Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Is Your Dog Emitting an Unpleasant Odor?
If your dog is licking his paws, scratching his ears, and smells like a bag of corn chips, a loaf of old sourdough bread from San Francisco, a musty old attic, or something you recognize as budding yeast, he needs your help. Those smells are caused by a type of yeast on your dog's skin called Malassezia pachydermatis. When your dog has a mild case of yeast overgrowth, he will just scratch his ears, smell his feet, and then go back to his nap.
Once a mild infection starts, though, the yeast releases proteases (enzymes that break down protein) and damages the skin so that even more yeast can thrive. Your dog will be miserable, and they will start chewing on their feet, rubbing on the carpet, and scratching until they are raw and their skin is bleeding.
Dogs that have allergies and have been put on antibiotics and immunosuppressants (steroids, cyclosporine, and apoquel) are common victims of yeast infections. Yeast are normal organisms that live on the skin and can overproliferate if conditions allow, especially in those moist areas like the underarms, between the toes, and in the ear canals of the floppy-eared breeds.
Here is the best thing you can do to get them back under control while your dog is still at home.
Best At-Home Yeast Infection Treatments for Dogs
- Give your dog a good bath. Do not pay attention to those instructions about removing the shampoo quickly so that the healthy oils are not stripped from your dog's skin. You need to remove the waxy buildup and the thick crust of yeast that are bothering your dog. After wetting your dog down, put a good quantity of shampoo on them, massage it in, and then leave it for about 10 minutes. This is a long time, so you really need to check your clock to make sure it is on there long enough. Benzoyl peroxide shampoo is the best choice to remove all of the waxy material built up on the skin and deep down into the pores. Since some people get rashes and itchy skin from bathing dogs with this problem I think it is important that you use rubber gloves.
- Apply apple cider vinegar to his skin. After removing most of the wax and yeast with the benzoyl peroxide shampoo, use vinegar to kill most of what is left. White vinegar will work okay, but I use apple cider vinegar since it is acidic and also has some healing properties not found in regular vinegar. Mix it with an equal amount of water, spray it on to his whole body, and then just let it dry without rinsing it off. (If your dog already has scratches on his body you will have to avoid those areas since this does sting, even diluted.)
- Treat all affected areas with coconut oil. At this point, roll your dog over and apply coconut oil to all of the areas that have been affected by the yeast. Use enough of it to rub between the toes, in the underarms, and even on the inside of the ear flaps.
Do I Have to Treat the Whole Body?
Some dogs will start out with a mild yeast infection on their feet. The dog may be allergic, lick between his toes, and in the moist environment, the yeast proliferate. Many holistic vets will recommend a foot bath to treat this problem. I do not. Bathe your dog's whole body in the shampoo and use the vinegar and coconut oil as described. The yeast infection may have already spread before you noticed it so do not worry about just one part of his body.
Vinegar and Yeast
Since all vinegar is acidic and will kill yeast, you can treat your dog's yeast infection with regular white vinegar or apple cider vinegar (ACV). I have used both, but as a control method, I think that the ACV is the best.
- Both ACV and white vinegar are acidic and kill yeast.
- Yeast infections are a sign of an immune problem and ACV may help make the immune system stronger.
- Organic ACV contains the “mother," which is a type of probiotic containing lactobacillus and other bacteria that might return the skin's normal flora after a yeast infection.
Coconut Oil and Yeast
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides and several antioxidants.
- Antioxidants like vitamin E, K, and the fatty acids myristic and caproic acid are present in high levels in coconut oil.
- Antioxidants protect the skin from damage by free radicals.
- Free radicals cause wrinkling and other aging effects similar to that seen with damage from Malassezia infections.
- The fatty acids present in coconut oil also help the skin heal from scratches secondary to the yeast infection.
When you apply coconut oil between your dog's toes or under his arms, he might lick some of it off. Do not worry about it. Coconut oil is great for his skin, and he will look better even sooner.
Other Natural Cures for a Yeast Infection
Do you know why there are so many treatments for yeast infections? None of them work all of the time. If your dog has a yeast infection on his paws, especially if he is already limping, you might need to try several things until you find something that works.
Some holistic practicioners will recommend an immunostimulant. We have several good products here in South America. One of them, pau dárco, is great but the herb available in some pharmacies may not be pure. The same problem exists with a lot of supplies of Cats Claw, another herb from Peru.
Other veterinarians recommend yogurt, kefir, tea tree oil, colloidal silver, and oregano oil. Many of these treatments will work the first time. It comes back pretty often.
Preventing the Yeast From Coming Back
Some conventional vets will tell you that a yeast infection is a lifelong problem and will require medicated baths and other treatment for the rest of the dog's life. That is correct if the affected areas are not taken care of properly and the dog continues to receive the same food and medical care that led to the Malassezia flare up.
To prevent this problem from coming back as soon as it is cleared up, you need to change your dog's diet so that he no longer is eating foods that make yeast proliferate. Any dog food with grains, a carbohydrate filler, or high fructose corn syrup should be avoided.
Your dog will not need medicated baths once his infection is eliminated but you can use coconut oil from time to time to control the yeast. If your dog has inhalant allergies and this problem only shows up in the summer, apply coconut oil between the toes and on the inner ear flaps twice a week.
The Best Food for a Dog With Yeast Overgrowth
In order to keep your dogs yeast infection from coming back you need to switch from a commercial diet that has grains, sugars, cheap fillers, and ”moist and meaty” products with high fructose corn syrup. I recommend a paleo-type natural raw diet based on whatever natural meat sources you can obtain in your area.
- Most of your dogs diet should be meat and bones. You can give him chicken necks and feet, chicken wings, ox tails, trachea and lungs from cows, raw tripe, whole rabbits or Egyptian quail, and if you live in a rural area you can buy old laying hens for just a few dollars each. If you live in the city you can usually buy large bags of chicken wings for a low price.
- Meat from organs (liver and kidneys) should be given occasionally. If you do buy whole chickens or feed rabbits, your dog will consume enough organ meat without buying extra organ meat from the butcher.
- Vegetables mixed in with his diet will provide all of the fiber that your dog needs. Add a tablespoon of fresh yogurt every time you serve him a plate of veggies.
- Your dog will get a little coconut oil from licking his skin but fish oil is also a great source of fatty acids.
