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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets

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Posted by Vannie (Sabah, Malaysia) on 06/30/2014

Hi, I have a mini poodle that has yeast which started only last year. Before this, she has been biting and licking her paws on and off. The problems is getting serious now, I have to put e-collar on; if not she will bite and scratch nonstop. I check her body, no imflammation or bruises. I have brought her to two different vets. The diagnosis is she has fungal infection/yeast. She has tried various antibiotics, pills, anti-fungal salve. She is using malaseb shampoo once a week. Recently, I have changed her diet to no-grain formula. Orijin six-fish 80% fish and Arcana 60% fish. I apply coconut oil on her fur and ACV mixed water to her water bowl and to apply on her paws. But everytime I take off the e-collar, she will scratch and lick paws, tails, butt area, ears. I'm so worried and depressed. Am I doing the right thing? how long does it take for the yeast to clear away?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Vannie!

Clearing a dog of a yeast infection is usually a long term situation.

Upgrading the diet is a good start! You should also consider adding probiotics/acidipohillus to her diet as well; just choose a human grade product from the cooler section of the health store.

Next, consider alkalizing your dog's drinking water by adding baking soda. I start out with 1 teaspoon baking soda into 3 liters of water, and increase by 1 teaspoon each day until the ratio is 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 liter water; I then give this dose for 5 days - after 5 days you can reduce to one half teaspoon per liter of water or go back to the ACV water. I would also add once per week one eighth teaspoon of borax to the drinking water OR mix one eighth of a teaspoon of borax into some wet or canned food. This may produce a loose stool, however borax is an excellent anti-yeast/anti-fungal.

Additionally, I would bathe my dog in a solution of 1 part water to two parts Milk of Magnesia. This is an emergency ratio and in conjunction with the baking soda water and borax water should bring some relief.

Please report back!

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Posted by Keishas Mom (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 11/22/2012
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My yorkie is 4 years old and has been suffering from what I thought were allergies her entire life. I have tried every kind of food, switched to 100% natural chemical free housecleaners, detergents, etc. , I spent enormous amounts of money at the vet and everything they prescribed only made it worse. She had ear infections, rashes and sores (specifically in her armpits, chest, and between her toes), impacted anal sacs, and sneezing and coughing. I finally gave up on the allergy idea and started researching for causes and found out about yeast infections.

Since I've been treating for yeast I have found her to be unbelievable better! I feel her Raw Lamb food, and on it I put colloidal silver, yogurt, and omega-3 oil (one for each meal). I also bathe her with all natual soap (it comes in a bar) and then put a rinse of Vinegar and tea tree oil diluted in water, which I don't rinse off. Once she's dry I put colloidal silver on her itchy spots. I find that these steps help her so much! I can't believe that no vet told me about yeast infections, they just prescribed antibiotics, allergy pills, and topical treatments that made her feel worse. I think all natural is the way to go, and colloidal silver is a miracle worker!

Replied by Virginia
(Beloit, Wi)

If your dog has a yeast infection it has a funky smell. I use 50-50 water and vinegar and ear drops from the vet. Moisture in certain areas of your pet can cause yeast Infection.

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Posted by Earthystuff (Nicholson, Ga, United States) on 08/26/2012
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Yonah had developed some kind of sticky crusty stuff all over his skin and stunk so bad we didnt even want him in the house. A few years back I took him to the vet and he put Yonah on Lamb and rice diet. This diet helped for a short while and then came back with a vengence. I would use a flea comb on him and what came off was like scabs that stuck in the comb.

After searching on earthclinic and agreeing it is yeast, this is what I did for him. Still on lamb and rice food in the morning feed I give him his daily garlic for fleas part of powdered glucosamine and started him on 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinager. He actually doesnt have a problem eating it in his food. I add a little wet lamb and rice to mask the flavor and smell. Afternoon feed I add a little wet food and a big heaping tablespoon of greek yogurt. I have washed him once a week with antifungal shampoo and then follow with spraying him down with a mixture of 1/2 Apple cider vinager and 1/2 water. In between baths I spray him in places that are lingering like the top of his head. Its been about 5 weeks and this yuck is just about gone. His energy level has picked up and he is so much happier. He is an older dog and this usually occurs in the hot months but Im going to keep him on this program. He even smells better. I am glad to report that this is working wonderful.

Earthclinic has been my doctor for about 6 years now and I love the information I get here!

Replied by Loretta
(San Antonio, Tx)

I love this site. Every one here shareing their personal stories have been so helpful to me. My dog is suffering from yeast infections and hotspots. Vets only took my money and time and encouraging oatmeal bath to an obvious yeast infected dog makes me angry. This site and peoples honesty helps us to help our helpess animals whom we love as much as family. Thank You for all your Help and concern. I now take big sighs of relief just seeing how relieved he is.

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Posted by Soozoom (Jacksonville, Fl Usa) on 04/06/2012

This site is great. I recently took in a foster Shih Tzu with the red staining near her eyes. After reading about this on several sites I've decided which methods I will try and why. I believe (as with many small breeds) that the red staining is from excessive tearing (for whatever reason), the red staining shows more because she has apricot and white hair, it has been very warm here and we have relatively high humidity - which increases the moistness. The excessive moistness would increase bacterial growth. The bacteria are either gram positive or gram negative - without testing I don't know which she has. Before giving her any medication I want to try the natural, non-harming remedies. Possible remedies I won't be using are: hydrogen peroxide - causes problems, can damage eyes, ACV - this would burn my eyes so I won't use near her eyes - I do think this would help for the skin yeast problems (in some/most cases - not all) - experiment.

