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!

This article is an attempt to help you weed through and determine those reasons while eliminating your dog’s skin problems once and for all.

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.

Let’s get started and look at each step in the order of importance!

Food and Nutrition

POOR nutritional choices reek 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 I 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 …

curing dog yeast infection

  • A raw diet can work very well for dogs with yeast issues.  You can also use a partially raw diet meaning that you partially cook the meat keeping it still very pink inside for the dog. You would need to add soft, steamed green vegetables avoiding starchy vegetables and all carbs.
  • You can also choose a commercial semi-homemade diet such as The Honest Kitchen which is considered a dehydrated formula of dog food.  This diet is very much like home made, but much easier. You just add hot filtered water.  We always recommend adding a little more protein to their formula, no matter which one you choose.
  • We’re not big on dry foods, and typically NEVER recommend them.  However, we understand that there are those of you that will refuse, for whatever reason to do either of the above options.  So, with that in mind, 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.  There’s another dry formula, pretty similar to Nutrisca, but made by Precise Pet Products here in the U.S.A.  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 the recipes in our cookbook that include mostly 5 ingredients and can be placed in the crock pot.

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.

organic multivitamin 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.

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.

celtic sea salt for dogsOr, try supporting the thyroid on your own first with the following…

Only Natural Pet makes a very good herbal thyroid support supplement. Read the reviews here.

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

 Warning

If your dog has a serious thyroid problem, you MUST get him or her to a holistic vet and on the proper medication if you don’t see improvement.  DO NOT IGNORE THIS PROBLEM, PLEASE!

moosh all natural dog shampooTopical Hygiene

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.  You absolutely MUST bathe your dog.  Moosh is the best product available for dogs with any type of skin issues. It’s also very economical because it’s concentrated:

  • Yeast Infections
  • Fungis
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Open Sores on Skin
  • Patches of Hair Loss
  • Dry Skin

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

We hope this article has helped you with regards to the necessary steps involved in healing a dog with a yeast infection.  Don’t mask the problem with antibiotics and steroids; this will ultimately hinder your dog’s recovery long term.

Be patient and most of all, be consistent!

 

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  • Lucky
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    My 3/ years female lab called Lucky.but 4days before she was got fever.my pet chews are red she can’t eat food and milk.in mouth coming like water jelly. Doctor was give powder name propoxur powder 1.0’/. ww NOTIX=P WAS GIVEN I USED her skin and bottom legs.after 2 days her Chew’s are so red not eating any thing.pls tell mi.

    • janie
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      Hi:

      What country are you writing from regarding Lucky? When you say that her “chews are so red”, what does this mean?

      I don’t understand what “chews” are. Are you saying that she has blood coming from her mouth?

      What has she eaten before she became sick?

      Janie

  • Cathy
    Reply

    LOVE this article!

    • Leah
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      Thank you foe reading the article, Cathy! Best wishes to you and your pups!

      Leah

  • Cathy
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    OMG! I love this article. It has so much of what I’ve been learning and that has helped my dogs so much. I have 4 cockers. Mom, Dad and 2 sons from different litters. They’re almost 11, 9 and 5 years old and with this new semi raw diet (it’s me, that can’t totally handle the raw meat yet), but the act so.much younger and look even better. I truly hope I have given them a lot more healthier years to come

  • Leah
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    I can’t thank Janie enough for all the help and support she has given to me and my dog, Hannah!

    I literally rescued this poor girl off the streets 2 years ago and she looked so sad sick and tired. So I brought her home and right away put adds out for a found dog. No one ever claimed her so I took her to the vet and she was diagnosed with a yeast infection on her skin. So the vet prescribed antibiotics and steroids (prednisone). I was told to put her on grain free dog food, which I did and she grew her fur back and got well for about 2 months. Then she started getting bleeding sores on her skin and loosing weight rapidly. It became worse and worse, but the vet just kept prescribing more antibiotics and I tried every expensive grain free dog food under the sun. Even Wyson starch free dog food (it wasn’t really) That’s when I came across this wonderful webpage and asked a question and Janie quickly replied!

    I told her Hannah’s story and she referred me to holistic remedies and advised to stop the drugs, as although they helped temporarily for just a short time, they were actually making her condition worse… so she guided me step by step until we came to the conclusion that feeding meat and non starch vegetables would be best and NO more dog food! Boy, was she ever right!! She then referred me to take Hannah to Hemopet, here in So CA. Where Dr. Jean Dodds took a blood test and turns out, she also had hypothyroidism.

    Thank you Janie , for finding this place and working out a plan for Hannah! So I have stopped the dog food completely and followed all of Janie’s advise as described in this article and Hanna is doing so much better! She has not had anymore sores on her skin, her ears are clean and her fur is almost grown back! She is still healing and I am still getting great advise from Janie. I am so grateful for her compassion and love for dogs!

    Thank you Janie! Leah & Hannah

    • janie
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      Hi Leah:

      You’re very welcome. I know how hard this can be on your own.

      We still have some work to do on Hanna, but hopefully using the new approach will get her to where she needs to be. Once we do, we can come back here, do a “happy dance” and share with others and help them out as well.

      Your friend,
      Janie

  • Valli
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    Hi, I am fostering a male pug between 6 & 8 years old. The Vet states he has yeast, but didn’t do a skin test. Duke was put on strong anti fungal antibiotics for three weeks, nothing. I’m starting him on coconut oil with oregano oil. I soak his feet, tail and back end in diluted vinegar, and use cocnut oil with lavender oil for his skin. I cut out all kibble, and only use the canned organic chicken soup with peas, pumpkin and carrots. I will switch him to Honest Kitchen. I am looking for fermented goats milk for his stomach. Because I don’t know his past, he was un-neutered & picked up by a shelter. I’m sure he was very stressed in the shelter. Is there. We are trying to put weight on him as his ribs show,but in two months he’s only gained about a 1/2 pound. I will get a thyroid test. Is there anything else I can do for Duke?

    Thank you for your help

    • janie
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      Hi Valli:

      First, let me start by saying “thank you” for fostering. It’s people like yourself who are making a huge difference in lives of so many dogs.

      Also, have you considered raw? I think you should definitely consider it and you can certainly combine the two. I would also look into feeding the dark meat of chicken and a little fattier beef for now. Once he starts to put weight on, go to the leaner cuts of meat. I would be sure to also include a supplement such as Nuvet or our Daily Multi Complete (if feed a raw diet, you need to add calcium to the diet).

      Unfortunately, the issues with the your guy are most likely going to have to be cleared up before you start to see his weight rise. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil to meat. Again, I suggest that you feed raw and do this Valli.

      I hope this helps.
      Janie

  • Terry
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    Wow, You are the site I have been dreaming of. I have a tiny boy, Maltese Mix was on his adoption papers. Finnigan weighs 8 lbs, (hip bones protruding), to bony I think but vet says health weight for his Luxating Patella? I adopted him at 5 mts. I took him for Vaccines in March 2015. He had no immediate reactions, however his skin was really itchy. July or August of 2015 I found scabby white areas on all of his joints, ends of his ears next to his head, Literally scabs piled on scabs… I have taken pictures throughout his treatment..On his nose under his hair… white and scally, Also on the pads of his feet. I knew about Green Tea for Yeasty ears and also iodine soaks. I did this faithfully for months soaking his feet in a warm bath of Iodine solution and bathing him and rinsing him in green tea. We were getting somewhere… All the scabs came off of his pads. The scabs on his joints was getting thinner and thinner. February Finnigan was not acting normal and kept staring at me. I knew he needed teeth pulled (baby teeth never fell out and had just turned 2 yrs old ) I decided that blood work was necessary and if all ok would undergo surgery. Finni had an abscessed tooth that had to come out that one of the baby teeth had wedged. the Anesthesia nearly killed him… he vomited and choked from 5pm until 4am the next day. He finally drank water at 5am and kept it down, but I took him into the vet, said was a little dehydrated, but all would be ok. Skin treatments continued, May 2016 Finnigan received vaccines again at a Vaccine Clinic… He received a 5 n 1 vaccine as when asked in regards to reacions…I told them about his skin issues since last vaccines… said was most likely the lepto? so decided on the 5 n 1. Within a few days Finni’s coat was falling out, I took him to regular vet said he was suffering from a reaction to his vaccines and that would most likely never be able to have them again. Called it “Vaccinosis” He had a patch of hair missing the size of silver dollar, was prescribed an antibiotic as thought was an underlying infection under the skin…which continued to get larger and was getting scabby… the scabby areas grew as did the hair loss, completely circled his right rear leg. and abdomen. The injection site for the Vaccines was 1/2 inch from his spine on the right side and just in line where the ribs stop and abdomen begins. Saw 2 different vets at the same practice, Also developed fluid sack on each side of groin area and between the legs (he has no nuggets, but looked like he did.. more antiobiotics…Was also told to give him Benedryl or Zyrtec. Tried both but still wanted to eat his skin. Malaseb Shampoo twice a week leaving on the skin for at least 15 to 20 minutes. He would begin getting better and then start chewing again. It has been a vicious cycle. After 86 days on antibiotics I took him for another opinion. The fluid would come and go and I was so worried. They did an xray as thought he was walking funny (he looked knocked kneed in the rear legs). Luxating Patella which I knew he had but wanted to rule out anything else in that area. Needle biopsy of fluid in the groin (neg). Ultrasound of the leg/hip area. Urinalysis, no infection (86 days on meds i did not think so) Complete Blood Panel.. found Anemic and a few other things, that regular vet said was normal for what he had been going through. Changed the Allergy Med to a new one and seemed to get a little better. We are still fighting… I have since put a roll around his neck to keep him from getting to healed areas and started using Hydrogel on the deep “V” scabs on his side. He has since lost all hair on his rear end… skin scraping showed no signs of parasites. Keeping him covered was not working as still gets to groin area, so now we have a roll around the neck.. I have no idea how long it takes (if ever) to come back from a compromised immune system. All I keep doing now is supporting him through diet to try and keep him from getting worse. Spray ProBiotic, Kelp w/Blueberries supplement and on a meat/some raw as told needs livers and hearts in his diet for the anemia. Also the Kelp has 70 Minerals and Vitamins plus Antioxidants from dried blueberries. some natural Iron in it. Also given some Turmeric in his food. What am I missing. I applied for a consult in my area to see a Holistic Vet that treats Exotic Animals. I cannot get past the Receptionist even though I emailed in the requested paperwork to get him on some Holistic Meds. I have Thuja, Sulfur and Allium Have tried Thuja and did see some improvement but stopped as thought his health was on the mend… Started chewing again , not knowing how to proceed. I still feel there is something that is being missed. I am going to try again to see Dr. Ness in my area. Was told that if the practice does not think you make enough money they will not give you an appointment. If you have any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate an answer.

    Desperately Seeking Direction

    • janie
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      Hi Terry:

      I sent you a private email.

      Janie

  • Keith
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    Hi, i have an approx 5 year old Dogue De Bordeaux and i thought she had what i was told was seasonal illopecia, about a month ago she started reaching for her tail obviously uncomfortable so i looked and there are scabs there, the vet said it could of been from cold water swimming! She is 51kg and i cook brown rice, chicken/liver/lambs hearts/tuna/eggs alternating everyday, does the rice have to go and if so what can i use to bulk her meals because i have very little money? As much as id like to feed her 1.5-2kg of fresh meat a day its just not afforable

    • janie
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      Hi Keith:

      I would definitely get rid of the tuna. Avoid tuna for your dog.

      Due to budget restrictions, I would feed her more egg, add sardine (drained of oil and water), include fresh or frozen vegetables steamed until VERY soft (green beans, brussel sprouts, cauliflower rotated). You should still try to include some muscle meat as well for her daily, even if it’s just a quarter cup due to your budget. She needs this. While the organs are good and you should continue to feed it, she needs some muscle meat as well. You can replace the rice with tapioca for bulk, made with water vs milk and no sugar or butter. Include some Quinoa as well for protein.

      Her diet should consist mainly of the egg, sardine and quinoa at about 50%. 25% vegetables and 25% tapioca.

      Hope this helps.

      Janie

  • jesse
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    Hi Janie,
    First off, I read most of this thread and am in complete amazement how you are able to help so many people with their various issues. I have a 5 yr old American Bully who has had varying degrees of yeast infections throughout the past few years. I’ve tried everything that every vet has recommended (pretty much ALL pills) without any long lasting results. In the last 4 months I changed him to a strictly raw diet and he’s lost 15 pounds of excess weight and has a new energy and personality to him! However, I continue to see the swelling in his paws and under his arms as well as the hot spots on his legs seem to still be growing and obviously causing him a lot of discomfort. I cut all snacks from his diet and just recently changed raw foods because the last one had pumpkin and I was adding mini carrots to it which I recently found out is a heavy source of sugar. Now I have removed all sugars and carbs from his diet in hopes that will help. I just ordered the Daily Multi vitamin from your website and will start adding Coconut Oil to his diet and his hot spots immediately. I have a vet appt coming soon to conduct an allergy blood test to determine what exactly he is allergic to. As you can imagine, the test is not cheap and I’d like to know if you think this test is necessary at this point or should I try the recommended steps in your post first? Which test do you think would be more beneficial at this point, the thyroid test or the allergy blood test? Any info you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance

    • janie
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      Hi Jesse:

      I sent you a private message.

      Janie

  • Domino
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    Hello Janie
    thanks for a great article and information. My question is, I have a beagle mix whom I am fostering for a friend of mine. She had the typical yeast symptoms when i got her, the stale “corn chip” smell and the constant itching. After reading tons of dog food ingredients, I came across articles on whole food diets and began feeding her just plain chicken I throw in my crock pot. I was giving her an omega 3 supplement, and also a vitamin supplement, but have noticed she has had loose stools. I have been told that she may be getting too much fat, so i stopped all the supplements and just have given her plain chicken for about a week. The loose stool problem has not gotten any worse, but is still present. Any suggestions as to what I should change?

    • janie
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      Hi Domino:

      You’re welcome and “thank you” for your kind words; I appreciate it!

      Your girl definitely needs more than just chicken. You should be including vegetables as well. The right vegetables add fiber and other nutrients to the diet.

      I’m not sure if you’re interested, but my cookbook would benefit you greatly. In your dog’s case and since you like cooking in the crock pot, you can use any of the recipes in the book, even though they say they are for certain diseases. For a skin problems, any of the recipes would be fine. You can read more about the book here if you want.

      But, I can’t recommend enough that you start including a good multivitamin. This is often the one part of treatment and maintenance that dog owners leave out. They include probiotics, enzymes, oil, etc. but not the multi and this is vital. Learn more here.

      I would also include a tablespoon of organic, cold pressed coconut oil daily vs the omega 3 supplement at this point.

      I hope this helps Domino! Also, if you read my entire article on dogs with yeast, I recommend MOOSH shampoo and I cannot recommend this to you enough either. Treating topically and internally is highly recommended.

      Wishing the best for your foster girl Domino!

      Janie

  • Lori
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    My 7 year old German shepherd mix has really red, black, and crusty yellow scabs all over his body. It has gotten significantly worse in the last few weeks. I took him to the vet about 6 weeks ago and they said “it’s just dry skin and allergies” and to just add fish oil to his food and give him melatonin, which I have been giving him for weeks. I have kept an ecollar so he can’t lick or bite. We also discovered that he does have hypothyroidism but the vet said not to worry about that yet. I have tried several different types of kibble over the past year or so he’s still had skin problems. The website link goes to a picture I took of him the other day after giving him a bath with Moosh. I am almost positive after doing research that he has a severe yeast infection. I have read that Nutrisource Seafood Select dry food has helped a number of people with yeast infected pups. I wonder if you have any recommendations on that food. I need the most economical solution as I have three rescues and they eat a lot. Any advice is welcome. Thanks!

    • janie
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      Hi Lori:

      I’m sorry to hear about your boy’s infection. I can’t tell you how common this is now. It’s actually frightening how many people we hear from on a daily basis.

      I can’t believe your vet said not treat the dog if the dog is indeed suffering with Hypothyroid. That’s ridiculous! If you read my entire article, you understand that thyroid disease can play a large role in these skin infections.

      You need to call this vet back and INSIST that you want the dog on medication for his thyroid problem Lori. For the life of me, I can’t imagine why the vet would want to wait? To answer your question about the food Nutrisource Seafood Select dry food; I haven’t heard anything about it with regards to it helping yeasty dogs, but that doesn’t mean anything.

      If I were you, I would demand my dog be placed on the thyroid medication immediately, I would bathe twice a week with the Moosh and see if the Nutrisource Seafood helps. That to me is the best place to start. Also, I recommended food ideas in the article, but if you read about this particular food helping some of these dogs, I think that’s a good place for you start Lori.

      If this doesn’t work, I would have him tested for mange.

      I hope it all goes well.

      Janie

  • Sherri
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    This information is so helpful – thank you very much for sharing and helping us to make informed decisions to do what’s best for our pets! I do have two quick questions – you mention that if we go the raw route we should avoid all starchy vegetables and carbs – I’m considering going with Honest Kitchen but I glanced at the ingredients list for the offerings and all seem to include potatoes or some other starch form. Do you recommend one offering over the others? I’m also wondering if you have a view on feeding parsnips to dogs with yeast problems – I have found conflicting information about the actual sugar content of parsnips so not sure if it’s considered safe or not. Many thanks for your help!

    • janie
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      Hi Sherri:

      I’m so glad you find the information we share helpful. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words!

      There are two Honest Kitchen formula’s I use myself for my own lab and that I recommend, but they’re not cheap. I also recommend that you rotate between the two.
      Fish and Coconut
      Turkey and Parsnip

      I haven’t seen any issues with feeding parsnips and yeast Sherri. While I’m not sure what your dog’s skin issues look like (elephant skin, black spots, open sores, all or some), I wanted to mention that many dogs I’ve heard of that don’t respond to the protocol in the article often have mange. However, dogs with mange most often have elephant skin like the picture of Hanna in the article.

      I hope this helps.

      Janie

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