Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Acidophilus and Yogurt
- Acidophilus, Yogurt, Dietary Changes
- ACV and Yogurt, White Vinegar and Distilled Water
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
- Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol
- Borax and Peroxide
- Borax and Peroxide, Dietary Changes
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Dandruff Shampoo
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Dietary Changes
- Dietary Changes, ACV and Yogurt
- Dietary Changes, Baking Soda
- Dietary Changes, Yogurt
- General Feedback
- Grain-Free Diet, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baths
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- High Protein Diet, Frequent Baths
- Hydrogen Peroxide, White Vinegar
- Medicated Shampoo
- Milk of Magnesia
- Multiple Remedies
- Over the Counter
- Plain Yogurt, White Vinegar
- Possible Causes
- Prescription Medications
- Raw Food Diet
- Recommended Diets
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol, Gentian Violet, Boric Acid
- Salt Bath
- Systemic Yeast Infection Remedies
- Ted's Mange Remedy, Raw Food , Supplements
- Treat for Hypothyroidism
- Turmeric and Corn Starch, Clove Powder
- White Vinegar
- White Vinegar and Aloe, Probiotic Yogurt
- Yeast-Free Diet
- Yogurt, Omega Oils, Herbs
11/19/2010: Debra from Charleston, Illinois: "I took in a dog to keep for a friend in the nursing home and found that the dog has a severe case of body and ear yeast infection. My question is can my dog and cat get the yest infection from this dog. I am suspicious that my dog might have it and she licks my cat so I am concerned that my cat might get it too. Also I cannot get the dog to eat the yogurt any suggestions."
11/02/2008: Sheila from Lexington, SC: "Anyone dealing with re-occuring skin and ears problems should check their dog food labels and see if they contain any of the following, CORN, WHEAT, SOY, CHICKEN OR BEEF. These ingrediants are known to be the leading causes of allergies in dogs, which in turn weaken their immune system. vets will either ignore the food issue or recommend their brand of food, but it's up to you to read the labels. In researching this annoying and smelly problem i've run across several people recommending a no grain food, as carbs aid in the growth of yeast, I am going to try this on my next bag of food."
[YEA] 03/31/2008: Keri from Kalispell, Montana: "After a year of constant yeast infections and allergies in my lab/aussie mix, someone told me to check the label on her dog food. Come to find out, Brewer's yeast was one of the number 1 ingredients. It seemed that the added yeast was making the problem worse. I switched dog foods to a product that did not list Brewer's yeast and have not had a yeast infection since. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but for anyone with animals prone to yeast infections, it's worth looking into."
[NAY] 03/03/2009: Adair from Glendale, Wisconsin: "I can't tell you how much I appreciate the information on this page - just looked at it today....Have three Bulldogs that have been having skin problems - they've been scraped, by four different vets - including a Dermatology Veterinarian. I have been prescribed most of the medications mentioned on these pages - nothing worked. the Specialist put them on a med called Chloramphenacol...It seems to have quieted the itching and scratching..but not completely"
[YEA] 08/10/2008: Guenady from Nice, France: "For your accumulated information on adverse reactions to drugs, two of my dogs were prescribed ketoconazole for a yeast skin infection. One survived the treatment, the other died during treatment. Other than the skin infection (which was not life threatening), he had no health issues. I was not told before treatment that this medication is hepatotoxic and that it can kill, that it has been established by the manufacturer that there is a 1:10,000 risk of allergic reaction (with underreporting recognized). The vet was not aware (!) of the symptoms of allergic reaction, so when I reported them she did not stop the treatment (dark urine, extreme fatigue, skin turning black and peeling...). When I finally stopped the treatment myself, because my dog was just getting sicker and sicker (after 13 1/2 doses administered out of 30 prescribed) it was already too late. 4 days later he came down with hepititis and 34 days after starting the treatment he died (with bloody vomitting and bloody diahrrea). Although I reported all this, despite my distress) nothing was taken into consideration, everything was dismissed as being a coincidence, and I was given the classic excuse 'your dog was already sick and would have died anyway.' This is an outright lie, of course, and contradicts all the medical file of my dog. But try to get an adverse reaction taken into consideration when the 'authorities' don't want to take it into consideration! Of course there is underreporting! Normally I never give vet medicines to my animals, only homeopathy, but at the time I had no alternative therapy, as skin yeast infection is very difficult to treat. I have since gotten my second dog almost out of her condition, using probiotics and herb Robert and direct applications of hydrogen peroxide on the worst affected areas. My opinion of vets and the authorities that 'oversee' them, has descended to about 0. Would like to know if others have had bad experiences with ketoconazole."Replies
[YEA] 04/07/2011: Gretchen from Cuenca, Ecuador replies: "The research is overwhelming of the benefits of Neem oil for every skin condition. It is antifungal antibacterial and anti parasitic. Neem capsules inserted in a bit of cheese or peanut butter in addition to the external application of the oil would be the most effective. Do your research and see."
