Systemic Yeast In Dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

    Are yeast infections in the ears of malamutes a common problem?
    I adopted a 5 year old malamute. Since January he has had one infection after the other. He has been on steroids, anti-fungal pills, and ear drops for a month solid. The vet is at a loss as to why he keeps getting them. Anyone have a clue?

    • ANSWER:
      It can be a problem. It depends on several conditions like food, temperatures/humidity & meds the dog is on. Meds like antibiotics & steroids will often cause certain types of yeast infections to occur. These 2 sites has great info on treating yeast infections in the ears & treating the whole body.

      Sometimes it can take a while for your dog 's body to fully change & to reject the yeast overgrowth. Read the sites & see if there is more you can do to help your dog.

    What is the best dry food to feed your dog when they have stomach issues?
    I have a 1 year old female yorkie. Every so often she has digestion issues. She has been to the vet had tests run and she is healthy. We are thinking that it is food allergies. What dry food would you recommend for a 6 pound yorkie (pretty picky)? When she is having her issues (mild spiting up or vomiting) what is a good thing to feed her? She is acting fine..........and still hungry but we are still in the testing stages of finding out what she is allergic to so she has the occasional vomiting.

    • ANSWER:
      Without knowing what your dog currently eats for food and treats, it is impossible to make a recommendation. Here are a few things you should know though.

      In dogs, there are allergies and intolerance's (like people being lactose intolerant). Allergies usually manifest in skin conditions, like hot spots, hair loss, itching, sores, ear infections, paw licking, and tear stains. Intolerance's usually show up in stomach problems, like vomiting and diarrhea. Both are diagnosed the same way, but an intolerance will clear up within days and allergy symptoms take up to three months to go away. Allergies can also be to things in the environment.

      First, you need to choose a food that has only one meat and one carbohydrate, both of which your dog has never eaten or not eaten in many months. Make sure to change or eliminate the treats as well. If the dog improves, then the current ingredients are ok, and you can try adding additional ingredients one at a time to see if you can find a trigger. If there is no improvement, your dog is allergic or intolerant of one or both ingredients, or has environmental allergies. If there is no improvement, you can try the trial again using different ingredients, or get medication from the vet to treat for environmental allergies.

      No matter what, you should start your dog on probiotics. Probiotics help support proper digestion and improve the immune system. This will help with allergies and general health. Fish oil is another important supplement. Fish oil is a natural inflammatory and can reduce swelling.

      Other possibilities are systemic yeast, acid reflux, or just plain eating too fast.

      If you suspect it is dietary, here are some brands to look into. Always read ingredient labels carefully, as each variety within the same brand can be drastically different.
      California Natural, Natural Balance (LID formulas only), Taste of the Wild (salmon or lamb only), Nutrisca, Nutrisource grain free, Innova Prime, Precise Holistic grain free, Orijen 6 fish, Acana pacifica, Go Natural.

      Here is a good article for you on allergies and systemic yeast

    My puppy has very very bad skin allergys and I need help?
    My dog bella skin is so iritatted in on spot we tried medicine swittching her dog food. Im not the only one with this problem a few others said they are having the same problem. We have brought her to the vey numerous times. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      A single affected area, localized, is likely a hot spot, a bacterial skin infection that is not generalized over the entire skin, in need of removal of hair by close clipping, cleansing, and starting strong skin infection sensitive antibiotics, like the cephalosporin Simplicef, aka cefpodoxime, for a minimum of 14, up to 28, days. Your vet may not have tried the right antibiotic, or has not treated the infection long enough. Also, she must not chew or scratch the area. Usually, if it's itchy, the antibiotics, and potentially a systemic oral steroid, treat the itchiness immediately and the skin quiets and starts healing within 24 hours, thus they don't scratch at it uncontrollably.

      If you've done prolonged antibiotics already, and closely clipped and treated the wound at the vet's, then you may need to have the vet rule out Demodecosis, an infection of overpopulating normally existing demodex mites. This is ruled out with a skin scrape, and demodecosis is common in juvenile and geriatric dogs. If the mites are present, a skin scrape with a surgical blade scraping down to the follicle, deep enough to cause bleeding, will reveal demodex mites living in the follicle, deeper than they should be. Typically, they live on the skin's surface, cleaning it of dead cells and other detritus.

      Additionally, a fungal skin infection should be ruled out. A skin impression or tape prep may be necessary, staining the slide, and distinguishing bacteria from yeast, to rule out a fungal infection vs. bacterial only.

      Also, if the bacterial infection is secondary to allergies, a food allergy is only present in 10% of skin allergy dogs. But, reducing processing and by-products can help the immune system cope with the allergy. A homemade diet, frozen raw diet, or dehydrated food can help greatly with allergies. If the vet said she has allergies, try getting her tested at a veterinary dermatology clinic, verifying what agents cause an allergic reaction in your dog.

      The simplest explanation is a hotspot, or if not localized to a single affected area, a puppy pyoderma, affecting a large expanse of skin in the inguinal area, belly, armpits, and tailhead are the most commonly affected areas. Puppy pyoderma is a more generalized, very common skin infection among younger dogs. If Bella isn't really a "puppy" and is an adult, she my have pyoderma, atopy, or a fungal infection. If you've been to the vet more than twice in 4 weeks and she's still miserable, get a second opinion at another vet.

      Good luck getting her comfy!

    Does anyone else feel their dog Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Bison?
    My pitty has been on Natural Balance for a few months now and maybe a month ago we started giving her Sweet Potato and Bison. She is now farting like crazy and it smells HORRIBLE! Does anyone else feed their dog this and if so does he/she have nasty smelling farts? And have you done anything to help it not smell as bad or not at all?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like yeast. Get off of potatoes, which can cause this. Either try their new Legume & Duck formula, or try something else entirely. Here s a good article for you:

    What common human foods are harmful to dogs?
    I've heard chocolate and avocados are. Is that correct? Is there anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholic beverages (can cause intoxication and death)

      Baby food (can contain onion powder which can be toxic)

      Bones: beef, pork, poultry and fish (can obstruct or cause laseration
      in digestive tract)

      Cat food (too high in protein and fat)

      Chocolate, coffee, tea (contains caffeine, which can be toxic and can affect the nervous system and heart)

      Dough with yeast (can expand and cause intestinal gas, causing pain and possibly rupture stomach)

      Fat trimmings (can cause pancreatic problems)

      Fruit pits (can cause obstruction)

      Grapes and raisins (contain toxins which can affect muscles, digestive and nervous systems)

      Human vitamins containing iron (can damage digestive tract and be toxic to other organs of the body)

      Liver, excessive amount (can cause Vitamin A toxicity, affecting muscles and bones)

      Macadamia nuts (contains toxins which can affect muscles, digestive and nervous systems)

      Milk and dairy products (cause diarrhea)

      Rotten or moldy food, garbage (contain toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea)

      Raw eggs (contain Salmonella which causes diarrhea and vomiting. Can cause skin and coat problems)

      Mushrooms (may contain toxins which can affect different systems in the body, cause shock or death)

      Onions and garlic, any form (contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can affect blood and cause anemia)

      Salt, large quantities (can cause electrolyte problems)

      Sugary foods (can cause diabetes, dental problems, or obesity)

      Table food (can cause obesity as well as digestive problems)

      Tomato and potato leaves and stems (can cause systemic problems)

      Mustard seeds



    Can elephant skin on dogs be cured?
    Our dog has suffered from yeast infections for several years. After spending hundreds of dollars and going to the vet countless times, I have finally been able to get his itching under control. However, he now has bare patches of skin and thick, ugly skin that the vet says is "elephant skin". I don't need to know how to stop the itching. All I need to know is is there a way to get rid of the thick ugly skin or will he have that for the rest of his life? My vet has been able to provide any suggestions/treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your vet about prescribing a systemic anti-fungal. My yeast infected dog is on ketoconizole. It does work quite well for her. Much of her elephant hide has started to become normal and the skin is growing hair. She also gets a fish oil capsule daily. and is fed a diet with very little grain. Make sure that your dog's thyroid is normal. In order for the elephant hide to be decreased, the yeast in the skin has to be killed and prevented from coming back. Liver issues can be a problem when using ketoconizole so blood work needs to be run often to check for that potential side effect.

    List Of Stuff You need For a puppy?
    I need the complete list, I have a idea of what you need, but can someone give me a FULL OUT list?
    A poodle Puppy
    Yea, I am planning to get her a coat... And I am going to train for agility!

    • ANSWER:
      1. QUALITY BED - I suggest one with a removable pillow for all stages of life. They often offer the best support. In this respect I'm referring to a "bolster" bed. Those beds are good for puppies because they make the dogs feel safe and surrounded. Adult dogs like them because dogs, like humans, enjoy a "pillow".

      2. PROPER TOYS - get safe toys whose parts will not easily come of that the puppy could choke on. Also choose toys that will help with the teething process.

