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Posted by Diana (Iowa) on 06/29/2015

My dog Brady is a 5 year old teddy bear and has spent about 4 years on every kind of allergy medication, including shots, ammune surpressants, anti fungals and antibiotics over and over again until we got him. I took him off all his meds after awhile because #1 they were not working and I could not tell what problem he had over another. So I decided to start from scratch.

We had his thyroid tested and he was at .02 so we put him on thyroid meds. I also started cooking for him and them switched him over to a raw diet. He also does fermented vegtables, yogurt, digestive enzymes and probiotics.

I have to bath him everyday with malaseb other wise he is a greasy itchy, smelly mess. Right now he had a bubble between his toes that is very sore.

I feel his over all health has improved so much from his diet switch and his digestion is good and he loves his food now. Before we had him on taste of the wild until I figured out it was a yeast problem and the sweet potatoes had to go. He did not care for any of the other food we gave him and seemed to only eat out of hunger.

I gave him the borax, MOM, peroxide, and epson salt rinse last night and he is greasy again today. I was wondering if ther was a schedule to do this rinse like everyday, once a week. I just want him to get past this and I will do what ever it takes with out hurting the progress we made.

He has also lost a lot of hair and is bald in some spots. I am not sure but I think this is just a skin problem. What do you think?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Diana!

I agree - this is a skin problem, and the greasy coat is often a symptom of seborrhea. This can be the result of an underlying health condition, or could be temporary. If this were my dog I would keep up the anti-yeast feeding program and would consider Ted's Borax protocol for dogs for his drinking water. You might need to bathe him every day/every other day to stay on top of the greasy coat; this is something you will need to tweak to fit your particular situation. Again, this could be a temporary condition that improves as you straighten him out, or it could mean there is some other health issue that has yet to be diagnosed. I would suggest a vet visit is in order to check for an underlying condition, but it appears you have had your quota of the vet for a while. In your shoes I would wait on the vet, allow your boy to heal with your current protocol, and then if after a few months the greasy coat continues, then try the vet again and inquire about underlying health issues that cause seborrhea that you may be able to run tests for.

Replied by Diana

Thank you for your feedback. I will keep up with the protocol. I do think that his skin is not as red today as it has been. Anything is a good sign to me.

Replied by Pauline Shoop
Hastings, Pennsylvania

My brother has a dog Kiki, that suffers from exactly what your dog has. We are searching for home remedies as well....will let you know as we find anything, if you like please let us know your findings!!!! Sincerely, Pauline

Replied by Wilda

My Cooper, a mini Aussie, has develped a yeast skin issue slso. I took him to a regular vet, she said it was ringworm and gave me dime shampoo and topical solution. Told me to bathe him 3-4 times a week. Then I took him to a holistic vet I knew and had used in the past with previous dogs I had( but is almost an hours drive) and she said it was a yeast infection. She gave me liver detox pills to give him 2 times a day for a month. She also said to bathe him 2-3 times a week until I see him better, then slowly I can cut back. I also feed him a holistic dry fish dog food, and make my own solution to spray him with. It consists of colloidal silver, tea tree, lavender, calendula. The soap I bought to bathe him with is from the health store, it's Castille and it has tea tree oil as well as coconut, jojoba and more. He's had it for months, it seemed to be getting worse, which is why I went to the vets. The first vet treatment items scared me once I read the ingredients. He's doing a lot better. No oozing, no hair loss, less scratching and biting. But living in Florida, with heat and humidity makes it hard. I keep them at home in AC den. We're not outside walking, and even that has to be limited. My little one had a heat stroke one day. Hope this helps someone.

Posted by Kay (Rome, Ga) on 10/07/2014

My dog has yeast infection; I am going to switch to grain free foods such as Call of the Wild dry. Would adding chicken stock to it to make it more palatable feed the yeast?

Thank you.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Kay!

Adding chicken stock may add additional salt to your dog's diet, which might create a housebreaking issue if your dog tanks up on water [due to the salt] and then has to urinate more frequently. In addition, your dog may find it too rich, which may cause loose stools. All you can do is try it and evaluate your results.

If all you need to do is 'dress up' the kibble a wee bit, you might try thoroughly mixing in 1 spoonful of a wet food; they have 95%-100% chicken or beef canned diets that may serve very well for this.

Replied by Pattie
New York

Do not add chicken of any kind. Chicken is the #1 allergen for dogs and it's very difficult to find a food without it. Taste of the Wild is an excellent choice but be sure to use the lamb, fish or other formulas without chicken. Also stay away from the beef formulas. Add plain greek yogurt if you want or some canned food but I would go with the yogurt. I've used it and always had great results.

