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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!!!

Posted by Rachel (Metairie, Louisiana) on 08/06/2011

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.

Replied by Bunny
Boston, Ma
Here's a recipe for ear infection (fungal, bacterial, etc. ) gotten from a vet many years ago. It worked for my dogs.

4 oz. witch hazel (or alcohol although alcohol stings)

1 T boric acid

4 drops gentian violet (pharmacy).

I mixed it up in a little brown bottle with dropper.

Apply to ears 2 x day for a week, then once a day until resolved. It stains so be careful where you apply.

Posted by Connie (Elk Creek, Missouri) on 03/10/2011

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.

Replied by 5 Pooches Home
Houston, Tx
1. You can also try Ted's Mange remedy and also rub her with wash cloth or towel soaked in apple cider vinegar and water solution (50-50 each) couple of times a day. This will make a huge difference I bet.

2. Also start feeding her homemade diet (fresh veggies, beans and brown rice- NO MEAT OR DAIRY) and add coconut oil -lots of it to her food. Take AWAY ALL processed food from her diet like dog food and treats. Only natural foods. For snack you can give her fruits like apple and banana. Also you can cook her some oatmeal mixed with water and coconut oil.

3. You can at night also massage her with some coconut oil as its anti-bacterial and if u can get - neem oil. THis will soothe her a LOT. You can also try eucaluptus oil to massge on her.

4. Last but not least, hygiene of ur pets and ur home is VERY imp. Make sure her surrounding and her sheets and her bed is all washed in laundry. Also give her a bath with mild BABY SHAMPOO that is HYPOALLERGENIC AND SOAP FREE. This all 4 steps should bring her good health inside out and heal her completely.

5. DO NOT put any FLEA products on her and DO NOT OVER VACCINATE HER OR GIVE HER HEARTWORM PILLS OR ANY OTHER MEDICINE. Natural cure is the best. Plz. stop loading the poor dog's body with poisons and toxins and commercial dog foods.

Good luck.
Replied by Kay
Jacksonville, Fl
In response to Connie' comments about yeast infection, I too, have started using other things to help my GS. I wrote a few weeks ago on Earth Clinic about using Chinese Herbs, etc, which did help her for a while. But, I finally started putting ACV in her water about 1 tablespoon in large bowl, and putting it in her bucket of rinse water when I bathe her. I am seeing a small improvement. I think I too will try the priobotics(spelling???). I have been feeding her plain yogurt as a treat. She has been on the Hills Perscription Diet ZD which is so expensive, so, I am going to slowly switch her into another food. I heard that Natural Balance was pretty good for dogs with skin allergies(cysts, etc)

Thanks Connie for your input. I am glad your baby is better.
Replied by Mypapagaio
Newport Beach, Ca, Usa
I am shocked at the number of replies from people on here that do NOT fully know what they are talking with regards to yeast infection. I just read somebody suggested a lady whos dog is suffering be put on a strict diet of no meat? What? This person obviously does not know that yeast infections "thrive" on sugar. So, just like us humans, anything we eat in which our body converts to sugar will only feed the yeast. Ideally the dog should be on a raw food(meat) diet but it is very tricky to get the righ balance so it is highly recommended you do not attempt to do this on your own. High quality pet stores offer premade raw meals for your dog. However, they are expensive. SO, a kibble dog food that does NOT have starch or grains is what your dog needs. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!! Yeast is a serious thing because most vets will just assume it is allergies or some other type of infection and inevitably do the worst thing... They will put your dog on anti-biotics. This is the absolute worst thing imaginable for a dog that has yeast infection.

So, start googleing all over the place and read everything you can. I don't have time to go into it all here. But, a permanent diet switch to a meat based food with no starch or sugars. Also, antifungal remedies for weeks and weeks if not months as your dog will be purging his toxins through his skin and it itches something terrible. He MUST get daily supplements to rebuild a healthy level of pro-biotics in his system.

Now, move on to another 10 blogs and keep reading up!

Posted by Ajvk (Cambridge, Ma) on 01/07/2011

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

Posted by Leah (Land O Lakes, Fl) on 01/20/2010

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!

Replied by Atticus
Wellington, New Zealand
Is Vinegar harmful to cats? I have a 7 months old kitten who drinks from my dogs water bowl. I wouldn't want to make doggy better and kitty sick.

