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Old 12-13-2015, 10:08 AM
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Dog has recurring yeast infection

My stepdad's dog Jules has had a recurring yeast infection in her ears and paws for the past four months. She has been to the vet twice and they put her on antibiotics both times. The meds made it go away but as soon as she was taken off it would start to come back within two weeks. I asked my vet if there was anything that we could do or if there was something that was causing them. She told me that some dog's are more prone to it than others and no one really knows why. So I started reading up on it and seeing if there was anything we could do at home since my vet didn't seem to want to offer any other advice other than to put her back on meds. Each time she has to go back on meds we have to take her back in and have her retested to make sure its a yeast infection and not something else. Each visit was almost $300 and my parents just can not afford that every few months.

After reading up on it we have made some changes for her but I would like some more information and if we can do anything else for her without having to have her on meds constantly. Also if anyone knows of any treatments to help get rid of a yeast infection cause she is starting to flare back up again.

The first thing we did was change her food to Nutro Natural Choice High Protein Grain Free Salmon with Chickpeas. We have also been limiting her time outside since our backyard is pretty much dirt and we live in the woods so we have a lot of pollen. All of which I read can aggravate a yeast infection(is this true?) I have also started to clean her ears and paws off when she comes back inside and wipe them down with apple cider vinegar. I read that giving a Apple Cider Vinegar bath and feeding her yogurt will help and my stepdad wants to start that today so I was wanting to know if this will actually work?

We had hoped that after this last round of meds that it would go away, cause that is how the vet made it sound. Sadly it only lasted a few weeks and she started to shake her head again. It seems to get worse when we have rainy weather but what we are doing seems to have helped a little bit or it may be wishful thinking on my part. It's only been about a week since we started making all of these changes so I know it may take awhile.

Just any advice on this is welcome at this point because I feel so bad for her but I am doing what I can without taking her to the vet cause it's just not going to happen this month if it gets really bad.
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Just any advice on this is welcome at this point because I feel so bad for her but I am doing what I can without taking her to the vet cause it's just not going to happen this month if it gets really bad.
I would not limit the time out side because exercise is important to a health dog. I truly don't believe out doors can hurt. I have a remedy that worked for my hound. My vet said the same thing about dogs being susceptible, he told me to get used to the treatment. I went in search of something curative. This is what I found that actually worked. Pellitol is no longer available but this article tells you where to get the replacement. Read in the article how to use it. It was very easy. Just put ear powder in and squeeze the ointment in and give the ears a good rub and leave it for a week. I did it two times because I could still smell a little yeasty smell but after the second week there has been no infection at all for over 5 years. I still use the drying powder when he swims or is bathed to make sure there is no moisture. I also changed his food to a grain free but I chose Zignature, it a little higher quality than Nutro.
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She still gets plenty of exercise just not in our backyard. We take her out front or to a local dog park where its more grassy than dirt. I will read up on that article thank you��.
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To get the alternative it says you have to have a vet prescribe it and I'm not sure if my vet will. I can only get one of them cause it says they don't ship the other one to Arkansas. She is shaking less today after I cleaned her ears out last night. We are having a lot of rain right now so that is not helping.
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To get the alternative it says you have to have a vet prescribe it and I'm not sure if my vet will. I can only get one of them cause it says they don't ship the other one to Arkansas. She is shaking less today after I cleaned her ears out last night. We are having a lot of rain right now so that is not helping.
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Yes you do need a prescription. I don't know why a vet would not give it to you. If your vet wont go to another vet and ask. The ear powder you should be able to get ant any pet store.
It is prescribed for infection so your vet should not have a problem with it.
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I will talk to my vet about it Wednesday when Rocky goes in and if she won't then I will try the other vet in town.
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I forgot to add this, there is some good info here.
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If I were you, I would switch to a grain free food with fewer carbs. Taste of the Wild is a less expensive one. Carbs feed the yeast and so reducing them may help.
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