My son, Brad loves dogs and in fact, he occasionally breeds them for some easy cash. He posts them on forums on the internet and some online selling sites like Craigslist. He has two beautiful, majestic and muscular Rottweilers named Boom and Cookie. He often spends time with them at the park for training and exercise; sometimes, for socializing with dogs around our area. His wife jokes often than he loves his dogs more than himself, which Brad just laughs off as sometimes it may be true. Brad shared with me that he spends hundreds of dollars for their food, leashes, treats, vitamins and dog shampoos.
I remembered last time when his dogs became sick as they had a yeast allergy in their ears. The dogs kept scratching their ears until they bleed, it must be really that itchy. He hadn’t encountered this before, so he was worried about them. I told him that there’s a veterinary clinic few blocks away so he need not to worry so much as I’ve heard many good things about the veterinarian there. The doctor told us that it’s pretty common for dogs to have infection inside their ears. That made my son a bit calmer.
Dog ear problems always have something to do with food allergies or something they inhaled or contacted with their skin. The ear problem may be the symptom of the allergy. Since allergies changes the environment inside their ears, we sometimes see secondary infections with bacteria, yeast or both. If we simply handle the ear infection, we are not going to the source of the problem. Treating the allergy is also a must.
Yeast allergies in the ears of dogs occur when there’s a bacterial infection, a polyp or a tumor, or a punctured eardrum. Typically, dogs have a normal and healthy number of yeast in their bodies like humans, but when their immune system drops down dramatically, it may lead to yeast overgrowth or yeast infection. Signs and symptoms include scratches and wounds on the ear and pungent smells reminiscent of a moldy bread or a cheese flavored popcorn.
The dog’s diet must be drastically changed completely to get rid of the yeast infection. As we all know, yeast feeds on sugar, so let’s avoid feeding the dog carbohydrates for now. Examples of carbohydrates include rice, corn, bread, potatoes, pasta, yams, anything sweet, etc.
An allergy medicine for dogs can be a combination of anti-fungal and anti-biotic cream or ointment which is best recommended for yeast infections as it is directly applied into the infected area, which often has dramatic and positive results. This works through the action of the anti-fungal enzymes that completely break up the waxes and discharges inside the ears. Oral medicines such as antihistamines and steroids may also be used if itch and inflammation doesn’t go away easily. You also have to clean the dog’s ears regularly and make sure there are no ear waxes left inside as it may further aggravate the condition.
Brad was so happy that the condition and the treatment isn’t complicated. He was told to apply the cream two times a day for a week or so, until the pungent odor completely goes away. I hope, Brad’s dogs are now going to be itch free for the coming days ahead.