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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!

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
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.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt   26  2   

Posted by Jill (Womelsdorf, Pa) on 03/23/2013

[YEA]  YEA!!!! I am so glad I found your site. This has been the best info I have found about yeast infections in dogs. I have a 7 year old Parson Russell Terrier who has been showing all the signs of a yeast infection and getting worse ever day. I first thought he had gotten some kind of infection from the new groomer I took him to in November, because that was when I started seeing the redness and the "pimple like" bumps on his hind quarters. I started the plain yogurt yesterday and also started spraying the 50/50 mixture of ACV and water. Although he is still scratching and that might take some time, it is greatly reduced. On the real red inflamed areas I have used a small amount of Gold Bond medicated powder, this seems to help. I also changed his diet to Precise Holistic Complete. Thank you, for this solution, he's seems happier. The question I do have is he is a rough coat dog and I have been afraid to have him groomed and he is getting quite hairy. Should I wait till this has cleared up more or can I have him cut, we normally have him shaved down with his beard area just cut? Thank you.

Replied by Kelso
D, Ca
I believe that apple cider vinegar should not be used for yeast infections.. It should be white vinegar... Yeast needs three things to survive, sugar, heat and moisture... Apples have way too much sugar, check out the mercola website, great vet.
Replied by Jill
Womelsdor, Pa
Follow up on Charlie, my 7 yr old Parson Russell Terrier: It has been almost a week since I started the yogurt, twice a day and the ACV treatments. I am totally amazed, it is at least 90% cleared up. He's not scratching and the "ugly" stuff on his skin is almost gone. Changing his diet and watching what we feed him, I'm sure is helping. He is so happy, you can just see it in his face and the way he wants to play again. This is amazing. If anyone has any doubts about doing this, at least try it. It worked for Charlie.
Replied by Howard
Chatsworth, Ca
By the way Kelso D. Vinegar is a double fermentation process where the sugar is first distilled into alcohol and then the alcohol is distilled into vinegar. There is no sugar in vinegar and white vinegar goes through the same process beginning with sugar. Your friendly neighborhood nerdy friend.
Replied by Christina
I have a 6 year ild male neutured pitbull that I recently started him on the yogurt and ACV I was just wondering fi I spray him eith the 50/50 everyday it?
Replied by Debbiefudge
East Sussex, Uk
Hi, The most important thing with yeast issues, is to look at diet and the ingredients of what you are feeding. The best diet, is raw meat/raw bones.

  • Bath in an antifungal shampoo and as a final rinse, use half water/half white vinegar. Leave on to dry. You can also use the same mixture in a spray bottle, for any 'hot spots' And to clean out 'mucky ears'
  • Don't give tap water to drink, only bottled water.
  • Give turmeric with a little bit of black pepper and virgin coconut oil.
  • Give probiotic yogurt. Stay away from ACV because of the apples. (natural sugars).
  • Give garlic everyday.
  • Stay away from any chemicals. Such as 'flea drops'.
  • No treats or dog biscuits. Most, yeast issues are to do with diet. Commercial dog food is full of crap.
  • NO, booster vaccinations.
  • Stay away from cleaning products. I use, white vinegar for everything!!

Do lots of research.

Replied by Oscar
Isn't garlic bad for dogs??
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Oscar!

Yes and no.

Garlic is toxic to dogs in large amounts. If you sat your dog down and fed it 56 raw cloves of garlic, it would likely kill your dog.

If you fed your dog 1 clove your dog would likely be OK - and gain from the medicinal benefits of garlic.

There is no one blanket answer here- some are strongly opposed to feeding garlic to their dogs and some cannot count the number of benefits they find in feeding garlic to their dogs.

So go with your gut: if you find the idea unfathomable, don't feed garlic to your dog.

Replied by Eadie
Zebulon, Nc
My Springer Dodge has battled yeasty skin for two years. After trying everything, we decided it was time to get him allergy tested. He was scratching himself raw, even while on antihistamines. Thing is, to allergy test one must remove every possible allergen from the environment and feed a prescription diet. We tried grain free and low sugar diets. Vet explained we needed to feed Dodge something he has never eaten before, EVER!

I wanted Royal Canine Kangaroo and potatoes, but had to go with rabbit and potatoes/grain free. Cannot feed anything manufactured on the same equipment as other foods. We also have to put the bag of RC in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any possible mites picked up along the way and we had to buy an air tight container to dump the food into to prevent any other bugs from getting in that may have been in the other bags of food. Then we had to have a heartworm, flea prevention tablet specially made at a pharmacy.

Turned out a year supply is only $10 more than a 6 month supply of a product we are all familiar with and you still have to buy flea prevention. Vet explained for some reason it is very rare for a dog to be allergic to peanut butter, so the heart shaped tabs are made with peanut butter. Next, I have to keep him clipped close. Moisture is trapped on the skin because of the Springer's undercoat. I bought my own clippers and have become a pro at clipping our boys! Using an antifungal shampoo (over the counter is cheaper and uses same ingredients as vet purchased) and rinsing with ACV and water (50/50) is important.

