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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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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
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
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, 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
[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
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
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?
Replied by Cbrown
Bothell, Wa
I realize the post is old but thought I would respond in case anyone is still having these problems. Regarding the stomach discoloration, dirty spotted looking belly etc. that doesn't come clean with a bath. I shave my dogs stomach or area then put baby oil on it. I let it sit for about 5 minutes then with a baby oil soaked Q-tip I rub off the discoloration. I think it's just dead skin cells, she's left with a nice soft pink tummy and she loves it. I think bathing your dog at least once a month helps keep the discoloration at a minimum, use extra soap on the tummy area and give them a good rub.

With regard to the yeast infection did anyone try monistat cream? I would think that would be the best treatment for a yeast infection anywhere. When my daughter was small she had a red area on the top of her nose, she was diagnosed with a yeast infection. Doctor prescribed monistat cream it cleared up quickly.

Replied by Sam
Rocklin, US
I'm glad you posted today because it did help. I thought about the monistat but would be concerned if my dog ingested it. I am going to try your baby oil idea. Thanks
Replied by Belkis
My dog suffered from yeast infections in ears and body for three years straight. She was so bad that after thousands of dollars on vet bills and meds that would make her sicker and showed no improvements I started with home remedies that though worked better would still come back. Finally I found two things that got rid of everything and shes been symptom free for two years. This dog was so bad I was seriously considering putting her down. She looked like she had soars all over and haf to wear a cone of shame all the time. I put her WELL BALANCE CORE NO GRAINS WHITE FISH FOOD. I also started her on DINOVITE. Dinovite clearly says she will get a little worse the first two weeks while everything gets expelled but stick to it. Sure enough after two weeks I started to notice improvements and within a month her hair had already grown back. I still almost three years later have her on both the core wellness white fish no grains diet and dinovite and she has never gotten another yeast ear infection or those horrible yeast scabs she had. Vet visits are just for physical and vaccines. Shes healthy and happy now.
Replied by Woostie
Cary, Nc
Hi there,

I'm not sure how your baby is doing but if you are fighting a yeast infection more than likely your dog could have candida of the stomach like humans often have. Give them an excellent probiotic daily; I use Dr. beckers on Dr.Mercola's website and it is high about 30 billion per serving. It needs to be high. Also, watch what you are feeding them, no grains, sugar, starchs such as potato in foods. Wet food is better. I have totally switched my dog to a dehydrated organic dog food which he loves! Hope this helps! Best of luck!

Replied by Vicki
Houston, Texas
I had a beloved black Scnauzer mix named Missy about 25 years ago. When she was about 4 years old she developed a horrible, black, oozing, gummy, stinky secretion on her entire body. She would scratch non-stop. No amount of baths, different shampoos helped. My vet told me it was bad genes/hereditary, and there was nothing to clear it up! He had no idea what she had. I did everything I could think of to help her, to no avail. She became so crazed with scratching, that she wasn't even the same happy, little dog anymore. She literally scratched all the time. I came home from work one day, and she had rubbed her little body all over the walls and blood was everywhere. I had to take my sweet little dog and have her put to sleep. She was only six years old. I cried my eyes out all the way home. Today, I believe she could have been helped. Obviously, she had a terrible yeast infection. If I had only known....
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Vickyi!

Please do not beat yourself up over putting your girl to sleep- she well may have had atopic dermatitis, which is a genetic condition and for some dogs PTS is the only way to get relief. You sound like a conscientious pet guardian, and I am sure your girl got the very best care during her time with you.

Replied by Lynn
Hi all just want to say I have a rescue pup who has allergies of some kind food or evironmental. I like holistic vet care but the closet one is in Austin, TX. You look him up and you can follow him and learn how to care for your pets. Like how repeated vaccines hurt and toxic flea meds are bad.

This is what I recently did for my rescue: coconut oil 2oz and 2ml colloidal silver in a hair color bottle from Sally's...rub it into coat and skin head to toe and leave for 2 hours, then bath and boy he looked so much better the next day and the good news is if there are hidden mites, which happens often, the colloidal silver kills them. Pup allergies bumps biting itching gone.

Witch hazel cleans ears. This last time I put 2-3 drop colloidal silver messaged and cleaned out.

They say that food allergies are either chicken beef or grains. Its' my under standing that grains are not good for us or pets. Raw or home cooked best or canned dog food. I use standard process muliti vitamin - great product. Sometimes shedding is low vitamin e. I hope this helps someone.

