Does the acidophilus have to be in a particular form, and does it have to be packaged for pets, or can I purchase acidophilus pills at the grocery store? I've started treating our 4-year-old heeler, who has had allergy issues since we got her now seems to be having yeast issues, with dietary changes, coconut oil, and ACV on her feet, but I think she needs more. (The vet had prescribed a steroid-antihistamine combo for her allergies, which I gave to her all through September--and I think that might've caused the yeast issue. I'm thinking the acidophilus will get her back in balance?) Also, the black skin on her belly seems to be disappearing, but her itching is worse than it was. Is this normal? Thanks.
Santa Cruz, Ca
St. Louis Mo
Hello everyone, I never write on sites when I am doing research on these things but I HAVE to share. My chiweenie is 2 and he started getting "hot spots" all over his abs and his genital area. After much research and spending hours online looking up yeast infections, I headed to walmart.
I bought ACIDOPHILUS and gave it to my dog 2x a day. It cleared up FAST. It was the only that WORKED! Everything else on here is Bull****.
I did ACV, which seemed to irritate his skin. I decided to leave him alone and bathe him every other day to keep it clean. I left him alone besides baths, and wrapped acidophilus pills in pieces of ham which he gobbled up. It went from horrible to CURED.
Screw all these other home remedies. Let their bodies heal it up and just give them acidophilus I bought it for $4!!!
Waterloo Ontario Canada
Hope, Bc, Canada
St. John's, Newfoundland
What kind of acidophilus can I give my dog and how much? He weighs 69 lbs. and we have him on Holistic Select Duck Formula.
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Brighton, East Sussex, Uk
Lucerne Valley Ca.
Yogurt and Acidophilus works! I had a pittbull X that was on Steroids for 6 years, eventually passing away at 8 years of Liver Cancer - and she had a yeast problem till the day she died. The steroids and dandruff shampoo made it only tolerable. Now my 2 year old pitti is developing the same problem - and does she stink. I read this site and gave her about 1/4 cup yogurt with 1 capsule of acidophilus in it. Next day, almost no smell, and a lot less scratching. Three days later, it's 95% gone. If only we had known this with our other dog. Please Please try to stay away from Steroids.
Thank goodness for this site. I wish we had had this info in 2001
Acidophilus is a great way to treat yeast infections in dogs. My male shephard has kidney issues (elevated creatin levels) therefore the vet will NOT put him on any medications. ACIDOPHILUS is a dietary supplement found in any vitamin aisle/store. It balances the natural flora in your body. It also helps with immune function, digestion & elimination. I began to see a difference in the dog's yeast infection in about 2-3 days. Decrease in odor, less itching & the infected (black) areas of skin have been reduced noticeably! 2 capsules a day ... human dose is 3 daily. It's basically the same principal as yogurt but easier on those who are lactose intolerant. The capsule can even be opened & sprinkled on food.
Portland, Oregon USA
Fair Oaks, Ca
Your web site helped save my dog's life. I adopted an eight year old pug recently. Her previous owners were going to put her to sleep because she had longstanding fungal problem. She came to me with a severe fungal rash, mainly on her chest. The wounds from the rash were open and draining. They were oozing and smelly. With the help of my daughter, who is a Vet Tech, we instantly changed her food from a grocery store brand to California Natural, Chicken and Rice Formula. I was told to continue twice a day doses on an anti fungal medication called Ketoconazole, which the previous owner's obtained. Her rash remained severe for three days and that is when I found this web site. After reading all the posts, I purchased acidophilus and plain yogurt from Walmart. I added it to her food twice a day.
Within two days the fungal rash on her chest improved. Within a week the rash was gone and I took her off the Ketoconazole. She has been rash free for about one month now. She still has a mild case of fungus in her ears, which I cleanse out daily with a Broad Spectrum Cleanser. The acidophilus and yogurt has made a world of difference. She is a 20 pound dog. I give her 1 to 2 teaspoons of nonfat plain yogurt and 1/4 of acidophilus smashed into powder, in her food twice a day. Hopefully everyone will have as much success as I did! She is a wonderful dog and worth all the effort.
