Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Jul 14, 2014


 

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt

Approval Ratings
YEA (26)
90%
NAY (2)
7%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
3%

[YEA]  07/05/2008: Stacey from Navarre, Florida: "Recently, my 1 year old Boxer started to show signs of allergies; smell, scratching, hairloss, etc. The first trip to the vet resulted in steroids and antibiotics which helped, for a while. Our second trip we saw his office partner who said it was yeast and she could give him some wipes for the skin but medication was probably not going to help. She suggested I adjust his diet. She gave me some tips and off I went. I bought him Duck based dog food and Duck based treats, started researching onling then found this site. 3 days after the food change which I mix with 1 Tbs of ACV and 2 Tbs of plain Organic Yogurt the yeast is gone! I am shocked as I was not sure this would work. Thank you to everyone who feels compelled to post their experiences online. I am gratefull!"

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07/06/2008: Debra DeLuise from Florida, NY replies: "Besides ACV and/or yogurt, can a digestive enzyme be used also? I have a 11 month old female black lab who has been trouble with ear infections, chin pimples and pimples around her vulva area which she is constantly licking. The vet the first time gave her antibiotics and ear drops, didn't work for long, he then gave prednisone and ear drops which I'm not happy with. How much acv should she get and how much yogurt, she is 75lbs. Also what about digestive enzymes? Thanks so much."
10/20/2011: Abby'sfamily from Barrie, Ontario, Canada replies: "I had read that plain yogurt with a high live bacterial culture and apple cider vinegar are a great way to treat candida. We are not positive this is what our dog has. She is a mix of german shorthaired pointer and beagle. She's the sweetest thing but over the past 4 years, she's gotten progressively worse. We tried cooking for her for awhile and that seemed to help but it was sooooo time consuming that we ended up putting her back on dry food. We currently use orijen fish but we are considering switching to taste of the wile grain free. The food we now use is basically grain and starch free but we want her to get better.

Anyway, I saw a post that said 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 2 tbsp of plain white yogurt and a little bit of organic honey to make it more palatable does the trick. It works for Abby. We mix it with her food and she eats it. Abby's symptoms are: very itchy all the time, red and irritated looking skin, itchy and smelly ears at times, and she has an odour that is not pleasant. I would call it sort of sweet but definitely not a pleasant sweet if that makes sense. She is losing hair around her eyes, top of her snout, and it is spreading to her paws now and a little on her sides. She licks her paws all the time, when she's not itching or biting. She looks sort of raw but not usually are the areas open wounds. I was told that these symptoms match candida yeast. Personally I don't have hundreds MORE dollars (than I've already spent) for more remedies that MIGHT work so I thought I'd give the natural ACV and plain yogurt a try. I'll let you all know how and if this works, along with changing her food if need be."

12/27/2011: Athena from Andrews, Nc replies: "HONEY is one of the worst things you can give to a dog or a human suffering with a yeast infection... CANDIDA! I hope you have learned this by now, and have stopped treating your dog with this 'remedy'.

Try sprinkling some Pau D' Arco powder, an herb available at a health food or herb store, available in a capsule form. Regulate the amount from an adult dose for your pet."

[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

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[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

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[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."

Apple Cider Vinegar, Rubbing Alcohol

Approval Ratings
SIDE EFFECT (1)
100%

[SIDE EFFECTS]  06/17/2014: Marie from Guam: "Dog smelly ears/yeast infection:

Help! My 13 wk old Border Collie mix kept scratching his ears and biting his front paws and the inside of his hind legs. From reading up on it, it sounded and looked like he had an ear infection and a yeast infection. Followed the apple cider vinegar and alcohol mix for his ears (dropped a few drops inside like it said) and also swabbed a cotton ball dipped in the solution on the inside of his hind legs and on his ears (outside) and neck. Now, 1 day later, he has broken out in red bumps on his stomach and inside hind legs and when petting him, I felt so many bumps that I thought were hair knots from him scratching, on his ears and around his neck area.

Upon closer examination, I discovered that they looked like they were bumps that became raised and drying into scabs when I applied the alcohol/acv solution. What do I do now? Does anyone know that they are? Will they go away?"

Replies
06/17/2014: Marigold from Usa replies: "My boxer had the same symptoms. After prescription treatment of ear wash and two bottles of Posatex (for ear yeast), she still had badly inflamed ears and paw chewing. It ended up being food allergies, so now she's on an elimination diet. Chicken is in everything (including most of the homemade meals!! ), so now she gets alternate proteins like lentils, navy beans, etc. Do a search for vegetarian dogs, or alternate proteins sources for vegan dogs, etc for a list of suggestions.
Good luck!"
06/18/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Marie!

The bumps sound like a natural effect from the antimicrobial action of the ACV. Likely anything that would cause healing would raise these pustules.

If this were my dog this is what I would do:

1 - Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of pure water and have this be the only water your dog can drink for 7 days. On day 8 you can reduce to one quarter teaspoon of baking soda and use that as a maintenance dose.

2 - I would bathe the *entire dog* in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-Staph solution. You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]

Process:

Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well, and then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible. When the skin is so reactive take care to not rub it harshly or scrub it else you may raise more bumps. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere and particularly on the affected areas. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put him in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.

3 - After treating the entire dog you can make up a smaller dose of the solution and apply it with a spray or misting bottle to the affected areas - you can spray them down 3-4 times a day."

