I am dealing with yeast with our 10 yr old mixed breed, (german shepherd, lab) he is 130 lbs and is miserable. He also suffers from seasonal allergies, food allergies, and hair loss. I am a follower of a holistic vet from Il. She has a wonderful website and offers natural treatment, verses medications. Recently, I gave him a Tea Tree oil shampoo, followed by a rinse of 1 gallon water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 1 cup of Hydogren Peroxide. After his rinse, I just patted him dry. He is soooo much more comfortable. He was on antibiotics, steroids and Diflucan, but nothing really helped, and made him worse. I made the mistake of giving him watermelon, in hopes of trying different snacks, but soon reailized watermelon is too sugary, and feeds the yeast. He now takes Probiotics; and I use Witch Hazel for his ears with cotton balls. I feed him Instinct Raw Duck, and Instinct kibble Duck. He loves raw food and transitioned perfectly. I really didn't have any problems, until I gave him the watermelon. Be careful when choosing snacks for your allergy and yeasty pets, since diet is sooooo controllable and an easy solution in keeping them healthy and comfy.
I hope some of you can share experience & wisdom. I have taken in a severely allergic dog to board and although I am a certified herbalist and have many years in kennels, I would appreciate feedback on this situation :-). This is the tropics, so pathogens live year round.
1st: 1/2 pitbull & 1/2 lab; 85 lbs; current food: 4-Health Lamb & Rice Puppy - there are 3 young dogs boarding with me and they all get this. His owner said he was doing okay until finances forced them to a lower quality food - they just got him back up on 4-H 3 weeks ago.
Additionals: MAJOR recent flea infestation. Owners treated environment with orange oil, neem and diatomaceous earth (DE). Got fleas knocked back [yes, they wormed for tapeworms] and he is now out of that environment boarding here. I insisted they clear that up before the dogs got here yesterday, 10/19.
Now: I think maybe DE irritation, so rinsed his poor eyes with simple saline solution [sensitive eyes] and homeopathic similisan [sp?] Dogs eyes are a mess - yellow pus, so today I upgraded to veterinary Tri-antibiotic-optic just to knock out an obvious infection. Keep in mind, staph is endemic here everywhere. Poor big baby rubs his face and rolls in grass to relieve itching - we think there may be additional allergies to grass!
Hot spots on skin, some open sores, both treated topically with witch hazel w/aloe and goldenseal.
I have initiated an experiment with owners permission:
Liver: burdock. Kidneys: cranberry and cornsilk. Skin: Bioastin and fish oil. This to try and clear his liver and kidneys and support his skin. Next step milk thistle. TRYING TO KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Any additional ideas?
Mahalo - Thank you
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
YEAST INFECTIONS: I've only found ONE over-the-counter homeopathic that actually works for YEAST INFECTIONS (cats/dogs/people/etc.) - *Hyland's Vaginitis* - one of the ingredients is homeopathic Candida Albicans 30X which is why it works. Will stop itching, hair loss, leaking from any body part that can leak, and so on.
Drop ONE tablet in ONE ounce of purified water and mix, then administer 3ml orally with a feeding syringe or plastic eye dropper THREE times per day (cat/dog). Non-toxic, affordable, available at health food stores or online. Will see positive results quickly. Really!
FOOD ALLERGIES: The best dry food I've found was at a rural feed store [old man owner knows more about animal nutrition than any vet] called *Diamond Naturals* - it has NO soy, NO wheat, NO corn, NO by-products, NO preservatives, NO artifical colors, NO artifical flavors, the first ingredient is MEAT. My pet's bowel movements STOPPED STINKING after he switched over to this food. It is very affordable, about half the price of anything you'll find at Whole Foods. Feed stores can order wet food, the best one I have found thus far is *Precise* - next best thing to home cooking pet meals - and cheaper than what you'll pay at Whole Foods or Vet office.
Also, *bioAllers* liquid homeopathic "Wheat/Grain Allergies" will greatly reduce symptoms as your pet changes to a healthy hypo-allergenic diet. The best I've found so far. Affordable, and it works quickly!
NOTE TO CAT GUARDIANS: The CORN cat litters will cause horrific syptoms if your feline is allergic to corn [think "corn dust in eyes"]. The best allergy-free litter is UNSCENTED CLAY LOW-DUST litter (NOT "clumping" litter as it can cause intestinal blockages if your kitty nibbles it).
