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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt   26  2   

Posted by Andrea (Falmouth, MA) on 01/02/2009

I came acros your website after searching Yeast infections in dogs trying to find out what's wrong with my yorkie poo, Zoe. She's 4 months old now, but has been scratching since I got her on Oct. 7. She was 8 weeks old.

We (her Vet) have tried prescription shampoo that has not helped, then on to Revolution (for mites), that has not helped. Now she has (I am sure) a yeast infection in her ears, but I believe it has been a yeast infection all along. She started scratching her butt at 8 weeks, and now it's all over because she has lost her beautiful black fur on her legs and now spreading to her back. Her fur looks dull and her eye lids don't look as sharp as they use to be. There is no signs on her skin that shows any redness or black marks, but just flaky. Her ears smell which makes me believe she has a yeast infection.

I have changed her food 3 times now since I got her. She is on the Dick Van Patten Formula, Potato and Duck. She seemed to have gotten worse since I switched her to that, from (Wellness) and before that (Puppy Chow was what she was on when I got her) She has only been on Duck and Potato for 2 weeks, so I will wait it out. I just tried the 1 tsp of white vinegar 1 tsp of water in her ears, and I also put 1 tsp of vinegar and 2 tsp of yogurt in her food this morning. I will try this for awhile to see if there are any changes. When should I notice a difference? Also, can I use that formula and spray it on her skin when she is attacking? Please help, thanks.

Replied by Valarie
North Canton, Ohio
Make sure you use Apple cider vinagar and try to get the organic one. Not white vinagar thats for windows, lol Good luck and yes you can dilute it and spray on you dog will smell like a salad but thats better then the yeast smell. right?
Replied by Amy
Mineral Wells, Tx.
I read on here and another web site that potatoe is bad for this problem..We just started our shih tzu's on this yogurt and ACV today.Good luck with your dog! I hope this helps em.
Replied by Angel
Vancouver, Canada
my yorkie was the same. take your dog off wheat completely. feed it only meat, or wheat free food. i feed my yorkie meat only. no sugar, no bread, no wheat! spray your dog morning and evening with 50/50 solution acv and water. give your dog 1/2 capsule of acidophilus a day, see if her stools are runny. if theyre not, give her a full capsule per day. persist, you will see results quickly. it's like a miracle!
Replied by Jazz452
Blackpool, Uk
No don't use ACV the sugar will feed the yeast, stick with the white.
Replied by Auddie
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Hi, My baby had yeast infections in between his paws and his ears. We tried everything the Vet prescribed, but no joy. My husband did some research and found this awesome product called Zymox for our baby ears. Lets just say it has been 2 years of no more going to the Vet and spending $150 for products that didnt help. Also, we put him on grain-free food. That has help out as well it has been trial and error but we found that food and treats that have no wheat or corn and no table scrapes is a must for our special boy. We dont have kids, so our 2 dogs our taken well care of and spoiled!! I hope I helped with anybody else babies with this problem.

Posted by Kelly (Singapore) on 10/10/2008

[YEA]  My 9 month old puppy has on/off yeast for about 4 months now.Recently it has spread to her muzzle,eyes and paws. Worse off is her ears which the vet had assured me that its ear mites. Oh how wrong he was! It got so bad that daily cleaning doesn't help at all.

After earthclinic online, I purchased ACV and yogurt yesterday. After showering, I sprayed the ACV (half acv and water)on the affected area. It must have sting real bad cos my dog was frenzily running around d house.

This morning, I noticed that the reddish inflamed skin is gone, especially around the eye area and the affected areas have turned pinkish! Not flaky anymore but soft skin. Her ears are clear and have no smell at all :)

I am definitely continuing with ACV and yogurt, and have a small bottle ACV spray that I can use daily. No way am I going to feed her all those unneccessary meds from the VETS!

