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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt   26  2   

Posted by Leslie (Helena, Montana) on 03/03/2010


I am thrilled I found your site. My poor dog is very ill with this skin afliction and I have spent hundreds of dollars with the vet to try to cure him and nothing has worked. His skin is so bad he has trouble laying down. He smells so bad it is hard to be around him. When I found your site and ACV/yougart treatment I called my husband at work and told him you need to pick these things up and bring them home tonight so we can start treating his yeast infection. I have put your site in my favorites to ck on other cures. Thank you very, very much.

Replied by Christine
Vista, Ca
[YEA]   I thank God that I found this site. My 8 year old male Shih Tzu, Sammy has been scratching and biting at his skin and paws incessantly for quite some time. I took him to the vet for an ear infection two weeks ago and it was yeast. They gave him antibiotic drops for the ears. I also told the vet about the scratching and biting. The answer once again was he has allergies. Give him a benedryl. My poor pup was miserable. I found this site last night and I am so thankful for all of the postings and suggestions. I decided to try straight ACV on his skin. I sprayed it on his body and paws. It seemed to relieve him instantly. He smelled like a salad but he didn't seem to mind.

I did not feed him this morning to make sure his food had left his stomach. He is on a national dry brand with salmon and yogurt but I think it is causing irritation. It is a lower brand of food. I have tried the higher brands but they irritate his skin more. Tonight I found a wet food that was mostly meat products no glueten or grains in it. I added a 1/4 of plain yogurt and a tablespoon of ACV. Mixed it up and he ate it all. Right now Sammy is sleeping peacefully in his bed for the first time in many, many months. He usually wakes up scratching and biting. I am going to continue with this diet and start to dilute the ACV with distilled water as we go on. I don't understand why Vets can't seem to figure out that yeast is the cause of most scratching and self biting in dogs. I makes sense that the yeast is spread to other parts of the dogs body by scratching. Treating Sammy's paws has made a world of difference.

Replied by Lizzie
Clarksville, Tn
My 5 yr old shih tzu, Roscoe, has had skin issues all of his life. When he was about 1, I noticed black rashed under his arms, it then moved on to his belly and neck. The hair then began to fall out. Of course allergies the vet said. After finally finding a vet that we felt actually cared, he took one look at him and said that's a yeast infection. We then came to the conclusion he is allergic to the yeast as well. He suggested putting athlete's foot cream on the areas. His neck is now cleared up but still has no hair. I started him on the acv, yogurt, and the a pill today. I am hoping this will help cure him. He has his days where some are worse, and he keeps us up half the night, but he seems to be doing better from the athlete's foot cream, but I hope this new remedies works! He has also suffered from chronic ear infections, I use drops the vet gives us, but they come and go about every month. He smells horrible so I bath him with the medicated shampoo as well. I hope he gets better soon. :(
Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms
[YEA]   Our yorkie had a problem with yeast and pyroderma. We have tried many things but for three weeks we have been giving him a teaspoon of organic coconut in his food and using derMagic products on his skin (lotion, shampoo and conditioner) it has tea tree and peppermint in it. I still use vinegar/water in his ears. I am amazed the yeast and smell is totally gone. He still has a problem with allergies some days (red eyes, ears, and the top of his head) when this happens I give him a dose of benadryl. As an added bonus he used to spit up his food at least once a week and I had to give him a pepcid as he doesn't do that anymore. I dont know if it was the yeast in his system anyhow, it's gone. Hope this helps.
Replied by Rosavan
Yuba City, Ca
What kind of yogurt are you giving your dogs? I've heard that you need sugar free plain yogurt and I can only find plain with sugar. Thank you for your reply.
Replied by Tweets22
Seminole, Fl
can I give my cairn a acidophilus pill instead of yogurt? And what food do u all recommend I use Blue of seniors thanks
Replied by Aly
New York, Ny, Usa
[YEA]   I give my 4lb. Yorkie the plain yogurt called YoBaby. It comes in plain and Lily loves it. We get it at the health food store.

We have been battling skin issues for years and through the internet finally realized it was a yeast infection. She was a rescue dog and I think she was over-immunized. This left her immune system weak and when she has needed anti-biotics (after dental surgery) she winds up a scratching mess, poor baby. ACV and plain yogurt have been very helpful. I am going to add coconut oil to the mix. One way I could tell the ACV was working was that she did not smell like vinegar after the rinse. She smells like corn chips before the bath and then has no odor after. I put a quarter cup of vinegar into a quart of water and pour it on her at the very end of her bath. No rinse after that.

Replied by Good Luck Dragon
Gosport, Hampshire, United Kingdom
[YEA]   Hi there, I am over the moon with this site and the testimonies. I have a 6 year old westie who has recently developed an allergy to yeast resulting in spots and pustules in his back chest and stomach, and incessant paw licking , his summers were torture for him him being unable to swim as it cancelled out the effects of the shampoo; he was advised to be washed with Malaseb shampoo which does briefly, calm the symptoms down but not allieviate them it also make it hard to innoculate for fleas with a topical treatment because of all the washing. He was still left with the irritation, rubbing of his behind along the floor almost permanently licking of the paws and belly, a bald patch on his back from rubbing and scratching.

