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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Nov 26, 2015

Dietary Changes
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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
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
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.
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.

Dietary Changes, ACV and Yogurt
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Posted by Cmleung (Toronto, Canada) on 06/26/2015

[NAY]  My dog is an 10 years old Akita, neutered male. He has been scratching like crazy and have yeast problem two years ago, it has never stopped. Over the 2 years the vet has prescribed steroids-prednisone, antibiotics, all kinds of blood tests, change his food according to the vet recommendation (it was kangaroo meat), and nothing helps. He got severe diarrhea with the new food and finally refused to eat them, so we switch him to a salmon brand. We tried to bath him but he is one of those that HATE bathing. For us to bath him we will need to take a day off! We were referred to an ER dermatologist. She must have needed money bad or need to prove herself. She is so adamant about prescribing him EVERY treatments and pills under the sun, and probably want to maximized the kick-back from pharmaceutical company! Anyway, long story short. They switch him to Venatyl-P, with antibiotics and Ketoconazole, continue with his cleanser (that is another thing which we have accumulated bottles of different things from the vet). We were prescribed Venatyl-P before but we weren't able to lower the dosage and the drug is getting too costly. Our insurance was very slow to give us back the money. Everything needs to pay up front. So the old vet prescribed prednisone. He was ok with the prednisone once a day, until the derma insisted to switch him to venatyl-p or no drug for my Koda at all. The attitude was outrageous when we demanded a price list for the treatment plan and pick what we can effort at the time. The owner/head vet at Koda's 'family vet' refused to refill his Venatyl-P nor prednisone until we bring him in. I understand the risk, and over the pass two years we have been spending thousands of dollars at the same vet. But using the tactics to force upon visits and treatments gets my blood boiled.

Enough of the vent.

We have tried to give him ACV on the skin. It makes the situation worse. He licks it even more and dislike the smell or taste. I guess because he licks it more, skin was always moist and therefore encourage the growth of yeasts. Then we tried to put ACV in his water and food. He eats them, but situation never improved. We also give him Yogurt along with ACV. Nothing changes. He seems to like the yogurt though.

So... this post is to report what is NOT working unfortunately :(

I just started to give him Yogurt with acidophilus. I haven't seen any improvement yet but it has only been two days. He is more gassy though.

I will also try turmeric put on his skin and see what happen.

Has anyone try to use the over-the-counter yeast infection treatment like Canesten cream?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Cmleung!

I have used OTC yeast creams in the ears or in skin folds with good result. I much prefer Ted's Antifugal/Antistaph remedy because it is more affordable.

In your shoes I might give the derma the boot and go back to the daily oral pred as that seemed to give you the best result. JMHO!

You might try adding borax to the water to help combat the yeast from the inside out. It sounds like you have the diet nailed down - no grains, avoid starches that feed the yeast - etc.

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution **process below

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. The working action of this rinse is about 24 hours, so you may need to dip him every other day - or based on the results that you see.

Process for converting the 1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store to a 1% solution: 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.

Ted's Borax protocol for pets:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/12/2014

The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.


Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.


Additional food supplements might be quercetin for inflamation, or yucca or turmeric. I would rather see the probiotics added via encapsulated form or powder rather than yogurt as the dairy can cause stomach upset/gas to obtain a theraputic concentration of the beneficial gut bacteria. Colostrum can be obtained at health food stores and may help to build up his immune system as well.

Replied by Cherie
Irvine, Ca

I too am trying to combat a yeasty dog. We are not sure what she's allergic too. I've switched diets, took her off chicken, turkey and beef. Now on Stella's Raw Rabbit or Venision Dehydrated. Baked Salmon some, green vegetables. No starches whatsoever. She is on probiotics, enzymes, omegas, quercetin, nettles, Apawthecary Detox Blend and I give her coconut oil orally. I also use an anti fungal shampoo and rinse and Dermagic Skin Rescue lotion. She is still very itchy and has the blackened dark skin on her chest, belly and legs. Gotten better some, not completely. What type of borax should I use? How much in her water? It is safe to put it in her water? I'd like to try Ted's rinse also.

