Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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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.

Neem
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
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

FOODS TO AVOID FOR DOGS:

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

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.

Posted by Lisahbmwz4
Oak Ridge, Tn
11/17/2011
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?

Posted by Debra
Chesapeake, Va, Usa
12/25/2011
Try looking on Greatdanelady.com. 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.

Posted by Ht (Carlsbad, Nm) on 08/15/2011

[YEA]  I have a rescue brittney spaniel about 45 lbs. I thought he had an ear mite problem because the inside of his ears were all red and bumpy. He also had tender red spots towards the back of his body and was just hot all over. His eyes were also sort of crusty around the edges and he had an odor. Really itchy to him. I bought some over the counter ear mite medicine that wasn't helping.

After an internet search I found all this good information on earth clinic. Seemed like his problem fit the yeast infection so I started him on 1 per day acidophilus, 2 small garlic softgels, cod liver oil. This seemed to start to turn the tide back to better health. About then my sister bought him some Sulfodene skin medication. I think this came from box mart. That stuff gave him some imediate relief from the itchiness. So why not get a little bit of MSM in him? So I added about 1/4 of the tiny scoop of Jarrow MSM sulfer powder to his breakfast. He started getting better fast. After about 3 weeks I took him off the the daily MSM and just give it once a week along with the other stuff daily to make sure the yeast doesn't come back. Also try to keep him off of bread and feed him a meal of decent raw meat when I can afford it. 6 mo. later he is healthy and frisky as he can be. Don't know how this would effect another dog but this worked for my britt.

Posted by For Paws (Toronto, Ontario, Canada ) on 04/29/2011

[YEA]  I treat my dog's yeast infection with change of diet to grain free and wash with one part water and one part vineager in the affected area every night. It stopped the itching and skin improved a lot over four weeks.

With the food, also give him one capsule of Acidophilus (5 billion) and plain yogurt with food every day.

For bath, I use Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo which is 2% Ketoconazole that kills the fungus that cause the skin itching. Nizoral shampoo can be purchased off the counter, price reasonable.

another vet shampoo is Allergroom by Virbac Animal Health. I bought it from the vet's office, that cost $25 for 16 oz. This one only soothes the dog's skin and leave the hair smelling good.

Infection in ears - I use one part hot water, mix with one part alcohol and one part vinegar, wet the cotton ball and squeeze the excess liquid so the cotton ball is wet but not dripping and cleans the dogs ears. I do it at least once a day, sometimes 2-3 times a day when required.

I find the dogs ears are much cleaner now than using the ear drops prescribed by the vet's office and it keeps the infection at bay.

Posted by Lorrainetoronto (Toronto, Canada) on 04/05/2011

hi

the postings are very beneficial and informative. I have been feeding my dog, a mixed breed of Japanese Chin and Chi Tsu, brown rice, chicken and vegetable.

I noticed he has allergy symptoms and the vet gave me antibiotic drops for his ears and antihistamine for his allergies. I only used the ear drops.

Recently, his groomer said my dog has yeast problems. That was March 23, 2011. Since then I bathed his arm pits and groin areas (the affected areas) with 1 part of warm water and 1 part of vineger and or ACV.

Today is April 5th, 2011 and I have noticed there is improvements in his arm pits. The colour has subsided and hair is growing back. The skin in his groin area is pigmented. The colour has subsided and hair is growing. The licking has improved too.

Also changed his diet to Orijen, 80% fish and chicken and 20% fruit and veg and no grain. I feed him with one teaspoon of plain yogurt, one capsule of Acidofolious, one teaspoonful of raw veg along with Orijen in the morning. The same at night without the Acidofolious.

His stool is kind of soft, I cannot figure out why.

I also have trouble finding medicated shampoo similar to Malaseb shampoo. The vet insisted my dog has allergy and not yeast condition.

I am satisified with the progress. The change of diet and the Apple Cider Vinegar bath at night help a lot.

Lorraine

Posted by Kay (Jacksonville, Fl/usa) on 02/25/2011

My dog was diagnosed with an extreme yeast infection about 6 months ago. Typical signs the itching, chewing, hair gone from area. The vets simply told me to give the dog Benedryl which ofcourse only treats the symptoms but does nothing to cure. They did not want to give her a fungus med because they were treating pancreatitis and colitis at the time. She began to have what we thought were Seizures and she would run around in circles rubbing her face and shake. My sad 8 yr old GS lost weight as I switched her off of food and put her on boiled skinless chicken and rice only to find out she was allergic to the chicken.

Fast forward... I took her to a holistic vet who put her on Chinese Herbs and after about 2 months, we also put her on Hills ZD Allergen dry food and canned. The dog acted like a puppy, hair grew back and etc. I found reading this forum to give her Rescue Remedy to control her "episodes" and it worked. I must back track and tell you the vets had given her Phenobarbitol, plus the meds for stomach issues, plus Benedryl and this dog was so lethargic(drugged).

