Using Monistat as a Dog Ear Yeast Infection Treatment

October 14, 2019
Alternative Medicines


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Monistat is safe for dogs, but contact your vet before using.

Monistat is an over-the-counter (OTC) product that you can easily find at most drugstores. It is known for being a yeast infection cream purchased without a prescription. It effectively eliminates yeast infections because of its active ingredient, miconazole. When your dog continues to scratch at its ears for extended periods, it’s possible your pup has an ear infection. Ear infections come in many shapes and sizes of which one variety is a yeast ear infection.  How do you know? Often the odor is a good clue, the ears smell badly like old Frito chips.  Monistat is messy to use and although it is commonly used by women, the active ingredient in Monistat is also safe for dogs. When used correctly, you can often clear the yeast infection from your dog’s ears by using a combination of this topical cream along with hydrocortisone cream. Monistat averages around $12 for a mere ounce and a half whereas Hydrocortisone runs about $11 per ounce.

Before using the Monistat/Hydrocortisone combo, contact your veterinarian to see if this treatment is appropriate for your pup. If you decide that you are unable or can’t afford to visit your veterinarian for treatment, you can follow these simple directions to treat your dog with the Monistat combo cream. Be sure to mix the Monistat cream with hydrocortisone cream. 

How to mix the Monistat Cream with Hydrocortisone Cream for use

You should use the same amount of both creams. The reason you want to add Hydrocortisone cream to the Monistat cream is that it (hydrocortisone) will help relieve your dog’s excessive itchiness.

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When mixing, use the same amount of Monistat & Hydrocortisone Cream

After combining the two creams, you will notice it has a thick consistency. Add several drops of water to the blend of these two creams to make it slightly thinner, add it to a dropper, and then carefully squirt the mixture into your dog’s ears

Use this home remedy treatment for a week to get rid of the yeast infection for good. If the problem does not subside despite the constant use of  Monistat /hydrocortisone cream combo, you’ll need to bring your dog to the veterinarian’s office.

Do make sure you are using Monistat when selecting an over-the-counter cream to treat your dog’s yeast infection. Do not mistake this product for another product on the market, such as Vagisil. While Vagisil relieves itching, it is not formulated to eliminate fungus (yeast is a fungus), so it’s not at all useful for your dog’s yeast infection.

Types of Dog Ear Infections

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Ear size does matter when it comes to an ear yeast infection.

As we mentioned earlier, when your dog continues to scratch its ears for extended periods, it’s possible your pup has an ear infection. Or it may be his paws or toes that he is gnawing or biting. Yeast infections are not limited to any particular area. When it comes to the ear, infections can occur in many varieties and cause great discomfort and angst to your best friend! Examples of infections are ear mites, bacteria, and fungus all of which can cause different types of infections and need different treatments! Then there is the breed/genetic component. Some breeds of dogs simply have large, floppy ears that have a diminished airflow. Due to the size (generally large) and subsequent diminished ventilation, these types of ears lead to build-up of excess ear moisture. This build-up of humidity accompanied by the warmth of your dog’s ear creates the perfect storm for fungus growth. 

Yeast is a form of fungus that can inhabit your dog’s ear. This fungus irritates your dog making his ears extremely itchy and causes a literal stink.  Some say that it smells of Frito chips; some say it just plain reeks. And, dogs are dogs, if it itches, she scratches!! Luckily you can manage this problem with a simple solution.  Don’t delay! A canine ear yeast infection can become much more complicated and expensive in a hurry if it’s allowed to fester. 

Is there anything Better than Monistat for a Dog Ear Yeast Infection?

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Banixx is the best antimicrobial treatment for ear yeast infections.

Thankfully yes! If you are trying to avoid a visit to your veterinarian, there is an over-the-counter treatment that we highly recommend because it works!  It may be time for you to give Banixx Pet Care a try. Banixx is available from most local pet stores or, easily, online at Chewy, Amazon, Jeffers Pet or Valley VetAdditionally, dog owners can use the spray to treat so much more than ear infections. Banixx is not only an effective treatment for dog ear yeast infections, but also hotspots, ringworm, skin yeast infections, wounds, and dry itchy skin. Add to this, it’s not only anti-fungal (think..Yeast) but also a splendid anti-bacterial solution.

Banixx is simple and easy to use.  It’s easy on your pet; it doesn’t stress them! It has no sting or burn. Your dog will greatly appreciate it has no smell. This is so important because we all know how well dogs sniff out a scent! Scented products trigger their olfactory radar, making the application process difficult due to their fear. Banixx is the best antimicrobial treatment for ear yeast infections. If, on the other hand, this ear infection is long-standing then it’s most likely that you will need veterinary intervention and medication to kick the healing into gear.

How does Banixx Work?

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Banixx 8 oz Pet Spray

Banixx is a topical solution that works by controlling the pH level of the infection. Simply, its very presence creates an environment that is totally hostile to the growth of bacteria or fungus. Then, unlike other canine medicine products that are available, Banixx has absolutely no smell.  Your dog will greatly appreciate this aspect, considering his nose is 1,000 times more sensitive than our own.

Banixx also doesn’t burn or sting your dog when you apply it, so they don’t fear the application. This is so important when one considers that a dog will do anything they can to avoid a medicine that stings and burns when you put it on him.

However, this all being said, if you are treating your pup and getting no results after a week or two of consistent treatment then you will need to take her to your veterinarian.  As we said, ear infections come in many shapes and sizes and your pup may have something that needs a stronger, systemic intervention.

In Summary

In summary, the Monistat-Hydrocortisone combination treatment cost is around $25 minimum (with tax) and it will be used up in one week. It’s very messy and likely your dog will get the cream combo on our furniture and carpets.  Banixx Pet Care (8 fluid ounces) cost is $15 on average. You only need to use a partial bottle to clear up your dog’s ears. There is no mess, no fuss, no burn, no odor and it’s cost-effective for you!

We hope you found this article helpful and if your dog ever gets any cuts, abrasions, ear infections or hot spots, we hope you keep Banixx Pet Care in mind. Go to our dog page to learn more about keeping your dog happy and healthy! For example, have you ever wondered how long a do can go without peeing or why your dog pees on your bed? Yep, we’ve got all that covered…and more!!

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