We've had an unexpected medical emergency and our income has been reduced by 2/3 of what our budget was built around, so we cannot afford the $300 allergy testing to determine exactly what it is he is allergic too. If it is fescue grasses I'm afraid all we can do is keep Dodge in a bubble! My vet approves a prescription diet request every 6 wks from and we have a 25 pound bag delivered right to the house.

We also order our Sam a low calorie diet and our foster, Tyger, gets grain free Taste of the Wild, Pacific Stream. We also get a 20 pound bag of catfood delivered less frequently. The cost of each of the three dog foods are significantly less at Chewy and they are delivered for free. While Dodge still has spells. We suspect it's because our cats keep shoving dry food onto the floor (we feed them on a bar counter top) and we don't catch it on time.

The strict diet, keeping his coat clipped short, once a week baths with antifungal shampoo, ACV rinses, and removing his collar to avoid moisture behind it from doggie slobber while playing, has made a huge improvement! Granted, he still smells like a frito and he still has bad flares, but overall I'd say we've done all we can for Dodge. Until our finances improve and we can have him allergy tested to "maybe" pinpoint what the allergy is, we have done everything within our means to clear him up. He's a very happy boy, so it can't be all bad! Unfortunately our vet broke the news that even allergy testing may not help, but at least we know we've done all we can. I hope this information helps you decide if you should keep your furkid clipped close as long as he's battling yeasty skin. Sorry this is so lengthy, but I felt like our two year experience with yeasty skin was worth sharing. Hope it helps someone along the way!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Eadie!

You surely have been on quite the journey with Dodge! Kudos for staying the course!

I think you are doing just about all you can, however you might consider trying borax in the water to combat the yeast from the inside out.

Read up on using borax for yeast on EC:

Good luck!

Replied by Jen
Sc, US
My German shepherd has a yeast infection in both ears and hot spots. I know she is allergic to food with any chicken byproduct so I've managed that and before taking her to the vet, would like to try a safe home remedy for her ears. I saw on your discussion that ACV and yogurt seems to work the best. I know this sounds stupid, but I've never had a dog with these issues... With the ACV, do I use is as a rinse and wipe her ears out with it? If so, how often? And how much and how frequently do I give her the yogurt? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, can I use the ACV mixed with water to spray her spots after bathing her? Thank you
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Jen!

You can use the ACV as a rinse to flush the ears, and you can add it to your dog's food or water as well.

For the ears I find the high quality ACV is not needed and I use white vinegar. I dilute 1 part each water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol; this helps break down waxy secretions and flush them out of the ears. Flush as often as needed - twice a day or every other day as you find needed.

If the ears are red from scratching then you might consider 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water OR 1/2 cup borax powder dissolved in 1 quart water - and if they are really sore and raw then I would start with garlic infused olive oil for the first few days until the ears heal up.

If you are dealing with systemic yeast you might consider Ted's borax protocol for pets [borax in water taken internally].

You can dilute the ACV to spray on hot spots 1:10 as above. And if you are using the ACV after bathing, first rinse the entire dog in the ACV solution and then 'touch up' the hot spots afterwards.

You might also consider alkalizing with baking soda in the water - this often helps my pack when the allergy season arrives and they get itchy with hives.

As for the yogurt, you might cut to the chase and dose probiotic capsules from the health food store; this provides a more concentrated form of the probiotics without the potential of stomach upset from the dairy. I dose probiotic supplements am and pm, frequently rotating brands and strains and when all is well I hold off for a bit.

Replied by Jen
My German shepherd has a yeast infection in both ears and hot spots. I know she is allergic to food with any chicken byproduct so I've managed that and before taking her to the vet, would like to try a safe home remedy for her ears. I saw on your discussion that ACV and yogurt seems to work the best. I know this sounds stupid, but I've never had a dog with these issues... With the ACV, do I use is as a rinse and wipe her ears out with it? If so, how often? And how much and how frequently do I give her the yogurt? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, can I use the ACV mixed with water to spray her spots after bathing her? Thank you
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Wed, 18 Feb 15 16:20:05 -0500

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/18/2015

Hey Jen!

You can use the ACV as a rinse to flush the ears, and you can add it to your dog's food or water as well.

For the ears I find the high quality ACV is not needed and I use white vinegar. I dilute 1 part each water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol; this helps break down waxy secretions and flush them out of the ears. Flush as often as needed - twice a day or every other day as you find needed.

If the ears are red from scratching then you might consider 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water OR 1/2 cup borax powder dissolved in 1 quart water - and if they are really sore and raw then I would start with garlic infused olive oil for the first few days until the ears heal up.

If you are dealing with systemic yeast you might consider Ted's borax protocol for pets [borax in water taken internally].

You can dilute the ACV to spray on hot spots 1:10 as above. And if you are using the ACV after bathing, first rinse the entire dog in the ACV solution and then 'touch up' the hot spots afterwards.

You might also consider alkalizing with baking soda in the water - this often helps my pack when the allergy season arrives and they get itchy with hives.

As for the yogurt, you might cut to the chase and dose probiotic capsules from the health food store; this provides a more concentrated form of the probiotics without the potential of stomach upset from the dairy. I dose probiotic supplements am and pm, frequently rotating brands and strains and when all is well I hold off for a bit.

