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Beat Pet Yeast Infections: Raw Diet & Natural Remedies

Raw Food Diet

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Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 04/05/2016

I suggest a 100% raw food diet for dogs who are battling skin infections, itchy skin and yeast infections. Give it 2 weeks and you will see results.

For months, my two dogs were stopping constantly to scratch, their elbows and armpits usually. They had such terribly itchy skin, my golden would race out to the yard and plunk down on the grass and roll upside down to rub her itchy spine.

I tried all the home remedies suggested on Earth Clinic, including various brands of high end, grain-free, limited ingredient kibble, apple cider vinegar baths, Ted's mange cure (peroxide and borax). Once a week anti-itch baths helped, but what cured the issue was a 100% raw food diet. They started to scratch less within a day of the raw food diet, but it took two weeks to totally stop.

A friend who owns a pet sitting business in my area recommended I try a raw food diet for their scratching. She suggested rabbit and/or venison as they are the cleanest meats. I started off using Nature's Variety frozen raw patties, but it became way too expensive to feed two 70 pound dogs, especially rabbit, which is mostly imported from France.

We have a fantastic dog store near me called Whole Dog Market and I found another brand of frozen raw food called Blue Ridge Beef which is affordable. I consulted with the staff and they suggested a diet of rotating meats - ie, one day venison, another day rabbit with bone, another day beef with bone, etc. The dogs love this food and never have any stomach upsets. I add Dog Greens and a digestive supplement to their food as well as omega 3 fish oil and vitamin c.

If I run out of raw food and give them a small amount of grain-free kibble until I can make it to the grocery store, one of them starts to scratch again his elbows again within a few hours! That's severe food allergies for you. Thankfully, the scratching is mild and disappears after his next raw food meal.

Hope this helps.

Replied by Brenda

I started my mini schnauzer on the raw food diet, specifically the yeast starvation diet (raw beef, boiled eggs, including shells) with additional supplements by hardy pet, pro6 and fish oil.

It's been about a month and her yeast is getting worse it seems. Maybe it's the die off that I'm dealing with. I've added yogurt and baking soda to her water as of a few days ago.

I bathe in a medicated shampoo then rinse in 50/50 white vinegar and water.

I'm going to get the supplies for Ted's remedy tomorrow and see if that helps, including adding borax to her water....

How long does it take for the yeast die off? She's so miserable.

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Patricia (Las Vegas, NV) on 06/21/2009

Yeast infection in dogs: I lost Fritz to the commercial dog food poison so when we got our rottweiler puppy she was started on holistic dog food. With more research we went to raw. She is now 2 1/2. Yeast has been an ongoing problem.(ears) Now she has big "hot spots". She eats 10 ounces of raw meat and a cup of raw fruit or veggies twice a day. The meat comes from a butcher(beef only, organs,bone meal). The fruit & veggies from grocery store. I took her to the vet and $350 later meds are not working. How can I fix her PH so Yeast won't be a problem?

Replied by Marcel
(New York, NY)

The raw fruit has too much natural sugar content, and sugar is what you want to avoid. Also, avoid the sweet vegetables, like carrots and sweet potatoes; they have lots of sugar too. Please stay with leafy greens. Avoid dairy! Buy natural acidophilus in a bottle. I bought an organically grown cranberry and papaya digestive supplement from my local holistic pet store here in New York. I'm using it, although it is a blend of fruit juices containing digestive enzyme, acidophilus, taurine & vitamins. The amounts from my bottle reads: For puppies and small dogs up to 10 lbs., two tsp. per meal; for medium dogs 11 to 35 lbs., 3 tsp. per meal; and finally, for large dogs 36 lbs. and up, 4 tsp. per meal. I've been told to go away from chicken and turkey (which was my preference) and to use alternative proteins--Salmon, lamb, even beef. I don't like beef for several reasons, so I'm probably going to stick with wild salmon for a while that I buy frozen. I will steam it up and serve it medium rare to him. I've been giving my dog a good quality fish oil with DHA, but only once a day; now I am going to give him a capsule two times a day (with each meal). Apparently all grains, including rice is to be avoided. I do not want to take to raw food route for several reasons. Another thing was advised, but I do not want to write about it without doing further research. If my dog, from the shelter, can be cured of yeast infection taking this natural route (and I trust that he will), I will tell you everything in detail that I did. FOR NOW, AVOID ALL GRAINS, DAIRY, AND SUGAR (and chicken, turkey)! It's acidophilus and protein with a very small amount of leafy greens only.

