Can Monistat Treat Your Dog's Ear Infection?

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Itchy, Swollen Ears in Dogs and No Vet Available

Many people wonder if you can treat your dog's ear infection with Monistat, and the answer might just surprise you. One day, our dog Jessi started vigorously flapping her ears and scratching one ear in particular. We gently folded back the ear in question and saw a round, red blotch on the underside of her ear. She had just finished up treatment for ringworm, so I assumed it was a ringworm lesion that had been left untreated. We applied a bit of the ringworm topical to the red spot and went to bed.

Jessi Showed Signs of an Ear Infection

The next morning, we applied the ringworm topical again. That evening, Jessi was scratching her ear and shaking her head. The inside of the ear had become inflamed and brownish in color; it was also swollen down into the ear cavity, though the red spot was no longer visible. We wiped her ear using dog-safe ear-cleaning pads, and a bunch of brown, waxy gunk came out.

Jessi Was Uncomfortable

By this time, it was Friday night, and the vet was closed. I felt terrible for Jessi; her ear was obviously bothering her. She was shaking her head, scratching her ear with her paw, and rubbing her head on the carpet in an attempt to get some relief from the itching. She was going to have a long, frustrating weekend, and if the infection got worse, which I assumed it would without treatment, she would suffer.

Jessi was just begging me with her eyes to help her. That's when I decided to make the difficult but proactive decision to take matters into my own hand. I successfully used a product made for women with vaginal yeast infections on Jessi's ear infection at home. The results were promising.


The below information is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. In some countries and states in the U.S., it is illegal to treat your dog at home or forgo proper diagnosis, treatment, and prescription from a veterinarian. Failing to do so could cause acute or chronic and irreversible health issues in your dog.

What to Do When You Can't Reach a Vet

Looking on the internet for information that would help my poor dog, I saw that ear infections in dogs could be caused by bacteria or yeast, but most often yeast. That's when I discovered Zymox Otic, which gets rave reviews from dog owners battling ear infections caused by both bacteria and yeast. Unfortunately, Zymox Otic is not available in my area, and getting it from would take several days.

That's when I discovered a forum post by a dog owner who had spent thousands of dollars on trips to the vet and prescription medications, yet his dog's ears were not staying infection-free for more than a week or two at a time. He resorted to treating his dog's ear infections at home with Monistat (miconazole)—an over-the-counter medicine for women with vaginal yeast infections. He combined Monistat with another OTC ingredient (hydrocortisone), which alleviates inflammation and itching.

I was a bit hesitant to try a women's vaginal cream in my dog's ear for the very good reason that only veterinarians should be diagnosing and treating ear infections and that corticosteroid ingestion in dogs can prove fatal. Similarly, adverse events can result from owners taking their pet's health into their own hands and treating them with OTC medications.

Yeast Infections in Dogs

How I Resolved My Dog's Ear Infection

I decided to give Monistat a try. I dashed to my local Walmart, and for less than $6, purchased generic Monistat 3 cream (Monistat 7 is also available). For less than $1, I also purchased a tube of generic hydrocortisone cream (consider pet-safe alternatives). Here's what I did:

  1. I mixed equal parts Monistat cream and hydrocortisone cream in a small dish along with a few drops of water.
  2. I heated the blend in the microwave at about 20% power for 15–20 seconds.
  3. I drew up the mixture into a clean 6 mL syringe.
  4. I gently squirted the medicine into my dog's ear and massaged the ear.
  5. I repeated this once a day for about five days. I knew that if this infection didn't clear up it was likely caused by bacteria and not yeast.


Putting anything in your dog's ear when the eardrum is ruptured can result in deafness and/or excruciating pain. Individuals restraining the dog are also at risk of being bitten. A veterinarian can confirm whether or not the eardrum is ruptured with a quick examination.

How I Used the Monistat-Hydrocortisone Blend

Poor little Jessi didn't like getting this put in her ear one bit. Luckily, she is also very submissive. I sat with her and stroked her head while my daughter, quick as a wink, gently introduced the cream blend into Jessi's ear and massaged it. When we were finished, Jessi shook her head and sent a few drops flying through the air. I wasn't sure this would work.

This worked for my dog, Jessi.

Be Safe When Treating Your Dog's Ear Infection

Jessi's Ear Infection Finally Went Away

The next day, we noticed Jessi was still scratching but not nearly as much. Her ear actually did look a bit better, but by this time, it was pink and very warm—much warmer than the uninfected ear. We followed this routine, again and again, and she didn't like it one bit. Finally, on day three, the redness and heat were gone, and she was barely scratching and shaking her head at all.

We continued to use it for a total of five days. The ear cleared up and stopped making the brown, waxy gunk, and Jessi stopped scratching and flapping her ears; she soon became symptom-free. Once we were finished with the Monistat, we used an ear-cleaning solution made for dogs to clean her ears each day for about four or five days until we felt comfortable that there was no residual medicine in her ear. By this time, the Zymox Otic solution had arrived from Amazon. I put it away and saved it for the next ear infection.


