How do you treat a yeast infection on a female dog? Let’s Explore

Topical Treatment for Ear Yeast Infections

Veterinary Partner says yeast infections are the most common types of ear infections in dogs. The treatment for these itchy ears include cleaning out debris and medicating the infected skin in the ear canal. Vets may recommend a medicated ear wash that helps break up buildup and scale back the amount of yeast. Your vet may also prescribe a medicated ointment or solution to apply after cleaning. Ear washes and medications usually come in the form of a bottled solution that you squeeze into your dogs ears. This is easier said than done, and you might need a second person to help. Your pup will probably not be too excited about having liquid squirted into their already itchy ear, so follow your vets specific instructions for how to administer the treatment at home.

Once youve applied the liquid solution into your dogs ears, youll massage the base of the ears to distribute the medicine. If your dog isnt too fond of the treatment, try distracting him with treats to help get the right amount of the liquid into the ears.

What are yeast infections in dogs?

A yeast infection occurs when there is an overabundance of yeast found on the body of a dog. Yeasts are budding, spore-like forms of fungi that typically live on the body without causing illness. It is only when their numbers grow that they cause issues.

How to tell the difference between ear mites and yeast infection

Yeast infections in dogs’ ears typically result in head shaking and rubbing, itching, odor, redness, and brown discharge. Ear mites in dogs have many of the same symptoms, however, there are a few slight differences. Ear mites cause a dark discharge from the ear that can be waxy or crusty. Ear mites are also barely visible to the naked eye, extremely itchy, and very contagious to other animals. If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your vet so they can determine whether it’s a yeast infection or ear mites and the best option for treatment.

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