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01/20/2010: Leah from Land O Lakes, Fl: "I am amazed that I have bringing my dog to vets (3 different ones) to find out the cause of her problems and needless to say have spent tons of $ in the process!!! To no avail, no one has cured her! We have tried diets, Antihistimines, steriods, allergy shots, and more!!!! Nothing has helped my poor baby! I have always thought that there was a yeast problem... Now I am more convinced then ever! I will try what I have read and demand my vet do what I say now!!! Nothing they have said has worked!"

04/14/2012: Atticus from Wellington, New Zealand replies: "Is Vinegar harmful to cats? I have a 7 months old kitten who drinks from my dogs water bowl. I wouldn't want to make doggy better and kitty sick.

(Also I have already been using vinegar for a few days, before reading this post for getting rid of cat and dog smells on the carpets and pet bedding. 50/50 vinegar and water sprayed on carpets and the next moring doggie and kitty smell gone! The vinegar smell evaporates. I also used this in the rinse when washing dog blankets today. Finally got rid of the smell which putting disinfectant in the wash hadn't resolved in the past.)"

01/03/2009: Stacey from Knoxville, TN: "I have a rotty/lab and a boxer with completely different allegies. what fun huh!?! My boxer gets bumpes all over her occasionally and itches her paws. She also cuts scratches the end of her ears till they bleed. This breaks our heart so we are keeping the clean with alcohol. Then we have our lab/rotty who is absolutely miserable the last time we took her to the vet she told me this was the worst case of allergies/yeast infection she had seen. The problem is that our dog had just finished her treatment for those problems. I am very worried because they have now taken her off the meds they were giving her (this was causing bladder problems) She is loosing hair on her face, belly, ears, feet, pits, and tail area. She is suffering and no one seams to be able to help treat this problem. please help! I am willing to try anything to ease her suffering. My email is available for contact. If you give me amounts I will use it

P.S. she is a 60# dog and the medication caused her to pee on herself that is why it was stopped. She has not had this problem since. Thank you all"

01/03/2009: Tess from Palm Beach, Fl replies: "Hi Stacy, what brand of food you are feeding your dogs? I think many issues in dogs are caused by the junky ingredients they put into some brands of dog food. It would be great for people to start learning the brands that are causing such terrible problems!"
01/04/2009: Jamie from Lake Worth, Fl. replies: "Your dog needs to see an allergist, pronto. My little chihauhau was chewing the fur from his little feet, and had yeast infections, plus bacterial.

We tried steroidal meds he put on 5 pounds, yes doubled his weight and it is bad for them. It didnt work, next step was to put him on perscription dog food, and see an allergist. The allergist did the testing like on a human. Found he was allergic to many many things. Cats being one, I thought that was cute. I now give him a weekly injection, it was expensive but when you take on a companion you contract to care for them.

Benadryl is safe for dogs, make sure its not the cold kind, just the allergy kind. Also when a dog chews his feet, and has hair loss on the underside it is a sign of inhaled allergies. Like pine trees, pollen, dust mites etc... almost like hay fever in humans."
01/04/2009: Dianna from Austin, TX replies: "i too have a chihuahua who weights 5 lbs. when if first got him he was suffering from very itchy feet and was chewing his fur off too. also the previous owner had put front-line on him and the place they put it lost all fur and was a red inflamed itchy place that looked very painful.
i immediately bathed him in pine tar soap and poured white vinegar on him. of course it stung! but for the first time he wasn't scratching and rubbing on the floor and chewing his feet. the 'cure' for his feet was very quick. bathing him with pine tar soap and pouring white vinegar on them about 3 times and no more itching. but i had to wait for the front-line to wear off on his back. it took almost a month for his hair to start to grow back where they had placed it. chihuahua's are very sensitive. i would NEVER put a chemical on my dog. thankfully i took this dog away from his previous owners. the pine tar soap also prevents fleas and by itself may help with skin problems - but for the yeast and the severe itchiness it causes - white vinegar is the best because it kills yeast. you can dilute it - but i used it straight and left it on him for faster killing of the yeast.

btw - he has never had this problem since. i do bathe him about every 3 months (pine tar soap or chandrika) or so and finish with a rinse of diluted apple cider or white vinegar now to rinse off the soap scum. he also gets apple cider vinegar in his drinking water.

