Natural Remedies

Dog Allergy Remedies

| Modified on Apr 03, 2024
Colloidal Silver
Posted by Deirdre (Los Angeles) on 06/03/2017

One of my dogs has severe skin allergies and his skin tends to get infected at times, especially in the spring and summer. I can usually keep it in check with turmeric capsules, fish oil and a tea tree oil containing hotspot spray, but his skin continues to flare along his spine, ribs and tail. I recently had to do a round of antibiotics from the vet to stop the infection from spreading and it really threw his system off. His skin smelled terrible after that, even with probiotics. Then a friend recently suggested I try spraying 20 ppm (parts per million) Colloidal Silver several times a day.

I put 20 ppm CS (undiluted) in a spray bottle with a fine mist and I spray the colloidal silver on all the areas he is having skin issues (quite a large area). I do not towel the CS off.

Colloidal Silver is the first remedy I have tried that is working wonders on a recurring skin condition. I spray him with CS 3 times a day, parting his fur to make sure the CS gets directly to the problem skin. I started to see improvement in 48 hours. His skin is no longer red, the flaking has stopped completely and his smell is back to normal!

P.S. When you buy the colloidal silver in a store, make sure the color of the liquid is yellow. They tend to sell Colloidal silver in blue or brown bottles so it is impossible to tell the color of the liquid inside until you get home and open it. But 20 ppm TRUE colloidal silver is yellow... 320-500 ppm is copper colored. You will have to dilute the stronger concentrations of CS but instructions are usually given on the label. If the liquid is clear, you have bought ionic silver and not colloidal silver.

Hope this information helps some of the dogs suffering from skin infections and issues.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
Posted by Tracys (Livermore, Ca) on 04/16/2011

We wanted to thank all of you that have posted about curing "allergies" in dogs. We have a 7 yo Lab who has suffered immensely for the last 4-5 years from what we are told are allergies. Itching constantly with sores all over his body. We even tried the expensive allergy shots and daily prednisone steroid. Nothing helped. It's gotten worse over the last year too.

We found your posts and started giving him daily Apple Cider Vinegar spray on his skin with half water mix, twice daily. We also give him about 1/4 cup of plain yogurt in his food twice a day. He used to smell like yeast, he was dx with a yeast infection a month ago. He had a yellowish color that would come off his skin in the shower from it. Within a few days we started noticing less itching and the smell went away. We have been doing this remedy for two weeks now and it's a true miracle!! He itches maybe a few times a day now, if at all. His sores are healing and going away and his skin is clearing up. He no longer smells too. We are amazed that we have spent thousands on curing him and the Dr never mentioned this remedy. He is like a new dog. More energy and sleeping through the night!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of you who posted on this!! WE and our dog appreciate it and are forever grateful!!!

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/30/2016

Hello Konamisan, You are to commended for your dedicated care of Xena! I am glad you found the RAW diets and are researching her diet - so very important - kudos! For my own pack, what often helps when they have skin break outs is to alkalize with baking soda in the water. Per Ted "The addition of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in one half liter of drinking water may also help, will reduce the problem skin in a matter of hours. This is used only when there is a skin problem, a longer term maintenance issue is the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per liter of water. " What I do is fill a 3.5 liter pitcher with water and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to start, as the dogs sometimes look at me funny when they first taste it. After a few days when they are used to it, I up the dose gradually until I get to 1 teaspoon per liter. I do this for 3-7 days. During this time I also take the baking soda water myself. After 7 days - sometimes less if I see results quickly - I gradually back the dose down to 1/2 teaspoon or even 1/4 teaspoon.

Another cost effective and beneficial water treatment is borax in the drinking water.

Ted's Borax Protocol for Dogs

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/12/2014 "The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs. So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant. Timing: Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume. Or Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears. Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose. This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

Additionally you can use a topical solution to treat the skin - try one cup of milk of magnesia and add to that 2-4 tablespoons of epsom salts. You may need to heat it a bit to get the epsom salts to fully dissolve. Use this as a topical to apply to the skin folds. I would caution you to NOT rub the solution into the skin, rather gently dab or paint it on and make sure it is given time to absorb into the skin. Start with these tips and please report back!

Posted by Konamisan (New York City) on 01/08/2017 7 posts

Hi Theresa :)

God Bless YOU and thank YOU for your posts.

This is an update; After a much long day at work, I thanked God for helping me get through a very emotional day. I thought about Xena and miss how She and Zeus would greet me when I get home. To a very needed surprise, I walked into my apartment . Zeus was waiting at the door as always. He was much more excited than usual and was barking. Which is not like him to do when I get home. I walked over to the living room, and there was XENA!!!!!!!!!!! LYING RIGHT THERE WHERE I LEAVE HER WATER DISH!!!!!!! I was astonished to see her, and very much excited. I asked her how did you get out here? since she couldn't stand up on her own!!! She must have crawled out to the living room. Zeus barked again. He was trying to tell me Xena was out of the bedroom!!! Thank YOU Zeus! So that was a blessing for us all. She was whining and crawling around and she crawled all the way to the wee wee pad. She had to go relieve herself, and it was difficult for her to stand up. She let me hold her so she could go, since I can't take her out to walk her. That was a relief for her and me as well.

1. I've been giving her the Borax water solution for four days on, then stopped as of yesterday.

2. She is eating, but I still have to feed her by hand. I have added a 1/8 teaspoon of ginger & Ceylon cinnamon, 1 tbsp of organic coconut oil, and probiotic plain yogurt to give her. She loves it! I sill have to give her water from a baby syringe, which she doesn't fight me anymore to take.

