Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Puppy Mom (Ridgewood, New Jersey, Usa) on 12/01/2011

I rescued a dog right off of the road who had been badly abused and was pregnant. I took her to the 24 hour emergency hospital and checked her in for three days old workups. She was fine. I brought her home and 10 days later I delivered 11 puppies. I tied and cut their cords- two were not breathing and it took me over 20 minutes to get them breathing. ALL are fine now- except we had an awful summer and even with air conditioning and a floor fan three of the six puppies still unadopted have developed yeast. Thankfully only one in her ears - the others between their toes. I use cornstarch baby powder twice a day between their toes and then I spray on Bitter Apple so they won't lick. Please be careful of Tea Tree Oil as it can be toxic to dogs if they lick too much of it. I am still fighting the yeast but it is coming on winter and I am hoping that the cold weather will also help as long as I put their boots on them before they go outside.

I have them ALL on wheat free diets. They are on chicken and fish based foods. Their treats are home made and gluten free (with either bananas, pumpkin, blueberries, or peanuts - all organic) or carrots, or blueberries, or organic baby food chicken or sweet potatoes.

What type of probiotics can one use with dogs?

Thank you, Susan

Posted by Margaret (Lecanto, Florida) on 11/08/2011

My dog is 11 years old and my best friend. He started losing hair and developing purple patches. I thought it was hot spots but as the weeks progressed so did the spots and loss of hair. He looks like someone shot him with a gun a hundred times. He is practically bald. It just keeps falling out. I have taken him to 4 vets and one holistic vet and each one tells me something different. He does not scratch, he is so good it is breaking my heart. His skin is like elephant skin and when he lays down I see some blood on the floor. I have changed him to human food with yogurt and hope this will help him some. I am going to try the shampoo and let you know if it works. A vet in Australia told me to given him chuck roast, lots of carrots, string beans, spinich, and potatos. I bake them and put in my blender to make it the consistency of dog food. Now I am worried about the potato's since reading they produce sugar and yeast looks for sugar. I truly am at my wits end. This dog saved my life, and I am having such problems trying to save his. H E L P anyone.

Posted by Amanda (Sullivan, Missoui, Usa) on 11/02/2011

My dog Ozzy is pretty old. He's a dashound mix, and he has been to the vet several times for this issue. His skin is dark, black in some spots, and it will not wash off. He itches constantly, but no fleas. It's so bad that he's chewed his hair off his tail in one spot, and he will itch untill he bleeds occasionally. I don't know what to do. I can't afford to take him to the vet right now. My only idea is that it could be allergies. He's an inside dog, but obvously goes outside to go potty, and sometimes he likes to stay out there for awhile. Inside we have kind of shaggy carpet, but we do vacuum a lot. About twice a week. He's had this problem for a long time now, about 2-3 years. I've done, and I'm still doing, everything I can think of. I've tried soothing shampoos. I've tried Frontline, and of course, taking him to the vet. But nothing seems to work. All the vet told us was that he was "allergic to fleas, " and then gave us Frontline. I ended up paying 50-70 dollars for no reason. He eats Adult Pedigree food. We used to give him Pedigree for younger dogs when he was a puppy. We've never changed brands so I don't think it's the food that he's allergic to. Any advice? Do you have any idea what this could be?

Posted by Yellah
Belton, Mo
11/03/2011
Ozzy might still be allergic to something in his dog food even though you haven't changed it. Some sensitivities take months or years to build up to an external result. I would suggest trying a different food, purer ingredients, or possibly making a 'clean' food at home. Look for recipes online, like boiled chicken and rice. It also might take several weeks to see a difference. Try to get any toxins out of his life, shampoo, flea treatment, etc. good luck
Posted by Linda
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
11/08/2011
Maybe his body is just overloaded with toxins. Perhaps too much carbs in his food. Some people have luck with supplements like _____s Apple Cider Vinegar, and a gentle switch to a healthier diet with no carbs. Maybe you could give him some Essiac Tea with his food, which also helps clean out his systems. Maybe bathing him in something gentle, with no chemicals or just warm water. Many flea collars are toxic to dogs. Good luck, our dog reacted severely to a new bed we got her. Keep trying, and good luck!
Posted by Karen
Tampa, Fl/usa
11/27/2011
3 Posts
Hi, I am writing not that I have any answers. I have a daschund, a long hair. He has the same issues you described! No fleas. but lost a good amount of fur, he looks awful. I have tried everything. The ACV does not work in this situation, it scales his skin up. His skin is dark as well, maybe from the chewing and biting. He used to lose it on his feet somewhat, but I usually took care of that with a little cornstarch or avon skin so soft. Now, I am not knowing what to do.

I put coconut oil on the bare scaly parts, I have used olive oil, medicated dog shampoo, acv, skin so soft diluted with water.... it all started when my son took him out to go potty on the front lawn. I usually walked him in the street and scooped. I have never had this problem before. If you hear anything, let me know. My dog is about 11.

Posted by Pamela
New Braunfels, Tx
11/30/2011
Barleans Cod liver Fish oil and Barleans Omega Twin. Should help out.
Posted by Teresa
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
12/02/2011
Everything on this site will help and here what I've read, and use now. And I have read intensively about everything on this site, My dog may have cancer in her leg and I need to eliminate allergies, yeast etc, it state a yeasty dog get cancer her issues, dandruff, itchy feet, chewing, all symptoms most dogs can get, I really see now that it is lack of omega 3 (good oils) as Earthclinic states, dry dog foods also are the culprits, their is to many grains/fillers, hulls etc, and wheats (give allergies) in them, dogs are/were carniverous animals, (like a wolf) always have been, I adjusted all this past 2 wks, and her coat is beautiful, she stop chewing feet, no yeasty ears etc. Change your food (its ingredients may be the problem) shd have NO GRAINs, NO WHEAT, use Raw meat, (I use dry & raw) add Flax oil, or fish oils Omega 3 (grain is a cancer feeder, as turns to sugar) & yeast, wheat is allergies, Their is also the turmeric or apple cider vineger treatment on this site. Please do a search on word in the search field on these 2 and read about them (they're the #1 items used on this site) for every issue you can think of. Good Luck
Posted by Teresa
Edmonton, Canada
12/02/2011
I just thought of something else, once I gave my cat some flea control that was too strong dose, and he was itchy and had hot ears and acted weird, finally took to the vet and they had to give him a shot steroid to counter the overdose. Maybe it's the Frontline, has something to do with making the itchy skin. (It is a drug and drugs really aren't good for us all anyways). Try the natural choices on this site look up flea treatment others use.
Posted by Missy
Windsor, Ontario
05/05/2012
Is it possible your dog has Cushings Disease?

Posted by Penknee (Wayland, Ny, United States) on 10/16/2011

I hope someone can help me out here. I have a adult black lab, she weighs approximately 70lbs maybe more. She keeps getting ear infections. She gets a bad smell that comes from her ears, she itches her bottom by rubbing or sliding it on the floor. She licks the floors and her paws. I am pretty positive it is a yeast infection. Times are tough right now and I can't afford to go to a vet. I feel so badly for her. I have changed her food to a meat based food and give her a half of a cup of yogurt in the mornings and break open a capsule of probiotics and sprinkle the yogurt. I have been doing this for 2 days now but things are not changing. Occasionally I will give her benedryl also. I dont know what to do, I keep hearing about putting ACV in her water and ears but Im so afraid it will burn.

Any suggestions?Thank you in advance, Penny and Gracie(my lab)

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Usa
10/19/2011
1229 Posts
Penny, I'm no authority, but I would suggest an over-the-counter worm med like mebendizole or piperazine, unless of course, you have already dewormed. Worms secrete all kinds of nasty toxins. I have found colloidal silver an excelent antibiotic for my kitties, it must work well for cannines also. Yeast infections are stubborn, so don't expect immediate results. Also, a more economical substitute for C. S. , add a few drops of 3% H2O2 to her water. The oxygen will provide an immediate burst of energy, so start with 2 or 3 drops and slowly increase. Make sure Gracie gets enough omega 3's in her diet; I add safflower to my kitties dry food w/ good results, as well as feeding salmon-based canned food. Hope this helps.

