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Treating a Dog's Yeast Infection

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An overabundance of yeast can result in infections on your dog's skin, in the ears, and other areas. This is a guide about treating a dog's yeast infection.
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January 24, 2011

You can treat itchy paws, by rubbing "over-the-counter" women's vaginal yeast/itch cream into every crevasse of your dog's paws. Make sure they are dried a bit using your blow dryer. Put booties on if it is wet outside to avoid further dampness (which encourages the growth of the itchy fungus) and put a pee pad on your patio where it is dry so dog learns to go in dry places.

You should select a dry area (or create one) so your dog can go without getting paws damp. Use a bag of bark from Home Depot or garden center and teach dog to go there instead. Create an overhang so it doesn't get wet.

You can also treat yeasty dog ears by inserting a Women's vaginal suppository into each ear. You may have have to split it longways into two or whittle it down a bit (save the rest). Repeat in 3 days. Use the 7 or 3 day treatment options. Leave the suppository in there, it will melt and disappear on its own. (Clean and dry the ear as much as possible first, but it works either way.) Give dog a nice hug and treat afterward and rub ears a bit to melt the suppository.

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Source: Veterinarian

By ShyBlonde from Dublin, CA

Editor's Note: Please check with your own veterinarian before trying any home remedy on your pets.

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June 23, 2011

I was going through earthclinic.com as usual, when I have something to share and I came across this article. It is a mini course in understanding Yeast Overgrowth, and Systemic Yeast Problems. I will do these preventative things first and the supplementation before I ever have my dog allergy tested, because most problems with itching and ear infections are not allergies but problems with yeast.

Here is the link:

My German Shepherd who is eight years old, has tons of yeast problems. I have her on pills to get rid of yeast and a special shampoo. Blackness around the ears, and on the legs and tummy, are signs of yeast die off, and it is a good thing to watch for these, so you will have a heads up of problems that need to be treated.

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Yeast is not just a problem for dogs, it is also a buzz word in the autism community and one of the reasons for so many sicknesses we all have.

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November 13, 2007

My dog had a yeast infection in her skin and throat (vet's diagnosis). I don't know exactly the yeast's species name. Her skin was itching and her hair shed. In some places, skin was scaled off and she felt very itching here. Her elbows had no hair. Some lumpy and scaled off spots emerged there.

Sometimes, she wanted to dislodge something out of her throat but she couldn't. At that times, she seemed to panic a little and seek grass for chewing vigorously.

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My pet's vet said that yeast might infect in her throat and cause that syndrome. The treatment is: shave off her hair and bath her with PVP Iodine. But I wonder if this treatment is absolutely effective. Because PVP Iodine is just an antiseptic . Moreover, I can't shave off my poor pet! If you have any tips to solve this problem, please let me know. Thanks a lot!

goodbyemino

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By Julie Glenn (Guest Post)
November 26, 20071 found this helpful
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I have a Cairn that get's yeast infections occasionally. I use KetoChlor medicated shampoo and conditioner once a week until it passes. You can get it on Petmeds.com. Also, when bathing use cold water. The warm/hot water dries out their skin and makes them more uncomfortable. Good Luck.

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By Jackie (Guest Post)
December 28, 20071 found this helpful
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OH! I hope I can help! We have tried everything with our Lily! We thought our Lily first had regular allergies to shampoo... so we tried all natural, hypo allergenic shampoo. Then we thought it could be a food allergy. That meant special diet! Then we thought it was regular allergies. So we got steroid shots once a year! Then we tried hydro cortisone shampoo and antibiotics. FINALLY, I took Lily to a new groomer, and she suggested because of Lily's smell/ oily skin/ itchy-ness, that we try Malaseb to help control a skin yeast infection.

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Our local vet actually gave us Chlorhexiderm, which is expensive, but has worked WONDERS! It has been absolutely amazing. Because of the cost difference, we will try Malaseb, which has chlorhexiderm in it. Chlorhexiderm is the expensive chemical. Chlorhexiderm is antimicrobial, and will kill those little boogers, but from what I understand, Malaseb is also made for killing the yeast. Hope your furbaby is better soon!

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November 15, 2009

I have a female Chihuahua that has an yeast infection around her vulva. Several vets have prescribed medications and nothing is helping. It remains raw and very uncomfortable for her. Any ideas what to do for her? I use A and D ointment just to help the burning subside, but I need something to get rid of it permanently. Thanks.

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By crystal chamberlain from Des Moines, IA

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful
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Restoring the natural flora and acidic environment will bring the yeast in check. Feeding her yogurt with live cultures is good, adding acidophilus to her food would be better (You can purchase tablets in the OTC section of any store, they are relatively inexpensive. Crush and add to her food) You can also apply topically to her vulva by making a paste with the acidophilus and a little water. Applying straight vinegar topically may be too much, rinsing her vulva area with vinegar water would probably be better. When we humans have a vaginal yeast infection, a vinegar and water douche in addition to consuming the acidophilus cultures will curb the overgrowth of yeast, and restore the natural environment of the vaginal canal.

