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Cantas 02-07-2010 09:55 AM

I just picked Fletcher up from the groomers, and she told me he had yeast in his ears, that that was what the smell I told her about was coming from (I had asked her to really clean his ears for me). Fletch is a 65 lb collie/shephard mix with ears that stand up. I tried to call my vet as soon as I picked him up, but they close at noon and I missed them by 4 minutes. Grrr...

Anyone know of an over the counter tx that can get him thru the weekend?

SomebodyElse 02-07-2010 10:00 AM

Yes, get one of those ointments for women's vaginal yeast infections, the kind that only needs one treatment, not the ones that take 5 to 7 days. I had a dog that got those on a chronic basis for months, until I switched him to a raw diet, and those saved me lots of money over what the vet will cost, til he finally stopped getting them.

mlp 02-07-2010 11:10 AM

Like SomebodyElse, it's been my experience that yeast infections in ears, if they're recurring, are generally linked to food allergies*. Toby, my lab mix, gets a yeast infection if he gets just a small amount of corn. The dogs get homecooked, but on the few occasions when I buy commercial food, I have to avoid most brands because they contain corn.

Corn gives a lot of animals problems of various kinds, and it's the predominant ingredient in most commercial foods.

*Some cold weather breeds, with ears that "seal" themselves against the cold, are prone to yeast infections in more temperate climates, uless regularly cleaned and kept dry.

Cantas 02-07-2010 01:30 PM

Here's my boy. Thanks for the advice. I know Fletcher has had skin allergies in the past, but I thought I'd found the right food for him. Oh well. Back to the drawing board. and I will go tonight for OTC yeast cream. Thank you so much. I guess I should just smear around in his ears? That seems like it might be dangerous. Am I paranoid?

SomebodyElse 02-07-2010 01:51 PM

Get the kind that comes in an apllicator, kind of like a tampon applicator, and get the tip as close to the ear canal as you can. Then just push the plunger. The plunger won't get into his ear. You need to get it to go into his ear canal though, which just smearing around won't do. Dogs' ear canals have a bend in them, unlike humans, so get it as close as you can. After dispensing, gently massage the rigid tube you can locate just under his ear. I had to do this several times with mine, and it never hurt him.

cheekywhiskers 02-07-2010 10:00 PM

There's no way your groomer can be sure that your dog has a yeast infection without looking at the sample microscopicly, plus your dog could also have bacterial in there as well. If your groomer did a good job cleaning the ears you should be ok til you take your dog to the vet. Do not start medicating the ears with anything over the counter. Some products can cause nerve deafness and balance problems (falling over and nausea) if the ear drum is ruptured. For the same reason you should not use old ear medications without consulting your vet first. Gentamyacin is the most common one, but not the only one.

While everyone loves to blame the grains for allergies, bad skin, etc. According to vet dermatologists, beef and dairy are the most common allergies. This doens't mean grains are all good, just they're not as bad as they are made out to be. You can try sensitive skin formulas of food, they tend to have one protein and one carb source. It make take 8-12 wks for the foods to have good effect on reducing ear infections. I have see dog allergic to carrots and sweet potatoes also, so just because a diet is supposed to be good for the skin, doesn't mean you dog won't be allergic to it.

The only home remedy I would recommend to do until you get to the vet is wash the ears with a mild (1:10) vinegar solution and don't put anything in there 24+hrs before you take him in. Your vet should do a cytology to make sure there's no bacteria, and if there is, recommend a culture and antibiotics.

I have seen yeasty wax buildup that is not an infection and ones that look like a yest infection be partly or mostly bacterial. I've also had routine cultures come back with some really odd stuff. One dog had an infection that required daily injections for 2wks! Ouch!!!

Cantas 02-10-2010 05:47 PM

Thanks cheekywhiskers!! That was a lot of useful information.

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