3. I went to the health food store, which I have to travel a distance to purchase the Colloidal Silver 50 PPM. One bought I didn't open and took it back, because it was amber in color. The gentleman at the store said it didn't make a difference??? I did receive my money back and purchased another brand by "Source Naturals" Is this a fluke as well!!!!! The ingredients in this bottle is as follows; "Potassium Alginate, Distilled Water, and EDTA" THE COLOR STILL HAD A YELLOW TINGE TO IT!!! Arrrrrrrg!

4. I wanted to make the Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Black Pepper, and Organic Ceylon Cinnamon paste for the inflammation for Xena. But the Black Pepper, and Turmeric said Organic, but it was manufactured in the same facility where soy, milk, nuts, peanuts, wheat, are processed!!!!! What the heck :(

5. I did give her the bath recommended by Ted! Guess what EVERYBODY!!! :) THE REDNESS IS GONE on her inner skin fold!!! I used the Borax and Milk of Magnesia! I only did it once this week, I will give her another. I did wash her first with "Chlorhexidine 2%", with a 1/2 cup of Epsom Salt to get that kink out of that right hip. I'm just sooooooooooooo exhausted trying to get some sleep and not be late for work!!! I play my "Stress Relief Isochronic" music on a loop for Zeus & Xena when I'm not home, and I play it as well at my job, on a low volume. Xena is back in the room on her bed. Last night, she slept right through the night!!!!! :) I gave her the "Arnica 30" I know it says 5, but I gave her 6 of them and I let her sleep with me :) I want her to walk again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have HOPE & FAITH, that Xena will BE WELL AGAIN. WHEN YOU SAY GIVE 2000 MG OF VITAMIN C, I have the powder, which is 4500 mg. How much of that in spoons do I give her and Zeus??? 1/8,1/4,1/2 etc???? If I am able to afford and purchase the Colloidal Silver, how much of that do I giver her as well???


Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/09/2017

Hey Konamisan, I was advised by breeder friends for dosing Vitamin C - you can start out with 1/4 teaspoon of ground / crushed Vitamin C and increase UNTIL 1/4 tsp per meal Xena gets the runs; when she gets the runs it means it is too much, so then step it back to the last dose. I cannot advise on the colloidal silver, but since you are getting great results with the Mange remedy you might just omit that at this time. I would advise Rescue Remedy for all your family - you and the fur kids alike.

Feverfew Tea
Posted by Beth (Seattle) on 04/07/2023

I have a cat that has been itchy and licking obsessively so much so that her stomach was bare and she had bare spots on her back legs. I went to the vet who prescribed prednisone. If you look up the side effects of such, you might pass out, as they are way worse than the itching and it probably would kill her. I first gave her a bath with lime sulfur and used a doughnut collar afterwards for a few days that did seem to help and then I heard on YT “Veterinary Secrets” that you could use feverfew tea. You make it just like regular tea using the herb feverfew, which luckily I grow. I took my cat and held her in the bathroom, so it didn't matter getting the floor wet. I used a clean sponge and gave her a sponge bath with the feverfew tea. I got her pretty wet with it. She didn't like the bath. However, since I held her, she wasn't as afraid as if I had put her in the tub. It seems to have worked. The places on each of her back legs have hair now that didn't before. I think it was mites that we're making her lick herself. I like this guy and will try this next time they have fleas!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 02/02/2021

Hi Debbie,

One of my dogs had the most severe skin issues for 5 years. He's now 15. At one point in 2019 and 2020, he lost most of his fur in the front after having an allergy shot (Apoquel) and the fur did not grow back for months!

What finally fixed his skin allergy issue 100% was putting him on a freeze dried raw food diet. He is now the fluffiest boy in town and no longer itches AT ALL.

He was miserable for a long time before I figured out it was all caused by food, even grain-free expensive formulas. I tried many different brands, trust me.

Because he gets IBS from the freeze dried raw, I have been adding a bit of kibble each meal to prevent that. Works well.

If you have a big dog, this diet is extremely expensive unless you make raw food yourself. I did that for years (went to Costco and got ground beef, made up their meals with additional ingredients and supplements and then froze them) until both dogs started getting stomach issues as they got older from the defrosted raw food. Shortly thereafter, one of them started having these horrendous skin issues when I went back to kibble.

They both absolutely thrive on the freeze dried raw formulas. Make sure to rehydrate with lots of hot water. You then have to let the food sit for a while to cool down.

Please let us know if you try this diet!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Isastuff ( Vaucluse, France) on 11/23/2009

Apple cider vinegar and flax seed oil cured my cat of skin allergies

Thanks to your website and to the positive feedback of so many readers my 18 year old cat has stopped tearing the hair off of her back. She looks healthier than she has in years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I started spraying her body with pure organic apple cider vinegar. The raw parts where her skin was torn on her back, I dabbed with a mixture of 50% water 50% organic apple cider vinegar. It immediately stopped her from constantly licking, gnawing and chewing of her back. I also added two drops of ACV to her small water bowl and a teaspoon full of flax seed oil to her dried cat food.

