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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Bebe (Birmingham, Al) on 08/18/2012
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Have been dealing with the yeast issues for years (second dog). First of allm I would suggest allergy testing for food/environment. Cost is about 150.00. This way you know for sure.

My dog, dachshund now 6, has a chicken as well as seasonal allergies so I give her venison or bison and vegetables. If it is too protein rich, her pH gets out of balance and she gets a UTI so read the protein # on the label.

I bathe her twice a week with Virbac Keto-Chlor Ketoconazole. She will get break outs under her forelegs and vaginal. The baths give her great relief.

We do the baking soda and vinegar rinses, also. She takes enzymes, from health food store, sprinkled on her food, for her stomach. Sometimes she will eat the yogurt, especially goat yogurt. Her water, purified, as our water has chemicals and disrupts the stomach flora. We saw an allergy specialist for 1 1/2 years and have run the course. Someone mentioned their dog was vomiting yellow. This is most likely bile from stomach upset and Pepto has sweetner in it that promotes the fungus. Not good for the flora.


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Posted by Lucy (Rockport, Texas) on 08/13/2016
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Coconut Oil: This stuff works wonderfully. My fur baby kids had a yeast infection so I bought the cold pressed virgin oil and give to them in their food everyday plus I rub this on their skin and two are already cleared up the rest are clearing up. It works a hundred percent! Love it!


Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx) on 11/03/2012
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My dog is a Lhasa-Apso, and he has had a recurring ear infection since we adopted him about a year ago. We took him to the vet several times and tried different ointments. We tried a homeopathic ear drop too, as well as an ear flush made of alcohol, white, vinegar, and Betadine. The flush helped, for a day or two at a time, but did not cure the infection. Finally I took an old medicine dropper and filled it about half-full with some organic EVCO. It stopped the itching immediately. After about a month the ear that was infected the worst started bothering him again. The other ear seemed fine. I repeated the dose again, and the dog immediately stopped scratching his ear. I do believe that this works better than anything else we have used, including prescription drops and ointments. I think that the one ear is completely cured. I will keep an eye on the other one, and dose with EVCO again if any sign of infection returns.

Replied by Teresa Abell
Ca
11/04/2015

We too have a Lasa Opso and we adopted her when she was about 2. She right away began having terrible ear infections. Nothing has seemed to work. She now seems to have a serious yeast infection. She has scratched her whole body, making sores everywhere and has lost most of her hair. She smells awful and is miserable. We managed to get her ears clear via antibiotics and drops...but I know that the infections will be back. What is EVCO? I am working on her yeast but would love to be able to keep her ears clean permanently.

EC: EVCO = Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Replied by Wendy
Ohio
11/05/2015

One of the best remedies for healing your pet's bacterial and/or yeast EAR infection is the Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane). Do a search on this site for "Arcane", and you'll find it. The ingredients to buy are very inexpensive, and easy to mix. And your pet will love you for it!

Replied by Susan
Kyle, Tx
11/17/2016

What is EVCO? My yellow lab (2 yrs.) has a terrible ear yeast infection. We have tried vet treatments, only to have them re-occur. I am now trying Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Thanks for sharing and hope we all find help for our precious pets.

EC: ECVO - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Replied by Wendy
Columbus
11/18/2016

Please search this EarthClinic site for "Arcane". It's a homemade remedy that gets rid of bacteria and yeast in dogs' ears. Read & follow the directions carefully.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
11/18/2016

Hey Susan,

Recurring ear infections may be the result of the wrong diet. Please check the ingredients on your bag of kibble - if you see corn or grain ingredients they may be causing these infections. Try switching to a grain free diet, and consider Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs to fight the yeast from the inside out.


Posted by Nicky (Saint Charles, Il) on 05/07/2012
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Pure, unsweetened coconut oil works great for yeast infection, parasites, fungal infections, cysts, cuts, and many other ailments for dogs. I have 2 Saint Bernard puppies, one is 100lbs and has a yeast infection. The doctor gave him ear drops, which made him go temporarily deaf (hearing came back). I started to give him coconut oil in his food (I worked it up to 2-3 tbsp a day, no more. Less for smaller dogs, but look up amount on Internet). I give him shredded, unsweetened coconut as well and rub a little of the oil in his ear. It cleared up the infection in 2-3 days. Even though the infection showed in his ear, you have to treat it internally. It comes from inside. Coconut oil is now a regular part of their meals as they love the taste and it has so many health benefits for them (also for us). It has also made their coats incredibly soft and full.

