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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

Last Modified on Sep 27, 2015

Possible Causes   1  0   

Posted by Debra (Charleston, Illinois) on 11/19/2010

I took in a dog to keep for a friend in the nursing home and found that the dog has a severe case of body and ear yeast infection. My question is can my dog and cat get the yest infection from this dog. I am suspicious that my dog might have it and she licks my cat so I am concerned that my cat might get it too. Also I cannot get the dog to eat the yogurt any suggestions.

Posted by Sheila (Lexington, SC) on 11/02/2008

Anyone dealing with re-occuring skin and ears problems should check their dog food labels and see if they contain any of the following, CORN, WHEAT, SOY, CHICKEN OR BEEF. These ingrediants are known to be the leading causes of allergies in dogs, which in turn weaken their immune system. vets will either ignore the food issue or recommend their brand of food, but it's up to you to read the labels. In researching this annoying and smelly problem i've run across several people recommending a no grain food, as carbs aid in the growth of yeast, I am going to try this on my next bag of food.

Posted by Keri (Kalispell, Montana) on 03/31/2008

[YEA]  After a year of constant yeast infections and allergies in my lab/aussie mix, someone told me to check the label on her dog food. Come to find out, Brewer's yeast was one of the number 1 ingredients. It seemed that the added yeast was making the problem worse. I switched dog foods to a product that did not list Brewer's yeast and have not had a yeast infection since. I don't know if this will work for everyone, but for anyone with animals prone to yeast infections, it's worth looking into.

Pregnancy   0  0   

Posted by Jane (Gordons Bay, SA) on 02/25/2015

Hello I have a pregnant Biewer Terrier. This is her second litter. Shortly after becoming pregnant last time she developed a yeast overgrowth in her ears. The commercial treatments are linked with birth defects in puppies so I could not use them. This time she has again developed a yeast overgrowth in her ears! I wonder if a hormonal change could trigger this. I am keen to relieve her irritation! I need advice on whether these home remedies, other than raw food which I embrace, are safe for pregnant bithches or if there could be side effects for her pups? If she has pups again I will prepare her with these treatments in the run up to her season and mating just in case it's a hormonal trigger. Prevention is better than cure I think!

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Jane!

The yeasty ears may well be from a systemic yeast infection - yeast overgrowth in her GI tract expressing overtly in the ears. This type of infection could be related to many things, diet in particular, but also could well be vaccine related or allergy related -and the hormones, or rather the physical stress of a heat cycle - certainly could depress her immune system enough to allow the yeast to go to town.

Since products with steroids are out [NO Zymox] as well as many other products, IMHO the safest approach to treating your girls ears would be Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy.

  • 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide [commonly sold in drug stores]
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 1 tbsp MOM
  • 1 tbsp Epsom salts
  • 1 tbsp Borax

Mix all the ingredients in an applicator bottle with a nozzle; I set it in a sink full of warm tap water to get the solution up to a comfortable temperature before using in the ears. Use the solution to thoroughly flush each ear. You can use multiple times daily or as needed. None of these ingredients will penetrate the blood or affect the puppies in any way.

You might also consider alkalizing your girl's drinking water with baking soda -1 teaspoon per liter of water for 7 days, and then 1/2 teaspoon per liter for the next 7 days, and then 1/4 teaspoon as a maintenance dose - or do for 7 days and then discontinue until the next yeast episode. I have used the baking soda water on my own prego girls and it is safe for both dam and pups inutero or on the ground.

Other nutritional approaches to consider might be adding turmeric to the food - just a good shake from the spice jar for each meal, or probiotics/acidophillus ; the key is to mix it up and give a wide variety of strains of probiotic and not just the same one over a length of time. Some prefer a dollop of kefir or yogurt for the probiotics but I find the powder or encapsulated form to have higher concentrations of the probiotics without the potential of an upset stomach [or the potential to trigger eclampsia] from the dairy.

One your pups are on the ground and weaned, you might consider Ted's borax protocol for dogs to directly address the systemic yeast.

Good luck with your litter and please report back!

