Cat Donnelly, Pet Nutritional Consultant, AlternativePets.com
we refer to allergies, most of the time, we are actually talking
about a systemic yeast infection. If we address the yeast issue,
we can either greatly lessen, or perhaps entirely eradicate
the allergy problem. Yeast infection causes many other health
problems as well, so an anti-yeast regimen can be a positive
thing to do for the body.
are single cell organisms primarily found on the internal and
external moist and mucal linings of all living things, along
with billions of friendly germs. This is why you find yeast
in the digestive tract and other moist areas like the eyes,
ears, nose, mouth, anus, etc. Yeasts are also known to live
along creases of the body, like armpits, and in noserolls and
other wrinkly areas of some breeds of dog. Candida
albicans is in your pet's saliva, possibly causing oral hygiene
problems as well.
an anti-yeast regimen, we seek to push yeast out of the body
rather than suppressing the symptoms caused by it. Pets with
arthritis, especially diabetics, may also have yeast in their
joints, causing inflammation and pain.
troublesome family of yeasts called Candida albicans live in
your pet's body, and primarily thrive on blood glucose resulting
mostly from digested carbohydrates. Yeast toxins affect your
pet's immune, nervous, and endocrine systems. Since these systems
are all connected, yeast toxins play a major role in causing
ear, vaginal, bladder and other infections, as well as allergies
and many other health problems. Things that greatly promote
yeast overgrowth are poor diet, as well as the use of steroids
with systemic yeast infections have become an increasingly more
common problem. Many owners have visited several veterinarians
and spent as much as thousands of dollars on treatments over
time, without positive results. Traditional treatment may involve
repeated rounds of suppressive anti-biotics and/or steroids,
many times only to have the problem return at the end of the
treatments because these therapies can actually cause yeast
overgrowth. In most of the cases, the vet had ruled out a yeast
infection or had not checked for one, but, if the owner began
a holistic anti-yeast regimen, the pet showed improvement.
your pet's immune system is weak, the yeast can colonize, causing
toxins that further disable the immune system and prevent it
from functioning properly. When the immune system cannot control
the yeast, the body develops a state of dis-ease, causing a
host of health problems like the ones below.
SYMPTOMS OF SYSTEMIC YEAST INFECTION (note: your pet
may not have all or even many of these symptoms because yeast
can affect each animal a little differently):
Nearly Every Type of Allergic Reaction, including food allergies/sensitivities,
environmental sensitivities/ Asthma, severe itching or skin
rashes, hives or other skin eruptions, Rectal Itching, Clogged
Sinuses/runny nose/ Persistent Cough
Disturbances: Bloating/ Flatulence/Constipation/ Diarrhea/
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Hypoglycemia Reaction/Diabetes, Hypothyroidism,
Mucus in the Stool
Chronic Ear Mites/Ear Infections/ Scratching at the Ears/Reddened
area inside the Ears
Muscle and Joint Pain (Stiff Joints/Arthritis)
Chronic Infections of any sort from ears to vaginitis
Greasy Skin, Foul Odor from the Body or Ears
Cloudy eyes or discharge from the Eyes, Ears or Nose
Oral Hygiene problems such as plaque, tarter and gingivitis
symptoms listed above could be caused by other things, therefore,
we recommend that you have your pet checked by a Veterinarian
to rule out anemia and other diseases. If these problems are
ruled out, your pet may be suffering from a systemic yeast infection.
Some experts believe that yeast can exist and be a contributing
factor in some diseases, so it can sometimes be advisable to
do a yeast detox anyway. When in doubt, seek the advice of a
good holistic veterinarian like the ones listed at AltVetMed.com
A Yeast Infection Naturally -- How To Get Started
program outlined below are general guidelines to follow. Each
pet is an individual and has it's own particular needs. Therefore,
I highly recommend a nutritional consultation before beginning
Diet -- Change The Diet To An Anti-Yeast Diet.
anti-yeast diet will help starve the yeast and aid in the healing
process, however, in most cases diet alone will not cure the
problem. Once your pet's health improves you may be able to
expand on what you feed him. For yeasty pets, I strongly recommend
looking into the grainless BARF diet. See Kymythy Schultze's
book for information on feeding raw foods.
