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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Donna (Chicago, Illinois) on 08/28/2009
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Yeast Infections in Dogs: I have a Boxer who suffers from yeast infections too. I have read most of the post about this issue and knowing how awful it is for your dog, I thought I would share my findings with the group. There is one product that will help your dog and it's not yogurt. However dont stop feeding the dog yogurt cause they love it. The only thing you can do is realize your dog will probably never get rid of this problem. Why I have no idea I have taken my pup to several Vets and they all give me that answer. So with that said the Shampoo called Malaseb is the only thing that will help. You will notice that your dog will sleep very good the night of their bath. However there are a few catches with this shampoo, one is you MUST leave the shampoo on them for 10 MIN. minimum. If your dog is a short hair dog like mine then put on just enough water to lather the shampoo on the sore place, even if your dog has long hair just try to to use more soap then water atleast for the first few times. What I have found the soap does it aids in numbing the itchy spot so that they dont want to scratch and bite at it. The enzymes in their siliva makes this problem worse. So after your dog has been given a bath, you must make sure you dry them very good that means inbetween the toes. (Just be carefull not to burn your dog with the hair dryer theres alot of people who dont know how to dry their dog safely the best way to do it is keep one hand on the dog then move the hair dryer back and forth on your dog keeping your hand under the spot where the dryer is blowing at that way you will feel the heat your dog feels and if your hand is hot you know that you need to move the hair dryer a little faster back and forth or back it up a little. Do the same to the feet so that you dont burn their little toes. You will have to use a towel as well to get their feet good and dry. If your dog is afraid of the sound of the blow dryer like my little dog, I have found by placing a towel loosely over their face making sure they can breathe then they are a little bit easier to handle.) Now that you have them all dry they will be all happy and sleep so well for the first and second night, however on the third night you will have to do it all over again. Note if the problem area is only on their feet you can get a bucket of water and just do their feet but you must make sure the area is good and dry. Also for a lot of dogs Wheat may be another source of the problem so check your dog food for wheat. Then try to get them another brand of dog food to see how it works out, this will take a few weeks to do, since you will want to change over your dog food slowly so that you dont give them a tummy ache. Keep in mind that dog treats are a main source of wheat. Good luck to all me and my pup feel your itching!

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Posted by Robert (Pc, Fl, usa) on 09/21/2011
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My poor golden retriever/ basset hound mix had the worst case of incurable yeast in his ears I have ever saw and I have owned many many dogs. Oddly, I saw a drag queen say that milk of magnesia, topically, would prevent sweating under makeup for shows with hard hot lighting.

Siwwy had been given every prescription anti yeast medication, every vinegar drop method, every borax based method, all manners of homeopathic cures and things that cost so much money I was wondering if I would go broke. And all of the doctors antibiotics and creams to cure the secondary infections.

As yeast depends on moisture, I decided to go there with MOM. I painted it on rubbed it in, held him until it dried and in a month his ears were completely healed and no scars even remain. Thanks RuPauls Drag Race my dog loves a drag queen now! This is no joke, try it it works!

Replied by Heather
Tallahassee, Fl

Thank you, I am going to try this. I trust that it will kill the yeast once and for all!

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Posted by Sadiesmomma (Florida) on 07/31/2016
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Hi all!

About 3 months ago, our poor 1 1/2 y/o coon hound Sadie developed this nasty itchy rash on her underside. At the time there were no other symptoms, and I am a ferm believer in trying to find a way other then shoving meds down ours and our furr baby throats to try first. First thing I tried was some topical benedryl in combination with a leotard that I converted into a doggy yoga outfit to protect her from herself.

At first it worked (about 1-2 weeks) a bit and I thought we would be in the clear, but when she started to loose some of her chipper playful personality we said enough and decided to take her to the vet. We demolished our savings with this visit, got her new heartworm and flea meds that were of a higher quality as they vet said it could have been a bug bite allergy or reaction and they also gave us prednisone and an antibiotic. We also changed her to a much higher quality grain free food. The prednisone worked beautifully for the 7 days she was on it, but 1 day after she was off of it and continueing on the antibiotic it came back something fierce! On her toes, brown waxiness in her ears, rash on her tushie, also some redness and swollen along the edges of her mouth.

In a panic we called the vet letting them know that the prednisone worked so well but we understood it was not good for long term use. We asked if there was anything else they could put her on to help with the allergy. They prescribed apoquel. Said there was a chance she could end up on that the rest of her life. It was tough to swallow as it was super expensive 4 pills a day at $1.30 a pill, but this is our baby and we wouldn't do any less if it were our human child. We committed to this drug.

Two weeks in it helped, but never cleared up the underside of her tummy. We were on our last dose of both the apoquel and the antibiotic and decided there was no way we would be paying $90+ a month on meds for her that never truely worked. It was time to go back to plan A.... time to find something home based that we could do.

Hubby and I researched and spoke to friends well educated in alternative medicine for dogs, and came to the realization that it probably started as an allergy issue, but because the vet put her on the antibiotic it made everything worse rather then better. We then decided on the following:

-First things first, we needed to protect our pup from herself. We bought her a cone, and I devised an outfit made from a towel wrapped around her torso only that has loops coming off of the top and the bottom that feed through her collar. This way she had protection but also the freedom to move freely, go to the bathroom etc. Kinda like a doggie version of overalls lol

-We started sadie on a probiotic powder to start building the good bacteria back up in her digestive tract.

-We also started giving her baths with a medicated shampoo (with the ingredients funny enough, mentioned in this original article).

