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.....
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!
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!!!
Many people have claimed that urine can cure the fungus that causes athletes foot. I have a question regarding using urine to cure other types of fungi similar to athletes foot. There is a fungus that can grow and thrive in a dogs ear. It is a yeast infection that causes severe itching and can cause a really bad odor. Also symptoms of light to dark brown discharge in ears. What would happen if urine was used by administering into dogs ear using a spray bottle???
I am at the end of my rope, I've tried every OTC product available in stores. From athletes foot creams to vaginal yeast infection treatments. They all worked at first, but the fungi soon returned within a week or so.
So if anyone has any ideas about what can be done to end this itchy situation... Please reply.
Fort Worth, Tx
I have a Corgi who started itching and losing hair about 7 months ago. Wal-Mart ran out of the food I normally feed her so we had to switch, and this is when the itching nightmare began. I took her to the Vet, they told me she had food allergies. Nothing they gave me for her worked. Took her back to the Vet, now after numerous lab test etc. , they tell me she has a yeast infection. I give her all the pills they gave me, I bathed her 3 times a week in the shampoo they gave me to use, and still nothing worked. So I thought..... Yeast infection, I'll try Monistat, well it helped relieve the itching some-what, but didn't get rid of the problem. I tried Benadrly to help with the itching, and nothing would give her relief.
Finally, I thought about Lactinex a pro-biotic, which is what I take when I'm on antibiotics so I don't get a yeast infection. I have been giving it to her for three days now, and I can see a definate difference in her. She is actually getting some rest, and not spending every moment scratching. I have felt so desperate to give her relief, that I have been considering putting her to sleep because to live like this is so miserable. I don't know why I didn't go on-line to see if there were any remedies to try, it just dawned on me today. I feel terrible, I could have saved her so much torture if only I had been using my head. I am going to buy gallons of ACV to help her along with the yogurt. After spending over $500.00 on meds & lab work at the Vet, I hope we can finally give her some peace. If all this works........ I am going to give my Vet a piece of my mind! I have a lot of animals, (horses, cows, cats, dogs) and my vet earns plenty of money off me every year. I feel like telling him he owes me a lot of money back, or at least credit to my account. Thank you all so much for sharing your stories about your experiences with your best friends. I feel so much better knowing that euthanasia will not be the final option for relief.
Newport Beach, Ca, Usa
I've noticed a lot of people saying that they have their dogs on antibiotics for this sort of infection. That is the WORST thing to have them on for yeast, Candida Yeast is a FUNGUS, not a bacteria. A lot of you have said that your dog is on a combination of antibiotics and acidophilus (friendly bacteria that controls fungus AKA a PRObiotic). The antibiotics are killing the acidophilus that you've bought, plus killing all other friendly bacteria the dog has, therefore exacerbating the Yeast Infection and letting the Candida grow freely without any protection from what keeps them in control in the 1st place, friendly bacteria!
Long story short, antibiotics do nothing for a Yeast Infection, they usually cause one. Candida Yeast is the same microbe that occurs in a woman vaginally as well, it's a fungus and most women know what causes that... ANTIBIOTICS
I am amazed that I have bringing my dog to vets (3 different ones) to find out the cause of her problems and needless to say have spent tons of $ in the process!!! To no avail, no one has cured her! We have tried diets, Antihistimines, steriods, allergy shots, and more!!!! Nothing has helped my poor baby! I have always thought that there was a yeast problem... Now I am more convinced then ever! I will try what I have read and demand my vet do what I say now!!! Nothing they have said has worked!
Wellington, New Zealand
I have a rotty/lab and a boxer with completely different allegies. what fun huh!?! My boxer gets bumpes all over her occasionally and itches her paws. She also cuts scratches the end of her ears till they bleed. This breaks our heart so we are keeping the clean with alcohol. Then we have our lab/rotty who is absolutely miserable the last time we took her to the vet she told me this was the worst case of allergies/yeast infection she had seen. The problem is that our dog had just finished her treatment for those problems. I am very worried because they have now taken her off the meds they were giving her (this was causing bladder problems) She is loosing hair on her face, belly, ears, feet, pits, and tail area. She is suffering and no one seams to be able to help treat this problem. please help! I am willing to try anything to ease her suffering. My email is available for contact. If you give me amounts I will use it
P.S. she is a 60# dog and the medication caused her to pee on herself that is why it was stopped. She has not had this problem since. Thank you all
Palm Beach, Fl
Lake Worth, Fl.