Prescription Medications   2  1   

Posted by Adair (Glendale, Wisconsin) on 03/03/2009

[NAY]  I can't tell you how much I appreciate the information on this page - just looked at it today....Have three Bulldogs that have been having skin problems - they've been scraped, by four different vets - including a Dermatology Veterinarian. I have been prescribed most of the medications mentioned on these pages - nothing worked. the Specialist put them on a med called Chloramphenacol...It seems to have quieted the itching and scratching..but not completely

Posted by Guenady (Nice, France) on 08/10/2008

[YEA]  For your accumulated information on adverse reactions to drugs, two of my dogs were prescribed ketoconazole for a yeast skin infection. One survived the treatment, the other died during treatment. Other than the skin infection (which was not life threatening), he had no health issues. I was not told before treatment that this medication is hepatotoxic and that it can kill, that it has been established by the manufacturer that there is a 1:10,000 risk of allergic reaction (with underreporting recognized). The vet was not aware (!) of the symptoms of allergic reaction, so when I reported them she did not stop the treatment (dark urine, extreme fatigue, skin turning black and peeling...). When I finally stopped the treatment myself, because my dog was just getting sicker and sicker (after 13 1/2 doses administered out of 30 prescribed) it was already too late. 4 days later he came down with hepititis and 34 days after starting the treatment he died (with bloody vomitting and bloody diahrrea). Although I reported all this, despite my distress) nothing was taken into consideration, everything was dismissed as being a coincidence, and I was given the classic excuse 'your dog was already sick and would have died anyway.' This is an outright lie, of course, and contradicts all the medical file of my dog. But try to get an adverse reaction taken into consideration when the 'authorities' don't want to take it into consideration! Of course there is underreporting! Normally I never give vet medicines to my animals, only homeopathy, but at the time I had no alternative therapy, as skin yeast infection is very difficult to treat. I have since gotten my second dog almost out of her condition, using probiotics and herb Robert and direct applications of hydrogen peroxide on the worst affected areas. My opinion of vets and the authorities that 'oversee' them, has descended to about 0. Would like to know if others have had bad experiences with ketoconazole.

Replied by Gretchen
Cuenca, Ecuador
[YEA]   The research is overwhelming of the benefits of Neem oil for every skin condition. It is antifungal antibacterial and anti parasitic. Neem capsules inserted in a bit of cheese or peanut butter in addition to the external application of the oil would be the most effective. Do your research and see.
Replied by Reikiwarrior
Fair Oaks, Ca
I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved dog from ketoconazole. My chizu also had a severe reaction and when I inofrmed my vet they didnt tell me to stop using. I stopped cause my gut told me too. When we did blood work her liver enzymes were over 3000!!! They dont like them over 250!!!! I was so freakin pissed off. They almost killed her. I now will not go to vets. I use the net and find natural cures(like I go for me) my chizu had a chronic yeast infetion and I will noe go the route of organic plain(no sugar)yougert. Again I am sorry for your loss. Its so hard when we think we are doind right by our furry friends to only later find out we went. Please know your dog(s) see the pureness of your heart and your intentions and they dont hold us at fault. Namaste'

Raw Food Diet   0  1   

Posted by Patricia (Las Vegas, NV) on 06/21/2009

[NAY]  Yeast infection in dogs: I lost Fritz to the commercial dog food poison so when we got our rottweiler puppy she was started on holistic dog food. With more research we went to raw. She is now 2 1/2. Yeast has been an ongoing problem.(ears) Now she has big "hot spots". She eats 10 ounces of raw meat and a cup of raw fruit or veggies twice a day. The meat comes from a butcher(beef only, organs,bone meal). The fruit & veggies from grocery store. I took her to the vet and $350 later meds are not working. How can I fix her PH so Yeast won't be a problem?

