Sabrina was a happy, healthy 6 yr old Airedale until last October 2009. The trouble started after a haircut with a new razor and blade, which cut her hair very close and seemed to give her a razor burn. I have been shaving my dogs for over 30 years and this had never happened before. At first she got a redness on her sides. This then developed into a rash, then open sores. The scariest symptom of all was the elephant feeling of her skin. We took her to our reg Vet who immediately gave her Baytril. When that ran out and she was only worse he gave her more meds, prednisone, shots and an anti-fungal shampoo/rinse.
Everything made her worse. He finally did a culture and said she had a fungal infection. More meds. Nothing, getting worse everyday.
It was now Dec. We told him we wanted to try another Vet. Later we found out that her second culture came back as Staph. The new Vet gave her a new shampoo, Duoxo,more anti-biotics, including Cipro which terrified me. Her first culture came back as Ringworm, so she increased the meds a little. After two weeks when there was no improvement, she wanted to do a punch biopsy under sedation.
I refused. Airedales have a history of dying, under even light sleep. She got upset and said we would have to find another Vet if we wanted her to have this done under a local. She also said that the latest culture came back as Staph/E-coli. And to also do a Lymdip bath along with the Duoxo bath.
We told her we were taking Sabrina to a Derm Vet specialist. It is now Jan. The Derm Vet specialist did the biopsies under, surprise, a local, and put her on lighter Cipro dose until the results came back. Said to continue with the Duoxo and Lymdip baths. Said she will call us with lab results next week.
Gave us the impression she felt it may be skin cancer. At this point I am no longer willing to go along with this.
I have been Googling all day every day for a week and finally have come to the conclusion that Sabrina may have a systemic Yeast infection. She has all of the symptoms, leg stiffness, draining open sores everywhere and elephantitis skin, strong smell, general lethargy, plus runny eyes.
Sabrina has been on Wellness Lamb/Rice Super Mix for about 3 years. Gets 2 Nutro Lamb/Rice cookies once a day. She gets two meals of cooked lamb/brown rice and frozen mixed veggies (peas, lima beans, green beans, corn and carrots)along with broccoli, cauliflower and 2 t. of Missing Link each day.
During the day she gets treats of apples(no peeling) and raw baby carrots. She started getting Greek Yogurt with blueberries after dinner a few weeks ago.
Her water is bottled because we live in the country and have a well I do not trust. It kills me to think that I was giving her bad things that led up to this horrible Yeast infection. I know now that nearly all of these foods turned into sugar and overrode her defense system allowing this happen.
Starting yesterday, thanks to all of the sites like this one out there, her diet is changed. She is getting only her cooked lamb, then a few hours later broccoli, cauliflower and green beans.
Later 2 T. Greek Plain yogurt, which will all be repeated for six meals a day, until hopefully she improves. Tomorrow I will go look for the yeast free supplements for this new diet and the new meats to roast with the few allowed veggies.
I also was sickened to think that her heart worm tabs (they have yeast) and flea meds were also adding to the problem.
Yeast is everywhere and I am determined to get it out of her body.
Thank all of you for your stories and like it has been said here by others: DO NOT GIVE UP!
They have no voice and can't tell us why they hurt.
They only live to love us, how can we do any less for them?
I have had my Westie (Zechariah) for 10 years now and he must of had this horrible yeast problem for a long time now. I stumbled upon this website, Thank God, and like so many others did trying the stupid vets and horrendous bills, but to no effect.
It is almost 3am and I have found a cure, FINALLY! After reading about three pages of pet problems with yeast I am totally convinced that the cure is the simple application of:
Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for topical treatment, Plain yogurt mixed with one capsule of probiotic twice a day, Holistic dog food with NO grains, 1 Tbls of white vinegar in his water daily.
Poor little Zechie has had cancer on his ear, ear infection, sores all over him from antibiotic treatments, horrible smell from the black elephant skin yeast infection on his groin area of which he now has, this summer he lost almost all of his fur on his underside/tummy area, has eye drainage, and pimples around his groin area. NO MORE! I am sick of the stupid vet doctors that LIE to me telling me he has allergies, LIKE ALL THE OTHERS HAVE SAID. This is a ridiculous nightmare these doctors! These stupid drugs are killing my baby. I can hear him now breathing while he is sleeping and he has phelm in his body from all of this trash inside of him.
