Is yeast causing your dog to itch?

July 21st, 2023 at 10:47 am EST
The million dollar question and answer...

What is really causing your dog to itch, and the magic pill that will stop it all.

Turns out their isn't one magic pill, and the current veterinary ones  (steroids, apoquel, atopica, cytopoint), need to be given constantly, with potential for serious side effects :-( 

It's important to get to the actual cause of the allergies, and treat those.

If it's yeast, then treat for yeast, and this newsletter will show you how to do that!

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This is Angus pictured below with his sister Heather who sadly died a few years ago.
What You Need to Know About Yeast

Yes yeast is an organism that helps bread rise, and in fact I used some last night to make a pizza crust..BUT there are many yeast species, and the one that concerns me is the often overlooked and misdiagnosed organism that can cause our dogs to SMELL and ITCH.

What is Yeast?

Yeasts are the spore-like forms of fungi; Malassezia dermatitis is a fungal infection of the skin.

Why Suspect Yeast?

Yeast infections are itchy, crusty, and smelly. Often a dog starts out with a rash or with simple itching, but the skin thickens to an elephant skin appearance. The itch is extreme and the odor can be especially troublesome. Parts of the body or the entire body can be affected. Mostly dogs are affected but cats can get yeast infections as well.

Yeast are normal skin inhabitants, but can OVERGROW and cause a problem is there is an underlying allergy

Generally you should be thinking about Yeast IF your dog has
  • Chronic Allergy
  • Increased Itching and Scratching
  • Less responsive to treatment ( ie prednisone)
  • STRONG dog odor that comes back right after a bath
The following breeds are predisposed genetically to yeast infections:

West Highland White Terrier, Basset hound, Cocker spaniel, Silky terrier, Australian terrier, Maltese, Chihuahua, Poodle, Shetland sheepdog, Lhasa apso, and the Dachshund.

How is this Confirmed?

Your veterinarian can easily confirm this by using a small amount of tape on the affected skin ( ie skin fold), staining this tape at the clinic, and seeing the yeast organism under the microscope.

In practice I did this HUNDREDS of times

HOW to Treat

The basis is shampoo, BUT it must be left one for a minimum 10 minutes to be effective.

Initially shampoo twice a week to start, then once/week to eliminate yeast ( ie for 4 weeks) then as needed

1. Conventional 'Vet' Shampoo:

Degreasing shampoos such as the benzoyl peroxide (OxyDex, Pyoben) and sulfur/salicylate (SebaLyt, Sebolux) shampoos will help remove the skin oils feeding the yeast, there are shampoos that are specifically anti-yeast. Some 4% chlorhexidine shampoos called ChlorhexiDerm Max or Malaseb shampoo strip skin oil and kill yeast;

2. 'People' Shampoo

Selsun Blue, Miconazole shampoo, Nizoral shampoo- these are the anti-dandruff shampoos for people, and I used Selsun Blue in practice, and it works WELL

3. Home-made Dog Anti-yeast shampoo

3/4 of a cup of water
2 tablespoons of Castile Soap
2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

The Castile Soap is an all natural, concentrated oil based soap that you can get from any Natural Health Store. It is a great base for any soap/cleaning product etc.. It is made from Olive Oil/Hemp Oil/Coconut Oil

I am now using it in my own Homemade Natural Cleaning Spray as well

The Apple Cider Vinegar is very effective for killing the Yeast and common skin bacteria (Staph), that produce the odor

The Lavender Essential Oil is also effective at killing yeast, bacteria, AND producing a wonderful smell

Mix it all together, and then after you soak your dog, fully lather him/her, focusing on the skin folds which 'hide' the yeast

As soon as you add the Apple Cider Vinegar it turns all white..completely normal.

4. Topical treatment

You can spray on diluted Apple Cider Vinegar - I prefer a solution of 3/4 cup water to 1/4 cup ACV mixed in a spray bottle. Spray the yeasty areas. If you add in Lavender, your dog will also smell nice :-)

CANESTEN or MONISTAT. Another very effective topical remedy are these anti-yeast creams for people. The active ingredients in both of these (clotrimazole, miconazole), are used in many of the veterinary medications for yeast. Apply topically twice daily for 7-10 days 

5. Feed your dog anti-yeast ingredients.

Garlic is specifically anti-yeast. You can safely feed a dog 1/4 of a garlic clove/20lbs daily. You can also feed Apple Cider Vinegar at 1 teaspoon/10lbs twice daily and this is also anti-yeast and will also help with digestion.

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew

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DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian. Dr Andrew Jones resigned from the College of Veterinarians of B.C. effective December 1 2010, meaning he cannot answer specific questions about your pet's medical issues or make specific medical recommendations for your pet.

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