Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Amanda (Sagadahoc County, Maine) on 03/26/2012

I believe my 11 month old lab/chessie mix has a yeast infection. I have begun spraying him with Apple Cider Vinegar and water solution 3 times a day. How long should it take for his bald patches to begin to grow back? I am also giving him plain yogurt with his meals.

Posted by Samantha (East Haven, Ct) on 02/17/2012

I have 2 English Bulldogs, a male and a female! My male has no problems at all. My female on the other hand has had ear, feet and wrinkle problems for about a year. My vet said it is probably an allergy. Well I have been usiong the Zymox on her ears which helps alot!

My question is, can I use the apple cider vinegar on her face, (wrinkles) and if so how much?? I purchased acidopholus pills today, so I will be starting that with plain yogurt tonight! Does anyone have any tips for the folds of her face?? also I just switched her food to Wellness core Oceanfish.

Replied by Samantha
East Haven, Ct
02/22/2012
Does anyone have any info on if it is harmful to use ACV on her face??
Replied by Nina
Fernandina Beach, Florida
12/31/2012
My vet in Fernandina Beach florida told me ACV/water 50/50 to flush the ears weekly to restore the PH balance. If I don't... the lab smells. I just took a Mastiff to foster for adoption for Mastiff Rescue of Florida--will start the ACV and go for yogurt today.
Replied by Lisa
New Jersey, US
09/07/2014
I have a westie - a breed well-known for skin issues. I have struggled to help him since he was 3. He forms scabby bumps that break open and ooze, will develop red rashes around his rear-end, his arm pits and legs even scabbing on his face. Its been so difficult.

The best thing I have ever done for him is got an RX shampoo called Ketochlor. In one washing I saw an amazing difference!! Not kidding! I also found virbac makes a similar leave-on lotion that really helps.

But I am dealing with 2 things: skin allergies and yeast. For the yeast, I add probiotics to his food...just break open a cap and put in on his food.

For food he gets chicken or beef with venison. I add either olive oil or fish oil to his food because his skin is also dry and he needs the fat.

If the yeast gets really bad, I put desitin ointment on those areas.

Its a constant battle but it works!

Replied by Marsch
Columbus, Oh
10/15/2014
I have a 10 year old SharPei and German Shepherd mix. Two breeds known for skin issues. She's had seasonal allergies her whole life but this year has been especially bad. We've always dealt with her yeast issues with predisone - but steroids are not only bad for the animal, they lose effectiveness over time. The yeast and allergies has been compounded over the last couple years due to hypothyroidism. Sandy dog is having a rough year. She currently has a yeast infection on her skin that I just can't seem to beat. I had it almost cleared up using Malaseb shampoo, but then we went to the beach for a week and she was wet all the time and it came back. So, here we go again. The poor dear hates the baths, but it seems to help the itching immediately. I switched her food to Blue Wilderness this week and I'm going to start giving her the acidophilus supplement. She gets yogurt, but not every day. Guess we'll change that too. And no more human scraps. Anyway, I wanted to share that the Malaseb shampoo really does work. We've also used Be Soothed tea tree oil shampoo in the past - it works fine on lesser yeast infections. OH, and this will seem weird - but if you have spot yeast infections in the armpit or around the genital area you might try generic monistat cream its usually miconazole cream. You can find it in the drug store. It works awesome for killing the yeast. Unfortunately, for the whole dog, it would be rather messy and expensive. lol
Replied by Marsch
Columbus, Oh
10/15/2014
I have a 10 year old SharPei and German Shepherd mix. Two breeds known for skin issues. She's had seasonal allergies her whole life but this year has been especially bad. We've always dealt with her yeast issues with predisone - but steroids are not only bad for the animal, they lose effectiveness over time. The yeast and allergies has been compounded over the last couple years due to hypothyroidism. Sandy dog is having a rough year. She currently has a yeast infection on her skin that I just can't seem to beat. I had it almost cleared up using Malaseb shampoo, but then we went to the beach for a week and she was wet all the time and it came back. So, here we go again. The poor dear hates the baths, but it seems to help the itching immediately. I switched her food to Blue Wilderness this week and I'm going to start giving her the acidophilus supplement. She gets yogurt, but not every day. Guess we'll change that too. And no more human scraps. Anyway, I wanted to share that the Malaseb shampoo really does work. We've also used Be Soothed tea tree oil shampoo in the past - it works fine on lesser yeast infections. OH, and this will seem weird - but if you have spot yeast infections in the armpit or around the genital area you might try generic monistat cream, its usually miconazole cream. You can find it in the drug store. It works awesome for killing the yeast. Unfortunately, for the whole dog, it would be rather messy and expensive. lol