      3. PLAY PEN/LARGE CRATE - I don't small cramped crates but a larger crate that allow the dog to move easily, or a playpen (some great into options are at because you can get them with a top and bottom if you want just like a crate but they are big). This will help keep the puppy safe while you are not home. They tend to chew on everything...including wires.

      4. BOWLS - best to get stainless steel or glass. Plastic breaks down and leaks toxins and ceramic, more times than not, has lead.

      5. COMFY BLANKETS - not overwhelming big but appropriate for the puppy's size. Dogs can not properly regulate their own body temperatures until at least 14 weeks of age and after that, some breeds are more susceptible to getting chilly than others.

      6. ID TAG - get your phone number on him


      8. CARRIER - plan on taking him anywhere? FYI: Keep your puppy AWAY from other dogs AND grass/ground where other dogs are peeing/pooping. Puppies are very, very vulnerable to numerous diseases before they have completed their 3 sets of shots.

      9. HYGIENE/GROOMING: baby soft tooth brush (future use), flea comb, shampoo

      Food for thought - plan in advance:
      1. FOOD - know what type of food you want to feed your dog. While kibble can never compare to fresh food, dogs ate fresh food for tens of thousands of years BEFORE "kibble" was invented by those wanting to earn profit off grains not used in the production of beer and cereal. With that said, I understand that it is not feasible for most pet parents to "cook" for their dogs so trusted brands are: Holistic Select, Precise, Precise Plus, Fromm Family Foods - Gold Variety ONLY, Tiberwolf Organics, Wysong: Archetype – RAW + Nurture - Dry (Chicken/Pheasant) + Synorgon - Dry (Chicken) to name a few. Please, please, please - never feed your dog anything from Pedigree or Purina. That warning comes based solely on the ingredients they use and that includes their "treats".

      2. BONE MEAL POWDER - puppies benefit from this greatly up to 16 weeks.

      3. FRESH FOOD & BONES - just so you know, veterinarians are not taught about nutrition in their education. I work with vets that expanded their education beyond college to better help and heal their patients. I have studied canine nutrition for years and am thrilled to have cured dogs with systemic yeast and heart diseases that vets have given up on so please trust when I say, nutrition is very important in the health and happiness of your dog. YES, dogs do live on kibble - even Pedigree but it doesn't mean they are healthy, or comfortable or live as long as they should. There are humans that live on fast food too but that doesn't mean that they are healthy or in good shape. I have provided some helpful links for you below. For bones you can give your Puppy (from the butcher at your local grocery store) Marrow Bones (take 95% of the marrow - fatty center - OUT. It's too much for a puppy's system. To much fat). Beef Back Rib Bones (NOT short bones, they will splinter). Cut the fat and half the meat off the bones. Both are really inexpensive and offer benefits for your puppy. You can feed them raw, if previously frozen to kill any possible parasites or pop them in boiling water for a few seconds first. Don't forget to let them cool before serving!! Put a towel done, both are messy.

      4. FRESH WATER 24/7 - best to use filtered water. Do you drink unfiltered tap water? Tap water has too many chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other waste and contaminants.

      5. TREATS - you'll want to train him! Again, avoid the "bad", cheap treats. Quality ONLY or just use cut up pieces of real chicken!

      Fun Stuff...
      1. ELEVATED CAR SEATS - I love these! Not only do they keep your dog safer and seat belted, they are comfy and lift them to see outside the window...which helps prevent car sickness.

      2. BOOK ABOUT YOUR BREED - if your puppy is mixed, get a book on both. It may be general information but they are something to turn to if this is your first dog.

      Check out the links - read up as much as you can and enjoy your new love!!

    Anything else I can do for dog with ear yeast infection?
    My German Shepherd has had a bad yeast infection for a few weeks now. I recently got him (a few weeks ago) so I don't know if he had it long before I got him. We took him to the vet and he got a shot of cortisone, perscription yeast treatment to squirt into his ears, and aloe cleaning fluid. We cleaned them as instructed, which wasn't extremely productive with cotton balls, and used the treatment. We've also been giving him probiotics for a week or two now. (The shelter was giving him antibiotics for it!!) We also had his ears professionally cleaned, but within a day the gunk was back. He holds his ear down half the time and scratches it a lot; it really bothers him. Should I take him to see the vet again? What else can be done? Or does it simply need more time with the probiotics and cleaning? (He's not on the prescription anymore, but we still clean them once a week.) (He is on grain-free dog food.)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a good article for you

      Not all grain free foods are good, and many are not good for yeast issues. Yeast feeds off of high starch, high sugar ingredients. Things like potato, tapioca, gluten, oatmeal, white rice, etc., will make yeast worse.

      First thing is to clear up the infection. Most of the time this means a course of antibiotics and daily ear cleaning. K9 Liquid Health is a great ear cleaner. Once the infection is cleared up again, put your dog on a raw or other fresh food diet free of any carb/starch source. Continue to use probiotics. Coconut oil is another helpful supplement to fight yeast. Your dog should improve and eventually stabalize on the raw diet. Once your dog is healthy and off medication, you can put him on a low glycemic dry food. Nutrisource grain free, Nutrisca, and Precise Holistic grain free are good choices.

      You will need to continue with frequent ear cleaning and probiotics long term. Good luck.

    My dog is constantly licking his butt. Why has he suddenly started doing this?
    My dachshund has started licking his butt constantly. He used to do it most dogs, but it has become evident that something is up. Problem is...we took him to the vet and had his anal glands expressed and the vet didn't believe that anything looked unusual back there. He already has special food for allergies, takes fish oil everyday, and is bathed in special oatmeal bath. Also, he has all of his shots and takes deworming and flee meds once a month. Any advice? I'm lost at this point and he seems uncomfortable, it actually wakes him up.

    • ANSWER:
      Kris, even if your vet said everything is "normal" back there - it doesn't mean s/he was right. It just means that s/he didn't notice anything. Dogs do NOT lick their butts for no reason and to discipline a dog for trying to find relief from a discomfort, as someone posted, is just plain ridiculous! First, to help ease the itching you can wet a cotton ball with ORIGINAL formula (yellow) Listerine (yes I do mean the mouthwash) and dab it AROUND the anus. Dabbing it on the delicate tissue on the anus is OK - just don't let it drip inside the canal. If there is a bacteria or yeast around the back end, that will offer relief by numbing the area and alleviating the itch, but it won't cure the problem. It also won't help IF it is the anal glands. Most likely you are either dealing with the anal glands...or systemic yeast. Generally with the latter other symptoms will develop though like loss of hair, red rashy patches, an odor - for instance. Two things to consider - WHAT type of kibble are you feeding. You said he's on a "special food" for allergies. If that formula has potatoes, it's not a good idea. If it's Science Diet or Hills/MD, that's even worse. The best allergy kibble I have found to date, and I've tried them all with the rescues (well not all of them, I didn't bother with the crap) - is Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal. The second thing, how much oil are you giving every day? If there is too much oil in the diet, then the stool tends to be softer and the dog's butt muscles don't have to contract as much when he's pooping. As a result, the anal glands will not drain normally. May I ask, why are you giving flea control and deworming meds monthly? Those can also cause allergic reactions and unless your dog has a current issue with worms, why put the chemicals in him? It's summer so if you have a yard the flea control may be required this time of year but it is also not a good idea to give those meds year round. His poor immune system needs a break. I hope that your little one finds relief soon.

    Can demodetric mites eventually lead to an animals death?
    My pitbull/boxer mix has them and we have treated him several times and they keep coming back worse every time.. he is missing most of his hair on his underside and has sores on his skin that burst if light pressure is applied... I don't want to put him to sleep because he's such a good dog and seems to enjoy himself and life..
    also, i have already taken him to the vet several times and treated him with the dip bath, we have even gotten the shot for him, and i even ordered some herbal stuff and nothing works.. just answer the question, because i don't want to put him to sleep.. if it will kill him, i will, but if it won't, i won't...

