Yeast Infections
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Beat Pet Yeast Infections: Raw Diet & Natural Remedies

| Modified on Nov 26, 2023
Posted by Smiley (Tennessee) on 11/25/2023

Today was the first day my Labrador dog, Winston, got chlorella. I've been looking for something easy and not terribly expensive to improve his diet. It was mixed with some warm water and stirred it into his dry food. He's never been so excited about his food and even licked around the bowl to get every bit of it.

He has a yeast infection on his belly and the vet said there isn't anything that can be done for it, but I'm not giving up. The chlorella can't hurt. If the infection improves, I'll certainly report back.

Dietary Changes
Posted by SacredCowBBQ (Nevada) on 09/02/2023

My mini-Aussie came into my life unexpectedly. I asked a friend what she fed her dog. Taste of the Wild. So I started giving him the beef and bison formula. He started scratching and biting at himself like crazy. A pet food store in Colorado recommended taking him off Taste of the Wild and putting him on a salmon-based kibble. Within 4 days his scratching and biting stopped. I now give him half raw beef/ half kibble. When I can afford it- I'll give him all raw meat.

Borax, ACV
Posted by Brandy (Louisiana ) on 10/24/2022 1 posts



I am so grateful to have found this website! Thank you to everyone who post such helpful information.

I have a 3 year old Shih Tzu who is suffering from yeast. I have stopped taking him to the vet to avoid all the steroids and commercial foods they try to force on me. I have stopped dog food & treats. He gets Stoneyfield Organic Probiotic Yogurt before his meals twice a day. I have been giving cooked ground beef with white rice, carrots & green beans, but will be starting him (in the next 2 days as soon as the supplements arrive) on a yeast starvation diet that I found on another very helpful website, It consist of raw organic grass-fed ground beef, hard boiled eggs including the shells, Supromega omega 3 supplement, and Dinovite supplement. I have also started putting 1/4 tsp Borax in 1 liter purified water for him to drink. However, I find him not drinking as much water as he used to. Maybe because it isn't cold water from the fridge anymore but the borax wouldn't dissolve in cold water so I switched to room temp water.

I bathe him with PetHonesty Chlorhexidine shampoo for yeast and have tried wiping his skin with the 50/50 Braggs ACV with “mother”. He doesn't like to be sprayed and will just run which is why I tried using cotton balls to wipe the mixture on him. I then found Ted's Borax for Mange bath rinse and saw someone posted they used it for yeast. I have done that now twice within the past 5 days. I have also been using the Borax in with my laundry detergent (which is the All Free & Clear brand with no fragrance) to wash his bedding and anything he lays on.

He is still scratching himself raw if I'm not with him and constantly telling him to stop scratching, which works for about 5 seconds until I turn my head. He's starting to get red raw spots from so much scratching and I know he's absolutely miserable.

My questions: Can I use the 50/50 ACV mix in between the borax rinses? Should I stop the borax rinses and just rinse him in the 50/50 ACV mix? Should I try ACV in his water instead of the Borax since he doesn't seem to be drinking as much and if so how much ACV? I feel like he wouldn't drink that because of the strong smell but I would be willing to try if that would help.

I don't want to bring him back to the vet but I find myself questioning if I'm doing the right thing when I see him scratching so much his skin is almost bleeding. He does get relief after the Borax rinse or ACV wipe downs but it's very temporary. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by mmsg (somewhere, europe) on 06/13/2022

Karen, did you mean to say that Candida thrives in an ACID environment?

Posted by Karen Mitchell (Australia) on 06/12/2022

I realise this is an old post, I'm putting this up for the readers. Candida thrives in an alkaline environment, ACV is alkalizing. ACV has very little to no sugar content. 1 teaspoon of ACV contains no sugar, 1 tablespoon contains 0.1g. ACV is also warming, so if you have a warm dog, then yes, avoid it. ACV balances PH and if you research, it is alkalizing... in turn it helps to keep the candida population in check

Posted by Dano (Idaho) on 04/20/2022

Apple cider vinegar contains negligible amounts of sugar, 0.4 grams of sugar per 100 grams ACV. The sugar is what the bacteria digest in order to create ACV.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Jessi (Ohio) on 10/06/2021

Would this treatment work on skin yeast infections? On my 10yr cocker spaniel I have his ear infection under control but yeast infection spread to his skin and now raw.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, USA) on 09/15/2021 460 posts

Colloidal silver. Both in their water, and misted into the face and ears a few times per day - should do the trick. Some use it on their show dogs, just for that yellowing gunk of the hair around the eyes. I like the hairdresser's mist bottle that continues to mist after you pull the trigger. Super fine, feels good. BUT, I ALSO got a pocket, ultrasonic facial mister which is AWESOME. It's weird to inhale through the mouth though. Awesome inhaled through the nose and in the eyes but too fine or something, inhaled through the mouth. But the hairdresser's mister is a wetter mist and a little too wet for the eyes but awesome through the mouth.

Ultrasonic "nano" mist is weird. It's as if the lungs think it's air, at first, and then does a sort of scrambly thing to adjust to it. Which takes a couple of seconds. I don't like it. I don't know if dogs would like it or not. It would probably be fine to run an ultrasonic humidifier near them but aimed into their face...I don't think I'd do that. It seems fine in the ears but I'm human so...LOL!

I did read of a woman putting colloidal silver drops into her dogs ears that then cleared themselves up, as opposed to her having to try to get a wipe in there to clean out the gunk - which her dog wouldn't stand for. So you could try drops.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Teena (Victoria) on 09/09/2021 233 posts

Warm road kill is not raw meat?? My pupper is the healthiest, happiest boy, he eats only raw chicken feet and organic raw eggs. He's never been on grain except when I didn't know better about the supposedly high quality food I was giving years ago. I highly recommend his diet, btw he turns his nose up at the rest of the leg, he must innately know all that collagen and gristle is what he needs.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Maryland (Ca) on 09/08/2021

Agree on grain free kibble being problematic. I bought my dog a sample bag of a certain grain free food and he loved it. I purchased a bigger bag and only recently I realized that my dog's tumor grew during the period he was eating that food. I have pictures of him before and after he started that food and the tumor DOUBLED its size in a month. I don't think canned grain free food is any better, because there needs to be added something in the food to keep it fresh. Better to buy something that can be frozen instead of having an added ingredient to keep it fresh.

My dog now eats one of those subscription foods delivered to my doorstep. the reason why is because in the wild, dogs do not eat raw food. I know most people say raw food is great, but an Indian vet enlightened me by saying that dogs in the wild often eat road kill, and the dead animal was warm at a certain point.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Susan (Florida ) on 08/06/2021

Grain free kibble is still a problem. It's over processessed carbohydrates. I went this route and despite this we battled bloody swollen painful ear infections for several years. Put him on grain free canned food. Helped but then went to RAW food diet ( frozen in a bag product ) and that fixed it, along with A homeopathic drops which contained essentially witch hazel, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, marshmallow root etc. Then Flash forward a year or so and I move to France and my dog gets harvest mites from running through the tall wheat fields. Such a terrible infection not even shampoo for it helped. Vet gave him that damn Apoquel ( I have no idea how bad this is for pets ) and an antihistamine shot and antibiotics ALL at once. Temporary fix ... back in the USA again, back on his miracle raw food but this time he didn't seem healthy and had the scratching again despite no fleas or mites . No amount of aloe or vitamin E oil has helped but to soften his elephant like skin slightly . Now I'm reading it's a yeast infection in his skin due to the apoquel drug. Let's hope these natural remedies work. I no longer trust vets as they just want to throw harsh drugs at him without regard to the after effects.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Angela (California) on 06/22/2021

I too am having trouble with my Lasa Opso same problem with ears and itching. But also have green mucus coming from his eyes. I feel so bad for my dog. I take him to the vet and they just give him prednisone shots. Which seems to make everything worse. I'm afraid to take him to the vet anymore. Can someone please help

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by True Cynic (A) on 07/07/2020

My two GSD ( one American, the other a small Czech) suffer from yeast issues as soon as the warm weather starts.