Posted by Kandice (Nj) on 12/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

My bulldog/box mix has been suffering from yeast infections for over 2 years on her face/ears/paws/ingrown tail/vulva. She scratches, licks, bites, runs around in circles chasing her tail, squirms around on her back on the floor, and drags her behind. I've felt terrible that I could find nothing to relieve her itching. She smells like Fritos or white cheddar popcorn. Her paws and tail smelled so bad I used to gag while cleaning them. I have tried all kinds of home, and over the counter, and prescribed sprays, cleansers, powders, creams, and meds. She has been tested for tons of things and also has had her anal glands expunged. Nothing stopped any of her infections for any real period of time. During this time I was trying to narrow down what she was allergic to. I tried many different brands and flavors of foods for several months one at a time. Finally, I have found a great one. Nature's variety instinct grain-free salmon meal formulas dry dog food. It contains Salmon Meal, Herring Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal, Canola Oil, Tapioca, Pea Starch, Pork Liver, Natural Pork Flavor and tons of veggies. My dog appears to be allergic to Chicken and beef like most dogs and most dog foods have some type of chicken or beef in it. This is the only food I could find that didn't have chicken or beef product without potatoes or rice. I buy it at Petco but I'm sure other places sell it. After her eating only this and Vitality Salmon treats (only salmon and veggies) for 5 weeks, her rash around her vulva has disappeared. She has stopped dragging her behind, rolling around on the floor, chasing herself in circles, and scratching her face/ears. She still chews her paws but I think she may be allergic to grass or likes to keep them clean. Her coat is also thinker and she appears to be shedding less. I will continue to clean her deep folds, ingrown tail, and big paws with the water/vinegar/peroxide solution to maintain her cleanliness. If your dog has any of those, then are prone to yeast anyway and need to be cleaned often (at least bi-weekly). Please try this food if you know your dog is allergic to chicken/beef. I'm so happy my baby is finally feeling better!

Replied by Figment
5 out of 5 stars

We dealt with chronic yeast ear infections in our vizsla pup for months. Vet just kept giving us new ear washes/ointments/etc... most with steroids. Finally after switching foods many times, we found one that has ended the problem. NO GRAINS makes a big difference. We use Taste of the Wild dry food, prairie bison and venison formula and he LOVES it! No more smelly ears and he smells better overall. Poop still stinks but ears are happy! No more scratching, rubbing, or painful ears. They are cold to the touch instead of warm and red. Happy dog finally!

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Figment!

So happy you found a diet that your V is thriving on!

One thing to consider, with the stanky poo, is that the rounds of steroids et al for the yeasty ears has the internal flora out of balance. You might try adding probiotics to help improve digestion.

Kudos for sticking with it until you found the diet that works!

Replied by Vanessa
Wales Uk

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.

Replied by Kelly

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.

Replied by Patti
Kingman, Arizona

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.

Replied by Ninaf

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.

Replied by Allie

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

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Carrie (Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada) on 02/28/2013

I had a Czesky Terrier whom I adopted when she was 10 years old. Her skin was black and rubbery. Tried everything. The smell was disgusting. It wasnt until she went into kidney failure 2 years later that the vet figured it had to do with her kidneys and a poor diet the first 10 years of her life. Too much protein!! Sadly, Zulie passed away, but we gave her the best 2 years of her life!!

Posted by Singer04 (California, Ca, Usa) on 10/28/2012

We adopted a 5 year old bichon/poodle mix. He was suppose to be white but he had red/brown marks around his mouth, ears, feet, etc. At the time, he also had really really gross gunk coming out of his eyes. The inside of his ears were red and itchy and he smelled, so so bad. He was like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, he just smelled when you got near him. He itched himself all the time, he would wake us up all night long itching and biting.

All these symptoms are characteristic of an overgrowth of candida which lives in his stomach. The first thing I did was feed him wheat free/gluten free food and distilled water. After two months he was super white and didn't smell. But he still itched his ears and he still smelled kinda bad. His ears were absoltely inflammed still and rashy!

The next thing I did was start feeding him quinoa chicken vegetable mash. This took care of the smelling. But his ears, would not change! I couldn't get him to drink apple cider vinegar until I mixed 1T of apple cider vinegar with freshly ground almond butter. (Mix it real good. Almond butter doesn't feed the yeast, peanut butter feeds yeast so don't use peanut butter) That helped sometimes but not completely.

A vet friend of mine recommended some western medicine but when I researched the side effects were really dangerous! Geez.

Then someone recommended Zymox. (And I really hope that Earth Clinic doesn't remove this product name) because seriously I am so grateful to them. His ears look amazing! He doesn't itch them, they're not red. No side effects! I wish someone would have told me what to do from the beginning! (Why didn't a vet tell me all this! So frustrating! ) It's taken me a year of trying all this stuff out. I don't think Zymox would have worked as well without the gf diet and such. (They also have shampoos that I'm going to try next)

Now I have the most gorgeous, healthy, happy white bichon/poodle! I hope this helps someone out there. Good luck!