Anti-Yeast (low-glycemic) Foods:
asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, celery,
collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, parsley, romaine
lettuce, summer squash, spinach.
Meats: Beef, duck, chicken, fish, rabbit, turkey, deer, Cornish
water, kefir in moderation
to AVOID that can promote yeast overgrowth:
sweet -- sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup, corn syrup, dextrose,
Dairy: Buttermilk, Cheeses, Cottage cheese
Root Veggies: Carrots (cooked), Sweet Potatoes, turnips, beets,
potatoes and yams
Packaged & processed foods and treats /Packaged cereal
Crackers, bread, Pretzels
Flour enriched with vitamins from yeast
Vitamin/minerals from yeast source
Cured meats: sausage, ham, Lunch meats, bacon, Corn beef, Smoked
Avoid Dry Dog/Cat foods or treats containing:
Any by-product or by-product meal (i.e., Poultry by-product
Corn syrup, Sugar or other sweeteners
Caramel coloring, artificial coloring
Rice flour or rice gluten, Wheat or wheat gluten, corn or Corn
gluten, or any grains like barley, oats, white rice, brown rice,
etc. Refined flours are the worst, wheat is also a favorite
is a simple crockpot recipe for those who do not embrace feeding
a raw diet:
1 family pack of chicken thighs (Remove chicken skin on half
of the pieces and discard.), or about 1 ½ lbs. Of another
2. 2 bouillon cubes
3. 2 cloves garlic
4. 2 cups water
5. 1 bag fresh or frozen vegetable (use one vegetable at a time,
and rotate what is used)
crockpot place meat, garlic and water. Cook on LOW until the
chicken is completely cooked (if also feeding to your family--can
be undercooked if it's only for the dogs). Add vegetables. Stir
and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Cool, remove the bones.
At mealtime, add your choice of supplementation before serving.
for no more than 6 days -- then discard.
pet owners do not have the time to prepare meals for their pet.
You can feed some select, high quality dry foods and still get
the problem under control, however, it will take longer. If
you are feeding a kibble, one food that I have found works better
than most in combating a yeast infection is Flint River Ranch's
Lamb Millet and Rice kibble. This can be ordered by calling
(909) 682-5048 and telling them you were referred by
distributor AK 53 (Cat Donnelly). If you have a hard
time getting through, I would be glad to place your order for
my opinion, it is extremely important to feed your pet several
small meals a day. When you feed a pet once a day you may make
your pet feel irritable and dizzy due to dangerous highs and
lows in blood glucose, which can cause health problems. Pets
need to eat as we do -- breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a light
snack before bedtime. If pet owners did this, I believe we would
see a substantial decline in many diet related health problems.
I will outline an ideal feeding schedule, however, you need
to work this out with your schedule and your convenience.
a.m. or when you get up: Dry food or homemade diet.
11:00 a.m. Light snack: Fruit, *vegetable or **yogurt.
3:00 p.m. Light snack: Fruit, vegetable or yogurt.
7:00 p.m. Dinner: Dry food or homemade diet.
Before bed: Light snack: Fruit, vegetable or yogurt.
not feed fruits and vegetables together in one meal.
highly recommend Brown Cow or Stoneyfield Farm yogurt (www.stoneyfield.com),
or other yogurt not loaded with sweeteners like Dannon is. Most
health food stores have excellent yogurts to choose from if
you have one in your area.
Supplementing is a Must in Treating Yeast/Bacterial/Fungi/Mites/Ear
you give your pet antibiotics, it can wipe out most of the friendly
germs in their body which allows yeasts to multiply. Since yeast
are not harmed by these antibiotics, they take this opportunity
to colonize and thrive in moist, dark, warm places, such as
the mouth, intestines, ears, anus, and nose. When yeasts multiply,
they produce a toxin which circulates through your pet's body,
drains them of energy and makes them sick.
that help eradicate yeast overgrowth:
& Fungal Detox
anti-yeast regimens need this natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
and anti-yeast liquid. It helps the body eliminate Candida overgrowth,
vaginal infection, fungal infections and ringworm. This tincture
would be diluted and given 3-4 times a day. 1 drop is used per
5 lbs. of body weight. LG breed dogs should buy at least 2 bottles
to start the regimen.