She bore the treatment patiently for a few days but on about day 5 or 6 the spraying of ACV started to annoy her. And she started chewing herself again. In despair, I took a paint brush and put something called Betadine (a yellow colored disinfectant with iodine used in hospitals after operations). She stopped again. Then after a few days I took the ACV spraying treatment up again for about three more days. It's been a month and her hair is growing back. She no longer looks like a skin-head and her fur has never been more shiny.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/04/2017

Hey Konamisan, My thought after reading your update is that Xena may benefit from turmeric added to her diet - this to combat inflammation in her joints. There is another product - Yucca Intensive - from the health food store that also helps with inflammation and must be fed with food. The colloidal silver can be taken both internally and applied externally on the skin fold. Also when you do soak her for her itchy skin consider adding borax to the soak water. Sending healing prayers to you both!

Posted by Konamisan (Nyc, Ny) on 01/09/2017 7 posts

Good Afternoon Theresa,

Again, thank you for the quick response. I actually look forward hearing from You and others concerned about my experiences I'm having with Xena.

I thought of the colloidal silver due also to the yeast infection that she gets in her ears as well, and wanting to detox her body and researching, this would be helpful. She still has the stuffy nose, I can't buy a humidifier at the this time. Her eyes aren't looking to good in the last two days. That hip has caused her a lot of pain and suffering. I want to help her heal! I don't want to think the worst.

Thank you for your suggestions and support for Xena, WE BOTH Appreciate it for all you and this forum have been able to help us with.

If you have any other information that can help especially for the pain on the hip and for her to walk, I'm listening.

Namaste Love & Light

Borax, Better Diet, Colloidal Silver
Posted by Carol (Swansea, MA) on 05/10/2008

I've use the sodium perborate three times in one week on my Rough Collie. Let's just say it has been over 24 hrs since I had to use benedryl which he's been on for over a month. He is still biting but to a minimal. I also placed him on Pinnacle fish and sweet potatoes diet and I put a fourth cup of raw meat for protein. We also spray 30 sprays of Collodial Silver into his food 1x daily. along w/some vitamins. I hope this progress continues and I'll keep all of you updated. Thank you, Carol St Martin.

Avoid Pea Protein in Food
Posted by Rhonda (NC) on 01/19/2022

I adopted a dog who may or may not be a long haired pit mix. Allergies to everything. Still a work in progress, but I was looking for help online and stumbled across the fact that many dogs are allergic to pea protein in dog foods. Look for a food that does not have pea protein. I have mine on a name brand for sensitive skin and stomach with salmon and no pea protein. Still itchy but her hair stopped falling out and grew back... Will try yogurt and apple cider vinegar spray as well......

Evening Primrose Oil
Posted by Lily (Melbourne, Australia, Vic) on 02/27/2012

I have a dog that's been scratching almost obsessively since he was a puppy and after 2 years of wearing a cone, we narrowed down the possibilities from diet, exercise, anything the vet could think of.

We have gone through maybe 4 vets and so much medication and it's not right for anyone to be taking so much medication because of liver or kidney damage in the long term.

We did an allergens test to detect ALL the possible allergens our dog was prone to and found out he was allergic to pollen, the poor thing.

So it's worth talking to a good vet and really monitoring your pet. We now give our dog evening primrose oil about 3 times a week and it has helped tremendously. There were other treatments such as injecting him with a pollen vaccination everyday for a year but we didn't find that too humane.

Good luck and I hope you find a solution :)

Posted by Heidi (Washburn, Wi) on 02/21/2011

Hello everyone,

There are a few general food companies I would recommend. First, cats and dogs should be eating wet food, not dry. The food should be holistic, human-grade and meat based too. I recommend Evo, Innova and Wellness. All lines have grain free, meat based and age related formulas.

If your cat has severe crystals or UTI problems, I recommend Wysong Uretic, which is specifically for urinary tract and crystal formation support.

Posted by Kim (Atlanta, Ga) on 05/19/2011

My dog is a 4yr old husky and pit mix has a very bad scratching problem. He does not have fleas nor ticks. We pay good money to prevent that. But the thing with his scratching is that as soon as I let him outside to take care of business before he takes care of business he will drag his stomach all across the grass. Sometimes he does this from the front of the yard to the back of the yard. It can be a bit much for me to watch him go through this. He has scratched so much he does have a few abrasions and hot spots. So I hoping the ACV remedy will help. At one pet the vet gave me some meds to an extent they were helping but not enough in my eyes. I dont want him to be on meds the rest of his life either. Well I really do appreciate earth clinic for there chat boards. I hope this will help my dog.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/25/2017

Hey Konamisan,

I am late to reply - sorry! If you are still reading, consider one of the many joint supplements for dogs - Flexpet has a product, and there are many glocosamine/chondroitin products out there. They work once they build up in the system and stop working if not taken regularly.

Posted by Konamisan (New York, Ny) on 01/28/2017 7 posts

Hi Theresa,

It's nice hearing from you, and thank you for responding.

Still, Xena isn't walking, her eyes have mucus in them and am still researching to find a remedy to keep her eyes clean, the yeast infection has subsided and not as irritated as before. I can't find buffered 250 mg of vitamin C! I did purchase DGP, and she has been on it now 1 week. Giving her now as recommended by Harmony 1/2 tablet 3 times a day because she has been able to tolerate it. I've looked at the you tube video for the turmeric paste for the inflammation, but its so hard to find a good quality of turmeric; I've found the it is recommended to give 2500 mg of turmeric in tablet form, but is this the right dosage???

She is eating and drinking water, but again, I have to do it by hand, baby syringe. more water on the pads than in her mouth, but I am making sure she stays hydrated.