Replied by Janice
(Coloma, Mi)

Marcel, I was wondering why you were told to stay away from Chicken and Turkey? I have been feeding my dog with yeast mostly raw beef as her protein but last night gave her chicken and she had me awake all night with her biting and licking. I'm wondering if she is allergic to chicken?

Replied by Kathy

You mention carrots being sweet veges. However, if you look at the list of low-glycemic foods raw carrots ARE low-glycemic.

My Basset, Beasley gets raw baby carrots when I leave for work in the mornings and her yeast issues are under control.

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Posted by Timh (Ky. Usa) on 05/02/2014 2063 posts


Any one of these 3 remedies will be effective: Hydrogen Peroxide H2O2 (add a few drops in water bowl), Colloidal Silver (add spoon into water bowl), Lufenuron ---a common vet med for fleas but also kills fungal infections (sprinkle some in food).

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Posted by Barbara (Ms) on 05/01/2014

I have 2 chi weenies and a chihuahua my chihuahua scratches and rubs her nose all the time but only one chi weenie gets the yeast infection very bad. She claws and chews all the time. I took her to the vet and she put her on steroids.. It cleared up about a month but has now come back. I had them on purina for small breeds then switched because the same thing happened. I feed them kibble and bits small breed now. Could this be what is causing the yeast infection? I'm at a loss on dog food brands that won't cause this.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Barbara!

The diet you are feeding your dogs is terrible and almost certain to produce the very same symptoms you are seeing in your dogs. No other way to say it. Read up on that food - plus search out a healthier diet here:

If when you come to this site, if you click on the PETS tab, and then from that page click on LATEST PET POSTS - you will arrive to all the most recent posts to all the threads. Scroll down - there are others dealing with this same issue - and there may be additional ideas for you to help you get the itchies in your chee-weenie under control.

Replied by Lauren

Barbara....I know its been a while since you sent this post but I had to comment....why are you feeding your dog purina? this food is killing our beloved animals....guys come on read labels...i have a cocapoo which is a mix of a poodle and a cocker spaniel....anyone who is familiar with these breeds knows they are prone to infections especially in the ears....well let me tell you, mine started at age three and it never stopped. No matter which food I tried, nothing worked...until I came across this brand that save my dog's life. It's called Acana and I give him the pork with butternut squash limited ingredients. I cried like a baby when after a couple of days, I noticed my dog was slowly but surely scratching less and less but the most shocking was his paws which had turned black(he is white) from the so called holistic grain free food started turning back white. I couldn't believe my eyes...This company cares about our animals....guys, I hope every dog owner on EC reads this post and try this very well might save your dog life...My dog still scratches sometimes far and off but nothing in comparison to what he was....hope this post will help save a lot of animals......if your dog is struggling and constantly scratches himself check his food...I did and it saved my dog's life...thanks for listening guys....

Rubbing Alcohol, Gentian Violet, Boric Acid

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Posted by Kathleen (Leicester, Nc) on 10/24/2009

One of the vets. at our doctor's office gave me this recipe after asking if I would consider a holistic remedy for one of our dogs constant ear yeast problems. 16 oz. Rubbing Alcohol, 16 drops Gentian Violet,(health food store) 4 tablespoons Boric Acid powder(medicinal-pharmacy). Shake well each time used. I put some of the mixture in a dropper bottle and when needed warm up the mixture and put a good amount in each ear. Since Rubbing Alcohol stings "owies", if the ears are red and sore, I use the same recipe, but have substituted 16 oz. Witch Hazel for the Rubbing Alcohol (found this recipe on the internet somewhere) the rest the same of Gentian Violet and Boric Acid mixture, and then after ears not inflamed I go to the Rubbing Alcohol mixture every so often for ear maintenance. I cannot find Boric Acid powder in any of the USA drugstores. But you can get it in Canada from the pharmacist. I got a bottle of powder from Canada's IDA this summer. I think misuse of the Boric Acid that is used for roach poison has caused the medicinal Boric Acid to be yanked from over the counter sales in the USA. Growing up, Boric Acid was a staple in Mom's medicine cabinet for eye wash and a wash for scrapes and cuts, etc.