    • ANSWER:
      This is a much more serious disease. It is difficult to treat successfully and the secondary bacterial infections, often staphylococcus, are very debilitating on the general health of the affected animal. This mite lives its entire life cycle deep within the host's skin, right down with the oil glands of the skin. It is not easily transmitted from dog to dog, except by direct and constant contact. It is unlikely to infect man.
      The condition is diagnosed by finding the mites or their nymphs in deep skin scrapings.
      It is easily differentiated from sarcoptic mange because it does not cause itching. There are two forms of the disease, known as squamous and pustular.
      In the squamous form, there is hair loss around the eyes, or muzzle, hocks, elbows, feet and neck. There is usually a scaly skin with a light grey greasy feel. The condition may remain at this stage for a number of years. If the animal is stressed, the condition will worsen - the hair loss will become generalized, the skin will thicken and the greasiness will increase.
      In the pustular form, the skin is thickened, wrinkled and inflamed. Pustules are present; these may become abscesses, or pus may underrun the skin. There may be irritation when this occurs. There is nearly always bacterial invasion in this form of the disease.
      Demodex may be treated with oral flea preventatives, used at the rate for flea control. These preparations should not be used on young puppies except under strict veterinary supervision. These drugs often take many weeks to express the damage they may cause the central nervous system, which may appear from any signs of vitamin deficiencies to wobblers disease and even skeletal abnormalities.
      If the disease is the pustular form, concurrent treatment with antibiotics to which the secondary infections are susceptible are essential.
      Demodectic mange treatment is also helped by increasing the general health of the dog with food supplements such as cod liver oil, yeast, kelp, vitamin C and ensuring that the diet is rich in digestible protein, and has some simple carbohydrates in it. Increasing the dog's general health will help towards healing the affected areas and improve the resistance to reinfection or to building up of a residual infection not removed with the initial treatment.
      Bitches that have demodectic mange, or those that have never coated up completely after treatment for demodectic mange should not be used for breeding. Puppies develop demodectic mange in the nest through constant contact with their mother, if she is infected.
      Demodectic mange is commonest in short coated dogs. This is because of the nature of the mite. It would more likely be brushed off the fur of a longer coated dog before it could enter the skin. But still it may occur in longer coated breeds, and these are even more likely to infect their puppies, because all puppies are born with relatively short coats.
      It is irresponsible of owners of dogs with demodectic mange to take their dogs into public areas where there are other dogs in close proximity. Certainly such dogs should never be taken to functions catering for dogs where there is close contact.=

      Many times a dog will have a skin condition that mimics mange but is not mangeThere are times when a dog may have a skin allergy that looks like mange but is not mange. There are times when a dog may have systemic problems such liver disease or thyroid malfunction that can cause a skin condition that is not mange but may look like mange. If a dog has an organ disease or malfunction, no matter what you do to treat mange or any other skin condition, the skin won't heal because the organ needs to be treated first. It's all a function of the animal's immune system. A properly functioning immune system is a primary factor in healing demodectic mange, or any other skin condition. If it's mange, our remedy will kill the mites. If the open sores have become infected, treatment with antibiotics from the vet is probably needed before the mange can heal.
      Veterinarian treatment would be extensive and require multiple visits, and definite diagnosis is frequently difficult. Stress levels must be reduced. It is essential and critical for dogs who are afflicted with demodectic mange to have their stress levels reduced. Whatever may be causing the animal's stress should be eliminated if at all possible. Much like puppies whose immune systems are not fully developed and are therefore more susceptible to an outbreak of demodectic mange, older dogs whose stress level has been elevated have their immune systems weakened. Consider what can cause stress for a dog: new home; new family member or loss of a family member from the home; new baby; additional pet in the home; pregnancy and birth which alter its hormones; new carpet; rearrangement of the furniture and where the dog sleeps; child starts school; illness in the family; major changes to your back yard; any major change in its environment, etc. These situations require additional love and attention be given to your pet with mange while you are treating the outbreak. The dog's environment must be cleaned up in the same manner as for sarcoptic mange. With patience, persistence and lots of loving care, repeated treatments can provide the proper conditions for demodectic mange to heal. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, it can take a few months for the skin to heal, the mange to clear up and the coat to return to normal. The dog's stress level must to be lowered so its immune system functioning can improve, and so healing can occur. Kill the mites and the skin can heal. Use the MAUI WOWIE MANGE BUSTER® Formula to kill the mites and keep fleas under control so the fleas don't aggravate the dog's skin while it is healing.

      This will not kill your dog but it can be a long term to be cured. this website will give you a link for another cure if u would like to try it. Never hurts to try until u find something that does work.
      changing the dogs food may even help
      innova, canidae and solid gold are excellant foods. if u are feeding science diet, eukanuba, iams or other commercial brand dog foods get the dog off of this as they have crap in it that causes more allergies and skin problems.

    My dog is chewing herself raw + weird behavior changes?
    My 8 year old Mini-Pinscher mix is chewing, biting, and licking her skin raw, especially around her tail and butt. She does NOT have fleas or ticks. I just want to find some relief for her!

    Late last year we got a puppy and she used to play with him a lot, but now she won't play with anyone and hides under the bed or behind the sofa all day. Why is she acting like this? What should I do?
    Are these two things connected?

    • ANSWER:
      Daras is she balding in any of those areas? First, to offer relief from the itching you get ORIGINAL Listerine. Yes, the mouthwash found in any drug store. ONLY get the original (yellow) formula. Just dab on affected areas. I have used this for many rescues while they detox from systemic yeast infections. The alcoholic has a disinfectant quality, but this particular solution also numbs the skin a little which offers the dogs relief. Here's a post that I found online that discusses the severe itching issue: When allergies and/or infection begin to overtake the dog, loosing interest in play is very common. There are other topicals to help relief itch but seriously, I've dealt with this with so many rescues and the Listerine (ORIGINAL) really offered the best relief while they were healing and it is safer than cortisone creams. If an area has puss due to severe itching, then cleaning with witch hazel and dabbing Neosporin will help. Check out that link so that when you do go to a vet, you have some knowledge to base your decisions on. By the way, if your dog does have food allergies (which is a systemic yeast issue) then a grain-free diet isn't a cure. Out of last 55 rescue dogs, 20 needed a special diet due to allergies. It's not just what is in the kibble ingredient, but what the line-up/ratio of the ingredients are that affect the GI tract. I've tried everything over the years and the #1 option I've found in this case is Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal.

    My 3 1/2 y/o intact male golden has had hot spots for the past year, and is treated with cephelexin. When he?
    completes his meds, he is okay for sometimes 3 weeks... sometimes 8 weeks and then he gets them again. usually on his cheeks, top of his head, and chest. The last time he had them, they were on his trunk and back and now they are on his head and cheeks again. Never on his belly or legs or feet. I have done some research and have started him on a grain free diet and am thinking about going raw with him. Anyone have experience with the raw food diet or with basically chronic hot spots? He is very active, runs everyday, is bathed weekly, indoor dog (my baby). Any info would be much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have your vet re-evalutate your dog.. make sure it is not a yeast infection in dogs which usually spread more than hot spots. Take a look at this...

    how do we stop demodex mites?
    genetic disease feed on systemic yeast for dogs

    • ANSWER:
      Actually Demodex can be genetic. It can be treated two different ways, Mitoban dips and oral Ivermectin. Please see your vet for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Yorkie with skin problems. Could this be a food allergy?
    I am a groomer and have a client with a yorkie that even after I bathed him he smelled bad. After awhile he was diagnosed this yeast and was given Malaseb. Several weeks later he came in with a keratinized area on the back of his neck that was very red. The owners took him to the vet and they gave him another medicated shampoo, powder and a pill (don't know what exactly). I bathed him last week and his skin is just red as a beet. A groomer friend of mine says she think it's a food allergy. She recommended some kind of yorkie food,..." ? Gold" Any suggestions about this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      He may still have a fungal infection. Sounds like the owners need to have his skin cultured again for a followup to see if any yeast/bacteria are present in large numbers. He may have a secondary bacterial infection. If the yeast were not controlled with the shampoo, he could be given a systemic fungal control drug. Everyone always assumes it's food allergies, and it may be, but i would want to see the results of a culture....there are dog allergy specialists out there if an allergy is suspected. Their vet will probably have to refer them if he suspects it is an allergy.

    why does my chihuahua scratch the fur off him? Is it try skin or what? how can i help him?
    he is scatching sores on his body.

    • ANSWER:
      Systemic yeast. 9 times out of 10 it's systemic yeast. Vets can not help you with this problem, I know and many people who have come to me for help have learned that as well. What a vet CAN do is rule out anything else. If you take the dog to a vet and they say "he has allergies", or any "unknown" skin issue - I highly recommend that you do NOT put him on any steroids or antibiotics as that will only make it worse. The very first thing to do is feed the dog a kibble, unless you home cook or feed raw which is always better, but if you feed kibble you must switch to formula that does not encourage overgrowth of Candida in the GI tract. The number one best choice (if you feed kibble) for your dog's issue: Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal radiant health. Please visit the link below and you will see BEFORE and AFTER photos of another Chihuahua that I had to detox from systemic yeast. I also provided another link to refer to. These should give you all the info you need. You'll also need to get a anti-bacterial and anti-fungal shampoo to bath your dog to kill the yeast on the skin - oatmeal will NOT help. You can try something like "Mal-a-Ket". To offer your dog relief right now, you can get ORIGINAL formula Listerine ONLY (the yellow one - yes the mouthwash) and dab it on the aggravated areas. This will not only disinfect (alcohol) but numbs the skin a little so that the itching isn't as extreme for the poor little one. Check out the links - I've successfully dealt with this issue and cured with over 32 rescues dogs and counting and there is no reason for you to watch your poor baby suffer when there is help...

