possible. Much like puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed and are therefore more susceptible to an outbreak of demodectic mange, older dogs whose stress level has been elevated have their immune systems weakened. Consider what can cause stress for a dog: new home; new family member or loss of a family member from the home; new baby; additional pet in the home; pregnancy and birth which alter its hormones; new carpet; rearrangement of the furniture and where the dog sleeps; child starts school; illness in the family; major changes to your back yard; any major change in its environment, etc. These situations require additional love and attention be given to your pet with mange while you are treating the outbreak. The dog's environment must be cleaned up in the same manner as for sarcoptic mange. With patience, persistence and lots of loving care, repeated treatments can provide the proper conditions for demodectic mange to heal. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, it can take a few months for the skin to heal, the mange to clear up and the coat to return to normal. The dog's stress level must to be lowered so its immune system functioning can improve, and so healing can occur. Kill the mites and the skin can heal. Use the MAUI WOWIE MANGE BUSTER® Formula to kill the mites and keep fleas under control so the fleas don't aggravate the dog's skin while it is healing.
      http://www.mangebuster.com/Read_About_Mange.html?sid=be1a59bc1932388818d6b191099ba189

      This will not kill your dog but it can be a long term to be cured. this website will give you a link for another cure if u would like to try it. Never hurts to try until u find something that does work.
      changing the dogs food may even help
      innova, canidae and solid gold are excellant foods. if u are feeding science diet, eukanuba, iams or other commercial brand dog foods get the dog off of this as they have crap in it that causes more allergies and skin problems.

  4. QUESTION:
    my dog has a ear yeast infection, dose anyone know how to help this or what it even is?
    she is a 4year old lab roxie and she plays all day with my small dog who bits on her ears i dont know if that is the problem but roxie's ear (even tho we have taken her to the vet and gotten treatment ) has red spots in it and the fur is like wet inside im worried please help!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Epi otic can be used to help clear a yeast infection but it sounds as though her ear needs further treatment.
      Make sure you dry the ear after cleaning.
      If the ear needs to be flushed I would have it done by your vet.
      You should not be pouring the ear cleaner directly into the ear
      It can be painful as well as stressful.
      Making ear cleaning a nightmare for owners and pets.
      Soaking a cottonball is enough cleanser.
      Massage the base of the ear
      Then clean/dry out the ear with cottonballs.
      For yeast infections vets commonly dispense animax or tri-otic.
      They have a soothing affect on the ear and treat the yeast.
      The skin of the ear may need some systemic antibiotics.
      I would schedule a recheck for the vet to reassess the ears.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a dog to have a yeast infection on it's skin and in it's ear?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very common. First the inside of the ear is actually skin. When the dog scratches his ear the yeast is transferred to the foot. The yeast will also grow outside the ear canal around the ear. In severe cases the dog may need to be put on a systemic fungicide along with a diet change and bathing in anti fungal shampoos. You need to consult your vet as to the proper treatment of your dog's problem.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I treat a yeast infection in my dog's paws?
    My dog has a yeast infection in her paws. We have been battling this problem for a while now. She has been to the vet and been through their treatments and we have changed her food a couple times also. She is now on Purina One Salmon, which is what the vet recommended. No treats. That way we know what goes into her body. This infection is driving my baby insane, she is always licking and digging at her paws and I feel so bad for her. She needs some relief and I don't know how to help her. It seems like the vet does't know how to fix it. They just give her antibiotics and steroids, but when the script is done, the yeast comes back. The food change hasn't helped, but she likes the food, so we stuck to it. I'm almost to the point that I go buy OTC meds for human yeast infections to see if that will help out my baby. Any suggestions?

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

      The food you are using is probably making the problem worse since yeast feeds off of starchy carbohydrates like white rice, oatmeal, corn, wheat, potato, and gluten.

      My dog suffers from yeast too. We switched her to Nutrisource Seafood Select and had a 50% reduction in symptoms. One of my clients put her dog on Northwest Naturals raw diet and had 100% recovery from yeast in 7 days. In my opinion, AAFCO approved raw diets like NW Naturals and Natures Variety are best, but a low glycemic dry food can sometimes help too. Look into Nutrisource (grain free only, not large breed), Precise Holstic grain free, Nutrisca, or Innova Prime.

      Although a diet change is necessary for long term recovery, you can treat the current symptoms too. Coconut oil can be rubbed onto the paws as well as added to the food. It acts like a natural anti-fungal and can assist in balancing the thyroid. Adding a probiotic to the diet will help balance the healthy bacteria (stripped away from antibiotic use), as well as support the immune system. A neem oil bath could also provide temporary relief.

      Good luck & don't give up!

  7. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to treat a yeast infection on my dogs paws?
    I have an American Pit Bull Terrier who has a yeast infection on his paws. He's been to 4 diff vets and they treated him differently. One wanted me to switch him over to a vet diet but I didn't want to do that because he's already on a high quality diet(Taste of the Wild kibble, Blue Buffalo or Wellness grain free wet for bkfst, and instincts raw bison formula for dinner) and also because he has food allergies. This vet didn't want to hear anything about his allergies, he was more interested in making a "sale" of the vet food. The next gave me a medicated shampoo but he had an allergic reaction to it(he broke out in hives). The third treated him with steroids and antibiotics. They worked but once he was totally done with his prescriptions it came back with a vengeance. I finally took him to a doggy dermatologist but they want to treat it in the same manner, with steroids and antibiotics. Since I've been down this road I opted out of the treatment. Is there any kind of home remedies or OTC drugs that anyone can recommend until the doc is able to come up with some sort of treatment that won't make his situation worse?

    BTW: I switch between Taste of the awild, Wellness, and Canidae kibble every 3-4 months. Always grain free. The different flavors and formulas never make the situation any worse. He does just as good on all of them
    @ Dog Section Regular yes he chews his paws constantly. At first I thought it was the carpet deodorizer I was using so I discontinued that and he still chews his feet non stop. I switch his food often because he's a bit of a picky eater. He'll eat it for a while and then stop, so I switch to keep him interested. I always try to go with a formula that has as little ingredients as possible(for instance one or two major meats).
    @Dog Section Regular what's the name of the missing link stuff? I've also been adding seameal from Solid Gold. It had good reviews and it's supposed to help in this situation. Seems to help but not as much as I'd like. The purple stuff is it called Fortflora?

    • ANSWER:
      I specialize in this condition which is all too common and vets don't know a thing about it. Antibiotics make it worse. As do Steroids. #1 is what you feed the dog, contact me through my contact page and I will email you approved and avoid lists. The kibble, for those feeding kibble, that works best for this condition is Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holisitc Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance. This is NOT a grain issue. Not by a long shot. There are other ingredients that contribute to the problem, such as carrots, peas and sweet potatoes if they occur in the ingredients prior to the seventh. (Oatmeal is NOT an aggravant in this issue.) It's more complicated than you need to know, what you do need to know is how to help your beloved. After detoxing over 32 dogs now from systemic yeast, which your dog does have, I know the drill and what will and won't work. Again, you are welcome to contact me but I highly suggest you pick up the Yeast Detox kit first, advise me and allow me to create a calendar for you to follow. I hate to see a dog suffer when there is help. The above two kibbles have worked for me every time. I lean toward the Duck BUT for Pitties, I like the simplicity of the Precise Sensicare Lamb. Other options that I have not used but whose formulas are "ok" for dogs with yeast are: Timberwolf Organics: Southwest Chicken & Herbs OR Lamb & Barely with Apples...also, Wyson: Anergen OR Synorgon. By the way, the paw issue is VERY common in Pits.

  8. QUESTION:
    reasons for dog to be coughing/gagging..........?
    She was at the vet last week over her whole body yeast infection basicly, is on keto-pills and keto- dog shampoo for the yeast, and I just bought her Ivahart Max (for heartworm prevention and worm treatment and prevention...) she has lost ALOT of weight lately because she is staying outside now for the first time inher life and is more active and isnt a couch potato anymore, but she started coughing, gagging, w/ like alot of spit comnig up....she is perfectly FINE other than that......she is happy in between gaggings, which are every 10 mins or so and has been going on for about 2 days.....off and on, not ALL day long thought, off and on. I am taking her into on tuesday but waht could this be? she's up to date on shots........
    she's always been on heart worm prevention, with only a few times we were abouta week late giving her the pill, but always been on prevention..........i just use to give her Ivahart regular or Heartgard........just switched to ivahart max recently

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume it is kennel cough as in the common cold for dogs. What has she been vaccinated for and when was she last vaccinated in relation to her symptoms of a cough?
      If you did a bordetella vaccine, you might want to read this: http://www.belladogmagazine.com/health-wellness/308-bordatella-vaccination-for-dogs-fraud-and-fallacy

      Why is she now staying outside?

      As for the yeast infection, that is a system thing that wouldn't happen if her system were functioning properly as the body would keep the yeast in check naturally. If though a dog has a round of antibiotics or an immune system weakening event like vaccines(and all are immune system weakening some more than others), yeast has the perfect opportunity to take over.
      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm
      The yeast is not on the outside, but coming from the inside out.

  9. QUESTION:
    What probiotic do you recommend for a dog with a systemic yeast infection?
    What is the very best probiotic treatment you know of that has enough organisms/enzymes to really get the job done? Most people will probably suggest talking to a vet; I'd like to know what *you* think.
    FYI: This dog has seen at least four vets.

    Here are the symptoms: itching, chewing feet, blackened skin at the chewed site, chronic ear infections, bladder infections, coarse fur.

    The dog has eaten premium meat-based foods since purchase at four months.

    Of the vets, only one thought of food allergies, and none of yeast. The one that thought of food allergies offered me a sample of dog food that contained corn.

    I read the latest research. It's required for what I do for a living.
    I can't tell you how many vets I've encountered over the years have been completely unfamiliar with the latest research. I've been advised that the unborn pups in a dog infected with parvo cannot possibly catch it. (Fact-it can weaken their hearts and do other damage.)

    I've been advised to keep a dog on one food for life, as a change could cause diarrhea. (Fact: this can cause food allergies and nutritional imbalance.)

    I've been told a dog rejecting a food means she's spoiled and I should leave it for up to three days to force her to eat it. (Fact-rejection could be an indication of adverse effects.)

    A cat cannot catch canine parvovirus. (Fact: a Japanese study released in April demonstrated that feline parvovirus and canine parvovirus are now recombining in the wild. Possible the cat could be infected if the dog carries this strain.)

    Every pet owner needs to take responsibility for the health of their pet and make sure what they are being told is the truth.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    My dog has a rough black skin and no hair on her tummy?
    My dog keeps licking and scratching her face stomach and her armpits. In these areas there is no hair, black tough skin(kinda like elephant looking), and it smells bad. I have took her to the vet once and they said something about allergies and a mild yeast infection, gave her a shot of steroids and antibi..lasted for 2 days and came right back. Is there anything I can give her..don't agree to much on shots and steroids pills. Does anyone have a clue what I can do? Oh I thought it was a food allergy so I changed her to a raw diet which is expensive..and will most likely be the last time I do that..But nothing has changed and she has been on it for 1 1/2 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like she has a yeast infection & possibly what they call "black skin disease". Here is good site on explaining yeast infection on the body & what you can to help out. You can google the black skin to see if it fits what is going on with your dog. She most likely has allergies also.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      I would go back to the vet & possibly get a referral to dermatologist vet if they can't help you. Read up then go to vet. When more info & understanding on your part, you might be able to form a different treatment plan for your dog besides the food. Good luck & as a groomer I know how difficult these issues are & had a westie with allergies myself.

  11. QUESTION:
    Should I try feeding my dog yogurt to treat fungal infection and how much per day?
    I've done about 2 days worth of research on treating yeast infection, since my 3yo shih tzu was diagnosed with one the other day. You can also check my previous questions. I'm very hesitant on putting him on antibiotics or steroids, and anyway the vet did not recommend that (yet).

    My dog has fungal infection all over his body (not just in certain parts like many other dogs). Started with the ear. He's now on medicated shampoo, cream and switched to holistic hypoallergenic dog food.

    For a dog his size and age (shih tzu, 3yo)... how much yogurt should I feed him per day?

    Thank you.
    Oral antibiotics? Don't antibiotics suppress even the good bacteria, hence encourage the yeast (which is a fungus) to proliferate even more? That is why I won't give my dog antibiotics, esp. when the vet did not even mention it on the first visit.
    But antibiotics kill bacteria (whether good or bad bacteria), NOT *fungi*...which is the problem here.
    As I have said I HAVE BEEN TO THE VET. The vet did NOT even recommend antibiotics so I'm not just going to chuck in some antibiotics into my dog, esp. when it has worse implications.

    Yogurt is what kept coming up after some of the research I did and I guess I wanted to try it while my dog is under medicated shampoo. And why CAN'T it treat yeast infections? SYSTEMIC yeast infections root cause can also come from LEAKY GUT which has to do with the digestive system. Yogurt helps in conditions that disrupt intestinal flora, where the disruption encourages the overgrowth of yeast.