As a last resort before capitulating to a vet visit, I thought I'd try Food grade Diatomaceous Earth - after all, I thought, it can't hurt. After one week of using the recommended dosages, both dogs are VASTLY improved!!!! Together with a topical homemade spray ( 1/2 c. organic ACV + 1/2 c. steeped and cooled strong green tea + 1 c. distilled water) neither dog is biting, scratching, using the bushes as giant scratching posts and sleeping HAPPILY without frequent awakenings to 'chew' that itch." I'm fairly positive it's the FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth!

For de worming, the information suggests 30 days of use, so I'm not sure how long to continue but I will definitely continue for another week ( which will make it 2 weeks) and then review.

Cottage Cheese Foot Treatment
Posted by Jennifer (Knoxville, tn.) on 10/12/2019

Could you use yogurt in place of cottage cheese?

Cottage Cheese Foot Treatment
Posted by M. Johnson (Washington State) on 09/14/2019

I had a dog who would lick his feet until they were red, raw and swollen, I think from yeast.

This always worked. Fold a grocery store baggie in half. In the middle of it place a gauze square. Put a heaping tablespoon of cottage cheese on that straight from the fridge. Place the dog's foot on the cottage cheese, gather the baggie up around his leg and hold it all in place for about 30-45 minutes with Vetwrap (the bandage that only sticks to itself) getting it snug, but allowing for good blood circulation.

Then rinse the foot with plain water and towel dry. The friend who told me about the cottage cheese said it worked because the germs would rather live in the cottage cheese than in you. I've used it to cure infections on myself too.


Don't put cottage cheese anywhere it can't be rinsed off well (never in dog's ears) because the germs multiply in it rapidly and it will make the infection worse if it's not rinsed away.

Posted by Anonymous (U.S.) on 02/12/2020

Does anyone know if there is something comparable to it in the U.S.? I couldn't find it.

Posted by Julie A. (Australia) on 02/09/2020

There is a product called Immune-rite. They are available on line, and are a specific chinese mushroom combination along with a couple of other things. They MODULATE the immune system, and therefore are good for an underactive OR overactive immune system, such as allergies.

This is what I used when my pointer had an ongoing reaction after a vacc. which my normal means failed to address. He had been always on a very clean and natural diet with supplements etc. for general health. But nothing helped until I discovered these caps. Used the half adult dosage capsuled opened onto the meal, and mixed into a teas. butter in the morning into his mouth as a ‘TREAT”. After about 3-4 days I did the adult dose, split into 2 as before. The caps. MUST be opened as they cannot digest the celulose very well. After about 2-3 weeks the allergy dissapeared and never came back. Read up on this product, it is so good, and no sideffects only health giving in many ways, not just allergies,

Also Never do combo, vaccines, and also no flea tick etc. meds at the same time. Deadly stuff.

Chlorhexidine Shampoo
Posted by Debi (Ohio) on 06/14/2020

Thank you so much..same dog type and same problem.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Wendy (Columbus, Oh) on 10/26/2018

Please review this link for handling yeast infections in dogs' ears:

Dietary Changes
Posted by Flower's Mom (Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm) on 10/25/2018

Hi Sandra, Bless your heart! I know how frustrating it is, knowing that our beloved companions are suffering so. It sounds to me like your boy has some underlying issues that are not being considered or addressed. I have 8 canine rescues and 1 feline and they all had issues from kidney, thyroid, arthritis, allergies, U T I, parasites, heart worm, you name it. They all improved when I took them completely off processed dry food (even though it was grain free) and started cooking for them.

I load up my crock pot with ground beef, chicken or turkey and let it cook on low while I am at work. When I get home I add green beans, peas and carrots, and some virgin coconut oil. Lastly, I stir in 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar with the mother into each dish. Some days I give them each an egg or some salmon, sardines, etc. on top as a special treat. Every one of them licks out their bowls to get every last bit!

I have been doing this for several years now, and their eyes are bright, their coats are silky, their energy is abundant, and most of the issues have resolved. I do add supplements on an individual basis if I see something unusual developing or they just need additional support. Although it may seem expensive and labor intensive to some, it has saved me hundreds over the years in vet costs. I hope this is helpful. I am holding you and your beautiful boy up to the Light and praying for a special touch.

Flower's Mom

Dietary Changes
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 10/25/2018

Hey Sandra,

Your dog may be allergic to corn; Pedigree dog food is corn. You might condsider changing foods to a corn free diet - and giving it 6 weeks [at least] while monitoring your results in a journal to keep track of any changes for the good or for the worse. You might also consider alkalizing his drinking water and rotating it with borax water - see Ted's Borax protocol for dogs:

Both alkalizing and the borax protocol will help address the yeast from the inside out. In addition, you might also consider Ted's Mange remedy as a dip for your dog as an alternative to the pricey shampoos, or at the very least a vinegar dip - 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water - and make sure you saturate the coat down to the skin and let the solution work for at least 10 minutes. This will help balance the PH of the skin and reduce the itchies. For me, I don't do the yogurt, rather I just go to the health food store and buy the acidophillus in tablet form and give that way - IMHO it is more effective than the yogurt. Start with these ideas and report back please!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Sammy (Wisconsin) on 10/24/2018

Hello Sandra, I am no expert, but yeast infections are usually cured with white vinegar and water. Use a 50/50 solution with cotton balls. Gently get into the ears, any residual will be okay and they will shake their head to get the rest out. Do so for a couple of days twice a day. As far as his leg, I don't know what to say, not knowing the severity. There is so much info on this site, look up skin conditions for pets, I will bet ACV is involved.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Sandra (Necedah, Wisconsin) on 10/24/2018

Hi I have a black lab. He is a mess. He has chronic yeast infections in his ears. I have tried cleaning his ears but the scratching & the smell is enough to drive you crazy. I talked to the vet & she said I need to find out what he is allergic too & the test is way too expensive.

I have to take him in at least every month to have ears treated. Is there a home remedy to stop this I feed him 1 cup of dry Pedigree & 1/2 can of Pedigree chicken wet & mix together he loves it on top of that he has a thyroid condition & I give him a low dose of aspirin as he was hit by a car & his leg is messed up. I also give him a fish oil tablet for dry skin the poor dog is in misery he is only 7 yrs old & I can't keep taking him to the vet. Each time I go its at least $200.00 as I have 5 other pets any advise please I read ur article will try to find the yogurt & buy some blue buffalo

Coconut Oil
Posted by Brigitte (Fl) on 10/17/2018

Do you know if it will work on an adult German Shepherd? Please let me know. Thank you

Posted by Janie (Usa) on 09/21/2018

It is NOT true that garlic is bad for dogs. It's all about dosage. My dogs eat garlic every day and have been for years.

