A dog’s paws should be cleaned and dried thoroughly if they are constantly outside playing in the dirt and water. Dirt and moisture are a breeding ground for yeast to grow. Make sure it’s a good cleaning – between their toes and all crevices of their paw. A dog’s sweat glands are located in their paws so this is an extra reason to keep them clean and dr
If you suspect anything in your dog’s health that has changed, you should make an appointment with your Vet to get them checked out. When it comes to yeast infections, sometimes they are reoccurring and you’ll know that by the smell and sometimes by what it looks like. So that being said, a vet can determine if it’s a yeast infection or something bacterial. If your Vet suspects a yeast infection in your dog’s paws, they will determine that by scraping some skin and view it under a microscope. If it is yeast growth, they will prescribe an antifungal medication. You might want to put booties on your dog’s paws to keep the medication on and dirt out. If your vet determines your dog has a bacterial infection, they will prescribe an antibiotic rather than an antifungal remedy. Make sure you are doing some kind of flea preventative medication since flea bite allergies can cause a yeast infection.
Just as in humans, too much carbohydrates and sugar can cause an overgrowth in yeast in your dog. Most of the food sold in basic stores have too much of both. Look for a grain-free food to feed your dog and this will help keep the yeast to a minimum. Check out another article on my site regarding what to feed your dog and some suggestions. Consumption of human food is not a good idea either as there are too many ingredients that dogs are not meant to ingest. An occasional piece of meat is okay but stay away from corn syrups and artificial ingredients. Rule of thumb: if it’s not good for you, it’s not good for your dog.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has a lot of acidic properties to it and this is something that yeast does not like. However, good bacteria thrives in an acidic environment so by soaking your dog’s paws in an apple cider vinegar solution mixed with water, this could definitely help in restoring the good bacteria to your dog’s paws and get rid of the yeast. Click here for more information on Cider Vinegar. If your dog’s paws have any open wounds on them, you may want to wait until that heals to ensure no pain. This remedy is not a cure all if the yeast infection is bad, but in a mild case, you could see a definite difference.