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Cristina on November 02, 2019:

I don’t know if this will help but my dog also has skin problems he just started about a year ago. The vet sold me a product to use when he starts getting red and itchy, it’s a foam and it works great! Just put it on a makeup pad and apply on the effected area 2 or 3 times a day before it starts to blister. It’s called douxo chlorexidine mousse and the second one I bought from amazon much cheaper than the vets office. Hope it helps and u still need it I just saw your post.

Nonie on July 07, 2019:

Hi my name is Nonie, I’m a 6 yr old, 12 lb Yorkie who has constant skin breakouts.

My body itches most of the time so constantly am rubbing on the floor and furniture.

My mom and dad have taken me to the vet numerous times but nothing works to get rid of my rash.

I have got the ear infections and mom has cleared them up with Optic ear treatment.

One night I hit my ear on the wall when I was chasing my ball and got a hematoma.

My mom put Arinica jell on it and it went down fast but it does get red sometimes.

Can anyone tell me what we should use on my skin.

It gets red with very light scabbing and when my mom combs and brushes me a dander comes off a lot but the itching is still there.

I need help. We have changed my food and use an anti fungal shampoo which works a little bit but I’d like this to go away.

This might be genetic with me but do you think the Monistat might work for me?

Thank you, Nonie ❤️

Terry D Rogers on May 14, 2019:

Oh thank you , thank you thank you, My poor beagle baby will be better now !!!!

Tanya Taylor on May 05, 2019:

Thank you so much for your story. It’s the weekend as well and my Shepherd is having a really bad yeast infection too in her ears. We just did the same thing and she is feeling relief already. Thanks you for sharing ❤️

Jason on April 24, 2019:

I wonder if you could make enough to last for the week and leave in the syringe or put in another squirt bottle. My dog has constant ear issues and has used Mometamax in the past. It's only by prescription and expensive.

Mélissa on April 07, 2019:

Thank you for this!!!

Patricia Davis on March 29, 2019:

Hi, everyone. I'm fighting a real bad fungus, infection in my dog now. I found a video of a vet. And he showed how to put the monistat in the dogs ears and how to clean them. To clean them boil some green tea bags to make a cup of tea. Let cool and add 3 tablespoons of white or apple cider ving. Let me see if I can post that video here. I know this doctor as well. He saved one of my dogs one time from parvo.

Mukul baliyan on February 11, 2019:

I have american bully.she mate on 3feb.nd I noticed that she has blooding it not conceived? Or need mating or normal?

Alex on January 25, 2019:

Hydrocortisone is a steroid which causes bacteria to grow faster thus making it counter productive. Only use the anti fungal

Lisa weaver on September 17, 2018:

Thank you for this. I have a beagle/hound and scottie who both have ear infections. I have been trying the monistat for two days and they have stopped shaking their heads as much.

Karen on July 22, 2018:

It’s absolutely a miracle

Shanna on November 10, 2017:

My dog has always had really bad ear infections due to yeast, due to allergies. Well, one vet used a tampon to keep the medicine in the ear and just secured to Athena's head. We didn't have any issue for years until we moved. Now, Athena has another ear infection and due to no vet available (weekend) I looked up great Google for an answer. Thank you for posting this. I will try ASAP. Poor Athena :(

Marlene guzman on September 28, 2017:

Hi my dog has been suffering from a yest infection in his ear and it breaks my heart i came across this post and decided to try it out, bit of a dumb question i brought the miconazole 3 but its like a long pill, is that the cream im supposed to mix with the hydrocortisone creme?

Debbie on August 24, 2017:

OMYGosh!! I am so happy I found your advice! Thank you .

Our Wayne, the Bassett Hound, has been making my insane with his infected ears that still won't clear up after 3 weeks needs/ - I can't keep his ears clean. I getting Monistat tomorrow and getting an old sock/ scrunchie to put his ears up & out of the way/ try to air out / I hope, I hope, I hope this works 3 years now I've been dealing with this. I feel optimistic!

Catheyprince on August 10, 2017:

I have had Bailey, my Maltese, only a few months. Came home last night and he did not stop shaking his head for hours. Checked his ears after googling what it might be and yuck is in there. Poor thing, point is I don't have a syringe so I soaked the tip of a tampon with the solution then turned it around in his ear canal. I figured it couldn't go too deep. Then massaged the outside. I could feel it swooshing inside. God love him, he is not miserable from shaking and pawing at his ears. Going to continue till Monday when I get paid and can afford the vet. Thank you

Nunyabidnizz on July 25, 2017:

I've used monistat for years inside floppy canine ears. Some types of ears are more prone to yeast and fungi.

If it's approved as safe for a human's internal reproductive organs-then It won't hurt a dog's ear. I split a tube between both ears, and seldom have to do a second treatment. If I do, I use another tube two days after the first dose.

Julie Stilp on February 14, 2017:

Thank you, on my way to pharmacy!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on February 14, 2017:

Janet Henderson, I'm so glad you found a less expensive alternative that works better. Sorry for the late reply; I hope your dog is all healed up! Cheers!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on February 14, 2017:

I hate to guess at this, since I do not have a cat, nor have I ever had one. Do vets prescribe topical fungal creams for cats? If so, it is probably safe. Ask your vet just be sure.