- We remove the outfit nightly for a sponge bath of a AVC and green tea mixture, and a coconut oil massage. We let this air dry for a few hours each night, or for as long as we see that she's not starting to bite or lick, before putting her outfit and cone back on. We keep her confined to our room with one of the two of us during this time for close monitoring. We also clean her ears with ear wipes ever 2 days or prn.

- By the time the meds were up, it had also started affecting her tush and her girly parts. I decided the best way to treat that is diaper rash cream 2x a day. That's worked beautifully to clear up that area as long as we stay on top of it. Please please please know you must use that product with caution. Our Sadie is in a cone and cannot luck this area at this time. DO NOT USE it if your dog can lick the affected area, as it should not be ingested.

- Lastly, we have started giving her benedryl 25 MG tabs. She is a larger dog and the reccomended dose (please check with your vet first before starting this) is 1 MG per pound of the dog. Our Sadie is about 65 pounds and we just give her the 2 per dose twice daily. This has helped greatly in the itchy department and provided much relief to her, however does make her a bit drowsey which is probably good thing at this point. Rest heals. Period.

We have been on this plan for about 2 weeks now and most of all the rash and redness is gone, just have the occasional scabby that'll show up if she rubs her tush in the grass, on her bum or ankle. These I treat with a little neosporen. The main thing we still battle is that her tummy is still sensitive. We touch it lightly (anywhere) and one or both of her legs start going. I wish I could find a way to relieve that for her. Overall she seems to be doing pretty well on the new routine. After reading most of your posts, I understand this could very well be a long and possible chronic battle. Just hoping that winter will provide a little bit of a break for her body to finish recouping. This florida heat and humidity could in no way be helping the issue. It's a tough routine, but as I said before, she's our baby (one of our two furr babies), and I would do nothing less for her then my own daughter.Thank you for all of your entries on this thread, as it's only encouraged us to be strong on our journey and to not give up! Please let me know if you have found anything natural to help with the sensitivity to touch on the skin where the yeast rash used be!

Posted by Dana T. (Midland, Tx) on 10/31/2015
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Systemic Yeast/Staph/Bacteria

I am so lost and just exhausted all efforts and my rescue shih tzu of two years has fought a fight that is not getting better. I do not have a clue anymore and am devastated. Long story short, just like all other stories, when we saved her, she was very sick. Steroids and antibiotics had to be administered to get better. Here we are two years later and last year I finally went holistic with our baby and STILL nothing. Feeding organic raw chicken, greek yogurt, and some organic boiled egg with a little kale. She is on acidophilus and probiotics, doing the borax, hydrogen, epsom, milk of magnesia baths. Spray this also on her. Coconut oil.

What is there left? Her ears as I write this make me want to cry. She is hurting because they are so big (4 times the size) and just look like hamburger meat. Under her eye is huge and knots and red that this bath tonight had I guess a little blood oozing from it because her hair was pink. At a LOSS and PRAYING for a miracle answer here.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hello Dana,

If this were my dog I would use Zymox Otic bought online for the ears; a frequent poster Wendy offers a home made formula for healthy ears as well. While there are steroids in these preparations I am most concerned about making the ears feel better at this point.

And while you are using the borax externally I would recommend you do Ted's borax protocol for pets - this involves dosing borax in the drinking water to combat systemic yeast.

One critical component not mentioned is diet - what are you feeding your wee beastie?

Replied by Susee
Sydney, Australia

Dana, try a pinch of flowers of sulphur once a day in her meal, don't overdose though. It does help with skin problems.

EC: Thank you, Susee! We were interested to learn more about Flowers of Sulphur and found this interesting article online:

Replied by Dana
Midland, Tx

Feeding organic chicken with a little kale and organic egg and Greek yogurt. I will order the stuff and overnight. I am so upset that nothing is working. It is actually spreading down her neck and on her back. It started in her feet.

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I got a blue nose pitbull with a yeast infection and I gave him antibiotics for a yeast infection and put Monistat all over his body And he got WAY better but then it came back because it wasn't completely gone. Now I have to do it again. How is your dog? Also, I've been putting mineral oil and and a And d ointment on the dog but the Monistat really works plus you have to scrape off all the yeast. A flea comb works but I've also been scraping it off with my fingernails. My friend had given me two antibiotics I open them up lined it out then separated it into 6 portions and gave it to him and raw hamburger meat and also adjust the 325 milligram aspirin broken and a half and gave it to him every 4 hours all the swelling went down but if you don't get all the yeast it will come back and it comes back very quickly.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hello Sassy,

Your puppy may have problems besides yeast - if this were my dog I would think mange mites of some type. Please consider dipping your puppy in Ted's Mange Remedy - start with a full dip every other day for 3 treatments and report back please. Also consider borax in the water per Ted's Borax for pets protocol. This treatment is far more affordable than tube after tube of monistat, and very effective.

Replied by Nikki

My dogs ears were the same, I used canesten cream on cotton wool bud & put in side ear then rub . Twice a day worked wounders also use Apple Cider Vinegar for feet & when bathing her . Good luck

Sacramento, Ca

Can you please tell me where you buy the canesten cream, and what is a wool bud? My dog has such a problem with yeast, I just tried one dip of Teds borax dip and she slept the entire night with no itching, but her ears are awful and I will need to take a trip to the vet which I can not afford anymore, but I have tried everything for the ears, please let me know and I can give this a shot, thanks so much.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hello Shelly,

Not the OP but wool bud = cotton ball and Canesten cream = vaginal yeast infection cream that contains Chlotrimezol.