Posted by Pam (Wakefield, Ri) on 07/18/2011

My dog Prissy is 10 yrs old weighs 16lbs. Every infection she has had over the years was a yeast infection. Usually twice a year on prednisone. She has an infection that started as a small sore on her snout by the end of the week it was raw and she was shaking her head profusly. Back to the vet. She said it looks like a bacterial infection. Gave her a shot of antibiotics since I did not know if I could open her mouth without hurting her. Vet said if she is not better in 10 days it is probably cancer. I found your site while searching the web for any thread of help. Please tell me how to use the vinegar and if anything can be put on her snout since she licks it. Also how much yogurt. My family uses the briggs organic ACV for many benefits.

Thank you please respond ASAP to help save Prissy.

Replied by Caren
Woodland Hills, Ca
I need to know how much yogurt and apple cider vinegar you used to help your dog. Our dog is 9 years old and it is spreading all over his stomach. Please get back to me asap.

Thank you.

Replied by Lynne216
Ventura, Ca/usa
[YEA]   My 16 lb. , 6 year old Shih Tzu has always had yeast infections under her eyes. I put 1/4 teas. Angels Eyes in her food daily which keeps the tear stains away but not the smell. In the last six months she has been scratching, biting, licking her hind legs, lower stomach and sides of her anus. Per vet I give her 1/2 Bynedril and that helps temporarily. It was only when I noticed that the areas that were itching smelled like the yeast infection under her eyes that I began researching it on the internet. I changed her food to Purina Pro Plan for sensitive skin when I read that foods containing beets caused red yeast in some dogs (and the Kirkland dry food I was giving her did). That alone really cleared up her eyes. But, when I found this site and began giving her yogurt she quit scratching within 3 days. I am so thankful. I give her 1/2 cup of yogurt each morning and 1/2 cup dry dog food at night. I haven't needed to try the vinegar as yet. What did we do before the Internet?
Replied by Marie
New York, Us-ny
The Foundation to your Pet's Health begins with Diet & Nutrition , If you want to Practice Preventive Health Never feed Dried (Kibbled) Pet Foods. Dog's like Cat;s are Carnivorers and their body's where designed to eat Protein.. Dried Pet Foods where created out of Convience for People but not a qulity source of Nutrition for Dog's.. Dog's need 70% moisture in their diet's to prevent Kidney damage and dried food contain 10% of moisture, so your dog's body remains in a state of contant dydration... Dried foods are contain fillers, artificial addivtives, dyes and made with Plant Materials so be pro-active and feed your Pets what their body's need to be healthy and happy PROTEIN!!!
Replied by Craynon
Thomaston, Ga
You are so right about dry dog food. I cook chicken to add to my dry dog food. The yogurt and apple cider vinegar are helping my poor baby with this awful yeast infection. It is a constant battle to keep him healthy. Since I switched to Blue Freedom dog food, He is finally showing signs of healing. Yogurt, 1 tbs., morning and night with apple cider on cotton balls to heal red areas on his little body. We are seeing a good outcome with this regimine. Good luck to anybody with this problem, as it is a tuffy!

Posted by Bluize2k (Salem, Nh, Usa) on 07/01/2011

I am so frustrated and saddened for my 17 yr. Old Shih-Tzu, Munchkin, who was a healthy and happy girl until approx two years ago when she developed what our vet has diagnosed as a yeast infection caused by an allergen. Munchkin's belly, between her hind legs, ears, etc., turns grayish, the skin becomes moist and swells from her licking and biting and has an unpleasant odor.

I believe the yeast has also contributed to her ongoing eye problems. I've tried the steroids, antibiotics, eye/ear drops etc. , and these so-called "remedies" only treat the symptoms but sadly do not cure the infection. After reading similar Shih-Tzu and Lhasa Apso stories, I've decided to try the ACV/yogurt treatment on Munchkin. It makes complete sense that the good bacteria contained in yogurt counteracts w/ the bad bacteria causing yeast, and the ACV helps to dry up the skin and treat the itching. Suggestions from other Shih-Tzu or Lhasa Apso "parents" is welcomed and appreciated.

Replied by Lisa
Billerica, Ma
[YEA]   I have to write and respond to this webpage/line of threads. I have a 5 yr old bulldog that we recently acquired. He came to us with a yeast infection in the fold above his nose and in the fold over his tail. I wash his face and butt every day but couldn't believe how dirty his folds would get every washing especially since he eats dry food. I ended up taking him to the vet for another little sore on his paw and asked the vet why he would get so dirty in his folds every day. I was then told it was a yeast infection. Who knew??? He was put on antibiotics which did clear up the infection only to have him break out with hot spots two days after the antibiotics were gone.

Another trip to the vet for more meds. The hot spots are almost gone but his skin is very red still. While I was washing his face again last Thursday I see the brown greasy yeast infection is back. UGH pissed. So I searched the web and found this sight, after alot of reading and searching other sites I decided to try the ACV and yoguart. 2 DAYS!!! Its gone... I can't believe it. I know I caught it early this time but still I an thrilled with the results of the yogurt and vinegar treatment. I also changed his food to a no grain "taste of the wild" I would rather spend the money on his food than at the vet.


