How I Cured My Dog’s Yeast Infection Naturally
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Recently, Sydney developed yeasty ears that were recurring (I’d clean them up, they’d return in a few days). Our vet noticed and gave me some tips to clear them up naturally, and it works.
Please note that I’m not a dog nutritionist or a veterinarian. These are natural treatments I’ve learned from my vet and my research on my dogs’ health.
Answers Pet Food: If you clicked on this link in search of a recipe to help your dog, please scroll to the bottom.
My dogs’ history with yeast problems has been easily cured thanks to switching them to a raw food diet (kibble is the biggest culprit to yeast issues), improving their immune system, and following the below steps.
Natural Recipe to Cure a Dog’s Yeasty Ears
Curing a Dog’s Yeasty Ears
- I mix 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and organic apple cider vinegar (as instructed by our vet) into a small spray bottle.
- I mist the mixture into Sydney’s ear.
- After misting the mixture into Sydney’s ears, I allow it to set for 15 minutes, then gently clean her ear using a damp tissue.
- I massage coconut oil – just a small amount – into Sydney’s ears.
- I continue these steps for 2-3 more days until her ears clear up. It usually clears up in a couple of days.
I’ve found that it’s best to do this before bedtime, allowing Sydney’s ear to heal overnight; checking the progress each morning. When her ear heals, I return to using a product by Natural Paws called EARoma thEARapy, which I use to clean our dogs’ ears. You spray, let sit, then gently wipe out their ears. Easy peasy.
Please note that the EARoma thEARapy contains tea tree oil and isn’t safe to use on cats.
How I Cure a Dog’s Yeasty Tummy, Armpits, and Paws
Curing a Dog’s Yeasty Skin
My steps are similar to the ears and in my experience, the yeast cleared up almost overnight. Keep in mind that the problems I’ve seen with my dogs have been mild.
I spray the areas or wipe them down with a damp cloth using 50/50 apple c > Order on Amazon.com
Due to the comments I receive on this post, I think it’s important to repeat that the biggest improvement I’ve seen in my dogs was after I switched them to a raw food diet. All of Rodrigo’s yeast issues vanished, however, Sydney continued to have yeasty skin (her tummy and armpit areas) and ears. I was able to help Sydney by adding a quality digestive supplement to her diet and using the above steps.
Curing Yeast through Diet
This blog post gets a lot of traffic from people dealing with severe yeast issues with their dogs, so I reached out to Billy Hoekman of Answers Pet Food to ask for a diet that you can feed to your dog that may help tremendously. I have seen amazing improvements in dogs fed a diet created by Answers Pet Food so I’m excited to share the following with you.
Please note that the following diet is for a dog that weighs 22 pounds (I requested the recipe for a specific case); you’ll have to adjust based on the weight of your dog.
Answers Pet Food Diet: Fermented Foods Only
- Detailed Formula – 5.6 ounces
- Fermented raw cow milk kefir – 2 ounces
- Fermented Fish Stock or Turkey Stock with Fermented Beet Juice – 4 ounces
Answers Pet Food Diet: Yeast Issue, but Not Severe
- Detailed Formula – 3.6 ounces
- Fermented raw cow milk kefir – 4 ounces
- Fermented raw goat milk – 4 ounces
- Fermented Fish Stock or Turkey Stock with Fermented Beet Juice – 4 ounces
Answers Pet Food Diet: Severe Yeast Issue
- Detailed Formula – 2.6 ounces
- Fermented raw cow milk kefir – 6.1 ounces
- Fermented raw goat milk – 4 ounces
- Fermented Fish Stock or Turkey Stock with Fermented Beet Juice – 4 ounces
If you feed multiple times a day you can break up the amounts.
I very much believe in supporting gut health through whole foods (when possible) and supplements. Therefore, I add the following supplements to my dogs’ diet.
In my research about my dogs’ raw diet and health, I’ve seen many times that common health issues are a result of an imbalanced gut. By adding a digestive supplement to my dogs’ diet, I’m helping to strengthen their immune system which will, in turn, help their system naturally block yeast build up.
And that’s how I deal with allergies with my dogs. These aren’t groundbreaking recipes or cures; there are plenty of people online who will share similar or new, natural treatments. These are simply the ones that worked with my dogs.
If you have more natural tips, please share them in the comments below.
If you have taken these steps (transitioned to raw and added a digestive supplement) and your dog is still experiencing yeast issues, please contact a holistic veterinarian for help.
