Last Modified on Nov 26, 2015
The most popular home remedy for a dog's yeast infection, as reported by Earth Clinic readers and pet lovers, is apple cider vinegar (ACV) and yogurt. Dogs suffering with a yeast infection are just plain miserable from all of the itching and scratching. This home remedy for yeast infections has helped many dogs to once again be happy and itch-free.
Changing the dog's diet may also be necessary for a permanent cure. Many readers have reported that they changed their dog's diet to a grain-free dogfood or a raw diet. If the dog's system cannot tolerate gluten (and many dogs cannot), the dog will be likely to have continuing problems as long as he eats food that contains gluten.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt for Your Dog's Yeast Infection
Apple Cider Vinegar
Earth Clinic readers have discovered a number of different ways to treat their dogs with apple cider vinegar. What one dog will happily accept, another dog wants nothing to do with. Here are a few suggestions on using apple cider vinegar for your dog:
- Spray dog with 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. (Some dogs are very sensitive to the vinegar, so dilute as necessary, to as much as 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar.)
- One reader bathed her dog by filling a tub with about an inch of water, pouring a little straight vinegar over the dog and then sponging the dog, diluting the mixture. She did not rinse the dog but let the dog air dry.
- One reader's dogs didn't like being sprayed, so she used cottonballs soaked with the mixture and wiped the dog's ears, paws and around the tail.
- Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to food 2x a day for a 50 lb. dog. Adjust dose for the size of your dog.
- Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to dog's water for dogs under 15 lbs. For larger dogs, increase ACV up to 1 tablespoon.
Plain Greek Yogurt
- Add 1-2 Tablespoons of yogurt to food morning and night depending on size of dog
You Can Use Probiotic Capsules instead of Yogurt
- Our long-time contributor on pet problems, Theresa, recommended using probiotic capsules from a health food store and avoiding the dairy. Give 1 capsule am and pm, rotating brands and strains. Discontinue daily use when dog is well.
Why the Apple Cider Vinegar/Yogurt Cure is Effective
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV) possesses excellent antifungal and antibacterial properties.
- ACV boosts the immune system, helping the dog to fight diseases, fleas and other parasites.
- ACV is very effective at treating itchy skin and scratching.
- ACV helps to fight the effects of allergies which often cause itchy skin.
- ACV is an powerful detoxifying agent; the potassium in ACV is beneficial in treating arthritis.
- Yogurt or a probiotic attacks the fungus causing the yeast infection.
Apple cider vinegar and yogurt have successfully treated many dogs with yeast infections. We hope that it will work just as well for your dog. Please let us know how the apple cider vinegar/yogurt treatment for yeast infection works for your dog.
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[YEA] YEA!!!! I am so glad I found your site. This has been the best info I have found about yeast infections in dogs. I have a 7 year old Parson Russell Terrier who has been showing all the signs of a yeast infection and getting worse ever day. I first thought he had gotten some kind of infection from the new groomer I took him to in November, because that was when I started seeing the redness and the "pimple like" bumps on his hind quarters. I started the plain yogurt yesterday and also started spraying the 50/50 mixture of ACV and water. Although he is still scratching and that might take some time, it is greatly reduced. On the real red inflamed areas I have used a small amount of Gold Bond medicated powder, this seems to help. I also changed his diet to Precise Holistic Complete. Thank you, for this solution, he's seems happier. The question I do have is he is a rough coat dog and I have been afraid to have him groomed and he is getting quite hairy. Should I wait till this has cleared up more or can I have him cut, we normally have him shaved down with his beard area just cut? Thank you.
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Posted by Pam (Wakefield, Ri) on 07/18/2011
My dog Prissy is 10 yrs old weighs 16lbs. Every infection she has had over the years was a yeast infection. Usually twice a year on prednisone. She has an infection that started as a small sore on her snout by the end of the week it was raw and she was shaking her head profusly. Back to the vet. She said it looks like a bacterial infection. Gave her a shot of antibiotics since I did not know if I could open her mouth without hurting her. Vet said if she is not better in 10 days it is probably cancer. I found your site while searching the web for any thread of help. Please tell me how to use the vinegar and if anything can be put on her snout since she licks it. Also how much yogurt. My family uses the briggs organic ACV for many benefits.