Judy Mills on February 04, 2017:

my jack russell. nhas black guck comING out of her right ear she continues to shake her head and try to rub her ear I'm afraid she will loose hr he as ring.

CeeJayMc45 on January 28, 2017:

I tried this tip on my little yorkie and so far it has worked wonders! He is no longer standing on his head scratching his ears nor is he flapping his ears all night long and it's only been 2 days! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

Fran on January 13, 2017:

I seen this last night my Shepherd has had ear mites problems I feel bad for her. I started the treatment last night which I noticed she slept a little more than nirmal. I did it this morning and I see she's not scratching hardly at all which I also gave her benadryl as well to help her I will keep it up. I pray this works.

Christin Dutcher on December 27, 2016:

I have a female beagle coonhound. I have had other beagles, and it is always the females with the repeated ear infections. This is just my experience, I have used the minister in the ear and also a swipe on her vaginal area. She often had an undetected kidney infection when her ears got infected.

IT has saved me a fortune, I also do the cleaning of her ears regularly.

terry olsson on December 24, 2016:

i am so glad to have come across this dog, is part lab and pitbull, medium size and short haired with folded ears. she is constantly shaking her head and dragging her face thru pillows and carpet on one side....i have inspected both ears and they are for the past couple of months or so i have administered ear cleaning drops from Petsmart......and swabbed......however her ear problem comes and goes all the's not cronic but something definitely had to be done other than drops.....i am going to try this remedy as it seems to be more than dirt/wax, i will report back with my results ......thanks again people!

JANET HENDERSON on December 02, 2016:

I have been giving my dog her Penicillin shots and antibiotic cream in her ear with no results then I read about the Monistat and she is doing better with just 2 treatments. Wow who would have thought it. Just knew we were heading to the vet and a $300.00 plus bill.

cindyg on November 13, 2016:

I have a cat with the same problem. Do you think the Monistat would be safe for the cat?

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on October 21, 2016:

I hope Elvis is feeling better, Chickie! (I love both your names, by the way!) If the Monistat doesn't work, order some Zymox. Zymox works great, too -- it just takes a few days for it to arrive, unless you happen to have a store near you that sells it. I have never been able to find it in store, however.

[email protected] on September 22, 2016:

Hi SmartAndFun, after reading all your advices, and intructions I am going out to purchase monistat & hydrocortisone creams. My maltese is going through the same symptoms you described. I am lucky today to run into this website which I will treasure, my poor Coco is 8 yrs. old and needs a relief from pain. I will keep you posted on the results. God Bless You and all pet lovers like us. Anna Union City NJ

Karma on September 13, 2016:

I have a French Bulldog and her ears used to be so horrible yeast infections it cost me around $700 at the vet only to find out it was a food allergy so I switch to Solid Gold food which runs about $60 a bag for 6 months she had absolutely no problem now somehow she's getting into something she's not allowed to have could be the toddler trying to feed her things while I'm at work and lo and behold she has another yeast infection I could only find Monistat 1 so I popped a pinhole in the little pill thing and right before ear canal on the inside I squeeze it in there a massage around as if we were doing a ear cleanse she did a little bit of shaking at first but now finally sitting in her chair relaxing I hope to God this works cuz I only get paid twice a month and I really hate seeing her suffer thank you for your post

Chickie on September 04, 2016:

I am going right now to the drug store my Maltese Elvis has them constantly poor baby...,my vet never suggested this and bring him constantly...thank you I will let you know how he did

Brenda on August 05, 2016:

Thanks a lot for this advice. I will try it tonight

SargeE7101st on July 28, 2016:

Thanks for posting. My Labs are constantly getting yeast infections in their ears, I have tried it all and spent hundreds on meds for them. Last ditch effort before I let the Vet cut open their ears. I'm on day two of your method. Seems to be working better than anything we have tried so far.

Rita on June 08, 2016:

my solution worked great! I tried off brand diaper rash cream! Put a little on a q tip.cleaned it out for about two weeks it really works!And for dry skin I use head and shoulders! Cheaper than going to a Vet office.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on April 01, 2016:

Nicole Nash, it is interesting the vet sold you a bottle of Miconazole, as that is the same yeast/fungus-fighting active ingredient in Monistat. Thanks for stopping by! I hope your dog is feeling better.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on April 01, 2016:

Paul, I put Monistat in my dog's ear once a day for five days. At that point the infection had cleared up. After the infection was gone, because the Monistat did leave some residue inside the ear, I used dog ear wipes and Zymox for 3-4 days in a row to clean the ear out. The Zymox seemed to work better than the premoistened wipes.

Paul on March 31, 2016:

Do you put Monistat in the dog's ears every day for days?

