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I had to take my baby in a couple months ago for a yeast infection in her left ear. got the drops did them and it was gone. well Monday, her ear was inflammed again. cleaned it, had some of the drops left so put some more in the past couple days. Does anyone else have a problem with their babies getting these? Anything else I can try to do for her?
 

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Henry suffered from awful gungy ears for the first few years of his life and it wasn't until we had the gungies cultured that we figured out it was definitely yeast, and not just "ear infections" as he had been treated for.

A grain-free diet will definitely be beneficial. Also:
The foods to cut back or eliminate include:
- All grains, including rice and pasta
- Starchy vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, yams, winter squash, corn and green peas.
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (which is alkaline, while white vinegar is acidic)
- Large amounts of dairy products
- Fruits
from http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/scratching-and-itching-could-it-be-yeast/

At the time I was using a LOT of cut-up baby carrots as training treats, which were also contributing to his yeast issues.

Good luck!
 

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Some labs will get them alot because of their flappy ears they don't get air down in there to dry them out so it's a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria. First they need to find out exactly what kind of infection it is yeast or bacterial they should do a culture to find out for sure. If this is only the second one I wouldn't jump to changing food yet unless you want to because of other reasons. I would try another round of treatment maybe with a different medication. I used Zymox with Mocha and it worked really good. Others on here swear by the purple stuff. http://www.woodhavenlabs.com/ears.html
Sometime you just don't get it all the first time and there is still some way down in the ear that after a few weeks starts the infection again. If it keeps coming back I would change food for sure but sometimes that can cause other issues and I wouldn't want to make the situation more difficult by switching when you don't know the cause is the food.
 

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We dealt with yeasty ears for the first year....one ear worse than the other for some reason. It was really a stubborn thing to treat, and I figured she was going to be prone to these forever. Anyway she hasn't had a problem for a couple of years now.....nothing that needed to be treated with antibiotics. We keep a close watch and use cleaner when necessary....which is usually about once a month at this point. By doing this I think we are catching the problem before it takes off. The cleaner itself can be a bit irritating for her (and she hates having the drops put in), so I try not to use it anymore than we need to. Did your Vet recommend anything other than the original treatment?
 

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My poor pup gets a ear problem every once in a while, right now he has one in his left ear and it is always the same one. does anyone have any reccommendations or treatments they suggest? i feel so bad for him!
 

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My male lab gets yesty ears from any chicken kibble, so he's on lamb and does fine. He rarely gets a yeast infection now, depends sometimes on the weather too with him
 

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My 3-year old Maggie Mae has had a history of yeast infections in her ears. Fortunately, it's been several months since she had an ear problem. But with the rainy season here in California she has a yeast infection on her paws and belly/groin area. She was licking her paws and other parts like crazy. I took her to the Vet and he gave her some pills and a shampoo. I was worried when she first started the ear infections that she had a food allergy. She and our chihuahua are now fed California Natural Lamb & Rice dog food becuase it has few ingredients. Are there any ideas for me on how to prevent the yeast infections? Change food again? I eat yogurt every day to prevent yeast infections when taking anti-biotics. This may be a dumb questions, but would feeding her yogurt help at all?
 

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Grain free diets aren't for every dog. Rhys who had never ever had a bad ear all of a sudden popped up with one after 3 weeks on the Orijen.

Get it cleared up, and keep it from coming back, that's the best way.
 

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Grain Free NOT for puppies !

I was told this about a month ago, when I wanted to switch my Bella
to grain free to hopefully help with her poop eating and yeasty ears.
I was told the calcium and protein contents were too high for a pup.
Bella had to have her ears flushed at the vet (under anesthesia). Then
I was to clean and med her ears for a week and come back for an ear
check. Same for another week, was told she is clear and to just clean
the ears with a gentle wash twice a week to stay ahead of it, and it is
working. I also am giving her 1 TBSP ACV once a day. (someone here told
me that too !)
 

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Re: Grain Free NOT for puppies !

bearbuddymarie said:
I was told this about a month ago, when I wanted to switch my Bella
to grain free to hopefully help with her poop eating and yeasty ears.
I was told the calcium and protein contents were too high for a pup.
Bella had to have her ears flushed at the vet (under anesthesia). Then
I was to clean and med her ears for a week and come back for an ear
check. Same for another week, was told she is clear and to just clean
the ears with a gentle wash twice a week to stay ahead of it, and it is
working. I also am giving her 1 TBSP ACV once a day. (someone here told
me that too !)
There are grain free diets with appropriate calcium/phosphorus levels for pups. Orijen is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.
 

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I have a male lab, Butch, he is 5 1/2 years old. He has had chronic ear infections, we cleaned them 2-3 times a week, switched food, etc. etc.

We recently had surgery done on both his ears where they resect the ear. He had a lot of little "nooks and crannies" in his ears, difficult to totally clean and because of his flop ear, it just never seemed to clear up.

I can say I wish I had given him surgery at an earlier age. He is great now and he has more energy. I was so afraid of giving him surgery, but it was wonderful. He was a chronic ear infection dog, this isn't recommended for everyone, but if this is your dog, my opinion was it was great! He has clean ears now and we just clean as needed.
 

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I would be giving apple cider viniger 1 tbsp daily in food with water added to help ward off yeast. Also find a food with no corn, wheat, soy as these can contribute. Depending on the dog, any grain can.

You may want to go with organic ACV but I have always used Heinz or the like.
 

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Definitely culture the ears before treating. :)

henrysmom said:
Henry suffered from awful gungy ears for the first few years of his life and it wasn't until we had the gungies cultured that we figured out it was definitely yeast, and not just "ear infections" as he had been treated for.

A grain-free diet will definitely be beneficial. Also:
The foods to cut back or eliminate include:
- All grains, including rice and pasta
- Starchy vegetables, such as carrots, potatoes, yams, winter squash, corn and green peas.
- Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (which is alkaline, while white vinegar is acidic)
- Large amounts of dairy products
- Fruits
from http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/scratching-and-itching-could-it-be-yeast/

At the time I was using a LOT of cut-up baby carrots as training treats, which were also contributing to his yeast issues.

Good luck!
Interesting - b-naturals says cut out ACV from the diet, while others say add it. My own vet recommends a dilute (white) vinegar solution, but IN the ear, not swallowed.
 

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Our Shadow had problems with yeast infections in one ear only. Poor girl, we'd get one cleared up and a couple of weeks later it was back. She also licked and chewed at her feet a lot. We took her off all wheat and corn (NOT grain-free) and the problems stopped. Make sure that you read EVERY label before you buy any kind of treats, as 95% of them have wheat or flour as a main ingredient. That also means making sure she gets no food scraps with wheat or corn, too - like bread, pizza crust, etc. The food we found was Solid Gold Wolf King, they also make Wolf Cub for large-breed puppies.
 
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