I get maybe, 3 to 4 hours of sleep. Everyone tells me that I should just put her down. I'm not being selfish, I know she is in pain, but she is such a fighter! I believe she wants to LIVE!!!!!!!

I don't know what else I could do. A vet will charge me $2,750. to give her antibiotics and is recommending Hills Science diet food. To stop the raw and home cooked meals for her!

If there is any place that I can find the buffered vitamin C 250 mg, an all around excellent brand eye solution, or home remedy eye wash, ALL EXPERIENCED TENDER LOVING CARE WOULD DEEPLY BE APPRECIATED! :)



Posted by Stellaluna (Oregon) on 02/19/2017


I have been making dogfood from ground turkey and cruciferous veggies only and coconut oil (this is to fight yeast) - after a TON of natural remedies, coconut oil probiotics, primrose, silver etc.---In this last week I have seen a HUGE change - my husband has been adding a raw egg to Stellas food once a day. I have a new dog - scratching less, ears are not inflamed, she doesn't stink (yeast) anymore AND her little permanent red "goggle eyes" are almost GONE!!!!

Posted by Sam (Sa Australia) on 03/10/2017 18 posts

So sorry for your loss.

It truly does hurt as they take a piece of you with them. I am in tears reading your last post.

Love to you and your furbaby angel x

Posted by Jan (Melbourne, Australia ) on 04/08/2017

I found your journey and ongoing love and persistence with your beloved dog very moving and was so sad to hear that she had died. But it was her time to leave and even though it is so very sad for you it must be a blessed relief for her. And what a truly wonderful job you did caring for her so lovingly. Your grief will fade a little but you will never forget her or stop loving her. What a wonderful human being you are.

Posted by Tamara (Ga) on 09/24/2017

Hi! I have had these same allergy problems with my two Wheatens. What I found to work: Give a grain free food with an uncommon protein. Taste of the Wild Venison and Lentil is a good one. Another is Earthborn Coastal Catch. Dipping paws in a little bowl of water, apple cider vinegar and enough betadine (get it in grocery stove or pharmacy) to make the water the color of ice tea. Hold each paw in the bowl for a 30 second count. Rinse paws off with a hose after walks. And give organic coconut oil a couple times a week. I just put some on a Tbsp and they lick it off for a treat. Buy some ZYMOX drops for ears and put a few drops in if ears smell like fritos. Dont feed table food. Just carrots, apples, blueberries and earthborn grain free treats. Also Zymox makes a great shampoo/conditioner. Amazing product. Good Luck!!

Posted by MissM (New York) on 08/25/2021

You can give dogs Benadryl. My dog takes it to prevent allergies. Rashes you can try distilled water and apple cider vinegar spray. If the rash is fungal the spray will clear it up.

Check what you feed your dog. A change in diet can clear allergies.

Try this


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 4-5 frozen whiting filets or tilapia
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or salmon oil
  • 1 cup green beans, carrot and peas

cook Hi pressure 15 minutes, natural release.

Stir to combine, and freeze portions in baggies.

You can feed plain or with kibble.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Jeffrey (Mo.) on 02/15/2017

Everyone with any animal with skin allergies....Please please feed your animals with tumeric. Add a half teaspoon to their food twice daily. My chow mix weighs 110 lbs This summer notice Max itching slot and both eyes were watering. Like everyone else we went straight to the vet. His entire stomach was red with sores and the sores were on his chin and also throughout his thick hair. The vet gave him medicine that was over a hundred dollars per script. We went through several scripts and had only partial results. I read about turmeric that also contained pepper. Within 3 days eyes were back to normal within 10 days almost all the rashes were cleared up I've since started making my own 500 ml. Capsules also adding 10% clove. It works unbelievable...I also have started taking them myself and have notice a HUGE improvement in my arthritis pain........It works trust me everyone should at least try it on their pets....If u make your own capsules it only cost pennies to make. Amazon has the empty capsules cheap they r OO caps and the filling tool runs around $20 it takes me about 20 minutes to fill 50 caps....

Apple Cider Vinegar, Flax Seed Oil
Posted by Great Dane Mom (Conneautville, Pa) on 04/13/2011

An even better choice of oil for dogs and cats is fish oil! Dogs and cats are carnivores, and do not process plant matter efficiently. Their bodies can use the omegas in fish oil much more efficiently. Since my dogs have been on fish oil their coats are super soft and shiney!

Posted by Lisa (Vancouver, Wa) on 01/20/2011

Not sure but I have 25 lb. Shih Tzu's & I give them 1/4 to 1/3 of a tablet of "1 Billion Organisms per caplet at time of manufacture" Acidophilus Dietary Supplement.

I guesstimated the dosage based on other internet stuff I read on what people gave their dogs. It's good to help the healthy bacteria in the gut flourish & fight yeast infections... like my dog gets in his ear.

I was putting it in cheese, but I think I will switch to those "pill pockets" or peanut butter cuz of my dog's constant ear infection... I think from the dairy he gets now--I've been putting his meds in string cheese.

Hopefully it will help someone...

Posted by Darcy (Hemet, California) on 02/29/2012

Look up Grape Seed extract and you will find that it is a good for allergies, also diet plays a big part in illness.