Feeding raw does not need to be expensive! It is easier to put down a bowl of processed dog food but it is not much harder to feed your dog correctly. I have talked to several people that are unwilling to feed their dog a healthy raw diet. They are usually unwilling to change because of the lecture they received from a previous vet.
If you still want to feed your dog a diet to control his yeast but must cook your dogs diet, you can use most of the same ingredients but will have to add another calcium source since you cannot add cooked bones. When bones are cooked they will become brittle and may hurt your dog when swallowed.
What Kind of Treatment Will My Dog Get at the Vet?
If you do take your dog to the vet for treatment, he is probably going to recognize the Malassezia infestation right away because of the smell. If the vet tells you he should swab the skin you need to decline. Why? Yeast are a normal part of the skin and a test might show how many of the Malasezzia bodies are on the slide but it will always come up positive.
If the vet thinks that the skin also looks like a mange infection, he may recommend that he scrape the skin in several spots and examine it under a microscope. He may also notice that your dog has a secondary staph infection of the skin and may put him on more antibiotics.
This disease is usually diagnosed based on response to therapy. Your vet will probably start out with the same shampoo mentioned above. If the yeast do not respond to shampoo therapy, he may then prescribe an antifungal drug that is meant to kill all of the yeast of the skin. Some of the commonly prescribed drugs are ketoconazole, fluconazole, and itraconazole; they are given a few weeks after the dog is no longer showing any symptoms. Dogs usually have to take the medication at least a month.
All drugs have side effects and these antifungal drugs might clear up the yeast, but they can cause a lot more problems too. They might cause vomiting, diarrhea, liver damage, and even skin problems. Isn't that what you are trying to get rid of?
Are Some Breeds More Likely to Develop Yeast Infections?
If your dog has a lot of folds in his skin and also has allergies, they are a prime candidate for a yeast infection. This is why the Shar-Pei has yeast infections so often. French Bulldogs have a lot of folds and are also subject to problems so those areas prone to yeast need to be kept clean.
Yeast is also seen often in German Shepherd Dogs, Shih Tzus, Dachshunds, and some terriers. I have seen many cases in West Highland White Terriers, especially dogs suffering from allergies and chronic ear infections.
Symptoms That Indicate a Yeast Overgrowth
- Stinky skin.
- Itching and scratching. This is mild at first. As the infection gets worse, so does the scratching.
- A brown discoloration around the base of the toenails.
- Hair loss and thick, darkened skin in the underarms, around the back legs, and anywhere else the skin meets in a fold.
- Scaly dandruff.
- Oily skin.
A dog’s behavior may change with the onset of chronic health issues because they feel so lousy.
Will I Get Yeast From My Dog?
You are not going to catch a yeast infection from your dog. There has been a reported case of a person working in a nursery and carrying the yeast from her sick dog to the newborns in intensive care. If you have any health problems (AIDs or a disease that has left you immunocompromised), or you are on any medications that have damaged your immune system, you need to consider safety precautions.
Can I Really Treat This at Home?
At times, like when your dog is vomiting blood, has a bad cut, or needs to be spayed, it is a great thing to have a vet that can help. When your dog has a yeast infection, however, it is not an emergency and can be treated at home without going to the vet.
Conventional treatment: Etienne Côté DVM, Clinical Veterinary Advisor, Dogs and Cats, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, 2011
Toxicity of fungal medications: Stephen Ettinger DVM, Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 6th Edition, Saunders, 2005
Allergies: Chiari Noli DVM, Veterinary Allergy, Wiley Blackwell, 2014
Secondary Infections: Stephen Barr DVM, Clinical Companion Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases, Blackwell, 2006
Holistic Therapies: Richard Pitcairn DVM, Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, 3rd Edition, Rodale, 2005
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
Question: How often do I spray apple cider vinegar on my dog to treat a yeast infection?
Answer: You should bathe your dog as needed, depending on how oily the skin is. If the skin becomes stinky just a few days after bathing, do so again.
The ACV spray should be applied every day until this condition clears up. You can also apply the coconut oil every day after spraying.
Question: Can I spray the ACV mix in the dog's ears to treat a yeast infection?
Answer: Yes, the ears can be cleaned with diluted ACV. The acidic product will make it difficult for yeast and bacteria to thrive in the ear canal.
Question: When we lived in a townhouse with natural light coming in my bulldog never got a yeast infection; since we moved into a basement and we don't get much natural light, he started getting yeast infections all over his back. Could us moving into a basement be the cause of his yeast infection?
Answer: Is it the cause? No. Is it a contributing factor? Most likely. Dogs pick up a lot of skin infections in some environments, none at all in others.
My Pitbull likes to go out and find a nice spot to lie in the sun, even when it is a hot day. Does your bulldog get a chance to bask in the sun? If he just likes to hang around you, consider taking a book or newspaper to the park and sitting outside with him for a half hour each day.
Question: Is corn bad for dogs? Will coconut oil relieve the itching of a yeast infection?
Answer: Corn is just a cheap grain. It is not bad and provides some calories but does not provide a lot of nutritional benefits. It is very cheap so dog food companies, which of course want to produce their food as cheaply as possible, will add it to provide a nutrient at a low cost.
Coconut oil will help a dog with a yeast infection because the vitamin E and other antioxidants will help protect against damage by free radicals. Free radicals can cause some of the damage to a yeast infected skin, like the wrinkles.
Coconut oil also acts as a moisturizer, and allow the skin to heal, aiding in closing the small scratches from the itching associated with yeast infection.
By itself, the coconut oil is not adequate. You must first remove the bulk of the yeast with shampooing and then kill the others with apple cider vinegar.
Question: My dog is allergic to ACV and coconut oil, amongst many other things. What would you recommend for her yeast problem?
Answer: You can try to replace the coconut oil with aloe vera. Try to grow your own and when you have bathed your dog and removed the excess wax try to coat the area with the gel from the middle part of an aloe leaf. Try a small spot only, check it during the day and the next day to make sure there is no inflammation or swelling due to contact allergy.
Question: Should we stop Apoquel when converting to a better yeast infection treatment for our dog?
Answer: Apoquel is a very poorly tested immunosuppressant. If this were my dog I would not want to suppress his immune system when trying to fight off a yeast infection.