Replied by Lily
Hi there, Kelly. I'm encouraged reading your post and all the others here. I have a 5 year-old poodle who has always carried a musky smell with her since young. When I brush her, little yellow dander-like and some larger flakes like scabs fall out. They form a small heap when I sweep them together. Visits to vets have been futile with medicated shampoos (which I think are too harsh on the skin) and elimination diets. I have a gut feel we're dealing with a long-drawn yeast infection. She doesn't have black skin but do any of the afore-mentioned signs and symptoms ring a bell with anyone? After reading the posts here, I've just commenced today the acidophilus and ACV water spray. I'm hoping to see positive results soon. Meanwhile, can I check with you - I've never bought ACV before so I just went to Cold Storage and picked up a small bottle which label reads ACV. It looks like a drink (like sparkling juice) to me and although it tastes very sour, it's also just a little sweet. Did I get the right thing? Will spraying my dog with this attract ants? Thanks for your advice!
Replied by Shena
Houston, Texas
Hi, I have had problems in the past with one of my pugs who had a yeast infection of the skin. I use the vet in an emergency but I prefer hollistic treatment due to the fact that most vaccines, antibiotics and other meds from the vet cause more problems than they cure, if they even cure at all.

I have always had my dogs on a raw meat diet with tripe as a supplement. It has kept my dogs healthy and happy. As for the yeast infection, I use a 50% ACV(organic, milky texture) and 50% water mixture and spray my dog 1X aday and I bathed her 2X a week with the best shampoo for irritated skin problems. I guess I cannot state the name but many places online sell it and it was originally created by NASA. I hope someone finds this helpful. :)

Posted by Karen (Pittsburgh, PA) on 10/01/2008

[YEA]  I just adopted a 10 year old lab/hound mix. He is deaf and has yeast and ear infections. I stopped giving him the Baytril & Keconzole because it was making him very sick and after doing research realized that it was possibly killing him! Thank you everyone on all these sites for sharing your stories. I've started giving him the acv and yogurt, for topical and oral uses. In less than a week the odor is gone from his ears and his motor skills and energy has dramatically improved since taking him off the meds! I started to give him 2 tbs of yogurt mixed with food daily but stopped today because it is giving him completely liquid diahrea. Has anyone had this happen to their dogs? Is it something that will go away or should I just discontinue giving it to him orally? He also has the yeast infection pretty bad at his bum area so I've been using the womans yeast cream there, what's the longest to use that or is daily too much? Thanks for any answers!

Replied by Ada
Some one gave me a Lhasa Apso they could no longer deal with his constant paw chewing and the constant scratching. They were going to put him to sleep. I felt sorry for the little guy and took him I have tried everything I can I have him on Holistic foods canned and dry for allergies. I also soak him in baking powder. I also bought the enzimes treatment that was about $120 for one month and he has now been on two months and I still don't see any progress in fact sometimes I think he is worse. And at $120 a month it's a bit expensive. I don't want to give him the steroids or the allergy meds cause I feel it will damage his liver. So I am trying to do it the natural way. I bought the plain yogurt and he hates it. Wont even look at it. I read some where on this site that I can give him the Acidopholis in by itself and soak him in the vinegar, as well as give him 2 tbsp of ACV in his watter and that should help correct? I am so glad to know that he is not alone in this and that there are so many great people that have written down solutions to a problem that seems to not have a cure when you are facing it alone. Thank you to all you wonderful people that have shared your experiences and give us going through the pain of seeing your little one suffer some hope.
Replied by David
Las Vegas, Nv
For those giving dogs yogurt, I've found the all natural 0 sugar added kinds dogs prefer the vanilla flavored. I would also never put any form of water mixture in the dogs ears! Not unless you're going to do the dangerous thing and shove a qtip in all the way to soak up the water. Also when the alcohol evaporates it turns to water so I wouldn't use it either. Just a thought as moisture is the problem in the ears in the frst place.
Replied by 3p
Norfolk, Va
Alcohol does not turn in to water. .50 vinegar .50 water is correct to use in the ears. When we flush ears we use warm water straight from the faucet, it is sucked out as it is pumped in. I haven't found a difference between ACV and white vinegar. I did find it interesting that one person noted that there was more sugar in ACV. Yeast loves sugar.
Replied by Robin
Kingston, On, Canada
If your fur baby can not tolerate the plain yogurt, try probiotics. You can probably purchase them at a health food store... I am not sure how much you, should give your dog, so you will have to research as to how much to give him. Best of luck.
Replied by Tammy
New Gloucester, Maine
Our 95 lb black lab has been dealing with a yeast infection for a while now - unbeknownst to us, as the vet originally diagnosed it as a "non-specific dermatitis" and treated her with steroids and antibiotics. These, of course, temporarily stopped the rash, but as soon as the medication was done, it came right back and was even worse. It all makes sense to me now when I think the whole thing through logically (i.e. the antibiotics kill ALL the bacteria in the gut, good and bad, giving the yeast the perfect opportunity to flourish).