    I guess I just need a good reason if you say yogurt is bad "why" it is bad, not just say "it's bad" because you think it is. Thanks

    @Jane, thank you for your explanation. I'm aware some dogs are lactose intolerant, so I will try your recommendation and give my dog just a little bit to see the benefits or lack of. Thanks again.
    @Kissmycowboy Thank you also. Very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Normally fungal infections can only grab hold when the immune system is compromised due to some underlying problem such as low thyroid. Normally little or no therapy is given, however in the moresistantant cases, topical or oral antifungal medication may be necessary. Thoroughly clean the dogs environment as it can be contagious depending upon which fungi is causing the problem.
      Unless the fungi is controlled the disease can become systemic, meaning it can move to any one of the internal organs necessitating more intense treatment such as antibiotics and steroids.
      If and when your vet recommends more intensive treatment you should go along with it as simply using yogurt or creams will not get rid of the internal fungi.
      When using Yogurt, use only the fat-free non flavored kind and with your dog a tablespoonful should be plenty. Very few dogs are lactose intolerant.

  12. QUESTION:
    Why do Shih tzu dogs smell so bad???!!!?
    Uggghhh my roommate has 2 Shih tzu dogs and they are the sweeeeeetest things, but I CANNOT stand being around them because they smell so bad!! I feel horrible because they follow me around the house and wanna be right with me every step I take, but I can't stand the smell of them. Even when I give them, baths they will smell like the shampoo for one day and then its back to the old stench. My mom also has 2 shih tzu dogs and she treats them like GOLD and always has them clean & groomed, but even when I hold them, I still have to wash my hands after. Its not as bad as my roommate's dogs, but its still a funky odor. Why do Shih tzu's smell different and more odorous than other dogs? Is there any kind of shampoo maybe that is specifically for super stinky dogs? I swear it must be a genetic thing... I'd imagine there is a shampoo for Shih tzu odor. ANY HELP?? =)

    • ANSWER:
      One of the big 'stinkys' with Shih Tzus when they are younger is the fur growing on that short little nose pokes right back into the eyes, irritating the eyes to death and causing mass tearing which then falls under the eye, sits on the lower eye area and becomes hugely infected. It is VERY important to be clipping that fur under the eyes and on the top of the nose area very frequently so as to stop the vicious circle.

      Many times when a shih tzu turns middle aged and older, they develop allergies which seem to ooze out from their skin and they get very 'yeasty' with yellow ick oozing from the toes, throat, back and ears especially. It is usually a systemic yeast infection and I would bathe with Chlorahexadine medicated shampoo but that is only treating the results of whatever is inside tearing them up. The best treatment would be going to the vet for the internal remedy so the whole mess will stop destroying the skin organ.

  13. QUESTION:
    my dog has spots on his stomach?
    I've taken my dog to two different vets. He has spots on his stomach and hind legs. He has had this for the past year and a half/ the spots are small and they get crusty. he licks and gets them red. The vet has said that it's either flea bite or from the heat in the house. We have snow and the fleas should be dead by now/ He was so bad when I took him to a new vet that he had to shave his whole back and sides to the tip of his tail. He told me that all the spots had bacteria growing on them and we had to spray him and get the bacteria off. we did and he was clearing up. Now it's back. Can anyone tell me what this could be if anything else other than flea bites and what can I do for him.
    He never has had fleas. There are no fleas in the house. It's not a food allergy. He's not itching or scratching. Just licking the spots. What else could this be.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, props for taking your dog to the vet and being proactive, that shows you love him and want whats best for him. Skin issues are always tough because there can be so many different causes, but there are many different options out there to get to the root of the problem.

      First I would eliminate the possibility of Flea Allergy, and have your house treated and make sure your dog is current on his flea preventative, sometimes it takes giving it every 3 weeks instead of 4, or switching to a different kind. Fleas can actually become resistant to a particular flea preventative. Often times, when the temperature gets too cold for the parasites outside, they move inside your house. Make sure the pest control sprays EVERYWHERE- all floors and your crawlspace/ basement too. Fleas are adaptive little things and can live everywhere from under your deck to between your hardwood floors.

      Second I wonder...has your vet prescribed any oral antibiotics or maybe tested the skin to see if there is a yeast infection as well? Topical medications work great if the problem isn't that bad, but sometimes it needs some stronger/systemic treatment as well.

      Your third option, and one we recommended at our day-practice to any dog who has continuing skin issues, is go see a specialist. Dermatology specialists can determine if there is another cause that maybe you might have missed before.
      Dogs can have allergies just like humans, so sometimes they need to get allergy tested to see what they are allergic to. Then you can either eliminate that particular thing from the environment or their diet, or get them allergy shots, to help neutralize the allergy.
      If the derm vet specialists see that its not allergies, they may recommend Blood work. Sometimes continuous skin issues are actually a sign of a particular condition or disease that needs to be treated from the source and not just symptomatically.

      Goodluck and don't give up.

  14. QUESTION:
    i have 3 bassett hounds one has really bad skin and smells does anyone have a bassett like this?

    • ANSWER:
      No but I have groomed them and boy do they stink!

      There are many, many reasons that dogs can have bad skin and smell.
      1)Sarcopic mange - bald patches that are progressing. Itching. Caused by mites. Contagious to you and other dogs.
      2)Demodex mange - bald patches that are progressing. Itching Also caused by mites but is linked to a immune system problem that is most likely genetic. All dogs have these mites. Not contagious.
      3)Staph infection - this is likely with all skin conditions as it is a byproduct of chewing and scratching. Contagious if you have breaks in your skin.
      4)Yeast/Fungal infection - this is likely also with chewing & scratching. Some are contagious.
      5)Allergies complicated with staph and/or fungual infection.
      6)Ringworm a fungus also. Contagious.

      I think that a vet trip is in order.. Dog will need antibotics for staph infection. Fungual treatments include dips or baths and/or systemic medications. Sarcoptic mange can be cured. Demodex can be controled.

      Severe allergies are the trickest to cure and may end up being the root of all of this. But you won't know unless the main issue is cleared up first. Usually bad, foul stink is infection. Allergies cause scratching, breaks skin and things start happening! But, if after you get the infection cleared up; they don't stink but are still scratching, you will know if you have a problem here. This will become a reoccuring problem.

      Many dogs have bad skin due to diet. They are allergic to their food ingredients/additives. Changing the diet helps. Suppliments can help here too.

      Bassett hounds have a smell about themselves normally but since you have other bassetts, I don't think this is the issue.

  15. QUESTION:
    question about hooves?
    what are the symptoms of Candida Albicans and the proper treatment for it
    very good Kevin H but what causes it and what areas of the country is it prevalant in.
    barefoot:thrush and candida albicans are closely related but with some differances
    i will give you the normal name,it is called seedy toe or white line disease.does this help?
    bunny :i think you are having trouble with your meds again...lol

    • ANSWER:
      Candidiasis is a localized mucocutaneous disease, which is distributed worldwide in a variety of animals, caused by species of the yeast-like fungus, Candida , most commonly C albicans . C albicans is a normal inhabitant of the nasopharynx, GI tract, and external genitalia of many species of animals and is opportunistic in causing disease. Factors associated with candidal infections are disruption of mucosal integrity; indwelling, intravenous, or urinary catheters; administration of antibiotics; and immunosuppressive drugs or diseases. The organism most frequently infects birds ( Candidiasis: Introduction), in which it involves the oral mucosa, esophagus, and crop. Superficial infections limited to the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract have been described in pigs and foals. Systemic candidiasis has also been described in cattle, calves, sheep, and foals secondary to prolonged antibiotic or corticosteroid therapy. In cats, candidiasis is rare but has been associated with oral and upper respiratory disease, pyothorax, ocular lesions, intestinal disease, and urocystitis. Infections are rare in dogs and horses. However, Candida spp have been considered a cause of arthritis in horses and mastitis and abortion in cattle.
      Clinical Findings and Lesions:
      Signs are variable and nonspecific and may be associated more with the primary or predisposing conditions than with the candidiasis itself. Calves with forestomach candidiasis have watery diarrhea, anorexia, and dehydration, with gradual progression to prostration and death. Affected chicks are listless and have reduced feed intake and growth rate. Porcine candidiasis affects the oral, esophageal, and gastric mucosa, with diarrhea and emaciation the most consistent signs.
      Gross lesions of the skin and mucosae are generally single or multiple, raised, circular, white masses covered with scabs. The organism can penetrate keratinized epithelium and cause marked keratinous thickening of the mucosae of the tongue, esophagus, and rumen. In birds, the crop and esophageal lesions are white, circular ulcers with raised surface scabs that produce thickening of the mucosa; an easily removed pseudomembrane is common.

      Diagnosis:
      Fungal organisms are numerous in proliferating epithelial tissue, and diagnosis can be made by examination of scrapings or biopsy specimens from mucocutaneous lesions. C albicans are ovoid, budding yeast cells (2-4 µm in diameter) with thin walls, or they occur in chains that produce pseudohyphae when the blastospores remain attached after budding division. Filamentous, regular, true hyphae also may be visible. The fungal cells generally are limited to epithelial tissue and rarely extend deeper.

      Treatment:
      Nystatin ointment or topical application of amphotericin B or 1% iodine solution may be useful in the treatment of oral or cutaneous candidiasis. Amphotericin B, 500 g in 1 L of 5% dextrose, was administered IV, every 48 hr for 24 days and then every 72 hr for 15 days, to successfully resolve arthritis induced by C fumata in a horse. Fluconazole, 5 mg/kg, PO, sid for 4-6 wk, was also used to successfully treat disseminated candidiasis in foals. Itraconazole and amphotericin B lipid complex are considered the treatments of choice in dogs, but few cases have been treated.

      I found this on the Merck Vet manual
      Luck
      http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index.jsp?cfile=htm/bc/51103.htm&word=Candida%2cAlbicans

  16. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my dog's skin, is it the shampoo?
    Here's what happened. Last month I noticed my dog's skin was very pink. To make the story short, he is diagnosed with a fungal infection and is allergic to the fungi... this explained the red, bumpy spots all over his body... it's not just yeasty ears.

    The first vet took a skin scrape and looked at it under the microscope and said it was fungal. She recommended an antifungal shampoo for pets with 3 ingredients, 1 of them is miconazole (I think that is how you spell it).

    The thing is, after a week or so I didn't think the shampoo was enough to clear it. Plus the vet did not really advise me to do anything else aside from the shampoo and switch to Holistic dog food.

    I went to see a second opinion. The vet took samples and it turned out it really was a fungal infection. So now that one is cleared up, she gave my dog 2 shots, one for the fungus and the other is an antibiotic to treat the "secondary" infection caused by bacteria.

    I was so happy because in just a few days his skin really improved. I did pay a lot though because that was one of the most expensive animal hospitals where I'm from. Still it's worth it. The vet told me to still maintain the medicated shampoo, and since it's miconazole instead of ketaconazole, it's unlikely my dog is allergic to the shampoo (she said some dogs are actually allergic to ketaconazole, the stuff in Nizoral). Another prescription premium dog food was recommended.

    It's been 2.5 weeks now that I've been washing my dog twice a week with the medicated shampoo, as recommended. I noticed that every time after the bath and I'm drying the dog, the red spots become very obvious and bumpy...like he broke out with chicken pox.. Earlier in the morning I totally noticed it again after bathing him. It freaks me out because why are the red bumps coming and going?? And right now, it's evening.... the red spots are hardly visible and his skin color is more of a pale pink than a very bright, reddish pink. It's as though he's totally cured again.

    Are the bumps a normal reaction to the anti-fungal shampoo? It's confusing for me because I actually think the combination of the injections and shampoo are working but maybe the skin reaction is temporary and just part of treatment?

    Thank you in advance for your input, would really appreciate it...
    BTW I live in a tropical country, it's either warm or rainy season..maybe that might be important info.. for 3 years my dog never had skin problems though.
    Thanks for giving your perspective on this. I would love it if the infection was entirely cleared, but it's just hard to believe if he got the injections only few days ago... it may look much better but maybe not "past" the infection. Of course we are seeing the vet again soon, that is part of the maintenance. 2 different vets recommended the bath twice a week and even to leave the shampoo on for more than 5 minutes (one said 15 mins. the other said 10 mins.), which left me to give them a bit of trust since I don't claim myself to be an expert on dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a reaction of sorts, possible a type of hives, to something in the shampoo. How long did vet tell you to continue the shampoo? No, I am not aware of red bumps being a normal reaction to shampoo.

      What type of food are you feeding? Have you done any research into the BARF diet (raw food and bones) ? Does your food contain grains, potatoes, yeast ? Feeding raw changes the Ph of the body so as to not enable yeast to thrive. A commercial diet of meat, grain free, no potatoes, and no yeast can also have benefits. You might also want to look into apple cider vinegar (google apple cider vinegar in terms of systemic yeast infections) and the MANY benefits and uses of this, as far as changing the PH of the skin making it a very inhospitable environment for yeast to live.

      One further thought. Yes, your environment makes a difference...warm, humid weather can absolutely play a part in the yeast situation. But you state that dog was ok for three years. His immune system is unable to fight off opportunistic yeast now. Diet change would be first thing I would check into (raw has many benefits) unless you feel that his diet is good as it is right now, as well as researching other types of things that support and strengthen immune system...and there are many options to research.

      Check out apple cider vinegar; I think it could help this situation, especially if used in conjunction with other things aimed at eradicating a systemic yeast overload. And check into raw to see if you would consider it. The benefits are huge, especially when the main problem here is that the dog's skin is supporting yeast growth, and the way to turn this around is to make it so that skin will NOT continue to provide this area where yeast will flourish. While there are things that work from the outside like the shampoo, things that address the issue inside out (like food, supplements ) absolutely work to change Ph of the body.

