If a dog is rubbing their ear or if they are tilting their head this can be a sign of an ear infection that is caused by the growth of yeast. Yeast ear infections are common and the yeast itself is easy to treat. This ear infection may sometimes be associated with another condition such as allergies, a polyp in the ear canal, a ruptured eardrum, or something may be trapped in the year. It is important to take care of the yeast ear infection as it can be painful for the dog and may eventually lead to the dog become deaf.
This is one of the best ways to clean out a yeast ear infection in a dog. White vinegar will help bring the pH levels of the ears back to where they should be and will make the ear an unfavorable environment for yeast to grow. Vinegar should never be applied directly to the ear as this can cause pain. White vinegar may be mixed with water and put into a spray bottle. This mixture is then sprayed on the ear to kill the yeast.
This is an over the counter ear cleaner that is designed for use on dogs with ear infections. This cleaner has been shown to be effective at killing the years without side effects.
Some dogs are allergic to dog food that contains a high amount of wheat, grains, and fillers. Many forms of inexpensive dog foods have fillers in them. The dog can be having an adverse reaction and too much yeast can be building up in their system. The yeast will exit the body through the ear canal leading to ear infections. Look for dog food that does not contain wheat. Try foods that are made with high-quality ingredients including lean proteins.
Keep the Ear Dry
If the dog likes to swim that is fine but be sure to dry off the ears including the inside once the dog is done. If water is left in the ear this can make it a favorable environment for yeast to grow and thrive. Pet shampoo should also be washed out of the ear so it does not lead to an infection.
Probiotics will help the dog’s digestive system and will help kill the yeast in the digestive track so it does not become a problem. There are supplements that can be added to their food. When looking to get probiotics for the dog look for one that contains 10 different strains of live probiotics. It is best to get powered probiotics work well for dogs because it can be put right in their food or baked into homemade dog treats.
Antibiotics and Washes
If the ear infection is intense it may be time to bring the dog to the vet. The vet can prescribe a topical antibiotic that can be applied right to the ear. They may also prescribe an ear wash to clean the ear and to keep the yeast from coming back.
Coconut oil can be used to treat the infection and it is made with a number of triglycerides that are used to help get rid of yeast. Coconut oil has antiviral and antifungal properties as well. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the ear as a topical treatment. Coconut oil can also be added to the dog’s diet. The dog should be given a teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10 pounds of body weight of the dog. Start off slowly though so the dog will not have loose stool.
Oil of Oregano
This is another natural supplement that can be added to the dog’s diet to help fight off a yeast infection in their ear. This oil has strong antifungal properties. This oil needs to be diluted in olive oil. It will help boost the immune system and keep excessive yeast from developing, to begin with.
These are some ways to get rid of yeast ear infections in the dog. When purchasing pet supplies such as food, toys, and a dog stain vacuum cleaner, it is best to add some ear wash to this list. Ear infections can be painful so it is best to treat them right away.
At last, always keep your dog protected against fleas, even when you go outside, keep it inside the mesh sided carrier backpack with you.