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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Aug 30, 2015


Coconut Oil   2  0   

Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx) on 11/03/2012

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

Posted by Nicky (Saint Charles, Il) on 05/07/2012

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

Replied by Aileen
Northern Ireland
05/24/2013
I was wondering if anyone could recommend one or two good brands of pure unsweetened coconut oil? When I googled it there were so many. I'm finally on the road to recovery thanks to this website. My poor dog has been suffering for almost a year now with horrible yeast in her ears and paws. Many thanks!
Replied by Deb
Pittsburgh, Pa
06/03/2013
Hi Aileen, Nutiva and Tropical Traditions are both good ones. Nutiva is cheaper - usually with free shipping - but if you can find a sale on Tropical Traditions you're helping the local people with your purchase. Good luck!
Replied by Carolyn
Wabash, Indiana
04/12/2015
Amen & thank you. I started giving my dog coconut oil when she developed several hotspots. She LOVES it :-)
Replied by Denise
Newfoundland, Canada
06/06/2015
Hi, Bandit, my 9 1/2 yr old Shih-Tzu suffers from yeast infection in his ears. Never mind the almost constant scratching, then licking his paws which I figure is just spreading the infection (?), the smell is horrendous! I started about 3 weeks ago w some ACV in water & 1 tbsp of yoghurt in morning food and there's been no improvement. I've also heard about using Coconut Oil in ears is good for yeast infection. Advice? Comments?
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
06/07/2015
Hey Denise!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good luck and please report back!

Replied by Denise
Newfoundland, Canada
06/07/2015
Thank you for the detailed response. Bandit does eat grain & chicken free food as our 7 yr old German Shepherd needs that for his sensitive digestive system. Bandit can & will eat anything so his treats sometimes have chicken in them. I did not realize about the food dyes & sugar. So, again thank you & I will let you know the progress.
Replied by Carla
Illinois
06/16/2015
Denise,

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

Replied by Molly
Rochester, In.
08/19/2015
Does it work on a dog's belly?

Cod Liver Oil   1  0   

Posted by Miz Scarletts (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/18/2014

[YEA]  Dogs with Yeast Infection - try cod liver oil on their food 2 tablespoons a day. My pet had a full coat of hair in 2 weeks!

Cod Liver Oil, Butter Oil   0  0   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best of luck!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
01/22/2015
Hey Amy!

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

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

Replied by Vanayssa
B.C. Canada
05/05/2015
Just to mention, a 50/50 mix of straight apple cider vinegar mixed with clear borax water will get rid of the ear infection and also get rid of the yeast infection on the dog's skin and under its limbs, where it tends to recur and recur, under the arm and leg pits. Got to keep an eye on those sites and just spray under there daily for a while to keep it from coming back.

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

Replied by Amy
Nyc
05/16/2015
Thanks for the suggestions. I am still searching and seeing some improvement.
Replied by Scott
Tampa Bay Area
06/05/2015
I am a little confused on why the oil helps? I rescued a cocker-terrier (supposedly both breeds very susceptible to skin yeast because of their oily skin)mix that has been plagued by skin yeast for a long time. I have done a lot of reading and been to the Vet and have the prescription shampoo and changed food to grain free to eliminate sugar but I am reading the yeast thrives off of oily skin. Wouldn't adding oil to the diet add more oil to the skin?

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

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

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

Thanks for any insight.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
06/05/2015
Hey Scott!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colloidal Silver   1  0   

Posted by Fudge (Cape Town, South Africa) on 06/06/2011

[YEA]  After struggling with my maltese's ear yeast infections, my chemist suggest collodial silver. Within 2 days his ears cleared up, and since then it never returned. I'm never without collodial silver now.

Replied by Mary
Atlanta, Ga Usa
02/06/2012
How did you use the silver? Give to the dog orally or wash out ears with it? Drops in ears? I have a Maltese with chronic ear infections. Changed foods, steroids, you name it and I have tried it.
Replied by Pamela
Quinton, Alabama
03/23/2012
I too have a Maltese with smelley ears... Really bad... I use the ACV today... Didn't know about this until today... please how do you use the colloidal silver?
Replied by Pepper Chanel
Singapore
10/15/2012
I use it both orally & externally. About 1 dropperful for 1kg when taken internally & Pepper took a 30ppm colloidal silver. She has since changed over to a patented technology & supposed to be more effective. I've found it works. For her ears I just dropped one dropperful in after flushing and swabbing out her ears.

