Symptoms of Dog Yeast Problems
Yeast infections, yeast rash, and yeast overgrowth is a common problem for dogs. When a dog experiences a yeast or candida issue, the results are usually apparent in the skin and coat.
Common symptoms of dog yeast overgrowth and candida:
- Licking or chewing feet and legs, and/or hot spots
- Hair loss and excessive shedding
- Strong foul odor, bad smell
- Recurring ear infections, chronic dog ear infection
- Itchy eyes and ears with rash
- Thick, rough, or darkening of dog skin
- Oily, or dry and flaky skin
- General fatigue due to suppressed immune system
The above symptoms are an immune response that your dog may have when experiencing a yeast overgrowth issue. The pathogenic bacteria attacks the dog's internal organs, suppresses the immune system, and results in the above problems on the surface of the body of the dog. When this happens, the holistic approach is to balance the unhealthy bacteria with probiotics (healthy flora).
The anibiotics problem
With continued use of antibiotics, all the bacteria in the body of the dog is killed, including the friendly, healthy bacteria. With antibiotic use, symptoms may lessen, but soon return and intensify after antibiotic therapy is stopped.* Also, treating the yeast symptoms topically, such as with an antibacterial soap or special cleanser does not solve the fundamental problem that causes the yeast symtpoms in the first place.
Probiotics are the natural answer to dog yeast overgrowth and yeast related issues.
The best dog probiotic will help with yeast overgrowth because:
- Probiotics crowd out bad bacteria and inhibit their growth (also called pathogenic bacteria), and,
- Probiotics create an natural antibiotic-like substance called acidophilin1
(with no negative side effects)
- Probiotics seed dog intestinal tract with healthy flora (friendly bacteria) that improves immune function and digestion
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If your dog has a yeast infection, rash, or other issue related to canidida or yeast, we find that the best approach is by using a quality probiotic made for pets. Not all probiotics are alike. Many probiotics are unstable and lose their beneficial properties in the dog's stomach before the probiotics can reach the intestine—also, there are many formulas that have not been researched in pets. The intestine is where the probiotics need to plant in order to seed the dog's intestinal tract with healhty flora. Buying unstable dog probiotics is the same as throwing money away.
A yeast problem for a dog, could be made worse by the wrong probiotic because certain strains of bacteria are known to compete for absorption.
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(from the manufacturer: Probiotics for Pets: Understanding CFU and Strains)
Based on the research of available pet probiotics and user reviews, we did not find any other probiotic products for pets that we recommend for yeast infections or yeast overgrowth and rashes.
We feel it is important to know, for our pets with yeast issues, that the pet supplement market is not highly regulated like it is for humans. We find that most products that say they are for pets are really just human products with a pet label. We see it as vital that any product we give our dogs and cats have research to back up their claims. A probiotic product for "pets" that has an extremely high CFU (like 50 billion), or multiple strains of bacteria (over 12), may not be ideal for our cherished animals.
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1 Miller, The Pfizer Handbook of Microbial Metabolites, McGraw-Hill Book .
Company, Inc., New York, New York, 1961, page 522 (No. 1,019).