Replied by Darlene
East Yaphank, Ny

What is everyone feeding their dogs? I have a two year old 4.4lb Yorkie that just came into our rescue. She has been on steroids and antibiotics since 02/2011. She has been diagnosed with severe allergies and they have tried everything, but they are only treating the symptoms. She is currently on steroids, antibiotics and Ketoconazole two times a week and Revolution. She ate Royal Canin Rabbit for a year and 8 months and then Hills Venicen for two months and NO improvement. She is currently eating Royal Cainin Rabbit again. I want to order and get what I need to try and improve this little girls quality of life and not just put a bandaid. Please help my little girl.

Replied by Joan
Jimena, Cadiz, Spain

My Collie Cross was diagnosed with Heart Problems, Anaemia and Kidney Failure, I immediately started her on a Raw diet, mainly mince, sometimes chicken, Carrot/Spinach ( mixed together) chopped finely, well cooked lentils or Rice. 1 teaspoon of Coconut oil and always ACV in water or in her food. Initially I gave her a Kidney Cleanse Supplement (Herbs) Omega 3 Oil Capsule and Vitamin B Supplement which after about 3 months I stopped these gradually once she was back on her feet. My vet said she should have been dead according to her blood and kidney readings she lived for over another year and died 2 weeks ago at 16 years old. After her diagnosis I never put her on processed food again and no pharmceutical drugs, all natural. It gave her an extra year of good life!!! I have 2 more rescue dogs now and never will I give them processed dog food or tap water!! Just like humans, allergies and other conditions are usually down to diet, animals are no different.

Replied by Craynon
Thomaston, Ga

1 tbs for your yorkie ,morning and night. half water/vinegar for skin and ears. I do not feed vinegar as they look at me funny. They do love the yogurt and I just put it in their food dish beside regular food and it is eaten first. Good luck.

Replied by Claire
Boston, Ma

hi Darlene, I am feeding my dog Instinct grain-free food with great success, after he got terrible yeast problems from Blue Wilderness formulas. Blue was expensive but my God, Instinct is even more expensive! I am paying over $70 for a 23.5 pound bag! However, his yeast problems and ear infections were cleared up in two weeks on the new brand. I was spending about $200 every two months on vet bills for ear infections, so the extra money on food is paying off . He hasn't been to the vet now in months! Brands vary, so good luck in your search!

Replied by Lilly
Margate, Florida

Please know that any person or animal on antibiotics should also be on probiotics. It will destroy your pets imune system eventually. Your pet may just have candida albacan, to which you take him or her off all dog food and carbohydrates. The yeast feeds on this. I have a 70lb pit bull who has really bad allergies, inflamed from head to toe, licks her feet and scratches & chews herself. I took her to the vet, he wanted to put her on antibiotics, I said no, paid my visit bill and left. I later found out that all she needed was to be taken off dog food, no carbs & fed only protein. I give her beef heart, liver, & one beef patty for breakfast and again for dinner. She's not scratching licking or chewing and it has only been 2 days. I also give her activated charcoal (capsule) and diatomaceous in her meat to help clear the yeast. All dog foods have carbs, even the expensive ones. Hope this helps your dog. Mine is sleeping sound right now. Good luck.

Replied by Deborah
St. Maarten

Best thing is to feed your furry friends RAW BONE IN chicken, turkey, pork, beef.... no grains of any kind. Do not cook any meat as this will take the necessary nutrients away. Leave the bones in. Contrary to what people think, they will not choke. The bone gives them the necessary calcium required. I have 2 rescue dogs, both are in excellent health and only require yearly check ups by the vet. Make friends with your local butcher. Feeding raw is much cheaper than any commercial dog food.

Replied by Janet

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)

Replied by Vashti
Camano Island

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.

Replied by Tina
Cumming, Ga

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

Posted by Mypapagaio (Newport Beach, Ca, Usa) on 06/04/2012

I am shocked at the number of replies from people on here that do NOT fully know what they are talking with regards to yeast infections in dog. I just read somebody suggested a lady whose dog is suffering be put on a strict diet of no meat? What? This person obviously does not know that yeast infections "thrive" on sugar. So, just like us humans, anything we eat in which our body converts to sugar will only feed the yeast. Ideally the dog should be on a raw food(meat) diet but it is very tricky to get the righ balance so it is highly recommended you do not attempt to do this on your own. High quality pet stores offer premade raw meals for your dog. However, they are expensive. SO, a kibble dog food that does NOT have starch or grains is what your dog needs. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!! Yeast is a serious thing because most vets will just assume it is allergies or some other type of infection and inevitably do the worst thing... They will put your dog on anti-biotics. This is the absolute worst thing imaginable for a dog that has yeast infection.