Replied by Amy
After numerous visits to vet with scratching, skin sores, inflammation, and yeast infections my shepherd mix's medical root cause was determined to be a low thyroid. He is now on low dose of thyroxine which helps but at onset of spring he still had a severe skin flair-up. My observation is that his recurring yeast infections manifest from an overgrowth of yeast in the gut that he cannot balance due to his poor immune-system. After listening to a lecture on probiotics from a doctor at recent dietitian conference I decided that this was worth a try. I have now had him on Mercola's probiotics (human dosage) which had 70 million flora and I do believe it seems to be helping. My philosophy is it can do no harm. His itching is waning and he's resting better, less anxious. Not sure if this is the answer but I believe it is a part of the answer. The right probiotic helps restore the yeast imbalance caused by the complexity of a immune-system run amuck.
Replied by Joan
My Yorkie whose previous owner had tried many things including allergy testing, would gnaw and chew his back until he had sores. His skin was very oily and had a bad smell after just a day of being bathed. After trying many things to relieve his problem I happened to discover Douxo online and ordered some. I have been using it for about a year and no longer have any problem with his skin. I shampoo him weekly and although the Douxo is a little pricey, it lathers well so a bottle lasts me for 8 months or so. Apparently his probably was never allergies but a yeast overgrowth.
Replied by Ed
Joan - did your Yorkie also have bumps on his back?

Posted by Michele (Roseville , CA) on 09/05/2008

[YEA]  I have a Pitbull 18 mos and he has been very itchy since i got him. He always was licking his feet, and always getting yeast infections in his ear. Someone at the dog park suggested the vinegar thing and I came home and tried it that day and he has not licked his feet in probably a week now! I couldn't be happier with the results :)

Replied by Leanne
Or., US
I had a pit that had very sensitive skin had to put him on taste of the wild salmon, he healed up beautiful.... My dogs don't eat anything but that.

Don't ever use wheat germ or grains cause these all are yeasty so for ears go to vet they give good tube of stuff that takes yeast away but then you also get a bottle of ear cleanser which you need to do especially if your dogs ears get wet like swimming baths. Always dry ears cause yeast likes wet dark places so go to vet, get these things, doesn't cost much but as in my dog who has yeast all over bottom and arm pits. I need a shampoo and she cannot have any sugar! Taste of the wild has some potato which is sugar but it's from me feeding her crackers, potatoes, chicken, lots of dogs are allergic to chicken!!!!!!!

Posted by Emily (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islan) on 08/29/2008

[NAY]  Quincy is a 7 year old lab/rotty/husky mix. My vet has told us that he has a yeast infection in his ears. I've read and tried the ACV stuff, but it only appears to be getting worse. I've also noticed that he has delveloped raw bumps on his front paws, I tried aloe vera on those, and it seems to be helping. He's also been really down and sad lately, due to some extreme renovations going on at my house, he's completely out of his norm. But his ears aren't getting any better. If anything, they're getting worse. I've noticed that by spraying a 50/50 mix of ACV and water on his skin, he hasn't been scratching near as much, but I need help with his ears. I've had him at the vet many times, and he's been on many different meds, and none of them helped. He's allergic to the only med that seemed to have helped at all. Please, help. I don't think I could bear to put him to sleep.

Replied by Kate
Los Feliz, CA, USA
No, please don't put your dog to sleep because of this issue! I am certain you can solve it. Sounds like you might need a better vet if they haven't helped you with this issue after all this time.

What brand of dog food are you feeding your dog? This may be part of your problem. You may want to switch to a brand without preservatives. Check Petco if you have one in your area as they carry a number of better quality holistic brands.

I rescued a mutt last year who had been dumped on a trail and he too had a very bad ear infection, besides being underweight and crazy with anxiety. When I found him he smelled absolutely terrible, even after I bathed him. I figured out whoever had him before me feed him nasty cheap dog food. Within a week of feeding him the good stuff with ground beef and turkey added to it (I use blackwood but it's hard to find), his smell went away. I still had to treat his ear infection at the vet with topical antibiotics to solve the issue. Make sure your vet tests the dog for various bacterial strains from an ear culture. My dog had 2 different types of bacteria in one of his ears (nasty black crud that smelled terrible) and had to have custom prepared drops to treat the strains.

For his anxiety, make sure you give him enough exercise every day. If he's tired out enough, he won't get anxious.

Replied by Diann
Parkersburg, USA
I agree, DO NOT put your dog to sleep because of this!

Your dog may be allergic to the stuff going on with your RENOVATION. The particles and dust may make his allergy worse.

Try giving your dog Activia-maybe 2 big spoonfulls of the PLAIN-NOT SWEETEND Activia in his food or in his bowl, whatever once or twice a day-depending on his size, as I do not know what size he is.

Make a mixture for his food of:
5 ounces of Olive Oil
1 ounce Flaxseed oil
1 ounce of Cod Liver oil
1 ounce of Wheat Germ Oil-I found it at tractor Supply
Mix it all together and put in a glass bottle. You can also put in a sprig of Rosemary and a teaspoon of garlic powder (My dogs do not like those two ingredients, so I quit adding them)-I used an old Olive Oil bottle and used a thing to get it in the bottle (can't think of what it's called but they use it for oil changes to put oil in....)
For every meal, drizzle some on his food. You will help increase his Omega 3 oils and help to get him the nutrients he needs.