Then I saw this site- absolutely amazing. Did as the previous lady mentioned- shallow filled a bath to about an inch poured neat Apple Cider Vinegar over him then sponged him and left the dilute on him he didn't scratch for the rest of the day. Am now giving him a tablespoon of yogurt twice daily which he happily licks of the spoon, am making my own now for extra goodness and money saving, and I put a small amount of Apple Cider Vinegar in his water gradually building up to additional strength, and spray him with the 50/50 solution daily.

I am only on day three and he is virtually a different dog much happier 98 per cent less itchy it is early days. I am sooo thankful to all the people on this site for their insight, so pleased I stumbled across this site by accident when I typed in cheap alternatives to malaseb, v clever. I have done some research on Apple Cider Vinegar- amazing, his coat is so glossy, apparantly it helps prevent fleas and ticks which I think someone mentioned on this site so amazing, overjoyed.

Peace out.

Replied by Suzan
Nashville, Tn
I have two goldens, about 80 lbs. Each, and they have had many skin issues through the years and yeast in the ears. One thing that has helped tremendously is giving them Stinging Nettles, 4 capsules each per day. It's a natural antihistamine with no side effects. Still have a problem with yeast in ears and am starting to use ACV (organic) and feeding Greek yogurt once a day. Will also start adding ACV to drinking water. Skin allergies are much, much better due to Stinging Nettles, tho.

Posted by Sondra (Fort Atkinson, Wi) on 02/12/2010

I have read all the questions and answers re yeast infections in dogs (skin) but I cannot find the Remedy. It is not listed. How much yogurt (Greek, Plain) and how much vinegar (Cider vs. White)per lb. etc.? How much vinegar in drinking water per day in a gallon??--large bowl. I have 2 dogs--can both drink it? I currently have an 85 pound Samoyed with yeast infections and have tried everything with no help. Thanks.

EC: Hi Sondra, looks like you were in the Q&A section and not the remedy section. Many readers have posted their recipes for treating yeast infections below.

Replied by Becki
Blaine, Mn
[YEA]   My past sheltie died three years ago due to chronic yeast infection in her ears. She was treated for years with steroids and antiobiotics. Between the two drugs her immune system was ruined and her body was overtaken causing damage to all of her internal organs. After a week in an oxygen kennel at the University of Minnesota and numerous tests she died. I give my present shelties a raw diet after one of them started to have skin/allergy problems. Within a week his skin was clear and no more scratching. I also give them probiotics. When he does have a flair up (if he is given a treat with grain in it) I spray 50/50 acv/water on him and if he has a spot that appears to be more itchy I put greek yogurt on it...because he seems to have a problem when he eats yogurt. Between the acv, yogurt and daily probiotics he is a happy boy. I give my shelties the same probiotics that I take.
Replied by Tillie
Atlanta, GA
My long hair daschund has had yeast spots- black smelly, itchy- unil...we switched her to iams fish based food, publix (read the labels- kroger seafood is chicken by products) seafood variety cat food, salmon jerkey, tblspn vinegar in water... She is low gluton and very low chicken. We can tell when she has had chicken or bread of any kind...the spots come back. Also monistat daily on the spots helped at the she is spot free and only gets dandruff when someone gives her a pizza bone or a bite of chicken.

Posted by Rebecca (Pocatello, Idaho) on 01/16/2010

How much apple cider vinegar and yogurt do I give a 6 pound dog?

Posted by Pat B (Downingtown, Pa) on 12/30/2009

We have 1 1/2 yr old German Shepherd(Schultz), He's 95lb and has a constant problem w/ itching and started w/ an eye infection about a month after we got him(5mos old). The vet said he believed his itching and scratching was because of a food allergy. So immediatly we changed his food to Nutro Choice(Sensitive Stomach) Venison & brown rice. He seemed to do fine over the summer. In late Oct he started again. I went on the web and found this site. After reading the Questions & comments, I'm starting Schultz on the ACV-Yogurt today. I will let you know if it helps.

Replied by Bananas3571
Palos Hills, Illinois
Hello as i was reading your post i noticed that ur dog is eating the same food that my vet prescribed for my dog Nutro for sensitive stomache light purple bag i thought this food was the best she has ever has but at the same time she kept coming down with those nasty yeasty ear infections not to mention her newest diagnosis a yeasty skin infection that she kept transferring to her ears every time she scracthed to my dismay i discovered that the nutro has an ingredient that was causing all the problems check the ingredients its the rice gluten Now glutens cause yeast production i immediately took her off that food and put her on a grain free food that dosent contain corn wheat glutens soy preservatives beef now she is doing just fine please change the food thats ur problem many blessings.

Posted by Mr. Smithster (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/29/2009

[YEA]  ACV and Yogurt. IT WORKS!

