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

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Posted by Ken (Orlando, Kentucky, Usa) on 03/13/2012

I adopted a very sweet 7 year old bull mastiff 2 months ago that had multiple health problems. After $700 of heart worm medication, ear mite and intestinal worm meds we had to contend with a very bad odor a day after each bath using normal dog shampoo. My wife was about to the point of banning him from coming in the house. I was told by a friend to use human Head and Shoulders clinical strength shampoo. After two baths (once a week) the odor diminished. After 4 weeks it was not noticeable. I was very careful not to get into the eyes.

Diatomaceous Earth

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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.

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Posted by Claire (Indianapolis) on 06/13/2014

Re: Diatomaceous Earth kills Yeast, Fleas and Parasites

Hi, My poor dog started getting issues almost 2 years ago: flea bites became hotspots, then fungus, mites, ear infections, baldness, rashes. I changed to a homemade diet of raw meat, boiled eggs (with crushed shells for calcium), live yogurt, ACV, Coconut Oil, oregano, probiotics, tumeric (for swelling and cataracts) and other good things. It all helped a lot but the thing that finally killed the yeast was Diatomaceous Earth (DE). This is a fine silica powder that is totally non-toxic and is a great wormer, parasite and flea killer and a great nutritional supplement. It is totally safe for humans too with LOTS of benefits and incredibly cheap. Buy FOOD grade only at your local health food store. You won't regret it! Zorro got die off symptoms within a few hours but healing followed rapidly. So glad to have finally have a healthy dog again.

Replied by Terrie
(Camas, Wa)

How do you administer the DE? Do you put on skin/ do you put in the food?

Replied by Daureen

Did you put it on her coat? In her food? Both?

Dietary Changes

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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.

Replied by Sandra
(Necedah, Wisconsin)

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

Replied by Sammy

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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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!

Replied by Flower's Mom
(Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm)

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

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

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

Replied by SacredCowBBQ

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.

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Posted by Odette (Canada) on 12/10/2015

I have two bichon/yorkie x, and have never had a problem with them until this past year. I had been feeding them Blue Buffalo Lamb and Potato grain free - THIS IS THE PROBLEM! They have a yeast problem now, and I'm on the road to discovering what treatment will work for them. I will not give them any steroid, antibiotic treatments as I feel that would be detrimental. Both dogs were shaking their heads (ear problem), chewing their paws and legs, to the point of blood taking. One has a bald patch on her leg from licking and chewing. The high content of starches in grain-free dog kibble is causing the problem. Starch converts to sugar, yeast loves sugar. I now have them on Orijen Tundra, giving them anti-fungal baths, and am trying out plain yogurt as well, to help them establish the proper flora in their gut. So far, so good. The itching, biting, etc. has calmed down significantly, however after giving them yogurt for 3 days the head shaking and scratching escalated. I think that may be normal as it has to get worse before it gets better - or so I'm told from the various articles I've read on yeast infections.

I am also starting them on a regimen of a bath every five days to help eliminate the skin problems. I use Vet Formula anti-fungal shampoo, which I bought on I also use ACV/water solution as a rinse. I'm just starting this and already I've seen positive results. I think this is going to take some time to fix as they were on the Blue Buffalo for over a year. By the time we became aware of the problem it was already well-established. I am more than a little annoyed that no one (2 vets ) even suggested that yeast could be a problem, not allergies! They are NOT the same thing at all!

I will provide an update in a few weeks to let you all know how things are going with this regimen.

Replied by Odette

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.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Kandice (Nj) on 12/17/2013

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

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.

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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!!

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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

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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!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Doc (Olathe, Kansas Usa) on 01/30/2012

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jennifer (Arlington, Tx, United States) on 12/30/2011

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.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Aryk (Plainfield, Il Usa) on 11/22/2011

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.

Dietary Changes
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???

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