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Apple Cider Vinegar for Yeast Infections in Dogs

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Earth Clinic readers report very good results when they used Apple Cider Vinegar for their dog's yeast infection issues. Yeast infections in dogs are becoming more of a pervasive problem, thanks to the addition of additives, poor quality meat, and a multiple variety of grains, including gluten, in dog food. Besides giving your dog grain-free or raw food, you can also treat yeast infections with apple cider vinegar, either topically or internally.

Topical Use: How To Spray Your Dog With Apple Cider Vinegar

In a spray bottle, mix organic apple cider vinegar with equal parts of warm, purified water. You MUST dilute the vinegar at least 50/50! Not doing so can cause considerable pain on a dog who has been scratching an area raw.

Spray your dog gently with this solution. Be very careful you don't accidentally spray your dog's eyes. Make sure to spray the dog's armpit areas and the base of the spine with this solution.

One Earth Clinic reader filled her tub with an inch of water and added a cup of apple cider vinegar to the water and then sponged the dog with the acv bath water.

Another reader used cotton balls soaked in the 50/50 apple cider vinegar mixture and wiped her dog's ears, paws and around the tail.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Dog's Food for Yeast Infections

  1. Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to food 2x a day for a 50 lb. dog. Adjust dose for the size of your dog.
  2. Alternatively, you can add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to dog's water dish for dogs under 15 lbs. For larger dogs, increase ACV up to 1 tablespoon.
  3. Many readers also add Greek Yogurt to their dog's food in addition to apple cider vinegar. This combination is the most popular remedy on Earth Clinic for yeast infections in dogs. Read more here.

Keep reading below to learn many more tips about using apple cider vinegar to treat a canine yeast infections from our readers!

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Posted by Chement (Oakland, MI) on 03/04/2022

Excellent advice. Saved me having to go to the vet. I have a 4 month old puppy and the stupid breeder gave her a bath and got water in her ear which started to smell yeasty. I bought regular cheap store brand apple cider vinegar (not Braggs organic) and mixed it half and half with distilled water and sprayed it in her ear and used cotton balls to squish it around and get the brown out. My dogs ear turned red and she was shaking her head more often so I did not repeat and do it a second time that first day. Instead, I added a little more water to the mixture and sprayed it in her ear once the next day and used the cotton ball method again. She was still shaking her head that second day but not as much and the inside of her ear was still red. I repeated the procedure again on the third day and she was shaking her head even less but her ear was still red. On the fourth day, she stopped head shaking and her ear looks great and is no longer red or smelly. THANK YOU for this valuable info. Saved me from buying those over the counter expensive solutions or going to the vet and having to spend $100 for an exam. Glad I found this post.

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Posted by Stephanie (California) on 07/05/2017

My dog has yeast chronic issues and has been on medications his whole twelve years for skin allergies. Now, I just use vinegar.

EC: Hi Stephanie, can you please provide more details, such as dosage, dilution (50/50 water), frequency, and whether you applied apple cider vinegar topically or added it to food? Thank you!

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Posted by Eileen (Norfolk, UK) on 08/29/2016

Dog nibbling feet:

Hello, I hope you can help. I've been using cyder vinegar for nearly one week. I use it on his body and feet I put a tsp on his breakfast he is a big dog, he keeps licking the vinegar off he loves it what else can I do, please help.

Replied by Jane
(Cambridge, Ma)

Hi Eileen,

Sounds like an allergy of some kind, either food or from the enviroment. Nibbling paws is usually a yeast issue.

Two suggestions, one is to wipe off his feet every time he comes in from the outside with a wash cloth soaked in warm water that has a hint of dog shampoo in it. I've been doing this regularly with my dog who also chews his paws at certain times during the year (fall and spring) and it has helped immensely.

