Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets: Q&A

Last Modified on Jun 23, 2008

ACV and Yogurt Questions for Yeast Issues in Dog

06/23/2008: Bari from Staten Island, New York: I just found this site while searching for holistic treatments for yeast in dogs. I have a 14 year old shitzu who for the most part is healthy but has terrible skin, ear and eye problems caused by yeast. She's been on prescribed medications but nothing helps for long. What I've been reading about apple cider vinegar and or yogurt sounds promising but I'm not sure how to use either. How much yogurt do you give the dog and is the vinegar used internally or externally and in what amounts? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The dog is suffering and we can't stand the smell!!

06/24/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: Hi Bari with the sick Shih tz(or however you spell that)- On the apple cider vinegar, I would start by adding l tsp. to the drinking water and if she doesn't balk at drinking it, add 1/2 tsp. daily up to maybe a total of 3 tsp. On the yogurt, I'd give her plain, non-fat, unflavored & unsugared, as much as she wants to eat - start with a tsp. or two - until you find out if she will eat it. You can also bathe her in half water/half ACV but be very careful not to get it in her eyes - it stings or burns when you get it in your eyes.
06/25/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: For dogs, especially the smell can be reduce almost overnight with borax and hydrogen peroxide bath first, unrinsed. The dog will naturally lick off some of the borax and it will have a killing effect on the yeast infection. However, in a liter of drinking water 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt is added plus 1/8 teaspoon of borax for only 1-3 days. Thereafter, only a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt is added into the drinking water.

The borax and hydrogen peroxide goes like this: In a hydrogen peroxide 1% solution of one liter for example, I will add one tablespoon of borax and stir it and apply on the dog throughout. This is applied everyday for a week.

Most of the smell should go away by the second week.

One other the reason why most domesticated dogs and cats have diseases is the problem of industrialized farming practices which induces omega 3 deficiency in all farm animals raised on grains instead of grasses, a practice that is popular in the U.S. Therefore one capsule of fish oil omega 3 is added to the dog for about 5 days, plus domesticated, dogs, cats (and humans!) typically have very low diets in bicarbonates. Therefore a more ideal drinking water for dogs and cats (and humans!) is:

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, in 1 - 1.5 liter of drinking water.

As to whether apple cider vinegar and yogurt will help, it might, but some animals may be lactic acid intolerant, such as cows and horses. However, if fed to dog, typically 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is added into food or water. As for yogurt, it's between 1/2 tablespoon to 1 talbespoon of yogurt. My guess is apple cider may work a little better han yogurt, but I prefer to deal the problem through baking soda, omega 3 fish oil, and the hydrogen peroxide and borax remedy.

09/27/2009: Helene from Wetumpka, Alabama replies: what do you do for the eyes? i did the borax & peroxide for my 60lb dog and it is working great on his coat. but i don't know what to do for his eyes. can you help me please. thank you Helene

Zinc and Copper Chloride

02/18/2008: R from FL: My dog has a yeast infeciton and Ted says to use zinc and copper chloride. I have been everywhere and no one even knows what I am talking about. Where do you get it and what is the cost and how soon can I get it.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: I used zinc chloride 1% and copper chloride 1% for external use in the skin area. However, this has limited use for external only to deal with skin problems.

However, I would much prefer the saturated borax in 1% H2O2 solution. However, the reason for the mentioned was that I once came into a nasty fungus infection that required a stronger solution. If you are observant and read the labels in some supplements for human uses, they actually add copper chloride, or even cupric oxide and chromium chloride in Kirkland Multivitamins

For yeast infection in dogs, if the dog is to take it internally, the best remedy is to add 1/4 teaspoon of borax, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and additional 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate (washing soda) in one liter of drinking water. This is a rather mild remedy at least for my dog, I will let him take it for about 1-2 weeks to start seeing improvements.

A dog should also stop eating dog pellets and eat boiled chicken and meat (never overcooked, partially uncooked is best). Certain ingredients added into processed dog food might also cause yeast infection. If the dog is fed homecooked partially boiled meats, it should help the dog recover faster. No milk should be given. Milk is an antinutrients and the milk proteins covers whatever food the dog eats, preventing digestion. This is why milk is used in the even of food poisoning. Other anti-nutrients are burned toasts and white eggs. Albumin in white eggs are anti-nutrients because they bind to many nutrients preventing absorption.

