Aug 23, 2016
Earth Clinic readers report very good results when they used Apple Cider Vinegar for their dog's yeast infection issues. Yeast infections in dogs are becoming more of a pervasive problem, thanks to the addition of additives, poor quality meat, and a multiple variety of grains, including gluten, in dog food. Besides giving your dog grain-free or raw food, you can also treat yeast infections with apple cider vinegar, either topically or internally.
Topical Use: How To Spray Your Dog With Apple Cider Vinegar
In a spray bottle, mix organic apple cider vinegar with equal parts of warm, purified water. You MUST dilute the vinegar at least 50/50! Not doing so can cause considerable pain on a dog who has been scratching an area raw.
Spray your dog gently with this solution. Be very careful you don't accidentally spray your dog's eyes. Make sure to spray the dog's armpit areas and the base of the spine with this solution.
One Earth Clinic reader filled her tub with an inch of water and added a cup of apple cider vinegar to the water and then sponged the dog with the acv bath water.
Another reader used cotton balls soaked in the 50/50 apple cider vinegar mixture and wiped her dog's ears, paws and around the tail.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Dog's Food for Yeast Infections
- Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to food 2x a day for a 50 lb. dog. Adjust dose for the size of your dog.
- Alternatively, you can add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to dog's water dish for dogs under 15 lbs. For larger dogs, increase ACV up to 1 tablespoon.
- Many readers also add Greek Yogurt to their dog's food in addition to apple cider vinegar. This combination is the most popular remedy on Earth Clinic for yeast infections in dogs. Read more here.
Keep reading below to learn many more tips about using apple cider vinegar to treat a canine yeast infections from our readers!
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18 User Reviews
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I noticed someone saying not to use ACV to help treat a yeast infection in their dog because of the sugar in apples but if one does their homework they will know that apples are on the LOW glycemic list of foods. My daughter has candida overgrowth and I have found that a lot of the remedies for her also work on the canine children. Here is a link for low glycemic foods and their glycemic ratings. Note that raw carrots are lowest while cooked are medium and canned are high. So, as long as you feed raw carrots you should be good. Sweet potatoes are also low. When starting out you want to eliminate all of it because of the natural sugars then slowly add back in one at a time. Figuring out along the way which ones trigger a reaction.
My 12 yr old shih-tzu battled gooby, smelly eyes, ear infections and itchy skin on and off almost her whole life. It wasn't until she began losing the fur on her chest that we finally connected the dots and began researching yeast infections. The vet was no help all these years-would just give her an antibiotic shot and put her on prednisone everytime. We distrust him so much now we are scared to take her there for fear of him shooting her up with antibiotics again, I'm scared that would be the final blow to her health. Started treating her many different ways, she was on a homemade food of brown rice, mackerel and green beans, and has since been changed to straight salmon with some yogurt. Was powdering her with a cornstarch, turmeric&clove mixture, but that didn't seem to be helping, and also the ACV 50/50 spray mixture, as well as putting it in her drinking water. NOTHING has helped!
Just learnt today that some brands of ACV contain yeast, so I'm pretty sure that is a big factor in why she has gotten worse rather than improving. I live on a small island in the Bahamas and chances of finding organic ACV are very slim. I have had this dog since I was 10 and it is literally breaking my heart to see the misery she is in. Can anyone please help? Any super cures that have been known to work well & work quickly? Stuff that doesn't neccessarily have to come from an organic or specialty store? We do have some coconut oil that they would put on her food, but she does not like it at all and would sometimes not eat her food or just eat around the oil. Maybe we need to shoot it down her throat with a syringe, can anyone give me a relative amount for a 13lb shih-tzu?
Other than all the problems accossiated with yeast (full, irritable anal gland, "old age" lumps, oozy eyes & ears) and some arthritis, she has no other health problems! We have been fighting this for I'd say at least 2 months now, and it's getting to the point where it's selfish to keep her here if we can't get her health improved. The affected skin runs on her underside from under her chin, down her whole chest straight down to her groin now. The armpits are an especially bad place. Also, does anyone know if antibiotic powder would feed the yeast? After she started licking the cornstarch mix off, we started using BNT antibiotic powder because it dries open raw wounds out in a snap.
Please please please, I am desperate and about to lose my best friend! Thank you in advance!
My dog's yeast infection is in her vaginal area. And she has a lot of hair. I have never shaved a dog in that area. Where can I get some help on how to do this. I don't believe I can get the vinegar and water to where it needs to be unless I do this. Can you use people medicine on her for the same ailment? The dog food I feed her is low fat low ash "Pride".