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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

White Vinegar  

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Posted by Judy (Crystal River, Florida) on 03/09/2008
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I read one time about white vinegar for dog ear yeast. Mine has allergies and it shows up frequently getting expensive as vets wanted to see him everytime I needed a new tube. I first clean the waxy build up with a water moistened qtip not going deep then put vinegar on a cotton ball and rub it around the inside of ears,not going deep as it runs into the ear. Dog will shake his head. I do it for a few days until the ear is no longer red with no more wax.I love this site. Thanks everyone!

Replied by Jena
Upperco, Md

Be sure to dilute the vinegar with purified or distilled water - straight vinegar stings!

Posted by susan (charlotte, nc) on 09/30/2007
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re: Apple cider vinegar for yeast in dogs. My dog has had allergies and yeast for years. I just recently found out when you have yeast you must have more acidic foods than alkaline. I used ACV for years with horrible results but the white vinegar is non alkaline so it works much better. Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Amanda
Kalamazoo, Michigan

How much do I use on my dog and how often do I do it?

White Vinegar and Aloe, Probiotic Yogurt  

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Posted by Chrissy (Roslyn, New York) on 02/19/2009
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Hi, My little Shih Tzu suffers terribly from yeast, however, I've been spraying him down with white vinegar and Aloe Vera Juice (The organic kind made to drink). The Aloe seems to be healing up the scabby skin. Even the Vet remarked that he looked better. I am also trying the probiotics and keeping him away from all grains and veggies, just meat and fish (some raw organic meat as well.) I've seen some improvement with this protocol, and hope to have him cured or at least have this stuff under control with the acidophilolus - I added yogurt today (although he doesn't like it).

Thanks for this site, it helps me to see what other people are trying.

Replied by shelly
Kelowna, British Coloumbia

Hi I have a shitzu that is 6yrs old and when he was 3yrs old I discovered he was getting red and itchy under is arms and by his lower adomen. We struggle with the vet and he wants me to check for thyroid. I dont have that kind of money and was hoping to try the Acidophilus. The only thing is how much of it do you give a 15 lb shitzu and how much yogurt do you give. Please if anyone can help my little Nemo and what kind of food do you recommend. I hear not to give him grains,veg,and even some meats like chicken. So what can he eat then? Please I need some help .Thank You

Yeast Infection Cream  

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Posted by Carol (Dallas, Tx) on 11/20/2016
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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!

Yeast-Free Diet  

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Posted by Barbara (Toronto, On, Canada) on 12/16/2009
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Yeast Free Diet for Pets with Yeast Infections

I used to have recurrent yeast infections that were really painful and debilitating. They completely stopped about five years ago when I stopped eating all yeast including yogurt, and all fermented products. The same is true for pets. There is alot of yeast added to pet foods and a diet free of yeast will have the same amazing results for them as it did for me. Give it a try. You may have to make your own pet foods as most pet foods use yeast as a nutritional and flavor supplelment but it is worth it. Vet bills are costly and sparing your pets the pain of yeast infections are well worth it.


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Posted by Jerry (Paris, Texas) on 01/16/2013
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I have started giving our 6 mth old English Bulldog 2 large tablespoons of organic yogurt daily and you wouldn't believe the difference it has made in the smell, itching and has also softened up her coat. I've tried changing foods, and everything and finally it occurred to me perhaps it's a yeast problem and yogurt aides in creating good bacteria to kill the bad. She's also more playful, even to point to where I sometimes wish she still

Posted by Jewel (Epworth, Ga) on 03/07/2010
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Yeast infection on dogs. Apply cold yogurt directly to the effected area.Try to keep the dog from licking untill the skin warms back up . Let the dog lick. It will relieve the itch plus digest the yogurt. Bath before to remove loose hair. This is a very messy process but is effective on the heat process which is the underlying cause (yeast loves heat). In between treatments sprits with cool plain water on hot spots. This is not a cure but a helpfull relief for the dog. Good luck and God bless.

