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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Shiba-enu (Romeo, Mi) on 09/01/2009

I have 3 shiba-inus. 2 of them are susceptible to yeast: spotted blackening skin, smell, oily fur, and itching! Cortisone was great for the moment, and the yeast raged afterwards. My female gets it the worst-particularly in the summer. I have seen PH mentioned only once-I believe it is behind everything! PH of the SKIN and PH of the internal body! Read information for neutralizing the diet for humans and you will get the idea.

PURE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR-not any brand but HEINZ (not their new product made from distilled white and flavored with cider), is what i am using for a variety of purposes. Distilled white vinegar used to made from corn. It restores the skin to a neutral PH where yeast can't grow. Not irritating. It does cause my dogs to lick it- which is not a bad thing because then they are taking the vinegar in and changing the body PH... slowly I know. For food, I use INNOVA brand exclusively- holistic, non-allegenic- NO CORN BRWERS YEAST CHICKEN etc. They get a portion of this, and meat/fish, and yogurt with the ACIDOLPH(SP?), and enzymes after the first month to support immune system. Another aspect, I DO NOT FEED THEM CHLORINATED WATER!!(Chlorine in the water kills our friendly bacteria too!. I fill bottles with well water from a friends, or distilled with the 'cell food' oxygen additive that we use,

Try not to feed the YEAST organism. Sugars in all forms! Do not put water in ears, I swab the ear i can reach with a cloth with the vinegar solution. I bathe once a week in the antifungal shampoo..

I think it is good to remember that any remedy used for a long time will loose its' effectiveness. Yeast won't 'go away' forever. So have a couple of menus and switch off once this is under 'control'. The dogs have to maintain a healthy digestive tract with 'nutrient rich' food... Even us people are having a hard time finding food with all the processsing it is subjected to.. We really need to feed ourselves and our pets- fresh and minimally cooked food. Human grade.

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Posted by Robin (Maysville, Ga.) on 08/13/2015
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I've been having the same issues with my Lhasa Apso, Chi girl. It's been so bad my husband has been wanting me to have her put down. I made a vet appointment for this Saturday after I shaved her down and realized it wasn't just on her backside..It wall all the way from her feet to her head.. Anyway, I will know better than to let the vet put her on antibiotics and steroids, thanks to you all.

I've been giving her a bath everyday for the last 3 days in dawn dishwashing liquid and pouring a mixture of 1c vinegar, 1c peroxide to a gallon on water, all over her and letting her dry or blow drying her. In just those 3 days, her skin that was so thick, hard and crusty is smooth as a baby's butt!!! I can't believe how well this has worked on her. I've tried everything under the sun before now. I had accepted the fact that I may have to have her put down because I know it's cruel of me to let her go day after day in the misery she was in. I can't thank you all enough!!!

KEFIR, has anyone heard of this? It's a probiotic and I've been reading up on it a lot..Apparently this is the BEST you can get. I'm keeping Chi girls appointment with the vet but I'm going to ask about this Kefir and if it will be ok to feed it to her. I've never thought about this before either until I started seeing posts about the probiotics and then saw how costly that would be for 2 dogs. I can make my own and make as much of it as I need to and they say it's more beneficial than yogurt. PLEASE, if you've heard of this Kefir, let me know your thoughts on it.

Thanks BUNCHES!!

Replied by Suseeq
Sydney, Australia

Dear Robin, one of my dogs is taking kefir for his yeast infection, he has improved not cured as yet but he has only been on it for just over two weeks he is not scatching as much as he was so we are hopeful and I think it will take a couple of months, I believe you have to treat this from the inside, so go ahead and try it .

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Posted by Marie (Guam) on 06/17/2014
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Dog smelly ears/yeast infection:

Help! My 13 wk old Border Collie mix kept scratching his ears and biting his front paws and the inside of his hind legs. From reading up on it, it sounded and looked like he had an ear infection and a yeast infection. Followed the apple cider vinegar and alcohol mix for his ears (dropped a few drops inside like it said) and also swabbed a cotton ball dipped in the solution on the inside of his hind legs and on his ears (outside) and neck. Now, 1 day later, he has broken out in red bumps on his stomach and inside hind legs and when petting him, I felt so many bumps that I thought were hair knots from him scratching, on his ears and around his neck area.

Upon closer examination, I discovered that they looked like they were bumps that became raised and drying into scabs when I applied the alcohol/acv solution. What do I do now? Does anyone know that they are? Will they go away?