Replied by Aileen
Northern Ireland
05/24/2013

I was wondering if anyone could recommend one or two good brands of pure unsweetened coconut oil? When I googled it there were so many. I'm finally on the road to recovery thanks to this website. My poor dog has been suffering for almost a year now with horrible yeast in her ears and paws. Many thanks!

Replied by Deb
Pittsburgh, Pa
06/03/2013

Hi Aileen, Nutiva and Tropical Traditions are both good ones. Nutiva is cheaper - usually with free shipping - but if you can find a sale on Tropical Traditions you're helping the local people with your purchase. Good luck!

Replied by Carolyn
Wabash, Indiana
04/12/2015

Amen & thank you. I started giving my dog coconut oil when she developed several hotspots. She LOVES it :-)

Replied by Denise
Newfoundland, Canada
06/06/2015

Hi, Bandit, my 9 1/2 yr old Shih-Tzu suffers from yeast infection in his ears. Never mind the almost constant scratching, then licking his paws which I figure is just spreading the infection (?), the smell is horrendous! I started about 3 weeks ago w some ACV in water & 1 tbsp of yoghurt in morning food and there's been no improvement. I've also heard about using Coconut Oil in ears is good for yeast infection. Advice? Comments?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/07/2015

Hey Denise!

Bandit's yeast issue is not just in the ears - it is systemic, so it is in his entire body and simply manifesting in the ears and itchy paws.

What are you feeding Bandit? In many cases a systemic yeast infection can be linked to a grain or plant based diet. The first thing you need to do to address the systemic yeast is to read the food label and if you see grains and/or potatoes is to switch to a grain free meat based diet. You should see changes in 6 or so weeks by changing the diet; if you do not see any sort of result consider rotating the protiens - so chicken based diet for one bag of food, next bag of food fish based protiens and so on; keep a diet log to monitor results to see if Bandit does better on one protien over another.

Remove any treats or biscuits that are grain based, not made in the USA, and contain food dyes of any sort; these same treats may contain lots of sugar - which feeds yeast, or nitrates which are not healthy for Bandit.

It took time for Bandit to get to this point, so expect it to take time to get him back to health.

Some folks have had good results for systemic yeast by dosing olive leaf oil capsules - am and pm with the food. This remedy may take 6 months to effect good results - again, healing takes time.

You can also try alkalizing Bandit's water with baking soda, and rotate the baking soda water with borax water which is an antifungal/antiyeast.

Consider medicating Bandit's ears with Zymox Otic which you can buy online, or Ted's anti-fungal/anti-staph remedy. A bath with Ted's Mange remedy may help with the paws, as well as dipping in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy.

You are on the right path with adding the probiotics via the yogurt, but you might consider the encapsulated form which has a greater concentration of bacteria without the dairy.

Good luck and please report back!

Sylvia
England
03/26/2016

Hi,

I have two westies. One has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. She has a yeast infection in her paws at the moment. She does not get any treats because she can only have meals twice daily before insulin injections. Would giving her a yogurt on her food help or is there something else that would help? I am also looking at changing her food does anyone know what would be the best for diabetic dogs? I hope someone can help. Thanks in advance

Replied by Denise
Newfoundland, Canada
06/07/2015

Thank you for the detailed response. Bandit does eat grain & chicken free food as our 7 yr old German Shepherd needs that for his sensitive digestive system. Bandit can & will eat anything so his treats sometimes have chicken in them. I did not realize about the food dyes & sugar. So, again thank you & I will let you know the progress.

Replied by Carla
Illinois
06/16/2015

Denise,

Please look into giving your dog a probiotic supplement. You will most likely start seeing results in just a few days with continuous improvement ovet the next few weeks. Read some of the other reviews about probiotics and you will see many people struggling with the same issue who found great results with the product. My dog is doing great on them.

Replied by Molly
Rochester, In.
08/19/2015

Does it work on a dog's belly?

Replied by Teresa
Highland, Ca
11/04/2015

I have been putting about 2 tbsp of coconut oil in my dogs food for a couple weeks now. I'm not sure if I see any change. Could I also put it on her body on her sores etc.? How long before you began seeing improvement?


