Anyone with a pet knows how expensive vet’s fees are. And if the problem recurs you feel like you’ve thrown your money down the drain.

Skin disorders can be incredibly uncomfortable for dogs. My dog has recently been suffering from a skin disorder which I first thought to be a skin yeast infection – a problem he has had before but in his ears.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever playing —gr8dnes (Flickr.com)

His extreme scratching quickly became severe so I took him to the vet who diagnosed a form of eczema and prescribed tablets to clear it up – however, they had no effect. Take two at the vet. This time dermatitis was diagnosed and further medication prescribed – again, no effect. The skin disorder prevailed and I was given various different medicines in attempts to find something that would work. This continued for about a year in all, with my poor dog having to wear a cone round his neck to keep him from damaging himself.

At a full body check-up the vet found that my dog had one collapsed testicle and the other swollen and atrophic.  This time the cause was simple: testicular cancer. As was the treatment: neutering. My dog recovered well from the procedure but the neutering didn’t just cure the testicular cancer – the troublesome skin disorder also went away!

Although I am extremely glad that my dog is now fully healthy and finally comfortable in his own skin, the amount of time it took to resolve the issue cost me a lot of time and money. And this isn’t uncommon for pet owners, despite having insurance.

I do not blame the vet in any way – I trust their professional judgement completely. When both of my dogs have had an ear yeast infection before the vet’s diagnosis has been exactly right, but the treatment has not been as effective.

My two Golden Retrievers love their outdoors lifestyle but after a while their ears became hot and itchy. Their protective floppy ears not only keep debris out but also keep it in if something manages to get inside. Both dogs kept shaking their heads to try and get rid of the discomfort and as it got worse their ears became smelly.

The vet prescribed antibiotics and ear drops to treat the infection and this cleared it up in about four days. It wasn’t cheap however, and about four weeks later the problem returned. As my dogs are outside a lot of the time, running about in fields and rivers, I thought this could be causing the infection. I kept a close eye on both my dogs, periodically checking their ears and making sure they didn’t go swimming. Again the problem returned.

I bought the prescribed antibiotics and ear drops again, and the infection cleared right up. Then it came back. No matter how many times I bought the medication and treated the infection, it returned. Not only that, but the continuous antibiotics were not only killing the bad bacteria causing the infection, but all the natural good bacteria that protect a dog’s health as well.

Worried for my dogs’ well-being as well as the state of my bank account, I decided to look into the issue further.

During some research into natural remedies I found that both humans and dogs have yeast in them all the time. A yeast infection (in dogs) is triggered when a dog is not well, is unhappy, has an allergic reaction, or has something in their ears. Yeast infections usually occur in the ear because it is the perfect environment for yeast to grow.

I found several natural solutions to treat yeast infections and decided to try them out. These included diluted organic apple cider vinegar and natural live probiotic yogurt and they actually worked quicker than the medication the vet had prescribed. Every couple of weeks and after walks I used these natural solutions as a preventative measure and it did keep the infection at bay, but unfortunately the problem still returned.

My dogs were happy, otherwise healthy, and their ears were clean, so I looked into allergic reactions. Again I found a link between humans and dogs, this time with the declaration of ingredients in food. Controversially, Trans fats had been omitted from human food ingredients so people didn’t know just how much fat they were eating. If this was able to happen with human food, what on earth was actually in dog food!

I did some further research into natural and anti-yeast dog foods and with the help of an animal nutritionist I managed to create a diet tailored to my dogs. They loved it and combined with regular ear cleaning it has eradicated the ear yeast infection completely.

The main thing I learned from my experience is that yeast infections do not respond fully to medications such as tablets or antibiotics. You need to get to the root of the problem which is usually an allergic reaction or a reaction to their environment.

This can be achieved through a well-balanced anti-yeast diet and an effective natural treatment to clean your dogs’ ears – like the vinegar or yogurt. This is safe to use on sensitive dogs’ ears without being intrusive. Finding the right diet will be trickiest as every dog will have individual tastes and needs. I promise that it will be completely worth it in the end though – your dogs will love it and remain healthy, happy, and hearty.

 

Author Bio:  Richard Page has been an avid dog lover and keeper for over thirty years. He is also the author of best-selling book  ”A guide to curing your dogs ear yeast infection.”

 

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