    Dog food for Systemic Yeast Infection?
    Hello. My yorkie has been battling with Systemic Yeast Infection for 4 years. I've always had him a Precise product. (Grain Free – Lamb & Turkey With Garbanzo Beans and Sensicare: both dry). And they both have worked wonderful. The problem I'm having now is that he developed bladder stones and had them removed. Vet says his PH level is too high and if we dont cut down on the protein, he may develop them again. My yorkie is 6 years old and weighs 8.5lbs. I've been searching around for a food suitable for his condition while keeping the protein % a bit lower. Not having great luck doing so. Is there any advice or suggestions you have for me? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    @made you look: Both foods were 27% and 22%. His ph level has come down a bit since adding apple cider vinegar in his water supply daily.

    • ANSWER:

    my dog has a rash on her neck , what it is and what can i do to make it go away?
    she's even started to lose the hair on her neck i took her collar off thinking that what was what was causing it but its still there.

    • ANSWER:
      I just wrote about this for a guy who's dog had the issue with her tail. 97% of dogs, whose "owners" describe this problem, I've found that a systemic yeast infection is the cause. Sadly vets know NOTHING of this issue. Will incorrectly tell you it's allergies. Perhaps prescribe antibiotics...which make the condition WORSE. Steroids - again, make it worse. While a collar that is too tight, or made of "cheap" material (material that can't breath) can cause a topical allergic reaction, you should monitor it further and see how your dog behaves. Is he/she itching. What other symptoms? Please feel free to contact me at my site and when you contact me, tell me exactly what you feed the dog. Dogs susceptible to a systemic yeast problem must ensure they are not being fed kibble whose formulas aggravate the condition. Two APPROVED formulas I can tell you right off the bat are Holistic Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance (my fav for this problem) and Precise Sensicare Lamb formula. In the meantime, you can help ease the itch by dabbing on some ORIGINAL formula Listerine. Yes, the yellow mouthwash. It'll help numb the skin and ease the itch. Using before bed usually allows for a better sleep. Don't over use, the alcohol in it is drying.

    my dog has a ear yeast infection, dose anyone know how to help this or what it even is?
    she is a 4year old lab roxie and she plays all day with my small dog who bits on her ears i dont know if that is the problem but roxie's ear (even tho we have taken her to the vet and gotten treatment ) has red spots in it and the fur is like wet inside im worried please help!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Epi otic can be used to help clear a yeast infection but it sounds as though her ear needs further treatment.
      Make sure you dry the ear after cleaning.
      If the ear needs to be flushed I would have it done by your vet.
      You should not be pouring the ear cleaner directly into the ear
      It can be painful as well as stressful.
      Making ear cleaning a nightmare for owners and pets.
      Soaking a cottonball is enough cleanser.
      Massage the base of the ear
      Then clean/dry out the ear with cottonballs.
      For yeast infections vets commonly dispense animax or tri-otic.
      They have a soothing affect on the ear and treat the yeast.
      The skin of the ear may need some systemic antibiotics.
      I would schedule a recheck for the vet to reassess the ears.

    Probiotic chews containing yeast?
    My German Shepherd has had a pretty bad yeast infection in his ears for awhile now. We're treating it, and we were told to give him some probiotic chews to help fight it off. I bought some, and the first ingredient in them is dried brewer's yeast. Yeast in chews meant to fight off yeast infections? Or does the yeast in the chews not affect anything?

    • ANSWER:
      Brewers yeast is a form of dead yeast, and will not negatively effect your dog. It can actuall be beneficial.'S%20YEAST.aspx?activeIngredientId=715&activeIngredientName=BREWER'S%20YEAST

      Probiotics don't just help with digestion, they support the immune system. Since 70% of the immune system is found in the gut, it is critical to keep healthy digestive bacteria in balance. By increasing the numbers of healthy bacteria in the body, you can slowly begin to fight down yeast levels.

      It will also help if you eliminate anything with too much starch or sugar in the diet. Go to and look for her article on systemic yeast. Very informative.

    I am trying to feed my dog raw?
    My girl has a yeast issue. Immediately I think " feed her raw" it eliminates all of the
    nastiness that they put in dog foods. Especially grains that aren't a part of a dogs natural diet anyway, but my dog won't eat it, she doesn't quite know how to crush bone and she looks at me all crazy untill I peel it off the bone for her, any suggestions on how to get her to adapt to a raw diet? I've never had this problem with any other dog, they usually seem to know what to do...

    • ANSWER:
      You can start with a store bought raw. A customer of mine started her dog on Northwest Naturals and the yeast went away in one week. Pre made raw seems easier for a dog to adjust to.

      Also, read this article. I put my dog on Nutrisource grain free lamb when she had a yeast problem, and it really helped.

    Is caprylic acid safe to give to a dog? She has recurring yeast infections.?

    The vet just wants to put her on cephlaxin(anti-biotic) and she has been there, still comes back. No more anti-biotics. She has a bland diet (chicken and rice, all organic cooked), given acidopholis, cranberry supplemants, multi vitamin, fish oil, and unfortunately, previcox for arthritis. I am tending to thing that previcox is not helping either.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't use antibiotics anymore either. Taking certain antibiotics & steroids in a cause for yeast infections. Please read this link - it has good info on the causes & prevention of yeast infections.

    should i bathe my puppy?
    she has a yeast infection in her ears( weird) and i have to give her drops 2 times a day and after she shakes her head the medicine is all over her hair on her head and ears. while shes taking her meds is it okay to give her a bath to clean her. its really oily. just need to know if her ears are safe to get wet is all.
    ps. how does a dog get a yeast infection in her ears?
    her vet said something like dirt and moisture

    • ANSWER:
      I would wait until her infection has cleared since she doesn't need any additional moisture in her ears & she will just do it again. After you put the drops in, you can place a piece of a cotton ball in her ear so when she shakes the meds won't go flying out then remove cotton ball. If this med is Otomax, it is very greasy & nothing will make it come right out. It will take a month or two before it will completely disappear. I had been grooming 30yrs & have tried many times & many different products, just keep brushing it. Here is a good site to explain yeast in dogs' ears.

    What's the quickest way to kill a bad yeast infection in a dog ?
    Please help.....I think my dog has a horrible yeast infection. She's a 20lb, Chi / mix. Her urine culture will be back from the lab tomorrow or day after, but she's suffering !!! If she DOES have a bad systemic yeast infection, what's the BEST, QUICKEST way to knock it out ???
    Antibiotics I assume, but which one ? She's on Amoxicillin now, just in case....will that help at all ?????? Please help !!

    • ANSWER:
      Antobiotics do not kill fungi, which is what yeast is. In fact, anti-biotics kill off the good bacteria that help keep the yeast in check.
      If it is a yeast infection, the dog needs to be on a good anti-fungal medication and probiotics from yogurt aren't a bad idea to help replenish the good bacteria.

    red blister dogs paw?
    i'm wondering what it is in between my dogs toe area. its her front paw and it looks like a blister. she keeps licking it so i put lavender oil on it. think i should see a vet asap or wait a few more days see what happens.
    she is a 6 yr old choc lab just getting through a systemic yeast overgrowth. all her paws look super compared to about two months ago. she had real red itchy paws. but coconut oil has killed most of the yeast, she still has a bit of a yeast odor.
    however the problem right now is this eraser size blister between her paws. any help ideas? thank you...

    • ANSWER:
      it might have nothing to do with the yeast infection. she may have gotten something stuck in her paw and developed a blister from a foreign object. Tea tree oil is good for treating infection but it does sting so its best to dilute it. If she continues to lick it she will probably harm the wound so if in a few days it doesn't look any better, i would take her for a check up to make sure its nothing serious. They may pop the blister so the fluid can drain and then apply medicated ointment.
      I wouldn't rule out yeast infection entirely because it can cause sores on the skin but i hope its nothing serious :) good luck

    Is it possible for a dog to have a yeast infection on it's skin and in it's ear?

    • ANSWER:
      It's very common. First the inside of the ear is actually skin. When the dog scratches his ear the yeast is transferred to the foot. The yeast will also grow outside the ear canal around the ear. In severe cases the dog may need to be put on a systemic fungicide along with a diet change and bathing in anti fungal shampoos. You need to consult your vet as to the proper treatment of your dog's problem.

    enlish bull has trouble with yeast in folds of face even with the medicate wipes-is there a systemic available?

    • ANSWER:
      Our boxer has the same issues. Get some Bragg "apple cider vinegar WITH mother of vinegar". Around here it is sold in health stores and regular grocery stores. Just put a teaspoon in with your dogs food and continue with the eye wipes. It will take a couple of weeks for it to start to help.

    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. Help?!?
    My dog has a yeast infection in his ear. We've tried everything to help the little guy but nothing seems to work. We've taking him to several vets and he's had several antibiotics but they only seem to make it worse. Do you know of any home remedies that are safe and effective for curing this yeast infection in his ear? By the way, he won't eat yogurt, tried that already.