Yogurt, Omega Oils, Herbs  

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Posted by Barb (Newark, DE) on 05/20/2009
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Yogurt, Omega 3, 6 & 9, Herbs

My baby, Bruiser (lab, dane, sheppard mix) has been having worsening symptoms of yeast for two years. Being a massage therapist, I lean towards holistic treatment as much as possible. Our vet was treating his ear infections with antibiotic cream, antibiotiv=cs and prednisone. We were also told to givev him an antihistamine. The prednisone made him CRAZY and heavy (which he can't be with his old injuries). I had enough and began researching to help my guy. I have started him on a proprietary blend of herbs for yeast (that I took myself after a nasty batch of antibiotics), 4 capsules of the Omega oils, and about a cup of yogurt 2x a day. We are having some changes, and I know holistic treatment takes time so I am being patient. The vinegar thing makes him run around the house like a lunatic, but it works well. Feel free to email with more ideas or more information and I will be happy to share our progress.

Replied by Susie
DeLand, Florida

I have a Lab that we rescued who came with major health issues. After lots of $$$$ and endless meds from the vet I decided that there must be a better way. After days and weeks of research on yeast infections this is what I found works for Sandy. #1. To control yeasty ears: to start, use a bottle like the ones used to put hair color on, mix 6 oz. of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol, 1/2 tablespoon boric acid and shake well, then add 2 oz. white vinegar and 1 or 2 drops of gentian violet and shake well again. DO NOT get the gentian violet on your clothing it will not come out. You can remove it from your fingers with straight alcohol. Rinse the ears out 3 times a day, squirt into each ear, rub about 30 seconds and then do a final clean out with a cotton ball saturated with the solution. The dog's ears will have a purple tint but it does go away and so will the yeast. Continue this on a weekly basis, once the infections have cleared then just do a once a week maintenance. #2. I use a holistic dog food that has salmon, sardines and anchovies in it topped with 1 cup of PLAIN yogurt. #3. 1 tablespoon of ACV in the water bowl as well. #4. For the hot spots and itchy flare ups I use a 50/50 mixture in a spray bottle of ACV and witch hazel. I spray that on after baths as well. I bathe her with Dawn to kill the fleas. All of the ingredients I have listed are cheap and they work. Be patient, yeast is hard to control and requires fighting it from the inside out as well as topically. Hope this helps!

Replied by Julie
Apache Junction, Arizona
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I am so grateful for this site. My poor Maggie has been suffering for years with what the vet tagged as allergies. I tried all of the shots and medications with no permanent fix. It just always seemed to get worse. After reading all of the post here I switched her food to a lamb and rice limited diet, started giving her asodopholis pills mixed in her food and put asv in her water. I also started bathing her twice a week with Sebolux by virbac, spraying her with a 50/50 water, vinegar mix.

After about a month the black, scabby spots under her arms and on her belly are almost completely gone, her ears are no longer smelly and infected and she is a new dog. She now plays, chases her ball and is overall a lot more happy. All without shots and medications. Thanks again for another "Happy puppy"!

Replied by Patty
Independence, Mo
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I stumbled across your website and am in shock. I don't know why I didn't google yeast infection in dogs after I finally found a vet who told me what my dogs problems REALLY were. But treatment was incomplete in that the vet never said change diet etc.

I am devastated now though in that I feel like I killed my bassett hound slowly. I fed him sweet treats and junk food (or he would get into a whole bag of candy or cookies), his dog food was cheap and his ears extra thick. The symptons he had are so EVERY BIT A YEAST INFECTION by what has been described here. Wow! (shaking head sadly from side to side and vowing never to fully trust a veterinarian's diagnoses or cures ever again). Instead of the yeast taking over his body and eventually initially killing my Gus I could have had him back as good as new... :-(

The good news is that I still have a female basset and she has been suffering too. Change in diet immediately and yogurt and vingegar and water are now the order of business. I can't wait to see my Sadie healthy and happy again.

I am so very glad I discovered this website. I know where to go for great information in the future. My animals are everything to me. It's past time I treated them better with a healthier diet and correct answers to any health issues. Thank You so much!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Patty!

Thank you so much for pointing out that you really do need to feed a healthy diet and seek out the correct answers to any health issue! As a pet owner, it really is up to you to do this 'home work' to keep your pet well. Kudos!

I would also like to add, that while your vet could have advised you to change diet etc., that not all vets are well versed in understanding, much less treating, a systemic yeast infection. The **right** vet will pair with the owner to form a healing team. I hope you can find such a team player and thus create a trusting relationship and healing team for Sadie!