Best Dog Ear Yeast Infection Treatment
Perhaps you have no idea what a dog ear yeast infection looks like, well if your feline friend is itchy especially on the ears and paws then you are probably looking right at it. Yeast! There is no need to fret or fear, yeast infections are quite common especially during hot and humid seasons such as the summer or spring time.
Yeast is a single celled fungus that reproduces through a process known as budding. There are hundreds of species of yeast that exist, although the species that is responsible for most dog infections is known as Mellasezia species.
Signs and Symptoms
Some of the signs and symptoms that are most commonly identified by dog owners are:
- Ear scratching – this is one of the most common symptoms and is easily noticeable.
- Head Shaking – your furry friend isn’t shaking its head to tell you no. It may look like the cutest thing ever but this could be an indication of itchy ears.
- Swollen ears – this may be hard to spot , but is a possible occurrence.
- Unpleasant pungent smell and/or discharge – this is one of the symptoms that is really hard to ignore, usually occurs spontaneously and becomes worse with time.
These symptoms may often be confused to be like those of an allergic reaction because they are similar. The best way to eliminate any doubts is to go see a veterinarian so that a proper diagnosis may be established. It is important to note that if your dog is tilting its head to one side abs cries when the ear is touched this could mean that it is infected and immediate medical attention should be sought.
Research has shown that dogs with floppy ears are at higher risk of getting yeast infections when compared to dogs with erect ears. Why you may ask , well this is simply because the floppy ears provide an ideal environment for yeast to grow. Yeast thrives in warm, dark, humid environments and that is why it is very important that after a bath or a swim outer parts should be thoroughly dried. Diet;food contains high sugar and grain content,Weakened immune system; probably due to stress or disease and use of antibiotics and steroids have all been shown to be causes of yeast infections in dogs.
Don’t you worry though , this is not the end there is a wide variety of treatments and management methods that can be applied to help your furry friend. The veterinarian will probably prescribe a topical anti-fungal cream or ointment especially if the infection is on the outer ear, if for some reason the infection is in the middle, systemic medication will be administered meaning either an injection or tablets. It is important to note that the ear is very sensitive and delicate and hence sprays and harsh chemicals should be avoided at all cost, nobody would want to cause more harm than good.
Studies suggest that owners invest in a good anti-fungal shampoo, preferably a natural on as well and use it on a regular basis to prevent occurrence. Diet changes may be applied as well as supplementation of probiotics and digestive enzymes to build the immunity of the dog. Home remedies include apple cider vinegar, yogurt and coconut oil; used to prevent drying of the skin.
Yeast infections are common and can be manages and most importantly prevented. Regular check ups for discharge,odor and swelling, ensuring that the dogs paws and ears are completely dry after a swim or bath and asking groomers to trim or tweeze the hair in the opening of your best friends ears would help both you and him/her and prevent a lot of unwanted stress and pain. Stay well, stay yeast free.