Posted by Linda S. (Kansas) on 08/11/2016

If you decide to go with the pill pockets, check the ingredients--we have two Aussie brothers plagued with the itchies their entire lives. I don't give them anything that even hints at chicken of any kind in the ingredients. I had been giving them the peanut butter flavor pill pockets thinking those were a good alternative but read the ingredients list one day and discovered that chicken is #1--in peanut butter??? I changed them to the hypoallergenic pill pockets (duck and pea) immediately.

Posted by Konamisan (New York City) on 12/29/2016 7 posts

Season's Greetings everyone here at EarthClinic!!! Much Love to YOU ALL :) I had to join this forum because this is the MOST informative site on pet issues I've ever researched! God Bless you for creating this wealth of information for our furry family members XOXOX

My story begins below,

I wasn't able to find a specific thread to post my pets issues, so I'll start here since she has been ridden with allergies and worst, skin, digestion, and now hip Dysplasia! I have a soon to be 10 year old female Jack Russell Terrier named Xena.

Xena received a series of vaccine injections and within 24 hours, woke me up crying and running around at 4 am. I got up to check her to see what the problem was. To my shocking disbelief, Xena's face was like a pugs face, since her coat is white, I couldn't believe how red her body was! She was rubbing all over the floor and even ran to the bathroom and jumped into the tub! I kid you not! She had all these grape sized bumps all over her body, shaking uncontrollably, wheezing and howling. I had to rush her to the animal hospital where the doctor gave her Cortisone and Benadryl. This occurred 5 years ago and she hasn't been the same since. The Vet denies that those vaccines had anything to do with what has, and still is happening to her.

It continues with the shaking of the head, which nearly developed cauliflower syndrome in her right ear, terrible yeast infections in both ears, as well as under her armpits, stomach and private area, butt scooting, if she drank water or ate her food, she would vomit that all up.

So here we are today, and believe me, I've done so much research to help Xena. I've changed her diet to raw and homemade meals. I've learned about carrageenan, chicken meal, corn, wheat, grains, oatmeal, soy, Ethosyquin, etc. Anything I fed her either made her itch, scratch, scoot, and shed like crazy.

So as of the past two weeks, Xena has a terrible yeast infection in the inner fold of her right thigh. Her nose is stuffy, mucus and very dry, her eyes are runny as well! within three days of this infection, I noticed her wobbling and even lose her balance to collapsing if she had to go to relieve herself. Most times, she can't even get up and urinates on herself... another bath!!! This week alone, I had to bathe her three times this week! I'm not getting any sleep, up at different ours of the night when she starts whining. I haven't even been able to have a real meal for myself!!! I'm exhausted and she's hurting miserably! And I'm very low on funds :( I can't even get my chores done.

I am looking at the treatments for the yeast infection (BATH), I bought the milk of magnesia and the Borax. The terrible pain she is in; what can I give her for this? Vitamin C, Ester brand, Colloidal Silver? God help us please!!!!!!

I also have a male Yorkie, Zeus. He will be eleven years old. He has a cataract in his right eye! I tell you, these pets are human. I don't ever want to take them to another vet ever! The most recent vet I had, I told her about Xena's condition, and that I didn't have the full amount of money to bring her in. The vet told me "What do you think I'm running here a free clinic" I was so hurt and devastated by her remark! It's not like I've never paid for my dogs to be seen.




Posted by Konamisan (New York City) on 01/01/2017 7 posts

Happy New Year to ALL!

Hi Theresa,

Thank YOU! So much for reaching out with your suggestions for helping Xena :)

I forgot to mention that I have Xena on (TCM) recently order and began giving it to her 12/01/2016 (3/4) tsp. three times a day to help with her hip; along with Hyaluronic Acid + NAG +MSM for Joints two times a day. At first she wouldn't take it, lovingly talking to her and telling her its to help her heal and be back to her better self again, she is eating all her food now! HOOOOOOOOO RAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH Xena! I know healing takes time, and giving her much of a concoction, I need her to be well again and I'm scared to lose her. I was told, "if I thought of putting her down"????? NO!!! If my girl is ready to go, she'll do it on her own!!! Her Herbalist said I could give her the vitamin C and buffered aspirin for pain, which I'm not able to purchase because I bought the "Arnica 30 by Borion" which was less expensive 15 minutes before I feed her, I give her 5 of the little pellets. So far, I gave it to her 3 times yesterday and twice so far today.

Since 12/29/2016, and my first post, here is what I am still experiencing with Xena;

Her nose is still stuffy with mucus; snorting all night and morning trying to breathe and I, not getting much sleep.

I had to give her a bath last night at 4 am, in the morning, Happy New Year Mama Human. She urinated on herself again :( I allowed the bathroom to be steamy so she could get some relief as I had her soaking. I added one half cup of Epsom Salt for the stiffness with a little Hydrogen Peroxide for the yeast infection, which looks a little better and less redness. She still doesn't like when I try to get in the fold of that area; growling at me and in so much pain. I bought the "COLLOIDAL SLIVER 50 PPM" coming back to this forum, and reading again about the type and color, I bought the one that was AMBER COLOR :( So I have to go back and see if they sell a clear, no additive CS.

She's still not getting up to walk, MY TRUE MAIN CONCERN. I have to carry her from room to room.

Again, my funds are really low right now, but I'm doing my very best to help Xena to HEAL.