Other suggestion is to look into possible food allergies. Get him on a grain free diet. if that doesn't work, have him tested at the vet to see what food allergies he has. He might also be having an allergy to something outside so the washing off of paws should help. Good luck!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Eileen,

Upgrading the groceries usually helps. Also consider treating the drinking water with borax or baking soda. This advice from Ted:

"Sometimes we are dealing with internal/systemic yeast or an internal fungal infection - and sometimes despite the best nutrition out there we will experience an individual that for some reason is deficient in a mineral such as boron. If the dog is low in magnesium quite often allergies will arise. If you are dealing with yeast try adding 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in 1 liter of drinking water for 2-3 days - max; this is not intended for long term use, just to nip a break out in the bud. When you stop the epsom salt in the water you can then start adding 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter of water; do this for 5-7 days. This is a 'break out' or crisis dose. After a week you can cut it back to a maintenance dose of 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the water. If you suspect a fungal component you can add 1/16 teaspoon borax along with the baking soda in 1 liter of water. In acute and extreme cases 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water is indicated. Many humans take 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon borax in 1 liter of water daily as a detox and antifungal/antiyeast, so long term use is not an issue, however all these remedies are something you should 'play by ear' and should be adjusted as you see fit. The water additives address mineral deficiency issues and should be addressed first."

Replied by Tracey

Chlorexidine Gluconate sells in big gallon jugs Online!!! Wonderful in the bath for their yeasty feet or soak their feet in Chlorexidine mixed with water in ice cream you can lift paw into it.. Also use More ACV if putting in food for bigger dogs. I've done 1/4 C for 70 lb dog... and I Use FOR my Canine ear infection: ""****Monistat from female aisle****""(generic Brand is ok)...but only use generics for "Monistat only" not other brands bcuz of side ingredients. BUT Rinse off a face wipe then wipe ear out to get Any brown out of their ear FIRST. Do Not confuse that with any lysol cleaning wipes..These are For human Skin Wipes I mean...Chlorexidine Wipes are Best... Even one dot of brown Could be yeast and then apply monistat. Sometimes you must use an oil like coconut oil comes hard from grocery stores to get brown dot loose Using face wipe...Maleleuca ointment or TC3 oil any form through maleleuca only buy from online or individual. In ears or paws topically of course. Plz post all this helps

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Posted by Kathy (Atx) on 11/14/2015

I noticed someone saying not to use ACV to help treat a yeast infection in their dog because of the sugar in apples but if one does their homework they will know that apples are on the LOW glycemic list of foods. My daughter has candida overgrowth and I have found that a lot of the remedies for her also work on the canine children. Here is a link for low glycemic foods and their glycemic ratings. Note that raw carrots are lowest while cooked are medium and canned are high. So, as long as you feed raw carrots you should be good. Sweet potatoes are also low. When starting out you want to eliminate all of it because of the natural sugars then slowly add back in one at a time. Figuring out along the way which ones trigger a reaction.

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Posted by Raine (Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas) on 06/20/2013

My 12 yr old shih-tzu battled gooby, smelly eyes, ear infections and itchy skin on and off almost her whole life. It wasn't until she began losing the fur on her chest that we finally connected the dots and began researching yeast infections. The vet was no help all these years-would just give her an antibiotic shot and put her on prednisone everytime. We distrust him so much now we are scared to take her there for fear of him shooting her up with antibiotics again, I'm scared that would be the final blow to her health. Started treating her many different ways, she was on a homemade food of brown rice, mackerel and green beans, and has since been changed to straight salmon with some yogurt. Was powdering her with a cornstarch, turmeric&clove mixture, but that didn't seem to be helping, and also the ACV 50/50 spray mixture, as well as putting it in her drinking water. NOTHING has helped!

Just learnt today that some brands of ACV contain yeast, so I'm pretty sure that is a big factor in why she has gotten worse rather than improving. I live on a small island in the Bahamas and chances of finding organic ACV are very slim. I have had this dog since I was 10 and it is literally breaking my heart to see the misery she is in. Can anyone please help? Any super cures that have been known to work well & work quickly? Stuff that doesn't neccessarily have to come from an organic or specialty store? We do have some coconut oil that they would put on her food, but she does not like it at all and would sometimes not eat her food or just eat around the oil. Maybe we need to shoot it down her throat with a syringe, can anyone give me a relative amount for a 13lb shih-tzu?

Other than all the problems accossiated with yeast (full, irritable anal gland, "old age" lumps, oozy eyes & ears) and some arthritis, she has no other health problems! We have been fighting this for I'd say at least 2 months now, and it's getting to the point where it's selfish to keep her here if we can't get her health improved. The affected skin runs on her underside from under her chin, down her whole chest straight down to her groin now. The armpits are an especially bad place. Also, does anyone know if antibiotic powder would feed the yeast? After she started licking the cornstarch mix off, we started using BNT antibiotic powder because it dries open raw wounds out in a snap.