I've tried several different (expensive! ) holistic products, but what seems to be working best is ACV (50/50 rinse after bathing and 2 tbls/gal of drinking water), coconut oil (by mouth and topically to affected areas - if you give by mouth, start with a small quantity and give a little more daily, as too much at once can cause flu-like symptoms) and plain yogurt with acidophilus (orally).

I also have been using "the best dog shampoo" that was mentioned above - it really is very good - leaves her coat nicely conditioned and isn't harsh on her skin like so many others. If your dog is having diarrhea from the yogurt, you might need to reduce the amount you're giving him. Try not to stop it completely, if possible; the acidophilus is really key in restoring the good bacteria in the gut that counters the yeast. If he can't tolerate the yogurt, there are good pre-biotic and pro-biotic supplements that can be found online and in some pet stores - just make sure they don't have fillers. As for the itchy bum, our dog also suffered from this briefly. I sprayed her bum area 1-2 x a day with 50% ACV/50% water and within 2 days the itching stopped. Hope this helps! Trying to restore your fur-baby's inner balance takes some time, so don't give up ... Good luck!

Posted by Stacey (Navarre, Florida) on 07/05/2008

[YEA]  Recently, my 1 year old Boxer started to show signs of allergies; smell, scratching, hairloss, etc. The first trip to the vet resulted in steroids and antibiotics which helped, for a while. Our second trip we saw his office partner who said it was yeast and she could give him some wipes for the skin but medication was probably not going to help. She suggested I adjust his diet. She gave me some tips and off I went. I bought him Duck based dog food and Duck based treats, started researching onling then found this site. 3 days after the food change which I mix with 1 Tbs of ACV and 2 Tbs of plain Organic Yogurt the yeast is gone! I am shocked as I was not sure this would work. Thank you to everyone who feels compelled to post their experiences online. I am gratefull!

Replied by Debra DeLuise
Florida, NY
Besides ACV and/or yogurt, can a digestive enzyme be used also? I have a 11 month old female black lab who has been trouble with ear infections, chin pimples and pimples around her vulva area which she is constantly licking. The vet the first time gave her antibiotics and ear drops, didn't work for long, he then gave prednisone and ear drops which I'm not happy with. How much acv should she get and how much yogurt, she is 75lbs. Also what about digestive enzymes? Thanks so much.
Replied by Abby'sfamily
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
I had read that plain yogurt with a high live bacterial culture and apple cider vinegar are a great way to treat candida. We are not positive this is what our dog has. She is a mix of german shorthaired pointer and beagle. She's the sweetest thing but over the past 4 years, she's gotten progressively worse. We tried cooking for her for awhile and that seemed to help but it was sooooo time consuming that we ended up putting her back on dry food. We currently use orijen fish but we are considering switching to taste of the wile grain free. The food we now use is basically grain and starch free but we want her to get better.