Our experience. My dog Willow is a 20lb terrier mix, current age 2 1/2, fixed female. We rescued her at age 5 mo. She is the best dog I have ever had the pleasure of living with. From day one she has been a no issue pup, except... Allergies. At approx. 9 mo. old she had an eye infection. The Vet gave antibiotic eye meds and cleared right up. 3 mo. later, same thing. Same meds again, cleared up again. At 1 1/2 years old she started licking her paws to the point of no hair on the paw. Vet gave some antibiotic spray, Seemed to clear up. Approx 3 mos later she started loosing all her fur on her back legs and around her rear. Vet said, Allergies. Gave steroid shot and she was fine, fur grew back. 1 mo later same thing except now all four legs and all paws. Vet suggested steroid pills, we tried them for about 2 weeks and she was not getting much better, but the steroid pills made her a zombie dog. I stopped the meds and went in search of a vet that might be able to help. After 4 vets, all suggesting the same thing, I found a great vet that was willing to work with us. After much trail and error and little success, we discovered a med called Atopica. This once a day pill isnt a steroid, so no side effects. Willow responded very well, 80-90% of fur grew back and no noticeable itching/scratching. Then i stumbled onto this site. Even with the Atopica, Willow would get small patches of what the vet said was a skin yeast infection. 2 wks ago i started the ACV/Yogurt treatment. Within 3 days i saw noticeable improvement. Now she has fur gowing fur where i didnt know she grew it! No yeast spots on skin. Absolutely no itching/scratching. Wow! I also had an allergy test done on her 6 wks ago. She was slightly allergic of turkey/chicken. Of course I was feeding her Orijen kibble mixed with Wellness Core kibble, both turkey/chicken. So for the last month she has been on Wellness Core Fish kibble, with a 1/4 can of canned salmon in the morn. I also stopped the Atopica when I started the ACV/Yogurt. In the morn i have been putting 2 teaspoons of ACV on her canned fish along with 2 squirts of high omega fish oil. At lunch she gets a 1/4 cup of plain Yogurt. 1 cup of Grain free Wellness Core kibble, which she eats over the day. Thats it. I guess it could be the new food, but i didnt notice much difference till we started the ACV/Yogurt. I am going to keep this up. I did use white vinegar, 50/50 w/water on her yeast spots and they cleared up in a few days. They havent returned and fur has grown over the spots. We have our little furry pup back! She is so comfortable now. Its so nice seeing her with no discomfort. Thanks so much for this info. I will keep posting to let everyone know if this treatment is lasting. It sure seems to have worked for us. After 4 vets and hundreds dollors, if not more, this is a blessing. Thanks Again!!!