A side note: you can use Ted's remedy in the ears too, so when you dip her in the tub with Ted's remedy flush her ears out while you are at it.

Lastly, you can order Zymox Otic HCL online - this works wonders in the ears and is worth the investment IMHO.

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Conroe Tx


I pray this message finds you and your rescue baby well. Your story brought tears to my eyes. I too am a rescue mom. I have a 4 yr mini schnauzer that had Lyme Disease for an unspecified amount of time. Rescued @ 9 months after two families had owners pass away. THANK GOODNESS MY HUBBY AND I WERE LUCKY NUMBER 3. Continued trips to er departments and high cost lead me to find a few cheap tricks that may help in your situation. ON A SIDE NOTE ZYMOX ROX, but the key is to find it online as the others have mentioned. I kept my 4 oz ZYMOX bottle and made a mixture of 1/3vinegar 1/3 witchazel 1/3 water( just boil some with a pinch of salt). Add pharmacutical oil of eucalyptus 2 drops. Please avoid the potpourri version it isn't the same. After they completely dry, and I use twisted papertowls or tp. Gently, they absorbe at a far better rate, exceeds cotton by miles. I will in his severe breakouts sprinkle tiny amounts of boric acid in each ear. A pinch for small, 2 pinch for you big dog lovers. Usually every other day for five days. I warm his ear solution in the sink before gently flushing, and he seems to appreciate that little trick. Avoid eyes of course, and liquid works on paws, hind ends, especially schnauzer bumps. His yeast plight amongst vitamin b deficienCY, diabetic, allergies galore, separation anxiety from his early months HGED, PANCREATIC FLARES just make me happy that I snagged the sweetest soul that day I became mom. A piece of advice for anyone reading this, please trust your gut when it comes to your furbaby. There are great Vets, but more fall sub par to ethical tx. You know the animal best.

🐶 Tyrion and 👑 Rebecca

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Hello. We have had two Cocker Spaniels with multiple issues over many years, the worst being fungal infections that were not only established by, but, made much worse from antibiotic medications wrongly prescribed for skin allergies. It is a lot easier to prevent yeast overgrowth, than to manage it once it takes a foothold. In my opinion, the only way to get it under control is to switch to a raw food (make sure it is balanced) diet. Absolutely, no starchy vegetables.....or GRAINS. Keep the Omega 3's up to par, and make sure to frequently bath the dog every few days with an antifungal shampoo. Neem shampoos are very good, and there is one called Derma Treat that worked well for my dogs.

As the yeast dies off it will stay on the skin, and create more problems if it isn't bathed away. Absolutely avoid sweet smelling shampoos, as they have additives that can be extremely irritating to inflamed skin. After paying high vet bills for years, I have found using a basic ear cleaner with 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract added will work very well.

My one dog had chronic ear infections that were horrible. I was told that the bacteria would never be able to be cleared from the ears. After ten years of nothing but more and more medications, and drugs, she has sweet and clean smelling ears for the first time in this last year. It is too bad that she could have had a better quality of life and now is on the tail end of hers. However, we have learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. All I can say is this: Most of my life I have had dogs, lots of them, some healthier than others.

What I know for sure is the next ones will never be raised on anything but species appropriate fresh raw diets, and there are so many wonderful ones available now. Dr. Becker, Dr. Wysong, and Dr. Doug have said it over and over, and I only wish I had paid attention years ago.

Posted by Debbie (Portslade, Uk) on 01/07/2015
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Yeast Infections in Dogs: I can only tell you what worked for me.

I have 4 Shihtzus. When one of them was a puppy, he started to become quite poorly. Took him to the Vets. Who diagnosed severe Yeast issues. They started pumping him full of steroids and antibiotics. We kept going back to the vets. He was getting worse, to the point, I thought I was going to lose him.

He was fed on commercial puppy food.

I started, doing loads of research. And, discovered that steroids and antibiotics actually 'feed' the yeast!!

So, no more Vets........ I also researched dog food. And that anything with wheat/grain in, was feeding the yeast also. That's when I changed to raw feeding. No fruit or veg for him either as there are natural sugars in many. For that reason, I don't use ACV for him. I started bathing him in a good quality anti-fungal shampoo. Rinse well. And then with a mixture of half water/half, distilled WHITE vinegar. Soak the dog in it. 'Dunk' the paws in a bowl of it. Flush out the ears also with the mixture. (As long as the ear drum is not perforated).Then leave it on the dog, to dry. DON'T rinse off. Get a spray bottle and make up a new solution. Use this every day where there are any skin issues and spray inside the ears. Clean out any 'gunk' with it. Dunk the paws daily in a new solution. Doing it, just before bed time, is the ideal time to do it. Also, after a walk etc.

The crucial thing is diet. Add some probiotic yogurt. Garlic. Good quality, Virgin coconut oil. Every day. Plus of course. Raw meat/Offal/Tripe/fish. Some bone. But, find out about raw feeding, so you know what to give. Minus, fruit and veg for a dog with yeast issues. NO treats or biscuit. Unless home made. For a dog with yeast issues. It has to be done for the lifetime of your dog.

If you need to heal any sores before you get it under control. Use a mixture of neem oil and coconut oil.

If antibiotics are needed. Use Colloidal Silver. Or, it will flare up again.

Don't give tap water to drink. Only, bottled or filtered. NO, table scraps. I now have a very healthy 5 year old.

When he has a bath, it's always with the anti-fungal shampoo, followed by the white vinegar/half water rinse. I also, always clean his ears with it. He has an issue with one ear, because his ear canal is VERY narrow. So, I also shave his ears, inside and out. So, he has no hair irritating his ear.