Please please please, I am desperate and about to lose my best friend! Thank you in advance!

Replied by Davida
(Birmingham, Al, Usa)

The ratio of Apple Cider Vinegar / Greek yoghurt to mix with food?

Replied by Patty

Try even the off brand of woman's yeast cream. You can rub a small amount into their skin.

Replied by Patty

Also follow Dr. Jones his utube channel ( Veterinary Secrets ) He very good and does a lot of natural treatments. Hope it helps!

Replied by Anna
(Los angeles)

My dog has been on antibiotics for 3 months already because he was getting hot spots. What the doctor did is gave him antibiotics whenever he got hot spots. I was so mad because antibiotics weren't good for his health and she kept prescribing him antibiotics. I took my dog to the dermatologist and he said he has fungus around his neck and head. He has been prescribed ketoconazole medication for two weeks. He still takes it and it seems to help him. And there is this mouse called Douxo S3 PYO Antiseptic Antifungal Mousse for Dogs. Try this mouse hopefully it will help.

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Posted by Rayrmjaj (Bancroft, Idaho) on 05/18/2013

My dog's yeast infection is in her vaginal area. And she has a lot of hair. I have never shaved a dog in that area. Where can I get some help on how to do this. I don't believe I can get the vinegar and water to where it needs to be unless I do this. Can you use people medicine on her for the same ailment? The dog food I feed her is low fat low ash "Pride".

Replied by Gena
(Pasadena, California)

Hi, I would be careful shaving that area. Only a professional should do it. I think that if you bathed her first that would be sufficient. Make sure the ACV is well diluted... More than 50% water may be necessary. More important is to put ACV in her food, also mixed in with water. My dogs don't like ACV, but they will eat it after it's been mixed with water and soaked in their kibble for a few minutes. Probiotics may also help the dog's issue, but if it it is caused by the food, which it sounds like it might be, you will need to find another brand. Please let us know how she is doing!

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Posted by Lilli (Kenmore, Wa, Usa) on 01/14/2013 13 posts

I read all the great posts here about ACV and the various uses in caring for a dog who has a yeast infection. I just had to write and share my success story.

My adopted pal, whose breed is prone to severe skin problems, developed a bad skin yeast infection. His legs and parts of his torso turned black and lost fur. He scratched 24/7 and we had to watch him constantly or he would scratch and bite until he bled. Eventually, we had to keep him in onsies and a plastic cone.

When he lived with his previous family, we think he was given too much prednisone and too many anti-biotics which ruined his immune system. Every vet we took him too wanted to prescribe the same meds including atopica. IMHO I would never give these things to him again! Prednisone shuts down the adrenal glands which stops the itching but causes severe medical problems down the road.

We were at the end of our rope watching our poor guy suffer. Here's what worked for us:

We finally found a naturopathic vet who has been allergy testing and giving him Chinese herbs and tinctures which attacks the yeast internally but takes time to work. We changed his diet to a commercial brand of frozen raw meat with some veggies. (I would not recommend dry kibble of any kind because it is still processed and most have binders, starches, and grain products. ) He lost the extra weight, that he gained due to the prednisone, and was much livelier, but still scratching.

The single most amazing change in him occurred when I started spraying him with ACV/distilled water, 50/50. (I use organic ACV which has the "mother" in it. ) I sprayed the hot spots and black areas of his skin and rubbed the vinegar in. I kept him standing or moving until he air dried. (Do not spray it on open wounds and sores) Then I put him back in a cotton onsie. It is important to keep them from scratching and re-irritating the skin. I did this in the morning, after feeding, and the evening before bed. It reduced his scratching 75% in two days! I also mixed a little ACV in his food. (I would not recommend giving ACV on an empty stomach)

About every three days I mix a lotion of pure aloe vera with pure vegetable glycerin and distilled water and rub it on the troubled areas and let dry. (Do not use straight glycerin on skin because it traps moisture and may cause blistering) After a day or two, the lotion dries the surface yeast and it sloughs off. I clean the areas and new pink skin is underneath.

