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Posted by Lilli (Kenmore, Wa, Usa) on 01/14/2013

[YEA]  I read all the great posts here about ACV and the various uses in caring for a dog who has a yeast infection. I just had to write and share my success story.

My adopted pal, whose breed is prone to severe skin problems, developed a bad skin yeast infection. His legs and parts of his torso turned black and lost fur. He scratched 24/7 and we had to watch him constantly or he would scratch and bite until he bled. Eventually, we had to keep him in onsies and a plastic cone.

When he lived with his previous family, we think he was given too much prednisone and too many anti-biotics which ruined his immune system. Every vet we took him too wanted to prescribe the same meds including atopica. IMHO I would never give these things to him again! Prednisone shuts down the adrenal glands which stops the itching but causes severe medical problems down the road.

We were at the end of our rope watching our poor guy suffer. Here's what worked for us:

We finally found a naturopathic vet who has been allergy testing and giving him Chinese herbs and tinctures which attacks the yeast internally but takes time to work. We changed his diet to a commercial brand of frozen raw meat with some veggies. (I would not recommend dry kibble of any kind because it is still processed and most have binders, starches, and grain products. ) He lost the extra weight, that he gained due to the prednisone, and was much livelier, but still scratching.

The single most amazing change in him occurred when I started spraying him with ACV/distilled water, 50/50. (I use organic ACV which has the "mother" in it. ) I sprayed the hot spots and black areas of his skin and rubbed the vinegar in. I kept him standing or moving until he air dried. (Do not spray it on open wounds and sores) Then I put him back in a cotton onsie. It is important to keep them from scratching and re-irritating the skin. I did this in the morning, after feeding, and the evening before bed. It reduced his scratching 75% in two days! I also mixed a little ACV in his food. (I would not recommend giving ACV on an empty stomach)

About every three days I mix a lotion of pure aloe vera with pure vegetable glycerin and distilled water and rub it on the troubled areas and let dry. (Do not use straight glycerin on skin because it traps moisture and may cause blistering) After a day or two, the lotion dries the surface yeast and it sloughs off. I clean the areas and new pink skin is underneath.

We are at day four of using this system. My dog is calmer, scratches less, and sleeps better. His skin is pinking up and I do not have to keep an eye on him all day.

(One word of caution: Talk to your naturopathic vet before starting any new remedy. Dogs can have a reaction to most anything whether it is natural or not. Start on a small patch of skin as a test before using any product on your dog.)

Thank you to everyone who posted ACV suggestions. After years of frustrating vet visits, many $$$'s spent, bad drug reactions, and the arrogance of Western medicine, a little $3.00 bottle of ACV did the trick!

Replied by Kate
My dog has a yeast infection due to the change in her diet we had to implement as she has liver shunt. There aren't a lot of options we can find in the way of food, and have been feeding her the hills LD dry food, plus some cottage cheese/boiled vegetables/white rice as instructed by the vet.

I'm now thinking the carb content in the white rice AND the potato they told us would be fine is actually bringing on this yeast infection!! We can't feed her any animal protein so raw meat and bones are out of the question. Her health is great - no seizures etc - except this yeast!!

Any suggestions? I really don't want to put her on steroids :(

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Kate!

A simple approach for yeast is adding borax to your pet's drinking water. For a female add 1/8th teaspoon per liter of drinking water, and do this for 7 days - then reduce to 1/16th of a teaspoon of borax for another 7 days - the take 7 days off and repeat the cycle. In addition you can also bath your girl in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide plus 1 cup of plain water. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin.

Replied by Tanya
Plano, Tx
Hello. We have been searching for something to help our yorkie out. She has struggled for some time with yeast infections in her ears and all over her body. She has had the same problem that you mentioned of losing hair on her legs and parts of her body becoming black in color. We really want to find her some relief. Nights are especially hard for her. Can you please tell me more about the diet you switched your dog to and the mixture of ACV you used? We reluctantly gave in to steroid treatments and antibiotics after taking her to several vets in our area but would really like to find a more natural way of helping her. Any help would be so greatly appreciated.
Replied by Clp
Sorry ... what is MOM? Thank you!