      I do not believe for one minute that this problem is done. Some yeast may have been eradicated, as well as an overlying bacterial infection. Stay on this with your vet and I truly belive that there are ways to work with this when you start to truly understand that the problem is partially one of the immune system and the body's inability to fight it off, and the skin providing a breeding ground for yeast overload.

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    Help With Dog Food? (20 Characters)?
    I have a Shih Tzu that eats Taste Of The Wild...she itches ALL the time, she has ear infections & I feel really bad for her! She used to eat Merrick (which has grains in it) & didn't itch this much, but she did itch. I really want to help her, I can't feed her raw & I thought Taste Of The Wild was the best food, but I guess not for her.

    I am considering switching her to Wellness Core...has anyone with a dog with allergies had success with this food?

    What are some HIGH QUALITY food that have helped your dog?
    I don't know that it's food for sure. She also chews & bites her paws. What else could cause this? My other dog didn't scratch at all until I switched to TOTW...and she does now.
    Also, the Vet told me to give them Benedryl...I really don't want to cover up the symptoms, I want to fix the problem.

    • ANSWER:
      For most of the fosters who I get that have food allergies.. I have good success with
      Natural Balance LID

      http://www.naturalbalanceinc.com/dogformulas/allergy.html

      I usually try Duck & Potato first.. and that works most of the time

      I had one that nothing worked until we tried Sweet Potato & Venison

      make sure you make your transitions slowly (despite allergies)

      and consider allergy testing to find out exactly what will or won't work if LID fails

      I had one foster... that nothing worked for.... turned out his primary allergy was various grasses.. he had many, many allergies & had developed a systemic yeast infection.... and, because the issue was grasses, he had to take allergy shots (we had no means to remove grass from his world)... once he finished allergy shots and also finished treatment for systemic yeast infection, he was fine on Duck & Potato

      EDIT TO ADD: Benedryl does help... I understand your point of view & keeping a dog on a lifetime of Benedryl is not a solution... but short-term, it will help get the dog's histamine reaction under control, at least until you can figure out the real root of the problem

      If his feet are the itchiest part of him... then consider ruling in things like the cleaner you use on your floors, carpet powder/spray, chemicals that you use in your house or yard, including pesticides and herbicides... try getting your carpets steam cleaned... but with no chemicals in the cleaning process.... you want to get rid of any chemical residue... clean everything in your house with things like vinegar or borax

      and see if the change from a chemical environment to a non-chemical environment at least helps

      because so many people turn their animals in to rescue when they have health problems, and because I foster rescue animals, I have gotten rid of chemicals that can cause problems many years ago... sometimes, just one week in a non-chemical environment is enough to cure what looked like food allergies

  18. QUESTION:
    bald itching spots on my dog?
    I have had my dog for 3 years now, 5 months ago i was in the process of buying a house, which i let my dog live with my mother in law while i was fixing things, she was there for roughly 3-4 months, with in that time she had gotten pregnant by my brother in laws dog. thats not what im worried about(just figured id tell the whole story) when my dog left she had a beautiful coat nice and chocolate brown, when i got her back she is missing fur , alot. she had spots on her face and some are bleeding, she had bald spots on her butt, and the hair on her spine and her sides and thinning out,she is always biting and scratching even after i bathed her. the day i got her back from my mother in law i gave her a good bath and flea medicine(no fleas since)and used hot spot medicine( i got her back october 30) on that day she gave birth to her 13 puppies, so i can no longer use the hot spot medicine. im wondering what you guys can think this is, i know yall will say bring her to the vet, and im working on it, but i need some sort of temporary treatment or something. at my mother in laws they kept her outside, and they have red dirt. if you guys have any ideas what this might be and some treatment ideas please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Like humans, when dogs get pregnant they can get a whole lot of odd problems that weren't present before the pregnancy. It could be an allergy to a food, to the ground, or to something else. Also, depending on the environment and possibly even the food, it could be something called systemic yeast infection which causes the dog to become red, itchy, dry, and can make them chew their hair out (sometimes it comes out because of the skin's condition). It could be a fungus as well. If you know your dog is not allergic to, or will not have a bad reaction to 20/25 mg Benadryl (or the generic version), i recommend giving 1 or two tablets depending on the dog's size, just to see if it helps with the itching. If that cannot be done, just wait until you get to the vet and see what he/she says about it. My golden retriever used to get hot spots because of a horrible skin allergy and we never did find out what she was actually allergic to, but every autumn and spring she'd chew her hair off of her sides trying to get rid of the itch.

  19. QUESTION:
    My male Weimaraner has really itchy, red skin (esp. ears/belly). How can we help him without medication?
    And he stinks, too! We've tried Benadryl and that helps just a little, and we've tried several different brands of premium dog food - with no results. I really want to give the poor guy some relief but don't want to dope him up with the vet's expensive histamine pills every day.
    I should have added, the vet pills aren't that much more effective than Benadryl, which is why we stopped using them (in addition to costing a pill!).
    Also, the vet diagnosed him with allergies but doesn't know the source of them. Said they could be his food or environmental.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you can choose to do one of a couple of things. You may wish to look for a vet who can & WILL do allergy testing. One such test is called the Liquid Gold allergy test, or you can look for a holistic vet that uses NAET allergy testing. It is both easier & actually more profitable for your current vet to just keep giving you medicine, vs diagnosing the dog's allergies.

      Therefore, I suggest a NEW vet. (Yours isn't doing what is best for your dog.) Long-term steroids (the most common treatment) can be very detrimental to any dog. (They suppress an overactive immune system). They hide, but do not FIX the allergy. If your dog develops a secondary skin infection, it can go systemic & become lethal, if you supress the immune system with steriods, not to mention making the dog extremely hungry/thirsty & risking him develop Cushings disease.

      If your vet was more knowledgeable, he would know that dogs, show different symptoms (as a rule) between: contact, food & inhalent type allergies. A dog can develop an allergy at any time to something he was OK with before. Seasonal allergies ebb & flow dependent on the time of year.

      You don't give any background on how long this has been going on etc.
      Benedryl may help some (but it is primarily an anti-histamine). Give 1 pill every 8 hours, for a Weim. Apis montana is a holistic granule you can give, which also helps (when 3-5 are placed on the gum every 4 hours).

      I strongy suspect from your description of ears & belly it is a food allergy (at least in part). It could be a combo of several allergies. Often food allergies encourage yeast ear infections & paw licking/chewing, anal licking chewing, scrubbing the body back face on the carpet or furniture. The interior of the ears stay bright pink.

      If you aren't willing or able to test him ($$) for allergies, I suggest you start an elimination diet. That means take him off all foods with GRAIN (the number one most common food allergy) asn grain is also very inflammatory feeding any infection or infection. Use a food only one protein source & one carbohydrate source such as Calif Natural by Innova. You have to remove all dog treats/biscuits, too. If the dog improves after a month, you can add back one new ingredient, per week. Note any itchiness. Another option, is to add fatty acids (such as fish oil) which can help decrease inflammation & itchiness. See this link: http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1662&articleid=666

      Acupuncture can also help balance the immune system (which is currently out of balance) & help relieve some of the problems the allergies are causing. In Chinese medicine, the liver is the base of all allergies. It can be helped thru acupuncture.

  20. QUESTION:
    Questions about my beagle? Eating problems and Ear Mites?
    I have an 8 month old beagle named Hanna. She is an overall amazing dog and I love her very much. However, lately she has been getting some problems and I need some advice on them.

    Okay, first, for some reason she doesn't eat all her food. We feed her Beneful puppy food, the vegetable and chicken mix. We feed her twice a day, in the morning around 7am and at night around 5pm. The problem is, she never eats all her food! We give her about a cup of kibble, and she either only eats half of it or none at all. Whats wrong? Are my feeding amounts/intervals okay? Should I switch foods? My mom does sometimes feed her extra pasta after we eat our dinner, even though I tell her not to, and Hanna eats all of that. Help?

    Her other problem is she has an ear mite infection. We got these ear mite drops from walmart, and they seem to be working a bit, but she still scratches/shakes her head ALOT. Any ideas on what I should do to help out along with the drops?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog needs a vet to determine what type of infections she has. Delaying will only cost you more & cost your dog more in pain & quite possibly her hearing. Ear mites are common in cats & not common for dogs. Most likely your dog has an ear infection & not mites plus any OTC drops are not going to be strong enough to work.

      You are feeding a really crappy food with pasta both of which have probably led to her ear issues. Ingredients like corn, wheat & other fillers often cause allergic reactions like yeast infections in the ears & all over their skin. Feeding 2 small meals a day is fine & go by the recommendations on the bag for how much. Here is a link explaining how yeast infection affecting the dog body & what to do.

      http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/systemic_yeast_mini_course.htm

      Then this a link showing what you need to for in a quality food & what to avoid.

      http://www.acreaturecomfort.com/ratingpetfood.htm

      Take you dog to the vet for proper treatment & buy a much better food which Iams, Science Diet or Pedigree are not.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog keep biting her tail and making the skin bald and red?
    I am not looking for silly answers. I'm serious about this because I have bathed her and there was no sign of fleas. For some reason she just keeps biting and scratching her tail. It is very irritated and going bald. Its not bleeding yet and I wanted to know what is wrong with her and what to put on her? I thought it might be dry skin from the weather change or maybe mange but I wouldn't know where or how she picked up mange. Yes I plan on taking her into the vet but wanted to save a trip in case someone has been through this and could save me extra money from the visit to put towards medicine or a lotion. Please help.
    Great answers. I thank you for answering my question. I now feed my dog chicken backs which is a new method to me but is used a lot in pit bulls to get them stalkier and I was told by a AKC breeder that the bone merrel is good for them. This was just recently and was not the cause of her itching. We did feed her a bag of cheaper kibbles but they were one of the inexpensive bags. Its funny because we didn't have the money to buy the other bag which is always what we bought and it was a more expensive bag with more nutrients in it and she was fine before we got the cheap bag.
    She did have a weird nasty odor for sometime. I just thought it was gas. It was around her period too. She did keep licking her private area more often. And a yeast and worms did cross my mind but never really payed attention because the odor and her licking the area stopped. Update we just bathed her a few minutes ago with a new shampoo and still no signs of fleas. Note: This was the 1st bath since middle August

    • ANSWER:
      Michael in 97% of dogs, whose "owners" describe this problem, I've found that a systemic yeast infection is the cause. Vets know NOTHING of this issue. Will incorrectly tell you it's allergies. Perhaps prescribe antibiotics...which make the condition WORSE. Steroids - again, make it worse. As you planned, go to the vet and get the skin scraped. If the dog tests negative for mange, contact me (link below) and I'll help you. Even if the dog does test positive for mange, contact me because there is a VERY EFFECTIVE and natural alternative of treatment that has worked for every rescue I treated. When you contact me, tell me exactly what you feed the dog. Dogs susceptible to this problem must ensure they are not being fed kibble whose formulas aggravate the condition. Two APPROVED formulas I can tell you right off the bat are Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance (my fav for this problem) and Precise Sensicare Lamb formula. In the meantime, you can help ease the itch by dabbing on some ORIGINAL formula Listerine. Yes, the yellow mouthwash. It'll help numb the skin and ease the itch. Using before bed usually allows for a better sleep. Don't over use, the alcohol in it is drying.


systemic yeast infection in dogs treatment

Dog Itching Remedies

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there are any home remedies for skin allergies for dogs?
    My dog itches a lot after she goes outside. her tummy gets red and she itches a lot. I don't want to bathe her after every time I take her out. Is there any home remedies to stop the itching? I have heard of giving her baby bendryl but it just makes her sleepy.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard of using brewers yeast to help with skin irritation in dogs.... putting it in their food... check with the health food store.

  2. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get hot spots that make them loose hair?
    Lot's of dogs chew and scratch on certain ares of their body's , I heard somewhere it may have to do with ( hot spots ) So im curious as to what they are and what may cause em and if their is a remedy to relieve it . This has nothing to do with my dog a buddy mentioned to me about his dog itching and scratching to the point of the hair falling out around that area and something called ( hot spots ) on their body's . So any information would be appreciated so i can tell him about what it is .

    • ANSWER:
      Yes and the rapidity in which it happened what surprising. I first noticed a tiny clump of sticky hair on head which I spot washed and thought nothing more of it. By the morning it had spread half way down the side of his head, was showing discomfort by itching and taken straight to the vet.

      He was prescribed two types of oral antibiotics, hibiscrub wash (did nothing but regardless of washing affected area twice a day as advised) hair fell out in small clumps steroid injection and topical cream to replace the scrub by local vet and swab taken. The next day he was taken in to have his short hair shaved off under anesthetic down one side of his head to reduce moisture from infection being held close to the skin.

      Picture not pretty and taken before it worsened.
      http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm191…

      The diagnosis was confirmed as an idiopathic hot spot and of all the treatments given, shaving the hair and antibiotics produced the best result.

  3. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

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

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    what human medications can i put on my dogs skin?
    my dog is itching and scratching herself raw. what human ointments can i use on her skin? what home remedies can i try?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know why your dog is doing this. If it's fleas then the pooch needs to get some sort of bath or flea treatment. If it is dry skin then oatmeal baths and other shampoos can help. Aloe Vera is also helpful if the dog does not lick it off. If it is mange then you need to see a vet about treatment. If it is boredom then you need to give the dog more attention and exercise to get them tired out.