TROUBLE LOCATING TED'S REMEDIES

09/05/2007: Harold from Shreveport, Louisiana: I've read the post about using Copper Chloride, Zinc Chloride and ACV for curing yeast infection on dogs skin but I am having a time finding these two chemicals locally. Do you have a suggestion as to where I might look. I've tried local farm supplies and even pharmacies.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: A yeast infections in dogs, if supplies can't be found is just to switch the dog to eating fresh partially uncooked meats and liver. A packaged dog food can be high in fungus count as a result of long term storage. The drinking water should add 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one liter so that the dog has proper alkalinity so that the yeast infections becomes reduced. Many dog foods add excess crude fat, which are not helpful yeast infections, therefore lean meats and liver are more preferable. Pork and Chicken meat is acceptable also, but it should be prepared at home so that the nutrients of the food is still there.

Skin Infection

03/09/2007: Paula : My dog has had a yeast infection on skin for several years. Not sure if it is systemic fungal problem. He is now on Atopica for suppressing his immune system not much better than the antibiotics and steroid shots pushed by the vet. I wanted to try the solution of 1% copper chloride, 1% zinc chloride and 20% vinegar. Can't find where to purchase the copper and zinc compounds. The chemical companies only sell in bulk and I have only one pharmacy in the area that does compounding and they are going to check to see if they can get it for me. Do you have any suggestion on where to purchase? He is eating holistic dog food by Solidgold Gold n' Flocken but I may talk to butcher and see about getting him scraps of chicken, pork and liver which is very cheap. My poor dog get such smelly, black crust on his tail, butt, and inner thighs so bad but it does show up also on the rest of his body and around mouth but not as bad. During allergy testing (by blood) he was determined to be allergic to grass and trees but that wouldn't account for the outbreaks in the winter.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Paula: In case you can't find it try another option. This one is bit easier to find. Apply a saturated solution of borax to the dog's skin. One tablespoon of borax per liter of water plus one tablespoon of baking soda and wash it. The dog may lick it also, but this is acceptable and this will also resolve the yeast infection. You can also add 1% hydrogen peroxide plus a couple of drops (5-10 drops per liter of water) of iodine in combination. Iodine will prevent yeast from sticking to the skin. Yeast is a bit harder to kill, so when washing the dog or applying it, do not rinse. The dog may lick it, but it won't hurt the dog. It is a bit harder to kill than the dog mange. Also added to the drinking water is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/8 teaspoon of borax per liter of water to the dog's drinking water. Alkalizing and borax it will discourage the yeast infection from the inside out.
10/26/2011: Gavin from Malacca/ Malaysia replies: Hi Ted, I have a GSD with major yeast problem. Been in an out of the vet, tried everything and every test. Nothing seems to work. Was reading your site and I am very keen on trying this method. However will first try to get some Borax powder. I am from Malaysia and hope I can get it here. On a separate issue, for their drinking water which as per your instructions to also add borax and baking soda, will it be ok if the other two dogs drink it. They don't have this problem. Please advise. Thank you.

Dog with Yeast Fungus

11/29/2006: Cindy from Hilton Head Island, SC: I need your help. My dog is suffering from yeast fungus and the vet continues to give her anti fungal pills and antibiotics, I thought too much use of antibiotics caused yeast. I would love to try the ACV, could you tell me how much to use and how often, she weights about 50 lbs. Thanks so much, I am desperate.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Cindy: Yes, people have a huge bout of fungus infection after an antibiotic treatment. There are certain anti-fungal's that will kill the fungus but their record in killing them is not so good as many seems to be relatively resistant.

Most dogs that do get yeast infections often eat prepared dog foods. Prepared dog foods are quite often acid forming for the dog and certain minerals are missing from the dog food such as chromium, zinc, vanadium, tungsten, manganese, for example.

Sugar in dog foods is quite often an unacceptable issue and bring on fungus infection quite easily. A switch, gradual of course to fresh foods, semi cooked meats, and other foods that the dogs are more accustomed to will often resolve this problem, at least it did with me. My dog eats partially cooked chicken and pork, with some partially livers and sometimes raw liver on occasion.

Livers are often rich with minerals and amino acid and can in some cases restore the dogs immunity. Fungus will grow when the body is acid and this is something that you need to deal with. Lemon with baking soda and some sea salt added to the diet can relieve the condition, but so can ACV and baking soda. The best way to approach is a little of everything to get the the body well balanced nutritionally.

Heavy metals is another issue to consider, so adding fresh chinese parsley (cilantro) mixed into his food can remove a lot of heavy metals thus reducing the yeast. Yeast needs heavy metals to survive, antibiotics are not helpful but certain anti-fungal's might, but often not that useful if we don't take the responsibility of taking care of the dog ourselves. It is easy to throw money to the vets, but they are just merely drug dispenser and switching from one antifungal's to another is not the only answer.

