Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- 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
- Borax and Peroxide, Dietary Changes
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Dandruff Shampoo
- Dietary Changes
- 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
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol, Gentian Violet, Boric Acid
- Salt Bath
- Systemic Yeast Infection Remedies
- Ted's Mange Remedy, Raw Food , Supplements
- Turmeric and Corn Starch, Clove Powder
- White Vinegar
- White Vinegar and Aloe, Probiotic Yogurt
- Yeast-Free Diet
- Yogurt, Omega Oils, Herbs
04/19/2013: Sahar from San Pedro, Ca: "Thank you, Wendy for the reply and info! I looked into Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula, but because it contains egg, potato starch, sweet potatoes, potatoes - I opted for something else.Thank you for the tip regarding the virgin coconut oil, I will..."
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07/05/2011: Dave from Rocky Mount, North Carolina: "I rescued a Westie who was going to be put down because of his "skin allergies. " I spent a year of allergy treatments, and plenty of money, and the only thing that made him well was antibiotics; so research and BAM! He has black elaphanty skin; its yeast! I've tried every shampoo; the Malaseb burt him up; so I read about Mane n Tail Medicated shampoo. You delete it in water so it last a long time. Also, I started him on nzymes.com ; He use to scratch all the time; he is doing much better and growing some hair back. The nzymes people have been very helpful; he gets a good holistic dog food; Holistic Select. E-mail me if you like; I have tried everything, and "Cooper" has turned out to be a wonderful dog! "
06/30/2011: Pacific from Oceanside, Ca, United States: "I have a black lab/american pit bull mixed breed. Shyla is just over 1yr of age and is spayed. My sons and I noticed she has red patches varying in size, that starts around her vagina and now are moving further up her belly and down her hind legs. Her vet took a sample and diagnosed her with a yeast infection back in March 2011 and it keeps reoccurring. He suggested we bathe her twice a week with Medicated shampoo-Chlorhexidine antiseptic leaving on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Along with this shampoo we are to also apply GlenHaven F1/C conditioner after bathing her. I noticed her female part is really small roughly 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. I believe, and this is only my opinion, that she was younger than the estimated 8 wks at the time of spaying. I believe her infections are reoccurring due to the lack of air after she urinates. Her little part just gets covered by her hind legs. Other than bathing her with the prescribed shampoo and conditioner is there a home remedy we can try? She is also experiencing acne on her chin. Any home remedy suggestions for that as well?
You also wanted her brand of food. Both my dogs eat Iams-Pro-active health large chunk. They also get a wide variety dog biscuits.
Our other dog Faith is a German shepherd/border collie. She is not affected in any way like Shyla is.
Thank you for your time and expertice in this matter.
06/17/2011: Al From L A from Los Angeles, Ca., United Sutates: "Ted from Bangkok you are amazing I want to thank you. Norah, our 8 month old Great Dane has been suffering since the week we brought her home. Research pointed to food allergies, the vetenarian wanted to give steroid shots.
We switched over to Taste of the Wild and started to see improvement. Further research and a suffering puppy brought us to yeast infection. Borax and peroxide made our Blue dane a funny tinge of red, but almost immediately all but removed the scars of the yeast. Fast forward two weeks and the itching, then the smell and now the sores are showing up again.
Any suggestions? is it safe to repeaat the Borax treatment, How often would it be safe, time lapse??? thanx again TED"
06/01/2011: Jen from Naperville, Il, United States: "Hi all!! We have a 1 1/2 year old golden retriever. She started out on an organic dry kibble but we switched her to a raw diet of mostly meats and a few veggies and fruits. About 5 months into this diet she began to break out into these rashes. We see a holistic vet and they have put her on all of these dietary supplements and they dont seem to be helping. They keep saying its a food allergy but we've put her on dietary restrictions and tested and nothing seems to be helping. They wanted to put her on steriods but we said no, the only time the rash kind of cleared up was when she was on antibiotics to get rid of the bacterial infection she got from continually scratching and biting at the sores. The sores are on her ears, paws, armpits, belly and chest, she's even starting to get some on her back now. At this point she doesnt even want to run around, we suspect its because the sores are rubbing and causing pain and itching. We feel so bad for her because nothing is working! Any natural suggestions are welcome!!"
