What To Feed A Dog With Yeast Infection

What To Feed A Dog With Yeast Infection

Food and diet can be a major cause of yeast infections in dogs. So here’s some help with what to feed a dog with yeast infection ... plus a recipe for homemade dog food for yeast infections. 

First, here are some of the symptoms of yeast infection in your dog.

Symptoms of Yeast Infections in Dogs

A yeast infection is uncomfortable for your dog. Here are some of the signs you might see:

  • Ear infections or head shaking
  • Dark rusty-red hair between the toes
  • Blackened skin
  • Chewing or licking the feet
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Hair loss on the tail or upper back

If your dog has more than one of these signs, it could be yeast. And there’s a way to manage it with homemade dog food for yeast infections.

So here’s what to feed when a dog with a yeast infection.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe for Yeast Infections

Here's a recipe you can use to help manage your dog's yeast infection. 


1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 pound chicken hearts, chopped
1 oz beef liver (1/3 deck of cards), chopped
2 eggs without shells
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
2 Tbsp bone meal
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp ground pumpkin seeds
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp (2 cloves) garlic
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp MCT oil
1 tsp chlorella
1/2 tsp kelp

Add before serving
Omega-3 oil (like Safe-Sea or fish oil)
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt


Mix up the meat and organs. Add in the vegetables and eggs. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. When adding Safe-Sea or fish oil, use 3/4 tsp for a 50-pound dog or the same amount per 1 lb of food. 

This makes about 2 lbs of food. Feed a 50 lb dog about 16 oz (1 lb) and adjust according to your dog’s weight. The recipe can be doubled or tripled for larger dogs. 

Why Feed These Ingredients?

Here’s why these ingredients are important in your homemade dog food for yeast infections. 

  • Bone meal: balances calcium and other key minerals.
  • Kale & broccoli
  • ACV: can break down yeast biofilm and cell walls
  • Pumpkin seeds: anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and a natural source of vitamin E (and they’re also a great solution for intestinal worms)
  • Turmeric: another anti-fungal that can help stop the growth of yeast in the gut
  • Garlic: anti-fungal, repels harmful gut bacteria, and helps the liver with detox, important for yeast die-off
  • Ginger: anti-inflammatory for the gut and helps the liver with detox
  • MCT oil: contains caprylic acid, a powerful anti-fungal that breaks down the cell membranes of yeast
  • Chlorella: binds to heavy metals and removes them from the body to remove yeast’s major food source
  • Kelp: rich in iodine. Yeast can be linked to hypothyroidism and iodine can help balance the thyroid gland.

Other Foods to Include in Homemade Dog Food

There are other foods and vegetables that you can include to increase the level of antioxidants for your dog, like leafy greens or asparagus. If you give fruit, use berries, blackberries and raspberries that are lower in sugar and offer exceptional health benefits. 

RELATED: Antioxidants for dogs …

Foods to Avoid for Yeast Infections in Dogs

Avoid starchy vegetables, foods that contain carbohydrates and added sugars that may show on labels as dextrose and fructose. They include:

  • Carrots, parsnips, peppers (which are also a nightshade vegetable that you should avoid because it contains solanine, which may further aggravate inflammation). 
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Squash including pumpkin
  • Tapioca
  • Grains like rice, millet, wheat, corn and oats
  • Starchy vegetables like carrots, parsnips and peas
  • Legumes like lentils, chickpeas, lima and kidney beans
  • Dairy, including yogurt

Note: You’ll often see yogurt recommended for yeast infections in dogs. But dairy, including yogurt, contains natural sugar that will continue to feed the yeast. Instead of yogurt, it’s best to give a probiotic supplement. Then you’ll know you’re giving enough CFUs (colony forming units) to address problems like digestive issues or diarrhea. 

The Best Supplements for Dogs With Yeast Infections

Here are some of the best antifungal foods and herbs for dogs with yeast infections

Caprylic Acid  MCT oil is the best source of caprylic acid. Start slowly and work your way up to avoid diarrhea until your dog adjusts to it. Medium to large dogs should start at ¼ tsp.

Olive Leaf  Olive leaf powder contains oleuropein that helps break down yeast’s cell membranes. It’s antifungal and many studies show it can prevent yeast. Give small dogs 1/4 tsp, medium 1/2 tsp and large 1 tsp daily, but again, start slowly. 

Pau D’Arco  Pau d’arco is a potent antifungal that can remove yeast (as well as viruses and parasites. Choose pau d’arco in a dried herb that’s standardized and high quality. Give small dogs 200 mg twice daily, medium 300 mg and large 400 mg. 

Caution: Don’t give pau d’arco to pregnant dogs. 

Goldenseal  Studies show that goldenseal has antifungal properties that help fight yeast. It contains berberine, a protective alkaloid. Choose dried goldenseal or goldenseal tincture. For powder, give 1 tsp per 20 lbs of body weight, or 5–10 drops of tincture per 20 lbs, 1-2 times daily. . 

Caution: Don’t use goldenseal long-term … and avoid it with pregnant or hypoglycemic dogs. 

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Yeast infections are uncomfortable for your dog. When you improve his diet, you begin building better health for him, from the inside out.


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