Candida is a type of yeast that lives in a dog's digestive system. It thrives on a diet of sugar and grains, which are found in many commercial dog foods. When it multiplies out of control, it can compromise his immune system and cause infections of the skin, ears, bladder and intestines. Candida can be a lifelong problem for your dog, but you can help keep these harmful microorganisms under control through proper diet and maintenance.
Feed your dog a high-quality, grain-free diet. Grains can make the candida worse by providing it with nourishment and helping it grow. Processed foods contain sugar, which feeds the candida.
Add 1 tbsp of plain yoghurt to your dog's food. It contains active cultures that will help kill bad bacteria in your dog's gut and restore his immune system.
Bathe your dog with a shampoo that contains miconazole and chlorhexidine gluconate to help kill yeast and fungi on his skin. Allow the shampoo to stay in contact with his skin for 10 minutes before rinsing.
Clean your dog's ears regularly with a mixture of half water and half apple cider vinegar. The warm, moist environment of the ear canal is an ideal place for candida to grow. This solution will help restore the proper pH balance in your dog's body.
Dogs are more susceptible to candida and yeast infections when they are taking antibiotics. These medications kill both good and bad bacteria, which can weaken a dog's immune system. Candida can be a chronic infection, which requires maintenance for the rest of your dog's life. Even after his infection appears to be cleared up, continue feeding premium dog food and keep his skin and ears clean.
Do not use vinegar on your dog's skin if he has open lesions, because it will sting. If you add yoghurt to your dog's diet, watch for signs of intestinal distress. This could be caused by the temporary imbalance of bacteria in his gut. If it persists, stop feeding yoghurt until his habits return to normal.