Yes, I would stop.
Question: My dog has a yeast infection in her ears and on her feet. Could she be getting this from going in the woods to use the restroom? What about a septic tank?
Answer: The kind of yeast infection that affects a dogs skin, Malassezia, is not picked up from moldly walls, nor from running around in the yard or being close to a septic tank. It is a normal inhabitant of a dogs skin but does not cause disease unless the dog is sensitive to the yeast.
In order to reduce it, follow the instructions outlined above.
Question: Would cooking meat be as good as a raw diet for a dog?
Answer: If you cook the meat you are not able to give your dog a balanced diet, which should be made up of bones, meat, and other things that I have described. You will need to supply his calcium in another form and if you do not your dog is not going to be healthy. If you cook the food, you will also destroy some of the vitamins his skin needs to be healthy. No one can tell you how to supplement to make up for what he is losing.
Question: How can I treat a yeast infection around my dog's eyes?
Answer: You can treat it the same way, using shampoo, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil.
If you are worried about the apple cider vinegar getting into the eyes, you can apply a non-sterile lubricant. Here is an article that has the Amazon link to the lube: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/how-to-use-kool-aid-to...
If your dog has a lot of folds that continue to get infected with yeast, you may need to keep them clean and treated with the vinegar several times a week.
Question: How often do I bathe my dog to rid her of a yeast infection?
Answer: It is difficult to give a firm recommendation because it depends on how bad things have progressed. You need to wash the dog often enough to remove the excess waxy buildup from the skin but not so often that it dries the dog out.
I usually recommend the family start with once a week. Pick a time when you can be free, make it consistent. Every Saturday afternoon, for example. Change this if it is not enough or if the dog has dry skin from being bathed too often.
Question: Is it safe to assume since all of your other remedies are non-toxic that the shampoo recommended is completely safe too?
Answer: There is nothing in this life that is non-toxic. All things are dose related. Even water, if taken in large quantities, will kill you.
The shampoo is safe if you use it as directed.
Question: Is it beneficial to add coconut water to the food? Should I add ACV to my dogs water to combat yeast infections?
Answer: When you use the coconut oil as the article suggests, your dog will lick some of it off of his or her skin. The coconut oil that is ingested is not harmful, and probably does a lot of good. It is not necessary to give more in the food, and if you give too much your dog will have loose stools/diarrhea.
ACV may or may not be helpful in the water. There is no proof of this. I prefer to use it topically, as described in the article, and have seen excellent results.If you want to use it in the water also it does not hurt, as long as you do not add too much. (Only add about a teaspoon in a bowl of water. Some dogs do not like the taste, so if your dog will not drink you have to provide another water source. Please do not let your dog become dehydrated.)
Question: What is the best dog food for yeast dermatitis in dogs? I have a Shitzu that has chronic yeast.
Answer: A BARF diet, made up of meaty bones and other appropriate foods, is best. As pointed out in the article, stay away from grains, carbohydrate fillers, and foods with high fructose corn syrup.
You can read about the BARF diet at many sites, or check this link: https://hubpages.com/dogs/paleo-diet-dog.
Question: What is the best brand of dry dog food that doesn’t cause yeast infections?
Answer: I cannot in good conscience recommend any brand of dry dog food. Even those that claim they are grain free still use carbohydrate sources to make the dog food cheaper.
If you are concerned about your dog, switch it to a real diet.
Question: Can I give my dog AZO Yeast?
Answer: Why would you want to? If your dog has a yeast infection, I have outlined a clear and natural way to treat this problem.
AZO is a homeopathic medicine. It may or may not contain any of the substance that is listed on the package. A homeopathic medicine is made up by using a drop of the drug, mixing it with 100 drops of water, taking one drop of that substance, mixing it with 100 drops of water, etc.
If you think about it, you will realize that after several dilutions none of the original substance is even left.
Question: Do you have any articles on how to prepare a raw food diet for my dog that is affordable? All the articles I have come across seem to make it really time-consuming and with difficult to find products. I want to provide my dogs with the healthiest diet possible but I also have a full-time job and a family.
Answer: Feeding a healthy diet does not need to be expensive, but it does take a little more effort than just opening the dog food bag and pouring out a cup each evening. I feed my dogs raw, but since I live in an isolated area, I can only buy about once every week or two. I freeze so that I can give them the best available. Here is an article that should give you more details: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/raw-dog-food-cheap
Question: How often should you use the shampoos, vinegar, and coconut oil?
Answer: It is difficult to give an exact response to this because dogs vary so much. Some dogs will have very greasy skin with a yeast infection and need to be bathed and treated a few times per week. Others have drier skin and if treated that often will develop secondary cracks in the skin since the shampoo will dry it out.
Try it once and see how your dog responds. If he is oily/yeasty again in 3 days, treat him again. If he does not have a waxy, smelly secretion from his skin, wait about a week.
Question: May I use a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide shampoo? If safe to use, how long should it be left on? Ordered online 3 percent, but it'll take 5 - 7 days to arrive. Is there an alternative shampoo I may use?
Answer: To provide immediate relief, you can use colloidal oatmeal. It will not remove the grease like benzoyl peroxide so use that when it arrives. Here are some more details: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/remedy-for-dog-with-dr...
Question: How do I apply the coconut oil to large, hairy dogs? Do you rub it all over their whole body? Won't that ruin the furniture?
Answer: In most cases, the yeast infection is localized to the armpits, belly, etc. You need to bathe the dog´s entire body, then apply the vinegar, and then you can use the coconut oil as a more localized treatment. (If the hair loss/thickened skin is more generalized, it will need to be rubbed over the whole body.) One thing I always recommend with big dogs is that they are taken for a walk as soon as the treatment is applied. The coconut oil has a chance to sink in before they lick it off, and it is much less likely to rub off on your furniture. (Some of it does rub off, however.)
Not a perfect situation, I understand.
Question: Is ok to use Dawn dish detergent to shampoo my dog with yeast infection?
Answer: I am not sure why you want to use that product. If your dog has a yeast infection she has greasy skin and the best way to remove it is benzoyl peroxide, as suggested in the article. If your dog is itching a lot and does not have greasy skin with a yeast infection, the best shampoo is colloidal oatmeal.
