Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 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
Last Modified on Mar 07, 2014<< Continued from page 4
Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
[YEA] 02/27/2008: Claudia from PDX, Oregon: "What has made my dogs skin and coat beautiful is a daily combination of 1/2 tsp of ACV mixed in some plain organic yogurt. I use "nancy"s". My big dog- black lab mix has yeast issues in his ears and paws and it has cured this problem but also improved his coat as well as the coat of my other dog. I see huge skin improvemnets. It took about a month to see the difference as I think it changed the PH of his gut thus working it's way out to the skin. I got a little lax on the routine and right away notice the old problems back. Needless to say I am going to do this everyday from now on. One more thing- my dog with the yeast problem has been allergy tested and has a dairy allergy- I figured I would take a chance with the organic yogurt and I have seen NO ill effects- it is full of all the good bacteria- not sure if that made the difference or what."
Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes
[YEA] 05/02/2013: Schnauzergal from Weatherford, Tx, Usa: "A lot of you have aske for "recipes" of apple cider vinegar mixtures for your dogs with canine yeast infections. I've searched all over the web and here are the ones I've found. I've been using the wipes and they seem to be working. My little gal's skin is returning to normal looking and the blackish skin and crust are going away. Today I used the ear solution and will report back in a few weeks to let you know the results. Meanwhile here are the recipes I've found: Vinegar Wipes for Canine Yeast Infections:
What you need: Apple Cider Vinegar (check ingredients for sugar; if sugar is present look at another brand) Clean pure (not tap water) water; 1 oblong Ziplock food storage container or plastic shoe box with lid; good quality paper towels (I use Bounty)
Solution: 1/4 cup ACV; 1 cup pure (not tap) water
Fold paper towels in half and place in the container pour ACV solution over towels and keep covered.
Wipe dog down 2 times a day with damp not soppy towel. Get between toes, all over dark skin areas, vaginal area (not inside). This should start to clean up the skin discoloration pretty quickly.
Vinegar Ear Wash for Yeast Infections in Canines
1 tablespoon of ACV; 1/4 cup pure water (not tap); small jar or container to put solution in; eye dropper
Mix solution, place in container and use dropper to put several drops of solution in each ear. Massage base of each ear after inserting solution. Wipe out with cotton ball NOT A COTTON. SWAB. Use a hair dryer on low heat at about 8 inches from dogs ear to dry up remaining moisture in dogs ear. You might also use the dryer after bathing your dog or after they go for a swim to dry up moisture inside ear. ALWAYS use LOW heat or cool setting for this otherwise you can burn the ear canal and ear.
Vinegar Rinse for Canines with Yeast Infections
2 cups ACV; 2 gal pure water (not tap); large pitcher or jug, pail or pot to hold mixture
Wash dog with anti-fungal shampoo and allow suds to stay on dog for about 15 minutes; Use a rubber brush to scrub dogs skin with shampoo. Rinse with clean water. Then pour ACV solution over your animal and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse off.
Salve for Canine Yeast Infections
2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil; 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil.
Mix and use on skin where animal cannot lick. Do Not Use Tea Tree Oil alone. It will burn the animals skin.
I am not a vet; I've only researched these "recipes" from the web in various places. I figure anything is worth a try to stop my gal from scratching herself crazy. Try them, if they work, great if not discontinue."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Dietary Changes
[YEA] 02/09/2010: Toni from Torrance, Ca.: "This stuff works my dog looked like a hairless cat until we started treatment 1cup water & 1cup apple cider vinegar bath twice a week and 2 tablespoon vinegar in a gallon of drinking water for drinking and raw meat hamburger, fish, chicken, shrimp and some cooked meat too.
he smelled so bad that went away after 2 baths. he had yeast in his ears so we dipped cotton balls in 1tbs water and 1tbs vinegar salouation and cleaned his ears squeez out most of the wetness when you do the ears dont let it drip into the ear with in a 2 week time his hair started growing back now he is fully recovered it took about 2 months for him to get back to his old self.