Replied by Mr. Smithster
Los Angeles, Ca, Usa
Happy New Year to all. Follow up on Willow. Week 3,I am noticing a good but strange development on Willows belly, crotch and arm pits where she had yeast growth on her skin. All the areas where yeast grew are now kind of scabbing over. Before treatment, i could see the yeast growth but i couldn't feel it on her skin. Now all the "spots" are either hard little scabs or have already scabbed over and fell off, its all nice pink skin underneath. Has anyone else had this experience? Its like the yeast is dying out and a scab develops in place of the black yeast "spots", then when the scab falls off, the skin looks like it should again! The scabs don't seem to bother Willow at all. She isn't itching or biting at all and her fur continues to fill in, she is almost back to what i would say is "normal". Thanks for this great info, i would have never thought something so simple and basic could have such a positive effect on my dog's health.
Replied by Mr. Smithster
Lomita, Ca
ok, week 5. slight relapse. with willow off the Atopica for this long she did start to lose her fur again. no yeast on her skin even though fur was falling out. i started the Atopica and within 1 week she is doing much better again. i guess i will have to use the Atopica along with the ACV/yogurt. the ACV/yogurt at least keeps her skin yeast infections at bay. she also smells good. no "dog" smell at all. im going to start giving her probiotics this week also. im just trying to find a brand that has good viable bacteria for dogs, so many have maybe a 100 million count, im looking for one that has billions, and made for dogs. i'll keep you posted...
Replied by Taimi
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
When I got my little guy, he had been on allergy meds forever. His name is Houdini and he's a shih tzu. Very inbred, lots of problems, sweetest and cutest dog ever. I got him when he was 5. He's now 11. I've taken him off of the allergy meds and given him Orijen foods for several years and am currently trying a raw/dehydrated food. Over time I've learned of his allergies (chicken, wheat, cinnamon, red dyes, venison, etc. ) and eliminated all of them - finding food he can eat has proven difficult at times. Chicken is in EVERYTHING!! Also, funny thing, the allergy meds were pink... And it's common for some dogs, specifically shih tzus, to have problems with red dyes!! Tell me how that was going to help anything?? plus, red dyes are sooo toxic!! He is extremely yeasty and over time, has developed an OCD of licking. This licking is the worst thing ever!! If I could get him to stop, everything would be perfect. Basically what happens is that he licks and keeps his chin (or his leg) moist. Yeast grows. He injests the yeast (thinks it smells yummy) AND spreads it with his saliva. And the vicious cycle keeps going. I've managed to mostly keep him from his legs and ears by using a cone. Poor guy lives in his "hat" most of the time. Right now it's his chin that I'm having problems with. I'm working on that, but I just wanted to leave a few comments for people having problems with ears... What I've figured out is exactly what I described above. Obviously you can get water into a dog's ear when bathing him, but I've also found another reason. A dog normally itches his ear and then cleans off his toes afterwards by licking them. Sometimes he'll scratch his ear again... Putting saliva into his ear. If conditions are right, yeast can grow. More itching ear. More licking toes. If there's yeast in the ear, he's now injesting it when he licks off his toes. I've found that using a cone has kept my little one's ears clean for over a year since he cannot scratch them. Since he's an obsessive licker and will soak his feet, it's guaranteed that they'll reinfect if he has the chance. (one ear or the other was pretty much infected since I had him... I was always treating them with drops). I'm not saying to leave your pup in the cone forever, but maybe until the ears clear up and the scratching stops. Also, as horrible as it may sound, I've found the best treatment for my little guy for hot spots has been head and shoulders shampoo. I've tried every other medicated shampoo out there and spent a lot of money. Nothing every worked. Some helped a little, but he'd still flare up. Now, if he's managed to lick an area to yeast, all I have to do is give him a shampoo every two days for a week and he's good to go. I only use it when it's necessary, but, since it's currently the ONLY thing helping him, head and shoulders is what I use. (i find it works best if you use both shampoo and conditioner. ) Now if I could only get him to stop licking until his chin is soaked. THEN I could really get his system yeast free!!
Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms
Try one teaspoon of organic coconut oil in food once a day. I tried everything and this works to get rid of yeast. You can also rub it on the skin.
Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms
For Taimi: I thought about how your baby licks his feet. I had a yorkie who was allergic to grass. Every time we took her out and back in we had to wipe off her feet with a damp rag. Its worse when there is dew on the grass. Never tried it but can you put baby or doll socks on his feet? Maybe if you put coconut oil on then socks he wouldnt lick so much or only socks when he goes out. I give my yorkies one teaspoon of organic coconut oil in their food everyday. No more yeast or any skin problems. As a bonus they stopped spitting up that yellow foam once or twice a month. Good luck
Replied by Sherry
Woodville, Texas Usa
Thank goodness for my vet!!! I have a 3 1/2 yr. old Westie that developed really bad skin issues. Smelly, itchy, red skin and she was miserable. He immediately diagnosed a yeast infection. She's taking pills, but tonight I'm going to start with a 50/50 ACV & water rinse after her bath. Like so many others, I'm grateful I found this website, and that I have a great vet on the north side of town.
Replied by Carla
Lake Mary, Florida
I have a pug with skin allergies. I have him on a grain free diet using Taste of the Wild dog food. He is on the wild salmon variety. The store I get it from suggested this type to keep start on the 'cool' type of foods: fish or chicken as opposed to the 'warmer' types which would be red meats. This has helped, although I still have to bath him with a medicated shampoo - the vet finally thought about a yeast infection after I mentioned a dip a friend uses on her dog. He still is miserable & has a bad odor after a few days, but his hair has grown back! I am going to try the ACV & yogurt.
Replied by Sylia
New York, New York
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   To all those people who mentioned Acidophilus and yogurt a big thank you. My Shih Tsu has had yeast infections for the past couple of years. She's been to the vet several times, been on antibiotics and prednisone and I bathe her in Malasab shampoo twice a week. The steroids worked for a while but the infection came back again. The shampoo does help for a short while but it is heartbreaking to see her constantly chewing on her paws and scratching. She had a pariculaly bad flareup recently and after bathing here in the Malaseb shampoo I Googled "remedies for yeast infections in dogs" and came across this site. While I didn't have acidopolous in the house I did have yogurt so I gave her a couple of teaspoons of it.

This is the fourth day that I have given her yogurt and I cannot belive the difference. She is no longer chewing and scratching and the terrible redness has gone down a good bit. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is not just a temporary solution but that it will last. I have ordered Acidopolus for her but if the yogurt keeps working I will just keep her on that. If your dog suffers from yeast infections do try the yogurt. It may not work for your dog but it's definitely worth a try, it was for my little girl. The Malaseb shampoo is no longer available but the alternative is KetoChlor shampoo by Virbac. You can buy it online.

Replied by Tuesday Angel
Whittier, Ca
[YEA]   I want to help other dogs that have this awful skin problem. My lhasa apso was constantly scratching, her neck, tummy, and chest were bright red, the hair was gone, she had large areas of gray skin fungus and she smelled so bad. I bathed her , but she would smell the next day. This went on for 8 months. I did tons of research and after just two weeks of treatment she is well!

Here is what I did. I bathed her with Zymox enzyme shampoo (3 times a week) and used Zymox ear drops, found both on amazon. I made her food weekly in a crockpot, put in chicken thighs with skin, brown rice, barley, carrots, water and let cook until the meat falls off the bones and skin disappears. Take out bones and mix well. I feed her this food 3 times a day, 1/2 cup each time, I mixed in 1 TB alfalfa powder, 1TB kelp powder, 1TB flax meal, 1 TB olive oil and some water. Once a day I mixed in 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 broken echinecea capsule as an natural antibiotic. I also gave her 1 acidophillis capsule daily. Finally, I massaged a few drops of tea tree oil on the irrated skin. I am still amazed at the results. I hope this helps other owners and dogs.

