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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Dana T. (Midland, Tx) on 10/31/2015

[NAY]  Systemic Yeast/Staph/Bacteria

I am so lost and just exhausted all efforts and my rescue shih tzu of two years has fought a fight that is not getting better. I do not have a clue anymore and am devastated. Long story short, just like all other stories, when we saved her, she was very sick. Steroids and antibiotics had to be administered to get better. Here we are two years later and last year I finally went holistic with our baby and STILL nothing. Feeding organic raw chicken, greek yogurt, and some organic boiled egg with a little kale. She is on acidophilus and probiotics, doing the borax, hydrogen, epsom, milk of magnesia baths. Spray this also on her. Coconut oil.

What is there left? Her ears as I write this make me want to cry. She is hurting because they are so big (4 times the size) and just look like hamburger meat. Under her eye is huge and knots and red that this bath tonight had I guess a little blood oozing from it because her hair was pink. At a LOSS and PRAYING for a miracle answer here.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hello Dana,

If this were my dog I would use Zymox Otic bought online for the ears; a frequent poster Wendy offers a home made formula for healthy ears as well. While there are steroids in these preparations I am most concerned about making the ears feel better at this point.

And while you are using the borax externally I would recommend you do Ted's borax protocol for pets - this involves dosing borax in the drinking water to combat systemic yeast.

One critical component not mentioned is diet - what are you feeding your wee beastie?

Replied by Susee
Sydney, Australia
Dana, try a pinch of flowers of sulphur once a day in her meal, don't overdose though. It does help with skin problems.

EC: Thank you, Susee! We were interested to learn more about Flowers of Sulphur and found this interesting article online:

Replied by Dana
Midland, Tx
Feeding organic chicken with a little kale and organic egg and Greek yogurt. I will order the stuff and overnight. I am so upset that nothing is working. It is actually spreading down her neck and on her back. It started in her feet.
Replied by Sassy
I got a blue nose pitbull with a yeast infection and I gave him antibiotics for a yeast infection and put Monistat all over his body And he got WAY better but then it came back because it wasn't completely gone. Now I have to do it again. How is your dog? Also, I've been putting mineral oil and and a And d ointment on the dog but the Monistat really works plus you have to scrape off all the yeast. A flea comb works but I've also been scraping it off with my fingernails. My friend had given me two antibiotics I open them up lined it out then separated it into 6 portions and gave it to him and raw hamburger meat and also adjust the 325 milligram aspirin broken and a half and gave it to him every 4 hours all the swelling went down but if you don't get all the yeast it will come back and it comes back very quickly.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hello Sassy,

Your puppy may have problems besides yeast - if this were my dog I would think mange mites of some type. Please consider dipping your puppy in Ted's Mange Remedy - start with a full dip every other day for 3 treatments and report back please. Also consider borax in the water per Ted's Borax for pets protocol. This treatment is far more affordable than tube after tube of monistat, and very effective.

Posted by Debbie (Portslade, Uk) on 01/07/2015

I can only tell you what worked for me.

I have 4 Shihtzus. When one of them was a puppy, he started to become quite poorly. Took him to the Vets. Who diagnosed severe Yeast issues. They started pumping him full of steroids and antibiotics. We kept going back to the vets. He was getting worse, to the point, I thought I was going to lose him.

He was fed on commercial puppy food.

I started, doing loads of research. And, discovered that steroids and antibiotics actually 'feed' the yeast!!

So, no more Vets........ I also researched dog food. And that anything with wheat/grain in, was feeding the yeast also. That's when I changed to raw feeding. No fruit or veg for him either as there are natural sugars in many. For that reason, I don't use ACV for him. I started bathing him in a good quality anti-fungal shampoo. Rinse well. And then with a mixture of half water/half, distilled WHITE vinegar. Soak the dog in it. 'Dunk' the paws in a bowl of it. Flush out the ears also with the mixture. (As long as the ear drum is not perforated).Then leave it on the dog, to dry. DON'T rinse off. Get a spray bottle and make up a new solution. Use this every day where there are any skin issues and spray inside the ears. Clean out any 'gunk' with it. Dunk the paws daily in a new solution. Doing it, just before bed time, is the ideal time to do it. Also, after a walk etc.

The crucial thing is diet. Add some probiotic yogurt. Garlic. Good quality, Virgin coconut oil. Every day. Plus of course. Raw meat/Offal/Tripe/fish. Some bone. But, find out about raw feeding, so you know what to give. Minus, fruit and veg for a dog with yeast issues. NO treats or biscuit. Unless home made. For a dog with yeast issues. It has to be done for the lifetime of your dog.

If you need to heal any sores before you get it under control. Use a mixture of neem oil and coconut oil.

If antibiotics are needed. Use Colloidal Silver. Or, it will flare up again.

Don't give tap water to drink. Only, bottled or filtered. NO, table scraps. I now have a very healthy 5 year old.