Thank you so much this saved me about $600.00 in vet bills"
09/01/2009: Shiba-enu from Romeo, Mi: "I have 3 shiba-inus. 2 of them are susceptible to yeast: spotted blackening skin, smell, oily fur, and itching! Cortisone was great for the moment, and the yeast raged afterwards. My female gets it the worst-particularly in the summer. I have seen PH mentioned only once-I believe it is behind everything! PH of the SKIN and PH of the internal body! Read information for neutralizing the diet for humans and you will get the idea.
PURE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR-not any brand but HEINZ (not their new product made from distilled white and flavored with cider), is what i am using for a variety of purposes. Distilled white vinegar used to made from corn. It restores the skin to a neutral PH where yeast can't grow. Not irritating. It does cause my dogs to lick it- which is not a bad thing because then they are taking the vinegar in and changing the body PH... slowly I know. For food, I use INNOVA brand exclusively- holistic, non-allegenic- NO CORN BRWERS YEAST CHICKEN etc. They get a portion of this, and meat/fish, and yogurt with the ACIDOLPH(SP?), and enzymes after the first month to support immune system. Another aspect, I DO NOT FEED THEM CHLORINATED WATER!!(Chlorine in the water kills our friendly bacteria too!. I fill bottles with well water from a friends, or distilled with the 'cell food' oxygen additive that we use,
Try not to feed the YEAST organism. Sugars in all forms! Do not put water in ears, I swab the ear i can reach with a cloth with the vinegar solution. I bathe once a week in the antifungal shampoo..
I think it is good to remember that any remedy used for a long time will loose its' effectiveness. Yeast won't 'go away' forever. So have a couple of menus and switch off once this is under 'control'. The dogs have to maintain a healthy digestive tract with 'nutrient rich' food... Even us people are having a hard time finding food with all the processsing it is subjected to.. We really need to feed ourselves and our pets- fresh and minimally cooked food. Human grade."
Borax and Peroxide, Dietary Changes
[YEA] 02/26/2013: Ly from Wilmington, Delaware: "My female Lab had come down with a yeast infection a year ago. We had no idea what it was. Vet said it was an allergies. There began our quest , by elimination process of what she was allergic too, while trying to find food she could eat that wouldn't worsen the problem. What a nightmare. She was itching constantly, smelled awful and the ear infections. We were so overwhelmed. The itching became so bad she was biting her hair off. By pure luck I found this site, and Ted was talking about the borax and peroxide.. etc treatments. We did everything he suggested. Within 6 months, her ears were slightly pink, not raw. 2 weeks after that the smell started leaving herand her itching was once or twice a day. We did however have a time getting her to eat the fish oil capsules. Her diet is now absolutely no canned dog food, 1/4 cup of all natural dry food per feeding with an additive of a product called "Dinovite" (which targets the itching that garbage dog food can cause dogs) also we feed her partially cooked chicken thighs and a baked liver mixture (recipe below) we make with a few veggies and eggs in it. At present she is almost completely well. We do not trust any dog food anymore because we've tried all of them. Thanks to Ted for the initial help!
Recipe for Liver loaf:
2 small packs of beef liver, 1 tbsp of wheat grass powder, 1 tbsp of Kelp powder, 1 tbsp of spirulina, 6 eggs, 6 or 7 small carrots chopped up. Mix all of this in a food processor, 40 secs on med high. Pour into a small loaf pan bake at 350 for an hour or until a toothpick clomes up clean. We cut slices of loaf and cube it to put into her food.
You can get the powders from nutsonline.com
Good luck to all."Replies
[YEA] 01/08/2014: Andie from Denver, Co replies: "I also have a dog we adopted (pitt/boxer/husky) at age 1.5. Within a year she was itching more and licking her paws. A few months ago she had an ear that was red/crusty/smelly. I cleaned it twice a day w/ peroxide and applied Neosporin. After about a week it looked much better and eventually went away. But then she started getting reddness in the folds of her legs which started to get worse quickly, so I took her to the vet, told her about the ear and asked if it could be a yeast prob. She said it was probably more bacterial and put my dog on Antiboitics and Temeril (steroid/benedryl combo pill). Anyway the infection cleared in about a week, but came back quickly a few days after she finished the Abx. So I decided to do the peroxide cleaning like I did w/ her ear. I also decided to transition her to a better food (Avoderm rotating diet) and give her a spoonful of plain yogurt a couple times a day. I also bathe her w/ Tea Tree oil shampoo. It's been a couple weeks now and her skin looks back to normal. Yay! Wish I would have gone w/ my instincts and tried the home yeast remedies first."
[YEA] 11/03/2012: Ellen from Arlington, Tx: "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."
[YEA] 05/07/2012: Nicky from Saint Charles, Il: "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."Replies
05/24/2013: Aileen from Northern Ireland replies: "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!"
06/03/2013: Deb from Pittsburgh, Pa replies: "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!"
[YEA] 06/06/2011: Fudge from Cape Town, South Africa: "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."Replies
02/06/2012: Mary from Atlanta, Ga Usa replies: "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."
03/23/2012: Pamela from Quinton, Alabama replies: "I too have a Maltese with smelley ears... Really bad... I use the ACV today... Didn't know about this until today... please how do you use the colloidal silver?"
10/15/2012: Pepper Chanel from Singapore replies: "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."
[YEA] 03/13/2012: Ken from Orlando, Kentucky, Usa: "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."
[YEA] 12/17/2013: Kandice from Nj: "My bulldog/box mix has been suffering from yeast infections for over 2 years on her face/ears/paws/ingrown tail/vulva. She scratches, licks, bites, runs around in circles chasing her tail, squirms around on her back on the floor, and drags her behind. I've felt terrible that I could find nothing to relieve her itching. She smells like Fritos or white cheddar popcorn. Her paws and tail smelled so bad I used to gag while cleaning them. I have tried all kinds of home, and over the counter, and prescribed sprays, cleansers, powders, creams, and meds. She has been tested for tons of things and also has had her anal glands expunged. Nothing stopped any of her infections for any real period of time. During this time I was trying to narrow down what she was allergic to. I tried many different brands and flavors of foods for several months one at a time. Finally, I have found a great one. Nature's variety instinct grain-free salmon meal formulas dry dog food. It contains Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Canola Oil, Tapioca, Pea Starch, Pork Liver, Natural Pork Flavor and tons of veggies. My dog appears to be allergic to Chicken and beef like most dogs and most dog foods have some type of chicken or beef in it. This is the only food I could find that didn’t have chicken or beef product without potatoes or rice. I buy it at Petco but I'm sure other places sell it. After her eating only this and Vitality Salmon treats (only salmon and veggies) for 5 weeks, her rash around her vulva has disappeared. She has stopped dragging her behind, rolling around on the floor, chasing herself in circles, and scratching her face/ears. She still chews her paws but I think she may be allergic to grass or likes to keep them clean. Her coat is also thinker and she appears to be shedding less. I will continue to clean her deep folds, ingrown tail, and big paws with the water/vinegar/peroxide solution to maintain her cleanliness. If your dog has any of those, then are prone to yeast anyway and need to be cleaned often (at least bi-weekly). Please try this food if you know your dog is allergic to chicken/beef. I’m so happy my baby is finally feeling better!"Replies
[YEA] 12/19/2013: Figment from Co replies: "We dealt with chronic yeast ear infections in our vizsla pup for months. Vet just kept giving us new ear washes/ointments/etc... most with steroids. Finally after switching foods many times, we found one that has ended the problem. NO GRAINS makes a big difference. We use Taste of the Wild dry food, prairie bison and venison formula and he LOVES it! No more smelly ears and he smells better overall. Poop still stinks but ears are happy! No more scratching, rubbing, or painful ears. They are cold to the touch instead of warm and red. Happy dog finally!"
12/20/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Figment!
So happy you found a diet that your V is thriving on!
One thing to consider, with the stanky poo, is that the rounds of steroids et al for the yeasty ears has the internal flora out of balance. You might try adding probiotics to help improve digestion.
