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ear infections

Last resort. We have taken our lab mix to the vet and spent tons of money to treat her ear infections that are caused by yeast. They prescribe meds to put in her ears and nothing works. I even have looked online for home remedies and nothing has worked. I have used everything from white vinegar to clean her ears, to putting garlic salt, to yeast medication for humans (monistate). We have also changed her dog food to all natural. Anyone have any suggestions on what I can try to help relieve the discomfort and hopefully clean up the infection.

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Asked by JD08 at 10:43 PM on Jan. 4, 2009 in Pets

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  • We have a Border Collie and he always has a yeast infection in one or both of his ears. It's frustrating to us also, nothing seems to work.


    Answer by Southerncharmes at 10:48 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • My dad was having the same problem with his australian shepard and spent alot of money trying to make the ear infections stop. Finally he simply tried regular hydrogen peroxide ( he would litteraly dump half the bottle into each ear and hold her head and ear in the upright possition so it could soak in real good ) he did this about three times a week for a month. This was about a year ago and his dog has not had an ear infection since. So, i don't know, it seems wierd, but it seemed to work. Well, good luck.

    Answer by Mrs_Bonsta at 11:05 PM on Jan. 4, 2009

  • try neem oil...Using a dropper, fill the ear canal with Neem Oil, then massage it in for a about a minute, then wiped off the excess with a cotton ball.
    Zymox.... this has 3 enzymes in it that attack and kill the yeast
    Look online to find a place that sells these. Hope you try one of these and it works for you. The neem oil worked for my MIL's blk lab, he has chronic ear infections.

    Answer by itsokmomshere at 2:48 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • I'm a Vet Tech and this is one of the most common probs in dogs. Do you know the name of the meds you were given, and what is the name of the dog food. Does he get these infections year round or just certain seasons? Is he painful? Did he get oral meds also? They are usually cause from some sort of allergy, not ness. food. Could be anything just like humans. Did you get a cleanser also from vet. You need something like Epi-soothe cleanser to use once daily for two weeks. Your cream was probably prescr. twice daily, be sure to finish all meds and put cream in as directed. Did the vet suggest the new food. If they are putting him on a food trial...cont.

    Answer by luvinher at 9:30 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

  • cont.. You have to use the rx stuff from them! It would be something like duck/venision. You have to give that food ONLY 100%. NO TREATS, no table scraps or anything else but that for about 90 days to see if it is in fact a food allergy.

    Answer by luvinher at 9:33 PM on Jan. 5, 2009

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