Replied by Jordan
(Sycamore, Illinois)

@Kathleen from Nc,

I have used the same solution to treat my dog's ears when she has yeast infections. I cannot tell everyone how well think worked for her. I was able to get the alcohol (1$) and Boric acid powder (6$) from a large and popular store's pharmacy (Walmart) and the Gentian Violet (3$) from another national chain pharmacy (Walgreen's). For under ten dollars I can make enough solution to clean her ears daily for months. I hope this helps someone.

Salt Bath

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Posted by Barbara (Birmingham, Al) on 04/16/2012

A bath for your dog in Salt water helps. Yeast likes a damp environment. The Salt will dry the skin and kill the yeast. It will take the odor away. I buy just regular salt (I use the kind with iodide). I fill a tub with warm water, and pour a generous amount of salt in (maybe a cup). The water should taste very salty! I stir it around to disolve. Then put dog in and shampoo. Be sure to rinse with the salty water!! Do not rinse off the salty water. Or if you live near the ocean take your dog swimming there. I tried the white vinegar, my dog hated it and it did not work on my black lab, Mollie.


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Posted by Julie A. (Australia) on 02/09/2020

There is a product called Immune-rite. They are available on line, and are a specific chinese mushroom combination along with a couple of other things. They MODULATE the immune system, and therefore are good for an underactive OR overactive immune system, such as allergies.

This is what I used when my pointer had an ongoing reaction after a vacc. which my normal means failed to address. He had been always on a very clean and natural diet with supplements etc. for general health. But nothing helped until I discovered these caps. Used the half adult dosage capsuled opened onto the meal, and mixed into a teas. butter in the morning into his mouth as a ‘TREAT”. After about 3-4 days I did the adult dose, split into 2 as before. The caps. MUST be opened as they cannot digest the celulose very well. After about 2-3 weeks the allergy dissapeared and never came back. Read up on this product, it is so good, and no sideffects only health giving in many ways, not just allergies,

Also Never do combo, vaccines, and also no flea tick etc. meds at the same time. Deadly stuff.

Replied by Anonymous

Does anyone know if there is something comparable to it in the U.S.? I couldn't find it.

Posted by Ht (Carlsbad, Nm) on 08/15/2011

I have a rescue brittney spaniel about 45 lbs. I thought he had an ear mite problem because the inside of his ears were all red and bumpy. He also had tender red spots towards the back of his body and was just hot all over. His eyes were also sort of crusty around the edges and he had an odor. Really itchy to him. I bought some over the counter ear mite medicine that wasn't helping.

After an internet search I found all this good information on earth clinic. Seemed like his problem fit the yeast infection so I started him on 1 per day acidophilus, 2 small garlic softgels, cod liver oil. This seemed to start to turn the tide back to better health. About then my sister bought him some Sulfodene skin medication. I think this came from box mart. That stuff gave him some imediate relief from the itchiness. So why not get a little bit of MSM in him? So I added about 1/4 of the tiny scoop of Jarrow MSM sulfer powder to his breakfast. He started getting better fast. After about 3 weeks I took him off the the daily MSM and just give it once a week along with the other stuff daily to make sure the yeast doesn't come back. Also try to keep him off of bread and feed him a meal of decent raw meat when I can afford it. 6 mo. later he is healthy and frisky as he can be. Don't know how this would effect another dog but this worked for my britt.