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Posted by Bluize2k (Salem, Nh, Usa) on 07/01/2011
I am so frustrated and saddened for my 17 yr. Old Shih-Tzu, Munchkin, who was a healthy and happy girl until approx two years ago when she developed what our vet has diagnosed as a yeast infection caused by an allergen. Munchkin's belly, between her hind legs, ears, etc., turns grayish, the skin becomes moist and swells from her licking and biting and has an unpleasant odor.
I believe the yeast has also contributed to her ongoing eye problems. I've tried the steroids, antibiotics, eye/ear drops etc. , and these so-called "remedies" only treat the symptoms but sadly do not cure the infection. After reading similar Shih-Tzu and Lhasa Apso stories, I've decided to try the ACV/yogurt treatment on Munchkin. It makes complete sense that the good bacteria contained in yogurt counteracts w/ the bad bacteria causing yeast, and the ACV helps to dry up the skin and treat the itching. Suggestions from other Shih-Tzu or Lhasa Apso "parents" is welcomed and appreciated.Replied by Lisa
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Posted by Steph Hull (Hull, Uk) on 06/19/2011
[NAY] I recently tried the ACV and yogurt.... 2 weeks later my dog died from bloat :'( must have been the change in diet, if I had known I would have kept her skin and ears as they were... I loved her so much, the pain is unreal :( so my advice is dont try this it may happen to your dog.... Love them as they are like I did :(Replied by Angelica427
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Posted by Wynnie (Pineville, North Carolina) on 06/11/2011
[YEA] Ok, so some feedback... I am having some success with AppleCider Vinegar (ACV) in alleviating some symptoms of systemic yeast infection in my two dogs. Two Staffordshire Terriers, about 79pounds in weight each. A Father/Son duo. The father has had what I now know to be yeast infection symptoms for YEARS... Lethargy(we thought he was "laid back"), swollen&red penis sheath with a mucous-ish dishcharge (we thought it was food allergy and tried many many foods), some ear scratching (thought it was mites), and Seizures! (We thought his brain was a little "short-circuited" or defective or epilectic). We also thought the seizures were the result of a sensitivity to chemicals, ie: yard pesticides, flea shampoos etc.
It was the incessant (recent now that hot humid Southern USA Summer is here) foot licking and then the brown waxy substance at the base of several of his nails that started my search for an answer - he had licked one pad absolutely raw - almost oozing blood. A friend and knowledgable dog person suggested it might be a yeast infection. I had no idea a dog could get a yeast infection. I found this EarthClinic site and was spellbound reading the posts.
It's been two weeks of ACV treatment and here's what I've done... One Tablespoon of ACV per dog, per day. They don't care much for it and I have to keep switching how I "trick" them into ingesting it. I've used the pill-pocket type of thing commercially available, but it doesn't hold much and the vinegar makes them go "gummy" very very quickly. I tried it in their food, but they'd turn their noses up at it and I had to stand my ground and not feed them anything else until they gave up and were hungry enough to eat it anyway (maybe a 12 hour standoff). My current, successful, "trick" is to measure out the tablespoon of ACV and slowly pour it along one half of a hotdog roll. I break each half of roll into quarters, make them Sit and their other limited tricks and give the piece as a "treat". The older dog loves bread of any kind and just gobbles it down; the younger dog is catching on that it's vinegar and turns his nose up at it until he sees his father/buddy eating the same thing - he can't stand to be left out of anything and then deigns to eat each piece. I've successfully used a soaked pretzel rod to the same end. I have begun giving them this soaked piece just after they have eaten half the normal amount of their regular food so that the full strength vinegar isn't upsetting to their stomach. They seem happier with this timing. And, by soaking each piece of bread I know that each dog got their dose of ACV for the day.
