I came home from 8 weeks traveling and found my 7 year old Irish Setter bitch in dreadful shape. A late hot spell had ramped up the flea season and she is sensitive. By the time I got home she had chewed herself raw and had yeast infections all over; genitals, groin, pits, ears, muzzle, feet, it was awful. Fast response to the fleas on her, the cats (who were also appreciative of the relief) and the house was the first step, but my usual application of miconazole just was not doing it. It kept coming back and the ears got worse.
Can I just say THANK YOU for the suggestion of tumeric? My god what a life saver. Almost immediate relief. No instant cure of course, but for the first night in weeks we got thru without her going outside 5 times during the night and crying in her sleep.
We have instituted a steady regime of tumeric in the morning and coconut oil in the evening internally and externally, with half a monostat suppository vaginally. We also did a ACV bath which seemed soothing to her.
And after two days I could take the cone of shame off. She can't be left alone yet, needs monitoring for when she gets itchy and starts in on her tail, but it is all SO much better. We are on day 6 and the skin is healing, dry not wet and yeasty
She is getting probiotics and fresh yogurt on top of her raw diet, so I don't think there is much there that needs addressing. This was pretty clearly a case of the yeast being opportunistic after the flea infestation.
I use and swear by the standard 'Cocker Spaniel Ear Rinse', it stings a bit but it is the best I have used. And I could write a book, literally, on treating setters with ear issues. Now that the systemic yeast infection is coming under control so are the ears. Using it daily right now and trying to decide when to back off to every other.
Any ideas on how long before I could be optimistically backing off on the external applications of the tumeric and coconut oil? Man, talk about messy! I will of course do it as long as I have to, but have never had such an invasive situation, and am not sure what kind of time line to expect.
Again, Thank You for all the collective wisdom.
Sara (and Cara the Wonder Dog ; -)
San Francisco, California
Hi... I have a friend with an absurd little dog who keeps developing yeast infections on his underside. I made a mixture of turmeric & corn starch (50/50) and we use a powder puff to dust him from pits to his nether regions. When my friend remembers to do this, he's fine. She's a nurse & it's not easy for her to think outside the AMA box. I have also added clove powder to remedy the itch. One caveat: this stuff will stain light fur for a day or so, as well as upholstery, so I recommend dusting pets outdoors & playing with them for a while to allow the loose powder to fluff off naturally.
I have a Boston Terrier that was born without a tail, leaving a hole in his back about an inch and a half deep just above his rectum. He has developed yeast there. I clean it several times a day with a paper towel and white vinegar which helps but the itching starts back. HELP!!!!!!!!!
Hello I was reading the comments posted in the site because my two dogs, both females came with a yeast infection which I noticed last night. In both females their groin area became pale and moist and had some gray markings in the skin and some sort of fungus film to it. They have been scratching and biting their paws and under the armpits and showing some brown stuff inside the ears. After reading the comments I realized it is yeast and since I'm out of ACV at the moment I decided to try a 50-50 solution of white vinegar and water and rub the areas where I saw most signs of yeast and hair loss with a cotton. I cleaned inside their ears as well.
Last night my golden Bonnie had her ears hot and red and today her ears and all the areas I applied the white vinegar solution (specially the paw pads and between toes) are pink and not red like last night. Maybe it would have work the same with the ACV but the white vinegar works too. I am a believer. Bonnie and Dulce are not scratching so much today and I decided to go ahead and spray the mixture all over their bodies with a bottle to let it dry. They look so much better overall, less anxious and since they lick a little they are also ingesting some which I believe is good. As for the food I am transitioning them to Wellness Complete Health Chicken from Pedigree (thanks to the new petsmart stores in PR) and the coat improvement is noticeable already. Im going to keep using the 50-50 vinegar solution and start adding the acidophilus capsules and organic yogurt supplements today( I didn't know those could help so thanks! ). If there's improvement I will update with the results.
Take care and hope we can all solve this problem to make our furry babies feel better.
Question about yeast infection
I have a 4 month old cocker spaniel mix (female) and she had smelly ears and was shaking her head and itching alot. I mixed equal parts of white vinegar to water and cleansed her ears. Okay so now the smell is gone. I had also noticed these black scaly patches on her ears and they seem to be eating away at the edge of her ears. Also the same black scaly patches has spread to the back of her head.
I have another dog that so far isn't having any of those problems so I wanted to find out if she can get the same problems the puppy has?
I need to find a way to treat the pup before it spreads everywhere. I can't afford to spend alot of money at the vet so if I can treat this naturally then that would better.