Replied by Joyceepoo
Mobile, Alabama, Usa
[YEA]   I too am very happy to have found this site. My dogs both have suffered with ear infections to the point of having to have surgery. While I was concerned about the money, I was also very concerned with the degree of suffereing that they went through. I am happy to say that they have been getting ACV in their water daily and they are both as happy as can be. I have not seen either one of them scratching, and their ears are as clean as can be. They even smell so much better. Thanks to your site. I will continue with what we are doing, and after a few more weeks I am going to attemp to wean them off of the prescription diet that they have been on for several months. I will kepp you all posted.
Replied by Kathie659
Plains, P, Usa
Specifics please How much ACV, acidophilis, yogurt would I give a 50lb dog. I believe the ACV is diluted 50/50 with filtered water to spray on her skin and ears (provided skin is unbroken)
Replied by Kathie659
Plains, P, Usa
I started applying diluted ACV topically and the smell is gone! Itching reduced but still present. One ear seems to be a bit better after 3 applications. I attempted to give dog 2 TBS of ACV by mixing it in her water. However she refuses to drink it. I will have to try it in her dry food and hope that 2TBS is the recommended dosage.
Replied by Wendyb
Cushing, Wisconsin
I have a 3 year old shihtzu with yeast paws - will try the yogurt & ACV but.... does anyone else wonder why this problem is so common & in such varied breeds? I wonder what is causing this problem in the first place?!
Replied by Newcfmly
West Monroe, La
I already give my 9 year old Maltese Acidolphlis and he eats yogurt. I am interested in the Apple Cider Vinegar. How much to put on food?

Posted by Dianne (Rush City, Minnesota) on 11/29/2009

Thank Thank You, for this website. I can't believe how much money I have spent on Vets (five different) trying to cure my 12 year old, 6 lb. Shih Tzu..

she had constant yeast infections in her ears & conjunctivitis in her eyes. I've had her on every eye drop & gel, Prednisone, Perscription shampoo, antibiotics, ear wash, you name it..Hundreds of $$$..Not one vet told me to try ACV, yogurt or acidophillus capsules...She has long hair and goes to the groomer once a month to get trimmed around her eyes, nails clipped etc. When I went to pick her up my groomer said she was starting to get yeast infection all over her body and showed me all her black spots on her belly. I thought they were age spots. Instead of going to the Vet, I got some Women's vaginal cream for yeast infection. I rubbed this all over her tummy & ripped a white sheet & tied it around her tummy so she couldn't lick it. I put this cream on her belly every day for a week and all the crusty yeast spots are totally gone..I'm starting the ACV & yogurt tomorrow to alleviate her itchy skin..She is still constantly licking her feet & gnawing at them but I will put the ACV on her legs & feet & I will let you know how that works..This is the first time she has been content without the Prednizone..Dianne

Posted by Ralph (Lake Bluff, IL) on 07/24/2009

I'm just starting treatment our Llhsa 3 days ago (25 lbs., 12 years old) with ACV rinse, 50% water/50% AVC,shampooed every 2nd day with Antifungal shampoo and rinsed his body completely with AVC once every day. I'm feeding him 2 spoons of organic yogurt with 1 cup dry holistic dog food, duck with rice and 1 Capsule Acidophilus mixed in. 2 spoons of vinegar in a bowl of water. No problems with him eating and drinking any of these items.

Im concerned that I maybe I'm rinsing him to OFTEN with the ACV. Are most of you rinseing ONLY after shampooing? or every day? My dog is covered with black skin, sores, smells terrible and wakes alot during the night. I've noticed he has slept better already and doesnt smell so bad already. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks in advance. RMB

Replied by Mekala
Paris, Kentucky
I have a 5 year old border collie mix who is constantly itching and licking is back, we went to the vet and they gave him steroids it helped for a little while but it just came back stronger i just got acv and yogurt and about to try is, but i still dont really know what to do with the acv? does it go on is skin or in his water? Please get back to me soon!

Posted by Claire (Port Charlotte, FL) on 07/03/2009

[YEA]  i have a nine month old german shephard and have spend thousands on him in vet bills due to asumed food allergies, meds you name it hes been on them. well i took matters into my own hands due to nothing else working and running out of money and patience.he had parvo when we got him and has been on all kinds of medications therafter and i read up on line and it clicked the meds were making him worse the itching, scratching,chewing i thought yeast infection makes perfect sense.i give him 1 table spoon of organic yoghurt, watch the sugar content, with a probiotic mixed in. use apple cidar vinegar in his water 1 to 2 tablespoons and spray the affected areas with 50/50 white vinegar and distilled water. its a slow process ita been 7 days he is not itching and his fur is deffinatly growing back wow all from me reading on this site and best of all no vet bills !!!!