Dandruff Shampoo   1  0   

Posted by Ken (Orlando, Kentucky, Usa) on 03/13/2012

[YEA]  I adopted a very sweet 7 year old bull mastiff 2 months ago that had multiple health problems. After $700 of heart worm medication, ear mite and intestinal worm meds we had to contend with a very bad odor a day after each bath using normal dog shampoo. My wife was about to the point of banning him from coming in the house. I was told by a friend to use human Head and Shoulders clinical strength shampoo. After two baths (once a week) the odor diminished. After 4 weeks it was not noticeable. I was very careful not to get into the eyes.

Diatomaceous Earth   1  0   

Posted by Claire (Indianapolis) on 06/13/2014

[YEA]  Re: Diatomaceous Earth kills Yeast, Fleas and Parasites

Hi, My poor dog started getting issues almost 2 years ago: flea bites became hotspots, then fungus, mites, ear infections, baldness, rashes. I changed to a homemade diet of raw meat, boiled eggs (with crushed shells for calcium), live yogurt, ACV, Coconut Oil, oregano, probiotics, tumeric (for swelling and cataracts) and other good things. It all helped a lot but the thing that finally killed the yeast was Diatomaceous Earth (DE). This is a fine silica powder that is totally non-toxic and is a great wormer, parasite and flea killer and a great nutritional supplement. It is totally safe for humans too with LOTS of benefits and incredibly cheap. Buy FOOD grade only at your local health food store. You won't regret it! Zorro got die off symptoms within a few hours but healing followed rapidly. So glad to have finally have a healthy dog again.

Dietary Changes   4  1   

Posted by Diana (Iowa) on 06/29/2015

My dog Brady is a 5 year old teddy bear and has spent about 4 years on every kind of allergy medication, including shots, ammune surpressants, anti fungals and antibiotics over and over again until we got him. I took him off all his meds after awhile because #1 they were not working and I could not tell what problem he had over another. So I decided to start from scratch.

We had his thyroid tested and he was at .02 so we put him on thyroid meds. I also started cooking for him and them switched him over to a raw diet. He also does fermented vegtables, yogurt, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

I have to bath him everyday with malaseb other wise he is a greasy itchy, smelly mess. Right now he had a bubble between his toes that is very sore.

I feel his over all health has improved so much from his diet switch and his digestion is good and he loves his food now. Before we had him on taste of the wild until I figured out it was a yeast problem and the sweet potatoes had to go. He did not care for any of the other food we gave him and seemed to only eat out of hunger.

I gave him the borax, MOM, peroxide, and epson salt rinse last night and he is greasy again today. I was wondering if ther was a schedule to do this rinse like everyday, once a week. I just want him to get past this and I will do what ever it takes with out hurting the progress we made.

He has also lost a lot of hair and is bald in some spots. I am not sure but I think this is just a skin problem. What do you think?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
06/30/2015
Hey Diana!

I agree - this is a skin problem, and the greasy coat is often a symptom of seborrhea. This can be the result of an underlying health condition, or could be temporary. If this were my dog I would keep up the anti-yeast feeding program and would consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs for his drinking water. You might need to bathe him every day/every other day to stay on top of the greasy coat; this is something you will need to tweak to fit your particular situation. Again, this could be a temporary condition that improves as you straighten him out, or it could mean there is some other health issue that has yet to be diagnosed. I would suggest a vet visit is in order to check for an underlying condition, but it appears you have had your quota of the vet for a while. In your shoes I would wait on the vet, allow your boy to heal with your current protocol, and then if after a few months the greasy coat continues, then try the vet again and inquire about underlying health issues that cause seborrhea that you may be able to run tests for.