Replied by Kimberly
Pa, US

I'm a HUGE supporter of raw feeding, and truly believe the pet industry including our vets keep our pets sick with yearly UNNECESSARY yearly vaccines and commercial or RX kibble YUCK..GO RAW

Replied by Nancy
Ivanhoe / Ca/ Usa

Hi I am dealing with the same exact problem with our 10 month old male 85 pound shephard/staffordshire mix. He has a wretched smell coming from his ears but one seems really bad and has a lot of brownish redish liquid gunk inside. His whole body smells like old gym socks so I know it's a problem with yeast. For the first 8 months of his life we were feeding him nothing but Pedigree dry and canned food. I thought it was good, but he kept having horrible stomach infections. The Vet mentioned that maybe we should switch his food out and cut out a lot of the wet food. So I switched him to the Costco brand of the higher quality grain free dry dog food for the last couple months. Although his stomach issues have been fixed now the yeast problem has reared its ugly head. I plan on following your regimen to see if at all possible it helps our boy. I understand most of your directions but my question to you is on the colloidal silver you speak of. Is it the liquid form or ointment for topical use? Thank you for your help.

Posted by Cobrien (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/15/2014
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My sweet boy Mason (sheltie/terrier mix) is a rescue dog. I've had him for over a year, he's approximately 3 years old. We've been dealing with the nasty yeast since we got him. Antibiotic/steroid therapy has been prescribed to him on and off from his vet. Over the summer, I started him on atopica because his itching was so severe. I was at my wits end and the look on his face was so desperate for help. The first month on atopica was daily, 2nd month, every other day, 3rd month, 2x a week. He did really well the first 2 months but come the 3rd month, he was back to incessant scratching.

We then started him again on the daily dose. Went back to the vet (for shots) and again prescribed antibiotic/steroid therapy and to discontinue the atopica to clear up his skin before giving him his yearly shots. I knew this was a bad idea but as desperate as we are, we'd do whatever it took to make him well. For three weeks, everything was great. But I knew that once he was off of the therapy, his scratching would resume. It did. My next plan before stumbling upon this website was to take him to a dermatologist, but after reading so many stories, I decided to give some of the recommendation that has been put on here as one last ditch effort to combat this yeast on my own.

This is what I do for Mason:

Wysong Epigen 90 (starch/grain free) about 1/2 cup a feeding with Wysong wet food (about 1/4 can). 1 acidophilus pill, 2 benadryls, and a few squirts of anchovy oil, an about a tablespoon of virgin, unsweeteneded coconut oil. Two times a day.

I also bathe him with anti-fungal/anti-bacterial shampoo with tea tree oil until my order of Malaseb comes in as well as a vinegar/peroxide/water combo rinse and let him soak in it for at least 10 minutes. He hates being in the bathtub so it can be a little difficult keeping him still. I pat him dry, especially his paws. I'll be doing this 2 times a week.

We're on day 4 and his scratching isn't as incessant as it was. He still has a yeasty odor but he'll get another bath/rinse tonight. His stool/farts has the most awful smell ever. I'm going to assume it is from the change to his food and/or the added supplements.

I am hopeful that this will work for him. It breaks my heart to see him like this - he came from an abuse/abandoned situation before ending up at the shelter and then in my home. I promise him everyday that no matter what, if my husband and I end up in the poor house, he will be healthy and happy and itchy free.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Cobrien!

You might be over doing it with both the salmon oil and the coconut oil - cutting back to just 1 of those oils may help with the farting; also consider adding enyzmes for digestion: I use chewable papaya from Whole Foods for my pack.

I would also consider something that may have a bit more *kick* than the your vinegar/peroxide/water solution; Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip.

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]


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. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible, then 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 her in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting; you may need to bump up the heat in the house or crate him in a small room with a space heater. 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.

Yeast infections take time to manifest, and can take a while to resolve. You may additionally consider borax to combat the yeast internally. Ted recently updated his borax protocol -here it is again FYI:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 2/12/2014 "The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.


Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.

This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

Posted by Vannie (Sabah, Malaysia) on 06/30/2014

Hi, I have a mini poodle that has yeast which started only last year. Before this, she has been biting and licking her paws on and off. The problems is getting serious now, I have to put e-collar on; if not she will bite and scratch nonstop. I check her body, no imflammation or bruises. I have brought her to two different vets. The diagnosis is she has fungal infection/yeast. She has tried various antibiotics, pills, anti-fungal salve. She is using malaseb shampoo once a week. Recently, I have changed her diet to no-grain formula. Orijin six-fish 80% fish and Arcana 60% fish. I apply coconut oil on her fur and ACV mixed water to her water bowl and to apply on her paws. But everytime I take off the e-collar, she will scratch and lick paws, tails, butt area, ears. I'm so worried and depressed. Am I doing the right thing? how long does it take for the yeast to clear away?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Vannie!

Clearing a dog of a yeast infection is usually a long term situation.

Upgrading the diet is a good start! You should also consider adding probiotics/acidipohillus to her diet as well; just choose a human grade product from the cooler section of the health store.

Next, consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water by adding baking soda. I start out with 1 teaspoon baking soda into 3 liters of water, and increase by 1 teaspoon each day until the ratio is 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter water; I then give this dose for 5 days - after 5 days you can reduce to one half teaspoon per liter of water or go back to the ACV water. I would also add once per week one eighth teaspoon of borax to the drinking water OR mix one eighth of a teaspoon of borax into some wet or canned food. This may produce a loose stool, however borax is an excellent anti-yeast/anti-fungal.