We are at day four of using this system. My dog is calmer, scratches less, and sleeps better. His skin is pinking up and I do not have to keep an eye on him all day.

(One word of caution: Talk to your naturopathic vet before starting any new remedy. Dogs can have a reaction to most anything whether it is natural or not. Start on a small patch of skin as a test before using any product on your dog.)

Thank you to everyone who posted ACV suggestions. After years of frustrating vet visits, many $$$'s spent, bad drug reactions, and the arrogance of Western medicine, a little $3.00 bottle of ACV did the trick!

Replied by Kate

My dog has a yeast infection due to the change in her diet we had to implement as she has liver shunt. There aren't a lot of options we can find in the way of food, and have been feeding her the hills LD dry food, plus some cottage cheese/boiled vegetables/white rice as instructed by the vet.

I'm now thinking the carb content in the white rice AND the potato they told us would be fine is actually bringing on this yeast infection!! We can't feed her any animal protein so raw meat and bones are out of the question. Her health is great - no seizures etc - except this yeast!!

Any suggestions? I really don't want to put her on steroids :(

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Kate!

A simple approach for yeast is adding borax to your pet's drinking water. For a female add 1/8th teaspoon per liter of drinking water, and do this for 7 days - then reduce to 1/16th of a teaspoon of borax for another 7 days - the take 7 days off and repeat the cycle. In addition you can also bath your girl in Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip:

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide plus 1 cup of plain water. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin.

Replied by Tanya
(Plano, Tx)

Hello. We have been searching for something to help our yorkie out. She has struggled for some time with yeast infections in her ears and all over her body. She has had the same problem that you mentioned of losing hair on her legs and parts of her body becoming black in color. We really want to find her some relief. Nights are especially hard for her. Can you please tell me more about the diet you switched your dog to and the mixture of ACV you used? We reluctantly gave in to steroid treatments and antibiotics after taking her to several vets in our area but would really like to find a more natural way of helping her. Any help would be so greatly appreciated.

Replied by Clp

Sorry ... what is MOM? Thank you!

EC: MOM is Milk of Magnesia.

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Posted by Danielle (Elyria, Ohio) on 01/10/2013

apple cider vinager for ear infection/ yeast infection. I tried the apple cider viner water mixture and my dog started going crazy!!! She started scratching to death!! Help!! Will it help in the long run???

Replied by Bw
(Bellevue, Wa)

Hope you didn't apply it full-strength. That would have hurt badly and he's probably scratching from pain. Did you read the other posts on this site about the amount of dilution to apply? You should see what the vet can find from looking into the ear, then you would know what kind of remedy to try.

Replied by Susan

It is supposed to be white vinegar, not apple cider vinegar.

Replied by Wendy

Please, please, PLEASE use only THIS remedy (Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane) for healing your dog's ears (it's been posted multiple times here on EC):

DO NOT PUT STRAIGHT VINEGAR (organic OR white vinegar) into a dog's ears if they're red/inflamed/sore, etc. It'll only sting!!!


It's an excellent remedy for ear infections (yeast and/or bacterial) in dogs. I've used it on my Golden Retriever's ears when she had a yeast infection. Totally cleared it up. Plus, find a new food with NO GRAIN, NO CORN, and NO RICE (rice=sugar which yeast loves).

Healthy Ear Recipe (from Arcane)

1 tube Monistat (generic is fine)
1 tube Polysporin (use the real deal - it's inexpensive)
1 tube Cortaid (generic works here as well)

Use tubes of similar size. Mix all three together in a container that can be closed well. It takes a bit to incorporate because the Polysporin is a bit like Vaseline. Once incorporated, it stays mixed.

If ears are gunky, inflamed or smell bad, start with using a pea sized dollop twice a day. Use your finger to gently push it into the ear. Rub. Dogs will only shake their heads once or twice! It's a creamy, very soothing mixture. Once you have the ears under control, lessen how often you use it till you're only using it once a week. Once a week, it keeps ears from getting bad again.

My doctor (human) is the one that came up with this as her dogs were having ear issues that weren't really under control from the things her vet was prescribing! Anyone that I know that has gone to using it has had remarkable results and the dogs are much happier and SAFER than using anything with alcohol in it. I was told by my vet that alcohol just dries the ear out - which includes drying out the ear drum AND that if there is even the tiniest of perforations in that ear drum, it can let alcohol down into the middle ear where it can do permanent damage. That's why this cream is SOOOOO good! There's nothing "liquid" about it. It goes in and melts its way down to where it's needed. No alcohol to cause drying or damage and it will take care of anything yeast, bacterial etc...