08/06/2011: Reikiwarrior from Fair Oaks, Ca replies: "I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved dog from ketoconazole. My chizu also had a severe reaction and when I inofrmed my vet they didnt tell me to stop using. I stopped cause my gut told me too. When we did blood work her liver enzymes were over 3000!!! They dont like them over 250!!!! I was so freakin pissed off. They almost killed her. I now will not go to vets. I use the net and find natural cures(like I go for me) my chizu had a chronic yeast infetion and I will noe go the route of organic plain(no sugar)yougert. Again I am sorry for your loss. Its so hard when we think we are doind right by our furry friends to only later find out we went. Please know your dog(s) see the pureness of your heart and your intentions and they dont hold us at fault. Namaste'"
[NAY] 06/21/2009: Patricia from Las Vegas, NV: "Yeast infection in dogs: I lost Fritz to the commercial dog food poison so when we got our rottweiler puppy she was started on holistic dog food. With more research we went to raw. She is now 2 1/2. Yeast has been an ongoing problem.(ears) Now she has big "hot spots". She eats 10 ounces of raw meat and a cup of raw fruit or veggies twice a day. The meat comes from a butcher(beef only, organs,bone meal). The fruit & veggies from grocery store. I took her to the vet and $350 later meds are not working. How can I fix her PH so Yeast won't be a problem?"Replies
06/29/2009: Marcel from New York, NY replies: "The raw fruit has too much natural sugar content, and sugar is what you want to avoid. Also, avoid the sweet vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes; they have lots of sugar too. Please stay with leafy greens. Avoid dairy! Buy natural acidophilus in a bottle. I bought an organically grown cranberry and papaya digestive supplement from my local holistic pet store here in New York. I'm using it, although it is a blend of fruit juices containing digestive enzyme, acidophilus, taurine & vitamins. The amounts from my bottle reads: For puppies and small dogs up to 10 lbs., two tsp. per meal; for medium dogs 11 to 35 lbs., 3 tsp. per meal; and finally, for large dogs 36 lbs. and up, 4 tsp. per meal. I've been told to go away from chicken and turkey (which was my preference) and to use alternative proteins--Salmon, lamb, even beef. I don't like beef for several reasons, so I'm probably going to stick with wild salmon for a while that I buy frozen. I will steam it up and serve it medium rare to him. I've been giving my dog a good quality fish oil with DHA, but only once a day; now I am going to give him a capsule two times a day (with each meal). Apparently all grains, including rice is to be avoided. I do not want to take to raw food route for several reasons. Another thing was advised, but I do not want to write about it without doing further research. If my dog, from the shelter, can be cured of yeast infection taking this natural route (and I trust that he will), I will tell you everything in detail that I did. FOR NOW, AVOID ALL GRAINS, DAIRY, AND SUGAR (and chicken, turkey)! It's acidophilus and protein with a very small amount of leafy greens only."
09/14/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "Marcel, I was wondering why you were told to stay away from Chicken and Turkey? I have been feeding my dog with yeast mostly raw beef as her protein but last night gave her chicken and she had me awake all night with her biting and licking. I'm wondering if she is allergic to chicken?"
05/02/2014: Timh from Ky. Usa: "Barbara:
Any one of these 3 remedies will be effective: Hydrogen Peroxide H2O2 (add a few drops in water bowl), Colloidal Silver (add spoon into water bowl), Lufenuron ---a common vet med for fleas but also kills fungal infections (sprinkle some in food)."
