Q: Is yogurt a natural remedy for yeast infections for dogs?

August 13, 2008 | By Carrie H. | 8 answers | Expired: 2310 days ago

Carrie H.

My pitt bull/rottie mix gets yeast infections in his ears. I have been treating it with antibiotics. Recently a frind told me she gives her dogs yogurt. I was wondering if this is okay for dogs and if it really works!

Readers' Answers (8)

Aug 13, 2008

Tahki won't eat his dry food without something on it. We have used vanilla or plain low fat yogurt, or occasionally cottage cheese since he was 6 months old. He does just fine, and it can't really hurt them. Beneficial bacteria in yogurt (make sure it says live active cultures on the container) is most active at room temperature. If you want the benefits, let it sit a little while before you give it to your dog. Tahki is a thin dog, and has trouble keeping weight on, we give him just enough to coat his 1/2 cup of food twice a day. As with anything, it would be a good idea to run it by your vet before changing anything.

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Aug 15, 2008

Yeast can cause severe ear problems. We usually observe a brown waxy exudate and a bad odor. Daily cleaning of the ears will help, but often these infections are difficult to treat, and special medications need to be given since antibiotics do not kill yeast. Antibiotics are used for bacterial infections and antifungals for yeast infections. If you suspect a yeast infection in your dog’s ears, consult your veterinarian.

Drs. Foster & Smith

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Jessica H.

Aug 13, 2008

Plain uncultured yogurt helps the natural floura of the intestinal tract and has what I like to call "beneficial bacteria". I'm not sure if it would help with yeast infections in a dog's ears, but I do know that sometimes diet is directly linked to ear problems, so who knows? I DO NOT urge you to stop giving the antibiotics though and check with your vet before giving your dogs the yogurt to make sure it won't have any problems with the antibiotics.

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