Last Modified on May 31, 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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