Replied by Dave
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Hey Lisa, you sound just like me, I was willing to try anything to help my poor dog! We have to keep Cooper on a Low Carb diet; the food you are trying is great. But if you need more help please check out They have a list of foods they recommend. It has taken about 4 months for Cooper to get better; and they said he would get worse before he got better; boy were they right! Take Care, and GOOD LUCK! Dave
Replied by Fiona0129
Jacksonville, Fl
I have a mix lapso apso and terrier - got her from the humane society - she has red bumps all over - the vet said a skin infection - it is only about 2 weeks in progression - I am reading this thread - because I know yogurt works for humans - does it work if ingested by pets as wel? I will keep reading but any input and advice is GREATLY appreciated - she has been eating Purina ONE for puppies
Replied by Corinne
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
love the info, but how about helping with how much Apple Cider Vinegar and/or yogurt, and how given?? thanks so much!! Pepper, 11 y/o yeasty pittie
Replied by Cat
Bowie, Md
Just like others, I would like to know the amount of yogurt and ACV being put in food? I have an 8 lb yorkshire terrier, Flora. She suffers from ongoing ear issues with the scratching, head shaking, whining, etc. Some days are worse than others, and the ear wash and solution I have been using are not helping. The one time I had the vet prescribe antibiotics and wash, it cost me a mint, and the condition improved, but returned. Can't afford to pay her the monthly cost required! Please advise about amounts to add to food. THANKS!

Posted by Steph Hull (Hull, Uk) on 06/19/2011

[NAY]  I recently tried the ACV and yogurt.... 2 weeks later my dog died from bloat :'( must have been the change in diet, if I had known I would have kept her skin and ears as they were... I loved her so much, the pain is unreal :( so my advice is dont try this it may happen to your dog.... Love them as they are like I did :(

Replied by Angelica427
Charlotte, Nc
I adopted a agressive/defensive dog 6 months ago, and his odor at first simply took my breath away (And I'm not that sensitive to odors).
He'a a (predominantly) Bearded Collie and he was overweight, his breathing was labored and rapid (based on other dogs I was privileged to live with prior to adopting Domino) Trip to vet said yeast infection in ears and skin (ears were very inflamed, swollen)and gave him steriods and Otomax. This was apparently an ongoing problem for him (I knew the previous owner). I tried a home made diet with lots of veggies (he loved it, did well) but finally gave it up --so time consuming (I'm a caregiver so I already cook 6 separate meals a day.. Lol.. Ouch).
Then I tried Canidae Grain-free (seemed logical, yeast, grains, potato, etc all encourage yeast growth). He did a better, but still had outbreaks, odor, and a little itching, and ear infection again.
Tried vet-recommended Sebolux medicated shampoo, and odor persisted, he even seemed reactive to the medication in the shampoo, it appeared.
FINALLY I remembered N-O-Dor pet shampoo I used years ago on a beloved elderly husky who was quite "whiffy" sometimes. This shampoo is made in South Carolina, actually for hunters to eliminate all odors so as not to spook their prey (Yeah, I know... Ouch again) but the pet shampoo is adjusted for proper ph for dogs, they said.
THAT seems to work much better than any other shampoo, medicated or otherwise. It is said to remove dirt, debris, scales, excess oil, dandruff and leave coat chemical, residue and odor free. I had had experience with odor with a previous pet, a husky --it did a great job getting rid of that doggie smell. It's distributed by Atako online, I discovered, after much googling. It's also supposed to kill and may even repel fleas. It's June in NC and I haven't used the flea med I bought for the dog yet. Haven't seen one. But I'm keeping it just in case ;)
Anyway, Domino smells MUCH better for longer, his coat and skin are not scaley and the bumps just disappear after a bath.
AFTER I SWITCHED to this shampoo and to Taste of the Wild Grain Free -- Canidae was too much protein for an 8-year-old and a bigger strain on my budget, I found--the scabby skin problems were 99% gone. I recently --thoughtlessly--gave him some cherry pie and ice cream... MISTAKE! Within a couple of days his ears were red and he was shaking his head regularly. SOO, I'm going to try and be a better friend to him and nix the chps, the sugar and the dairy. (My bad). I'll return to Otomax until I get the Zymox I ordered from Pet Meds, available without prescription, that the sales rep says WILL eliminate the ear infection and to maintain good balance in the ear to use their (own brand) ear cleaner every other week after the infection is gotten under control. It seems the yeast causes excessive ear wax and somehow it all results in infection and inflammation.

Good luck to everyone, hope this helps some. It's sad to see your pet suffering and not be able to "Fix" it, I know.
I'm going to try hard to resist the temptation to "share" potato chips, Doritos, ice cream or dairy products, crackers, ANYTHING with sugar, grain or dairy in it (besides yogurt)because all those snacks encourage yeast growth and may defeat my purpose in establishing a "yeast UN-friendly" diet for him. :)After a little research in what is really in commercial dog foods (many of them) I hope I can afford never to go back to them again. With the xpensive dog foods you only have to feed them about a third as much. No fillers. SO they actually wind up costing only a little bit more.
BUt Domino looked at me in the beginning like, "That's ALL I get??" lol. But he adjusted and I started adding French green beans (steamed) for low-calorie volume and he's lost a bit of weight, I think! He's a lot less aggressive since I changed his diet and his ear problem flares up a lot less frequently. I'm going to do the "1800petmeds" ear cleaner regimen and see how that works. It sounds easy enough (thank God).