The things I've read that are worth trying are the non-grain, high carb foods - that makes sense since dogs need more meat/other proteins than people, acidopholus in foods such as yogurt and maybe milks I think I've seen. I've also seen that some people say non-filtered water seems to make the problem worse because the tap water might have higher mineral content - the dogs are already getting filtered water. I also bought distilled water - both for drinking and washing her face with (when I only am cleaning the yeasty area). I saw a post from the woman in the Phillipines that made a lot of sense - making your own wash for the dogs from a small amount of vinegar and the most natural soap you can find - no perfumed, no colors - just saponin (the soapy part of soap) - I'm trying that tonight.

The other is a Golden Retriever that has a slight rash that irritates him - it's not infected yet or much - since it was not near his face I sprayed Dermoplast (in pharmacy - OTC); it is a pain relieving, antibacterial spray for humans - avoid mucous membranes with it. I sprayed it on him and he stopped biting at himself for over 12 hours so far - he immediately seemed relieved too. I also thought about Calamine or Hydrocortisone Cream - but didn't get as far as researching yet - so unproven as far as I know - but I don't see the harm as long as again not on mucous membrane areas. If the diluted ACV soapwash, changing to better food, distilled water, acidopholus and keeping the area dry don't work then I will go to the other side - items that are more base rather than acidic before even thinking about meds or vet. I also heard/saw that using blueberries is good to use around the eyes - and this makes sense since they grow best in low acid environments (more base) and red yeast likes slight acidity - so this could make the environment less conducive to the growth of the yeast. Blueberries not in sugar - I did already try it on white fur and it doesn't stain - in fact brightens it as was shown on NGC or some animal show - sorry can't remember - just sticks in my mind though. I've only had her 2 days and have no idea what food she had before - now she is getting Vitality Chx & Oats by Dogs Well - no corn, potatoes or wheat and has acidopholus, blueberries and sweet potatoes. This food makes sense to me - these are slow digesting carbs which evens out sugar in the blood stream and have high amounts of nutrients. I'll let everyone know if I have any success or failure.

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Posted by Sierrahennessy (Fairfax, Usa) on 10/01/2011
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Joanne in Buffalo, NY

I have been reading about your dog with my heart in my mouth. So much of your story reminds me of my own struggles with Sierra, my 12 1/2 year old dog. Sierra has always had yeasty ears ever since we got her at age 8 weeks. We had it under control until her mate King died of DM a few years ago. Then it exploded in our face. We tried everything, were at the vet's multiple times, spent thousands on meds, including steroids and antibiotics. Finally, I switched vets and came with Sierra, who was in agony from joint pain, vaginal infections and loss of hair, black skin, stink and ulcers everywhere! Her coat was matting from the oozing. I told Dr. Lynch point blank I wanted everything in the arsenal for attacking YEAST, which hadn't been done before because nobody listened. He gave me ketoconazal, an antibiotic for the infections in the ulcers and vagina, medicated anti-fungal shampoo to be used twice weekly and a drying powder for taming the ooze. He diagnosed her with severe systemic yeast infection. He also said based on her pain levels, we might have to euthanize her in a month. I came home depressed.

Later that night, I started research. I was prepared to lose my dog in any number of age releated causes. But NOT to a stupid fungus. I began with the lessons I learned from King's DM, when the vet told me when he was 8 that western medicine had gone as far as it could. I took King to an alternative vet, who gave him another 3 amazingly good years using herbs. I decided to take that approach with Sierra. It's been two weeks and the turn around in her heath, her outlook and the decrease in her pain level is nothing less than amazing.

Here's what I learned and did.:

First, food change. I got really picky, went ONLY for low glycemic no grain food. Sierra was on Wellness chicken her whole life, which I still believe to be a quality food for dogs without yeast issues. Her lifetime of good food and medical health may have saved her life (more on that later). I moved her off that and onto Hund n Flocken by Solid Gold. She only eats the can and sometimes not even that, but I believe elimination of sugar and simple carbs has helped with starving the yeast. I don't think its possible to be picky enough about her food. No more Mother Hubbard treats for Sierra. Just duck jerky, which she likes. No more bones, which will contribute to her gut issues.

She had a full set of bloodwork. I read that yeast and thyroid issues go hand in hand. Have both T3 and T4 checked. Every time she has a blood test, the Drs. call me up amazed, saying she has the bloodwork of a dog half her age. It is this organ strength that I believe allowed the Dr. to attack the yeast with his full arsenal at full strength, I gambled on her lifetime of health.

Including pain pills, Sierra is on seven pills in the morning and six at night. We give her pill pockets to get them down her. We use the drying powder three times a day for her ulcers. Only 2 persistant ones (in the armpit) of about 20 remain.

Additionally, after research, I decided to give Sierra Bovine Colostrum, the first milkings from a cow that gave birth. Colostrum is believed to assist in healing the Leaky Gut syndrome, sealing the holes in the intestinal wall and replacing the mucosal lining. I also decided to give her Black Walnut tincture, a major anti-fungal of nature.

We wash Sierra twice a week with the medicated anti-fungal shampoo.

