Dog with Yeast Infection in Ears... HELP!!!

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  1. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    My dad has a beagle he found as a stray a year ago. I had just gotten a puppy and insisted his stray go to the vet and get checked out before stepping foot in the house. Our local vet back in TX checked him out, gave him his standard shots and said the dog had a yeast infection deep in his ear canal. He gave us some medicine and said we were to put 2 drops in each ear 3 times a day. Otherwise the dog was fine. I wish now we had saved that bottle. The problem seemed like it went away but since we moved to FL the dog has had problems with his ears again. He is constantly scratching and rubbing them and he makes moaning and groaning noises as he does so. Another vet gave us the (surprise) diagnosis of a yeast infection deep in the ear canal. He charged us twice as much as our original vet just for the office visit and said they would have to put the dog under, use a probe to explore the ear canal and see how bad the infection was, and THEN they could prescribe a medicine. This vet is talking several hundred dollars to take care of the dog's ears. We've tried all kinds of OTC ear medicines for dogs and people. We've used peroxide, combinations of alcohol and mixing the medications but so far nothing has worked. Does anyone have any advice or ideas of something we can try at home? So far we've just been cleaning the dogs ears everyday to help relieve some of the irritation. THANKS!
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Okay...I know amoxicillin is often used for kids with ear infections, and has been prescribed for my dog before for another ailment, so could you try that for a while??? First State Veterinary Supply sells amoxicillin caplets (250 mg). You might give it a try [​IMG]
     
  3. Jamie_Dog_Trainer

    Jamie_Dog_Trainer Songster

    Jul 8, 2008
    Washington State
    The Vet that wants to put the dog under is actually saving you money in the long run. Deep, chronic ear infections often, eventually, have to be cleaned out surgically anyhow. I have seen it lots of times. Dogs coming in with infection after infection, deep, deep in the ear. After a couple years treating the normal way they finally put the dog under to rupture the ear drum membrane and clean the infected (pus) fluid out by suction. It works well if it is a thorough. However after this much damage has been done the dogs are often left with having to remove the ear drum and close the ear canal in order to keep the dog from suffering.

    If your new Vet looked in the ear and suspects the infection is brewing behind the membrane that is why he/she is suggesting such an invasive procedure.

    Now, with all that said....

    Often yeast infections in the ears happen from food sensitivities and allergies. What are you feeding your dog. A grain free diet is what usually works, though sometimes it is a meat allergy that keeps the ears infliamed and yeasty. Corn, wheat, chicken, lamb, brewers yeast and rice are all common culprits of dog allergies and yeasty ears.
     
  4. Slinkytoys

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    Vinegar. Which will hurt like hell, but does kill the yeast. You can dilute it a bit with deionized water, then dust the ear with some medicated ear powder. It should help.
    You may also try another vet.
    Slinky
     
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:I have the same problem! I have been trying the vinegar and water dilution but dont know the dilution formula-can you help?? It never seemed to hurt him to do it at all-he sorta rolls his head when I do it but no crying in pain??

    I have the vet drops to use daily for a week but then it just returns a few days after I stop treatment-its calledOTIBIOTIC Ointment from Butler Co. 15 g tube whiteish thick gel in it??
     
  6. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    Try over the counter yeast cream, you know, for athele's feet, women's yeast infections, etc. Years ago I used to breed shar-pei, they were famous for ear infections, some were yeast infections, usually you could smell the yeast ones. The breeders would all use the OTC generic form of gyne lotrimin. Not sure if it will get deep down in there, but it is worth a try.
     
  7. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Virginia
    Ok I have a poodle that I had been self treating for a couple of summer's.He had ear mite's.A friend of mine came over to groom and and she had worked in a Vet's office when she was younger.I had heard about yeast infection's in dog's before.She said outer ear looked like yeast infection.I looked up some stuff online and found this med.It's called ZYMOX.I think I bought it from Dr.Foster's& Smith website.They have it at petmed's.com too.But I paid less.You could look around online for best price. But I put this in and within a WEEK. his ear's started clearing up.I only had to treat him a couple time's and it worked Great for me after battling the smelly mite's and the dry yellow skin combo on outter ear's.His was bad.You might want to try it. here is link to petmeds about the stuff.Well I just looked it up on Dr Foster &Smith and I dont see it there now. BUt it's a little more on some site's.But it worked for my dog.

    http://www.1800petmeds.com/Zymox+Otic+with+Hydrocortisone-prod10622.html
     
  8. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Mine has to be a yeast infection-poor buddy-it smells bad-I clean his ears every other night and the cotton balls are full of brown wet gunk-pee yoooo... I dug the ear meds out from the vets again- and used it after I cleaned them so If I am religious with it 2x a day I hope it clears up this time...
     
  9. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I'm going through the same thing with my dog right now... *sigh*
    We just picked up the meds from the vets...but it never seems to clear it up... [​IMG]
     
  10. sonew123

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    Quote:I know! I hate it -its so gross and he scratches alot at his ears-I also shaved him down yesterday for the Summer-hes a cocker spaniel-I shaved really close to his ears to allow air in there-I heard that should help too? anyone knwo if this is true??
     

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