It's one of the best natural antibiotics available.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shepdog (Florida) on 09/15/2018

Once applied, I left it on and did not wash it off. I applied it twice a day.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 06/28/2018

I believe you mean baking soda, not baking powder.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Kclifford (Tallahassee, Fl) on 06/27/2018

How long do you leave the MOM on and how often should I apply it?

Dietary Changes, Yogurt
Posted by Debbie (Boston) on 04/29/2018

Can you please let me know the brand of pure acidophilus tablets for dogs you're suggesting? Much obliged.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Tina (Cumming, Ga) on 04/13/2018

Don't feed her anything with chicken or carbs, such as potato and rice. Right now I'm trying Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet, I'm also going to try a rinse after bathing that consists of apple cider vinegar, peroxide and distilled little 6 pound yorkie is covered with a yeast infection so I constantly read hoping to give her relief. Good luck

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shepdog (Tallahassee, Florida) on 04/01/2018

I saw great improvement within 24 hours, but it took about a month to totally clear up.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Cherie (Irvine, Ca) on 03/30/2018

How long did it take to start to see any change? I tried the MOM for a few days and saw nothing happening so I stopped.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cherie (Irvine, Ca) on 03/30/2018

How do you use Flowers of Sulphur? Is there harmful to the pet if they lick it?

Dietary Changes
Posted by Mommagsd (Canada) on 03/18/2018

Yeast Infections: All this natural remedies are better than the over use of antibiotic's and other nasty drugs, You have to start healing from the inside, good wholesome fresh foods is medicine. Dogs and cats can not thrive on processed foods. Once you start feeding a healthy nutritious diet, be it raw or cooked, you will start to see amazing results and a healthy dog.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Tabitha (Tennessee) on 03/15/2018

If I give anyone a picture of my dog could they take it to their veterinarian and ask if this looks like a cushings syndrome condition. A few years ago when Veterinarian said that he thought she had cushings disease and I didn't follow up with that her coat was beautiful shiny and healthy. About four years ago she got stressed when her daddy left and we split up and we were driving back-and-forth to a friends house where she had to lay on the floor instead of the bed and had two other dogs to compete with. It began with yeast infections all over her body and I treated them accordingly she still has very bad yeast infections in her ears and I treat them with what the veterinarian gives me and they seem to clear up for a while but that is not my concern Last month I got a Diflucan pill and gave her one and her yeast infections on her body cleared up but she had already lost all this hair and if you notice she carries her weight very much under her stomach. I will try to get a picture if I can. Not sure if it will let me do it here.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Allie (Saskatoon) on 03/04/2018

Hey, what is the mixture for water, vinegar and peroxide? And is it apple cider or just white vinegar??

Thanks in advance.

Dakin's Topical Solution
Posted by Mommadd (Florida) on 02/28/2018

Go easy - it can be drying. I've also been using castor oil on sore/itchy yeasty spots and it is amazing. Great for hot spots. I clean the area, trim hair if needed and apply castor oil. My poor allergic Bernese had an outbreak (thanks to a snack that caused itching) and this has helped him greatly.

Dakin's Topical Solution
Posted by Vicki (Wa) on 02/28/2018

Thank you so much for this possible solution to my dog's never-ending yeast issues on her paws. Can't wait to try it and will let you know how it worked.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shepdog (Tallahassee, Florida) on 02/12/2018

Actually, I just applied it with my fingertips, but you could use a cottonball. And, yes, his skin was dark gray and elephant-like in the worst areas. Other areas were red and inflamed and oozing, and he smelled terrible. However, he did not itch a lot, and it did not otherwise seem to bother him much. I did not notice any laxative effects.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shepdog (Tallahassee, Florida) on 02/11/2018

Bd, my holistic vet said to stay away from the "warming" meats and feed only "cool" meats for skin issues, according to Chinese medicine, but, personally, I did not find that any particular dog food helped. However, I would definitely stay away from the prescription diets. Here's an article that might help,

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shepdog (Tallahassee, Florida) on 02/11/2018

Cherie, I applied it twice a day until the skin cleared up. It doesn't hurt if he/she licks it, but, of course, you don't want it all licked off or you haven't done any good. It's just magnesium.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Cherie (Or) on 02/11/2018

How after did you apply the milk of magnesia? Was your dogs skin elephant like, crusty and dark? did it hurt your pet or act as a laxative once it dried?

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cherie (Orange County, Ca) on 02/11/2018

Thanks! Have you tried applying just the Milk of Magnesia before, does it work?

Chlorhexidine Shampoo
Posted by Jan (Santa Cruz, California) on 02/11/2018

Do you dilute chlorhexidine and do you rinse it off? Dealing with yeast on my pooch.

Thanks for info😊

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/05/2018

Hey Cherie,

A female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter of water. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant. Offer the treated water as the only drinking water. I use the 20 mule team borax/borax in the laundry aisle. It is safe, I drink it too.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Cherie (Orange County, Ca) on 02/03/2018

Theresa, I don't quite understand this borax dosage to give dogs. How do you do this, add to their water, how much water? What borax do you give the animal? Is it safe?

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Cherie (Orange County, Ca) on 02/03/2018

How long do you do the Milk of Mag topically? Do you do it daily? Do you continue to apply it after the skin issue is resolved? Will Milk of Mag hurt your pet if they lick it?

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Bd (Canada) on 01/31/2018

I have been going through the same thing with my Pugzu. I have changed her food to that prescribed by the vet and that doesn't help at all and is so expensive.

Is there. Particular brand of food that you find work better for ongoing yeast infections? I'm feeling so frustrated. I will definitely try the milk of magnesia as hers has spread down her legs from her belly and now in her little armpits. Skin is turning black and the receptionist t the vet asked if that was bruising! I couldn't believe it! Any help would be so appreciated for my little girl.

Dakin's Topical Solution
Posted by Mike (Uk) on 01/09/2018

Not important but it was first used during World War 1, developed English chemist, Henry Drysdale Dakin, and a French surgeon, Alexis Carrel.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Shannon (Ny) on 12/14/2017


I have found that Apoquel does more harm than good. While it is not a steroid, it is still an immunosuppressant. I am currently nursing my sick dog back to health after having her on Appoquel for several months. She now has hypothyroidism and is one big bacterial and fungal infection. My vet wanted to just ‘up' the dosage of Appoquel, and I had to press to have a thyroid panel done. Be very diligent and monitor your dog for any weight gain or autoimmune issues. Best of luck.

Brewer's Yeast
Posted by Annie (Memphis) on 12/07/2017

I gave our dog brewer's yeast and his coat came back so pretty and he healed quickly. My son was so pleased that he offered to pay me for the whole bottle.

ACV and Yogurt, White Vinegar and Distilled Water
Posted by Rischa (Fl) on 12/04/2017

I have 2 Westies too. And only one is suffering with the yeast. It just started this past summer. I am currently trying the vinegar and yogurt, and bathing her in Veterinary Formula Antiparasitic and Anitseborrheic shampoo that I bought at Tractor supply. I let that shampoo stay on her yeasty skin for 10 min. It does make her feel better and the black elephant looking stuff on her skin has disappeared. I think we are slowly getting it under control. Thank you for this site, I didn't even know what was wrong with her till I started reading about yeast.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/30/2017

Hey Pearl,

The first thing to consider is diet - what are you feeding your dogs? Check the ingredient panel on your dog food bag and if you see grains of any kind try switching to grain free and test it out for at least 6 weeks. In addition to the food switch try alkalizing your dogs drinking water with baking soda; you might also consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs. If you are already feeding grain free consider switching protiens to beef only or fish only - read the bag to make sure you are only feeding one protien and give it 6+ weeks for results. It may be very helpful to have a dog food diary and record everything your dog takes by mouth, including chewies. Record when symptoms clear up or get worse to see if you can find a pattern and isolate a cause.