Grain-Free Diet, Apple Cider Vinegar, Baths

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[YEA]  03/03/2013: Ozarkian from Lake Of The Ozark's, Missouri: "For years we were told by more than one vet our dog had a allergy and was running thru something she was allergic to outside. We did not question this because Lady is not confined. We live semi rural and even though she is not confined to be 1/4 of a mile from us would be a rare distance for her to roam.

As she got older the odor connected with a yeast infection and other things connected to a yeast infection became so strong it was causing problems in our home and when we went to visit the grand kids. It got so bad I got on the Internet and started to read anything I could about skin problems in dogs. It was then that I learned what she hadsuffered with all these years was what seemed to be a yeast problem.

About 4-5 months ago after reading everything I decided to begin a treatment program on my own. After reading the different remedies suggested I decided on the following.

I started by giving her 3 baths a week that were 3 part deals. First was tea tree shampoo bath using one of those soar scrub things you put your hand in. Then let it stand on her for about 10 minutes and rinse. Next was the regular dog shampoo bath and rinse. Then a final rinse with a solution of 1/3 to 1/2 apple cider and water. Lady also was put on a strict grain free diet. We also started giving her a big spoonful of plain yogurt every night with her bedtime bite. WELL IT WORKED. She now has a full thick coat and not one bump or smell.

I need to also say that her fur is kept short to very short depending on the season.

We never expected these results. Lady is a old dog she will be 16 in just a couple of months. I so wish we would have learned this years ago. But I am sovery happy it will make her twilight years more comfortable."

Grapefruit Seed Extract

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[YEA]  09/24/2010: Cathy from Cumming, Ga: "I have started using GSE for my bulldog that I have been told by vet has allergies, yeast infection (infestation). I am amazed by the relief she has been experiencing. See Candida on this website. Thank you all for the gift of health for myself, family and pets. This is a wonderful site!!!!"

11/23/2010: Kayla from Coalgate, Oklahoma replies: "Please help Tootles!!!! Just adopted a black toy poodle from a couple who could no longer afford vet bills. She is about 6lbs (VERY UNDER WEIGHT... Can see spine and ribs) She is 2 years old and has been treated for "Allergies" from last owners vets. I dont want to give this baby more shots and antibiotics when they are NOT working. I havent even had her a week and from research believe she does have this skin yeast infection everyone talks about. Please tell me, how do you use the ACV??? Mix with bath? put on directly? or Feed Orally?

Also, This poor baby has open sores, Last night I had to put a cone on her because she chewed her front paw bloody. I want to give this little girl some relief. Am going to start the Plain Yogurt ASAP. Have been treating her open wounds with neosporin (sp?)

Anxiously Awaiting Response,
Kayla and Tootles"
11/25/2010: Gina from Iuka, Ms replies: "Kayla, Acv may work I dont know but I do know that on raw skin its going to burn. Also my vet said I could use neosporin on my yorkie and it wouldnt hurt if he licked it (WRONG) he started gagging and vomiting from licking it. I use Tree of Life kosher organic expelled pressed coconut oil. I rub it on the skin and also give him (9lbs) 1 teaspoon in his food a day. NO MORE YEAST! Yogart can be rubbed on the skin too. Its not as good but better then nothing. Give her benadryl liquid 1 to 2 mg per pound by mouth every 6 to 8 hrs. For fast relief. I get the coconut oil at health food store they also have it at amazon."

High Protein Diet, Frequent Baths

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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  12/21/2009: Scott from Kingwood, Tx: "We have a 6 year old Aussie who has what appears to be a rampant ear infection and we were referred to this site in order to find a yeast infection cure. We feed him Blue Buffalo, and egg whites at breakfast and beef burger at dinner. We used to use a soy/beef mix and it seemed to get worse.

Currently the high protein diet and constant bathing has returned his coat however his ears, elbows and paws still have this black stuff all over, a waxy feeling.

We will start him on acidopholus and check back in a couple of weeks.


Hydrogen Peroxide, White Vinegar

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[YEA]  06/12/2012: Mady Mae from Palmyra, Ny: "OMG! I love reading that other people are hvaing the same issues! I couln't undersatnd why my dog was always getting ear infections and licking her feet and vulva and her feet smelled like fritos.

I soak them in a mixture of 4 cups of water, 1/4 cup white vinager 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide a couple times a day and what a difference of course after I changed her food to high protein diet. EVO. I had her on a sweet potato and herring dog food and it was the worst thing I could do."

[YEA]  11/23/2009: Dee from Montgomery, Al: "My Bassett (Molly) had a yeast infection in her ears. My vet who is loves animals told me to mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar and clean Molly's ears with it. It did wonders. I have not tried it all over but I am rinsing her with white vinegar after bathing. I also mix the white vinegar in her shampoo when I bath her. I've just started the baths and yogurt. Will let you know my success."

02/28/2013: Carrie from Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada replies: "I had a Czesky Terrier whom I adopted when she was 10 years old. Her skin was black and rubbery. Tried everything. The smell was disgusting. It wasnt unti she went into kidney failure 2 years later that the vet figured it had to do with her kidneys and a poor diet the first 10 years of her life. Too much protein!! Sadly, Zulie passed away, but we gave her the best 2 years of her life!!"


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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  03/30/2009: Kathryn from Waterford, Ontario: "Yeast Infection: Ears and Skin

I have an 8 yr old female Bulldog. She has yeast in her ears, on her back and saborhea on her coat. A friend who is a vet tech has suggested I giver her accidophilus for yeast and hair growth, as well as intestinal wellnes. Also, I do an ear flush 2-3 times per week using a watered down iodine solution to help steralize the ears. I have been using 1:10 ration of iodine to water and it really seems to be helping with the extra gunk build up. I havn't used the accidophilus yet but plan to start this week. Will also try the yogurt and vinegar. Thanks for the extra tips!"

Medicated Shampoo

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[YEA]  08/28/2009: Donna from Chicago, Illinois: "Yeast Infections in Dogs: I have a Boxer who suffers from yeast infections too. I have read most of the post about this issue and knowing how awful it is for your dog, I thought I would share my findings with the group. There is one product that will help your dog and it's not yogurt. However dont stop feeding the dog yogurt cause they love it. The only thing you can do is realize your dog will probably never get rid of this problem. Why I have no idea I have taken my pup to several Vets and they all give me that answer. So with that said the Shampoo called Malaseb is the only thing that will help. You will notice that your dog will sleep very good the night of their bath. However there are a few catches with this shampoo, one is you MUST leave the shampoo on them for 10 MIN. minimum. If your dog is a short hair dog like mine then put on just enough water to lather the shampoo on the sore place, even if your dog has long hair just try to to use more soap then water atleast for the first few times. What I have found the soap does it aids in numbing the itchy spot so that they dont want to scratch and bite at it. The enzymes in their siliva makes this problem worse. So after your dog has been given a bath, you must make sure you dry them very good that means inbetween the toes. (Just be carefull not to burn your dog with the hair dryer theres alot of people who dont know how to dry their dog safely the best way to do it is keep one hand on the dog then move the hair dryer back and forth on your dog keeping your hand under the spot where the dryer is blowing at that way you will feel the heat your dog feels and if your hand is hot you know that you need to move the hair dryer a little faster back and forth or back it up a little. Do the same to the feet so that you dont burn their little toes. You will have to use a towel as well to get their feet good and dry. If your dog is afraid of the sound of the blow dryer like my little dog, I have found by placing a towel loosely over their face making sure they can breathe then they are a little bit easier to handle.) Now that you have them all dry they will be all happy and sleep so well for the first and second night, however on the third night you will have to do it all over again. Note if the problem area is only on their feet you can get a bucket of water and just do their feet but you must make sure the area is good and dry. Also for a lot of dogs Wheat may be another source of the problem so check your dog food for wheat. Then try to get them another brand of dog food to see how it works out, this will take a few weeks to do, since you will want to change over your dog food slowly so that you dont give them a tummy ache. Keep in mind that dog treats are a main source of wheat. Good luck to all me and my pup feel your itching!"

Milk of Magnesia

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[YEA]  09/21/2011: Robert from Pc, Fl, usa: "My poor golden retriever/ basset hound mix had the worst case of incurable yeast in his ears I have ever saw and I have owned many many dogs. Oddly, I saw a drag queen say that milk of magnesia, topically, would prevent sweating under makeup for shows with hard hot lighting.