Replied by Marcel
New York, NY
The raw fruit has too much natural sugar content, and sugar is what you want to avoid. Also, avoid the sweet vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes; they have lots of sugar too. Please stay with leafy greens. Avoid dairy! Buy natural acidophilus in a bottle. I bought an organically grown cranberry and papaya digestive supplement from my local holistic pet store here in New York. I'm using it, although it is a blend of fruit juices containing digestive enzyme, acidophilus, taurine & vitamins. The amounts from my bottle reads: For puppies and small dogs up to 10 lbs., two tsp. per meal; for medium dogs 11 to 35 lbs., 3 tsp. per meal; and finally, for large dogs 36 lbs. and up, 4 tsp. per meal. I've been told to go away from chicken and turkey (which was my preference) and to use alternative proteins--Salmon, lamb, even beef. I don't like beef for several reasons, so I'm probably going to stick with wild salmon for a while that I buy frozen. I will steam it up and serve it medium rare to him. I've been giving my dog a good quality fish oil with DHA, but only once a day; now I am going to give him a capsule two times a day (with each meal). Apparently all grains, including rice is to be avoided. I do not want to take to raw food route for several reasons. Another thing was advised, but I do not want to write about it without doing further research. If my dog, from the shelter, can be cured of yeast infection taking this natural route (and I trust that he will), I will tell you everything in detail that I did. FOR NOW, AVOID ALL GRAINS, DAIRY, AND SUGAR (and chicken, turkey)! It's acidophilus and protein with a very small amount of leafy greens only.
Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi
Marcel, I was wondering why you were told to stay away from Chicken and Turkey? I have been feeding my dog with yeast mostly raw beef as her protein but last night gave her chicken and she had me awake all night with her biting and licking. I'm wondering if she is allergic to chicken?

Recommended Diets   0  0   

Posted by Timh Donate
(Ky. Usa) on 05/02/2014


Any one of these 3 remedies will be effective: Hydrogen Peroxide H2O2 (add a few drops in water bowl), Colloidal Silver (add spoon into water bowl), Lufenuron ---a common vet med for fleas but also kills fungal infections (sprinkle some in food).

Posted by Barbara (Ms) on 05/01/2014

I have 2 chi weenies and a chihuahua my chihuahua scratches and rubs her nose all the time but only one chi weenie gets the yeast infection very bad. She claws and chews all the time. I took her to the vet and she put her on steroids.. It cleared up about a month but has now come back. I had them on purina for small breeds then switched because the same thing happened. I feed them kibble and bits small breed now. Could this be what is causing the yeast infection? I'm at a loss on dog food brands that won't cause this.

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Barbara!

The diet you are feeding your dogs is terrible and almost certain to produce the very same symptoms you are seeing in your dogs. No other way to say it. Read up on that food - plus search out a healthier diet here:

If when you come to this site, if you click on the PETS tab, and then from that page click on LATEST PET POSTS - you will arrive to all the most recent posts to all the threads. Scroll down - there are others dealing with this same issue - and there may be additional ideas for you to help you get the itchies in your chee-weenie under control.

Replied by Lauren
Barbara....I know its been a while since you sent this post but I had to comment....why are you feeding your dog purina? this food is killing our beloved animals....guys come on read labels...i have a cocapoo which is a mix of a poodle and a cocker spaniel....anyone who is familiar with these breeds knows they are prone to infections especially in the ears....well let me tell you, mine started at age three and it never stopped. No matter which food I tried, nothing worked...until I came across this brand that save my dog's life. It's called Acana and I give him the pork with butternut squash limited ingredients. I cried like a baby when after a couple of days, I noticed my dog was slowly but surely scratching less and less but the most shocking was his paws which had turned black(he is white) from the so called holistic grain free food started turning back white. I couldn't believe my eyes...This company cares about our animals....guys, I hope every dog owner on EC reads this post and try this very well might save your dog life...My dog still scratches sometimes far and off but nothing in comparison to what he was....hope this post will help save a lot of animals......if your dog is struggling and constantly scratches himself check his food...I did and it saved my dog's life...thanks for listening guys....

