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Your dog, like yourself and most pets, has yeasts, (candida), along with naturally occurring bacteria as a natural part of their body environment, both on the surface and internally. Normally, these yeasts and bacteria live harmoniously on your dog and do not cause problems, however, if something happens to upset the balance or your dog's natural flora, yeast can proliferate, referred to as candida overgrowth. Candida overgrowth causes infection characterized by itching, discharge, odor, and inflammation on the skin, or internal gastrointestinal symptoms. Treatment focuses on resolving symptoms and restoring natural balance to prevent yeast infestations. Natural remedies may take longer than conventional medications to address the condition, but have fewer side effects, and may resolve the situation on a more long-term basis. Yeast can become resistant to conventional treatments, thus necessitating an alternative solution to the problem such as natural remedies. Natural remedies can consist of herbs, enzymes, and vitamins administered to restore natural flora balance in your dog making it difficult for yeast infections to take hold and cause problems.
A holistic veterinarian can help recommend several strategies and appropriate natural remedies for candida infections, including:
Detoxification by providing enzymes that help your dog's liver break down and eliminate dead candida cells should be performed as a final stage to this process. Eliminate dead yeast build up in specific areas of the body where infection has been rampant-- the ears is a prime example. Clean and disinfect the affected area during treatment and on an ongoing basis if necessary to help prevent reinfection. Dogs ears can be cleaned with either store bought solution or witch hazel and cotton balls; do not use Q-tips. Additionally, for candida infections of your dog's paws, a paw soak with 1 gallon water, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide followed by a thorough drying of your dog's feet will help remove dead cells. Do not rinse after astringent soak but allow the residue to remain and act as an antifungal.
If yeast infections are chronic ,check with a veterinarian to see if another disease or condition is present that is disrupting your dog's immune system and requires treatment.
The effectiveness of natural candida remedies is in addressing the root cause of candida overpopulation. Traditional medications only treat the resulting overgrowth without making adjustments to your dog’s overall system to prevent imbalance and yeast overgrowth. In addition, traditional veterinary preparations do not address the removal of dead yeast cells by cleaning, disinfecting and detoxification. Remaining dead yeast cells can contribute to recurrence of yeast infections. Because “good” bacteria and yeast can be killed with traditional medications, imbalance that allows “bad”, organisms to proliferate can result. Natural remedies address the reintroduction of healthy bacteria and yeast to your dog's system. A combination of traditional and natural therapies for troublesome candida infections may be the most effective at providing short-term relief and preventing long-term recurrence of yeast overpopulation in your dog.
Natural candida treatments take time to be effective and may involve several repeated treatments over weeks or months. Sometimes the dog’s symptoms may appear to worsen temporarily as large numbers of yeasts are killed off. Removal of these dead cells is an important part of recovery with natural candida treatments by detoxifying and cleaning your dog's system to remove toxic substances associated with candida “die off”. This involves helping your dog's body to eliminate these toxins with natural preparations or dermal disinfectants and rinses.
Natural candida remedies are very cost effective, with some household products being useful. Commercially available preparations are also usually affordable and not as expensive as traditional medications. However, because different remedies may need to be used to determine what is effective for your dog and repeated applications may be required, costs can accumulate over time. Holistic veterinary consultation can range from $50 to $150 per session.
Natural candida remedies can take longer than traditional therapies for effects to be realized. However, natural remedies may provide more long-term relief and prevent recurrence by addressing the cause of natural flora imbalance.
Natural preparations can have side effects and the advice of a holistic veterinarian on appropriate remedies for your dogs condition is recommended.
Ensuring your dog has a healthy diet, low in carbohydrates and high in protein, will help prevent imbalances resulting in candida growth. When your dog is experiencing illness requiring administration of medications such as antibiotics, they should be monitored to address overgrowth of yeast organisms at once if they occur. Natural candida remedies can in themselves be a preventative for the formation of candida infections and can be used on an ongoing basis. Antifungal rinses applied regularly, especially in the summer months, to dogs who like going in the water may be an effective way to inhibit candida growth in these dogs.
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My dog is a Beagle/Dachshund mix aND is 2.5 years old. She started having problems with yeast infections at about 6 months old when she was spayed and finishing her initial vaccinations. The vet said it was allergies and treated her with antibiotics initially, followed by prednisone. She did several rounds with prednisone, then switched to apoquel and then to temeril-p. None of those took care of her itching completely. We also switched her to grain-free LID foods with no luck. Last May, I chose to try the natural/holistic route. Since then, I've started making homemade food for her, beef and eggs or chicken and eggs (hard-boiled with the shell). I add pre-probiotics to her food and digestive enzymes. I've tried several anti-fungals (Pau D'Arco, coconut oil and a Chinese herbal blend) as well as an herbal liver detox, but my poor dog still scratches, kicks and chews like crazy. She's been in an e-collar since June. I buy her dog pajamas to help keep her from causing hotshots and sores and I even have her wear little dog shoes to keep her from breaking skin when she scratches. She's miserable. What can I do for her?
Oct. 31, 2017
At this stage it seems like you have exhausted many different treatments from conventional treatment, dietary changes to chinese medicine. I assume you have tried using vinegar (apple cider vinegar for example) to sprayed topically on the skin in an attempt to change the pH of the skin so that the yeast cannot grow in a favourable environment; at this point I cannot recommend any further course of action apart from either taking a sample for culture and sensitivity to determine a suitable antifungal medication or visiting a Dermatologist to take a look and perform more tests to try to narrow down a treatment or management plan which would be effective for Mina. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
Nov. 1, 2017
The above post. Putting your dog in dog pajamas, I would;t recommend this. Keeping her warm is just helping it along
Dec. 3, 2017
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