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paw yeast infection

so you guys may have seen my previous post about food allergy for my dogs. Turns out its not food allergy, what he has is a yeast infection of the paws. Problem is, its recurrent. has anyone had a similar issue? his feet look something like this. I got him back on antibiotics, and a shampoo etc. And it has cleared up like always, problem is once hes off the meds it returns!


looks something like this!

below is not my dog, just a google pic of yeast infection dog paw.

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forgot too mention, i switched him back to kibble, taste of the wild, as its not made with any yeast or grains. 


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We have not had any issues with paw yeast infections. It is normally attributed to high carbohydrate/grain diets and the moist paws are a perfect place for yeast to present.

"Yeast infections and foot fungus can occur in dogs as well as humans, and are generally the result of a diet that is high in yeast. The body turns carbohydrates into sugar, therefore your dog should avoid a high-carbohydrate diet while being treated for yeast infection. Feed her a diet rich in low-glycemic vegetables instead of things like potatoes, corn, rice and wheat, all of which are carbohydrates. Use homemade rinses and ointments prescribed by veterinarians to treat yeast infections on dog paws. A dog's moist paws create an ideal environment for yeast to thrive."

We do not feed kibble as a general principle - sometimes we do mix a little no grain/wheat/rice kibble into the raw food. We do use Taste of the Wild (sometimes blue buffalo) for that - have not had any yeast problems with our dogs.  But then again we live in Texas and "moisture" is not generally a problem.

Link to quote above.

when I was doing raw for him, it was chicken and rice, or beef and rice that we would feed him. My wifes asian and cooks alot, so basically all our meals are rice with some type of meat and vegetables, generally speaking. So it was pretty easy to just feed him the left overs or make a bit extra, but it says no rice. Feeding Kibble is definitely easier. Im just glad that after about 2 years, we finally know what the problem is. He has been getting treated for allergies this whole time and bunch of vet hopping. Its amazing how bad some of these vets are, I had the humane society try to tell me it was ringworm! which its certainly is not. 


Its amazing how bad some of these vets are, I had the humane society try to tell me it was ringworm! which its certainly is not.

 When your only tool is a hammer all problems start to look like nails.  :)

Our trusty veterinarian Dr. Sara Bates moved to Italy and got very busy. I would always trust her to provide accurate information from which to make good decisions. Vets like her are hard to find these days.

It is good that you do your own research and allow us to chime in on here..




DermaBenSs Shampoo

thank you, ill have to give it a shot, different ingredients that the shampoo I currently have for him. 

Soak the dogs feet in Epsom salt, helps a ton.

Thanks for posting that link to DermaBenSs Shampoo. I read their description and it does sound like a good product.  I wonder if anyone here has experience using it?

"DermaBenSs Shampoo is formulated for dogs, cats, and horses. It is a gentle, soap-free, antiseborrheic, antimicrobial shampoo. It is for support of healthy skin for animals with seborrheic skin conditions. Great for degreasing and follicular flushing. Ceramides aid in moisturizing, repairing, and restoring dry, damaged skin.

Formerly known as DermaBenSS At 2.5%, this formulation is stabilized (and given additional nutritional value) by the worlds best natural antioxidant, Vitamin E. It is the only BP product on the market to contain both sulfur and salicylic acid in an all natural base containing a natural, herbal fragrance and moisturizers. It assists in the treatment of Hot Spots, pyodermas (skin infections), lick granulomas, acne, oily seborrhea, greasy skin, Staph infections, skin fold infections and many other diseases requiring an antimicrobial shampoo. It stands alone in its ability to flush out hair follicles filled with infectious microbes."

@mastini-mayhem - thanks for the tip on Epsom Salt.  Any particular procedure for mixing (amount, warm or cold water, how long to soak etc..)

Gary Sicard

After a little research I found a wonderful article written by Dr. Karen Becker over at Healthy Pets.

A portion of the article is below for your review but I recommend reading the entire thing on her site.

Disinfecting Yeasty Paws

Yeast thrives in a moist environment and in crevices – between your dog's foot pads, for example, in armpit and groin creases, and around the vulva and anus. So disinfecting those parts of a yeasty dog is really important.

Since the only body parts that sweat on your dog are his nose and the pads of his feet, during hot humid months when yeast tends to thrive, you'll need to disinfect those paws.

Depending on the size of your dog, you can use one of those Rubbermaid sweater boxes filled with water from a hose, or if your dog is small you can just pop him in the kitchen or bathroom sink. If you have a giant size breed, you can try a coffee can or cup filled with water. The goal is to dunk the feet, then pat them dry.

Spraying or wiping down a dog's paws won't get the job done. Yeast lives under the nail beds and in all the creases you can't get to if the paws aren't submerged in a foot soak.

I recommend a gallon of water, a cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1-4 cups of white vinegar as a foot soak solution. You can use this solution as many times a day as necessary to keep your dog's feet clean. 'Clean and dry' needs to become your mantra.

After you dip your dog's feet in the astringent solution of water/hydrogen peroxide/white vinegar, there's no need to rinse. Just pat the paws dry. Leaving the solution dried on your dog's paws serves as an antifungal and should also reduce licking and digging at the paws.

Link to the full article

I typically follow the directions on the bag, but roughly a cup for a bucket of warm water. Its great, helps relieve pain, swelling and kills germs. It's very common within the horse community. I have used it with wildlife too, as its easy to put in a spray bottle and I can keep myself at a distance. It also doesn't cause any burning as well as it doesn't kill healthy cells like peroxide does.


My vet recommended using the Dermabenss shampoo because my pit use to have itchy sensitive skin. What I do is follow the directions on the label.

Wet my dog down. Get between the toes and on the pads etcetera. Leave the shampoo on for 10 mins. (I take my dog for a short walk on a leash during this time.)  Then I wash him off and dry him down. The shampoo is gentle enough to do this once a week for a month until the infection is better or cured. Then wash once a month thereafter. 

It's smart to sanitize where he normally sleeps as well and clean blankets he lays on before washing him.




Very cool. I am a minimalist when it comes to my dogs. The least amount of work I have to do to "take care" of them the better. Luckily (maybe) we have not had any health related issues with our dogs in Texas.  It has been amazing that the only reason they go the vet is to get Rabies shot because it is required. With that said, if we ever have a yeast paw problem I will probably use this method as it appears to require less work. 

After you dip your dog's feet in the astringent solution of water/hydrogen peroxide/white vinegar, there's no need to rinse. Just pat the paws dry. Leaving the solution dried on your dog's paws serves as an antifungal and should also reduce licking and digging at the paws.

 Of course there are other solutions that would work too as suggested by Jessica and Tom. The bottom line is to use whatever works best, cost less and require the least amount of effort to achieve the results.  :)

Great discussion - thanks all for participating. It is good to have a chat going again.

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