I have two more weeks until we see the Dr. I think we've acheived nothing less than a bloody miracle. The black skin is slowly disappearing and hair I thought I'd never see again has already returned. Her joint inflamation is significantly reduced, and she goes up and down stairs better than in years. Her crusty oozing eyes have cleared completly. She's stopped licking at anything other than normal brief cleanings.

Her ears are still yeasty and likely always will be, despite the fact they are upright and they are correctly formed in the ear canal. (we had the vet look a long time ago).

Here are some other things folks might find useful, by the way, the great dane lady website is fantastic.

Natural Treatment Ideas

Use probiotics/digestive and dietary enzymes to keep the pH balance of the stomach in proper balance. This in turn helps prevent yeast overgrowth.

Use raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice - 2 teaspoons per day on food or in water, to help keep the pH balance where it should be in the gut and make an environment, which is not conducive to yeast proliferation.

1. Bathe in sulfur-based or medicated shampoo
2. Prepare a 50/50 mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar & Water
3. Rinse or wipe affected areas with 50/50 mixture daily. Note: Do not use Apple cider mixture on open lesions

For pets with itchy skin from yeast infections, use a Baking Soda rinse alone or after shampooing your pets body with the appropriate pet shampoo for fungus infections (see vet). It will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation. Ask your veterinarian for his recommendations.

Baking Soda Recipe:
Mix two (2) teaspoons of Baking Soda per gallon of warm water; make sure to mix it so it completely dissolves - pour over pet, do not rinse off.

A mild spray from Tea tree oil will discourage your dog from digging at the skin (because the bitter taste). Aloe Vera, Omega fatty acids, and Neem oil are effective treatments. In mild cases it already can be helpful to wash your dogs skin with apple cidre vinegar or use aloe vera.

If you are not sure about the nutritional values, and biochemical processes in the body, add a high-quality nutritional supplement to your dogs food which contains vitamin B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iodine, biotin, echinacea, and potassium.

The most important characteristic of Neem (neem tea, neem leaf) is, boosting both the lymphocyte and cell-mediated immune system. Neem boosts the production of T-cells, which defense your dogs body when attacks to the immune system occur.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is crucial for boosting your dogs immune system. Vitamin C has essential antiviral and antibacterial activity, but its main effect is improvement of host resistance.

Omega Fatty Acids
Omega fatty acids are important for your dogs immune system, skin and coat health. Omega fatty acids boost food utilization and energy production. Evening primrose oil is most effective (omega 6 fatty acid), followed by flaxseed oil and fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid).

Zinc deficiency increases the risk of infection. Studies show that zinc supplements can boost the immune system, promote wound healing, and help develop white blood cells.

Dog food diet for immune system related dog skin disorders:

Dogs with skin disorders and skin rashes need a special dog food diet, low in carbohydrates.
Whole grains and fiber in the dog food are advisable, to boost the immune system on a long term basis. You can serve the same kind of meat or vegetable for 3 to 4 days, then switch if possible.

Basic dog food: Mainly oats; whole grains; barley, for variation: smashed potatoes

Meat: Mainly duck; for variation: rabbit, turkey, lamb, fish, veal

Vegetable: Garlic, parsley, carrots, watercress, alfalfa sprouts, zucchini, avocado, artichoke, celery - they are great toxin relievers for the body. For better digestion mix the raw vegetable in a blender , and add it to the dogs food.

Fruits: Chopped coconut, apple, banana

Dairy: Plain yogurt or cottage cheese to re-colonize the intestinal flora


Commercial dog foods and treats which contain the following ingredients:
Meat-by-products, poultry-by-products, meat meal, wheat flour, wheat gluten, corn meal, corn gluten, rice flour, brewers rice, BHA, BHT, Ethoxyquin

- Rice, MSG, chicken, pasta, milk (because it contains lactose), bread, cookies, crackers,
- Peanuts, yams, sausage, bacon, corned beef, smoked meat and sausages.
- Onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, salt, ketchup, grapes, raisins.
- Sugars, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, fruit juices, honey, chocolate, or maple syrup


Probiotics (beneficial yogurt like bacteria) keep the flora/fauna of the gut at good levels in the digestive track. When this flora/fauna is killed off due to antibiotics we must re-seed the gut with probiotics at the same time!! .

But Probiotics/Prebiotics, keep fungus/yeast at lower levels in the gut as long as it is supplied daily in your pet's diet and we can't fully depend on it on some dog foods. Once there is yeast overgrowth, probiotics alone will not push the levels back down. It requires supplements to alter the pH of the environment, kill off the yeast, remove the yeast die-off from the body, and probiotics to reseed the gut with beneficial microorganisms.

Chlorexidine at 2 to 4 percent might be effective against yeasts, 0.5 to 1 percent is not effective.

Miconazole (Dermazole ®, Resi-zole® leave on conditioner) is also effective.

Vinegar/water rinse (1/5 to 1/10) is a cheap and effective long-term maintenance treatment to prevent relapses in dogs that are predisposed (swimmers).

Colloidal silver may be administered to dogs as an oral supplement in liquid form, through IV injection, in a nebulizer cup, as a spray or topically as a liquid or cream. It may also be combined with a powder for dry application or to create a paste. It can be used to flush out wounds, as ear drops, eye drops or applied directly onto the skin of your dog. It can be applied to your dog's gums or used as a toothpaste to help eliminate bad breath and tooth decay.

Dogs: 70 to 120# canines can tolerate 1 to 2 tbsps. of colloidal silver 3x/daily during illness. If fever is present or the dog has gone off feed, we will dose a high initial loading dose and then back off to 10 to 15 cc's/day (2 tsp. to 1 tbsp).