Replied by Glamm

i just made this, bathed him and applied to his neck and ears he whined Lil when put in ears I cleaned all the gunk out gently and his ears were red and inflamed.. I hope and pray this works, thank you

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Glamm,

Red and inflamed ears may benefit from garlic infused olive oil before treatment with ACV. If this were my dog I would use the garlic infused olive oil twice to three times per day to both calm the ears and clean them. When the ears are less 'ouchy' I would then use the diluted ACV treatment to continue to clean out the gunk as well as quell the infection.

Replied by Wendy

To Glamm: Do not put the Arcane ointment on his neck. Only put it in the dog's ears.

Replied by Mia

My dog, an 11 yr old Akita/Retriever mix, has had a tough year of a recurring ear infection in 1 ear only.

He has had ear infections in the past - but its always in the same ear. This year, the ear has taken a turn for the worse. He was having dark, waxy stuff coming out of his ears and was in pain, so we took him to the vet, but his inner ear was so inflamed she could not even see down it. The vet prescribed a cocktail of anti inflammatory/anti fungal/anti everything medication, including Zymox.

I noticed an improvement while he was on the meds, but after 2 very expensive rounds of these medicines, we are back to a painful ear - especially at night (2am). I don't want to go back to the meds since they obviously didn't treat the underlying condition.

I have switched him to a grain free diet since then, but he needs relief ASAP.

Can I use ACV if his ear is this inflamed and painful? Would the Arcane solution work better in this case? I am willing to try ANYTHING at this point as my dog is in pain and now his hair is starting to fall out in clumps - just brushed out enough hair to fill a grocery bag, poor guy. Does this sound like an underlying yeast issue-turned-infection? I was thinking of trying the Arcane solution topically and putting ACV in his water or food instead of on his ears.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Mia,

If this were my dog I would not hesitate to use the Zymox as it can be applied to a dirty sore ear - no need to clean out the gunk first. This to immediately address your dog's pain.

You mention you switched to grain free only after your vet prescribed the cocktail of meds that worked only temporarily; if the diet was the issue - the underlying cause of the problem - then the meds could only work so far until the diet was switched. You certainly could try the Arcane formula, which is an OTC cocktail of very similar medications that your vet prescribed. I would use the Zymox first if at all possible because it is a thin formula that can drip deep into the ear while the Arcane formula is more of a cream or gel and it takes some time to slowly melt into the ear.

As to the underlying issues - you changed the diet, and that is a good first step in the right direction. Other steps include getting a handle on the systemic yeast that thrived on the old diet. Consider Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs and also alkalizing the drinking water; when mine get gunky allergy ears [and like your dog, seems on only one side - the side that they sleep on! ] I alkalize the water in varying doses of baking soda for 3-4 weeks, and will do course of the borax water in between. This seems to really help knock the yeast down. Keep in mind that if your dog is sensitive to something in the diet or environment that staying on top of this yeasty ear will be an ongoing issue - there may be no permanent cure for it, only keeping any yeast infection at bay with constant cleaning and paying careful attention to diet.

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Posted by Atticus (Wellington, New Zealand) on 04/14/2012

I have been using vinegar for a few days, before reading a post for getting rid of cat and dog yeast smells on the carpets and pet bedding. 50/50 vinegar and water sprayed on carpets and the next morning doggie and kitty smell gone! The vinegar smell evaporates. I also used this in the rinse when washing dog blankets today. Finally got rid of the smell which putting disinfectant in the wash hadn't resolved in the past.

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Posted by Amanda (Sagadahoc County, Maine) on 03/26/2012

I believe my 11 month old lab/chessie mix has a yeast infection. I have begun spraying him with Apple Cider Vinegar and water solution 3 times a day. How long should it take for his bald patches to begin to grow back? I am also giving him plain yogurt with his meals.

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Posted by Samantha (East Haven, Ct) on 02/17/2012

I have 2 English Bulldogs, a male and a female! My male has no problems at all. My female on the other hand has had ear, feet and wrinkle problems for about a year. My vet said it is probably an allergy. Well I have been usiong the Zymox on her ears which helps alot!