Systemic Yeast Infection Remedies

Posted by Nilufer (Dallas) on 09/27/2013

Hello, I have a question on whether anybody has tried or thinks Effective Microorganisms (EM) would be helpful for the Systemic Yeast Infection in Dogs. This special blend (EM) is balanced in 3 types of microorganisms to provide a beneficial flora. But, dogs with yeast infection already seems to have too much of the Yeast. I learned that the type of the yeast may be critical here and started to give some to my dog. Doesn't seem to be helping. I wanted to see if others have ideas or experience. Thanks

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Nillufer!

Absolutely folks have tried EMs for systemic yeast infections in dogs.

You do not state which blend of EM you are using, however a blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium thermophilum, bifidobacterium longum, and enterococcus faecium is part of a therapy suggested by the Great Dane Lady on her helpful website in her articles on dealing with systemic yeast in dogs:

And - can you clarify this statement:

"I learned that the type of the yeast may be critical here and started to give some to my dog. Doesn't seem to be helping."

The general consensus is that giving yeast in any form is not advised for dogs who are experiencing a systemic yeast infection.

You may find some good info by reading the recent posts below on allergies which also discuss treating systemic yeast infections.

Good luck!

Systemic Yeast Infection Remedies
Posted by Sahar (San Pedro, Ca) on 04/17/2013

Systematic Yeast Infection in my dog: HELP!

Hello, Where do I start?? I thought that my soon-to-be 7 yr. old beagle, Sophie, has suffered with allergies the past couple of years. About 9 months ago, these 'allergies' went off the deep end! Chewing at her paws, licking her paws, butt scooting on the carpet/cement/anywhere, scratching her ears and face, and on and on. It got so bad, that she has the 'cone of shame' on when I cannot watch her... This is no life for her!! It wasn't until I got to the internet and started to do some research, did I come to the conclusion that maybe she has a systematic yeast infection (SYI)! Maybe she also has allergies... most likely to chicken (I think).

Her vet has never even mentioned the possiblitly of her having a SYI. It's always she has allergies to something... Give her steroids, antibiotics, benadryl. We tried an elimination diet with Hills Pet Food Z/D for 3 months... and the minute the cone was off she would want to chew her feet raw! Vicous cycle that would go on and on and is still going on and on.

I put her on Orijen's Six Fish 'grain-free' dog food, only to later find out that potatoes and sweet potatoes are a no-no for yeasty dogs. A month later, I changed her to a 'grain-free' Kangaroo and Lentils food (just in case she is allergic to the chicken, beef, etc. ). I have added organic coconut oil (2 Tbl) a day to her food, and have added 2 Teaspoons of ACV. She was having loose stools, so I added 3 Tbl of canned Pumpkin (not the pie filling type). I recently got the Total-Zymes and the Total-Biotics and have added that to her regimen as well.

I dip her feet in a mixture of water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide and pat dry twice a day. I spray this mixture on her privates and belly where it gets pinkish/redish at night. I tried ACV/Water for her ears, but found Zymox and use that now. She still has the cone, and somehow still manages to get to her back paws sometimes and chews them red :( I use Vetericin spray to heal them.

I am seeing like a flemish-mucus lining in her poop in the mornings. Her stools are still soft. Is there anything else I should be doing? Maybe it's the food? I have looked and looked for a new food that is made with fish with NO grains/potatoes/tapioca/carrots/etc. that are not good for yeast, but can't find anything that is 100% grain-starch free... any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

She is bathed weekly with an allergy shampoo from the vet. She is going to get a full panel thyroid test from Dr. Dodds next week. I have ordered collustrom (sp?), liquid collidal silver for dogs, and a detoxifyer liquid for dogs from all the research.

Do they get worse before getting better? Her paws that I dip twice a day were brownish before, and now getting pinkish-brownish. She itches on top of her paws like crazy when I pat-dry them after her rinse. I want comfort for her and for me! I am overwhelmed and exhausted... And poor Sophie is miserable. Please, anything you have done for your pets with similar issues would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

So sorry to hear about your beagle! A few things:

1. 2 tablespoons (2 Tbl) is WAY too much coconut oil. This is why she had loose stools afterwards.