Replied by Diana
Iowa
06/30/2015
Thank you for your feedback. I will keep up with the protocol. I do think that his skin is not as red today as it has been. Anything is a good sign to me.
Replied by Pauline Shoop
Hastings, Pennsylvania
07/06/2015
My brother has a dog Kiki, that suffers from exactly what your dog has. We are searching for home remedies as well....will let you know as we find anything, if you like please let us know your findings!!!! Sincerely, Pauline

Posted by Kay (Rome, Ga) on 10/07/2014

My dog has yeast infection; I am going to switch to grain free foods such as Call of the Wild dry. Would adding chicken stock to it to make it more palatable feed the yeast?

Thank you.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
10/07/2014
Hey Kay!

Adding chicken stock may add additional salt to your dog's diet, which might create a housebreaking issue if your dog tanks up on water [due to the salt] and then has to urinate more frequently. In addition, your dog may find it too rich, which may cause loose stools. All you can do is try it and evaluate your results.

If all you need to do is 'dress up' the kibble a wee bit, you might try thoroughly mixing in 1 spoonful of a wet food; they have 95%-100% chicken or beef canned diets that may serve very well for this.

Posted by Kandice (Nj) on 12/17/2013

[YEA]  My bulldog/box mix has been suffering from yeast infections for over 2 years on her face/ears/paws/ingrown tail/vulva. She scratches, licks, bites, runs around in circles chasing her tail, squirms around on her back on the floor, and drags her behind. I've felt terrible that I could find nothing to relieve her itching. She smells like Fritos or white cheddar popcorn. Her paws and tail smelled so bad I used to gag while cleaning them. I have tried all kinds of home, and over the counter, and prescribed sprays, cleansers, powders, creams, and meds. She has been tested for tons of things and also has had her anal glands expunged. Nothing stopped any of her infections for any real period of time. During this time I was trying to narrow down what she was allergic to. I tried many different brands and flavors of foods for several months one at a time. Finally, I have found a great one. Nature's variety instinct grain-free salmon meal formulas dry dog food. It contains Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Canola Oil, Tapioca, Pea Starch, Pork Liver, Natural Pork Flavor and tons of veggies. My dog appears to be allergic to Chicken and beef like most dogs and most dog foods have some type of chicken or beef in it. This is the only food I could find that didn’t have chicken or beef product without potatoes or rice. I buy it at Petco but I'm sure other places sell it. After her eating only this and Vitality Salmon treats (only salmon and veggies) for 5 weeks, her rash around her vulva has disappeared. She has stopped dragging her behind, rolling around on the floor, chasing herself in circles, and scratching her face/ears. She still chews her paws but I think she may be allergic to grass or likes to keep them clean. Her coat is also thinker and she appears to be shedding less. I will continue to clean her deep folds, ingrown tail, and big paws with the water/vinegar/peroxide solution to maintain her cleanliness. If your dog has any of those, then are prone to yeast anyway and need to be cleaned often (at least bi-weekly). Please try this food if you know your dog is allergic to chicken/beef. I’m so happy my baby is finally feeling better!

Replied by Figment
Co
12/19/2013
[YEA]   We dealt with chronic yeast ear infections in our vizsla pup for months. Vet just kept giving us new ear washes/ointments/etc... most with steroids. Finally after switching foods many times, we found one that has ended the problem. NO GRAINS makes a big difference. We use Taste of the Wild dry food, prairie bison and venison formula and he LOVES it! No more smelly ears and he smells better overall. Poop still stinks but ears are happy! No more scratching, rubbing, or painful ears. They are cold to the touch instead of warm and red. Happy dog finally!
Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
12/20/2013
Hey Figment!

So happy you found a diet that your V is thriving on!

One thing to consider, with the stanky poo, is that the rounds of steroids et al for the yeasty ears has the internal flora out of balance. You might try adding probiotics to help improve digestion.

Kudos for sticking with it until you found the diet that works!

Posted by Singer04 (California, Ca, Usa) on 10/28/2012

We adopted a 5 year old bichon/poodle mix. He was suppose to be white but he had red/brown marks around his mouth, ears, feet, etc. At the time, he also had really really gross gunk coming out of his eyes. The inside of his ears were red and itchy and he smelled, so so bad. He was like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, he just smelled when you got near him. He itched himself all the time, he would wake us up all night long itching and biting.

All these symptoms are characteristic of an overgrowth of candida which lives in his stomach. The first thing I did was feed him wheat free/gluten free food and distilled water. After two months he was super white and didn't smell. But he still itched his ears and he still smelled kinda bad. His ears were absoltely inflammed still and rashy!

The next thing I did was start feeding him quinoa chicken vegetable mash. This took care of the smelling. But his ears, would not change! I couldn't get him to drink apple cider vinegar until I mixed 1T of apple cider vinegar with freshly ground almond butter. (Mix it real good. Almond butter doesn't feed the yeast, peanut butter feeds yeast so don't use peanut butter) That helped sometimes but not completely.

A vet friend of mine recommended some western medicine but when I researched the side effects were really dangerous! Geez.

Then someone recommended Zymox. (And I really hope that Earth Clinic doesn't remove this product name) because seriously I am so grateful to them. His ears look amazing! He doesn't itch them, they're not red. No side effects! I wish someone would have told me what to do from the beginning! (Why didn't a vet tell me all this! So frustrating! ) It's taken me a year of trying all this stuff out. I don't think Zymox would have worked as well without the gf diet and such. (They also have shampoos that I'm going to try next)

Now I have the most gorgeous, healthy, happy white bichon/poodle! I hope this helps someone out there. Good luck!

Replied by Darlene
East Yaphank, Ny
02/14/2013
What is everyone feeding their dogs? I have a two year old 4.4lb Yorkie that just came into our rescue. She has been on steroids and antibiotics since 02/2011. She has been diagnosed with severe allergies and they have tried everything, but they are only treating the symptoms. She is currently on steroids, antibiotics and Ketoconazole two times a week and Revolution. She ate Royal Canin Rabbit for a year and 8 months and then Hills Venicen for two months and NO improvement. She is currently eating Royal Cainin Rabbit again. I want to order and get what I need to try and improve this little girls quality of life and not just put a bandaid. Please help my little girl.
Replied by Joan
Jimena, Cadiz, Spain
02/15/2013
My Collie Cross was diagnosed with Heart Problems, Anaemia and Kidney Failure, I immediately started her on a Raw diet, mainly mince, sometimes chicken, Carrot/Spinach ( mixed together) chopped finely, well cooked lentils or Rice. 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil and always ACV in water or in her food. Initially I gave her a Kidney Cleanse Supplement (Herbs) Omega 3 Oil Capsule and Vitamin B Supplement which after about 3 months I stopped these gradually once she was back on her feet. My vet said she should have been dead according to her blood and kidney readings she lived for over another year and died 2 weeks ago at 16 years old. After her diagnosis I never put her on processed food again and no pharmceutical drugs, all natural. It gave her an extra year of good life!!! I have 2 more rescue dogs now and never will I give them processed dog food or tap water!! Just like humans, allergies and other conditions are usually down to diet, animals are no different.
Replied by Craynon
Thomaston, Ga
02/19/2013
1 tbs for your yorkie ,morning and night. half water/vinegar for skin and ears. I do not feed vinegar as they look at me funny. They do love the yogurt and I just put it in their food dish beside regular food and it is eaten first. Good luck.
Replied by Claire
Boston, Ma
02/19/2013
hi Darlene, I am feeding my dog Instinct grain-free food with great success, after he got terrible yeast problems from Blue Wilderness formulas. Blue was expensive but my God, Instinct is even more expensive! I am paying over $70 for a 23.5 pound bag! However, his yeast problems and ear infections were cleared up in two weeks on the new brand. I was spending about $200 every two months on vet bills for ear infections, so the extra money on food is paying off . He hasn't been to the vet now in months! Brands vary, so good luck in your search!
Replied by Lilly
Margate, Florida
02/20/2013
Please know that any person or animal on antibiotics should also be on probiotics. It will destroy your pets imune system eventually. Your pet may just have candida albacan, to which you take him or her off all dog food and carbohydrates. The yeast feeds on this. I have a 70lb pit bull who has really bad allergies, inflamed from head to toe, licks her feet and scratches & chews herself. I took her to the vet, he wanted to put her on antibiotics, I said no, paid my visit bill and left. I later found out that all she needed was to be taken off dog food, no carbs & fed only protein. I give her beef heart, liver, & one beef patty for breakfast and again for dinner. She's not scratching licking or chewing and it has only been 2 days. I also give her activated charcoal (capsule) and diatomaceous in her meat to help clear the yeast. All dog foods have carbs, even the expensive ones. Hope this helps your dog. Mine is sleeping sound right now. Good luck.
Replied by Deborah
St. Maarten
03/04/2015
Best thing is to feed your furry friends RAW BONE IN chicken, turkey, pork, beef.... no grains of any kind. Do not cook any meat as this will take the necessary nutrients away. Leave the bones in. Contrary to what people think, they will not choke. The bone gives them the necessary calcium required. I have 2 rescue dogs, both are in excellent health and only require yearly check ups by the vet. Make friends with your local butcher. Feeding raw is much cheaper than any commercial dog food.

