The number  of dogs developing yeast infections is staggering.This article not only shares what you should do long term, but what you should avoid if you have a dog with reoccurring yeast and fungal infections.It’s all about immunity.  There are a lot things that cause the immune system to get lazy or crash. Poor nutrition, chemicals used to treat fleas and ticks, antibiotic, steroids AND vaccines or any other pesticide that gets in contact with your dog, and finally an underlying health issue such as an auto-immune disease.

This is a fight that requires taking care of the inside and the outside of  the dog.  You have to look at each section carefully and go through the process thoroughly.

Yeast Infection Treatment for Dogs

While it’s critical to support your dog’s internal organs when trying to eliminate a yeast problem, it’s equally as important to care for your dog’s largest organ, the skin.

We hear from many of our readers that they’ve tried a vinegar rinse, povidone iodine and other products, but none have worked.  While these may help with minor skin conditions and eliminate surface bacteria, they typically will not work for yeast.

You need a formula that is strong enough to eliminate difficult microorganisms, yet will not cause additional inflammation of the already tender skin.

Our Canine Relief formula can provide immediate relief from the following skin issues and help to permanently heal the skin eliminating 99.9% of bacteria, fungus and topical viruses including:

  • Yeast, fungis, allergies, dermatitis, open sores on skin, hot spots, black/red skin, itchy feet, chewing, body scabs, patches of hair loss, dry skin, staph, bumps, infection.

The kit can be a exceptional tool for dogs trying to recover from any skin issues especially yeast.  You can find additional detail about our topical yeast relief kit here.

Food and Nutrition

POOR nutritional choices wreak havoc on your dog’s body, PERIOD!  The longer the dog goes without the diet he needs to thrive, the harder it is for him to fight off illness and infection. It all starts with food. This is the best place to put your money with regard to your dog’s health and repairing his broken immune system.  Plus, it’s never too late to start feeding correctly, no matter what the age.

Since you’re reading this article, I’m assuming that your dog does indeed have a yeast infection and you’re struggling with how to correct it.  Food and supplements are where you start — NOT  antibiotics and steroids which will make the condition worse long-term, but with a good, healthy diet.

Our Recommendations for Feeding a Dog with Yeast Infections

You’ll find tons of blogs and articles all  screaming which diets and foods are good for dogs suffering from yeasty skin.

Before we go any further, keep in mind that no two dogs are the same, and just because one particular diet works for one dog, doesn’t mean that it will work for another.  With this in mid, you’ll find several different diets that have all worked for different dogs with yeast problems.

The point is that you need to start with an exceptional diet made up of WHOLE, FRESH food and ANTIOXIDANTS, while keeping in mind that your dog may or may not respond to the first diet you try.  every dog isn’t the same, and isn’t going to respond the same to one particular diet, so you may have to try a few times before you get it right.

dog food choices for dog with yeast infection

Start with any of the following diets and/or anti yeast dog foods …

1. A raw diet can work very well for dogs with yeast issues.  You can also choose a commercial semi-homemade dog food diet for yeast infection such as a dehydrated food like this one from Only Natural Pet where you just add hot filtered water.  We always recommend adding a little more fresh protein as well.  So, decrease the amount of food recommended on the box and include a little fresh protein to the formula.  ROTATION IS VITAL.  Don’t stick to one protein source. Your best bet is to introduce your dog to all three of these stews and rotate them and also include fresh protein sources like I mentioned earlier. This provides the necessary rotation of protein.

2. Cooking a healthy home-cooked meal is an ideal option for your yeasty dog.  Don’t make the cooking so difficult that you don’t want to do it. You can use any of our purposely simplified homemadedog food for yeast infections recipes in our cookbook that include mostly 3-5 ingredients and can be placed in the crock pot.  Add fresh garlic which is known for it’s anti-yeastdog food properties.  For yeasty dogs, just eliminate the grain in the recipes. You can even in intermix raw and home cooked.

