Itchiness getting worse

by Micha


I have a 2yo stray dog that we took in and she started showing signs of yeast infection last year.

We went through all the medications at first which helped, but as your articles have said, once medication has stopped, the issues comes back.

Now she is on a raw diet but she is still itching a lot. I thought a raw diet is the best?

Her fur loss is actually getting worse.

She just can’t stop itching. What else can we do?

Is she maybe allergic to something we are giving her?

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Apr 15, 2023
Thanks for your reply!
by: Micha

And I now feel more hopeful that I am on the right track. I have been giving a mix of raw beef, lamb, pork, Indian buffalo and chicken lean meats including offals like liver, heart and giblets, chicken necks and feet. I give raw chicken eggs occasionally. I also give cod liver oil. For supplements, I am giving pau d’arco, ACV, golden paste (mix of turmeric, coconut oil & black pepper). Altho I have stopped these for a week now thinking it was what might be making her condition worse. Should I continue?

For proper pet probiotics and prebiotics, I haven’t been giving as it’s quite expensive here in Malaysia and I can’t really afford to spend so much on her. The above diet I am giving her is already costing a pretty penny and more effort on my part than I had anticipated.

Also, her body has been feeling warm, I believe this is an effect of the yeast is this correct? Additionally, she has got some eye discharge, ear gunk and some yeasty looking paws which she licks. She sounds like a mess but she is very active, eats well, poops well too. Her fur looks shiny except for the bald patches and the fact that she itches a lot.

Medication was stopped back in January of this year so it’s just been a natural battle against yeast since then.

Thanks again for your help. I have been reading your website since I discovered it. The vets had no idea what she has and neither did I until I did my own research and found your articles on Candida. I’ll post some pics of my dog later so you can see what she looks like 😊

Apr 14, 2023
Itchy dog
by: Sandra

Hi Micha,

Bless you for taking in a stray dog and helping to get her back to health.

Since you did give your dog medications for the itchiness, you can now fully expect her itchy symptoms to get worse. All medications for this problem, are meant to suppress immune response, in one way or another. So now that you have stopped suppressing the immune system response, by discontinuing the drugs, the immune system will kick in big time and increase it's own efforts to regain balance. This is a long and arduous battle. Your dog will suffer and so will you!

Having said all that, you are at least on the right track.

Yes, I do believe a raw meat, bones and organs diet is best for dogs. Proper feeding is always the most important thing for health, but food alone won't solve the problem quickly, however good! Make sure your raw food diet is free of fruits and most veg, as carbs will feed the yeast organism, enabling it to continue growing.

Regular fasting days can help speed the process by giving the dog's body some time away from digesting food, so it can concentrate it's healing ability. People usually hate to do this, because they feel guilty not feeding the dog from time to time, but in my experience, fasting is an important tool for regaining health.

Yeast infection is a systemic problem that originates in the gut microbiome. So, probiotics can be helpful to restore gut bacteria, along with a natural antifungal such as Pau D'Arco and perhaps a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oils. Immune system function is the root source of your problem, not allergies, although if tested, your dog is likely sensitive to many things. So, these are just a few general supplemental aids, since I don't know the specifics of your dogs conditions.

Anyway, I hope this is of some help to you. Expect this to take at least a year to resolve, maybe even more. I don't say that to discourage you, but only to prepare the way for you. It's a difficult problem, but one that can be resolved given time and patience.

I wish you all the best!

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