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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Rachel (Metairie, Louisiana) on 08/06/2011

Many people have claimed that urine can cure the fungus that causes athletes foot. I have a question regarding using urine to cure other types of fungi similar to athletes foot. There is a fungus that can grow and thrive in a dogs ear. It is a yeast infection that causes severe itching and can cause a really bad odor. Also symptoms of light to dark brown discharge in ears. What would happen if urine was used by administering into dogs ear using a spray bottle???

I am at the end of my rope, I've tried every OTC product available in stores. From athletes foot creams to vaginal yeast infection treatments. They all worked at first, but the fungi soon returned within a week or so.

So if anyone has any ideas about what can be done to end this itchy situation... Please reply.

Replied by Sarah

Hi there

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

It only cost me 42$ CAD

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

Good luck!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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

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

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Posted by Rarind (Centerville, Indiana) on 01/05/2013
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Debbie (Chatom, Al) on 05/18/2012

Well, it is so nice to find postings that relate to my Sadie. She is a 15 lb Jack Russell/fice mix. She has had skin issues since she was a puppy. She is now 5. We have used prednisone, numerous times. That helped, but it always came back. My vet has told me allergies. I took her to another vet, he gave her a shot and treated her for scabies. She cleared up, no smell, new hair, no scratching. BUT, you can't give them the shots all the time. Suggested that we have her allergy tested. I love her, but with 2 kids in college, Sadie and Mama are low men on the totem pole. THE NEXT Vet has helped. We put her on a meat only dog food, mitic medication, and an antibiotic. He also said to give her 3 ccs of benedril 2xday. Well, Her hair came back, she lost weight (no snacks and only the dog food) she still smells and itches like hell (sorry) even with the benedril. I really don't think that she has food allergies. Nothing changed with the food. We bathe her every three to four days like the second vet said, smells good for a little while. We are putting a little white vinegar in her rinse water, that seems to help. Gonna try this drug you guys are talking about for the yeast. Heavens, just go round and round. Oh yeah, we dont have fleas, so go figure.....

Have you had your dog tested for Thyroid trouble? My dog experienced the same thing and she was treated for allergies, tested for allergies and finally my groomer suggested I have her thyroid tested; it was extremely low. The test is about $150, but they put her on thyroid pills (inexpensive from the vet) and it took several months but her skin cleared up beautifully. Her Thyroid level was suppose to be 4. and it. 02 the vet said that they skin condition is what prompted her to check the thyroid. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Cathy (Cumming, Ga) on 09/24/2010
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I have started using GSE for my bulldog that I have been told by vet has allergies, yeast infection (infestation). I am amazed by the relief she has been experiencing. See Candida on this website. Thank you all for the gift of health for myself, family and pets. This is a wonderful site!!!!

Replied by Gina
(Iuka, Ms)
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I would be careful with apple cider vinegar on open wounds from licking. Also my vet said I could use neosporin on my yorkie and it wouldnt hurt if he licked it (WRONG) he started gagging and vomiting from licking it. I use organic expelled pressed coconut oil. I rub it on the skin and also give him (9lbs) 1 teaspoon in his food a day. NO MORE YEAST! Yogart can be rubbed on the skin too. Its not as good but better then nothing. I give her benadryl liquid 1 to 2 mg per pound by mouth every 6 to 8 hrs. for fast relief.

I get the coconut oil at health food store they also have it at amazon.

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Posted by Mady Mae (Palmyra, Ny) on 06/12/2012
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OMG! I love reading that other people are hvaing the same issues! I couln't undersatnd why my dog was always getting ear infections and licking her feet and vulva and her feet smelled like fritos.

I soak them in a mixture of 4 cups of water, 1/4 cup white vinager 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide a couple times a day and what a difference of course after I changed her food to high protein diet. EVO. I had her on a sweet potato and herring dog food and it was the worst thing I could do.