Additionally, I would bathe my dog in a solution of 1 part water to two parts Milk of Magnesia. This is an emergency ratio and in conjunction with the baking soda water and borax water should bring some relief.

Please report back!

Posted by Keishas Mom (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/22/2012
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My yorkie is 4 years old and has been suffering from what I thought were allergies her entire life. I have tried every kind of food, switched to 100% natural chemical free housecleaners, detergents, etc. , I spent enormous amounts of money at the vet and everything they prescribed only made it worse. She had ear infections, rashes and sores (specifically in her armpits, chest, and between her toes), impacted anal sacs, and sneezing and coughing. I finally gave up on the allergy idea and started researching for causes and found out about yeast infections.

Since I've been treating for yeast I have found her to be unbelievable better! I feel her Raw Lamb food, and on it I put colloidal silver, yogurt, and omega-3 oil (one for each meal). I also bathe her with all natual soap (it comes in a bar) and then put a rinse of Vinegar and tea tree oil diluted in water, which I don't rinse off. Once she's dry I put colloidal silver on her itchy spots. I find that these steps help her so much! I can't believe that no vet told me about yeast infections, they just prescribed antibiotics, allergy pills, and topical treatments that made her feel worse. I think all natural is the way to go, and colloidal silver is a miracle worker!

Replied by Virginia
Beloit, Wi

If your dog has a yeast infection it has a funky smell. I use 50-50 water and vinegar and ear drops from the vet. Moisture in certain areas of your pet can cause yeast Infection.

Posted by Earthystuff (Nicholson, Ga, United States) on 08/26/2012
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Yonah had developed some kind of sticky crusty stuff all over his skin and stunk so bad we didnt even want him in the house. A few years back I took him to the vet and he put Yonah on Lamb and rice diet. This diet helped for a short while and then came back with a vengence. I would use a flea comb on him and what came off was like scabs that stuck in the comb.

After searching on earthclinic and agreeing it is yeast, this is what I did for him. Still on lamb and rice food in the morning feed I give him his daily garlic for fleas part of powdered glucosamine and started him on 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinager. He actually doesnt have a problem eating it in his food. I add a little wet lamb and rice to mask the flavor and smell. Afternoon feed I add a little wet food and a big heaping tablespoon of greek yogurt. I have washed him once a week with antifungal shampoo and then follow with spraying him down with a mixture of 1/2 Apple cider vinager and 1/2 water. In between baths I spray him in places that are lingering like the top of his head. Its been about 5 weeks and this yuck is just about gone. His energy level has picked up and he is so much happier. He is an older dog and this usually occurs in the hot months but Im going to keep him on this program. He even smells better. I am glad to report that this is working wonderful.

Earthclinic has been my doctor for about 6 years now and I love the information I get here!

Replied by Loretta
San Antonio, Tx

I love this site. Every one here shareing their personal stories have been so helpful to me. My dog is suffering from yeast infections and hotspots. Vets only took my money and time and encouraging oatmeal bath to an obvious yeast infected dog makes me angry. This site and peoples honesty helps us to help our helpess animals whom we love as much as family. Thank You for all your Help and concern. I now take big sighs of relief just seeing how relieved he is.

Posted by Soozoom (Jacksonville, Fl Usa) on 04/06/2012

This site is great. I recently took in a foster Shih Tzu with the red staining near her eyes. After reading about this on several sites I've decided which methods I will try and why. I believe (as with many small breeds) that the red staining is from excessive tearing (for whatever reason), the red staining shows more because she has apricot and white hair, it has been very warm here and we have relatively high humidity - which increases the moistness. The excessive moistness would increase bacterial growth. The bacteria are either gram positive or gram negative - without testing I don't know which she has. Before giving her any medication I want to try the natural, non-harming remedies. Possible remedies I won't be using are: hydrogen peroxide - causes problems, can damage eyes, ACV - this would burn my eyes so I won't use near her eyes - I do think this would help for the skin yeast problems (in some/most cases - not all) - experiment.

The things I've read that are worth trying are the non-grain, high carb foods - that makes sense since dogs need more meat/other proteins than people, acidopholus in foods such as yogurt and maybe milks I think I've seen. I've also seen that some people say non-filtered water seems to make the problem worse because the tap water might have higher mineral content - the dogs are already getting filtered water. I also bought distilled water - both for drinking and washing her face with (when I only am cleaning the yeasty area). I saw a post from the woman in the Phillipines that made a lot of sense - making your own wash for the dogs from a small amount of vinegar and the most natural soap you can find - no perfumed, no colors - just saponin (the soapy part of soap) - I'm trying that tonight.

The other is a Golden Retriever that has a slight rash that irritates him - it's not infected yet or much - since it was not near his face I sprayed Dermoplast (in pharmacy - OTC); it is a pain relieving, antibacterial spray for humans - avoid mucous membranes with it. I sprayed it on him and he stopped biting at himself for over 12 hours so far - he immediately seemed relieved too. I also thought about Calamine or Hydrocortisone Cream - but didn't get as far as researching yet - so unproven as far as I know - but I don't see the harm as long as again not on mucous membrane areas. If the diluted ACV soapwash, changing to better food, distilled water, acidopholus and keeping the area dry don't work then I will go to the other side - items that are more base rather than acidic before even thinking about meds or vet. I also heard/saw that using blueberries is good to use around the eyes - and this makes sense since they grow best in low acid environments (more base) and red yeast likes slight acidity - so this could make the environment less conducive to the growth of the yeast. Blueberries not in sugar - I did already try it on white fur and it doesn't stain - in fact brightens it as was shown on NGC or some animal show - sorry can't remember - just sticks in my mind though. I've only had her 2 days and have no idea what food she had before - now she is getting Vitality Chx & Oats by Dogs Well - no corn, potatoes or wheat and has acidopholus, blueberries and sweet potatoes. This food makes sense to me - these are slow digesting carbs which evens out sugar in the blood stream and have high amounts of nutrients. I'll let everyone know if I have any success or failure.

