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What are some natural remedies for yeast infections in my pet's ears?
By Immanuel from Tampa, FL
For several years I've been dealing with ear infections my yellow lab kept getting. The vet would recommend one ear wash or another. He's been on anti-biotics and prednisone several times.
Desperate, I finally started looking around for natural remedies and found your site this past Sunday. Today is Tuesday and his ears are the best they've been in quite a while. I used equal parts of organic apple cider vinegar, alcohol, and warm water with great success.
I tried using the tea tree oil to soothe the ear but it never mentioned to dilute it so it irritated it. I then diluted it with extra virgin olive oil but it still irritated his hear flap so I've eliminated it. Anyway, thanks for the very helpful information.
I almost forgot. I also started giving him Pavel's plain yogurt twice a day and he seems to have more energy. Just generally feeling better, I would say.
Thank you all so much for your posts! Shaya, my dog, had a yeast infection. I used the apple cider vinegar diluted with water for like 2 days. Took her to the vet today & she tested negative for yeast infection! :-) I dealt with these infections in her father. The meds they prescribed did some damage to his liver & kidneys. So thankful that I don't have to put her through this! He lived to be 12 ~ but ~ I had to have him euthanized which is the hardest thing to do (I don't think I can go through that again)! She's one of my 5 babies ( bottle fed dogs ) & grateful that I can use homeopathic remedies instead of the harsh meds! Thanks again to you all! :-)
I found a mixture in equal parts of Monistat , polysporin and Cortaid (all 3 can be generic) mixed together well and placed in a container with a lid works wonders. My Basset no longer scratches her ears to the point of distraction (missing fur and huge hematomas). At first I applied it weekly into her ears after cleaing with a baby wipe. Fortunately, Basset ears are nice and roomy so it's easy to get down in the ear to clean. Then I get a tiny dollop of the magic medicene and apply it tothe canal opening inside of her ears and gently rub her ears. The body heat helps melt the ointment and allows it to coat the ear canal. I now only apply it when I bath her unless I see an abundance of wax build up.
hi does it have to be organic cider ? Also what alcohol can you use ?
Key in "Blue Power Ear Wash" on thriftyfun's search engine. You'll get a lot of information on its use.
I have a rotweiller that has had ear infections to some degree for several years. I took her to the vet several times, but the meds they gave me didn't seem to help and every trip cost me upwards of $70.00 including the exam and meds.
So after a little bit of research regarding the issue, I first read up on what causes the yeats infection in the first place. The main cause seems to be in the diet. So I went on a campaign to find dog food that had no *beef, wheat, starch or sugar* Beneful green label seemed to be answer. My husband insists on feeding them *bites* of people food so she still gets an occasional taste of the bad stuff. While I'm still not sure what the culprit is, I have managed to ward off most of the problem.
When the infection does flare up (a few times a year) I simply use womens vaginal yeast infection cream. The applicator makes it a breeze to put in the ear, then I just massage it in for awhile. It's thick enough she can't shake it out, which is nice. It takes the annoying itch away almost instantly.
One more side note. . . for those of you using a watery treatment like vinegar or alcohol mixture with water, saturate a cottonball with the mixture, tuck it under the ear flap and rub. The liquid goes into the ear with out annoying the dog by squirting inside.
I am going to start this treatment tonight if I can get him held down enough to put it in. He is not a mean dog just has sore ears so been trying everything to keep him happy. Been there done that with the vet and it does not work. So, I will try this. Thanks all so much for all these tips. He is my baby and my boys and I would not know what to do without him. Thanks again you all are great.
When they already have the infection use the vinegar solution already mentioned in their ears. Give them a bath with at least a cup full of vinegar in the water, this is mostly to treat their paws to prevent re-infection. The last part is always the dog's favorite. Feed them a half cup of plain yogurt once a week. This helps prevent the growth of the yeast & also helps with the stinkers! (gas).
