Infections and How to Treat Them Yeast infections in dogs most often manifest itself in the ears, around the eyes, face, mouth, rear end, feet, stomach and armpits or in other words, in areas that are moist. It usually starts with itching, redness, redness in the ears which can grow to brown wax and cysts in between the toes. I do believe Yeast Infections in dogs are grossly under diagnosed are most often called allergies. Yeast itself is airborne and settles on the skin. It looks for moist areas to grow and to survive. It most typically survives best on dogs with immature immune systems such as puppies, or dogs with weak immune systems, senior dogs or dogs with other illnesses. Yeast is a fungus, the same thing as athletes foot fungus. It is NOT the same thing as candida, it is not systemic. It lives on the skin, or in the ear or rectum. It is killed by shampoo, creams, sprays or most simply of all, by baking soda. It is important to have your veterinarian do a skin scraping and send it out to be cultured to identify if it is yeast. Treatment means shampooing the dog with a shampoo that contains ketoconazole. Use this every other day for a week. Follow this with a rinse of four tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of water and leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse of off. Then use weekly for three weeks. Wash all bedding religiously for a full month. This is important, as the dog can itch for a full month AFTER the yeast has been killed. This doesn’t mean you haven’t been unsuccessful; it simply means the dogs skin continues to itch for a month after the yeast has been killed. Also use Zymox in the ears for ten days to kill any yeast in the ears (you can find this on Amazon or Chewies). You may need to repeat this regime at times. Yeast can reappear in the fall, in the spring, after rainy times, when you turn on your furnace, or after your dog has been on antibiotics. Be patient. When your dog immune system slowly matures, yeast will slowly disappear. Some dogs are more prone to it, there is no rhyme or reason to this but you can get rid of it with patience! For more health tips AND Feeding information, get my BOOK HERE, Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs!,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail