|Barked: Tue Jul 17, '12 3:22pm PST |
|Bailey is a two-year old English Bulldog/Boxer mix we adopted about 3 months ago. At her first wellness visit, the vet pointed out she had a pretty bad yeast infection in both ears. He didn't want to put her on antibiotics since "the bullies are so sensitive to EVERYTHING and antibiotics could cause more harm than good". He recommended we flush her ears with a 1/3 vinegar, 2/3 water mixture. Needless to say, that didn't work (since I'm posting here looking for other solutions )
I've read through all the other posts about yeast infections and I've tried everything suggested. She is fully switched over to Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck recipe -- so she's on a unique protein, grain-free food. Her treats are all grain-free. She gets a tablespoon of plain yogurt, a tablespoon of dog-specific probiotic powder, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon in her food daily. We've tried several ear washes that have done nothing but make her uncomfortable. We clean her ears daily (sometimes 2x/day) and still they're coated with reddish-brown gunk 24 hours later.
Her ears are certainly LESS nasty than they were 3 months ago -- they're no longer oozing and she doesn't yelp when her head is bumped. But they're still noticeably inflamed with yeasty gunk in them and she does still scratch and walk around shaking her head often.
Having said all this, any other suggestions would be appreciated! If we have to resort to antibiotics we will but I'm hesitant to give her meds that may or may not help and may very well cause a whole slew of other problems in the process. Thanks all!
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