Anyway, I saw a post that said 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with 2 tbsp of plain white yogurt and a little bit of organic honey to make it more palatable does the trick. It works for Abby. We mix it with her food and she eats it. Abby's symptoms are: very itchy all the time, red and irritated looking skin, itchy and smelly ears at times, and she has an odour that is not pleasant. I would call it sort of sweet but definitely not a pleasant sweet if that makes sense. She is losing hair around her eyes, top of her snout, and it is spreading to her paws now and a little on her sides. She licks her paws all the time, when she's not itching or biting. She looks sort of raw but not usually are the areas open wounds. I was told that these symptoms match candida yeast. Personally I don't have hundreds MORE dollars (than I've already spent) for more remedies that MIGHT work so I thought I'd give the natural ACV and plain yogurt a try. I'll let you all know how and if this works, along with changing her food if need be.

Replied by Athena
Andrews, Nc
HONEY is one of the worst things you can give to a dog or a human suffering with a yeast infection... CANDIDA! I hope you have learned this by now, and have stopped treating your dog with this 'remedy'.

Try sprinkling some Pau D' Arco powder, an herb available at a health food or herb store, available in a capsule form. Regulate the amount from an adult dose for your pet.

Posted by Claudia (PDX, Oregon) on 02/27/2008

[YEA]  What has made my dogs skin and coat beautiful is a daily combination of 1/2 tsp of ACV mixed in some plain organic yogurt. I use "nancy"s". My big dog- black lab mix has yeast issues in his ears and paws and it has cured this problem but also improved his coat as well as the coat of my other dog. I see huge skin improvemnets. It took about a month to see the difference as I think it changed the PH of his gut thus working it's way out to the skin. I got a little lax on the routine and right away notice the old problems back. Needless to say I am going to do this everyday from now on. One more thing- my dog with the yeast problem has been allergy tested and has a dairy allergy- I figured I would take a chance with the organic yogurt and I have seen NO ill effects- it is full of all the good bacteria- not sure if that made the difference or what.

Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes   1  0   

Posted by Schnauzergal (Weatherford, Tx, Usa) on 05/02/2013

[YEA]  A lot of you have aske for "recipes" of apple cider vinegar mixtures for your dogs with canine yeast infections. I've searched all over the web and here are the ones I've found. I've been using the wipes and they seem to be working. My little gal's skin is returning to normal looking and the blackish skin and crust are going away. Today I used the ear solution and will report back in a few weeks to let you know the results. Meanwhile here are the recipes I've found: Vinegar Wipes for Canine Yeast Infections:

What you need: Apple Cider Vinegar (check ingredients for sugar; if sugar is present look at another brand) Clean pure (not tap water) water; 1 oblong Ziplock food storage container or plastic shoe box with lid; good quality paper towels (I use Bounty)

Solution: 1/4 cup ACV; 1 cup pure (not tap) water

Fold paper towels in half and place in the container pour ACV solution over towels and keep covered.

Wipe dog down 2 times a day with damp not soppy towel. Get between toes, all over dark skin areas, vaginal area (not inside). This should start to clean up the skin discoloration pretty quickly.

Vinegar Ear Wash for Yeast Infections in Canines

1 tablespoon of ACV; 1/4 cup pure water (not tap); small jar or container to put solution in; eye dropper

Mix solution, place in container and use dropper to put several drops of solution in each ear. Massage base of each ear after inserting solution. Wipe out with cotton ball NOT A COTTON. SWAB. Use a hair dryer on low heat at about 8 inches from dogs ear to dry up remaining moisture in dogs ear. You might also use the dryer after bathing your dog or after they go for a swim to dry up moisture inside ear. ALWAYS use LOW heat or cool setting for this otherwise you can burn the ear canal and ear.

Vinegar Rinse for Canines with Yeast Infections

2 cups ACV; 2 gal pure water (not tap); large pitcher or jug, pail or pot to hold mixture

Wash dog with anti-fungal shampoo and allow suds to stay on dog for about 15 minutes; Use a rubber brush to scrub dogs skin with shampoo. Rinse with clean water. Then pour ACV solution over your animal and leave on for 5 minutes then rinse off.

Salve for Canine Yeast Infections

2 to 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil; 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil.

Mix and use on skin where animal cannot lick. Do Not Use Tea Tree Oil alone. It will burn the animals skin.