Why do you use different probiotics for Sydney and Rodrigo? I’m trying to figure out which one would be best for my dogs. Olive has stomach issues but Chaco has allergies.
Rodrigo’s issues are more severe than Sydney. Rodrigo now gets a pancreas supplement that helps his digestive issues and he gets FullBucket a few days a week. Sydney gets In Clover OptaGest because it’s a prebiotic that is perfect for dogs that have a healthy gut and one bottle of OptaGest will last a long time with two dogs; both my girls have healthy guts. Scout gets FullBucket.
I may have to try this some time! Or I read a similar recipe that included colloidal silver, which I have on hand.
I use lavender oil and olive oil (I chose to use organic since I read the study on how so many olive oils are mixed with other oils from even reputable brands). This keeps any problem down in their ears and I have yet to have a yeast infection in my dogs ears since using it (even one who swam 8 years of her life year round). I add a few drops of the lavender oil to the oil olive and drizzle in their ears. I mush it around a bit for it to work its way into the ear and then I wipe out the excess.
I’ve never heard of olive oil being used before; thanks!
careful with Olive Oil, it is used in laboratories to grow the Mallasezia yeast, coconut oil would be safer
Good to know. My dog Bennett has the same thing. I always have Bragg’s apple cider vinegar on hand so it’s funny you suggested it! 🙂
My dog was suffering with this also.. Pacing the floors all night, scratching all the time. We finally started with the Apple Cider Vinegar/Alcohol mixture in the ears and 1/4 cup of yogurt every day, and it was a blessing. He was a new dog in only a week. All the money spent on vet’s and special food, and it only took a few dollars on stuff we use every day. Hope you find some relief soon
Is there a specific brand of yogurt…
make sure when you feed yogurt that it is actually “just” yogurt. the ingredients should just say milk, cream, bacterial cultures.
many yogurts use cornstarch as a thickener. cornstarch would feed yeast
Anybody giving their dogs Apoquel or any other steroid -type of chemicals are just asking fo major heath problems for theier pets. Failed organs and a shotened life.
Interesting to know. I wonder if the yeasty problem is contributed to geographical location. Reason why I ask is because this environmental allergen monster I’m battling with seems to be more pronounced due to my location. #justcurious We haven’t had any yeast issues, but tis is certainly something I will share with my audience – someone out there could be desperately searching for a natural alternative. Thanks so much!
Groovy Goldendoodles, you don’t happen to live in Oklahoma, do you? Allergy capital of the world! My Border Collie has been suffering from yeast. Mainly his back, and neck area. I’ve tried everything from Apple Cidar vinegar to Prednisone, almost A-Z! I’ve even tried coconut oil, olive oil, changed his food to grain free, vet visits, antibiotics, ear flushes (he developed yeast in his ears). Poor guy hasn’t even had his second birthday yet. I’m at my witts ends, as I know he is. Can someone please direct me in a positive way!!
Hi Carla – have you tried to transition to a species appropriate diet? Although grain free kibble works for some dogs, it also has lots of starch and other ingredients that aren’t beneficial for dogs and negatively impact their immune system.
I’ve changed his food so many times that I’ve forgotten what they have, or don’t have. LOL. It’s crazy how many brands are on the market that promises to clear skin, help joints, make them live longer, more active, do the laundry. (just kidding) but you know how it is. I just spent $500 getting his ears drained, antibiotics, anti fungals, to no avail. it worked for a week or so. I’ve made him an appointment to the best vet I know in town. This man has always been dead on with his diagnosis, but is very pricy to see. My poor guy is so young, and active that I hate to see him so miserable. He’s been such a good sport thru all of this.
Hey Carla – I live in Charleston SC and it is really bad. #theworst
So far the only thing that’s worked well is a non-chemical botanical injection called Cadi it lasts for a about 4+ weeks, but the down side is that it costs $104.00 per injection. I did it once, saw incredible results. My Vet said in areas such as this – after three or four treatments, he’s seen the 4 weeks double and a few dogs only need it three times a year. I really think I’m going back because w/o it – Harley scratches until he breaks out in sores. I feed them a grain-free diet also (the honest kitchen) and I’m super careful about treats. For us – it’s the environment. 🙁 Kimberly has been a tremendous help reducing his discomfort with her supplement suggestions! Paws crossed your pup gets some relief soon!