3. We don’t like to recommend kibble at all even for healthy dogs.  Why?  Because your dog isn’t meant to live on a dry food like this. It’s unhealthy for the kidneys.  If you refuse to feed your dog any other way, then Precise Holistic Grain & Potato Free is what we would recommend.  However, we encourage you to please include additional fresh protein to your dog’s diet as well.

using coconut oil for dogs with yeast

Internal Care for Yeast Infections in Dogs

1. Coconut Oil should be fed routinely and dogs love the taste. Regardless of whether or not your dog has a bacterial problem, feeding coconut oil has tremendous benefits to the skin. It can also help with loose hair and shedding problems.  The high amounts of lauric acid in the oil are what makes it a super supplement for fighting bacteria such as yeast and other fungus. It’s also a must for dogs with any type of allergies, digestive and heart problems, and any auto-immune issues which I’ll discuss more on later.  Coconut oil dosage for dogs (work up to the maximum amount): 1 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight or if you have a large dog, use roughly 1 tablespoon for every 30 pounds daily.   You can find pure, organic, extra virgin coconut oil at Costco or Sams Club.

2. Adding a good source of probiotics and digestive enzymes can also help.  They don’t really help with the skin directly, but they help keep your dog’s gut healthier and help him or her to digest their meals. Dogs in this condition already have a weakened immune system which causes distress in their entire digestive process. The probiotics and enzymes help your dog to break down the food and absorb vital nutrients. Yeast occurs when the body is over populated with bad bacteria; adding back a good source of of healthy bacteria through probiotics can be very beneficial.  Our Daily Multi includes both so there’s no need to provides separately.

3. Our own complete multi formula includes prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes and glandulars to support every gland in your dog’s body and aid in complete digestion eliminating the need to purchase all separately.  You can learn more at this link:  Daily Multi Complete for Dogs

Support the Thyroid …

There are those dogs that require more than just the perfect diet and lifestyle change, usually due to an underlying auto-immune disease that was left undetected.

Many traditional veterinarians weren’t taught how to read a thyroid panel correctly. So, what happens is the vet uses temporary fixes for the dog (antibiotics, steroids, etc) instead of trying a thyroid medication that could indeed help. If your dog was tested and the results came back negative; there’s a chance that your vet didn’t read the results accurately.

Many of these dogs are borderline low thyroid and the vet doesn’t follow through with medication. Our point is, if you’ve tried everything that we discussed in the article, but your dog still isn’t responding, then there is a chance that there’s an underlying condition such as a thyroid problem.

We highly recommend that you see a holistic vet to in order to have a thyroid panel done.

thyroid glandular for dogsOr, try supporting the thyroid on your own first with the following…

Our thyroid glandular can safely be used on those dogs who have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition or for those that are un-diagnosed.

We suggest you start here if you want to support the thyroid.  However, if your dog has had a thyroid condition for a long time and has been on prescription medicine for a long time, we don’t recommend that you simply stop the medicine.  You can however use this as a support supplement though.

Read what Tammy has to say here about how using our thyroid glandular brought her dog’s T4 levels back to normal only after a month Here’s her review

Add a little of the right form of iodine …

Selina Naturally Kosher Celtic Sea Salt is kosher and the brand that we endorse.  Add 1/4 teaspoon to a quart of water.  Once your dog starts to show signs of better health, you can back off and just sprinkle some of the Celtic Sea Salt on his or her food daily.  The iodine supplementation should be continued for life.

Adding iodine to your dog’s daily diet can help the thyroid.  Every living creature on the planet needs iodine which is a vital mineral and sadly most owners and dogs aren’t getting enough of this necessary nutrient.

DO NOT USE IODIZED TABLE SALT FROM THE GROCERY STORE!

Iodine deficiencies are believed to play a large role in thyroid problems and thyroid problems are believed to play a large role in chronic yeast infections.  We recommend Celtic Sea Salt (the bottle won’t say that it contains iodine), but it does contain NATURAL iodine.