2. Go really simple with her food and stay with this for awhile. Try Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream (Salmon). It's grain-free. Only give her this food (no treats, no extras for awhile) and add the 2 teaspoons of organic ACV to the food and mix it all up. You could also add 1 teaspoon of the virgin coconut oil.

2. The water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide mixture, I think, is too drying. White vinegar basically does nothing. I'd soak her feet in diluted organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). No hydrogen peroxide. You can also spray her tummy with this same diluted organic ACV. Remember, if she has open sores, DO NOT use the ACV because it will STING! The open sores need to be healed with antibiotics first (from your vet). Then the ACV is used as more of a preventative.

You could also add 1 tablespoon of good-quality (greek) yogurt to her food. Make sure it's PLAIN yogurt, no sugar!

Replied by Sahar
(San Pedro, Ca)

Thank you, Wendy for the reply and info! I looked into Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Formula, but because it contains egg, potato starch, sweet potatoes, potatoes - I opted for something else.

Thank you for the tip regarding the virgin coconut oil, I will cut back to only 1.

The water/white vinegar/peroxide mix I found online from Dr. Karen Becker

Replied by Sherrie

Check into Bilt-jac dog food available at pet supermarket and petsmart. It's used by the trainers of Pets Ahoy show at Seaworld Orlando. We have had great success for the last 7 years with it Also consider that your dog might have mange mites causing severe itching from their biting. They are so small as to be invisible. Imagine if you had something biting, and biting.

Replied by Lynn

Too much pumpkin will give your dog loose stools. I think you are giving your dog way too much coconut oil per day. Cut back on both.

Ted's Fungal/Staph Remedy

Posted by Om (Hope Bc Canada) on 10/11/2014

Dear Theresa --- would you kindly post Ted's remedy bath for staph and fungal infections? My dog needs it all over.

Thank you very much. Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Namaste, OM!

The remedy is as follows - just multiply to make a large batch:

1/3 cup [3%] hydrogen peroxide

2/3 cup pure water

1 tablespoon each: Milk of Magnesia, Epsom salts and Borax.

Unlike the mange remedy where you must make a saturated solution, so some grains are undissolved, you want to make sure all the grains of salt and borax are dissolved before you use, particularly if used in the ears.

If you feel you are dealing with a systemic yeast infection, you treat that from the inside out. I know you already dose yogurt and probiotics, however you might consider dosing borax in the water. Doses vary - Ted has recommended 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water down to 1/16 teaspoon so go with your gut on dose. So, if your dog's skin and ears respond to the **topical** remedy/bathing & dipping, Ted advised in 2007:

"If that [anti staph remedy] works then I might add a small amount 1/16 teaspoon of epsom salt in one liter of drinking water for only a couple of days. If the dog has low magnesium, quite often allergy shows up. For a yeast or even most sickness of the dog, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda added to the drinking water for a couple of days will also reduce the yeast infection. The yeast infection issue is due to a fungus, which if borax 1/16 teaspoon is added along with the baking soda in one liter of water can also take care of it. Besides those remedies also addresses dog's nutritional deficiency for bicarbonates and boron, and even if it does not directly address a very specific condition, the dog will generally get better and in some cases get cured, because of a deficiency issue. It's all about trying them out when I know those remedy are designed to address deficiency issue which makes it important that those should at least be addressed first."

Replied by Carol
(South Africa)


I know that this thread is really old - but if there is anybody out there who sees this.... Please could you tell me how to measure 1/16 of a teaspoon???

My story is no different from all the others, but my little Yorkie is in so much distress, that it frequently reduces me to tears.

I haven't slept a night through in 2 months.... I want to try the Baking Soda & Borax in her water.

Thank you in advance if anybody can help :-)

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Carol,

I measure 1/16 of a teaspoon by using the 1/8 teaspoon and cutting that in half. So I dip the measuring spoon into the powder and try to fill it up only half way. Please also consider the diet you are feeding your dog - many skin problems are the result of a grain based diet.