Rubbing Alcohol, Gentian Violet, Boric Acid   2  0   

Posted by Kathleen (Leicester, Nc) on 10/24/2009

[YEA]  One of the vets. at our doctor's office gave me this recipe after asking if I would consider a holistic remedy for one of our dogs constant ear yeast problems. 16 oz. Rubbing Alcohol, 16 drops Gentian Violet,(health food store) 4 tablespoons Boric Acid powder(medicinal-pharmacy). Shake well each time used. I put some of the mixture in a dropper bottle and when needed warm up the mixture and put a good amount in each ear. Since Rubbing Alcohol stings "owies", if the ears are red and sore, I use the same recipe, but have substituted 16 oz. Witch Hazel for the Rubbing Alcohol (found this recipe on the internet somewhere) the rest the same of Gentian Violet and Boric Acid mixture, and then after ears not inflamed I go to the Rubbing Alcohol mixture every so often for ear maintenance. I cannot find Boric Acid powder in any of the USA drugstores. But you can get it in Canada from the pharmacist. I got a bottle of powder from Canada's IDA this summer. I think misuse of the Boric Acid that is used for roach poison has caused the medicinal Boric Acid to be yanked from over the counter sales in the USA. Growing up, Boric Acid was a staple in Mom's medicine cabinet for eye wash and a wash for scrapes and cuts, etc.

Replied by Jordan
Sycamore, Illinois
[YEA]   @Kathleen from Nc,

I have used the same solution to treat my dog's ears when she has yeast infections. I cannot tell everyone how well think worked for her. I was able to get the alcohol (1$) and Boric acid powder (6$) from a large and popular store's pharmacy (Walmart) and the Gentian Violet (3$) from another national chain pharmacy (Walgreen's). For under ten dollars I can make enough solution to clean her ears daily for months. I hope this helps someone.

Salt Bath   1  0   

Posted by Barbara (Birmingham, Al) on 04/16/2012

[YEA]  A bath for your dog in Salt water helps. Yeast likes a damp environment. The Salt will dry the skin and kill the yeast. It will take the odor away. I buy just regular salt (I use the kind with iodide). I fill a tub with warm water, and pour a generous amount of salt in (maybe a cup). The water should taste very salty! I stir it around to disolve. Then put dog in and shampoo. Be sure to rinse with the salty water!! Do not rinse off the salty water. Or if you live near the ocean take your dog swimming there. I tried the white vinegar, my dog hated it and it did not work on my black lab, Mollie.

Systemic Yeast Infection Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Nilufer (Dallas) on 09/27/2013

Hello, I have a question on whether anybody has tried or thinks Effective Microorganisms (EM) would be helpful for the Systemic Yeast Infection in Dogs. This special blend (EM) is balanced in 3 types of microorganisms to provide a beneficial flora. But, dogs with yeast infection already seems to have too much of the Yeast. I learned that the type of the yeast may be critical here and started to give some to my dog. Doesn't seem to be helping. I wanted to see if others have ideas or experience. Thanks

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Nillufer!

Absolutely folks have tried EMs for systemic yeast infections in dogs.

You do not state which blend of EM you are using, however a blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium thermophilum, bifidobacterium longum, and enterococcus faecium is part of a therapy suggested by the Great Dane Lady on her helpful website in her articles on dealing with systemic yeast in dogs:

And - can you clarify this statement:

"I learned that the type of the yeast may be critical here and started to give some to my dog. Doesn't seem to be helping."

The general consensus is that giving yeast in any form is not advised for dogs who are experiencing a systemic yeast infection.

You may find some good info by reading the recent posts below on allergies which also discuss treating systemic yeast infections.

Good luck!

Posted by Sahar (San Pedro, Ca) on 04/17/2013

Systematic Yeast Infection in my dog: HELP!

Hello, Where do I start?? I thought that my soon-to-be 7 yr. old beagle, Sophie, has suffered with allergies the past couple of years. About 9 months ago, these 'allergies' went off the deep end! Chewing at her paws, licking her paws, butt scooting on the carpet/cement/anywhere, scratching her ears and face, and on and on. It got so bad, that she has the 'cone of shame' on when I cannot watch her... This is no life for her!! It wasn't until I got to the internet and started to do some research, did I come to the conclusion that maybe she has a systematic yeast infection (SYI)! Maybe she also has allergies... most likely to chicken (I think).