05/01/2014: Barbara from Ms: "I have 2 chi weenies and a chihuahua my chihuahua scratches and rubs her nose all the time but only one chi weenie gets the yeast infection very bad. She claws and chews all the time. I took her to the vet and she put her on steroids.. It cleared up about a month but has now come back. I had them on purina for small breeds then switched because the same thing happened. I feed them kibble and bits small breed now. Could this be what is causing the yeast infection? I'm at a loss on dog food brands that won't cause this."Replies
05/02/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Barbara!
The diet you are feeding your dogs is terrible and almost certain to produce the very same symptoms you are seeing in your dogs. No other way to say it. Read up on that food - plus search out a healthier diet here:
If when you come to this site, if you click on the PETS tab, and then from that page click on LATEST PET POSTS - you will arrive to all the most recent posts to all the threads. Scroll down - there are others dealing with this same issue - and there may be additional ideas for you to help you get the itchies in your chee-weenie under control."
07/13/2014: Sflsue from Fort Lauderdale, Fl: "I am fostering an older dog for a local rescue group who has a terribl yeast infection all over her whole body. She cannot stop scratching. I tried Ted's yeast remedy and it definitely seems to help but only short term. How often can I use the remedy on her and should I be doing something else. It is heartbreaking to watch her chew and scratch. Her skin is so damaged from a lifetime of poor care and is black over 50% of her body. I have mixed a dose of the remedy and spot treat where she is chewing but nothing lasts too long. I have other dogs and they share water bowls. Will the additives to the water affect my healthy dogs."Replies
07/14/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey SFLSue!
The additives to the water will not harm your other dogs and may very well help them!
And you should bathe your yeasty dog in the solution daily if need be to provide relief until she heals both inside and out."
07/05/2014: Gin from Lagrange: "I have a cocker and she's had 3 surgeries for her ear growths and they keep coming back and her ears drain all the time. And the smell is over whelming to where I can't take it any more, so can anybody help me"Replies
07/05/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Gin!
What type of growths are these? Have they been biopsied? Are they cancerous?
I was going to suggest you try Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph formula for the ears because cockers tend to have yeasty ears but please do provide more info on what these growths are.
06/14/2014: Concerned Dogmom from Holton, Kansas: "I have a 7 year old Poodle, Pierre, (supposed to be pedigree but I have my doubts), who has had allergies since we got him at 3 months old. When he had his full set of shots at 4 months old, he had a horrible reaction (nose swelling, lethargic and itching), so had to get a shot for the reaction. I have told the vet-no Bordatella shot again-the other vaccines don't seem to bother him.
Three years ago he had a "staph" infection on his skin, vet treated him with some high power antibiotics which seemed to have cured that infection, anyway he doesn't have the black spots all over his skin. He has had yeast infection in the ears for the past four years, which I treat with Zymox from the vet. In the past has put him on Temeril P, Theophylline and Clindomyacin at different times of infection (for whatever is going on in his nose and throat all the time). The vet took an x-ray the last time his teeth were cleaned and didn't see any blockage in his throat/esophagus, etc so has treated him with steroids at least twice but I stopped them immediately as he was allergic.
Theophylline worked the first two times but not the third. Clindomyacin was the same way, didn't work this last time which he just finished on Monday. The corners of his eyes ooze beige/brown stuff that turns dark brown and crusty regularly. He has been licking his front toe at the base of the nails to the point where it bleeds. He is always rubbing the side of his face in the carpet or along the front of the divan like it itches.
Vet told me to give him a tsp of Benedryl in his wet dog food daily, but I quit doing that as it doesn't seem to help. I have to take him to the vet to have his anal glands expressed regularly, today the vet said they were the fullest he has ever seen but it was because I hadn't taken him for 2 months. (maybe I should learn to do this myself). I took him to the vet several months back because his belly was swollen, vet looked in his mouth too and said his teeth need to be cleaned, they have plaque, gingivitis and infection, but he wanted to do blood work first and the results were elevated liver enzymes.
