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Does Your Dog Have Stinky Ears?
Saturday, 04 August 2007
Does your dog smell like dirty socks, and the smell is coming from his ears? He may have an yeast infection. Dogs with down ears, especially in the hot, humid summer, are more likely to get ear yeast infections than other times of the year.

Yeast infections are especially itchy, crusty, and smelly. The problem with a down ear is that it allows the ears to trap, moisture, debris and ear wax. Any of these conditions can lead to ear infections, and often yeast infections. Up to 80 percent of ear problems in dogs are linked to allergies.

Often a dog starts with a rash or with simple itching but the skin thickens to an “elephant” skin appearance. The itch is extreme and the odor can be especially troublesome. Parts of the body or the entire body can be affected. Mostly dogs are affected but cats can get yeast infections as well. Yeasts are the spore-like forms of fungi; Malessezia dermatitis is a fungal infection of the skin. Some animals are battling seborrhea (excessive oil production of the skin) and thus are naturally predisposed to the yeast proliferation. Some animals are actually allergic to the yeasts themselves.

Signs of an ear infection
These are the signs of an ear infection in your dog or cat:

– Pet shakes head or holds it to one side.
– Pet scratches or rubs ears or rubs his head on surfaces.
– There is a yellow, brown or black discharge in one or both ears.
– Ears smell foul like rotten eggs or stinky socks, and are tender or red.

If your dog has these symptoms, most veterinarians recommend using a vinegar dilution to rinse and gently cleanse the ears.

Always consult with your veterinarian before giving your dog any treatment. The vinegar removes dirt and debris and helps restore a healthy chemical balance in the ears. Diluted vinegar works well. When using vinegar, pour a small amount into the ear canal, massage the area, then gently wipe the inside of the ear with a cotton ball. Do this once a day until the ear is better.

It's also beneficial to air your dog's ears out.  Trim or pluck hair inside the ears periodically to allow more air to get inside. Some people use a doggy bandana or soft doggy hat to gently hold the ears up. Never force a dog's ears in an awkward position though.

If your dog exibites head tilting, clumsiness, walking in circles or drooping eyes, then it's time to get to a vet ASAP. These are signs of an inner-ear infection and must be treated by a vet.

Here are some ear products that may be useful in curing a dog's ear yeast infection:

Spa Dog Botanicals Ear & Breath Care Set ()

Spa Dog Botanicals Ear & Breath Care Set ()

Everything you need to keep your pet's breath smelling fresh and ears smelling sweet. Kit includes Natural Breath Drops and Natural Ear Care. Both can be used daily. Natural Breath Drops 2 oz. Antiseptic and germicidal. For every dog, to help with fresh breath and digestion. Created with our licorice extract blend which includes cinnamon, clove , peppermint, lemon, ginger and others. Try a drop in water or under the tongue daily. Natural Ear Care 2 oz. One of our most popular products has been reformulated to offer even better effectiveness in fighting ear infection and keeping ears smelling sweet. Can be used daily.Our ear care includes apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel, bay laurel and balm mint extracts blended with our signature combination of botanicals including rosemary, geranium, ylang-ylang and camphor. Paraben free.

Gimborn Step 3 R-7 Drying Ear Cream for Dogs & Cats (4 oz.; 4 oz.)

Gimborn Step 3 R-7 Drying Ear Cream for Dogs & Cats (4 oz.; 4 oz.)

Step 1-2-3 Ear Cleaning System for Dogs & Cats (Each product sold separately)Step 1 R-7 Ear Powder Helps remove hair from ear canalHelps keep the ears dry and reduce odorContains Rosin Grip which improves grip and reduces slippage when removing problem hairStep 2 R-7 Ear CleanerQuickly and thoroughly cleans earsReduces odorsRemoves DebrisStep 3 R-7 Drying Ear CreamHelps keep ears dry and reduce odorExcellent for Spaniels and dogs that hunt or swim




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