The greek yogurt... My dogs don't particularly like it. I am sticking with it because it has multiple kinds of the "good bacteria" a digestive system needs. I am, again, "tricking" them into ingesting it... I put about 2 tablespoons on top of their dry food, keeping it in a little heap - don't spread it out - , then pour over that some wet food w gravy that I know they love to eat. They eat the yogurt in the process of eating the wet food that they love. I no longer Stir the yogurt into the food (thinking that mixing it would make it more palatable) as my two dogs will turn their nose up at it and refuse to eat it at all, even when I wait 12-18 hours for them to "give in" and eat it anyway. I feed a very high quality dog food and can't afford to waste it like that. Initially I was giving each dog one-third of a cup per day for the first week. I have since backed off to the heaping tablespoon per dog per day.
Diluted vinegar in the ears: Well, I tried the 1/3 ACV to 2/3 water once in the younger dog's itchiest ear. He was so blatantly miserable and in pain that I apologized profusely as I grabbed a handlfull of cottonballs soaked them in water and flushed the vinegar out. He forgave me, but wanted to hide when he saw a cottonball and smelled the vinegar. So, I diluted the mix down to maybe 1/8 ACV and 7/8 water.(1/8 cup vinegar to 7/8 cup water). I put the mix in it's own spray bottle so it was ready to use anytime. I then thought it's be easy just to spray the mix onto their paws and/or ears. Ha - silly me. My dogs are afraid of the spraying sound and, after almost dislocating my shoulder holding them to me as I sprayed their feet, I caught on and changed tactics. I now soak a palmful of cottonballs with the spray bottle solution and then walk calmly into the room they are lounging in and very gently swab between their toes, around the base of each nail and then another clean cottonball to gently wipe the inside/underside of their ear flaps. They no longer have the discharge at the nail bases and they don't run when they see me with a cottonball!
OverTheCounter Yeast Infection ointment: I bought the version with a tube of ointment with 7 applicator tubes. You screw the applicator onto the tube and squeeze in a small amount of ointment (maybe the size of three green peas, or the size of a mini marshmallow). The applicator is smooth and sterile and slips easily into the penis sheath with no "wrestling" of the dog to comply. Press the plunger and the ointment is deposited. I used one small dose each day for 5 days.
Results so far: The older dog stopped chewing at his feet in just a few days and hasn't licked any raw spots at all, seldom licks at all now (two weeks in). His penis sheath is less than half as swollen as it was and the mucous-ish discharge has stopped. It is not longer an angry-hot red at the opening. He is not dragging his rectum on the carpet as if it itched. He had one seizure on the third day of treatment, but it was smaller and less intense than any other ever and he recovered very quickly as well. He is not itching at his ears with vigor, just the occasional, more typical, doggy itchy-scratchy of an ear. His eyes are not as red at the rims/base of eyelashes as they were and he seems to be "feeling better" and has more energy and actually plays with toys now instead of just having his head down and looking up at you with very sad eyes as if to say I Don't Feel Good.
The younger dog doesn't lick his feet anymore and the nailbed discharge/brown waxy substance is almost all gone.
And all this from a half gallon of apple cider vinegar and two large containers of greek yogurt. I think we are on to something here and it is a very pleasant surprise. I feel terrible that the older dog was in such apparent misery (Ladies - if you've had a yeast infection you KNOW what I mean! ) for so long. But, he's acting half his 9 yr age and I couldn't be more thrilled.
Moral of the story: Give it a try, the ACV and the greek yogurt(plain, no flavor), be realistic and stick to it. I didn't see any concrete proof of it working until mid way into the second week. When his discharge symptoms abate further I will lower the vinegar to half a tablespoon and the yogurt to every other day and keep it up as Preventative Maintenance.Replied by Gail
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Posted by Joe (North Olmsted, Oh) on 04/18/2011
My Black Lab mix is constantly getting a yeast infection in both ears. Go to the vet, get medication, clears up, comes back again. I heard about using ACV in the dog's ears and feeding him yogurt but don't want to cause more damage to his ears. What is the recommended way to treat his ears with the ACV? Is there any particular brand of ACV to use? How much plain yogurt should I give him(about 50 lbs)? Is there any particular ingredient I should look for? I just cannot afford the vet bills and need to come up with a better solution.Replied by Stephanie1990
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Posted by Tara (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/26/2011
[YEA] I stumbled upon this website a few weeks ago... And thank god! My one year old English Bulldog was suffering from a terrible yeast infection on his back and sides. He had lost the majority of his hair and looked horrible. After reading some of the comments I decided to just give it a try before taking him to the vet.