It is one of those classic case of Louis Pasteur vs. Beauchamp, where Pasteur favors killing them while Beauchamp favors making an environment unfavorable for yeast growth. Of course all humans and dogs have yeast, it is the issue of what "terrain" is causing them and in my opinion it is the sugar, acid, and minerals. A yeast can grow on ad infinitum even if you DO kill them, because they have always existed before or after the "yeast infection" they are uncontrollable because of the bad diets.

Human food is no different, we get really sick of processed foods too.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Keri: Additional information. If you think I am getting off easy with no mention of how to cure a dog with a yeast infection (internally) as opposed to externally. The method that seem to work potentially the best is the use of common food preservatives, which are much safer than the use of antibiotics. Also, amazingly enough food preservatives are more effective against yeast and fungus then antibiotics since antibiotics are often effective against only bacteria.

People need to understand that some food preservative are actually naturally found as in cranberry. Cranberry do have benzoates, which is exactly how it was discovered to be used as a food preservatives.

So a mixture of potassium sorbate 250 mg, sodium benzoate 250 mg. is added to a medium large dog to help reduce the yeast infection. Sodium metabisulfites is a possibility (50 mg) but you need not add that.

My rough estimate is given twice a day along with food. Vitamin B complex should be given at separate times to prevent sulfites (if the yeast are stubborn and sulfites are needed) from eating away at the dog's vitamin B1 reserves.

Other possibility is the use of polysorbate 90, and benzoic acid, but those mentioned should help. Side effects from food preservatives are often less severe. There is some potential, especially candida, yeast infection for dogs in the use of food preservative in place of antibiotics.

08/20/2009: Naomi from Burtonsville, Maryland, Usa replies: My dog is a begeal/lab mix overweight, he is 4 years old and has previously been diagnoised with a yeast infection from your everyday meats, ex-chick, beef, liver, turkey. he can eat the other meats, vension, rabbit, lamb, bison,etc. Over the past month he has been on a chicken and rice dinner due to upset stomach for a while, after feeding him this mixtue for a month, he seems to have regained the systoms of the yeast infection, licking the paws, ear itch, under the chin itch, spining around on his bottom. These are the systoms that he showed when he was first determined with the allergic reaction. Can you please give me an exact breakdown of your remedies to use for a 102 lb male begeal/lab mix, who steals and eats people food to contain his allergic reaction without going to the vet. I am aware of the change of diet, but need to cure the yeast infection without going to the vet. He also takes benedryl 75 mg 2 x a day, with no releif. Please advise

Yeast Infection or Mange?

10/14/2006: Keri : Ted - What a wonderful wealth of knowledge you are! Thank you for your input on my previous ? Yeast Infection vs. mange.. My Golden, as well as I can decipher, has had internal yeast symptoms and we have now been treating him by 1. Universal Medicated shampoos (leaving on 15-30 min.) then rinsing. every third day.2. Giving natural Nyzmes Yeast kit products for cleansing and rebuilding the GI tract. 3. Switching to Eagle Pack food( were feeding Bil Jac) 4. using and E- collar when we are away from home and nightly.. He is still desiring to itch, has some redness of skin, and a few patches that are similar to hotspots although he has no real distinct foul smell.. He is experiencing a blackening of the skin where he had yeast breakouts.. (around his rectal area, under his arm pits and under his rear stomach area.. ) and the spots where the hair is showing regrowth are grey.. His ears are remaining clear up to this point, and we are grateful for this.. Do you see any other ways we can help him.. It has been 4 weeks..

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Keri: Yeast infection of dogs is also often a sign of some kind of mineral deficiency, in particular it is zinc (in form of zinc acetate), molybdenum (in form of sodium molybdate), and manganese (in form of manganese chloride or manganese sulfate). The dose for dogs is simple give say 25 mg of each, and the dose will not go beyond a couple of days, then stop. You should notice reduction in itchiness the next day. If not, then it it might not be working because the the supplements was not properly grounded, not mixed in drinking water, etc. If it does not work after one week, then you may discontinue. However, I find yeast infection is a mineral imbalance. I could not possibly cover all the things, but adding 1/4 teaspoon of borax, in one liter water ONLY one time, will cause the yeast to be starved and dies. The borax prevent sugar from reaching the yeast, thus killing them or at least reduce them too. You use borax both internally and externally. Externally just prepare a saturated borax solution with some hydrogen peroxide 1% to allow penetration thus effectively killing the yeast. However to make this more effective, I prefer to add some 1/2 teaspoon of manganese chloride and 1/4 teaspoon of zinc acetate to the one liter of water. It appears to be rather mild, but it works quite quickly stopping the itch.

