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
Dietary Changes, Yogurt
[YEA] 04/17/2011: Keith from Richmond, Virginia: "my black lab puppy had a real bad case of yeast infection, under the arms and in the ears. I used the advice on your site and it helped a lot. First I changed her food from puppy chow to taste of the wild all natural. Then added acidophilus tabs (300 billion) and for desert a little yougart. Wow.... After 2 weeks like magic her yeast infection went away, her hair grew back and her coat is beatiful. The advice I got from your members was a god send. I believe your best results you should find results from a owner with the same kind of dog.. this worked for my lab, I hope it works for you... thanks"
01/04/2011: Jessicabf from Mt. Pleasant, Sc: "I have a solution that worked for my dog. After reading a majority of the post re: yeast infection remedies when my dog was dealing with a bad case of it, I decided to try some of the suggestions. Since mid October 2010, this is what I've been doing for Gigi to heal her. Brief history: Gigi (maltese) has been on Prednisone and antibiotics for most of her adult life (8 years old). She had scabs all over her body and was diagnosed with yeast infection from 2 vets, and stapf infection for another. After her last round of antibiotics, which cleaned everything up, but then within a month, she was right back in the same spot, I said no more prescription drugs---I knew this was an endless cycle. This is what I did and she is 97% better:
- nutrition is everything: NO GRAIN food with no by-products---you need to seek out great food. For some this is an issue b/c it cost more (vet bills are really expensive too). I'm using Instinct (raw diet meats) and Taste of the Wild. NO GRAIN and NO BY PRODUCTS is extremely important. Poor diet is the problem---to find the right food, you may need to seek out alternative vendors like pet stores that really understand this issue or online. - add probiotics/enzymes to each meal (i got from her vet---the supply will last a good year )
- UDOs Wholesome food diet for Dogs (packed with healthy nutrition)--- and the supply last a long time. - Add omega oils to meal (be mindful of the amount)
- PLAIN (no sugar) yogurt (really important not to get yogurt with sugars)---suggest: yogurt from health food store or stoneyfield. - MOST IMPORTANT part of healing the scabs and itchiness: I cleaned her scabs (she had all over her body, infection around her eyes---it was horrible) and infection with digestible Aloe Vera gel (Lilly of the Dessert), not the kind you buy at a drug store for topical use. Everyday until I started seeing results. - Another thing to consider that I did up front was give her a few of drops of Colloidal Silver --- please research more about this. - I did not test Apple Cider Vinegar -- however, I know it's great stuff for people. I truly hope this helps... I feel blessed to have come up with a solution that ACTUALLY had results."
[YEA] 02/17/2010: Afliedog from Wells, Uk: "My dog has had a yeast infection for 8 months, the yeast is mainly between her toes in her nail beds and on her back leg. she has been to the vet all this time and been on antibiotics for 6 weeks, also a anti fungus pill, we could not control the yeast problem, one day it looked fine the day it would flare up again. she has been bathed every second day since it started 8 months ago. We were at the stage where we were given up till I found this site. We tried the spray of apple cider vinger and water, but this made the dog cry and she shook every-time I walked passed her, her feet also seem to get worse with this. She has been on a salmon diet with no grain. she has yogurt mixed in with this twice a day also acidopholus tablets one twice a day with food, I have brought the probiotic yogurt that has no sugar added (as i have read this can feed the yeast) She has been on this diet for a week, no tablets from the vet, she has stopped itching and stopped licking, I am still bathing her every second day and the day she is not bathed I was her feet with cotton tips and cotton wool pads. The feet are still slightly swollen and at one stage we didn't think it would work as her feet were swelling up again. But she is getting there very slowly at least it is not getting worse another fews weeks I think before it has gone. the hardest thing is not treats no chews no biscuits no other meat expect the salmon"
[YEA] 01/15/2010: Rmg from Indianapolis, Indiana: "Because of the advice on this site and a couple of others, I started giving my dog a half a cup of yogurt every day and switched back to her old dog food. Within a week her odor was gone and she stopped scratching. Thanks."