Kudos for sticking with it until you found the diet that works!"
10/28/2012: Singer04 from California, Ca, Usa: "We adopted a 5 year old bichon/poodle mix. He was suppose to be white but he had red/brown marks around his mouth, ears, feet, etc. At the time, he also had really really gross gunk coming out of his eyes. The inside of his ears were red and itchy and he smelled, so so bad. He was like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, he just smelled when you got near him. He itched himself all the time, he would wake us up all night long itching and biting.
All these symptoms are characteristic of an overgrowth of candida which lives in his stomach. The first thing I did was feed him wheat free/gluten free food and distilled water. After two months he was super white and didn't smell. But he still itched his ears and he still smelled kinda bad. His ears were absoltely inflammed still and rashy!
The next thing I did was start feeding him quinoa chicken vegetable mash. This took care of the smelling. But his ears, would not change! I couldn't get him to drink apple cider vinegar until I mixed 1T of apple cider vinegar with freshly ground almond butter. (Mix it real good. Almond butter doesn't feed the yeast, peanut butter feeds yeast so don't use peanut butter) That helped sometimes but not completely.
A vet friend of mine recommended some western medicine but when I researched the side effects were really dangerous! Geez.
Then someone recommended Zymox. (And I really hope that Earth Clinic doesn't remove this product name) because seriously I am so grateful to them. His ears look amazing! He doesn't itch them, they're not red. No side effects! I wish someone would have told me what to do from the beginning! (Why didn't a vet tell me all this! So frustrating! ) It's taken me a year of trying all this stuff out. I don't think Zymox would have worked as well without the gf diet and such. (They also have shampoos that I'm going to try next)
Now I have the most gorgeous, healthy, happy white bichon/poodle! I hope this helps someone out there. Good luck!"Replies
02/14/2013: Darlene from East Yaphank, Ny replies: "What is everyone feeding their dogs? I have a two year old 4.4lb Yorkie that just came into our rescue. She has been on steroids and antibiotics since 02/2011. She has been diagnosed with severe allergies and they have tried everything, but they are only treating the symptoms. She is currently on steroids, antibiotics and Ketoconazole two times a week and Revolution. She ate Royal Canin Rabbit for a year and 8 months and then Hills Venicen for two months and NO improvement. She is currently eating Royal Cainin Rabbit again. I want to order and get what I need to try and improve this little girls quality of life and not just put a bandaid. Please help my little girl."
02/15/2013: Joan from Jimena, Cadiz, Spain replies: "My Collie Cross was diagnosed with Heart Problems, Anaemia and Kidney Failure, I immediately started her on a Raw diet, mainly mince, sometimes chicken, Carrot/Spinach ( mixed together) chopped finely, well cooked lentils or Rice. 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil and always ACV in water or in her food. Initially I gave her a Kidney Cleanse Supplement (Herbs) Omega 3 Oil Capsule and Vitamin B Supplement which after about 3 months I stopped these gradually once she was back on her feet. My vet said she should have been dead according to her blood and kidney readings she lived for over another year and died 2 weeks ago at 16 years old. After her diagnosis I never put her on processed food again and no pharmceutical drugs, all natural. It gave her an extra year of good life!!! I have 2 more rescue dogs now and never will I give them processed dog food or tap water!! Just like humans, allergies and other conditions are usually down to diet, animals are no different."
02/19/2013: Claire from Boston, Ma replies: "hi Darlene, I am feeding my dog Instinct grain-free food with great success, after he got terrible yeast problems from Blue Wilderness formulas. Blue was expensive but my God, Instinct is even more expensive! I am paying over $70 for a 23.5 pound bag! However, his yeast problems and ear infections were cleared up in two weeks on the new brand. I was spending about $200 every two months on vet bills for ear infections, so the extra money on food is paying off . He hasn't been to the vet now in months! Brands vary, so good luck in your search!"