I am not a vet; I've only researched these "recipes" from the web in various places. I figure anything is worth a try to stop my gal from scratching herself crazy. Try them, if they work, great if not discontinue.

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Posted by Toni (Torrance, Ca.) on 02/09/2010

[YEA]  This stuff works my dog looked like a hairless cat until we started treatment 1cup water & 1cup apple cider vinegar bath twice a week and 2 tablespoon vinegar in a gallon of drinking water for drinking and raw meat hamburger, fish, chicken, shrimp and some cooked meat too.

he smelled so bad that went away after 2 baths. he had yeast in his ears so we dipped cotton balls in 1tbs water and 1tbs vinegar salouation and cleaned his ears squeez out most of the wetness when you do the ears dont let it drip into the ear with in a 2 week time his hair started growing back now he is fully recovered it took about 2 months for him to get back to his old self.

Thank you so much this saved me about $600.00 in vet bills

Posted by Shiba-enu (Romeo, Mi) on 09/01/2009

I have 3 shiba-inus. 2 of them are susceptible to yeast: spotted blackening skin, smell, oily fur, and itching! Cortisone was great for the moment, and the yeast raged afterwards. My female gets it the worst-particularly in the summer. I have seen PH mentioned only once-I believe it is behind everything! PH of the SKIN and PH of the internal body! Read information for neutralizing the diet for humans and you will get the idea.

PURE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR-not any brand but HEINZ (not their new product made from distilled white and flavored with cider), is what i am using for a variety of purposes. Distilled white vinegar used to made from corn. It restores the skin to a neutral PH where yeast can't grow. Not irritating. It does cause my dogs to lick it- which is not a bad thing because then they are taking the vinegar in and changing the body PH... slowly I know. For food, I use INNOVA brand exclusively- holistic, non-allegenic- NO CORN BRWERS YEAST CHICKEN etc. They get a portion of this, and meat/fish, and yogurt with the ACIDOLPH(SP?), and enzymes after the first month to support immune system. Another aspect, I DO NOT FEED THEM CHLORINATED WATER!!(Chlorine in the water kills our friendly bacteria too!. I fill bottles with well water from a friends, or distilled with the 'cell food' oxygen additive that we use,

Try not to feed the YEAST organism. Sugars in all forms! Do not put water in ears, I swab the ear i can reach with a cloth with the vinegar solution. I bathe once a week in the antifungal shampoo..

I think it is good to remember that any remedy used for a long time will loose its' effectiveness. Yeast won't 'go away' forever. So have a couple of menus and switch off once this is under 'control'. The dogs have to maintain a healthy digestive tract with 'nutrient rich' food... Even us people are having a hard time finding food with all the processsing it is subjected to.. We really need to feed ourselves and our pets- fresh and minimally cooked food. Human grade.

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Posted by Marie (Guam) on 06/17/2014

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Dog smelly ears/yeast infection:

Help! My 13 wk old Border Collie mix kept scratching his ears and biting his front paws and the inside of his hind legs. From reading up on it, it sounded and looked like he had an ear infection and a yeast infection. Followed the apple cider vinegar and alcohol mix for his ears (dropped a few drops inside like it said) and also swabbed a cotton ball dipped in the solution on the inside of his hind legs and on his ears (outside) and neck. Now, 1 day later, he has broken out in red bumps on his stomach and inside hind legs and when petting him, I felt so many bumps that I thought were hair knots from him scratching, on his ears and around his neck area.

Upon closer examination, I discovered that they looked like they were bumps that became raised and drying into scabs when I applied the alcohol/acv solution. What do I do now? Does anyone know that they are? Will they go away?

Replied by Marigold
My boxer had the same symptoms. After prescription treatment of ear wash and two bottles of Posatex (for ear yeast), she still had badly inflamed ears and paw chewing. It ended up being food allergies, so now she's on an elimination diet. Chicken is in everything (including most of the homemade meals!! ), so now she gets alternate proteins like lentils, navy beans, etc. Do a search for vegetarian dogs, or alternate proteins sources for vegan dogs, etc for a list of suggestions.
Good luck!
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Marie!