    • ANSWER:
      Some dogs with chronic yeast infections in the ear require systemic anti fungal medications. Usually an external ear canal infection is treated topically but if his is not resolving with just tropicals ask your doctor about oral anti fungals. Also some dogs with chronic ear infections or yeast infections of the skin should have there thyroid level checked. Chronic ear and skin infections can be an indication of hypothyroidism. Food allergy's can also exacerbate ear and skin yeast infections. If your vet is not covering all the bases maybe you should seek advise from another one.
      ADDITIONAL: Yeast in the ear of a dog is malasseziapachydermatitis, vaginal yeast infections are caused by candida albicans. They are similar oragnisims but not the same.

    My rottie has HORIBLE ear infections, what is wrong with him! HELP! he crys every night! i dont know what 2 do?
    we take him to different vets and they say the same thing! the obvious it is an ear infection! they send him off with just meds! they don't tell us what it is wrong! is he allergic to something? his ear bleeds allot and itches constantly! if you can give any advice please help!
    MY POOR PUP NEEDS YA!!!! thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of ear infection? yeast? bacterial? both? Has the ear wax been examined under the microscope and cultured? Is your dog on a systemic antibiotic if this is bacterial? What food is your dog on? Has he been thyroid tested? Ear infections usually have an underlying cause if they are chronic. This includes a foreign body in the ear, allergies usually to food and/or hypothyroidism. You might need to be referred to a veterinary dermatologist or a veterinarian who does better diagnostic work. It'll cost you some money but having a happy dog is well worth the cost.

    In-between toes dogs fur changed colour?
    I noticed today that in-between my dog's toes it has turned red. It is on all four feet.
    It isn't blood and I can't think of anything that would have changed them. I checked her paws all over and there is nothing visibly wrong.
    Is this normal?
    In the winter she also gets red/brown patches on her shoulders. They fade away in the summer.

    She is a light-coloured dog, ranging from white to golden.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeast...... In between her toes, that is probably yeast

      Simple rinse of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 5 parts water for Day 1

      then 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water daily until the yeast breaks

      Consider that if toes are yeast & if dog is chewing toes, then dog could have systemic yeast

      yogurt can help....

    yeast infections in dog ears?
    i would like find a home remedy that i can make and clear up the yeast infections in my dogs ears

    • ANSWER:
      Here is several good sites for you to read & use.
      This one addresses causes & remedies if you click on the left side.
      Beware this solution will stain!

      Please read all 3 before deciding what will work best for you & try to prevent your dogs from getting infections at all.
      Good luck!

    My puppy got household cleaner sprayed into his eyes and all over him, his eyes keep matting up, will he be ok
    I got drops from the vet and washed his eyes out twice but his eyes still matt up and look cloudy?
    I did call the vet immediatley, they were closing so i ran and got the drops real quick! I washed him and his eyes 4 times. The emergency vet is hours away from me, im in the country and i have no money.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, to hear your dog got into the household cleaner.

      Take it to the emergency vet, & have them look at your dog. Also, if you can't go to the vet, call up the Poison Control Center. Try to wash your dog's eyes with water, & use a cloth wipe it down really good. Try to flush it out.

      If you can not watch over the puppy/dog, put the puppy/dog into a crate. Crate are the most safe place for the puppy/dog. Try to put away the household cleaners away from the puppy/dog up high so that it won't get to it even maybe inside a cabinet put a lock it.

      Here are some information:

      Many pet poisonings are the result of exposures to common household cleaning agents. For pets, both epileptic and non-epileptic, exposure to many of these products is extremely dangerous.

      Some cleaners can destroy tissue on contact by acid or alkaline burns, by dissolving through tissue membranes, by absorbing through to the animal's bloodstream and causing generalized illness and a variety of other mechanisms. Pine oils and electric dishwashing detergents particularly tend to be quite toxic although the range of chemicals included in cleaning products can cause signs varying widely from mild local irritation (many detergent soaps) to deep penetrating tissue damage (alkaline products) to severe systemic disease (pine oils and others). The best remedy is prevention.

      Keep all cleaners tightly closed when not in use to prevent accidental spills and ingestion. Also, be sure to keep pets out of newly cleaned areas to avoid paw injuries from walking in the newly applied cleaning solution and mouth burns from the animal then grooming itself. Also be aware of the possible dangers of toilet bowl cleaners from dogs and cats who consider the toilet just another water bowl! In case of accidental exposure to cleaning products, it is generally recommended to flush the skin (or mouth) with
      plain water to wash away remaining chemicals, then call in to your veterinary clinic for further instructions.

      These things can hurt a puppy/dog.

      Air Fresheners (solids, aerosol sprays, beads, "plug-ins", etc.)
      Bubble Bath
      Carpet Fresheners
      Charcoal Starting Fluid
      Dish Detergents
      Drain Cleaners
      Epoxy Glues
      Furniture Polish
      Gun Cleaners
      Hair Dyes
      Jewelry Cleaner
      Lamp Oil
      Laundry Detergents
      Lead Curtain Weights
      Metal Cleaners
      Moth Balls
      Nail Polish/Remover
      Oven Cleaner
      Paint Thinners and Removers
      Permanent Wave Solution
      Petroleum Products
      Pine Oil and Pine Cleaning Products
      Plant Food
      Rodent Poison
      Shaving Lotion
      Toilet Bowl Cleaner
      Varnishes and Stains
      Window Cleaner
      Wood Preservative

      Chocolate, Onions and Other Foods Poisonous to Dogs

      Alcoholic beverages
      Avocados (leaves, seeds, skin, stem)
      Chocolate (theobromine) (baker's, semi-sweet, milk, dark) (see more on
      Chocolate Toxicity below)
      Cola drinks
      Hops (used in home beer brewing)
      Macadamia nuts
      Moldy foods
      Onions, onion powder
      Potato leaves and stems, or sprouted potatoes (green parts)
      Rhubarb leaves
      Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
      Yeast Dough

      I hope it works for you. Hope you can get to the vet right away.

    Are there any remedies for skin sores. My toy poodle continually get them. The do go away in a few days.?

    • ANSWER:
      Many skin problems with dogs begin with fleas. If you stop the fleas, the problem stops. Front Line Plus works great.

      If your dog doesn't have fleas then it can be allergic reactions to food or environment. Or overly dry skin. Or immune system problems.

      Usually skin sores don't just go away, they get worse. Scratching & chewing continue to open the skin to more infection. Clipping hair, cleaning with hydrogen peroxide & applying antibotic ointment are good measures to try.

      Also try giving your poodle Benadryl. 4 mg for every 2.5 lbs of dog. 10 lb poodle = 16 mg. Give twice a day. Use childrens liquid for small dogs. This helps with allergic reactions and won't harm your dog.

      Adding flax seed oil to your pet's diet can help with dry skin issues. Is is not a quick fix and usually takes weeks to see results. Also using a good DOG conditioner on the coat can help.

      Please don't use human shampoos or conditioners on your dog. The pH is too low in human products and can lead to dry, itchy skin making the problem worse.

      Also as dogs age, their immune systems are not as active as a young dog. Many older dogs are plagued with staph & yeast infections. Medicated shampoos can help. Your vet can help you with the correct products to use. Your vet can also determine if your dog needs systemic antibotics, antihistamines or cortisone.

    Dog Yeast Infection?
    Can someone give me a website that shows pictures of a dog yeast infection on its paws or pictures of a nail infection on a dog.

    • ANSWER:
      This site explains yeast infections & what is needed to treat & stop your dog from getting them.

      It does have some pics on there but I don't remember if any are just paws.

      If you don't know for certain thru a vet that you are dealing with a yeast infection, it takes more than looking at a pic. They have to take a sample & test the bacteria/infection. There are many types of infections which cannot be id thru pics.

    My dog keeps biting his skin please help!?
    My dog has hot spots on his skin and he keeps biting and scratching them ... the vet always recommends something that seems to make it worse .. i would really like to try something natural or at home ... he also has reoccuring ear yeast infections that hes had since he was small .. and once again whatever the vet gives me ends up costing so much just to find that it makes it worse and always makes it come back.. please help !

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, don't listen to the person who says you aren't fit to own a pet. Owning a pet is hard and you have to learn somehow. My vet was bad, and didn't act a result our cat died. My suggestion is maybe find a different vet, some just aren't as good as others.
      I looked around and here are some links about skin conditions and also yeast problems for your dog. I hope it helps

      It could be a skin condition such as mites or overheating- you can look through and see what fits, then do a search on Google on how to treat it naturally from there

    what will make a dogs skin stink no matter how many time you give it a bath and she is chewing her hair out?

    • ANSWER:
      Skin conditions such as bacterial or yeast infections, seborrhea, allergies ( food, flea and inhalant ) and systemic diseases such as hypothyroid disease can cause an odor to the skin and coat, unaffected by bathing except if using a medicated shampoo for the proper condition.

      Check with your vet, and see if there is something else going on, and what you can use to treat it. Good luck.

    What's the best way to treat a yeast infection on my dogs paws?
    I have an American Pit Bull Terrier who has a yeast infection on his paws. He's been to 4 diff vets and they treated him differently. One wanted me to switch him over to a vet diet but I didn't want to do that because he's already on a high quality diet(Taste of the Wild kibble, Blue Buffalo or Wellness grain free wet for bkfst, and instincts raw bison formula for dinner) and also because he has food allergies. This vet didn't want to hear anything about his allergies, he was more interested in making a "sale" of the vet food. The next gave me a medicated shampoo but he had an allergic reaction to it(he broke out in hives). The third treated him with steroids and antibiotics. They worked but once he was totally done with his prescriptions it came back with a vengeance. I finally took him to a doggy dermatologist but they want to treat it in the same manner, with steroids and antibiotics. Since I've been down this road I opted out of the treatment. Is there any kind of home remedies or OTC drugs that anyone can recommend until the doc is able to come up with some sort of treatment that won't make his situation worse?

    BTW: I switch between Taste of the awild, Wellness, and Canidae kibble every 3-4 months. Always grain free. The different flavors and formulas never make the situation any worse. He does just as good on all of them
    @ Dog Section Regular yes he chews his paws constantly. At first I thought it was the carpet deodorizer I was using so I discontinued that and he still chews his feet non stop. I switch his food often because he's a bit of a picky eater. He'll eat it for a while and then stop, so I switch to keep him interested. I always try to go with a formula that has as little ingredients as possible(for instance one or two major meats).
    @Dog Section Regular what's the name of the missing link stuff? I've also been adding seameal from Solid Gold. It had good reviews and it's supposed to help in this situation. Seems to help but not as much as I'd like. The purple stuff is it called Fortflora?

    • ANSWER:
      I specialize in this condition which is all too common and vets don't know a thing about it. Antibiotics make it worse. As do Steroids. #1 is what you feed the dog, contact me through my contact page and I will email you approved and avoid lists. The kibble, for those feeding kibble, that works best for this condition is Precise Sensicare Lamb formula OR Holisitc Select Duck & Oatmeal Radiance. This is NOT a grain issue. Not by a long shot. There are other ingredients that contribute to the problem, such as carrots, peas and sweet potatoes if they occur in the ingredients prior to the seventh. (Oatmeal is NOT an aggravant in this issue.) It's more complicated than you need to know, what you do need to know is how to help your beloved. After detoxing over 32 dogs now from systemic yeast, which your dog does have, I know the drill and what will and won't work. Again, you are welcome to contact me but I highly suggest you pick up the Yeast Detox kit first, advise me and allow me to create a calendar for you to follow. I hate to see a dog suffer when there is help. The above two kibbles have worked for me every time. I lean toward the Duck BUT for Pitties, I like the simplicity of the Precise Sensicare Lamb. Other options that I have not used but whose formulas are "ok" for dogs with yeast are: Timberwolf Organics: Southwest Chicken & Herbs OR Lamb & Barely with Apples...also, Wyson: Anergen OR Synorgon. By the way, the paw issue is VERY common in Pits.

    Canine Skin problems (Baytril and cephalexin)?
    My dog (12 yo lab/samoyed) has obtained a rash on her rear underside about a 2 months ago. It has since become raw, scabbed, raw again and appearing as thick scabs around ears, mouth and underneath front legs (in armpit area.) She has been on strong antibiotics for the 3rd time now (baytril and cephalexin), gets a bath with medicated shampoo, has had urine tests and blood work done (tests negative cancer, worms, tick fever) and still the bloodwork comes up as no results from the vets. Any insights to what this may be?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds VERY suspicious of an allergy (most likely a food allergy) to me (with secondary pyodermatitis, which is why antibiotics help while she's on them), but some other important things need to be ruled out as possible underlying causes.

      In my experience, Baytril is not a very good antibiotic for dermatitis, despite what the manufacturer claims. Cephalexin IS....but is often underdosed, and for too short a duration. (Average recommended treatment length for dermatitis is 4-8 weeks in a row, but most DVMs don't prescribe that much for fear of "sticker-shock" to the owner.) Neither one of them is considered to be particularly 'strong,' however. They are two of our most basic antibiotics.

      If not already done, she needs:
      1. A skin scraping. Older dogs sometimes 'spontaneously' develop demodex. I've seen cases that were treated for almost 2 years with antibiotics, and no one ever bothered to check for the mites because of the older I did. Once found and treated, the problem went away. :-)
      2. A skin impression smear to look for yeast. It might be a primary or a secondary pathogen.
      3. A fungal culture (DTM) to rule out ringworm. (Just b/c no one in the family has caught it, doesn't mean it can't be there.)
      4. Based on the pattern you describe, it doesn't really sound like this....but are you sure that thyroid function was checked in those blood tests? ("Bloodwork" is very can indicate a single blood test, or over 00 worth of blood tests. I seriously doubt that they've tested for all of the endocrinopathies that can affect the skin....and there is no blood test for specific types of cancer, so it's not possible to test negative for it.)
      5. A skin biopsy is where I'd go if the above doesn't turn up anything. This is probably the most informative test that can be done. Special stains can be done to look for autoimmune skin disorders, and based on what is seen, the pathologist can often find telltale signs of other systemic problems.
      6. Food allergy trial and/or testing. (I'd reverse the order of #5 and #6 if this weren't a geriatric dog.) Most food allergies develop as a result of repeated exposure to the same food source (ingredient) over time....not due to a sudden change as most people think.

      Also...."medicated" shampoo is very vague. There are at least a dozen types, with several variations of each type. The biggest mistake I see people make is not letting it soak in direct contact with the skin for long enough, or frequently enough. Most labels will tell you 5-10 minutes, but it really takes a good 20 minutes (by the clock), in order for the medication in the shampoo to "tell" the skin to cut it out. (In other words, to stop overreacting to whatever it's reacting to.) When it's bad, that needs to be done every 2-3 days for up to 3 weeks, then adjusted based on response.

      Skin problems are usually chronic and become a matter of control, not cure. But if you don't feel you're getting anywhere with your DVM, it's time to ask for a referral to a board-certified veterinary dermatologist....who will probably tell you what I just did above. ;-)

    She is constantly getting yeast infections in her ears...?
    Has anyone used a powder to keep their dogs ears dry? I clean her ears regularly, but she keeps getting infections. She has the floppy ears and her vet told me that was the cause of the infections. Short of getting her ears cropped (which I would never do), I don't know what to do for her.

    She is going to the vet today and I was going to ask about getting a powder for her. She does have two different kind of drops we use to treat the infection, but I am wondering about preventing them.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Home remedies? Anything?

    Also, she is on a home made diet due to allergies and we added yogurt to her diet every day, but it hasn't helped.
    Yes, she does bite her paws. They are usually red because of it. This is the reason for the home made diet. Not that it really helped with the allergies, but we kept it up because it seems healthier than what we can buy in the store. It also helps because she has digestive problems and would get diarrhea all the time.
    Wow, Thanks everyone...Great links and giving me alot more questions for her vet this afternoon.

    • ANSWER:
      Ppl have already posted 2 excellent links for treating ear infections. This site explains how yeast infections effect the whole body & how you can help control it.

      Reading all 3 links will give you a great start on treating & controlling the problem. You may need to switch your dog food to a grain-free allergy formula. I suggest Natural Balance allergy free formula. I have quite a few clients who use it for their dogs with great improvement all over from allergies & yeast issues.

      This is their link & you can try several different varieties to find one that works for you.

    Why do Shih tzu dogs smell so bad???!!!?
    Uggghhh my roommate has 2 Shih tzu dogs and they are the sweeeeeetest things, but I CANNOT stand being around them because they smell so bad!! I feel horrible because they follow me around the house and wanna be right with me every step I take, but I can't stand the smell of them. Even when I give them, baths they will smell like the shampoo for one day and then its back to the old stench. My mom also has 2 shih tzu dogs and she treats them like GOLD and always has them clean & groomed, but even when I hold them, I still have to wash my hands after. Its not as bad as my roommate's dogs, but its still a funky odor. Why do Shih tzu's smell different and more odorous than other dogs? Is there any kind of shampoo maybe that is specifically for super stinky dogs? I swear it must be a genetic thing... I'd imagine there is a shampoo for Shih tzu odor. ANY HELP?? =)

    • ANSWER:
      One of the big 'stinkys' with Shih Tzus when they are younger is the fur growing on that short little nose pokes right back into the eyes, irritating the eyes to death and causing mass tearing which then falls under the eye, sits on the lower eye area and becomes hugely infected. It is VERY important to be clipping that fur under the eyes and on the top of the nose area very frequently so as to stop the vicious circle.

      Many times when a shih tzu turns middle aged and older, they develop allergies which seem to ooze out from their skin and they get very 'yeasty' with yellow ick oozing from the toes, throat, back and ears especially. It is usually a systemic yeast infection and I would bathe with Chlorahexadine medicated shampoo but that is only treating the results of whatever is inside tearing them up. The best treatment would be going to the vet for the internal remedy so the whole mess will stop destroying the skin organ.

    What is going on with my dog's skin, is it the shampoo?
    Here's what happened. Last month I noticed my dog's skin was very pink. To make the story short, he is diagnosed with a fungal infection and is allergic to the fungi... this explained the red, bumpy spots all over his body... it's not just yeasty ears.

    The first vet took a skin scrape and looked at it under the microscope and said it was fungal. She recommended an antifungal shampoo for pets with 3 ingredients, 1 of them is miconazole (I think that is how you spell it).

    The thing is, after a week or so I didn't think the shampoo was enough to clear it. Plus the vet did not really advise me to do anything else aside from the shampoo and switch to Holistic dog food.

    I went to see a second opinion. The vet took samples and it turned out it really was a fungal infection. So now that one is cleared up, she gave my dog 2 shots, one for the fungus and the other is an antibiotic to treat the "secondary" infection caused by bacteria.

    I was so happy because in just a few days his skin really improved. I did pay a lot though because that was one of the most expensive animal hospitals where I'm from. Still it's worth it. The vet told me to still maintain the medicated shampoo, and since it's miconazole instead of ketaconazole, it's unlikely my dog is allergic to the shampoo (she said some dogs are actually allergic to ketaconazole, the stuff in Nizoral). Another prescription premium dog food was recommended.

    It's been 2.5 weeks now that I've been washing my dog twice a week with the medicated shampoo, as recommended. I noticed that every time after the bath and I'm drying the dog, the red spots become very obvious and he broke out with chicken pox.. Earlier in the morning I totally noticed it again after bathing him. It freaks me out because why are the red bumps coming and going?? And right now, it's evening.... the red spots are hardly visible and his skin color is more of a pale pink than a very bright, reddish pink. It's as though he's totally cured again.

    Are the bumps a normal reaction to the anti-fungal shampoo? It's confusing for me because I actually think the combination of the injections and shampoo are working but maybe the skin reaction is temporary and just part of treatment?

    Thank you in advance for your input, would really appreciate it...
    BTW I live in a tropical country, it's either warm or rainy season..maybe that might be important info.. for 3 years my dog never had skin problems though.
    Thanks for giving your perspective on this. I would love it if the infection was entirely cleared, but it's just hard to believe if he got the injections only few days ago... it may look much better but maybe not "past" the infection. Of course we are seeing the vet again soon, that is part of the maintenance. 2 different vets recommended the bath twice a week and even to leave the shampoo on for more than 5 minutes (one said 15 mins. the other said 10 mins.), which left me to give them a bit of trust since I don't claim myself to be an expert on dogs.

    • ANSWER:
      It does sound like a reaction of sorts, possible a type of hives, to something in the shampoo. How long did vet tell you to continue the shampoo? No, I am not aware of red bumps being a normal reaction to shampoo.

      What type of food are you feeding? Have you done any research into the BARF diet (raw food and bones) ? Does your food contain grains, potatoes, yeast ? Feeding raw changes the Ph of the body so as to not enable yeast to thrive. A commercial diet of meat, grain free, no potatoes, and no yeast can also have benefits. You might also want to look into apple cider vinegar (google apple cider vinegar in terms of systemic yeast infections) and the MANY benefits and uses of this, as far as changing the PH of the skin making it a very inhospitable environment for yeast to live.

      One further thought. Yes, your environment makes a difference...warm, humid weather can absolutely play a part in the yeast situation. But you state that dog was ok for three years. His immune system is unable to fight off opportunistic yeast now. Diet change would be first thing I would check into (raw has many benefits) unless you feel that his diet is good as it is right now, as well as researching other types of things that support and strengthen immune system...and there are many options to research.

      Check out apple cider vinegar; I think it could help this situation, especially if used in conjunction with other things aimed at eradicating a systemic yeast overload. And check into raw to see if you would consider it. The benefits are huge, especially when the main problem here is that the dog's skin is supporting yeast growth, and the way to turn this around is to make it so that skin will NOT continue to provide this area where yeast will flourish. While there are things that work from the outside like the shampoo, things that address the issue inside out (like food, supplements ) absolutely work to change Ph of the body.

      I do not believe for one minute that this problem is done. Some yeast may have been eradicated, as well as an overlying bacterial infection. Stay on this with your vet and I truly belive that there are ways to work with this when you start to truly understand that the problem is partially one of the immune system and the body's inability to fight it off, and the skin providing a breeding ground for yeast overload.

      Good luck!

    What is the best sensitive skin shampoo for dogs?
    I have two dogs. One pure breed blue Pitt, Ashley, (about 3 1/2 yrs old) and also a bull mastiff mix of some sort, Sticky, (about 4 1/2 yrs old). Sticky has always had skin problems since he was a puppy. My vet who i trust very much pretty much just said that some dogs have allergies to anything a human can, and believe me he has quite a few. Hes been pretty good since I've been using free&gentle detergents to wash his bedding in and since I've been feeding him Blue, and also had to change from stainless steel food bowls to ceramic because they gave him dog acne. But every time i give him a bath he breaks out in all these little bumps all over his body. It's been going on for a couple of years now, and at first Ashley never had a reaction, but now or the past year she has been too. It's weird, it's almost like she caught it from him... not that i would think that's possible, but it just seems weird to have the same reaction. He acts like he isn't affected. but I know he has to be. Some times the bumps scab off every once in a while. I've tried soooo many different kinds of shampoos. Maybe it's the way i wash them? I don't know. I feel bad giving them baths but they get to stinky to skip them. If anyone has a suggestion, pleeaseee let me know what to do. Any brands of anything. Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Nicki, first of all - NEVER use human shampoo. For your dogs I highly, highly recommend NEEM pet shampoo. It is fantastic for dogs with skin issues, and even dogs without issues. Love the shampoo. Better than any other I've come across out there including Oatmeal formulas. With that said, Sticky has systemic yeast. Please, please, please contact me through my blog. I want you to change their diet and I can give you the resources you need to get them healthy. I rescue dogs and work in canine nutrition. Many people come to me after their vets fail to help. In fact, vets often want to prescribe antibiotics and/or steroids for "allergies" and this makes the condition 100x's worse. You can really change their situation through diet and Sticky may benefit from a natural detox. Just contact me through my blog and I'll give you several options and suggestions because if you don't get things under control now, they will get worse over time. A skin problem is a symptom of something bigger happening on the inside. In Sticky's case, I'm guessing excessive candidia in the GI tract but I'll know better after I get some more info from you. My best, Timi

    Dog with demodex mange?
    I am fostering a dog with generalized demodectic mange. She's doing really well now. She is approximately 2 1/2 years old and there's really no way to know when the mange became an issue so I don't know if this is something she's had since she was a puppy or it began as an adult dog. I do know this makes a difference in their ultimate prognosis. Her skin is back to normal and her fur is coming back but she does still have a bit of a smell (nothing like it was). She's on antibiotics and ivermectin, a skin supplement and skin sensitive food.

    My questions are for anyone who's dealt with demodex in an adult dog. How long did it take for them to be completely healed, how long did your dog have to be on meds? Did it come back?

    • ANSWER:
      As a rescuer, I deal with and treat it regularly. I can tell you this, I never put a dog on Ivermectin. Time and time the vet would tell me, "He won't get better without it. You're hurting the dog by not giving the meds" and yet, I cured each rescue successfully without it. I highly, highly recommend the Demodectic Mange kit I link to below. Additionally, I would suggest that you either put the dog on the Yeast kit I link to below or choose to get the "multi-vitamin" (micro-algae). I get it, he's already on Ivermectin so, what can do but that med is soooooo toxic and creates other health issues. The benefit of the Yeast kit (which will rid the smell as the dog has a systemic yeast infection in the GI tract, that is where the smell comes from and why you can't wash it away)...anyway, the benefit is that it will help boost your dog's immune system - which Ivermectin breaks down. The Holistic F3 (micro-algae) is HIGHLY effective and even if you only afforded to use it for 2 months, it'll benefit the dog and the recover immensely. The Demodectic Mange kit I recommend, that actually DOES rid the dog of the mange and in a natural way.

    dog losing hair on back?
    I had to let my first dog down because he was getting old the other day, and now my other dog is starting to lose hair on his back and when i look there is bumps that have black scabs on it.My first dog lost almost all of his back hair, and they said it was fleas or ticks, i cant remember. Now my other dog is itching it constantly and when i look at it , its as if it is hurting him. The scabs look as if i can pull them off but i don't want to hurt him. What is this? Please answer ASAP
    and he is also flaking
    well i found fleas on him, could that be it?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm running out the door so I'll provide you links below to refer to. You can even call the staff and they will help you Monday-Friday at no charge to you so - I'd call! I refer many to them and deal with these issues weekly for clients. Their number is on their customer care page. If the dog tested negative for mange, you are looking at systemic yeast. "Flea/tick allergies" is a SYMPTOM of systemic yeast and vets have always proven clueless to this condition. They want to pump dogs with antibiotics and steroids and it never works. Too many people come to me after their vets failed to cure their dogs from this problem so as I mentioned, I'm running out the door but have provided you the links below in the source section. Check it out, call the staff and I'm confident you'll get the help you need. If the dog does test for mange, you'll still want to rid the GI tract of yeast and you can contact me through my site at because there is an AMAZING, non-toxic alternative to the horrific meds usually used for mange. I have used this non-toxic treatment on over 20 rescue dogs with 100% success. I did NOT provide a link to that though as I don't have time to pull it but you can contact me if mange is an issue but again...refer to links below.

    Cleaning schedule for a dog with allergies?
    My dog was diagnosed with environmental allergies about a month ago. He also exhibits symptoms of food allergies, although my vet will not agree with me about that. He itches himself terribly in the morning, he chews his back paws and legs, he has itchy ears that smell a little off, he rubs his snout in the carpet, he had a bad episode of eye discharges, and he had an episode of vomiting a little while back.

    In an effort to minimize his itching, I switched him gradually from home-cooked food (prescribed to him after his vomiting episode) to California Natural lamb meal and rice. He's been eating the dry food only for the past 3 days, but the itching has not stopped or subsided yet.

    I bought a new vacuum cleaner yesterday with a sealed HEPA filtration system and bags from Arm and Hammer that are supposed to trap 99.7% of all allergens. So, after cleaning the house throughly from top to bottom, I washed his bed in hot water and dried it in the highest temp possible.

    My questions for owners of allergic dogs are: 1) how long until I see some improvement in his itching? and 2) how often should I vacuum the house to keep it allergen free or at least allergy friendly?

    I have no kids, so it is a household of two adults, 1 dog and 2 cats that shed moderately but not too much.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes weeks before the food will make a difference. It is advised to try a new food for 6wk before determining if it has made a difference or if you need to try a different food. Everything else sounds good with keeping the allergens down & be sure to use Ivory detergent to wash bedding & nothing with scents or dryer sheets. Read this site for additional helpful info. With those type of allergies they commonly get a yeast infections effecting their whole body - like the ears, eyes, skin etc. It will get you some more insights on what to try & look out for.

      Good luck! I have worked with many dogs with their allergies & it is tough to beat.

    My dog has a yeast infection!!!?
    Last week my dog was found to have a yeast infection the vet gave us pills and cream to put on his paws (which they shaved) we are going back tomorrow but I saw him licking his paws again do you think it's still bad?! Some days I forgot and the cream but the pills he always got.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is an article you really should read. Yeast growth will never get better unless the diet is adjusted. Yeast feeds off of sugary and starchy foods like potato, wheat, corn, gluten, and white rice. A low glycemic, low starch, hypoallergenic food will help. Keep up with your vets directions too.

      Foods you can use:
      Nutrisource grain free (not large breed)
      Innova Prime
      Precise Holstic Grain Free
      Natural Balance Legume & Duck

      My dog, who has yeast problems, does best on Nutrisource.

    What causes and cures Yeast Stomatitis in dogs? What are the symptoms?
    My 12 year old dog has become a picky eater, his gums bled when I brushed his teeth and his breath smelled like a dead mouse. I googled this and found a possible culprit: Yeast Stomatitis
    He was recently on doxycycline for tick borne diseases. Now he is on clavamox prior to a dental cleaning (with planned anesthesia). This weekend I noticed his breath is not so bad and the gum bleeding has almost disappeared.

    Could the clavamox be fixing a systemic problem that was caused by the doxycycline?

    My vet is hot to do the dental cleaning and though my dog clearly has some brown on his teeth, the onset of the bleeding and the bad breath was sudden -- as was the recovery of both. I brush his teeth every other day and am familiar with what's normal for him.

    His pre-anesthesia bloodwork didn't show any problems. He also had a pre-anesthesia heart ultrasound because of a murmur which he has had since I adopted him 5 years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay he is 12 so this is normal for a dog. More so for the little dogs who are more prone to dental issues not matter how good you take care of there mouth.

      You shouldn't be brushing his teeth like we do. Just massaging the gums. ALSO wet canned food does this as well. IT sticks to their teeth and pallet of their mouth. That is why they say just feed kibble but as they get older it doesn't matter as much since their teeth are becoming weaker with age just like people.

      Dental should be given to a dog either yearly or every two years.

      I honestly don't believe its any meds though it can play a part in it but its just old age. You can get breath spray and just do dentals as recommended by your vets. Feed treats that will clean his teeth.

    My dog is sick/old! help!?

    I live in South Africa, so that = winter
    My dog is 10 years old!

    For the past 3 years she has had back leg problems, problems with walking, and also hair & weight loss... I took her to the vet like a year ago, they said she had mange like she did, and they treated her.

    She is really struggling to move, her back legs.
    Now she has been for no injections for the past 10 years (besides mange) but she has not had her rabies shot, nor flu injection, nor the 7 in 1 injection.

    Now she doesn't look sick (not really) but her legs are old & score. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you certain that the mange was treated 100%? If not, this ALL NATURAL product is an amazing option: The most important, and truly only, help you can give your dog is by affording her the supplement BioPreparation F3. It looks like this, but you'll have to find a source that sells it in your country:

      To be honest, you should really detox your dog's GI tract and immune system because if she had mange, she also suffers from systemic yeast. With you being outside the USA I don't know where to tell you to buy but check out this site:

    My dog has chronic ear infections.?
    My sweet little beagle is 7 years old and all his life he has suffered from ear infections(usually 1 to 3 a year). He's on an organic, no grain, food. So we've essentially ruled out food allergies as the issue(although he does suffer from seasonal environmental allergies). I don't mind taking him to the vet and getting the antibiotics, but he's been using the same one for 7 years now and I wonder if it will start to become ineffective soon. I was wondering if there's a way to treat these infections without antibiotics(it's always the same kind, yeast). I'm also not a huge fan of antibiotics myself, as I avoid using any type of medication unless absolutely necessary. I have a cleaner that I use to clean out his ears, but he always manages to get an infection at least once a year. I do not want my boy to suffer, so if there isn't another way, I am more than happy to take him to his doc and get it taken care of :)

    • ANSWER:
      You should read this article:

      The potatoes and tapioca in most grain free formula's make yeast problems worse. Try Nutrisource Grain Free Lamb, or Nutrisca grain free foods. If you are able, switch to a commercially prepared raw diet.

      My own dog has the same issue and has done amazing on the Nutrisource grain free lamb. A customer of mine had a dog with terrible yeast growth on the skin. She switched to Northwest Naturals raw food and the yeast was 100% gone in one week.

    bald itching spots on my dog?
    I have had my dog for 3 years now, 5 months ago i was in the process of buying a house, which i let my dog live with my mother in law while i was fixing things, she was there for roughly 3-4 months, with in that time she had gotten pregnant by my brother in laws dog. thats not what im worried about(just figured id tell the whole story) when my dog left she had a beautiful coat nice and chocolate brown, when i got her back she is missing fur , alot. she had spots on her face and some are bleeding, she had bald spots on her butt, and the hair on her spine and her sides and thinning out,she is always biting and scratching even after i bathed her. the day i got her back from my mother in law i gave her a good bath and flea medicine(no fleas since)and used hot spot medicine( i got her back october 30) on that day she gave birth to her 13 puppies, so i can no longer use the hot spot medicine. im wondering what you guys can think this is, i know yall will say bring her to the vet, and im working on it, but i need some sort of temporary treatment or something. at my mother in laws they kept her outside, and they have red dirt. if you guys have any ideas what this might be and some treatment ideas please let me know

    • ANSWER:
      Like humans, when dogs get pregnant they can get a whole lot of odd problems that weren't present before the pregnancy. It could be an allergy to a food, to the ground, or to something else. Also, depending on the environment and possibly even the food, it could be something called systemic yeast infection which causes the dog to become red, itchy, dry, and can make them chew their hair out (sometimes it comes out because of the skin's condition). It could be a fungus as well. If you know your dog is not allergic to, or will not have a bad reaction to 20/25 mg Benadryl (or the generic version), i recommend giving 1 or two tablets depending on the dog's size, just to see if it helps with the itching. If that cannot be done, just wait until you get to the vet and see what he/she says about it. My golden retriever used to get hot spots because of a horrible skin allergy and we never did find out what she was actually allergic to, but every autumn and spring she'd chew her hair off of her sides trying to get rid of the itch.

systemic yeast in dogs