It has been a week and a half and the improvement is enormous. His skin is 95% better. The hair has started growing back and the itching is all but gone. I'm assuming that he'll be perfect again (mommy eyes) in another week. I am so grateful that I found this thread. I give him a tablespoon of plain yogurt once in the morning and once at night. Spray him with the 50/50 solution of ACV/water in the morning and sometimes brush him with it at night. Please attempt this if you're dog is suffering from a yeast infection. It has saved me untold $$$ at the vet and I couldn't be happier with the results. Thank you all!!!Replied by Julie
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Posted by Rhonda (Harriman, Tn.) on 04/13/2010
[YEA] We tried taking our Dog to the veterinarians for the last five years. She had a severe yeast infection in both ears. She has been to so many different Veterinarians over the last few years no one helped her. Nothing they "suggested" worked. We have spent a small fortune to try to help her. We read here about ACV and Plain Yogurt. We have now been giving it to her for 5 months. We have used the ACV in both ears and after all these years the infection is gone. We have been putting the ACV in her bathwater and spraying it in her drinking water and on her food. No medicine worked the ACV did the job. We also give her yogurt every other night. You can see the change in her whole behavior. She wags her tail now. She had stopped doing that a year ago.Replied by Chris
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Posted by Leslie (Helena, Montana) on 03/03/2010
I am thrilled I found your site. My poor dog is very ill with this skin afliction and I have spent hundreds of dollars with the vet to try to cure him and nothing has worked. His skin is so bad he has trouble laying down. He smells so bad it is hard to be around him. When I found your site and ACV/yougart treatment I called my husband at work and told him you need to pick these things up and bring them home tonight so we can start treating his yeast infection. I have put your site in my favorites to ck on other cures. Thank you very, very much.Replied by Christine
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Posted by Sondra (Fort Atkinson, Wi) on 02/12/2010
I have read all the questions and answers re yeast infections in dogs (skin) but I cannot find the Remedy. It is not listed. How much yogurt (Greek, Plain) and how much vinegar (Cider vs. White)per lb. etc.? How much vinegar in drinking water per day in a gallon??--large bowl. I have 2 dogs--can both drink it? I currently have an 85 pound Samoyed with yeast infections and have tried everything with no help. Thanks.
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Posted by Rebecca (Pocatello, Idaho) on 01/16/2010
How much apple cider vinegar and yogurt do I give a 6 pound dog?
Posted by Pat B (Downingtown, Pa) on 12/30/2009
We have 1 1/2 yr old German Shepherd(Schultz), He's 95lb and has a constant problem w/ itching and licking.it started w/ an eye infection about a month after we got him(5mos old). The vet said he believed his itching and scratching was because of a food allergy. So immediatly we changed his food to Nutro Choice(Sensitive Stomach) Venison & brown rice. He seemed to do fine over the summer. In late Oct he started again. I went on the web and found this site. After reading the Questions & comments, I'm starting Schultz on the ACV-Yogurt today. I will let you know if it helps.Replied by Bananas3571
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Posted by Mr. Smithster (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/29/2009
[YEA] ACV and Yogurt. IT WORKS!
