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Is Your Dog Suffering From a Yeast Infection?

Is Your Dog Suffering From a Yeast Infection?

Is Your Dog Suffering From a Yeast Infection?

A yeast infection can make your dog's life miserable; not only will your dog be uncomfortable and itchy, but the scratching can be draining.

Is your dog constantly scratching, shaking their head, or licking their paws?

Paws, ears, armpits, and skin folds may become irritated. All these symptoms point to your dog having a yeast infection. All of these signs indicate that your dog may have a yeast infection.

A veterinarian should always evaluate your dog to ensure that there are no underlying health issues causing the symptoms.

What exactly is a yeast infection?

Yeast is a type of fungus, and yeast overgrowth is classified as a fungal infection.
It is important to highlight that this condition is not contagious.

Malassezia is a yeast that dwells on the skin, in the ears, and in the anal sacs of dogs. A healthy immune system generally keeps it in check. When yeast overgrows and irritates the skin, it causes yeast dermatitis.

Dogs with floppy ears, such as Cocker Spaniels, Basset Hounds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and Poodles, are more prone to yeast ear infections. They are not the only dogs who can suffer from yeast overgrowth. In reality, any puppy can develop a yeast infection if the immune system is suppressed or the skin's natural balance is disrupted, allowing yeast to flourish.

What causes a Yeast Infection?

A multitude of causes can contribute to yeast infections in dogs, including:

Allergies: The most common cause of a dog yeast infection is an allergy to fleas, food, or environmental substances. Allergies can cause skin discomfort and oiliness. Some dogs may develop allergies to the yeast itself.

Antibiotics: Beneficial microorganisms are found naturally on the skin. They help to keep yeast levels stable. Antibiotics destroy all germs, both healthy and bad. When bacteria are removed, yeast populations can explode.

Steroid Medications: Veterinary steroid medicines are commonly administered to treat dogs with autoimmune diseases and allergies. These disorders are caused by an overreaction of the immune system. Because steroids impair the immune system, dogs are more vulnerable to yeast infections.

What to Look for in the Case of a Dog Yeast Infection

Biting, itching, and licking excessively
Repetitive head shaking or ear scratching
Loss of hair
Smelly odour
Rashes or inflamed, red skin
Discharge from the ears
Darkening of the skin
Scratching Wounds

Managing Dog Yeast Infection

There are numerous topical remedies for yeast infection in dogs, including natural products.

Herbacare Ears
Herbal Dog Co's Natural Itchy Ear Tonic drops contain maythen (wild mustard) oil as a natural lubricant, as well as tea tree and wild rosemary essential oils. These substances offer antifungal, antibacterial, and antiseptic characteristics that have been meticulously calibrated to alleviate itching and irritation.

Nose and Paw Balm
Paw and Nose Balm was developed to soothe and cure broken paws and noses. It's also great for treating dry skin spots.

Colloidal Silver Spray
For hundreds of years, this liquid has been used to treat open wounds, grazes, burns, and many sorts of skin abrasions. This item is excellent for repairing cracked skin and painful spots.

Natural supplements that aid in yeast production balance, such as Herbal Dog Co Herbacare Yeast, are also an excellent option. While topical treatments can help reduce symptoms, the correct supplements can help boost the immune system, which can help combat a yeast infection in dogs.