02/19/2013: Craynon from Thomaston, Ga replies: "1 tbs for your yorkie ,morning and night. half water/vinegar for skin and ears. I do not feed vinegar as they look at me funny. They do love the yogurt and I just put it in their food dish beside regular food and it is eaten first. Good luck."
02/20/2013: Lilly from Margate, Florida replies: "Please know that any person or animal on antibiotics should also be on probiotics. It will destroy your pets imune system eventually. Your pet may just have candida albacan, to which you take him or her off all dog food and carbohydrates. The yeast feeds on this. I have a 70lb pit bull who has really bad allergies, inflamed from head to toe, licks her feet and scratches & chews herself. I took her to the vet, he wanted to put her on antibiotics, I said no, paid my visit bill and left. I later found out that all she needed was to be taken off dog food, no carbs & fed only protein. I give her beef heart, liver, & one beef patty for breakfast and again for dinner. She's not scratching licking or chewing and it has only been 2 days. I also give her activated charcoal (capsule) and diatomaceous in her meat to help clear the yeast. All dog foods have carbs, even the expensive ones. Hope this helps your dog. Mine is sleeping sound right now. Good luck."
[YEA] 12/30/2011: Jennifer from Arlington, Tx, United States: "I don't know where to put this, but I wanted to share my experience. I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars at the vet for yeast infections in my dog's ears. He said allergies probably were the cause, but allergy testing was a lot of money.
So I did some research and decided to simply eliminate the most common food allergens - wheat, corn and soy - presto! No more ear infections. At least, not nearly as often and not as bad - there is no way to prevent all airborne allergens from getting in, but no more sudden, awful ones.
In a pinch, I buy Purina One Beyond. It has soy but no wheat or corn, and can be obtained from the grocery store.
When I can get what I prefer, I use Canidae from the feed store. It is the cheapest of the 'premium' foods, and contains no wheat, corn or soy.
When I notice that an infection might be trying to start - when she scratches and I see gunk in her ear, I use a product called Zymox. It is so much better than the two step cleaner antifungal/antibiotic from the vet. It is a gel that is easier on the ears - no alcohol to sting - and nicely travels down like you need it to. I normally only have to use that one-three days max. It also works for a full-on infection, but takes 1-2 weeks like the stuff from the vet. I buy a large bottle that lasts me a very long time and we never have to see the vet anymore.
Of course, if there is a possibility there is something in the ear canal, a vet trip is required. Otherwise any substance put in there will be very damaging, possibly fatal.
Anyway, I really encourage everyone with any type of problem possibly caused by allergies to change foods. It may not be as simple as avoiding wheat, corn, and soy, but it might be! And if not, you can do your testing further and see what you find for yourself.
Also, if she is really itchy - chewing on her paws and such, I give benadryl. be sure and look up the correct amount for the weight of your dog if you try that."
08/16/2011: Moosesmom from Watertown, New York, Usa: "I've read several comments about switching foods for dogs with yeast problems. My dog also suffers from this condition and I've been researching up a storm. GreatDaneLady.com has some amazing things to say as well as some pretty valid points. One point being is that sugar feeds yeast! Most dog owners are told their dogs have a food allergy and switch to allergy type foods and or grain free foods - what do almost all of these foods/treats have in them??? SWEET POTATO!!!!!!!! We might as well be feeding the yeast - actually, we are. If you read some of her articles she discusses how starchy carbs feed the yeast. There are very few truly anti-yeast dog foods out there. Petco actually carries one of them - but not all Petco's have it in stock (you can order it from their website and if you spend $49 you get free shipping most all the time). It is By Nature's Salmon, Ocean Fish and Yogurt formula. Give it a try - the price is pretty even if not lower than most all "allergy/grain free" and it is a natural food. Also their Organic 100% Turkey or 100% Chicken canned food while not to be used as dog food - more like a food topper is approved as well. By Nature also offers a frequent buyer program where you buy 10 bags and get the 11th free I think it is. Look into this and I really hope this helps your babies!!"Replies
01/06/2013: Hazyblue7 from San Diego, Ca replies: "Sweet potatoes are very high in sugar and should never be given to a dog with a yeast infection."