There is an ear product called Zymox, it is a natural enzyme that attacks the bad yeast. they have a web site, and it is very inexpensive under 20.00, and no drugs, they also have a shampoo, (at kvvet.com) also, I read recently on Lew Olson's website b-nturals, that apple cider vinegar is high in sugar, and the three things yeast needs to survive are, heat, moisture and sugar, only use white vinegar for cleaning on a dog. I have a young dog whose favorite thing to do, is cruise the orchard and eat as many apples and pears as he can get, boy did the yeast love him. No more fruit and only white vinegar from now on.
Dr. Jean Dodds, of HemoPet, has a new food sensitivity test on her website, it is just a cheek swab, under 60.00 and that includes the kit they mail to you, cheaper than a vet. Good luck all.
Hello, I am reading this thread for the first time as my Golden Retriever has a yeast infection in both her ears. I took her to the vet yesterday; it was her first appointment as I recently adopted her from Retriever Rescue of Colorado. I have the medicine from the vet but would like to use the white vinegar from now on. Can anyone tell me if the white vinegar should be diluted or used straight from the bottle? How often should I use it? She weighs 70 lbs (ten too much) so I won't be giving her a bath myself. Should I apply the white vinegar to her paws also and if so, how often?
Thanks for any help you all can offer,
Always dilute the vinegar 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Straight vinegar is too strong and will sting.
I have a 10 year old beagle mix, the only remedy for him has been absolutely NO grain. I tried everything remedy I could read about. The only topical treatment that helped at all was diluted vinegar with the mother.
Hi Patty Mac. I have been researching two out of the many we have here in Australia. Always dilute white vinegar in usually a 50/50% ratio. I do however make it a little stronger if using in our dogs ears. Don't be afraid to fill the "L" shaped or "'dog leg"( pardon the pun) canal with this Soln. If there is an ear seed lodged in there the shaking will continue, but if it's a yeast infection, it should clear up in 1-2 days. Massage in well behind the dogs ears at the back so to speak remembering to hold the ear in a straight upright position to help flatten out the unusual canal. Your dog will soon shake out the rest without a problem. Just don't forget to massage. I would also put this on his coat with an additional shampoo either.Johnsons baby or. Dawn liquid washing detergent. This too will help in sloe ring any bacterial growth. Unfortunately the is not a "magical" cure,some people will dispute this but at tension to regular weekly or biweekly treatments can save your darling from suffering and is also easier on the hip pocket. Without prejudice. Lee
I tried the vingegar, rubbing alcohol mixture, and it workd for both of my Shelties. It is nice to know that something works without paying so much money to the vets office. Kate from West Leyden
Which type of women's vaginal cream do you use on the dogs ears? Also what type of dog food has no yeast growing ingredents? Thanks for you help.
I came across this site when looking to buy more mometamax without a rx. Impossible to do that. My Min Pin has recurring ear infections and a trip to the vet is costly! I am going to try the vinegar, alcohol, water solution tonight on a cotton ball. Wow, I am so glad I found out all this interesting information without spending a lot on a vet visit! Anxious to see if it actually works! Thanks everyone!
My dachshund had been suffering from the ear infection for many painful months. Frustrated with the vets visits, and the more than $50.00 I kept paying every time to have the vets tell me the same thing, I finally got to searching for natural remedies.
I thank you so much for posting this helpful information. The first time I applied the cotton ball with apple cider vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water, she was like a new and improved dog. She was so happy and excited that finally something helped! My dog Sugar and I say thank you!
Don't use white vinegar use apple cider vinegar
Sorry guys. I meant to go on and say about the shaking of the ears. If your dogs keep slaking g their ears after treatment and has more than likely got a foreign object in there so unless you are professionally taught with using a retrievable ophthalmoscope I would definitely be taking your darling to your vet where they can mildly tranquiise
Please consider the possible impacts of putting medications that are not designed for ears into ears. There are several medications that are known to be ototoxic (hurt the ear structures and therefore the hearing). I am sure that medications designed for other body parts have not been evaluated for ototoxic properties.
Not a vet but a nurse practitioner
Thank you so much about the cotton balls.im trying this tonight. My Shih Zu ear smells Terrible. Dr. gave me meds that help only for a night. Best remedies ate at home. Thank you everyone for the inputs
Is there a pill for yeast in my puppy's ears instead of ointment?
By Dee Dee from Easton, MD
Either use Zymox Ear Treatment that can be found in pet stores or mix your own concoction of Blue Power Ear Wash. You can find the recipe on this website or do a google search on the name. Many dog breeders use this as it's inexpensive to make and works great on long ear pets. I use it on my own dogs and they've never had an ear infection.
Is organic coconut oil good to treat my dogs yeast infection in his ear
I gave my dog fish oil, one teaspoon, twice a week, and it has cleared up his fungal ear infections. Prior to this I used an anti fungal cream whenever his ears smelled bad. That worked but he hated it. He has floppy ears so I cut some areas of fur beneath the opening to his ears to let some air in. I also let the fur on the tips of his ear grow long enough so that both fur tips can be clipped together on top of his head from time to time to let more air in. Fungus likes dampness so try to keep the inside of his ears as dry as possible. If your dog is scratching his ears a lot from the fungal infection they will get raw, red and painful. I used cortisone ointment inside each ear, which cleared up the redness within a half hour. Try to keep his nails cut or put socks on his rear legs, held on with Velcro, until you think the infection has cleared. I've only just started the fish oil. So far so good. Good luck.
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What amount of vinegar and rubbing alcohol do you use for yeast infection in dogs' ears?
By Kate from West Leyden, N.Y.
I used lactobacillus granules, a dietary supplement made by BD. It's usually used to avoid yeast infection in humans, taken orally. But for the dog I mixed it with about a half tblsp water. I waited for granules to melt, then drew it up in a syringe and placed half the liquid in each ear, one at a time. Make sure the liquid doesn't come out of the ear by holding the dog's head sideways. Pull and move the ear around to get it down into the ear canal. I had to do this a couple of times. By the next morning her ears were clear of the colored wax, the next day her ears weren't juicy anymore. (11/15/2010)
My rescue, Indie, an English Pointer had this body and ear odour which we figured was an yeast infection, due to Valley fever and antibiotics given to him for an entire month to treat bronchitis. I started him on a cup of yoghurt with a teaspoon of turmeric whipped in it and his odour was almost gone within two days. (12/23/2010)
My Labrador dogs have constant yeast infections in their ears, paws, and mouth. I have tried antibiotics, anti-fungals, and steroids, but I want something natural that will take care of the problem permanently without side effects. Thanks.
By Motita from Springfield, VA
My dog has been battling a yeast infection on his skin. We started with allergy tests and then shots. Within a few months he was so much worse that my husband and I decided it was not the way to go. Someone at PetSmart told me their dog was on allergy shots for 3 yrs and was not much better. We decided to look for a more natural product. After searching, I found products called enzymes and talked to someone at the enzyme.com phone number I found.
After a few months, the fur was thick and silky. His skin cleared up quite a bit. I expect his skin and fur to keep improving and I can't say enough about the products. There is a yeast kit that you get for around $100.00, but it lasts you for 6 months. (04/27/2010)
Motita, the antibiotics your dog got could make the yeast infection worse. Antibiotics are known for making the condition worse. (04/27/2010)
Pro-biotic Pearls. You can get them in the vitamin section at Walmart, or at a Nutrition Store. They work great. (04/27/2010)
I've heard of using diluted vinegar. (04/28/2010)
#1) Plain Yogurt: Use plain yogurt with no sugar added. This is what I've used for years for my yeast infections "down there" so I see no reason why it wouldn't also work for your dog's ears. Make sure the yogurt has live and active cultures! I would warm it up a tiny bit just before you use it. Only warm it a tiny bit, because if it's heated beyond body temperature it will kill the live cultures and do no good at all. Room temp might be okay, but you don't want the cold to bother your dog and have him hate it! Just use about a half teaspoon in each ear twice daily.
#2) Liquid Acidophiles: If the yogurt sounds a little weird, then go to a Health Food Store and buy some liquid acidophilus. It's in a brown quart-sized bottle in the refrigerated section of the health food store. To apply it, just use a clean eye-dropper each time you apply the liquid to your pets ears (once or twice a day). If it were me, I'd clean the eye-droppers off after every use with soap and water then use alcohol too. I would use a different eyedropper for each ear so you don't spread the yeast-infection from one ear to the other and mark them with a L and a R (right and left). Don't buy capsules or powdered Acidophiles, they aren't as effective as the liquid is! and be sure to keep the Acidophiles refrigerated! It comes in strawberry and Plain, obviously, you want the plain!
#3) Wet Pet Food: Another thing I would do is switch your pet off of dried food and give him or her wet food. This is because dry dog food has carbohydrates (to bind the kibble together and as a filler) which turn into sugar and help feed the yeast. Look for a brand of pet food with the least carbohydrates, especially while the infection is going on. I feed my cat a teaspoon of plain yogurt twice a day... You should also add plain yogurt to your dogs food!
Beware: They are now selling "plain" yogurt, (without any flavor added) but are adding sugar to some brands... Read the ingredients and make sure there is no sugar added! All milk has a milk-sugar in it (lactose), but you don't want any added sugar or corn syrup, this would only make the yeast-infection worse! (04/28/2010)
I swore my newfie lab had mites so off to the vet we went they did a quick swab and took a look under a micro scope, it was just a build up of a naturally occurring yeast. gave me a bottle of Epi-otic (avail at a pet store too-and much cheaper) to clean his ears, and a small bottle of a burros hydro cortisone total med bill at a pharmacy of 25$ drops twice a day, and clean ears every 2 days. Now we just go to petsmart and save 100$. (04/29/2010)
My dogs suffered terrible yeast infections and it cost a small fortune to keep paying out for antibiotics at the vet. I started using natural remedies some time ago. (05/03/2010)
By John Parker
We had great luck with the vinegar, alcohol, and water solution. One day turnaround compared to 1 week on Mometamax which was messy and ineffective. I find that using a slender tampon dipped in the solution works great for cleaning. Then follow up with a dry tampon for drying the ear canal. Nothing gets left behind and the shape is perfect for my big Goldens. (05/27/2010)
Feed the dog yogurt daily in addition to his normal food. It is helpful in preventing yeast infections in ears, etc. I have friends at the dog park who have labs with this ear, eye, etc. infections. Since feeding yogurt daily, the infections have lessened greatly. They don't have them nearly as often, and they are easier to get rid of. Good luck. Be sure to clean your dog's ears with a mix of warm vinegar and water (not hot) weekly. This is a good preventative for infections. I use it for my GSD, my husky/wolf, and my beagle mix. They never have ear infections. (05/30/2010)
Thank you all for the info. I have been battling yeast infection in my dog's ears for years. The vet recommended rice and lamb dry dog food and this has helped but never got rid of the infections completely. I have put my dog on the yogurt and cleaned the ears with the alcohol and vinegar solution and also bought the Zymox with otic hc 1.0%. With these three my poor dog is finally rid of the yeast infections. It did take 2-3 weeks. I now only add yogurt to food and watch her ears weekly and if I see signs of any infections I start on the alcohol and vinegar and Zymox. I have spend a lot of money at the vets for treatment nothing worked and it always came back worse than before. This is so inexpensive and works. Thank you all for the great advice and I like the fact that this is more natural. My dog Skye thanks you too. (06/28/2010)
I clean my dog's ears once a week with a product called Malacetic Otic. It is excellent. (07/02/2010)
My vet prescribed probiotic chews for my dog. She gave us IAMS prescription ones but there are others available from online pet supplies. One of my dogs became very symptomatic because of yeast build up that I had to put her on Duck and Potato limited diet food among other prescription drugs, most of which have been discontinued at this point. I will probably get the non-prescription probiotics in the future. (07/30/2010)
I took Molly (Basset Hound) to the vet because I thought she had ear mites and I could not get rid of them. The vet told me it was yeast. She advised me to take white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and mix 1 to 1 and clean her ears.
My dogs have a yeast infection in their ears. I need a natural way to treat it. No money to go to the vet.
My 1 1/2 year old mutt is continually getting yeast infections in her ears. The ointment we get from the vet is very expensive and was wondering if anyone knew of a home remedy.