Question: Where can I find training treats that are grain, carbs, sugar, etc free? My vizsla has been fed raw since I had her at 12 weeks but I was including lots of carrot, sweet potatoes, and other veggies. I think she has started developing a yeast infection so I've cut out the veg and gone back to basics but we are still in training with her only being 6 months so training treats are essential. Do have any that you recommend?
Answer: Yes, I usually feed the chicken liver pieces available on Amazon. Almost all dogs love them as they are pure meat, and smell like liver. (Yech!)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 04, 2020:
Debbie--there is no point in putting the coconut oil on before the baths since it is just going to be stripped off. What shampoo are you using? If the shampoo is removing all of the oils from the skin, you can try collidal oatmeal. Here is the recipe I use: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/natural-at-home-dandru...
Definitely use the coconut oil after the bath to reduce the dandruff.
Debbie Blevins on July 03, 2020:
Your article on yeast infections on dog was a great read. I have a dog that has had a severe yeast infection. Thick elephant skin, odor, all the symptoms. I have shampooed him with medicated every week for awhile a seemed to have the odor under control but his skins is so dry now everything is covered with dandruff. I have given him coconut messages before I bath him to get rid of what seems to be dead skin. Should I put coconut oil on afterward too. I’m afraid to use ACV for fear it will sting. I did once and drive him crazy. I felt so bad.
Blane on June 11, 2020:
Good reading doc .my long haired German shepherd has yeast infection on the back of both front legs. Im gonna try the apple cider vinegar. Coconut oil .fingers crossed. Cheers
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 06, 2020:
Hi Anthony, it is unlikely you are washing him too much. Some dogs and some breeds tend to have more greasy skin and develop secondary infections easily. If you try the process above and it does not help take him to your regular vet and see what else he might need.
Anthony on June 01, 2020:
I have a Cocker Spaniel that I pet rescued over 3 years ago, I fell in love with him at first sight. I was not aware why he had such a terrible odor from when I first adopted him was a yeast infection, I had a Cocker Spaniel growing up when I was 5 yrs old and was never aware of this but he is stinky. I wash him once a week and by next day he stinks all over again. Am I washing him too much. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP HIM DR.. He is such a good boy. Could I be feeding him the wrong stuff harming him or making matters worse, PLEASE HELP!!!.
jahyogi on May 22, 2020:
thank you so much.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 22, 2020:
Jahyogi--Tea tree oil can be very harsh if not used carefully and I do not recommend it. See the article above and look into using coconut oil as a moisturizer for those areas. If the dog licks it off, there is no problem.
jahyogi on May 22, 2020:
I have rescued a dog, vet shes a Portuguese pointer and her still young. She has severe yeast infections, her belly all the down her legs all black elephant skin and hot sore certain areas. I know she suffering, she has a giant cyst on her paws which she limps when walking. Shes on fluconazole and they cleaned her ears with medicine. I have her on homemade grain-free food, water with tsp on ACV. and been giving her bath with a rinse of ACV at the end. my question is how can i used tea tree oil on her, I'm scared to cause more irritation. Thank you
Laura on March 23, 2020:
Great article!! Sounds like the only thing I’ve been missing is the ACV. I switched my Westie a month ago to a raw diet and his yeast is getting worse is this the yeast die off phenomenon he is experiencing? I have read that digestive enzymes can help with the yeast die off, do you have any experience with that? Thanks
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 25, 2020:
womanofthewoods, thanks for your kind words. As far as Roxie goes, I have seen older dogs that were never spayed cease to bleed during estrus. (It may also be a very small amount and she is licking it so you never see it.) Unless you are seeing a swollen abdomen and possibly a pus discharge, nothing to be concerned about.
womanofthewoods on February 24, 2020:
Greetings Dr. Mark. Hope this finds you happy and well. Hey, thanks for who you are and the helpful and common sense info you pass along. Its a gift from the heart and a path of learning. I have started the meat diet with my friends and results are great. I started gradually and the difference shows in attitude and the physical. I do make a bone broth in addition to, in quantity then feeeze leftovers. Happy Puppies they are at all ages.
I have a concern about my Roxie, 8yrs, poodle/terrier, medium small. One ear up, one down. She was never spayed, never had a litter, of late when she is in season, there is no blood. She does lick her area, no odor, I wash area once a day during this time w mild soap or just warm water. Is the absence of blood smthg to be concerned about? If you hve the time Ield appreciate your insight. So from Wisconsin to you, laugh often and give the gift of a smile at least 50x a day. Thank You. Woman of The Woods.
firstname.lastname@example.org on January 06, 2020:
Thanks Dr. Mark....it's been informative. read a lot search a lot . and still trying to find REMEDIES. HOLISTICS ONES OR ANY AT THIS POINT. IT'S BEEN A 2/12 YEAR JOURNEY WITH HUSKY
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 30, 2019:
Kerry--those antibiotics are killing the healthy bacterial flora of her gastrointestinal system. If you choose to treat her in this way she is going to have the symptoms you describe (foul-smelling gas, etc). Consider trying the treatments suggested in this article.
Kerry Agutter on December 29, 2019:
I alway give mine250mg phenoxeth-penicillin 4mg piriton Every 4 hours on a flat up and omeprazole 20mg am I doinb the right thing when my she-pei get a yeast infection it effects her guts stinky wind and mouth
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 10, 2019:
Stacey, recurrent ear infections are pretty common and both of the breeds that made up your dog (Lab and Standard Poodle) have ear problems. If your dog bathes a lot, clean the ears after each swim. If not, look at some of the other tips at https://pethelpful.com/dogs/recurrent-otitis-exter...
Allergies may be your dogs problem, which is why his vet keeps using steroids. You mention that you have changed the diet, but have you tried an exclusion diet, with no strange proteins? (Must be homemade, no dog treats or other things that have strange protein sources.)
Finally, you might want to try and get a referral to a veterinary dermatolgist or a holistic vet that deals with allergies. THere are a lot of new allergy medications, and here are some steroid alternatives https://pethelpful.com/dogs/alternatives-to-steroi...
I wish I could be more help. This is hard for dogs and their families. Best of luck.