An excellent topical solution to area of itchiness I found to be a 5% solution of copper chloride. Vinegar is somewhat less effective and the actions takes a while longer, but copper chloride seems to be fast acting. I have also found in some latest experiments is the manganese chloride, which is safer, although a bit slower to react, but seems to have a longer positive effect on skin condition. However, manganese chloride requires a much higher concentration, such as 30% solution. External treatment can also indirectly correct internal mineral imbalances too. So if you can find zinc, molybdenum and manganese, to treat externally that would be great too. They all have antifungal properties.

Mange Vs. Yeast Infection

10/08/2006: Keri from Bradenton, FL: Does anyone know the difference between a yeast infection and mange? I have been detoxing my 11 yr. old golden for nearly 3 weeks, and now am concerned that it may be mange.. Any feedback would help, as I am not completely sold on the orthodox vet care he has been receiving.. antibiotics for everything etc.. Thanks Keri

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Keri: Yeast infection causes the dog to have improper digestion of food, constipation, and other internal problem. Externally yeast and mange look alike, but mange causes skin problems much more severe then a yeast infection, extreme hair loss being the obvious clues. Yeasts are mostly internally, but externally as well. Both yeast and mange causes foul smell.

The best way I can tell a yeast from a mange, is simple. I will treat the dog with a mange first using the 1% hydrogen peroxide with saturated solution of borax first, doing frequently enough. If it doesn't go away then you are facing the issue of the yeast infection. Yeast infection takes advantage of the dog's oily skin as a way to spread it. So if your dog has oily skin, it is likely to be a yeast infection.

Treating a yeast infection if the dog has it on the skin, required some changes in formulation. That means 1% copper chloride + 1% zinc chloride + some vinegar say 20%. Zinc is used to stop the zinc deficiency in dogs, which causes the oily skin, as well as certain yeasts are deadly to them to.

As you can see yeast are somewhat more difficult. Vinegar is used to disrupt the yeast membrane. I am using vinegar in place of hydrogen peroxide as a penetrant, since hydrogen peroxide will react with copper chloride to form copper oxide, thus completely neutralizing the hydrogen peroxide from acting as a penetrant. Therefore, vinegar is the preferred choice if it is indeed a yeast.

It must be noted that if it is yeast, however, you must rinse after the application after a about 10 minutes on the dog. It might be somewhat of an irritant depending on the severity, but the itchiness that the dog experiences should go away in no more than 10 minutes after the application sets in. But if it is mange, you cannot rinse the dog at all. The copper is often quite toxic to certain yeast and fungus. Since fungus have a weakness of copper and zinc, this is added, whenever I needed to get rid of it real quick. Again I am assuming this is external conditions of yeast. Internal yeast infection are a bit more tricky for the dog however.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Keri: Additional information. If you think I am getting off easy with no mention of how to cure a dog with a yeast infection (internally) as opposed to externally. The method that seem to work potentially the best is the use of common food preservatives, which are much safer than the use of antibiotics. Also, amazingly enough food preservatives are more effective against yeast and fungus then antibiotics since antibiotics are often effective against only bacteria.

People need to understand that some food preservative are actually naturally found as in cranberry. Cranberry do have benzoates, which is exactly how it was discovered to be used as a food preservatives.

So a mixture of potassium sorbate 250 mg, sodium benzoate 250 mg. is added to a medium large dog to help reduce the yeast infection. Sodium metabisulfites is a possibility (50 mg) but you need not add that.

My rough estimate is given twice a day along with food. Vitamin B complex should be given at separate times to prevent sulfites (if the yeast are stubborn and sulfites are needed) from eating away at the dog's vitamin B1 reserves.

Other possibility is the use of polysorbate 90, and benzoic acid, but those mentioned should help. Side effects from food preservatives are often less severe. There is some potential, especially candida, yeast infection for dogs in the use of food preservative in place of antibiotics.

08/19/2011: Willy from Venice, Ca replies: Could you please stick with remedies that use ingredients people can actually buy? copper chloride? to find these things and have them shipped would take precious days if not weeks for people to receive. all while our pets are suffering. Sorry but suggesting hard to get chemicals is not helpful at all.

And are you suggesting feeding cranberries for systemic yeast infection? I don't always understand your wording of these remedies. thanks.

08/19/2011: Alicia from Vancouver, Canada replies: To Willy from Venice: Great point and thank you for making it. I agree 100%. I LOVE this site and have gotten so much useful information but I also tend to find that alot of remedies are unrealistic in terms of costs / availablility.


 

 

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