So, start googling all over the place and read everything you can. I don't have time to go into it all here. But, a permanent diet switch to a meat based food with no starch or sugars. Also, antifungal remedies for weeks and weeks if not months as your dog will be purging his toxins through his skin and it itches something terrible. He MUST get daily supplements to rebuild a healthy level of pro-biotics in his system.

Now, move on to another 10 blogs and keep reading up!

Replied by Pia Richard
Lafayette, La

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!

Posted by Doc (Olathe, Kansas Usa) on 01/30/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My dog (a nearly 4 year old black lab) had come down with yeast, overgrowth. He was so miserable and looked so bad some friends asked me if we were going to have to put him down. For the past 2 years he just kept getting worse. The vet we were using just kept giving him steroids, yeast meds, antibiotics and blaming it also on allergies and recommended I take him to an allergist vet. At $1500 to start with, I don't think so.

So, I took matters into my own hands and got him tested for allergies using a non traditional way using frequency vial tests. Wow! That was the start to my dogs recovery. I had then started him on a grain free diet from costco. It had tomato in it and I had to get him desensitized to the tomato but now that is fixed. I also started him on products from ortho molecular. The products were Ortho biotic ( a probiotic) candicid forte, Intestinol, and Adrenall. I have given him these for 5 months or so now and his coat is nearly back to normal. My grown kids who had not seen my dog for 6 months easy could not believe the change! They wondered what I had done.

I also agree with the other writers about Malaseb shampoo. It really is the best. I went from bathing my dog 2x per week ( at 110lbs that is no easy task) to 2x per month!

I still have to give him benadryl to help with the itchys but he is so much happier and not tearing himself apart literally, ( I had blood all over my carpet on the main floor and basement from his open sores)

There is no sign of the missing hair patches any longer, all his coat is back to normal. He looks like his handsome self again.

I write this to help those of you struggling with the yeast issues to not give up and take matters into your own hands. Most vets just want to give meds and not look at anything else. One vet even told me what I was doing had no scientific validity. So I asked him if he wanted to see the pics of my dog at his worst because he was getting to see him 5 months after my treatment plan. He did not care to and we left abruptly as you can imagine.

I hope this helps someone out there.

P.S. I forgot to tell you that I also gave my lab 1/2 cup of plain yogurt 2x per day as well.

Posted by Jennifer (Arlington, Tx, United States) on 12/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I don't know where to put this, but I wanted to share my experience. I spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars at the vet for yeast infections in my dog's ears. He said allergies probably were the cause, but allergy testing was a lot of money.

So I did some research and decided to simply eliminate the most common food allergens - wheat, corn and soy - presto! No more ear infections. At least, not nearly as often and not as bad - there is no way to prevent all airborne allergens from getting in, but no more sudden, awful ones.

In a pinch, I buy Purina One Beyond. It has soy but no wheat or corn, and can be obtained from the grocery store.

When I can get what I prefer, I use Canidae from the feed store. It is the cheapest of the 'premium' foods, and contains no wheat, corn or soy.

When I notice that an infection might be trying to start - when she scratches and I see gunk in her ear, I use a product called Zymox. It is so much better than the two step cleaner antifungal/antibiotic from the vet. It is a gel that is easier on the ears - no alcohol to sting - and nicely travels down like you need it to. I normally only have to use that one-three days max. It also works for a full-on infection, but takes 1-2 weeks like the stuff from the vet. I buy a large bottle that lasts me a very long time and we never have to see the vet anymore.

Of course, if there is a possibility there is something in the ear canal, a vet trip is required. Otherwise any substance put in there will be very damaging, possibly fatal.

Anyway, I really encourage everyone with any type of problem possibly caused by allergies to change foods. It may not be as simple as avoiding wheat, corn, and soy, but it might be! And if not, you can do your testing further and see what you find for yourself.

Also, if she is really itchy - chewing on her paws and such, I give benadryl. be sure and look up the correct amount for the weight of your dog if you try that.

Posted by Aryk (Plainfield, Il Usa) on 11/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 13yr old Westie and he's had chronic ear infections/icthiness since he was about 4. I'm not out of the woods yet, but I wanted to suggest a few things to the other dog owners out there with problem poochies.