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Posted by Miz Scarletts (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/18/2014
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Dogs with Yeast Infection - try cod liver oil on their food 2 tablespoons a day. My pet had a full coat of hair in 2 weeks!


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Posted by Amy (New York City, Ny) on 01/21/2015

I am currently having some success with a blend of High Vitamin Butter Oil (HVBO) with Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO).

I have a pit bull/rott mix that is 70 lbs and somewhere around 3 years old (she was a rescue so not certain).

From the moment she came to live with me she had an ear infection;which she spread to her eyes, a recurrent vaginal irritation, anal gland issues, and hair loss. With antibiotics we saw temporary relief and then the ear infections would return. I learned that some people saw the above symptoms as evidence of allergies. So I took her off as many starches as I could (she is eating Castor & Pollux dried food made with duck). We cook liver for her, which we prepare with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I also give her 2 tablespoons of yogurt a day. It does make her go with a bit more frequently but it is not a watery go (sorry about that detail).

I am somewhat on the paleo diet (still do carbs occassionally). The diet makes some sense for dogs so no more breads, potatoes, pastas, fruits, corn or sweets for her (we use to give her fruits from time to time--bad I know now). I learned about the HVBO (High Vitamin Butter Oil) and FCLO (Fermented Cod Liver Oil). It is kind of expensive but my dog loves it. I bought it from Radiant Life in gel form plain without cinnamon and stevia (other "flavors" are lemon and carob and have stevia added). It is gross to me but I take it too (much larger dosage for me) and the dog really likes it. I only give her .5 teaspoon and she is getting better slowly--I think. She does not scratch her ears anymore. I will wait for a few more weeks to see if that works for her other symptoms before I bump her up to one full teaspoon. I am keeping close watch on a near bald spot on her head. Amazon also sells the HVBO & FCLO blend Radiant Life sells it the cheapest. Amazon can be as much a $20 more.

I was giving her regular cod liver oil but learned that those synthetic versions that are absorbed into the body as easily as the FCLO--which is more a of a food than a supplement.

Hope this helps others. Will be sure to post an improvement with before and after pics if possible.

Best of luck!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/22/2015

Hey Amy!

It sounds like you are on the right track for your girl!

I would only suggest you consider supplementing with raw sauerkraut for the probiotics- my pack LOVES it! Also if you are dealing with systemic yeast overgrowth, you might consider a borax regimen in the water to knock the population way down to really get on top of the yeast.

Replied by Vanayssa
B.C. Canada
05/05/2015

Just to mention, a 50/50 mix of straight apple cider vinegar mixed with clear borax water will get rid of the ear infection and also get rid of the yeast infection on the dog's skin and under its limbs, where it tends to recur and recur, under the arm and leg pits. Got to keep an eye on those sites and just spray under there daily for a while to keep it from coming back.

To make clear borax water, put a heap of borax (twenty mule team, the stuff for laundry) into a jug, add a lot more water and stir it good. Then let it sit for a couple days, you can tell if the clear water on top has a good lot of borax in it, taste it off your finger. It has to be clear, as any borax granules at all will plug up the spray bottle permanently. Add it to the spray bottle with the cider vinegar in it).

Replied by Amy
Nyc
05/16/2015

Thanks for the suggestions. I am still searching and seeing some improvement.

Replied by Scott
Tampa Bay Area
06/05/2015

I am a little confused on why the oil helps? I rescued a cocker-terrier (supposedly both breeds very susceptible to skin yeast because of their oily skin)mix that has been plagued by skin yeast for a long time. I have done a lot of reading and been to the Vet and have the prescription shampoo and changed food to grain free to eliminate sugar but I am reading the yeast thrives off of oily skin. Wouldn't adding oil to the diet add more oil to the skin?

I have been dipping in various vinegar-aloe-water mixes, using tea tree oil spray which seems to dry her skin and she loves a batch of yogurt in the morning and I shampoo her every 2 to 3 days with the Vet's shampoo but the incessant scratching and biting at her toes is on going weeks into this.

I just found out she has probably had this most of her life and she is 6. You can clearly tell the skin yeast by the smell which I can keep at bay with the above but know she still has the skin yeast as she spends most of her waking time scratching or biting at her paws.