      My dog has allergies that are seasonal. He will scratch and bite himself until the point of wounds. I give him Benadryl. 1 pill every 12 hours and he is 40lbs, (I get 100 pills of generic for 5 bucks at Walmart) call a vet to ask about the amount your own dog should use. Yes, my vet put us on this prescription and it is very common to be on a Benadryl regiment.

      Knowing why is the most important part of fixing the problem, and will save you money from trying everything and coming up sort in the long run.

  5. QUESTION:
    Staffordshire Terrier that constantly itches?
    Any remedies to stop the dog itching? have been to the vet but they do not have a solution. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog may have allergies. They could be environmental or food. Talk to your vet about giving your dog benadryl (what the dose would be). There's also a hydrocortizone for dogs.

      If your dog has food allergies, the usual suspects are wheat and corn. You want to feed your dog a diet to promote a healthy coat and get rid of the dry skin. The itchy skin can lead to secondary problems like yeast ear infections and bacterial skin infections.

      Feed your dog the highest quality dog food you can afford...make sure it's wheat and corn free. You usually can't get these at you major department store...you have to get them at a dog food store or a feed store.

      Add an Omega 3 fatty acid to your dogs diet. Fish oil or flax seed oil are great sources. If you buy fish oil at a dog food store, read the label...I've found some that contain wheat products. I will also buy human grade from a pharmacy if it's on sale or clearance.

      Wash your dog with a oatmeal shampoo, don't over bathe, this too can cause dry skin. Bathing once a month is fine...well unless your dog like to roll around on fish carcases (I had a dog that did that at least once a week).

      Make sure you brush your dog at least once a week. It will help dispel loose hairs and help distribute the natural oils.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to give a dog Benadryl to treat allergies?
    My dog has severe itching due to allergies and it gets so expensive to go to the vet every month and get a 0 cortisone shot. I would like to look into some home remedies that might provide relief for my 7 1/2 year old Yorkie. Does anyone know if Benadryl is safe for dogs and if it works (what would be the correct dosage be)? Any ideas would be much appreciated...thank you :)
    I am currently feeding him Addiction brand kangeroo and apples dog food.

    • ANSWER:
      It is safe and I have given it to my Lab for her allergies, but you need to check with the vet about the correct dosage, and you need to use children's Benadryl, not adults.
      Have you tried antihistamines, I get these form the vet, not very expensive and they do work better than Benadryl.

  7. QUESTION:
    what are some home remedies to stop dog itching?
    My poor dog won't stop scratching, but I don't want to spend a lot of money!

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone with a Rottweiler have problems during the fall and winter with the dog itching and licking?
    Is it possible it has to due with the breed? If so is there any "home remedys?

    • ANSWER:
      My dog is not a Rotti but he does the samething. My friend is a vet and he told me it is due to allergies and to give him a benydril once a day

  9. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to soothe dog itching?
    So my dog has been itching her fur off for about 2 months now. We've taken her in to the vet twice in that period as we've tried to find the cause but so far nothing has worked. We've switched her food to all natural and organic, tried flea medicine, anti-histamines etc but nothing has kept her clear for very long. I was planning on giving her a bath today and I was wondering if there is anything I could use as a shampoo to at least soothe her red skin on the areas she has itched her fur off. Thanks! If anyone has any suggestions about safe remedies for her itching, I'm all ears too
    We have tried some shampoos but thats the problem is she isn't scratching one area, its basically any where she can reach

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    What is making my dog itch like crazy?
    I have a 10 year old Pom mix, and he is itching like crazy. I've tried a cortisone shot, and he is now on Benadryl, but nither have helped, in fact I think the cortisone made it worse.

    I'm on SSI and I can't afford to take him to the vet until the 1st.

    What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Typically Cortisone and benedryl should cool them down. A prednisone pack which is inexpensive should work. Sometimes dogs are very allergic to fleas, . . so one bite can really cause a flare up.
      Start your dog on Omega 3 dietary supplements (gel pills). You can stick some cream cheese on it so he'll swallow it gladly. Do it daily . . it's good for their system. and does help. Also you can make some tea and apply the liquid to affected areas if he's scratching certain areas raw. It also works to cool down skin. There is also a salve you can get called animax and it contains anti-inflammatory medicine combined with antibiotic if he has raw spots.(requires prescription). But if you have had your dog in to the vet's a couple of times and you're not getting any satisfaction from the remedies, you might consult the desk there and ask if they can give you a break or give you a different prescription and waive an office visit, as it's a financial burden at this time. The worst they can do is say no. Some times they'll hand out medications free of charge.

      But I do think you need to talk to the vets office staff and let them know your dog is still suffering while letting them know you're strapped.

  11. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for my dogs skin?
    My dog has recently been itching and chewing on his back but we haven't seen any fleas or bumps. We have been spraying bitter tasting spray where he chews and we've been putting medicine on the spots he itches and chews but nothing is working. He's had baths, vet trips, and medicine but now we are looking for natural remedies that will help his skin.

    • ANSWER:
      It would help if you knew what was causing the itching in the first place. It's pretty important. What does your vet say is causing it?

      Dogs can have allergies to food, their environment and of course fleas.

      If your dog has seasonal allergies then you can buy a really good natural product that you mix with water and cider vinegar. I think it's called Itch Relief. I use it on my dog in Spring and Summer and it works well. Just spray it 2-3 times a day. You can buy it online from http://www.holisticanimalmedicines.com/

      They ship worldwide I believe but if you have a holistic vet in your area they should be able to mix you up something just the same.

      If your dog is starting to get scabs and is still itching then more than likely he will have an infection too and that has to be treated by the vet with antibiotics. They will take a skin scraping to let you know what's going on. I hope it doesn't get to that stage because then you have two problems to deal with.

      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    My dogs skin itches. They are always scratching, biting and licking themselves. What can be done to help?
    I have two small dogs. A 4 year old affenpinscher and a 13 year old brussels griffon. I use
    Naturally Green TropiClean shampoo to bathe them but it does not eliminate the constant itching. I check them regularly. They do not have fleas or flea dirt. I am now thinking of trying remedies for humans such as a milk of magnesia rinse. Would this work or are there any other recommendations that would help?

    • ANSWER:
      Human skin has a different PH from dogs, so I would stick to dog products. Some shampoos, even the best-smelling, or most expensive, or even medicated ones, can actually lift the corneal layers of the skin, inviting infection.

      It has been my experience that itchiness is coming from inside the body. Anything applied topically in general is a temporary fix.

      I'm pretty sure a vet could tell you exactly what is wrong, but here are some general things to consider:

      Bathe no more than every 2 weeks, using a good non-soap-based shampoo for dogs. Look at the ingredients, and try not to buy anything with added fragrances. I am familiar with one called "Comfort Shampoo." Use cool water for bathing, don't get in there with your nails, and make sure your dogs are thoroughly dry, using a cool dryer. Adding rinses could be damaging the layers of the skin, even though you are trying your best to have a good effect on the itching.

      Try omega 3 fatty accid supplements for your dogs. Look for foods "for sensitive skin." If you do change foods, be sure to transition gradually.

      Your dogs could have allergies. Itchiness around the anal opening and mouth/face can indicate problems with food sensitivities. Itching around the rump and tail area can indicate fleas. Dogs can be allergic to inhalents (grass, pollen, molds, scented candles) contact allergies (wool, grasses, chemicals) They can even be allergic to humans!

      Since both your dogs are itchy and are obviously not related to each other, I am suspicious of either fleas that you aren't seeing (it can happen) or something you are using for baths.

      It could be that both of them have skin infections now, which will product itching/scratching/more infection. Bathing more can make that worse. If infection is playing a part, then only antibiotics by mouth will cure that. Sometimes dogs end up with infection simply from all the scratching. Remember when your mom used to say "if you keep picking at that, you'll get it infected?"

      Your vet can stop the itching. If you are not using a good flea product (trifexis, comfortis) then start that right away, every month. Take your dogs in and let your vet help you. If it is allergy, remember that they cannot be cured, but managed.

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

  14. QUESTION:
    How do i help this dog stop itching?
    -take it to the vet yea i got you.. unfortunately that's not an option. my friend has a dog that has been itching uncontrollably for the past 4 months. i feel bad every time i come over to visit. does anyone have any suggestions/solutions you'd like to offer? tomorrow shes bathing her w peroxide.. sounds pretty crazy to me but idk. does anyone know of any inexpensive shampoos, treatments, home remedies etc.? all suggestions are appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      One way to maybe help stop itching is a Oatmeal Dog Shampoo which you should be able to find at a pet store, local store or online. Or the itching could be a reaction to just about anything. Our friends have an American Bull Dog that they sometime have to give benadryl to to help with itching. Best of luck to your friends dog and hope the itching stops.

  15. QUESTION:
    What kind of home remedies are there for hot spots or itching dogs?
    Our 3 yr. old beagle does nothing but scratch, to the point of making hot spots and becoming breathless. He's got to be miserable and the vets seem to differ on remedies. And for some reason my husband hates to give him anything medical.

    • ANSWER:
      One thing you may want to try is talking to your vet about a food trial. It won't exactly cure the hot spots, but if your dog is itchy, it may be a food allergy...

      My yellow girl is an allgery dog. She licks and chews her feet, has horrible ears and will chew the hair off her tail. She also used to get hot spots all the time. We switched her diet to a prescription food trial (Venison and Potato) and she really improved. She was on that for several years.

      This year has been an even worse allergy year so my vet suggested a new food trial... believe it or not - Kangaroo and Oats. We are starting her on that.

      Maybe the food will help? It is worth exploring.

      Good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best medication or shampoo for mange? Any useful remedies?
    My dog has mange. I really want her to get better. The vet said stress may have caused it after pregnancy. Any tips? Thank you so much!
    IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT DO NOT LEAVE AN ANSWER. Obviously, I have been to the vet. Only an idiot would not seek medical attention for their dog in need. I just want some extra advice or suggestions. They put my dog on antibiotics. THANK YOU TO THOSE WITH REAL ANSWERS!

    • ANSWER:
      If it's stress induced (aka changes in immune function due to pregnancy)...your vet may be speaking of demodex (normal skin mite that can go haywire due to decreased immune function).

      Your vet should have done a skin scrape to determine the exact kind of mite present and then given you a treatment plan according to type of mite present.

      We do not have access to a skin scraping so we can't accurately tell you which treatment plan will work for your pet. If it is demodex, Ivermectrin (careful in herding breeds) is used along with antibiotics to prevent secondary skin infection +/- steroids (contraindicated in immune condition such as this, but sometimes needed to break the itch/scratch cycle).

      Please return to your vet who can advise you.

  17. QUESTION:
    What home remedies can I use on my cat that keeps chewing off her fur?
    She is constantly over-grooming, to the point of patches of fur starting to disappear. She's done this before, and she usually stops after a while, but this last time it's gotten a lot worse, and she even caused a scab (presumably). Without resorting to another trip to the vet, what home remedies could I use to dissuade her from this bad habit?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple of reasons your cat could be over-grooming:

      1. Dermatitis - if she has a primary skin problem, like a staph infection or ringworm, she will itch and overgroom. This cannot be treated effectively with home remedies, but thankfully is not as common as other causes.

      2. Food allergies - fairly common in domestic animals. Grains and chicken are the most common allergens. Cats do not need grains in their diet, so try introducing a diet based on a protein that she's never been exposed to (duck, venison, rabbit, kangaroo, etc). Animals develop food allergies after prolonged exposure, so it's very possible for her to be allergic to her food if she's never had a problem with it before. Some cats have sensitive GI tracts, so you may want to switch her over gradually. It can take 1-2 months to see improvement with food allergies.

      3. Flea allergies - VERY common in cats. If she is not on effective flea control, you should consider that a highly probable source of itching. The best flea medications are prescription through your vet. Be careful if you decide to use non-prescription products on your cat. Anything with permethrins, pyrethrins, or chrysanthemum extract is TOXIC to cats and will cause neurological damage. Check labels carefully and never use dog products on cats. Flea allergic animals often groom away fleas so effectively that you never see the fleas. If she is not on flea control, try it before deciding that she doesn't have any on her.

      3. Environmental allergies - unfortunately cats can also have environmental allergies just like people. These are harder to handle as there isn't a good way to prevent exposure to most of the allergens: pollens, mold, etc. There are medications to reduce sensitivity, but most vets will only prescribe them after ruling out all of the other causes, as they have side effects like damping the immune response.

      4. Stress - it is not uncommon for cats to have "psychogenic alopecia", which is basically neurotically grooming themselves to the point of having bald spots. Some cats do this in response to a specific stressor, which you may be able to discover and eliminate. If there is tension between her and another cat in the household, that could also cause this problem. Other cats develop this out of boredom. If you are seeking a way to eliminate boredom, there are a lots of neat tips and tricks to be found through Google as "Enrichment" or "Homemade toys" for your cat. Playing with her or setting up problem solving games may give her something to do and reduce her stress.

      I would like to encourage you to try to suss out the root of her issue before just trying to make her fur taste bad, as she may have a real problem that is causing her to act this way.