My question is, can I use the apple cider vinegar on her face, (wrinkles) and if so how much?? I purchased acidopholus pills today, so I will be starting that with plain yogurt tonight! Does anyone have any tips for the folds of her face?? also I just switched her food to Wellness core Oceanfish.

Replied by Samantha
(East Haven, Ct)

Does anyone have any info on if it is harmful to use ACV on her face??

Replied by Nina
(Fernandina Beach, Florida)

My vet in Fernandina Beach florida told me ACV/water 50/50 to flush the ears weekly to restore the PH balance. If I don't... the lab smells. I just took a Mastiff to foster for adoption for Mastiff Rescue of Florida--will start the ACV and go for yogurt today.

Replied by Lisa
(New Jersey, US)

I have a westie - a breed well-known for skin issues. I have struggled to help him since he was 3. He forms scabby bumps that break open and ooze, will develop red rashes around his rear-end, his arm pits and legs even scabbing on his face. Its been so difficult.

The best thing I have ever done for him is got an RX shampoo called Ketochlor. In one washing I saw an amazing difference!! Not kidding! I also found virbac makes a similar leave-on lotion that really helps.

But I am dealing with 2 things: skin allergies and yeast. For the yeast, I add probiotics to his food...just break open a cap and put in on his food.

For food he gets chicken or beef with venison. I add either olive oil or fish oil to his food because his skin is also dry and he needs the fat.

If the yeast gets really bad, I put desitin ointment on those areas.

Its a constant battle but it works!

Replied by Marsch
(Columbus, Oh)

I have a 10 year old SharPei and German Shepherd mix. Two breeds known for skin issues. She's had seasonal allergies her whole life but this year has been especially bad. We've always dealt with her yeast issues with predisone - but steroids are not only bad for the animal, they lose effectiveness over time. The yeast and allergies has been compounded over the last couple years due to hypothyroidism. Sandy dog is having a rough year. She currently has a yeast infection on her skin that I just can't seem to beat. I had it almost cleared up using Malaseb shampoo, but then we went to the beach for a week and she was wet all the time and it came back. So, here we go again. The poor dear hates the baths, but it seems to help the itching immediately. I switched her food to Blue Wilderness this week and I'm going to start giving her the acidophilus supplement. She gets yogurt, but not every day. Guess we'll change that too. And no more human scraps. Anyway, I wanted to share that the Malaseb shampoo really does work. We've also used Be Soothed tea tree oil shampoo in the past - it works fine on lesser yeast infections. OH, and this will seem weird - but if you have spot yeast infections in the armpit or around the genital area you might try generic monistat cream its usually miconazole cream. You can find it in the drug store. It works awesome for killing the yeast. Unfortunately, for the whole dog, it would be rather messy and expensive. lol

Replied by Marsch
(Columbus, Oh)

I have a 10 year old SharPei and German Shepherd mix. Two breeds known for skin issues. She's had seasonal allergies her whole life but this year has been especially bad. We've always dealt with her yeast issues with predisone - but steroids are not only bad for the animal, they lose effectiveness over time. The yeast and allergies has been compounded over the last couple years due to hypothyroidism. Sandy dog is having a rough year. She currently has a yeast infection on her skin that I just can't seem to beat. I had it almost cleared up using Malaseb shampoo, but then we went to the beach for a week and she was wet all the time and it came back. So, here we go again. The poor dear hates the baths, but it seems to help the itching immediately. I switched her food to Blue Wilderness this week and I'm going to start giving her the acidophilus supplement. She gets yogurt, but not every day. Guess we'll change that too. And no more human scraps. Anyway, I wanted to share that the Malaseb shampoo really does work. We've also used Be Soothed tea tree oil shampoo in the past - it works fine on lesser yeast infections. OH, and this will seem weird - but if you have spot yeast infections in the armpit or around the genital area you might try generic monistat cream, its usually miconazole cream. You can find it in the drug store. It works awesome for killing the yeast. Unfortunately, for the whole dog, it would be rather messy and expensive. lol

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Posted by Mons (Chattanooga, Tn) on 11/02/2011