04/03/2013: Shan from Carson, Vs: "Hello! I have a 1 1/2 yr. old pitbull who is 99% white & you name it he's got it. Which sucks. I'm all about homepathic remedies than drug induced for my dog.. let me go down the list. Ear infections, yeast infection in ears, sores on legs he wont stop chewing or licking them abscess in between all his toes. I've have given him all the meds vets have prescribed & suggested. It just comes back with full force and vengence. Please I'll take any/all advice he's a wonderful dog I love him & it kills me to see him tearing himself apart and he can't stop the itching. Sincerely, Shan & JUMBOE«dog)"Replies
04/09/2013: Charliesmom from Cambridge, Ma replies: "Please read this book " royal treatment" by Dr.Royal, a vet. It sounds like all the problems are diet related."
02/23/2013: David from Rocky Mount, Nc: "My Cooper, a rescue, has had terrible yeast skin for 2 years now. Like many of you, I have spent a fortune treating him. Now he has a new doctor. GET THYROID CHECKED! She said it wasn't strong enough to fight his skin. She is also treating him topically with BCP BNT OTIC GEL; THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! It is for the treatment of ear infections; but it has turned his elephant gross skin into baby skin and all his hair is coming back! I am ECSTATIC! I know this site is alternative medice; and Ive tried everything! I hope you post this so maybe another dog or cat can have some relief! I never got a night's sleep because of biting his skin till it bleeds; it is a miracle! Please try these 2 things."Replies
05/24/2013: Marie from Duram replies: "Try half a clove of garlic. It worked for my dog and she was a mess."
11/30/2012: Kim from New York, Ny, Usa: "I've read many of the posts regarding yeast problems with dogs (I have one a bacterial infection and yeast all over his body) but I want to know if anyone knows whether yeast can live on fabrics and then infect the dog again when he lays on his blanket. Should I throw the blankets away and start fresh? Or, is it really an internal problem where the yeast on his coat and skin doesn't actually survive beyond that.
I plan to post in the Yeast section for Pets with a more detailed description of the status and process, but I wanted to ask this question specifically. thanks. Kim"
05/18/2012: Debbie from Chatom, Al: "Well, it is so nice to find postings that relate to my Sadie. She is a 15 lb Jack Russell/fice mix. She has had skin issues since she was a puppy. She is now 5. We have used prednisone, numerous times. That helped, but it always came back. My vet has told me allergies. I took her to another vet, he gave her a shot and treated her for scabies. She cleared up, no smell, new hair, no scratching. BUT, you can't give them the shots all the time. Suggested that we have her allergy tested. I love her, but with 2 kids in college, Sadie and Mama are low men on the totem pole. THE NEXT Vet has helped. We put her on a meat only dog food, mitic medication, and an antibiotic. He also said to give her 3 ccs of benedril 2xday. Well, Her hair came back, she lost weight (no snacks and only the dog food) she still smells and itches like hell (sorry) even with the benedril. I really don't think that she has food allergies. Nothing changed with the food. We bathe her every three to four days like the second vet said, smells good for a little while. We are putting a little white vinegar in her rinse water, that seems to help. Gonna try this drug you guys are talking about for the yeast. Heavens, just go round and round. Oh yeah, we dont have fleas, so go figure....."Replies
01/05/2013: Rarind from Centerville, Indiana replies: "Have you had your dog tested for Thyroid trouble? My dog experienced the same thing and she was treated for allergies, tested for allergies and finally my groomer suggested I have her thyroid tested; it was extremely low. The test is about $150, but they put her on thyroid pills (inexpensive from the vet) and it took several months but her skin cleared up beautifully. Her Thyroid level was suppose to be 4. and it. 02 the vet said that they skin condition is what prompted her to check the thyroid. Hope this helps."
03/01/2012: Deb from Austin, Texas: "Our 65lb Australian Shepherd has suffered from allergies since she was 2 years old; she's 5 now. We use a human antihistamine to help relieve symptoms temporarily called ChlorTabs. (The active ingredient is chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg. ) My mother and sister use this with their dogs (My mother has small dogs. ), and I have checked with the vet to make sure it is safe. We give her 2 to 3 tablets in a pill pocket when necessary, but no more than 3 times a day. This is cheap and can be found in most pharmacy areas of grocery stores; sometimes the store carries it as its own brand, generic.
We have tried so many different foods, shampoos, etc. , and nothing has worked to help Harley. We want a solution for her recurring yeast infections, not just a temporary fix. I am so encouraged after reading the posts here. We hate seeing Harley itch and bite her paws continuously and scratch her ears to the point of whining in pain when she does. We do have a rinsing solution from the vet for her ears called Epi-Otic by Virbac. This does help, but it takes my husband and I both to hold her and put this in her ears; she hates it, and it's expensive. I am going to purchase all the homeopathic items discussed in the posts. We believe in a homeopathic approach whenever possible for human or canine. Fortunately our other three large dogs are allergy free. I will post updates on progress. Thank you to all who posted information to this site, and those who set up the site. We were desparate for help, and I googled yeast infection for dogs instead of allergies in dogs. Great site and info!"
12/23/2011: Linda from Thunder Bay, Ontario: "Like all the rest of you, I have been at my wit's end dealing with my 11 year old pekingese's issues with yeasty skin issues. I have been bathing her in Nizoral for a good year now, weekly, and it keeps it just under check, but not great.
I went to my vet last week, and she put her on Ketoconazole. I have since pulled her off of it. She was totally off her food, and I was worried she was failing, altho, after a few days, there is definitely an improvement in her skin. I came home from the gym one day, and the other 3 pekes were at the door to greet me - she was still laying in bed, not aware I was there. I thought she was dead!
I am very seriously considering feeding her a totally raw diet. I changed her food from Eagle Holistic Fish, to Now. She is not fussy about Now. This morning I fed her ground chicken with green beans. She ate the most she has eaten since her bout with not eating and not feeling well taking the meds.
My 12 1/2 yr old Belgian Tervuren eats totally raw, and has been for the last 3 years due to itchiness, altho, he is still itchy, is on thyroid medication, but otherwise very happy. He takes Vanectyl-P every second day.
So, I am in a quandry like the rest of you, and appreciate all the information posted here. Thank you!!!"
08/06/2011: Rachel from Metairie, Louisiana: "Many people have claimed that urine can cure the fungus that causes athletes foot. I have a question regarding using urine to cure other types of fungi similar to athletes foot. There is a fungus that can grow and thrive in a dogs ear. It is a yeast infection that causes severe itching and can cause a really bad odor. Also symptoms of light to dark brown discharge in ears. What would happen if urine was used by administering into dogs ear using a spray bottle???
I am at the end of my rope, I've tried every OTC product available in stores. From athletes foot creams to vaginal yeast infection treatments. They all worked at first, but the fungi soon returned within a week or so.
So if anyone has any ideas about what can be done to end this itchy situation... Please reply."Replies
09/17/2011: Bunny from Boston, Ma replies: "Here's a recipe for ear infection (fungal, bacterial, etc. ) gotten from a vet many years ago. It worked for my dogs.
4 oz. witch hazel (or alcohol although alcohol stings)
1 T boric acid
4 drops gentian violet (pharmacy).
I mixed it up in a little brown bottle with dropper.
Apply to ears 2 x day for a week, then once a day until resolved. It stains so be careful where you apply."
03/10/2011: Connie from Elk Creek, Missouri: "I have a Corgi who started itching and losing hair about 7 months ago. Wal-Mart ran out of the food I normally feed her so we had to switch, and this is when the itching nightmare began. I took her to the Vet, they told me she had food allergies. Nothing they gave me for her worked. Took her back to the Vet, now after numerous lab test etc. , they tell me she has a yeast infection. I give her all the pills they gave me, I bathed her 3 times a week in the shampoo they gave me to use, and still nothing worked. So I thought..... Yeast infection, I'll try Monistat, well it helped relieve the itching some-what, but didn't get rid of the problem. I tried Benadrly to help with the itching, and nothing would give her relief.
Finally, I thought about Lactinex a pro-biotic, which is what I take when I'm on antibiotics so I don't get a yeast infection. I have been giving it to her for three days now, and I can see a definate difference in her. She is actually getting some rest, and not spending every moment scratching. I have felt so desperate to give her relief, that I have been considering putting her to sleep because to live like this is so miserable. I don't know why I didn't go on-line to see if there were any remedies to try, it just dawned on me today. I feel terrible, I could have saved her so much torture if only I had been using my head. I am going to buy gallons of ACV to help her along with the yogurt. After spending over $500.00 on meds & lab work at the Vet, I hope we can finally give her some peace. If all this works........ I am going to give my Vet a piece of my mind! I have a lot of animals, (horses, cows, cats, dogs) and my vet earns plenty of money off me every year. I feel like telling him he owes me a lot of money back, or at least credit to my account. Thank you all so much for sharing your stories about your experiences with your best friends. I feel so much better knowing that euthanasia will not be the final option for relief."Replies
03/11/2011: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "1. You can also try Ted's Mange remedy and also rub her with wash cloth or towel soaked in apple cider vinegar and water solution (50-50 each) couple of times a day. This will make a huge difference I bet.