Replied by Lynn
San Diego Ca
Please check my recent post..Ted's Mange Cure for Dogs Sat, 26 Sep 15 17:34:38 -0500 Posted by Lynn (San Diego, Ca) on 09/26/2015 sounds like my puppy. Homeopathy can really help. Sulfur and Psorium if symtoms match. You need to do the yeast protical spray 2 a day, Dr. Becker vet on youtube, Teds mange rinse look what I did and do...nuiturition...look up Answers Raw pet food. And on youtube for lectures. Homeopathy also can building up the dog. That is what I am doing. Takes time..lots of prayer too. It is finally working for me. Looks like you are almost there.

Posted by Marlena (Goolwa, South Australia) on 06/18/2014

I am caring for Archie, a LaGotto while his parents are away for 2 weeks. He has been diagnosed with yeast infection in his ear. I have just collected the antibiotic Ketacanozole from the vet $117.00 and ear drops. His usual diet is a combination of dry food and a small amount of minced steak. After reading all this info here I will eliminate the dry food for the next 10 days give apple cider and natural yogurt. The dry food he is on is NUTRO natural choice.. will report in 10 days. Marlena

Dietary Changes, Baking Soda
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Posted by Ritalowe2 (Asbury Park, New Jersey) on 08/29/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My dog's skin has been repeatedly pink with bacterial and yeast infections. Has seasonal allergies. Has some food allergies. I feed her Simple Solutions dry rice and venison with some canned EVO 95% venison. She is 8 years old, black lab, weighs 74lbs. I saw some comments from TED, Thailand. My treatments were 1 tbl [???!] baking soda. Also, gave a ketachlor bath same day. Took her off Simple Solutions and fed her tilapia and the water it was cooked in. And, her skin cleared to normal. Don't know which remedy cleared her. Gave her Simple Solutions again but forgot to check skin first in case skin pink from seasonal allergies. Skin got pink again. My questions: (1) how long is it safe to give baking soda in water and (2) if I start a homecooked food can it be without liver and how much do I feed a dog of 74 lbs. How do I keep homecooked food nutritional?

EC: Thanks for your feedback. Can you please clarify your baking soda comments? Was this an internal or external remedy?

WARNING! If internal, 1/8 of a teaspoon is the serving size for people, so pets would be even less than that!

Replied by Denise
Baltimore, Md
Try switching to a different type of protein in your dog's diet. Venison is a protein that produces a lot of heat in an allergic dog according to Chinese medicine. Fish without potatoes or grains, organic buffalo or beef is typically best.
Replied by Carla
Lake Mary, Florida
Try using Taste of the Wild. I have my dog and cats on the wild salmon variety - it is 'cool' instead of the 'warm' types like venison, bison or duck.
Replied by Polly
Yucaipa, Ca
yes, but read the label, it has sweet potatoes..

Dietary Changes, Yogurt
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Posted by Silver (Tucumcari, N.m.) on 05/29/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My puppy, a 5 mo. old rat terrier/shitzu mix has been constantly scratching but no sign of fleas. I came across which discussed rabies shots which change the Ph in the body and pave the way for yeast infection. They discuss diet, No corn, corn gluten, brewers rice and other items which add sugar to the system and increase the problems. So far, I can't afford to help him but have started him on plain yoghurt which has helped. But he still smells horrible. Check this site out to see if it will help.

Posted by Keith (Richmond, Virginia) on 04/17/2011

[YEA]  my black lab puppy had a real bad case of yeast infection, under the arms and in the ears. I used the advice on your site and it helped a lot. First I changed her food from puppy chow to taste of the wild all natural. Then added acidophilus tabs (300 billion) and for desert a little yougart. Wow.... After 2 weeks like magic her yeast infection went away, her hair grew back and her coat is beatiful. The advice I got from your members was a god send. I believe your best results you should find results from a owner with the same kind of dog.. this worked for my lab, I hope it works for you... thanks

Posted by Jessicabf (Mt. Pleasant, Sc) on 01/04/2011

I have a solution that worked for my dog. After reading a majority of the post re: yeast infection remedies when my dog was dealing with a bad case of it, I decided to try some of the suggestions. Since mid October 2010, this is what I've been doing for Gigi to heal her. Brief history: Gigi (maltese) has been on Prednisone and antibiotics for most of her adult life (8 years old). She had scabs all over her body and was diagnosed with yeast infection from 2 vets, and stapf infection for another. After her last round of antibiotics, which cleaned everything up, but then within a month, she was right back in the same spot, I said no more prescription drugs---I knew this was an endless cycle. This is what I did and she is 97% better:

- nutrition is everything: NO GRAIN food with no by-products---you need to seek out great food. For some this is an issue b/c it cost more (vet bills are really expensive too). I'm using Instinct (raw diet meats) and Taste of the Wild. NO GRAIN and NO BY PRODUCTS is extremely important. Poor diet is the problem---to find the right food, you may need to seek out alternative vendors like pet stores that really understand this issue or online. - add probiotics/enzymes to each meal (i got from her vet---the supply will last a good year )

- UDOs Wholesome food diet for Dogs (packed with healthy nutrition)--- and the supply last a long time. - Add omega oils to meal (be mindful of the amount)

- PLAIN (no sugar) yogurt (really important not to get yogurt with sugars)---suggest: yogurt from health food store or stoneyfield. - MOST IMPORTANT part of healing the scabs and itchiness: I cleaned her scabs (she had all over her body, infection around her eyes---it was horrible) and infection with digestible Aloe Vera gel (Lilly of the Dessert), not the kind you buy at a drug store for topical use. Everyday until I started seeing results. - Another thing to consider that I did up front was give her a few of drops of Colloidal Silver --- please research more about this. - I did not test Apple Cider Vinegar -- however, I know it's great stuff for people. I truly hope this helps... I feel blessed to have come up with a solution that ACTUALLY had results.

Posted by Afliedog (Wells, Uk) on 02/17/2010

[YEA]  My dog has had a yeast infection for 8 months, the yeast is mainly between her toes in her nail beds and on her back leg. she has been to the vet all this time and been on antibiotics for 6 weeks, also a anti fungus pill, we could not control the yeast problem, one day it looked fine the day it would flare up again. she has been bathed every second day since it started 8 months ago. We were at the stage where we were given up till I found this site. We tried the spray of apple cider vinger and water, but this made the dog cry and she shook every-time I walked passed her, her feet also seem to get worse with this. She has been on a salmon diet with no grain. she has yogurt mixed in with this twice a day also acidopholus tablets one twice a day with food, I have brought the probiotic yogurt that has no sugar added (as i have read this can feed the yeast) She has been on this diet for a week, no tablets from the vet, she has stopped itching and stopped licking, I am still bathing her every second day and the day she is not bathed I was her feet with cotton tips and cotton wool pads. The feet are still slightly swollen and at one stage we didn't think it would work as her feet were swelling up again. But she is getting there very slowly at least it is not getting worse another fews weeks I think before it has gone. the hardest thing is not treats no chews no biscuits no other meat expect the salmon

Replied by Kaz
Salmon can actually make yeast issues worse. I'd cut the salmon. Get a dehydrator and make ur own treats. Green beans, coconut flesh, chicken
(u can also look up 'Yeast Starvation Diet')

Posted by Rmg (Indianapolis, Indiana) on 01/15/2010

[YEA]  Because of the advice on this site and a couple of others, I started giving my dog a half a cup of yogurt every day and switched back to her old dog food. Within a week her odor was gone and she stopped scratching. Thanks.

Replied by Ashley
If you don't mind, what was ur old dog food brand cause I'm having problem with my dog and I don't know if it's cause the food or what..

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Posted by Sarah (Lancaster, Ca) on 06/06/2014

I am just wondering how long do I have to keep up with these Home remedies for my dog's Yeast infection? I don't do it for a day or two and my Dog has bloody paws. A few weeks ago when I didn't do them she took hair out of her tail and I had to go back to the vet to get her back on the meds.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Sarah!

I could not tell from where your comment posted which remedies you were using to treat your dog for yeast.

Can you tell me what exactly are you doing on a daily basis to treat your dog for yeast?

Thanks! ~

Posted by Shan (Carson, Vs) on 04/03/2013

Hello! I have a 1 1/2 yr. old pitbull who is 99% white & you name it he's got it. Which sucks. I'm all about homepathic remedies than drug induced for my dog.. let me go down the list. Ear infections, yeast infection in ears, sores on legs he wont stop chewing or licking them abscess in between all his toes. I've have given him all the meds vets have prescribed & suggested. It just comes back with full force and vengence. Please I'll take any/all advice he's a wonderful dog I love him & it kills me to see him tearing himself apart and he can't stop the itching. Sincerely, Shan & JUMBOEĞdog)

Replied by Charliesmom
Cambridge, Ma
Please read this book " royal treatment" by Dr.Royal, a vet. It sounds like all the problems are diet related.