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Anonymous
January 11, 20160 found this helpful
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Women's Momistat Cream

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By 0 found this helpful
June 14, 2015

My 8 months old Pug has a skin yeast infection I think. Her skin is black, dry, flaky almost like elephant skin, and she is losing hair. It's not itchy.

I already tried using different kinds of soap, shampoo, and my vet gave me some tablets for "hair growth", but no use :( Please help me I'm really frustrated.

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August 15, 20161 found this helpful
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After spending $90 bucks for a office visit and skin test that later came back negative (after 14 days). I used a $1 tube of clotrimazole to treat an area on my dogs head where he was rapidly losing hair. I wasn't going to wait 14 days for him to prescribe something, so I did my own research on the internet. The clotrimazole worked immediately.

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June 9, 20131 found this helpful

Our dog is biting on her legs and feet. Her white legs are turning brown. What can we use to help her?

By Marilynne A

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June 10, 20130 found this helpful
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This is the best link I have ever read regarding yeast infection in dogs:

http://www.grea  _mini_course.htm

Now for my results which I had with my German Shepherd who had a problem. I would give her a dawn bath with Tea Tree Oil. You get about 1/2 cup of dawn dishwashing liquid and put in a capful of tea tree oil. You mix this up with your finger. Then make sure the dogs coat is all wet, the legs etc. When the fur is wet, then massage in the Tea Tree and Dawn Mix. Get it all in the coat, away from the eyes, and with a washcloth wash the inside flaps of the ears. Let this sit, three minutes if you can, and rinse, rinse, rinse.

Some dogs are sensitive to the tea tree oil. If the dog is suffering from yeast so bad as yours is, then I would try it anyway. Do not ever use Tea Tree oil on cats. Don't use it undiluted on any animal although this same recipe with vinegar added, only 1/4 cup dawn and one capful tea tree oil and 1/4 cup vinegar is the best mite killer to use on kids hair. Sometimes the dawn alone will do it but I digress.

Now you need to change the diet to one with no corn wheat or soy. Start at the Tractor Supply Stores or feed supply stores and look at the diamond foods, or the Just Four foods. The better diet your dog has the better off he will be. That is why it is great to have less dogs, because you can buy better food for them!

Blessings, Robyn

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful

How do you use tea tree oil for canine yeast infection in ears?

Debe from Jamestown, RI

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March 6, 20090 found this helpful
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Earthclinic.com has lots of home remedies for pets. Check on the toxicity of tea tree oil on pets before using it though. Racer

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March 8, 20090 found this helpful
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I don't know too much about using the tea tree oil for this, BUT, I have another tip for you. My dog had a bad yeast problem with constant hot spots, scratching, and icky ears. My vet gave me drops for the ears and I added some plain yogurt to her diet each day. She is a Bichon and not too large but I give her a heaping tablespoon or more each day in her bowl. Sometimes I give it twice a day.

She also had stomach issues and we would find little piles of yellow icky stuff around. Since I started the yogurt, she has been incredibly better. No hot spots so far, knock on wood and no more stomach problems. The good bacteria in the yogurt kills off the yeast issues. Make sure it's unsweetened. I use Stoneyfield plain. It's been at least 8-9 months since I started the yogurt and so far so good. The vet also told me to clean her ears regularly with peroxide on a cotton ball, dampened, not soaking. Hope that helps.

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March 8, 20090 found this helpful
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It doesn't matter if it is yeast or ear mites, tea tree will help heal and soothe your pet. Get a carrier oil--olive oil will do. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to about 1 oz of the carrier oil. After cleaning the ears with peroxide (if you can), add some tea tree oil mixture, close the ear and rub the ourside to distribute it. After a few days, your pet should feel better. But remember, it the problem is yeast (systemic), you will have to deal with it because the tea tree mixture will only treat symptoms, not the actual problem. Like butterfly suggested, you can give your pet yogurt, or just buy some acedophilus or probiotics and mix some with food daily. Yeast feeds on sugars and grains, so you may want to check your pet food.

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September 14, 20130 found this helpful

My 7 year old Dachshund has had a yeast infection all over the stomach and legs and in one ear. She keeps on licking her backside and it's gone black and she pulls herself along the ground. She's had it now for about 4 months. I've taken her to the vet 3 times and we keep getting the same antibiotics (THERIOS 750mg) and malaseb 20mg. It helped for 1 week and it came back. She doesn't eat wheat or corn in the diet and she is not over weight. I really need to get help for her, I can't take her biting and being in pain anymore.

By Emma.A from Finland

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August 7, 20160 found this helpful
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Antibiotics makes yeast infections worse. No oatmeal baths. Try Braggs apple cider vinegar bath. 4 tbsp to 2 cups water. Massage in. Feed 1 tbsp of plain yogurt..natural..not sweetened. Once a day. You will see a difference.

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January 23, 20150 found this helpful

How much apple cider vinegar and yogurt do you give for a 50 or so pound with a very bad yeast infection?

By Kathy

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February 24, 20150 found this helpful
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Vetericyn solution or hydrogel as it will kill bacteria and yeast on the skin surface and is as safe as distilled water. TrizUltra + Keto by Dermapet is gentle and effective for bacterial and yeast ear infections.

Yogurt
Plain (raw, lacto-fermented, or unpasteurized) yogurt with live cultures - No added sugar or fruit.

Live yogurt contains probiotic bacteria. However, while some people advocate just adding a spoonful of plain, live yogurt to your dogs food, others warn against dairy products with dogs, mostly because of the risk of lactose intolerance. If you do decide to feed your dog a spoonful of yogurt, make sure that it is a live yogurt, and that it is the plain variety with no sugar or artificial sweetener, as this will do your dog more harm than good.

Fruit-flavored yogurts are absolutely off limits for your dog, even if he does like them. This is because of the sugar levels. Also, only add the yogurt to the food until your dog's digestive problems clear up.
Small breed: 1 teaspoon
Medium breed: 1 tablespoon
Large breed: 2 tablespoons

Acidophilus Dosage
To work effectively, probiotics need to be given in high doses. This is because they need to survive a journey through the acidic stomach and small intestine to reach the large intestine, where the good bacteria do all their work. According to "Modern Dog" magazine, your dog needs to consume millions or billions of live acidophilus bacteria.

A dog probiotic product should indicate the number of colony forming units (CFUs) per gram of probiotic. This translates, for example, into 1x106 CFU for 1 million per gram and 1x109 CFU for a ratio of 1 billion per gram. Because probiotics are not drugs, giving an exact dosage is not so important, according to Dr. Shawn of the Paws & Claws animal hospital in Plano, Texas. He also says that the daily dose range for dogs is between 20 to 500 million CFUs, whereas people need between 3 and 5 billion CFUs per day.

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April 18, 20130 found this helpful

What can I give my German Shepherd to prevent reoccurring yeast infections in his penis area? I have taken him to the vet several times and he was given antibiotics. The vet wants me to start douching him with vinegar and water a couple of times a week. He is a big dog and it is difficult trying to douche him, what can I gave him to take that will help?

By LP

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April 19, 20130 found this helpful
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Dont give up...this does work. I have had to do this with my horses, but they didn't seem to care at all, and I was using a garden hose.

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April 20, 20130 found this helpful
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Question: has the vet checked to see if your 4-footed baby is either diabetic or hypogycemic (prediabetic)? It's odd he would keep having reoccuring bouts of this if his sugar was balanced. I'd also keep his mouth as clean as possible. While he's washing himself he might be reinfecting himself too. One last thing, besides keeping up with the vinegar, I'd also be sure to feed him yogurt (natural, organic Greek is best-unsweetened, of course!) and give him a daily probiotic suppliment. Once his Ph is balanced and he has more good bacteria than bad, it should end the yeast problems. When giving the yogurt, I'd start with small amounts first and check his stool to be sure his system can tolerate it. I know you're a great puppy-mommy and your baby will be just fine!

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January 7, 20120 found this helpful

My little Maltese cross has had a reoccurring ear infection for a few months now. The drops and wash given by the vet were not effective. I have been researching the use of diluted white vinegar, vaginal cream, and diluted apple cider, as well as, changing her food to a natural one. Her vet says she now needs an operation to open the ear canal. That freaks me out. Surely in this day and age I can use something that will help her other than an operation to cut her ears.

By Deb

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January 8, 20120 found this helpful
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I found this to be a very helpful site in understanding the problem of yeast infections in dogs.....

http://www.grea  _mini_course.htm

Also earthclinic.com has a pet section. I see that a lot of the time it is an allergy to grains and such. Never give brewers yeast for fleas.

Blessings, Robyn

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful
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Here's the recipe I use for my cocker spaniels and they are ear infection clear and have no problems because I used this recipe from the time they belonged to us and especially after their baths are given as it helps dry up any water that might get into their ears and preventing an infection. On my older pets now deceased, I didn't know about this and was always buying medicine from the vet that didn't really work that well. I did apply Zymox w cortizone for pet's ears and that product was better. BUT, it's still not as good as Blue Power Ear Wash.

http://www.show  powerearwash.htm

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October 18, 2010

We have a 10 pound Maltipoo puppy and we feed her Holistic Select which is wheat, soy, color, and preservative free. I am wondering if that is good enough. I have read that raw meat is better, but I wouldn't know how much or what kind to feed her. Any food ideas? Thank you for your help! and thanks to this web site I am treating Sugar naturally for ear fungus. Thank you!

By Mercedes from OC, CA

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October 24, 20100 found this helpful
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My dog had a chronic yeast infection in his ears and when I changed his dog food from Pedigree to Nutro Natural Choice (Lamb Rice Formula), it all cleared up.

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