Stacey on December 09, 2019:
Hi I am desperate, my 10 year old labradoodle has suffered with constant ear infections for 8 years, she has had 2 operations for aural hematoma one been the other day, I am doing everything the vet has told me to do cleaning them changing her diet but they just keep coming back, I have been researching for months a more natural way, as he keeps putting her on steroids which I do not want, I just want someone to help that doesn’t just wants hundreds of pounds every time I go see them and not get anywhere, as I feel he doesn’t care and makes me feel like I’m the worst dog owner I am literally desperate now to get this sorted once and for all please help
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 08, 2019:
Hi Maureen if this were my dog I would want to give her the most immediate relief possible. If you are able to take her to a local vet do so, if not give her an antihistamine so that she will at least rest.
I would not bathe her again, just use the coconut oil, let the skin cool off for a day or two before bathing again.
Marueen on December 08, 2019:
I have a female German Shepard who is not comfortable. I have been giving her a bath with PhytoVet C 4% Shampoo. It does not seem to help her. Last night she was whimpering and seemed to want to get out of her skin. I was reading your comments and I have Organic Coconut Oil expeller pressed and Braggs organic Raw unfiltered apple cider at my house.
How should I start? Should I use the shampoo or purchase the
Pet MD Benzoyl Peroxide Medicated Shampoo? I just want to give her relief. She 11 years old.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 05, 2019:
Marion, hydrogen peroxide does have some uses but it also causes skin damage. Probably the reason that recipe is no longer on the internet is that it is harmful to your dog.
Marion on December 04, 2019:
I saw once a recipe for vinegar, hydrogenated peroxide and water but cant find online. Do you know about this and the recipe
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 02, 2019:
I have some other alternatives under the article I wrote on treating a dogs dry skin: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/remedy-for-dog-with-dr...
I hope this helps.
Christine Vardy on October 23, 2019:
My poor dog has a very bad yeast infection. We have changed his diet and we are now using coconut oil as well as going to use ACV. What vitamins or other supplements will help him to get better. We have gone the " vet" route and all it does is take money from our bank account and not helping my dog.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 20, 2019:
Dax--I would certainly not recommend it. Buy the organic ACV that has the "mother" to benefit from the beneficial bacteria.
Dax on October 18, 2019:
Can I use powdered acv straight on the wound
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 16, 2019:
Michael, it varies. Some dogs feel relief the next day, others not for many days.
Repeat the bath when the skin becomes greasy again.
Michael on October 15, 2019:
Just tried the batch and ACV tonight on my Newfoundland. I didn't see from the article, how long it takes before they experience relief. Should I repeat this treatment in a few days? a week? Thanks for the advice. I was willing to try anything to know he's not itchy.
Kelly Jones on October 05, 2019:
Primal freeze dried dog food is an excellent source of raw for people who don't have the time to make their own. :)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 25, 2019:
WorriedSick: bleeding from where? Please take her to your regular vet, or if you do not want to go back there find someone else. That excessive sleeping you describe is also something to worry about.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 25, 2019:
Rosette, it is not necessary to continue for life. After the elephant skin is gone, you can switch to a collidal oatmeal shampoo (it is soothing) and then use coconut oil to moisturize the skin as needed.
Glad to hear your GSD is doing well.
Worried Sick on August 25, 2019:
The diarrhea only lasted three days. The last bath I noticed one of her breast enlarged and hard. Honestly, her problems all started after she was spayed. Hives, then hair falling out accompanied by huge or small black oval shaped spots and now bleeding. Spots are everywhere (I wish I could post a picture). Our once active dog has now become a constant sleeper. I’ve been trying to handle this all naturally. I have switched her to different diets (grain free, meat, no meat, and now salmon). Nothing seems to be working. We are having to confine her because she is bleeding from various areas. It’s breaking my heart that she is going through this, and I feel so helpless.
Rosette on August 23, 2019:
Thank you for the wonderful info. I have a GSD with skin issues right from when I rescued him from an irresponsible breeder. I now regularly bathe him with an anti fungal shampoo and spray a mix of ACV and coconut oil. It has worked wonders so far. Jake now has no elephant skin, is getting back all his beautiful coat, and his skin is almost free of crusts and flaky dandruff or whatever that is. My question: Is it best to continue this for life?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 06, 2019:
Worried--yes, it is possible but she would have to lick a lot of oil to cause diarrhea. Most likely she is allergic, but this too would be very unusual. If this were my dog I would give her a day, start her on hamburger and rice only after going without food for one day (24 hours).
Make sure that she has plenty of water. If this is happening a lot, it may be something else entirely so you may need to take her to your regular vet if she is getting dehydrated.
WorriedSick on August 05, 2019:
After doing everything, baths, ACV, and coconut oil my girl is suffering from severe diarrhea. Is this normal from licking the oil?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 30, 2019:
Cynthia, I am not sure if this is a medical or behavioral problem. You could try but I would definitely not want to guarantee the results.
Cynthia Taylor on June 28, 2019:
My little 12 yr old Yorkie takes 25 mg. Of clindemycin.(sp)
He sits down quickly and licks in the vacinity of his penis. I just wondered. If putting ACV in his water will and feeding him yogurt will cure this. He will need to be on this until he is able to get the rest of his teeth pulled.
Manel on June 19, 2019:
Thanks for the advises given here. I do have a Shih-Tzu Pooch & just today I managed to go to the vet to get his anal cleaning done. But ended up him given some meds to spray saying that he has got Yeast? How ever, if I have read this articles before I would have sure applied Apple cider vinegar to bath him. Cause I know the diluted ACV is one of the Best solutions for animals skin diseases. I learnt a lot by coming on this page...Thanks...
parastoo on June 18, 2019:
Hi, I'm a Shinto Dog called Lucy. I've found a fungal infection. I'm so happy. I live in Iran. I do not trust the veterinarian here, because my dog in my country bans to get some treatment so I can help Lucy as soon as possible. Get rid of this fungal infection. I'll let you know
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 08, 2019:
Sarah, if your dog has a yeast infection then vinegar is a very good cleaning solution. Here is a short article that will help: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-to-Clean-Ears-with...
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 08, 2019:
Leda, some skin discoloration is normal. This may go away with time, but I cannot guarantee it.
Sarah on June 08, 2019:
How do you clean their ears too?
