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!
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!
BETTER BUT NOT CURED
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!
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....so 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.
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.
Ivanhoe / Ca/ Usa
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.
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?
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!
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!
San Antonio, Tx
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.
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 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
FOODS TO AVOID FOR DOGS:
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.
Oak Ridge, Tn
Chesapeake, Va, Usa
North Carolina (nc)
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.
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.
My dog was diagnosed with an extreme yeast infection about 6 months ago. Typical signs the itching, chewing, hair gone from area. The vets simply told me to give the dog Benedryl which ofcourse only treats the symptoms but does nothing to cure. They did not want to give her a fungus med because they were treating pancreatitis and colitis at the time. She began to have what we thought were Seizures and she would run around in circles rubbing her face and shake. My sad 8 yr old GS lost weight as I switched her off of food and put her on boiled skinless chicken and rice only to find out she was allergic to the chicken.
Fast forward... I took her to a holistic vet who put her on Chinese Herbs and after about 2 months, we also put her on Hills ZD Allergen dry food and canned. The dog acted like a puppy, hair grew back and etc. I found reading this forum to give her Rescue Remedy to control her "episodes" and it worked. I must back track and tell you the vets had given her Phenobarbitol, plus the meds for stomach issues, plus Benedryl and this dog was so lethargic(drugged).
Fast forward, again. After treating the dogs with the herbs and no meds, shampooing her once a week with a Tee Tree Shampoo(from pet store) and giving her some plain yogurt for treats, I thought she was cured! The new vet(holisitc) checked her and said the yeast apparently is gone from her skin(Oh, I was also spraying her with Oil of Oregano mixed with water on the infected skin areas). I was a happy camper when she seemed to go back to normal! However, apparently the yeast infection had gotton in to her nervous system and the dog when she get nervous or excited, she just starts shaking alot and whining. The vet(holistic) has put her on a new herb which is suppose to control her allergies which apparently have increased due to pollin in the air. I am wondering on this forum if anyone has experienced this with there dog. My dog is an 8 yr old GS who has always been a nervous dog. I still have her on the Hills ZD, yogurt treats and I spray her with Tea Tree Spray or White Vinegar for the itching. So far she has no open yeast infection sores, but apparently it still may be in her nervous system.
Ashburton, Devon - England
I have a 3 yo rescue pitbull named Lilo. We have had her for 2 years. Lilo started scratching behind her ears about 8 months after we brought her home. We took her to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics, etc. And that seemed to cure the problem. She then developed itchy skin, and we took her to the vet and, again, put her on antibiotics. Just like everyone else, this began a never-ending cycle where Lilo continued to spiral downward. She began to scratch herself constantly and her skin began to go into scabbing and drying cycles, where it would fall off in big flakes. She started to smell terrible, and get more frequent ear infections.
We tried various foods to help her, including Wellness, Core Wellness, California Naturals, Innova (which gave her horrible diarrhea), and even a raw foods diet. None of the foods seemed to have any effect. Her vet insisted she had allergies, and after trying various medications, medicated shampoos, and a 6-month food trial, Lilo continued to get worse and worse. She began to lose fur on her neck, belly, armpits, chin, tail, between her toes, and around her eyes. Her neck is the worst, and she would frequently scratch it raw and bloody. She looked like a burn victim.
The vet has suggested that Lilo is "just an allergic dog" and that we go see a canine dermatologist. I suggested that there might be something else wrong, but the vet was firm in her diagnosis and I began to become skeptical, especially after doing some research on canine allergies.
After months of research and watching my dog chew her own skin off, I desperately changed my focus from "allergy cures" to anything else that might be wrong with my dog. After reading about yeast, I just KNEW that this was what was wrong with my dog, especially since black spots are evident on her skin. That is when I found this site, among a few others, that have helped. Here is what I came up with to battle Lilo's skin problems:
- Soaking baths with Epsom salts, _____'s ACV, and a little Witch Hazel. This seems to soothe her skin and is helping with the smell.
- Nightly application of _____'s ACV directly to the affected areas.
- Nightly use of a wonderful, all-natural product called DermaPaw. This is a salve made from essential oils, petrolatum, and beeswax. It soothes itching and speeds healing.
- Dietary supplements including Omega oil gelcaps, vitamin tablets, yogurt, and Acidophilis.
I have only been using these remedies for a few days now, but I have already seen an improvement. Lilo does not wake us up at night as often, and has begun to have more playful energy. Her dandruff is subsiding, and the skin on her neck is healing. Her armpits are slower to improve since she's kind of a sweaty dog. Even though she isn't completely healed yet, I feel relieved that I've finally found something that is helping.