Our Pet Dogs

 I am not a doctor or veterinary.  

But I am a pet dog owner that love her dog.  

Off and on my dog will start to shake her head, creating inflamed and swollen ears.  When I'd bring her to the Vet, she would tell me my dog has yeast in her right ear.  The Vet told me she has allergies. 

Every time my dog would get wet, I was told to place some Green-Apple smelling solution in her ears to dry them up so yeast and bacteria could not grow.

Every time my dog would start to show signs of ear itchiness, I'd bring her to the Vet.  After the doctor would look at her ear cells under a microscope, she'd give us a prescription for anti-yeast medication/antibiotic and a hefty bill.  And this happened off and on through-out the year, even if she had not been in water.

Well, I started thinking about my dog's ears.  My dog's allergy seems to only affect one ear, always.  I feel allergies, food, or environment, would typically affect both ears.

My dog receives quality food and so her food may not be causing this.  Or is it?

In people, growth of yeast becomes a problem when people who consume too much sugar in their diet.

The sugar feeds the yeast!

As far as dog foods, I've noticed most of the dog food out there in the public has peas/legumes.  

(Which was linked to Canine Heart Disease.)  Peas/legumes are low glycemic foods, which means they probably aren't the problem for yeast.  Unless your dog is sensitive to peas/legumes. 

 My dog for about a week was having a lot of rich-food type gas all the time.  She also acted off.  This has never been my dog's behavior before.  Here coat also started to smell like a icky dog smell.  Her food had not changed for years.  Then I noticed on the latest food bag, the company had started to add a large amount of peas. An inexpensive filler/fiber/protein.  I immediately stopped giving her this so-called quality food.  She since has no more issues with digestion.

White rice, Brown rice, and fruit in dog food are high glycemic foods, thus can cause high blood sugar=yeast growth. Low protein and high carbohydrate foods for dogs can cause yeast problems.

Dog-treats have refined sugar and fruits are added to some.  Look close at your dog food/treats. 

And so, I started looking high and low for a better-quality dog food than what I had been giving my dog.

My regime I do for my dog, which seems to work is to:

1).  Make approximately 1 Tablespoon of salty, warm water.  I take 1-2 Tablespoons of warm water and 

       I add less than a 1/8 t. of salt.  Just enough to make a salty tasting water.

       I take a sterile gauze, I soak up all the water into it, wring it out and I go into my dog's ear and 

       clean out all the junk with this gauze.  Majority of bacteria and yeast cannot grow in the presence 

       of salt.  (It's like humans using salt water for their Netti pot.  But here, we use it for cleaning

       the ear.)  When you stick your gauze covered finger into the dog's ear, do not go in too deep 

      towards the dog's head.  You do not want to damage their ear drum.

      Take your time and wipe all the crevices.  Do this once a week.


2).  If your dog starts to shake his/her head, give them a quality (human) probiotic/prebiotic pill.

       This pill needs to be swallowed so place a dab of peanut butter on outside so the dog swallows

       it.  I do this whenever she starts to show signs of her ear causing issues.  

       The probiotic/prebiotic goes into the body and kicks butt on the yeast overgrowth and bad 

      bacteria growth in the gut.  The new, good bacteria start to grow.

      Don't be scared to give your dog one more the next day.  


3).  Make sure the ingredients in your dog food are quality.  Just because a label says it's quality, 

      doesn't mean it is.  Same goes for people foods.  Fruits are good for our dogs, but too much can 

      cause too much sugar in their diet.  (Poor teeth health and yeast growth.)  White rice, potatoes, barley, wheat, corn can all cause a large increase of sugar in the blood.  To stop yeast from growing, you need to watch the diet for added sugars or foods that are high glycemic. 

      Watch your dog for signs of sensitivities.  My dog once got into my chicken egg/manure/feather fertilizer in one of my plants.  She almost immediately started to scratch her ear.  This told me she has a sensitivity 

     towards poultry.  Her history as a pup before I bought her was the owner used to give their dogs

     frozen, raw pigeons to chew on as bones.  (Feathers and all.)  I know the dog food I was buying

      had gut bacteria added.  But it didn't seem to do the job.  Not like a probiotic/prebiotic pill did.

      I wouldn't advice using yogurt.  Dairy may not be the best choice for dogs.  Again there may be

      lots of sugar in the dairy.

I hope this can help others.  Again, I am not a Vet or a doctor.  I'm basing some of these ideas off my experience in microbiology and nutrition experience.  My dog does well with this regime.  This keeps her off antibiotics/anti-yeast medications.  Antibiotics tends to mess up the body’s good bacteria.  Thus, if good bacteria are not added back into the body, it leaves room for the bad bacteria to grow and take over.  This regime keeps her healthy, comfortable, and clean ears.

If your dog does not seem better within a day, please take your dog to the Vet.  Your dog may need a prescription of antibiotic.    

By Cynthia Bergsbaken, Reiki Master of Reiki in the Prairie LLC

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