I bought the vitamin C crystal form L-absorbic Acid 4500mg. I took this tiny spoon you get when you buy a dog supplement and just put a very tiny amount and put it in her food this morning. No problems, she ate all her food consisting of home cooked chicken, chicken stock, a tad bit of garlic, parsley, cilantro, broth from carrots and celery, chicken hearts and liver, 1 tbsp of organic plain probiotic yogurt, 1 tbsp of virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil no sugar, plus her TCM Herbs and Hyaluronic supplement! SHE ATE IT ALL!!!!! LICKED THE BOWL CLEAN!!! That's my girl :)

So What I want most again, 1. Is for Xena to walk again! No, she didn't break her leg, nor did she fall from any high place. I bought her the 3 stair step, and she learned how to climb it showing her how to get up and down the very first time! JRT's are so smart. Zeus is afraid of the steps. Won't even try to climb it.

2. To heal that nasty yeast infection! Darn thing has been around tooooo long!

3. This now stuffy nose and runny eyes! I've looked at her eyes and they don't look the same bright happy eyes she had!




Posted by Valerie (Toronto) on 01/24/2017

Hi there, I have a 1.5 year old labradoodle. He's constantly scratching and has some red rashes, sores and bald spots. I've been told he has allergies. He was on steroids and it completely stopped everything, but we don't want him on steroids again. I would really like to try these products, but how do I find out how much to give him? Do I put him on all four? He's about 85 pounds. We really need to find something to offer him relief. Thanks!

Posted by Valerie (Toronto) on 01/26/2017

Hi there, I have a 1.5 year old labradoodle. He's constantly scratching and has some red rashes, sores and bald spots. I've been told he has allergies. He was on steroids and it completely stopped everything, but we don't want him on steroids again. I would really like to try these products, but how do I find out how much to give him? Do I put him on all four? He's about 85 pounds. We really need to find something to offer him relief. Thanks!

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/26/2017

Hey Valerie,

What products are you asking about for doses?

'Allergies' is a catch all phrase that packs a mean punch. What is your dog allergic to? If your vet could not give you a clear answer, and to be fair a clear answer would require extensive testing that is very costly, you might first look at the ingredients in the diet you feed. Very often skin issues are caused by a grain based diet. So read the label and if you see corn and grains in the first 10 ingredients a grocery upgrade is in order, and may go a long ways in improving your dog's hot spots and skin issues. The next thing I would consider is a dip in Ted's Mange remedy to help calm the skin. I would also look at alkalizing his drinking water with baking soda, and even use a water rotation schedule of baking soda water, Ted's Borax protocol for dogs, and plain water. Treating the water can be very effective in stopping a break out in its tracks.

Posted by Valerie (Toronto) on 01/31/2017

Hi Theresa,

I was referring to the acidophilus, evening primrose oil and Omega-3 fats listed above. I did see a dosage for the Omega-3 fats when I bought it. I'm not sure about the other two. The acidophilus is a powder which my dog isn't loving on his food. I've been putting the evening primrose oil on his sore spots twice a day. For the allergies, my vet said a lot of times the allergies are environmental that you can't do much about. We will re-visit allergy testing if your suggestions don't work. I will definitely check his food as well. We're not sure if these allergies started at the same time as we switched his food. Next, I will have a look at Ted's Mange remedy, Ted's Borax protocol and the suggestions you made for water. Thank you so much for the suggestions. Our poor puppy is so itchy we have to find something to help him.

Thanks so much Theresa!

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/01/2017

Hey Valerie,

I just use the human dose for my dogs and dose 2x day, am and pm meals. The evening primrose should be taken internally - are you seeing any improvement with the external application? If not I would discontinue the external application. You might also add colostrum to the list of oral supplements - they do make one specially for dogs although the human one can be used too. I dose pills in cream cheese - it is soft enough to thoroughly coat the pills and can be spread thinly. If I have a dog that is pill shy, I feed three cream cheese balls - the first with no pill, followed quickly by the loaded ball, and then followed quickly by another plain ball of cheese. The rapid succession of feeding the balls of cheese one right after the other gets the greedy instinct to kick in and they usually do not figure out the second ball has the pill in it. I find one dip in the mange remedy is a good start and many itchy dogs feel relief right away.

Posted by Valerie (Toronto) on 02/02/2017

Hi Theresa, I really appreciate your help with this. No, I'm not really seeing any improvement from the evening primrose oil. I will switch to giving it to him orally. He seems to like the taste, so it shouldn't be an issue for him. In terms of the mange remedy, I'm not sure he has mange, would it still help? Our vet seemed confident it was allergies, but we didn't have much of a conversation whether it could be something else. If it would be okay to give him the mange remedy, I will definitely try it. I feel so bad for him.

I really appreciate your advice.


Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/06/2017

Hey Valerie,

I use the Mange Remedy from time to time when my pack gets the skin itchies. Some will develop hives and itchy spots due to seasonal changes/pollens/molds and sometimes from eating bad people food. My 'go to' plan of action is to alkalize their drinking water with baking soda, and to give everyone a dip. The dip does cure mange, but it also is just a good skin cleanser and helps prevent the hives from getting infected and seems to calm itchy skin immediately. The effects tend to last about 24 hours or so - so it will help give your dog a break and allow you to sleep through the night. If used long term on a every other day basis will cause the skin to dry out - so be aware of that, though the primrose oil should help.

Posted by Melanie (Wichita, Ks) on 02/24/2017

I would definitely find an alternative to steroids. Using too much steroids can lead to Cushings Disease later in life. No cure for it.

Posted by Albert (South Africa) on 03/06/2017

rub 70% DMSO on your dog's hip.