Replied by Dawn
Punta Gorda, Florida
My German Shepherd is 7yrs old and has been itching, scratching, knawing at himself, took him to the vet about 2months ago said he had a yeast infection between his toes, and under armpits, but the meds never worked, and it seems now he is black all over his belly...did your stuff work???

Posted by Gena (Nicholasville, Kentucky) on 05/17/2009

[YEA]  I found this website about 3 days after adopting a english bulldog, I could not believe the state that her skin was in when I got her, she was not well taken care of and she stunk and had yeast infection all over her skin, face and belly. I was trying to find a natural way to help her be the beautiful bulldog that she is when I came across this website. I bought the ACV (1 tbs) and organic vanilla yogurt (2 tbs), and mixed it with a lamb and rice dog food, in less than a week her skin has went from an inflamed, painful red to a light pink. The hair on her face and chin is growing back and her skin is not swollen and painful. She also had a few hotspots on her back that I started using ACV and distilled water ( half and half) on. The sores are almost completely healed and she is not scratching as much. Everyone at my work has commented on the change in her appearance and how dramatic it has been so quick. I am so thankful that I found this site first before spending a lot of money at the vet.

Thanks to all for the feedback and suggestions that you post.

Posted by Joy (Hohenwald, Tennessee) on 04/29/2009

[NAY]  I have a Shih Tzu 9 1/2 yrs old. She has suffered with yeast infections for probably 6 years. At first I did not know what it was, the vets (I've taken her to several over the years) said she had allergies. They treated her with steroids, antibotics, and topical sprays and eye drops, she would get a little better for a little while but the symptoms would always return worse than before and many $$$$ later. She is blind and has a discharge in her eyes. Like so many of the questions and comments on your web site my dog is suffering and I am very anxious to try the ACV, I have been putting about a tbs plain non fat yogurt in her food for about 6 weeks, and this hasn't seem to help am I using the right yogurt and the right amount? Also do I put the ACV on her food or in her water and how much? And could you recommend a brand name of dog food that would be good for her, I've been feeding her Iam's adult formula dog food. Your website has already been so helpful and I can't wait to try these remedies.

EC: You might find some ideas for food here:

Replied by Shari
Wagoner, Ok
Joy, non-fat yogurt has lots of modified food starch in it, which is like sugar, pretty much. I use ____ Plain Yogurt. Anytime it says low fat or non-fat, it is loaded with starch to replace the fat which is not so good for yeast infections. I also have a 6 month old Shih Tzu that has a yeast infection and have just started him on a heaping tablespoon of yogurt with half an acidophillus capsule mixed with a little holistic dog food and feed it to him morning and evening. The first time I fed him this mixture, he stopped scratching and chewing within a couple of hours and he continues to improve. I've also ordered an anti-fungal anti-bacterial shampoo online, but haven't received it yet. I hope this will help him. Good luck!
Replied by Yoon
Coram, Ny, Usa
Shari, thank you for that tidbit about nonfat yogurt. I've been giving two of my dogs nonfat yogurt and they both get yeast infection. Do you neutralize ACV with baking soda?
Replied by Debra
Palos Hills, Illinois
responding to ur post about the yogurt the only kind that me and my pooch eat is a non fat plain yogurt that has no modified additaves only natural sugars from the milk all of this info i got when i called Dannon so its good for me and my pooch but she only get a tbs everyday if we dont have any yogurt then we have non fat plain kefir which has 10 live active cultures My baby loves it as her yeast is well under control just about non existant along with her weekly bath and a final rinse of raw acv many blessings to you and your doggie

Posted by Daisie (Buckinghamshire, UK) on 04/26/2009

I have just sat at my Pc in complete desparation wondering how on earth I was going to help my little dog. Nothing seems to work and I am at my wits end. She has the most appalling yeast infection and she is so miserable and itchy, her skin is red with terrible black patches and her fur is falling out. She chews her back legs to bits and smells awful. I am going straight to the shops tomorrow for ACV and A____and I am going to try them as soon as I can. Fingers crossed, thank you so much and I will let you know how I get on!

Posted by Mary (Rochester, New York) on 03/19/2009

[YEA]  I have a six year old American Pitbull named Bleu. He weighs 100lbs(yes, heavy I know for a pit) he has been suffering from what I recently discovered through this site was yeast infections on his skin. This was confirmed by yet another $150.00 trip to the vet. I have started him on the yogurt and ACV. I mix the yogurt with 1/2lb of cooked 70/30 burger, 1 cup of plain yogurt, 2 raw eggs, 1 Tbls of ACV and a dash of garlic powder and he loves it. I also switched his regular food to an all natural one with the main ingrediant being salmon. So far so good. I spray him once a day with 50/50 water and distilled white vineger. I never thought I could get that smell to go away, but it's gone. No more cheese whiz, dirty sneakers, make my eyes water smell. I would like to thank everyone on this site for their advice. I didn't want to put him down, he is my best friend. My son's got him for me before they left on thier first tours of Iraq and has been my constant companion ever since. Thanks for help saving my Baby Bleu.