Replied by Marigold

My boxer had the same symptoms. After prescription treatment of ear wash and two bottles of Posatex (for ear yeast), she still had badly inflamed ears and paw chewing. It ended up being food allergies, so now she's on an elimination diet. Chicken is in everything (including most of the homemade meals!! ), so now she gets alternate proteins like lentils, navy beans, etc. Do a search for vegetarian dogs, or alternate proteins sources for vegan dogs, etc for a list of suggestions.
Good luck!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Marie!

The bumps sound like a natural effect from the antimicrobial action of the ACV. Likely anything that would cause healing would raise these pustules.

If this were my dog this is what I would do:

1 - Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of pure water and have this be the only water your dog can drink for 7 days. On day 8 you can reduce to one quarter teaspoon of baking soda and use that as a maintenance dose.

2 - I would bathe the *entire dog* in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-Staph solution. You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]


Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well, and then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible. When the skin is so reactive take care to not rub it harshly or scrub it else you may raise more bumps. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere and particularly on the affected areas. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put him in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.

3 - After treating the entire dog you can make up a smaller dose of the solution and apply it with a spray or misting bottle to the affected areas - you can spray them down 3-4 times a day.

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Posted by Karen (Florida) on 12/20/2015
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Yeast infections in Dogs:

A huge thing that no one seems to mention.. Chicken meal, which is in nearly every single dog food, is commonly the culprit. Where it comes from and what else it contains anymore it is horrid. Find a dog food without any chicken meal. Many of these problems were non existent years ago..what's the common food. It has greatly changed. Yes, use the remedies mentioned but also get rid of chicken meal!!

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Posted by Lorrie (Orlando, Florida) on 01/03/2016
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I have been battling the same issue with my dog, did the Apple Cider Vinegar and anti bacterial anti fungal shampoos. I tried benzoyl peroxide, and it seems to do the most good, I used it stopped, and started using it again. My dogs energy level improved, he wasn't as depressed and his skin is returning to a nice pinkish color, not inflamed, and is scratching and licking much much less, I'm going to stick with it because it seems to do the most good. I will let everyone know if he is completely better after continued use later on.

I used the 10% in a foaming wash the first time, it was difficult to get out of the tube, and to get on the dog, so this time I bought the bar of soap kind, it is so much easier to use, and I can really scrub him good with it. I didn't buy the made for dogs because it was such a low %. If your worried about an allergic reaction start like I did doing a small area and rinse quickly, my dog had no bad reaction, so I use it on his whole body and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Replied by Lorrie
Orlando , Florida

This is an update on my dog, and my use of the Benzoyl peroxide, since January. I am still bathing him with it, and I am seeing my old dog coming slowly back to his old self. He's still not 100 % so I will continue to use it until he is. The black skin is slowly going away, and he is chewing way less, still scratching some. Biggest improvement is his energy, instead of staying in his box he is back out with the family again. will continue to update.


Posted by Em (San Francisco) on 11/09/2015


In response to Raine (Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas) on 06/20/2013

Please know that your pup can recover from a serious yeast infection. My pup is an 80lb, 13 year old Australian Shepherd mix. Late last year my pup had been attacked by fleas which brought on the yeast infection. A couple months later he had taken a dose of antibiotics for an eye infection (unrelated to yeast infection) which in my opinion aggravated the yeast condition. He had an yeast infection head to toes, especially under his arms, the groin area, paws and even his nails beds. Not to mention he had blepharitis and mucousy eyes.

I've had to wash him once a week with a natural shampoo (I use braggs but I don't think it matters) plus borax most important. I sprinkle on 10 Mule brand borax found in laundry section and rinse with diluted equal portions white distilled vinegar and water (50/50).

I add borax to the rinse as well. You can spray his yeasty body parts with this rinse mixture a couple times a day. Let the pup air dry. In my experience, I think you have to wash your pup once a week with borax at least while he has the yeast infection.

I've also alternated using diluted 1 portion hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) to 3 portions water plus borax to spray infected areas. I've also used diluted iodine to rinse his paws.

You'll see an immediate improvement after the first wash but if your pup has a serious infection then it may take months. My pup is 90 percent better and I expect that he'll be fully recovered by the end of the year.