Posted by Mons (Chattanooga, Tn) on 11/02/2011

[YEA]  I have a 6 yr old daschund and he has been having a horrible time with yeast infections in his ears and all over his body. I just found this site yesterday looking for a home remedy because we just can not afford the vet bills. We gave him a bath last night and right before we got him out we poured a little ACV diluted with water over this back but did not rinse him after that. He did not itch at all for the rest of the night, it was amazing. However he did wake up in the middle of the night itching again, I know it takes awhile to completely clear up so we are gonna continue this for a few weeks and hope it continues to give him relief. Also, wanted to put some ACV drops in his ears but was not sure how much. I think I will just try to put a couple of drops in each ear tonight and see if that helps. Thanks so much for this site, this has helped answer a lot of my questions.

Replied by Jan
Denver, Colorado Usa
11/11/2011
I would suggest you feed a dog with yeast issues a grain free/potato free food such as nature's variety instinct or great life grain free. Also make sure any treats do not contain any grains or potatoes... Yes, they are expensive but compared to vet bills and meds it is actually cheaper. Find a shampoo that does not contain any grains such as oatmeal.... Tea tree or neem works... It has been my experience that most vets do not have much knowledge of nutrition or using food to heal. Google yeast free diets for dogs. I now have a foster golden with this issue and am using the foods above....
Replied by Chase
Reading, Pa
10/03/2012
I've tried a grain free diet and it has seemed to work. I heard their raw diet works well too. I have an English bulldog who constantly gets ear infections.
Replied by Monika
Cooroy, Queensland, Australia
02/20/2013
hi, my dog a west highlander has a very bad yeast infection. I'll start tomorrow with the ACV treatment and yoghourt. I use for a short time the shampoo and conditioner Pet Esthe. It is 100% natural. The ingrediens are from bamboo and charcol. After the first wash my dog my dog didn't scrached at all for two days. I hope with the vinegar I get rid of the yest.
Replied by Lilly
Pompano Beach, Florida
02/20/2013
Please know that after years of searching for a remedy for my dog's itching, scratching and allergy to fleas. I read (in one of my many searches) that if your dog has allergies and or licks their feet. They have candida albacan (spelling may be off). You need to take her or him off all carbs, to starve the yeast. So I took my dog off of all dog food, bought some beef liver, heart, and ground beef. She gets one patty (ground beef), one liver and one slice of heart for breakfast and dinner, nothing else. I also give her activated charcoal and diatomaceous earth to help get rid of the yeast. It's only been one day but I think this will detox her from the yeast and any other allergies she may have. Good luck. BTW, she is a 70lb pit bull.
Replied by Irishsilk
Georgia
10/18/2013
I have a 14 week old blue pit bull pup named Bella, she's a rescue dog and I got her at only 4 weeks old. Needless to say she had not been weaned so I weaned her on Purina Puppy Chow and a weaning formula from PetSmart. She was not infested with fleas thank goodness but I very quickly noticed she was scratching and itching a lot. I kept her on the basic puppy chow and formula until she was 6 weeks old, at that point her itching was getting much worse and I could see her skin, which is very pink on her belly looked red and felt hot to the touch, so I took her completely off the puppy chow and started her on Pedigree Healthy Digestion (canned) and One Beyond kibble by Purina. She's a very active and rambunctious little gal with loads of energy, I caught her rolling and tumbling in poision ivy. Seemed like she was drawn to it for some reason, my husband went to the point of fencing the area with the posion ivy off, anyway I beleive she is allergic to it just as most human's are. At this point I know I am dealing with allegies and that she also has yeast. Thanks for all the great information on yeast infections! I am using tea tree oil shampoo and white vinegar rinse, also started her on probiotics, fish oil and DE. I am now searching for the right food for her. I am open for suggestions, please. Blue Buffalo Wilderness has been highly reccomended as well as Precise lamb meal and rice.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
10/18/2013
Hey Irish!

Your baby sounds like a lil' doll-baby! [Yes, I am partial to the breed! ]

The probiotics are certainly a step in the right direction; consider this formula - DDS w/FOS - am and pm for 3 weeks as a start. After 3 weeks consider switching to a PB8 formula for an additional 3-6 weeks. Probiotics are good, but they are not all the same - the DDS w/FOS contains both acidophillus and sort of a starter medium to help get the bacteria established in the gut. The PB8 has additional strains of acidophillus and also has a bacteria 'feeder' to further help establish the 'good' bacteria in the gut.