So then he put him on Denosyl, he just finished his second round two weeks ago, he had blood work today and I haven't heard yet if the liver enzymes are still elevated. I am at my wits end, he sounds like his nose/throat is full of congestion all the time, when he lifts his head up to look at me his throat makes a weird sound (like a grunting sound), he has some energy but not a lot. I am perplexed at the "elevated liver enzymes", have any of you had this problem with your dog? I just hope they aren't elevated again!
After reading all of the issues with ear yeast infections I am thinking of trying the ACF solution in the ear and possibly a tsp. of coconut oil in his wet food. He has been overweight for the past 3 years so the vet wanted him to try S.D. W/D dry and R/D canned. It is not working, he is still overweight and still miserable. I am sure I should change his food to a "no grain, no gluten" food with just meat and veggies. (I think the dog food is part of the problem.) But not sure where to start, I am tired of all the vet bills, my dog not feeling well most of the time, his yeasty ears and his allergies. I know I have typed a BOOK, but any suggestions would be SO wonderful!"Replies
06/17/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Dogmom!
What food are you feeding your dog? You are correct in that diet plays a role in the conditions you are seeing in your dog, so the more info on what diet he is on and treats he is fed will be helpful."
07/05/2014: Concerned Dogmom from Holton, Kansas replies: "Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I am feeding him dry Science Diet w/d and give him a "treat" daily of about 1/3 can of Science Diet r/d. I make his treats now with pumpkin, egg, parsley, rice flour, etc. and bake it like a cookie and he gets a small treat about 5 times a day. He has been on this Science Diet w/d and r/d for about 3 years as it was supposed to help him lose weight (according to the vet) but he still is 25 lbs and overweight. Of course, my husband gives him crusts of wheat bread toast every morning and at noon he gives him pieces of sliced cheese and shredded oven roasted turkey meat, which is probably not good? Thanks for any thoughts you have on this."
07/05/2014: Concerned Dogmom from Holton, Kansas replies: "Also, I forgot to mention that Pierre is on his 3rd round of Denosyl as 1 of the 3 liver blood tests showed still elevated. I told the vet that I searched online and found that tooth and gum disease in dogs can cause elevated liver enzymes. So the vet said we will have him finish up this third round of Denosyl and then will clean his teeth (they may possibly be pulling one due to tooth decay also). He won't be done with the Denosyl for another week or so so probably the middle to third week of July I can get his teeth cleaned, etc. Also I have been putting Zymox in his ears daily for a month to get rid of the yeast infection in his ears, his ears are doing a little better, but not much. Thought I would add this information as I forgot about the Denosyl and his teeth problems."
07/05/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Concerned Dogmom!
The top ingredients in the w/d formula are:
Whole Grain Corn, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken by-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Soybean Mill Run, Soybean Oil, Dried Beet Pulp, Lactic Acid, Soybean Meal, Caramel color
After this there is a list of vitamins and minerals. Red flags are present with nearly each one of these top ingredients and the corn especially has been linked for some dogs to cause systemic yeast infection.
If, after being on this diet for years and your dog has yet to lose weight, please consider having his thyroid tested; low thyroid is associated with overweight and yeast issues. And get out the squirt bottle and spritz the hubby for sabotaging your dog's progress.
I have been experimenting with Ted's Anti-fungal /Anti-staph solution in my dog's ears - the solution is far less expensive than Zymox. I reserve Zymox for ouchy ears, so if the ear simply needs cleaning and has a history of yeast I use this formula:
Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-Staph solution. You will need:
Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]
Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide. You now have 48 oz of solution.
You can make a small batch using one half cup of the 1% hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon each of the Milk of Magnesia [MOM], Epsom salts and Borax. I will bathe my dogs in this formula for skin issues and simply add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax to the 48 ounces of the 1% hydrogen peroxide solution. I will put the solution in an old shampoo bottle or dish soap bottle and set in warm water until it is a comfortable temp for my dog, and then apply generously to each ear. This can be used multiple times a day or week. After treating the ears if there are skin issues you can apply the solution to affected areas with a misting bottle - you can spray them down 3-4 times a day.
A word about yeast in general. Clearing a dog of a yeast infection is usually a long term situation.