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has long been used to treat skin ailments. It has many nutrients and properties beneficial to the skin. Aloe Vera is used as an anti-inflammatory agent. It also provides anti-bacterial and anti-fungal aid. Once again, going straight to the source will provide a more potent treatment. Apply the gel from a leaf of the aloe vera plant directly to the skin rash. If you are not able to find one or do not wish to extract the gel yourself, you can find aloe vera extract at many stores. Apply at least 3 times a day.

Baking Powder: Rub baking powder over the skin rash. Baking powder will dry up the rash and help relieve the itching.

Olive Oil: Olive oil is recommended to soothe dry skin and restore moisture. The skin can also benefit from the healing and renewal properties of olive oil. Skin rashes can be treated by applying olive oil to the affected skin. (Me: Coconut Oil, organic, cold pressed also works well, internally and externally, its a great anti-fungal and dogs love it.)

I have a whole lot of further info. Regarding recipes for these things, if anyone is interested. I also have aromatherapy suggestions that really helped, but honestly, I think I've gone on enough! I wish everyone a safe and fantastic cure.

Replied by Lisahbmwz4
(Oak Ridge, Tn)

Sierrahennessy, I loved all your info on allergy remedies. I am at the end of rope as to what to do. I went to vet for skin allergies. I received Cephalexin and Atopica for Allie (my Shih-Poo). She got very ill after the first dose having a reaction to the antibiotics. We had to stop all meds until the diarrhea stopped and she could start eating again.

At this point, add'l blood tests/urinalysis was done and she had a UTI as well. We started another antibiotic but could not start back on the Atopica until she was actually eating which took about 4 days. In the meantime, she has developed hot spots. I've tried Sulfadene which calms her down for a bit but they just get irritated all over again.

I plan to try some of the options that you mentioned and if you have more suggestions, I am more than interested to hear them. I don't know too much about cooking for her and what not to cook but I am willing to do so? Do foods that have gluten cause more yeast?

Replied by Debra
(Chesapeake, Va, Usa)

Try looking on She offers alot of info about yeast infections. I have a collie mix and I switched foods to a senior diet Solid gold, and unfortuantely it was a vegetarian diet. She is a mess and I just order the Nzyme skin recovery kit to balance out her system. I am so sick of the vet just bandaiding the problems and the $300 vet bills.

This site offers so much information it is unbelievable, and the info is very similar to what you have discovered. Please read for additional asistance, I will update you when I get thru a few weeks of the process. My dogs have always been on Solid Gold, but they are recommending Precise dog food, or Nutri Source dog food. Thanks for the info.

Replied by Patricia
(North Carolina (nc))

I have a 6-yr old lab/border collie mix.. Her yeast allergies are so bad that the vet said she was in so much pain and discomfort that it would be best for her to be put asleep. I can't bare to even think about it. But, then I want to do what is best for her. There are so many different ideas that I don't know what is best. She has lost her hair on her ears and sides. She has lumps all over her. She has sores on her feet that making it hard for her to walk. One place tells me to use apple cidar vinegar another says use white vinegar, and etc. Just don't know how to help her. Any ideas would greatly appreciated.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Patricia,

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

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

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney, Australia)

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

Replied by Jay
(Green Bay, Wisconsin)


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

Thank you, Jay

Replied by Judy

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

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

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

I believe you mean baking soda, not baking powder.

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Posted by For Paws (Toronto, Ontario, Canada ) on 04/29/2011
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I treat my dog's yeast infection with change of diet to grain free and wash with one part water and one part vineager in the affected area every night. It stopped the itching and skin improved a lot over four weeks.

With the food, also give him one capsule of Acidophilus (5 billion) and plain yogurt with food every day.

For bath, I use Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo which is 2% Ketoconazole that kills the fungus that cause the skin itching. Nizoral shampoo can be purchased off the counter, price reasonable.

another vet shampoo is Allergroom by Virbac Animal Health. I bought it from the vet's office, that cost $25 for 16 oz. This one only soothes the dog's skin and leave the hair smelling good.

Infection in ears - I use one part hot water, mix with one part alcohol and one part vinegar, wet the cotton ball and squeeze the excess liquid so the cotton ball is wet but not dripping and cleans the dogs ears. I do it at least once a day, sometimes 2-3 times a day when required.

I find the dogs ears are much cleaner now than using the ear drops prescribed by the vet's office and it keeps the infection at bay.

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Posted by Lorrainetoronto (Toronto, Canada) on 04/05/2011


the postings are very beneficial and informative. I have been feeding my dog, a mixed breed of Japanese Chin and Chi Tsu, brown rice, chicken and vegetable.

I noticed he has allergy symptoms and the vet gave me antibiotic drops for his ears and antihistamine for his allergies. I only used the ear drops.

Recently, his groomer said my dog has yeast problems. That was March 23, 2011. Since then I bathed his arm pits and groin areas (the affected areas) with 1 part of warm water and 1 part of vineger and or ACV.

Today is April 5th, 2011 and I have noticed there is improvements in his arm pits. The colour has subsided and hair is growing back. The skin in his groin area is pigmented. The colour has subsided and hair is growing. The licking has improved too.

Also changed his diet to Orijen, 80% fish and chicken and 20% fruit and veg and no grain. I feed him with one teaspoon of plain yogurt, one capsule of Acidofolious, one teaspoonful of raw veg along with Orijen in the morning. The same at night without the Acidofolious.