You are right to consider a change in diet. There are so many kibbles out and the branding and advertising can make it confusing and hard to choose. The right diet is whichever one your pup thrives on. If you started on a puppy chow, at 14 weeks you should be switching to an adult forumla. The main ingredients in the diets you have been feeding is CORN. This can cause all sorts of problems as you have seen. Consider feeding a 5 or 6 star diet from the diets rated on this site:

http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/dog_food_reviews/index.php

I typically hard switch diets rather than fiddle with the gradual mixing of kibbles; to avoid loose stools simply feed a small quanity to start, and increase the portion over 2 days. If after switching fully to the new diet you see loose stools it may be due to feeding too large a portion, so reduce the portion size; this is particularly true for high protien/mostly meat based diets such as Orijen.

Be on the lookout for yeasty gunky ears and urinary tract infections; if you notice frequent urination keep an eye out, as high corn diets are thought to contribute to UTIs and now that your girly is heading down the road to puppy puberty changes in her vulva may also create an environment for a UTI to take hold.

Ahh - pibble puppy breath! I can smell it from here!

Posted by Vanessa (Paintsville, Kentucky) on 07/31/2011

Can you tell me how to make the solution of ACV to help with my poodles yeast problem in his ears? He has the symptons of yeast in his ears.

Replied by Chichiritad
Boston, Ma, Usa
10/04/2011
My cat has a yeast ear infection that is not going away. Can I use Apple Cider Vinegar to treat this and how would I do so? I am only reading about using this for dogs with ear yeast infections.

Posted by Lavender (Edmonton, Ab, Canada) on 04/25/2011

Hi there, I was reading thru posts about ACV and would like to try for paw chewing. Someone asked if pill form works rather than liquid. I did not see an answer to this. If this will work what would the dosage be and what is the difference between liquid and pill form? Thanks

Replied by Gabby
Arlington, Tx
03/26/2013
I bought Dr. Karen Becker's book about what to feed our cats and dogs for optimal nutrition. My pitbull has yeast and after thousands of dollars on vet bills, medications including antibiotics, steroids and atopica. We also took him to a dermatologist, we gave him injections for allegies. Sadly these "doctors" even advised to feed him sweet potatoes as treats. At that time I was new to owning a dog. Now I feel like over the first year of his life taking the advice of these vets actually caused more harm to him. He is now on a raw diet, getting meats, vegetables, bones and also organ meats. His yeast has significantly reduced but hasn't fully gone away. I think there's more I can do and just researching. All in all though to help your dog it begins with diet. Sadly store bought dog food is mostly bad for them. If you can't give them a raw diet try at least buying the "raw diets" for dogs that some stores are now carrying.

Posted by Joe (North Olmsted, Oh) on 04/24/2011

Can someone please tell me the proper mixture of ACV for treating my dog's Yeast ear infection. (either spray the ears of put in drinking water). Thanks

Posted by Joe (North Olmsted, Ohio) on 04/09/2011

My Black Lab mix is constantly getting a yeast infection in both ears. Go to the vet, get medication, clears up, comes back again. I heard about using ACV and yogurt but don't want to cause more damage to his ears. What is the recommended way to treat his ears with the ACV? Is there any particular brand of ACV to use?

Thanks, Joe

Posted by Kathie659 (Plains, P, Usa) on 02/01/2011

I've just begun giving my boxer 2 TBS of organic ACV, yougurt and acidophilus to combat a yeast infection. I also wipe down the black, itchy areas on her underbelly and ears.

I've tried many dry foods, prescription and otherwise. She is currently on Fromms senior formula.

I've read on your site that "Yeast-proliferating foods-such as sugar, (including honey), and vinegar exacerbate intestinal candidiasis"

So does the ACV help or worsen a yeast infection? I've read many cases of ACV helping with yeast..... I'm confused

Posted by Yoon (Coram, Ny, Usa) on 10/01/2009

I've been reading about apple cider vinegar here for my dog who has very bad arthritis, all kinds of allergies and prone to yeast infection. She has been on weekly allergy shots (allergen, NOT steroid) and various medications for her allergy and yeast infection. For arthritis, I've been giving her glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM, vitamin C and fish oil, and very rarely adequan shot when she can't walk. She has only one front leg and that leg has arthritis, and it gets pounded a lot.

I started giving her ACV, 1 tablespoon mixed with her food (raw diet) once a day. But now I'm a little confused. Is ACV good or bad for yeast infection? I was going to make a 50% ACV and 50% water solution and spray on her to give her relief from the itch, but many people are saying ACV feeds yeast and some people are saying it cures yeast infection? Can anybody clarify this? Also, if it is bad for yeast infection, should I also stop giving her ACV orally?