Posted by Heather (Wisconsin ) on 01/16/2018

Where do you get your evening primrose oil? Have you been giving orally? Just got test results back on our GSD, and he's allergic to pollen, grasses, trees, dust mites...Trying to find a more natural (and affordable) aid than the injections.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Garlic
Posted by Wilma (Venice, CA) on 08/22/2008

My dog was under medication for allergies about 6 months out of the year from Mar - Oct. Finally, I decided not to use steroids or antihistamines because I knew long term usage was not good. After reading the website, I started with ACV, especially after she would rub her face from itchiness and her eyes would start to get infected. I put it on the top of her head and it seemed to help the infection. But I was only holding it at bay because her eye and chin were red from itchiness. The improvement was that her belly was not red and raw from scratching and she still had her fur. My friend said to add raw garlic. Within one day, I saw marked improvement around her eyes. At first I was hiding it in meat but then I figured out I could put the ACV and raw garlic in her food and mask it with _____'s Amino acids. Well, that did the trick. Her eyes are beautiful again and so is her chin. No more rubbing her eyes and face raw.

Brewer's Yeast in Dog Food Can Cause Problems
Posted by Keri (Kalispell, Montana) on 03/31/2008

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.

Avoid Oils
Posted by ME (United States) on 05/23/2020

If your dog has any issues with IBS or pancreatitis, DO NOT give them any oils of any kind.

Avoid Oils
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Us) on 05/24/2020

I think coconut oil is not processed the same as other oils, and you can uptake it through skin if you have nausea, or add some ginger. Dogs love it

Posted by Melissa (California) on 08/24/2017

Grate fresh turmeric root on your pet's food to treat allergies. Protects the liver and reduces inflammation. I heard fresh pepper makes it more assumable but I am not giving it to my dog without a few vets weighing in on it. I'm a 10 yr veterinary technician with a blue pit bull myself who has terrible allergies. It comes down to a toxin in their environment working its way out of them and a faulty immune response. Find the culprit and remove it or antigen therapy may be needed. Building up tolerance and immunity to the allergen. Do not use essential oils with them. Doesn't work the same. I grate half a root for my 110lb dog.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Melatonin
Posted by Barb R. (Peterborough, On Canada) on 08/30/2016

Have been battling seasonal allergies (hay fever) in our 12 yr. old border collie/lab cross female for 7 years. They last from Aug. till frost hits in Nov. here in Canada. She came as a rescue from another family and we immediately started her on the raw BARF diet, which we have been feeding our dogs and cats for many years. Have tried the ACV in her water, (she doesn't like to drink so we squirt it down her mouth many times a day) an ACV spray externally; both were working until mid Aug. when symptoms came on full blown.

We have tried the vet route with antihistamines, that only work for about 1-2 hours and the latest one we tried, agitated her to the point she and we, were up all night. The ACV spray is working on her itchiness but needs to be administered often so while on the hunt for a tranquilizer or something that would let her (and us) sleep most of the night, I thought "what do humans use" and thought of melatonin. It is a natural hormone, esp. used for jet lag, etc. and while researching, discovered that in dogs, it is very effective for thunder fear, anxiety, and sleeping as it acts as a mild sedative, with very few side effects. So we bought some (super cheap) and it worked immediately.

So for 3 full days now, we have administered 3 mg. (1 tab) every 8 hours. Since she is elderly but fit, she does need to sleep so we are doing this schedule. For other sizes they recommend 1.5 mg. for small dogs, 3 mg. for medium and up to 6 for large over 100 lbs., every 8 hours. Hope it continues and we are still using the ACV spray on her externally to relieve the itch many times per day.

Allergy Remedies
Posted by Alison (Toronto, Canada) on 09/02/2013

Hi. I take in rescues, rehabilitate them and rehome them to a loving home. Raven came to us last year, but was a mess (giardia, bladder infection, severe hair loss, sores all over his body, ear infection, 15 pounds underweight, diarrhea, etc, continued kenneling, allergies) & had been through a lot, so he stayed with us. We've had him for one year and cushing's has been a question. He is 9 years and 4mths. I am feeding him a no grain dog food, (potato & turkey), dasuquin (for athritis??), salmon oil, slippery elm powder. I give him Bach Flower remedies. Also, chamomile tea when need be. Last year in July, when I got him, I had his rabies vaccinations and started him on Revolution. In August, his allergies really started up. He couldn't go outside, the pollen, hayfever and goldenrod through him for a loop. Also, I wondered if the rabies vaccines & revolution were bothering him. It all made so much sense. But, living where we do, there are a lot of mosquitos and if I don't give him revolution, there is a chance of heartworm. Now, it's a year later and he's suffering again. He does itch a lot, (I bathe him with a nice african oatmeal item), I wash his laundry in non fragnant no chemical biodegradable soap or just baking soda or vinegar. Can anyone suggest an alternative to the Revolution and the Rabies? I really think that these are causing him problems and a lot of vets don't believe in holistic. Thank you so much. I really appreciate anyone and everyone's help. Raven is really a great guy, wonderful gentle soul and even through his horrific suffering, he wags his tail, gives kisses and is the most wonderful loving guy. I want to do what is best for him. The vet that we have is very good, but there is some controversy regarding the holistic treatment for rabies/revolution treatment.