Fresh Spilanthes Leaf & Root, Grape Root, Juniper Berry,
Usnea Lichen and Myrrh Gum.
Pet Daily capsules, or Nupro Liver Flavored Powder, or K&R
Ultra Tabs, Yeast Free
vitamin supplements containing vitamins, minerals, and amino
acids. It aids in supporting the immune system during the yeast
process. NOTE: The vitamin used MUST be Yeast Free for
this anti-yeast regimen (Nutritional Yeast and Brewer's Yeast).
new study published in the Lancet journal reports that an increased
intake of vitamin E reduced levels of an allergy-related antibody.
For allergy sufferers, additional Vit E may be wise.
most pets fighting systemic yeast do need pro-biotics, we recommend
the addition of supplemental lactobacillus/acidophilus. Since
dairy (because lactose turns into a sugar in the body) is not
good in an anti-yeast diet, the use of kefir and yogurt should
be kept in moderation, and lactobacillus/acidophilus
supplementation is recommended. Many folks see substantial improvement
with the addition of bovine colostrum which repairs the
lower digestive tract.
Essential Fatty Acids
show that the addition of essential fatty acids may be helpful
when combating allergies. Since we equate most allergies with
systemic yeast, we surmise that essential fatty acids may be
helpful in fighting yeast. At the very least, it is good for
repairing the skin and coat and may help fortify some of the
Oral Hygiene Solution
battling chronic oral hygiene problems may see a benefit in
using this product. You add some to your pet's water daily,
and can also spritz it directly on teeth and gums. To order,
go to oxyfreshww.com, and note the referring distributor # 180606370.
Finest Herbal Wormer or Holistic Animal Care's Herbal Wormer
can thrive in a yeast-ridden body and cause an infestation.
We therefore recommend a herbal dewormer to clear the body of
TREATMENTS TO RELIEVE ITCHINESS:
Relief Wash and Dry kit
infection often causes ear infections and discharge. If this
is a problem, I recommend Ear Relief Wash and Dry. This product
provides fast relief for pet's ears that itch, smell or look
raw, red, sore or greasy. Also helps prevent swimmers ear and
shampoo is a natural anti-bacterial agent specifically made
for pets suffering from yeast and bacterial infections. It exfoliates
dead skin, promotes formation of new skin cells, and also helps
Include: Salicylic Acid, Vitamin A, Pennyroyal, Aloe Vera (and
is Tar and Sulfur FREE).
Rejuva Spray and Rejuva Gel
These items can be used as spot treatments for severely affected
areas of your pet's body.
mentioned in numerous holistic health books, your pet may go
through what is called a "healing crisis." This involved
the sometimes increase in not only the symptomology but also
severity of already existing symptoms for a short amount of
time, like 24 - 48 hours. This is the body's way to drive the
dis-ease outward, and is usually a very good sign. The pet would
usually emerge dramatically better at it's conclusion. If, however,
symptoms are acute or prolonged, you should see your veterinarian
may show a response to treatment within a month, some take several
months, even up to a year or longer. The length of the treatment
program seems proportional to the dedication of the owner, and
is also dependent on how long the pet has been sick, and how
badly they were affected. If the owner gives the remedies sporadically
or less than recommended, gives antibiotics or steroids during
the treatment program, or feeds low quality treats and pet foods,
the problem hangs on and longer treatment is needed. Treatment
can be very effective if the owner remains persistent with the
yeast infection can be very frustrating and an ailment that
can take a lot of commitment on the part of the owner. However,
when the program is complete and the yeast under control, owners
report a healthier, happier lifestyle for the pet and family.
you need further help, I offer a free consultation. A consultation
will include a personalized diet and holistic program suggestions,
all custom-tailored to your pet's personal needs. This is particularly
imperative in pets with complicated health issues, or if you've
done a lot of outside reading and have conflicting information.
Please feel free to contact me about your pet anytime.
preceeding program is a healthful recommendation and not a substitute
for good veterinary care. Please feel free to contact Cat Donnelly
with any questions you may have.
Pet Nutritional Consultant, Alternative Pets
Where Your Pet's Health is Naturally Our Primary Concern