For dog and owner, dealing with a yeast infection can be one of the most difficult health problems to solve.  BUT, don’t get discouraged.  Just take it slow and STEADY.  Be diligent in the care of your dog.  Stay NATURAL when possible!

It’s important to understand that when a dog has an uncontrolled yeast overgrowth, it all goes back to a breakdown in the immune system. There are a lot things that cause the immune system to get lazy or crash. Poor nutrition (a biggy), chemicals used to treat fleas and ticks, antibiotic, steroid and vaccine overuse, and any other pesticide that gets in contact with your dog, and finally an underlying health issue such as an auto-immune disease.

As a dog owner, you have to wear several hats in order to determine the root cause or causes that are destroying your dog’s immune system and his or her ability to fight against the fungus.

Lets simplify it though.  There are several reasons that cause a breakdown in immune health and lead to these types of infections.

You have to look at each one carefully and go through the process thoroughly.

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 with candida.

Before we go any further, my point regarding clearing up yeast is 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.

This is why I’m sharing 4 different diets with you 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, keeping in mind that every dog isn’t the same, and isn’t going to respond the same.

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

  • 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.
  • We’re not big on dry foods, and typically NEVER recommend them.  If you absolutely have to feed a kibble for whatever reason, there’s a dry food called Nutrisca that seemed promising at first (based upon the ingredients) for many dogs with yeast issues.  But, while the label shows an American flag on the front of the package and clearly says “made in USA”, from what we understand, many of their ingredients (including the main ingredient chicken) are sourced from China.  However, there’s another dry formula, pretty similar but made by Precise Pet Products here in the U.S.A. with   Precise offers a “Naturals Grain Free” formula and a “Holistic Grain Free” formula.  Both are potato and gluten free.  If you choose to feed this food, we still recommend adding fresh protein regularly for your dog to avoid problems later in life.
  • Our last recommendation would be to cook a healthy home-cooked meal.  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.

These Supplements are a MUST!

1. Coconut Oil must be fed routinely. Actually, I recommend it regardless of whether or not your dog has a bacterial problem or not. It does wonders for the skin and 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.

daily multivitamin powder for dogs2. Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes are also critical to the healing of these infections.  They both do different things, but are equally important.

When your dog is dealing with a yeast/fungal infection, his body is over populated with bad bacteria; a good source of probiotics provides your dog’s body with the healthy bacteria it needs.

Our Daily Multi vitamin formula includes both and unlike others on the market, contains the necessary amount to make a true difference.

3. Just like it’s important for you to take your vitamins to stay healthy, it’s no different for your dog.  If you want a healthy dog, a good diet and a GOOD multivitamin are the foundation of good health.  When dealing with an unhealthy dog, it is critical to include a good multi-vitamin like our Daily Multi Complete.

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 undiagnosed. We suggest you start here if you want to support the thyroid.

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.

Adding iodine to your dog’s daily diet can help they thryoid.  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.

We recommend Selina Naturally Kosher Celtic Sea Salt which is kosher.  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.

Anti Yeast-Anti Allergy Topical Relief & Treatment

Our Anti Yeast-Anti Allergy Kit can be a big help to dogs trying to recover from any skin issues including yeast.  Please read more about it here.  While the above recommendations help internally with your dog’s largest organ (the skin); it’s equally important to keep the skin clean and help it to heal topically.

Our Anti Yeast Anti Allergy kit will provide immediate relief from the following skin issues and help to permanently heal the skin when used regularly eliminating 99.9% of bacteria, fungus and topical viruses including:

  • Yeast Infections
  • 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

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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  • gloria
    Reply

    Lily: YOU ARE A PSYCHO B—-!!!!! Are you the INTERNET POLICE???

    These people give very good advice as you will see similar advice about diet, nutrition, and remedies. The advice about China was because the individual LIVES THERE.
    And…………if you don’t like homeopathic health care…..take a hike.

    • janie
      Reply

      Thanks so much for coming to our defense Gloria…… 🙂

      Janie

    • Lily
      Reply

      And btw, I am all for homeopathic, raw, and natural (SAFE) foods for dogs! But since when is DRY KIBBLE with “many ingredients sourced from China” homeopathic??? YOU DUMB B—-!!!!!!

      • janie
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        You’re done. Your disgusting language, childish behavior and anger has ended with your last post. Learn to read things in their entirety.

        This site is for dog owners looking for serious help; NOT a forum for you to spew your hatred and childish tantrums.

        Now see if you can read this sentence in its entirety. YOU’RE DONE! ANYTHING ELSE WILL GO TO SPAM AND NO ONE WILL SEE IT!

        Janie

  • gloria
    Reply

    correcting my comment on China…..she lives in Singapore.

  • Shanna Albright
    Reply

    I have a 5+ yr old Cocker/King Charles mix that I rescued from Craig’s list in June. She was originally a breed dog I’m assuming. (unspayed & large sex organs) The people I got her from said they got her from the breeder….. Anyway, the reason for her going from owner to owner is her terrible skin issues. One vet, not mine, said she was too unhealthy to spay, and she should be put down.
    I first was treating her for just food allergies, ( the usual change out chicken put her on a better diet but gave her steroids and anabiotic’s per vet recommendation.) It helped temporarily. She’s been spayed but we are now still struggling with the yeasty skin & ear issues.
    After doing some more research I’m pretty sure hers is gut and yeast issues. I’ve got her on digestive enzymes probiotics and zignature dry dog food (kangaroo formula)which she doesn’t love . It is potato and grain free which I do like. The vet kept telling me she’s allergic to proteins I think it’s just her gut. They wanted me to put her on science diet z/d food. I refuse and it will only be a last straw if there’s nothing else I can try.
    On the east free diet can dogs have sweet potatoes is my biggest question. I usually make a dog food but I have been traveling a lot and a freeze dried one would be helpful to keep on hand. The one you recommended still has sweet potatoes in it. Is that still considered yeast free & safe to give her? Thank you for all the information you have already shared!

    • janie
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      Hi Shanna:

      You’re very welcome. I probably should change the wording a little in the article with regards to the food and sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are starchy and can cause an issue as well. I usually recommend these once the dog is healthy and the gut can handle starch with no problem.

      Does she do better on the food that you make home made? With regards to a dehydrated formula to have on hand, I would use Marvel which is a limited ingredient dehydrated food. Here’s a link for more info. Marvel LI Dehydrated Dog Food I use this for my own lab. Add additional meat to it and rotate the meats. If you include raw or partially raw, that’s better. Make sure your beef is frozen first for at least 24 hrs. before feeding raw.

      Again, the key is to strengthen her immunity so that she fight it off and not be susceptible. I don’t personally believe that ANY dog is allergic to all proteins. I believe that vaccines, chemical flea and tick products, over use of antibiotics and steroids and poor diets are what’s causing all of these dogs problems with disease, digestion, etc. They can’t recover.

      I would stay away from vaccines completely for good and any chemical flea and tick products please. I don’t know if you’re including supplements, then I can’t recommend strongly enough that you add our multivitamin for overall health. You won’t be disappointed. You can learn more on that here at this link if you like. For his yeasty skin, I would look into Canine Relief Antimicrobial here. Your dog will have immediate relief. Use the spray in the ears as well.

      I hope this helps. Please write back and let me know okay?

      Janie

  • Tracy
    Reply

    Thank You for all your info. I have learned more more you than I have in 6 months! Thanks Again….

    • janie
      Reply

      My pleasure Tracy and “thank you”…..

      Janie

  • Lisa
    Reply

    My dog is a small dog with floppy ears and always has a yeast infection in her ears .. she is always scatting !, i have been to vet so many times but always comes back … is there anything i can do to help her for good

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Lisa:

      What are you feeding your little girl? Does she scratch all year or only at certain times of the year?

      Janie

  • Lisa
    Reply

    Hi Janie , No she is itching all the time … I took her to the vet for it and they always say she has a yeast infection in her ears … it goes away but always comes back … so i am tried grain free food and no luck … all kinds of advice from vets and no luck … Poor Baby I feel so bad for her !! So my next venture is to try homemade food for her with added coconut oil …

    • janie
      Reply

      Hi Lisa:

      I’m happy to hear that you’ll be switching to home made.

      However, to eliminate her issues, you need more. I’m not sure how much of my article you read, but our multivitamin (which includes whole foods) and our yeast elimination kit combined with the diet should definitely clear her up for good. For good means that you aren’t over vaccinating and using chemical flea and tick products.

      Janie

  • Lesia
    Reply

    I am trying to get my pom-poodle to eat the freezer dryed food Steve’s, due to his yeast problem it’s on his side some his bum some, but turns his nose up got turkey and beef great ingredients that does Not help yeast to grow. Hubby and I bath him 3 times a week with Selsum blue the rinse with vinegar. He is on apoquil witch I want to Stop… He is 14 it breaks my heart to seem him itch we have been doing bath for one week now. I tried the food again this morning but a little beef broth to help with his sniffer but no such luck!!!

    • janie
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      Hi Lesia:

      The vinegar can be harsh on skin that is already irritated. If he doesn’t like the food, then don’t try to force him to eat it.

      Would you consider home cooking and using our cookbook as well as using our kit designed for these types of skin issues?

      Janie

  • Lesia
    Reply

    I would do home cook but I am afraid not to get the right minerals vitamins things like that

    • janie
      Reply

      You only need to include a multivitamin and extra calcium which I’ll share with you. You can read more about the book here Lesia. Home Cooking for Sick Dogs

      Has he been like this long? Was he recently vaccinated or when did you last vaccinate him?

  • Lesia
    Reply

    I mix 1 cup vinegar to 4 cups water and rub in a towel dry let his feet soak a bit that’s it

    • janie
      Reply

      If he has a yeast infection, the vinegar isn’t going to kill it. That’s why I recommended using our kit which you can see here along with home cooking for him and adding a few simple supplements.

  • Lesia
    Reply

    Thank you ????

  • Mohd.furquan khan
    Reply

    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
      Reply

      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

  • Shauna Sullivan Lopez
    Reply

    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
      Reply

      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

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