I appreciate your help in advance. Thanks.
Yoon

Replied by Peggy Chan
South Houston, Tx
03/15/2010
Some brands exacerbate a yeast infection because they contain yeast. The manufacturers added yeast to ferment the vinegar. But some brands ferment their vinegar without adding yeast. These cause no problems. The brand I use is yeast-free--I called the manufacturer today and asked. It won't cause problems. I get it from a health food store, and the label says it's organic, raw, unpasturized, and with the 'mother'.

Posted by Wendy (Great Cacapon, WV) on 06/16/2009

[YEA]  thank you all for this site. the acv is healling my black lab. i clean them just once a day now and he no longer licks the area. now anyway to get rid of the smell. he still gets baths evey 2 weeks but it seems not to leave. ty wendy

Replied by Hailey
Granada Hills, California
05/05/2011
[YEA]   Just diagnosed my lab with yeast and I have been fighting my own battle with candida with coconut oil so what easier way to give to them in their food and put in their ears, belly, paws, and groin and is harmless of couse give them the best virgin coconut raw oil you can buy it for 45 at rawfoodworld.com for a Gallon!

Posted by Saundra (Townsend, Ga.) on 04/16/2009

I adopted 2 dogs over a year ago. One ot the dogs has a yeast infection and I have spent many dollars at the vet on him. On your web site ya'll keep mentioning ACV. Could you tell me what ACV is. I have learned a lot from you site and I am going to try some of the remedies you have said might work or would work. This precious baby is in total missery all the time.Please let me know what to do. I also have 4 other dogs all rescued or given to me so I can not afford a real expensive dog food but if you can give me the best to use let me know. I have been feeding them Beniful and pedigree.


EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar. Try Googling any abbreviation and you will usually find the answer right at the top of the search results.

Replied by Linda
York County, Maine
04/27/2009
Saundra, my yellow Lab mix had terrible skin for most of her 12 years, up until 6 or so months ago. I switched her to a grain-free food and before she finished the first bag, her skin was much better. I buy chicken and cook it to add to my dogs' supper, tossing in an egg on occasion or mixing in some yogurt or beef along with some chicken broth. The grain-free dry food is costly, but maybe if you can substitute a portion of what your dogs are eating now it would help. Perhaps there's a source of the dry food that's less expensive; I pay close to $25 for a 13 lb. bag. Good luck and thank you for taking care of those in need.
Replied by Adrianna
Emerson, New Jersey
04/24/2011
[YEA]   I would definitely start with changing the food your dog is eating. The brands you are giving them are of the lowest quality. It's made of slaughterhouse waste and fillers. Check out the website www.dogfoodadvisor.com it will help guide you to a better food. Grain free is not always expensive. A lot of people use Taste of the Wild and it's affordable.

Posted by Ruth (Vancouver, BC Canada ) on 12/26/2008

I have an 8 month old yorkie male..he has now had 2 ear infections, confirmed by microscope that they were yeast/bacteria mix. The vet casually mentioned he may be allergic to his protein source (chicken), but said we'd investigate if he had more infections. I changed him off his chicken based merrick food, and switched to Orijen (fish based, no grains, no corn). I've also taken chicken & beef out of his diet, removed all treats and am hoping this and ear care will work.

My question.....he is 8 lbs, how much apple cider can I give him, any ideas on how to hide it? He does eat probiotic yogurt daily, but again how much should he have.....by the way the vet stated these treatments had no proven basis, at that point I lost faith in her, as I know yogurt has had backing from the human medical field and vinegar has multiple medical uses.

Posted by Leslie (Clearwater, FL) on 10/22/2008

[YEA]  Apple cider Vinegar is great to use on your dog for yeast. I mix some with water in a spray bottle and spray and brush her. She doesn't mind smelling like a salad. When I first got her, she use to chew on her paws till they were raw. I thought it was a nervous habit, but a vet recommended giving her a bath in Selsun Blue shampoo. But.. you have to get them to stay in it for like 5 min. It worked.. she has never chewed her paws again. Thank you everyone for this wonderful web site.

Posted by Teresa (Olympia, Wa) on 10/09/2008

I have a 13 yr old golden retriever/lab mix who developed a yeast infection while with my ex-husband. He got tired of the vet bills and dumped him at my parent's home. I have incurred $$$$ in vet bills battling this. He has another infection to include his ear this time. I am trying him on the tablet form of Acidoph. I am concerned about his ear, however. I have been cleaning it regularly but the vet will not prescribe anything for it unless I bring him in again. What can I do to make him more comfortable and clear up his ear?