Also you may want to give him a half a childrens multivitamin to help him like every other day or so.
Also I have seen this stuff called Yeast and Fungal Detox by Natures Sunshine Recommended. Supposedly it works well.

I would think with the ACV, the Activia, the oil supplement, the multivitamin, and the Yeast and Fungal Detox, you should be good to go.

Also you need to find a Holistic Vet.


Replied by Gina
Iuka, MS
For yeast infection in the ears if the vinegar did not work you might try over the counter yeast cream that women use for yeast infections. I used this for my yorkie and it worked. Just rub the cream in the applicator inside the ears for seven days.
Replied by Angela
Tonasket, WA.
When a child has an ear infection you try one of three things I know that all work. Mullin or garlic oil. (If you have mullin around it's easy to use but most people don't. Garlic on the other hand, I always have. Just use the prediced in a jar type, and add some oil. then drain it off after stiring and presto!) Other than those, I always use the regular 3% hydrogen peroxide, and let it bubble in there, holding the dog on it's side for as long as 10 minutes, or until it stopps bubbling.( It needs to be full so you can see it preferably) Then repeat on the opposite side. It always works for my kids.
Replied by S
Hi Emily, I hate to advertise for brands but, You may want to try using "Halo" brand Herbal Ear Wash. This stuff has worked wonders for my Dog and Cat for all ear issues (including bad infections that usually needed antibiotics). It is sure worth a try. Good Luck!
Replied by Dan
Grand Haven, Mi
PLEASE...DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE. it kills not only bacteria but tissue. it can damage the dogs hearing. there are some good ear wash and drops on the market.
Replied by Cathy
Johnstown, New York
my vet recommended a mixture of 1/3 vinegar, 1/3 water and 1/3 rubbing alcohol. I cleaned my dogs ears everyday with this solution using Q tips. she has been much better and only gets it in one ear occasionally. I have a 7 yr old english springer spaniel. I am having trouble with her scratching. going to try switching her food and ACV spray.
Replied by Nora
San Francisco, Ca
Do not use Oatmeal shampoos. They contribute to the yeast problem. I've been using Earthbound Tea Tree & Aloe and it's worked wonders.
Replied by Tizalee
Sonora, Ca.
[YEA]   I use AC Vinegar as a rinse for my dog who has systemic yeast infection-remember people many times the yeast infection can be a secondary infection due to something else going on. In my dog's case it was staph (in fact MRSA)-I had to put her on antibiotics-no choice-30 days of it-but I also gave her pro-biotics, omega 3 & milk thistle. Bathed her in Malseb with the vinegar rinse. She is a Doxie I found 7 months ago curled up in a ditch, thought she was dead. She weighed 8lbs and was covered in sores & scabs. She's now 14lbs, her hair has grown back in and we may have the staph licked. My vet tried to say it was allergies-didn't listen-that is the usual diagnoses. I did put her on Precise holistic grain free food though as I didn't want anything yeasty in her system. Good luck folks yeast is a tough one to conquer!!
Replied by Tom
Fredericksburg, Va
For yeast problems: Please stop shampooing with oatmeal products, eliminate all grains and potato products from diets. These products all inflame yeast problems. 1 cup vinager + 1cup peroxide to 1 gallon of water is a great rinse for after shampoos (anti-fungal). Can also be used daily especially on the paws. This cured my dogs yeast problem in 2 weeks. Hot and humid weather also adds to yeast blooming, so pets should be kept cool and dry. T
Replied by George
Wappingers Falls, Ny
A few posters here mentioned about not feeding dogs carrots while dealing with yeast infections because they are high in sugar. Will steaming them help reduce the sugars or should I just totally avoid them? My dog has been living on them for years. Isn't it true that dogs cannot digest carrots and pass them completely?

Thanks for any feedback. George

Replied by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx
You can feed them carrots but make sure to saute them very long as they need to be very very soft for dogs to digest and get the benefits from them.

You can put some oil in the steel pan, saute the carrots on low and then sqeeze some fresh lemon juice and cover so it can steam and this will not only cook the carrots slowly but will retain the nutrients. Give all types of veggies to your dogs as they contain all kinds of nutrients and are full of fiber.

I have been giving my dogs organic carrots everyday for the past few years and it does keep them healthy. When serving, put in a 2-4 tablespoons of good unrefined coconut oil depending on your dog size. Both carrots and lemon juice help in liver detox - the most imp. organ in our body (next to heart).

I also add spices - tumeric, GROUND fennel seeds, GROUND cloves, thyme, iodized salt and little cayenne along with flax seeds, GROUND sunflower seeds and GROUND pumpkin seeds - all done in the grinder then and there just before going in the cooking pan.