Posted by David (Rocky Mount, Nc) on 02/23/2013

My Cooper, a rescue, has had terrible yeast skin for 2 years now. Like many of you, I have spent a fortune treating him. Now he has a new doctor. GET THYROID CHECKED! She said it wasn't strong enough to fight his skin. She is also treating him topically with BCP BNT OTIC GEL; THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! It is for the treatment of ear infections; but it has turned his elephant gross skin into baby skin and all his hair is coming back! I am ECSTATIC! I know this site is alternative medice; and Ive tried everything! I hope you post this so maybe another dog or cat can have some relief! I never got a night's sleep because of biting his skin till it bleeds; it is a miracle! Please try these 2 things.

Replied by Marie
Try half a clove of garlic. It worked for my dog and she was a mess.

Posted by Kim (New York, Ny, Usa) on 11/30/2012

I've read many of the posts regarding yeast problems with dogs (I have one a bacterial infection and yeast all over his body) but I want to know if anyone knows whether yeast can live on fabrics and then infect the dog again when he lays on his blanket. Should I throw the blankets away and start fresh? Or, is it really an internal problem where the yeast on his coat and skin doesn't actually survive beyond that.

I plan to post in the Yeast section for Pets with a more detailed description of the status and process, but I wanted to ask this question specifically. thanks. Kim

Replied by Balinda
Orleans, Ont CA
The yeast can go on to fabric so wash the blanket

Posted by Debbie (Chatom, Al) on 05/18/2012

Well, it is so nice to find postings that relate to my Sadie. She is a 15 lb Jack Russell/fice mix. She has had skin issues since she was a puppy. She is now 5. We have used prednisone, numerous times. That helped, but it always came back. My vet has told me allergies. I took her to another vet, he gave her a shot and treated her for scabies. She cleared up, no smell, new hair, no scratching. BUT, you can't give them the shots all the time. Suggested that we have her allergy tested. I love her, but with 2 kids in college, Sadie and Mama are low men on the totem pole. THE NEXT Vet has helped. We put her on a meat only dog food, mitic medication, and an antibiotic. He also said to give her 3 ccs of benedril 2xday. Well, Her hair came back, she lost weight (no snacks and only the dog food) she still smells and itches like hell (sorry) even with the benedril. I really don't think that she has food allergies. Nothing changed with the food. We bathe her every three to four days like the second vet said, smells good for a little while. We are putting a little white vinegar in her rinse water, that seems to help. Gonna try this drug you guys are talking about for the yeast. Heavens, just go round and round. Oh yeah, we dont have fleas, so go figure.....

Replied by Rarind
Centerville, Indiana
Have you had your dog tested for Thyroid trouble? My dog experienced the same thing and she was treated for allergies, tested for allergies and finally my groomer suggested I have her thyroid tested; it was extremely low. The test is about $150, but they put her on thyroid pills (inexpensive from the vet) and it took several months but her skin cleared up beautifully. Her Thyroid level was suppose to be 4. and it. 02 the vet said that they skin condition is what prompted her to check the thyroid. Hope this helps.

Posted by Deb (Austin, Texas) on 03/01/2012

Our 65lb Australian Shepherd has suffered from allergies since she was 2 years old; she's 5 now. We use a human antihistamine to help relieve symptoms temporarily called ChlorTabs. (The active ingredient is chlorpheniramine maleate 4mg. ) My mother and sister use this with their dogs (My mother has small dogs. ), and I have checked with the vet to make sure it is safe. We give her 2 to 3 tablets in a pill pocket when necessary, but no more than 3 times a day. This is cheap and can be found in most pharmacy areas of grocery stores; sometimes the store carries it as its own brand, generic.

We have tried so many different foods, shampoos, etc. , and nothing has worked to help Harley. We want a solution for her recurring yeast infections, not just a temporary fix. I am so encouraged after reading the posts here. We hate seeing Harley itch and bite her paws continuously and scratch her ears to the point of whining in pain when she does. We do have a rinsing solution from the vet for her ears called Epi-Otic by Virbac. This does help, but it takes my husband and I both to hold her and put this in her ears; she hates it, and it's expensive. I am going to purchase all the homeopathic items discussed in the posts. We believe in a homeopathic approach whenever possible for human or canine. Fortunately our other three large dogs are allergy free. I will post updates on progress. Thank you to all who posted information to this site, and those who set up the site. We were desparate for help, and I googled yeast infection for dogs instead of allergies in dogs. Great site and info!