When he has a bath, it's always with the anti-fungal shampoo, followed by the white vinegar/half water rinse. I also, always clean his ears with it. He has an issue with one ear, because his ear canal is VERY narrow. So, I also shave his ears, inside and out. So, he has no hair irritating his ear.

Replied by Kimberly
Pa, US
I'm a HUGE supporter of raw feeding, and truly believe the pet industry including our vets keep our pets sick with yearly UNNECESSARY yearly vaccines and commercial or RX kibble YUCK..GO RAW
Replied by Nancy
Ivanhoe / Ca/ Usa
Hi I am dealing with the same exact problem with our 10 month old male 85 pound shephard/staffordshire mix. He has a wretched smell coming from his ears but one seems really bad and has a lot of brownish redish liquid gunk inside. His whole body smells like old gym socks so I know it's a problem with yeast. For the first 8 months of his life we were feeding him nothing but Pedigree dry and canned food. I thought it was good, but he kept having horrible stomach infections. The Vet mentioned that maybe we should switch his food out and cut out a lot of the wet food. So I switched him to the Costco brand of the higher quality grain free dry dog food for the last couple months. Although his stomach issues have been fixed now the yeast problem has reared its ugly head. I plan on following your regimen to see if at all possible it helps our boy. I understand most of your directions but my question to you is on the colloidal silver you speak of. Is it the liquid form or ointment for topical use? Thank you for your help.

Posted by Cobrien (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/15/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My sweet boy Mason (sheltie/terrier mix) is a rescue dog. I've had him for over a year, he's approximately 3 years old. We've been dealing with the nasty yeast since we got him. Antibiotic/steroid therapy has been prescribed to him on and off from his vet. Over the summer, I started him on atopica because his itching was so severe. I was at my wits end and the look on his face was so desperate for help. The first month on atopica was daily, 2nd month, every other day, 3rd month, 2x a week. He did really well the first 2 months but come the 3rd month, he was back to incessant scratching.

We then started him again on the daily dose. Went back to the vet (for shots) and again prescribed antibiotic/steroid therapy and to discontinue the atopica to clear up his skin before giving him his yearly shots. I knew this was a bad idea but as desperate as we are, we'd do whatever it took to make him well. For three weeks, everything was great. But I knew that once he was off of the therapy, his scratching would resume. It did. My next plan before stumbling upon this website was to take him to a dermatologist, but after reading so many stories, I decided to give some of the recommendation that has been put on here as one last ditch effort to combat this yeast on my own.

This is what I do for Mason:

Wysong Epigen 90 (starch/grain free) about 1/2 cup a feeding with Wysong wet food (about 1/4 can). 1 acidophilus pill, 2 benadryls, and a few squirts of anchovy oil, an about a tablespoon of virgin, unsweeteneded coconut oil. Two times a day.

I also bathe him with anti-fungal/anti-bacterial shampoo with tea tree oil until my order of Malaseb comes in as well as a vinegar/peroxide/water combo rinse and let him soak in it for at least 10 minutes. He hates being in the bathtub so it can be a little difficult keeping him still. I pat him dry, especially his paws. I'll be doing this 2 times a week.

We're on day 4 and his scratching isn't as incessant as it was. He still has a yeasty odor but he'll get another bath/rinse tonight. His stool/farts has the most awful smell ever. I'm going to assume it is from the change to his food and/or the added supplements.

I am hopeful that this will work for him. It breaks my heart to see him like this - he came from an abuse/abandoned situation before ending up at the shelter and then in my home. I promise him everyday that no matter what, if my husband and I end up in the poor house, he will be healthy and happy and itchy free.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Cobrien!

You might be over doing it with both the salmon oil and the coconut oil - cutting back to just 1 of those oils may help with the farting; also consider adding enyzmes for digestion: I use chewable papaya from Whole Foods for my pack.

I would also consider something that may have a bit more *kick* than the your vinegar/peroxide/water solution; Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip.

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. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible, then 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 her in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting; you may need to bump up the heat in the house or crate him in a small room with a space heater. 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.

Yeast infections take time to manifest, and can take a while to resolve. You may additionally consider borax to combat the yeast internally. Ted recently updated his borax protocol -here it is again FYI:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 2/12/2014 "The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

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


Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.

This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

Posted by Vannie (Sabah, Malaysia) on 06/30/2014

Hi, I have a mini poodle that has yeast which started only last year. Before this, she has been biting and licking her paws on and off. The problems is getting serious now, I have to put e-collar on; if not she will bite and scratch nonstop. I check her body, no imflammation or bruises. I have brought her to two different vets. The diagnosis is she has fungal infection/yeast. She has tried various antibiotics, pills, anti-fungal salve. She is using malaseb shampoo once a week. Recently, I have changed her diet to no-grain formula. Orijin six-fish 80% fish and Arcana 60% fish. I apply coconut oil on her fur and ACV mixed water to her water bowl and to apply on her paws. But everytime I take off the e-collar, she will scratch and lick paws, tails, butt area, ears. I'm so worried and depressed. Am I doing the right thing? how long does it take for the yeast to clear away?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Vannie!