The bumps sound like a natural effect from the antimicrobial action of the ACV. Likely anything that would cause healing would raise these pustules.

If this were my dog this is what I would do:

1 - Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of pure water and have this be the only water your dog can drink for 7 days. On day 8 you can reduce to one quarter teaspoon of baking soda and use that as a maintenance dose.

2 - I would bathe the *entire dog* in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-Staph solution. You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]


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. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well, and then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible. When the skin is so reactive take care to not rub it harshly or scrub it else you may raise more bumps. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere and particularly on the affected areas. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put him in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.

3 - After treating the entire dog you can make up a smaller dose of the solution and apply it with a spray or misting bottle to the affected areas - you can spray them down 3-4 times a day.

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Posted by Linda P (Ohio) on 08/23/2014

[YEA]  After the first bath using Ted's recipe my 15 year old dog has improved so much. We have treated her for years for a bad yeast infection with antibiotics from the vet to have it only return as soon as the meds ran out. After bathing her in Ted's recipe and spraying the mixture on her twice a day, her skin isn't red and swollen anymore or oozing. Hopefully if we keep this up she will be cured. I also have been adding the borax to her water and flax seed to her feed. She is looking better and acting better in two days than she has in years. Thanks Ted!!!

EC: Linda is referring to Ted's mange remedy found here:

Posted by Evelyn (Thousand Oaks, California) on 04/24/2014

A month ago I took my dog to see the vet because she was scooting her bottom nonstop and also licking and biting her paws. She also had scabs everywhere. She was put on antibiotics and steroids and all the skin problems got better. Now she is off the medications but also back to square 1 where she is constantly scooting and chewing her paws. Her vagina is very swollen and it seems like that is the source of her itchiness and not the anal sacs because she just got groomed last week and had her sacs expressed. She also has a yeasty smell. I am wondering if it is safe to pour the borax and hydrogen peroxide mixture in the vaginal area? I am sure it is fine to do for the paws but I am not so sure about doing it for her private area. Also, I am not quite sure how I should apply the solution to her paws or her body. I really appreciate if anybody can help me with this. Thanks

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Evelyn!

You can use Ted's Mange remedy [borax/hydrogen peroxide solution] safely on all parts of your dog. To treat the paws you can treat 1 paw at a time in a dish tub of the solution, and you can use a wash cloth to cleanse her vulva.

If this were my dog I would consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy:

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]

Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]

Borax [sodium tetraborate]

1% hydrogen peroxide solution [you make this by using one 16 oz brown bottle of the 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store, and adding 32 oz of pure water to it, making 48 oz of a 1% solution -clear as mud?]

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. I actually make up this solution in a gallon jug and then bathe and rinse clean my dog really well. I then squeeze out any water in the coat with my hands, allow the tub to drain, and then plug the tub and pour the solution over the dog and then scoop up the solution with a plastic cup and pour over again and again for 10 minutes. You can thoroughly flush the up into the vulva and around the vulva with this solution as well. Then I take the soaking wet dog and place it in a crate for half and hour to drip dry; the solution is still working as long as its wet. After half an hour I let the dog out and towel dry.

Now, the vaginal yeast infection can be addressed in a couple of ways. If the bath in the MOM solution doesn't provide relief, you can purchase products for women and apply both externally around the vulva, and even insert into the vulva. I would also mix 3 teaspoons of raw, unpasteurized, 'with the mother'/live cultures, organic Apple Cider Vinegar into half a can of wet dog food [grain free quality chow please] and offer the ACV spiked wet food twice a day.

Additionally, the addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of drinking water may also help and will calm problem skin in a matter of hours. Once the skin is under control, for long term maintenance use 1/2 tsp of baking soda per liter of water.

