Can I give my dog yogurt to combat chronic yeast infections in his ears?

by Joel
(Highland Park Illinois)

Can I give my dog yogurt to combat chronic yeast infections in his ears? '

He's 7 years old and chronically develops brown discharge from his ears.

Editor Suggestion Yogurt for Treating a Dog Ear Yeast Infection

Hi Joel,

Yogurt is sometimes suggested as a home remedy for mild yeast infections in dogs due to its probiotic content. However, if your dog is suffering from chronic yeast infections in his ears, it's important to consult a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Most yeast infections can be treated with anti-fungal medications prescribed by your Vet.

If you do try yogurt, try one to three tablespoons depending on the size of your dog per day (Source:

Ear infections in dogs can be caused by bacteria, yeast, or a combination of both, and can be exacerbated by allergies, hormonal imbalances, or other factors. The brown discharge you mentioned could be a symptom of an infection or another underlying issue. A veterinarian will be able to examine your dog's ears, determine the cause, and recommend an appropriate treatment.

While you may find anecdotal evidence online about yogurt helping with yeast infections, it's important to follow your veterinarian's advice. They may prescribe medications, such as antifungal or antibiotic drops, or recommend cleaning solutions to help manage your dog's ear health. They also might suggest dietary changes, supplements, or other interventions to address any underlying issues contributing to the chronic infections.


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Dog Health Guide

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