Oskar has had itchy, red, smelly ears, sores that crust and flake off his skin, oily, smelly skin and hotspots. We've been through it all! It really breaks my heart to keep seeing these issues flare up. We've been to the vet throughout his life for these issues and he's been treated with antibotics and steriods which never helped. So this is what I've been doing:

I feed a raw-food or grain-free dry food. Try and stay away from beef, because this is considered a "hot food" and can irritate the allergy. (Oskar likes duck, lamb and I know fish is a good choice as well. ) Also, a tbsp of Greek yogurt with live cultures and a tbsp of apple cider vinger with food once a day. This took two weeks to really notice much of a difference, but his ears started to open and I was able to clean them and then begin treatment for his ears.

It was recommended to me to use Zymox products, you can get them on Amazon.Com, I have yet to find them in a pet store. I use the shampoo and rinse, two times a week. Leave the shampoo on for 10mins and then you can leave the rinse (conditioner) on to dry if you want, or just do spot-treatment with it on your pet's worse itchy places. I've also used their ear products, I got the ones with the hydrocortisone in it because Oskar is constantly scratching his ears, and this has helped as well.

Recently I picked up their Topical Cream with hydrocortisone and have been using that in between baths, once a day and it's been really amazing. His hotspots on his back legs have healed up tremendously and he hasn't been chewing nearly as much. I really recommend this. But as a disclaimer, if you have a white dog it will turn the fur yellow to the areas you're applying it. The yellow does grow out and wash out though. I usually throw an old T-shirt on Oskar after applying so that way the oil from the cream doesn't get on anything and he can't lick it off.

Anyway, I hope this helps some. I'm still on the road to completely getting rid of his yeasty self, but this has really been helping!

Replied by Vicky

I like the idea of putting a shirt on after treatment so he can't lick it off.

Posted by Moosesmom (Watertown, New York, Usa) on 08/16/2011

I've read several comments about switching foods for dogs with yeast problems. My dog also suffers from this condition and I've been researching up a storm. has some amazing things to say as well as some pretty valid points. One point being is that sugar feeds yeast! Most dog owners are told their dogs have a food allergy and switch to allergy type foods and or grain free foods - what do almost all of these foods/treats have in them??? SWEET POTATO!!!!!!!! We might as well be feeding the yeast - actually, we are. If you read some of her articles she discusses how starchy carbs feed the yeast. There are very few truly anti-yeast dog foods out there. Petco actually carries one of them - but not all Petco's have it in stock (you can order it from their website and if you spend $49 you get free shipping most all the time). It is By Nature's Salmon, Ocean Fish and Yogurt formula. Give it a try - the price is pretty even if not lower than most all "allergy/grain free" and it is a natural food. Also their Organic 100% Turkey or 100% Chicken canned food while not to be used as dog food - more like a food topper is approved as well. By Nature also offers a frequent buyer program where you buy 10 bags and get the 11th free I think it is. Look into this and I really hope this helps your babies!!

Replied by Hazyblue7
San Diego, Ca

Sweet potatoes are very high in sugar and should never be given to a dog with a yeast infection.

Replied by Darlene
East Yaphank, Ny

The food you recommend has oats and barleys???

Posted by Laura J (Miami, Fl) on 05/18/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My pug has suffered with skin problems for 9 years. He used to smell horrible a day after bathing. I went through years of medicinal shampoos, $200's in vet visits each month, steroid shots, antibiotics, hair falling out all over his body, scabs, scaley skin...all the things I read on your posts. And really bad ear infections. So bad that he couldn't even open his mouth at times. Then I read your site and started trying out different things and observing the effects. Instead of the $30 medicinal shampoo from the vet (which made his skin MUCH MUCH worse over time) I purchased a medicated shampoo at the pet store for $10 with coal tar, sulfur and triclosan. I gave him yogurt, white vinegar and acidopholus. Then I decided he must have a food allergy that is weakening his immune system and causing the yeast I switched his food yet again from a limited ingredient duck and potato dry food from the pet store. I tried the fish and potato, all the different limited imgredient varieties. He only got worse. Then I tried the prescription diet duck CANNED FOOD from the Veterinarian. Now, finally, he is so much better. The dry food has too too many additives. The canned food is simpler. I think he may have been allergic to the yogurt, so I eliminated that and added probiotics to his diet (with acidopholus) each day. For a time, I sprayed mild vinegar and water solution on him after his medicated baths. After 3 months his scabs were completely gone and his hair all grown back. It's been 4 to 6 months of treatments. I have discontinued the vinegar and the acidopholus. His coat is now gorgeous, and the awful smell is almost all gone. He still licks his feet, and has some painful sores on them. He still has mucous on his eyes in the morning and I am still working on curing his much improved, but still stubborn yeasty left ear. Most of his years of suffering are behind him now and it seems to all boil down to nasty food allergies compromising his immune system. I may go back to the probiotics again for a while to see if the ear infection and foot licking can go away completely. The prescription canned food is quite expensive, but the change in diet has cured his skin condition and I don't have to go the the vet constantly and pay huge bills for treatments that didn't help him at all--only made him feel worse. Puggy and I thank you for all the great info. It takes trial and error, but really pays off.