Posted by Jill (Winston Salem, North Carolina) on 02/22/2009

Just happened across this web-site today - while looking again for help with my 8 year old Boxer mix. Piper developed yeast on her back in Sept. 2006 and was treated by a specialist in dermatology. All of Piper's hair from her collar to the middle of her tail had fallen out and her skin had turned black and in some places she had sores. Piper's treatment consisted of skin scrapes, antibiotic's (Simplicef 200mg once daily for 4 weeks), bath's twice a week with Benzyl Plus, and Ketpconazole 200mg once daily for 4 weeks.
I feed piper and the rest of my dogs Flint River Ranch dry food and Pet Promise canned food.

The yeast cleared up after the 4 week treatment and stayed gone until April 2008 at which time i noticed her hair coming out again and I rushed her to her regular vet as the specialist has since moved to another state. Piper's vet put her back on the antibiotic Simplicef 200mg everyday for 6 weeks and I had to start giving her a bath twice a week again. The yeast disappeared again, but has started coming back now. I am at my witts end as to what to do to stop this bad stuff once and for all. Piper's hair has started coming out again....I just started the baths again and I'm using Sesun Blue, ChlorhexiDerm 2% and Malaseb shampoo's on her.

Do you think that I need to use this ACV or the white vinegar that you are talking about on this web-site? I just need some reassurance about doing this to her. I already give her the yogurt and I give her extra Vitamin C and i also give her food enzymes daily with each of her meals. I give her vegetables with her dry food peas, green beans and carrots. Piper has also had both hips replaced and ACL repair and had a blockage in her intestine in March 2007, as a result of the blockage she now has a sensitive GI tract. Help of any kind would be appreciated.

Replied by Donna Hyde
Lincoln, Nebraska
do not use white vinigar, it is only for cooking. white vinegar is stripped of all the goodness.
Replied by Annie
Mount Horeb, Wi
Use _____s Apple Cider Vinegar. It's raw, and unfiltered. Depending on your dogs wt., most people add 1 tsp-1 tablespoon to your pets food or water a day.
Replied by Athena
Andrews, Nc
I logged onto this site a week ago, after a few non-productive and expensive trips to a couple of vets looking for a lasting yeast- infection-cure for my two sweet dogs. I have now been feeding them yogurt and giving them the acidophilus caps, and noticed a great improvement in just a week's time. I have found that feeding carrots to my 2 dogs with this chronic yeast infection, which started from them having taken antibiotics, aggravates their condition.

I found that carrots have too much 'sugar' in them, and so do green peas. I use green beans as a 'filler' for more fiber, the 'no salt' type. I will try the organic 1 T organic ACV in their drinking water, the ACV-bath water rinse and the coconut oil in their food. I bought some all natural 'treats' for them, and neglected to notice that one of the ingredients was molasses... After a couple of treats, noticed that the scratching on the ears and paw-licking started. I now give them a couple of pieces of raw apple for their treats which they like very much. I appreciate all the tried-and-working solutions...THANKS!

Posted by Avery (Wilmington, Delaware) on 02/08/2009

I will begin Bucko's Yeast Treatment Today 2/7/09:

My poor Bucko! He is a black lab who weighs 80lbs. For the past two years he has been plagued with yeast infections in his ears and on his skin. Last year the vet prescribed anitbiotics, steroids, a special shampoo and a certain dog food. After a month it did the trick. A month later, back to the same old same old. I look at him now and almost want to cry. Ears smell like cheese whiz, skin is turning blace and crusty with loss of fur. It is even occuring around his eyes. There are red sore like areas that appear first and then the skin turns hard, crusty and black.

This weekend I purchased a quart of plain yogurt and Acidopholus capsules, large bottle of white vinegar and a large bottle of apple cider vinegar that I will use for bathing and spraying. I also bought some old fashioned ACV with the "mother" in it. I will use this to put in his food. Now for the big question. Diet? I have been using Dick Van Patten's potato and fish because it states on the bag, "non allergenic". I have been using that for two months now. He has gotten worse. I was using Eukanuba for adult dogs. These foods are not cheap! I have heard about this all meat diet. Im going to look into that.

I will post once per week and let you all know how it works. Man if this remedy can work on Bucko it can work on any dog. Oh yes, let me not forget, Im using a vaginal yeast infection cream in the ears. I just thought why not? Twice a day, will this hurt?

Thank you for all the posts on this site. Avery from Wilmington.