Thank you so much for your suggestion for the injectable, Cadi. Like I told Kimberly, I just spent $500 on him having his ears drained, antibiotics, anti-fungals, prednisone, and I’m sure there is more, so the $104 seems reasonable if it gives him relief. He’s a year and a half old Border Collie, so being inactive is driving him crazy and sad. I made an appointment for him with the best vet I know in town. His diagnosis is always right, but I only use him as a last resort because he’s so expensive. And, like you, I’ve tried Kimberly’s suggestions. He runs from the vinegar! I think it’s out of control for home remedies at this point. Thank you for responding. I’ll keep you updated. 🙂
Hi Carla, have you tried the skin program at Nzymes.com? Amazing results under consumer reviews. Try it!
We have a raw dog food company and any yeast fight begins with a species appropriate diet. Any sugars (read carbs) will only feed yeast. A completely raw diet will do wonders to remove yeast. For stubborn yeast, or a dog newly transitioned, we use a combination of vinger/peroxide prays and 10-undecenoic acid. Works wonders! I am in Beaufort SC so she is right about this area being the allergy capital!
Thank you for sharing, Douglas. It’s nice to hear from someone else who has had similar experience/success dealing with yeast.
Our lab mix had horrible ears. The miracle cure was Xymox Otic with Hydrocortisone. I had tried everything….everything! You don’t clean their ears, but just put the drops in and “squish” their ears (put in enough that they do squish). Her ears had horrible black, nasty chunks and a smell that would knock you over before this….after, just regular ears. Occasionally, there will be a flare, but a couple of treatments gets it back under control again. It only took about a week to make a difference, but I continued with the daily treatments for another couple of weeks to make sure. A total miracle. Amazon carries it. I chose to get the one with hydrocortisone because I wanted it to calm her itchiness and redness at the same time.
Since she also has systemic yeast….I’ve changed to making her food and going as grain free as I can. I also put coconut oil with lavender and lemon on her bald body spots that used to ooze “Vaseline”. Her hair has grown back in spots, but its a constant battle. At least she doesn’t feel greasy or smell horrible any more. She still has a flare occasionally when I get lazy and gets crusty black flakes, but a few coconut oil treatments take care of it.
Hope this helps and thank you to whoever recommended Zymox to me!
Friend’s dog very similar. took him off dog food, they now cook him chicken an mix it with broccoli and other vegetables like carrots
First of all to solve this issue you have to stop the prednisone, any antibiotics, benadryal and any other allergy related drugs. You cannot keep giving your dog these medications as all of them exacerbates the problem. No kibble food or treats either as they contain sugar, corn syrup and other “binders” that increase yeast. You need to quit giving your dog anything except raw dog food. We use Instinct Raw brand turkey. We spent thousands with Vets and Animal “Allergist”, Apoquel and all that crap that doesn’t work. Just feed it the raw food and nothing else. The yeast will get worse before it gets better and then it will start dying off. It takes about 4 months. You will need to continue the Raw food forever and DO NOT give your dog anything else but the raw food again, including no “Kibble Type” treats or people food. Do nothing but the Raw Food. NO Treats. When you bathe the dog use GNC Anti-Fungal Anti-Bacterial Shampoo. No Oatmeal Shampoo as it feeds the yeast on the skin. We also wash again with GNC Anti-Itch Shampoo before rinsing. In the beginning you can rince with 50/50 Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs Brand) before the final water rinse. Follow these steps and your dog WILL get better. Good Luck!
My dog has been on apoquel for two years. It’s the only thing that works. $70 a month though totally worth every penny.
I’m in SC as well. All of you fellow South Carolinians really need to take your fur babies to see Dr. Thomas at Southeast Veterinary Dermatology. I have a yeasty Cocker who has had chronic yeast issues since she was 5 months old. I tried every all-natural remedy around – probiotics, grain-free, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, EOs. You name it, we tried it. Finally got a referral to see Dr. Thomas and our lives have been changed. My pup is allergic to a lot of things, but her biggest allergen is YEAST! We couldn’t get rid of the yeast because she was so allergic to it! She’s now been on weekly allergy shots for a year and it has made such a big difference! She hasn’t had an ear infection in 11 months and only has the occasional yeast flare up when the pollen counts are especially high.
I also strongly recommend Nature’s Variety Instinct single protein formulas. Try one protein source for a few weeks and see what happens. We finally settled on Lamb and Pea, as it seemed Maggie really couldn’t handle any form of poultry or waterfoul. If it has wings, she can’t have it 🙂
Hi, Carla! I swear by the Blue power ear wash recipe. You can google it. It is rubbing alcohol, boric acid, genetian violet…..I don’t have a doubt it will solve the war problem!! (8oz alc, 4 Tbsp boric, 16 drops venetian) google it to see how to use it. I make half recipes and it lasts me a while….good luck!!