Posted by Jennifer (Arlington, Tx, United States) on 12/30/2011

[YEA]  I don't know where to put this, but I wanted to share my experience. I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars at the vet for yeast infections in my dog's ears. He said allergies probably were the cause, but allergy testing was a lot of money.

So I did some research and decided to simply eliminate the most common food allergens - wheat, corn and soy - presto! No more ear infections. At least, not nearly as often and not as bad - there is no way to prevent all airborne allergens from getting in, but no more sudden, awful ones.

In a pinch, I buy Purina One Beyond. It has soy but no wheat or corn, and can be obtained from the grocery store.

When I can get what I prefer, I use Canidae from the feed store. It is the cheapest of the 'premium' foods, and contains no wheat, corn or soy.

When I notice that an infection might be trying to start - when she scratches and I see gunk in her ear, I use a product called Zymox. It is so much better than the two step cleaner antifungal/antibiotic from the vet. It is a gel that is easier on the ears - no alcohol to sting - and nicely travels down like you need it to. I normally only have to use that one-three days max. It also works for a full-on infection, but takes 1-2 weeks like the stuff from the vet. I buy a large bottle that lasts me a very long time and we never have to see the vet anymore.

Of course, if there is a possibility there is something in the ear canal, a vet trip is required. Otherwise any substance put in there will be very damaging, possibly fatal.

Anyway, I really encourage everyone with any type of problem possibly caused by allergies to change foods. It may not be as simple as avoiding wheat, corn, and soy, but it might be! And if not, you can do your testing further and see what you find for yourself.

Also, if she is really itchy - chewing on her paws and such, I give benadryl. be sure and look up the correct amount for the weight of your dog if you try that.

Posted by Moosesmom (Watertown, New York, Usa) on 08/16/2011

I've read several comments about switching foods for dogs with yeast problems. My dog also suffers from this condition and I've been researching up a storm. GreatDaneLady.com has some amazing things to say as well as some pretty valid points. One point being is that sugar feeds yeast! Most dog owners are told their dogs have a food allergy and switch to allergy type foods and or grain free foods - what do almost all of these foods/treats have in them??? SWEET POTATO!!!!!!!! We might as well be feeding the yeast - actually, we are. If you read some of her articles she discusses how starchy carbs feed the yeast. There are very few truly anti-yeast dog foods out there. Petco actually carries one of them - but not all Petco's have it in stock (you can order it from their website and if you spend $49 you get free shipping most all the time). It is By Nature's Salmon, Ocean Fish and Yogurt formula. Give it a try - the price is pretty even if not lower than most all "allergy/grain free" and it is a natural food. Also their Organic 100% Turkey or 100% Chicken canned food while not to be used as dog food - more like a food topper is approved as well. By Nature also offers a frequent buyer program where you buy 10 bags and get the 11th free I think it is. Look into this and I really hope this helps your babies!!

Replied by Hazyblue7
San Diego, Ca
01/06/2013
Sweet potatoes are very high in sugar and should never be given to a dog with a yeast infection.
Replied by Darlene
East Yaphank, Ny
02/14/2013
The food you recommend has oats and barleys???