Borax and Peroxide

04/24/2014: Evelyn from Thousand Oaks, California: "A month ago I took my dog to see the vet because she was scooting her bottom nonstop and also licking and biting her paws. She also had scabs everywhere. She was put on antibiotics and steroids and all the skin problems got better. Now she is off the medications but also back to square 1 where she is constantly scooting and chewing her paws. Her vagina is very swollen and it seems like that is the source of her itchiness and not the anal sacs because she just got groomed last week and had her sacs expressed. She also has a yeasty smell. I am wondering if it is safe to pour the borax and hydrogen peroxide mixture in the vaginal area? I am sure it is fine to do for the paws but I am not so sure about doing it for her private area. Also, I am not quite sure how I should apply the solution to her paws or her body. I really appreciate if anybody can help me with this. Thanks"

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04/25/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Evelyn!

You can use Ted's Mange remedy [borax/hydrogen peroxide solution] safely on all parts of your dog. To treat the paws you can treat 1 paw at a time in a dish tub of the solution, and you can use a wash cloth to cleanse her vulva.

If this were my dog I would consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy:

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]

Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]

Borax [sodium tetraborate]

1% hydrogen peroxide solution [you make this by using one 16 oz brown bottle of the 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store, and adding 32 oz of pure water to it, making 48 oz of a 1% solution -clear as mud?]

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. I actually make up this solution in a gallon jug and then bathe and rinse clean my dog really well. I then squeeze out any water in the coat with my hands, allow the tub to drain, and then plug the tub and pour the solution over the dog and then scoop up the solution with a plastic cup and pour over again and again for 10 minutes. You can thoroughly flush the up into the vulva and around the vulva with this solution as well. Then I take the soaking wet dog and place it in a crate for half and hour to drip dry; the solution is still working as long as its wet. After half an hour I let the dog out and towel dry.

Now, the vaginal yeast infection can be addressed in a couple of ways. If the bath in the MOM solution doesn't provide relief, you can purchase products for women and apply both externally around the vulva, and even insert into the vulva. I would also mix 3 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the mother'/live cultures, organic Apple Cider Vinegar into half a can of wet dog food [grain free quality chow please] and offer the ACV spiked wet food twice a day.

Additionally, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of drinking water may also help and will calm problem skin in a matter of hours. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.

It is important to understand *why* your dog is experiencing skin issues; do they stem from seasonal allergies, or improper diet or ?? The antibiotic/steroid regimen works to make things better temporarily but with long term consequences; the 'good' bacteria in the GI tract get removed along with the bad bacteria when the dog is on antibiotics and that will cause skin problems all by itself. So it is important to feed your dog a quality chow, as often a high grain diet will cause skin issues, and then to supplement that diet with probiotics of some sort, ie acidophillus such as DDS w/FOS or PB8 to restore the good bacteria in the gut that eat the yeast."

04/26/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Evelyn!

You certainly can spot treat areas - and I have used this many, many times - its OK to bathe the entire dog daily if you need to/spot treating doesn't prove effective.

I think the itchy vulva is yeast related - cranberry might be warranted but I suspect you will have more of the desired result with baking soda added to the water, and ACV in her food. I have actually taken the probiotic gel caps apart and sprinkled the probiotics on the food, and then reused the gel caps and filled them with ACV and hid that in some cheese so my dog would take it that way. I had *overnight* results for a itchy vulva with the ACV in combination with a woman's topical anti yeast/miconozole etc.

If you are making a home diet I would add a variety of probiotics - Shiff's Digestive Advantage, PB8 - switch it up as you want a variety of flora to populate the GI tract."

04/26/2014: Evelyn from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "Thanks so much Theresa. I tried this yesterday by using the anti-fungal and anti-staph remedy. However, I scaled it up by quite a bit because the 1.5 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide was not enough to fill the little wash bin that I had my dog in. I used about a 32OZ bottle of hydrogen peroxide and scaled everything up by that, and ended up with 12 cups of liquid and 1/2 cup each of the MOM, epsom salt, and borax. Hopefully this is ok? I washed her by pouring the mixture and using a wash cloth for 10 minutes. I was going to let her drip dry but she was shivering- it got cold last night all of a sudden, so eventually I towel-dried her after only 10 minutes. She was still shivering a lot so I blew-dry her a little- avoiding the problematic areas.

Last night she slept through the night first time without scooting or chewing her paws. But this morning she started chewing her paws a little and a little scooting. I am wondering, how often can I do this bath for her? Can I spot-treat her daily- using your exact formula- (1.5 cups 1% hydrogen peroxide)for a while or is this too much? I have ordered a cranberry powder for her a while ago and wonder if this would work to help her itchy vulva as well?

I cook her food everyday. she gets organic chicken, grass-fed beef, lamb sometimes, pork sometimes but quite rarely. She is also eating dog food that is raw, but dried- it is made of lamb and lamb organs and contains probiotics. Should I add additional probiotics in addition to that? she doesn't eat much of that dog food. most of the time she eats the boiled meats I make for her. I do cook it thoroughly, however. I have PB8 probiotics- the green bottle, do I just empty the capsule into her food?

Thanks so much for your help! I just need a little more clarification to make sure I am doing it correctly. It does seem to help already- but I think she will need a couple more treatments to heal. Thanks again."

Borax and Peroxide, Dietary Changes

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[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."

Coconut Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

[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."

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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!"

Colloidal Silver

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[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."

Dandruff Shampoo

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[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."

Diatomaceous Earth

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  06/13/2014: Claire from Indianapolis: "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."

Dietary Changes

Approval Ratings
YEA (4)
80%
NAY (1)
20%

[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!"

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[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!"

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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."


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