His stool is kind of soft, I cannot figure out why.

I also have trouble finding medicated shampoo similar to Malaseb shampoo. The vet insisted my dog has allergy and not yeast condition.

I am satisified with the progress. The change of diet and the Apple Cider Vinegar bath at night help a lot.


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Posted by 5 Pooches Home (Houston, Tx) on 03/11/2011
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For Chronic Yeast Infection issues in dogs:

1. You can try Ted's Mange remedy on this site (see mange page) and also rub your dog down with wash cloth or towel soaked in apple cider vinegar and water solution (50-50 each) couple of times a day. This will make a huge difference.

2. Also start feeding a homemade diet (research this thoroughly on the net) and add coconut oil -lots of it to the food. Take AWAY ALL processed food from the diet like dog food and treats. Only natural foods. For snack you can give your dog fruits like apple and banana. Also you can cook some oatmeal mixed with water and coconut oil.

3. You can at night also massage your dog with some coconut oil as its anti-bacterial and if u can get - neem oil. This will soothe a dog a LOT. You can also try eucaluptus oil to massage on him/her.

4. Last but not least, hygiene of ur pets and ur home is VERY imp. Make sure yours surrounding and dog sheets and bed is all washed in laundry. Also give dog a bath with mild BABY SHAMPOO that is HYPOALLERGENIC AND SOAP FREE. This all 4 steps should bring your dog good health inside out and heal your dog completely.

5. DO NOT put any FLEA products on her and DO NOT OVER-VACCINATE HER OR GIVE HER HEARTWORM PILLS OR ANY OTHER MEDICINE. Natural cure is the best. Plz. stop loading the poor dog's body with poisons and toxins and commercial dog foods.

Good luck.

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Posted by Connie (Elk Creek, Missouri) on 03/10/2011
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I have a Corgi who started itching and losing hair about 7 months ago. Wal-Mart ran out of the food I normally feed her so we had to switch, and this is when the itching nightmare began. I took her to the Vet, they told me she had food allergies. Nothing they gave me for her worked. Took her back to the Vet, now after numerous lab test etc. , they tell me she has a yeast infection. I give her all the pills they gave me, I bathed her 3 times a week in the shampoo they gave me to use, and still nothing worked. So I thought..... Yeast infection, I'll try Monistat, well it helped relieve the itching some-what, but didn't get rid of the problem. I tried Benadrly to help with the itching, and nothing would give her relief.

Finally, I thought about Lactinex a pro-biotic, which is what I take when I'm on antibiotics so I don't get a yeast infection. I have been giving it to her for three days now, and I can see a definate difference in her. She is actually getting some rest, and not spending every moment scratching. I have felt so desperate to give her relief, that I have been considering putting her to sleep because to live like this is so miserable. I don't know why I didn't go on-line to see if there were any remedies to try, it just dawned on me today. I feel terrible, I could have saved her so much torture if only I had been using my head. I am going to buy gallons of ACV to help her along with the yogurt. After spending over $500.00 on meds & lab work at the Vet, I hope we can finally give her some peace. If all this works........ I am going to give my Vet a piece of my mind! I have a lot of animals, (horses, cows, cats, dogs) and my vet earns plenty of money off me every year. I feel like telling him he owes me a lot of money back, or at least credit to my account.

Thank you all so much for sharing your stories about your experiences with your best friends. I feel so much better knowing that euthanasia will not be the final option for relief.

Replied by Kay
(Jacksonville, Fl)

In response to Connie' comments about yeast infection, I too, have started using other things to help my GS. I wrote a few weeks ago on Earth Clinic about using Chinese Herbs, etc, which did help her for a while. But, I finally started putting ACV in her water about 1 tablespoon in large bowl, and putting it in her bucket of rinse water when I bathe her. I am seeing a small improvement. I think I too will try the priobotics(spelling???). I have been feeding her plain yogurt as a treat. She has been on the Hills Perscription Diet ZD which is so expensive, so, I am going to slowly switch her into another food. I heard that Natural Balance was pretty good for dogs with skin allergies(cysts, etc)

Thanks Connie for your input. I am glad your baby is better.

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Posted by Kay (Jacksonville, Fl/usa) on 02/25/2011

My dog was diagnosed with an extreme yeast infection about 6 months ago. Typical signs the itching, chewing, hair gone from area. The vets simply told me to give the dog Benedryl which ofcourse only treats the symptoms but does nothing to cure. They did not want to give her a fungus med because they were treating pancreatitis and colitis at the time. She began to have what we thought were Seizures and she would run around in circles rubbing her face and shake. My sad 8 yr old GS lost weight as I switched her off of food and put her on boiled skinless chicken and rice only to find out she was allergic to the chicken.

Fast forward... I took her to a holistic vet who put her on Chinese Herbs and after about 2 months, we also put her on Hills ZD Allergen dry food and canned. The dog acted like a puppy, hair grew back and etc. I found reading this forum to give her Rescue Remedy to control her "episodes" and it worked. I must back track and tell you the vets had given her Phenobarbitol, plus the meds for stomach issues, plus Benedryl and this dog was so lethargic(drugged).

