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Ear yeast infections

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by CAPSULECORP, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. My APBT/Leopard mix keeps getting these damn ear infections. They are annoying the hell out of her, I've gone to the vet about it once he put her on an antibiotic it sort of went away but came back. ANyone have any helpful advice, I'd rather not resort to the vet I don't want my dog on antibiotics. Anyone have any good holistic remedies?
    Right now shes just scratching at the ear maybe abt 8 times a day. Truth be told she wouldn't mind if I didn't do anything about it but I do. I half way expect it to go away on its own, my dog is that bad ass.
  2. ElJay

    ElJay Premium Member Premium Member

    that's weird that he would put her on an antibiotic for a yeast infection. should have put her on an antifungal. sure it's a yeast infection?
  3. he said yeast infection in her ear, its obviously some type of ear infection theres a little black crust and redness and a slightly foul odor. For the time being I've been cleaning it with ACV.
  4. sunbeam

    sunbeam CH Dog

  5. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    I went through this with one of my dogs.....Yes the vet told me was yeast did ear swabs, and had a "round cell"...precribed ear drops and celephlexin(sp?)....came back 2 times next vet prescribed this oily ear stuff and celephlexin....the oily stuff worked. She also had it on her legs, belly etc. I used mens anti-fungal(like tinactin), if you talk to the pharmacist at target he will tell you the one with the strongest active ingredient(can't recall the name), and I recall the target brand cream had it in it. This cleared it up externally, but not sure if it is ok for ear use.
  6. chinasmom

    chinasmom CH Dog

    May sound like a stupid ? but do you bath her a lot or does she go swimming? I have one that gets it when water gets in her ears. And it is red and inflamed with black stuff in it. I use drops and it's usually clear in 2 to 3 days. Don't have the name of it cause I threw the box away, but it's a yellow looking oil based drop. Really does the trick. I would question the vet and ask for some drops...
  7. For yeasty ear infections you want to buy or make some Blue Power.

    16 Oz. bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol (standard 70%)
    4 Tablespoons of Boric Acid Powder
    16 Drops of Gentian Violet Solution 1%
    Mix together in alcohol bottle and shake well.
    You will need to shake solution every time you use it to disperse the Boric Acid Powder.
    Purchase a flexible plastic bottle with the opening at the top so that the solution may be
    gently squeezed out and dispense solution to affected ears. The ideal is a hair-dye bottle
    available at a pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc, or a beauty supply store.

    1) Evaluate condition of ears before treating and if very inflamed and sore:
    do not attempt to pull hair or clean out ear at all. Just flush and then wait until
    inflammation has subsided, which will be about two days.

    2) Warm the solution (as instructed above) and shake the bottle each time before
    using it for treatment,.

    3) Flood the ear with solution (gently squirt bottle).

    4) Massage gently to the count of 60, wipe with a tissue.

    5) On first treatment: flood the ear twice, wipe with a tissue, and leave alone without

    6) The dog will shake out the excess, which can be wiped with a tissue.

    Note: the Gentian Violet does stain fabrics, etc. so you may want to wear gloves.

    The SCHEDULE of treatment is as follows:

    • Treat TWICE a day for the first week to two weeks, depending upon severity
    of ears.

    • After the second or third day you can clean out the ear with a Q-tip or cotton
    balls (see caution below).

    • Treat ONCE a day for the next 1-2 weeks.

    • Treat ONCE a month (or even less frequently, depending on the dog).

    Caution: When using a Q-tip, only insert it as far into the ear canal as you can actually see. Use care to prevent the gunk from falling down into the ear canal.

    Note: All of these ingredients should be available at a pharmacy, and some will special order items for you. One brand of the Gentian Violet 1% solution is "Humco" and the one ounce bottle typically sells for slightly over $3. It is called an "Antiseptic First Aid Antiinfective". The Boric Acid powder in the 4 ounce size typically sells for about $3.25 and is usually in stock at the pharmacy.
  8. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    Thanks for that info Adivina.
  9. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member

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  10. There's a home remedy that is not painful to the dog if inflammation is bad or severe, go to any grocery store and buy Plain Yogurt, place it in a 6cc syringe and dispense about 3cc's to each ear, message to work it down in the canal, it will stop the yeast from growing, you can also give the dog plain yogurt orally everyday to lessen the ear infections, about 1/4 cup a day would be appropriate. Also apple cider vinegar from the health food store (Not grocery store ACV), once inflammation has subsided with plain yogurt use apple cider vinegar.....will clear it right up. Caution, ACV is terrible stinky, so maybe do this outside.
  11. gregory

    gregory Pup

    the vet gave me the same stuff they give women for yeast infections that one a day yeast infection pill. worked great. kept it away for almost a year.don't remember the name.
  12. Cynthia

    Cynthia Top Dog

    You have to be VERY careful with chronic ear infections. It can cause the ear canal to close up completely and calcify (hardening). The dog needs to be on a topical ointment.

    Also the reason why most infections do not clear up is because they were stopped to early. You also have to be careful of resistant infections. And you can get that by treating and not using the correct medication.

    Antihistamines will help. Dogs release histamines in their ears and feet when they have allergies.

    Do not mess around with this. It can cost your dog their hearing. Suck it up spend the money and take the dog to the vet and get the proper medication.
  13. Thanks everyone, good info Cynthia I think I will go to the vet I'm not neglectful if I come off that way. Theres no inflammation that I can tell of and she doesn't seem to be in any pain the ear doesn't look to bad but I guess I better play it safe. I was just trying to see if I could get rid of it on my own.
  14. Cynthia

    Cynthia Top Dog

    Minor things yes you can take care of at home. 2 things I do not play with that is ears and eyes.

    I have seen some NASTY ears in the years in Vet Med. I have seen some that needed a total ear canal ablation (removed the ear canal). Because of chronic ear infections.

    Ear infections are very common we see about 5 or so a day. The thing with ear infections is that many clients do not come back for the recheck. Or they think the ears look better so they do not come back. And that is where most of the problem is. The ear infection has not totally cleared and they clients stop treatment. That just sets the environment for resistant infections.

    Ears are a perfect environment for yeast and bacteria. Warm, moist, and dark. Antihistamines help. Like Benedryl and others.

    Just get them rechecked and go from there.
  15. beanieman

    beanieman Banned

    i had a dog that used to have that every couple of months
    My Ved said it was a chronic ear infection that wil keep on coming back.
    He gave me an ointment for it.
    Used it for 7 days, then every other day build it down to 1 time a week.
    Kept doing that and she never had it again
  16. JamesT

    JamesT Top Dog

    You aren't feeding the dog any brewers yeast,or anything of that sort are you?
  17. Ragingstorm

    Ragingstorm Big Dog

    One of my dogs suffers with ear infections which come back after every 3-4 months. The vet was charging me ridiculous amounts of money for anti-biotics, steroid injections and ear drops which didnt seem to work, so I tried an anti-bacterial ear cleaner for dogs and that seems to be the best and normally clears her ear up in about 3 applications.
    The one I use has been manufactured in England, but im pretty sure any anti-bacterial dog ear cleaner would be worth a try.
  18. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Is all boric acid the same ?
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  19. don't no.but I use something with triclosan with added antibacterial prosperties..........whatever that is lol..and it works fine.but it's expensive..and there's probably something else that will work.but I just stuck to this.as it works for me.
  20. wicked13

    wicked13 Top Dog

    Cool I was making the blue power mix for the ears but a thought occurred to me if boric acid is the same no matter what use it's for humco sell it and so does roach powder if it is the same then great . I'm always with the mindset of give the man a fish or teach em to fish kinda thing .and if I can make it I can make enough for a life time of ears
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