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on March 31, 2016:

Shadismom, I hope your dog is feeling better soon! If you try the Monistat cream (or the cheaper generic), let me know how it goes. I am not a vet but I do know it worked for my dog. I had good (and fairly immediate) results using the vaginal cream in my dog's ears to get rid of the infection. Once the infection was gone, I used Vymox to clean her ears. I use Vymox every now and then just as a cleaner and it has kept the ear infections from returning. Vymox is an over-the-counter ear medicine but in my area I have to mail order it. I like the Monistat because I can get from just about any store immediately -- no waiting on a vet appointment or for a mail order medicine to arrive. Plus, it is much less expensive compared to Vymox or a prescription. Cheers to you and your pup!

Deanna Gray-Estes from Missouri on March 31, 2016:

Giving this a try this week! After reading this great article and people's comments, I have very high hopes of helping my American Staff, Shadi, feel much better.

niccole nash on February 24, 2016:

My pit went into her first heat and boom got pregg by one of my miniature dachshunds.. Well I took her to the vet today as I noticed she seemed sickly. Well after tests we confirmed she has ear infections (which they gave me a bottle of oil looking substance called miconazole to use) and she had hook worms so they gave me a big bottle for her and to treat the puppies as she got a sonogram and we seen several little heartbeat . The vet said they all look healthy and she should deliver in a few day . So excite . But my dogs all get the dark wax from time to time so I may try your advic . Thanks for sharing!!!

Saraah on February 04, 2016:

My dog is going though a ear infection for the past 3 days.. It kills me that he's going through it. Im due to take him to the vet in a few days but I'm really tempted to try this method. He has all the textbook symptoms of yeast infection. Foul odor, Leaking ear, itchy ear... It's so frustrating for the dog and the owner!!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 09, 2016:

Great news, Shawn (and Max!) I've been away but am now monitoring this page again. Thanks for letting me know this method was helpful. I'm glad to hear it!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 09, 2016:

Great news, Karen! I'm so happy to hear your sweet little dog is feeling better, and so quickly!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 09, 2016:

Eulalia, you can gently wipe the ears out if you like. The medicine is not damaging that I know of, but the ear can get a little gunked up over time. Wipe it out with a cotton ball or soft cloth if you like, but first be sure to first give it plenty of time for the medicine to work. Zymox is great for cleaning the ears -- it has an enzyme that dissolves gunk as well as destroying yeast and fungus.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 09, 2016:

That's so great to know, LynetteNicks! Thanks! This method is a huge money-saver, isn't it! I'm so glad your furry friend is feeling better. I love mini Aussies!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 09, 2016:

Great news Ranblossom! Thanks for your tip about the cotton swab. I hope your dog's ear is continuing to improve. Thanks for letting me know that this method worked for you -- it worked for me! I have had good results with Zymox, as well.

Daphne Dobson on November 17, 2015:

Thank you so...much for this information! My poor little dog Scooter has been having the same problem. Medications from the vet has not helped. I thought of the Monistat but I was not sure how to use it correctly. Your information is priceless. I will be putting it to good use. Thanks for sharing!

Shawn on October 14, 2015:

I don't know if you still monitor this page but I just wanted to leave you a hearty thank you for sharing this info. I have been doing this for 4 days now and can see a HUGE improvement in my dog and saved me who knows how much in a vet bill!

For those wondering I have seen no complications from using this method and definitely works!

Thank you!!!! (And Max thanks you too!)

Karen on September 05, 2015:

It is Labor day weekend and our local vets are not open until Tuesday unless for emergency. My Maltese for some reason seems to be prone to yeast infections in his right ear. Not wanting to pay for an emergency call as a retired RN I put my thinking cap on. I figured why wouldn't Monistat or generic work on the dogs as well as women with yeast infections. It is a topical agent that is the basic ingredient for both dog ears and vagina's! :) I cleaned my dogs ears very well first and then applied the Miconazole and I am not exaggerating when I say he began to have relief within 1/2 hour!! I am so happy to see others have tried it with similar results! Love,Love,Love my babies!

Cindy on July 07, 2015:

Have a dog with severe allergies, chronic yeast infections in ears, and have tried multiple treatments from vet and home made, and dietary changes over 9 years of her life so far. Finally changed her to raw food and almost instantly found she was allergic to beef, liver, and fish oils, tough to find food, treats, or supplements without at least one of those ingredients! Found this site trying to find relief for her after she snuck some cheese and is having another bad episode. Am encouraged by comments from others and hope it helps.

Eulalia Hahn on June 23, 2015:

after it has been in the ear a while, should I wipe it out with a cotton ball? Its not damaging that it in there? Please help...

Sailo's mom on June 11, 2015:

Bless you for this article! I have a five year old golden retriever that suffers from ear problems when the weather gets warm. I just returned from Wal-Mart with supplies and have treated his ears. Hope to see good results...the stuff from the vet is expensive and doesn't work anyway, so the $6 investment seems worth it. He didn't seem to mind having the concoction squirted in his ears, either. Thank you!

c Rodriguez on March 26, 2015:

is there something for itchy skin?

playday742 on February 22, 2015:

THANKS A BUNCH. This is day one after a bath with anti-bacterial shampoo. I also trimmed the hair around the ear and sprayed her paws with an anti-bacterial spray . She was chewing on them all the time. She is now taking a pre-biotic. We will work on her diet once we get the ear under control. My poor little westie, snowball, has been suffering from a chronic ear infection for about 3 years. She started with earmite and now it's just content ear infections. I have read other recipes but it's hard to find Boric Acid anymore and Zymox has to be ordered. So we are trying this out.

