Yeast imbalance/infection isn’t something that goes away overnight, though with time and patience you can help your dog start feeling better. Here are the steps I recommend for relieving yeast infections in dogs:
As mentioned earlier, yeast thrives on sugar. Therefore, eliminating any foods that increase your dog’s sugar intake is a crucial first step. Grains, cereals, starchy vegetables, and fruits with high glycaemic indexes are the main culprits, as are highly processed foods that contain preservatives.
Transitioning your dog onto a raw, meat-based diet is the best way to ensure all their nutritional needs are met, and it also eliminates all the sugary, starchy foods that yeast loves. Easily digested raw meat proteins, high-quality fats, bone and offal are all key elements of a healthy diet for dogs. This both eliminates any foods that yeast thrives on and supports your dog’s immunity and overall health, allowing them to fight the yeast overgrowth from the inside.
I recommend ProDog Novel Proteins and our 80:10:10 raw food ranges as a starting point when beginning the yeast imbalance protocol. These are our purest raw dog food ranges and will help to starve the yeast of the sugar it craves. If your dog feels hot, try feeding duck or rabbit, as these are cooling proteins and will help to reduce the heat.
There are a few natural remedies which are effective in dealing with yeast infections in dogs: Caprylic acid and Pau d’ arco. According to holistic vet Dr. Julie Ann Lee (a yeast specialist), these can be given as follows:
This medium-chain fatty acid can be found in coconut oil and palm fruit oil, and is a powerful anti-fungal in the destruction of yeast .
Given once per day, dosage is by dogs’ size as follows:
Large: 150 mg
This herb hails from South America and has been used for centuries to cure a host of ailments. The naturally occurring chemicals in Pau d’arco, called naphthoquinones, have been shown to be very effective at eliminating fungi, including yeast .
Given in dry herb form, dosage is 12 mg per pound of your dog’s body weight, three times daily. Give breaks if symptoms flare and allow the body to detox before resuming.
Dr. Julie Ann Lee also has her own gentle, effective product for resolving yeast imbalances called the Yeasty Beast Protocol, which contains staged natural remedies to be given to support the detox process.
When yeast (candida) dies, it releases a high amount of toxins into the bloodstream, which invariably causes a temporary, uncomfortable, flare-up response. Concerned pet owners should prepare for this so as not to become reactive to temporary worsening of the issue. Often when this happens many dog owners, understandably, head to the vets thinking the condition is getting worse and make radical changes to the dog’s diet and supplement regime.
Dogs will undoubtedly go through this detox as the yeast overgrowth subsides, which is why we recommend taking it slowly. This helps your canine friend to experience the potentially uncomfortable detox symptoms more gradually, and reduces the chances of everything flaring up at once. It’s important to know that this will likely happen at some point, and it doesn’t mean that your diet changes or natural remedies aren’t working; it just takes time.
Rushing to the vet for immuno-suppressive medications may unfortunately do more harm than good, as your dog’s immune system needs to be as strong as possible during their healing process. Also, these medications may act to further upset the delicate balance of your dog’s microbiome, leading to further inflammation, irritation, and slowed healing progress.
If your dog experiences an intensening of symptoms, and you are giving yeast killing supplements, then hold off these for a few days. At this stage the best approach is to focus on supporting the liver by providing plenty of hydration and natural cleansing agents (as mentioned below in the supplement section) to help flush the toxins through the body. If your dog doesn’t like drinking water then bone broth is a tasty way to hydrate and support the detox process, particularly those infused with herbs to support the liver, such as ProDog’s Beef with Dandelion and Nettle Bone Broth.
A great idea during this time is to take photos periodically, to remind yourself how far along they’ve come. ProDog’s expert feeding advisors are here to help guide you through if you’re feeling stuck.