Anyways, folks, wise-n-up and get rid of your vets! Go natural all the way, even for yourself. I have done many, many detox and colon cleanses and it works! Probiotics for your pets will work as well as they will work for you. The vet doc told me here in Lafayette, 'dogs are different than humans, he's just got allergies and probiotics won't help but you can buy them if you want'. What a bunch of ROT! Liars! They are all liars and greedy wanting money and harming you pets rather than helping them heal. I am so angry after spending all this time, effort, money, on what? Man, man. Vet doctors like human M.D.'s are ALL after that almighty dollar and greed. They could care less if you or your pet dies. It's ALL about $$$.
Thank you Earth Clinic and all who have bothered to help one another with this chronic sick societal problem - the dreded vet doctors and their drug potions that do more harm than heal. No more drugs, no more concoctions of this and that. It's natural all the way for not only myself, but my sweet best friend Zechie.
Love to you all for your help. Thank God I have found the answer for my pets. I have two Westies, and they are like kids to me for I have no children. Hope you don't think I'm crazy, ha ha, just fed up. I will post again with the amazing results in a few weeks you can be assured!
Myra in Lafayette, La.
how can you tell if the yeast is dying? I am trying some of the remidies I have found with the borax warh and feeding white eggs and burnt toaste have only been using a short time and was wondering what to watch for
I have a 9 y/o blue heeler dog with chronic systemic yeast. When I read the posted comments from other dog owners, it would appear that many of the problems others are dealing with are mild in comparison to what I am going through. Buster's problems were similar to the milder systems I've read about in the early years of his condition and were thought to have been allergies to food at first, and later fleas. Each time I upgraded to a better quality food or tried some other recommendation, there was improvement for a while, but the symptoms always returned, and always worse each time. It wasn't until his ears became terribly infected with yeast (the ears were easy to take care of using the solution recommended by the Great Dane Lady) that I was able to connect all the dots and figure out what he was suffering from thanks to the Great Dane Lady's web site. I ordered the recommended Yeast Removal Kit and followed all the instructions to the letter, including ordering the recommended shampoo and buying the #1 recommended variety of food for the problem. This was over a year ago. With the feeding recommendations and enzyme supplements, there was great improvement and I had hopes of a recovery for him, but he has setbacks and each time the yeast is worst than ever. He looks so bad that I am embarrassed to take him to the vet and use a mobile vet instead. He suspects that Buster suffers from allergies as well as yeast and of course offered Prednisone, which I declined. He also said that dogs like this are often never cured and it is all you can do to just control their symptoms and keep them comfortable. I know that the root of the problem is probably based on a compromised immune system, because after all the work, he still looks and feels just as terrible as he did. I'm glad to have found this web site and plan to start him on the yogurt and vinegar suggestions this week. There seems to be some conflict on amounts. I am writing to see if anyone has experience with a dog who has an exceptionally bad yeast infection - stubborn and deeply rooted that keeps recurring. If there is someone out there who can offer any specific ideas for my dog, I would greatly appreciate it. I have been able to link his flare-ups to warm weather and heat. He flared up in the fall when we turned our a/c off for the year (even though it was not hot) and he flared up again come spring when the weather warmed. He has to be kept inside, he can't tolerate heat, even if it is mild to us. Rather a sad life for a blue heeler. He can only go outside at night during the summer months. I have considered a raw diet for him, but he does not like raw chicken at all and will only eat raw beef or venison. For the past year, he has been on a holistic dog food only with only meat based treats. There seems to be also some different suggestions concerning dog food. A pet shop owner recently recommended I try a grain free food for him so that is the only time we have strayed from the brand recommended. His yeast seems worse and I am not sure whether to keep trying it or go back to the other brand. I don't know how long to wait before giving up on it. Is grain free really okay when it has potato or sweet potato content? Obviously, I am conflicted about what is best for him at this point and all of these ideas and suggestions are wonderful but it's hard to figure out what is best for an individual dog. I am open to suggestions. Thank you!