Posted by Kyle (Stockton, California, United States) on 09/18/2011

I have a 4yr old Yorkie and she suffers from food allergies and yeast infection. In the skin folds of her legs, she has black hard skin. She licks her feet/paws constantly, and licks her hind quarters that have hair loss and are bright red with bumps. I have changed her diet (no more chicken) and started using the Malaseb shampoo someone recommended on here. It's been a week and I don't see much change. So my next step is adding yogurt to her food (HOW MUCH DO I ADD? SHE WEIGHS 8 LBS) and how do I go about using the ACV? I put some in her water and she wont have ANYTHING to do with it. I read that you can mix some 50 50 with water, but how do you apply it? Do you apply it before a bath? Daily? Do you wash it off afterwords? Thank you in advance for your help. My email address is kyle. Vick85(at)gmail. com, please help SADIE, she is miserable, and it's killin' me.

Posted by Tina (Malvern, Arkansas) on 08/25/2011

My yellow lab is 6 years old and has the worst yeast infection I have ever seen. His ears ooze a smelly substance and he constantly chews his feet and now he has a large hairless area under his chin chat gets moist and smelly. My vet wants to give an oral medicine that can cause damage to his liver and kidneys and I just don't think I want to do that. I hear of the ACV and yogert and wondering if it truely works. I clean his ears regularly with white vinegar and alcohol and it helps but does not completly clear them up. I have also used transaderm drops from the vet and that helps also but I go through it like crazy. I just wish I could find something that would git rid of this mess for good. I hate to see him so miserable!

Posted by Lisa
Indianapolis, Indiana
07/28/2012
2 Posts
Hi, my name is Lisa and I have a cocker spaniel who suffers with a yeast infection in the ears and has now penetrated to her skin, unfortunately when I took her to the vet all he did was charge me over $200 for a steroid shot and some medicine I could buy without his help, he never told me that it could be her diet and that cocker spaniels should not eat wheat products at all. So I started researching an I found that myah's diet besides the hair in her ears was the main culprit, so I started first on a regimen of washing her with ACV (Apple cider vinegar), that did relieved her day by day, so I started reading more and few months later I have figured out that not only do I have to treat the yeast but her entire self, so I have switched her to an all natural raw diet of which I researched what she could eat, and I make her meals weekly using raw chicken, lamb, beef, turkey knecks, carrots, broccili, yogurt, parsley, garlic, an basically just about everything we can eat. I chop this up add lots of water and ACV, she gobbles this up like no tomorrow. The cost of her food has gone down, cause I buy this stuff regulary, this way I insure she never gets any grains or by products as so many of these dog foods have in them. She gets no fillers at all, the stuff looks so good my husband thinks its his stir fry I am preparing. (I just started this diet, so I will let you know how she is doing but so far so good, I can tell a difference already as the itching is not as bad) At night she use to scratch so much she would wake us up cause she sleeps at the foot of the bed and it would feel like we were having small earth quake trimmers). I have went all natural for her care which also includes treating her skin once a week in her shampoo with Neem Oil-this oil is pure and it deters ticks, fleas, flies and most any insect, this can also be used on yourself to keep moskitos away. it has a distinct smell but if you mix with some lavendar shampoo, ACV , water, she knows when she see's her spray bottle come out its time to get treated and she just sits there an lets me spray her down. if we go to the park I spray her down for added protection but we have been flea free for over a year now so I know this works. Her skin is improving an she has less abrassions, under her kneck is still missing hair but it slowly coming back. I keep her hair cut short so I can monitor her skin. her ears flair up not as much but I just take an dropper and skirt ACV mixed with water in her ear, wipe them out with her towel, she does her shake, we do this at bedtime and this way she can sleep peacefully without all that scratching that goes with the yeast infection. I won't know for awhile if the yeast infection subside, but I will follow up. Oh one more note, as with any infection she had broke out with a boil that was full of gunk and all I did was apply warm compresses and treated it with the Neem oil (undiluted) and she no longer has that boil nor has she had anymore boils or inflamed skin. Hope this helps, you can get Neem oil mostly from online pet stores but it is much better than using the pesticide that are sold for pets. I even treat my yard with it an that controls the fleas and stuff in the yard.