She is a black dog, so easy to see. A couple of days after a shampoo where I am sure I rinse her well, I see what looks like dandruff on her coat. Does anyone know if this is normal for skin yeast or is it the skin yeast dying off?

Thanks for any insight.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/05/2015

Hey Scott!

I cannot answer about the cod liver oil and yeast except to say that the fermented cod liver oil can be a real immune booster for some. Many remedies are hit and miss - and through trial and error you find what sticks. I find that if you have a gut feeling about something to trust your gut, so if adding oil seems contradictory for your dog, don't do it.

You can change the diet to eliminate sugar, but you might also consider a diet with minimal starch as well.

First steps for me with a dog with systemic yeast is Ted's Mange remedy followed up with Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy in a spritzer bottle for the trouble spots.

I also do a regime of either borax in the water or baking soda.

Some have had good results in combating systemic yeast with olive leaf oil in the food am and pm.

The dandruff sounds like dried out troubled skin; brushing daily can help stimulate the skin and get the natural oils going; using a vinegar rinse after each bath will also help balance the ph. You might also consider adding oils such as evening primrose oil or coconut oil for the dry skin; the coconut oil has antimicrobial properties.


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Posted by Beth (Plainfeild, Il) on 11/03/2011
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My toy poodle developed a rash on the stomach and next he had cold symptoms. He was diagnosed with sinus and broncitis. They kept giving him antibotics that put him on his death bed and he had days to live. I researched his symptoms and concluded that he had a sytematic yeast infection. The first thing I did was stop all drugs. I gave him 1/4 tsp of colloidal silver 3 x a day for 1 week, after 48 hours he was up and walking. Silver kills yeast and fungis. I ordered Oxy E drops and put one teaspoon in a gallon of water in a steam vaporizer, made a tent and gave him steam treatment in his kennel 3 times a day.

Also got anti fungal med, from vet after scrape was taken from rash, proved to be yeast. Oral intraclozone for three weeks. If your vet won't help, order from Canada, it only comes in tabs that have to be resplit to the weight of the dog. Dog also eats grain free food. If yeast is in nose and eyes I put collidal silver right in nose and eyes, cleared up completely. Dog has relaspes every 3 months which happens, I put a mixture of vinegar and water on rash and give him oral fungus med every 3 days to manage it. He is doing great and very happy.

Replied by Linda
United Kingdom
06/17/2016

Hi, can I ask where you get colloidal silver from please and oxi E .I do all the disinfecting with essential oils and feed him grain free and rub pure coconut oil on him and clove oil etc but on a morning he's so bad he rips at his ears and practically pulls them off even though I clean his ears out 3x a day and do all the other stuff. I would be very grateful as it breaks my heart to see him in such distress. He's a lovely dog but he self mutilates sometimes and creates sores because of his distress.I resort to giving him antihistamines to help him sleep to give him relief sometimes. We are desperate. Regards.linda xx

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Sydney Australia
06/17/2016

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Posted by Fudge (Cape Town, South Africa) on 06/06/2011
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After struggling with my maltese's ear yeast infections, my chemist suggest collodial silver. Within 2 days his ears cleared up, and since then it never returned. I'm never without collodial silver now.

Replied by Mary
Atlanta, Ga Usa
02/06/2012

How did you use the silver? Give to the dog orally or wash out ears with it? Drops in ears? I have a Maltese with chronic ear infections. Changed foods, steroids, you name it and I have tried it.

Replied by Pepper Chanel
Singapore
10/15/2012
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I use it both orally & externally. About 1 dropperful for 1kg when taken internally & Pepper took a 30ppm colloidal silver. She has since changed over to a patented technology & supposed to be more effective. I've found it works. For her ears I just dropped one dropperful in after flushing and swabbing out her ears.


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Posted by Basenjilife (Seminole, Florida) on 10/11/2014
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I have fostered more than 150 basenjis, many with skin issues. Usually, I can fix them fairly quickly. This summer, though, I've had one that has a very challenging skin condition which appears to be a yeast problem. I had already incorporated several of the suggestions mentioned here with some success and will try others mentioned here. One thing that I've found to have the largest impact is to control the environment - humidity. This is a challenge in Florida, particularly when living in an older home that leaks like a sieve. My foster dog's skin was noticeably better when there was a break in the heat and humidity. I run dehumidifiers along with the air conditioners to try to maintain less than 50% relative humidity. I also limit my foster's access to sunshine and midday outside heat. I expect to have a lot more success with finally nipping the problem in the bud when the Florida summer weather breaks for more than a few days and hope that I will have his immunity fully recovered before he has to once again deal with heat and humidity next summer.


