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.