Dog Yeast Ear Infections: Great OTC Home Remedy

If your dog is scratching their ear, there is a ‘sweet smell from the ear, and black debris in the ear canal, then they likely have a yeast ear infection. Dr Jones shows you his most effective over the counter home remedy.

Clotrimazole, or under the brand name Canesten, is an antifungal – it cost me about $5, and lasts me a year – medication from the veterinarian can be upwards of $50!

So, how much do you give? About 1/4 of an inch of cream per 20 lbs. I will squeeze it directly into their ear, and then rub the base of their ear to spread into the ear canal.

I hope this helps – please let me know in the comments below.

11 thoughts on “Dog Yeast Ear Infections: Great OTC Home Remedy”

  1. Hi Dr. Jones!
    I have watched this video on the green tea & ACV for dogs ears. My lab/Weimaraner mix gets these infections recurrently. Vet says it’s due to allergies. I use the ear wash you recommend, it works great! Can you please tell me the name brand of the Cucurminoids supplement you recommend for allergies? I had her on Dream Coat for years which helped some, but I can no longer get it. Thanks for all you do!

  2. I am so glad I found this site. My groomer noticed a yeast infection in my mini schnauzer the day before I needed to travel out of state. I called my vet but there were no options for several weeks. I saw your article and purchased the clortrimazole. Can’t wait to see if it helps. Thank you

  3. Dr. Jones:
    As suggested in the video, for the past few days, I have been using OTC Clotrimozole to treat my hound dog’s ear (yeast) infection. It is working great.

  4. Hi, Dr. Jones,
    I have a Chihuahua who has been treated for a deep in the ear canal yeast infection. They gave him antibiotics for two weeks, and they didn’t help at all. Then they gave him steroids, which caused his weight to balloon up to 16 pounds! I started using the clotrimazole, and have been treating him every day for over a week, and it’s helped with the dizziness and head tilting, but it’s not gone yet. Is there anything else that I can do? Please help!

  5. I love this. my golden I rescued is always getting ear infections. Nothing worked. It broke my heart This saved her suffering. I love to actually see her ears infection gone. she is so so soo Happy. Now we are going to try your remedy for itching and shedding cant wait to see the results.

  6. I signed up for the email and an ebook.I am so thankful that I found this vet to help out on questions from everyone.Only time my dog Boo gets this way is during the summer months by the time winter comes its basically gone but the summer is the worst for her she has opened wounds from licking so much so my next thing I do is get my some of this antifungal cream and go to town on her ears ,her right one is the worse.

    1. Yes, can be
      You can also try other remedies we have:
      Allergy is multifactorial (ie many causes), which then requires many potential things to prevent it.

      In my opinion, a quality supplement with a variety of ant-itch products are key.

      Such as essential fatty acids, antioxidants, probiotics, colostrum

      One such option is my supplement – you can use others, but just make sure they have most of those ingredients. Mine just also happens to have higher than typical levels of ingredients, and is proving helpful for thousands of dogs.

      Excessive Paw Licking In Dogs

      Does your dog CONSTANTLY lick his paws?

      Lick. Lick. Lick.

      It can be very frustrating as a pet parent, especially when some of the things you try are not working.

      The most common cause of excessive paw licking is an underlying allergy, making the feet itchy, causing your dog to lick.

      Typically the feet become stained from the salivary pigments, so often is the dogs with white fur they become a reddish brown.

      The moisture caused by excessive foot licking between the paws can cause a secondary bacterial or yeast infection. This can actually worsen the itchiness and clinical signs.

      Allergy is defined as a hypersensitivity in which exposure to a benign protein (allergen) causes your pet’s immune system to overreact. In both people, and dogs and cats, the incidence of allergies is increasing.


      Three main possibilities: external parasites, such as fleas; food—for dogs, beef protein is the most common; environmental, from pollens to house dust mites. The immune system overreacts and causes severe itchiness.


      1. ELIMINATE the fleas. Practice regular flea control using natural methods, if possible, topical antiparasitics, if necessary.

      2. HYPOALLERGENIC FOOD TRIAL. Here you are feeding a hypoallergenic diet for ten to twelve weeks to see ifyour dog or cat’s allergic symptoms stop. This is a long time, and fortunately over 80 percent of pets respond at least partially by six weeks, although Labs and cocker spaniels usually need longer trials.

      3. THE SUPPLEMENT CONNECTION. Fatty acid supplements are very helpful in decreasing the level of inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are most important. The main point is to give a high enough dose to be effective, and the ideal dose is 1,000mg per ten pounds daily. A great, inexpensive source is flax oil; I give 1 tablespoon per fifty pounds. Other sources include primrose oil and specific veterinary supplements.

      4. FEET WASHING. Regularly washing of your dog’s paws after they come in from being outside is one of the best ways to decrease the itching; this washes off the outdoor allergens. You can use a damp cloth or put your pup in the bath.

      5. SOOTHE IT TOPICALLY. HERBAL CREAMS. There are a few herbs to consider topically: Licorice gel, chamomile cream, and topical curcumin. Licorice and curcumin ointment are herbal medications that has been successfully used to relieve the itch. Apply a thin coat twice daily to affected areas.

      6. ANTIHISTAMINES. Benadryl is the most commonly used antihistamine. It is given at a dose of 1 mg per pound of body weight, two to three times a day. It is best to consult your veterinarian before using these medications. It often takes fourteen days of using these to see if they are helping.

      7. Treat the YEAST. Yeast are often a secondary organism that grows on your dog’s skin with underlying allergies and paw licking. One option is to make your own anti-yeast wash of 1 cup of green tea, 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar – wipe your dog’s paws with this mixture twice daily. Another option is to purchase a ‘human’ OTC anti-fungal cream such as Canesten and apply that twice daily as needed.

  7. Can Clotrimozole be used on yeasty paws also? My poor fur baby suffers from yeasty paws and all her vet wants to do is give her apoquel instead of getting rid of the yeast.

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