04/06/2011: Andria from Boone, Nc, Nc/united States: "I have a 5-year old Shepherd/Terrier mix. Since she was one year old, she has been suffering from massive full-body yeast infections. I went to numerous veterinarians, but each one gives me a different answer, but all say allergy of some sort. Her symptoms are scratching, bleeding, oozing, shaking, black elephant-like and extremely stinky skin. My vet suggested bathing her twice a week in Selsun Blue, giving her fish oil, and all-natural anti-allergy food. None of it worked. She has also been getting Temaril P daily. I do not want to keep her on this medication as I know it will eventually kill her (it contains small doses of Prednisone and anti-fungals).
I have tried everything, but nothing else seems to work. Just this past week, she had been off of her medication, and was doing the best I have seen her do without out it since she was one! She usually starts itching, scratching, getting very smelly, as soon as she is off the Temaril P. It is now beginning to come back. After reading some of the other posts, I am very excited to try yogurt and Aciodphilus. Any other suggestions?"Replies
04/06/2011: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "1. Please feed her good quality COCONUT OIL. It helps in all skin conditions. 4-5 tablespoon each day twice. Also feed her homemade food.
2. Start her on 3-4 cloves of GARLIC each day.
3. Get some NEEM OIL and apply on her mixed with some coconut oil. Apply everywhere on her skin.
4. Give her a bath ONLY with BABY SHAMPOO that is 100% soap free and hypoallergenic.
5. Lastly try giving her apple cider vinegar in water. 4 tablespoons atleast per day to start.
6. WASH all her fabrics - bed, pillow etc. Keep it clean.
Most imp. Feed her homemade food - ALL doggie issues can be resolved by doing this very imp. thing. Stop giving her meds as you are ruining her body and quality of life. Keep it all natural. Good luck!"
06/19/2011: Peter from Victoria, Bc replies: "Treat yeast infections topically with gentian violet and grapefruit seed extract. Put dog on a candida diet. Avoid all grains, nuts, sugars, fruit, and all vinegars except apple cider. Feed a raw diet or a grain-free kibble. Good luck."
11/13/2011: Christine from San Jose, Ca replies: "Please DO NOT give your dog 3-4 cloves of GARLIC to your dog. Garlic is toxic to dogs, and while it helps to ward off fleas, should be used in extreme moderation!! Also, dogs cannot process the cellulose in vegetables so you must grind or mince the tiny bit of garlic that you decide to give to your doggie."
02/25/2011: Saandra from Dubois, Pa: "My dog has had for several months, what my vet diagnosed as BLACK SKIN YEAST. This is not the same as BLACK SKIN on dogs. She gave me a shampoo to use every few days but it has not helped. Now the area is raw and very sore. Is there a pill or spray that can kill off this awful stuff? Thank you."
10/02/2010: Rosette from Warwick, Ri: "My English Springer Spaniel is constantly getting yeast and bacterial infections. Due to allergies, the vet has him on a prescription food - Potato & Duck by Royal Canine. Doesn't potato provoke yeast infections??? I also add yogurt to his food but I'm at a loss with how to help my dog."Replies
10/16/2010: Bb from Atlanta, Ga Uas replies: "Most commercial pet foods contain nasty veggies like potato, corn, peas, beans. Plain JUNK! Do not feed anything that has sugar or that will turn to sugar, like grains, potatoes, carrots, etc. Organic coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal. It can be applied topically & ingested."
08/14/2010: Autumn from Winchester, Va: "Greetings! I have an 8 yr old female (spayed) English bull terrier that has been licking her paws non-stop this summer. Her once white feet are now pinkish, and her toenails are also discolored. I feed her Diamond Natural lamb and rice dog food. Like most bullies, she also has terrible gas! Anyway, about a month ago she was diagnosed with giardia, and was put on antibiotics for a week. 2 weeks ago I took her to the dog groomers, and was told that she has a yeast infection on her feet from all of the licking. I'm wondering if the antibiotics caused the yeast infection, which has now transferred to her feet via the licking. The groomer recommended I put vagisil on her feet with socks over top. Any recommendations on what I should do food-wise, or shampoo wise to help my poor itchy and smelly girl?"
02/01/2010: Jane from Sacramento, Ca: "Lab's yeast infection of skin
My Lab currently has a very bad yeast infection under her arms in her groin area. I've been through the cycle of prescribed medications only to have the condition recur. Most recently, I agreed to try a prescription diet, and her skin condition worsened as well as extreme weight loss, eight lbs. in a few weeks. I am now making her food at home and supplementing with flax seed oil, probiotic, and yogurt. She is slowing improving an increasing her weight back to her normal 62 lbs.