Posted by Laura J (Miami, Fl) on 05/18/2010

[YEA]  My pug has suffered with skin problems for 9 years. He used to smell horrible a day after bathing. I went through years of medicinal shampoos, $200's in vet visits each month, steroid shots, antibiotics, hair falling out all over his body, scabs, scaley skin...all the things I read on your posts. And really bad ear infections. So bad that he couldn't even open his mouth at times. Then I read your site and started trying out different things and observing the effects. Instead of the $30 medicinal shampoo from the vet (which made his skin MUCH MUCH worse over time) I purchased a medicated shampoo at the pet store for $10 with coal tar, sulfur and triclosan. I gave him yogurt, white vinegar and acidopholus. Then I decided he must have a food allergy that is weakening his immune system and causing the yeast infections...so I switched his food yet again from a limited ingredient duck and potato dry food from the pet store. I tried the fish and potato, all the different limited imgredient varieties. He only got worse. Then I tried the prescription diet duck CANNED FOOD from the Veterinarian. Now, finally, he is so much better. The dry food has too too many additives. The canned food is simpler. I think he may have been allergic to the yogurt, so I eliminated that and added probiotics to his diet (with acidopholus) each day. For a time, I sprayed mild vinegar and water solution on him after his medicated baths. After 3 months his scabs were completely gone and his hair all grown back. It's been 4 to 6 months of treatments. I have discontinued the vinegar and the acidopholus. His coat is now gorgeous, and the awful smell is almost all gone. He still licks his feet, and has some painful sores on them. He still has mucous on his eyes in the morning and I am still working on curing his much improved, but still stubborn yeasty left ear. Most of his years of suffering are behind him now and it seems to all boil down to nasty food allergies compromising his immune system. I may go back to the probiotics again for a while to see if the ear infection and foot licking can go away completely. The prescription canned food is quite expensive, but the change in diet has cured his skin condition and I don't have to go the the vet constantly and pay huge bills for treatments that didn't help him at all--only made him feel worse. Puggy and I thank you for all the great info. It takes trial and error, but really pays off.

Replied by Christina
Sierra Vista
08/06/2015
Sounds like your dog still has yeast on or in his paws...try researching frito paws or yeasty dogs. Treat him from the inside with apple cider vinegar. And dips for his paws. The other dry foods u listed didnt work because yeast is fed by sugars, and carbohydrates are converted to sugar in the body which feeds yeast in the gut, ***leaky gut , potatoes corn etc...grain in their food is going to worsen your dog. :-) hope the vinegar helps!

Posted by Laura (Oroville, CA, USA) on 03/24/2009

[NAY]  YEASTY BULLDOG: We are a family full of dogs. 3 engilish bulldogs 1 rescue boxer 1 yorshire terrier. I recently aquired a 2 year old male english bulldog. Geesh does he smell. I knew of yeast problems with these dogs due to poor breeding. He is a mess. I started him on yogurt when we brought him home. Also switched him to the Nutro brand dog food my others are on. Nutro for sensitive digestive systems (bullies are gassey dogs) I have not noticed a change in Mr. Stinky. I am going to bath him with the 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and add acidophilus tablets to his food. He was really skinny when I got him. He is just in bad shape. My goal is to get him fattened back up and minimize the yeast problems. We are putting monostate 7 in his ears daily. Thanks so much for this website. I am also a mother of a juvenile diabetic and am huge into holistic remedies. I will update with the progress of my stinky boy.

