How Do I Know if My Dog has a Yeast Infection?

Causes of Dog Ear Infections, symptoms, canine ear infection, bacteria

Yeast infections in dogs can show up in various places on your dog’s body.  The most common place is in their ears, but on occasion, it will appear in their mouth.  Your dog may drool excessively if they have one, but keep in mind, they could be drooling because of a possible bee sting or a bad tooth.  This is where your vet can come into play and determine for sure what the problem could be.

Now your dog could be suffering from allergies too which will compromise their immune system, therefore making it prime for a yeast infection to grow.  Your dog’s skin could be itchy, smelly or just plain irritated.  Check into any hormone imbalances as well,


When your dog’s ears or paws or even their skin have a pungent smell, this can be a sign of a yeast infection.  There are varying types of bacteria that can grow on your dog due to too much moisture.  If your dog is an avid swimmer or gets baths often, make sure you are drying their ears and paws well.  Your dog might also lose some hair due to the infection.


Inflammation and redness are another indication of a yeast infection.  Some dogs scratch a lot and some may lick to relieve the itching.  Regardless, it will be painful for your dog.  

Head Shaking

As mentioned earlier, the ears are usually where you will find a yeast infection.  If your pooch is always shaking their head, while scratching, this is a good indication that something is wrong with their ears.

Changes in the Skin

When your dog’s ears become red on the inside skin, this can definitely be an infection.  It’s a sign of early onset, so check into some home remedies to clear it up quickly before rushing to the Vet.  It’s always best to do the natural thing with your dog.  If it starts to change colors and goes to a dark color, the infection has progressed.  Yeast infections can happen on different parts of your dog’s body so make sure to check all over your dog.

When your dog’s immune system is compromised, this can be a breeding ground for yeast to grow on different parts of your dog’s body.  Be sure to clean and dry their ears on a regular basis, especially if your dog has floppy ears, like labs and basset hounds, among others.

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