I have a 6 yr old daschund and he has been having a horrible time with yeast infections in his ears and all over his body. I just found this site yesterday looking for a home remedy because we just can not afford the vet bills. We gave him a bath last night and right before we got him out we poured a little ACV diluted with water over this back but did not rinse him after that. He did not itch at all for the rest of the night, it was amazing. However he did wake up in the middle of the night itching again, I know it takes awhile to completely clear up so we are gonna continue this for a few weeks and hope it continues to give him relief. Also, wanted to put some ACV drops in his ears but was not sure how much. I think I will just try to put a couple of drops in each ear tonight and see if that helps. Thanks so much for this site, this has helped answer a lot of my questions.

Replied by Jan
(Denver, Colorado Usa)

I would suggest you feed a dog with yeast issues a grain free/potato free food such as nature's variety instinct or great life grain free. Also make sure any treats do not contain any grains or potatoes... Yes, they are expensive but compared to vet bills and meds it is actually cheaper. Find a shampoo that does not contain any grains such as oatmeal.... Tea tree or neem works... It has been my experience that most vets do not have much knowledge of nutrition or using food to heal. Google yeast free diets for dogs. I now have a foster golden with this issue and am using the foods above....

Replied by Chase
(Reading, Pa)

I've tried a grain free diet and it has seemed to work. I heard their raw diet works well too. I have an English bulldog who constantly gets ear infections.

Replied by Monika
(Cooroy, Queensland, Australia)

hi, my dog a west highlander has a very bad yeast infection. I'll start tomorrow with the ACV treatment and yoghourt. I use for a short time the shampoo and conditioner Pet Esthe. It is 100% natural. The ingrediens are from bamboo and charcol. After the first wash my dog my dog didn't scrached at all for two days. I hope with the vinegar I get rid of the yest.

Replied by Lilly
(Pompano Beach, Florida)

Please know that after years of searching for a remedy for my dog's itching, scratching and allergy to fleas. I read (in one of my many searches) that if your dog has allergies and or licks their feet. They have candida albacan (spelling may be off). You need to take her or him off all carbs, to starve the yeast. So I took my dog off of all dog food, bought some beef liver, heart, and ground beef. She gets one patty (ground beef), one liver and one slice of heart for breakfast and dinner, nothing else. I also give her activated charcoal and diatomaceous earth to help get rid of the yeast. It's only been one day but I think this will detox her from the yeast and any other allergies she may have. Good luck. BTW, she is a 70lb pit bull.

Replied by Irishsilk

I have a 14 week old blue pit bull pup named Bella, she's a rescue dog and I got her at only 4 weeks old. Needless to say she had not been weaned so I weaned her on Purina Puppy Chow and a weaning formula from PetSmart. She was not infested with fleas thank goodness but I very quickly noticed she was scratching and itching a lot. I kept her on the basic puppy chow and formula until she was 6 weeks old, at that point her itching was getting much worse and I could see her skin, which is very pink on her belly looked red and felt hot to the touch, so I took her completely off the puppy chow and started her on Pedigree Healthy Digestion (canned) and One Beyond kibble by Purina. She's a very active and rambunctious little gal with loads of energy, I caught her rolling and tumbling in poision ivy. Seemed like she was drawn to it for some reason, my husband went to the point of fencing the area with the posion ivy off, anyway I beleive she is allergic to it just as most human's are. At this point I know I am dealing with allegies and that she also has yeast. Thanks for all the great information on yeast infections! I am using tea tree oil shampoo and white vinegar rinse, also started her on probiotics, fish oil and DE. I am now searching for the right food for her. I am open for suggestions, please. Blue Buffalo Wilderness has been highly reccomended as well as Precise lamb meal and rice.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Irish!

Your baby sounds like a lil' doll-baby! [Yes, I am partial to the breed! ]

The probiotics are certainly a step in the right direction; consider this formula - DDS w/FOS - am and pm for 3 weeks as a start. After 3 weeks consider switching to a PB8 formula for an additional 3-6 weeks. Probiotics are good, but they are not all the same - the DDS w/FOS contains both acidophillus and sort of a starter medium to help get the bacteria established in the gut. The PB8 has additional strains of acidophillus and also has a bacteria 'feeder' to further help establish the 'good' bacteria in the gut.

