Red yeast infections are no joke. We’ve seen dogs with red marks around their eyes, mouth, ears, anus, genitals, feet and sometimes covering their entire back end. It looks terrible and the dog feels miserable. Veterinarians often pass off this problem as “tear stains” or “licking stains.” When a dog has a red yeast infection, their skin is itchy and uncomfortable. This causes excessive licking and chewing of feet, legs, belly, anus and genital area. The fur in these areas begins to turn red and while this is more obvious in white dogs, it can happen with any color of dog.
Most veterinarians don’t seem to address the problem by any other means than anti-biotics (which only seem to stave off the infection for a short time before it comes back in full bloom) or steroids to control itching (which doesn’t address the underlying infection). We had great luck with Angels Eyes for a period of time with our poodles, but the base ingredient Tylosin is an antibiotic and overuse of anti-biotics results in resistant strands of bacteria and destruction of normal gut flora which can lead to digestive issues.
Last year, we ran across this article from Earth Clinic on dealing with red yeast infections naturally and decided to try the baking soda remedy. We had great success though we had to modify the regimen a bit because our poodle was still itching after the recommended 7 days. Here’s what worked for us:
1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 quart of water for 2 weeks (or a 1/4 tsp per cup of water). Stop treatment for 2 weeks. Treat again for 2 weeks. At the end of six weeks, the yeast infection was gone and hasn’t returned for the last 6 months.
Since it worked for us, we told several of our clients about using baking soda for red yeast. Everyone who tried it opted for a second treatment as well, which successfully cleared up the infection. In the amounts prescribed, baking soda is safe for dogs.
If your dog is suffering from red yeast, check out the article from Earth Clinic and try one of the natural ways of combating red yeast. Let us know what worked for you!