Fast forward, again. After treating the dogs with the herbs and no meds, shampooing her once a week with a Tee Tree Shampoo(from pet store) and giving her some plain yogurt for treats, I thought she was cured! The new vet(holisitc) checked her and said the yeast apparently is gone from her skin(Oh, I was also spraying her with Oil of Oregano mixed with water on the infected skin areas). I was a happy camper when she seemed to go back to normal! However, apparently the yeast infection had gotton in to her nervous system and the dog when she get nervous or excited, she just starts shaking alot and whining. The vet(holistic) has put her on a new herb which is suppose to control her allergies which apparently have increased due to pollin in the air. I am wondering on this forum if anyone has experienced this with there dog. My dog is an 8 yr old GS who has always been a nervous dog. I still have her on the Hills ZD, yogurt treats and I spray her with Tea Tree Spray or White Vinegar for the itching. So far she has no open yeast infection sores, but apparently it still may be in her nervous system.

Replied by Rachel
(Ashburton, Devon - England)

Hi - how are you ? I see you are using white vinegar - try organic apple cider vinegar that has the mother - also if you are using yogurt make sure it is live and use a goats yogurt. Check the labels on your yorgurt as al ot of them have added sugar that feeds the yeast problem. Also you are using Hills - I would recommend leaving this food and replace it with a raw and home cooked diet.

Also Australian bush flower remedies you could try - Green essence and Spinifex.

Also you can put some Apple cider vinegar into the water bowl or add it straight to the food.

I am also a healer and work with animals and people and maybe you could consider using a healer too - I work distantly if you need help or maybe you could find someone local to you.

Ok best of luck

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Posted by Shelley (Philadelphia, Pa) on 01/10/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I have a 3 yo rescue pitbull named Lilo. We have had her for 2 years. Lilo started scratching behind her ears about 8 months after we brought her home. We took her to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics, etc. And that seemed to cure the problem. She then developed itchy skin, and we took her to the vet and, again, put her on antibiotics. Just like everyone else, this began a never-ending cycle where Lilo continued to spiral downward. She began to scratch herself constantly and her skin began to go into scabbing and drying cycles, where it would fall off in big flakes. She started to smell terrible, and get more frequent ear infections.

We tried various foods to help her, including Wellness, Core Wellness, California Naturals, Innova (which gave her horrible diarrhea), and even a raw foods diet. None of the foods seemed to have any effect. Her vet insisted she had allergies, and after trying various medications, medicated shampoos, and a 6-month food trial, Lilo continued to get worse and worse. She began to lose fur on her neck, belly, armpits, chin, tail, between her toes, and around her eyes. Her neck is the worst, and she would frequently scratch it raw and bloody. She looked like a burn victim.

The vet has suggested that Lilo is "just an allergic dog" and that we go see a canine dermatologist. I suggested that there might be something else wrong, but the vet was firm in her diagnosis and I began to become skeptical, especially after doing some research on canine allergies.

After months of research and watching my dog chew her own skin off, I desperately changed my focus from "allergy cures" to anything else that might be wrong with my dog. After reading about yeast, I just KNEW that this was what was wrong with my dog, especially since black spots are evident on her skin. That is when I found this site, among a few others, that have helped. Here is what I came up with to battle Lilo's skin problems:

  1. Soaking baths with Epsom salts, _____'s ACV, and a little Witch Hazel. This seems to soothe her skin and is helping with the smell.
  2. Nightly application of _____'s ACV directly to the affected areas.
  3. Nightly use of a wonderful, all-natural product called DermaPaw. This is a salve made from essential oils, petrolatum, and beeswax. It soothes itching and speeds healing.
  4. Dietary supplements including Omega oil gelcaps, vitamin tablets, yogurt, and Acidophilis.

I have only been using these remedies for a few days now, but I have already seen an improvement. Lilo does not wake us up at night as often, and has begun to have more playful energy. Her dandruff is subsiding, and the skin on her neck is healing. Her armpits are slower to improve since she's kind of a sweaty dog. Even though she isn't completely healed yet, I feel relieved that I've finally found something that is helping.

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Posted by Donna (Paisley, Florida, Usa) on 01/31/2010

Sabrina was a happy, healthy 6 yr old Airedale until last October 2009. The trouble started after a haircut with a new razor and blade, which cut her hair very close and seemed to give her a razor burn. I have been shaving my dogs for over 30 years and this had never happened before. At first she got a redness on her sides. This then developed into a rash, then open sores. The scariest symptom of all was the elephant feeling of her skin. We took her to our reg Vet who immediately gave her Baytril. When that ran out and she was only worse he gave her more meds, prednisone, shots and an anti-fungal shampoo/rinse.

Everything made her worse. He finally did a culture and said she had a fungal infection. More meds. Nothing, getting worse everyday.

It was now Dec. We told him we wanted to try another Vet. Later we found out that her second culture came back as Staph. The new Vet gave her a new shampoo, Duoxo,more anti-biotics, including Cipro which terrified me. Her first culture came back as Ringworm, so she increased the meds a little. After two weeks when there was no improvement, she wanted to do a punch biopsy under sedation.

I refused. Airedales have a history of dying, under even light sleep. She got upset and said we would have to find another Vet if we wanted her to have this done under a local. She also said that the latest culture came back as Staph/E-coli. And to also do a Lymdip bath along with the Duoxo bath.

We told her we were taking Sabrina to a Derm Vet specialist. It is now Jan. The Derm Vet specialist did the biopsies under, surprise, a local, and put her on lighter Cipro dose until the results came back. Said to continue with the Duoxo and Lymdip baths. Said she will call us with lab results next week.