EC: MOM is Milk of Magnesia.

Posted by Danielle (Elyria, Ohio) on 01/10/2013

[SIDE EFFECTS]  apple cider vinager for ear infection/ yeast infection. I tried the apple cider viner water mixture and my dog started going crazy!!! She started scratching to death!! Help!! Will it help in the long run???

Replied by Bw
Bellevue, Wa
Hope you didn't apply it full-strength. That would have hurt badly and he's probably scratching from pain. Did you read the other posts on this site about the amount of dilution to apply? You should see what the vet can find from looking into the ear, then you would know what kind of remedy to try.
Replied by Susan
It is supposed to be white vinegar, not apple cider vinegar.
Replied by Wendy
Please, please, PLEASE use only THIS remedy (Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane) for healing your dog's ears (it's been posted multiple times here on EC):

DO NOT PUT STRAIGHT VINEGAR (organic OR white vinegar) into a dog's ears if they're red/inflamed/sore, etc. It'll only sting!!!


It's an excellent remedy for ear infections (yeast and/or bacterial) in dogs. I've used it on my Golden Retriever's ears when she had a yeast infection. Totally cleared it up. Plus, find a new food with NO GRAIN, NO CORN, and NO RICE (rice=sugar which yeast loves).

Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane)

1 tube Monistat (generic is fine)
1 tube Polysporin (use the real deal - it's inexpensive)
1 tube Cortaid (generic works here as well)

Use tubes of similar size. Mix all three together in a container that can be closed well. It takes a bit to incorporate because the Polysporin is a bit like Vaseline. Once incorporated, it stays mixed.

If ears are gunky, inflamed or smell bad, start with using a pea sized dollop twice a day. Use your finger to gently push it into the ear. Rub. Dogs will only shake their heads once or twice! It's a creamy, very soothing mixture. Once you have the ears under control, lessen how often you use it till you're only using it once a week. Once a week, it keeps ears from getting bad again.

My doctor (human) is the one that came up with this as her dogs were having ear issues that weren't really under control from the things her vet was prescribing! Anyone that I know that has gone to using it has had remarkable results and the dogs are much happier and SAFER than using anything with alcohol in it. I was told by my vet that alcohol just dries the ear out - which includes drying out the ear drum AND that if there is even the tiniest of perforations in that ear drum, it can let alcohol down into the middle ear where it can do permanent damage. That's why this cream is SOOOOO good! There's nothing "liquid" about it. It goes in and melts its way down to where it's needed. No alcohol to cause drying or damage and it will take care of anything yeast, bacterial etc...

Replied by Glamm
i just made this, bathed him and applied to his neck and ears he whined Lil when put in ears I cleaned all the gunk out gently and his ears were red and inflamed.. I hope and pray this works, thank you
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Glamm,

Red and inflamed ears may benefit from garlic infused olive oil before treatment with ACV. If this were my dog I would use the garlic infused olive oil twice to three times per day to both calm the ears and clean them. When the ears are less 'ouchy' I would then use the diluted ACV treatment to continue to clean out the gunk as well as quell the infection.

Replied by Wendy
To Glamm: Do not put the Arcane ointment on his neck. Only put it in the dog's ears.

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
Does anyone have any info on if it is harmful to use ACV on her face??
Replied by Nina
Fernandina Beach, Florida
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Donate

Mpls., Mn
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:

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!

Replied by Bonnie
Bradner, Ohio
Hello, my puggle has a ear yeast infection. How do I use the Apple Cider Vinegar? Do I put it in her ears or in her water? Please help my baby is so uncomfortable
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Bonnie!

Please read up on ear infections on EC - use the scroll bar on the right to search remedies.

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
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.
Replied by Catrina
My poodle has yeast In her ears . Can you tell me how to treat with ACV please. Thank you

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
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

Replied by Kathy
It would be great if everyone who posts on here was thorough in their directions and specific on their ingredient amounts.

I read an article (can't remember where at the moment) that stated to put a teaspoon in their water twice a week. It also stated that if they consume too much it can cause kidney stones. I put some in my dog's water a couple of days ago and she lapped it up. I was concerned she'd detect it and wouldn't drink it. I have also changed her food from Iam's Proactive Health Adult Mini chunks to Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Limited Ingredient Formula Dry Dog Food.

I have also purchased an anti-fungal anti-microbial shampoo from Pet Meds. It's called "Be Super Clean."It's extremely thick so I diluted it a bit. It also doesn't lather much. It seemed to be working but now my Basset is still itchy after baths and soaks of water, peroxide and white vinegar. this mixture is good for foot soaks too.

I actually read the ingredients in Mane and Tail Shampoo and found nothing that will add to the yeast issue (sugars, oats, etc).

I continue to find solutions as it seems one thing work for awhile and I have to then try something else.

Good Luck!

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

Replied by Maggie
Organic & Unfiltered ACV. Bragg is what I use.

Equal parts of ACV & DISTILLED WATER, 10 drops in ear. Twice a day.

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.

Replied by Peggy Chan
South Houston, Tx
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
[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 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
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
[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 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.
Replied by J
San Antonio
Saundra, Beneful is the worst dog food on the market! Pedigree is not much better. Go to Dog Food Advisor dot com for more dog food info. I feed raw food which is high fat, moderate animal protein, low carb, grain free. This is a dog's natural food. Too much carb feeds yeast bc it breaks down to sugar in the digestive system.

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 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.

Replied by John
Alabama, Usa
Don't use Selsun Blue or ANY HUMAN SHAMPOO on DOGS! That's for humans! The PH is different for dogs skin/ears. I used to use dandruff shampoo on my dog and never did get rid of his fungus. I later learned it was too potent for animals to use human shampoos. I found Vetrust antibacterial/antifungal shampoo for dogs at Walmart and it works great. Good luck!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey John!

I must respectfully disagree with your proclamation.

First, the basics:

For both humans and dogs "A highly important component of skin is what is called the acid mantle. This is a lightly acidic layer that covers the skin, serving as a barrier to protect the porous topmost layer of the skin, the stratum corneum, from environmental contaminants such as bacteria and viruses. The stratum corneum is responsible for keeping the outer body well hydrated, by absorbing water and not allowing excessive evaporation to occur. When we bathe, using soaps and shampoos, we wash away this layer of acidic oil."

Next: "The acid mantle can also be defined as the relative pH balance of the skin. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with levels less than 6.4 considered high acidity, and levels more than 6.4 considered high alkalinity. The normal range of skin pH levels for humans is 5.2 to 6.2...Depending on breed, gender, climate, and the anatomical size on the dog, the pH levels range from 5.5 to 7.5, ..."

"...if a shampoo that is formulated for human skin is used on a dog, the dog's acid mantle will be disrupted, creating an environment where bacteria, parasites, and viruses can run rampant. Unknowingly, many pet owners will repeat washings of their dogs because of the smell caused by a proliferation of bacteria, making the problem worse as the skin's acid mantle/pH level becomes more imbalanced."


Because dog shampoos can be very expensive, and human shampoos are usually very affordable, the solution is to give your dog an ACV rinse after the bath to restore the acid mantle and balance the PH of the skin.

And, about the Selsun Blue not working on the fungal infection on the skin of your dog, the working ingredients in Selsun Blue are selenium sulfide [anti-fungal]or salycilic acid [anti-bacterial] in either 1% or 3% concentrations. The VetTrust shampoo from Walmart has chlorhexidine gluconate [anti-bacterial] and ketoconazole [anti-fungal]. It would seem that the yeast/bacterial infection on your dog was simply not sensitive to the Selsun Blue, but was sensitive to the VetTrust product. What works is what works, however a far less expensive and super effective approach would be Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy.