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Home Remedy For Dog Yeast Infection

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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  4. QUESTION:
    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.

  5. 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.

  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:
    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

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    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.

  10. 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 :)

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. QUESTION:
    Looking for home remedies to get rid of dog yeast infection?
    Have been to the vet cost lots of money for nothing.It is an external one.Have done the research and this is what it is.

    • ANSWER:
      How about Monistat? Tee Tree Oil?

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. QUESTION:
    my dog has really dry bad skin, its a yeast infection or the mange or something, how do i get rid of it?
    we was taking her to the vet but the bill got a lil high for my income. my mom and sister keep trying these made up home remedies, like washing her with tresemme giving her benedryl. bt she isnt getting better, she's getting worse. And it doesnt make it better that they feed her table food all the time, yes she is a mixed breed dog, bt her skin is so sensative i dnt think she should be eating everything and doing all these human things. i need alot of help, they wont listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      She needs to see a vet. Home remedies don't work in cases where you don't even know what the problem is, and shouldn't be done without a vet's guidance anyway.

  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:
    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.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of ringworm on my dog?
    My dog has ringworm and I think I got it too. What is the home remedy for getting rid of ringworm? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's a fungus actually, not a worm.
      You really need to take your dog to the vet, but my vet recommended a good dandruff shampoo and Miconysol, which is what cures yeast infections in women.
      Sounds weird, but putting miconysol on the dog twice a day and washing him with good dandruff shampoo actuall did cure his ringworm - but it takes weeks and you need to be persistant.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

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

    • ANSWER:

  35. 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...

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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

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

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

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

  39. 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!!!!

  40. 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.

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

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

  42. 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).

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

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

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

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

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

  44. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of tear stain?
    I just bought a 2 year old maltese that was in really bad shape when i got her. She has the worse tear stain that i have ever seen. Does anybody have any low cost ideas on how to get rid of it? thanks!
    And i thought i'd let miss mandaree know that she can not have my dog....lol!! I love you and all but im sorry! =)

    • ANSWER:
      Tear Stain Removal

      Tear stain removal has become some what easier with various products, medication and home remedies. You may consult with groomers for commercial product recommendations. We have tested a few of the commercial products and have found results to be average at best. We have noticed they tend to lighten the stain color but don't really remove it, even after 8-12 weeks of use. There is some home remedies that show promise and some by rx.

      Tetracycline

      Consult your vet for this method as it requires a RX anyway. This method should only be used when all others have failed and should only be used for 1-2 courses of treatment and not relied on as a continued treatment. Some have found success in eliminating tear staining by putting a bulldog on a ten day course of low dose tetracycline. Occasionally this may need to be repeated. Do not use this in puppies that have not yet cut their adult teeth. Tetracycline has been shown to cause teeth which have not erupted to permanently stain yellow.

      TUMS

      If you need to change the pH of your dogs system to aid in preventing yeast or infection then Tums is primarily a source of Calcium, known as an antacid formulated as 500 mg Calcium Carbonate. Giving your Bulldog 1/2 of the Fruit flavored variety twice a day will help change the pH of the tears. This will change the tears' environment and can help make it hostile for the continued growth of yeast and bacteria.

      White Vinegar

      A teaspoon of white cider vinegar can be added to your dogs drinking water to control new tear stains. It may take a while for your dog to "decide" to drink this water so start with a little less and gradually increase the amount of vinegar. Vinegar works much like TUMS in that it can changes the pH of the drinking water. Changing the pH of your dog slightly will do wonders in the tear stain war and help eliminate bacteria and deep stain color and prevent yeast build up and is best used as a prevention once you have the tear stains removed or nearly removed. This will help for the future of the tear stains and make them a minimum occurrence.

      Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and peroxide

      Use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide, and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone, although I would recommend skipping a day or two between applications if possible. Apply a thin coat of desitan diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.

      This MOM formula is my personal preference when I do need to remove tear stain color from the face of dogs. It works well but give it a few days to show results.

      Corn Flour, water and a drop of bleach

      Take a 2 teaspoon of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach. mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide and allow to air dry and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.

      You should also make sure your dog don't have a tear duct obstruction (blockage) and have corrected the food and water issue first so he don't keep getting tear stains. After all if you treat the tear stains to remove them while at the same time you feed a food that causes tear stains you won't gain nothing. Try the least invasive of the above methods first, give them 2-4 weeks to work, then if your not satisfied go to another method of treatment. Do not use multiple treatments at the same time. Always have your vet give the dog a complete exam to rule out any serious eye condition first before trying anything else. The commercial products just don't work very well so it is best to just forget about them unless you have a very mild case of stain.

  45. QUESTION:
    how can i stop my chihuahuas eyes for watering and staining her face?
    I have a year and a half old chihuahua and her eyes water and i no its common for chihuahuas eyes to water but how can i stop it staining her face or stop her eyes from watering so much?