Her vet has never even mentioned the possiblitly of her having a SYI. It's always she has allergies to something... Give her steroids, antibiotics, benadryl. We tried an elimination diet with Hills Pet Food Z/D for 3 months... and the minute the cone was off she would want to chew her feet raw! Vicous cycle that would go on and on and is still going on and on.

I put her on Orijen's Six Fish 'grain-free' dog food, only to later find out that potatoes and sweet potatoes are a no-no for yeasty dogs. A month later, I changed her to a 'grain-free' Kangaroo and Lentils food (just in case she is allergic to the chicken, beef, etc. ). I have added organic coconut oil (2 Tbl) a day to her food, and have added 2 Teaspoons of ACV. She was having loose stools, so I added 3 Tbl of canned Pumpkin (not the pie filling type). I recently got the Total-Zymes and the Total-Biotics and have added that to her regimen as well.

I dip her feet in a mixture of water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide and pat dry twice a day. I spray this mixture on her privates and belly where it gets pinkish/redish at night. I tried ACV/Water for her ears, but found Zymox and use that now. She still has the cone, and somehow still manages to get to her back paws sometimes and chews them red :( I use Vetericin spray to heal them.

I am seeing like a flemish-mucus lining in her poop in the mornings. Her stools are still soft. Is there anything else I should be doing? Maybe it's the food? I have looked and looked for a new food that is made with fish with NO grains/potatoes/tapioca/carrots/etc. that are not good for yeast, but can't find anything that is 100% grain-starch free... any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

She is bathed weekly with an allergy shampoo from the vet. She is going to get a full panel thyroid test from Dr. Dodds next week. I have ordered collustrom (sp?), liquid collidal silver for dogs, and a detoxifyer liquid for dogs from all the research.

Do they get worse before getting better? Her paws that I dip twice a day were brownish before, and now getting pinkish-brownish. She itches on top of her paws like crazy when I pat-dry them after her rinse. I want comfort for her and for me! I am overwhelmed and exhausted... And poor Sophie is miserable. Please, anything you have done for your pets with similar issues would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Replied by Wendy
Columbus, Oh
So sorry to hear about your beagle! A few things:

1. 2 tablespoons (2 Tbl) is WAY too much coconut oil. This is why she had loose stools afterwards.

2. Go really simple with her food and stay with this for awhile. Try Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream (Salmon). It's grain-free. Only give her this food (no treats, no extras for awhile) and add the 2 teaspoons of organic ACV to the food and mix it all up. You could also add 1 teaspoon of the virgin coconut oil.

2. The water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide mixture, I think, is too drying. White vinegar basically does nothing. I'd soak her feet in diluted organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). No hydrogen peroxide. You can also spray her tummy with this same diluted organic ACV. Remember, if she has open sores, DO NOT use the ACV because it will STING! The open sores need to be healed with antibiotics first (from your vet). Then the ACV is used as more of a preventative.

You could also add 1 tablespoon of good-quality (greek) yogurt to her food. Make sure it's PLAIN yogurt, no sugar!

Replied by Sahar
San Pedro, Ca
Thank you, Wendy for the reply and info! I looked into Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula, but because it contains egg, potato starch, sweet potatoes, potatoes - I opted for something else.

Thank you for the tip regarding the virgin coconut oil, I will cut back to only 1.

The water/white vinegar/peroxide mix I found online from Dr. Karen Becker

Replied by Sherrie
Check into Bilt-jac dog food available at pet supermarket and petsmart. It's used by the trainers of Pets Ahoy show at Seaworld Orlando. We have had great success for the last 7 years with it Also consider that your dog might have mange mites causing severe itching from their biting. They are so small as to be invisible. Imagine if you had something biting, and biting.

Ted's Fungal/Staph Remedy   0  0   

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/11/2014

Dear Theresa --- would you kindly post Ted's remedy bath for staph and fungal infections? My dog needs it all over.

Thank you very much. Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Namaste, OM!