For years we were told by more than one vet our dog had a allergy and was running thru something she was allergic to outside. We did not question this because Lady is not confined. We live semi rural and even though she is not confined to be 1/4 of a mile from us would be a rare distance for her to roam.
As she got older the odor connected with a yeast infection and other things connected to a yeast infection became so strong it was causing problems in our home and when we went to visit the grand kids. It got so bad I got on the Internet and started to read anything I could about skin problems in dogs. It was then that I learned what she hadsuffered with all these years was what seemed to be a yeast problem.
About 4-5 months ago after reading everything I decided to begin a treatment program on my own. After reading the different remedies suggested I decided on the following.
I started by giving her 3 baths a week that were 3 part deals. First was tea tree shampoo bath using one of those soar scrub things you put your hand in. Then let it stand on her for about 10 minutes and rinse. Next was the regular dog shampoo bath and rinse. Then a final rinse with a solution of 1/3 to 1/2 apple cider and water. Lady also was put on a strict grain free diet. We also started giving her a big spoonful of plain yogurt every night with her bedtime bite. WELL IT WORKED. She now has a full thick coat and not one bump or smell.
I need to also say that her fur is kept short to very short depending on the season.
We never expected these results. Lady is a old dog she will be 16 in just a couple of months. I so wish we would have learned this years ago. But I am sovery happy it will make her twilight years more comfortable.
I have started using GSE for my bulldog that I have been told by vet has allergies, yeast infection (infestation). I am amazed by the relief she has been experiencing. See Candida on this website. Thank you all for the gift of health for myself, family and pets. This is a wonderful site!!!!
We have a 6 year old Aussie who has what appears to be a rampant ear infection and we were referred to this site in order to find a yeast infection cure. We feed him Blue Buffalo, and egg whites at breakfast and beef burger at dinner. We used to use a soy/beef mix and it seemed to get worse.
Currently the high protein diet and constant bathing has returned his coat however his ears, elbows and paws still have this black stuff all over, a waxy feeling.
We will start him on acidopholus and check back in a couple of weeks.
I have fostered more than 150 basenjis, many with skin issues. Usually, I can fix them fairly quickly. This summer, though, I've had one that has a very challenging skin condition which appears to be a yeast problem. I had already incorporated several of the suggestions mentioned here with some success and will try others mentioned here. One thing that I've found to have the largest impact is to control the environment - humidity. This is a challenge in Florida, particularly when living in an older home that leaks like a sieve. My foster dog's skin was noticeably better when there was a break in the heat and humidity. I run dehumidifiers along with the air conditioners to try to maintain less than 50% relative humidity. I also limit my foster's access to sunshine and midday outside heat. I expect to have a lot more success with finally nipping the problem in the bud when the Florida summer weather breaks for more than a few days and hope that I will have his immunity fully recovered before he has to once again deal with heat and humidity next summer.
OMG! I love reading that other people are hvaing the same issues! I couln't undersatnd why my dog was always getting ear infections and licking her feet and vulva and her feet smelled like fritos.
I soak them in a mixture of 4 cups of water, 1/4 cup white vinager 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide a couple times a day and what a difference of course after I changed her food to high protein diet. EVO. I had her on a sweet potato and herring dog food and it was the worst thing I could do.
My Bassett (Molly) had a yeast infection in her ears. My vet who is loves animals told me to mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar and clean Molly's ears with it. It did wonders. I have not tried it all over but I am rinsing her with white vinegar after bathing. I also mix the white vinegar in her shampoo when I bath her. I've just started the baths and yogurt. Will let you know my success.
Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
Yeast Infection: Ears and Skin
I have an 8 yr old female Bulldog. She has yeast in her ears, on her back and saborhea on her coat. A friend who is a vet tech has suggested I giver her accidophilus for yeast and hair growth, as well as intestinal wellnes. Also, I do an ear flush 2-3 times per week using a watered down iodine solution to help steralize the ears. I have been using 1:10 ration of iodine to water and it really seems to be helping with the extra gunk build up. I havn't used the accidophilus yet but plan to start this week. Will also try the yogurt and vinegar. Thanks for the extra tips!