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Have you experienced a time that you thought your dog was "especially smelly today" and wondered where the odor was coming from? If an ear infection goes untreated, it can pass through the ear canal and into the central nervous system resulting in serious illness, hearing loss, and sometimes death.
Meet Teyla, a 5-year old Jack Russell Terrier mix owned by veterinary technician Matt Sontheimer who works at our sister clinic in Tempe, Pecan Grove Veterinary Hospital. When a piece of jewelry is placed on your belly, it moves back and forth and rubs against your clothes. Very often, the belly piercing gets infected, when touching it with fingers. Make it a point to cover the belly piercing with waterproof bandage before you take bath or swim.
Being the dark and moist area, belly button is the ideal place for the growth of microorganisms. If you don’t have greenish or yellow discharge from the belly button, then you can very well remove the jewelry and give space for the belly to heal on its own. Allergies to yeast itself may also cause yeast infections, often including gas, diarrhea and stomach upset, along with overall itching. If the yeast infections are due to an allergy to the yeast itself, feeding a yeast-free diet will resolve all symptoms.
For the intense itching that accompanies many yeast infections, your vet may prescribe a short-term course of prednisone. Treating yeast infections in the ears generally requires antibiotic ear drops for 10 to 14 days.


A veterinary dermatologist will have a wider range of diagnostics and medications available than a general practitioner.
Some treatments for yeast infections include azole antifungal medications and hormone therapy, because it has been found that spayed and neutered dogs are more susceptible to allergies and skin infections (see Resources for a dermatologist and more information on current treatments).
While you should never attempt to treat or medicate a dog without guidance from your vet, there are several things you can do at home to prevent or treat yeast infections.
Vinegar will kill the yeast organism and prevent further growth by altering the pH level of the skin.
Yeast infections are more common in dogs with droopy ears, because the long ears block air circulation. To treat yeast problems in dogs, usually you can use anti-yeast shampoos and ear medications.
Holmes, whose home is shared with many cats, if your kitten is scratching at its ears it probably has ear mites.
You can consult your doctor instead of using over the counter medicines for treating such infection. When you can feel warm in the area with pus like discharge, you have to treat it immediately. Yeast overgrowth leads to ear infections, skin irritation and rashes, digestive upset and secondary medical problems like staphylococcus (staph) dermatitis, gas and bloating.
If the skin is infected, your vet may want to do a skin scraping and culture to determine exactly which yeast bacteria is responsible for the infection and to choose the best antibiotic.


Prescription shampoos containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylate are applied several times a week. Often they will disappear with a course of antibiotics only to recur as soon as treatment has stopped. According to Holly Nash, DVM, MS, it has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory and useful for itchy and allergy-prone dogs (see Resources).
Sometimes, when you are bathing in bathtubs, the water may accumulate on the jewelry and piercing area which give rise to bacterial growth. Make sure that you are doing piercing from trained professional who use sterile equipments for piercing.
You may also consider switching to a grain-free kibble,or feeding a home-cooked or raw diet.
While a visit to a veterinary dermatologist seems expensive, it may be cheaper in the long run if an effective treatment is found quickly.
As the dog's immune system fights the allergens, his skin produces excess oils, which can lead to yeast infections of the ears and skin. In the event of a flare-up, there are several effective treatments available from your veterinarian and several home remedies.



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