The culprit of canine yeast infections is a single-celled organism (Candida Albicans). Unfortunately, the conventional treatment using anti-fungal medications is usually not quite effective.
The most effective way to treat a case of dog yeast infection is a multi-pronged approach:
- Treat the symptoms and kill off the organisms,
- Restore the balance of bacteria and yeasts in the digestive tract,
- Detoxify the whole body and strengthen the immune system.
Below is an outline of this approach to treat canine yeast infections. We should use all natural products to achieve the above-mentioned purposes and to minimize side effects.
Diet for Dogs with Yeast Infection
The first approach to treat a case of canine yeast infection is to make sure that the dog is on 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 in the diet if he has poor digestion. (It is common in dogs with yeast infections to have poor digestion).
One simple way to improve digestion is to add digestive enzymes 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. Then he will 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.
Also, senior dogs produce less digestive enzymes on their own. So if you have an older dog, always give a higher dose to him.
In addition to a diet supplemented with digestive enzymes, the following remedies can further facilitate yeast control:
The caprylic acid in coconut oil can kill candida cells. The oil also speeds the healing of perforations in the intestinal wall. As such, it is a good treatment for leaky gut syndrome. Add coconut oil to your dog’s food (1 teaspoon coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight).
There are herbs such as Pau D’Arco bark, rosemary, and thyme that have anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Use the herbal remedy Integrative Therapeutics Phytostan (link below) to control yeast growth.
This remedy 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. Additionally, this remedy will also help fight any secondary infections.
Detoxifying the Dog
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. You will see symptoms such as gastrointestinal upset, nausea, diarrhea, body aches and exhaustion.
If so, 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. Supplement your dog with systemic enzymes such as Integrative Therapeutics Bio-Zyme – Systemic Enzymes.
These enzymes work to eliminate the toxins and dead cells that are circulating in the system as a result of the “die-off” effect.
Remember, DO NOT give systemic enzymes with meals. Instead, give the enzymes between meals on an empty stomach.
The purpose for the enzyme supplementation is for the body to absorb the enzymes 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 contain “friendly” bacteria needed in the digestive tract to metabolize sugars.
Probiotic supplementation should begin in the second or third week after starting the above yeast control program. This is the time when the candida is gradually being brought under control.
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.
What can we do to heal and support repair of the tract? And at the same time, to help create a more balanced and healthier environment so that the colonies of friendly bacteria can be reestablished?
The answer is to give a supplement called 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.
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!