2. Also start feeding her homemade diet (fresh veggies, beans and brown rice- NO MEAT OR DAIRY) and add coconut oil -lots of it to her food. Take AWAY ALL processed food from her diet like dog food and treats. Only natural foods. For snack you can give her fruits like apple and banana. Also you can cook her some oatmeal mixed with water and coconut oil.
3. You can at night also massage her with some coconut oil as its anti-bacterial and if u can get - neem oil. THis will soothe her a LOT. You can also try eucaluptus oil to massge on her.
4. Last but not least, hygiene of ur pets and ur home is VERY imp. Make sure her surrounding and her sheets and her bed is all washed in laundry. Also give her a bath with mild BABY SHAMPOO that is HYPOALLERGENIC AND SOAP FREE. This all 4 steps should bring her good health inside out and heal her completely.
5. DO NOT put any FLEA products on her and DO NOT OVER VACCINATE HER OR GIVE HER HEARTWORM PILLS OR ANY OTHER MEDICINE. Natural cure is the best. Plz. stop loading the poor dog's body with poisons and toxins and commercial dog foods.
03/14/2011: Kay from Jacksonville, Fl replies: "In response to Connie' comments about yeast infection, I too, have started using other things to help my GS. I wrote a few weeks ago on Earth Clinic about using Chinese Herbs, etc, which did help her for a while. But, I finally started putting ACV in her water about 1 tablespoon in large bowl, and putting it in her bucket of rinse water when I bathe her. I am seeing a small improvement. I think I too will try the priobotics(spelling???). I have been feeding her plain yogurt as a treat. She has been on the Hills Perscription Diet ZD which is so expensive, so, I am going to slowly switch her into another food. I heard that Natural Balance was pretty good for dogs with skin allergies(cysts, etc)
Thanks Connie for your input. I am glad your baby is better."
06/04/2012: Mypapagaio from Newport Beach, Ca, Usa replies: "I am shocked at the number of replies from people on here that do NOT fully know what they are talking with regards to yeast infection. I just read somebody suggested a lady whos dog is suffering be put on a strict diet of no meat? What? This person obviously does not know that yeast infections "thrive" on sugar. So, just like us humans, anything we eat in which our body converts to sugar will only feed the yeast. Ideally the dog should be on a raw food(meat) diet but it is very tricky to get the righ balance so it is highly recommended you do not attempt to do this on your own. High quality pet stores offer premade raw meals for your dog. However, they are expensive. SO, a kibble dog food that does NOT have starch or grains is what your dog needs. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!! Yeast is a serious thing because most vets will just assume it is allergies or some other type of infection and inevitably do the worst thing... They will put your dog on anti-biotics. This is the absolute worst thing imaginable for a dog that has yeast infection.
So, start googleing all over the place and read everything you can. I don't have time to go into it all here. But, a permanent diet switch to a meat based food with no starch or sugars. Also, antifungal remedies for weeks and weeks if not months as your dog will be purging his toxins through his skin and it itches something terrible. He MUST get daily supplements to rebuild a healthy level of pro-biotics in his system.
Now, move on to another 10 blogs and keep reading up!"
01/07/2011: Ajvk from Cambridge, Ma: "I've noticed a lot of people saying that they have their dogs on antibiotics for this sort of infection. That is the WORST thing to have them on for yeast, Candida Yeast is a FUNGUS, not a bacteria. A lot of you have said that your dog is on a combination of antibiotics and acidophilus (friendly bacteria that controls fungus AKA a PRObiotic). The antibiotics are killing the acidophilus that you've bought, plus killing all other friendly bacteria the dog has, therefore exacerbating the Yeast Infection and letting the Candida grow freely without any protection from what keeps them in control in the 1st place, friendly bacteria!