Fast forward, again. After treating the dogs with the herbs and no meds, shampooing her once a week with a Tee Tree Shampoo(from pet store) and giving her some plain yogurt for treats, I thought she was cured! The new vet(holisitc) checked her and said the yeast apparently is gone from her skin(Oh, I was also spraying her with Oil of Oregano mixed with water on the infected skin areas). I was a happy camper when she seemed to go back to normal! However, apparently the yeast infection had gotton in to her nervous system and the dog when she get nervous or excited, she just starts shaking alot and whining. The vet(holistic) has put her on a new herb which is suppose to control her allergies which apparently have increased due to pollin in the air. I am wondering on this forum if anyone has experienced this with there dog. My dog is an 8 yr old GS who has always been a nervous dog. I still have her on the Hills ZD, yogurt treats and I spray her with Tea Tree Spray or White Vinegar for the itching. So far she has no open yeast infection sores, but apparently it still may be in her nervous system.

Posted by Rachel
Ashburton, Devon - England
10/22/2011
Hi - how are you ? I see you are using white vinegar - try organic apple cider vinegar that has the mother - also if you are using yogurt make sure it is live and use a goats yogurt. Check the labels on your yorgurt as al ot of them have added sugar that feeds the yeast problem. Also you are using Hills - I would recommend leaving this food and replace it with a raw and home cooked diet.

Also Australian bush flower remedies you could try - Green essence and Spinifex.

Also you can put some Apple cider vinegar into the water bowl or add it straight to the food.

I am also a healer and work with animals and people and maybe you could consider using a healer too - I work distantly if you need help or maybe you could find someone local to you.

Ok best of luck

Posted by Shelley (Philadelphia, Pa) on 01/10/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have a 3 yo rescue pitbull named Lilo. We have had her for 2 years. Lilo started scratching behind her ears about 8 months after we brought her home. We took her to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics, etc. And that seemed to cure the problem. She then developed itchy skin, and we took her to the vet and, again, put her on antibiotics. Just like everyone else, this began a never-ending cycle where Lilo continued to spiral downward. She began to scratch herself constantly and her skin began to go into scabbing and drying cycles, where it would fall off in big flakes. She started to smell terrible, and get more frequent ear infections.

We tried various foods to help her, including Wellness, Core Wellness, California Naturals, Innova (which gave her horrible diarrhea), and even a raw foods diet. None of the foods seemed to have any effect. Her vet insisted she had allergies, and after trying various medications, medicated shampoos, and a 6-month food trial, Lilo continued to get worse and worse. She began to lose fur on her neck, belly, armpits, chin, tail, between her toes, and around her eyes. Her neck is the worst, and she would frequently scratch it raw and bloody. She looked like a burn victim.

The vet has suggested that Lilo is "just an allergic dog" and that we go see a canine dermatologist. I suggested that there might be something else wrong, but the vet was firm in her diagnosis and I began to become skeptical, especially after doing some research on canine allergies.

After months of research and watching my dog chew her own skin off, I desperately changed my focus from "allergy cures" to anything else that might be wrong with my dog. After reading about yeast, I just KNEW that this was what was wrong with my dog, especially since black spots are evident on her skin. That is when I found this site, among a few others, that have helped. Here is what I came up with to battle Lilo's skin problems:

  1. Soaking baths with Epsom salts, _____'s ACV, and a little Witch Hazel. This seems to soothe her skin and is helping with the smell.
  2. Nightly application of _____'s ACV directly to the affected areas.
  3. Nightly use of a wonderful, all-natural product called DermaPaw. This is a salve made from essential oils, petrolatum, and beeswax. It soothes itching and speeds healing.
  4. Dietary supplements including Omega oil gelcaps, vitamin tablets, yogurt, and Acidophilis.

I have only been using these remedies for a few days now, but I have already seen an improvement. Lilo does not wake us up at night as often, and has begun to have more playful energy. Her dandruff is subsiding, and the skin on her neck is healing. Her armpits are slower to improve since she's kind of a sweaty dog. Even though she isn't completely healed yet, I feel relieved that I've finally found something that is helping.

Posted by Donna (Paisley, Florida, Usa) on 01/31/2010

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?

Posted by Frank
Hayden, Co
09/24/2010
2 Posts
Put her on RAW meat, yogurt, cheese and bathe her in a tea made of PAu D'Arco (make sure it is really the heartwood and inner bark of a particular species of the tree, the Tabebuia avellanedae, (tah-bee-BOO-ee-uh ah-vel-LAN-ee-day) (that is most prized). Also apply the tea to the skin regularly until cleared up. Add some tea to her water, as well. STOP feeding any dog food with GRAIN in it- she won't need the veggies much, either. Think about a wild dog's diet, and you will get the picture. NO anti-biotics;they make yeast infection worse. In fact, you might want to look up what these meds do to dogs... We lost our Sophie to yeast infection, as she was allergic to everything the vet gave her- long, painful experience for all. We've had another dog come down with yeast, and did what I've written- it cures it. The local butcher/meat processor here gave us meats and bones they were throwing away, and the local dairy gave us the out-of-date milk/yogurt/cottage cheese, and we crushed Acidilophus pills and added to the food. Health improved dramatically, and we keep all our dogs on this diet now, (only using the tea for ailments if they get any). The processed foods made for critters does damage their balance- dogs rarely eat grains, veg in wild- they do eat some fruit, bark berries, raw meat and bones.

