However, everything was fine until last year’s summer vacation. Shenanigan was in great shape until my nephew felt her skin getting dull and itchy.
They consulted a vet who confirmed Shenanigan is suffering from yeast!
Today I am going to share my knowledge’s with the pet lovers like you. I don’t want to see any other pet lover whose pet is suffering from yeast!
What is a Yeast Infection?
Yeasts are microscopic fungal organisms.
The University of California, Davis confirms there are over 800 species of yeast in the planet. Furthermore, they estimate that it is just 1% of yeast species. The rest of them remain undiscovered till now!
Yeast fungus is a natural part of a dog’s body. Yeast is responsible for maintaining a balanced and healthy immune system.
However, when the immune system becomes compromised and stressed, there is an overgrowth of yeast. In this stage, your favorite puppy develops a so-called disease named yeast infection.
In a single sentence, yeast infection is a fungal infection.
Generally, yeast infects the outer side of the dog’s body. The most affected areas are paws, ears, armpits, anus and genital areas. But, the inner parts also could be a victim of yeast infection.
Types of Yeast Infection
There are numerous types of yeast infection that may happen to your dear puppy. But two of them are the most common. They are:
Candida is the most common type of fungal or yeast infection. It mainly affects the mucosal areas like ears, vulva, vagina, and between toes and foot pads. Most infected by this are female pets. The worst case scenario is that Candida may colonize in the gastrointestinal area of your pet.
∙ Malassezia Pachydermatitis
The Malassezia pachydermatitis yeast affects the ears. It is found on the skin and mucosal areas of both cats and dogs. However, growing a particular amount of Malassezia pachydermatitis yeast is completely natural. But the overgrowth will cause dermatitis on the skin.
Where Would a Dog Get Yeast Infection?
We have two legs, they have four; we speak, they bark; so most people don’t think that dogs and humans both suffer from the same illnesses.
A 2002 case study published in the Veterinary Dermatology Journal disclosed sensitive information about yeast infection in dogs between 1992 and 1998 looked at 266 cases of yeast infections. They found the following information:
1. Dust allergy
Our pooch loves to play in lawns or city parks. This increases the possibility of dust allergies.
Thus, dust augments the chances of yeast on your dog’s skin. As a result, there becomes an immune imbalance and they suffer from yeast infections.
Diabetes is considered the deadliest diseases in the 21st Century. It is well known that diabetes distracts the average insulin rate of the blood. As a result, a hormonal imbalance occurs. This imbalance increases the possibility of yeast infection.
3. Stray dog
The dog’s that have been lost for multiple days has a higher possibility to become infected. Because they travel through unknown roads, Fido could be exposed to any number of foreign substances. They are more likely to eat infectious foods. It results in a higher possibility of getting infected. You should also report stray pets on found pet registry like PawMaw. They can help you find the owner of that dog
Some breeds are more likely to develop a yeast infection in their body. It is because of their genetics or body traits. These breeds include, but not limited to:
- West Highland White Terriers
- German shepherd
- Basset hound
- West Highland white terrier
- Shih Tzu
- Cocker Spaniels
- Basset hounds
- Lhasa apsos
- Cocker Spaniel etc
Gender also plays a vital role in yeast infection. Generally, female dogs have a higher possibility of being affected than male dogs.
6. Food sensitivity
Most of the veterinary dermatologists agree that food sensitivity is the primary reason for yeast infection. Food sensitivity mainly causes an ear infection. In fact, 80% of total food sensitive dog suffer from otitis externa. It is one kind of outer ear infection.
These are the basic reasons for yeast infection of dog. But there are plenty of others. For example, improper diet, chemotherapy, skin irritation, flea bites, too hot or cold weather, etc improves the possibility of being affected significantly.
Signs of Yeast Infection in Dogs
The most common sign of yeast infection is unbearable itchiness and inflammation. Rather than this, there are lots of other symptoms too. These symptoms are listed below –
➢ Itchy skin
It is the most common and visible sign of yeast infection. It is mainly a sign of Malassezia yeast infection. When your dog roughly scratches a particular part of his skin, it might be because of yeast.
However, scratch doesn’t always mean infection. Even healthy and infection free canines also scratch themselves. But when your pooch scratches like amiss, you should consult your veterinarian without any delay.
➢ Red skin
Every dog contains its own skin color. Generally, a healthy dog with proper blood flow has a light pink hue on its skin. But if you notice a slight red or bright pink skin, it means it’s time to consult your vet.
You should check your dog’s skin at least once a week.
➢ Brownish or red color around the genitals
Now, I’ve previously mentioned particular breeds and female dogs have more possibility of being infected. If your dog is on that list, check its whole body, especially the genital organs at least twice a week.
➢ Skin crusting
Cracked or dry skin is another important indication of a hormonal imbalance of skin. It is a result of yeast infection.
➢ Recurring ear infection
Candida is responsible for an ear infection. Almost 40% of dogs suffer from the ear infection. Generally, it occurs in the internal part of the ear. Sometimes it is also undetectable by the pet owners. So, you should perform a regular whole body checkup to your dog.
➢ Hair loss and hot spots
Yeast infection causes oozing skin. It causes your dog to scratch himself intensely. But the worst part of this infection is that it will bite its own skin. As a result, you can see several hot spots on your pooch’s skin.
Furthermore, he will face tremendous hair decay issues. This is very painful and also intends to develop other severe infections.
➢ Urinary tract infection
The Candida Albicans species of yeast cause urinary tract infection. It is the most painful symptom of all. It may also result in death to your favorite puppy.
➢ Funky Smell
It is an irrefutable sign of yeast infection. Sometimes the odor becomes intolerable. But you should keep in mind that the level of funk coming off your pup!
So, diagnose your pet whenever you notice any smell coming from your dog’s skin.
➢ Head Shaking
You know ear scratching is a vital sign of yeast infection. But, the head shaking is a villain too!
The yeast commonly affects the ear canal. When the canal is affected, dogs cannot scratch by its paw. That’s why they shake their heads continuously to remove their itchiness.
Generally, the Cocker Spaniel breed shows this symptom very frequently.
These are the main symptoms of yeast infected dog. However, your dog may show other symptoms like lethargy, frequent accidents in the house, loss of appetite, nausea, sticky or green/yellow discharge, greasy coat, etc.
There are lots of signs to identify a yeast infection. As a pet owner, you should know about all of these signs. Whether you notice any of them, consult with your veterinarian and diagnose properly. It may prolong your dog’s life.
Stay happy with your dog!
About the Author
Lauretta Williams is a web-addicted blogger who works with PawMaw. She loves spending her time listening to music, playing with her pets and writing blogs from her computer.