Posted by Pearl (Lucerne Valley Ca.) on 11/29/2017

My dogs a small pub (male) and Jack Russel (female) both about 14 lbs they have an issue with itching and licking their feet which is yeast infection. what would be good for that.

General Feedback
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/24/2017

FYI re: Surolan. [from the interwebs] SUROLAN Drops combine the antifungal and antibacterial activity of miconazole nitrate with the antibacterial activity of polymyxin B sulfate and the anti-inflammatory and antipruritic properties of prednisolone.

Anyone looking at trying this product for yeasty ears might also consider the Arcane ear formula found on EC. Many same/similar ingredients at about half the cost.

General Feedback
Posted by Sarah (Ontario) on 11/23/2017

Hi there

Ask your vet for a product called surolan. My dog has had reoccurring yeast infections in his ears (Seasonal Allergies). For the first year (I know omg) I used the wrong stuff! I thought it was ear mites and was using ear mite drops... Same symptoms. And the "tissue test" which involves smearing a mite on a tissue with water. If it turns red it's a squished fully gorged ear mite. Well. What they didn't say was if you accidentally do the test with a SCAB it looks the same. Anyways his problems went away (from seasonal changes) and I thought it was the ear mite lotion. When it came back more aggressive I couldn't figure out why the drops weren't working anymore. So to the vet we went, and lo and behold it was yeast! SUROLAN drops did the trick. On his check up two weeks later he was totally cleared :)

It only cost me 42$ CAD

Not sure where your located, but I would call and ask your vet, they will probably want the dog in for a scope first. (You get to see the yeast up close an personal on the monitor... If it wasn't causing my dog so many problems I would say it was cool)

Good luck!

Lime Sulphur Dips
Posted by Pnkrckgrl (Tn ) on 11/19/2017

Yeast infections - Try sulfur dip. I used to work for a vet & had a bottle frm working there & put it on my dog & within 24hrs u could see a dif & cleared it up... I believe it was a lime sulfur dip & it's works awesome

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/17/2017

Hey Carrie,

What diet are you feeding? The wrong food will cause skin problems. Check the ingredient panel on your food and if you see grain or corn you might consider switching to a grain free diet. You might also consider alkalizing her drinking water and also Ted's Borax protocol for dogs.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Carrie (Ohio) on 11/15/2017

My dog has a bad rash, from her stomach to her tail, I have taken her to the vet several times for this, they say she has a yeast infection and give her antibiotics and steroids. I take her home and give her her meds, and she will heal up, but within a few weeks it's back, I've tried apple cider vinegar and it doesn't seem to work, I bath her in medicated selsum blue, and give her plain yogurt, nothing seems to help, her ears are fine but she looks so bad, I don't know what to do! She is a 3yr old white bull terrier, plz help!!!

White Vinegar
Posted by Sharon Marshall (Clearwater, Fl) on 11/04/2017

Jean!! You are absolutely correct. (Jean from San Marcos, Ca on 03/15/2012)

My veterinarian told me that my dog would have problems for the rest of his life with chewing on his legs and infections. He also has very stinky ears and the vet prescribed antibiotics!! So then his body and ears smelled terrible due to the yeast infections. We did out internet research- gave him a bath and sprayed him down with the white vinegar with water rinse that you leave in (50/50). The white vinegar has worked so very well it's amazing. I thought he was going to smell terrible with the vinegar but the vinegar smell quickly went away and so did the yeast smell and he is so much happier now!! I'm not too happy with my vet but glad your baby and mine are doing better! 😊

Dietary Changes
Posted by Pia Richard (Lafayette, La) on 09/26/2017

I've spent a ton of money over last month on my little Chihuahua Journey that has yeast problems! I ordered some grain free dog food, Bendifil today. Been reading what else to do for her...also what kind treat can I buy for her? She's currently on anhistamine. Any other recommendations please let me know, thank you have good day!

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Amanda (Liverpool ) on 09/14/2017

What is mom please?

EC: Mom is milk of magnesia, available in drug stores or pharmacies in the over the counter section where remedies for diarrhea and constipation are found.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Judy (Alabama ) on 09/03/2017

Stay away from anything with chicken and potatoes in case it's allergies too. Nothing from a grocery store, everything they sale is low costs and not good for your dog.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Judy (Alabama ) on 09/03/2017

Sierra, I have sat here and wrote down everything you have listed!!! My cocker, Abbie, was diagnosed auto immune in April 2013. Had to have a transfusion. She's always had yeast infections but worse now. Allergy tests done. Allergic to chicken, white potatoes, grass, etc Our vet has had her on a lot of meds and I have just about given up. There seems to be a chronic yeast infection all the time. I have a couple of questions, she weighs 25lbs: chlorexidine, is this to be diluted or full strength; colloidal silver, is this something I can buy, how much for 25 lb. dog, neem oil, vit. C, zinc and omega vits, how much for her weight. Probiotics, do I get dog probiotics or just what's in the drug store.

Also, I thought garlic was poisonous to dogs.......

Medicated Shampoo
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/30/2017

Hey Robert,

You might also consider the diet you feed when battling systemic yeast. If your diet is grain based you might want to switch to grain free as grain based diets have been directly linked to skin issues in dogs. Also, to fight the yeast from the inside out consider alkalizing the drinking water with baking soda, and also Ted's Borax protocol for dogs.

Medicated Shampoo
Posted by Robert (Detroit) on 08/29/2017

thanks for the nzymes recommendation. I have been battling yeast in my puppy with borax and ACV and it's better, but, it's a constant issue coming and going. I just ordered from nzymes, and I will report back as process unfolds. This is something that really worries a pet owner, and I am happy to have the advice I read hear. Thanks, Robert

Borax and Peroxide Baths, Dietary Changes
Posted by Kery (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ) on 08/26/2017

My dog has been suffering from a yeast infection for about a year now. We aren't 100% rid of it yet, but we are finally seeing progress! He was stinky and lost his fur on his belly, tail area, under his legs and around his eyes. Now his fur is growing back, the smell is gone and he is scratching less. What worked for him were baths of borax/hydrogen peroxide/water without rinsing or towel drying. His diet was changed to Nutri Source food -seafood grains. I also give him probiotics every morning. It's getting better everyday!

Medicated Shampoo
Posted by Bob Fredrick (Naperville) on 08/16/2017

The product nzymes is the greatest cure for systematic yeast infections you will ever find.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Bob (Naperville) on 08/16/2017

Try Zymox. No antibiotics. Also Ox-E drops kill yeast infections.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Shannon (Brandon, Fl ) on 07/26/2017

Have you tried putting coconut oil in the ear? I use a dropper to drop cooled melted coconut oil in my girls ears and it will heal them up quickly. Just stay on top of it daily until healed.

Posted by Dianne (California) on 07/17/2017

I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU HAVE RECOMMENDED. Through my own trial and error have ended up right where you are and have experienced the same. Thank you for taking the time to give your knowledge.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Letitia P. (California) on 06/22/2017

For a dog who is in such bad shape and so miserable, I'd recommend starting with conventional treatment to get some relatively fast relief. That would include oral anti-yeast prescription drugs, ear drops, and bathing in an anti-yeast shampoo like Mal-a-ket every other day and applying a topical spray from the Mal-a-ket line. It would also include good careful tests to identify whether therfe is more than one problem.