      To the individual who for some reason believes that veterinarians are in a conspiracy with food companies I can only say this:
      I can tell you that as a vet student my course on nutrition was taught by a veterinary nutritionist who was board certified in veterinary internal medicine, not a pet food rep. Our gastroenterology course was also taught by an internist. No one has ever taught a medical or nutritional course to us who was not a doctor, either in veterinary medicine or a PhD in a related field. They were all employed by the university, not pet food companies.
      I can also tell you that while working in the veterinary hospital we never marketed the food we had available or pushed food simply because of a "deal" with pet food companies. We frequently recommended foods that we did not carry and recommended that clients their own judgment and preference in selecting foods.
      I know that, as in all things, there are clinics who are swayed into over-recommending specific brands, but it is not a universal practice. There is also currently a great deal of effort in the veterinary field to standardize and police the relationship between clinics and food/pharmaceutical companies, so that the best health care is offered without bias.

  18. QUESTION:
    what is the best thing to use to clean my dogs ears for mites?
    my poor dog itches her ears allot some times shakes em like shes possessed is there any thing we can get to help her with mites or just to help clean the inside of her ears out.my husband tried to clean it with a soft wash cloth no way wont allow nothing near her ear.i thought maybe theres some drops or even home remedy stuff. suggestions please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, you can buy an over the counter ear mite ear cleanser from 1-800-petmeds.com called Eradimite. I worked in a Animal Hospital as a Vet tech and that is what we normally told our pet owners to buy for ear mites. Use it every two days or until the q-tip is clear. Hope this helps.

      Pharmacy &Vet Tech

  19. QUESTION:
    My poor dog has seasonal allergies. Any home remedies I am can give her?
    I have an Akita mix, and I have read that they are more likely to get seasonal allergies. But every year about this time she just scratches and scratches. I have given her oatmeal baths, which seems to help for a bit. I have thought about giving her just regular old benedryl, but I am not sure how much to give (she weighs maybe 50 lbs). Any suggestions for either home remedies or products I can buy to help her? I am having a temp money crunch and cant afford to take her to the vet at this moment.

    • ANSWER:
      i have the same problem with my husky it is a long battle with him and it startes around june/july and he is still suffering. he weighs 96 lbs and the vet says i can give him up to 3 benadryl a day. he has been on prenisone for a few mths which really helps but the side effects are peeing a lot and thirst. i bought him some oatmeal conditioner that you rub on his skin and leave on it soothes his spots also i changed his diet to lamb and rice mix and cut out beef,pork,chicken etc and only give it to him when i cook it.try to keep your dog out of long grass,weeds and wet areas on the ground as it triggers his itch. i just started walking him again since it got cooler and he is happy but is still scratching but not as bad. prenisone is a good source of relief and your best bet is to take her in and get the right meds for her, but you can start with the benadryl and see if it helps and the oat baths are good too. good luck.

  20. QUESTION:
    What can I put on my dog to stop her from biting herself until I can get her the vet?
    My dog keeps biting herself. Now she has sores on her body. I was wondering what I can put on her to stop her biting until i can get her to the vets?

    • ANSWER:
      The E-collar, also known as an Elizabethan collar or a cone, is probably the only thing that will help some. Imagine having intense itchiness all over your body and then having someone tie your hands up so you can't scratch. That's how your dog will feel in the E-collar. Pretty miserable.

      The vet can give the dog an injection that will stop the itching almost immediately and some pills to keep the itchiness away. Your vet is your best source of information on this. Please don't waste your time and money on home remedies that never work or oatmeal baths, etc. Get your dog to the vet right away.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to stop my dog from itching?
    I have a jack russell x shih tzu in auckland, nz who is a year and a half and she has a skin condition where she is always itching. i have taken her to the vets a few times and given her steroids, medicated shampoo and other tablets to try and help her but shes still itching. i dont want to keep giving her different drugs because i dont think it is healthy for her. What else cud i do to help her stop itching?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh no...it is bad news that your dog has been treated with seroids. Never, ever give steroids to your dog again. If you do, you are setting yourself up for a long time of misery and huge health problems for your dog, including chronic skin issues.

      I guess many vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better above all else and if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks.

      Steroids do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

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

      For your dog's skin issues I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur'). This substance has been used for thousands of years to cure all kinds of skin ailments and if there is itching, it will stop it very quickly. Among many other uses, it has been effectively used as a remedy for bacterial and fungal infections. Google it to learn more about its healing properties.

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

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

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

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

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

  22. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for ear mites on a dog and what to expect?
    I read on many forums, including vet forums that you can cure a dog's ear mites by using mineral oil mixed with vitamin e.

    I did it last night, but it seems to be more black/bloodier/dried up blood inside the ear this morning. Is this normal or should that have not happened?

    Because if this shouldn't of happened I am just taking her to the vet.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest that you go ahead and take the dog to the vet , the oil helps aleviate any dry crusty crap and it makes it hard for the mites to dine on your doggy but if their is a significant amount of blood and junk the little guy may have gotten an inner ear infection due to the mites, I have also heard flax seed oil ,,I would try this after the dog heals up,,it will prevent infestation from happening again, just swab his ears like once a week with a cotton ball or rag. ( he will thank you because he won't be itching those ears so often.)

  23. QUESTION:
    Why is my dog scratching a bald spot on her stomach?
    Our dog has some dandruff, but has a very soft and smooth coat. She's a little over 3 and is a mixed breed that weighs about 35 lbs.
    Recently she has begin itching all over; especially in this one spot on her stomach which looks like a bald spot. We know she doesn't have fleas, and are wondering what else it could be, and some (hopefully cheap) remedies we can use to make her feel better.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      This happened to my dog as well. I was trying to look up mange and found some things about walking dandruff. It is a mite that causes itching and dandruff. If the dog scratches to much it can cause bald spots. I also found that usually a flea bath will clear it up. It worked on my dog.

      I'm not saying this is what it is but flea shampoo is inexpensive and it is worth a shot.

  24. QUESTION:
    What home remedies can I use for my dogs skin?
    My dog had a bad flea problem. We have FINALLY gotten rid of the stupid things but my dog still scratches and his skin is very red. He even has a few spots that are bleeding. He has lost some hair but the Vet told us that it will grow back. Are there any home remedies that I can use to soothe this poor guys itching?

    • ANSWER:
      there are no home remedies.

      Your dog is suffering from flea bite allergies.. the fleas are gone, but the bites caused an allergic reaction.. your dog itches and scratches.. the skin is irritated, so it gets even more itchy.. its a vicious cycle.

      Your best bet is to ask the vet about a cortizone shot to releive the itching and irritation.

  25. QUESTION:
    What can I do to ease my dog's ear infection until I can get to a vet?
    I know she's very uncomfortable but I can't get to a vet for a couple of days. Her ears are very red and it they seem to hurt or itch. I've been giving her aspirin and Benadryl (because she has a lot of allergies that aggravate her already inflamed ears). Is there anything I can do to make her comfortable until I can get her professional help?
    She has short hair and her ears aren't long like a hound' ears, and I'm kind of reluctant to try human remedies (other than the aspirin and Benadryl, which my vet recommended for allergy flare-ups).
    I also am very careful about her food and any of her other allergens, though it's possible that mold or grass could have made her flare up and the cold weather worsened it.

    • ANSWER:
      I use the homeopathic remedy Belladonna. Just feed a fewof the tablets to her and put one in her water.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for my dog with mange?
    I don't have money to take my dog to the vet.. So far I've been putting used motor oil on the infected area..

    • ANSWER:
      No, no, no. Motor oil is toxic and the skin is highly permeable. You are hurting your dog.

      Mange is a skin condition caused by tiny mites that you can't see with the naked eye. There are three types of mites that attack dogs most often: demodectic (not contagious and may itch or not), sarcoptic (very contagious and extremely itchy) and cheyletiella (contagious and mildly itchy). Vets can do a deep skin scraping to detect the presence and type of mite.

      The typical symptoms of mange as the condition progresses include hair loss and scaly or crusty skin. If the mange condition causes itchiness, scratching opens the door for secondary skin infections (bacterial or fungal) that will cause an unpleasant odor. Unfortunately, mange does not go away on its own and the lesions continue to spread so it should be treated as soon as possible.

      Regardless of the type of mange, in order to cure it you need to treat with a medication that kills the mites.

      The mange medications most often prescribed by vets contain pesticides and other toxic chemicals that are detrimental to your dog's health with resulting health issues that you will have to face sooner or later. These medications include Ivermectin (also known as Ivomec) and Amitraz (also known as Mitaban). See the links that follow for toxicology information. It is always advisable to check the veterinary drug database for side effects of any medication prescribed by your vet http://www.drugs.com/vet/

      Thankfully, there are a number of effective alternative treatments out there that are safe and natural at a reasonable cost that will kill the mites. You can easily do some research in the Internet to find out about these and compare your options.

      I prefer the 'spray type' because it is inexpensive, very effective, convenient to use (no mixing and no mess), and it is natural and harmless to pets and humans.

      Hope this helps.

      Toxicity:

      http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/toxicity/c_dg_ivermectin_toxicity

      http://www.drugs.com/sfx/ivermectin-side-effects.html

      http://www.drugs.com/vet/mitaban.html

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1481314/?page=1

      http://www.petmanage.com/dog-health/what-is-amitraz-toxicity.html

      Mange spray:

      http://www.florapetnaturals.com/online-store.html

  27. QUESTION:
    MY DOG has a small rash on the burron of his tail around his butt...is not fleas they look like a babies rash?
    ane home remedies? to calm it down?

    • ANSWER:
      The person prior is correct about the likelyhood of it being a "hot spot." However...they are not necessarily caused by fleas. I wouldn't reccommend giving benadryl as this does not solve the problem. Take him to the vet. They will clip/clean the area and prescribe some topical ointments and possible sprays for you. (if it is a hot spot) These will probably consist of steroids to help with the itching and redness, possible antibiotics, and something to sooth the area. This is a pretty inexpensive problem if it is a hot spot. Please do not put anything on it until you see the vet as this can worsen the problem.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I get my dog to keep scratching/biting at herself?
    I have a 2 year old boxer/pit bull mix and it seems like she is constantly scratching or biting herself. I mean like all day, every day. I give her a bath once a week with flea control shampoo and I have yet to find a flea on her (believe me I've tried) She is an inside dog and her skin isn't dry at all. It's getting to the point that she is starting to leave scabs. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey we have that problem with our dog. For a year we had no idea what was wrong with him. So we took him to the vet, turns out dogs get hay fever, but because their receptors are in their skin, the only way they can react is with an itch.
      Our dog would be up all night keeping us awake with the itches, we tried washing him once a week with a special skin moisturizing wash, worked for about a day, herbal remedies, all that kinda stuff that had no to minimal effect, now when they start, he goes straight down to the vet, and gets a shot that last about six weeks, enough time for the allergens to settle down, and within 3 hours he's barely scratching at all. The good thing is, once he gets over the initial, hump he settles right down for six months, until the allergens come back the next time around.
      The vet trip in all costs around AUD, but is brilliant, when you need some sleep.
      Good luck
      Moo

  29. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of dog scabies at home?
    I went to the vet 3 times in the last 6 months. Each time my dog got shots for a specific amount of time every few days. Each time his fur grew back but after a few weeks he started itching , his fur fell out and his skin became red and scaley again. Im sick of this. My dog is suffering and I hate seeing him this way. Does anyone have any home remedies for getting rid of this mange. It's rooted deep in his skin so Im not sure if listerine and baby oil will work. If so let me know. I need something as soon as posibble and something that'll kill the mange forever. Thanks a lot (:

    • ANSWER:
      Your dog should be getting treated with Panomec drops that are put into its food once a day or getting washed all over with Aludex liqiud, either of these treatments are for demedectic mange. If your dog has sarcoptic mange they usually prescribe a sort of liquid wash for your dogs skin, its a different medication for sarcoptic mange as opposed to demedectic mange. I suspect your vet is just giving your dog either an anti biotic injection or an anti inflamatory injection that will calm it down for a short time however you will definitely need to get the proper medication for mange as it can be very dangerous for your dog and you cant treat ot at home or with herbal remedies as I have tried this in the past and it does not work. I think you should go to another vet as some vets are not too sure about how to treat dogs for mange. good luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you treat "hot spots" on a dog? Are there any home remedies?
    My small dogs rear end is red and inflamed. And he keeps rubbing his rear end against the furniture.

    • ANSWER:
      Neosporin to heal the wound, peroxide (diluted if needed) to clean it, hydrocortisone cream and/or Gold Bond powder to soothe the itching, Benadryl for the itch (esp if its an allergy) - BUT ASK YOUR VET FOR A DOSAGE ON THE BENADRYL FIRST. Don't want to be knocking out or killing the poor thing. Also, I'd keep him inside away from the heat and bugs, and put flea meds on him if you haven't already. My dog has hot spots bad, especially in this heat, we finally had to get him an e-collar to keep him from licking so bad. Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    What home remedies can I use for my dogs itchy snout?
    My male one-year old dog has developed bumps that are kind of scabby on his snout that he itches regularly. What is it? I have a feeling it has something to do with the dry, winter weather, but I want to give him a natural home remedy instead of taking him to a vet. Any suggestion?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't know WHY your dog has scabs on his muzzle (pigs have snouts), so how can you possibly treat it? Your dog needs the vet.