Replied by Lisa
Norwalk, Ct
Just to let all of you know I was recently told by my pet store that taste of the wild has been bought out by whom I do not remember but they are starting to cheapen the products that they use... Which means fillers... ? I was told to start using evangers as they have been around for a long time and vow not to do the same! Just wanted to share if anyone started to see problems occuring!
Replied by Pepper
San Francisco, Ca
Really appreciative re all of your posts about yeast infections. I am interested in non-invasive remedies, such as an oral remedy like apple cider vinegar and yogurt. Need to know dosage per dog's weight.

thanks so much!

pepper's person

Replied by Fiona0129
Jacksonville, Fl, Us
Hi Pepper - did you ever get a response to this? I am asking the same questions - and I kind of got lost trying to read through this thread.
Replied by Yvonne
Cairns Qld, Australia
I add tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to each fresh bowl of drinking water for the dog and do not use yogurt.

I also use olive oil approx one full tablespoon and add three drops of tea tree oil to the olive oil and then squirt it into the ear canal of German Shepherd dog

It clears up tropical ear infections where the antibiotic mix administered by a vet did not work.

Maintain healthy canine ears with weekly olive oil and tea tree oil cause tea tree oil is both antibacterial and antifungal.

Replied by Joy
Sweetwater, Tn
My 14 year old chocolate Lab had severe yeast infection and the smell was horrible. I was blessed to have known a lady that diagnosed the problem as Java had lots of bald spots all over her body. I started cooking her food..... Turkey breast/thighs, brown rice, and green beans. She gets a probiotic, coconut oil, yogurt, and a raw egg with the morning feeding. She has all her hair, seldoms has any order, and this year we have not had one flea! I do not use chemical flea products either! I googled a yeast free diet online and came up with this menu. You do need to add vitamins to the diet after about 6 weeks or so on the diet. Hope this helps!

Posted by Wynnie (Pineville, North Carolina) on 06/11/2011

[YEA]  Ok, so some feedback... I am having some success with AppleCider Vinegar (ACV) in alleviating some symptoms of systemic yeast infection in my two dogs. Two Staffordshire Terriers, about 79pounds in weight each. A Father/Son duo. The father has had what I now know to be yeast infection symptoms for YEARS... Lethargy(we thought he was "laid back"), swollen&red penis sheath with a mucous-ish dishcharge (we thought it was food allergy and tried many many foods), some ear scratching (thought it was mites), and Seizures! (We thought his brain was a little "short-circuited" or defective or epilectic). We also thought the seizures were the result of a sensitivity to chemicals, ie: yard pesticides, flea shampoos etc.

It was the incessant (recent now that hot humid Southern USA Summer is here) foot licking and then the brown waxy substance at the base of several of his nails that started my search for an answer - he had licked one pad absolutely raw - almost oozing blood. A friend and knowledgable dog person suggested it might be a yeast infection. I had no idea a dog could get a yeast infection. I found this EarthClinic site and was spellbound reading the posts.

It's been two weeks of ACV treatment and here's what I've done... One Tablespoon of ACV per dog, per day. They don't care much for it and I have to keep switching how I "trick" them into ingesting it. I've used the pill-pocket type of thing commercially available, but it doesn't hold much and the vinegar makes them go "gummy" very very quickly. I tried it in their food, but they'd turn their noses up at it and I had to stand my ground and not feed them anything else until they gave up and were hungry enough to eat it anyway (maybe a 12 hour standoff). My current, successful, "trick" is to measure out the tablespoon of ACV and slowly pour it along one half of a hotdog roll. I break each half of roll into quarters, make them Sit and their other limited tricks and give the piece as a "treat". The older dog loves bread of any kind and just gobbles it down; the younger dog is catching on that it's vinegar and turns his nose up at it until he sees his father/buddy eating the same thing - he can't stand to be left out of anything and then deigns to eat each piece. I've successfully used a soaked pretzel rod to the same end. I have begun giving them this soaked piece just after they have eaten half the normal amount of their regular food so that the full strength vinegar isn't upsetting to their stomach. They seem happier with this timing. And, by soaking each piece of bread I know that each dog got their dose of ACV for the day.

The greek yogurt... My dogs don't particularly like it. I am sticking with it because it has multiple kinds of the "good bacteria" a digestive system needs. I am, again, "tricking" them into ingesting it... I put about 2 tablespoons on top of their dry food, keeping it in a little heap - don't spread it out - , then pour over that some wet food w gravy that I know they love to eat. They eat the yogurt in the process of eating the wet food that they love. I no longer Stir the yogurt into the food (thinking that mixing it would make it more palatable) as my two dogs will turn their nose up at it and refuse to eat it at all, even when I wait 12-18 hours for them to "give in" and eat it anyway. I feed a very high quality dog food and can't afford to waste it like that. Initially I was giving each dog one-third of a cup per day for the first week. I have since backed off to the heaping tablespoon per dog per day.