It is important to understand *why* your dog is experiencing skin issues; do they stem from seasonal allergies, or improper diet or ?? The antibiotic/steroid regimen works to make things better temporarily but with long term consequences; the 'good' bacteria in the GI tract get removed along with the bad bacteria when the dog is on antibiotics and that will cause skin problems all by itself. So it is important to feed your dog a quality chow, as often a high grain diet will cause skin issues, and then to supplement that diet with probiotics of some sort, ie acidophillus such as DDS w/FOS or PB8 to restore the good bacteria in the gut that eat the yeast.

Replied by Evelyn
Thousand Oaks, Ca
Thanks so much Theresa. I tried this yesterday by using the anti-fungal and anti-staph remedy. However, I scaled it up by quite a bit because the 1.5 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide was not enough to fill the little wash bin that I had my dog in. I used about a 32OZ bottle of hydrogen peroxide and scaled everything up by that, and ended up with 12 cups of liquid and 1/2 cup each of the MOM, epsom salt, and borax. Hopefully this is ok? I washed her by pouring the mixture and using a wash cloth for 10 minutes. I was going to let her drip dry but she was shivering- it got cold last night all of a sudden, so eventually I towel-dried her after only 10 minutes. She was still shivering a lot so I blew-dry her a little- avoiding the problematic areas.

Last night she slept through the night first time without scooting or chewing her paws. But this morning she started chewing her paws a little and a little scooting. I am wondering, how often can I do this bath for her? Can I spot-treat her daily- using your exact formula- (1.5 cups 1% hydrogen peroxide)for a while or is this too much? I have ordered a cranberry powder for her a while ago and wonder if this would work to help her itchy vulva as well?

I cook her food everyday. she gets organic chicken, grass-fed beef, lamb sometimes, pork sometimes but quite rarely. She is also eating dog food that is raw, but dried- it is made of lamb and lamb organs and contains probiotics. Should I add additional probiotics in addition to that? she doesn't eat much of that dog food. most of the time she eats the boiled meats I make for her. I do cook it thoroughly, however. I have PB8 probiotics- the green bottle, do I just empty the capsule into her food?

Thanks so much for your help! I just need a little more clarification to make sure I am doing it correctly. It does seem to help already- but I think she will need a couple more treatments to heal. Thanks again.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
Hey Evelyn!

You certainly can spot treat areas - and I have used this many, many times - its OK to bathe the entire dog daily if you need to/spot treating doesn't prove effective.

I think the itchy vulva is yeast related - cranberry might be warranted but I suspect you will have more of the desired result with baking soda added to the water, and ACV in her food. I have actually taken the probiotic gel caps apart and sprinkled the probiotics on the food, and then reused the gel caps and filled them with ACV and hid that in some cheese so my dog would take it that way. I had *overnight* results for a itchy vulva with the ACV in combination with a woman's topical anti yeast/miconozole etc.

If you are making a home diet I would add a variety of probiotics - Shiff's Digestive Advantage, PB8 - switch it up as you want a variety of flora to populate the GI tract.

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Posted by Ly (Wilmington, Delaware) on 02/26/2013

[YEA]  My female Lab had come down with a yeast infection a year ago. We had no idea what it was. Vet said it was an allergies. There began our quest , by elimination process of what she was allergic too, while trying to find food she could eat that wouldn't worsen the problem. What a nightmare. She was itching constantly, smelled awful and the ear infections. We were so overwhelmed. The itching became so bad she was biting her hair off. By pure luck I found this site, and Ted was talking about the borax and peroxide.. etc treatments. We did everything he suggested. Within 6 months, her ears were slightly pink, not raw. 2 weeks after that the smell started leaving herand her itching was once or twice a day. We did however have a time getting her to eat the fish oil capsules. Her diet is now absolutely no canned dog food, 1/4 cup of all natural dry food per feeding with an additive of a product called "Dinovite" (which targets the itching that garbage dog food can cause dogs) also we feed her partially cooked chicken thighs and a baked liver mixture (recipe below) we make with a few veggies and eggs in it. At present she is almost completely well. We do not trust any dog food anymore because we've tried all of them. Thanks to Ted for the initial help!