San Diego, CA
My Yellow Lab has suffered with yeast for most of her adult life. However, it is not her skin but anal glands which are yeast infected. She is in constant agony licking her anus, etc. and, lately, her front left paw, and vulva. She is currently on a high dosage of antibiotics for bacteria and struvite crystals in her urine. I have tried probiotic capsules, yogurt, etc. in addition to a steroid cream inserted in the anal glands. She has been on a diet of venison/potato for many years. Most recently, I switched to venison/sweet potato limited ingredient with no grain food. Any suggestions are appreciated.
Yeast Infection in dogs: Our 20 lb. jack russell terrier was suffering from "beef" allergies so the vet said after a $200 visit in which they put her on prednisone and an antibiotic. She was fine for two weeks after the medication was finished, and then she seemed to be worse. She was on a salmon based dog food (Purina Pro Plan) and her skin became inflamed after eating anything. She was constantly licking, chewing and scratching herself. We bought her a collar so she could no longer lick or chew her skin--then she started to develop crud under her front arms and she was "sweaty" in her groin area and her skin was inflamed and bleeding from where she scratched and she stunk like yeast. I immediately went on the internet and found info about yeast infections in dog and the condition her skin was in was like that described on many differnet sites--hair loss, red, welty, blackened in spots. I immediately put her on 3 benadryl tablets a day to help with the itching, two tablespoons of organice plain yogurt, and 2 acidophilus pills a day. She was already eating chicken and rice and cooked veggies, but I cut back the rice and now only give her chicken, yogurt, and have switched the food to Merrick--a high protein dog food (1/4 cup dry w/a tablespoon of wet, a little chicken and the yogurt for her two meals daily. I have also added a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her water dish daily. After 2 days the acidophilus tablets cut the smell. We wiped her skin daily with vinegar and water (50/50) and just gave her a bath yesterday--we had just bathed her 2 days before we bought the collar. She does not smell after the bath except slightly under her front arms--but not noticible unless you rub your hand on her skin. I also cut back on the benadryl as she started to itch less and now she is not taking any at all after 1 week. Her hair is growing back on the hot spot and no inflamation on the skin at all during the treatment.
Treating yeast infection in my dog:
I had no idea dogs could get a yeast infection! Pats, our 10 year old border collie, was chewing herself raw and her odor was absolutely minging! I was looking for a natural treatment for mites, I was told that she had mange, and came across greatdanelady's testimonial. After going to the website included with the photos I realized what her problem was. I felt really bad - I've had a yeast infection before and I know how maddening it can be!!
I had been feeding her a mix of Pedigree canned and Beneful dry food, plus Liva-snaps as treats. I stopped that and went with liver/chicken/hamburger and brown rice, and mix in plain yogurt and cranberry sauce, a splash of ACV, a splash of olive oil and a good sprinkle of turmeric. I've been bathing her with an oatmeal shampoo and rinsing with a mix of ACV and water, then following it up with a baking soda rinse. I've been brushing her 3 times a day (she loves it!) and doing everything I can to make her comfortable. She hates the padded collar I made to keep her from biting herself again, but other than that she's doing much better and her hair is starting to come in again. Still a little stinky, but better!
Thanks for this website!!
my american pitt has all the symptoms of yeast infection so i changed to a hollistic vet she has been on hollistic meds for 3 mo. now and she is on raw meat and veggie diet and i also tried acv and yougert and she still breaks out with rash and itches like crazy she is defanitly feeling better but still breaks out and itches does anyone have any ideas about that? thank you D.B.
I have been battling a yeast infection with my 15 y/o dog for months and in retrospect, it has been years. No vet connected all the dots. I read information at the greatdanelady's site and the information finally started connecting with me. When a dog's system is invaded with yeast, the root cause will always be the food. I switched Betsy to a no grain dog food, used hydrogen peroxide to clean her ears ( all herbals caused massive infections in her ears)just ONCE, bathed her in a shampoo that would kill the yeast coming out on her skin and make her feel better two times per week and made sure she exercised via walking every single day.At the worst part of this, Betsy could hardly walk so even if she walked two houses, it was good to get her blood flowing and move the toxins. I continue to add one teaspoon of a powdered probiotic to her food two times per day. She gets raw organic meat mixed in with her food daily.
