Natural Cures for Pyoderma in Dogs - Ted's Q&A

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Posted by Laura (Hartford, WI) on 12/01/2006

We are having some other problems, she keeps getting pyoderma. The vet puts her on antibiotics and it clears, but when she is done the pyoderma comes back. Any suggestions? Thank you so much for the mange cure. I was so afraid of the dip.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
383 posts

Dear Laura: Pyoderma infection is a simple bacteria infection a found in the the skin of the dog called Staphylococcus Intermedius. Often changing the diets of dogs from ready made dog food to home cooked food will help. For some reason, the ready made dog foods lowers the dog's natural immunity since there is no natural enzymes in them, while a partially cooked liver and meats will often help.

However, it is necesary to prepare a wet paste of sodium bicarbonate and borax (50:50) using a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution to prepare the paste and apply in area of infection. Four applications per day should stop the staph fairly quickly.

The drinking water of the dog should, for temporarily add 1/4 teaspoon of NATURAL sea salt per liter of water to the dog. Sea salt are quite alkaline forming where its pH is between 7.5 - 8.5, making an ideal addition.

The best kinds of sea salt, amazingly enough is not found for human use but for pet shops that sells aquarium. There are many brands, but they should be natural sea salts and most would be o.k. If this doesn't work of for a week add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per 1 liter of water to the dog's drinking water. It takes about 2 weeks for a noted improvement.

As a warning, dogs on antibiotics will get yeast infections if given too long. If the dogs happens to be eating ready made dog food this will be much worse. In my opinion, giving treating yeast/fungus issue are a lot more difficult then bacteria and viruses. I often call these fungus, the ultimate bioweapons, as it is extremely difficult to contain or rid off. So be on the watch for this. A dog will vomit, when they do get yeast infections and it appears to be like anorexic condition or acid reflux thing. If this symptoms is shown, antibiotics should be stopped and it will give the dogs to recover from additional symptoms faster.

Replied by Sarah
Brooklyn, Ohio

What is the exact mixture required? Do you rinse off the paste or leave it on to dry? My boxer mix's skin is infected and is turing black in spots. I have had her on and off Ketoconozole, but am afraid we are starting to tax her already low immune system due to allergies.

Replied by Jane
Paramus, New Jersey

My Spinone Italiano also keeps getting bacterial infections in the folds of her mouth. She's been on antibiotics throughout the year, it goes away and then comes back. Based upon where the infections are, she is not a candidate for the lip fold surgery. The doctors are looking for other alternatives. Any help is appreciated. She is only 7 years old.

Replied by Nicole
Deerfield Beach, Fl, Usa

Diet is an important factor but clean water is also important when dealing with pyroderma especially in dog where outbreaks are localized to the mouth. The bowl the water is in is also very important. Plastic bowls commonly cause pyroderma. If your dog suffers from pyroderma that reoccurs check the water bowl, if it is plastic replace it with a metal bowl and see if that helps.

Replied by Looneygirl
Houston, Texas, Usa

You might look up more on this info but when I went thru several breast cancer surgeries & antobotics I got the thrush or yeast infections in my mouth so bad and it was painful. The doctor would call in a prescription everytime. My nurse friend got me over the counter Acidophilus/probiotics to start using before my next surgery and then I read somewhere that Povidone-Iodine Solution, 10%. Rince in the mouth does the same thing for mouth yeast infections. I read they use this in poor countries instead of the expesive big pharma cure. It is that purple red stuff that I came home with stains with they use before surgerys. It works. Just don't let your dog drink it it should be for a wash out only. I am a big user now of iodone tinture & the bedidine for many things and also take iodine supplements which is a bit controversal but I take it in limited doses.

Replied by Doll33y
Up, Michigan

Italian vinegar type salad dressing also helps with yeasty mouth infections for both humans and pets. Eat a salad or put it on vegetables or meats. Seems to be a nice easy solution instead of medicines.

Replied by Matthew
Stanwood, Wa

I tried Ted's remedy of Borax and Baking Soda Paste with 1% Hydrogen Peroxide on my dog's Pyroderma. It didn't work. By the second day, my dog had even more redness, and in addition open sores with pus. Prior to staring Ted's remedy he didn't have any of these open sores like this. So tonight, I wiped my dog down with a wash clothe of warm water to clean off the borax paste residual. After that, I dried his groin completely with a towel, and put an antibiotic ointment on the sores and the majority of his groin and inside of his legs.

As for the paste, I was hopeful it would work. I read a lot about it, and watched other people's videos on YouTube. I mixed a 50/50 mix of Borax, and Baking Soda, and then slowly added enough of the 1% Hydrogen Peroxide until it formed a paste like gritty feeling mixture. I then rubbed this gritty paste on his groin. Almost reminded me of an exfoliation. I hope this is how Ted intended the paste to be applied. But if it was as Ted described, I did not see an improvement, I saw the condition get worse after application.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Matthew, does your dog suffer from allergies? When this happens to my dogs - applying a treatment and having the skin blow up afterwards - its because I am applying the remedy in an agitative manner to skin that is in [for lack of a better term] 'reaction mode'. It sounds as if your 'exfoliating' while applying the remedy was done when the skin was in reaction mode; the remedy will still be effective on the bacterial skin infection but you should avoid agitating and go for a spritz or a soak instead.

Ted covers several formulas for doggie allergy skin here:

It is well worth your time to review the questions and remedies to see if one of them is more suited to the conditions your dog is experiencing.