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Posted by Mommadd (Florida) on 01/25/2016
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I love homemade Dakin's Solution - for external use ONLY - it dates back to its use during the Civil War. It is a stellar bacterial killer and it is very effective on yeast. It is also great for cleaning your dog's ears. It doesn't burn. The over-the-counter stuff is costly (for people and for animal use) BUT you can make it at home for pennies.

I started using this solution for a son who developed cystic acne - great results. I then realized this stuff will kill yeast!

I dab the solution on the dog's yeasty spots with cotton balls and the next day, scrape off the dead yeast and apply another dose. It takes a few treatments and my dog is large - so it takes some time. It's so worth it as the yeasty smell is gone instantly and itching is calmed.

Making Dakin's Solution

1. Wash your hands with soap and water.
2. Measure 4 cups of water into a clean pan.
3. Boil the water for 15 minutes with the lid on the pan. Remove from heat.
4. Measure 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda into the boiled water using a sterile measuring spoon.
5. Measure bleach, based on the strength chart below, into the boiled water using a sterile cup or measuring spoon. For my dog's thinner skin, I use the 1/2 strength* recipe vs. the full strength:

Full Strength – add 3 oz bleach
*1/2 Strength – add 3 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp bleach*
1/4 Strength – add 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp bleach

1/8 Strength – add 2 1/2 tsp bleach

6. Place the solution in a sterile jar. Close it tightly with the sterile lid.

Allow to COOL before use. I shake the jar before use to ensure the baking soda is dispersed.

Store the solution at room temperature. It will keep in dark storage for a month. Once opened and exposed to air, the solution deteriorates. Throw away any unused portion 48 hours after opening -- and make a fresh batch.

Obviously don't add more bleach than what is listed. Do not use if there is an allergy to the ingredient(s). Stop using the solution if the situation worsens and get to a vet.

I hope this helps someone else and their beloved dog.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
01/26/2016

I love this! Thank you!

Replied by Mommadd
Florida
02/05/2016
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This solution is also stellar on hot spots! It doesn't destroy the skin like some antiseptics.

Replied by Steve
Warwick, Ny
07/30/2016

By bleach, you mean Clorox? My 4 year old King Charles spaniel with the chronic, fiery red, rear paw pad and ear yeast infection, licks his paws and scratches his head/ ears incessantly. How dobtoubprevent ingestion of the Clorox. For now we're starting with ACV and yogurt added to his Orijen kibble, which he's been on for years, as well as cleaning those areas with ACV on gauze pads. He's 25 lbs: I presume 1 tsp of ACV AND 1Tbl of yogurt per AM &PM meal IS CORRECT? Thanks.

Replied by Mommadd
Florida
07/31/2016

Hi Steve,

Yes, plain Clorox or any other good brand of bleach - not the scented or kinds that have the gel-like additive. Proper dilution per the Dakin's recipe is required, of course.

ACV can sting like nobody's business on raw skin even at a 50/50 dilution. I use it for our dog's ears (regular cleaning).


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Posted by Ken (Orlando, Kentucky, Usa) on 03/13/2012
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I adopted a very sweet 7 year old bull mastiff 2 months ago that had multiple health problems. After $700 of heart worm medication, ear mite and intestinal worm meds we had to contend with a very bad odor a day after each bath using normal dog shampoo. My wife was about to the point of banning him from coming in the house. I was told by a friend to use human Head and Shoulders clinical strength shampoo. After two baths (once a week) the odor diminished. After 4 weeks it was not noticeable. I was very careful not to get into the eyes.