Siwwy had been given every prescription anti yeast medication, every vinegar drop method, every borax based method, all manners of homeopathic cures and things that cost so much money I was wondering if I would go broke. And all of the doctors antibiotics and creams to cure the secondary infections.

As yeast depends on moisture, I decided to go there with MOM. I painted it on rubbed it in, held him until it dried and in a month his ears were completely healed and no scars even remain. Thanks RuPauls Drag Race my dog loves a drag queen now! This is no joke, try it it works!"

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[NAY]  06/20/2013: Raine from Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas: "My 12 yr old shih-tzu battled gooby, smelly eyes, ear infections and itchy skin on and off almost her whole life. It wasn't until she began losing the fur on her chest that we finally connected the dots and began researching yeast infections. The vet was no help all these years-would just give her an antibiotic shot and put her on prednisone everytime. We distrust him so much now we are scared to take her there for fear of him shooting her up with antibiotics again, I'm scared that would be the final blow to her health. Started treating her many different ways, she was on a homemade food of brown rice, mackerel and green beans, and has since been changed to straight salmon with some yogurt. Was powdering her with a cornstarch, turmeric&clove mixture, but that didn't seem to be helping, and also the ACV 50/50 spray mixture, as well as putting it in her drinking water. NOTHING has helped!

Just learnt today that some brands of ACV contain yeast, so I'm pretty sure that is a big factor in why she has gotten worse rather than improving. I live on a small island in the Bahamas and chances of finding organic ACV are very slim. I have had this dog since I was 10 and it is literally breaking my heart to see the misery she is in. Can anyone please help? Any super cures that have been known to work well & work quickly? Stuff that doesn't neccessarily have to come from an organic or specialty store? We do have some coconut oil that they would put on her food, but she does not like it at all and would sometimes not eat her food or just eat around the oil. Maybe we need to shoot it down her throat with a syringe, can anyone give me a relative amount for a 13lb shih-tzu?

Other than all the problems accossiated with yeast (full, irritable anal gland, "old age" lumps, oozy eyes & ears) and some arthritis, she has no other health problems! We have been fighting this for I'd say at least 2 months now, and it's getting to the point where it's selfish to keep her here if we can't get her health improved. The affected skin runs on her underside from under her chin, down her whole chest straight down to her groin now. The armpits are an especially bad place. Also, does anyone know if antibiotic powder would feed the yeast? After she started licking the cornstarch mix off, we started using BNT antibiotic powder because it dries open raw wounds out in a snap.

Please please please, I am desperate and about to lose my best friend! Thank you in advance!"

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

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

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

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

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

08/18/2012: Bebe from Birmingham, Al: "Have been dealing with the yeast issues for years (second dog). First of all I would suggest allergy testing for food/environment. Cost is about 150.00. This way you know for sure. My dog, dachshund now 6, has a chicken as well as seasonal alergies so I give her venison or bison and vegetables. If it is too protein rich her Ph gets out of balance and gets a UTI so read the protein #. I bathe her twice a week with Virbac Keto-Chlor Ketoconazole. She will get break outs under her forelegs and vaginal. The baths give her great relieve. We do the baking soda and vinegar rinses, also. She takes enzymes, from health food store, sprinkled on her food, for her stomach. Sometimes she will eat the yogurt, especially goat yogurt. Her water, purified, as our water has chemicals and disrupts the stomach flora. We saw an allergy specialist for 1 1/2 years and have run the course. Someone mentioned their dog was vomiting yellow. This is most likely bile from stomach upset and Pepto has sweetner in it that promotes the fungus. Not good for the flora."

04/06/2012: Soozoom from Jacksonville, Fl Usa: "This site is great. I recently took in a foster Shih Tzu with the red staining near her eyes. After reading about this on several sites I've decided which methods I will try and why. I believe (as with many small breeds) that the red staining is from excessive tearing (for whatever reason), the red staining shows more because she has apricot and white hair, it has been very warm here and we have relatively high humidity - which increases the moistness. The excessive moistness would increase bacterial growth. The bacteria are either gram positive or gram negative - without testing I don't know which she has. Before giving her any medication I want to try the natural, non-harming remedies. Possible remedies I won't be using are: hydrogen peroxide - causes problems, can damage eyes, ACV - this would burn my eyes so I won't use near her eyes - I do think this would help for the skin yeast problems (in some/most cases - not all) - experiment.

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

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



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