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Posted by Dee (Montgomery, Al) on 11/23/2009
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My Bassett (Molly) had a yeast infection in her ears. My vet who is loves animals told me to mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar and clean Molly's ears with it. It did wonders. I have not tried it all over but I am rinsing her with white vinegar after bathing. I also mix the white vinegar in her shampoo when I bath her. I've just started the baths and yogurt. Will let you know my success.


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Posted by Kathryn (Waterford, Ontario) on 03/30/2009
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Yeast Infection: Ears and Skin

I have an 8 yr old female Bulldog. She has yeast in her ears, on her back and saborhea on her coat. A friend who is a vet tech has suggested I giver her accidophilus for yeast and hair growth, as well as intestinal wellnes. Also, I do an ear flush 2-3 times per week using a watered down iodine solution to help steralize the ears. I have been using 1:10 ration of iodine to water and it really seems to be helping with the extra gunk build up. I havn't used the accidophilus yet but plan to start this week. Will also try the yogurt and vinegar. Thanks for the extra tips!

Lime Sulphur Dips

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Posted by Pnkrckgrl (Tn ) on 11/19/2017
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Yeast infections - Try sulfur dip. I used to work for a vet & had a bottle frm working there & put it on my dog & within 24hrs u could see a dif & cleared it up... I believe it was a lime sulfur dip & it's works awesome

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Posted by Donna (Chicago, Illinois) on 08/28/2009
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Yeast Infections in Dogs: I have a Boxer who suffers from yeast infections too. I have read most of the post about this issue and knowing how awful it is for your dog, I thought I would share my findings with the group. There is one product that will help your dog and it's not yogurt. However dont stop feeding the dog yogurt cause they love it. The only thing you can do is realize your dog will probably never get rid of this problem. Why I have no idea I have taken my pup to several Vets and they all give me that answer. So with that said the Shampoo called Malaseb is the only thing that will help. You will notice that your dog will sleep very good the night of their bath. However there are a few catches with this shampoo, one is you MUST leave the shampoo on them for 10 MIN. minimum. If your dog is a short hair dog like mine then put on just enough water to lather the shampoo on the sore place, even if your dog has long hair just try to to use more soap then water atleast for the first few times. What I have found the soap does it aids in numbing the itchy spot so that they dont want to scratch and bite at it. The enzymes in their siliva makes this problem worse. So after your dog has been given a bath, you must make sure you dry them very good that means inbetween the toes. (Just be carefull not to burn your dog with the hair dryer theres alot of people who dont know how to dry their dog safely the best way to do it is keep one hand on the dog then move the hair dryer back and forth on your dog keeping your hand under the spot where the dryer is blowing at that way you will feel the heat your dog feels and if your hand is hot you know that you need to move the hair dryer a little faster back and forth or back it up a little. Do the same to the feet so that you dont burn their little toes. You will have to use a towel as well to get their feet good and dry. If your dog is afraid of the sound of the blow dryer like my little dog, I have found by placing a towel loosely over their face making sure they can breathe then they are a little bit easier to handle.) Now that you have them all dry they will be all happy and sleep so well for the first and second night, however on the third night you will have to do it all over again. Note if the problem area is only on their feet you can get a bucket of water and just do their feet but you must make sure the area is good and dry. Also for a lot of dogs Wheat may be another source of the problem so check your dog food for wheat. Then try to get them another brand of dog food to see how it works out, this will take a few weeks to do, since you will want to change over your dog food slowly so that you dont give them a tummy ache. Keep in mind that dog treats are a main source of wheat. Good luck to all me and my pup feel your itching!

Replied by Bob Fredrick

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

Replied by Robert

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

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Robert,

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

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Posted by Robert (Pc, Fl, usa) on 09/21/2011
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My poor golden retriever/ basset hound mix had the worst case of incurable yeast in his ears I have ever saw and I have owned many many dogs. Oddly, I saw a drag queen say that milk of magnesia, topically, would prevent sweating under makeup for shows with hard hot lighting.