Replied by Lplaunt
Madison, Ohio, United States
Hi There, I am new to this board and have been reading all the replies. Great info. I have a 4 month old english bulldog who just started to develop yeast on her under belly side and on the face around the folds as well as her eyes. Lots of oozing on the face. Poor baby. I have made a list of things from all the tips I have been reading but wanted to add my input on one great thing that I am using for the yeast treatment on the skin and face. Coconut oil. I have been cooking in coconut oil for a healthier immune system and intestinal tract.

Coconut oil is a wonderful treatment for many things including YEAST. It also kills the strep virus, staph infections, and many other things.

I melted the coconut oil and then poored over my dogs food. I also took some of that melted oil and rubbed it all over her skin where the yeast was present. It's also safe to apply to her mouth area and eye area. Not to mention she likes licking her chops afterwards. lol. Here is a link on more info on coconut oil.

Here's a quote from the article.

"Melt 2 tblsp of oil in a cup of hot water. After bathing, refill the tub with luke warm water, add the cup of melted oil into the running water. Using a plastic bowl, pour the coconut oil water all over the dogs coat, rubbing to get down to the skin. Be sure to get the whole body.

Do not rinse

Dry as usual. You will immediatley notice the coats healthy condition. And it smells great!

A 160 uses for coconut oil...Link:

Replied by Cbrown
Bothell, Wa
Whenever I bathe my dog she always gets an ear/yeast infection. What works the best whenever your dog gets wet from baths, swimming, etc. is Epi-Otic Advanced ear cleaner by Virbac. Apply after bath or swim, it dries up any water in the ear and helps prevent bacteria from attaching to the skin surface in ear. I also bought Zymox ear solution from the "pet store" to treat an ear infection when we were on vacation. It worked faster and better than antibiotics, it's a natural bio-active enzymes, It treats bacteria and yeast infections. I saw results the next day and it cleared up within 2 days and only 2 applications. These products are the best for dogs ear issues

Posted by Nadia (Brooklyn, NY) on 08/03/2008

[NAY]  Apple cider vinegar should not be used if a yeast allergy is present! This is obvious in retrospect because yeast is used to ferment the apple cider.

I introduced this to my dog by adding 1/2 mL of organic apple cider vinegar to his food on the first day and 1 mL on the second day, and rather than relieving his mild allergy symptoms it induced a full allergy attack (head to toe hot, pink, itchy skin, severely itchy paws, ears, and muzzle).

Replied by Angel
Vancouver, Canada
You should really give it a try for at least week. I didn't think it was working either initially, of course of meds it looks like the vinegar is just making it worse, but it really does work. Absolutely amazing. This site saved my dog.

Posted by Kathryn (Scottsdale, Arizona) on 07/24/2008

[YEA]  After reading about ACV on this website, I tried it on my pug Lotus, who was treated for 2 years by my vet before I read this. Her feet were the worst, so I let them soak in half and half ACV solution and dandruff shampoo while i wash the rest of her. In one bath I noticed her coat was much shiner, and after a few baths her hair started growing back in some bald spots and her feet were much much better.

Warning: yeast is stubborn and does come back (the minute you stop looking for it) and it seems hot humid weather makes it worse. It remains a problem in her ears, but I emailed my vet and told him the ACV worked better than any of the shampoos and creams he had been prescribing.

Replied by Mela
Chestertown, Md
I have a German Shepard with a ear/yeast infection problem. I keep seeing ACV listed as a part of the cure. What is ACV? He's currently on cephalexion because of what the doctor calls a secondary infection. I'm assuming after reading this that is a yeast infection on his skin, black under his legs. So what exactly is the ratio of vinegar and water? I've seen 50/50 listed on this site. Do I spray him all over and wipe his ears with it? He's 100 lbs. How much _____ [Yogurt] would a dog this size need daily? Thanks for your time. Hope you have some answers for me

EC: ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

Replied by Davina
Frankford , De
I also have a German Shepard with yeast problems...A K-9 Officer told me to put 2 Tablespoons of plain yogurt into his food everytime he eats. Mine is also about 100 lbs. I used it on him and he got better, we ran out without me being told and he got a horrible ear infection to the other ear.....use the 1/2 (warm) water 1/2 apple cider vinegar solution a couple times a week along with the yogurt. don't let the vet give him antibiotics cause it will kill the good bacteria in his body. good luck....
Replied by Bryan
Sugar Land, Texas
In large breed dogs, low normal thyroid levels can also contribute to yeast overgrowth. Unless the low normal levels are corrected the probiotics will not work. If you are having trouble fixing the yeast problem, get a T3 and T4 thyroid panel run and medicate if needed. Once the thyroid is hormone in in balance, the yeast treatments will work.
Replied by Karen
Exeter, Nh
I am the owner of 2 Dane mastiffs and the male one, Zeus, had nearly chewed the padding of his foot off. They gave him antibiotics and it seemed to do the trick. But he has a tummy rash. His sister has huge welts on her tummy that appear to be yeast so I'm pumped to try remedies tomorrow. I hear you mentioning Omegas and since I manage my lupus with adult opcs I am going to order her pet opcs. They are already on Blue dog food so I'm going to do mobistar and yogurt and the apple cider vinegar and medicated shampoos. Thanks!!!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Lisa!