Posted by Myra (Lafayette, Louisiana) on 01/11/2010

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.

Posted by Debbie (Crandall, GA) on 06/29/2009

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

Posted by Denise (Dallas, GA) on 05/15/2009

[NAY]  Hello,

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!

Posted by Sydney
San Diego, CA
10/05/2014
[YEA]   So sorry to hear...My dog used to go through the same thing every summer when the weather got hotter. Scratching constantly and practically biting all the fur off her hind end until sometimes it even bled. The Vet cost me almost 300 dollars and it cleared up almost overnight only to return in a couple of weeks.

A friend told me about applying a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to the affected areas. Also, make sure to saturate the paws because the infection gets spread to the paws when they scratch. Do this everyday for 6 days. Leave on as long as possible but at least an hour before rinsing off with warm water. On the 7th day you will shampoo the dog with tea tree shampoo. DO NOT use the vinegar and shampoo on the same day as they will cancel each other out.

When the dog is thoroughly dry, you can apply pure coconut oil to soothe the skin. NEVER USE an OATMEAL product, soap, shampoo etc. for a yeast infection as the oatmeal feeds the yeast and makes it worse. Grain free diet helps, I use Blue Buffalo Grain-Free, but it's somewhat expensive. I'm sure there are other brands but believe it or not, my canine is a finicky eater. This next info is VERY IMPORTANT to note! Don't get discouraged, but rather expect the dog to scratch like crazy and even roll around after the vinegar solution is applied for about 1 or 2 minutes. It WILL subside! The 1st couple of minutes, the vinegar is killing the yeast, the yeast spores react by exploding. When they explode there will be a surplus of the bacteria on the surface of the skin making the itching worse but PLEASE be patient as this will go away as the bacteria dies in a few minutes. This reaction will be less and less in following treatments.

The once a week tea tree shampoo part of the treatment kills the bacteria that is in the skin under the surface that the vinegar can't reach. The tea tree oil gets absorbed into the skin and kills bacteria beneath the surface. Leave shampoo lather on the dog for about 10 minutes before rinsing well with warm water. The coconut oil soothes irritation as well as smothers the bacteria from getting more oxygen to grow. Also, spray down bedding with the vinegar mixture, leave on for 10 minutes then launder.This treatment takes time and patience but it's effective for yeast infections, the dog won't be taking antibiotics which are only temporary and bad for their system, and it's a whole lot cheaper than a vet visit! Here's the summary below and good luck!

Equal parts ACV (or white vinegar) and plain water, enough to saturate affected areas. I wear gloves and apply with cotton balls but a spray bottle will also work. Every day for 6 days.

Tea tree oil shampoo on the 7th day (once a week)

Pure coconut oil with no additives. Can apply as needed to soothe the skin. This isn't a mandatory part of the treatment but will aid in your dog's skin healing and comfort

Posted by Julie (Black Mountain, NC/USA) on 04/11/2009

[NAY]  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.

Posted by Lena
Gainesville, Ga
02/19/2012
The grain free is good but even more important is to get her off anything with starches such as potatoes, rice, rice flour etc. This turns to sugar as soon as they eat it and yeast feeds on sugar.

Also check into using the grapefruit seed extract and the colodial silver.

Hope this helps.

Good luck.

Posted by A (West Haven, CT) on 03/24/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Joey (Birch Bay, WA) on 02/05/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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!!

Posted by Dorothy B (Lk Panasoffkee, Fl.) on 11/21/2008

[NAY]  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.

Posted by Maryanne (Cleveland, Ohio) on 11/18/2008

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Shawna
Vancouver, WS
11/29/2008
My little lahso apso has had itchy skin for her whole 3 year old life. She is allergic to fleas. I thought it was yeast or allergies. She has a little yeast in her ears that cleared up with epi optic solution from the vet. But it was hard for me to believe it but yes she is allergic to fleas. I have to use flea drops every 2 1/2 weeks religiously. I use mycodex to spray for fleas in my house often. She is so much better and all that itchy skin and rashes is all gone.
Posted by Lawoman
California, Usa
07/31/2012
3 Posts
OK finally!!! I have a itchy face mixed breed silky terrier, stinky from tear-stains, and yeasty smelling. After doing all the above, and he is on RAW diet, and yes I use "benadyrl" for bad days in summer, but now.. I have a better way.

SHAMPOO AND BLOW DRY WITH standard no-scent head and shoulders shampoo ( yes its vet approved) let it sit for 3 mins...

1. use ZINC creme ( aveeno) pure as possible rub it on the fur- it also kills the STINK instantly! Safe.. to lick for them!!

2. use ALOE VERA ( plant only pure watch out for alcohol in most of the store brands)- rub it into the FUR ( HIS FEET) he stopped itching, immediately.

NON-EFFECTIVE; PUTTING AC VINAGER ON THE FUR ( made it more stinky)

and yes if nothing else, its ok... white vinager was more effective acually.

hope this helps everyone....!!!!


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