I have to be honest that this makes perfect sense. It treats yeast infections for humans so why not animals. It's not harmful and is a lot cheaper then the vet. So cross your fingers that it clears up for snowball! Thanks again for sharing.

LynetteNicks on January 29, 2015:

Thank you thank you thank you! My Mini Aussie, Gianna, 4 yrs old has had multiple yeast infections in her right ear. I do keep the hair clipped around that ear and do use Hy-Otic ear rinse at least once a week. Yet, every year she gets 2 or 3 yeast infections in that right ear. Each trip to the Vet cost around $400.00. But then I do have enough medication left over for the next infection. Now that I have run out and am trying to save $$, I used this like magic!!

Renae on January 03, 2015:

Thank you sooooo much for posting this treatment ,I was battling my dogs ear infections for over a month nothing worked then I tried this and he's better now it really works ;-) thanks again !!!!!

Rainblossom82 from Mountlake Terrace, Washington on September 03, 2014:

I just wanted to say that I used this recipe to treat my dog's ear infection and it has been working so well! He has food allergies and is fine most of the time but he must have eaten something recently so he gets an infection. I don't like going to the vet each time this happens because I already know what causes it and they sell me an expensive ear antibiotic. It cost me about $25 to get the supplies for this and I have a lot left over for the next time (hopefully not anytime soon though).

The only thing that I did differently from this article was that I used a cotton swab to apply the ointment in his ear because I couldn't find syringes. I've been applying it once a day and it's day 4 now. His ear is noticeably less red and inflamed and is not producing the brown gunky stuff. Thanks for this tip!

Shannon on May 08, 2014:

I have a pit bull with a chronic ear infection. I've tried everything-alcohol, peroxide, vinegar, Wally's ear oil, olive oil. Nothing. Last week I had an aha moment and thought to try the monistat. It is working! Tonight I got out literally chunks of brown gunk and she sat through the whole thing as grateful and patient as could be. I want to add a few pieces of advice: keep at it until it is gone because if you don't the yeast gets a chance to become resistant to the medicine. Also, treats help during the cleaning because they associate the cleaning with a treat and don't dread it and fight you. And very important-make sure you also treat the back feet that they scratch their ears with because they can just reinfect the ears. I use the vinegar for that. I don't use a syringe in her ear either because she would not tolerate it. Instead I rip a cotton ball in half, squirt a generous amount onto each half, and get them (one at a time! ;-) ) into the ear canal and massage. Then I take clean cotton balls and rip them in half as well and get out as much junk as I can. I'm also giving her probiotics. You can use these as maintenance for dogs with chronic recurrent ear infections. Start out slow with the amount you give of probiotics and build up to a regular dose as they can cause loose stools and stomach problems if given too much too quickly. Thank you for your information and helping people help their pets!

christie on April 14, 2014:

heard about using monistat before too but some dogs (like ours) have ear infections that keep coming back again and again - with that condition we were told to use Dr Dogs Ear Oil as it is all natural and fights off the infection without the chemicals - we did find it from -tried it and it is doing well to keep the dog ear infections under control

Amber on April 04, 2014:

I have a white pit bull. Very sensitive skin and allergies to almost everything. She has chronic yeasty ears. I'm trying the Monistat treatment tkmorrow. (I just noticed she's getting another infection today). I will let you know how it works!

whylie2010 on February 04, 2014:

With my current dog, I've learned that chronic yeast infections have a lot to do with diet and allergies. Our last dog had yeasty ears all the time - poor thing. When I noticed the same problem occurring with my current dog, I wondered what was causing it. Long story short, when I switched him to raw food, the yeasty ears stopped. When it started back up again, I realized that he can't have a lot of chicken or beef. When I stick to raw duck and vegetables, he's fine. Case en point, I forgot and gave him a few chicken treats last night and his ear is itching right now.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on January 01, 2014:

@houndmama, I hope your dog is feeling better, his ear has cleared up and he is back to his assistance work. I'm sorry I am just now responding. I just shoot the medicine into the ear, and then gently rub the ear to kind of squish it down in there. I wish I could give you a better or more scientific description.

@houndmama and MJennifer, if the Monistat doesn't clear it up, I have also had good results with Zymox Otic Solution, one of the products listed above.

Thanks to you both for reading and commenting!

Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on January 01, 2014:

This is excellent information. As one of my dogs is a floppy-eared black Lab who is prone to recurring ear infection, I'm afraid it will come in all too useful in the future. You did a great job in presenting the how-to here.