The infected areas continue to be bright red and wet with some normal skin color returning to the outer edges. It started out thick and sticky, and now is just a general wetness without the sticky consistency, which may be a sign of improvment. She is only infrequently licking, so the wetness seems to be a product of the yeast condition. Does anyone have a suggestion how to dry up her skin? A homemade skin paste? Dabbing with a cloth does not help. Her body has taken quite a beating in the last two months, so it may just be a matter of time.
Thanks for any ideas."Replies
02/20/2011: Kp from Rochester, Mi replies: "The physician I work for uses cornstarch topically as a natural drying agent."
11/22/2009: Janice from Corinth, Tx: "I have a bull mastiff who is literally scratching and chewing himself to death. I feed him Iams Eukanuba. He's had cortisone shots, eye surgeries, and he now has open wounds, constantly scratching and making things worse. Bleeding, loss of hair, eyes almost closed. I know it is yeast infections, he smells horrible. My heart bleeds for him, but I have run the gammet with the vets and costs and no improvement. What can I do to help him, NOW?"Replies
11/22/2009: Frank from Stamford, Ct replies: "Dear Janice,
Yes, an immediate suggestion - CHANGE THE FOOD! It seems very obvious that your dog is having an allergic reaction to the food he is eating. Do some research on this subject and choose a high end brand of food that is recommended for dogs with allergies. Once you have changed his food, add a small amount of apple cider vinegar and a fish oil omega 3 supplement and he will improve quickly."
09/24/2010: Frank from Hayden, Co replies: "STOP feeding dog food- they is grain in nearly every brand- dogs do not normally eat grain. They eat RAW meat, very little fruit and berries in the wild- Our processed dog foods are killing our dogs. Get some Pau D'Arco make sure it is really the heartwood and inner bark of a particular species of the tree, the Tabebuia avellanedae, (tah-bee-BOO-ee-uh ah-vel-LAN-ee-day) (that is most prized for cures). Make a tea with it (1# will make 6 gal tea);bathe the dog in it; apply throughout the day to wounds; add a little in drinking water. Feed Raw meat & bones(butchers/meat processors throw away tons, so it is free), yogurt/cheese/spoiled milk and Acidolpilus will get the correct balances back into their systems. Bathe often to get the skin cured- it will work. KEEP on the diet. No more grains, including Rice! "
10/21/2009: Helene from Wetumpka, Alabama: "what do you do for yeast in the dog's eyes? i did the borax and 1% it worked great for his skin and coat, but i don't know what to do for his eyes. please help."Replies
10/26/2009: Kathleen from Leicester, Nc replies: "Helene, last spring one of our Chihuahua's eyes had gunk in it and tearing, I got on internet for recipe for eye wash and found and used this one since our dog is so little... put 1/4 teaspoon medicinal Boric Acid powder (from pharmacy-not sold over the counter here in NC) in two cups boiling water, let cool to warm temp. not too warm or too cold for it is going into the eye. Use about 1/4 or 1/2 cup of the mix in a cup or bowl. Dip in a cotton ball and run over eye to loosen and remove gunk. Throw away ball. Use another ball and run over closed eye, once gunk is cleaned off outside, continue tossing away used cotton ball and using new cotton ball to dip and dribble over eye so some of the mixture can get into eye. When done throw out the remainder you have left in the "dipping bowl". Do not contaminate by putting back in with the remainder of your original 2 cups. Warm another small portion 2 or 3 times a day for a couple of days. Eyes should clear. I only store the mixture for 1 day, then throw away. My bottle of "Boric Acid, Powdered, (local anti-infective)" that I kept from long ago for the recipe on label reads thus (for human eyes I assume): "Prepare solution of Boric Acid by boiling in water (1 teaspoonful in a pint of water). Allow to cool to a comfortable temperature before using as an eyewash. Store in a sterile container. Prepare sufficient amount for one day's use and discard unused portion." Again this is Boric Acid bought from the pharmacy section of a drug store, NOT what one can buy from a home store for roach killing."
08/27/2009: Chandra from Danielsville, Ga: "Does anyone know a natural remedy for yeast infection in the ears?
I am the proud mommy of 3 beagles mixes who are all former pound puppies. Luke is as best as I can tell, beagle-basset hound. (Sorry, just a little background info). He has had problems with his ears since we adopted him, and has been to the vet who diagnosed a yeast infection. She gave me a drying ear cleaner and some salve, which I used exactly like she said and it DIDN'T work! Almost 2 years and the poor thing still has problems. Can anyone please help?