With gratitude and in kindness,


Allergy Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 09/02/2013

You may be able to get a waiver from your vet for the rabies vaccination - that or make sure you get the 3 year instead of the annual. For heartworm try the daily oral tablet you may wish to consider Nemacide/Decacide [diethylcarbamazine aka DEC] - this only after a negative heatworm test. It's sure been a rough year for allergies :(

Allergy Remedies
Posted by Lynn (Reno Nv) on 10/22/2013

I have read that yew would help after vaccination but I found that out too late to use it on my dog. I adopted her when she was 8 so she probably had been given shots many times since our Animal Control requires them for licensing. But instead of rabies shots, I had titers done and her numbers were so high that Animal Control waived her rabies shots for the rest of her life. Titers were expensive but worth it to me, because she has terrible itching.

Cortisone Shots
Posted by Bubbleboysmom (Los Angeles, Ca) on 06/17/2013

I know the potential side effects of cortisone shots and steriods, but I must say our 5yr old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has CHRONIC severe food and environmental allergies (ear infections, flaking skin, open sores, watery eyes, lethargy) and we have literally tried EVERYTHING and spent a small fortune doing so... Including organic exotic ingredient diets like: raw rabbit, kangaroo & lentils, garbanzo beans etc. We have seen every type of specialist & tried every kind of medicinal/homeopathic therapy including: Atopica, Enzyme (yeast-decreasing) therapy, predisone, allergy shots... You name it~ we've tried it! The ONLY thing that has ever proven to give him instant relief and comfort have been Cortisone Shots. We don't do antibiotics or oral steriods anymore, and we keep him on the highest quality exotic protein (limited ingredient) diets because we would love for his immune system to rebound and have a fighting chance... But when the allergies spiral out of control every 4 months or so~ Cortisone injection is our saving grace. He's better within 24 hrs~ skin returns to a normal healthy color, ears improve dramatically, and he's running around like a happy puppy again! I know there are horror stories out there and I'm all about natural healing (I'm an (all organic) vegetarian who has never had a flu in her life), but everyone should be informed of the benefits to Cortisone injections when weighing their options. Every creature's biological makeup is so very different, so what may spark miracles in some- could very well wreak havoc in others. Consider your options carefully.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
Posted by Linda (Nyc, Ny) on 11/13/2011

I have a cat that had an allergy: he started sneezing so hard that the blood would comes out from his nose. He got this allergy one day, later I found out that he went on the stairscase when they just polished the floor there and he got this on his tummy - the allergen. I took him to the doctor a few times, gave him different antibiotics that didn't help. And I decided to wash him with baby shampoo (I do it monthly) and all allergies disappeared!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
Posted by Debbie J (NC) on 02/02/2021

I have a male Scotty, 8 yrs old - who for the last three years has had skin, yeast, eye infections - he has been to the Vet numerous time - alot of freaking money - with NO real fix - just pills & expensive shampoos!!!!

I've changed his dry food to a salmon w/ ancient grains - he was doing fine until these past holidays when my husband decided to give him a Prime Rib bone - I know, I know!!! Now my little guy is paying for it, chewing & biting himself - so my question is - how long do I keep giving the ACV & yogurt - before trying something else?

He started on Saturday!!! Please if anyone knows something - please tell me - I'm at my wits end, I want my little protector back with his beautiful black fur & his feisty demeanor!!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt
Posted by MissM (New York) on 02/02/2021

Try PetMD benzoyl peroxide shampoo, they also have an anti fungal one. And it's way cheaper than vet stuff.

My Westin has terrible yeast and skin allergies.

Do what the humans here do, I did with my dog. Get a spray bottle, distilled water mix one part apple cider vinegar vinegar the 3 part distilled water. Spray on affected skin. Yes it smells like vinegar and first then goes away.

It does work!

Keep up a a dash of apple cider vinegar in food or water, and yogurt. It's a process.

These dogs are sensitive regarding food and skin issues. What other foods has he been on that you think might be suspect to cause the itchies?

Have you washes the bedding and dried on high heat? Maybe mites! Try the shampoos and spray above. Be consistent.

Posted by Lynne (Belleview, Fl) on 07/02/2009

Can someone tell me what the correct doseage would be of asodopholus for a 4lb 9oz Yorkie?

Posted by Misschris (Nolanville, Tx) on 05/31/2011

I don't know what you feed your beloved pet, but I venture to say that his diet is most likely the cause of his issues. The following links can provide some insight. At the first link, download the Rex Healthy foods happy dogs (or all of them as I have). Veeeery interesting [EC: Link/website no longer exists]. Gets down to the nitty gritty-valuable information.

Posted by Kellie (Macon, Georgia) on 02/29/2012

Can you tell me more about the primrose oil? How do you give it to your dog, I have a shitz about 6yrs and has terrible skin problems and stinks, spent thousands at vets and meds.....

I feel so bad for her all my vets think it's allergy. They have had the allergy test, mine is pollen, grass, certain grass and trees. I think its more.

Any info is worth thanks.

Posted by Lorna (Ottawa, Ontario Canada) on 07/19/2020

MY dog is sneezing a lot lately and seems to have a plugged up nose.

Posted by Susan (Ct) on 08/11/2016

Totally agree! I was giving my dogs meds in beef flavored pill pockets and noticed an increase in scratching towards armpits. When I realized the pill pockets might be causing an allergy, I hid the pills in their food instead and scratching stopped!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Raw Garlic
Posted by Pendragons (Southern Illinois, Il) on 03/04/2012

Please never feed your dog garlic in any form. It contains theosulphate which is a toxin for dogs. While small dosages may be fine, I would never take the chance.