I added a little borax or baking soda to his drinking water. Pls check Ted's protocol on this. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Linda P (Ohio) on 08/23/2014
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After the first bath using Ted's recipe my 15 year old dog has improved so much. We have treated her for years for a bad yeast infection with antibiotics from the vet to have it only return as soon as the meds ran out. After bathing her in Ted's recipe and spraying the mixture on her twice a day, her skin isn't red and swollen anymore or oozing. Hopefully if we keep this up she will be cured. I also have been adding the borax to her water and flax seed to her feed. She is looking better and acting better in two days than she has in years. Thanks Ted!!!

EC: Linda is referring to Ted's mange remedy found here:

Replied by Marilyn

Do you mean Borax as in Borax soap located in the laundry detergents at my local grocery store? Don't want to give my dog the incorrect thing for her yeast infections.

Most grateful in Florida, MJS

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Marilyn,

Yes - the same borax you see in the laundry aisle. Make sure it is plain borax and not scented or mixed with anything else.

Posted by Evelyn (Thousand Oaks, California) on 04/24/2014

A month ago I took my dog to see the vet because she was scooting her bottom nonstop and also licking and biting her paws. She also had scabs everywhere. She was put on antibiotics and steroids and all the skin problems got better. Now she is off the medications but also back to square 1 where she is constantly scooting and chewing her paws. Her vagina is very swollen and it seems like that is the source of her itchiness and not the anal sacs because she just got groomed last week and had her sacs expressed. She also has a yeasty smell. I am wondering if it is safe to pour the borax and hydrogen peroxide mixture in the vaginal area? I am sure it is fine to do for the paws but I am not so sure about doing it for her private area. Also, I am not quite sure how I should apply the solution to her paws or her body. I really appreciate if anybody can help me with this. Thanks

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Evelyn!

You can use Ted's Mange remedy [borax/hydrogen peroxide solution] safely on all parts of your dog. To treat the paws you can treat 1 paw at a time in a dish tub of the solution, and you can use a wash cloth to cleanse her vulva.

If this were my dog I would consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy:

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]

Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]

Borax [sodium tetraborate]

1% hydrogen peroxide solution [you make this by using one 16 oz brown bottle of the 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store, and adding 32 oz of pure water to it, making 48 oz of a 1% solution -clear as mud?]

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. I actually make up this solution in a gallon jug and then bathe and rinse clean my dog really well. I then squeeze out any water in the coat with my hands, allow the tub to drain, and then plug the tub and pour the solution over the dog and then scoop up the solution with a plastic cup and pour over again and again for 10 minutes. You can thoroughly flush the up into the vulva and around the vulva with this solution as well. Then I take the soaking wet dog and place it in a crate for half and hour to drip dry; the solution is still working as long as its wet. After half an hour I let the dog out and towel dry.

Now, the vaginal yeast infection can be addressed in a couple of ways. If the bath in the MOM solution doesn't provide relief, you can purchase products for women and apply both externally around the vulva, and even insert into the vulva. I would also mix 3 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the mother'/live cultures, organic Apple Cider Vinegar into half a can of wet dog food [grain free quality chow please] and offer the ACV spiked wet food twice a day.

Additionally, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of drinking water may also help and will calm problem skin in a matter of hours. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.

It is important to understand *why* your dog is experiencing skin issues; do they stem from seasonal allergies, or improper diet or ?? The antibiotic/steroid regimen works to make things better temporarily but with long term consequences; the 'good' bacteria in the GI tract get removed along with the bad bacteria when the dog is on antibiotics and that will cause skin problems all by itself. So it is important to feed your dog a quality chow, as often a high grain diet will cause skin issues, and then to supplement that diet with probiotics of some sort, ie acidophillus such as DDS w/FOS or PB8 to restore the good bacteria in the gut that eat the yeast.

Replied by Evelyn
Thousand Oaks, Ca

Thanks so much Theresa. I tried this yesterday by using the anti-fungal and anti-staph remedy. However, I scaled it up by quite a bit because the 1.5 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide was not enough to fill the little wash bin that I had my dog in. I used about a 32OZ bottle of hydrogen peroxide and scaled everything up by that, and ended up with 12 cups of liquid and 1/2 cup each of the MOM, epsom salt, and borax. Hopefully this is ok? I washed her by pouring the mixture and using a wash cloth for 10 minutes. I was going to let her drip dry but she was shivering- it got cold last night all of a sudden, so eventually I towel-dried her after only 10 minutes. She was still shivering a lot so I blew-dry her a little- avoiding the problematic areas.