Clearing a dog of a yeast infection is usually a long term situation.

Upgrading the diet is a good start! You should also consider adding probiotics/acidipohillus to her diet as well; just choose a human grade product from the cooler section of the health store.

Next, consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water by adding baking soda. I start out with 1 teaspoon baking soda into 3 liters of water, and increase by 1 teaspoon each day until the ratio is 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter water; I then give this dose for 5 days - after 5 days you can reduce to one half teaspoon per liter of water or go back to the ACV water. I would also add once per week one eighth teaspoon of borax to the drinking water OR mix one eighth of a teaspoon of borax into some wet or canned food. This may produce a loose stool, however borax is an excellent anti-yeast/anti-fungal.

Additionally, I would bathe my dog in a solution of 1 part water to two parts Milk of Magnesia. This is an emergency ratio and in conjunction with the baking soda water and borax water should bring some relief.

Please report back!

Posted by Raine (Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas) on 06/20/2013

[NAY]  My 12 yr old shih-tzu battled gooby, smelly eyes, ear infections and itchy skin on and off almost her whole life. It wasn't until she began losing the fur on her chest that we finally connected the dots and began researching yeast infections. The vet was no help all these years-would just give her an antibiotic shot and put her on prednisone everytime. We distrust him so much now we are scared to take her there for fear of him shooting her up with antibiotics again, I'm scared that would be the final blow to her health. Started treating her many different ways, she was on a homemade food of brown rice, mackerel and green beans, and has since been changed to straight salmon with some yogurt. Was powdering her with a cornstarch, turmeric&clove mixture, but that didn't seem to be helping, and also the ACV 50/50 spray mixture, as well as putting it in her drinking water. NOTHING has helped!

Just learnt today that some brands of ACV contain yeast, so I'm pretty sure that is a big factor in why she has gotten worse rather than improving. I live on a small island in the Bahamas and chances of finding organic ACV are very slim. I have had this dog since I was 10 and it is literally breaking my heart to see the misery she is in. Can anyone please help? Any super cures that have been known to work well & work quickly? Stuff that doesn't neccessarily have to come from an organic or specialty store? We do have some coconut oil that they would put on her food, but she does not like it at all and would sometimes not eat her food or just eat around the oil. Maybe we need to shoot it down her throat with a syringe, can anyone give me a relative amount for a 13lb shih-tzu?

Other than all the problems accossiated with yeast (full, irritable anal gland, "old age" lumps, oozy eyes & ears) and some arthritis, she has no other health problems! We have been fighting this for I'd say at least 2 months now, and it's getting to the point where it's selfish to keep her here if we can't get her health improved. The affected skin runs on her underside from under her chin, down her whole chest straight down to her groin now. The armpits are an especially bad place. Also, does anyone know if antibiotic powder would feed the yeast? After she started licking the cornstarch mix off, we started using BNT antibiotic powder because it dries open raw wounds out in a snap.

Please please please, I am desperate and about to lose my best friend! Thank you in advance!

Replied by Em
San Francisco

Please know that your pup can recover from a serious yeast infection. My pup is an 80lb, 13 year old Australian Shepherd mix. Late last year my pup had been attacked by fleas which brought on the yeast infection. A couple months later he had taken a dose of antibiotics for an eye infection (unrelated to yeast infection) which in my opinion aggravated the yeast condition. He had an yeast infection head to toes, especially under his arms, the groin area, paws and even his nails beds. Not to mention he had blepharitis and mucousy eyes. I've had to wash him once a week with a natural shampoo (I use braggs but I don't think it matters) plus borax most important. I sprinkle on 10 Mule brand found in laundry section and rinse with diluted equal portions white distilled vinegar and water (50/50). I add borax to the rinse as well. You can spray his yeasty body parts with this rinse mixture a couple times a day. Let the pup air dry. In my experience, I think you have to wash your pup once a week with borax at least while he has the yeast infection.

I've also alternated using diluted 1 portion hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) to 3 portions water plus borax to spray infected areas. I've also used diluted iodine to rinse his paws.

You'll see an immediate improvement after the first wash but if your pup has a serious infection then it may take months. My pup is 90 percent better and I expect that he'll be fully recovered by the end of the year.

I added a little borax or baking soda to his drinking water. Pls check Ted's protocol on this. Hope this helps.

Posted by Keishas Mom (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/22/2012

[YEA]  My yorkie is 4 years old and has been suffering from what I thought were allergies her entire life. I have tried every kind of food, switched to 100% natural chemical free housecleaners, detergents, etc. , I spent enormous amounts of money at the vet and everything they prescribed only made it worse. She had ear infections, rashes and sores (specifically in her armpits, chest, and between her toes), impacted anal sacs, and sneezing and coughing. I finally gave up on the allergy idea and started researching for causes and found out about yeast infections.

Since I've been treating for yeast I have found her to be unbelievable better! I feel her Raw Lamb food, and on it I put colloidal silver, yogurt, and omega-3 oil (one for each meal). I also bathe her with all natual soap (it comes in a bar) and then put a rinse of Vinegar and tea tree oil diluted in water, which I don't rinse off. Once she's dry I put colloidal silver on her itchy spots. I find that these steps help her so much! I can't believe that no vet told me about yeast infections, they just prescribed antibiotics, allergy pills, and topical treatments that made her feel worse. I think all natural is the way to go, and colloidal silver is a miracle worker!

Replied by Virginia
Beloit, Wi
If your dog has a yeast infection it has a funky smell. I use 50-50 water and vinegar and ear drops from the vet. Moisture in certain areas of your pet can cause yeast Infection.

Posted by Earthystuff (Nicholson, Ga, United States) on 08/26/2012

[YEA]  Yonah had developed some kind of sticky crusty stuff all over his skin and stunk so bad we didnt even want him in the house. A few years back I took him to the vet and he put Yonah on Lamb and rice diet. This diet helped for a short while and then came back with a vengence. I would use a flea comb on him and what came off was like scabs that stuck in the comb.

After searching on earthclinic and agreeing it is yeast, this is what I did for him. Still on lamb and rice food in the morning feed I give him his daily garlic for fleas part of powdered glucosamine and started him on 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinager. He actually doesnt have a problem eating it in his food. I add a little wet lamb and rice to mask the flavor and smell. Afternoon feed I add a little wet food and a big heaping tablespoon of greek yogurt. I have washed him once a week with antifungal shampoo and then follow with spraying him down with a mixture of 1/2 Apple cider vinager and 1/2 water. In between baths I spray him in places that are lingering like the top of his head. Its been about 5 weeks and this yuck is just about gone. His energy level has picked up and he is so much happier. He is an older dog and this usually occurs in the hot months but Im going to keep him on this program. He even smells better. I am glad to report that this is working wonderful.

Earthclinic has been my doctor for about 6 years now and I love the information I get here!

Posted by Bebe (Birmingham, Al) on 08/18/2012

Have been dealing with the yeast issues for years (second dog). First of all I would suggest allergy testing for food/environment. Cost is about 150.00. This way you know for sure. My dog, dachshund now 6, has a chicken as well as seasonal alergies so I give her venison or bison and vegetables. If it is too protein rich her Ph gets out of balance and gets a UTI so read the protein #. I bathe her twice a week with Virbac Keto-Chlor Ketoconazole. She will get break outs under her forelegs and vaginal. The baths give her great relieve. We do the baking soda and vinegar rinses, also. She takes enzymes, from health food store, sprinkled on her food, for her stomach. Sometimes she will eat the yogurt, especially goat yogurt. Her water, purified, as our water has chemicals and disrupts the stomach flora. We saw an allergy specialist for 1 1/2 years and have run the course. Someone mentioned their dog was vomiting yellow. This is most likely bile from stomach upset and Pepto has sweetner in it that promotes the fungus. Not good for the flora.

Posted by Soozoom (Jacksonville, Fl Usa) on 04/06/2012

This site is great. I recently took in a foster Shih Tzu with the red staining near her eyes. After reading about this on several sites I've decided which methods I will try and why. I believe (as with many small breeds) that the red staining is from excessive tearing (for whatever reason), the red staining shows more because she has apricot and white hair, it has been very warm here and we have relatively high humidity - which increases the moistness. The excessive moistness would increase bacterial growth. The bacteria are either gram positive or gram negative - without testing I don't know which she has. Before giving her any medication I want to try the natural, non-harming remedies. Possible remedies I won't be using are: hydrogen peroxide - causes problems, can damage eyes, ACV - this would burn my eyes so I won't use near her eyes - I do think this would help for the skin yeast problems (in some/most cases - not all) - experiment.

The things I've read that are worth trying are the non-grain, high carb foods - that makes sense since dogs need more meat/other proteins than people, acidopholus in foods such as yogurt and maybe milks I think I've seen. I've also seen that some people say non-filtered water seems to make the problem worse because the tap water might have higher mineral content - the dogs are already getting filtered water. I also bought distilled water - both for drinking and washing her face with (when I only am cleaning the yeasty area). I saw a post from the woman in the Phillipines that made a lot of sense - making your own wash for the dogs from a small amount of vinegar and the most natural soap you can find - no perfumed, no colors - just saponin (the soapy part of soap) - I'm trying that tonight.

The other is a Golden Retriever that has a slight rash that irritates him - it's not infected yet or much - since it was not near his face I sprayed Dermoplast (in pharmacy - OTC); it is a pain relieving, antibacterial spray for humans - avoid mucous membranes with it. I sprayed it on him and he stopped biting at himself for over 12 hours so far - he immediately seemed relieved too. I also thought about Calamine or Hydrocortisone Cream - but didn't get as far as researching yet - so unproven as far as I know - but I don't see the harm as long as again not on mucous membrane areas. If the diluted ACV soapwash, changing to better food, distilled water, acidopholus and keeping the area dry don't work then I will go to the other side - items that are more base rather than acidic before even thinking about meds or vet. I also heard/saw that using blueberries is good to use around the eyes - and this makes sense since they grow best in low acid environments (more base) and red yeast likes slight acidity - so this could make the environment less conducive to the growth of the yeast. Blueberries not in sugar - I did already try it on white fur and it doesn't stain - in fact brightens it as was shown on NGC or some animal show - sorry can't remember - just sticks in my mind though. I've only had her 2 days and have no idea what food she had before - now she is getting Vitality Chx & Oats by Dogs Well - no corn, potatoes or wheat and has acidopholus, blueberries and sweet potatoes. This food makes sense to me - these are slow digesting carbs which evens out sugar in the blood stream and have high amounts of nutrients. I'll let everyone know if I have any success or failure.

Posted by Jean (San Marcos, Ca) on 03/15/2012

[YEA]  We have a 7 lb Chihuahua that is my world. She has always been very healthy. But about 18 months ago we considered putting her down if we couldn't find a way to help her. She was so sick with scratching all the time, elephant skin on her face and feet, lethargic, no appetite, and basically looking really sad and we felt so sorry for her. She had chewed off most of the hair on her feet and they were swollen and puffy like mittens and bleeding instead of thin and graceful like they had been. She chewed them constantly and scratched under her armpits and face. This started immediatly after she had just recovered from surgery for an abcess under her chin and they had treated her with very strong antibiotics. With scepticism I let the vets treat her for demodex with ivermectin. I stopped it after one month because it was making her stomach sick and not helping. Also I knew the spots were not red like demodex and she was 8 yrs old and demodex usually shows up in puppys.

So being the skeptic I am, I looked into dog skin conditions and found out about yeast. I now know that the antibiotics started her yeast problem. It killed off her natural defences to fungus and bacteria, just like in humans. I haven't tried the vinegar yet but I did some research on yeast and I have found these things to be the cure for her: Grain free food, Ketoconazole/chlorhexadine shampoo baths (weekly at first, monthly after a while). Yogurt and acidophilus in her food.

It does take patience and you have to stay on top of it, and may never cure it but you can control it. Some of the enzyme products work are a little harsh for some dogs. And the "die off" looks alarming and the dog gets so sick, so people stop the treatment before it has time to actually work, then they think it didnt work. I also couldn't afford them so tried yogurt, acidophilus and grain free food and the baths. Vets prescribing antibiotics and food with grain don't make sense if it's yeast. They just want to sell you their services and Rx meds and vet store dog food. They are a retail establishment after all. All of the foods that are not grain free just give the yeast something to feed on in the dogs gut. Look up leaky gut syndrome. And it is good also to have your dog checked for thyroid problems though just in case.

I can say our dog Lexie is now happy, energetic and healthy with a shiny coat and completely healed. But we still keep up the routine, bathing more frequently if she starts to itch again. I notice also she scratches more if we have slipped and given her any people food with carbs, but protein is ok, we give her cooked chicken or a little bite of meat sometimes.

Posted by Doc (Olathe, Kansas Usa) on 01/30/2012

My dog (a nearly 4 year old black lab) had come down with yeast, overgrowth. He was so miserable and looked so bad some friends asked me if we were going to have to put him down. For the past 2 years he just kept getting worse. The vet we were using just kept giving him steroids, yeast meds, antibiotics and blaming it also on allergies and recommended I take him to an allergist vet. At $1500 to start with, I don't think so.

So, I took matters into my own hands and got him tested for allergies using a non traditional way using frequency vial tests. Wow! That was the start to my dogs recovery. I had then started him on a grain free diet from costco. It had tomato in it and I had to get him desensitized to the tomato but now that is fixed. I also started him on products from ortho molecular. The products were Ortho biotic ( a probiotic) candicid forte, Intestinol, and Adrenall. I have given him these for 5 months or so now and his coat is nearly back to normal. My grown kids who had not seen my dog for 6 months easy could not believe the change! They wondered what I had done.

I also agree with the other writers about Malaseb shampoo. It really is the best. I went from bathing my dog 2x per week ( at 110lbs that is no easy task) to 2x per month!

I still have to give him benadryl to help with the itchys but he is so much happier and not tearing himself apart literally, ( I had blood all over my carpet on the main floor and basement from his open sores)

There is no sign of the missing hair patches any longer, all his coat is back to normal. He looks like his handsome self again.

I write this to help those of you struggling with the yeast issues to not give up and take matters into your own hands. Most vets just want to give meds and not look at anything else. One vet even told me what I was doing had no scientific validity. So I asked him if he wanted to see the pics of my dog at his worst because he was getting to see him 5 months after my treatment plan. He did not care to and we left abruptly as you can imagine.

I hope this helps someone out there.

P.S. I forgot to tell you that I also gave my lab 1/2 cup of plain yogurt 2x per day as well.

Posted by Aryk (Plainfield, Il Usa) on 11/22/2011

[YEA]  I have a 13yr old Westie and he's had chronic ear infections/icthiness since he was about 4. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I wanted to suggest a few things to the other dog owners out there with problem poochies.

Oskar has had itchy, red, smelly ears, sores that crust and flake off his skin, oily, smelly skin and hotspots. We've been through it all! It really breaks my heart to keep seeing these issues flare up. We've been to the vet throughout his life for these issues and he's been treated with antibotics and steriods which never helped. So this is what I've been doing:

I feed a raw-food or grain-free dry food. Try and stay away from beef, because this is considered a "hot food" and can irritate the allergy. (Oskar likes duck, lamb and I know fish is a good choice as well. ) Also, a tbsp of Greek yogurt with live cultures and a tbsp of apple cider vinger with food once a day. This took two weeks to really notice much of a difference, but his ears started to open and I was able to clean them and then begin treatment for his ears.

It was recommended to me to use Zymox products, you can get them on Amazon.Com, I have yet to find them in a pet store. I use the shampoo and rinse, two times a week. Leave the shampoo on for 10mins and then you can leave the rinse (conditioner) on to dry if you want, or just do spot-treatment with it on your pet's worse itchy places. I've also used their ear products, I got the ones with the hydrocortisone in it because Oskar is constantly scratching his ears, and this has helped as well.

Recently I picked up their Topical Cream with hydrocortisone and have been using that in between baths, once a day and it's been really amazing. His hotspots on his back legs have healed up tremendously and he hasn't been chewing nearly as much. I really recommend this. But as a disclaimer, if you have a white dog it will turn the fur yellow to the areas you're applying it. The yellow does grow out and wash out though. I usually throw an old T-shirt on Oskar after applying so that way the oil from the cream doesn't get on anything and he can't lick it off.

Anyway, I hope this helps some. I'm still on the road to completely getting rid of his yeasty self, but this has really been helping!

Replied by Vicky
I like the idea of putting a shirt on after treatment so he can't lick it off.

Posted by Sally (Irvine, Ca) on 11/12/2011

[YEA]  I love this site, you all have helped me so much with my rescue Basstehound Joe, who was brought to me with a full body(from head to toe and everything underneath) yeast infection approximately 6 months ago. Thanks to ALL of you and your helpful advise regarding holistic treatments, he's doing MUCH better!! Not so smelly or itchy and red anymore. The treatment(s) take time, but so much better for him in the end. I cook for my dogs, (I have three rescue bassethounds) so I do not prefer to use RX unless I absolutely have to.

LOVE the apple cider vinegar tip! Joe doesn't like it, but it helps him, so I have to devise ways to get it on him without him noticing at first, LOL. Fish oil tabs are great too. I use lots of green spices also as I have learned they have alot of antioxidents: parsley and mint I use daily in their food. Mint is good for yeast problems. Both are great for freshening their breath too.

Thanks again.

Sally the Bassethound lover and rescuer in California

Posted by Beth (Plainfeild, Il) on 11/03/2011

My toy poodle developed a rash on the stomach and next he had cold symptoms. He was diagnosed with sinus and broncitis. They kept giving him antibotics that put him on his death bed and he had days to live. I researched his symptoms and concluded that he had a sytematic yeast infection. The first thing I did was stop all drugs. I gave him 1/4 tsp of colloidal silver 3 x a day for 1 week, after 48 hours he was up and walking. Silver kills yeast and fungis. I ordered Oxy E drops and put one teaspoon in a gallon of water in a steam vaporizer, made a tent and gave him steam treatment in his kennel 3 times a day.

Also got anti fungal med, from vet after scrape was taken from rash, proved to be yeast. Oral intraclozone for three weeks. If your vet won't help, order from Canada, it only comes in tabs that have to be resplit to the weight of the dog. Dog also eats grain free food. If yeast is in nose and eyes I put collidal silver right in nose and eyes, cleared up completely. Dog has relaspes every 3 months which happens, I put a mixture of vinegar and water on rash and give him oral fungus med every 3 days to manage it. He is doing great and very happy.

Posted by Sierrahennessy (Fairfax, Usa) on 10/01/2011

[YEA]  Joanne in Buffalo, NY

I have been reading about your dog with my heart in my mouth. So much of your story reminds me of my own struggles with Sierra, my 12 1/2 year old dog. Sierra has always had yeasty ears ever since we got her at age 8 weeks. We had it under control until her mate King died of DM a few years ago. Then it exploded in our face. We tried everything, were at the vet's multiple times, spent thousands on meds, including steroids and antibiotics. Finally, I switched vets and came with Sierra, who was in agony from joint pain, vaginal infections and loss of hair, black skin, stink and ulcers everywhere! Her coat was matting from the oozing. I told Dr. Lynch point blank I wanted everything in the arsenal for attacking YEAST, which hadn't been done before because nobody listened. He gave me ketoconazal, an antibiotic for the infections in the ulcers and vagina, medicated anti-fungal shampoo to be used twice weekly and a drying powder for taming the ooze. He diagnosed her with severe systemic yeast infection. He also said based on her pain levels, we might have to euthanize her in a month. I came home depressed.

Later that night, I started research. I was prepared to lose my dog in any number of age releated causes. But NOT to a stupid fungus. I began with the lessons I learned from King's DM, when the vet told me when he was 8 that western medicine had gone as far as it could. I took King to an alternative vet, who gave him another 3 amazingly good years using herbs. I decided to take that approach with Sierra. It's been two weeks and the turn around in her heath, her outlook and the decrease in her pain level is nothing less than amazing.

Here's what I learned and did.:

First, food change. I got really picky, went ONLY for low glycemic no grain food. Sierra was on Wellness chicken her whole life, which I still believe to be a quality food for dogs without yeast issues. Her lifetime of good food and medical health may have saved her life (more on that later). I moved her off that and onto Hund n Flocken by Solid Gold. She only eats the can and sometimes not even that, but I believe elimination of sugar and simple carbs has helped with starving the yeast. I don't think its possible to be picky enough about her food. No more Mother Hubbard treats for Sierra. Just duck jerky, which she likes. No more bones, which will contribute to her gut issues.

She had a full set of bloodwork. I read that yeast and thyroid issues go hand in hand. Have both T3 and T4 checked. Every time she has a blood test, the Drs. call me up amazed, saying she has the bloodwork of a dog half her age. It is this organ strength that I believe allowed the Dr. to attack the yeast with his full arsenal at full strength, I gambled on her lifetime of health.

Including pain pills, Sierra is on seven pills in the morning and six at night. We give her pill pockets to get them down her. We use the drying powder three times a day for her ulcers. Only 2 persistant ones (in the armpit) of about 20 remain.

Additionally, after research, I decided to give Sierra Bovine Colostrum, the first milkings from a cow that gave birth. Colostrum is believed to assist in healing the Leaky Gut syndrome, sealing the holes in the intestinal wall and replacing the mucosal lining. I also decided to give her Black Walnut tincture, a major anti-fungal of nature.

We wash Sierra twice a week with the medicated anti-fungal shampoo.

I have two more weeks until we see the Dr. I think we've acheived nothing less than a bloody miracle. The black skin is slowly disappearing and hair I thought I'd never see again has already returned. Her joint inflamation is significantly reduced, and she goes up and down stairs better than in years. Her crusty oozing eyes have cleared completly. She's stopped licking at anything other than normal brief cleanings.

Her ears are still yeasty and likely always will be, despite the fact they are upright and they are correctly formed in the ear canal. (we had the vet look a long time ago).

Here are some other things folks might find useful, by the way, the great dane lady website is fantastic.

Natural Treatment Ideas

Use probiotics/digestive and dietary enzymes to keep the pH balance of the stomach in proper balance. This in turn helps prevent yeast overgrowth.

Use raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice - 2 teaspoons per day on food or in water, to help keep the pH balance where it should be in the gut and make an environment, which is not conducive to yeast proliferation.

1. Bathe in sulfur-based or medicated shampoo
2. Prepare a 50/50 mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar & Water
3. Rinse or wipe affected areas with 50/50 mixture daily. Note: Do not use Apple cider mixture on open lesions

For pets with itchy skin from yeast infections, use a Baking Soda rinse alone or after shampooing your pets body with the appropriate pet shampoo for fungus infections (see vet). It will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation. Ask your veterinarian for his recommendations.

Baking Soda Recipe:
Mix two (2) teaspoons of Baking Soda per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - pour over pet, do not rinse off.

A mild spray from Tea tree oil will discourage your dog from digging at the skin (because the bitter taste). Aloe Vera, Omega fatty acids, and Neem oil are effective treatments. In mild cases it already can be helpful to wash your dogs skin with apple cidre vinegar or use aloe vera.

If you are not sure about the nutritional values, and biochemical processes in the body, add a high-quality nutritional supplement to your dogs food which contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iodine, biotin, echinacea, and potassium.

The most important characteristic of Neem (neem tea, neem leaf) is, boosting both the lymphocyte and cell-mediated immune system. Neem boosts the production of T-cells, which defense your dogs body when attacks to the immune system occur.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is crucial for boosting your dogs immune system. Vitamin C has essential antiviral and antibacterial activity, but its main effect is improvement of host resistance.

Omega Fatty Acids
Omega fatty acids are important for your dogs immune system, skin and coat health. Omega fatty acids boost food utilization and energy production. Evening primrose oil is most effective (omega 6 fatty acid), followed by flaxseed oil and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid).

Zinc deficiency increases the risk of infection. Studies show that zinc supplements can boost the immune system, promote wound healing, and help develop white blood cells.

Dog food diet for immune system related dog skin disorders:

Dogs with skin disorders and skin rashes need a special dog food diet, low in carbohydrates.
Whole grains and fiber in the dog food are advisable, to boost the immune system on a long term basis. You can serve the same kind of meat or vegetable for 3 to 4 days, then switch if possible.