You asked: "Why would the condition reappear if she was on a maintenance diet - not feeding the yeast."

Many factors are involved here - including airborne allergens and seasonal molds. It could also be that while you are not feeding the yeast, it is not getting digested/eaten/ imbalance of internal flora. You might consider switching the probiotics - change acidophillus brands frequently which will allow a variety of strains to populate the GI tract. I switch around between DDS w/FOS, PB8, Shiff's Digestive Advantage, Forti Flora, and whatever I find on sale. The key is variety.

Ted has some remedies - this is paraphrased from his many posts:

Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection - and sometimes despite the best nutrition out there we will experience an individual that for some reason is deficient in a mineral such as boron. If the dog is low in magnesium quite often allergies will arise. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of Epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the Epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component [yeast] you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first.

Now, when I am dealing with a dog with the itchies I first treat with Ted's mange remedy; I find that the veterinarian prescribed or OTC medicated shampoos just do not have the efficacy that I seek and they also tend to be on the spendy side.

Ted's Mange Remedy

Borax laundry booster - the plain stuff with NO scent.
1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide

I get both of these from the grocery 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.

Next add 1 cup of the borax crystals and shake. There should be some undissolved crystals in the mixed solution - this is just right. I try to use hot water from the kettle on the stove, that or sit the jug of mixture in the sink full of hot water while I bathe the dog.

Bathe the dog - use whatever shampoo and rinse well. Squeeze out excess water and make sure the tub is drained. I then plug up the tub. Now pour the mixed up solution over the dog. I use a small sponge to soak up the solution from the bottom of the tub and squeeze it out onto the dog again and again, making sure I get the head and underneath. Keep squeezing solution over and over onto the dog for about 15 minutes - 30 minutes is better. Then pull the stopper from the tub and let the excess drain. DO NOT DRY THE DOG OR RINSE THE DOG. The solution has to remain wet as it is still working. Allow the dog to air dry. I just pop mine into their crates and I remove any absorbent bedding.

If you are worried about poisoning your dog keep in mind that borax has the same toxicity as table salt. The solution doesn't seem to hurt the eyes or sting any sores on the skin. Some dogs feel instant relief!

You can make up a solution for a spray bottle and touch up areas on a daily basis if you choose ? just keep the hydrogen peroxide ration 1:2 ? so 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle to 2 cups filtered water OR 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide to 2 tbsp water ? and then add powdered borax until it stops melting into the solution and remains as grains on the bottom of the mixing bowl. The key is to make a ?saturated? solution, the point of saturation is where the grains of borax stop dissolving; again the solution should be grainy whatever the ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water that you use.

To make a stronger or more aggressive solution use an equal amount of white vinegar [NOT ACV] - so add 48 oz of vinegar to recipe above for a peracetic acid solution and then use as directed above.

Now, the above remedy is for mange - but its a good start for troubled skin. If that doesn't seem to be working and things do not look better you can make a topical skin solution for the troubled spots. I would first make up a large batch of the following solution and bathe with the above protocol - ie no rinsing, allow to drip dry for as long as possible.

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:
Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution

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.

Additionally you can add pet vitamins, ie Pet Tabs - for a week, along with flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil; you can also try flaxseed oil and coconut oil - 1 -2 tsp am and pm in the food; you should see improvement in a couple of days.

Posted by Anna (Ottowa, Canada)

[YEA]  Our 13-month old female Black Lab-Rotty mix dog Maya has been suffering from recurrent eye and ear infections for the last 7 months. When we first took her to the vet 7 months ago, the diagnosis was ear mites. We treated her with Revolution - twice. The infection seemed to get better at first, but then returned quickly. I then treated her ears with Yellow Dock for a few months, it seemed to keep the infection under control, but had not cleared it. Last month, Maya got a very severe ear infection and we took her to emergency - the test showed NO MITES - YEAST infection! It meant that I have been treating her all this time for the wrong cause - thanks to the vet who did not perform any tests the first time around and simply "guessed" that Maya had ear mites.

To cut the long story short, the emergency vet gave us some antibiotic cream, which helped at bit at first, but then we saw no improvement, especially around the eyes, so I found this website and decided to treat Maya with an organic ACV (half and half with water). I sponged her back (she had a few lesions there as well) and her ears twice a day, I let her shake and then wiped her ears dry. I sponged her eyes gently as well. Her eyes were circled by an elephant-like skin with no hair, and it seemed that like would never go away! Within 2 days we noticed a great improvement. I continued the treatment for a few days twice a day, and her conditioned improved 99%. I've read that it takes 3-6 weeks for it to clear up completely and that it is suffice to do it three times a week.