Replied by Christina
Sierra Vista

Sounds like your dog still has yeast on or in his paws...try researching frito paws or yeasty dogs. Treat him from the inside with apple cider vinegar. And dips for his paws. The other dry foods u listed didnt work because yeast is fed by sugars, and carbohydrates are converted to sugar in the body which feeds yeast in the gut, ***leaky gut , potatoes corn etc...grain in their food is going to worsen your dog. :-) hope the vinegar helps!

Posted by Scott (Kingwood, Tx) on 12/21/2009
3 out of 5 stars

We have a 6 year old Aussie who has what appears to be a rampant ear infection and we were referred to this site in order to find a yeast infection cure. We feed him Blue Buffalo, and egg whites at breakfast and beef burger at dinner. We used to use a soy/beef mix and it seemed to get worse.

Currently the high protein diet and constant bathing has returned his coat however his ears, elbows and paws still have this black stuff all over, a waxy feeling.

We will start him on acidopholus and check back in a couple of weeks.


Posted by Laura (Oroville, CA, USA) on 03/24/2009
1 out of 5 stars

YEASTY BULLDOG: We are a family full of dogs. 3 engilish bulldogs 1 rescue boxer 1 yorshire terrier. I recently aquired a 2 year old male english bulldog. Geesh does he smell. I knew of yeast problems with these dogs due to poor breeding. He is a mess. I started him on yogurt when we brought him home. Also switched him to the Nutro brand dog food my others are on. Nutro for sensitive digestive systems (bullies are gassey dogs) I have not noticed a change in Mr. Stinky. I am going to bath him with the 50/50 mix of apple cider vinegar and add acidophilus tablets to his food. He was really skinny when I got him. He is just in bad shape. My goal is to get him fattened back up and minimize the yeast problems. We are putting monostate 7 in his ears daily. Thanks so much for this website. I am also a mother of a juvenile diabetic and am huge into holistic remedies. I will update with the progress of my stinky boy.

Replied by Scott
Wenatchee, WA

I saw your comment on the Nutro Food. All of my dogs problems started when I switched her to this brand of food. I have her on a holistic one now. I would ditch the Nutro. Could be just the dog that is allergic to that brand. I am very put off by them though. My dog is obviously in a lot of pain and I know for a fact it was this food that caused it to all start in the first place.

Replied by Chris
El Paso, TX

PLEASE READ!!!! Yeast is an extremely hard organism to kill. It is very painful to live with and is always present in the intestines of healthy animals - including humans. Basically, the way it works is that you and your dogs intestines have millions of "good" bacteria that flourish inside them and aid in digestion. These bacteria are responsible for an estimated 90% of your body's immunity. They constantly wage war against foreign organisms that are consumed. It is said that the intestines are actually like a second brain to the body because of the number of nerve endings and important functions carried out throughout the body that rely on the intestines. Anyhow, everything gets sick at somepoint in their life and as a result, the bacteria in the intestines are in decline or "out of whack". When the bacteria die off, yeast can take over. Yeast fills the empty space in the intestines where the good bacteria used to live. This process is accelerated by antibiotics because antibiotics do not differentiate between the good bacteria and kill them off. This is very important - ANTIBIOTICS CAN CAUSE YEAST INFECTIONS AND MAKE CURRENT YEAST INFECTIONS WORSE. This is why plain unsweetened yogurt is recommended for yeast infections - it contains L Acidiophilus which is one of the main good bacteria needed for intestinal health. If the good bacteria are never replenished and the yeast is allowed to thrive for an extended period of time, a systemic yeast infection can occur and/or resulting in an immunocompromised/auto immune condition. To kill yeast, it needs to be starved long enough for it to become weak and possibly die off on it's own. In extreme cases, Antifungals can be used AFTER the yeast has been starved long enough to become weakened to aid in it's demise - I honestly don't know who would get prescription antifungals for their dog or if they are safe for your dog. The rule of thumb in humans is to stay on the diet for 1 month to every year of candida overgrowth - do the math for your dog. Yeast feeds on sugar of all forms. This includes sugar in corn, milk, carbohydrates, potatoes.....and many other things found in common dog food. Feed your dog olny what you are 100% sure has no sugar in it, but make sure they still have the essential vitamins and minerals they need even if it requires supplements. On a personal note, I have been suffering from chronic yeast infections for the past 15 years and this is what I have done to get things under controll. Dogs are not that different from humans. Read about "candida overgrowth" "candida diet" "systemic yeast infection" - educate yourself about the topic to better help your loved ones. I have 3 dogs.