You Gotta Detox!

This is another vital step.  If you ignore this step, then any progress will most likely be temporary. Detoxing the kidneys and the liver can be a huge help in recovery.  We recommend using Bentonite Clay to do this. It is a safe, pure, natural detox for your dog’s body.

NOTE: The clay MUST be used in a wet diet. It is only activated in a wet diet.  DO NOT ALLOW THE CLAY TO COME IN CONTACT WITH METAL If you feed your dog from a metal bowl, it’s okay to mix the dry clay in with the wet meal and add it to the metal bowl, providing your dog eats his or her meal immediately.  DON’T ALLOW IT TO SIT IN THE METAL BOWL ALL DAY.  Better yet, feed from a glass bowl while detoxing.

Natural Treatments For Dogs with Hot Spots

Stress, Drugs and Other Chemicals That Can Cause or Make The Condition Worse

Here’s a list of things that can upset that delicate balance and destroy your dog’s immune system, leaving your best friend wide open to disease, illness and the inability to heal naturally. When you combine the following with a poor diet; you can understand why your dog’s immune structure is in distress.  Pay close attention to the first three:

  1. Antibiotics (on/off – chronic use such as with chronic ear infections – read more here)
  2. Chemical Flea and Tick Medicines
  3. Vaccines – Learn more about vaccinations on this page
  4. Yard Pesticides
  5. Steroids
  6. Hormones
  7. Over the Counter Medications
  8. Stress and Anxiety
  9. Lack of Exercise (this is a big factor in stress for dogs)

Conclusion

If you follow the above recommendations using the suggested diets (preferably home cooked or raw, or both), use the recommended supplements and apply our topical lotion & spray, your dog will finally get the help he or she needs with regards to healing a yeast infection or other skin issues.

Don’t mask the problem with antibiotics and steroids; this will ultimately hinder your dog’s recovery long term and won’t work.

Be patient and most of all, be consistent!

 

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  • Susy Santana

    Hi, I have a 5 lb chihuahua she suffers from yeast. I put her on the raw ground beef with egg shell diet for about 8 months. It worked, but I had to take her to the er one night. She had a temperature and did not want to eat. They told me the blood work came back with what looked like pancreatitis. Because the diet was to high in fat. I have switched to different foods still battling the yeast. I would like to put her back on a yeast free diet but I am afraid. Can you help with any ideas?

  • Lee

    I feed my yorkie Zignature dogfood.He always has a yeast problem,itching.Changed food several times.

    • janie

      Hi Lee:

      Have you tried home cooking and raw and including a multi?

      Janie

  • Phyllis Libonati

    Is the Nutriscan test kit for dogs a good test to order for food sensitivities? Our dog has a lot of itching.
    Phyllis

    • janie

      Hi Phyllis:

      I’m sorry to hear bout your dog. Can you share when the last vaccines were and how often you vaccinate your dog? Also, what do you currently feed and what does your dog’s skin look like? Any other symptoms such as loose stool, noisy belly, runny eyes, infected ears?

      Janie

      • Imran

        Yes I have same problem in my dog

  • Tanya

    Hi,

    You mentioned there at better products then malaseb – what would you recommend? I hate using it because it seems so harsh but it appears to work.

    Thanks

    • janie

      Hi Tanya:

      I was actually referring to our yeast kit. Did you take a look at it?

      The best selling kit includes the shampoo, spray and wound lotion. The wound lotion is very soothing Tanya.

      You can read more about it here.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

  • Stacy

    I have a Pitbull she’
    Is one year old she has been battling skin problems ,allergies real bad her head and underneath her front legs her paws and legs are just red and of course she’s itching like crazy there is no vet that’s been able to help us she has been on so many antibiotics and shampoos we’ve changed her food I don’t no how many times now she has a yeast infection I’m wanting to put her on a homemade diet but wasn’t sure how much to give her and if it’s something she can always have she weighed 60 pounds last month if that helps I’m hoping this will help her if there’s anything else you could recommend I would appreciate it we are at our wits end with this and she cry’s from pain it’s sad I just want to help her

    • janie

      Hi Stacy:

      I’ll reach out to you privately via email. Just give me a little time. Are you willing to purchase some supplements, etc.?

      Also, can you share a picture or two please?

      Janie

      • Trish

        Hi, I have a french bulldog with environmental allergies she has suffered for the last 2 years, I finally gave in and the vet put her on apoquel which has been working fine, but did not want her on this too long as not had very good reviews, so I starting reasearching bovine colostrum and giving her half teaspoon twice a day, it’s been over a week since I stopped her apoquel and she is doing fine, the only thing I haven’t conquered yet is her smelly paws and fungus in her ears, so I normally drop colloidal silver in her ears which works for awhile then comes back, at least the scratching is under control and her hair has grown back, her coat is very shiney.

        • janie

          Hi Trish:

          Thanks for sharing your story about Colostrum and the difference it can make with environmental allergies. Our own dogs get it daily. I would try to get the yeasty paws under control by detoxing and even using a product called Zymox to get the ears under control. It works very well for the ears. You can view it here.

          To detox, I would use Azmira Yeast & Fungal. It too works very well. That can be found here.

          I hope this helps. Also, would you be okay with me using your story on our page for Colostrum to let others know just how well it can work for allergies Trish? If so, how would you rate it on a 1-5 scale?

          Janie

  • Cherie

    The Bentonite Clay recommended, why this particular brand? Also, my dogs take all their powdered supplements orally. I add a little water and make it a liquid and syringe into mouth. They refuse their food if any supplements are on food and got tired of throwing food away. Is there a problem administering the clay this way?

  • Corissa

    Hi when you have time, I have some questions in regards to yeast infections, skin irritations and diet. Please private message me.

    • janie

      You have to place your questions here Corissa. As I have time, I will try to get back to you.

      Janie

  • Lee Merritt

    Hi Janie
    I have a female Staffordshire bull terrier, she is 4years old.
    She was diagnosed at an early age with a grain allergy and a dust mite allergy.
    She was prescribed atopica which she was on for around 18months for the mite allergy and has now been off these for approx 6 months now as I am trying to control the dust mite allergy through changes in her daily environment. I have removed all soft furnishings from the house and replaced with hard floors and leather furniture. This has helped considerably.
    However I’m now beginning to find that she is starting to suffer with recurring ear infections caused from a yeast infection.
    Her diet consists from a grain free range (wainwrights)
    I also add a small amount of a product to her meals that contains black seed oil, neem plant and coconut oil, along with fresh garlic,
    This has also seemed to help with her skin (redness/sores)
    I also bathe her twice a week in a product called malaseb (prescription item)
    Is there any help you can offer for me to eliminate her ear infections please.

    • janie

      Hi Lee:

      What does her skin look like now? Are the ears the only problem? There are better products than Malaseb which I find to be pretty harsh.

      I will send this to your private email as well since it’s been several days since you left the message here. Are you located in the UK? I ask this because you feed Wainright’s dog food. There are much better foods in the UK to feed your dog.

      Janie

    • janie

      Hi Lee:

      I sent you a private email a couple of weeks ago. What does her skin look like now? Are the ears the only problem? There are better products than Malaseb which I find to be pretty harsh.

      Are you located in the UK? I ask this because you feed Wainright’s dog food. There are much better foods in the UK to feed your dog. I would look into feeding a food from Pure Pet Food located in the UK.

      For her ear infections, I always recommend Zymox (with corstisone) for dogs with stubborn ear issues. If you can find it on Amazon UK or somewhere in the UK, you’ll be happy with the results. I this along with the diet change will make a huge difference for your bull terrier.

      Janie

  • KIMBERLY Drulik

    Hi Janie,
    I have a male Chiachua almost 7 years old. He does get yeast infections and has had skin tests done. Went to another vet gave me a medicine for his ears did block work everything is good. I used ear medicine it did clear up put I looked up side affects and continued use could cause deafness. I started cooking his food vet said he’s good still ear infections. This is where it gets good. I am the only one that will clean his ears because he does not like it and will bite. What do you have that will clear up his ears. This year it has flared up in the winter.

    • janie

      Hi Kim:

      I’m real sorry for the delay. I just sent you a private email regarding your little guy.

      Janie

  • Jenny

    Hi. I went to see a homeopathic vet and he has helped me with my spaniels who have a yeast problem. Lucy was very bad and changing to raw feeding was a great help in helping with her health. She also responded badly to tick and flea spot on. I do not treat her with them anymore but have made my own natural solution. She us much better but both my dogs suffer from the yeast on there paws. I treat them by rubbing lots of coconut oil on the paws especially in between the toes. Leave it on for a few hours then you shampoo it off with a natural shampoo not a commercial shampoo and the yeast washes off. It is like sand washing off. This helps.

    • janie

      Thanks for sharing Jenny!

      Janie

  • Kim

    Hi.
    Have fed our 3 yo, 100# golden retriever Fromm’s Beef Frittata since he became a part of our family at age 7 months. Tried a couple times to change flavor (same Fromm line) but there was always an adverse reaction (usually hot spots).

    He was doing great until this past July. Originally thought a food allergy. Tried:
    -Regal (lamb & Buffalo) – no improvement
    -Zignature (can’t recall type) – got very bad
    -Natural Balance (sweet pot & venison) – still not good.

    I’m now coming to the realization this is a yeast issue. Gotta go with low carbs, low sugar, and protein rich.

    Intend to next try your directions above, but I have one issue – flea and tick meds. Our boy visited a few days with a friend around 12 months old and returned home with fleas and his belly horribly covered in red itchy bumps!

    Took us a month, but we finally found a medicine that worked to keep the fleas off him – Comfortis.

    Tried to not do the Comfortis the following winter, but within a couple weeks it was evident he was a flea magnet. Went back on Comfortis and no issue since then.

    Obviously, I’m hesitant to follow this portion of your advice. Any thoughts?

    • janie

      Hi Kim:

      Have you ever tried using a CHEMICAL FREE flea and tick product and feeding a better diet than kibble? It doesn’t sound like it.

      Janie

  • Juan Andrade

    Hi Janie,
    Thanks for the protein recommendation and your help with the shipping info. I already sent you, through the contact form, the info about what products I’d like to buy and my home location and email address.

    I’ll also investigate if there is any local regulation to acquire these products. I hope everything goes smoothly.

    Thanks again for all your help Janie.

    Juan.

  • Juan Andrade

    Hi Janie,
    I have a two-year-old shih tzu. Since about six months ago i’ve been feeding him with home made food, because he didn’t want kibble anymore. He rejected all the time and just because he was hungry, he ate it each 24 hours, which was a very worried situation. The change was very satisfactory, he recovered weight and energy. However, finding a good nutrition guide has been very difficult, and there were preparations that carried him to suffer from infections. I’ve limited his food to chicken, brown rice, carrots, some parsley, some ricotta cheese, apples, and some scrambled eggs. Chicken and brown rice are everyday base for any preparation. But since the last three weeks he has all the symptoms from a yeast infection. Reading this article, i’ve concluded that rice is possibly making this situation worse. I’m again very worried about how to feed him. i’m looking forward to buying your products, the book as a priority. However, I don’t know if you have international shipping to South America, or if at least the book has an electronic format to download.
    Thanks for reading my comment. Sorry if it’s too long. I really need help with this situation.

    Best regards,
    Juan

    • janie

      Hi Juan:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little one. The rice could definitely be a problem. I know in other cultures and different parts of the world, there aren’t always many protein sources available.

      What animal protein sources do you have available? We can ship the products to you in South America. However, the yeast kit is shipped from Pittsburgh, Pa, but the other products are shipped from Connecticut. If interested, we could have them ship the products to me in PA and I could ship them to you along with the yeast kit. but I would have to include the cost of shipping it from Connecticut to PA as well.

      I have no idea on the cost of this, because we would have to figure out weight and location. Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s best to ship PRIORITY INTERNATIONAL SO THAT THERE IS A TRACKING NUMBER JUAN. If you just ship first class, no tracking number is available and if you don’t get the package, we have no way of tracking it. However, it’s more expensive to ship PRIORITY INTERNATIONAL.

      Also, “Customs” in some countries can be a little risky. I don’t know if it’s like that where you live or not Juan?

      The cookbook is an instant download, so that’s no problem. If you share where your located in South America it would help I think.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

      • Juan Andrade

        Thanks a lot for the answer Janie.
        Well, I’m from Quito-Ecuador. Here, there’s a good variety of protein sources: meat, chicken, poultry, lamp, pig. Chicken was a good alternative for feeding my pet. But I really feel that he needs more nutrition and variety. Which one of these proteins would be a good alternative?
        I’m going to buy the cook book first. As said in the article, everything begins by the food. The alternatives for shipping the yeast kit are great ones and I thank for your suggestions. I’ll have to balance which one is best for me, regarding the shipping costs and the local regulations, which surely are issues I have to investigate. However, I keep the interest in the products, and I think I’ll buy them a little latter.
        For now, let me again thank you a lot for your fast response and the interest in my problem. It’s been really worrying me a lot.

        Best Regards,
        Juan.

        • janie

          You’re welcome Juan. Rotation of protein is very important for your dog. So, try and rotate every day or two between lamb, beef, turkey and chicken. DO NOT OVER COOK THE MEAT. IT SHOULD BE LIGHTLY COOKED AND PINK ON THE INSIDE. MORE PINK THAN YOU MAY LIKE.

          If anything, I would recommend the anti yeast kit and the bentonite clay more than anything as well as feeding her the home cooked meal from the cookbook. The bentonite clay is cheap. It’s the shipping that is expensive. If you decide that you want to investigate the cost, just use the contact form and provide me with an email of your address and what you want and we’ll try and get an shipping estimate.

          Janie

  • Shauna Sullivan Lopez

    Hi Janie,

    I my 11 year old yorkie has chronic ear infections (yeast) and is ichy on his face and chin, and constantly licking and biting at his paws. Been to the vet several time with lots of setoids, antibiotics and finally allery meds. After not seeing any improvement I decided to try and handle it myself. I started with store bought “grain free/ limited ingredient” wet food and he tolerated it well (he has eaten dry kibble his whole life and has a very sensitive stomach). I have also been giving him a pobiotic & enzyme formula along with salmon oil.

    A couple days ago I made him plain ground beef and green beans and his stomach did not take it well. Is there anything you suggest for dogs with sensitive stomachs?

    • janie

      Hi Shauna:

      I’m sorry to hear about your little one. I will send you a private email okay. Are you willing to cook for him and include a supplement or two?

      Before I get into that though, I highly recommend purchasing our anti yeast – anti allergy kit Shauna which will help topically. I’m not sure if you already looked at it or not, but here’s the link. Skin Kit for Anti Yeast/Allergy.

      Janie

  • Mohd.furquan khan

    Hi my name is furquan from india .
    I hv st bernard who is facing huge yeast problem . I hv also given him a lot of antibiotics steroid & last convenia 14 days therapy . Yet he is not getting cure .
    I also sprayed miconozole nitrate with chlorohexidine gluconate spray daily.

    • janie

      Hello:

      What are you feeding him? Do you include any supplements, etc? How old is he and when and how often have you vaccinated this dog?

      Janie

  • Lesia

    Thank you ????

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