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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Aug 19, 2015


Dietary Changes, ACV and Yogurt   0  1   

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
06/29/2015
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.

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

or

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.

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   0  0   

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! http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/baking_soda.html

Replied by Denise
Baltimore, Md
12/21/2009
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
11/30/2010
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
09/05/2011
yes, but read the label, it has sweet potatoes..

Dietary Changes, Yogurt   3  0   

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 Nzymes.com 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
Md
10/26/2014
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
Louisiana
06/14/2014
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..

General Feedback   0  0   

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
06/07/2014
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
04/09/2013
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
Duram
05/24/2013
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
04/06/2015
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
01/05/2013
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!

Posted by Linda (Thunder Bay, Ontario) on 12/23/2011

Like all the rest of you, I have been at my wit's end dealing with my 11 year old pekingese's issues with yeasty skin issues. I have been bathing her in Nizoral for a good year now, weekly, and it keeps it just under check, but not great.

I went to my vet last week, and she put her on Ketoconazole. I have since pulled her off of it. She was totally off her food, and I was worried she was failing, altho, after a few days, there is definitely an improvement in her skin. I came home from the gym one day, and the other 3 pekes were at the door to greet me - she was still laying in bed, not aware I was there. I thought she was dead!

I am very seriously considering feeding her a totally raw diet. I changed her food from Eagle Holistic Fish, to Now. She is not fussy about Now. This morning I fed her ground chicken with green beans. She ate the most she has eaten since her bout with not eating and not feeling well taking the meds.

My 12 1/2 yr old Belgian Tervuren eats totally raw, and has been for the last 3 years due to itchiness, altho, he is still itchy, is on thyroid medication, but otherwise very happy. He takes Vanectyl-P every second day.

So, I am in a quandry like the rest of you, and appreciate all the information posted here. Thank you!!!


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