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    Home remedy for bacterial infection in the ears ?
    My two dogs have bacterial ear infections and I am almost out of their ear drops. I need a home remedy to relieve of the itching my dogs are dealing with. I'm hoping somone else out there has had this going on with their dog before.

    • ANSWER:
      1 part apple cider vinegar (healing agent)
      1 part rubbing alcohol (drying agent)
      1 part water ( a dilution)

      This stuff burns but it works. Fill ear canal with mixture & massage the base of the ear to loosen any debri that may have accumlated in there. After massage allow dog to shake it's head. Apply once more the same way & allow dog to shake head. Clean out what you can see with a paper towel or Q-tip or cotton ball.

      Apply 2 to 3 times daily.

      This recipe was given to me by a Vet that practiced alternative medicine.

      I have a chow X that has chronic ear infections in one ear. Vet. meds. didn't help. I use this mixture as a general ear cleaner on all my dogs & cats.

  34. QUESTION:
    What can be done about an itchy dog?
    I have a German Shepherd that scratches continuously. I have checked and there are no fleas, no flakes, no patches of hair falling out and he doesn't stink. What could it be and what remedies do you suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you visit http://www.dogsvets.net and consult a breed expert or a vet for free. You can also read article on itching dog by visiting dogs section of this site

  35. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a home method of curing a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
    He is a dachshund. I know it is a yeast infection because my dad's beagle has the same problem. His ear is constantly itching and it smells like feet or cheese. Also, there is a black stuff coming out of his ear. My dad has taken his dog to the vet numerous times and has paid lots of money on creams but it doesn't seem to work. I actually used one of those ear candles on him but that didn't help very much. I have heard that placing plain yogurt on the effected area would help. Or using vinegar water. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no home remedies for your dog's condition, so bring him to a vet as soon as possible. Stop assuming that this is what he needs because the truth is he needs a vet who will look after his real condition. If you want to make him well as soon as possible, see a vet.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you relieve an itch on a dog and a human?
    any remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours...

  37. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for itchy flea bites?
    I was at a friends house yesterday and came home with several flea bites (courtesy of the dogs there). I don't have any anti-itch cream at home, so I'm wondering what some home remedies are for these really itchy bites.

    Thanks in advance for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Wash the bites with some antiseptic lotion, soap or dab the bites with rubbing alcohol to help dry the bite up. Use cold water but avoid the use of warm or hot water as this may tend to stimulate the bite and make it itch more. An oral dose of a hay fever or allergy medicine that contains an antihistamine such as Dimetapp, or Chlortrimeton is very effective in relieving itch. Once the itch stops, you will stop scratching as well and the healing will take place faster. More immediate results can happen by icing the bites down and making a paste to put on the bites from an aspirin tablet that has been moistened. These things should hopefully be available at your home.

  38. QUESTION:
    My dog keeps itching and biting her skin, what can I do since the vet's advice isn't working?
    Is there an at home remedy? She has dry skin and it was recommended by the vet that I put medicine in her food before she eats (it's in a squirt bottle and just saturates the top layer of food).

    *How long would it take for fish oil to start working?

    • ANSWER:
      First, I would see adifferent vet. Second, look at what you are feeding her. Our pets need quality pet food. Read the ingredients list and learn what the stuff on there is and what it does (or does not do) to/for our pets. A quick pet food 101. If the pet food contains corn/corn products or by products it is a poor quality food. Corn is a filler that can trigger skin problems. (allergies, skin problems, itching and excessive shedding) By products is anything from an animal not fit for human consumption, including cancerous tissue. Do not pay attention to advertising, they all say there food is great. "Vet approved" means they have a vet on staff to approve their product. In other words, someone paid to approve it. Same with foods most vets recommend. Salesmen "gift" vets then the vet recommends the food. Most vets are not nutritionists! Quality foods have meat as the first ingredient. California Natural, Solid Gold, Innova and Merrick are a few of the best brands available. If you want to learn more check out: http://www.sagekeep.com/petfood.htm www.api4animals.org/facts?p=359& more=1 http://animalark.eapps.com/animal/PetFoods.nsf/$$PetFoodsByRating?OpenForm

      Third, fish oil will probably help some but it takes weeks...

  39. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of fleas from yard and dogs.? SAFELY?
    My dog is due to have puppies any day now, and she has fleas. I have tried many products on yard and on the dogs, none seem to work very well. Any safe (maybe natural) ways to get rid of the fleas? She is so miserable, Anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I found this on curezone.com they are great for alternative cures!

      Apple Cider Vinegar:Fleas & Ticks

      In my experience, apple cider vinegar is a good repellent. It is inexpensive and highly effective in the war against fleas and ticks. There are several ways that you can use apple cider vinegar (ACV). One easy way is to wipe your animal’s coat with a saturated cloth or paper towel. You can also spray ACV, diluted 50% with water, directly on your companion.

      Date: 5/29/2005 2:55:46 PM ( 4 y ) ... viewed 9799 times

      What are some alternative flea and mosquito prevention methods that I could use on my dogs and cats? JM, Houston, TX

      I have learned a lot about what to do about fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes since moving to Texas. In Colorado, I didn’t have to worry about any of these pests. However, life in Texas is a different story. I have been told that the fleas here are not the kind found in other places; they will survive almost anything and are very persistent in their desire to take a ride and have lunch on our animals. I have been searching for ways to keep these little insects off my animals. I am pleased to say that I have discovered some very good ways with which everyone is happy, except the fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

      Once, when the fleas were really bad, I did apply ACV twice daily for three days in a row. After this, the scratching stopped, and when I ran the fleacomb through, I found no fleas. Once the fleas decided that they didn’t want to stick around any longer, I cut back to once a day, and then every other day. Now I am finding that once a week treatment with ACV is sufficient for the cats. My dog requires more frequent applications because she swims in the creek every day.

      Another method of flea and tick repellent is to add a teaspoon of ACV to your companion’s drinking water every day. I tried this, but my animals, especially the cats, wouldn’t drink the water.

      There are many other uses for ACV other than flea repellent. Because of its antiseptic qualities, ACV can be applied topically for hot spots, skin infections, dull coats, cuts, and wounds. It is best to use it in diluted form in these situations.

      http://www.indigosun.com/august99/animal.htm

      http://curezone.com/blogs/f.asp?f=179&t=53504.59

      SUMMER PROBLEMS

      TICKS AND FLEAS (and Sweet Itch)

      A few ideas for handling these problems:

      Fleas:

      As told to me by Lita Radford of Pets4Homeopathy; rub normal salt into the animal’s skin. This deprives the flea of oxygen and the rubbing in of salt cuts them up so they are no longer a problem.

      Fleas have a habit of hiding in longer fur and on warmer areas of a dog so look carefully at base of tail, around the neck, base of ears, inside tops of limbs.

      If the dog is infested I have personally suggested the use of a cupful of washing up liquid to which you add about 2mls of Eucalyptus Oil. Wash the dog in this and rinse. Then wash again only this time, leave the mixture on for about 5 minutes if you can. Rinse with water, then do a final rinse in Vinegar which you leave on.

      Take the dog out of the bath and pop it on a light coloured sheet or bed sheet and comb the through thoroughly, you should see dead fleas dropping off as you rinse it and also as you comb it.

      Make up a spray of 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar and water and use that as a daily spray.

      Some people have suggested that using just washing up liquid and a Flea Comb is good enough for flea removal and as there are many ideas on how to treat, we have just given a few that have been tried and tested and hope they work for you.

      I would suggest keeping a bottle of Flea/Bug bite remedy on hand to give orally 3 times a day if the fleas have irritated the dog and it is showing some allergic reaction.

      http://www.caninecaregroup.net/harticles.htm

  40. QUESTION:
    My Dog has a severe Hot Spot he won't leave alone I am looking for the best method to help him.?
    I have a pet store remedy that is not working, it is a spray that supposedly relieves the itch but my dog continues to itch and make his injury (Hot Spot) bleed. I am looking for a topical lotion, spray or any other suggestion. I love my dog as much as my kids so any response is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree completely about the e-collar/cone. Unfortunately, my dog has to wear one whenever I leave the house because if he doesn't he will chew his feet to bloody stumps. He's totally used to it and gets around just fine.
      In fact, as soon as I put it in my hands he sticks his head out for me so I can slide it on to his head.

      If your dog hasn't worn one before, just put it on and let him acclimate. You may feel sorry for him but it really is the only way to let the wound heal so it won't get infected.

      And as far as topical remedies, I like to mix OTC or prescription with homeopathic creams. I like Gardener's Dream Cream from aromacrystal.com (a bit of a pain to order since it's a Canadian site and a tad archaic but totally worth it.) Get yourself a jar or 2 because you can use it for yourself, as well. GREAT stuff.

      Good luck with your buddy. If you get that cone on him I'm sure he'll be just fine!

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone dealt successfully with Clarida yeast infection in a dog?
    It seems to start with a flea allergy, goes into hot spots, then darkening smelly patches usually under forearm area and neck creases. I feed her enzyme rich food.(Eagle Pack) Have tried adding yogurt to her diet and tried many skin remedies for the intense itching.

    • ANSWER:
      My dog has major allergies as well and gets that stupid yeast infection in her ears all the time. Cortisone shots seem to help but that can get expensive. I give my dog benadryl and that works great, simply sleep has the exact same ingredients and sometimes is cheaper. No need to go with the name brands the cheap stuff works just as well. It makes her a little sleepy sometimes and other times she gets wound up. I put a little peanut butter on a cracker and stick the pill in the peanut butter. Also for her skin I use an oatmeal shampoo and when she is still a little damp I rub cocoa butter with shea butter lotion into her coat and skin. She absolutely loves this routine and likes the rub down with the lotion. At first she tried to eat it all off but then discovered she felt so much better with it in her skin. Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    What natural at home remedies can i give to my 10yr old rotwiller shepard mix with terrible skin allergies?
    Our dog has always had skin issues since we've had him but its become progressively worse over time. His skin seems to be rotting. He is losing fur on his stomach, legs, tail, and paws. His stomach is bald and a dark grayish blue color with bumps and scabs and has a bad smell. His inner ears tend to get red and now he's growing several lumps including a large one on his elbow that is raw and bleeds. He doesnt seem to be in pain but i know it itches him and he licks and bites his skin. Vets in the past have said its allergies but never gave us much of an answer. Im looking to find a natural or herbal solution to help him. Is there anything i can give him or put on him? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'd try a raw diet with him. I feed raw. I'm on a yahoo raw feeding group and I've heard of others with allergies that were helped by a raw diet.
      If you can't, feed a grain free food.
      As for healing him up now, buy some colloidal silver and spray the skin several times a day.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do you have a natural remedy for getting rid of fleas on pets?
    My dog is loosing his hair. I have had him to the vet because he suffers from allergies and he gets a shot every month. Now he has fleas, the itching is worse and I don't want to drug him up. He's a black lab.

    • ANSWER:
      garlic: fleas hate garlic in the blood stream. feed them it in large quantity, and if you have a yard plant it everywhere it smells good when you mow too.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any natural remedies for dog allergies?
    My labrador has horrible allergies. She's been to the vet several times and has been treated with everything from steriod and cortizone shots to antibiotics to shampoos and anti-itch creams and more. While the symptoms will go away after each treatment, they always come back and I hate to see her suffering from constant itching (not to mention all the treatments are getting ridiculously expensive and they don't solve the problem long-term anyway). Does anyone have any suggestions or know of any homopathic/natural remedies? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Grain free diet. If this scratching is all year round than he is allergic to his food. Up to 70% of dogs are allergic to corn, wheat, soy and/or barley. Go to your local natural pet food store and tell them you need a good grain free diet. Try to find wellness core reduced fat if you can as most grain free diets can cause a lab to gain weight (most food can cause a lab to gain). If the problem continues get some Azmira Aller'G. This is a natural supplement that will help his system to defend itself. If you smoke please do so outside as this can also cause these problems. If the problems continue after six weeks than add some salmon oil or flax-seed oil to her food. this will get her omega 3/6 balance out. Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    How to I get rid of a Flea Infestation on a dog cheaply?
    My parents are in TN and when I went to visit I noticed the dog they keep outside is covered in fleas. He has very little hair left and the fleas are VERY visable and gourged. He seems to be getting thin as well because of it... anemic? They have very little money. Are there any home remedies that can be used? They give him weekly flea baths but it does not help, since he is outside.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds as if you need to do something fast if you want to save this dog's life if he is getting thin and is losing hair.

      First, you need to get some Dawn dishwashing detergent and wash the animal well. Let the soap mixture stand on his skin for 10 minutes. By doing this, you break down the oils in the fleas and suffocate them.

      Second, before you let him back out in the yard, you need to treat his area. Get some Sevin Dust from Walmart or Lowes and get to putting it out. If you can, let the dog stay inside while the area is being treated. Let him/her have a break from the itching.

      Third thing you need to do, is treat your house. If he has been inside for any amount of time, you better Sevin Dust the door jams and get a house fogger.

      If the dog doesn't show improvement soon, you need a vets care.

      Hope this helps you.

      Sandy :O)

  46. QUESTION:
    My dog has bad skin allergies. Is there a home remedy I can use to help?
    She breaks out in hives, and itches so bad that she makes scapes. I try the stuff the Vet gave and it works for a shot time.

