Our experience. My dog Willow is a 20lb terrier mix, current age 2 1/2, fixed female. We rescued her at age 5 mo. She is the best dog I have ever had the pleasure of living with. From day one she has been a no issue pup, except... Allergies. At approx. 9 mo. old she had an eye infection. The Vet gave antibiotic eye meds and cleared right up. 3 mo. later, same thing. Same meds again, cleared up again. At 1 1/2 years old she started licking her paws to the point of no hair on the paw. Vet gave some antibiotic spray, Seemed to clear up. Approx 3 mos later she started loosing all her fur on her back legs and around her rear. Vet said, Allergies. Gave steroid shot and she was fine, fur grew back. 1 mo later same thing except now all four legs and all paws. Vet suggested steroid pills, we tried them for about 2 weeks and she was not getting much better, but the steroid pills made her a zombie dog. I stopped the meds and went in search of a vet that might be able to help. After 4 vets, all suggesting the same thing, I found a great vet that was willing to work with us. After much trail and error and little success, we discovered a med called Atopica. This once a day pill isnt a steroid, so no side effects. Willow responded very well, 80-90% of fur grew back and no noticeable itching/scratching. Then i stumbled onto this site. Even with the Atopica, Willow would get small patches of what the vet said was a skin yeast infection. 2 wks ago i started the ACV/Yogurt treatment. Within 3 days i saw noticeable improvement. Now she has fur gowing fur where i didnt know she grew it! No yeast spots on skin. Absolutely no itching/scratching. Wow! I also had an allergy test done on her 6 wks ago. She was slightly allergic of turkey/chicken. Of course I was feeding her Orijen kibble mixed with Wellness Core kibble, both turkey/chicken. So for the last month she has been on Wellness Core Fish kibble, with a 1/4 can of canned salmon in the morn. I also stopped the Atopica when I started the ACV/Yogurt. In the morn i have been putting 2 teaspoons of ACV on her canned fish along with 2 squirts of high omega fish oil. At lunch she gets a 1/4 cup of plain Yogurt. 1 cup of Grain free Wellness Core kibble, which she eats over the day. Thats it. I guess it could be the new food, but i didnt notice much difference till we started the ACV/Yogurt. I am going to keep this up. I did use white vinegar, 50/50 w/water on her yeast spots and they cleared up in a few days. They havent returned and fur has grown over the spots. We have our little furry pup back! She is so comfortable now. Its so nice seeing her with no discomfort. Thanks so much for this info. I will keep posting to let everyone know if this treatment is lasting. It sure seems to have worked for us. After 4 vets and hundreds dollors, if not more, this is a blessing. Thanks Again!!!
Your dog can develop a secondary infection if he scratches or licks irritated skin into open sores or hot spots. This typically requires antibiotic treatment; your pup may need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent further mouth-to-skin contact during the treatment and recovery phases. Yeast infections of the ear can lead to balance problems and loss of hearing if left untreated. Frequently occurring skin yeast infections can be a sign of allergies or a compromised immune system, which should be investigated by your vet.
How does a dog get a yeast skin infection
Skin Yeast Infection is a fungal infection. It is caused by yeast organisms that overgrow on the surface of the skin. Skin yeast infection can extend to the entire body if left untreated. It causes hair loss, itches and the skin has a crusty appearance. Skin yeast infection treatment is very important for the well-being of your dog, so you are recommended to start treatment as soon as you spot the first signs.
However, a dog yeast infection is more common than you might think
Most fungal infections of the skin are caused by a type of yeast called Malassezia. This yeast usually lives in small amounts on a dog’s skin or in the ears. Allergies, moisture trapped in the fur, harsh flea and tick chemicals, sensitivity to cleaning products, and many other factors can lead to an overgrowth of this organism. Treatment of mild infections may include regular medicated shampoos, medicated cleansing pads, and/or topical antifungal cream. More severe infections may require oral anti-fungal medications for weeks to months. Of course, long term treatment is most successful when the inciting cause is found and eliminated.
Dog Yeast Infection Treatment: Home Remedies for Pets - Earth Clinic