Is your dog miserable as he tries to lick, bite, and scratch at his own skin? Maybe he has a hot spot. This is an inflamed area of skin that is very itchy and painful, and is usually found on the neck, chest, or flank. If your poor dog does have it, you don’t need to take him to the vet. There are ways you can treat the infected area at home. You can clean the wound, dress the wound, and try to make your dog forget about the wound.
You want to try to catch it early because it can grow quite fast. It might be the size of a quarter in the morning, but by the time evening comes it might have grown to the size of a tennis ball. Secondary infections can also occur, so pay attention to your dog’s behaviour, watching for anything out of the ordinary so you can start treatment right away.
What You Need
Here is what you are going to need to treat the problem:
- scissors, or a razor-salt
- green or black tea bags
Trim The Area
First, you are going to have to trim or shave the area around the sore. This will help you as you clean and dress it, and will also expose it to fresh air. If you don’t trim or shave around the hot spot, the hair will get stuck in it and make it worse.
Clean The Wound
Next, clean the sore. You can do this with a saltwater mixture, about a teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl of warm water. Soak a cloth in the mixture, then put the cloth over it. This will help to bring down swelling and remove the pus.
Dress The Wound
Then give your dog some tea. Not really! But green and black tea do contain tannic acid that will help to relieve sores. What you need to do is to dip a tea bag in hot water. Take it out and let it cool. Then place it on the hot spot for a few minutes. This will also dry it out, which is good because you want to try to keep it dry and clean at all times. Continue to dresssing with the tea bags a few times a day until it starts to heal.
The hardest part might be getting your dog not to bite or scratch the spot. If he does, he will just make the wound worse. So keep your dog occupied with lots of activities to make him forget about the itchy spot. I know a dog who would love to have a hot spot if it meant I would throw a ball with her all day long. Your dog will be thrilled to have all of your attention. You can also apply witch hazel to soothe the itching.
If you don’t do either of those things you might have to use the dreaded Elizabethan collar. Although it might make you laugh to see your dog in on of those things, it isn’t easy to make him happy while wearing it.
If the hot spot doesn’t respond to this home remedy, or if it starts to get worse, take him to the vet to get a stronger topical solution to deal with the infection.
No one wants to see their dog suffer. If the hot spot is really painful and itchy, take the time to trim the area, disinfect the sore, and dress the wound. Your dog will be so grateful and will be your friend for life.Read Article →
Yeast infections in dogs are a relatively common problem. However anyone who has ever had a pet suffer from one knows that the discomfort they experience is anything but common. They are agonizingly itchy for a dog, and they may respond by unending scratching, rubbing on the floor or furniture, licking, and even biting at their skin.
However, the good news is that there are many home remedies that can be used to give quick, effective relief and healing to your dog. In this article, we will discuss a few of the causes, the symptoms, and how to treat your dog with effective home remedies.
Yeast infections occur when the body’s yeast reproduction cycle occurs too frequently and gets out of control. When this happens, the yeast organisms can begin to multiply on the dog’s skin surface, causing extreme discomfort. If you suspect your dog might be infected, it’s a good idea to take him to your family vet to be sure. The vet can help you identify the cause of your pet’s infection.
Some of the potential causes can include:
- Use of antibiotics
- Recent illness, injury, or infection
- Some breeds are more susceptible to than others.
If you suspect your dog may be suffering, your vet can help you begin to narrow down the possible causes so that you can make lifestyle or food changes. This may reduce the likelihood that it will return.
The symptoms can appear in various areas of their bodies. These can include: in the ears, on the neck, under the armpits, between the pads on the paw, in the anal area, mouth, or nose. Affected areas itch intensely, so one of the most obvious symptoms is frantic scratching, rubbing, biting, or licking themselves.
Other symptoms can include:
- Irritation or inflammation of the skin in the affected area
- Scaly skin
- Oily or greasy skin or coat
- Unpleasant odor on skin
- Smelly discharge coming from affected area
- Behavioral changes
If you notice these symptoms in your pet, it’s a good idea to take them to your vet. They may recommend one of the home remedies described in the next section. They can also rule out other issues.
Although yeast infections are terribly uncomfortable for your pet, the good news is that they are also easy to treat, especially if caught early. Often a combination of these recommendations can bring swift relief for your dog. A good way to both treat and prevent yeast infections is with acidophilus, a probiotic commonly found in yogurt. Acidophilus can be purchased in liquid, capsule, and powdered forms at many grocery or health food stores.
Mixing acidophilus into your dog’s food each day is a simple way to use this probiotic. The website www.vetinfo.com recommends using 2-4 Tbsp. of acidophilus daily for small dogs, while using 1/4 to 1/2 cup for larger breeds. Acidophilus is very healthy and safe to use, so there is really no need to worry about giving your dog too much.
Another highly effective – and simple – remedy is with apple cider vinegar (ACV), which can be ingested, but it can also be applied directly to the affected area. This can bring quick relief if your dog is experiencing extreme discomfort. To use ACV by ingesting it, mix 1-2 Tbsp. into your dog’s water daily. As with acidophilus, this can serve as both a treatment and a prevention, so it is safe to use daily. It is recommended to buy a high quality, raw brand such as Bragg’s or another similar brand. Some dogs don’t like drinking water with ACV in it. If you notice this is the case, try mixing a small amount into their food instead.
To use ACV topically, mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of ACV. Spray the affected area and allow it to dry completely. If your dog’s feet are infected, soak their paws in the 50/50 mixture for a few minutes before drying the area completely with a towel.