(Also I have already been using vinegar for a few days, before reading this post for getting rid of cat and dog smells on the carpets and pet bedding. 50/50 vinegar and water sprayed on carpets and the next moring doggie and kitty smell gone! The vinegar smell evaporates. I also used this in the rinse when washing dog blankets today. Finally got rid of the smell which putting disinfectant in the wash hadn't resolved in the past.)

Posted by Stacey (Knoxville, TN) on 01/03/2009

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

Replied by Tess
Palm Beach, Fl
Hi Stacy, what brand of food you are feeding your dogs? I think many issues in dogs are caused by the junky ingredients they put into some brands of dog food. It would be great for people to start learning the brands that are causing such terrible problems!
Replied by Jamie
Lake Worth, Fl.
Your dog needs to see an allergist, pronto. My little chihauhau was chewing the fur from his little feet, and had yeast infections, plus bacterial.

We tried steroidal meds he put on 5 pounds, yes doubled his weight and it is bad for them. It didnt work, next step was to put him on perscription dog food, and see an allergist. The allergist did the testing like on a human. Found he was allergic to many many things. Cats being one, I thought that was cute. I now give him a weekly injection, it was expensive but when you take on a companion you contract to care for them.

Benadryl is safe for dogs, make sure its not the cold kind, just the allergy kind. Also when a dog chews his feet, and has hair loss on the underside it is a sign of inhaled allergies. Like pine trees, pollen, dust mites etc... almost like hay fever in humans.
Replied by Dianna
Austin, TX
i too have a chihuahua who weights 5 lbs. when if first got him he was suffering from very itchy feet and was chewing his fur off too. also the previous owner had put front-line on him and the place they put it lost all fur and was a red inflamed itchy place that looked very painful.
i immediately bathed him in pine tar soap and poured white vinegar on him. of course it stung! but for the first time he wasn't scratching and rubbing on the floor and chewing his feet. the 'cure' for his feet was very quick. bathing him with pine tar soap and pouring white vinegar on them about 3 times and no more itching. but i had to wait for the front-line to wear off on his back. it took almost a month for his hair to start to grow back where they had placed it. chihuahua's are very sensitive. i would NEVER put a chemical on my dog. thankfully i took this dog away from his previous owners. the pine tar soap also prevents fleas and by itself may help with skin problems - but for the yeast and the severe itchiness it causes - white vinegar is the best because it kills yeast. you can dilute it - but i used it straight and left it on him for faster killing of the yeast.

btw - he has never had this problem since. i do bathe him about every 3 months (pine tar soap or chandrika) or so and finish with a rinse of diluted apple cider or white vinegar now to rinse off the soap scum. he also gets apple cider vinegar in his drinking water.
Replied by Judy
We had allergy testing done on my Abbie and it did help us to find out a lot.

She's allergic to chicken, potatoes and fleas, the worst, then follows with pork. We have had her on Fromm Lamb & Lentils grain free for about 3yrs now.

She also has auto immune hemolytic anemia. Happened at 4.5yrs shortly after her vaccines and the trifexis flea pill. We almost lost her on day 3. She had to have a transfusion, then we had to go to the emergency animal clinic and stay a week until her pac count got back in the 30's. She's in remission now and no problems until now.

We had to board her to go to a college graduation and she got fleas and now we have a very bad skin yeast infection. The store we get her Lamb & Lentils from ran out and they are the only ones that carry it. We got duck and sweet potatoe, and I think along with the itching and scratching of the fleas and the substitute food, she came down with yeast. So, after reading all this, I went to the store and got plain yogurt and I had the apple cider vinegar and the baking soda. So I just put a tablespoon of yogurt on her lamb, that they finally got in, and we'll start the rest tomorrow morning along with some goat's milk. I hope this helps. With this disease, she can never take another vaccine the rest of her life, preferably no steroids or antibiotics too......

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Posted by Ozarkian (Lake Of The Ozark's, Missouri) on 03/03/2013

[YEA]  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.

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Posted by Cathy (Cumming, Ga) on 09/24/2010

[YEA]  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!!!!