BTW--if anyone is dealing with a weight problem with their dog, my vet has 2 of mine on a green bean diet. They get 1/2 cup of green beans (straight from the can) along with 1/2 cup of their natural food. Its only been about 2 weeks, but my little girl Daisy is already slimming up and not having the joint problems as bad. I let everyone know how the progress is going."Replies
08/29/2009: Gina from Iuka, Ms replies: "My yorkie had this problem. For yeast in the ears use monistat or generic yeast treatment for women. Just rub it in the ears for the seven days like it says on the tube or prefilled containers. After that to keep them clear mix half water and half white vinegar, drop in the ears and massage. Then let him shake it out. Hope this helps"
10/20/2010: Gaga from Charlotte Court House, Va replies: "Did monistat really help your dog?"
04/11/2011: Kj from Gilcrest, Co, Usa replies: "My 11 yo doxy Lucy has a serious yeast infection in her ears. We've gone the vet so many times, I've lost count. And, it was always the antibiotics and ear drops route. That only worsened it. Now, she has symptoms of Cushing's Disease. I'm sure it's been caused/aggravated by lots of steriodal ear drops and predisone tablets.
She did undergo a test to determine if it is Cushing's, but the test results were mixed. Probably because it's not Cushing's proper, just the overload of cortisone in her little body.
Lucy now is licking one of her paws, as it's got yeast in there, going up into her lower leg. We just started using a new shampoo - KetoChlor. Will check that out more. Also, the ear drops I'm using are Mal-A-Ket Plus. It's a non-steroidal liquid.
We did change her food to Royal Canin, duck and potato. Yeh, I wondered about the potato part. I don't think she likes it much.
I will definitely try the yogurt, acidophilus, ACV and coconut oil. Her ear canals are terribly raw, swollen and bloody inside, so I won't be putting anything acidic in them.
I'm very curious though about the Monistat. Did anyone who used it, use in raw, swollen and bloody ears? I don't want to make things worse than they already are!
And, someone mentioned Rescue Remedy. I have some - wonder how you used it.
Thank in advance -
04/12/2011: Kay from Jacksonville, Fl/USA replies: "Hi KJ, My 80 lb Shepherd has had a yeast infection off and on since October, 2010. This was diagnosed doing a skin cytology test from the vets. I have treated her with chinese Herbs(from a Holistic vet) along with spraying her with ACV and Water, Oil of Oregano mixed with water. The Oregano clears up the fungus. Because her infection was mainly internal she would go into Seizure like symptoms, which amounted to shaking and running in circles. I discovered Rescue Remedy for animals in a health food store. It is in a small bottole used with a eye dropper. I use 4 drops and my dog immediately calmed down. Months later she was fine. However, now with summer she now has fleas, eventhough she was getting the ACV and water, apparently the fleas jump back on her when she is in the yard which I can't control. I did want to write to you about the RR as you had asked. It really is worth it. Its about $15. for a very small bottle at the health food store here. But it lasts a long time."
[QUESTION] 03/29/2009: Clay from Pottsville, Arkansas, United States: "HELP! I have a white German Shepherd with some terrible, and I mean terrible itching problems. Before I get started on his problems, let me say vets around here have said the problem is and what we have done on our own to help Zeus. Every vet in this area claims Zeus has a food allergy. We have tried numerous types of food with no help. After reading all over the internet I have learned he possible has yeast problems. His symptoms include: itching anus area constantly, hotspots on legs, itching on ears and mouth constantly, itching under front legs constantly, skin discoloration (blackish and red) in multiple spots. He does not stink if you are just sitting beside him, but if you rub his skin underneath and smell your hand it has a foul odor. We have tried multiple foods, including taste of the wild, eukanuba, and even a raw diet. I am so sick of Zeus being miserable and having to deal with this problem. Any help or advice is much appreciated."Replies
04/05/2009: Linda from York County, Maine replies: "Hi Clay, not sure if my yellow lab mix had the same prob as your shepherd does, but I put her on a grain free food close to six months ago and her skin has never been better. The improvement came by the time we were on our second bag of food. Prior to changing her food, she had allergy testing and tested positive for things you can hardly get away from...straw, dust mites, storage mites, mold....she's taken a lot of steroid pills during her 11 years and I was unaware of a grain free pet food until just before switching her. She's a different dog!! Her skin and ears are healthy....wish I had known sooner! She loves it dry in the a.m. and in the evening, I mix cooked chicken along with some chicken broth, or plain yogurt - or I toss in a raw egg & some shredded cheese. I buy Evo - a little expensive, but SO worth it."