Another remedy for infected feet is an epsom salt bath. Run an inch or two of warm water in the bathtub and dissolve about 1/4 cup of epsom salts in the water. Do not allow your dog to drink this water, but have her stand in the water for a few minutes once per day. After the bath, be sure to dry between the pads of her feet well.
These home remedies are just some of the safe and effective remedies for getting rid of the yeast infection. We hope that after reading this article you feel better prepared to recognize the causes and symptoms, as well as be able to quickly and effectively treat it, and bring comfort and relief to your dog.Read Article →
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.Read Article →
Ear mites are a highly contagious, pesky little parasite that largely affect cats and dogs. While it may be difficult to tell from afar, your pet could be infested with these tiny, crab-like nuisances. So if you discover that your cat does have mites, how can you treat it at home?
How Can I Be Sure My Cat Has Mites?
If you notice that your cat has the symptoms of ear mites, you can take a sample of the wax and inspect it for any movement that indicates mites are present. To do this, remove some of the wax from your cat’s ear canal using a cotton ball. It is important that you do not use a q-tip to do this, as any sudden movements or slips can result in ear damage. Smear the wax on a dark surface (such as a dark piece of paper) and examine it under a bright light. If you can see any movement within the wax, your cat has mites. If you can not see any wax in your cat’s ear, gently massage behind her ear at the base. If she scratches at her ear it is a good indicator she has mites.
How Can I Treat Them?
There are several steps in treating ear mites, and the process can take up to a month.
- Remove as many of the mites as possible – You can do this using an oil, such as olive oil, mineral oil or almond oil. You can also use an ear cleaning solution from your local pet supply store. It is a good idea to make sure the oil is warm (not hot) before administering it, this will make the debris easier to remove.- Place a few drops of warm oil into the ear canal and gently massage to dislodge the mites and wax.- Use a cotton ball or tissue to clean debris from the ear canal.
- Administer an ear miticide – Use a product with Pyrethrins as the active ingredient. It is a natural insecticide and is found in your local pet supply store.- Place a few drops into your cat’s ear and massage gently. Be sure to wipe away any excess.- You may have to do this for 3-4 weeks depending on the product you choose. It is important that you continue to do this, as the mites will have laid eggs that can survive in the ear for up to 21 days after the initial application. Failure to kill all mites will result in another flare up, and you will have to go through the process again.
- Preventing Reinfection – If your cat still has mites or symptoms of mites after 3-4 weeks, take her to see a vet- Treat your cat with Selamectin and Fipronil (for her back paws) to prevent fleas, mites, ticks, lice and other parasites.
It is important that you follow the steps carefully and remember to treat all pets in your home when one gets ear mites. You should also try to keep an eye on your cat and watch for signs of any damage from the mites. While it is a long process, your cat will surely thank you in the long run.Read Article →
There are a variety of treatments for ear mites to choose from. You can order from online sellers for quick and easy delivery direct to your home. You may even be able to make up a home remedy from items you already have. Make sure you do some research before choosing the best remedy for your cat(s).
First step is proper diagnosis from a vet as an incorrect diagnosis could mean the wrong treatment is used. The mites are too small to see without a magnifying instrument. Untreated, it can spread all over your cat, be very uncomfortable, pass to other animals and even cause hearing loss. Don’t worry though the parasite cannot survive long on humans!
- ear scratching
- blood in ear canal
- white dots (may actually be the mites)
- balance problems
- unpleasant odor from ear
- flattened ears
- dark wax that resembles coffee grounds
Debris (dried blood and wax) from the ear needs to be removed before any treatment can be effective. Cotton wool soaked in mineral oil works well and should be discarded carefully. Note: use multiple swabs to prevent reinfection. Your cat will also need to be washed in an anti-parasite shampoo. Some cats love baths but most do not so prepare for resistance! A shampoo containing pyrethrin (natural compound extracted from chrysanthemum flowers) is a good choice.
There are a large number of brand name anti-parasite treatments on the market. Treatment is usually with drops applied directly into the clean ear daily for a month. The mites have a life cycle of 21 days so you want to make sure you get them all including the eggs and prevent an ongoing infestation.
A natural home remedy can be just as effective as chemical treatments.
To make a potent garlic oil chop up four gloves of garlic, place in a small container and cover with olive oil. Leave overnight and strain. Warming the oil to body temperature will be more comfortable for your cat. Place a couple of drops in each ear, twice daily, gently massaging the oil into all parts to get all the eggs and mites. Repeat daily for at least 21 days. Garlic has anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. The oil smothers the mites and can be removed with cotton swabs. Caution: garlic oil should not be used if the ear drum is perforated – check with your vet.
Lavender and tea tree essential oils have natural properties that can assist in the treatment. However, use caution as if inhaled they can make your cat sick. Essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil before applying into the ear of your cat. Reported problems around the web have generally been when owners used the oils undiluted.
Preventative treatments when applied regularly following the instructions can prevent an infestation returning. May be drops or tablet form for crushing in to food. My cats always ate round their tablets if I didn’t crush them! To prevent the spread to other animals all bedding should be thoroughly washed. Cleaning ears regularly with garlic olive or a mineral oil and cotton swabs will also help prevent reinfection. These mites love wax!
- Seek a professional diagnosis if your cat has some or all of the symptoms listed
- Treat with ear drops or natural oil remedies
- Wash cat in anti-parasite shampoo
- Clean bedding and check other animals
- Reduce the risk of re-infestation by cleaning ears regularly with an oil e.g. mineral or warm olive oil
- Use preventative drops or tablets