You are right to consider a change in diet. There are so many kibbles out and the branding and advertising can make it confusing and hard to choose. The right diet is whichever one your pup thrives on. If you started on a puppy chow, at 14 weeks you should be switching to an adult forumla. The main ingredients in the diets you have been feeding is CORN. This can cause all sorts of problems as you have seen. Consider feeding a 5 or 6 star diet from the diets rated on this site:

I typically hard switch diets rather than fiddle with the gradual mixing of kibbles; to avoid loose stools simply feed a small quanity to start, and increase the portion over 2 days. If after switching fully to the new diet you see loose stools it may be due to feeding too large a portion, so reduce the portion size; this is particularly true for high protien/mostly meat based diets such as Orijen.

Be on the lookout for yeasty gunky ears and urinary tract infections; if you notice frequent urination keep an eye out, as high corn diets are thought to contribute to UTIs and now that your girly is heading down the road to puppy puberty changes in her vulva may also create an environment for a UTI to take hold.

Ahh - pibble puppy breath! I can smell it from here!

Replied by Bonnie
(Bradner, Ohio)

Hello, my puggle has a ear yeast infection. How do I use the Apple Cider Vinegar? Do I put it in her ears or in her water? Please help my baby is so uncomfortable

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Bonnie!

Please read up on ear infections on EC - use the scroll bar on the right to search remedies.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Vanessa (Paintsville, Kentucky) on 07/31/2011

Can you tell me how to make the solution of ACV to help with my poodles yeast problem in his ears? He has the symptons of yeast in his ears.

Replied by Chichiritad
(Boston, Ma, Usa)

My cat has a yeast ear infection that is not going away. Can I use Apple Cider Vinegar to treat this and how would I do so? I am only reading about using this for dogs with ear yeast infections.

Replied by Catrina

My poodle has yeast In her ears . Can you tell me how to treat with ACV please. Thank you

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Lavender (Edmonton, Ab, Canada) on 04/25/2011

Hi there, I was reading thru posts about ACV and would like to try for paw chewing. Someone asked if pill form works rather than liquid. I did not see an answer to this. If this will work what would the dosage be and what is the difference between liquid and pill form? Thanks

Replied by Gabby
(Arlington, Tx)

I bought Dr. Karen Becker's book about what to feed our cats and dogs for optimal nutrition. My pitbull has yeast and after thousands of dollars on vet bills, medications including antibiotics, steroids and atopica. We also took him to a dermatologist, we gave him injections for allegies. Sadly these "doctors" even advised to feed him sweet potatoes as treats. At that time I was new to owning a dog. Now I feel like over the first year of his life taking the advice of these vets actually caused more harm to him. He is now on a raw diet, getting meats, vegetables, bones and also organ meats. His yeast has significantly reduced but hasn't fully gone away. I think there's more I can do and just researching. All in all though to help your dog it begins with diet. Sadly store bought dog food is mostly bad for them. If you can't give them a raw diet try at least buying the "raw diets" for dogs that some stores are now carrying.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Joe (North Olmsted, Oh) on 04/24/2011

Can someone please tell me the proper mixture of ACV for treating my dog's Yeast ear infection. (either spray the ears of put in drinking water). Thanks

Replied by Kathy

It would be great if everyone who posts on here was thorough in their directions and specific on their ingredient amounts.

I read an article (can't remember where at the moment) that stated to put a teaspoon in their water twice a week. It also stated that if they consume too much it can cause kidney stones. I put some in my dog's water a couple of days ago and she lapped it up. I was concerned she'd detect it and wouldn't drink it. I have also changed her food from Iam's Proactive Health Adult Mini chunks to Zignature Trout and Salmon Meal Limited Ingredient Formula Dry Dog Food.

I have also purchased an anti-fungal anti-microbial shampoo from Pet Meds. It's called "Be Super Clean."It's extremely thick so I diluted it a bit. It also doesn't lather much. It seemed to be working but now my Basset is still itchy after baths and soaks of water, peroxide and white vinegar. this mixture is good for foot soaks too.

I actually read the ingredients in Mane and Tail Shampoo and found nothing that will add to the yeast issue (sugars, oats, etc).

I continue to find solutions as it seems one thing work for awhile and I have to then try something else.

Good Luck!

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