CLEAR GLASS *Pyrex* BOWLS for food and water (plastic harbors bacteria, metal retains radiation, ceramic leaches lead). Purified water for all pets, lots of home purifier choices at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes.
DETOX BATHS FOR CATS AND DOGS: Unscented mild baby *Pure Castile Liquid Soap - Dr Bronners* gently cleans the largest eliminative organ - skin - and will quickly reduce all allergy symptoms. *Rescue Remedy* is good to use [orally - diluted] before/after bath to reduce stress and trauma of bathing [especially cats].
NOTE TO CAT GUARDIANS: If you TRIM and FILE SMOOTH all the REAR FEET NAILS of your feline, it will reduce damage and injury lesions when they SCRATCH AT THEIR FACE/EYES. [Easier to accomplish when kitty is asleep]
After hundred of hours of research, and thousands of dollars in vet bills [conventional and holistic] and products that DON'T WORK, I am offering this information to EASE THE SUFFERING of our companion animals. I only mention brand names because it makes NO SENSE to allow our pets to suffer while wasting valuable time and resources guessing which products I am referring to. By the time a desperate and weary pet guardian reads this, it is probably the middle of the night and all are exhausted, stressed, worried, scared, drained, and suffering - really now, time is of the essence, is it not?
THANK YOU ALL FOR CARING FOR YOUR PETS ENOUGH TO FIND THIS WEBSITE. This is a clearing house for helpful information. Sometimes it is NECESSARY to mention brand names. We all want the best for our pets, and while sometimes veterinarians are necessary, they are still very pricey and in this economy, most cannot afford repeat visits with no results. I hope Earth Clinic will allow the brand names I mentioned. All products mentioned are affordable and my only intention is to EASE SUFFERING as suffering serves no one!
Hi, great site here and very helpfull. I have an american rothweiller and have just lost her mate who she had since she was 8 weeks old and she is now 6 years old. She started getting like a light dandruff and then constant itching on her back legs, now on her rump just above her tail. Vets said it was fleas and she is on flea control, tried aloveen oatmeal shampoo and ointment, also flucort domoso roll-on. Cream seemed to make it worse, roll-on though expensive did not work, but the shampoo did. Because it is winter over here have only bathed her once a month. I have her on omega 3 1000mg in her evening feed and also a tablespoon of good olive oil is the dose too high? I rub olive oil into where she has the scabs and it seems to stop her itching. I have shaved the hair around the part that is itching and I will try the tea bags on her. I am changing her diet to fresh chicken and rice with fresh vegs. since her mate died she has been clingy and won't leave my side she is fretting and I try to spend all my time with her. She lives inside and is hardly ever outside. I will try and spend more time playing and walking her and see if all this helps.
I am also trying 2 tablespoons of ___ APV with the mother mixed with rain water in a spray and in her drinking water. The vet thought it was a grass alergy but she is hardly ever outside. She gets regular sun baths on our back verandah but as I said she sticks close to me. I hope all this sees an improvement in her will let you know. And thank you all for your comments.
Oregon, United States
Hi everyone at EC! I am very glad to have found this site. I am an unemployed single mother who took in a rescue dog about 3 weeks ago. May 29th to be exact. Funds are very limited these days and trying to avoid having to go back and forth to the vet. The first weekend I brought Mondo home, an 8 year old female Yorkshire Terrier Mix, she started to sneeze, the next day she started making these hacking/coughing sounds which at first would startle me everytime she had these cough attacks. The shelter said she had Kettle Cough whic is normal of rescue dogs. They gave her these antibiotic pills to take for 10 days. Which worked two weeks later. After the cough was over I decided to take Mondo for a Vet check-up to make sure there was nothing else wrong with her. Another reason was because I noticed she would lick her paws and she scratch her ears a lot, she had lots of green goop coming from both eyes all day long. Even after wiping. She was always very smelly, even right after a bath. And day after day she would smell worse. By day three I wouldnt let her sleep in my room cause she smelled so bad. So she was taking baths with regular shampoo bought from the pet store every two days. She had also started scooting two days before Vet appt. At the Vet's I was told that Mondo had Allergies, either from Food or environmental. She had an eye infection, ear infection, yeast infection on her skin, she was overweight, she weighs 16 lbs and should be no more then 12 lbs. Oh, Mondo also needed her anal glands expelled, which they did at the office. They also cleaned her ears and plucked the excess hair in the ears. Since finding Earth Clinic, before spending money on the list of things recommended by the vet, i decided to try the holistic route.