    • ANSWER:
      Read information available about food allergies and dogs. Lots of times "skin problems" such as hives and hot spots, better known as allergic reactions, stem from what a dog eats. Some dogs are extremely sensitive to certain edibles and will have a reaction from something as simple as a dog treat. If I were you, I'd read information about food allergies and pets and then try putting your dog on a dog food diet that was intended for dogs with sensitive skin. (The boxer I used to have was highly allergic to any dog food or dog treat that had any kind of dye in it, she would break out in the hives so bad it looked like she'd been attacked by bees!).
      Sincerely,
      J. Smith

  47. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my dogs rash?
    My dog licks her self so much she is loosing hair what do i do

    • ANSWER:
      Skin irritations and itching can be caused by factors such as:

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    I have a white dog that is slowly turning to rust. Anyone know how the make her white again?
    I am looking for a way to make my beautiful all white dog white again. She has chewed herself a lovely shade of rust. Other than expensive whitening shampoos, does anyone know any home remedies for this and hot spots? I have brought her inside this summer, she went bald last summer, (not good in heat,) and I have been treating for fleas and such on a regular basis. Either she chews because she is bored or has dry skin I think. She will not chew on toys or anything else at all, rarely even plays these days, I am also assuming she may be slightly depressed, we are making a point of getting her out more often and going for runs and such. She is I believe a German Shepard/Wolf cross, lots of energy but very sweet and expressive. Any low cost ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      This dog may have a food allergy, and the rust color comes from protein stains from her saliva. Dogs often lick themselves in response to pain, itching, boredom, depression, or anxiety. Try to change the dog to an dog food with just a few simple ingredients for at least 2 months and see if that makes a change. You might also go see the vet to see if she needs a steroid shot, has joint issues that are causing pain, or some other problem. The vet can also tell you how much benadryl is safe to give her and that may relieve some symptoms.

  49. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to prevent hot spots on dogs? What is the best treatment for them?
    Large dogs (Wolf hybrid), inside/outside freedom, location TN- The past few years have been terrible for hot spots, never had them prior to 2004, any remedy or preventative information will be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Hot spots can be caused by anything that irritates the skin enough to allow bacteria to get a foothold and grow. This produces itchiness that makes the dog chew or scratch, which further damages the skin, leading to a bigger area of infection, and the cycle can go on rapidly and spread widely. The most common irritants are probably fleas and allergies. These cause the itching that leads to the skin infection. Others are tick bites, bee-stings, burrs, mats, mosquitos, summer heat, blade burns (from grooming), etc. The important thing is to keep the area dry, so it can heal. My miniature poodle recently had a hot spot after we groomed him. I used Veterinarian's Best Hot Spot Itch Relief Spray. It really worked, & his hot spot is all cleared up.


dog itching remedies

Yeast Infection In Dogs Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is an effective treatment for yeast infection on my dog's feet?
    My vet is treating my two dogs for allergies to grass which, because of the constant licking of the feet, has caused a yeast infection on their feet. Nothing yet has proven effective against the yeast infection. Does anyone know anything that will be effective?

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet prescribe for the yeast? I would think that a course of Ketaconazole would be in order. In addition to that, daily doses of Benadryl (your vet can give you the correct dosage based on your dog's weight). In addition to THAT, you could ask your vet for an antifungal shampoo that you could use on your dog, paying close attention to the feed (leave on for about 10 minutes before rinsing). Last, ask your vet about using Predisone for the allergies, but rather than a short, high-dose course, ask the vet about using a smaller dose as needed (20%-25% of regular dosage). I was always reluctant to use Prednisone for my own dog until I started using a 5mg pill PRN...it helps him out, and I don't worry about side effects any longer. He gets them only when his allergies are acting up.

  2. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies to treat yeast infections in dogs?
    My dog has a yeast infection of the skin. I cant take her to a vet right now bc I live about 2 hours away from the nearest one and money is tight right now. Im kind of at my wits end and I was wondering if any over the counter products work, like Vagisil. Ive seen many things online in research on what to try, but its so overwhelming. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      There is an easy fix for a skin yeast infection. The smell can be reduced almost overnight with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and borax.

      To prepare the solution, add one tablespoon of borax to one liter of 1% hydrogen peroxide, mix well and spray on the dog all over. Make sure that the entire skin is in contact with the solution. Do not rinse and let dry. This solution should be applied everyday for a week. Most if not all of the smell should be gone by the second week.

      Borax is a non-toxic anti-fungal compound which will help in eradicating the yeast infection. Borax is a natural mineral that has a wide variety of uses. It is a component of many cosmetics, used as a food preservative, detergents, enamel glazes, etc.

      CAUTION: Make sure that you use Borax, NOT Boric Acid which is toxic. Borax is non-toxic and can be found in the laundry aisle at most major discount stores and grocery stores and it is very inexpensive.

      Good luck.

      Note:

      Never alow your vet to prescribe Prednisone or any other steroid to your dog. Just like in humans, steroids will cause more harm than good.Vets can be very irresponsible when it comes to the prescription of steroids because they are well aware of steroid side effects.

      As Dr. Karen Becker, DVM states - "Steroids (also called prednisone, cortisone or the nondescript “allergy shot”) are the least optimal treatment choice, as they work by suppressing your pet’s immune system. Not only can steroids have a negative effect on your pet’s liver, adrenal glands and kidneys, but suppressing your pet’s immune system with steroids also allows for opportunistic yeast and bacteria to grow on your pet’s skin, sometimes increasing the chances that antibiotics may be prescribed."

      Please read 'Steroids The Great Pretender - Even Low Steroid Doses Can Be Trouble'.

      http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it ok to use an OTC treatment for a vaginal yeast infection if I've never had one before?
    I've never had a yeast infection before but I have all of the symptoms and since j no longer have health insurance I can't added to go to my doctor. I just bought an OTC treatment but it specifically says not to use it if you've never had one before. What would be the worse that could happen if I used it?

    • ANSWER:
      that doesn,t make sense. just use it. everyone gets these. even my female dog had vaginitis. this is not a joke. it really happened. just follow the directions.

  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:
      give her a bath with dawn dih detergent

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    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.

  12. QUESTION:
    Acidophilus - How many units are beneficial for yeast control?
    Does anyone at all know what Acidophilus I should get that might help a dog with chronic yeast infections? We have exhausted all other vet treatments and feel as though we threw our $$ away. All the products I see online have certain amount of units of the bacteria and I don't know what would be effective and not effective. Some are 1 million units, others are 6 million units etc. HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      I love using acidophilus with my dogs. Even though they get top-of-the-line food, since they are older, they are prone to digestive problems and not being able to assimilate food well. I have found that acidophilus helps tremendously.

      Most of the brands in the health food store are in the mega-units, specific to human adults. Since my dogs are small, I use the liquid drops and capsules that are designed for babies and children. You didn't mention how big your dog was but, like humans, you can go by body weight. I think your best bet is to find a holistic vet (even online - Dr. Marty Goldstein in New York) to ask as well.

      The article in the source section will give you an idea how to deal nutritionally with pet yeast infections and the use of pro-biotics, as well as including a couple of yummy recipes to help your dog get well.

      Good luck and all the best!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    Anyone who had any personal experience with these dog diseases?
    I wondered if anyone can share some personal experience of these dog diseases. Like symptons, treatment and just anything important like what happened with the dog, did it survive, did it better fast or worse fast etc?
    Here they area:
    Skin Fold Dermatits
    Pyoderma
    Ringworm
    Abscess
    Allergies
    Skin Cancer
    Hot Spots
    Folliculitis
    and
    Yeast infection of the skin

    I wanna know exactly what the differences between them are like how you would differentiate pyoderma from hot spots etc.

    • ANSWER:
      Infections of the skin (pyoderma, skin fold dermatitis, folliculitis, and yeast) generally appear as rashes:
      Pyoderma and folliculits appear as groups of reddened spots, and can look like a really bad case of acne.
      Skin fold dermatitis appears, as you may have guessed, in the folds of the dog's skin, especially if the area is typically moist (i.e. around the muzzle), and may have red and irritated appearance.
      Yeast may be moist, red, and irritated, or flaky/yellow in appearance, and are best determined by your vet due to it wide variety of appearances.

      Ringworm is a fungus (which is CONTAGIOUS) that *typically* appears as round patches of hairless skin which may have some irritation underneath. The hair loss may not be perfectly round in some cases, and may be widespread on the dog. Sometimes (esp. in cats) it is not this obvious, an no hair loss is present.

      An abscess is an infection, and typically looks like a large angry and irritated pimple. If it is bad enough it may be accompanied by a fever. It may be dry, or it may weep pus.

      Allergies may cause any number of skin conditions, but the most typical is itching of the rump, abdomen, and feet.

      Hot spots look like wet, reddened, irritated areas of skin, typically with matted hair around the site and hair loss where the sore is present. It may scab over and re-open. They are painful and itchy, so the animal may have a hard time not rubbing on it (which will just irritate it more and slow the healing process).

      Skin cancer can take many many forms and is best discussed with your veterinarian if you suspect it. It is more common in dogs with light colored and less dense fur (think pale, light haired people on the beach with no sunscreen).

      The treatment for each will depend on how severe the problem is. Infections may require antibiotics. Allergies can be dealt with by finding their source (chicken? soy? dust mites? grass pollen?) and either eliminating it or giving allergy injections (just like some people get). Ringworm and yeast infections often require special medicated baths. Skin cancer may not be treatable.

      All of the conditions listed would need a veterinarian to properly diagnose and prescribe medications. They will get worse if you let them go, so it's best to have them addressed ASAP.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can supplementing a dog with omega fatty acids aggravate a Candida(or yeast) infection?
    My dog is recovering from what I belief to be a yeast infection(Vet wouldn't say.. She simply said "Secondary infection from flea allergies".) It is almost gone, but where it is/was, it was always super oily, not dry like most skin infections.. So I'm assuming supplementing an oily dog with oil would be bad, right? Just checking, because I've read about all the other benefits of giving dogs omega fatty acids.

    • ANSWER:

      Derm caps may actually help.
      Derm caps are a balance of omega 3 and 6 with vitamin e.
      Try a shampoo like hylyte 2 days after flea prevention treatment.
      Make sure to fully rinse the dog and brush.
      Brushing daily will help stimulate the oil glands to work properly.
      If oiliness continues I would try an anti seboreahic shampoo from the vet.

  19. 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!

  20. QUESTION:
    Can my german shepherd go deaf and is it possible his ears will never stand up?
    ok i just found out my 10 week old gsd had a yeast infection in his ear. according to the vet since he got it so young the chances are high that it will come back again and if bad enough his ears wont stand. i also had someone tell me he could go deaf. is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      With the right treatment another yeast infection can be cured early enough to prevent damage or even be prevented from occuring at all. Remember not all shepherd ears stand up anyway, and unless you are showing the dog it doesn't really matter. It's possible he could go deaf, but in my experience that only happens if he gets an infection and you leave it for months, or even years.

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

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

      Try going there. :)

  22. 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?

  23. 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...

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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 :)

  27. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    What is causing my dogs uncontrollable scratching and screeching?
    My dog is about 95 years old in dog years. She lives outside for the most part. She's constantly scratching her ears uncontrollably and screeching really loud then she shakes her head as if she's shaking out her ears. Does anyone know what can be causing this or how I can provide relief for her??

    • ANSWER:
      Ear infection, ear mites, allergy induced ear infection, "cheatgrass" or "foxtail" lodged in her ear, an insect bite/s, an injury, a piece of fur.

      Could be any of those things.. The first thing you should do is take your dog into a well lit area, get a magnifying glass and a flashlight/lamp, if you don't have a magnifying glass you can use a magnifying make-up mirror instead. Get your dog to lay down and relax, if you can give the dog a toy or chew(so long as your dog doesn't have possession aggression) calm the dog first and then gently lift up the ear flap and look inside making sure you have a bright light so you can see, look into the ear canal.

      It should be healthy pink or grey skin with no crusts, or dirt or waxy buildup. It should be shiny and clean deep inside.

      If you see black/brown/reddish "dirt-like" build up in the ear canal take a cotton ball and wipe some out.. put a dab of water on it.. if it turns bloody red it's most likely your dog has "Earmites". They cause intense scratching, pain, and can lead to infection, inflammation and skin disease.

      You can buy effective and reasonably priced OTC earmite medication from your local pet store. I reccommend taking the dog to a vet for a conclusive diagnosis but if you are unwilling or unable, OTC meds will work to cure ear mites, you can even try a home remedy if that's all you can manage... Home Remedies.. http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/ear_mites.html

      More info about OTC and vet meds and more about ear mite symptoms and treatments.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_mites.html

      If you look in the ear and it is dirty, waxy and with a brown/dark discharge, and a sour, foul scent.. it's most likely an infection.. bacterial. In that case you will need to bring your dog to the vet to conclusively find out what bacteria is causing the infection so you can treat it. Yeast smells yeasty, like beer or bread dough and has a yellower discharge. Again if you are unwilling or unable to go to the vet, you can try OTC ear meds or a home remedy.. Keep in mind the reason you need to see a vet is to know exactly what it is, otherwise you are just guessing and it may not work.