Upgrading the diet is a good start - again, test for thyroid and try a grain free diet and monitor how much you feed; if this were my dog it would be one cup or less per meal am and pm. You should also consider adding probiotics/acidipohillus to his diet as well; just choose a human grade product from the cooler section of the health store.
Next, consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water by adding baking soda. I start out with 1 teaspoon baking soda into 3 liters of water, and increase by 1 teaspoon each day until the ratio is 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter water; I then give this dose for 5 days - after 5 days you can reduce to one half teaspoon per liter of water or go back to the ACV water. I would also add once per week one eighth teaspoon of borax to the drinking water OR mix one eighth of a teaspoon of borax into some wet or canned food. This may produce a loose stool, however borax is an excellent anti-yeast/anti-fungal."
07/07/2014: Concerned Dogmom from Holton, Kansas replies: "Thank you for the information, will baking soda in my dog's drinking water be harmful for the cats? They all drink from the same water bowl."
07/08/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Dogmom!
My kids share a water bowl too - so cats and dogs alike get the same water. Generally when I treat the water I first fill a pitcher of filtered tap water and then add the baking soda - then I fill a glass before filling the water bowl and so I have some too!"
06/11/2014: Ravynn from Canada: "My almost 2 year old dog has gotten an ear infection (yeast) over the past few months. Today I've been really trying to get to the root of the problem and seeing if there are any home remedies to help him considering we cannot afford the vet exam which is absolutely required to get ear drops. He is currently eating Dog Chow and has hot dogs as a treat.
I noticed this food has whole wheat corn and wheat grains as well as chicken by-product, etc.
He has scabs in his ear from scratching them so much, he has greasy fur directly in the middle of his ear canal with wax, ears stink and they're red. He is a very nervous dog so anytime we even try to lift his ear he will try to run away, and sometimes he will scratch and cry.
I'll also add - he definitely has the floppy ear going on."Replies
06/12/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Ravynn!
The diet you are feeding your dog is the equivalent to doggy junk food; you need to feed him better quality groceries to help resolve his yeasty condition. Look at this site or find others to help choose a better quality diet for your dog:
You also need to clean your dog's ears. Get a helper, get a muzzle, and address your dog's yeasty ears. Read up at EC's ear infection page and consider the olive oil and garlic infusion to start:
It may help to use a tweezers or hemostat to pull the hair out from the ear canal; grab a few hairs with the hemostat, rotate to wrap the hair around the device and then pull out; this typically is not painful for your dog and will allow air to circulate into the ear canal and allow any treatments to penetrate better.
If this were my dog I would also alkalize his drinking water by adding baking soda. Some dogs are fussy about baking soda, some don't notice, and some take to it if you build it up gradually. So you can try adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to one half liter of water; if this proves distasteful to your dog you can try 1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water and build it up gradually once your dog is used to the taste. Ideally your dog would drink the stronger dose of baking soda for 5-7 days and then you would drop down to one half teaspoon in 1 liter of water as an ongoing maintenance dose."
06/09/2014: Stephanie from Crapo, Md Usa: "My 6 yr old Jack Russell has always licked/chewed his feet raw and red but over the past yr it's spread all over his body his skin is red his fur is falling out. You can't touch his ears without him crying, he's losing weight and smells yeasty. I used to give him benadryl because the vet said it was an outdoor allergy when it was his feet, but there was a show on the news that said that does nothing for dogs. He used to eat Purina Little Bites and now eats Purina Dog Chow."Replies
06/10/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Stephanie!
Many people feed Purina dog chow - however the regular dog chow and the little bites are entirely corn based and contain no actual meat of any sort; this is true of most of their diets. They have a top end line - Purina ONE, that actually contains real chicken - and some people I know have fed this with good result.
Dog food reps will tell you there is nothing wrong with feeding a dog corn, however the sort of corn that goes into most dog food is usually the bottom of the barrel, least nutritious part of the corn kernel. Some folks feel dogs are carnivores [meat only] and some feel they are omnivores [eat plant and meat] but most agree that feeding a dog grain is just bad. So, if you do only 1 thing, I would advise you to radically change your dog's diet as grain based diets have been directly linked to allergies, bad skin, and a jacked immune system.