Last night she slept through the night first time without scooting or chewing her paws. But this morning she started chewing her paws a little and a little scooting. I am wondering, how often can I do this bath for her? Can I spot-treat her daily- using your exact formula- (1.5 cups 1% hydrogen peroxide)for a while or is this too much? I have ordered a cranberry powder for her a while ago and wonder if this would work to help her itchy vulva as well?

I cook her food everyday. she gets organic chicken, grass-fed beef, lamb sometimes, pork sometimes but quite rarely. She is also eating dog food that is raw, but dried- it is made of lamb and lamb organs and contains probiotics. Should I add additional probiotics in addition to that? she doesn't eat much of that dog food. most of the time she eats the boiled meats I make for her. I do cook it thoroughly, however. I have PB8 probiotics- the green bottle, do I just empty the capsule into her food?

Thanks so much for your help! I just need a little more clarification to make sure I am doing it correctly. It does seem to help already- but I think she will need a couple more treatments to heal. Thanks again.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Evelyn!

You certainly can spot treat areas - and I have used this many, many times - its OK to bathe the entire dog daily if you need to/spot treating doesn't prove effective.

I think the itchy vulva is yeast related - cranberry might be warranted but I suspect you will have more of the desired result with baking soda added to the water, and ACV in her food. I have actually taken the probiotic gel caps apart and sprinkled the probiotics on the food, and then reused the gel caps and filled them with ACV and hid that in some cheese so my dog would take it that way. I had *overnight* results for a itchy vulva with the ACV in combination with a woman's topical anti yeast/miconozole etc.

If you are making a home diet I would add a variety of probiotics - Shiff's Digestive Advantage, PB8 - switch it up as you want a variety of flora to populate the GI tract.

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Posted by Ly (Wilmington, Delaware) on 02/26/2013
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My female Lab had come down with a yeast infection a year ago. We had no idea what it was. Vet said it was an allergies. There began our quest , by elimination process of what she was allergic too, while trying to find food she could eat that wouldn't worsen the problem. What a nightmare. She was itching constantly, smelled awful and the ear infections. We were so overwhelmed. The itching became so bad she was biting her hair off. By pure luck I found this site, and Ted was talking about the borax and peroxide.. etc treatments. We did everything he suggested. Within 6 months, her ears were slightly pink, not raw. 2 weeks after that the smell started leaving herand her itching was once or twice a day. We did however have a time getting her to eat the fish oil capsules. Her diet is now absolutely no canned dog food, 1/4 cup of all natural dry food per feeding with an additive of a product called "Dinovite" (which targets the itching that garbage dog food can cause dogs) also we feed her partially cooked chicken thighs and a baked liver mixture (recipe below) we make with a few veggies and eggs in it. At present she is almost completely well. We do not trust any dog food anymore because we've tried all of them. Thanks to Ted for the initial help!

Recipe for Liver loaf:

2 small packs of beef liver, 1 tbsp of wheat grass powder, 1 tbsp of Kelp powder, 1 tbsp of spirulina, 6 eggs, 6 or 7 small carrots chopped up. Mix all of this in a food processor, 40 secs on med high. Pour into a small loaf pan bake at 350 for an hour or until a toothpick clomes up clean. We cut slices of loaf and cube it to put into her food.

You can get the powders from

Good luck to all.

Replied by Andie
Denver, Co
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I also have a dog we adopted (pitt/boxer/husky) at age 1.5. Within a year she was itching more and licking her paws. A few months ago she had an ear that was red/crusty/smelly. I cleaned it twice a day w/ peroxide and applied Neosporin. After about a week it looked much better and eventually went away. But then she started getting reddness in the folds of her legs which started to get worse quickly, so I took her to the vet, told her about the ear and asked if it could be a yeast prob. She said it was probably more bacterial and put my dog on Antiboitics and Temeril (steroid/benedryl combo pill). Anyway the infection cleared in about a week, but came back quickly a few days after she finished the Abx. So I decided to do the peroxide cleaning like I did w/ her ear. I also decided to transition her to a better food (Avoderm rotating diet) and give her a spoonful of plain yogurt a couple times a day. I also bathe her w/ Tea Tree oil shampoo. It's been a couple weeks now and her skin looks back to normal. Yay! Wish I would have gone w/ my instincts and tried the home yeast remedies first.