Best -- MJ

houndmama on December 22, 2013:

we decided his ear was swollen enough we did straight monistat 7 he seemed like it was instant relief he did even really shake his head much then he fell asleep and has been out for 4 hours he hasn't been getting good sleep cuz of his ear

houndmama on December 22, 2013:

we have a bluetick coon hound 600 in vet bills sedation scrapings n numerous treatments it keeps coming back changed diet to soy wheat n yeast free turkey meat only dog food didn't help. im going to try this i pray it helps as hes supposed to be our 7 yros autism assitance dog he came to us with this infection

RottieMomma on November 07, 2013:

I am pretty sure our baby has a yeast infection in her ear. We have a female Rottie who will be a year old this month. She had tons of black goop in her ear with a horribly foul odor. She had been scratching at it and shaking her head constantly.

I purchased some cleansing wipes and ear cleanser in a squirt bottle to help remove some of the icky goop. The next day- it was just as bad as the first time I cleansed it. I've read about using a ratio of vinegar and water which we tried this evening. We cleansed the left side and she did not tolerate it well- she had acted like she was in pain. The right side went a bit better.

I had made the monistat/hydrocortisone cream concoction and used a gloved hand to administer it with a sterile gauze. I know you had mentioned to use a syringe- how far down would I use it? I know canine ear canals are "L" shaped. Instead of dropping it down and not knowing how far to go- I opted to just swab the outer ear and lightly rubbed the area. I was afraid that I would use an excessive amount or that I would place it in deeper and cause her pain or damage her ear...

Do you have any advice on how to administer it with a syringe? I have several that are sterile and marked in ml. How much should I use per ear? How far down should I go? I've searched online for videos but have been unable to find any.

I did give her some yogurt that has probiotics and strawberries (which she seriously LOVES). I purchased some higher grade probiotics to start her on as well. Several blogs have claimed that yogurt with probiotics have helped to get things back into balance.

I spoke to a pet store "nutritionist" specialist (who didn't have a degree so how is he a nutritionist?!?) who suggested changing her diet to a grain free formulation since many dogs have allergies- especially to grain. And unfortunately- between our large Rotties... We go through a 50 pound bag every month and would not be able to afford what he suggested. The stuff he recommended was made of bison or there was one with venison and of course- they were the only grain free variety in his store. A 28 pound bag was $62 plus tax. I mentioned that I have a freezer full of venison and would be interested in making their food. He was attempting to discourage me as he wanted to make an expensive sale. He said I would need to take nutrition courses and basically have a degree. I have taken 3 semesters of human nutrition courses and am not going to start into this blindly- of course I would research it further before switching my girls. I know many people who have made homemade food for their animals- it seems as if they are thriving and have changed for the better. Many tout the benefits and positive changes in their dogs health. Folks have said their dogs previously suffered with chronic ear infections which stopped immediately after making the switch. I will research it further.... It is frustrating that a store clerk offered no advice other than to switch to a pricey food.! Switching food may help in the long term-- but we still need to treat the active infection.

My poor girl is miserable. We went through several treats tonight and gave her lotsa lovin'.... Our babies are spoiled :-)

If anyone could advise me on how to apply/insert the Monistat/Hydrocortisone combo- I would be extremely thankful and so should my baby girl :-) I am not sure how far down we should insert it, how much to use or how to drop it in. If anyone could give me some tips/direction... It would be super awesome!


SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on October 02, 2013:

I hope it works for you, pittmom. Let me know how it goes! I hope your baby is feeling better soon.

pittmom on October 02, 2013:

Thanks for this advice. We spent $600 for a vet bill n my babies infection is back. Were goibg to try this!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on September 30, 2013:

I agree, Vici. That's a nice vet that didn't charge for the visit AND the medicine.

Vici on September 29, 2013:

Wow; At least your vet told you to get the Monistat instead of prescribing $49.00 veterinary ear drops!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on August 23, 2013:

I'm sorry you had to pay a vet for this advice! At least you'll know what to do if it happens again. Thanks for chiming in.

Wow on August 22, 2013:

A vet told us to do the same thing so I googled and found this. Yes paid a high bill to be told go get some monistat 7.

just-about on July 28, 2013:

Well, I heed this advice and shall top up my medicine cabinet accordingly. As well as being effective - this will save on vet's fees. My little dog shakes his head a lot - however, his ear problem is caused by his hairy ears - dead skin gets trapped down there. Like the stylist (kiki's all breed) said in her comment - keep hair around the ears clipped. That's what the vet also told me - and it does help.

kiki's all breed on May 05, 2013:

I am an award-winning pet stylist of 37yrs, and I have use this option and have mention this my customers for years, but I will say this, when a person gets their pet groomed, a great groom job should always make sure the ears are plucked, and cleaned. remember, having your pet groomed is to help your pets health, when your pet get a very bad ear infection, your off to the vet, with the vets help your pet can get the help your pet need, but if you can't get to the vet the Monistat will help. but I like to use sea breeze skin cleaner, using a baby wipe, with the sea breeze, then use the Monistat, treat the ear for a few days, and you can save your pet a lot of pain, {Not to mention the vet bill} good luck !!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on March 19, 2013:

Hi Jmillis2006, thanks for reading. I hope your dog never gets an ear infection! It's good to know there is an easy, inexpensive option just in case. Thanks for commenting!

Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on March 14, 2013:

Great hub my dog has never had an ear infection but I will keep this in mind just in case.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on February 10, 2013:

Thanks so much torrilynn. You are right, dogs do scratch all the time, but what gave it away to me was that my dog was shaking her head and flapping her ears quite a bit. She would also sometimes very carefully and gently use her back paw to try to scratch the inside of her ear. I hope your dog is actually fine. If you think your dog might be scratching because of fleas, if you like you can check out my hub on Program flea control for dogs (and also cats):

torrilynn on February 10, 2013:

Thanks for the hub. I notice my dog scratching all of the time. Maybe I should try this. thanks. voted up.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on December 16, 2012:

Thanks so much gags3480, I'm really glad this tip helped you out. It is so easy and so much cheaper than paying a vet and buying a costly prescription, especially if you can find the generic Monistat. Thanks for letting me know that it worked for you!

GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA from Kanpur, India on December 16, 2012:

Nice article. This really helped. Following you now.

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on September 13, 2012:

Hi calculus-geometry, thanks for your comment. Yes, you certainly can leave out the hydrocortisone cream and let the Monistat do its work on its own. The Monistat is definitely the key ingredient and will take care of a yeasty ear all by itself. My 14-year-old is having a terrible time with math so I'm giong to check out your articles! Thanks for stopping by!

SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on September 13, 2012:

Thanks Faith Reaper, I appreciate the feedback. So Jessi looks like your own dog? I would love to know what breed yours is. We don't have a clue what Jessi might be and would love to know! All we can do is guess. Thanks for stopping by!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 11, 2012:

How very insightful and informative is this hub. Excellent hub. Poor little baby, and I am glad you found a way to treat her ear. Awesome advice here. She looks a lot like my dog. In His Love, Faith Reaper

3 Tips to Treat Dog’s Ear Infection with Monistat

Dog ear infection is an infection that can affect three different parts of dog’s ear outer, middle, and inner (also called otitis externa, otitis media, and otitis interna). Most dog’s ear infections are in the outer ear only and can be treated easily with home treatment. Infections of middle and inner part of ear are most often a result of the spread of infection from the outer ear.

The dog’s ear infection is caused by many reasons, such as parasites, allergy, or moisture trapped inside the ear that leads to yeast infection. The most common parasites that causes dog’s ear infection, especially in puppies, is mites. In some cases, dog’s ear becomes moist after bathing, grooming, or swimming. That moist can lead to overgrown of bacteria and fungi inside the dog’s ear. Dog that suffer from allergy is predisposed to ear infection since it is easier to get inflammation from the allergen. Dog with long floppy ears, such as Basset Hounds and Cocker Spaniels, have increased risk of ear infection.

Dog with ear infection usually seen scratching its ears, rubbing and shaking its head more than usual. The ear infection can irritate our dog especially because its itching. Dog’s ear infection symptoms are varied from brown gunk inside the ear, swelling and redness of outer ear flap, and discharge or odor from the ear.

Ear infection is a common problem that 20% of all dogs suffer from it at least one time in their life. Although it is not unusual nor life-threatening, we still need to treat it immediately to prevent any damage to ear or eardrums from dog’s excessive scratching. It can also get to more serious cases that could lead to deafness, facial paralysis, or disturbance of balance.

Dog’s ear infections can be simply divided to bacterial and yeast or fungal infections. Bacteria that normally in the dog’s ear, such as Staphylococcus, can overgrow if there is a change of ear environment that can promote the overgrown of bacteria or if the dog immune system is not good. Fungi are also normal inhabitants in dog’s ear and they also can grow out of control because of the same reasons.

One of the treatment for dog ear infection caused by fungi is Monistat. Monistat is an over the counter antifungal cream, also known as Miconazole. It can also be used for human to treat vaginal yeast infection. There are many good review of using Monistat to treat dog ear infection. We can also easily buy Monistat in nearby drugstore.

To use Monistat to treat dog ear infection, we have to put the Monistat inside our dog’s ear, which can be difficult in some dogs. So here are 3 tips to treat dog ear infection with Monistat

1. Make The Dog Relax

Before treating the dog with Monistat, we have to make sure our dog is calm and relax at the moment. It would be very tiring if our dog can’t stay still when we hold its ear. Not all dogs want their ears to be treated, so we may need to make the dog let us by making them comfortable. We can also make the dog accustomed to us treating its ear by having a routine ear cleansing habit. We may need to learn the right way to do that so we won’t hurt the dog or lead it to health problem caused by wrong way of cleaning the ear.

2. Choose A Good Location

The second 3 tips to treat dog ear infection with Monistat is to make sure we choose a good location when treating the dog with Monistat. There will be a mess caused by the drops of the Monistat or ear’s debris, when the dog shakes its head after getting the Monistat inside its ear. You can do it in a bathroom or outside so you don’t need or easier to clean up.