What you can do right now to help your dog is to bath him in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-Staph solution. You will need:
Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]
Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well, and then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible. I allow it to drain and when the bath tub is empty I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put him in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.
If this were my dog I would also alkalize his drinking water by adding baking soda. Some dogs are fussy about baking soda, some don't notice, and some take to it if you build it up gradually. So you can try adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda to one half liter of water; if this proves distasteful to your dog you can try 1 teaspoon to 1 liter of water and build it up gradually once your dog is used to the taste. Ideally your dog would drink the stronger dose of baking soda for 5-7 days and then you would drop down to one half teaspoon in 1 liter of water as an ongoing maintenance dose.
Again - change the diet. Use this as one source to help you rate any diet you are considering:
Next, alkalize the water with baking soda, and finally, bathe your dog in Ted's solution - do this daily if need be if that is what it takes to provide your dog relief. Then, give it some time - 3 weeks - and report back."
05/18/2014: Margie from Mt. Pleasant, Pa: "Can anyone recommend a holistic treatment for my 4 year old German Shepherd? He has chronic yeast infection of his ears and gets worse because his ears get wet during our walks with snow in winter and rain in spring and swimming in summer. Rocky will not allow for me to touch his ears to clean or put drops in now that he is an adult. I was wondering if yogurt or something natural that I would give him orally would help? His diet consists of Acana Wild Prairie and raw bones/meat. He also eats raw pumpkin if he has any stomach upsets which occur infrequently. He is a King Shepherd and weighs 184 pounds.
Thanks you for any advice..Margie"Replies
05/19/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Margie!
In my experience chronic ear issues are the result one or all of these conditions: airborne alleries, yeast overgrowth in the GI tract , and or vertebral subluxation at C1 or C2.
One approach would be to add probiotics to Rocky's diet to address yeast over growth in the GI tract. A very good holistic vet would use applied kinnesiology to determine which type of probiotic was indicated for Rocky, however the 'cook book' or 'hit or miss' approach - dosing him with whatever type of acidophillus you have available to you might do the trick; the key with this approach would be to rotate the types or species of acidophillus that you feed him so he is exposed to as many strains as possible with the hope that you eventually feed the strain he is lacking that will then consume the yeast in his GI tract.
Perhaps a simpler approach at addressing yeast over growth would be to add epsom salt, borax and baking soda to his drinking water. Paraphrased from Ted: Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection - and sometimes despite the best nutrition out there we will experience an individual that for some reason is deficient in a mineral such as boron. If the dog is low in magnesium quite often allergies will arise. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.
And, you might consider taking Rocky to a doggy chiropractor. As with human infants delivered via forcepts, the C-1 vertabra is taken out of alignment, resulting in chronic ear infections in the infant. When the infants are adjusted, the ear issues resolve completely. It's possible that during a rough and tumble puppyhood Rocky may have gotten the C-1 misaligned or subluxated. If the simpler approaches to curing his ears fail, you might consider taking him to the doggy chiro.
Finally, I urge you to seek the assistance of a trainer so that you can gain Rocky's cooperation in treating his ears. A 184 pound dog with an owner who cannot groom him properly = misery for Rocky. While the remedies provided are effective, they can take a few days to work; during these few days the dog in the mean time scratches the back of his ears raw creating a secondary bacterial infection of the skin that will also need to be treated. An OTC topical product 'Zymox Otic' while not 100% natural and organic, has provided relief from very painful ears for my pack by relatively quickly quelling the pain and itch - but these drops need to be flushed into the ear to work."
05/18/2014: Amy from Deptford, Nj : "I have a 4 1/2 year old GSD who has got a yeast infection between back legs and butt. Been to the vet about 6 times in one month with this matter. Topical and oral meds, still has it. I'm stressing now. Been wearing cone so he doesn't lick. He is on blue Buffalo chicken wilderness dry and eats some table food and treats daily."Replies
05/19/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Amy!
You might try treating the area topically with 1 part of water to 2 parts MOM and saturate the spot to kill off any bacterial infection going on.
Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component - and sounds like you do - you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit/pending the results you get."
05/25/2014: Claudia from Alabama replies: "Just a lurker here, a newbie. confused by acronyms...what is "MOM""
EC: MOM = Milk of Magnesia