Diluted vinegar in the ears: Well, I tried the 1/3 ACV to 2/3 water once in the younger dog's itchiest ear. He was so blatantly miserable and in pain that I apologized profusely as I grabbed a handlfull of cottonballs soaked them in water and flushed the vinegar out. He forgave me, but wanted to hide when he saw a cottonball and smelled the vinegar. So, I diluted the mix down to maybe 1/8 ACV and 7/8 water.(1/8 cup vinegar to 7/8 cup water). I put the mix in it's own spray bottle so it was ready to use anytime. I then thought it's be easy just to spray the mix onto their paws and/or ears. Ha - silly me. My dogs are afraid of the spraying sound and, after almost dislocating my shoulder holding them to me as I sprayed their feet, I caught on and changed tactics. I now soak a palmful of cottonballs with the spray bottle solution and then walk calmly into the room they are lounging in and very gently swab between their toes, around the base of each nail and then another clean cottonball to gently wipe the inside/underside of their ear flaps. They no longer have the discharge at the nail bases and they don't run when they see me with a cottonball!

OverTheCounter Yeast Infection ointment: I bought the version with a tube of ointment with 7 applicator tubes. You screw the applicator onto the tube and squeeze in a small amount of ointment (maybe the size of three green peas, or the size of a mini marshmallow). The applicator is smooth and sterile and slips easily into the penis sheath with no "wrestling" of the dog to comply. Press the plunger and the ointment is deposited. I used one small dose each day for 5 days.

Results so far: The older dog stopped chewing at his feet in just a few days and hasn't licked any raw spots at all, seldom licks at all now (two weeks in). His penis sheath is less than half as swollen as it was and the mucous-ish discharge has stopped. It is not longer an angry-hot red at the opening. He is not dragging his rectum on the carpet as if it itched. He had one seizure on the third day of treatment, but it was smaller and less intense than any other ever and he recovered very quickly as well. He is not itching at his ears with vigor, just the occasional, more typical, doggy itchy-scratchy of an ear. His eyes are not as red at the rims/base of eyelashes as they were and he seems to be "feeling better" and has more energy and actually plays with toys now instead of just having his head down and looking up at you with very sad eyes as if to say I Don't Feel Good.

The younger dog doesn't lick his feet anymore and the nailbed discharge/brown waxy substance is almost all gone.

And all this from a half gallon of apple cider vinegar and two large containers of greek yogurt. I think we are on to something here and it is a very pleasant surprise. I feel terrible that the older dog was in such apparent misery (Ladies - if you've had a yeast infection you KNOW what I mean! ) for so long. But, he's acting half his 9 yr age and I couldn't be more thrilled.

Moral of the story: Give it a try, the ACV and the greek yogurt(plain, no flavor), be realistic and stick to it. I didn't see any concrete proof of it working until mid way into the second week. When his discharge symptoms abate further I will lower the vinegar to half a tablespoon and the yogurt to every other day and keep it up as Preventative Maintenance.

Replied by Gail
Selden, New York, United States
I have tried everything... Holistic remedies, steriods, antibiotics enzymes, presciption shampoos, I even tried Dawn dish soap that helped a little.. I have even tried the ACV diluted, didnt seem to do much.. Was your dogs skin black and the paws swollen...

I take the dog back to the vet very 4-5 weeks, , and I always get that the allergies are bad... he sent me to a holistic guy that helped for awhile but then stopped working and boy that was expensive...

Replied by Hope For Dogs
Covington Ky
[YEA]   I heard that a animal shelter for unwanted dogs was feeding the dogs canned Cat food and it worked to get rid of yeast infection in the dogs. The dogs fur is shinny and no bad odor.. there was a difference in two weeks. Also I do believe that putting flea meds on the dogs skin changed the dogs chemistry and this is what caused all these dogs yeast infection. I am going to try this on my two dogs as well.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Hope!

Please let us know the results of your feeding trial!


Posted by Joe (North Olmsted, Oh) on 04/18/2011

My Black Lab mix is constantly getting a yeast infection in both ears. Go to the vet, get medication, clears up, comes back again. I heard about using ACV in the dog's ears and feeding him yogurt but don't want to cause more damage to his ears. What is the recommended way to treat his ears with the ACV? Is there any particular brand of ACV to use? How much plain yogurt should I give him(about 50 lbs)? Is there any particular ingredient I should look for? I just cannot afford the vet bills and need to come up with a better solution.

Replied by Stephanie1990
Hull, Uk
hi, I recently found this site so I am trying out things which everyone has mentioned. I have a westie Girl who has a severe skin problem (fur on her head and a strip on her back, she has smelly ears and some days her eyes can be bad but other days they're fine. She did have sore paws but that problem seems to have been cured! ). I have had countless visits to the vet and nothing has worked! I'm currently feeding her vegetables with sardines in sunflower oil with added ACV. I bath her every day (or every other day) with Exma rid. Today for the first time I used ACV in her ears and sprayed her skin (50/50) she wasn't best pleased and it really made her itch but I guess it takes some getting used to? I'm also going to give the yoghurt a try tonight. I'm also giving her one a day allergy tablets (the tablets worked for someone I know) any other tips??? is there anything I'm doing wrong? if so, could someone please help me :( **PLEASE NOTE TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY I'M TRYING THIS** please help! :(
Replied by Deanya
Manchester, Uk
my dog was the same with his skin and paws bath him in hibi scrub it will sort it out its great do it once a week and u will have a happy dogs again x
Replied by Dave
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Stephanie, I also have a Westie with terrible skin; please try the nzymes; it has helped. My Cooper has healed everywhere except his back legs; which he chews constantly. Research says I should feed him no grains or potatoes; which I have found. I have 2 other dogs, so I can't do the raw meat and eggs diet. I'm still trying to find the miracle cure! GOOD LUCK!