05/05/2009: Susan from Hyde, Cheshire, England replies: "Hi
I have a 5 year old Jack Russell who has a bad skin problem. Around Christmas, we noticed scaly (sore) patches on his tummy area and legs and the vet treated him for eczema with a steroid injection and antibiotics. The problem cleared up in days, but weeks later it seemed to return as small sores on his back this time. He was given another steroid injection and more antibiotics, but once these were finished, the problem came back, only worse this time. He itches like mad, but sometimes goes into another room to do it, as we keep making him stop. We changed his food to one which has no wheat, corn or yeast in it -a salmon and a duck-based food. I don't know if this has done him any good though. For the past couple of weeks he has been having healthy yoghurt in the mornings, but now doesn't want it and just turns his nose up. Shall I persevere with this by mixing things into it? He has been on Acidophilus morning and night for two weeks and the past few days has been having Benadryl. The purple infection in his ears has practically vanished, and I did wipe his ears with Canestine. The problems with his skin now are mostly on his back, front legs and underneath his chin, down to his chest, where the hair has gone in large patches and is now bright pink. Sometimes there are no sores at all, but some mornings I come downstairs and he has scratched or bitten and has a couple of fresh ones! I hate to see this happening to him. I wipe the infected parts and sores with 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water and I think this is helping a bit.
The vet wants a minimum of [pounds sterling] 400 just for blood tests, but I really didn't want him to go through all that. Also, it will be a problem to afford it, to be honest. Should I just persevere for a while longer or is there more that I can do for him? Oh, at the weekend I bought some pine tar soap but have only used this once so far. I will bathe him with it again tonight or tomorrow, to see if there is any improvement."
09/29/2009: Amberjane from Chilliwack, Bc, Canada replies: "If your dog isn't going for the yogurt anymore, just use a syringe to feed to to him. I have some left over from medication from the vets from years ago, and it works just fine - I stir up the yogurt, suck it into the syringe and simply empty it into my dog's mouth."
Rubbing Alcohol, Gentian Violet, Boric Acid
[YEA] 10/24/2009: Kathleen from Leicester, Nc: "One of the vets. at our doctor's office gave me this recipe after asking if I would consider a holistic remedy for one of our dogs constant ear yeast problems. 16 oz. Rubbing Alcohol, 16 drops Gentian Violet,(health food store) 4 tablespoons Boric Acid powder(medicinal-pharmacy). Shake well each time used. I put some of the mixture in a dropper bottle and when needed warm up the mixture and put a good amount in each ear. Since Rubbing Alcohol stings "owies", if the ears are red and sore, I use the same recipe, but have substituted 16 oz. Witch Hazel for the Rubbing Alcohol (found this recipe on the internet somewhere) the rest the same of Gentian Violet and Boric Acid mixture, and then after ears not inflamed I go to the Rubbing Alcohol mixture every so often for ear maintenance. I cannot find Boric Acid powder in any of the USA drugstores. But you can get it in Canada from the pharmacist. I got a bottle of powder from Canada's IDA this summer. I think misuse of the Boric Acid that is used for roach poison has caused the medicinal Boric Acid to be yanked from over the counter sales in the USA. Growing up, Boric Acid was a staple in Mom's medicine cabinet for eye wash and a wash for scrapes and cuts, etc."Replies
[YEA] 12/21/2009: Jordan from Sycamore, Illinois replies: "@Kathleen from Nc,
I have used the same solution to treat my dog's ears when she has yeast infections. I cannot tell everyone how well think worked for her. I was able to get the alcohol (1$) and Boric acid powder (6$) from a large and popular store's pharmacy (Walmart) and the Gentian Violet (3$) from another national chain pharmacy (Walgreen's). For under ten dollars I can make enough solution to clean her ears daily for months. I hope this helps someone."
[YEA] 04/16/2012: Barbara from Birmingham, Al: "A bath for your dog in Salt water helps. Yeast likes a damp environment. The Salt will dry the skin and kill the yeast. It will take the odor away. I buy just regular salt (I use the kind with iodide). I fill a tub with warm water, and pour a generous amount of salt in (maybe a cup). The water should taste very salty! I stir it around to disolve. Then put dog in and shampoo. Be sure to rinse with the salty water!! Do not rinse off the salty water. Or if you live near the ocean take your dog swimming there. I tried the white vinegar, my dog hated it and it did not work on my black lab, Mollie."