Replied by Andrea
Kansas City

How did you use the Borax and peroxide to heal your dog's skin?

EC: Hi Andrea,

Please see Ted's borax and peroxide treatment for mange here for the recipe.

Chronic Yeast Infection Remedies  

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Posted by Bebe (Birmingham, Al) on 08/18/2012
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Have been dealing with the yeast issues for years (second dog). First of allm I would suggest allergy testing for food/environment. Cost is about 150.00. This way you know for sure.

My dog, dachshund now 6, has a chicken as well as seasonal allergies so I give her venison or bison and vegetables. If it is too protein rich, her pH gets out of balance and she gets a UTI so read the protein # on the label.

I bathe her twice a week with Virbac Keto-Chlor Ketoconazole. She will get break outs under her forelegs and vaginal. The baths give her great relief.

We do the baking soda and vinegar rinses, also. She takes enzymes, from health food store, sprinkled on her food, for her stomach. Sometimes she will eat the yogurt, especially goat yogurt. Her water, purified, as our water has chemicals and disrupts the stomach flora. We saw an allergy specialist for 1 1/2 years and have run the course. Someone mentioned their dog was vomiting yellow. This is most likely bile from stomach upset and Pepto has sweetner in it that promotes the fungus. Not good for the flora.

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Posted by Lucy (Rockport, Texas) on 08/13/2016
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Coconut Oil: This stuff works wonderfully. My fur baby kids had a yeast infection so I bought the cold pressed virgin oil and give to them in their food everyday plus I rub this on their skin and two are already cleared up the rest are clearing up. It works a hundred percent! Love it!

Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx) on 11/03/2012
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My dog is a Lhasa-Apso, and he has had a recurring ear infection since we adopted him about a year ago. We took him to the vet several times and tried different ointments. We tried a homeopathic ear drop too, as well as an ear flush made of alcohol, white, vinegar, and Betadine. The flush helped, for a day or two at a time, but did not cure the infection. Finally I took an old medicine dropper and filled it about half-full with some organic EVCO. It stopped the itching immediately. After about a month the ear that was infected the worst started bothering him again. The other ear seemed fine. I repeated the dose again, and the dog immediately stopped scratching his ear. I do believe that this works better than anything else we have used, including prescription drops and ointments. I think that the one ear is completely cured. I will keep an eye on the other one, and dose with EVCO again if any sign of infection returns.

Replied by Teresa Abell

We too have a Lasa Opso and we adopted her when she was about 2. She right away began having terrible ear infections. Nothing has seemed to work. She now seems to have a serious yeast infection. She has scratched her whole body, making sores everywhere and has lost most of her hair. She smells awful and is miserable. We managed to get her ears clear via antibiotics and drops...but I know that the infections will be back. What is EVCO? I am working on her yeast but would love to be able to keep her ears clean permanently.

EC: EVCO = Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Replied by Wendy

One of the best remedies for healing your pet's bacterial and/or yeast EAR infection is the Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane). Do a search on this site for "Arcane", and you'll find it. The ingredients to buy are very inexpensive, and easy to mix. And your pet will love you for it!

Posted by Nicky (Saint Charles, Il) on 05/07/2012
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Pure, unsweetened coconut oil works great for yeast infection, parasites, fungal infections, cysts, cuts, and many other ailments for dogs. I have 2 Saint Bernard puppies, one is 100lbs and has a yeast infection. The doctor gave him ear drops, which made him go temporarily deaf (hearing came back). I started to give him coconut oil in his food (I worked it up to 2-3 tbsp a day, no more. Less for smaller dogs, but look up amount on Internet). I give him shredded, unsweetened coconut as well and rub a little of the oil in his ear. It cleared up the infection in 2-3 days. Even though the infection showed in his ear, you have to treat it internally. It comes from inside. Coconut oil is now a regular part of their meals as they love the taste and it has so many health benefits for them (also for us). It has also made their coats incredibly soft and full.

Replied by Aileen
Northern Ireland

I was wondering if anyone could recommend one or two good brands of pure unsweetened coconut oil? When I googled it there were so many. I'm finally on the road to recovery thanks to this website. My poor dog has been suffering for almost a year now with horrible yeast in her ears and paws. Many thanks!

Replied by Deb
Pittsburgh, Pa

Hi Aileen, Nutiva and Tropical Traditions are both good ones. Nutiva is cheaper - usually with free shipping - but if you can find a sale on Tropical Traditions you're helping the local people with your purchase. Good luck!