Replied by Vikki
Orlando Fl
Avery, I have the exact same problem with my black female lab, its been an absolute nightmare fighting this yeast infection. She has had it for over a year now. I have been using the ACV, yogurt and Acidophulus tabs for about 2 months now, the terrible smell has gone but she is still itching and licking and the skin is still black and hairless, Im not sure how long to keep trying someone said 5 months?
Has it taken anyone else this long to recover with the above remedies
Replied by Nias
Hoboken, Nj
Natural remedies take longer to work because they are systemic not synthetic but the results are lasting. I have a pitbull lab mix who is a rescue. When I got her she had a lot of problems- yeast infections in her ears and all over her body. Her coat looked moth eaten and she smelled like Fritos. I immediately put her on a raw diet. I use a brand called Nature's variety and alternate between the chicken, lamb and venison patties. I also give her raw vegetables- greens mostly like parsley, kale, green squash, romaine lettuce... In addition to that, I give her probiotics and acidophilus (both in liquid form and also Kefir - yogurt drink with acidophilus) fish oil, vitamin c (ester c- much more gentle on the stomach), Aloe vera gel (aids in digestion and in absorbing supplements) and a supplement that is a mixture of flax, burdock and nettle. This has helped her enormously. She still has some problems with her ears and itchy feet around this time of year and I have found the vinegar solution really helps. I use white vinegar externally because it has a much lower sugar content. I make a spray that is about 45% white vinegar, 5 % alcohol, a few drops of clove oil (natural pain killer and antiseptic and the remaining 50 % filtered water. I have found this mixture to be very effective in killing the yeast and promoting healing. You may need to stick with this treatment for several days before you see improvement but if you do this and incorporate some or all of the above into your dogs diet, you will see a vast improvement in time. Just be patient and vigilant. You know your dog so you will begin to see in time what works best. Hope this helps.
Replied by Lillia
Rescue, Ca
Avery, you might want to change the van patten potato foods, I have a great prynesse, and he has has yeast for years, and he has alway eaten this food, which we has since stopped, we found that the potato was not good for him
Replied by Jean
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
[YEA]   Using Nias' remedies of 45% white vinegar, 5% alcohol and the clove oil (for pain) 50% filtered water has been a miracle cure for my 5 year old german shepard. In one day she showed improvement! I would love to take all the tubes of creams and bottles of antibiotics and ear rinses my vet has charged me for over the last 4 years add up the cost and donate it to this site.

Posted by Ambra (Kent, Washington) on 02/01/2009

I just came across this site after searching for information on Candida Yeast infection. We have spent several 100s of dollars in Vet bills because of his skin and ear infections that are accompoanied by a strong, unpleasant odor. Medications have done nothing. We are changing his food to one I make and will be adopting the ACV and yogurt regimen. I will be adding Acidophilus to the food also. His bathing will be followed by ACV,water, and rubbing alcohol mix spraying. I was considering using Kefir instead of yogurt. I can make it at home and have complete control of the ingredients. Has anyone else tried it? I am looking forward to reporting on his improvement.

Replied by Ambra
Kent, Washington
[YEA]   It's me and my Shih Tzu again. Have changed his food to Holistic, fed him yogurt and Acidophilus, and bathed him with medicated shampoo with a generous wetting of ACV solution. I am absolutely amazed at the fast change. In just two days the redness on the skin has greatly diminished, his mood has perked up and he does not smell as strongly. My gratitude goes to those who set up this website and all the pet owners who contribute feedback.
Replied by Ambra
Kent, Washington
[YEA]   It has been a week since I started my Shih Tzu on Holistic food and treats, kefir (a different form of acidophilus), ACV, and appropriate shampoo. The yeast infection is down by 75%, the awful smell is gone, Riley seems happy and does not scratch as much. It's hard to believe that such simple remedies have done what $$$$ of medications did not do. I am grateful to all those who have contributed feed back and input.
Replied by Cat
Dallas, TX
[YEA]   I am so glad that I found this website!!!! I have two Lhasa Apsos and a Lhasa Poodle mix. The first was a "street urchin" and the other two were adopted through a rescue. My second, Chugger has been plagued with ear infections and nasty, greasy skin for two years. They are on a raw diet and supplemented with the best dry food with no grains. I also spent three months making homemade dog loaf.... nothing worked. Since I read about kefir and ACV three weeks ago, the results are amazing. I'm also giving "Mommy Baths" at home with pine tar shampoo and I'm just baffled that the vets don't know that this works!

Thank God for Google and this website.

Cat, Chachacha, Chugger and Chiclet

Replied by Suzanne From Oregon
Wilsonville, Oregon
After spending way too much money in Vet visits which didn't make any progress against Max's (6 year old standard poodle) skin and ear yeast I got on the internet and found your site. We've just started the vinegar and live yoghurt treatment. So far Max has gotten two showers with an oatmeal based shampoo in the space of two days. Yesterday we used the 50% water/vinegar spray and put the drops of vinegar in his drinking water. Amazingly, he didn't end up smelling like an Easter egg, but this morning his skin still has obvious white specks and the yeast smell was back. After the second shower there are no visible white specks and he smells like a clean dog. I'll use the water/vinegar spray before he goes to bed to night and let you know what results we have in a couple of weeks. Thanks for sharing.

Suzanne from Oregon

Replied by Kathy
New York, Ny
I watched a video from a vet and she said stay away from oatmeal, grains, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and anything starchy -

I just dunked my dog's paws in peroxide and he is much better for the moment. Then I read peroxide was recommended but I will definitely try the apple cider vinegar and water spray on his paws daily as well as giving him yogurt and apple cider vinegar and see if he eats it. He feels much better right now, so calm and relaxing, hoping it will be for the rest of the night!

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