The remedy is as follows - just multiply to make a large batch:

1/3 cup [3%] hydrogen peroxide

2/3 cup pure water

1 tablespoon each: Milk of Magnesia, Epsom salts and Borax.

Unlike the mange remedy where you must make a saturated solution, so some grains are undissolved, you want to make sure all the grains of salt and borax are dissolved before you use, particularly if used in the ears.

If you feel you are dealing with a systemic yeast infection, you treat that from the inside out. I know you already dose yogurt and probiotics, however you might consider dosing borax in the water. Doses vary - Ted has recommended 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water down to 1/16 teaspoon so go with your gut on dose. So, if your dog's skin and ears respond to the **topical** remedy/bathing & dipping, Ted advised in 2007:

"If that [anti staph remedy] works then I might add a small amount 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in one liter of drinking water for only a couple of days. If the dog has low magnesium, quite often allergy shows up. For a yeast or even most sickness of the dog, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda added to the drinking water for a couple of days will also reduce the yeast infection. The yeast infection issue is due to a fungus, which if borax 1/16 teaspoon is added along with the baking soda in one liter of water can also take care of it. Besides those remedies also addresses dog's nutritional deficiency for bicarbonates and boron, and even if it does not directly address a very specific condition, the dog will generally get better and in some cases get cured, because of a deficiency issue. It's all about trying them out when I know those remedy are designed to address deficiency issue which makes it important that those should at least be addressed first."

Ted's Mange Remedy, Raw Food , Supplements   1  0   

Posted by DOMINIQUE (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 09/24/2007

[YEA]  My dog Serious had puppies this year in July. During the final weeks of her pregnancy she developed what appeared to be a combination of mange and earmites. Her coat was scaly, she had large and small red bumps all over her skin, she was loosing her hair and her ears were filled with a black oily substance plus she was loosing weight and just looking and smelling aweful. I wrote to Ted who told me to use his mange formula plus to give her magnesium to help her gain her normal PH balance.

Here's what I did. Topically I used Ted's mange formula once every 3 days. I put Serious on a 100% raw diet of raw ground beef mixed with magnesium, 1000 Vitamin C (Ester C), 1000iu of Vitamin E, 2 Burdock Root capsules (to cleanse her blood) and one clove of fresh raw garlic (chopped very fine). Plus, she got at least 2 to 4 hours of bright sunlight a day. She has made a full recovery just 2 weeks on the formula. I saw results immediately. All of her hair has grown back. The bumps have gone away. Her ears are completely clean and she has gained her body weight back. I hope you all find this helpful. Our pets are part of the family. God Bless!

Replied by Lance
Westville , Nova Scotia/Canada
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   My dog a rottie has a bad yeast infection. the vet had him on meds and he was fine while he was on them but then it returned along with the itch. i used a formula of 1-500ml bottle of hrdrogen peroxide 3% and 2-500ml bottles of water with 3 Tbsp of borax for a wash using this every day for 4 days spraying it on and letting it dry.

I also added 1/8 tsp borax and1/4 tsp baking soda to 1 litre of his drinking water for 3 days. His skin seems better but he is scratching constantly and now is waking up in the middle of the night to scratch. What else can I do? I having a hard time finding copper chloride but am not quite sure of the solution you provided. I find it hard to understand when you use % instead of a measurement and do you mix the copper and zinc and vinegar with water for a spray or is it a paste. But what would be a good alternative? his itch is very bad. Look forward to feedback soon.


Replied by Gina
Iuka, Ms
I have a yorkie who had problems with yeast. I have finally gotten the problem under control. Yeast cream that women use (monistat) works for the skin itching. His ears were also inflammed and I mix half white vinger, half water and dropped in each ear then the yeast cream rubbed in ear for seven days. I also read on Earth Clinic women are using plain yogurt for yeast. You might could try rubbing it on the skin. If this doesnt work there is a website that sales (Malaseb) an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo that work great. Yeast is yeast whether animal or human read about yeast infections on Earth Clinic if one doesnt work maybe another will. Good Luck

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