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How I Cured My Dog's Yeast Infection Naturally

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

Ingredients

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, which some feel isn't safe to use on cats. This actually isn't 100% true; however, I want to share this for folks who are concerned.

Read More about using essential oils with cats.

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How I Cure a Dog's Yeasty Tummy, Armpits, and Paws

Ingredients

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 cider vinegar and water (not hydrogen peroxide).
  • After the skin dries (this happens quickly), I rub the areas with coconut oil.
  • I will see a big improvement overnight. However, I continue for 1-2 days; that length of time, in my experience, keeps the yeast problem from returning.
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Yeast Overgrowth in Dogs May Be Diet Related

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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.

Supplements

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.

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