Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Dec 18, 2014


High Protein Diet, Frequent Baths   0  0   

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

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  We have a 6 year old Aussie who has what appears to be a rampant ear infection and we were referred to this site in order to find a yeast infection cure. We feed him Blue Buffalo, and egg whites at breakfast and beef burger at dinner. We used to use a soy/beef mix and it seemed to get worse.

Currently the high protein diet and constant bathing has returned his coat however his ears, elbows and paws still have this black stuff all over, a waxy feeling.

We will start him on acidopholus and check back in a couple of weeks.

Scott

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

I have fostered more than 150 basenjis, many with skin issues. Usually, I can fix them fairly quickly. This summer, though, I've had one that has a very challenging skin condition which appears to be a yeast problem. I had already incorporated several of the suggestions mentioned here with some success and will try others mentioned here. One thing that I've found to have the largest impact is to control the environment - humidity. This is a challenge in Florida, particularly when living in an older home that leaks like a sieve. My foster dog's skin was noticeably better when there was a break in the heat and humidity. I run dehumidifiers along with the air conditioners to try to maintain less than 50% relative humidity. I also limit my foster's access to sunshine and midday outside heat. I expect to have a lot more success with finally nipping the problem in the bud when the Florida summer weather breaks for more than a few days and hope that I will have his immunity fully recovered before he has to once again deal with heat and humidity next summer.

Hydrogen Peroxide, White Vinegar   2  0   

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

[YEA]  OMG! I love reading that other people are hvaing the same issues! I couln't undersatnd why my dog was always getting ear infections and licking her feet and vulva and her feet smelled like fritos.

I soak them in a mixture of 4 cups of water, 1/4 cup white vinager 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide a couple times a day and what a difference of course after I changed her food to high protein diet. EVO. I had her on a sweet potato and herring dog food and it was the worst thing I could do.

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

[YEA]  My Bassett (Molly) had a yeast infection in her ears. My vet who is loves animals told me to mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar and clean Molly's ears with it. It did wonders. I have not tried it all over but I am rinsing her with white vinegar after bathing. I also mix the white vinegar in her shampoo when I bath her. I've just started the baths and yogurt. Will let you know my success.

Replied by Carrie
Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
02/28/2013
I had a Czesky Terrier whom I adopted when she was 10 years old. Her skin was black and rubbery. Tried everything. The smell was disgusting. It wasnt unti she went into kidney failure 2 years later that the vet figured it had to do with her kidneys and a poor diet the first 10 years of her life. Too much protein!! Sadly, Zulie passed away, but we gave her the best 2 years of her life!!

Iodine   0  0   

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

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Yeast Infection: Ears and Skin

I have an 8 yr old female Bulldog. She has yeast in her ears, on her back and saborhea on her coat. A friend who is a vet tech has suggested I giver her accidophilus for yeast and hair growth, as well as intestinal wellnes. Also, I do an ear flush 2-3 times per week using a watered down iodine solution to help steralize the ears. I have been using 1:10 ration of iodine to water and it really seems to be helping with the extra gunk build up. I havn't used the accidophilus yet but plan to start this week. Will also try the yogurt and vinegar. Thanks for the extra tips!

Medicated Shampoo   1  0   

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

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

Milk of Magnesia   1  0   

Posted by Robert (Pc, Fl, usa) on 09/21/2011

[YEA]  My poor golden retriever/ basset hound mix had the worst case of incurable yeast in his ears I have ever saw and I have owned many many dogs. Oddly, I saw a drag queen say that milk of magnesia, topically, would prevent sweating under makeup for shows with hard hot lighting.

Siwwy had been given every prescription anti yeast medication, every vinegar drop method, every borax based method, all manners of homeopathic cures and things that cost so much money I was wondering if I would go broke. And all of the doctors antibiotics and creams to cure the secondary infections.

As yeast depends on moisture, I decided to go there with MOM. I painted it on rubbed it in, held him until it dried and in a month his ears were completely healed and no scars even remain. Thanks RuPauls Drag Race my dog loves a drag queen now! This is no joke, try it it works!

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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
Mpls., Mn
12/15/2014
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]

Process:

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.

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

or

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
Mpls., Mn
06/30/2014
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!

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!

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.


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