Our experience. My dog Willow is a 20lb terrier mix, current age 2 1/2, fixed female. We rescued her at age 5 mo. She is the best dog I have ever had the pleasure of living with. From day one she has been a no issue pup, except... Allergies. At approx. 9 mo. old she had an eye infection. The Vet gave antibiotic eye meds and cleared right up. 3 mo. later, same thing. Same meds again, cleared up again. At 1 1/2 years old she started licking her paws to the point of no hair on the paw. Vet gave some antibiotic spray, Seemed to clear up. Approx 3 mos later she started loosing all her fur on her back legs and around her rear. Vet said, Allergies. Gave steroid shot and she was fine, fur grew back. 1 mo later same thing except now all four legs and all paws. Vet suggested steroid pills, we tried them for about 2 weeks and she was not getting much better, but the steroid pills made her a zombie dog. I stopped the meds and went in search of a vet that might be able to help. After 4 vets, all suggesting the same thing, I found a great vet that was willing to work with us. After much trail and error and little success, we discovered a med called Atopica. This once a day pill isnt a steroid, so no side effects. Willow responded very well, 80-90% of fur grew back and no noticeable itching/scratching. Then i stumbled onto this site. Even with the Atopica, Willow would get small patches of what the vet said was a skin yeast infection. 2 wks ago i started the ACV/Yogurt treatment. Within 3 days i saw noticeable improvement. Now she has fur gowing fur where i didnt know she grew it! No yeast spots on skin. Absolutely no itching/scratching. Wow! I also had an allergy test done on her 6 wks ago. She was slightly allergic of turkey/chicken. Of course I was feeding her Orijen kibble mixed with Wellness Core kibble, both turkey/chicken. So for the last month she has been on Wellness Core Fish kibble, with a 1/4 can of canned salmon in the morn. I also stopped the Atopica when I started the ACV/Yogurt. In the morn i have been putting 2 teaspoons of ACV on her canned fish along with 2 squirts of high omega fish oil. At lunch she gets a 1/4 cup of plain Yogurt. 1 cup of Grain free Wellness Core kibble, which she eats over the day. Thats it. I guess it could be the new food, but i didnt notice much difference till we started the ACV/Yogurt. I am going to keep this up. I did use white vinegar, 50/50 w/water on her yeast spots and they cleared up in a few days. They havent returned and fur has grown over the spots. We have our little furry pup back! She is so comfortable now. Its so nice seeing her with no discomfort. Thanks so much for this info. I will keep posting to let everyone know if this treatment is lasting. It sure seems to have worked for us. After 4 vets and hundreds dollors, if not more, this is a blessing. Thanks Again!!!Replied by Mr. Smithster
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Posted by Dianne (Rush City, Minnesota) on 11/29/2009
Thank Thank You, for this website. I can't believe how much money I have spent on Vets (five different) trying to cure my 12 year old, 6 lb. Shih Tzu..
she had constant yeast infections in her ears & conjunctivitis in her eyes. I've had her on every eye drop & gel, Prednisone, Perscription shampoo, antibiotics, ear wash, you name it..Hundreds of $$$..Not one vet told me to try ACV, yogurt or acidophillus capsules...She has long hair and goes to the groomer once a month to get trimmed around her eyes, nails clipped etc. When I went to pick her up my groomer said she was starting to get yeast infection all over her body and showed me all her black spots on her belly. I thought they were age spots. Instead of going to the Vet, I got some Women's vaginal cream for yeast infection. I rubbed this all over her tummy & ripped a white sheet & tied it around her tummy so she couldn't lick it. I put this cream on her belly every day for a week and all the crusty yeast spots are totally gone..I'm starting the ACV & yogurt tomorrow to alleviate her itchy skin..She is still constantly licking her feet & gnawing at them but I will put the ACV on her legs & feet & I will let you know how that works..This is the first time she has been content without the Prednizone..Dianne
Posted by Ralph (Lake Bluff, IL) on 07/24/2009
I'm just starting treatment our Llhsa 3 days ago (25 lbs., 12 years old) with ACV rinse, 50% water/50% AVC,shampooed every 2nd day with Antifungal shampoo and rinsed his body completely with AVC once every day. I'm feeding him 2 spoons of organic yogurt with 1 cup dry holistic dog food, duck with rice and 1 Capsule Acidophilus mixed in. 2 spoons of vinegar in a bowl of water. No problems with him eating and drinking any of these items.
Im concerned that I maybe I'm rinsing him to OFTEN with the ACV. Are most of you rinseing ONLY after shampooing? or every day? My dog is covered with black skin, sores, smells terrible and wakes alot during the night. I've noticed he has slept better already and doesnt smell so bad already. PLEASE HELP!! Thanks in advance. RMBReplied by Mekala