Gave us the impression she felt it may be skin cancer. At this point I am no longer willing to go along with this.
I have been Googling all day every day for a week and finally have come to the conclusion that Sabrina may have a systemic Yeast infection. She has all of the symptoms, leg stiffness, draining open sores everywhere and elephantitis skin, strong smell, general lethargy, plus runny eyes.

Sabrina has been on Wellness Lamb/Rice Super Mix for about 3 years. Gets 2 Nutro Lamb/Rice cookies once a day. She gets two meals of cooked lamb/brown rice and frozen mixed veggies (peas, lima beans, green beans, corn and carrots)along with broccoli, cauliflower and 2 t. of Missing Link each day.

During the day she gets treats of apples(no peeling) and raw baby carrots. She started getting Greek Yogurt with blueberries after dinner a few weeks ago.

Her water is bottled because we live in the country and have a well I do not trust. It kills me to think that I was giving her bad things that led up to this horrible Yeast infection. I know now that nearly all of these foods turned into sugar and overrode her defense system allowing this happen.

Starting yesterday, thanks to all of the sites like this one out there, her diet is changed. She is getting only her cooked lamb, then a few hours later broccoli, cauliflower and green beans.

Later 2 T. Greek Plain yogurt, which will all be repeated for six meals a day, until hopefully she improves. Tomorrow I will go look for the yeast free supplements for this new diet and the new meats to roast with the few allowed veggies.

I also was sickened to think that her heart worm tabs (they have yeast) and flea meds were also adding to the problem.
Yeast is everywhere and I am determined to get it out of her body.

Thank all of you for your stories and like it has been said here by others: DO NOT GIVE UP!
They have no voice and can't tell us why they hurt.
They only live to love us, how can we do any less for them?

Replied by Frank
(Hayden, Co)

Put her on RAW meat, yogurt, cheese and bathe her in a tea made of PAu D'Arco (make sure it is really the heartwood and inner bark of a particular species of the tree, the Tabebuia avellanedae, (tah-bee-BOO-ee-uh ah-vel-LAN-ee-day) (that is most prized). Also apply the tea to the skin regularly until cleared up. Add some tea to her water, as well. STOP feeding any dog food with GRAIN in it- she won't need the veggies much, either. Think about a wild dog's diet, and you will get the picture. NO anti-biotics;they make yeast infection worse. In fact, you might want to look up what these meds do to dogs... We lost our Sophie to yeast infection, as she was allergic to everything the vet gave her- long, painful experience for all. We've had another dog come down with yeast, and did what I've written- it cures it. The local butcher/meat processor here gave us meats and bones they were throwing away, and the local dairy gave us the out-of-date milk/yogurt/cottage cheese, and we crushed Acidilophus pills and added to the food. Health improved dramatically, and we keep all our dogs on this diet now, (only using the tea for ailments if they get any). The processed foods made for critters does damage their balance- dogs rarely eat grains, veg in wild- they do eat some fruit, bark berries, raw meat and bones.

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Posted by Myra (Lafayette, Louisiana) on 01/11/2010

I have had my Westie (Zechariah) for 10 years now and he must of had this horrible yeast problem for a long time now. I stumbled upon this website, Thank God, and like so many others did trying the stupid vets and horrendous bills, but to no effect.

It is almost 3am and I have found a cure, FINALLY! After reading about three pages of pet problems with yeast I am totally convinced that the cure is the simple application of:

Apple cider vinegar mixed with water for topical treatment, Plain yogurt mixed with one capsule of probiotic twice a day, Holistic dog food with NO grains, 1 Tbls of white vinegar in his water daily.

Poor little Zechie has had cancer on his ear, ear infection, sores all over him from antibiotic treatments, horrible smell from the black elephant skin yeast infection on his groin area of which he now has, this summer he lost almost all of his fur on his underside/tummy area, has eye drainage, and pimples around his groin area. NO MORE! I am sick of the stupid vet doctors that LIE to me telling me he has allergies, LIKE ALL THE OTHERS HAVE SAID. This is a ridiculous nightmare these doctors! These stupid drugs are killing my baby. I can hear him now breathing while he is sleeping and he has phelm in his body from all of this trash inside of him.

Anyways, folks, wise-n-up and get rid of your vets! Go natural all the way, even for yourself. I have done many, many detox and colon cleanses and it works! Probiotics for your pets will work as well as they will work for you. The vet doc told me here in Lafayette, 'dogs are different than humans, he's just got allergies and probiotics won't help but you can buy them if you want'. What a bunch of ROT! Liars! They are all liars and greedy wanting money and harming you pets rather than helping them heal. I am so angry after spending all this time, effort, money, on what? Man, man. Vet doctors like human M.D.'s are ALL after that almighty dollar and greed. They could care less if you or your pet dies. It's ALL about $$$.

Thank you Earth Clinic and all who have bothered to help one another with this chronic sick societal problem - the dreded vet doctors and their drug potions that do more harm than heal. No more drugs, no more concoctions of this and that. It's natural all the way for not only myself, but my sweet best friend Zechie.

Love to you all for your help. Thank God I have found the answer for my pets. I have two Westies, and they are like kids to me for I have no children. Hope you don't think I'm crazy, ha ha, just fed up. I will post again with the amazing results in a few weeks you can be assured!

Myra in Lafayette, La.