I measured her pH balance and noticed that it was too alkaline (around 8). This helps yeast to grow, so we started adding a bit of vinegar to her food to stabilie her ph balance. We've also implemented other dietary restrictions that are typical with yest

Overall, we've definitely found success with ACV, and I hope that other dog owners would be able to learn from us to help their furry kids.

Replied by Sheila
Dallas, Texas
I have a 70# dog with yeast issues on her feet and arm pits. How much ACV do you add to the food and can this help or hinder UTI. I was adding this to her water, but she didn't like the smell and wasn't drinking much water. Is there any other help for oozing, inflamed & itchy paws?
Replied by Jimmy Yeo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I brought my dog, Syberian Husky, for his second vaccination earlier this week and made a full check up. He's only about 2 1/2 months old. He was shacking his head and scratching his ears this few days so i ask the vet to check if there's any infection in the ears. The answer from the vet was, suspected to have yeast infection. Reddish color around his neck area but according to the vet, it's still hard to say if it's 100% yeast infection. He gave him injection and also anitbiotic for this problem. The vet told me that if he confirm to get this infection, it will be for his whole life. I was shocked to hear the result so i search the web to find for help and solution and found YOU. So i read about the vinegar solution and i tried it on for the first time today. Hopefully with the knowledge i read from this site, i would be able to cure my pet, Thunder. Can you tell me if this actually works? Thank you.
Replied by Ellen
Charles Town, West Virginia
[YEA]   I am so happy to see this site. It gives me hope that my poor English Setter, Lady has some chance to finally get well. She has been miserable for so long that I have been considering putting her down. I hate to lose her but she is so miserable with itching and she is constantly raw and bleeding all over. This has been going on for almost 6 years with her getting worse and worse. I don't know if this will work but at least there is some hope. How much should I feed and do you also use it topically? I love my pet so much that it hurts to see her suffer.
Replied by Lesley
Sydney, Australia
after our poor dog Hamish has suffered for 5yrs on cortisone tablets and gaining huge amounts of weight, (even though we were feeding him the correct amounts for his size) we decided to stop the tablets, he has just gone from bad to worse now I have found this site Im gong to try everything to help my pet, we just cant afford the vets bills and need to find something we can use for the rest of his life other than anti-biotics, it makes me feel like crying every time I see him scratch his ears raw and bleeding once again weve bathed him in every wash the vet has suggested, including Malase, with no results whatsoever, so wish me luck thanks everyone for putting your remedies here for anything is worth trying once
Replied by Angel
Vancouver, Canada
It really works! I was as desperate as you and this was like a miracle cure.
Replied by Ang
Port Elgin, On Canada
I almost lost my dog to sysmatic yeast infection. Her symptons were red sores, greasy skin, discharge for her bum and finally seizures that almost killed her. Not to mention thousands of dollars in vet bills.

After hours of research I highly recommend these two sites, The great dane lady and Dr Dodds. Dr Dodds is a vet and a thyroid specialist. Yeast infection and hypothyroid are 99% connected. When reading the information on the great dane lady my chin hit my chest. She describe my dog to a tee' This is very dangerous condition. As I said before it almost killed my dog.

I'm glad to say my dog yeast free, rash free and living a healthy and happy life after a year and a half of hell. And may I add she is only on and 1 low dose thyroid pill and vit.

Replied by Alica
Dauphin, Manitoba
I agree 100% on the info given from Great Dane Lady and Dr. Dodds. My response to the info was jaw dropping as well. I knew that the topical creams I had been administering to my 5 year old Rottweiller were bogus, but I had no idea how bogus and threatening to her immune system they had been. I have treated her on and off for the past 4 years with the topical creams Otomax and Surolan. I switched to the Surolan only after insisting to my vet that I felt my dog had developed some sort of immunity to the Otomax. (Which also made sense to happen after 4 years). Again the Surolan started working then would fail miserably. Her flare ups in her ears had actually progressed with each new flare up occurring. I strongly encourage all of you to read the article by The Great Dane Lady on Systematic Yeast Infection and how it attacks your dogs system. I was so angry at myself for allowing the vet to give me what I knew(antibiotics) weren't helping.

I strongly urge you to get to the "core" of the infection which is VERY INTERNAL and in most cases VERY MISTREATED by our vets today. A holistic approach to managing your dogs needs is crucial. After all it's common sense that guides us as humans with our physical well being....... Do the same for your dog. Food choices(which don't have to be expensive) are the number 1 ally you can have paired with your dogs physical/nutritional needs. Please feed your dog nutritional food. And please stop with the topical steroid treatments. The pretty packaging on Pedigree brands and Beneful brands are just that..... Pretty packaging. They can be a slow death sentence to a dog who already suffers from yeast. And the steroid treatments only remove what's left of your dogs natural immune fighting defenses, which take into mind are probably VERY depleted already(Hence why you are on this site desperately seeking help) Great Dane Lady definitely hit the nail on the head with this one.