Posted by Deanya (Manchester, England) on 08/10/2011

How do you get rid of yeast infections on dogs? its really bad please help!! :(

Posted by Dave (Rocky Mount, North Carolina) on 07/05/2011

I rescued a Westie who was going to be put down because of his "skin allergies. " I spent a year of allergy treatments, and plenty of money, and the only thing that made him well was antibiotics; so research and BAM! He has black elaphanty skin; its yeast! I've tried every shampoo; the Malaseb burt him up; so I read about Mane n Tail Medicated shampoo. You delete it in water so it last a long time. Also, I started him on nzymes.com ; He use to scratch all the time; he is doing much better and growing some hair back. The nzymes people have been very helpful; he gets a good holistic dog food; Holistic Select. E-mail me if you like; I have tried everything, and "Cooper" has turned out to be a wonderful dog!

Posted by Pacific (Oceanside, Ca, United States) on 06/30/2011

I have a black lab/american pit bull mixed breed. Shyla is just over 1yr of age and is spayed. My sons and I noticed she has red patches varying in size, that starts around her vagina and now are moving further up her belly and down her hind legs. Her vet took a sample and diagnosed her with a yeast infection back in March 2011 and it keeps reoccurring. He suggested we bathe her twice a week with Medicated shampoo-Chlorhexidine antiseptic leaving on for 10 minutes before rinsing. Along with this shampoo we are to also apply GlenHaven F1/C conditioner after bathing her. I noticed her female part is really small roughly 1 to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. I believe, and this is only my opinion, that she was younger than the estimated 8 wks at the time of spaying. I believe her infections are reoccurring due to the lack of air after she urinates. Her little part just gets covered by her hind legs. Other than bathing her with the prescribed shampoo and conditioner is there a home remedy we can try? She is also experiencing acne on her chin. Any home remedy suggestions for that as well?

You also wanted her brand of food. Both my dogs eat Iams-Pro-active health large chunk. They also get a wide variety dog biscuits.

Our other dog Faith is a German shepherd/border collie. She is not affected in any way like Shyla is.

Thank you for your time and expertice in this matter.

Leslie

Posted by Al From L A (Los Angeles, Ca., United Sutates) on 06/17/2011

Ted from Bangkok you are amazing I want to thank you. Norah, our 8 month old Great Dane has been suffering since the week we brought her home. Research pointed to food allergies, the vetenarian wanted to give steroid shots.

We switched over to Taste of the Wild and started to see improvement. Further research and a suffering puppy brought us to yeast infection. Borax and peroxide made our Blue dane a funny tinge of red, but almost immediately all but removed the scars of the yeast. Fast forward two weeks and the itching, then the smell and now the sores are showing up again.

Any suggestions? is it safe to repeaat the Borax treatment, How often would it be safe, time lapse??? thanx again TED

Posted by Jen (Naperville, Il, United States) on 06/01/2011

Hi all!! We have a 1 1/2 year old golden retriever. She started out on an organic dry kibble but we switched her to a raw diet of mostly meats and a few veggies and fruits. About 5 months into this diet she began to break out into these rashes. We see a holistic vet and they have put her on all of these dietary supplements and they dont seem to be helping. They keep saying its a food allergy but we've put her on dietary restrictions and tested and nothing seems to be helping. They wanted to put her on steriods but we said no, the only time the rash kind of cleared up was when she was on antibiotics to get rid of the bacterial infection she got from continually scratching and biting at the sores. The sores are on her ears, paws, armpits, belly and chest, she's even starting to get some on her back now. At this point she doesnt even want to run around, we suspect its because the sores are rubbing and causing pain and itching. We feel so bad for her because nothing is working! Any natural suggestions are welcome!!