Posted by Sierrahennessy (Fairfax, Usa) on 10/01/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Joanne in Buffalo, NY

I have been reading about your dog with my heart in my mouth. So much of your story reminds me of my own struggles with Sierra, my 12 1/2 year old dog. Sierra has always had yeasty ears ever since we got her at age 8 weeks. We had it under control until her mate King died of DM a few years ago. Then it exploded in our face. We tried everything, were at the vet's multiple times, spent thousands on meds, including steroids and antibiotics. Finally, I switched vets and came with Sierra, who was in agony from joint pain, vaginal infections and loss of hair, black skin, stink and ulcers everywhere! Her coat was matting from the oozing. I told Dr. Lynch point blank I wanted everything in the arsenal for attacking YEAST, which hadn't been done before because nobody listened. He gave me ketoconazal, an antibiotic for the infections in the ulcers and vagina, medicated anti-fungal shampoo to be used twice weekly and a drying powder for taming the ooze. He diagnosed her with severe systemic yeast infection. He also said based on her pain levels, we might have to euthanize her in a month. I came home depressed.

Later that night, I started research. I was prepared to lose my dog in any number of age releated causes. But NOT to a stupid fungus. I began with the lessons I learned from King's DM, when the vet told me when he was 8 that western medicine had gone as far as it could. I took King to an alternative vet, who gave him another 3 amazingly good years using herbs. I decided to take that approach with Sierra. It's been two weeks and the turn around in her heath, her outlook and the decrease in her pain level is nothing less than amazing.

Here's what I learned and did.:

First, food change. I got really picky, went ONLY for low glycemic no grain food. Sierra was on Wellness chicken her whole life, which I still believe to be a quality food for dogs without yeast issues. Her lifetime of good food and medical health may have saved her life (more on that later). I moved her off that and onto Hund n Flocken by Solid Gold. She only eats the can and sometimes not even that, but I believe elimination of sugar and simple carbs has helped with starving the yeast. I don't think its possible to be picky enough about her food. No more Mother Hubbard treats for Sierra. Just duck jerky, which she likes. No more bones, which will contribute to her gut issues.

She had a full set of bloodwork. I read that yeast and thyroid issues go hand in hand. Have both T3 and T4 checked. Every time she has a blood test, the Drs. call me up amazed, saying she has the bloodwork of a dog half her age. It is this organ strength that I believe allowed the Dr. to attack the yeast with his full arsenal at full strength, I gambled on her lifetime of health.

Including pain pills, Sierra is on seven pills in the morning and six at night. We give her pill pockets to get them down her. We use the drying powder three times a day for her ulcers. Only 2 persistant ones (in the armpit) of about 20 remain.

Additionally, after research, I decided to give Sierra Bovine Colostrum, the first milkings from a cow that gave birth. Colostrum is believed to assist in healing the Leaky Gut syndrome, sealing the holes in the intestinal wall and replacing the mucosal lining. I also decided to give her Black Walnut tincture, a major anti-fungal of nature.

We wash Sierra twice a week with the medicated anti-fungal shampoo.

I have two more weeks until we see the Dr. I think we've acheived nothing less than a bloody miracle. The black skin is slowly disappearing and hair I thought I'd never see again has already returned. Her joint inflamation is significantly reduced, and she goes up and down stairs better than in years. Her crusty oozing eyes have cleared completly. She's stopped licking at anything other than normal brief cleanings.

Her ears are still yeasty and likely always will be, despite the fact they are upright and they are correctly formed in the ear canal. (we had the vet look a long time ago).

Here are some other things folks might find useful, by the way, the great dane lady website is fantastic.

Natural Treatment Ideas

Use probiotics/digestive and dietary enzymes to keep the pH balance of the stomach in proper balance. This in turn helps prevent yeast overgrowth.

Use raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice - 2 teaspoons per day on food or in water, to help keep the pH balance where it should be in the gut and make an environment, which is not conducive to yeast proliferation.

1. Bathe in sulfur-based or medicated shampoo
2. Prepare a 50/50 mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar & Water
3. Rinse or wipe affected areas with 50/50 mixture daily. Note: Do not use Apple cider mixture on open lesions

For pets with itchy skin from yeast infections, use a Baking Soda rinse alone or after shampooing your pets body with the appropriate pet shampoo for fungus infections (see vet). It will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation. Ask your veterinarian for his recommendations.

Baking Soda Recipe:
Mix two (2) teaspoons of Baking Soda per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - pour over pet, do not rinse off.

A mild spray from Tea tree oil will discourage your dog from digging at the skin (because the bitter taste). Aloe Vera, Omega fatty acids, and Neem oil are effective treatments. In mild cases it already can be helpful to wash your dogs skin with apple cidre vinegar or use aloe vera.

If you are not sure about the nutritional values, and biochemical processes in the body, add a high-quality nutritional supplement to your dogs food which contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iodine, biotin, echinacea, and potassium.