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Posted by Debbie (Crandall, GA) on 06/29/2009

how can you tell if the yeast is dying? I am trying some of the remidies I have found with the borax warh and feeding white eggs and burnt toaste have only been using a short time and was wondering what to watch for

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Posted by Denise (Dallas, GA) on 05/15/2009
1 out of 5 stars


I have a 9 y/o blue heeler dog with chronic systemic yeast. When I read the posted comments from other dog owners, it would appear that many of the problems others are dealing with are mild in comparison to what I am going through. Buster's problems were similar to the milder systems I've read about in the early years of his condition and were thought to have been allergies to food at first, and later fleas. Each time I upgraded to a better quality food or tried some other recommendation, there was improvement for a while, but the symptoms always returned, and always worse each time. It wasn't until his ears became terribly infected with yeast (the ears were easy to take care of using the solution recommended by the Great Dane Lady) that I was able to connect all the dots and figure out what he was suffering from thanks to the Great Dane Lady's web site. I ordered the recommended Yeast Removal Kit and followed all the instructions to the letter, including ordering the recommended shampoo and buying the #1 recommended variety of food for the problem. This was over a year ago. With the feeding recommendations and enzyme supplements, there was great improvement and I had hopes of a recovery for him, but he has setbacks and each time the yeast is worst than ever. He looks so bad that I am embarrassed to take him to the vet and use a mobile vet instead. He suspects that Buster suffers from allergies as well as yeast and of course offered Prednisone, which I declined. He also said that dogs like this are often never cured and it is all you can do to just control their symptoms and keep them comfortable. I know that the root of the problem is probably based on a compromised immune system, because after all the work, he still looks and feels just as terrible as he did. I'm glad to have found this web site and plan to start him on the yogurt and vinegar suggestions this week. There seems to be some conflict on amounts. I am writing to see if anyone has experience with a dog who has an exceptionally bad yeast infection - stubborn and deeply rooted that keeps recurring. If there is someone out there who can offer any specific ideas for my dog, I would greatly appreciate it. I have been able to link his flare-ups to warm weather and heat. He flared up in the fall when we turned our a/c off for the year (even though it was not hot) and he flared up again come spring when the weather warmed. He has to be kept inside, he can't tolerate heat, even if it is mild to us. Rather a sad life for a blue heeler. He can only go outside at night during the summer months. I have considered a raw diet for him, but he does not like raw chicken at all and will only eat raw beef or venison. For the past year, he has been on a holistic dog food only with only meat based treats. There seems to be also some different suggestions concerning dog food. A pet shop owner recently recommended I try a grain free food for him so that is the only time we have strayed from the brand recommended. His yeast seems worse and I am not sure whether to keep trying it or go back to the other brand. I don't know how long to wait before giving up on it. Is grain free really okay when it has potato or sweet potato content? Obviously, I am conflicted about what is best for him at this point and all of these ideas and suggestions are wonderful but it's hard to figure out what is best for an individual dog. I am open to suggestions. Thank you!

Replied by Sydney
(San Diego, CA)
5 out of 5 stars

So sorry to hear...My dog used to go through the same thing every summer when the weather got hotter. Scratching constantly and practically biting all the fur off her hind end until sometimes it even bled. The Vet cost me almost 300 dollars and it cleared up almost overnight only to return in a couple of weeks.

A friend told me about applying a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to the affected areas. Also, make sure to saturate the paws because the infection gets spread to the paws when they scratch. Do this everyday for 6 days. Leave on as long as possible but at least an hour before rinsing off with warm water. On the 7th day you will shampoo the dog with tea tree shampoo. DO NOT use the vinegar and shampoo on the same day as they will cancel each other out.

When the dog is thoroughly dry, you can apply pure coconut oil to soothe the skin. NEVER USE an OATMEAL product, soap, shampoo etc. for a yeast infection as the oatmeal feeds the yeast and makes it worse. Grain free diet helps, I use Blue Buffalo Grain-Free, but it's somewhat expensive. I'm sure there are other brands but believe it or not, my canine is a finicky eater. This next info is VERY IMPORTANT to note! Don't get discouraged, but rather expect the dog to scratch like crazy and even roll around after the vinegar solution is applied for about 1 or 2 minutes. It WILL subside! The 1st couple of minutes, the vinegar is killing the yeast, the yeast spores react by exploding. When they explode there will be a surplus of the bacteria on the surface of the skin making the itching worse but PLEASE be patient as this will go away as the bacteria dies in a few minutes. This reaction will be less and less in following treatments.

The once a week tea tree shampoo part of the treatment kills the bacteria that is in the skin under the surface that the vinegar can't reach. The tea tree oil gets absorbed into the skin and kills bacteria beneath the surface. Leave shampoo lather on the dog for about 10 minutes before rinsing well with warm water. The coconut oil soothes irritation as well as smothers the bacteria from getting more oxygen to grow. Also, spray down bedding with the vinegar mixture, leave on for 10 minutes then launder.This treatment takes time and patience but it's effective for yeast infections, the dog won't be taking antibiotics which are only temporary and bad for their system, and it's a whole lot cheaper than a vet visit! Here's the summary below and good luck!

Equal parts ACV (or white vinegar) and plain water, enough to saturate affected areas. I wear gloves and apply with cotton balls but a spray bottle will also work. Every day for 6 days.

Tea tree oil shampoo on the 7th day (once a week)

Pure coconut oil with no additives. Can apply as needed to soothe the skin. This isn't a mandatory part of the treatment but will aid in your dog's skin healing and comfort

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