Basic dog food: Mainly oats; whole grains; barley, for variation: smashed potatoes

Meat: Mainly duck; for variation: rabbit, turkey, lamb, fish, veal

Vegetable: Garlic, parsley, carrots, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, zucchini, avocado, artichoke, celery - they are great toxin relievers for the body. For better digestion mix the raw vegetable in a blender , and add it to the dogs food.

Fruits: Chopped coconut, apple, banana

Dairy: Plain yogurt or cottage cheese to re-colonize the intestinal flora


Commercial dog foods and treats which contain the following ingredients:
Meat-by-products, poultry-by-products, meat meal, wheat flour, wheat gluten, corn meal, corn gluten, rice flour, brewers rice, BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin

- Rice, MSG, chicken, pasta, milk (because it contains lactose), bread, cookies, crackers,
- Peanuts, yams, sausage, bacon, corned beef, smoked meat and sausages.
- Onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, salt, ketchup, grapes, raisins.
- Sugars, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, fruit juices, honey, chocolate, or maple syrup


Probiotics (beneficial yogurt like bacteria) keep the flora/fauna of the gut at good levels in the digestive track. When this flora/fauna is killed off due to antibiotics we must re-seed the gut with probiotics at the same time!! .

But Probiotics/Prebiotics, keep fungus/yeast at lower levels in the gut as long as it is supplied daily in your pet's diet and we can't fully depend on it on some dog foods. Once there is yeast overgrowth, probiotics alone will not push the levels back down. It requires supplements to alter the pH of the environment, kill off the yeast, remove the yeast die-off from the body, and probiotics to reseed the gut with beneficial microorganisms.

Chlorexidine at 2 to 4 percent might be effective against yeasts, 0.5 to 1 percent is not effective.

Miconazole (Dermazole ®, Resi-zole® leave on conditioner) is also effective.

Vinegar/water rinse (1/5 to 1/10) is a cheap and effective long-term maintenance treatment to prevent relapses in dogs that are predisposed (swimmers).

Colloidal silver may be administered to dogs as an oral supplement in liquid form, through IV injection, in a nebulizer cup, as a spray or topically as a liquid or cream. It may also be combined with a powder for dry application or to create a paste. It can be used to flush out wounds, as ear drops, eye drops or applied directly onto the skin of your dog. It can be applied to your dog's gums or used as a toothpaste to help eliminate bad breath and tooth decay.

Dogs: 70 to 120# canines can tolerate 1 to 2 tbsps. of colloidal silver 3x/daily during illness. If fever is present or the dog has gone off feed, we will dose a high initial loading dose and then back off to 10 to 15 cc's/day (2 tsp. to 1 tbsp).

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has long been used to treat skin ailments. It has many nutrients and properties beneficial to the skin. Aloe Vera is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It also provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal aid. Once again, going straight to the source will provide a more potent treatment. Apply the gel from a leaf of the aloe vera plant directly to the skin rash. If you are not able to find one or do not wish to extract the gel yourself, you can find aloe vera extract at many stores. Apply at least 3 times a day.

Baking Powder: Rub baking powder over the skin rash. Baking powder will dry up the rash and help relieve the itching.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is recommended to soothe dry skin and restore moisture. The skin can also benefit from the healing and renewal properties of olive oil. Skin rashes can be treated by applying olive oil to the affected skin. (Me: Coconut Oil, organic, cold pressed also works well, internally and externally, its a great anti-fungal and dogs love it.)

I have a whole lot of further info. Regarding recipes for these things, if anyone is interested. I also have aromatherapy suggestions that really helped, but honestly, I think I've gone on enough! I wish everyone a safe and fantastic cure.

Replied by Lisahbmwz4
Oak Ridge, Tn
Sierrahennessy, I loved all your info on allergy remedies. I am at the end of rope as to what to do. I went to vet for skin allergies. I received Cephalexin and Atopica for Allie (my Shih-Poo). She got very ill after the first dose having a reaction to the antibiotics. We had to stop all meds until the diarrhea stopped and she could start eating again.

At this point, add'l blood tests/urinalysis was done and she had a UTI as well. We started another antibiotic but could not start back on the Atopica until she was actually eating which took about 4 days. In the meantime, she has developed hot spots. I've tried Sulfadene which calms her down for a bit but they just get irritated all over again.

I plan to try some of the options that you mentioned and if you have more suggestions, I am more than interested to hear them. I don't know too much about cooking for her and what not to cook but I am willing to do so? Do foods that have gluten cause more yeast?

Replied by Debra
Chesapeake, Va, Usa
Try looking on She offers alot of info about yeast infections. I have a collie mix and I switched foods to a senior diet Solid gold, and unfortuantely it was a vegetarian diet. She is a mess and I just order the Nzyme skin recovery kit to balance out her system. I am so sick of the vet just bandaiding the problems and the $300 vet bills.

This site offers so much information it is unbelievable, and the info is very similar to what you have discovered. Please read for additional asistance, I will update you when I get thru a few weeks of the process. My dogs have always been on Solid Gold, but they are recommending Precise dog food, or Nutri Source dog food. Thanks for the info.