Carla, have you had Him tested for allergies. That was our 1st step with Abbie. She’s allergic to, of all things, GRASS!! Along with chicken and potato amongst others. I’ve found out alot of dogs are allergic to these. My vet also has her on -1- Zyrtec pill daily. These seem to help her. We live in Alabama. Grass and pollen is bad right now. Abbie always gets a yeast infection once spring gets here and the grass starts to come in because, her being a little lady, she squats and it touches her. I’ve gotten where I wipe her and the paws with baby wipes every time I catch her. Sometimes I dip the paws in some apple cider vinegar and water.
Starch feeds yeast. Good luck I’m having same battle with my little one. No rice, no peas, no carrots,no potatoes no yams things to avoid that feed yeast.
Read and study info on this site..I have no connection to this company but it all sure makes perfectly great sense to me! I’ve even spoken to them and they are tremendously helpful.
I live I. Florida. My dog had no relief from raw diet etc… I give him apoquel he is 100% better. He suffered for the first three years of his life it was terrible. He is great now and he’s six. My little dog gets a shot of cytopoint once every six months and she literally does not scratch her self silly anymore. However cytopoint did not work for my big guy.
I have all the same problems. It was pointed out to me that yeast thrives on sugar. I looked up the glycemic index. I don’t know too much about dieting, but this will tell you what is high in sugar. Carbs that break down quickly. White rice, potatoes etc. All dog food have this stuff so I went to boiled chicken and brown rice for now. Its a full time job. I need to get a grip.
Thank you Joan B for the info on Zymox. We have a golden/yellow lab mix who we adopted last year. He’s approx. 8-9 years old and came with a mixed bag of medical and psychological issues. He has seasonal allergies in the form of greasy, smelly skin with massive shedding in the Spring. I switched him to a raw diet including small doses of coconut oil which cleared up his skin, his fur grew back thick and shiny and his horrible itching stopped. However, I can’t seem to keep the yeast infection in his ears at bay. It is so frustrating and I can’t afford to be running him to the vet every 2-4 weeks! I’m going to try the Zymox to see if it will finally be the one product to help keep this in control. He is constantly scratching them and whining. It’s heartbreaking to watch and not be able to cure the problem. 🙁
I’m in Hawaii and my bulldog is very yeasty. He only developed this during this year and he also just turned 6 years old end of May. I’m definitely going to try your methods out. Better than seeing the doctor every week.
Hi Natasha! Have you seen any improvement? I’m in Hawaii too. My dog and I have lived here our entire lives but she randomly developed allergies in 2013 when she turned 6. Been battling red, itchy, flaky skin for 4 years now and have tried atopica, cadi shot,diet changes, apoquel, everything. I really think hawaii is contributing to the problem but I don’t know how. If you have any luck please let me know!!
My 4 year old lapso was having so much of yeast smelly skin problems an I spent lots of money taking her to the vet an constantly changing her dog food an treats an I was so discussed that I finally got her hair cut as short as possible an they said to see a dermatologist before she could come back to get her grooming again, I was so upset I couldn’t afford to take her to see a dermatologist so I took her home an change all of her food to Turkey cut up carrots or,green beans any natural food an you can add some cook rice an a little of her grain free pure Balance with natural ingredients I use chicken and garden vegetables an ONLY 2 TREATS 2 dog biscuits an maybe a baby carrot An tryed,making homemade dog biscuits with almond flour applesauce an vanilla yogurt no,peanut butter.an so after 3 day,s of being consistent 2 meals a day my baby lapso, yeast smell was gone an she,stopped itching an biting her paw,s I am so happy an hope this will help some one with there animal yeast problems, remember you have to be consistent an stop giving all those dog treats, natural foods all the way, good luck.
I found zymox works for my Labradoodle’s ears. It is sold on Amazon. It has ketatmine in it that seems to kill the yeast.
Try Nzymes, All natural They have a website. This will do it. Thanks
Glacier Peak Holistics offers a sensitivity testing for around $80. Order the kit online. Swab the dogs gums, cut some hair, send it in. You get a report outlining sensitivity to foods and environment. Change water to distilled. Tap water has chlorine.
Thank you so much for this advice, my boxer is really suffering and l can now try this remedy on her.