Replied by Carolyn
Wabash, Indiana

Amen & thank you. I started giving my dog coconut oil when she developed several hotspots. She LOVES it :-)

Replied by Denise
Newfoundland, Canada

Hi, Bandit, my 9 1/2 yr old Shih-Tzu suffers from yeast infection in his ears. Never mind the almost constant scratching, then licking his paws which I figure is just spreading the infection (?), the smell is horrendous! I started about 3 weeks ago w some ACV in water & 1 tbsp of yoghurt in morning food and there's been no improvement. I've also heard about using Coconut Oil in ears is good for yeast infection. Advice? Comments?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Denise!

Bandit's yeast issue is not just in the ears - it is systemic, so it is in his entire body and simply manifesting in the ears and itchy paws.

What are you feeding Bandit? In many cases a systemic yeast infection can be linked to a grain or plant based diet. The first thing you need to do to address the systemic yeast is to read the food label and if you see grains and/or potatoes is to switch to a grain free meat based diet. You should see changes in 6 or so weeks by changing the diet; if you do not see any sort of result consider rotating the protiens - so chicken based diet for one bag of food, next bag of food fish based protiens and so on; keep a diet log to monitor results to see if Bandit does better on one protien over another.

Remove any treats or biscuits that are grain based, not made in the USA, and contain food dyes of any sort; these same treats may contain lots of sugar - which feeds yeast, or nitrates which are not healthy for Bandit.

It took time for Bandit to get to this point, so expect it to take time to get him back to health.

Some folks have had good results for systemic yeast by dosing olive leaf oil capsules - am and pm with the food. This remedy may take 6 months to effect good results - again, healing takes time.

You can also try alkalizing Bandit's water with baking soda, and rotate the baking soda water with borax water which is an antifungal/antiyeast.

Consider medicating Bandit's ears with Zymox Otic which you can buy online, or Ted's anti-fungal/anti-staph remedy. A bath with Ted's Mange remedy may help with the paws, as well as dipping in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy.

You are on the right path with adding the probiotics via the yogurt, but you might consider the encapsulated form which has a greater concentration of bacteria without the dairy.

Good luck and please report back!

Replied by Denise
Newfoundland, Canada

Thank you for the detailed response. Bandit does eat grain & chicken free food as our 7 yr old German Shepherd needs that for his sensitive digestive system. Bandit can & will eat anything so his treats sometimes have chicken in them. I did not realize about the food dyes & sugar. So, again thank you & I will let you know the progress.

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Please look into giving your dog a probiotic supplement. You will most likely start seeing results in just a few days with continuous improvement ovet the next few weeks. Read some of the other reviews about probiotics and you will see many people struggling with the same issue who found great results with the product. My dog is doing great on them.

Replied by Molly
Rochester, In.

Does it work on a dog's belly?

Replied by Teresa
Highland, Ca

I have been putting about 2 tbsp of coconut oil in my dogs food for a couple weeks now. I'm not sure if I see any change. Could I also put it on her body on her sores etc.? How long before you began seeing improvement?



I have two westies. One has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. She has a yeast infection in her paws at the moment. She does not get any treats because she can only have meals twice daily before insulin injections. Would giving her a yogurt on her food help or is there something else that would help? I am also looking at changing her food does anyone know what would be the best for diabetic dogs? I hope someone can help. Thanks in advance

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Posted by Miz Scarletts (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/18/2014
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Dogs with Yeast Infection - try cod liver oil on their food 2 tablespoons a day. My pet had a full coat of hair in 2 weeks!

Cod Liver Oil, Butter Oil  

Posted by Amy (New York City, Ny) on 01/21/2015

I am currently having some success with a blend of High Vitamin Butter Oil (HVBO) with Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO).

I have a pit bull/rott mix that is 70 lbs and somewhere around 3 years old (she was a rescue so not certain).

From the moment she came to live with me she had an ear infection;which she spread to her eyes, a recurrent vaginal irritation, anal gland issues, and hair loss. With antibiotics we saw temporary relief and then the ear infections would return. I learned that some people saw the above symptoms as evidence of allergies. So I took her off as many starches as I could (she is eating Castor & Pollux dried food made with duck). We cook liver for her, which we prepare with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. I also give her 2 tablespoons of yogurt a day. It does make her go with a bit more frequently but it is not a watery go (sorry about that detail).

