What Causes Yeast Infection In Dogs Ears And How To Treat It
What causes yeast infection in dogs ears?
Yeast infection is a condition caused by overgrowth population of yeast. This species of yeast are actually normal inhabitants of the ears or skin.
The overpopulating of yeast cause infections in areas where it normally resides.
This condition can occur when your dog’s immune system is compromised and especially in hot, humid environment.
Symptoms of yeast infection in dogs ears
You might notice your dog scratching his ear or rubbing it. The symptoms include intense itchiness or inflammation around the ears.
Also, sometimes followed with greasy coat or hair loss as well as yellowish green, foul-smelling discharge.
Brown, redness or bloody discharge. Sometimes swelling, crusts or scabs on inside of the outer ear.
These symptoms may indicate that your dog might need to have his ears checked by your vet.
How to treat yeast infection in dogs ears
Clean your dog’s ears with a gentle cleanser. Avoid using alcohol or other solutions that can have irritating effects to inflamed skin.
One of the effective ways to clean your dog’s ears is to fill the ear canal with a cleaning solution. Use an appropriate-sized cotton ball, place it in the ear canal opening. Then gently and carefully massage the ear at the base.
Try to do it as comfortable as possible for your dog so he can tolerate it until you finished. You can clean the ear several times until the cotton ball comes out fairly clean.
After you clean the ear canal, allow it to dry for about 5 to 10 minutes.
The cotton ball can serve several functions:
- As a lid to allow the cleaning solution to go back and forth in the canal
- It cleans and holds onto debris in your dog’s ears as it come up
- The cotton ball absorbs any excess solution in your dog’s ear
Treatment can be vary depend on the dog’s condition, severity of the infection or perhaps some conditions regarding the ears.
Consult your veterinarian for a check-up and rechecks. Depending on the diagnostics, your vet might prescribe a topical antifungal cream or ointment, or special cleanser and ear-drying solutions. In some cases, oral medications might be recommended such as antibiotics, anti-yeast or inflammatory.