Yeast Infection in Dogs: What to Include in Their Diet for Relief

Dealing with a yeast infection in your dog requires not only medical attention but also a careful dietary approach. In this guide, we explore the foods that can aid in alleviating your dog’s yeast infection symptoms and promote overall well-being.

1. Lean Proteins:

Recommendation: Opt for lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey, or fish. These proteins help maintain muscle mass and provide essential amino acids without contributing to yeast overgrowth.


2. Probiotic-Rich Foods:

Recommendation: Incorporate probiotic-rich foods like plain yogurt or kefir into your dog’s diet. Probiotics help restore a healthy balance of gut flora, combating the overgrowth of yeast.


3. Low-Glycemic Vegetables:

Recommendation: Choose low-glycemic vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, and zucchini. These veggies provide essential nutrients without causing spikes in blood sugar, which can contribute to yeast growth.


4. Coconut Oil:

Recommendation: Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet can have antifungal properties, helping to combat yeast overgrowth. Start with small amounts and gradually increase to avoid digestive issues.


5. Bone Broth:

Recommendation: Nutrient-rich bone broth can support your dog’s immune system and provide easily digestible nutrients. Ensure it’s free from added seasonings like onion or garlic.


6. Limited Carbohydrates:

Recommendation: Reduce the overall carbohydrate content in your dog’s diet, as yeast thrives on sugars. Opt for complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes or quinoa in moderation.


7. Green Tripe:

Recommendation: Green tripe, the stomach lining of grazing animals, is nutrient-dense and may aid in digestion. Choose unprocessed, raw green tripe for optimal benefits.

8. Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Recommendation: Include sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, in your dog’s diet. These fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and can contribute to skin and coat health.


9. Apple Cider Vinegar:

Recommendation: While controversial, some pet owners find that adding a small amount of apple cider vinegar to their dog’s water may help create an environment less favorable for yeast.


10. Limited Treats:

Recommendation: Minimize the use of commercial treats that often contain sugars and preservatives. Opt for homemade treats with minimal ingredients or use small portions of your dog’s regular food.

Effective Treatments for Yeast Infections

Treatments for yeast infections have 2 goals:

  1. Directly destroy the yeast that are causing the infection
  2. Treat any underlying health problems that may be causing the skin to be fragile and appealing to yeast

If this is the first time your pup has ever had a yeast infection, your veterinarian may recommend simply destroying the yeast and monitoring to see if it happens again. For those dogs who have recurring yeast infections, however, it is very important to do further testing to look for some of those underlying conditions. When appropriate, your veterinarian may recommend blood tests to look for hormonal problems such as hypothyroidism as well as allergy testing. Some dogs may also benefit from evaluation by a specialized veterinary dermatologist who can test for skin allergies and other skin conditions.

When it comes to destroying the yeast itself, there are multiple ways to attack depending on your pup’s specific condition, including:

  • Antifungal wipes, rinses, or creams may be prescribed to destroy a localized infection
  • Antifungal medications formulated for the ears if the yeast is in the ears
  • Antifungal medication administered by mouth may be prescribed when the infection covers a very large area or cannot be treated topically

Preventing Yeast Infections

Keeping your pup’s skin and ears healthy is the best way to prevent yeast infections from occurring in the first place.  This means treating underlying conditions whenever possible, as well as preventing irritation to the skin from conditions like fleas and other skin parasites.

  • Flea and Tick Preventative: Make sure your pup is on a monthly preventative for fleas and ticks.
  • Antifungal & Antiseptic Shampoo: If you have a dog who is predisposed to yeast infections due to its breed or chronic conditions that can’t be completely cured, your dog may also benefit from regular baths with an antifungal & antiseptic shampoo, or regularly using antifungal wipes on its paws or other skin folds that are hard to keep clean and dry.
  • Ear Cleaner: If you have a pooch who is suffering from recurring ear infections, there are also specialized ear cleaners with a drying agent to help keep the ear canals clean and prevent yeast infections.

Always consult your veterinarian before starting any of these preventatives and better yet, ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on what preventatives would be best for your pup’s specific condition.

Note: Before making significant changes to your dog’s diet, consult with your veterinarian to ensure the chosen foods align with your dog’s health needs and any ongoing treatments. Dietary adjustments should complement veterinary care for the most effective management of yeast infections in dogs.

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