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Dog Yeast Infection Treatment

Yeast infection treatment in dogs involves a comprehensive program of dietary change, probiotic and digestive enzyme supplements, detoxification, treating the GI tract, and controlling the yeast overgrowth. Read this page to learn how to treat your dog's yeast infection wholistically.

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The culprit of canine yeast infections is a single-celled organism (Candida Albicans), and unfortunately the conventional treatment using antifungal medications is usually not quite effective.

The most effective way to treat a case of dog yeast infection is not only to treat the symptoms or just kill off the organisms, but also to restore the balance of bacteria and yeasts in the digestive tract, as well as to detoxify the whole body so that the immune system of the dog is strengthened.

Below is an outline of a multi-faceted approach to treat canine yeast infections, using all natural products to achieve the above-mentioned purposes and to minimize side effects.

Dog Yeast Infection Treatment - Diet

The first approach to treat a case of canine yeast infection is to make sure that the dog is fed a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet. Yeasts strive on sugars, and a high-carbohydrate diet is a perfect diet to promote yeast growth. Therefore, providing a low-carb, grain-free diet to the dog is important.

Here are some excellent, natural grain-free dog foods that are recommended for dogs with yeast infections:

Supplement of Digestive Enzymes

Even if you feed your dog a healthy diet, he may not be able to get the full benefits of the nutrients provided in the diet if he has poor digestion (which is common in dogs with yeast infections).

One simple way to improve digestion is to add digestive enzymes such as Prozyme Plus to your dog's food.

With the help of digestive enzymes, your dog can digest the food and absorb the nutrients better. As a result, his immune system will become stronger and be in a better position to fight against yeast infections.

It is important to add digestive enzymes to EVERY meal. In addition, initially for about 2-3 weeks, it is advisable to double the recommended dosage of digestive enzymes in your dog's food. Senior dogs produce less digestive enzymes on their own. Therefore, a higher dose should always be given to them.

Dog Yeast Infection Treatment - Yeast Control

In addition to a diet supplemented with digestive enzymes, the following remedies can further facilitate yeast control:
  • Coconut Oil: The caprylic acid in coconut oil can kill candida cells. The oil also speeds the healing of perforations in the intestinal wall, and is a good treatment for leaky gut syndrome.

    Add coconut oil such as Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil to your dog's food (1 teaspoon coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight).
  • Herbal Fungicides: There are herbs such as Pau D'Arco bark, rosemary, and thyme that have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Use this herbal remedy Integrative Therapeutics Phytostan which contains the above herbs, as well as caprylic acid (as found in coconut oil) and grapefruit extract which is also anti-fungal. It is an excellent supplement for yeast control and will also assist in fighting any secondary infections.

Dog Yeast Infection Treatment - Detoxification

If you follow the above steps to control and kill off yeasts in your dog's body, after a few weeks (or longer depending on the severity of the infection), your dog will probably develop flu-like symptoms, such as gastrointestinal upset, nausea, diarrhea, body aches and exhaustion. Don't panic! This is normal - as the yeasts die, toxins are released into the bloodstream that can cause the above symptoms. This "die-off" effect can last for a week or two and even longer in more severe cases.

At this point, it is important to detoxify the dog's body by supplying your dog with systemic enzymes such as Integrative Therapeutics Bio-Zyme. These enzymes work to eliminate the toxins and dead cells that are circulating in the system as a result of the "die-off" effect.

It is important to remember that systemic enzymes should NOT be given with meals. Instead, they should be given between meals on an empty stomach. The purpose for the enzyme supplementation is for the enzymes to be absorbed into the bloodstream to do the clean-up work. However, if you give them with meals, they will end up digesting the food instead of being absorbed into the bloodstream.

Dog Yeast Infection Treatment - Probiotics

Probiotic supplements such as Integrative Therapeutics Spectra Probiotic with Cofactors contain "friendly" bacteria needed in the digestive tract to metabolize sugars.

Probiotic supplementation should begin in the second or third week after you have started the above yeast control program, when the candida is gradually being brought under control.

Dog Yeast Infection Treatment - Healing the GI Tract

Finally, the dog's GI tract needs to be healed for a full recovery.

As mentioned in our page on the causes and symptoms of Canine Yeast Infections, Candida albicans can cause "leaky gut syndrome" in which the walls of the GI tract is damaged. To heal and support repair of the tract, and to help create a more balanced and healthier environment so that the colonies of friendly bacteria can be reestablished, supplements should be provided as the dog is recovering from yeast infection.

Effective supplements include:
  • Only Natural Pet GI Health Herbal Formula: This supplement delivers advanced gastrointestinal support to dogs, aiding digestion with a unique combination of probiotics, vitamins, herbs, health-building co-factors and enzymes.
  • Proper Nutrition Seacure for Pets: This supplement is a combination of an easy-to-absorb protein with essential minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. It helps to promote general healing after an injury, illness, or surgery.

Be Patient

Controlling yeast overgrowth is a time-consuming process involving a multi-pronged approach as described above. It can take 3-6 months to bring the yeast overgrowth completely under control, sometimes even longer if your dog has serious infections, so be patient!

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