Since she is still biting her area down below and still showing arthritic symptoms in her back legs, I started using apple cider vinegar just two days ago, 1 teaspoon, 1 time per day mixed in her food, using the raw meat as a "cover" for the taste. In two days, she is perky, walked two blocks today and isn't as wobbly on her legs. Every dog is different and I feel like I have literally tried everything (only holistic, no medicines in this house) to help her. We all have to remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body and when toxins can't get out any other way, they come out on the skin, the ears, the eyes. Yeast will come out of all these areas making it look like they are separate illnesses. I have been actively working on this for over four months now but I have made extraordinary progress with her.
We have a 14 year old mixed breed dog that suffers from recurring yeast infections on her skin. We started the traditional treatments the vet had to offer but it seemed we were just chasing the infection around her body. It had gotten so bad we were at the point of discussing having the vet come to the house to put her down. The vet told us that a last ditch remedy would be to try a woman's yeast infection cream on the bad spots. She said it would possibly help with the itching and scratching. After just two days of applying the cream twice a day on the bad spots, she was starting to clear up - especially the hot, red "elephant skin" she had under her arms. She was almost completely cleared up in a couple of weeks. We're still fighting it, but when we see a spot pop up we hit it with the cream. It keeps the spots from growing larger and it stops the itching.
My Jojo was born premature and has had yeast infection in ears and coat all his life. I am on limited income and can't afford vets and thier meds that don't work any way. I started giving him a bath every two or three days with Selsun blue shampoo w/ prithione zinc (1%) and then when he dries, I brush him really good and put miconazole 7 on all of his crusty places. He is looking much better and no more bloody sores from scratching and biting. The shampoo is much cheaper, $7 for 11 oz bottle compared to $15 and up. All can be bought at walmart or your favorite pharmacy. He really does look and feel so much better now.
Blue Ash, Ohio
my dog is 10 now but her yeast problems stared when she was about 5 i have spent 1,000's of dollars and many days of testing and learning what i can from all the vets in my town if u have any Q's feel free to write me ok....my dog was heart braking about a year ago with VERY lil hair from her chin down the chest and belly! now she looks like a furry lion!! her skin used to look like a fire cracker red with black spots all over and now it light pink and white she has very lil black spots..her smell used to be OMG horriable for her and everyone around her! now no smell at ALL....for the last 6 months she has been getting:
PLAIN YUGURT ORGANIC 2 TABLE SPOONS A DAY!!!! IT WORKS AWESOME CUZ IT KILLS THE YEAST INSIDE FIRST WITCH IS WHERE IT STARTS! PLEASE STOP GIVING YOUR PETS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR!! IT HAS HIGH AMOUNTS OF SUGAR IN IT WHICH HELPS THE YEAST TO GROW!! TRY 3 PARTS WATER AND 1 PART (WHITE VINEGAR) ONLY USE OUTSIDE THO ALMOST BATH THEM IN IT WITH A SPONG! THEN DRY WITH TOWEL PUT CONE ON THEM SO THERE IS NO LICKING TIL IT DRYS.....I HAVE SOOOOO MUCH MORE INFO I'LL CHECK BACK LATER
Brighton, East Sussex, Uk
Greenport, New York, Usa
Greenport, New York, Usa
Greenport, New York, Usa
I took in a dog to keep for a friend in the nursing home and found that the dog has a severe case of body and ear yeast infection. My question is can my dog and cat get the yest infection from this dog. I am suspicious that my dog might have it and she licks my cat so I am concerned that my cat might get it too. Also I cannot get the dog to eat the yogurt any suggestions.
Anyone dealing with re-occuring skin and ears problems should check their dog food labels and see if they contain any of the following, CORN, WHEAT, SOY, CHICKEN OR BEEF. These ingrediants are known to be the leading causes of allergies in dogs, which in turn weaken their immune system. vets will either ignore the food issue or recommend their brand of food, but it's up to you to read the labels. In researching this annoying and smelly problem i've run across several people recommending a no grain food, as carbs aid in the growth of yeast, I am going to try this on my next bag of food.
After a year of constant yeast infections and allergies in my lab/aussie mix, someone told me to check the label on her dog food. Come to find out, Brewer's yeast was one of the number 1 ingredients. It seemed that the added yeast was making the problem worse. I switched dog foods to a product that did not list Brewer's yeast and have not had a yeast infection since. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but for anyone with animals prone to yeast infections, it's worth looking into.