A. Cleaning out the ear 2-3 times daily with an over the counter pet ear cleaner may help to clear up the infection. Some pet stores do also carry over the counter versions of medications to treat yeast and may contain ingredients such as Tea Tree Oil - a natural fungal and yeast killer.
Treatment of ear infections typically involves cleaning the ear twice daily, then applying the medicated ointment to leave in the ear in between cleanings. A period of 7-10 days is usually enough to clear up the infection with medication. However, if the infection continues past 10 days, or appears to worsen with treatment, your friends should seek veterinary care.
If your friends need help with affording veterinary care, several services are available such as http://www.carecredit.com/vetmed/. This article from the US Humane Society may also help in finding funding for care: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html
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