Leda on June 04, 2019:
My dog is finally on the mend after a couple months of feeding meat, salmon, greens and all sorts of supplements. The benzoyl peroxide shampoo every other day (began 2.5 weeks ago) turned her around along with organic ACV. She isn't itching finally and not pink, however has brown patches on her skin. Are these normal? She still smells and I am continuing with the above protocol. Thanks so much Dr. Mark!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on May 19, 2019:
common sense: you should say "If you can, please seek veterinary care after you have searched the internet." Do not be so arrogant as to assume that all of us live in your world. You are aware that there are many, many places in this world that have no medical care for children, no dental care, and certainly no veterinarian available to take care of your sick dog?
Pet ownership is not limited to the citizens of New York or Chicago.
Common Sense on May 19, 2019:
If your animals are in discomfort, please seek veterinary treatment instead of searching on the internet.
Yes, vet treatment costs money but that comes with the responsibility of having a pet.
Pet ownership is a privilege, not a right.
Just like you would take your child to the doctor when sick, please take your pets to an actual vet.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 04, 2019:
Sheena, after using the benzoyl peroxide shampoo to remove most of the grease you can apply the ACV when still wet. You do not have to dry the dog, but it does not matter if you do so.
I do not have a favorite brand of coconut oil. I use virgin coconut oil that I make myself (since I have my own coconut trees). Be sure to buy a brand that says "virgin" or "extra virgin" so that it is as little processed as possible.
Sheena Romero on March 04, 2019:
after bathing your dog with the peroxide shampoo, do you dry the dog before spraying the ACV? or do you spray the dog with ACV while wet, then let air dry or blow dry? what kind of coconut oil is best to use?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 17, 2019:
Jacqueline, he is not going to be worse for being on a better diet, but if the ACV is not dilute it can be acidic and hard on very sensitive skin.If he is uncomfortable when you spray it on you may need to dilute it more.
Jacqueline Johnson on February 16, 2019:
Thank you I have taken him off the meds now and for the last 3 days I have been bathing him in medicated shampoo using apple cider viniger everyday and coconut oil as you said also I have strictly been giving him chicken boiled in a spoon full of garlic, and all green veggies with a spoon full of natural yogut that's all he's been eating he's skin seems to be really red at the moment I'm getting worried encase I make him worse?? Would the skin get worse before it got better?? Thank you
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 13, 2019:
Jacqueline, apoquel and prednisone are certainly not safe. If you want to read about some of the side effects of steroids check out https://pethelpful.com/dogs/alternatives-to-steroi...
That shampoo brand may not be available where you live but benzoyl peroxide shampoo definitely is. The meds have side effects, so there is nothing wrong with weaning him off and trying alternatives. If you are not satisfied, you can go back to the treatment you are using now. Best of luck with your Frenchie.
jacquelinejohnson198527 on February 12, 2019:
Is the apple cider and coconut oil completely safe for my french bulldog if he has a yeast problem with his skin?
Jacqueline on February 12, 2019:
Hello Dr Mark
Please can you help me I have adopted a french bulldog he is two he stinks is completely red under his neck inbetween his folds in his face paws and belly he itches and rubs himself across the carpet I've seen 3 vets in 3 weeks of having him he's on aquapuel I think it's called and now steroid tablets they gave me hibiscrub to bath him in but nothing is working he's not alergic to anything as far as we no do you think it's safe for me to take him off the meds and try the apple cider vinigar with the coconut oil? I'm in England so that shampoo is in America that u prescribed what's the best shampoo over here I could use? I'm having no joy with any vet that I have seen so far and it's costing me a fortune he's a fit and healthy dog apart from this yeast infection problem he absolutely stinks thou
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 30, 2019:
Marc--it is possible that your dog has allergies, not that he is getting an infection from the grass.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 30, 2019:
LukeandLulu--yes, I always have given garlic to my dogs. There are a lot of false reports claiming that it is poisonous to dogs since it is related to onions. It is safe to give about half a piece to a 15 kilo dog.
Marc Richards on January 30, 2019:
My dog a Staffordshire bull terrier keeps licking his feet and I have been told that he could be allergic to grass but I only have 2 grass gardens and I can't stop him going out for a wee what can I do to stop him getting infections?
LukaANDLulu on January 29, 2019:
I have to say of all the sites I have read, your info is the most accurate and helpful! We are in transition from a grain-free dry dog food to a raw diet for our dogs. Every website seems to contradict the other. In your experience, will carrot and lima beans 'feed' a yeast infection? And, can you give garlic to dogs?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 27, 2019:
Teri, yes, it can sting. Take some ACV, wet a paper towel, and apply a small amount between the toes of one foot. See how she reacts. If she is okay then treat the feet, the underarms, the belly, and especially between her folds. (Do not spray around her face. Just use a paper towel to clean between the folds.)
Teri on January 27, 2019:
I have a bulldog that smells like a frito. She is really pink on her belly and under her arms. Her paws are bright pink as well but not brown. Can I still use ACV on her paws? I am worried it will sting.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on January 16, 2019:
Karoline, alcohol vinegar does not have the same bacteria found in organic apple cider vinegar. The acidity would be helpful, but I do not think it would be as effective.
Karoline on January 16, 2019:
Thanks for the amazing article. Can I use alcohol vinegar? My bulldog was in contact with humid areas and his paws are becoming colored in red. Seems to be malasezia.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 17, 2018:
Maryanne, on a Pugs chin I would definitely try benzoyl peroxide shampoo. There are a lot of human ointments that might help but dogs are likely to just drag their chin along the carpet and just wipe the cream off, so a shampoo for ten minutes, a rinse, and then apply ACV using a paper towel, is the best thing.
I cannot tell you about mixing those products for sure, since there have been no studies about interactions, but as far as I know they are okay.
MaryanneODPE on December 17, 2018:
Very helpful article. I have a 5 year old Black Pug with sever allergies all year round. She has been on Apoquel about 4 times and antibiotics a few weeks ago. She now has a large inflamed, itchy rash on her chin that she scratches open and it bleeds. She also has slight reddening around her lady parts that she rubs on the carpet. She has also had treatment for her ears.
She has started to lick her paws (for about a week now), there are no visible signs on why she is licking though - no redness, nails are healthy, feet are not raw. I've put a cone on her to avoid the scratching and licking.
