The most popular home remedy for a dog’s yeast infection, as reported by Earth Clinic readers and pet lovers, is apple cider vinegar (ACV) and yogurt. Dogs suffering with a yeast infection are just plain miserable from all of the itching and scratching. This home remedy for yeast infections has helped many dogs to once again be happy and itch-free.
Changing the dog’s diet may also be necessary for a permanent cure. Many readers have reported that they changed their dog’s diet to a grain-free dog food or a raw diet, such as Nature’s Variety Freeze Dried Rabbit or Venison. If the dog’s system cannot tolerate gluten (and many dogs cannot), the dog will be likely to have continuing problems as long as he eats food that contains gluten.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt for Your Dog’s Yeast Infection
Apple Cider Vinegar
Earth Clinic readers have discovered a number of different ways to treat their dogs with apple cider vinegar. What one dog will happily accept, another dog wants nothing to do with. Here are a few suggestions on using apple cider vinegar for your dog:
- Spray dog with 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. (Some dogs are very sensitive to the vinegar, so dilute as necessary, to as much as 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar.)
- One reader bathed her dog by filling a tub with about an inch of water, pouring a little straight vinegar over the dog and then sponging the dog, diluting the mixture. She did not rinse the dog but let the dog air dry.
- One reader’s dogs didn’t like being sprayed, so she used cotton balls soaked with the mixture and wiped the dog’s ears, paws and around the tail.
- Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to food 2x a day for a 50 lb. dog. Adjust dose for the size of your dog.
- Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to dog’s water for dogs under 15 lbs. For larger dogs, increase ACV up to 1 tablespoon.
Plain Greek Yogurt
- Add 1-2 Tablespoons of yogurt to food morning and night depending on size of dog
You Can Use Probiotic Capsules instead of Yogurt
- Our long-time contributor on pet problems, Theresa, recommended using probiotic capsules and avoiding the dairy. Give 1 capsule am and pm, rotating brands and strains. Discontinue daily use when dog is well.
Why the Apple Cider Vinegar and Yogurt Cure is Effective
- Apple cider vinegar (ACV) possesses excellent anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
- ACV boosts the immune system, helping the dog to fight diseases, fleas and other parasites.
- ACV is very effective at treating itchy skin and scratching.
- ACV helps to fight the effects of allergies which often cause itchy skin.
- ACV is an powerful detoxifying agent; the potassium in ACV is beneficial in treating arthritis.
- Yogurt or a probiotic attacks the fungus causing the yeast infection.
Apple cider vinegar and yogurt have successfully treated many dogs with yeast infections. We hope that it will work just as well for your dog. Keep reading below to learn how our readers fared when they used ACV and Yogurt for their pet’s yeast infections!