Replied by Josephine
Pittsburg, Pa Allegheny Co.

My post is in response to the site about yeast infection in DOGS. Please direct this post to the correct site. Throughout my poor ShihTzu problems I never considerd panda could be a yeast invection victim. And the reason was because the majority of all the posts pet owners would discribe what their pup was expierencing. Most stated extreme loss of hair along with the rash. Pandas hair is as beautiful as ever. But do cut hair off his belly. I am thrilled to say his pink spots that were UNDER his skin on his belly only are all gone. I truly believe because I combined all sugestions from this fantasic site Earth Clinic.

First I start out sharing what changes I made in the last 2 months. My vet did say he had an immune problem. Yes he also wanted me to agree on drugs. Never considred that route. So till I got some answers I put him in Armour Yep It prevented him from chewing off his dewclaw and opening his flesh on his inner thighs. I had to resort to this protection until I did the research. Now dont get upset when I said Armour. I went to goodwill bought snap geans toddlers long sleeve shirts. I cut a big hole for his fluffy tail. THAN I put baby socks on his paws held with velcro. Hey it works for me or should I say Panda. I planed for this to be a temporey solution till I was able to do my researching. OK this is what I truly helped thanks to different posts. First let me start with Panda is 6 yrs. Old this started one and half yrs. ago. Panda has always been on a 5 star wellness from day one. I did try the grainfree with no change in his rash or itching. Than I did try ACV I couldnt stand his reaction from that.

From all the posts combined I put turmeric, cocnut oil, flaxseed and omega 3 in his kibble. Its been amonth of this combination. All organic Never treats. He loves cooked carrots thats it. OK his stomach rash has completly gone. After his homemade oatmeal bath He is without his coverup for an hour or more. Panda will start to lick his paws and start licking his inner thigh. We are still working on that. Last night I got on the site explaining Yeast infection. One important symptom he has are black patches in differant areas but no scaly skin at all or dryness like most of the posts mention. Thats why I didnt connect the two dots. Than I accidently got on the yeast infection site and realized thats what the black spots are and how all the posts are talking about immune system and how to repair it Iam very confident all I have done so far is good. But not there yet. So many posts mentioned two things I need to get and I did today, ACIDOPHILUS soooo many posts mentioned this probiotic. Also greek yogort I opened a capsule.

Replied by Judy Millette
Westchester, Illinois
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My dog also had terrible skin problems with Nutro brand. Once I stopped feeding her the Nutro, her skin cleared up and she stopped smelling yeasty.

Replied by Michelle

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.

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Posted by Carmichael (Ca) on 05/30/2016
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I have a Siky Yorkie. I took her to the vet 3 times because of black dry itching spots her skin was just flaking in dried up sores. I did not know what to do. What the vet did it did not help antibiotic shots shampoos and I am disabled so I have to have a groomer bath her. Well after reading your web site I stopped all the treats and grains and put her on a real good probiotic that I take myself and also I take ACV every day along with turmeric root. Not knowing this was what my dog needed so I started my dog on a probiotic and ACV and turmeric powder on her skin to make her more comfortable. And right after I put the ACV on her skin she loved it and after everything was done with the probiotics and the ACV she went right to sleep without chewing on her paws.

This has taken time and we have a long ways to go. I just started the treatment 2 days ago but I am excited to see if her skin returns to that beautiful plank skin instead of dried up old sores the make her itch and her skin was just so flakie. It's like the worst dandruff I have ever seen and its yeast it's all around her vagina paws belly etc ears but is looking forward to this knew treatment. Thank you. I will let you know how she does.

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Posted by Cmleung (Toronto, Canada) on 06/26/2015
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My dog is an 10 years old Akita, neutered male. He has been scratching like crazy and have yeast problem two years ago, it has never stopped. Over the 2 years the vet has prescribed steroids-prednisone, antibiotics, all kinds of blood tests, change his food according to the vet recommendation (it was kangaroo meat), and nothing helps. He got severe diarrhea with the new food and finally refused to eat them, so we switch him to a salmon brand. We tried to bath him but he is one of those that HATE bathing. For us to bath him we will need to take a day off! We were referred to an ER dermatologist. She must have needed money bad or need to prove herself. She is so adamant about prescribing him EVERY treatments and pills under the sun, and probably want to maximized the kick-back from pharmaceutical company! Anyway, long story short. They switch him to Venatyl-P, with antibiotics and Ketoconazole, continue with his cleanser (that is another thing which we have accumulated bottles of different things from the vet). We were prescribed Venatyl-P before but we weren't able to lower the dosage and the drug is getting too costly. Our insurance was very slow to give us back the money. Everything needs to pay up front. So the old vet prescribed prednisone. He was ok with the prednisone once a day, until the derma insisted to switch him to venatyl-p or no drug for my Koda at all. The attitude was outrageous when we demanded a price list for the treatment plan and pick what we can effort at the time. The owner/head vet at Koda's 'family vet' refused to refill his Venatyl-P nor prednisone until we bring him in. I understand the risk, and over the pass two years we have been spending thousands of dollars at the same vet. But using the tactics to force upon visits and treatments gets my blood boiled.