The most important characteristic of Neem (neem tea, neem leaf) is, boosting both the lymphocyte and cell-mediated immune system. Neem boosts the production of T-cells, which defense your dogs body when attacks to the immune system occur.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is crucial for boosting your dogs immune system. Vitamin C has essential antiviral and antibacterial activity, but its main effect is improvement of host resistance.

Omega Fatty Acids
Omega fatty acids are important for your dogs immune system, skin and coat health. Omega fatty acids boost food utilization and energy production. Evening primrose oil is most effective (omega 6 fatty acid), followed by flaxseed oil and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid).

Zinc deficiency increases the risk of infection. Studies show that zinc supplements can boost the immune system, promote wound healing, and help develop white blood cells.

Dog food diet for immune system related dog skin disorders:

Dogs with skin disorders and skin rashes need a special dog food diet, low in carbohydrates.
Whole grains and fiber in the dog food are advisable, to boost the immune system on a long term basis. You can serve the same kind of meat or vegetable for 3 to 4 days, then switch if possible.

Basic dog food: Mainly oats; whole grains; barley, for variation: smashed potatoes

Meat: Mainly duck; for variation: rabbit, turkey, lamb, fish, veal

Vegetable: Garlic, parsley, carrots, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, zucchini, avocado, artichoke, celery - they are great toxin relievers for the body. For better digestion mix the raw vegetable in a blender , and add it to the dogs food.

Fruits: Chopped coconut, apple, banana

Dairy: Plain yogurt or cottage cheese to re-colonize the intestinal flora


Commercial dog foods and treats which contain the following ingredients:
Meat-by-products, poultry-by-products, meat meal, wheat flour, wheat gluten, corn meal, corn gluten, rice flour, brewers rice, BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin

- Rice, MSG, chicken, pasta, milk (because it contains lactose), bread, cookies, crackers,
- Peanuts, yams, sausage, bacon, corned beef, smoked meat and sausages.
- Onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, salt, ketchup, grapes, raisins.
- Sugars, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, fruit juices, honey, chocolate, or maple syrup


Probiotics (beneficial yogurt like bacteria) keep the flora/fauna of the gut at good levels in the digestive track. When this flora/fauna is killed off due to antibiotics we must re-seed the gut with probiotics at the same time!! .

But Probiotics/Prebiotics, keep fungus/yeast at lower levels in the gut as long as it is supplied daily in your pet's diet and we can't fully depend on it on some dog foods. Once there is yeast overgrowth, probiotics alone will not push the levels back down. It requires supplements to alter the pH of the environment, kill off the yeast, remove the yeast die-off from the body, and probiotics to reseed the gut with beneficial microorganisms.

Chlorexidine at 2 to 4 percent might be effective against yeasts, 0.5 to 1 percent is not effective.

Miconazole (Dermazole ®, Resi-zole® leave on conditioner) is also effective.

Vinegar/water rinse (1/5 to 1/10) is a cheap and effective long-term maintenance treatment to prevent relapses in dogs that are predisposed (swimmers).

Colloidal silver may be administered to dogs as an oral supplement in liquid form, through IV injection, in a nebulizer cup, as a spray or topically as a liquid or cream. It may also be combined with a powder for dry application or to create a paste. It can be used to flush out wounds, as ear drops, eye drops or applied directly onto the skin of your dog. It can be applied to your dog's gums or used as a toothpaste to help eliminate bad breath and tooth decay.

Dogs: 70 to 120# canines can tolerate 1 to 2 tbsps. of colloidal silver 3x/daily during illness. If fever is present or the dog has gone off feed, we will dose a high initial loading dose and then back off to 10 to 15 cc's/day (2 tsp. to 1 tbsp).

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has long been used to treat skin ailments. It has many nutrients and properties beneficial to the skin. Aloe Vera is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It also provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal aid. Once again, going straight to the source will provide a more potent treatment. Apply the gel from a leaf of the aloe vera plant directly to the skin rash. If you are not able to find one or do not wish to extract the gel yourself, you can find aloe vera extract at many stores. Apply at least 3 times a day.

Baking Powder: Rub baking powder over the skin rash. Baking powder will dry up the rash and help relieve the itching.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is recommended to soothe dry skin and restore moisture. The skin can also benefit from the healing and renewal properties of olive oil. Skin rashes can be treated by applying olive oil to the affected skin. (Me: Coconut Oil, organic, cold pressed also works well, internally and externally, its a great anti-fungal and dogs love it.)

I have a whole lot of further info. Regarding recipes for these things, if anyone is interested. I also have aromatherapy suggestions that really helped, but honestly, I think I've gone on enough! I wish everyone a safe and fantastic cure.

Replied by Lisahbmwz4
Oak Ridge, Tn

Sierrahennessy, I loved all your info on allergy remedies. I am at the end of rope as to what to do. I went to vet for skin allergies. I received Cephalexin and Atopica for Allie (my Shih-Poo). She got very ill after the first dose having a reaction to the antibiotics. We had to stop all meds until the diarrhea stopped and she could start eating again.

At this point, add'l blood tests/urinalysis was done and she had a UTI as well. We started another antibiotic but could not start back on the Atopica until she was actually eating which took about 4 days. In the meantime, she has developed hot spots. I've tried Sulfadene which calms her down for a bit but they just get irritated all over again.

I plan to try some of the options that you mentioned and if you have more suggestions, I am more than interested to hear them. I don't know too much about cooking for her and what not to cook but I am willing to do so? Do foods that have gluten cause more yeast?