      Home remedies... http://www.petherbalinfo.com/pet-health-concerns/home-remedies-for-dog-ear-mites-and-ear-infections/

      Vet info.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ear_infections.html

      If it is allergy you will see/smell almost the same thing as an infection, except it will keep coming back no matter what you treat it with, until you determine the cause.. Could be food, inhalant, environment. In this case you should change your dogs diet to a food that has NONE of the same ingredients as the old food. If it is environmental you will need to find out the source and remove it from the dogs environment. If it is inhalant you will need to treat the dog with an anti-histamine. For more about allergies and treatment go here.. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_food_allergies.html
      Inhalant allergies... http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_inhalant_allergies.html

      If it is cheat grass or foxtail, or hair.. the ear will appear healthy and clean except you may be able to see pieces of grass or hair deep in the ear canal, your dog may have also injured herself scratching or shaking her head. Either way she will need a vet to safely remove the grass/hair and treat the injuries with antibiotics etc.

      Hopefully your dog didn't shake her head too much and give herself an Aural hematoma.. if that is the case her ear flap(the outer flap) will be filled with liquid like a small balloon and hot to the touch. This is a very painful condition caused by a broken blood vessel in the ear due to shaking of the head. It could easily cause a dog to cry out in pain. My dog had one, and trust me it is best if you take the dog to the vet and get the ear surgically drained and sutured open to allow it to drain and head. Again if you can't go to the vet, you can drain it yourself using a sterile syringe or razor blade to drain the ear. You will have to clean it and drain it daily and make sure it doesn't get infected. It's best to leave that to the vet but it's possible to do it on your own if you have no other choice. They also can be left to heal on their own but it leaves the ear deformed and thickened.. I know my dog's previous owners did this to her and her ear was ruined. It is thick and lumpy.

      More on Aural Hematomas.. and their treatment. http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_aural_hematoma.html

      Good luck, hope I helped you help your dog..

  29. QUESTION:
    Do dogs get yeast infection? How can it be homeopathically cleared?
    Female dog had spay surgery and had antibiotics, and has had a bad odor since.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs get both urinary yeast infections and yeast infections in the skin...the skin infections have the foul odor. I had a Boxer for 14 years that had skin yeast problems all her life..caused by allergies, and by thyroid problems. She was 7 before we discovered the thyroid problem and thus we treated her with dips, cortisone shots, and gave her ketoconizole as a maintenance medication to combat the yeast. When we got her on thyroid meds, that, along with the ketoconizole, pretty well kept it in check..
      I guess what I'm saying is, there is no effective homeopathic treatment for yeast infection. Let your vet evaluate the dog and choose a regimen of treatment for her. Could be temporary, could be chronic...Good Luck1

      Papaw

  30. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a dog's itchy ears at home?
    I think my dog has an ear infection or ear mites. Do you know of a good home remedy to treat the symptoms?

    I have already made and used a solution of 1/3 water 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 alcohol...

    Any suggestions will help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Ear mites MAY be treatable with the use of Revolution from your vet. This is a prescription medication, so it will require that your dog has been seen within a year, and has had a heartworm/lyme test within that time.
      Yeast or Bacteria will require a topical antibiotic such as Mometamax, again, from your vet. You can't get rid of bacteria without an antibacterial. Products like Mometamax contain antibiotics designed to kill the bacteria that is commonly found in the ears.

      Yeast/Bacteria debris tends to be moist, while ear mites tend to have dry, crusty debris.

      The problem with oils (sorry) is that mites and yeast especially do very will in oil. While it may help with the inflammation, I've seen many, many yeast infections flourish with the use of oils and over-the-counter ear treatments.

      No matter what you choose to do, do not use Q-tips. You should never put anything larger than an elbow in any ear, as you risk permentantly damaging the ear. At the very least, pick up a pH-balancing ear cleaner, apply it to the ear, and mush it around to break up the debris, then use a chunk of cotton to wipe it out.

      Allergies often cause some sort of discharge as well, and itchiness. Again, only a vet could tell you what exactly is going on in the ears.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to reduce the discoloration of tear staining?
    I have four maltese dogs. They all have really bad tear staining. I wash their faces everyday and try to keep them dry as much as possible. I was told to give them distilled water and it's not helping. Is there any good products out there to reduce the red/brown stains?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there is a wonderful natural product not carried in pet stores because it has no perservatives and cannot be stored in a warehouse for months on end. I use this on my shih tzu's and love it. It has no bleach peroxide and nothing that will hurt the dogs eyes if you wipe across the eye area. It also comes with a powder that keeps the moisture from being absorbed by the hair. The lady who runs this site is wonderful and will answer any questions you have. I am posting some questions and answers from her site hope this helps.

      Eye Envy is the most effective product for curing runny, ugly tear stains on your dog or cat. Our solution removes tearstains effectively, safely and gently. Eye Envy is an eye treatment solution that is non-irritating and proven to prevent eye leakage and discharge, quickly and through an easy to use method that your pet will thank you for. Eye Envy also comes in an herbal version. It is guaranteed to be effective, endorsed by veterinarians, catteries, and groomers the world over. If your pet is prone to tearstains, Eye Envy is for you. It is also effective in treating urine stains, red yeast infections, food stains, helping droolers, and of course for that unsightly brown goop around the eyes that affects dogs and cats everywhere.

      Frequently Asked Questions

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

      Clogged or Shallow Tear Ducts: Studies indicate that 20-25% of small dogs and cats are born with closed of shallow tear ducts. Tears overflow because there the eyelid space is not deep enough to contain them.
      Excessive Tearing: When the face hair is wet from excessive tearing, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections (AKA: Red Yeast, which causes deep reddish-brown stains); Low grade bacteria infections may also cause excessive tearing.
      Cutting Teeth: Cutting teeth may cause changes in the head & mouth structure of your pet, placing pressure on the tear ducts.
      Irritation & Allergies: Some animals get hair or eyelashes into their eyes causing irritation. Many breeds are susceptible to allergies. Shampoos and other chemicals can also irritate their eyesSome foods cause allergic reactions; animals may also build an allergic reaction over time to a type of food.
      Water: Water with high mineral levels causes staining
      Food & Treats: Diet can play a significant role in tearing. Many commercial foods contain additives, preservatives and food coloring. This could lead to staining.
      Fleas: Fleas survive in moisture, which they get from the eye or moth area. This could cause irritation and in addition red stains left behind may be from flea feces. These are just a few reasons. There are MANY more!!
      Q: What is Eye Envy so different that all the other products that I've bought and don't work?
      A: Eye Envy works at the true problem, a bacteria infection. Eye Envy contains a cleanser, an astringent (to dry the area) and herbal flower extract (acts as a natural antibiotic) and an antibacterial.

      Eye Envy is a topical tear stain remover. Other products are often masked as palatable supplements, taking months to work and requiring your pet to ingest antibiotics (e.g. tylan, tylosin as tartrate, collidal silver).

      Q: What if I've used bleach or peroxide to clean the area around the eyes?
      A: Bleach/Peroxide make the hair shaft very pourous, causing the stain to set into the hair. Eye Envy will only lighten the areas previously damaged by bleach or peroxide, but all regrowth will be clean.

      PLEASE do not use peroxide, bleach or woolite on your animals.

      Q: Is Eye Envy safe to use on my pregnant dog or cat?
      A: Yes. Since Eye Envy is applied externally, it is 100% safe to use on pregnant, lactating and even small kittens (over the age of 7 weeks).

      Q: Should Eye Envy be refrigerated? If so, how long is it's shelf life?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS.

      Q: Is Eye Envy applied inside the eyes?
      A: No. Eye Envy is to be applied externally only.

      Q: What happens if a small amount gets into my pets eyes?
      A: There is nothing to worry about is some solution gets into your pets eyes. The ingredients are safe and have been tested.

      Q: How many pads come in a jar?
      A: There are approximately 28-30 pads per jar. Our pads are made of special material to avoid any "fuzz" from getting into your pets eyes.

      Q: Can I use Eye Envy on my dog/cats legs, tail, mouth area? Is it safe?
      A: Yes. The ingredients will not harm your animal. Also, EE can be used for chin acne and urine stains.

      Q: Should I refrigerate my product when it arrives?
      A: NO WE CARRY THE BRAND NEW NO REFRIDGERATION REQUIRED PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS A SHELF LIFE OF 3-4 MONTHS. .

      Q: I have a white dog, do you recommend the powder?
      A: Yes! With any white animals it is recommended to use both the solution and the powder.

      Q: Does Eye Envy fade/bleach colored animals?
      A: No. The produt does not contain any peroxides or bleaching agents. Your pets hair will not discolor

  33. 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.)

  34. QUESTION:
    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. QUESTION:
    Anyone have experience with yeast infection in dogs?
    My puppy was diagnosed with demodectic (red) mange a couple of months ago. After treatment some of the patches are gone, but she still has a big one on her body which hasn`t changed at all the last weeks. The skin is darkened, but there is no smell and she doesn`t scratch it. She also has some small hairless spots on her leggs, which do seem to itch! I`m wondering if it`s not only red mange. Could this be yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      It COULD be yeast, or it could be a bacterial infection, or it could be an allergic response. It could be a different type of mite in addition to the Demodex (such as Sarcoptes or Cheyletiella mites). These mites don't respond to the treatment used for Demodex-- they respond to a different medicine. It could possibly even be a fungal infection (such as ringworm). Or it could be a combination of problems. Also, it can take a LONG time for hair to grow back after Demodex treatment.

      Skin problems have many different causes, and it's impossible to say what's happening without a vet exam and possibly some testing. If I were you, I would have her re-checked... possibly even a referral to a veterinary dermatologist if appropriate.

  38. QUESTION:
    What could my dogs excessive itching be?
    My dog is itching its bottom an awful lot lately and it's only at night. At first I thought it could be worms but then I figured out that two days ago I washed my dog and shampoo must have gotten there and after I had finished washing my dog it kept wiggleing it's but like crazy. Could it be the shampoo irritating it or is it worms
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      I see a few possible causes for the itching. Itching can be caused by an allergic reaction (to flea bites, the food or treats you give him, the grooming products or house-cleaning products you are using), mites or steroid use (also called prednisone, cortisone or the so-called 'allergy shot'). Scratching opens the door to secondary skin infections.

      ALLERGIES

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

      You can get rid of the fleas on your dog with natural methods so that he is not exposed to the toxic chemicals of Frontline, Advantage and other popular flea medications which will harm him sooner or later. Check this link for recommendations http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Fleas-Naturally Also, you can dust your yard where he roams with inexpensive diatomaceous earth. For more info on its use to control fleas see http://www.care2.com/greenliving/all-around-non-toxic-flea-control.html and http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/diatomaceous_earth_fleas.html

      Check the ingredients of the food/treats you give him. Dogs digestive system is not designed to handle grains well. If they contain grains such as wheat or corn stop them immediately. Get food/treats that have no grains and that have meat as a primary ingredient – chicken, lamb, salmon, etc.

      If you just introduced a new grooming product (or a house cleaning product), discontinue it immediately.

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

      Vets nowadays assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better at all cost or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains.

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I do about dog losing hair on tail?
    My 7 year old Chihuahua keeps biting the hair from her tail and backside. I keep taking her to the vet and I've gotten answers from allergies to impacted anal glands to yeast infections to heredity but no consistent relief for her yet. The last time he didn't even send antibiotics home for her (she bites and makes sores on her skin), but gave her the routine shot in the office and some prescription shampoo and leave on conditioner. Well now her tail has bloody sores all over it again. She's been spayed and is on flea treatment so I can rule those two issues out. Her mother and sister did had similar problems so I do wonder if it's hereditary. Anyone else have any experience with this? I know it hurts/aggravates her and she looks pitiful. Even if it is just bad genes shouldn't there be something to help her?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried spraying her tail with something that tastes bad. I saw some stuff at Petsmart. I think it was yuk or something like that. It said that it did not sting but was made to stop the chewing of sores. However if this is compulsive, she might still do it anyway. But if you can get it to heal that might help relieve it. It is worth a shot if you haven't tried it already. You would still need to find the root cause though.

  42. 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:

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Tips for a 10 year old black labrador on steroids?
    My dog Milly is currently on steroids for her skin allergies and as much as they help her itching and scratching, she is constantly hungry. I'm aware that this is a side affect but she is driving us all mad, in the nicest possible way, and we would like to help her. If anyone has any tips for how to keep her occupied, feel fuller for longer or the best food to give her, then please could you let me know. Thankyou!
    Just to make things a little more clearer and to help you when giving me advice. Milly is allergic to grass, dust mites and pine which is why she has skin allergies. Thank you for the recent answers, they are very helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Steroids are about the worst medication for both dogs and humans. However, many vets assume that pet owners just want to see their pets get better and earn their money at all cost even if it is just a temporary fix or if they are not sure about what the problem is they will prescribe steroids knowing the risks. Steroids are very dangerous and do not cure anything, they just mask the symptoms temporarily but the underlying cause remains and result in undesirable health complications, including chronic skin problems.

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

      If your dog has been on steroids, subsequent skin problems are most likely secondary skin infections resulting from steroid use, bacterial or fungal. For any skin infection I recommend a powder called 'Flowers of Sulfur' (also known as 'brimstone' or 'sublime sulfur').

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

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

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

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

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

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my dogs rash?
    My dog licks her self so much she is loosing hair what do i do

    • ANSWER:
      Skin irritations and itching can be caused by factors such as:

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

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

      ALLERGIES

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

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

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

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

      MITES

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

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

      STEROID USE

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

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

      SKIN INFECTION REMEDY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  49. 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.


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