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Monistat is an anti-fungal medication typically used for yeast infections.
While it can happen to any dog, certain breeds are particularly prone to candida outbreaks in and around the mouth, nose and ears.
It’s unfortunate when it happens but Malassezia and Candida albicans (yeast over-growths) can be smelly, crusty and itchy.
You’ll be happy to hear that Monistat is not only effective, but it can be used on pets too.
Monistat Works For Dogs
You do not want a yeast infection to linger. Complications include sores, lesions and sometimes even ear problems.
Is your dog already experiencing irritation, burning and itching?
Some folks use Vagisil, but it will only reduce symptoms whereas Monistat’s active ingredient (Miconazole) can actually put a stop to an infection’s growth.
For your dog’s sake, and for best results, it is highly recommended that you involve a veterinarian.
Monistat is Not For UTIs
Miconazole has an excellent track record for the types of yeast infections that afflict dogs.
The skin and ears are particularly prone areas that respond well to Monistat.
On the other hand…
Any dog with a vaginal problem could have a bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI). Such a scenario would likely require other medications.
FYI: Diflucan and Ketoconazole are 2 alternatives that can be administered to animals with a professional’s prescription and their detailed instructions.
How to Prevent Yeast Infections
A few preventative steps will go a long way towards not needing Monistat.
Routine cleaning of your dog’s ears should be done. This will reduce the possibility of your dog developing a yeast infection or Thrush.
Also, never delay drying off a furry friend whenever they have become wet. If your dog has damp areas they will be more prone to yeast infections.
A mild soap should be used for bathing. Harsh soaps are counterproductive.
Staying on top of these things is obviously much preferred to having to use Monistat on a best buddy.
Accidental Monistat Ingestion
Do not panic if your dog has broken into Monistat and eaten some.
While it may pass through their system without harm, be sure to keep a close watch for side effects.
Telltale signs of a serious case of poisoning include:
- Swelling or discharge from the eyes
- Smelly or itchy ears
- Heavy breathing
- Behavioral changes
The effects and treatment options will vary depending on how much Monistat was consumed as well as your dog’s size.
Get medical attention ASAP upon observing troubling signs. Only a professional can assess the dog if poisoning occurs.
Dogs And Fungal Infections
Yeast infections in dogs are somewhat dissimilar to the ones that occur in humans. As such, they require slightly different care and treatment.
Monistat is a Miconazole Nitrate that comes with an applicator (including gel and cream forms).
It can be a tricky medication — it is certainly more difficult to properly inject it into a precious pet dog.
And we must stress once again…
Canine vaginal issues should be treated by a trained veterinary professional.
The Bottom Line
It is hard to say if Monistat is appropriate for your dog without a proper diagnosis. Nevertheless, it does work and isn’t dangerous when properly used.
In any case, reach out to your vet when a pet may have a yeast infection.
Sometimes Diflucan is more suitable than Monistat — but again it really depends on the circumstances.
The right treatment regimen will clear up your dog’s yeast infection in no time!