Your Dog’s Health

dog's health, dog ear mites, dog ear yeast infections

We all love our dogs! So when your pooch suffers from any ailment, it effects the whole family. Here you can learn how to help your dog with ear mites, yeast infections, learn how to clean their ears and when to take them to the vet. There are even home remedies to try to save a little money and stress of taking your dog to the vet. We care about the health of your dog and want to be there for you to answer any questions you may have.

My Dogs

In my lifetime, I’ve owned 5 dogs: a Poodle, a German Shephard, a Chocolate Lab, a Lab/Bull Terrier Mix, and my latest dog, an Australian Shephard/Lab Mix.  I have loved all these dogs equally, each with a  different demeanor and personality.  So I’ve experienced some health issues in the past, needless to say.  🙂  My latest dog, her name is Dessa, and she loves to catch a frisbee mid air, and is an excellent retriever – a retriever of tennis balls – not ducks!   But when she contracted an ear infection, I noticed something was different when she began shaking her head, not listening to me when I called and not being her normal, jovial self.

To See the Vet or Not?  That is the Question

I began doing some research on ear mites verses yeast infections and from what I found, she definitely had a yeast infection.  I also proceeded to research home remedies as going to the vet can get quite costly.  Let me tell you, there are a lot of different home remedies you can do that work very well.  Some of them being: Oregano Oil, Coconut Oil, Mullein Garlic Oil, Calendula Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic,  and Maluka Honey.  There are different ways to use all of these products and I included a graph below to help you decide what to try. 

home remedy for dog ear infectionsMy sister has a dog, Jack, that was constantly licking into the air and always licking his paws.  All she would do was yell at him to stop and he would, but only for a few seconds.  So I instructed her to try a grain-free food, since allergies sometimes are caused by grain in a dog’s food.  Well, it worked.  Jack has since stopped licking in the air, stopping a lot of ridicule from all the other dogs in the house.  lol

Dogs with floppy ears are more prone to ear infections due to the moist, darkness of their ears.  Yeast likes to grow in these such areas.  It’s natural for dogs to have a small amount of yeast on their bodies, but anything in excess is never good.  It’s important that you rectify this problem quickly before it gets out of control.  If the home remedies do not do the trick, then it is time to take your pooch to the vet – they may need something stronger in the form of medication.

Location of Infection

Yeast infection can show up in various places on your dog – paws, rear, skin, eyes and the most common, the ears.  When it’s on their skin, you will notice them scratching more and you might see patches of hair loss and redness.  When it’s on their paws, they will most likely be licking their paws a lot.  Process of elimination will help you determine the cause of the yeast growing on your dog.  Change their food, change their shampoo, even the outside environment could be a contributing factor.  Watch your dog carefully.  And remember to seek medical advice if he’s not getting better.