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Posted by Claire (Indianapolis) on 06/13/2014
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Re: Diatomaceous Earth kills Yeast, Fleas and Parasites

Hi, My poor dog started getting issues almost 2 years ago: flea bites became hotspots, then fungus, mites, ear infections, baldness, rashes. I changed to a homemade diet of raw meat, boiled eggs (with crushed shells for calcium), live yogurt, ACV, Coconut Oil, oregano, probiotics, tumeric (for swelling and cataracts) and other good things. It all helped a lot but the thing that finally killed the yeast was Diatomaceous Earth (DE). This is a fine silica powder that is totally non-toxic and is a great wormer, parasite and flea killer and a great nutritional supplement. It is totally safe for humans too with LOTS of benefits and incredibly cheap. Buy FOOD grade only at your local health food store. You won't regret it! Zorro got die off symptoms within a few hours but healing followed rapidly. So glad to have finally have a healthy dog again.

Replied by Terrie
Camas, Wa
04/28/2016

How do you administer the DE? Do you put on skin/ do you put in the food?

Replied by Daureen
Tiverton
06/08/2016

Did you put it on her coat? In her food? Both?


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Posted by Odette (Canada) on 12/10/2015

I have two bichon/yorkie x, and have never had a problem with them until this past year. I had been feeding them Blue Buffalo Lamb and Potato grain free - THIS IS THE PROBLEM! They have a yeast problem now, and I'm on the road to discovering what treatment will work for them. I will not give them any steroid, antibiotic treatments as I feel that would be detrimental. Both dogs were shaking their heads (ear problem), chewing their paws and legs, to the point of blood taking. One has a bald patch on her leg from licking and chewing. The high content of starches in grain-free dog kibble is causing the problem. Starch converts to sugar, yeast loves sugar. I now have them on Orijen Tundra, giving them anti-fungal baths, and am trying out plain yogurt as well, to help them establish the proper flora in their gut. So far, so good. The itching, biting, etc. has calmed down significantly, however after giving them yogurt for 3 days the head shaking and scratching escalated. I think that may be normal as it has to get worse before it gets better - or so I'm told from the various articles I've read on yeast infections.

I am also starting them on a regimen of a bath every five days to help eliminate the skin problems. I use Vet Formula anti-fungal shampoo, which I bought on Amazon.ca. I also use ACV/water solution as a rinse. I'm just starting this and already I've seen positive results. I think this is going to take some time to fix as they were on the Blue Buffalo for over a year. By the time we became aware of the problem it was already well-established. I am more than a little annoyed that no one (2 vets ) even suggested that yeast could be a problem, not allergies! They are NOT the same thing at all!

I will provide an update in a few weeks to let you all know how things are going with this regimen.

Replied by Odette
Canada
10/07/2016

It's a year later and while the symptoms have come and gone a few times, I had bloodwork done on both my pups and found that my little guy had elevated liver enzymes, and a touch of pancreatitis. The vet kept him overnight, flushed his pancreas with antibiotics and now I have full blown yeast problems with him. Or it could be dry skin. I have no way of knowing for sure and my vet just wants my money to give more antibiotics and steroids. I was also prescribed Royal Canin low fate prescription diet, which just exacerbated the itching - even though I warned the vet that this would happen. I was prescribed Apoquel to combat the itching, biting legs and paws (both dogs chewed their foot pads raw. I have no trust in vets any more - their last visit with the vet cost almost $3000 and did not help. The Apoquel did reduce the itching, etc. but it is an immune suppressant and as soon as the 15 day treatment was over the itching started all over again. I am now going to try feeding Orijen Tundra which is supposed to be species appropriate, but they also have changed their formula recently to add peas (another starch that yeast loves). It is still the best I can find at the moment. I will keep looking. My little guy seems to be allergic to all grains, potatoes, anything protein that is grain fed (which eliminates almost all things except wild or marine grown). I wish I could access wild game, but can't seem to find an outlet here that processes wild game for pet consumption. I've tried kangaroo, bush baby, etc to incorporate a new protein they've never had, but all the formulas I've found have potato or some other form of starch. So! I am going to try a marine diet with enzymes (Prozyme is what I'm choosing, coconut oil and milk thistle for liver support). I will keep you updated to see if this regimen helps. My marine choice is Acana Pacifica.


Posted by Diana (Iowa) on 06/29/2015

My dog Brady is a 5 year old teddy bear and has spent about 4 years on every kind of allergy medication, including shots, ammune surpressants, anti fungals and antibiotics over and over again until we got him. I took him off all his meds after awhile because #1 they were not working and I could not tell what problem he had over another. So I decided to start from scratch.