3. Putting Monistat inside Dog’s Ear

The last 3 tips to treat dog ear infection with Monistat is how to put the Monistat inside dog’s ear. To use Monistat to treat dog ear infection, we need to mix the Monistat with equal parts of Hydrocortisone cream. The Monistat or Miconazole stop the fungus from spreading, while the Hydrocortisone help to reduce itching or inflammation that can irritate the dog. We can easily purchase Monistat and Hydrocortisone in any drugstore. Mix a pea sized Monistat cream with the same amount of Hydrocortisone cream. Then add a few drops of water to the mixture and stir it until blended. Heat the mixture in a microwave for 15 seconds. Use medicine syringe to draw the mixture and slowly squirt it into dog’s ear. After that massage the ear to distribute the Monistat inside. You can do it a bit longer until the Monistat works since our dog may shake its head after that and send a few drops outside. You can do this once a day for a week. If the symptoms don’t clear up after a week, you have to visit the veterinarian for more professional treatment.

It is also important for us to prevent our dog from getting ear infection. We may need to clean dog’s ear after bathing, grooming, or swimming to remove moisture and prevent yeast infection. We also need to clean dog’s ear with approved ear cleaner, especially to dog with allergies. Do not use Q-Tip swabs as they can push debris deeper and rupture the eardrum. Also do not use alcohol or solutions that are irritating the skin. We can also control dog’s diet for dog with allergies.

Remember to always consult the veterinarian before administering any medication to our dog. If the symptoms don’t clear up after a week, we have to visit the veterinarian. The veterinarian may check the exact cause of ear infection, since the Monistat treatment can only treat the ear infection caused by yeast and not by bacteria. The vet may do microscopic examination of a samples taken from dog’s ear. In some cases, the dog may also need oral medications such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs. If the dog repeatedly suffers from ear infections, the dog probably has an immune system issue, such as allergies or other more severe issues.

Dogs Health

Using Monistat for Yeast Infection in Dogs Ears

Yeast is a fungus that can cause superficial or internal infections. Many dogs suffer from ear infections that are caused by yeast overgrowth. A warm dark ear canal can become the perfect breeding ground for a yeast infection. Common signs your dog may have a yeast infection in the ears are frequent head shaking, rubbing the ears on furniture or carpet and scratching. Monistat vaginal cream is a safe and easy way to treat yeast infections in dog's ears. If you suspect your dog has a yeast infection, treat it immediately to relieve its discomfort.


Make a homemade ear solution to clean your dog's ears. Mix three parts white vinegar with one part water and put several drops into the ears with a medicine dropper. Clean with gauze and wipe dry. Vinegar is naturally acidic, which will help control the yeast.

Apply some Monistat vaginal cream in the dog's ears with a Q-tip. Be careful not to go any further into the ear than you can see, so you don't cause any damage to the ear drum. Apply Monistat twice a day to clean dry ears.

Clean your dog's ears daily for three days, then every other day for a week. Then clean weekly to protect against future yeast infections.

Take precautions to prevent the yeast infection from recurring. Towel dry your dog's ears when they get wet from swimming to prevent moisture from accumulating in the ear canals. Check your dog's ears often for signs of irritation or unpleasant odor.

Can you use Monistat on a dogs paw for yeast infection?

My mom's dog, an 8 years old Coton de Tuléar named Henri was seen by an "in and out" vet, a shot clinic basically. When the vet asked whether she has any health concerns besides shots, she replied by letting him know he chewed on his feet, his back feet were red in color and she'd suspected a grass allergy. The vet gave her a spray (Allercain with Bittran) for topical allergies and a bitter taste to eliminate chewing, asked her about her food (already feeding a limited ingredient diet- so no change necessary), suggested adding salmon oil to his food daily and giving him a half of a Zyrtec pill daily, hidden in a pill pocket or treat.

He's been on this recommended combination for a month with no change, and she said it actually appears worse. His foot is now balding in some places, still red, inflamed and chewing has not stopped. It's especially darker red in between his toes, which suggests to me he has yeast on his feet.

I have experience with AND know you can use Monistat on yeast infections in dogs' ears BUT dogs can't chew on their ears. Maybe that's why it's safe?

Does anyone know if it is safe to put Monistat on a place that may end up being licked? There's a high probability he will continue chewing until it clears up. If he can't be treated with Monistat or an athlete foot cream, she knows he will have to return to the vet (non-clinic), but was hoping to try something more affordable, without being charged for "extras". She also mentioned using lemon juice, that it's a natural antifungal and would be sour in taste to keep him from chewing, but I fear it would sting pretty bad any areas he's chewed raw.

If anyone has experience with this, stories of experience included with answers are appreciated.

If it helps, I'll have her send me pics of his feet to share with the Pets Community. Thanks in advance!

I should also add the vet did not perform a physical examination and my mom said he didn't thoroughly examine the dog's foot (guess it wasn't part of the package - not sure), and he has no fleas, no hair loss nor redness anywhere except just back feet and one is worse than the other.

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