I adopted a small dog sight unseen at the vet when some people brought him in to have him euthanized because he was scratching. They were trying to figure out how to prove they owned him when I said, just give him to me. When the vet and I got him out of his crate, his skin was bright red, his ears were full of wax, and he had a terrible yeast infection. (I later discovered he also had too many of the mites that cause mange, which had not shown up in the first skin scrapings - apparently mites don't show up in 40 percent of the skin scrapings even though they are there.)

Two months of "conventional" treatment finally made things look better, but a few months later he was licking his paws, his foot fur looked pinkish, and he was scratching. Sure enough, I found out that red yeast lives in the fur/hair cuticles and also in the toenail beds, so it is very, very hard to get rid of permanently. So I am now back to the conventional baths followed with a rinse with vinegar plus water, have added probiotics (kefir mixed into soft food along with purchased dog probiotics), work Vicks Vapor rub into the nails and paw pads (this stuff totally kills human toenail fungus without damaging the liver, unlike anti-fungal pills, if applied morning and night for a month), and now will be adding olive leaf and EVCO to his diet. It's reported that Listerine applied topically will kill yeast (and reportedly the kind with menthol also soothes itchy skin.)

Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 06/13/2017

Hey Darell,

Just want to make sure I understand your post timeline. You got a GS puppy and after he got all his puppy shots and boosters, he then experienced itching and now after 3 years and three vets you have found this site? Is that how things unfolded? While it is certainly possible vaccinosis is the root of his problems, the first thing is to look at his diet and to rule out food allergies and issues caused by a grain based diet. What do you feed him? Take a look at the ingredient panel on the current bag of kibble, and if you see grains then your first step would be to upgrade the groceries to a grain free diet. Once you have upgraded the chow, you can address the resultant systemic yeast from the vaccines. This can be done with the aid of a holistic vet skilled in vaccine repair, or you can try remedies on EC that may help such as alkalizing the drinking water, Ted's Borax protocol for dogs, and others.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Darell (Virginia ) on 06/12/2017

Thanks very much, I have a 31/2 year old G S that I love very much soon after all his shot and boosters he started itching like he was eat up with fleas, but you can not find one flea I have had him to three vets, Apoqul the newest allergy medication does help but it's a mask, I have tried everything nothing really helps that much, if vaccines is the cause no what can I do? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Posted by Iain (England) on 05/13/2017

We have found cider vinegar and water in a 30/70 mix works well with our Shitzu ears to clean them out. Keep it in your pocket to get it up to body temp as they don't like it much.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 05/09/2017

Hey Norma,

Debbie's post is over a year old, so in case she does not respond I have some thoughts. If you are dealing with a puppy who has not had the initial puppy shots and a 1 year booster shot, then ideally you let your puppy heal and get the booster. If you are dealing with an adult dog who has had the puppy shots and 1 year booster, then - if it were my dog - I would not give any more shots or vaccines in any form, this includes kennel cough.

Posted by Norma (Dallas) on 05/09/2017

Hello, when you say no booster shots, do you mean while trying to get the yeast under control, or just no more booster shots?

Posted by Jessica (St. John's, Newfoundland) on 04/20/2017

Hi! Did you get the answer to this after? I'm trying to determine which one to buy as well.

Borax and Peroxide
Posted by Karen (La Quinta Ca Winter and Summer Vancouver Bc) on 04/08/2017

my 3 year old frenchie Lucy has shown signs of food intolerances since she was a pup, she was probably over vaccinated as well, needless to say she developed hives, I went to the vet shot of steroids and the problem came back. Saw a holistic vet went on raw food diet but the problem even with raw it has a lot of carbohydrates. My little Lucy had black skin always had a sore vulva, scooted and cried and her stomach area was black and she is a biscuit colored dog. Finally after disappointment at the dermatologists and the holistic vets I checked online for hours.

What I am doing now and what seems to work is baths using selsun blue shampoo,, apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide mixed with water as a rinse and for the staph infection and sores on her belly Ted's formula which is Hydrogen peroxide, borax and Milk of Magnesia and Epsom salts,, I use this mixture in a spray bottle on her tummy and vulva at least once to twice a day,, now after almost 3 weeks we are starting to see a big improvement,, also she is now on raw without any carbs and we are hoping she recovers 100% hope that helps!

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Shepdog (Florida) on 03/26/2017

This post has been a Godsend for my Border Collie mix. He suffered with a bacterial/yeast infection that started at the base of his tail and spread like wildfire the entire length of his underbelly, including his legs, to his chin. He lost all his hair and had red/gray elephant skin. Went down the same road you did and probably tried all the remedies you did, plus the drug ketaconozole, which cleared it up in 2 weeks, but it came back and the second round did nothing (already resistant! ). Three years and 4 vets later, I saw this post. I started applying the MOM topically and saw immediate improvement, and in just 2-3 months it was all gone, except for one little stubborn spot on his chest, which would have probably been gone long ago had I not become less diligent about applying the MOM. One year later he is still infection free and his beautiful long blonde coat has grown back in and his skin is pink, which I thought would never be normal again. I thought it had something to do with changing the ph environment to something the yeast could not survive in. Whatever it was, it's unbelievable that I, like you, spent lots of money and ended up resolving it for cheap, cheap, cheap!

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Posted by Susan (Georgia) on 03/25/2017

About the dog who smelled, had yeast, and chewed his feet...... my dog shed bad and chewed feet. Horrible sores. Cure I found was expensive dog food, omega 3 oils, probiotics and Dinovite, a supplement I buy online. Raw food. Fish. His hair is so much thicker and he no longer chews his feet. In 2 months he is cured. It costs a lot more money but he is healthy now.

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Posted by Jay (Green Bay, Wisconsin) on 03/14/2017


Thank you for all this valuable information. I have a 9 1/2 lab/retriever mix having yeast issues. Any ideas on brand or product companies you had success with your Sierra? Especially the probiotics. Any ideas on using human varieties in place?

Thank you, Jay

Posted by Dona (Stuart, Florida ) on 03/08/2017

Did the wellness core dog food cause the yeast infection?

Ted's Fungal/Staph Remedy
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 02/06/2017

Hey Carol,

I measure 1/16 of a teaspoon by using the 1/8 teaspoon and cutting that in half. So I dip the measuring spoon into the powder and try to fill it up only half way. Please also consider the diet you are feeding your dog - many skin problems are the result of a grain based diet.

Ted's Fungal/Staph Remedy
Posted by Carol (South Africa) on 02/02/2017


I know that this thread is really old - but if there is anybody out there who sees this.... Please could you tell me how to measure 1/16 of a teaspoon???

My story is no different from all the others, but my little Yorkie is in so much distress, that it frequently reduces me to tears.

I haven't slept a night through in 2 months.... I want to try the Baking Soda & Borax in her water.

