We as humans, have what’s called, good flora, in their stomach. This is where there is enough good bacteria to keep the bad bacteria at bay. And when the good flora is alive and well, the immune system is in check. Well, dogs have the same thing in their stomach. And when this is out of whack, health problems arise, like allergies or yeast infections. And a yeast infection can sometimes be mistaken for allergies. A yeast infection can show up in a variety of places on your dog. Skin, ears, feet, eyes, even their derrière. Some of the symptoms are itchy skin, smelly or discharge in the ears, constantly licking of their feet. If it’s in their ears, you may see them walk in circles, stumble around or even rub their ear on the carpet.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection
- If your dog is constantly licking their paws, their hair between their toes will often be a reddish color because of a yeast infection, not because they are licking so much.
- A lot of people think their dog has seasonal allergies because it comes and goes with the seasons but it is more than likely a yeast issue.
- If it’s in their ears, they will be scratching and shaking their head. Ear mites can be a cause of this also so make sure your vet takes a look at them to determine the right treatment.
- If it’s on their skin, they will experience hair loss, smelly and greasy hair and could have some dandruff as well.
- You will also see small black dots on their stomach area or a discoloration around their genitals.
These are just some signs to look for. You’re going to want to catch this early since the longer you let it go, the more difficult to get rid of, and the longer to get rid of.
How to Rid Your Dog of Excess Yeast
One of the things that yeast thrives on is sugar and carbohydrates. Now carbs are what change over to sugar so you’re going to want to look at your dog’s diet to start. Certain foods, that are commonly found in a lot of dog foods, especially the cheaper ones, are corn, rice sweet potatoes, oats, and peas are very high in carbohydrates. These should be avoided. There are a lot of foods on the market right now that are grain free and may be a good place to start. You can read more about some suggested ones here. Keep in mind that grain-free may still have sweet potatoes and other starches and carbs in them so check the ingredients. You’ll need a low-carb food.
The above mentioned is one way to prevent and rid your dog of excess yeast but another good thing is to try to avoid antibiotics if at all possible. This strips your dog’s system of good and bad bacteria. You need the good to combat the bad. Also, avoid vaccines, chemicals and pesticides. Chemicals and pesticides are sprayed a lot outside for weeds so avoid spraying your yard or at least keep your dog away from it. Also flea and ticket collars are a pesticide so avoid these also. It’s important to give your dog probiotics to keep that good bacteria flourishing in their stomach. Your dog’s gut holds most of their immune system so keep it healthy.
- Garlic is a great antifungal food to give your dog. For best results, chop it up and let it sit out for about 20 minutes, then put it in your dog’s food.
- Coconut Oil also is an antifungal and antiviral. When introducing coconut oil to your dog internally, mix about 1/4th teaspoon per day per lbs of body weigh to start to avoid any diarrhea issues. Try to work up to 1 teaspoon. You can also put this oil directly on their skin if there is a skin yeast infection.
- Oregano Oil is also antifungal. It usually comes in a dropper and needs to be diluted with coconut oil or olive oil. Just drop it in their food and mix around.
- Apple Cider Vinegar can be applied topically. Just put some in a bottle, pour a little on your pooch and massage it around. This helps with your dog’s pH levels.
These are a few examples of home remedies. The chart below shows a few others. After being diagnosed with a yeast infection, give your dog frequent baths and use a sulfur-based shampoo. Your vet might also prescribe some oral therapy with an anti-fungal drug such as ketoconazole or itraconazole.