Posted by Tara (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/26/2011

[YEA]  I stumbled upon this website a few weeks ago... And thank god! My one year old English Bulldog was suffering from a terrible yeast infection on his back and sides. He had lost the majority of his hair and looked horrible. After reading some of the comments I decided to just give it a try before taking him to the vet.

It has been a week and a half and the improvement is enormous. His skin is 95% better. The hair has started growing back and the itching is all but gone. I'm assuming that he'll be perfect again (mommy eyes) in another week. I am so grateful that I found this thread. I give him a tablespoon of plain yogurt once in the morning and once at night. Spray him with the 50/50 solution of ACV/water in the morning and sometimes brush him with it at night. Please attempt this if you're dog is suffering from a yeast infection. It has saved me untold $$$ at the vet and I couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you all!!!

Replied by Julie
Apache Junction, Az
Sounds like my story exactly! Struggled with all sorts of things before finding this site. I did everything that you have done except that I give her assidopholis on her food in the morning. I also have switched her shampoo to a medicated shampoo named Sebolux twice a week. She is a new dog! Thanks to all of you!
Replied by Vegasgirl11
Las Vegas, Nevada
My dog keeps itching her ear and it smells like something nasty, what should I do? Do I use a special cream?
Replied by Mike
Laurel, Ny
To treat my Golden'n yeast ear infection, I'm using a 50% ACV solution. I also want to give him yogurt. He is 110 lbs and on a diet. How much yogurt should I be giving him a day?
Replied by Hailey
Northridge, California
number 1, take them off their diet and get them on grounded up raw meat and bones or you can just throw them the raw meat intact or have the butcher hack it up. add about a half cup of cultured veggies from wholefoods with no onion of course and or seaweed salad. add a couple drops of grapefruit seed extract. add probiotics and or raw kefir. spray or soak their body in raw apple cider vinager with 30 plus drops of grapefruit seed extract. do not get in eyes. yeast be gone forever. happy you and dog and don't be stupid and give them any treats or food with carbs else your back on the yeast train.
Replied by Hailey
Northridge, California
forgot to add dilute the spray solution about 50 % Apple Cider Vinegar to 50 water and about 10 plus drops in about a cup of water. do not know if grapefruit seed extract is ok for ears so google it but it needs major diluting else it will burn. I add 3 drops to the food. oh yah be sure to add the best yeast killer and will help them from starving is coconut oil and or even raw egg yolks.
Replied by Ang
Port Elgin, On Canada
Just want to add to my last post, that antibiotics feed yeast. So it goes like this... You go to the vet he gives you antibiotics for the skin infection it clears up for a little while the it comes back worse . You just keep repeating like I did. Please read these sites I recommended. First.. The Great dane lady re yeast infections and Dr Dodds yeast and thyroid. Remember yeast is a fungus, so it won't show up in a blood test for infections. Also if they scrape your dog skin for yeast, 90 percent of the time it gives a false negative.

The thyroid is the primary problem, it leads to the amuine system to break down, the yeast gets out of control and cases the skin to break down because the skin is the biggest filter in the body .

My dogs thyroid read as low normal and through Dr Dodds recomendation I insisted they put her on thyroid med. and within 2 weeks her skin was better.

Replied by Abbigale
Annapolis, Maryland,usa
Would someone please tell me the "recipe" for using either white or apple cider vinegar with yogurt to combat a yeast infection in my boxer dogs' ears?
Replied by Dawnybabe
Calgary, Canada
I have same problem with my Boxer... He got yeast infection and Vet put him on some liquid stuff to put in his ears for 7 days. I have _____s ACV and would like to use it over the prescribed stuff from the vet.

Also my Boxers hair around his ears is thinning bad and under his belly... If I am to mix 50/50 ACV with water do I just let it soak in or do I rinse it off after spraying it on him?? I want his hair to grow back on his ears it looks bad.... We dont want to spend anymore money at the vet.. it adds up $$ fast

Please Help with any suggestions...

Posted by Rhonda (Harriman, Tn.) on 04/13/2010

[YEA]  We tried taking our Dog to the veterinarians for the last five years. She had a severe yeast infection in both ears. She has been to so many different Veterinarians over the last few years no one helped her. Nothing they "suggested" worked. We have spent a small fortune to try to help her. We read here about ACV and Plain Yogurt. We have now been giving it to her for 5 months. We have used the ACV in both ears and after all these years the infection is gone. We have been putting the ACV in her bathwater and spraying it in her drinking water and on her food. No medicine worked the ACV did the job. We also give her yogurt every other night. You can see the change in her whole behavior. She wags her tail now. She had stopped doing that a year ago.