Thank you in advance if anybody can help :-)

Coconut Oil
Posted by Gary (Hi) on 01/31/2017

I use it with food, now raw lamb and probiotics and other stuff, taking me 45 minutes to prepare one meal. 2 days ago I chopped up lamb's shoulders from Whole Foods (I know, poor lambs) and added coconut oil, hempseed oil, kelp, and anyway, that took 2 hrs not having a meat grinder. About coconut oil, I been using it in and around her interior of ears. I feel it does help but I always felt applying coconut oil to their fur, underneath, as wouldn't it make their fur all greasy like, leaving residualsoon all over the house and car? I have a 4 yr old female golden retriever that has been ITCHING 3 plus yrs. Frustrating and makes me hate veterinarians that vaccinated her, esp with 5,6 shot combinations. I at the time didn't know what definitely I know now. Vaccines are the culprit. Unnecessary vaccines cause all these headaches and ITCHY DOGS.. I do so much research and Dr. Ronald Schultz, professor of immunology at the University of Wisconsin knows more than any vet on immunology, for sure....had to put in my insert..Gary and Brandy of Kaneohe Hi

Dietary Changes
Posted by Michelle (Arizona) on 01/30/2017

Try not to use the oatmeal baths, as these shampoos and treatments contain the common allergen causing yeast infection, wheat. As mentioned before, sugar also feeds yeast so avoid any sugary substance in the food including the widely used sweet potato. I've seen Merrick's limited ingredient that is grain free and potato free so I might try that with my pit.

Dietary Changes, Baths
Posted by Pamela (Texas) on 01/28/2017

I have read that coconut oil has anti-fungal properties in it. My dog is itching badly. I am feeding him raw meat and no grains or sugars and introducing yogurt today as soon as I go to the store. I have read that all if the major dog foods are loaded with grains and sugars that FEED YEAST so until we are ready to change their diets completely, then They will suffer. I will try the raw meat diet until my taste of the wild comes in through the mail. In the mean time he is getting bathed with vinegar and peroxide and lathered with coconut oil and tea tree oil. I will let y'all know how long before he stops biting and chewing.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Julie (England) on 01/24/2017

For ear problems the cure is Thornit Powder. Believe me it works. The dog gets relief from the first application.

Posted by Barbara (Fl) on 01/22/2017

Cut out the potatoes in the dog food; sweet or regular! Potatoes are carbs = sugar. Sugar feeds yeast. I have a golden retriever that has been immune compromised since we got her at 10 weeks old. I finally stopped the steroids injections and put her on a grain free dog food that has salmon and green peas. No "dog cookies" anymore but she loves bell pepper, and green beans plus plain yogurt. The outbreaks are under control for the most part.

I use an antifungal shampoo on her (Malaseb) and also soak her feet in a solution of 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed in a gallon of water. it helps it get into the nail bed where the fungus likes to live. I also use this as a final rinse after her not rinse off. I think if you cut out the potatoes in the diet you will start to see some results

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/05/2017

Thank you Melissa! I have not experienced 'bad' vets but I have heard my share of horror stories. Thanks for being one of the good ones!

Posted by Melissa (Ct) on 01/04/2017

I am a veterinarian. I do not gouge pet owners and I definitely do not play on their emotions.

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Posted by Debbie (East Sussex Uk) on 01/04/2017

Hi, feeding raw is not time consuming and really is your best option. And will work out cheaper than the food you are feeding. Antibiotics feed the yeast. I would stop them, straight away. They will be adding to the problem. They, most likely are not needed. IF, they are, Then use colloidal silver instead. They will take time to get out of her system. Make sure the vinegar you use is white vinegar and not ACV. (Apples = sugar). Until you do the above, you will be going round in circles.

Posted by John Handy. (S. Africa.) on 01/03/2017


A vet gave my dog a 7 day course of steroids for what he said was inflamation in a back leg joint. He could not stand on the leg at all.

The steroids caused his stomach to bleed. I went to another vet who immediately told me to stop the steroids as they cause severe ulcerations of the stomach lining. He examined the leg as well and found that the two tendons over the knee were torn and he had to operate to fix it. The operation was a wonderful success. Probiotics are best for stomach problems. Especially for runny tummy.

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Posted by Rebecca M. (Texas) on 01/02/2017

I see someone mentioned using CostCo (Natures Domain) grain free. Problem there is that sweet potato is one of the main ingredients. I've fed CostCo's "Salmon & Sweet Potato" to my allergy prone fosters for years. After researching though, I no longer feed it to yeasty dogs because, almost everything I read about yeast says to avoid high sugar/carb diets (and sweet potato is a sweet carb). Since I don't have time to feed raw, I've switched her to Orijen "regional" formula. It costs an arm and a leg but, I'm looking for something to manage her yeast issue long term (from within). I mean...there aren't a whole lot of potential adopters lining up to adopt a dog which MUST have weekly medicated baths & other various daily care to prevent yeast. I decided on Orijen because it's a consistently award winning "low-glycemic" food and, was the most recommended food (other than raw) in my research. I'm also currently doing the weekly medicated baths, using Gold Bond to keep things dry and am about to start peroxide/vinegar/water foot baths. She's also on an extended round of antibiotics (because there was infection too). We're only 3 weeks into treatment and, I see great improvement but, have no doubt the yeast would quickly come back if treatment ceased. My HOPE is to get the yeast under control with short(ish) term baths, meds, etc....and manage it with "low-glycemic" diet going forward. Since this is my first chronically yeasty foster dog though, I'm not sure how it's all going to work in reality.

Acidophilus, Yogurt, Dietary Changes
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/27/2016

Hey Linda,

You can buy online via Amazon, or may find available at your local farm and fleet type store Probiocin Pet Gel 15g and/or PetAg Bene-Bac Plus Pet Gel, 15 grams; if you use these products follow the dosing advice on the packaging. You might also consider probiotics from your local health food or vitamin store. My holistic vet uses acidophillus blends from the human vitamin store, so you might also consider buying a bottle and then when used up, buying a different kind of acidophillus and so on. Rotate among a variety of probiotic types for the best results.

Acidophilus, Yogurt, Dietary Changes
Posted by Linda (San Diego) on 12/23/2016

I have an 8 month old German Shepherd imported from Germany. He has itchy ears and now lacks hair around his noise. The vets keep giving him antibiotics and a de wormer. He is on a raw diet from Darwin and is doing good with the food. I think he needs probiotics. Any suggestions on brand and amount?

Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 12/19/2016

Hey Jessie!

I agree with you 100%! While grain based diets have been linked with many ear and skin issues, and grain free diets have been seen to resolve many of these issues, maintaining a dog's health is a constant effort. So while a dog's ear infections may be resolved with the introduction of a grain free diet, they can and do recur for many reasons - reasons that can be tricky to find out. Grain free is superior to a grain based diet, however it is just one piece of the puzzle to maintaining good health.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Jessie (Washington State) on 12/17/2016

Not true on the diet. I thought that too. My dogs have been on a grain free diet for 6 months, and voila. ear infection, both dogs. so not true.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Angie (Springfield, Mo) on 11/26/2016

Have you tried this? How did it work?

Yeast Infection Cream
Posted by Carol (Dallas, Tx) on 11/20/2016

My little terrier was tortured with yeast infections for quite some time. Black skin, hair loss, broken skin, incessant itching and chewing. Between the vet and every remedy I could find, some worked a bit but no cure until I found a comment on line. The vaginal cream women use for yeast infections! Yes, it works! I bathe him 2-3 times a week, dry him completely, then smear it on, focusing on the armpits, rump, feet and wherever I see black. Voila!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/18/2016

Hey Susan,

Recurring ear infections may be the result of the wrong diet. Please check the ingredients on your bag of kibble - if you see corn or grain ingredients they may be causing these infections. Try switching to a grain free diet, and consider Ted's Borax Protocol for dogs to fight the yeast from the inside out.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Wendy (Columbus) on 11/18/2016

Please search this EarthClinic site for "Arcane". It's a homemade remedy that gets rid of bacteria and yeast in dogs' ears. Read & follow the directions carefully.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Susan (Kyle, Tx) on 11/17/2016

What is EVCO? My yellow lab (2 yrs.) has a terrible ear yeast infection. We have tried vet treatments, only to have them re-occur. I am now trying Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. Thanks for sharing and hope we all find help for our precious pets.