02/14/2013: Darlene from East Yaphank, Ny replies: "The food you recommend has oats and barleys???"
[YEA] 05/18/2010: Laura J from Miami, Fl: "My pug has suffered with skin problems for 9 years. He used to smell horrible a day after bathing. I went through years of medicinal shampoos, $200's in vet visits each month, steroid shots, antibiotics, hair falling out all over his body, scabs, scaley skin...all the things I read on your posts. And really bad ear infections. So bad that he couldn't even open his mouth at times. Then I read your site and started trying out different things and observing the effects. Instead of the $30 medicinal shampoo from the vet (which made his skin MUCH MUCH worse over time) I purchased a medicated shampoo at the pet store for $10 with coal tar, sulfur and triclosan. I gave him yogurt, white vinegar and acidopholus. Then I decided he must have a food allergy that is weakening his immune system and causing the yeast infections...so I switched his food yet again from a limited ingredient duck and potato dry food from the pet store. I tried the fish and potato, all the different limited imgredient varieties. He only got worse. Then I tried the prescription diet duck CANNED FOOD from the Veterinarian. Now, finally, he is so much better. The dry food has too too many additives. The canned food is simpler. I think he may have been allergic to the yogurt, so I eliminated that and added probiotics to his diet (with acidopholus) each day. For a time, I sprayed mild vinegar and water solution on him after his medicated baths. After 3 months his scabs were completely gone and his hair all grown back. It's been 4 to 6 months of treatments. I have discontinued the vinegar and the acidopholus. His coat is now gorgeous, and the awful smell is almost all gone. He still licks his feet, and has some painful sores on them. He still has mucous on his eyes in the morning and I am still working on curing his much improved, but still stubborn yeasty left ear. Most of his years of suffering are behind him now and it seems to all boil down to nasty food allergies compromising his immune system. I may go back to the probiotics again for a while to see if the ear infection and foot licking can go away completely. The prescription canned food is quite expensive, but the change in diet has cured his skin condition and I don't have to go the the vet constantly and pay huge bills for treatments that didn't help him at all--only made him feel worse. Puggy and I thank you for all the great info. It takes trial and error, but really pays off."
[NAY] 03/24/2009: Laura from Oroville, CA, USA: "YEASTY BULLDOG: We are a family full of dogs. 3 engilish bulldogs 1 rescue boxer 1 yorshire terrier. I recently aquired a 2 year old male english bulldog. Geesh does he smell. I knew of yeast problems with these dogs due to poor breeding. He is a mess. I started him on yogurt when we brought him home. Also switched him to the Nutro brand dog food my others are on. Nutro for sensitive digestive systems (bullies are gassey dogs) I have not noticed a change in Mr. Stinky. I am going to bath him with the 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and add acidophilus tablets to his food. He was really skinny when I got him. He is just in bad shape. My goal is to get him fattened back up and minimize the yeast problems. We are putting monostate 7 in his ears daily. Thanks so much for this website. I am also a mother of a juvenile diabetic and am huge into holistic remedies. I will update with the progress of my stinky boy."Replies
04/10/2009: Scott from Wenatchee, WA replies: "I saw your comment on the Nutro Food. All of my dogs problems started when I switched her to this brand of food. I have her on a holistic one now. I would ditch the Nutro. Could be just the dog that is allergic to that brand. I am very put off by them though. My dog is obviously in a lot of pain and I know for a fact it was this food that caused it to all start in the first place."
