How to Treat Canine Yeast Infections

Canine yeast infections in the ear cause swelling, itching and pain. You may also see discharge oozing from the infected ear. While cleaning the ear, you will notice a sticky, waxy substance in the ear. This infection can be caused by dirty ears or because of a food allergy. First, focus on treating the infection, and then find out if the infection was caused by your dog's diet.

Ear Washes And Drops
Canine yeast infections need to be diagnosed by a vet, as the yeast infection symptoms may resemble symptoms for other ear ailments. The vet will prescribe a treatment plan, which may include an ear wash and ear drops to destroy the growing yeast.

If your dog is prescribed an ear wash and two different drops, you must wait for some time between the three treatments. Treatments are often prescribed twice per day. Douse the ear with the ear wash. Allow the dog to shake its head, which should loosen up the yeasty matter in the ear canal. Wait for 10 minutes to a half hour, depending on the type of wash prescribed. Add one set of ear drops.

Depending on the type of drops prescribed and the size of the dog's ear, you may have to get 8 to 10 drops into the ear. If a second set of drops is also prescribed, wait 10 minutes to allow the first set of drops to dry, and then add the second set of drops. You may also be prescribed oral antibiotics, and the antibiotics should be given pursuant to the vet's instructions.

Yeast Infections And Food Allergies
A food allergy is a common culprit of canine yeast infections. If the vet determines that a food allergy is the contributing factor of the yeast infection, change the dog's diet. If you feed kibble, change to a kibble without grains. If you feed raw or cooked, and there are grains in the dog's diet, remove grains. If the condition does not improve after removing grains, put the dog on an elimination diet. Start by feeding only one protein. If the condition improves or does not get worse, add another protein. Keep adding proteins. When you add a protein, and the condition re-appears or worsens, remove that protein from the dog's diet.

You can also have an allergy test done at the vet. Though the test is expensive, if the dog is on kibble, it may be worth it to determine which ingredient in the kibble is contributing to the yeast infection. Common allergens include wheat and other grains and flaxseed oil.

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