EC: ECVO - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Dietary Changes
Posted by Vashti (Camano Island) on 11/15/2016

Zymox is a lifesaver. My three-year-old mini schnauzer developed allergies which caused her all sorts of miseries thanks to the yeast infection. Constantly scratching and clawing at her ears and paws. I did the usual thing - went to the vet, antibiotics, steroids, "special" food, etcetera, which of course made things worse. Then I switched her to the BARF diet which, while not totally curing her, certainly made her a lot more comfortable. But her ears and paws still got red and inflamed from time to time. FINALLY read about Zymox and, although I wasn't holding out much hope, decided to try it. I bought the Otic for her ears. One week later, the heat, redness and itching were totally gone - it's been over a month now and her ears are still a lovely cold pink. She still has occasional redness in her paws, so today I bought the topical Zymox spray and am very hopeful that we can be done with this nasty itching once and for all.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 11/07/2016

Glenda, you can safely feed garlic to dogs, and there are many documented health benefits.

Posted by Glenda (Columbus, Oh) on 11/05/2016

Garlic – No. and NO onions, leeks or chives. Garlic is part of the Allium family, & is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapsing. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not only directly after consumption.

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Dietary Changes
Posted by Ninaf (Utah) on 11/05/2016

If her being picky is a new problem I'd take a look at her teeth and gums.Or have the vet check that out. A sore tooth could be the cause. You can get or make some low sodium broth and soak her kibble in it making it softer and tastier too. I have a picky lil shih tzu Carebear who loves his mushy kibble.

Bless your service buddies heart at 9years old she might just be bored of her food too if she's been on the same brand for awhile.

Posted by Janet (Cypress Texas) on 10/31/2016

When my dog was a puppy, she had yeast infection, that was 14 years ago, my vet said to use Monistat cream, like women use, on her skin. Worked very well.

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Posted by Vonnie Ward (Ireland) on 10/30/2016

Thank you so much for sharing. This is almost the identical situation to my lab/pointer X. Constantly battling the yeast overbloom and resultant infected paws. I feed raw duck or turkey, rabbit, salmon if I can get it, and used to give carrots or apples until I realised the yeast was loving the sugar. Very interesting about the ACV. I had been giving ACV but suspected there might still be enough sugar in it to feed the yeast so thank you for confirming my suspicions!

Dietary Changes, ACV and Yogurt
Posted by Jessica (Chicago ) on 10/23/2016

KETOCONAZOLE is NOT an antibiotic, it is a ANTIFUNGAL.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Patti (Kingman, Arizona) on 10/09/2016

My dog is a service dog. She is 9 years old and fussy about eating. Don't know what to do. Can you help me please.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Odette (Canada) on 10/07/2016

It's a year later and while the symptoms have come and gone a few times, I had bloodwork done on both my pups and found that my little guy had elevated liver enzymes, and a touch of pancreatitis. The vet kept him overnight, flushed his pancreas with antibiotics and now I have full blown yeast problems with him. Or it could be dry skin. I have no way of knowing for sure and my vet just wants my money to give more antibiotics and steroids. I was also prescribed Royal Canin low fate prescription diet, which just exacerbated the itching - even though I warned the vet that this would happen. I was prescribed Apoquel to combat the itching, biting legs and paws (both dogs chewed their foot pads raw. I have no trust in vets any more - their last visit with the vet cost almost $3000 and did not help. The Apoquel did reduce the itching, etc. but it is an immune suppressant and as soon as the 15 day treatment was over the itching started all over again. I am now going to try feeding Orijen Tundra which is supposed to be species appropriate, but they also have changed their formula recently to add peas (another starch that yeast loves). It is still the best I can find at the moment. I will keep looking. My little guy seems to be allergic to all grains, potatoes, anything protein that is grain fed (which eliminates almost all things except wild or marine grown). I wish I could access wild game, but can't seem to find an outlet here that processes wild game for pet consumption. I've tried kangaroo, bush baby, etc to incorporate a new protein they've never had, but all the formulas I've found have potato or some other form of starch. So! I am going to try a marine diet with enzymes (Prozyme is what I'm choosing, coconut oil and milk thistle for liver support). I will keep you updated to see if this regimen helps. My marine choice is Acana Pacifica.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Kelly (Oh) on 10/06/2016

Just wanted to tell u that mix half and half Monistat 7 cream with cortisone cream dilute with water AND put a couple drops per ear in your dog and massage the base of it. Do this once a day for 5 days straight. Make sure u do all 5 days and this will cure the ear infection due to the yeast.

My dog has this issue and my vet is very very good, he told me to do this so I wouldn't have time keep bringing him in and keeping paying for the visit especially since he knew I didn't have the money to go as often as I was. It worked wonders and by the next day my dog wasn't fiddling with his ears like he had been.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Janet (Cerritos) on 10/05/2016

My vet told me long ago when I had two small Cavalier pups to get them on a seafood based, grain-free diet. I have them on Wellness Simple Salmon and Potato dry food. No problems with itching, yeast infections and/or steroids, meds. Good luck! (P.S. I ran out one time and had to give them a sample bag I had of chicken based dry food and by morning, they were both itching and whining)

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Posted by Sandra (California) on 10/01/2016

Hello. We have had two Cocker Spaniels with multiple issues over many years, the worst being fungal infections that were not only established by, but, made much worse from antibiotic medications wrongly prescribed for skin allergies. It is a lot easier to prevent yeast overgrowth, than to manage it once it takes a foothold. In my opinion, the only way to get it under control is to switch to a raw food (make sure it is balanced) diet. Absolutely, no starchy vegetables.....or GRAINS. Keep the Omega 3's up to par, and make sure to frequently bath the dog every few days with an antifungal shampoo. Neem shampoos are very good, and there is one called Derma Treat that worked well for my dogs.

As the yeast dies off it will stay on the skin, and create more problems if it isn't bathed away. Absolutely avoid sweet smelling shampoos, as they have additives that can be extremely irritating to inflamed skin. After paying high vet bills for years, I have found using a basic ear cleaner with 2 drops of grapefruit seed extract added will work very well.

My one dog had chronic ear infections that were horrible. I was told that the bacteria would never be able to be cleared from the ears. After ten years of nothing but more and more medications, and drugs, she has sweet and clean smelling ears for the first time in this last year. It is too bad that she could have had a better quality of life and now is on the tail end of hers. However, we have learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. All I can say is this: Most of my life I have had dogs, lots of them, some healthier than others.

What I know for sure is the next ones will never be raised on anything but species appropriate fresh raw diets, and there are so many wonderful ones available now. Dr. Becker, Dr. Wysong, and Dr. Doug have said it over and over, and I only wish I had paid attention years ago.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Vanessa (Wales Uk) on 08/26/2016

Just read your post. My dog has suffered from all this for years and I have spent hundreds of pounds at vets n nothing has changed. He has always had beef n chicken. Thank u for your post I am going to try the feed if I can get it? Very helpful.