Replied by Alexa
High Point, Nc
Our buddy Mike has been having a terrible time with what we have figured out (after 2 vet visits, all blood ok, thyroid ok, 2 rounds of antibiotics-which made him worse- and some Science Diet 50dollar food which smelled awful and he hated) to be a systemic yeast infection. He has an odor which he never used to have, very painful joints and diarrhea, he is lethargic and grouchy, has blackened skin on one ear and under arms... ( we've been wiping him down with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar on the yeasty spots which he seems to like) We changed his diet to anti-yeast and gave him probiotocs but now has extreme die off symptoms and his joints are so sore especially ankles, and his eyes look dry and irritated.

So, we stopped the probiotic for now to ease these symptoms a bit, still eating anti-yeast, taking natural joint supplement. We ordered enzymes product for him so we will see how that goes when it arrives. It is so hard to watch your best friend suffer, we are trying to be patient but it's tough to keep perspective.

Replied by Annie
New Jersey, Camden
I have a dog who has elephant skin on her back of head below the ears. She has allergies which I have not been able to find anything to help her eyes from drying up and peeling. She has yeast on the inside of her ears. I have to keep socks on forever because she will lick them constantly and make them bleed. The puffiness is starting to go down. She doesn't have excessive thirst and I have trouble with her appetite. And she doesn't pee often. But I make sure she gets water. If she cannot have potatoes and rice what else can you give her? She has one ear tip that won't heal it keeps getting larger because she flicks it all of the time. She also has anal gland trouble so I have to make sure she eats foods with fiber. I tried elimination of diet and never found anything to work right for her. Prednisone make her worse so she is off of it. She has been to holistic vets many times. I had her on a kit called enzymes and it did not work. I need a special shampoo for the yeast infection. Any suggestions?
Replied by Debbie
Ontario Canada, Ontario,canada
Try the apple cider vinegar remedy. I'm doing it right now and my dog Wheaten Terrier has the exact same issues.
Replied by Akeentruth
Las Vegas, Nevada, Usa
Hello I need some advice, I have been reading a lot of post on this site and I was hoping someone my be able to direct me in the right place. My name is Krys I have a 5 1/2 year old pit/chocolate lab mix with skin issues like no tomorrow. I have had my dog since he was 3 weeks old. When I first got him he had parvo and I made sure he survivred it. The first year and a half of his life he was fine no skin or ear issues.

After he hit two everything went down hill. His skin started to get really oily, and he would shake his head a lot. Slowly but surely he devoloped hives, losing hair, ears all red etc. Needless to say he also had happy tail syndrom... When the itching became excessive he chewed a sore on his tail and he caught gang grene and I had it amputated. I have tried everything, I feel like, for him. He was living in a cone/donut for the last 2 years on and off. I have taken him to vets, and dermatologist. He has been put on various meds, kenakonzol, doxicyclin, prednizone, many anti fungals, he takes zerytec daily, benadryl stopped working, I wash him with 3 medicated dog wash every other day. I have tried a daily bath of dawn dish soap per the dermatologists, I have tried yogurt in his food, as well as fish oils, and acidophilus.

Now he has developed a blood pocket in the inside of his ear, I have to take him to the vet tomorrow... Oh I also have tried switching his foods many many times. Right now my dermatologists has him on natural balance duck and potato high protein no grain. I am really at a loss. I love this dog with all my heart and I am afraid they have given him so many meds nothing is working, that the steroids are affecting his kidneys and that he is suffering, even though he is playful and full of life. If anyone and give any advice I would be so grateful.

Replied by Jl
Indianapolis, In
Akeentruth - try getting your dog tested for hypothyroidism. This is commonly associated with skin disorders. It is like an autoimmune disease in that it lowers a dog's resistance to infections whenever they get a surface scratch on the skin. It takes about 45 days to see improvement and about 4 months to get 90% better. Please note that hypothyroid tests tend to not be accurate. So, if it comes back no problem with hypothyroid you might want to ask your Vet if it would hurt any to try a low dose med for hypothyroid for 30 days and see if there is improvement. This med is very inexpensive. You should also try Ketochlor Shampoo at the same time, bathing 3-4 times a week for 3 weeks, reducing to 2 times/ week and then once/ week at the 3-4 month mark. For ketochlor to be effective, it is best to shave the areas where the lessions are. I ordered a gallon of it since I was sure my dog would have outbreaks from tiem to time for the duration of his life. The shampoo works its way down the hair shaft- it is very effective. I also try rubbing apple cidar vinegar on my dog on days when he does not get a bath, to kill bacteria and yeast. The vinegar does not seem to bother him. Good luck!!
Replied by Th6026
My dog has developed black elephant skin, itches all the time, and it has started developing on her front paw where she limps a little. I heard that apple cider vinegar and plain low fat yogurt helps so I have started using one teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and a heaping tablespoon of yogurt in her soft food. I also read that it takes about a month to work. Has anyone tried this. My poor baby looks miserable and I can't afford for the vet to do test after test only to find they didn't find anything.
Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
Sounds like a really bad yeast infection. Read how people have treated their dogs at this link (using ACV, Monistat, changing the dog's food to a higher-quality/no grain food, yogurt, and other treatments):
Replied by Debbiefudge
Brighton. Uk
Hi. The most important thing to do is to change the dogs diet. Change to raw feeding only. Give probiotic yogurt every day. Half a clove of raw garlic daily. Bath in an antifungal shampoo and after the final rinse, mix half white vinegar/half water and soak every part of the dogs skin and leave to dry. Do this once a week. And also have a spray bottle with the same mixture in and spray any hot spots or where the dog is scratching, twice a day. I would stay away from the ACV until there is some improvement. Add a teaspoonful of DE (Food grade only) to the yogurt and mix well. This will help detox the dog. Don't give any vegetables. Just alternate different types of raw meat and raw bone. And, fish, once a week.