Enough of the vent.

We have tried to give him ACV on the skin. It makes the situation worse. He licks it even more and dislike the smell or taste. I guess because he licks it more, skin was always moist and therefore encourage the growth of yeasts. Then we tried to put ACV in his water and food. He eats them, but situation never improved. We also give him Yogurt along with ACV. Nothing changes. He seems to like the yogurt though.

So... this post is to report what is NOT working unfortunately :(

I just started to give him Yogurt with acidophilus. I haven't seen any improvement yet but it has only been two days. He is more gassy though.

I will also try turmeric put on his skin and see what happen.

Has anyone try to use the over-the-counter yeast infection treatment like Canesten cream?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Cmleung!

I have used OTC yeast creams in the ears or in skin folds with good result. I much prefer Ted's Antifugal/Antistaph remedy because it is more affordable.

In your shoes I might give the derma the boot and go back to the daily oral pred as that seemed to give you the best result. JMHO!

You might try adding borax to the water to help combat the yeast from the inside out. It sounds like you have the diet nailed down - no grains, avoid starches that feed the yeast - etc.

Anti fungal/staph skin solution - you will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution **process below

Mix 1 tbsp of MOM with 1 tbsp epsom salt and 1 tbsp borax into 1-1/2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Apply and do not rinse. This solution should knock out any staph infection or yeast infection going on in the skin. The working action of this rinse is about 24 hours, so you may need to dip him every other day - or based on the results that you see.

Process for converting the 1 -16 oz bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drug store to a 1% solution: Empty hydrogen peroxide into larger bottle - I use an empty 1 gallon vinegar jug. Add to this 32 oz filtered or distilled water - I just refill the hydrogen peroxide bottle twice - and dump into the jug. What this does is change your 3% hydrogen peroxide into 1% hydrogen peroxide.

Ted's Borax protocol for pets:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/12/2014

The borax dose is the same regardless of the weight of dogs. In the end small dogs drink less than large dogs. The only difference is the sex of dogs which the female dog requires half the dosages male dogs.

So a female dog is always 1/8 teaspoon per liter dose. And male dogs is 1/4 teaspoon per liter water. Weight is irrelevant.

Borax dosage for 1 week. Then 1/2 dosage in week 2. Stop for 1 week. Resume.


Borax dosage for 4 days, then no borax/water for 3 to 4 days. Continue on/off schedule until ailment clears.

Some reduce the dosage depending on weight of dog to prevent side effects but just know that beneficial effects will also take more time to see results when you reduce the dose.


Additional food supplements might be quercetin for inflamation, or yucca or turmeric. I would rather see the probiotics added via encapsulated form or powder rather than yogurt as the dairy can cause stomach upset/gas to obtain a theraputic concentration of the beneficial gut bacteria. Colostrum can be obtained at health food stores and may help to build up his immune system as well.

Replied by Cherie
Irvine, Ca


I too am trying to combat a yeasty dog. We are not sure what she's allergic too. I've switched diets, took her off chicken, turkey and beef. Now on Stella's Raw Rabbit or Venision Dehydrated. Baked Salmon some, green vegetables. No starches whatsoever. She is on probiotics, enzymes, omegas, quercetin, nettles, Apawthecary Detox Blend and I give her coconut oil orally. I also use an anti fungal shampoo and rinse and Dermagic Skin Rescue lotion. She is still very itchy and has the blackened dark skin on her chest, belly and legs. Gotten better some, not completely. What type of borax should I use? How much in her water? It is safe to put it in her water? I'd like to try Ted's rinse also.

Replied by Lynn
San Diego Ca

Please check my recent post..Ted's Mange Cure for Dogs Sat, 26 Sep 15 17:34:38 -0500 Posted by Lynn (San Diego, Ca) on 09/26/2015 sounds like my puppy. Homeopathy can really help. Sulfur and Psorium if symtoms match. You need to do the yeast protical spray 2 a day, Dr. Becker vet on youtube, Teds mange rinse look what I did and do...nuiturition...look up Answers Raw pet food. And on youtube for lectures. Homeopathy also can building up the dog. That is what I am doing. Takes time..lots of prayer too. It is finally working for me. Looks like you are almost there.