Although yeast infections can occur anywhere on a dog, they usually affect ears. Organic Pet Digest says that's where 90 percent of yeast infections in dogs occur. In addition, dogs with floppy, hairy ears are more prone to yeast infections, thanks to moisture.
Yeast infections are an overgrowth of yeast caused by fungal infection. If yeast overgrowth is not treated, the dog will likely develop additional health problems triggered by the infection. Apple cider vinegar and yogurt are both inexpensive cures easy to administer at home. Apple cider vinegar retards the growth of "bad" bacteria while yogurt with lactobacillus acidophilus is a type of probiotic that will fortify your dog's body with "good" bacteria.
Before beginning, understand that a yeast infection will limit your dog's quality of life. Always consult a vet to establish whether your home remedy is the most appropriate option. Make an appointment with your vet if the home remedy he recommends does not eliminate your pet's yeast infection. The vet will likely prescribe some medications to treat and cure his infection.
Items You'll Need:
• Apple cider vinegar
• Unflavored yogurt
• Medium bowl
• Measuring cups
• Measuring spoons
• Cotton balls
• Oral syringe
• Spray bottle
Yeast Ear Infections (Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment)
Step 1- Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 1 part water in a medium bowl.
Step 2- Fill oral syringe with the apple cider vinegar water mixture. Use 5 milliliters for every 20 pounds your dog weighs.
Step 3- Flush your dog’s ear gently with the solution.
Step 4 - Rub your dog’s ears and use cotton balls to swab the excess from her ears.
CAUTION: Be careful when using the oral syringe to flush your dog’s ears. Too much solution in the ear will cause her pain and create further ear problems. Check with your veterinarian before beginning any home treatments for yeast infections.
Skin Infections (Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment)
Step 1- Mix 1 part warm water to 1 part apple cider vinegar in a medium bowl.
Step 2- Pour the warm solution into a clean spray bottle.
Step 3- Spray the areas where your dog has a skin infection. You can use this solution on sensitive areas without causing her pain.
Candida Albicans Yeast Infection (Yogurt Treatment)
Step 1- Measure out 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup unflavored yogurt for a small dog and ¼ cup to ½ cup unflavored yogurt for a large dog.
Step 2- Mix yogurt in your dog’s dry dog food. Alternately feed it to your dog separately as a treat.
Step 3- Feed yogurt once every day as a treatment. Continue to feed it as a preventative after she no longer has a yeast infection.
Candida Albicans Yeast Infection (Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment)
Step 1- Measure out 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Step 2- Pour apple cider vinegar into your dog’s water dish and stir. Change the drinking-water/vinegar mix every day.
Step 3- As an alternative, pour apple cider vinegar directly on your dog’s dry kibble.
By Sandy Vigil
Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Benefits.com: Pet Care With Apple Cider Vinegar
VetInfo: Natural Home Remedies for Yeast Infections in Dogs
Organic Pet Digest: Dog Yeast Infection; Diagnosis, Causes & Natural Treatment
About the Author
Based in Las Vegas, Sandy Vigil has been a writer and educator since 1980. She taught high school and middle school English and drama for 11 years. Vigil holds a Master of Science in teaching from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary English education from the University of Central Oklahoma.