- For her ears, i have been cleaning her ears with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, just pouring some in there and letting it foam. I rub the excess off with a cotton ball and clean off wax with a q-tip. I then add the mixture of 50/50 H20 and ACV into the ear and wipe off with cotton ball. She does not like this very much. Face and ears turn very red and keeps shaking her head to remove the ACV. Walks around the whole house shaking and scathing her ear until it stops burning. One ear is all better, and the other is coming along very well, after a week of treatment. I will keep doing the same for both ears until both ears are healed. She only goes crazy now ith the one ear.
- For her eyes I rub ACV at the back of her neck, just soak a cotton ball with ACV and rub. It clears the eyes of redness after a few minutes, but did not go away totally. So also started using Collodiol Silver, I add a couple drops per eyes twice times a day. Since this does not burn, she stays pretty still for that. I will keep on until its gone.
- For the Skin Yeast Infection, I have been giving her a bath with the ACV / Water Mixture baths and soaking her feet in White Distilled Vinegar during the baths. Then I would follow-up with the Head & Shoulders shampoo that the Vet recommended for her dry flaky skin.
- For her breath I just started adding 8% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide to her water. I see if that works.
- I also give her 2 tablets of a probiotic Acidophilus that was recommended on EC in other post. I crush into a powder and mix in 1 tablespoon of plain natural lowfat yogurt. She really doesnt like it very much. I have to force her to eat it. She also wont drink her water when I add 1 tablespoon of ACV to it. But she does lick it off her face during baths.
- She was slowly weened off the Chicken and Beef packets in sauces and now only eats an all natural / holistic brand of food. She drinks lots of water sans the ACV.
Everything was looking very good until i noticed these red spots appear on her belly last night during her belly rub. I quickly rubbed ACV all over her belly and a few hours later the redness was all gone. Today after her bath, while dyring her hair I noticed all these small red bumps all over her back and belly again. I stopped drying her hair and began rubbing just ACV all over her skin with cotton balls until she was practically soaked with it. I then blow dried her without rinsing. I am not sure what all these red bumps mean and if I should be alarmed? does she have something contagious to humans or is it her allergies flaring up. I must say that yesturday my 9 yr old daughter did give her two chewy chicken drumstick flavored doggie snacks that Mondo loves. Actually the only thing she gets excited for. We had stopped giving her these snacks for the past three weeks. and today before Mondo's bath I did giver her two more snacks. I didnt really think much about it until now. Could this be an allergic reaction to the snack or is this something more serious? She doesnt scratch very much, licks her paws everytime she comes back in from her walks or stepping on the grass. Sleeps a lot. Eats her holistic food thruout the day until its gone. No hair loss. Ive been searching the web for info before taking her back to the vet. I don't think its Mange as there is no hair loss, no excessive scratching and chewing. Do you have any advice as to what should be the next step for her if the ACV does not work because I am seriously considering returning her back to the shelter. I think that i may be in for more then I bargained for with Mondo.
Thanking you in advance for any advice you may have for me. Thankx!!
Can anyone tell me a cure for nasal discharge in dogs . They are eating and drinking well . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated .
Sincerely ~ Kim Arellano
Have had great problem removing flea allergy dermatitis from my poodle and he has constantly itched and has had open wet sores above and around his tail.Have used many natural remedies with some improvement but would soon recur.I recently found a natural recipe from the net and now there is no sign of fleas at all and no rashes or sores at all. He is much happier and relaxed and so am I. The solution is 2 ozs of pure Neem oil, a little olive or coconut oil and tea tree oil,one tablespoon of Goldenseal extract,then make up to 16 ozs with organic apple cider vinegar. Fantastic results immediately.Use daily(spray on)as needed.I also added some lemon lotion but this is not essential.
Los Angeles, California Usa
My pet recipe: Neem Seed Oil (100% pure only). I use it on everything, when our pets have itching, they scratch constantly and inflict wounds on themselves. If they have tics in their ears, they might inflict a wound somewhere by constantly scratching on the outside.
Neem Seed Oil is against parasites, mites and tics and fleas. It is also anti-bacterial. I used it on little turtles, chickens and cats. These are our only animals. I am so confident with this. I have solved problems, the vet said, were psychological. In one case, it truly was. Our cat was not stopping to scratch herself and inflicted wounds on herself because we had been away for some time and she was traumatized. I solved this problem by using Neem Seed Oil on her wounds first and then I put a little dog-shirt on her (like a T-shirt for tiny doggies you can buy). She was so estranged about the funny thing on her body that she forgot about her licking and couldn't anyway. After a few days, she got it off herself and had all forgotten her obsessive licking. When I use Neem Seed Oil, I put it on my hands, and oil the animals generously on all the spots necessary. They hate it - but usually one or two treatments are enough.
Hazel Green, WI
I have a beautiful Old English Bulldog named Matilda. She was not so good looking for the longest time, she had bad yeast infections and various allergies. Me and my husband spent money on vets and meds, til one day I was fed up. I found out that if you supplement with fish oil (about 2 table spoons for large dog) and a holistic dog food (Blue) her skin cleared up and has remained clear!
We use oatmeal bath for my dogs allergies, she is a Boston Terrier and loves rolling in the grass but she is allergic. The oatmeal bath helps relieve the redness and itching. Now just gotta try the ACV to get rid of fleas.
I have a question for Ted. I have a rescue with extreme allergies. She is allergic to every type of food except raw beef. The beef has to be untreated or her stomach will reject it. She also is allergic to something in ALL types of vitamins and supplements. I add unprocessed apple cider vinegar so she gets a, c and e. Sometimes she can tolerate black strap molasses for a source of b's and iron but usually her skin will break out. She needs omega 3 fatty acids but is allergic to fish and whatever would be in the casing for fish oil capsules. Do you have any suggestions for alternative omega 3 sources to treat her skin allergies that act up in spring, summer and fall?
Today is Monday November 19th - On Friday November 16th Murdoch was cured with the help of ACV. Plus i was giving him Flax seed Oil as well. but i cant give him that every day it acts like a detox for the dog (if you know what i mean)' Well Murdochs skin is looking good. He developed itchies on the other side of his neck which i think was weird but ok so now Im treating the other side of his neck where he was scratching. this started this morning. So I will give him ACV for this Im not worried Im sure he will get cured as well. I have great confidence now in ACV. To be continued..
Hi Everyone - This is the 2nd Day I have Murdoch on ACV. As of this morning his skin didnt look red it was now pink and looked like he was scabbing up. He likes it when i dabb him with the ACV on a Cotton Ball and rub it on his skin it must soothe his skin. I also puncture the capsule of Flaxseed Oil and put it in his dry food. I dont really see a difference yet in his coat but it does seem that his dandruff has lightened up. I am also putting ACV a drop right now in his water and he doesn't like it but is drinking it. His ears are looking much better since i dabbed the cotton ball in the Mineral Oil and cleaned them they are clearing up nice. Well I will keep you posted
After finding this site and reading all to do with other people who's had the same dog problems as I have with Murdoch - who is a pitt-bul/labrador/shar-pei/ (but doesn't have shar-pei) skin. I have bought the ACV and put less than a capful in his water - he doesn't like it so i am gonna try to put it in his food next. but i did buy Flaxseed oil capsules and crap open the capsules and put that into his food. He does eat that in his dry food. I dabbed some ACV with a cotten ball and put it on his neck line where he is scratching red- and since it is only 2x's i have done this i will keep you posted- I will put it in a spray bottle next and spray him down. Murdoch was on a Pretisone and an Inflammatory and it did help him but who wants to keep their dog on Meds (Not I) so i took him off and hes starting to scratch again. Thats where the ACV hopefully now will work on him.
I also bought the Mineral oil - because his ears are red and i think he contacted mites from BF's dog who had a severe case of them. any way i have been taking the mineral oil on a cotten ball and dausing it and rubbing it in his ear. this is only the 2nd time too but it look better this morning but not red pink. i deffinately want to test his PH level so that will be next. Thanks to all for posting you have been very helpful. Will keep you posted.
Thanks to Marina from Victoria,Canada on the flaxseed tip. My Morris is a orange mixed breed. Looks like (you guessed it) Morris on the commercial! His skin was dry and he had the welts on his neck. I read your posting, had some omega 3 and squirted it in his mouth. After 2 days I gave him a day off, the difference in his skin is unbelieveable. His coat, like when he was a tiny kitten. He's 5 months now. I have another mixed breed Mischief (she has a crooked tail:)normal skin & coat, but she will be the next one to benefit. They won't drink water with ACV in it but I'm working on a mixture they can't detect. Also plain yogurt no flavor, no nothing, will clear up parasites. A tip from a vet!