We found our puppy at the animal shelter over 8 years ago. When she was about 3-4 years old she started getting ear infections. The vet treated her for ear mites. It kept coming back repeatedly throughout the rest of her years. For the last couple years, she not only had problems with her ears but also her paws and rectum area. It was driving her mad. She would lay around and just whine and scoot across the floor to itch. The vet treated her for worms. This still did not help. FINALLY, after spending hundreds of dollars on getting her better, I read this blog. I drinched her in white vinegar and let it sit for as long as I could and then rinsed. The next day she was amazingly doing better. This was the first time I have seen improvement in her condition. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING A SOLUTION TO THIS ENDLESS PROBLEM. I am also giving her plain yogurt now as she has lived with this condition for so long with no help until now and I don't want it to come back for any reason. THE VINEGAR WORKS!!! I hope that anyone who reads this will give a try. Not only has it saved me a ton of money it has finally helped my poor dog get some relief. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!
Gilcrest, Co, Usa
My 5 year old Lab has been chewing and licking his paws for a year now. He had a yeast infection in his ear 3 times and now his skin on his belly and under arms are breaking out in a rash and the skin is turning black. He seems to be also losing his fur in spots. He broke out in hives all over his body and he now is inflamed around his rectum. Are these all symptoms of yeast infections?
I changed his food, washed him with a wash the vet gave me and antibiotics for his ear. But he is still suffering.
Could yeast come from the grass or the lake water? I just moved to California and it started when we moved. I am ready to go back to Colorado if I can't help him.
What is the dose of Acidophilus for 130 lbs dog?
I read one time about white vinegar for dog ear yeast. Mine has allergies and it shows up frequently getting expensive as vets wanted to see him everytime I needed a new tube. I first clean the waxy build up with a water moistened qtip not going deep then put vinegar on a cotton ball and rub it around the inside of ears,not going deep as it runs into the ear. Dog will shake his head. I do it for a few days until the ear is no longer red with no more wax.I love this site. Thanks everyone!
re: Apple cider vinegar for yeast in dogs. My dog has had allergies and yeast for years. I just recently found out when you have yeast you must have more acidic foods than alkaline. I used ACV for years with horrible results but the white vinegar is non alkaline so it works much better. Hope this helps someone.
Hi, My little Shih Tzu suffers terribly from yeast, however, I've been spraying him down with white vinegar and Aloe Vera Juice (The organic kind made to drink). The Aloe seems to be healing up the scabby skin. Even the Vet remarked that he looked better. I am also trying the probiotics and keeping him away from all grains and veggies, just meat and fish (some raw organic meat as well.) I've seen some improvement with this protocol, and hope to have him cured or at least have this stuff under control with the acidophilolus - I added yogurt today (although he doesn't like it).
Thanks for this site, it helps me to see what other people are trying.
Kelowna, British Coloumbia
Yeast Free Diet for Pets with Yeast Infections
I used to have recurrent yeast infections that were really painful and debilitating. They completely stopped about five years ago when I stopped eating all yeast including yogurt, and all fermented products. The same is true for pets. There is alot of yeast added to pet foods and a diet free of yeast will have the same amazing results for them as it did for me. Give it a try. You may have to make your own pet foods as most pet foods use yeast as a nutritional and flavor supplelment but it is worth it. Vet bills are costly and sparing your pets the pain of yeast infections are well worth it.
I have started giving our 6 mth old English Bulldog 2 large tablespoons of organic yogurt daily and you wouldn't believe the difference it has made in the smell, itching and has also softened up her coat. I've tried changing foods, and everything and finally it occurred to me perhaps it's a yeast problem and yogurt aides in creating good bacteria to kill the bad. She's also more playful, even to point to where I sometimes wish she still itched....lol
Yeast infection on dogs. Apply cold yogurt directly to the effected area.Try to keep the dog from licking untill the skin warms back up . Let the dog lick. It will relieve the itch plus digest the yogurt. Bath before to remove loose hair. This is a very messy process but is effective on the heat process which is the underlying cause (yeast loves heat). In between treatments sprits with cool plain water on hot spots. This is not a cure but a helpfull relief for the dog. Good luck and God bless.
Yogurt, Omega 3, 6 & 9, Herbs
My baby, Bruiser (lab, dane, sheppard mix) has been having worsening symptoms of yeast for two years. Being a massage therapist, I lean towards holistic treatment as much as possible. Our vet was treating his ear infections with antibiotic cream, antibiotiv=cs and prednisone. We were also told to givev him an antihistamine. The prednisone made him CRAZY and heavy (which he can't be with his old injuries). I had enough and began researching to help my guy. I have started him on a proprietary blend of herbs for yeast (that I took myself after a nasty batch of antibiotics), 4 capsules of the Omega oils, and about a cup of yogurt 2x a day. We are having some changes, and I know holistic treatment takes time so I am being patient. The vinegar thing makes him run around the house like a lunatic, but it works well. Feel free to email with more ideas or more information and I will be happy to share our progress.
Apache Junction, Arizona