Long story short, antibiotics do nothing for a Yeast Infection, they usually cause one. Candida Yeast is the same microbe that occurs in a woman vaginally as well, it's a fungus and most women know what causes that... ANTIBIOTICS"
01/20/2010: Leah from Land O Lakes, Fl: "I am amazed that I have bringing my dog to vets (3 different ones) to find out the cause of her problems and needless to say have spent tons of $ in the process!!! To no avail, no one has cured her! We have tried diets, Antihistimines, steriods, allergy shots, and more!!!! Nothing has helped my poor baby! I have always thought that there was a yeast problem... Now I am more convinced then ever! I will try what I have read and demand my vet do what I say now!!! Nothing they have said has worked!"Replies
04/14/2012: Atticus from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Is Vinegar harmful to cats? I have a 7 months old kitten who drinks from my dogs water bowl. I wouldn't want to make doggy better and kitty sick.
(Also I have already been using vinegar for a few days, before reading this post for getting rid of cat and dog smells on the carpets and pet bedding. 50/50 vinegar and water sprayed on carpets and the next moring doggie and kitty smell gone! The vinegar smell evaporates. I also used this in the rinse when washing dog blankets today. Finally got rid of the smell which putting disinfectant in the wash hadn't resolved in the past.)"
01/03/2009: Stacey from Knoxville, TN: "I have a rotty/lab and a boxer with completely different allegies. what fun huh!?! My boxer gets bumpes all over her occasionally and itches her paws. She also cuts scratches the end of her ears till they bleed. This breaks our heart so we are keeping the clean with alcohol. Then we have our lab/rotty who is absolutely miserable the last time we took her to the vet she told me this was the worst case of allergies/yeast infection she had seen. The problem is that our dog had just finished her treatment for those problems. I am very worried because they have now taken her off the meds they were giving her (this was causing bladder problems) She is loosing hair on her face, belly, ears, feet, pits, and tail area. She is suffering and no one seams to be able to help treat this problem. please help! I am willing to try anything to ease her suffering. My email is available for contact. If you give me amounts I will use it
P.S. she is a 60# dog and the medication caused her to pee on herself that is why it was stopped. She has not had this problem since. Thank you all"Replies
01/03/2009: Tess from Palm Beach, Fl replies: "Hi Stacy, what brand of food you are feeding your dogs? I think many issues in dogs are caused by the junky ingredients they put into some brands of dog food. It would be great for people to start learning the brands that are causing such terrible problems!"
01/04/2009: Jamie from Lake Worth, Fl. replies: "Your dog needs to see an allergist, pronto. My little chihauhau was chewing the fur from his little feet, and had yeast infections, plus bacterial.
We tried steroidal meds he put on 5 pounds, yes doubled his weight and it is bad for them. It didnt work, next step was to put him on perscription dog food, and see an allergist. The allergist did the testing like on a human. Found he was allergic to many many things. Cats being one, I thought that was cute. I now give him a weekly injection, it was expensive but when you take on a companion you contract to care for them.
Benadryl is safe for dogs, make sure its not the cold kind, just the allergy kind. Also when a dog chews his feet, and has hair loss on the underside it is a sign of inhaled allergies. Like pine trees, pollen, dust mites etc... almost like hay fever in humans."
01/04/2009: Dianna from Austin, TX replies: "i too have a chihuahua who weights 5 lbs. when if first got him he was suffering from very itchy feet and was chewing his fur off too. also the previous owner had put front-line on him and the place they put it lost all fur and was a red inflamed itchy place that looked very painful.
i immediately bathed him in pine tar soap and poured white vinegar on him. of course it stung! but for the first time he wasn't scratching and rubbing on the floor and chewing his feet. the 'cure' for his feet was very quick. bathing him with pine tar soap and pouring white vinegar on them about 3 times and no more itching. but i had to wait for the front-line to wear off on his back. it took almost a month for his hair to start to grow back where they had placed it. chihuahua's are very sensitive. i would NEVER put a chemical on my dog. thankfully i took this dog away from his previous owners. the pine tar soap also prevents fleas and by itself may help with skin problems - but for the yeast and the severe itchiness it causes - white vinegar is the best because it kills yeast. you can dilute it - but i used it straight and left it on him for faster killing of the yeast.
btw - he has never had this problem since. i do bathe him about every 3 months (pine tar soap or chandrika) or so and finish with a rinse of diluted apple cider or white vinegar now to rinse off the soap scum. he also gets apple cider vinegar in his drinking water.