Siwwy had been given every prescription anti yeast medication, every vinegar drop method, every borax based method, all manners of homeopathic cures and things that cost so much money I was wondering if I would go broke. And all of the doctors antibiotics and creams to cure the secondary infections.

As yeast depends on moisture, I decided to go there with MOM. I painted it on rubbed it in, held him until it dried and in a month his ears were completely healed and no scars even remain. Thanks RuPauls Drag Race my dog loves a drag queen now! This is no joke, try it it works!

Replied by Heather
(Tallahassee, Fl)

Thank you, I am going to try this. I trust that it will kill the yeast once and for all!

Replied by Angie
(Springfield, Mo)

Have you tried this? How did it work?

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

(Tallahassee, Fl)

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

Replied by Amanda

What is mom please?

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

Replied by Bd

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

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

Replied by Cherie
(Orange County, Ca)

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

Replied by Cherie

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

Replied by Shepdog
(Tallahassee, Florida)

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

Replied by Shepdog
(Tallahassee, Florida)

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

Replied by Shepdog
(Tallahassee, Florida)

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

Replied by Cherie
(Irvine, Ca)
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How long did it take to start to see any change? I tried the MOM for a few days and saw nothing happening so I stopped.

Replied by Shepdog
(Tallahassee, Florida)
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I saw great improvement within 24 hours, but it took about a month to totally clear up.

Replied by Shepdog

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

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Posted by Carrie (Ohio) on 11/15/2017
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My dog has a bad rash, from her stomach to her tail, I have taken her to the vet several times for this, they say she has a yeast infection and give her antibiotics and steroids. I take her home and give her her meds, and she will heal up, but within a few weeks it's back, I've tried apple cider vinegar and it doesn't seem to work, I bath her in medicated selsum blue, and give her plain yogurt, nothing seems to help, her ears are fine but she looks so bad, I don't know what to do! She is a 3yr old white bull terrier, plz help!!!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Carrie,

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

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Posted by Susan (Georgia) on 03/25/2017
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About the dog who smelled, had yeast, and chewed his feet...... my dog shed bad and chewed feet. Horrible sores. Cure I found was expensive dog food, omega 3 oils, probiotics and Dinovite, a supplement I buy online. Raw food. Fish. His hair is so much thicker and he no longer chews his feet. In 2 months he is cured. It costs a lot more money but he is healthy now.

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Posted by Sadiesmomma (Florida) on 07/31/2016
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Hi all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by Dana T. (Midland, Tx) on 10/31/2015
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Systemic Yeast/Staph/Bacteria

I am so lost and just exhausted all efforts and my rescue shih tzu of two years has fought a fight that is not getting better. I do not have a clue anymore and am devastated. Long story short, just like all other stories, when we saved her, she was very sick. Steroids and antibiotics had to be administered to get better. Here we are two years later and last year I finally went holistic with our baby and STILL nothing. Feeding organic raw chicken, greek yogurt, and some organic boiled egg with a little kale. She is on acidophilus and probiotics, doing the borax, hydrogen, epsom, milk of magnesia baths. Spray this also on her. Coconut oil.

What is there left? Her ears as I write this make me want to cry. She is hurting because they are so big (4 times the size) and just look like hamburger meat. Under her eye is huge and knots and red that this bath tonight had I guess a little blood oozing from it because her hair was pink. At a LOSS and PRAYING for a miracle answer here.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Dana,

If this were my dog I would use Zymox Otic bought online for the ears; a frequent poster Wendy offers a home made formula for healthy ears as well. While there are steroids in these preparations I am most concerned about making the ears feel better at this point.

And while you are using the borax externally I would recommend you do Ted's borax protocol for pets - this involves dosing borax in the drinking water to combat systemic yeast.

One critical component not mentioned is diet - what are you feeding your wee beastie?

Replied by Susee
(Sydney, Australia)

Dana, try a pinch of flowers of sulphur once a day in her meal, don't overdose though. It does help with skin problems.

EC: Thank you, Susee! We were interested to learn more about Flowers of Sulphur and found this interesting article online:

Replied by Dana
(Midland, Tx)

Feeding organic chicken with a little kale and organic egg and Greek yogurt. I will order the stuff and overnight. I am so upset that nothing is working. It is actually spreading down her neck and on her back. It started in her feet.

Replied by Sassy

I got a blue nose pitbull with a yeast infection and I gave him antibiotics for a yeast infection and put Monistat all over his body And he got WAY better but then it came back because it wasn't completely gone. Now I have to do it again. How is your dog? Also, I've been putting mineral oil and and a And d ointment on the dog but the Monistat really works plus you have to scrape off all the yeast. A flea comb works but I've also been scraping it off with my fingernails. My friend had given me two antibiotics I open them up lined it out then separated it into 6 portions and gave it to him and raw hamburger meat and also adjust the 325 milligram aspirin broken and a half and gave it to him every 4 hours all the swelling went down but if you don't get all the yeast it will come back and it comes back very quickly.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Sassy,

Your puppy may have problems besides yeast - if this were my dog I would think mange mites of some type. Please consider dipping your puppy in Ted's Mange Remedy - start with a full dip every other day for 3 treatments and report back please. Also consider borax in the water per Ted's Borax for pets protocol. This treatment is far more affordable than tube after tube of monistat, and very effective.

Replied by Nikki

My dogs ears were the same, I used canesten cream on cotton wool bud & put in side ear then rub . Twice a day worked wounders also use Apple Cider Vinegar for feet & when bathing her . Good luck

(Sacramento, Ca)

Can you please tell me where you buy the canesten cream, and what is a wool bud? My dog has such a problem with yeast, I just tried one dip of Teds borax dip and she slept the entire night with no itching, but her ears are awful and I will need to take a trip to the vet which I can not afford anymore, but I have tried everything for the ears, please let me know and I can give this a shot, thanks so much.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Shelly,

Not the OP but wool bud = cotton ball and Canesten cream = vaginal yeast infection cream that contains Chlotrimezol.

A side note: you can use Ted's remedy in the ears too, so when you dip her in the tub with Ted's remedy flush her ears out while you are at it.

Lastly, you can order Zymox Otic HCL online - this works wonders in the ears and is worth the investment IMHO.

Replied by Rebecca
(Conroe Tx)


I pray this message finds you and your rescue baby well. Your story brought tears to my eyes. I too am a rescue mom. I have a 4 yr mini schnauzer that had Lyme Disease for an unspecified amount of time. Rescued @ 9 months after two families had owners pass away. THANK GOODNESS MY HUBBY AND I WERE LUCKY NUMBER 3. Continued trips to er departments and high cost lead me to find a few cheap tricks that may help in your situation. ON A SIDE NOTE ZYMOX ROX, but the key is to find it online as the others have mentioned. I kept my 4 oz ZYMOX bottle and made a mixture of 1/3vinegar 1/3 witchazel 1/3 water( just boil some with a pinch of salt). Add pharmacutical oil of eucalyptus 2 drops. Please avoid the potpourri version it isn't the same. After they completely dry, and I use twisted papertowls or tp. Gently, they absorbe at a far better rate, exceeds cotton by miles. I will in his severe breakouts sprinkle tiny amounts of boric acid in each ear. A pinch for small, 2 pinch for you big dog lovers. Usually every other day for five days. I warm his ear solution in the sink before gently flushing, and he seems to appreciate that little trick. Avoid eyes of course, and liquid works on paws, hind ends, especially schnauzer bumps. His yeast plight amongst vitamin b deficienCY, diabetic, allergies galore, separation anxiety from his early months HGED, PANCREATIC FLARES just make me happy that I snagged the sweetest soul that day I became mom. A piece of advice for anyone reading this, please trust your gut when it comes to your furbaby. There are great Vets, but more fall sub par to ethical tx. You know the animal best.