    • ANSWER:
      Tou can't stop them from watering but it does help if you clean them everyday here is how:

      Tear Stain Removal

      Tear stain removal has become some what easier with various products, medication and home remedies. You may consult with groomers for commercial product recommendations. We have tested a few of the commercial products and have found results to be average at best. We have noticed they tend to lighten the stain color but don't really remove it, even after 8-12 weeks of use. There is some home remedies that show promise and some by rx.

      Tetracycline Consult your vet for this method as it requires a RX anyway. This method should only be used when all others have failed and should only be used for 1-2 courses of treatment and not relied on as a continued treatment. Some have found success in eliminating tear staining by putting a bulldog on a ten day course of low dose tetracycline. Occasionally this may need to be repeated. Do not use this in puppies that have not yet cut their adult teeth. Tetracycline has been shown to cause teeth which have not erupted to permanently stain yellow.

      TUMS
      If you need to change the pH of your dogs system to aid in preventing yeast or infection then Tums is primarily a source of Calcium, known as an antacid formulated as 500 mg Calcium Carbonate. Giving your Bulldog 1/2 of the Fruit flavored variety twice a day will help change the pH of the tears. This will change the tears' environment and can help make it hostile for the continued growth of yeast and bacteria.

      White Vinegar
      A teaspoon of white cider vinegar can be added to your dogs drinking water to control new tear stains. It may take a while for your dog to "decide" to drink this water so start with a little less and gradually increase the amount of vinegar. Vinegar works much like TUMS in that it can changes the pH of the drinking water. Changing the pH of your dog slightly will do wonders in the tear stain war and help eliminate bacteria and deep stain color and prevent yeast build up and is best used as a prevention once you have the tear stains removed or nearly removed. This will help for the future of the tear stains and make them a minimum occurrence.

      Milk of Magnesia, corn starch and peroxide

      Use equal volume of MOM (plain white) and peroxide, and then use the corn starch to make a good paste of this; put on and work well into the stained area and let dry 4 hours. Wash out, CONDITION WELL. Keep doing this for several days until tear staining is gone, although I would recommend skipping a day or two between applications if possible. Apply a thin coat of desitan diaper rash ointment after the area is washed out and dry. Try this every other day if possible and the choice way of doing it. If your dog has heavy stains then do this for 3 days in a row, then skip every other day.

      This MOM formula is my personal preference when I do need to remove tear stain color from the face of dogs. It works well but give it a few days to show results.

      Corn Flour, water and a drop of bleach

      Take a 2 teaspoon of corn flour, add a few drops of boiling hot water and mix to a paste. Add 1 single drop of plain bleach. mix again. Allow the mixture to cool down and apply to the tear stain area. Allow to dry (10 minutes), wait 1 hour and remove with warm water and clean cloth. Then wipe on a thin layer or peroxide and allow to air dry and leave alone. Repeat every other day for 2 weeks. DO NOT get any in the dogs eye.

      You should also make sure your dog don't have a tear duct obstruction (blockage) and have corrected the food and water issue first so he don't keep getting tear stains. After all if you treat the tear stains to remove them while at the same time you feed a food that causes tear stains you won't gain nothing. Try the least invasive of the above methods first, give them 2-4 weeks to work, then if your not satisfied go to another method of treatment. Do not use multiple treatments at the same time. Always have your vet give the dog a complete exam to rule out any serious eye condition first before trying anything else. The commercial products just don't work very well so it is best to just forget about them unless you have a very mild case of stain

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    Simple home remedy for yeast infection in dogs ear?
    My dog has had 3 ear yeast infections in 2 years. The first time she had it we took her to the vet and payed 80 bucks for drops. She didn't like those so much. >.> The second time she got an infection it lasted several months before going away on it's own. Now she has another one and I can't afford to take her to the vet again. Is there some simple home remedy that I could possibly spray in her ears? I've heard about using alcohol and vinager(sp?) but I don't know what the exact measurments are. >.< I'd rather it be something I could spray in her ears since she dosen't like people messing with them too much.

    • ANSWER:
      I truly believe I have tried every product/home remedy on one of my dogs who suffered from yeast infections in her ears. None worked. What did work was changing her diet. Look for a grain-free food, or one without corn, wheat, and rice. Wellness Super 5 Mix, (formerly fish & sweet potato,) is what I use for her, and she never has yeast infections any more. (Except when she breaks into the chicken/cat/guinea pig/rat/human food :-)
      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anybody have any home remedies/suggestions dealing with tear stains?
    Just got a new puppy....she already at 6 weeks has tear stains? Is their anyway to deal with this other than using "Angel Eyes"? Just worried that she is too young right now to be using medicinal options.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is some information on tear stains. In the article they suggest using barotic acid. That should be boric acid.

