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can i use tolnaftate cream to treat a yeast infection in my

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can i use tolnaftate cream to treat a yeast infection in my dog's ear?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your question regarding Charlie. How was the yeast infection diagnosed?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
by a vet at petsmart. i just can't afford to take him to a vet at the moment......i don't know what else to do.......the stuff is like ear wax in us and it smells like s**t
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
Tolnaftate is sometimes effective for yeast on the skin of dogs, but the problem is, it's not suitable for use in the ear canals, because it's much too thick. Most ear medicines are much thinner and more watery, allowing for proper administration within the ear canals.

Something you can do at home, if you are unable to get Charlie the care he needs, is to flush the ear canal with a solution of 1/3 White vinegar and 2/3 Water. This will help to kill some of the yeast, and provide some flushing action. The vinegar provides acidity, which the yeast don't like, and hopefully that will cause some improvement in the condition.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
can i use one of those booger suckers for babies to help flush his ear out?
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
You could try that, just be careful to not use too much pressure when flushing into the ear canal. The process should be very gentle!

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