Posted by Andria (Boone, Nc, Nc/united States) on 04/06/2011

I have a 5-year old Shepherd/Terrier mix. Since she was one year old, she has been suffering from massive full-body yeast infections. I went to numerous veterinarians, but each one gives me a different answer, but all say allergy of some sort. Her symptoms are scratching, bleeding, oozing, shaking, black elephant-like and extremely stinky skin. My vet suggested bathing her twice a week in Selsun Blue, giving her fish oil, and all-natural anti-allergy food. None of it worked. She has also been getting Temaril P daily. I do not want to keep her on this medication as I know it will eventually kill her (it contains small doses of Prednisone and anti-fungals).

I have tried everything, but nothing else seems to work. Just this past week, she had been off of her medication, and was doing the best I have seen her do without out it since she was one! She usually starts itching, scratching, getting very smelly, as soon as she is off the Temaril P. It is now beginning to come back. After reading some of the other posts, I am very excited to try yogurt and Aciodphilus. Any other suggestions?

Posted by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx
04/06/2011
1. Please feed her good quality COCONUT OIL. It helps in all skin conditions. 4-5 tablespoon each day twice. Also feed her homemade food.

2. Start her on 3-4 cloves of GARLIC each day.

3. Get some NEEM OIL and apply on her mixed with some coconut oil. Apply everywhere on her skin.

4. Give her a bath ONLY with BABY SHAMPOO that is 100% soap free and hypoallergenic.

5. Lastly try giving her apple cider vinegar in water. 4 tablespoons atleast per day to start.

6. WASH all her fabrics - bed, pillow etc. Keep it clean.

Most imp. Feed her homemade food - ALL doggie issues can be resolved by doing this very imp. thing. Stop giving her meds as you are ruining her body and quality of life. Keep it all natural. Good luck!

Posted by Peter
Victoria, Bc
06/19/2011
Treat yeast infections topically with gentian violet and grapefruit seed extract. Put dog on a candida diet. Avoid all grains, nuts, sugars, fruit, and all vinegars except apple cider. Feed a raw diet or a grain-free kibble. Good luck.
Posted by Christine
San Jose, Ca
11/13/2011
Please DO NOT give your dog 3-4 cloves of GARLIC to your dog. Garlic is toxic to dogs, and while it helps to ward off fleas, should be used in extreme moderation!! Also, dogs cannot process the cellulose in vegetables so you must grind or mince the tiny bit of garlic that you decide to give to your doggie.

Posted by Saandra (Dubois, Pa) on 02/25/2011

My dog has had for several months, what my vet diagnosed as BLACK SKIN YEAST. This is not the same as BLACK SKIN on dogs. She gave me a shampoo to use every few days but it has not helped. Now the area is raw and very sore. Is there a pill or spray that can kill off this awful stuff? Thank you.

Posted by Rosette (Warwick, Ri) on 10/02/2010

My English Springer Spaniel is constantly getting yeast and bacterial infections. Due to allergies, the vet has him on a prescription food - Potato & Duck by Royal Canine. Doesn't potato provoke yeast infections??? I also add yogurt to his food but I'm at a loss with how to help my dog.

Posted by Bb
Atlanta, Ga Uas
10/16/2010
Most commercial pet foods contain nasty veggies like potato, corn, peas, beans. Plain JUNK! Do not feed anything that has sugar or that will turn to sugar, like grains, potatoes, carrots, etc. Organic coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal. It can be applied topically & ingested.

Posted by Autumn (Winchester, Va) on 08/14/2010

Greetings! I have an 8 yr old female (spayed) English bull terrier that has been licking her paws non-stop this summer. Her once white feet are now pinkish, and her toenails are also discolored. I feed her Diamond Natural lamb and rice dog food. Like most bullies, she also has terrible gas! Anyway, about a month ago she was diagnosed with giardia, and was put on antibiotics for a week. 2 weeks ago I took her to the dog groomers, and was told that she has a yeast infection on her feet from all of the licking. I'm wondering if the antibiotics caused the yeast infection, which has now transferred to her feet via the licking. The groomer recommended I put vagisil on her feet with socks over top. Any recommendations on what I should do food-wise, or shampoo wise to help my poor itchy and smelly girl?


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