Replied by Scott
Wenatchee, WA
04/10/2009
I saw your comment on the Nutro Food. All of my dogs problems started when I switched her to this brand of food. I have her on a holistic one now. I would ditch the Nutro. Could be just the dog that is allergic to that brand. I am very put off by them though. My dog is obviously in a lot of pain and I know for a fact it was this food that caused it to all start in the first place.
Replied by Chris
El Paso, TX
05/16/2009
PLEASE READ!!!! Yeast is an extremely hard organism to kill. It is very painful to live with and is always present in the intestines of healthy animals - including humans. Basically, the way it works is that you and your dogs intestines have millions of "good" bacteria that flourish inside them and aid in digestion. These bacteria are responsible for an estimated 90% of your body's immunity. They constantly wage war against foreign organisms that are consumed. It is said that the intestines are actually like a second brain to the body because of the number of nerve endings and important functions carried out throughout the body that rely on the intestines. Anyhow, everything gets sick at somepoint in their life and as a result, the bacteria in the intestines are in decline or "out of whack". When the bacteria die off, yeast can take over. Yeast fills the empty space in the intestines where the good bacteria used to live. This process is accelerated by antibiotics because antibiotics do not differentiate between the good bacteria and kill them off. This is very important - ANTIBIOTICS CAN CAUSE YEAST INFECTIONS AND MAKE CURRENT YEAST INFECTIONS WORSE. This is why plain unsweetened yogurt is recommended for yeast infections - it contains L Acidiophilus which is one of the main good bacteria needed for intestinal health. If the good bacteria are never replenished and the yeast is allowed to thrive for an extended period of time, a systemic yeast infection can occur and/or resulting in an immunocompromised/auto immune condition. To kill yeast, it needs to be starved long enough for it to become weak and possibly die off on it's own. In extreme cases, Antifungals can be used AFTER the yeast has been starved long enough to become weakened to aid in it's demise - I honestly don't know who would get prescription antifungals for their dog or if they are safe for your dog. The rule of thumb in humans is to stay on the diet for 1 month to every year of candida overgrowth - do the math for your dog. Yeast feeds on sugar of all forms. This includes sugar in corn, milk, carbohydrates, potatoes.....and many other things found in common dog food. Feed your dog olny what you are 100% sure has no sugar in it, but make sure they still have the essential vitamins and minerals they need even if it requires supplements. On a personal note, I have been suffering from chronic yeast infections for the past 15 years and this is what I have done to get things under controll. Dogs are not that different from humans. Read about "candida overgrowth" "candida diet" "systemic yeast infection" - educate yourself about the topic to better help your loved ones. I have 3 dogs.
Replied by Josephine
Pittsburg, Pa Allegheny Co.
04/29/2012
My post is in response to the site about yeast infection in DOGS. Please direct this post to the correct site. Throughout my poor ShihTzu problems I never considerd panda could be a yeast invection victim. And the reason was because the majority of all the posts pet owners would discribe what their pup was expierencing. Most stated extreme loss of hair along with the rash. Pandas hair is as beautiful as ever. But do cut hair off his belly. I am thrilled to say his pink spots that were UNDER his skin on his belly only are all gone. I truly believe because I combined all sugestions from this fantasic site Earth Clinic.

First I start out sharing what changes I made in the last 2 months. My vet did say he had an immune problem. Yes he also wanted me to agree on drugs. Never considred that route. So till I got some answers I put him in Armour Yep It prevented him from chewing off his dewclaw and opening his flesh on his inner thighs. I had to resort to this protection until I did the research. Now dont get upset when I said Armour. I went to goodwill bought snap geans toddlers long sleeve shirts. I cut a big hole for his fluffy tail. THAN I put baby socks on his paws held with velcro. Hey it works for me or should I say Panda. I planed for this to be a temporey solution till I was able to do my researching. OK this is what I truly helped thanks to different posts. First let me start with Panda is 6 yrs. Old this started one and half yrs. ago. Panda has always been on a 5 star wellness from day one. I did try the grainfree with no change in his rash or itching. Than I did try ACV I couldnt stand his reaction from that.

From all the posts combined I put turmeric, cocnut oil, flaxseed and omega 3 in his kibble. Its been amonth of this combination. All organic Never treats. He loves cooked carrots thats it. OK his stomach rash has completly gone. After his homemade oatmeal bath He is without his coverup for an hour or more. Panda will start to lick his paws and start licking his inner thigh. We are still working on that. Last night I got on the site explaining Yeast infection. One important symptom he has are black patches in differant areas but no scaly skin at all or dryness like most of the posts mention. Thats why I didnt connect the two dots. Than I accidently got on the yeast infection site and realized thats what the black spots are and how all the posts are talking about immune system and how to repair it Iam very confident all I have done so far is good. But not there yet. So many posts mentioned two things I need to get and I did today, ACIDOPHILUS soooo many posts mentioned this probiotic. Also greek yogort I opened a capsule.


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