I have an all black German Shepard. 4yrs old. About 1 yr ago he started scratching and getting an odor. He was already taking frontline for fleas. I had started feeding him IAMS and Diamond brand from the feed store about four months prior. After trying all that I knew to do without taking him to a Vet. I had to take him to the Vet. I got lucky. The doctor almost knew right away that he had a yeast infection. Loss of hair and odor. He was miserable. He prescribed me Ketoconazole and an anti-fungal shampoo. It helped a lot but not entirely. I read on, I believe on this site about Acidophilus and plain yogurt. I began giving him the two doses of Ketoconazole 200mg daily, two Acidophilus capsules daily and 4 heaping tsps of plain yogurt daily. Make sure the yogurt has less than 10grams of sugar. Sugar feeds the yeast.
He was almost cured. Something still wasn't right. I read somewhere to change his food to Taste of The Wild/ Salmon flavor. I did and about 3 weeks later he looks beautiful again. His hair is almost completely back, He has stopped scratching and the odor is gone. What a ride that was. The combination really works. It took me about a year to find what combination works. This really worked for my dog. I hope it works for yours. It will save you a lot of money and time if you get it right the first time. Make sure you bathe once a week with the anti-fungal shampoo and your dog will have some peace. Good luck to all!
Stinky Face and Watery Eyes on my Toy Poodle, PLEASE HELP
I have two toy poodles. One is black and one is white. With that said, the black one seems to be chewing on his paws, and scratching like crazy at his face. His face stinks really bad and his eyes water non stop. I switched him to a holistic food brand and threw out all of those commercial food treats. I have looked at some yeast infection websites at the pics but he doesn't look like any of these. I think maybe this is caught in the beginning stage. He is not lethargic or anything by no means. I just need to know if and what I need to clean the face with and how much. He weighs 9 lbs. I am not sure if I need to use apple cidar vinegar or white vinegar. What kind of yogurt do I get? Do i just go to Wal Mart and buy whatever kind? Please someone help? I want to make sure I am doing the right thing for them both. They share the same water and food bowl so whatever I do for one , is it going to hurt the white one. He is only 3 lbs so he weighs considerable less and right now, only chews and licks his paws for hours sometimes....Thanks in advance for any help. And I want to thank everyone for opening my eyes to all that bad dogfood out there that I was feeding my babies.....
EC: Remedies on Epiphora (excessive tearing) page might be helpful.
N. Ridgeville, Ohio
Richmond Hill, Ga
I WAS GLAD I FOUND THIS WEBSITE. I AM GOING OUT OF MY MIND TRYING TO HELP MY LITTLE WIRED HAIRED DACHSUND, PUMPKIN, WITH A HORRIBLE YEAST INFECTION ON HER LEGS, PAWS AND ARMPITS. I DID START HER ON THE PLAIN LOWFAT YOGURT, BUT HAVEN'T STARTED HER ON ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE I WASN'T SURE ON WHAT DOSAGE TO GIVE HER. I'VE BEEN BATHING HER IN A MILD SHAMPOO, AND SPRAYING A 50/50 MIXTURE OF WHITE VINEGAR AND WATER ON HER, BUT IT DOESN'T SEEM TO HELP. I HAVEN'T TRIED THE ACV YET BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH TO GIVE HER BY MOUTH, OR SPRAY IT ON HER. NO ONE REALLY SAYS IN THEIR COMMENTS. SHE EATS THE DOG FOOD "FIT AND TRIM". I GIVE HER BENEDRYL FOR ALLERGIES AND IT KEEPS HER FROM ITCHING AND LICKING. BUT WHEN IT WEARS OFF SHE'S BACK TO SCRATCHING AND LICKING. PLEASE HELP. NOT SURE WHAT TO DO ANYMORE. SHE'S BEEN TO THE VET AND THE BILLS KEEP PILING UP, BUT NO CURE. THANK YOU.
Federal Way, Wa
Lake Worth, Fl
I want to thank Ted, Claudia, Judy, Susan and Anna for your advise. I started our five year old English Bulldog, Brutus, on ACV and plain yogurt once a day. I'm also using white vinegar and distilled water to clean the affected areas on his skin. I am so happy and proud to say that the results are amaizing. In less than a week the yeast is almost all gone. I checked him last night and the redness is all gone. He's not itching and the faul smell is gone too. The only reason I know he has a yeast problem is because the dermatologist scraped his neck, legs, paws and armpits and he was full of yeast. Brutus has been taking antibiotics, but the yeast comes back as soon as he finishes the meds. That's aside from taking his allergy shots once a week. Brutus has had skin allergies since he was a few months old. I just cannot believe it worked so fast. I will continue the ACV and yogurt and will keep you posted. Thanks a million!!!