Replied by Kayla
Coalgate, Oklahoma
Please help Tootles!!!! Just adopted a black toy poodle from a couple who could no longer afford vet bills. She is about 6lbs (VERY UNDER WEIGHT... Can see spine and ribs) She is 2 years old and has been treated for "Allergies" from last owners vets. I dont want to give this baby more shots and antibiotics when they are NOT working. I havent even had her a week and from research believe she does have this skin yeast infection everyone talks about. Please tell me, how do you use the ACV??? Mix with bath? put on directly? or Feed Orally?

Also, This poor baby has open sores, Last night I had to put a cone on her because she chewed her front paw bloody. I want to give this little girl some relief. Am going to start the Plain Yogurt ASAP. Have been treating her open wounds with neosporin (sp?)

Anxiously Awaiting Response,
Kayla and Tootles
Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms
Kayla, Acv may work I dont know but I do know that on raw skin its going to burn. Also my vet said I could use neosporin on my yorkie and it wouldnt hurt if he licked it (WRONG) he started gagging and vomiting from licking it. I use Tree of Life kosher organic expelled pressed coconut oil. I rub it on the skin and also give him (9lbs) 1 teaspoon in his food a day. NO MORE YEAST! Yogart can be rubbed on the skin too. Its not as good but better then nothing. Give her benadryl liquid 1 to 2 mg per pound by mouth every 6 to 8 hrs. For fast relief. I get the coconut oil at health food store they also have it at amazon.

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Posted by Scott (Kingwood, Tx) on 12/21/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.


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Posted by Basenjilife (Seminole, Florida) on 10/11/2014

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.

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Posted by Mady Mae (Palmyra, Ny) on 06/12/2012

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Dee (Montgomery, Al) on 11/23/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Carrie
Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
I had a Czesky Terrier whom I adopted when she was 10 years old. Her skin was black and rubbery. Tried everything. The smell was disgusting. It wasnt unti she went into kidney failure 2 years later that the vet figured it had to do with her kidneys and a poor diet the first 10 years of her life. Too much protein!! Sadly, Zulie passed away, but we gave her the best 2 years of her life!!

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Posted by Kathryn (Waterford, Ontario) on 03/30/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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!

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Posted by Donna (Chicago, Illinois) on 08/28/2009

[YEA]  Yeast Infections in Dogs: I have a Boxer who suffers from yeast infections too. I have read most of the post about this issue and knowing how awful it is for your dog, I thought I would share my findings with the group. There is one product that will help your dog and it's not yogurt. However dont stop feeding the dog yogurt cause they love it. The only thing you can do is realize your dog will probably never get rid of this problem. Why I have no idea I have taken my pup to several Vets and they all give me that answer. So with that said the Shampoo called Malaseb is the only thing that will help. You will notice that your dog will sleep very good the night of their bath. However there are a few catches with this shampoo, one is you MUST leave the shampoo on them for 10 MIN. minimum. If your dog is a short hair dog like mine then put on just enough water to lather the shampoo on the sore place, even if your dog has long hair just try to to use more soap then water atleast for the first few times. What I have found the soap does it aids in numbing the itchy spot so that they dont want to scratch and bite at it. The enzymes in their siliva makes this problem worse. So after your dog has been given a bath, you must make sure you dry them very good that means inbetween the toes. (Just be carefull not to burn your dog with the hair dryer theres alot of people who dont know how to dry their dog safely the best way to do it is keep one hand on the dog then move the hair dryer back and forth on your dog keeping your hand under the spot where the dryer is blowing at that way you will feel the heat your dog feels and if your hand is hot you know that you need to move the hair dryer a little faster back and forth or back it up a little. Do the same to the feet so that you dont burn their little toes. You will have to use a towel as well to get their feet good and dry. If your dog is afraid of the sound of the blow dryer like my little dog, I have found by placing a towel loosely over their face making sure they can breathe then they are a little bit easier to handle.) Now that you have them all dry they will be all happy and sleep so well for the first and second night, however on the third night you will have to do it all over again. Note if the problem area is only on their feet you can get a bucket of water and just do their feet but you must make sure the area is good and dry. Also for a lot of dogs Wheat may be another source of the problem so check your dog food for wheat. Then try to get them another brand of dog food to see how it works out, this will take a few weeks to do, since you will want to change over your dog food slowly so that you dont give them a tummy ache. Keep in mind that dog treats are a main source of wheat. Good luck to all me and my pup feel your itching!