We had his thyroid tested and he was at .02 so we put him on thyroid meds. I also started cooking for him and them switched him over to a raw diet. He also does fermented vegtables, yogurt, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

I have to bath him everyday with malaseb other wise he is a greasy itchy, smelly mess. Right now he had a bubble between his toes that is very sore.

I feel his over all health has improved so much from his diet switch and his digestion is good and he loves his food now. Before we had him on taste of the wild until I figured out it was a yeast problem and the sweet potatoes had to go. He did not care for any of the other food we gave him and seemed to only eat out of hunger.

I gave him the borax, MOM, peroxide, and epson salt rinse last night and he is greasy again today. I was wondering if ther was a schedule to do this rinse like everyday, once a week. I just want him to get past this and I will do what ever it takes with out hurting the progress we made.

He has also lost a lot of hair and is bald in some spots. I am not sure but I think this is just a skin problem. What do you think?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
06/30/2015

Hey Diana!

I agree - this is a skin problem, and the greasy coat is often a symptom of seborrhea. This can be the result of an underlying health condition, or could be temporary. If this were my dog I would keep up the anti-yeast feeding program and would consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs for his drinking water. You might need to bathe him every day/every other day to stay on top of the greasy coat; this is something you will need to tweak to fit your particular situation. Again, this could be a temporary condition that improves as you straighten him out, or it could mean there is some other health issue that has yet to be diagnosed. I would suggest a vet visit is in order to check for an underlying condition, but it appears you have had your quota of the vet for a while. In your shoes I would wait on the vet, allow your boy to heal with your current protocol, and then if after a few months the greasy coat continues, then try the vet again and inquire about underlying health issues that cause seborrhea that you may be able to run tests for.

Replied by Diana
Iowa
06/30/2015

Thank you for your feedback. I will keep up with the protocol. I do think that his skin is not as red today as it has been. Anything is a good sign to me.

Replied by Pauline Shoop
Hastings, Pennsylvania
07/06/2015

My brother has a dog Kiki, that suffers from exactly what your dog has. We are searching for home remedies as well....will let you know as we find anything, if you like please let us know your findings!!!! Sincerely, Pauline

Replied by Wilda
Florida
06/13/2016

My Cooper, a mini Aussie, has develped a yeast skin issue slso. I took him to a regular vet, she said it was ringworm and gave me dime shampoo and topical solution. Told me to bathe him 3-4 times a week. Then I took him to a holistic vet I knew and had used in the past with previous dogs I had( but is almost an hours drive) and she said it was a yeast infection. She gave me liver detox pills to give him 2 times a day for a month. She also said to bathe him 2-3 times a week until I see him better, then slowly I can cut back. I also feed him a holistic dry fish dog food, and make my own solution to spray him with. It consists of colloidal silver, tea tree, lavender, calendula. The soap I bought to bathe him with is from the health store, it's Castille and it has tea tree oil as well as coconut, jojoba and more. He's had it for months, it seemed to be getting worse, which is why I went to the vets. The first vet treatment items scared me once I read the ingredients. He's doing a lot better. No oozing, no hair loss, less scratching and biting. But living in Florida, with heat and humidity makes it hard. I keep them at home in AC den. We're not outside walking, and even that has to be limited. My little one had a heat stroke one day. Hope this helps someone.


Posted by Kay (Rome, Ga) on 10/07/2014

My dog has yeast infection; I am going to switch to grain free foods such as Call of the Wild dry. Would adding chicken stock to it to make it more palatable feed the yeast?

Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/07/2014

Hey Kay!

Adding chicken stock may add additional salt to your dog's diet, which might create a housebreaking issue if your dog tanks up on water [due to the salt] and then has to urinate more frequently. In addition, your dog may find it too rich, which may cause loose stools. All you can do is try it and evaluate your results.

If all you need to do is 'dress up' the kibble a wee bit, you might try thoroughly mixing in 1 spoonful of a wet food; they have 95%-100% chicken or beef canned diets that may serve very well for this.

Replied by Pattie
New York
01/02/2016

Do not add chicken of any kind. Chicken is the #1 allergen for dogs and it's very difficult to find a food without it. Taste of the Wild is an excellent choice but be sure to use the lamb, fish or other formulas without chicken. Also stay away from the beef formulas. Add plain greek yogurt if you want or some canned food but I would go with the yogurt. I've used it and always had great results.



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