Ted's Mange Remedy, Raw Food , Supplements

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Posted by DOMINIQUE (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 09/24/2007

My dog Serious had puppies this year in July. During the final weeks of her pregnancy she developed what appeared to be a combination of mange and earmites. Her coat was scaly, she had large and small red bumps all over her skin, she was loosing her hair and her ears were filled with a black oily substance plus she was loosing weight and just looking and smelling aweful. I wrote to Ted who told me to use his mange formula plus to give her magnesium to help her gain her normal PH balance.

Here's what I did. Topically I used Ted's mange formula once every 3 days. I put Serious on a 100% raw diet of raw ground beef mixed with magnesium, 1000 Vitamin C (Ester C), 1000iu of Vitamin E, 2 Burdock Root capsules (to cleanse her blood) and one clove of fresh raw garlic (chopped very fine). Plus, she got at least 2 to 4 hours of bright sunlight a day. She has made a full recovery just 2 weeks on the formula. I saw results immediately. All of her hair has grown back. The bumps have gone away. Her ears are completely clean and she has gained her body weight back. I hope you all find this helpful. Our pets are part of the family. God Bless!

Replied by Lance
(Westville , Nova Scotia/Canada)

My dog a rottie has a bad yeast infection. the vet had him on meds and he was fine while he was on them but then it returned along with the itch. i used a formula of 1-500ml bottle of hrdrogen peroxide 3% and 2-500ml bottles of water with 3 Tbsp of borax for a wash using this every day for 4 days spraying it on and letting it dry.

I also added 1/8 tsp borax and1/4 tsp baking soda to 1 litre of his drinking water for 3 days. His skin seems better but he is scratching constantly and now is waking up in the middle of the night to scratch. What else can I do? I having a hard time finding copper chloride but am not quite sure of the solution you provided. I find it hard to understand when you use % instead of a measurement and do you mix the copper and zinc and vinegar with water for a spray or is it a paste. But what would be a good alternative? his itch is very bad. Look forward to feedback soon.


Replied by Gina
(Iuka, Ms)

I have a yorkie who had problems with yeast. I have finally gotten the problem under control. Yeast cream that women use (monistat) works for the skin itching. His ears were also inflammed and I mix half white vinger, half water and dropped in each ear then the yeast cream rubbed in ear for seven days. I also read on Earth Clinic women are using plain yogurt for yeast. You might could try rubbing it on the skin. If this doesnt work there is a website that sales (Malaseb) an antibacterial/antifungal shampoo that work great. Yeast is yeast whether animal or human read about yeast infections on Earth Clinic if one doesnt work maybe another will. Good Luck

Treat for Hypothyroidism

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Posted by Chris (Chicago) on 05/12/2014

Hypothyroid will have the same symptoms and more of yeast/allergies. The Vet will do a thyroid specific blood test that is sent to a lab, University of Michigan is one. A regular wellness panel doesn't check all of the thyroid levels this test will do.

I mention this because I went for years doing all the cures with little improvement for smell, black skin, thick in areas, itchy paws. Went through multiple foods, including grain and potato free. Tried vinegar/peroxide soaks, probiotics and enzymes for suspected leaky gut, allergy meds, frequent baths with all the different over the counter and prescription antifungal shampoos. Dog also became lethargic and sensitive to cold.

Diagnosis came back of Hypothyroid which is treated with Levothyroxine. Saw almost immediate improvement of all symptoms. Dog does have to return to vet to recheck levels for medication adjustment.

Turmeric and Coconut Oil

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Posted by Sarafina (San Francisco, CA) on 12/01/2014

I came home from 8 weeks traveling and found my 7 year old Irish Setter bitch in dreadful shape. A late hot spell had ramped up the flea season and she is sensitive. By the time I got home she had chewed herself raw and had yeast infections all over; genitals, groin, pits, ears, muzzle, feet, it was awful. Fast response to the fleas on her, the cats (who were also appreciative of the relief) and the house was the first step, but my usual application of miconazole just was not doing it. It kept coming back and the ears got worse.

