How to Treat Yeast
1. Make a ear cleaning/treating cleanser at home.
– 200 ml of Green Tea ( ie 3/4 cup of green tea), I prefer tea leaves, but you can use a tea bag. Allow it to cool.
– Add in 50 ml ( 3 tablespoons) of Apple Cider Vinegar.
You can use this twice daily for 5-7 days, as needed. Keep it covered in the fridge, and it will last at least 30 days. You will only need 1-2 tspns to clean the ear.
Here you are squirting the mixture in the ear, rubbing the base of the ear to loosen the debris/infection, and wiping excess out with a cotton ball.
IF your dog has open wounds in the ear, avoid the ACV and only use the Green Tea.
2. Topical antifungal cream.
Another option is to pick up an OTC antifungal cream of the drug Clotrimazole- this is the meds used to treat most dog ear infections in veterinary ear products. A 1% clotrimazole cream of 30g only costs approx $10, and may last you for a year, vs the $30 vet one which lasts a week.
This is ideal if your dog is getting recurring yeast infections, and you want a less expensive vet option.
Most of these ear infections are red/inflamed, so it is nice to deal with the inflammation without using a steroid such as Prednisone.
I would suggest Curcumin, safe and effective to give long term.
CURCUMIN. 95% curcuminoids can be very helpful to decrease the level of itching and ear inflammation. The dose is 100mg/10lbs of body weight daily, but give capsules as stains everything orange!
Deal With the Underlying Allergy
Most dogs with recurring ear infections have an underlying allergy. There are 2 things I suggest.
FATTY ACIDS. These are a must for any allergy that triggers recurring ear infections. Flax seed, oil or fish oil. I advise therapeutic doses of EFA’s at 1000mg per 10lbs daily. That means giving your dog 1 tablespoon of Flax Oil/40 lbs daily.
ALLERGY DIET. For pets that get recurring ear infections it is important to try a less allergenic diet. It should include a completely different protein with minimal added ingredients. This MUST be fed for 12 weeks. At least do a 6 week Food Trial as most dogs will respond by then. I have had good results with Fish and Sweet Potato.
If your dog has a recurring ear infection, I suggest you follow some of these steps to finally stopping it at home.