Coconut Oil
Posted by Lucy (Rockport, Texas) on 08/13/2016

Coconut Oil: This stuff works wonderfully. My fur baby kids had a yeast infection so I bought the cold pressed virgin oil and give to them in their food everyday plus I rub this on their skin and two are already cleared up the rest are clearing up. It works a hundred percent! Love it!

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 08/08/2016

Tara, sometimes this can be a long road what works for one dog doesn't work for another but I would start with the diet all raw, include oily fish and no processed food what so ever, but there are many things out there that can help. Good luck.

Posted by Tara C. (Alabama) on 08/08/2016

I know this post is 3 years old, but I just saw it today. I have the same dog (mine is long haired) with the same problem. I have fought his yeast infection for 6 years & have tried everything his veterinarian has prescribed & suggested & its just not working. It either doesn't work at all or it comes back in a few days! Ive noticed that summer time is significantly harder on him. The summers down here are brutal! I'm will start this routine as soon as I'm through writing this email, & will be posting my results in a few days.. WISH ME & BEAN GOOD LUCK & KEEP FINGERS CROSSED!!!

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Posted by Sadiesmomma (Florida) on 07/31/2016


Hi all!

About 3 months ago, our poor 1 1/2 y/o coon hound Sadie developed this nasty itchy rash on her underside. At the time there were no other symptoms, and I am a ferm believer in trying to find a way other then shoving meds down ours and our furr baby throats to try first. First thing I tried was some topical benedryl in combination with a leotard that I converted into a doggy yoga outfit to protect her from herself.

At first it worked (about 1-2 weeks) a bit and I thought we would be in the clear, but when she started to loose some of her chipper playful personality we said enough and decided to take her to the vet. We demolished our savings with this visit, got her new heartworm and flea meds that were of a higher quality as they vet said it could have been a bug bite allergy or reaction and they also gave us prednisone and an antibiotic. We also changed her to a much higher quality grain free food. The prednisone worked beautifully for the 7 days she was on it, but 1 day after she was off of it and continueing on the antibiotic it came back something fierce! On her toes, brown waxiness in her ears, rash on her tushie, also some redness and swollen along the edges of her mouth.

In a panic we called the vet letting them know that the prednisone worked so well but we understood it was not good for long term use. We asked if there was anything else they could put her on to help with the allergy. They prescribed apoquel. Said there was a chance she could end up on that the rest of her life. It was tough to swallow as it was super expensive 4 pills a day at $1.30 a pill, but this is our baby and we wouldn't do any less if it were our human child. We committed to this drug.

Two weeks in it helped, but never cleared up the underside of her tummy. We were on our last dose of both the apoquel and the antibiotic and decided there was no way we would be paying $90+ a month on meds for her that never truely worked. It was time to go back to plan A.... time to find something home based that we could do.

Hubby and I researched and spoke to friends well educated in alternative medicine for dogs, and came to the realization that it probably started as an allergy issue, but because the vet put her on the antibiotic it made everything worse rather then better. We then decided on the following:

-First things first, we needed to protect our pup from herself. We bought her a cone, and I devised an outfit made from a towel wrapped around her torso only that has loops coming off of the top and the bottom that feed through her collar. This way she had protection but also the freedom to move freely, go to the bathroom etc. Kinda like a doggie version of overalls lol

-We started sadie on a probiotic powder to start building the good bacteria back up in her digestive tract.

-We also started giving her baths with a medicated shampoo (with the ingredients funny enough, mentioned in this original article).

- We remove the outfit nightly for a sponge bath of a AVC and green tea mixture, and a coconut oil massage. We let this air dry for a few hours each night, or for as long as we see that she's not starting to bite or lick, before putting her outfit and cone back on. We keep her confined to our room with one of the two of us during this time for close monitoring. We also clean her ears with ear wipes ever 2 days or prn.

- By the time the meds were up, it had also started affecting her tush and her girly parts. I decided the best way to treat that is diaper rash cream 2x a day. That's worked beautifully to clear up that area as long as we stay on top of it. Please please please know you must use that product with caution. Our Sadie is in a cone and cannot luck this area at this time. DO NOT USE it if your dog can lick the affected area, as it should not be ingested.

- Lastly, we have started giving her benedryl 25 MG tabs. She is a larger dog and the reccomended dose (please check with your vet first before starting this) is 1 MG per pound of the dog. Our Sadie is about 65 pounds and we just give her the 2 per dose twice daily. This has helped greatly in the itchy department and provided much relief to her, however does make her a bit drowsey which is probably good thing at this point. Rest heals. Period.

We have been on this plan for about 2 weeks now and most of all the rash and redness is gone, just have the occasional scabby that'll show up if she rubs her tush in the grass, on her bum or ankle. These I treat with a little neosporen. The main thing we still battle is that her tummy is still sensitive. We touch it lightly (anywhere) and one or both of her legs start going. I wish I could find a way to relieve that for her. Overall she seems to be doing pretty well on the new routine. After reading most of your posts, I understand this could very well be a long and possible chronic battle. Just hoping that winter will provide a little bit of a break for her body to finish recouping. This florida heat and humidity could in no way be helping the issue. It's a tough routine, but as I said before, she's our baby (one of our two furr babies), and I would do nothing less for her then my own daughter.Thank you for all of your entries on this thread, as it's only encouraged us to be strong on our journey and to not give up! Please let me know if you have found anything natural to help with the sensitivity to touch on the skin where the yeast rash used be!

Dakin's Topical Solution
Posted by Mommadd (Florida) on 07/31/2016

Hi Steve,

Yes, plain Clorox or any other good brand of bleach - not the scented or kinds that have the gel-like additive. Proper dilution per the Dakin's recipe is required, of course.

ACV can sting like nobody's business on raw skin even at a 50/50 dilution. I use it for our dog's ears (regular cleaning).

Dakin's Topical Solution
Posted by Steve (Warwick, Ny) on 07/30/2016

By bleach, you mean Clorox? My 4 year old King Charles spaniel with the chronic, fiery red, rear paw pad and ear yeast infection, licks his paws and scratches his head/ ears incessantly. How dobtoubprevent ingestion of the Clorox. For now we're starting with ACV and yogurt added to his Orijen kibble, which he's been on for years, as well as cleaning those areas with ACV on gauze pads. He's 25 lbs: I presume 1 tsp of ACV AND 1Tbl of yogurt per AM &PM meal IS CORRECT? Thanks.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney, Australia) on 07/14/2016

I would go with Apple Cider Vinegar, half vinegar, half water. Watch the eyes. There are so many things you can try but I would start with the diet, all raw no grain or processed food and probiotics. As with any any illness always start with the immune system, that is a must inside then out. Anyway, try those things and we can work from there. Please report back

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 07/14/2016

Hey Patricia,

It starts with food. What are you feeding? Read the ingredient label on your dog food bag and if you see grains or corn then it is time for a grocery upgrade. Next consider fighting the systemic yeast infection from the inside out by alkalizing your dog's drinking water. I rotate with baking soda water to alkalize, and with Borax water per Ted's Borax protocol for dogs. Also dogs with problem skin often benefit from a dip/soak in Ted's Mange remedy - even if they do not have mange it is a good skin disinfectant that brings many dogs relief after the first dip. The effects last around 24 hours or more, so you may have to dip frequently to give your dog relief.

I do use the expensive, raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar orally, and the white vinegar topically/for cleaning - both for me and the dogs on occasion.