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Q&A: What Home Remedies Will Help My Dog's Yeast Infection?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Chronic yeast infections can quickly make your dog miserable. Luckily, there are good home remedies available.

Chronic yeast infections can quickly make your dog miserable. Luckily, there are good home remedies available.

What More Can I Do About My Dog's Chronic Yeast Infections?

"I adopted a 3-year-old female rescue two months ago. When she came to me, her skin was infected with yeast. I changed her diet to raw lamb and have been giving her pre and probiotics, metal detox and immune support with quercetin, Ivermectin, and glutathione. I've also been giving her baths with natural shampoo and doing rub downs with coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. The skin has only slightly improved.

I can't rub ACV in open skin, so I can't do as much as she may need to kill all yeast. She tears and licks so often at the yeast areas that the skin is inflamed and raw.

She was taken to a vet and they only advised more steroids, antibiotics, and antifungal shampoos, but that left her immune system weak. I want to take care of her in a natural way without vaccines or chemicals. I could write more, but I'm sure you will tire of all that I have been doing for her. I believe she has environmental allergies. She sneezes and has also been rear paralyzed from some injury by her third family, supposedly.

I will not give up on her. Do you have any holistic suggestions for me?" —Billie

Dog Yeast Infection Home Remedy

It sounds like you are treating the yeast infection correctly, but are you following all of the steps in order? For the best results, you must:

  1. Use the proper shampoo to remove all the crust in the folds.
  2. Apply apple cider vinegar to the affected areas.
  3. Rub coconut oil into the affected areas.

Please look over my article on natural treatment of yeast infections and make sure that you are doing everything you can.

Medicated Shampoos

I treated a Lab recently with a very severe yeast infection that did not respond to the treatment in the article above. The shampoo I usually recommend was not working, so I switched to 4% chlorhexidine. She is doing better and her hair has come back in except for her ear tips, which I think are permanently scarred.

This shampoo may not be what you are looking for, but it does have the best chance of treating her skin. Besides the yeast, she probably has a secondary bacterial infection from the scratching and this shampoo will also help treat that.

What to Feed a Dog With a Yeast Infection

As far as alternative treatments, you are already doing the most important thing, which is changing the diet and getting rid of carbs and high fructose corn syrup. (She should not need the glutathione since she is on a better diet, but if you have already bought it, just keep giving it.)

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I have recommended some herbal immunostimulants like pau dárco in the past, but purity is a problem with those products since they are not regulated.

Prebiotics and Probiotics

Homeopathic "cures" do not cure anything. The correct shampoo is the best thing for her skin, but prebiotics and probiotics are your optimal chance of helping her immune system.

The best research shows that chicory or beet pulp are the best prebiotics for a dog like her. (1) What kind of probiotic products has she been on?

Plain, non-flavored yogurt is a probiotic that we can count on for dogs with yeast infections. Yogurt is low in lactose, so it will not cause diarrhea, and even though the milk is pastuerized before the yogurt is made, it is not altered after the bacteria are added; it the best thing to improve her intestinal microbiome and promote healthy skin.

What to Do If Your Dog Isn't Responding to Treatment for a Yeast Infection

If you do consult another vet in your area, ask them to do a cytology test to see if your dog has a primary yeast infection. It is possible that your dog is not responding to your treatments because it is something else, like seborrhea oleosa.

Try Douxo Chlorhexidine Shampoo

Use the benzoyl peroxide shampoo for now, but if there is no response in about a month, then you should look into Douxo's shampoo and mousse, which are very effective in the treatment of seborrhea.

This plant-based shampoo was developed in France, and reports on its effectiveness when used along with their mousse are very promising.

Consider Treatment for Demodex Mites

Did the veterinarian you see do a skin scraping to look for demodex mites? Unless you are giving her ivermectin every day at the correct dose, you may not see a response. The medication I have found most helpful recently is sarolaner (Simparica), although it may only be available by prescription where you live.

If she had her skin scraped and no mange was found, then she should not need this medication unless she has fleas.

Yeast Infection vs. Inhalant Allergies

It is great to hear how much you are doing for her. Get her over this yeast issue before deciding if she has inhalant allergies. If I can be of any help during this long treatment process you face, be sure to contact me here. Keep up with the struggle—you are doing great!

Source

  1. Grześkowiak Ł, Endo A, Beasley S, Salminen S. Microbiota and probiotics in canine and feline welfare. Anaerobe. 2015 Aug;34:14-23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7111060/

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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