Monistat is an over-the-counter anti-fungal treatment for yeast infections and is sometimes used to treat dogs. The product is a Miconazole Nitrate which comes with an applicator including gel and cream forms. Yeast infections do occur in dogs, mostly on the skin or ears, and are caused by an overgrowth of certain fungus such as Malassezia.
If you are dealing with a K9 vaginal issue please bring your the dog to the vet ASAP. Most other yeast infections are common and not very serious in dogs, although they are bothersome and should be treated. Often, an imbalance in the growth of yeast cells can lead to sores and lesions of the skin.
The first signs of yeast infection include irritation, burning, itching symptoms but you’ll likely see the irritation on your dog. Monistat, when used properly, can help your dog get rid of a typical yeast infection but consulting with a vet is preferred.
Can I Give My Dog Monistat? Answer: Yes, for ear or skin infections
Yeast infections are not limited to humans and affect all animals, including dogs, in different ways.
Using Monistat for your dog’s infection, in certain situations, could help them. You must remember, however, that most human medications are actually quite dangerous for dogs to be taking.
Dogs suffer yeast infections but when dealing with an infection of the vagina, it is best to let a veterinarian handle it. More often these infections will occur in and around the ears. Sometimes visiting a vet is not an option, in which case you may be able to apply Monistat to treat their yeast infection. K9-affected areas of the skin and ears tend to respond well to Monistat treatment when done properly.
Preventing K9 Yeast Infections
To help prevent your dog from developing yeast infections preventative actions can be taken. Always make sure to dry your dog off well when they come inside after being in the rain or playing in water. Ensure that your dog isn’t continuously wet or damp in places prone to yeast infections. Unneeded moisture in certain places on your dog can account for many yeast infections that occur. This is entirely preventable and you likely won’t need Monistat if you follow those tips.
Another way to help prevent these infections is by using a mild dog soap when washing your pet. Avoid abrasively cleaning your canine with harsh soaps. Again, please make sure to properly dry your dog off after washing them. This will ensure a healthy, clean, and dry body less prone to infection.
Accidental Ingestion of Monistat
If your dog has already broken into the Monistat and ate it all, do not panic. In this case, be sure to keep a close eye on your dog to check for any unusual behavior. Depending on how much of the Monistat was consumed and their size, treatment options and negative effects to the dog may vary. If your dog doesn’t show any outwardly abnormal signs, the Monistat may pass through their system without harm.
Some of the telltale signs of a serious case of poisoning include swelling or discharge from the eyes, twitching, smelling, or itchy ears, heavy breathing, or significant behavioral changes. You need to seek medical attention for your dog immediately upon observing any of these.
Only a trained professional can assess your dog after such poisoning occurs. If you think the situation is likely serious, you should call Poison Control in addition to your local veterinarian.
Dogs & Fungal Infections
Yeast infections that occur in dogs are very different than the ones that occur to humans and therefore require different care and treatment. Monistat can be a tricky medication to inject, and injecting this into a dog would be even more difficult. You would not want to harm your animal in any way more than the yeast infection is already harming them. For this reason, such vaginal issues should really be treated directly by a vet.
Watch your dog carefully if you suspect any type of fungal infection. Do not, however, jump to conclusions or diagnoses right away. Your best bet is to get an expert’s opinion, like that of your veterinarian, either telephone or appointment. They may tell you Diflucan is a better alternative than Monistat depending on the circumstances.
In any case, they will be able to properly treat your dog so that the yeast infection will go away and your dog will return to being healthy and happy.