When your dog produces too much oil on their skin, a yeast skin infection can occur. Yeast on a dog, whether it be on their skin, paws or ears, is often caused by either an allergy or too much grain, as in their food so it can start in their intestinal tract. As in humans, dogs have a pH level that when it’s off, can cause problems with your dog’s health. But rest assured, this is NOT contagious to humans, nor did they get it from another dog or animal. It also cannot be transmitted to other pets, however, when your dog’s immune system is down fighting this yeast infection, it opens the door for other bacterial or fungal infections, which some are contagious.
Possible Contagious Infections
There are some infections that can be transmitted to humans, such as Ringworm, which doesn’t actually involve worms. Rather, ringworm is a fungal skin infection, easily transmitted and easily cured. Other ones are Giardia, which is a Protozoal parasites that comes from contaminated drinking water; Roundworm can cause horrific skin and ocular lesions in affected humans. In our culture with great hygiene and careful parasite control for our dogs, we don’t hear of these cases often. MRSA, which is a form of a staff infection, is more of a problem from humans to pets; Sarcoptic Mange, also known as Scabies, Mange is caused by a tiny mite that burrows deeply into the skin creating severe itching and irritation. Salmonella, a bacteria that can be found in contaminated and undercooked food; Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that is spread through contact with the urine of an infected animal; Rabies is a virus that can infect mammals. It is spread in the saliva or contact with infected tissues; Hookworms suck on the intestinal lining of dogs, causing a potentially life-threatening blood loss, especially in puppies. The eggs found in pet feces could transfer through the skin in pet owners if you happened to step on a dropping with your bare feet; Tapeworms are flat segmented worms that live in the intestines of some animals.
Make sure take your dog to a vet to get a diagnosis of what kind of infection it is for sure. Symptoms can look like different infections. With a yeast infection, your dog will scratch a lot and have a terrible odor.
How To Treat an Infection
When your dog has a yeast infection, you will want to treat it as soon as possible as it will be very uncomfortable for them and they could scratch so much that it creates a sore. There are home remedies that can help with this but if it gets worse, you’ll want to contact your Vet to get medication or cremes. You should also look into shampoos with antifungal properties. It takes a few months to clear up the yeast infection so be patient and diligent in your treatment.