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.
Start with any of the following diets and/or foods …
1. A raw diet can work very well for dogs with yeast issues. You can also choose a commercial semi-homemade diet 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 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-fungal 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.
Internal Care for Yeast
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.
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.
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:
- Antibiotics (on/off – chronic use such as with chronic ear infections – read more here)
- Chemical Flea and Tick Medicines
- Vaccines – Learn more about vaccinations on this page
- Yard Pesticides
- Over the Counter Medications
- Stress and Anxiety
- Lack of Exercise (this is a big factor in stress for dogs)
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!