🐶 Tyrion and 👑 Rebecca

Replied by Sandra

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

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

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

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

Replied by Iain

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

Replied by Shannon
(Brandon, Fl)

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

Replied by Bob

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

Replied by Cherie
(Irvine, Ca)

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

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Posted by Debbie (Portslade, Uk) on 01/07/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Yeast Infections in Dogs: I can only tell you what worked for me.

I have 4 Shihtzus. When one of them was a puppy, he started to become quite poorly. Took him to the Vets. Who diagnosed severe Yeast issues. They started pumping him full of steroids and antibiotics. We kept going back to the vets. He was getting worse, to the point, I thought I was going to lose him.

He was fed on commercial puppy food.

I started, doing loads of research. And, discovered that steroids and antibiotics actually 'feed' the yeast!!

So, no more Vets........ I also researched dog food. And that anything with wheat/grain in, was feeding the yeast also. That's when I changed to raw feeding. No fruit or veg for him either as there are natural sugars in many. For that reason, I don't use ACV for him. I started bathing him in a good quality anti-fungal shampoo. Rinse well. And then with a mixture of half water/half, distilled WHITE vinegar. Soak the dog in it. 'Dunk' the paws in a bowl of it. Flush out the ears also with the mixture. (As long as the ear drum is not perforated).Then leave it on the dog, to dry. DON'T rinse off. Get a spray bottle and make up a new solution. Use this every day where there are any skin issues and spray inside the ears. Clean out any 'gunk' with it. Dunk the paws daily in a new solution. Doing it, just before bed time, is the ideal time to do it. Also, after a walk etc.

The crucial thing is diet. Add some probiotic yogurt. Garlic. Good quality, Virgin coconut oil. Every day. Plus of course. Raw meat/Offal/Tripe/fish. Some bone. But, find out about raw feeding, so you know what to give. Minus, fruit and veg for a dog with yeast issues. NO treats or biscuit. Unless home made. For a dog with yeast issues. It has to be done for the lifetime of your dog.

If you need to heal any sores before you get it under control. Use a mixture of neem oil and coconut oil.

If antibiotics are needed. Use Colloidal Silver. Or, it will flare up again.

Don't give tap water to drink. Only, bottled or filtered. NO, table scraps. I now have a very healthy 5 year old.

When he has a bath, it's always with the anti-fungal shampoo, followed by the white vinegar/half water rinse. I also, always clean his ears with it. He has an issue with one ear, because his ear canal is VERY narrow. So, I also shave his ears, inside and out. So, he has no hair irritating his ear.

Replied by Kimberly
(Pa, US)

I'm a HUGE supporter of raw feeding, and truly believe the pet industry including our vets keep our pets sick with yearly UNNECESSARY yearly vaccines and commercial or RX kibble YUCK..GO RAW

Replied by Nancy
(Ivanhoe / Ca/ Usa)

Hi I am dealing with the same exact problem with our 10 month old male 85 pound shephard/staffordshire mix. He has a wretched smell coming from his ears but one seems really bad and has a lot of brownish redish liquid gunk inside. His whole body smells like old gym socks so I know it's a problem with yeast. For the first 8 months of his life we were feeding him nothing but Pedigree dry and canned food. I thought it was good, but he kept having horrible stomach infections. The Vet mentioned that maybe we should switch his food out and cut out a lot of the wet food. So I switched him to the Costco brand of the higher quality grain free dry dog food for the last couple months. Although his stomach issues have been fixed now the yeast problem has reared its ugly head. I plan on following your regimen to see if at all possible it helps our boy. I understand most of your directions but my question to you is on the colloidal silver you speak of. Is it the liquid form or ointment for topical use? Thank you for your help.

Replied by Vonnie Ward

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

Replied by Rebecca M.