Colorado Springs, Co
Ringgold, Georgia, USA
Las Vegas, Nv
Willow Grove, Pa
Fernandina Beach , Florida
New Haven, In
I have my 11 year old cocker on the on yeast diet. I add ACV, PROBIOTIC acidophilus and nupro and fish oil. His breath has become very bad and he is very lethargic after about a week on this diet - is this normal?
I inherited my Dad's 9 yr old poodle, Baxter. In October, while my Dad was in the hospital and Baxter was staying with us, we discovered he had some blood in his pee, unfortunately, we had a feeling we knew what it was. Our fear was confirmed, bladder stones!! (we have a 9 yr old Papillon, Zoey, who has had 3 surgeries for bladder stones). So they are now both on Hills Science Diet U/D dry food. Baxter also had a ear infection, which we treated with ear drops and antibiotics. Today, I took both to be groomed and mentioned to their groomer if they could check his ears, as I noticed a smell. Sure enough, YEAST! He has been licking his paws as well, but I thought that was his 'nervous tic' as he has done that since Dad got him as a puppy. I'd like to try to treat this yeast on my own. I am considering trying the yogurt, ACV in their water and giving Baxter Acidophilus tablets. I have been giving him Benedryl since October - as the Vet told me he was licking due to allergies. Can anyone else suggest anything else I should try?
We had allergy testing done on my Abbie and it did help us to find out a lot.
She's allergic to chicken, potatoes and fleas, the worst, then follows with pork. We have had her on Fromm Lamb & Lentils grain free for about 3yrs now.
She also has auto immune hemolytic anemia. Happened at 4.5yrs shortly after her vaccines and the trifexis flea pill. We almost lost her on day 3. She had to have a transfusion, then we had to go to the emergency animal clinic and stay a week until her pac count got back in the 30's. She's in remission now and no problems until now.
We had to board her to go to a college graduation and she got fleas and now we have a very bad skin yeast infection. The store we get her Lamb & Lentils from ran out and they are the only ones that carry it. We got duck and sweet potatoe, and I think along with the itching and scratching of the fleas and the substitute food, she came down with yeast. So, after reading all this, I went to the store and got plain yogurt and I had the apple cider vinegar and the baking soda. So I just put a tablespoon of yogurt on her lamb, that they finally got in, and we'll start the rest tomorrow morning along with some goat's milk. I hope this helps. With this disease, she can never take another vaccine the rest of her life, preferably no steroids or antibiotics too......
For chronic chewing, your dog needs to see an allergist, pronto. My little chihauhau was chewing the fur from his little feet, and had yeast infections, plus bacterial.
We tried steroidal meds he put on 5 pounds, yes doubled his weight and it is bad for them. It didnt work, next step was to put him on perscription dog food, and see an allergist. The allergist did the testing like on a human. Found he was allergic to many many things. Cats being one, I thought that was cute. I now give him a weekly injection, it was expensive but when you take on a companion you contract to care for them.
Benadryl is safe for dogs, make sure its not the cold kind, just the allergy kind. Also when a dog chews his feet, and has hair loss on the underside it is a sign of inhaled allergies. Like pine trees, pollen, dust mites etc... almost like hay fever in humans.
Like all the rest of you, I have been at my wit's end dealing with my 11 year old pekingese's issues with yeasty skin issues. I have been bathing her in Nizoral for a good year now, weekly, and it keeps it just under check, but not great.
I went to my vet last week, and she put her on Ketoconazole, an antifungal medication. I have since pulled her off of it. She was totally off her food, and I was worried she was failing, altho, after a few days, there is definitely an improvement in her skin. I came home from the gym one day, and the other 3 pekes were at the door to greet me - she was still laying in bed, not aware I was there. I thought she was dead!
I am very seriously considering feeding her a totally raw diet. I changed her food from Eagle Holistic Fish, to Now. She is not fussy about Now. This morning I fed her ground chicken with green beans. She ate the most she has eaten since her bout with not eating and not feeling well taking the meds.
My 12 1/2 yr old Belgian Tervuren eats totally raw, and has been for the last 3 years due to itchiness, altho, he is still itchy, is on thyroid medication, but otherwise very happy. He takes Vanectyl-P every second day.
So, I am in a quandry like the rest of you, and appreciate all the information posted here. Thank you!!!