      Tear Stain Causes

      Whenever hair rests around the eyes some amount of tear staining results from the hair wicking moisture from the eyes. But there are many other sources of tear stains.
      Tear staining can be traced to health and diet, as well as genetics. Most veterinarians agree that face staining results from excessive tearing. In this case, the damp face hair is a breeding ground for bacterial and yeast growth. The most common is "Red Yeast" which is usually associated with reddish-brown facial stains, and which may emit a moderate to noticeably strong odour. Tear ducts may become infected and result in excess tearing and noticeable staining.
      Some doctors advise that the eye structure was the most probable source of the problem. If that is so, then genetics would likely play a role and explain why the problem is more pronounced in some pets of the same breed. If you are purchasing a puppy and you care concerned about the potential for tearing and staining, you should observe the mother and sire, and others in the direct lineage.
      Eye duct surgical procedures to increase their tear capacity may help some pets; ask your veterinarian.
      If bacterial and yeast infections are involved you need to take steps to mollify and eliminate their presence. Veterinarians can prescribe medication to treat bacterial and yeast infections. Your veterinarian or eye specialist veterinarians can determine if excessive tearing is the source of stains, and describe alternatives available.

      Tear staining in the dog and especially in the small breeds (Poodles, Maltese, Bichons, Pekes ) is common but should never be called "normal." The reality is that these breeds have tiny hairs in the inner aspect of the lid margin that acts as wicks for tear accumulation. As well, the tear film is constantly evaporating and in a number of breeds there is overproduction of tears. The tear ducts which carry the tears down into the nasal cavity, in general, are totally functional. It is rare that the tear ducts are non-functional. Treatment is variable - the area in which the tears are stored can be deepened surgically; the hairs around the inner aspect which are causing irritation can be moved out of the way and there are a few other alternatives as well. Oral medication has been suggested as a means of chemically changing the metabolism of the tears and making the staining less apparent. Treating the skin irritation where the tears flow onto the face should also be considered. In all cases the ophthalmologist should see the animal to give the pet owner the best of all the alternatives.

      Tear Stain Removal

      Tear stain removal has become much easier with various products now on the market just for this purpose.
      There are tear stain home remedies using mixtures of milk of magnesia, corn starch and peroxide, or bleach (usually hydrogen peroxide) used for human hair. However, if you were not to mix these properly, use precisely the right strength of each ingredient, and apply them safely, you could potentially harm your dog. No solution should ever be splashed into the pet's eye, or allowed to wick through the facial hair into the eye area. Read and follow all instructions very carefully.
      Keep in mind that you are treating the eye area of your pet and you can harm their sensitive areas. A full amount of caution and concern must be exercised whenever you use any product or mixture near eyes.
      Keeping tear stains at minimum is more of a concern for dogs that are shown, and for the dog not being shown, taking steps to safely minimize the condition should be satisfying enough rather than complete elimination. Consult your veterinarian with any questions you may have.

      Eye Care Tips for Tear Staining

      Measure equal parts Boric Powder, Baby Powder, mix together with Milk of Magnesia to smooth paste. You can make up a jar full. Apply to affected area with a soft toothbrush, allow to dry then brush off. If badly stained use a few drops of 10% peroxide in paste.

      Make a paste with corn starch and peroxide, apply with a small toothbrush, leave overnight and remove it with warm water or peroxide in the morning.

      Optrex Eye Wash - Clean around the eye area with cotton pads moistened with Optrex (contains Boric Acid and Witch Hazel).

      Mix equal amounts of Cornstarch and Boracic Acid Powder and pat gently onto the hair being extremely careful not to get any into the eyes or the mouth. The powder mixture will bleach the white whilst absorbing the stains.

      Add one tablespoon Boracic Acid to a cup of boiling water, mix well. Place several cotton swabs into a plastic container. Pour the cooled solution over the swabs and seal the container. Use one swab daily to clean away tear and face staining. Make up a new mix at least once weekly.

      Use equal amounts of Cornstarch and Boracic Acid, mix well, then

  49. QUESTION:
    What can cause a St, Bernard to start loosing his hair?
    He scratches alot, and he stay's in the house alot of the time. I know it is not the time of the year to be loosing his hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Food allergies.
      Bacterial infection (caused by scratching at fleas, improper diet,)
      Yeast infection (caused by excessive moisture on the skin, improper diet, or scratching at fleas)
      fleas (you have to treat all though winter to avoid infestations)
      Several different mange bugs. You need a vet to identify them and give you the correct treatment.
      Basically, you need a vet. They will diagnose the bugs for you (or whatever it is) and give you the proper treatment. Don't use any of the home remedies you will get here, you may do more harm than good.

      Read the label on his food. If it contains any corn or wheat products, consider switching.
      Corn and wheat are allergens for dogs.
      Look into Artemis, Innova, Wellness, and Canidae.


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