Can I just say THANK YOU for the suggestion of tumeric? My god what a life saver. Almost immediate relief. No instant cure of course, but for the first night in weeks we got thru without her going outside 5 times during the night and crying in her sleep.

We have instituted a steady regime of tumeric in the morning and coconut oil in the evening internally and externally, with half a monostat suppository vaginally. We also did a ACV bath which seemed soothing to her.

And after two days I could take the cone of shame off. She can't be left alone yet, needs monitoring for when she gets itchy and starts in on her tail, but it is all SO much better. We are on day 6 and the skin is healing, dry not wet and yeasty

She is getting probiotics and fresh yogurt on top of her raw diet, so I don't think there is much there that needs addressing. This was pretty clearly a case of the yeast being opportunistic after the flea infestation.

I use and swear by the standard 'Cocker Spaniel Ear Rinse', it stings a bit but it is the best I have used. And I could write a book, literally, on treating setters with ear issues. Now that the systemic yeast infection is coming under control so are the ears. Using it daily right now and trying to decide when to back off to every other.

Any ideas on how long before I could be optimistically backing off on the external applications of the tumeric and coconut oil? Man, talk about messy! I will of course do it as long as I have to, but have never had such an invasive situation, and am not sure what kind of time line to expect.

Again, Thank You for all the collective wisdom.

Sara (and Cara the Wonder Dog ; -)

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Sara [and Cara]!

It sounds like you are on the right path! You might consider a couple of more things to eliminate the yeast.

I would start by alkalizing the water. Use 1 teaspoon of baking soda into 1 liter of drinking water, and have this as the only source of drinking water. I make up a big pitcher when I alkalize my pack as we change bowls frequently. After 5 days you can cut the baking soda down to 1/2 teaspoon into 1 liter of water, and after another week you can go to a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon. This is fine for the cats too.

For the skin issues, starting with Ted's mange remedy can be very helpful to most any skin condition, however you might consider Ted's Anti-fungal/Anti-staph remedy; I make this up to use in the ears as well.

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, and then use my hands to wipe down the body to remove as much water from the hair as possible. When the skin is so reactive take care to not rub it harshly or scrub it else you may raise more bumps. I then allow the tub to drain and when the bath tub is empty 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 him in a crate with no bedding to continue to air dry for another half an hour - temperature permitting. 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.

After treating the entire dog you can make up a smaller dose of the solution and apply it with a spray or misting bottle to the affected areas - you can spray them down 3-4 times a day.

As to when you can ramp down on all the treatments you are doing, the solution above might replace the topical turmeric/coconut oil salve - or treating the entire dog may reduce the areas that you are treating with the salve. Once the skin is healed you would back off on the topical salve, but if you see signs of itching I would immediately begin alkalizing with the baking soda water.

Lastly, you might also consider putting out a simple flea trap just in case any of those buggers are still in the house. A small desk lamp place on the floor near the dog area, with a white plate or tray filled with dish soapy water underneath - turn the bulb on at night and then check for black specks in the morning. This simple trap can easily eliminate adult fleas in a room.

Replied by Sarafina
(San Francisco, California)

Hi Theresa,

Thank you so much for the additional suggestions. Currently she is getting 1/4 t of borax in a litre of water. Would you replace that with the baking soda?


Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Sara!

You can give both the borax and baking soda at the same time. Monitor the results - you may see loose stools due to the detoxing.

Turmeric and Corn Starch, Clove Powder

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Posted by Shelagh (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) on 09/14/2008

Hi... I have a friend with an absurd little dog who keeps developing yeast infections on his underside. I made a mixture of turmeric & corn starch (50/50) and we use a powder puff to dust him from pits to his nether regions. When my friend remembers to do this, he's fine. She's a nurse & it's not easy for her to think outside the AMA box. I have also added clove powder to remedy the itch. One caveat: this stuff will stain light fur for a day or so, as well as upholstery, so I recommend dusting pets outdoors & playing with them for a while to allow the loose powder to fluff off naturally.

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