I've been cleaning her chin, lady parts and ears twice a day with Malacetic wet wipes and diluted tea tree oil for the past week but I don't see a difference. I've also changed her diet to raw veg and boiled chicken, and salmon oil and give her antihistamine. It's very hard not to take her to the vet for a quicker solution but I really want to end the problem rather than just cover it up. What can I apply directly to her raw, broken chin to dry it out and kill infection? Also, is it ok to mix the supplements I give her, for example Samon oil with Cat Claw, or CBD oil?
Linda Loving on December 01, 2018:
Have a year old Pug. Not overvaccinated, altered at 9 mos. we had a very wet spring and summer here. In August he broke with hives head to toe, began itching and shedding excessively. Developed Staph in all the areas the hives were. Veterinary care was not helpful with the exception of a shampoo they prescribed. I removed all grains and anything with sugar. So he is eating meat, bone broth, green vegetables, coconut oil, Turmeric, multivitamin, mostly beef and turkey daily meat. Aloe juice
Occasional liver. Plain milk Kefir, yougurt, water Kefir. Have given Quericitin, biotin, Vit E, olive oil, lysine, MSM, minimal garlic, ACV in water. It’s now December, better, but still very itchy and smelly. Bathe frequently using Tea Tree oil, Aloe, Iodine, white vinegar, ACV rinses, peroxide rinses. Lavender and Coconut oil. Still occasionally gets histoblasts tha erupt on tail. Coat is shiny, nails are healthy. Starting to think his hyper immune system was caused by being altered. Out of ideas. Any advice appreciated.
Donna rodriguez,email@example.com on November 29, 2018:
Donna Rodriguez my chilliwinnen dog, is losing it's hair up above right side of his little head n a little on the other side to, he's 3 months old
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 28, 2018:
Sharleen, if your dog has a yeast infection the ACV and coconut oil work together, not an either/or situation.
What type of allergy medication? If you are talking about antihistamines, that is fine. If you mean prednisone, I do not think it is a good idea. Check the meds you are giving and read this: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/alternatives-to-steroi...
Sharleen Villeneuve on November 27, 2018:
My rescue dog is constantly stinky but oh so cute. His skin is never raw but always pink. He does give off on odour of a bigger dog yet he’s only 5 pounds. He’s part chihuahua and pikegnese. He has seasonal allergies. He is the only dog that I have that loves the sun and now I know why. I would rather do the ACV then coconuts oil. Does he have to take allergy medication as well?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 24, 2018:
Lisa, thanks for that excellent description. I hope you guys can find a solution for your poor dog.
It sounds like you are doing everything right for her. The only thing I have noticed that might help more is more frequent bathing to remove the yeast and waxy buildup. If her skin is getting too dry from the bathing, try a moisturizing shampoo like colloidal oatmeal.
You can also try moisturizing cotton balls with ACV to apply to the folds around her vulva. The spray works in most areas but with some dogs, or breeds like the English bulldog, you have to wipe down deep into the folds to kill the yeast.
If the mushroom powder does not appear to be helping you can try an immunostimulant like cats claw.
Lisa Carnelli on November 23, 2018:
Our girl was treated twice over 2 months for a 'cocci' bacterial infection with antibiotics, steroids and benadryl for 14 days each time. She is now full of yeast and really struggling. Last time our vet said she has a terrible case of elephant skin on ber private parts. This led me to research what her condition is and to your website. Its yeast and I believe its what shes had for at least a year. Were using diluted acv and cocnut oil but its spreading. Her ears are itchy and shes constantly licking her paws now. She broke out this week with the same weepy puss filled sores they told me was a bacterial infection. None of us are sleeping and i dont know where to turn now. We started her on a raw diet 10 days ago with almost zero carbs. The last vet visit was $700 that included testing for thyroid dysfunction but came back normal. Can you suggest next steps? I am off to buy a yeast reducing shampoo tomorrow and have been using veterocyn gel on her blackened areas but how do i get rid of the yeast buildup? We are desperate to help our girl. Any help is much appreciated. One last thing, we're also giving her a mushroom biomass powder to help build her immune system.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 17, 2018:
Khatarina, have you tried bathing her in colloidal oatmeal? If this is not possible because of how sensitive she is, I would try regular water. Sometimes it is just a matter of removing the allergens on the skin and the dog feels better. If you can use oatmeal, it is best left on 10 or 15 minutes.
Not sure how she will do with the ACV since it is kind of acidic and might irritate her skin. I would defnitely try coconut oil in the meantime in any dry/irritated areas.
It sounds like you are doing a great job. She is a lucky dog to have found you.
Khatarina on November 15, 2018:
My rescue lab is allergic to a myriad of items, and, on top of this, she was grossly fat when I got her, which has resulted in a lot of loose skin around the neck and elbows. She is currently on apoquel to try to control the itching, and a switch to a kangaroo-based food has helped, but only somewhat.
Unfortunately, she is apparently also allergic to something in all shampoos (from hypoallergenic sensitive skin ones, to the 'special' ones the vet keeps trying to force on me. Even SLS-free shampoos have caused reactions.) He refuses to believe me when I tell him this, and behaves as if I am willfully refusing to try to make her better, like I enjoy having to listen to her scratch and chew at herself all day, and the way she looks. To complicate this, the SPCA has become involved, due to some busybody who couldn't just come and ask what was wrong with her, and as far as they're concerned, I should be willing to drop a couple thousand (that I don't have) to deal with it, or rehome her. (IF I even found anyone willing to take an older, unattractive animal with behavioural challenges, who is going to cost them two or three hundred $ a month, she would then turn mean because of her severe separation anxiety.)
I use baking soda to bathe her, but is there something else I could use, in lieu of the shampoo? Or just that and the ACV? I haven't tried that so far, because of how irritated the skin was, but it might be a viable option, now.
Jenn Steeley on October 12, 2018:
I have tried coconut oil on dogs paws and backside area. I have changed her diet. She gets yogurt daily. Acidophilus is in her diet also now. Occasionally i mix in apple cider vinegar/water soaked towel and apply to feet. I bathe her weekly, and make sure to dry her completely. NOTHING is working. I dont know what else to do. Any suggestions..? (Harley is my 2 yr old american bulldog).