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

Replied by Debbie
(East Sussex Uk)

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

Replied by Judy

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

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Posted by Cobrien (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 12/15/2014
4 out of 5 stars

My sweet boy Mason (sheltie/terrier mix) is a rescue dog. I've had him for over a year, he's approximately 3 years old. We've been dealing with the nasty yeast since we got him. Antibiotic/steroid therapy has been prescribed to him on and off from his vet. Over the summer, I started him on atopica because his itching was so severe. I was at my wits end and the look on his face was so desperate for help. The first month on atopica was daily, 2nd month, every other day, 3rd month, 2x a week. He did really well the first 2 months but come the 3rd month, he was back to incessant scratching.

We then started him again on the daily dose. Went back to the vet (for shots) and again prescribed antibiotic/steroid therapy and to discontinue the atopica to clear up his skin before giving him his yearly shots. I knew this was a bad idea but as desperate as we are, we'd do whatever it took to make him well. For three weeks, everything was great. But I knew that once he was off of the therapy, his scratching would resume. It did. My next plan before stumbling upon this website was to take him to a dermatologist, but after reading so many stories, I decided to give some of the recommendation that has been put on here as one last ditch effort to combat this yeast on my own.

This is what I do for Mason:

Wysong Epigen 90 (starch/grain free) about 1/2 cup a feeding with Wysong wet food (about 1/4 can). 1 acidophilus pill, 2 benadryls, and a few squirts of anchovy oil, an about a tablespoon of virgin, unsweeteneded coconut oil. Two times a day.

I also bathe him with anti-fungal/anti-bacterial shampoo with tea tree oil until my order of Malaseb comes in as well as a vinegar/peroxide/water combo rinse and let him soak in it for at least 10 minutes. He hates being in the bathtub so it can be a little difficult keeping him still. I pat him dry, especially his paws. I'll be doing this 2 times a week.

We're on day 4 and his scratching isn't as incessant as it was. He still has a yeasty odor but he'll get another bath/rinse tonight. His stool/farts has the most awful smell ever. I'm going to assume it is from the change to his food and/or the added supplements.

I am hopeful that this will work for him. It breaks my heart to see him like this - he came from an abuse/abandoned situation before ending up at the shelter and then in my home. I promise him everyday that no matter what, if my husband and I end up in the poor house, he will be healthy and happy and itchy free.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Cobrien!

You might be over doing it with both the salmon oil and the coconut oil - cutting back to just 1 of those oils may help with the farting; also consider adding enyzmes for digestion: I use chewable papaya from Whole Foods for my pack.

I would also consider something that may have a bit more *kick* than the your vinegar/peroxide/water solution; Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph dip.

You will need:

Milk of Magnesia [magnesium hydroxide]
Epsom salts [magnesium sulfate]
Borax [sodium tetraborate]
1% hydrogen peroxide solution [start with the 3% solution you buy in the brown bottle at the super market or drug store]


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. You now have 48 oz of solution. To this add 4 tablespoons EACH of Milk of Magnesia, Epsom Salts, and Borax. I cap the jug and then let it sit in a sink of hot water to get it up to a nice warm temperature. When the solution is warm, I then bathe my dog in the tub and make sure I rinse out the soap well. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty I then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible, then I stop up the drain and then pour the jug of warm solution over my dog. I use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so I can pour it over my dog again. Keep this up for at least 10 minutes - dosing the dog over and over again with the solution, making sure it reaches everywhere and particularly on the affected areas. I let my dog drip off in the tub and then I put her in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting; you may need to bump up the heat in the house or crate him in a small room with a space heater. The solution continues to work when wet, so the air dry process in the crate allows the solution to continue the therapeutic action until your dog is dry.

Yeast infections take time to manifest, and can take a while to resolve. You may additionally consider borax to combat the yeast internally. Ted recently updated his borax protocol -here it is again FYI:

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 2/12/2014 "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.

This is most common dosages, just use common sense. Yes borax can be use for many unexplained conditions of dogs and human for simple reason that most unexplained conditions that cannot be cured with bacteria in majority of cases is fungus or parasites which borax does well but also is essential nutrient for the bones and hormones in mammals."

Replied by Cherie
(Orange County, Ca)

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

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Cherie,

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

Replied by Cherie
(Orange County, Ca)

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