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Posted by Janice (Coloma, Mi) on 09/14/2009

I was wondering if anyone knows if it would be o.k. to give my dog (107 lbs) baking soda and vinegar like I take. I was thinking maybe that would help with her yeast problem.

Replied by Mindy
Baton Rouge, La, Usa
I have been bathing my dog with baking soda and it stopped the smell, but I am going to try it with the Vinegar and see if that helps.... I had a friend tell me to bathe her with the baking soda and rinse her with the vinegar, but never did and I think she is giving it to my other dog now.... They both do the same thing all day long, bite their feet and scratch.

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Posted by Schnauzergal (Weatherford, Tx, Usa) on 05/02/2013

[YEA]  A lot of you have aske for "recipes" of apple cider vinegar mixtures for your dogs with canine yeast infections. I've searched all over the web and here are the ones I've found. I've been using the wipes and they seem to be working. My little gal's skin is returning to normal looking and the blackish skin and crust are going away. Today I used the ear solution and will report back in a few weeks to let you know the results. Meanwhile here are the recipes I've found: Vinegar Wipes for Canine Yeast Infections:

What you need: Apple Cider Vinegar (check ingredients for sugar; if sugar is present look at another brand) Clean pure (not tap water) water; 1 oblong Ziplock food storage container or plastic shoe box with lid; good quality paper towels (I use Bounty)

Solution: 1/4 cup ACV; 1 cup pure (not tap) water

Fold paper towels in half and place in the container pour ACV solution over towels and keep covered.

Wipe dog down 2 times a day with damp not soppy towel. Get between toes, all over dark skin areas, vaginal area (not inside). This should start to clean up the skin discoloration pretty quickly.

Vinegar Ear Wash for Yeast Infections in Canines

1 tablespoon of ACV; 1/4 cup pure water (not tap); small jar or container to put solution in; eye dropper

Mix solution, place in container and use dropper to put several drops of solution in each ear. Massage base of each ear after inserting solution. Wipe out with cotton ball NOT A COTTON. SWAB. Use a hair dryer on low heat at about 8 inches from dogs ear to dry up remaining moisture in dogs ear. You might also use the dryer after bathing your dog or after they go for a swim to dry up moisture inside ear. ALWAYS use LOW heat or cool setting for this otherwise you can burn the ear canal and ear.

Vinegar Rinse for Canines with Yeast Infections

2 cups ACV; 2 gal pure water (not tap); large pitcher or jug, pail or pot to hold mixture

Wash dog with anti-fungal shampoo and allow suds to stay on dog for about 15 minutes; Use a rubber brush to scrub dogs skin with shampoo. Rinse with clean water. Then pour ACV solution over your animal and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse off.

Salve for Canine Yeast Infections

2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil; 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil.

Mix and use on skin where animal cannot lick. Do Not Use Tea Tree Oil alone. It will burn the animals skin.

I am not a vet; I've only researched these "recipes" from the web in various places. I figure anything is worth a try to stop my gal from scratching herself crazy. Try them, if they work, great if not discontinue.

Replied by Georgina
Washougal, Wa
[WARNING!]   Just want to remind cat owners that tea tree oil is toxic to cats!

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Posted by Toni (Torrance, Ca.) on 02/09/2010

[YEA]  This stuff works my dog looked like a hairless cat until we started treatment 1cup water & 1cup apple cider vinegar bath twice a week and 2 tablespoon vinegar in a gallon of drinking water for drinking and raw meat hamburger, fish, chicken, shrimp and some cooked meat too.

he smelled so bad that went away after 2 baths. he had yeast in his ears so we dipped cotton balls in 1tbs water and 1tbs vinegar salouation and cleaned his ears squeez out most of the wetness when you do the ears dont let it drip into the ear with in a 2 week time his hair started growing back now he is fully recovered it took about 2 months for him to get back to his old self.

Thank you so much this saved me about $600.00 in vet bills

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

[YEA]  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

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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 Linda P (Ohio) on 08/23/2014

[YEA]  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:

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

[YEA]  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
[YEA]   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.

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