Replied by Jr
Sauk Rapids, Mn
12/18/2009
there is an enzyme solution you can buy for ear infections that is amazing. I have a rescue basset hound with big hot ears who had terrible smelly ear infections fromt he day we got her. we did several rounds of antibiotics from the vet with the infection coming back as soon as the drops ran out. And she would cry when you put the drops in ther ears, must burn or something. I found it cheapest on Amazon. The one I used has lysozyme, lactoferrin, and lactoperoxidase in it with hydrocortizone. she didn't mind the drops and after a week of using it her ears cleared up perfectly. Not even a hint of infection for over a year now. They also make a topical cream that may do something for the skin infections. They each run between $10-15 per bottle-cheaper than a vet visit and definately worth a try.
Replied by Kate
Clearwater, Mn
06/03/2011
I live very close to you and have been battling ear infections for 9 years with my cocker. I am wondering what vet you use, the name of the product you mentioned and where you got it. She has been on Natural Balance Potato and Duck dog food for years. What dog food do you use? The yeast infection has always been in her ears and often her eyes - now added on 3 paws. I am now doing a dip of 1/4 C vinegar, 1/4 C hydrogen pyroxide, 1 qt water. I am worried about getting her dry enough.
Replied by Halber
Omaha, Ne
06/07/2011
[YEA]   Kate,

I battled ear infections in our labradoodle for 5 years, probably a dozen trips to the vet, several hundred dollars and about a gallon of Animax, but it still didn't solve the problem. I found a recipe online from a cocker spaniel owner for a vinegar based solution that has been a miracle. I use it once a month and for the past four years there hasn't been a single ear infection. Here is the website: http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

Replied by Bch208
Elizabeth, Nj, Union
10/08/2012
I've too have been using that for years and it's the best thing ever for ear infections. http://www.zimfamilycockers.com/EarCleaner.html

Posted by Cherrie (Victoria, Canada) on 09/15/2008

[NAY]  Our 3 year old yellow lab has been dealing with allergies for a year now. With antibiodics and steroids with decided we needed to have some other solution. I read this site and have tryed the vinegar and water and washed her tummy because it is black. It seemed to make her drier but the colour is still black and she is scratching everywhere like crazy. Not sure whether to give her the yogurt and ACV mixture or not. Any suggestions? The vet said she has a yeast infection.


EC: She may be having an allergic response to one of the ingredients in her dog food, so topical applications won't help much.

Replied by Cathy
Deltona, FL
09/19/2008
Try changing your food. Most allergies are caused by their food, which usually contains beef, corn or wheat. My dog also suffers from allergies and I just changed the food to _____. I also add a tablespoon of ACV to his water daily.
Replied by Linda
West Newfield, ME
09/21/2008
Cherrie - my part-Yellow Lab has had skin/ear probs since she was a pup; it's been a constant struggle, mostly for her. I've spent my child's inheritance on vet bills! Vet just kept prescribing the industry shampoo, steroids, etc. Allergy test proved she's allergic to dust mites, storage mites, mold, straw..you get the idea: nothing I can really DO anything about. She eats Nutro, which is supposed to be all natural..she hasn't had canned food since the tainted pet food episode.. I've given her colloidal silver appropriately diluted (with a syringe)and that seemed to help a little..the black skin, according to my vet, is "saliva stain". Mine has it, too and I don't think it's anything to worry about, even tho' it's a bit unsightly.
Replied by Jodeli
Harmony, Pa
05/17/2011
[WARNING!]   FYI - Nutro has switched to using soy in their foods and MANY dogs and cats who used to be fine on it now cannot tolerate it. I switched my cat to Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance and ALL allergies cleared up within days. No more scratching, gnawing, licking. My dogs now eat only grain free food, either Tast of the Wild or Before Grain because one of them had serious seizures from the fillers (grains) in almost all dog food. Not a single seizure now for almost 3 years.
Replied by Margaret
Oneonta, Ny
07/29/2011
Linda, I had a yellow lab who was allergic to dust mites and I had the vet give him IVERMECTIN injections .. 1 shot then 2 weeks late a second one.. I dont know the dosage.. But it completely cured him. Good Luck
Replied by Anne
Calamvale, Qld Australia
07/20/2012
I have a white Maltese with a yeast infection who has turned pink and rather smelly her skin is very flaky and it shreds like desicated coconut the vet keeps giving me different shampoos but so far has not made any real difference she has taken a course of Nizoral tablets which calmed the skin a little but the dog has been quite miserable and snappy and has suggested we try just changing her food to just dry food and water for next 4 weeks I would like to try your remedy can someone give me the dosage please?


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