Alternative Medicine for Pets/Candida overgrowth in dogs?


Hello Susan,
I have asked about this subject with another 'expert' and they could not give me an answer.  I hope you have heard of this condition and can give me some advice on what to do.

I know this subject is controversial in the medical community, but being a big advocate of holistic and naturopathic medicine I have educated myself in many areas of alternative, holistic, and naturopathic modalities.  Which brings me to my dilemma...

I have a mixed breed (lab,sheperd,beagle,?) female dog, approximately 45lbs, and is 12 years old.  Her previous owner told me that when she was about 6 months old she had discovered a dead deer in the woods and began eating the deer,
resulting in her being very sick and requiring an extended course of antibiotics from the vet.  When I took ownership of her shortly after that she seemed very low key, sometimes
lethargic, but energetic when we had the opportunities to 'play'.   

Fast forward 11 years (today) and she is showing signs of even worse lethargy, very low on energy, her coat is coarse and dry, and sometimes she will vomit her food after eating, and there is almost always a "white mucous" surrounding the
regurgitated food.  She has begun scratching with more frequency, even though a very close inspection shows so signs of fleas or ticks.  I take VERY good care of her.  She only gets DOG food, no PEOPLE food, and it is the highest quality I
can buy.  I have had on her on Blue Buffalo dry food and Hill Science canned food for the past few years, but recently switched to Healthy Balance dry because she began losing interest in the Blue Buffalo for some reason. And I still give her Science Diet canned food daily mixed with the dry food.

Her eating is another issue...she has suddenly began losing her appetite. Sometimes she will go 2 days without eating. This came on rather suddenly, about 2 or 3 months ago. And again, periodically she will vomit her food and it is always covered with that white mucous, which I suspect may contain candida.  

I have done extensive research on Candida fungus, as I have experienced this condition since childhood due to regular use of antibiotics.  All the symptoms I mentioned above are listed in the category of candida overgrowth.  I recently discovered a candida remedy for humans called "Chitin Inhibitor", which destroys the candida's 'exoskeleton', making it vulnerable to
our body's natural defenses (immune system).  It is also available for pets, originally for use in controlling fleas and ticks, and in fact, my understanding is that it is only obtainable from a Vet's office.  It is called "The Program", which uses a product such as this, only in lower doses, for flea control, and supposedly also for candida, but not that many people are up on this subject.  Are you familiar with this?  

I would just like your input on what you think about attacking this issue with 'The Program', as I'm very sure she has candida involvement.  I know how dangerous this can be as I, myself, have been battling a candida infection for many years.  I have just ordered a course of this Chitin Inhibitor (for humans) and their claims are that it is guaranteed to eliminate all candida from the body.  If you would like to check it out the website is I have researched the web about
using this product for pets but all I have found is the reference to "The Program", which is only available at a Vet's office.

Thank you for taking the time to read my long message. I welcome any thoughts you may have on this subject.  :)

Thank you,

Sorry to have taken so long but my computer was out of service.
as to your issue, I would recommend getting a free copy of my book "Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet" by filling out the pop up form at . It will give you a lot of information that you really need to know.

I would recommend switching to a grain free food, and if possible a variety of frozen raw food since the enzymes are living. If you don't go raw, add a quality enzyme and probiotic formula to the grain free (not one of the very high protean formulas). You can also ad a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the new food. If there is still an issue after about 2-4 weeks, there is a product called Agrumax that is very good for bacteria and candida used internally and externally.

Needless to say,if I can write a book, there is more information than I can tell you here, but that is the intro. You may in the future contact holistic vet Dr Gerald Wessner at 325-245-0205. He uses homeopathy and does phone consultation. He is awesome.

Hope this helps.

Sue Griffin

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I can answer questions concerning pet allergies, natural flea control, breeding and dog breeds, puppy training, pets and stress, and pretty much any dog related question.


I have been a Holistic Pet Care Consultant for over 20 years. My specialties are nutrition and flea, skin and coat problems but I have experience with other health issues as well. I have been studying canine nutrition for over 20 years as well and have a broad knowledge base there including breed specific information. I am the author of The Healthy Pet Handbook and Simple Steps to a Healthy Pet as well as many other pet related articles; and have hosted radio talk shows on natural pet care. I conduct seminars on natural pet care, relationship training and the spiritual, energetic relationship between people and companion animals. I trained my first dog in 7th grade, bread my first litter in 12th grade and began showing at age 20 (I'm now 60). I have studied dogs all of my life and I have a degree in Psychology with minors in Ecology and Animal Behavior from Utah State University. I am a graduate of The New York School of Dog Grooming (1972) and Orchard Kennels School of Training (can't remember the year). I am the founder and owner of Naturals For Animals in St Petersburg, FL and the developer of Critter Oil and other natural products and Pet Energy Therapy, a pet assisted therapy for people. I look forward to answering your questions and feel free to read the articles on my site,

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