Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Jul 14, 2014


 

Dietary Changes

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

[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!!"

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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."

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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."

Dietary Changes, ACV and Yogurt

06/18/2014: Marlena from Goolwa, South Australia: "I am caring for Archie, a LaGotto while his parents are away for 2 weeks. He has been diagnosed with yeast infection in his ear. I have just collected the antibiotic Ketacanozole from the vet $117.00 and ear drops. His usual diet is a combination of dry food and a small amount of minced steak. After reading all this info here I will eliminate the dry food for the next 10 days give apple cider and natural yogurt. The dry food he is on is NUTRO natural choice.. will report in 10 days. Marlena"

Dietary Changes, Baking Soda

Approval Ratings
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
100%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  08/29/2009: Ritalowe2 from Asbury Park, New Jersey: "My dog's skin has been repeatedly pink with bacterial and yeast infections. Has seasonal allergies. Has some food allergies. I feed her Simple Solutions dry rice and venison with some canned EVO 95% venison. She is 8 years old, black lab, weighs 74lbs. I saw some comments from TED, Thailand. My treatments were 1 tbl [???!] baking soda. Also, gave a ketachlor bath same day. Took her off Simple Solutions and fed her tilapia and the water it was cooked in. And, her skin cleared to normal. Don't know which remedy cleared her. Gave her Simple Solutions again but forgot to check skin first in case skin pink from seasonal allergies. Skin got pink again. My questions: (1) how long is it safe to give baking soda in water and (2) if I start a homecooked food can it be without liver and how much do I feed a dog of 74 lbs. How do I keep homecooked food nutritional?"

EC: Thanks for your feedback. Can you please clarify your baking soda comments? Was this an internal or external remedy?

WARNING! If internal, 1/8 of a teaspoon is the serving size for people, so pets would be even less than that! http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/baking_soda.html

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12/21/2009: Denise from Baltimore, Md replies: "Try switching to a different type of protein in your dog's diet. Venison is a protein that produces a lot of heat in an allergic dog according to Chinese medicine. Fish without potatoes or grains, organic buffalo or beef is typically best."
11/30/2010: Carla from Lake Mary, Florida replies: "Try using Taste of the Wild. I have my dog and cats on the wild salmon variety - it is 'cool' instead of the 'warm' types like venison, bison or duck."
09/05/2011: Polly from Yucaipa, Ca replies: "yes, but read the label, it has sweet potatoes.."

Dietary Changes, Yogurt

Approval Ratings
YEA (3)
75%
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1)
25%

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  05/29/2011: Silver from Tucumcari, N.m.: "My puppy, a 5 mo. old rat terrier/shitzu mix has been constantly scratching but no sign of fleas. I came across Nzymes.com which discussed rabies shots which change the Ph in the body and pave the way for yeast infection. They discuss diet, No corn, corn gluten, brewers rice and other items which add sugar to the system and increase the problems. So far, I can't afford to help him but have started him on plain yoghurt which has helped. But he still smells horrible. Check this site out to see if it will help."

[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."

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06/14/2014: Ashley from Louisiana replies: "If you don't mind, what was ur old dog food brand cause I'm having problem with my dog and I don't know if it's cause the food or what.."

General Feedback

06/06/2014: Sarah from Lancaster, Ca: "I am just wondering how long do I have to keep up with these Home remedies for my dog's Yeast infection? I don't do it for a day or two and my Dog has bloody paws. A few weeks ago when I didn't do them she took hair out of her tail and I had to go back to the vet to get her back on the meds."

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06/07/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Sarah!

I could not tell from where your comment posted which remedies you were using to treat your dog for yeast.

Can you tell me what exactly are you doing on a daily basis to treat your dog for yeast?

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¬ędog)"

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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."

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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"


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