Thursday, January 22, 2009

Yeast Infection in dog ears

Yeast infection in dog ears is one of the most common ear problems in dogs. Since yeast infection is a skin disease it is not correct to call it an ear problem, However if not properly treated it can lead to serious problems like deafness as well. Yeast infection is mostly found in dogs with floppy ears because like all bacteria the yeast infection causing bacteria also strives in wet and dark conditions. If the infection is in an outer area of the ear and clearly visible it is easy to treat it and you can safely use natural healing methods like apple cider vinegar etc. If its a more internal one then it is better to consult a veterinarian before doing any treatments yourself. Below image shows a dog with floppy ears and another one with normal ears. The floppy eared one has a higher chance of catching yeast infection in ears.
yeast infection in dog ears

Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Dog Ears

There are quite a few ways to identify whether your dog has the disease, some of them are
  • Constant scratching of the year
  • Liquid and in some cases small wounds around the year
  • Smelly ears
It is important to note that few other conditions can also show the same symptoms. However if all the above conditions are satisfied then it is more likely to be a case of yeast infection. If you are not sure it is always advisable to consult a veterinarian.

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