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.
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.
A Solution for Yeast Problems
When confronted with a yeast problem in your dog, a holistic and effective solution is to add large amounts of probiotics to his diet and change the diet. Probiotics are perfect for controlling yeast because they:
- Inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria by crowded them out of the gut.
- Create an natural antibiotic-like substance called acidophilin1 which controls yeast growth without side effects.
- Populate the gut with healthy flora, making it more difficult for the bad guys (yeast, bacteria, fungi) to take over.
Further, be sure your dog is eating an diet that inhibits yeast, or does not aid in its growth. An anti-yeast diet is one that is free from grains and carbohydrates, which usually end up fermenting in the gut and feeding yeast. You may be surprised, but your dog actually needs almost no carbohydrates to be healthy. This is because his body is different from a human.
Find a grain-free dog food and one that is preferably raw. You can make your own yeast-abating dog food at home very easily too if you have the time. There are several web sites out there that can help you get the right balance of meat protein and produce. Also, the AAFCO has guidelines based on their authority for pet foods.
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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 not made for pets, but rather for humans. These probiotics will not offer maximum benefit when it comes to treating a yeast issue for your dog.
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.
For our probiotic recommendations read here »
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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).