05/16/2009: Chris from El Paso, TX replies: "PLEASE READ!!!! Yeast is an extremely hard organism to kill. It is very painful to live with and is always present in the intestines of healthy animals - including humans. Basically, the way it works is that you and your dogs intestines have millions of "good" bacteria that flourish inside them and aid in digestion. These bacteria are responsible for an estimated 90% of your body's immunity. They constantly wage war against foreign organisms that are consumed. It is said that the intestines are actually like a second brain to the body because of the number of nerve endings and important functions carried out throughout the body that rely on the intestines. Anyhow, everything gets sick at somepoint in their life and as a result, the bacteria in the intestines are in decline or "out of whack". When the bacteria die off, yeast can take over. Yeast fills the empty space in the intestines where the good bacteria used to live. This process is accelerated by antibiotics because antibiotics do not differentiate between the good bacteria and kill them off. This is very important - ANTIBIOTICS CAN CAUSE YEAST INFECTIONS AND MAKE CURRENT YEAST INFECTIONS WORSE. This is why plain unsweetened yogurt is recommended for yeast infections - it contains L Acidiophilus which is one of the main good bacteria needed for intestinal health. If the good bacteria are never replenished and the yeast is allowed to thrive for an extended period of time, a systemic yeast infection can occur and/or resulting in an immunocompromised/auto immune condition. To kill yeast, it needs to be starved long enough for it to become weak and possibly die off on it's own. In extreme cases, Antifungals can be used AFTER the yeast has been starved long enough to become weakened to aid in it's demise - I honestly don't know who would get prescription antifungals for their dog or if they are safe for your dog. The rule of thumb in humans is to stay on the diet for 1 month to every year of candida overgrowth - do the math for your dog. Yeast feeds on sugar of all forms. This includes sugar in corn, milk, carbohydrates, potatoes.....and many other things found in common dog food. Feed your dog olny what you are 100% sure has no sugar in it, but make sure they still have the essential vitamins and minerals they need even if it requires supplements. On a personal note, I have been suffering from chronic yeast infections for the past 15 years and this is what I have done to get things under controll. Dogs are not that different from humans. Read about "candida overgrowth" "candida diet" "systemic yeast infection" - educate yourself about the topic to better help your loved ones. I have 3 dogs."
04/29/2012: Josephine from Pittsburg, Pa Allegheny Co. replies: "My post is in response to the site about yeast infection in DOGS. Please direct this post to the correct site. Throughout my poor ShihTzu problems I never considerd panda could be a yeast invection victim. And the reason was because the majority of all the posts pet owners would discribe what their pup was expierencing. Most stated extreme loss of hair along with the rash. Pandas hair is as beautiful as ever. But do cut hair off his belly. I am thrilled to say his pink spots that were UNDER his skin on his belly only are all gone. I truly believe because I combined all sugestions from this fantasic site Earth Clinic.
First I start out sharing what changes I made in the last 2 months. My vet did say he had an immune problem. Yes he also wanted me to agree on drugs. Never considred that route. So till I got some answers I put him in Armour Yep It prevented him from chewing off his dewclaw and opening his flesh on his inner thighs. I had to resort to this protection until I did the research. Now dont get upset when I said Armour. I went to goodwill bought snap geans toddlers long sleeve shirts. I cut a big hole for his fluffy tail. THAN I put baby socks on his paws held with velcro. Hey it works for me or should I say Panda. I planed for this to be a temporey solution till I was able to do my researching. OK this is what I truly helped thanks to different posts. First let me start with Panda is 6 yrs. Old this started one and half yrs. ago. Panda has always been on a 5 star wellness from day one. I did try the grainfree with no change in his rash or itching. Than I did try ACV I couldnt stand his reaction from that.
From all the posts combined I put turmeric, cocnut oil, flaxseed and omega 3 in his kibble. Its been amonth of this combination. All organic Never treats. He loves cooked carrots thats it. OK his stomach rash has completly gone. After his homemade oatmeal bath He is without his coverup for an hour or more. Panda will start to lick his paws and start licking his inner thigh. We are still working on that. Last night I got on the site explaining Yeast infection. One important symptom he has are black patches in differant areas but no scaly skin at all or dryness like most of the posts mention. Thats why I didnt connect the two dots. Than I accidently got on the yeast infection site and realized thats what the black spots are and how all the posts are talking about immune system and how to repair it Iam very confident all I have done so far is good. But not there yet. So many posts mentioned two things I need to get and I did today, ACIDOPHILUS soooo many posts mentioned this probiotic. Also greek yogort I opened a capsule."