Replied by Chris
Newton, Ma
Replied by Hayley
Sydney, Nsw, Australia
Thanks everyone, great advice! I was about to take my english staffy to the vet for about the 5th time in 3 years for similar symptons, just constantly licking, scratching and red all over. The gave me macrolene on both occasions which I refuse to give to her, it completely changes her personality, temper and last time she even got out and went off on her own and I nearly lost her, she would NEVER normally do that! I am about to start these treatments tonight and will definitely let you know how I go. Thanks to you all for your input!
Replied by Melissa
Pensacola, Florida
My Roti-Lab mix has had skin issues for a while now. I use the Mal-A-Ket or Virbac shampoo. It has Ketoconazole and Chlorhexadine. I get mine off of ebay. No vet visit reqired. I have used epsom salt in her bath water for the sores on her front legs where she has rubbed her eyes. Terramycin antibiotic for eyes can be purchased on ebay for about $3-$5 per tube (instead of $15-$25 at vet). We use Rachel Ray Just 6 dog food. Also, Vetermycin wound spray from Tractor Supply helps neutralize yeast smell.
Replied by Debbie
I have a 8 yr old American bull dog he first got a runny eye vet said it was eye infection $250 an then he started crying when he would get up we thought it was his leg r something but we went back to vet ear infection $220 more then a recheck still has it$50 has to go back in two weeks his eye is runny again chewing on paws so I went got yogurt today I'm starting him on the Acv and water. He has awful smell stinks up whole house he never smelled like that before. Does anyone kniw how to get rid of his odor after his yeast is gone maybe smell better? Thanks for all ur tips I sure hope this works
Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
Dear Debbie, Hopefully clearing up his yeast will get rid of the odor. One thing you can try for all of the problems you metion is activated charcoal. You can get the powder at a health food store. I use it for my children and pets and farm animals and it is very safe and effective and inexpensive. You can mix 1 t. In his food (careful, it stains) This will help with odor, even now. I would do this once or twice a day. If he seems constipated, give less. You can take 1 t. Of the charcoal powder and mix it in 1/2 cup of water. Shake it up and then strain the powder out through a coffee filter. The filtered charcoal water can be used as eye drops and ear drops. A drop or two in the eyes and/or ears twice a day. I wouldn't have believed it, but it has cleared up all kinds of problems for my family and animals. I hope you dog is better soon!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
Just a suggestion to all posters:

Please write out the complete word for teaspoon and Tablespoon. Many people reading this site don't know the difference between "t" and "T", and might use a tablepoon of something instead of just a teaspoon.

Good health to all!

Replied by Andrea C
My Dog had these symptoms and smelled awful, it was his scent glands in need of emptying, and chewing of the paw's is typical and may indicate an uderlayng infection. The Vet said it was Constipation, I checked him myself in the end as I knew he wouldn't be in that state from Constipation. The Vet deducted this by his back passage having a blockage, and gave him stool softener and laxatives. I put on rubber gloves, put lubracating gel on his anus and on the index finger of the glove, and with my finger nail facing down toward's the floor, gently manovered my finger in to his back passage. About half an inch in, I could feel a blockage, as I pushed it in slightly futher, this awful discoloured rotten smelling fluid squirted out, his glands were blocked, and infected. Dogs should have their scent glands checked especially if they have the same symptom's as you describe, and dragging their butt along the floor is another one as well, but people assume its worm's. My Dog was chewing his paw's some thing terrible!! Butt dragging, stinky, I had to get something off another vet to clear the infection A.S.A.P as my Dog's infection was bad, thanks to the dopey vet that wouldn't listen to me. I then emptied them myself every time that familliar smell started. In the wild, Dogs rub their butt against trees to do it themselves, but because Man has interfered with cross breeding Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, Brother/Sister, to create 'A Pedigree' dogs cannot do what God intended for themselves any more in a lot of cases. I never had Pedigree Dog as its Man's vanity making Animal's suffer like this, and while people are willing to buy them, the suffering will continue. And never dock a Dog's tail, it's cruel and needless, its their first form of defence against being attacked by another Dog, and a warning to Humans whether a Dog is friendly or going to attack a Human, or any other Animal for that matter. Its also the first thing that show's their emotional state, or first sign of illness. Love Andrea C xxxxxxxxx
Replied by Jazmyn
Brampton Ontario
Hello, my fiance and I adopted a valley bulldog and she has a severe ear infection and we want to try the ACV method. Was your dog's ears canal swollen shut? Ours is and I'm wondering if it will still help it.
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Jazmyn!

If this were my dog with a severe ear infection and ear canal swollen shut I would take it to the vet for a proper diagnosis and meds. ACV is great for not-severe infections and open ear canals, but in a severe case I would see the vet for an antibiotic/antifungal/anti-yeast, an anti-inflamatory and a pain killer.

Sure, in a desperate situation with no money I would do the ACV route in a heartbeat, but keep in mind this is a very painful condition for your dog and worse case scenario could lose hearing in that ear.

Once you get on top of the infection and the swelling goes down enough to allow the ACV solution to penetrate the canal enough to flush it, then I would use it twice a day that or Ted's Anti-fungal/anti-staph remedy in conjunction with Ted's borax protocol for dogs. But for a severe infection with swollen ear canal my first choice would be the vet.

Keep in mind with an ear infection you may also be seeing just the tip of the iceberg, ie you may be dealing with a systemic yeast so Ted's borax protocol may well apply for your Valley Bulldog.

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