Recipe for Liver loaf:

2 small packs of beef liver, 1 tbsp of wheat grass powder, 1 tbsp of Kelp powder, 1 tbsp of spirulina, 6 eggs, 6 or 7 small carrots chopped up. Mix all of this in a food processor, 40 secs on med high. Pour into a small loaf pan bake at 350 for an hour or until a toothpick clomes up clean. We cut slices of loaf and cube it to put into her food.

You can get the powders from

Good luck to all.

Replied by Andie
Denver, Co
[YEA]   I also have a dog we adopted (pitt/boxer/husky) at age 1.5. Within a year she was itching more and licking her paws. A few months ago she had an ear that was red/crusty/smelly. I cleaned it twice a day w/ peroxide and applied Neosporin. After about a week it looked much better and eventually went away. But then she started getting reddness in the folds of her legs which started to get worse quickly, so I took her to the vet, told her about the ear and asked if it could be a yeast prob. She said it was probably more bacterial and put my dog on Antiboitics and Temeril (steroid/benedryl combo pill). Anyway the infection cleared in about a week, but came back quickly a few days after she finished the Abx. So I decided to do the peroxide cleaning like I did w/ her ear. I also decided to transition her to a better food (Avoderm rotating diet) and give her a spoonful of plain yogurt a couple times a day. I also bathe her w/ Tea Tree oil shampoo. It's been a couple weeks now and her skin looks back to normal. Yay! Wish I would have gone w/ my instincts and tried the home yeast remedies first.

Coconut Oil   2  0   

Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx) on 11/03/2012

[YEA]  My dog is a Lhasa-Apso, and he has had a recurring ear infection since we adopted him about a year ago. We took him to the vet several times and tried different ointments. We tried a homeopathic ear drop too, as well as an ear flush made of alcohol, white, vinegar, and Betadine. The flush helped, for a day or two at a time, but did not cure the infection. Finally I took an old medicine dropper and filled it about half-full with some organic EVCO. It stopped the itching immediately. After about a month the ear that was infected the worst started bothering him again. The other ear seemed fine. I repeated the dose again, and the dog immediately stopped scratching his ear. I do believe that this works better than anything else we have used, including prescription drops and ointments. I think that the one ear is completely cured. I will keep an eye on the other one, and dose with EVCO again if any sign of infection returns.

Posted by Nicky (Saint Charles, Il) on 05/07/2012

[YEA]  Pure, unsweetened coconut oil works great for yeast infection, parasites, fungal infections, cysts, cuts, and many other ailments for dogs. I have 2 Saint Bernard puppies, one is 100lbs and has a yeast infection. The doctor gave him ear drops, which made him go temporarily deaf (hearing came back). I started to give him coconut oil in his food (I worked it up to 2-3 tbsp a day, no more. Less for smaller dogs, but look up amount on Internet). I give him shredded, unsweetened coconut as well and rub a little of the oil in his ear. It cleared up the infection in 2-3 days. Even though the infection showed in his ear, you have to treat it internally. It comes from inside. Coconut oil is now a regular part of their meals as they love the taste and it has so many health benefits for them (also for us). It has also made their coats incredibly soft and full.

Replied by Aileen
Northern Ireland
I was wondering if anyone could recommend one or two good brands of pure unsweetened coconut oil? When I googled it there were so many. I'm finally on the road to recovery thanks to this website. My poor dog has been suffering for almost a year now with horrible yeast in her ears and paws. Many thanks!
Replied by Deb
Pittsburgh, Pa
Hi Aileen, Nutiva and Tropical Traditions are both good ones. Nutiva is cheaper - usually with free shipping - but if you can find a sale on Tropical Traditions you're helping the local people with your purchase. Good luck!

Cod Liver Oil   1  0   

Posted by Miz Scarletts (Atlanta, Ga) on 11/18/2014

[YEA]  Dogs with Yeast Infection - try cod liver oil on their food 2 tablespoons a day. My pet had a full coat of hair in 2 weeks!

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