Replied by Debra
Chesapeake, Va, Usa

Try looking on She offers alot of info about yeast infections. I have a collie mix and I switched foods to a senior diet Solid gold, and unfortuantely it was a vegetarian diet. She is a mess and I just order the Nzyme skin recovery kit to balance out her system. I am so sick of the vet just bandaiding the problems and the $300 vet bills.

This site offers so much information it is unbelievable, and the info is very similar to what you have discovered. Please read for additional asistance, I will update you when I get thru a few weeks of the process. My dogs have always been on Solid Gold, but they are recommending Precise dog food, or Nutri Source dog food. Thanks for the info.

Replied by Patricia
North Carolina (nc)

I have a 6-yr old lab/border collie mix.. Her yeast allergies are so bad that the vet said she was in so much pain and discomfort that it would be best for her to be put asleep. I can't bare to even think about it. But, then I want to do what is best for her. There are so many different ideas that I don't know what is best. She has lost her hair on her ears and sides. She has lumps all over her. She has sores on her feet that making it hard for her to walk. One place tells me to use apple cidar vinegar another says use white vinegar, and etc. Just don't know how to help her. Any ideas would greatly appreciated.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Patricia,

It starts with food. What are you feeding? Read the ingredient label on your dog food bag and if you see grains or corn then it is time for a grocery upgrade. Next consider fighting the systemic yeast infection from the inside out by alkalizing your dog's drinking water. I rotate with baking soda water to alkalize, and with Borax water per Ted's Borax protocol for dogs. Also dogs with problem skin often benefit from a dip/soak in Ted's Mange remedy - even if they do not have mange it is a good skin disinfectant that brings many dogs relief after the first dip. The effects last around 24 hours or more, so you may have to dip frequently to give your dog relief.

I do use the expensive, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar orally, and the white vinegar topically/for cleaning - both for me and the dogs on occasion.

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

I would go with Apple Cider Vinegar, half vinegar, half water. Watch the eyes. There are so many things you can try but I would start with the diet, all raw no grain or processed food and probiotics. As with any any illness always start with the immune system, that is a must inside then out. Anyway, try those things and we can work from there. Please report back

Posted by For Paws (Toronto, Ontario, Canada ) on 04/29/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I treat my dog's yeast infection with change of diet to grain free and wash with one part water and one part vineager in the affected area every night. It stopped the itching and skin improved a lot over four weeks.

With the food, also give him one capsule of Acidophilus (5 billion) and plain yogurt with food every day.

For bath, I use Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo which is 2% Ketoconazole that kills the fungus that cause the skin itching. Nizoral shampoo can be purchased off the counter, price reasonable.

another vet shampoo is Allergroom by Virbac Animal Health. I bought it from the vet's office, that cost $25 for 16 oz. This one only soothes the dog's skin and leave the hair smelling good.

Infection in ears - I use one part hot water, mix with one part alcohol and one part vinegar, wet the cotton ball and squeeze the excess liquid so the cotton ball is wet but not dripping and cleans the dogs ears. I do it at least once a day, sometimes 2-3 times a day when required.

I find the dogs ears are much cleaner now than using the ear drops prescribed by the vet's office and it keeps the infection at bay.

Posted by Lorrainetoronto (Toronto, Canada) on 04/05/2011


the postings are very beneficial and informative. I have been feeding my dog, a mixed breed of Japanese Chin and Chi Tsu, brown rice, chicken and vegetable.

I noticed he has allergy symptoms and the vet gave me antibiotic drops for his ears and antihistamine for his allergies. I only used the ear drops.

Recently, his groomer said my dog has yeast problems. That was March 23, 2011. Since then I bathed his arm pits and groin areas (the affected areas) with 1 part of warm water and 1 part of vineger and or ACV.

Today is April 5th, 2011 and I have noticed there is improvements in his arm pits. The colour has subsided and hair is growing back. The skin in his groin area is pigmented. The colour has subsided and hair is growing. The licking has improved too.

Also changed his diet to Orijen, 80% fish and chicken and 20% fruit and veg and no grain. I feed him with one teaspoon of plain yogurt, one capsule of Acidofolious, one teaspoonful of raw veg along with Orijen in the morning. The same at night without the Acidofolious.

His stool is kind of soft, I cannot figure out why.

I also have trouble finding medicated shampoo similar to Malaseb shampoo. The vet insisted my dog has allergy and not yeast condition.

I am satisified with the progress. The change of diet and the Apple Cider Vinegar bath at night help a lot.


Posted by 5 Pooches Home (Houston, Tx) on 03/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

For Chronic Yeast Infection issues in dogs:

1. You can try Ted's Mange remedy on this site (see mange page) and also rub your dog down 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.

2. Also start feeding a homemade diet (research this thoroughly on the net) and add coconut oil -lots of it to the food. Take AWAY ALL processed food from the diet like dog food and treats. Only natural foods. For snack you can give your dog fruits like apple and banana. Also you can cook some oatmeal mixed with water and coconut oil.

3. You can at night also massage your dog with some coconut oil as its anti-bacterial and if u can get - neem oil. This will soothe a dog a LOT. You can also try eucaluptus oil to massage on him/her.

4. Last but not least, hygiene of ur pets and ur home is VERY imp. Make sure yours surrounding and dog sheets and bed is all washed in laundry. Also give dog a bath with mild BABY SHAMPOO that is HYPOALLERGENIC AND SOAP FREE. This all 4 steps should bring your dog good health inside out and heal your dog 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.

Good luck.

Posted by Connie (Elk Creek, Missouri) on 03/10/2011
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Kay
Jacksonville, Fl

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.