Pat Sager on October 06, 2018:
It's a long story about "Lucy" fungus agony with trying everything including Vet's Apoquel and Topamax treatments which became ineffective after three or four months. Vets never admitted it's a fungus. When I discovered on my own and in desperation, that it is a fungus, I educated myself via the net and we women understand fungus. I reasoned that Miconazole might work so I began looking into that along with people's recommendations for vinegar, coconut oil, etc. Well, diluted vinegar set her on fire and we had to get it off her and coconut oil made her a walking grease ball. I was fed up with all that and felt hopeless but went to a farm supply and got Miconazole spray. I also had a myriad of other products such as peroxide shampoo, etc. I shampooed with a combo that made her break out and had to shampoo that out but don't know which combo did it. I was hoping it wasn't the miconazole. After more research, I saw MiconazoleHex! and saw good reports on it so got the spray. Holy cow, what a difference! The shampoo might have been easier but first time I used the spray, started seeing a difference almost right away. The spray didn't get every spot but I hit the worst spots. To make the spray stretch, I sprayed her black undersides and spread it with my hands the started going after other spots such as her pits. I didn't get every spot but she improved tremendously...almost no itching. I spent a lot of money before I got the real answer. MiconazoleHex is a little pricey but my future vet bills and other costs will be greatly reduced in the future. I'm going the buy the shampoo also but right now the spray is great. You can get it from your vet but it's sold over the counter on-line. Vet suppliers say it's prescription but I discovered that other sites sell it. My other go-to for any raw spots or sores your dog may acquire for any reason can be treated safely and successfully with diluted Equate First Aid Antiseptic povidone iodine solution...same thing used in hospitals to paint skin in areas they are working on. Vet says it's safe for people and animals. Feel like a big load off our shoulders and less financial burden.
Gary Rokuta on October 04, 2018:
I do know that my dog's immune system was compromised by indiscriminately vaccinating by vets here on Oahu as her 1st was a 6 shots in one called a cocktail or whombo combo that should never be given to any dog. My fault? Too long of a story but she had another from the breeder before that cocktail and not sure of that one but after the last one being a DAP, and she, the vet said was going to be a distemper, parvo but when i seen bill, had that Adeno included. Lying bitch, but I ended up being banned from there in Kailua, Hawaii 96734. You think she or the first vet cares? Of course not.... then began her itching, big time.....and she has been on raw lamb for a long time and staying away from conventional veterinary meds and no more vaccines, but to titer or to check for the most dangerous cores still having antibodies instead, not vaccinating. For now, that' s it! She will be 6 in November and will be kept intact with close veterinary care as suggested by Dr. Benjamin Hart, professor, UC DAVIS School of Veterinary Medicine and their many years of research with golden retrievers, esp the females that had most significant amounts of cancers that they followed, as said, while 3 percent still got cancers, ones that were spayed had 4 times that of the 3 percent, so he said in an email to me, if he was Brandy 2's caregiver, he would not have her spayed, but said it would be with close veterinary care...
Lynda on September 30, 2018:
My ginger bulldog has been on your program for several weeks, she is active and happy but her skin looks worse. I tried a 24 hr kale & yogurt detox for her kidneys & liver, because articles said the dying yeast causes them to be toxic and to continue the program. Is it true she will look worse for a period as the yeast dies off?
Blossom on September 22, 2018:
Blossom thanks you for sharing we will let you know how it goes
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 15, 2018:
Thanks for stopping by, Angie.
Angie Mayo from Victoria Australia on September 15, 2018:
Thank You Very Much!!
Kathy on September 03, 2018:
Thank you! You have simplified the advice I have also spent $$$ for. Bathe, spray, coconut oil, REPEAT!
Our girl is a rescue and after seeing what she looked like before we adopted her, I understand why she has skin issues! Now we’re working to keep her happy and healthy.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 14, 2018:
Lucy, you can definitely use dilute ACV to clean and acidify the ear (about half water, half ACV), Coconut oil helps heal the scratches on the ear flap, and this is usually common in dogs with ear infections since they do itch.
Lucy on August 14, 2018:
My labradoodle was allergy tested and the result was she was allergic to yeast. Her ears are always bothering her and smelly, I clean them everyday but it is not going away. She also licks her paws constantly. Is the ACV and coconut oil ok to use in her ears?
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on June 08, 2018:
Kris, bathe the dog depending on how oily the skin is. If the skin becomes stinky just a few days after bathing, do so again.
The ACV spray should be done every day until this clears up. You can also apply the coconut oil every day.
Kris on June 07, 2018:
How often should this treatment be done?
Mike Hardy from Caseville, Michigan on March 25, 2018:
Brilliant. We have two Shih Tzu's, one male, one female. The female will smell like corn chips from time to time but the male does not smell but gets crazy in the summer. Great advice. Bookmarked!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 03, 2018:
Hi Marie, yes, it is a good idea to wait on the vinegar. The chlorhexidine is a good disinfectant to use in the meantime in those raw areas, but as soon as it looks a little better try to spray something acidic on the skin.
Dogs do not need a carb source, but if you want a filler brown rice is probably your best choice. What veggies are you giving? Root crops like sweet potatoes and potatoes are not a good idea since they are feeding the yeast. Green leafy veggies are best.
I hope she feels better.
MarieLB on March 03, 2018:
You have just told me for free what I have paid close to $500 AUD to a specialist Vet for, Mark.
By the time I realised what was happening, she was over-run with these patches of scaly crusty patches, which were hidden because of her thick curly coat.
I am now spraying her daily with a mix of Chlorhexidine, but only after I laboriously try to remove the crusty patches to allow the antiseptic to work on her skin. It is usually red underneath the crusts.
I was advised that it is a staph infection and that it is not passed on to other dogs.
Thank you so much Mark for the most informative article. I shall start on the coconut oil tomorrow. I will have to wait to use the vinegar as she has several red raw patches.
I have switched to feeding her mainly sardines. . .mixed with brown rice and vegies.
Rebecca Long from somewhere in the appalachian foothills on February 27, 2018:
This is an amazing article. I had a dog with recurring ear infection. The vet would sniff the dog's ear to see if it was fungal or bacterial. I wish I had known this stuff. I could have saved myself a lot of money on vet care and the dog might not have been so miserable so often. Thanks for the info.