I am somewhat on the paleo diet (still do carbs occassionally). The diet makes some sense for dogs so no more breads, potatoes, pastas, fruits, corn or sweets for her (we use to give her fruits from time to time--bad I know now). I learned about the HVBO (High Vitamin Butter Oil) and FCLO (Fermented Cod Liver Oil). It is kind of expensive but my dog loves it. I bought it from Radiant Life in gel form plain without cinnamon and stevia (other "flavors" are lemon and carob and have stevia added). It is gross to me but I take it too (much larger dosage for me) and the dog really likes it. I only give her .5 teaspoon and she is getting better slowly--I think. She does not scratch her ears anymore. I will wait for a few more weeks to see if that works for her other symptoms before I bump her up to one full teaspoon. I am keeping close watch on a near bald spot on her head. Amazon also sells the HVBO & FCLO blend Radiant Life sells it the cheapest. Amazon can be as much a $20 more.

I was giving her regular cod liver oil but learned that those synthetic versions that are absorbed into the body as easily as the FCLO--which is more a of a food than a supplement.

Hope this helps others. Will be sure to post an improvement with before and after pics if possible.

Best of luck!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Amy!

It sounds like you are on the right track for your girl!

I would only suggest you consider supplementing with raw sauerkraut for the probiotics- my pack LOVES it! Also if you are dealing with systemic yeast overgrowth, you might consider a borax regimen in the water to knock the population way down to really get on top of the yeast.

Replied by Vanayssa
B.C. Canada

Just to mention, a 50/50 mix of straight apple cider vinegar mixed with clear borax water will get rid of the ear infection and also get rid of the yeast infection on the dog's skin and under its limbs, where it tends to recur and recur, under the arm and leg pits. Got to keep an eye on those sites and just spray under there daily for a while to keep it from coming back.

To make clear borax water, put a heap of borax (twenty mule team, the stuff for laundry) into a jug, add a lot more water and stir it good. Then let it sit for a couple days, you can tell if the clear water on top has a good lot of borax in it, taste it off your finger. It has to be clear, as any borax granules at all will plug up the spray bottle permanently. Add it to the spray bottle with the cider vinegar in it).

Replied by Amy

Thanks for the suggestions. I am still searching and seeing some improvement.

Replied by Scott
Tampa Bay Area

I am a little confused on why the oil helps? I rescued a cocker-terrier (supposedly both breeds very susceptible to skin yeast because of their oily skin)mix that has been plagued by skin yeast for a long time. I have done a lot of reading and been to the Vet and have the prescription shampoo and changed food to grain free to eliminate sugar but I am reading the yeast thrives off of oily skin. Wouldn't adding oil to the diet add more oil to the skin?

I have been dipping in various vinegar-aloe-water mixes, using tea tree oil spray which seems to dry her skin and she loves a batch of yogurt in the morning and I shampoo her every 2 to 3 days with the Vet's shampoo but the incessant scratching and biting at her toes is on going weeks into this.

I just found out she has probably had this most of her life and she is 6. You can clearly tell the skin yeast by the smell which I can keep at bay with the above but know she still has the skin yeast as she spends most of her waking time scratching or biting at her paws.

She is a black dog, so easy to see. A couple of days after a shampoo where I am sure I rinse her well, I see what looks like dandruff on her coat. Does anyone know if this is normal for skin yeast or is it the skin yeast dying off?

Thanks for any insight.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn

Hey Scott!

I cannot answer about the cod liver oil and yeast except to say that the fermented cod liver oil can be a real immune booster for some. Many remedies are hit and miss - and through trial and error you find what sticks. I find that if you have a gut feeling about something to trust your gut, so if adding oil seems contradictory for your dog, don't do it.

You can change the diet to eliminate sugar, but you might also consider a diet with minimal starch as well.

First steps for me with a dog with systemic yeast is Ted's Mange remedy followed up with Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy in a spritzer bottle for the trouble spots.

I also do a regime of either borax in the water or baking soda.

Some have had good results in combating systemic yeast with olive leaf oil in the food am and pm.

The dandruff sounds like dried out troubled skin; brushing daily can help stimulate the skin and get the natural oils going; using a vinegar rinse after each bath will also help balance the ph. You might also consider adding oils such as evening primrose oil or coconut oil for the dry skin; the coconut oil has antimicrobial properties.