Fungal Infections in Dogs
Fungal yeast infections are fairly common in dogs both internally and externally, especially on areas like paws.
You should always consult with your veterinarian before undertaking any home fungal treatment to rule out other causes for the infection before starting treatment. If it can be determined that your dog’s infection is related to yeast, below are some easy, home remedies to help get the fungus under control.
Control Fungus Internally:
1. Feed a high quality based diet.
2. Use a metabolic enzyme (Nzymes) to detoxify the body.
3. Use probiotics/digestive and dietary enzymes to keep the pH balance of the stomach in proper balance. This in turn helps prevent yeast overgrowth.
4. Use raw apple cider vinegar or lemon juice – 2 teaspoons per day on food or in water, to help keep the pH balance where it should be in the gut and make an environment, which is not conducive to yeast proliferation.
5. Use Oxy-drops in drinking water or on food, to keep fungus and pathogenic bacteria overgrowth in check.
6. If you using a combination of Oxy-Drops and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, vets usually suggest using the Apple Cider Vinegar in the water, and the Oxy-Drops diluted solution (1 drop per 20 lb.) mixed with some water and added on the food so they don’t cancel out each others benefits. One is alkaline the other acidic so they can’t be put in their water or food at the same time.
1. Bathe in sulfur-based or medicated shampoo.
2. Prepare a 50/50 mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar & Water.
3. Rinse or wipe affected areas with 50/50 mixture daily. DO NOT use Apple cider mixture on open lesions (ouch!).
4. Prepare a 2% solution of Oxy-Drops (1 teaspoon + 1 cup of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet to prevent secondary bacterial infection.
5. For ears – your vet will recommend and prescribe the appropriate medication.