My Cocker Spaniel has severe yeast infections in his ears. They are recurring. He is six years old and we have had him for three of those years. He was on antibiotics and steroids when we got him, and the infection never completely went away then. We have taken him to the vet several times and the meds they give him never seem to work.
One vet actually mentioned the possibility of hypothyroidism and/or allergies. But he really didn't act like he wanted to do the test, telling me that I could always come back when I had four or five hundred dollars to spend on cultures. Don't give me a hard time about money people, please. Just because I haven't much money doesn't mean I don't love my dog. But that is simply too much.
I really am looking for something that will kill the yeast and keep this infection at bay until I can possibly have him treated (at a different vet I would say) for hypothyroidism or allergies.
By Sarah from GA, USA
Change your Cocker's diet to a raw food diet. Meat and vegetables only. There's ton of information on the Internet. (06/17/2010)
I would check out the holistic remedies on earthclinic.com. Change the food, he is probably allergic to something, I would cook his meals for a week and see what happens. Also when you are at earthclinic, look up yeast infections in general and then look at the pets sections too. This is a cool site!
Also it anything works for you, then you can post it here for others to learn about too, as well as things that do not work. My dog is on anti-yeast pills right now, he had a bad yeast infection on all his skin and some of his inner flaps on his ear were blackened and this is a sign of a yeast infection. Also he is shampooed with a yeast infection shampoo once a week. He is much happier.
By Robyn Fed
Our chocolate Lab also had problems with yeast infections in his ears. I now give him a chewable probiotic for dogs everyday, and his ears are fine now. (06/18/2010)
By Patty Lynn
I just discovered something alarming about canned dog food. One of my dogs is 5 yrs. old and has never had an ear infection or ear problem. I just recently converted both of my dogs to a wheat-free and corn-free diet. I switched them both to Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance L.I.D. food. Everything was fine until I purchased their canned dog food to add to the dry food. One of my dogs got a severe ear infection 5 days after consuming the canned food.
My neighbor had this same exact problem with his dog. Last year his dog was rushed to the vet with the same symptoms. His dog was being fed dry dog food with Alpo canned food.
I never saw the correlation until it happened to my dog. Symptoms start as head shaking, then tiny bumps in the ear, then redness, inflammation, then pus. The symptoms started on the day after eating the food. Canned food was fed every day. The fifth day was the redness, inflammation, and pus. It was unbelievable.
My neighbor's dog and my dog are officially off canned dog food and both dogs recovered.
There is something in canned dog food that is causing ear infections. It may not happen with every dog, but if your dog is sensitive you need to avoid canned dog food. It doesn't matter what brand, whether premium or low grade canned dog food. I saw it first hand using a premium L.I.D. food. That's limited ingredient diet. (09/22/2010)
My dog's yeast infection (ears) cleared up after a week on Nutro Natural Choice Formula (Lamb Rice).
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