September 25, 2016 | Erin | 6 Comments Candida Albicans, also known as a yeast infection, generally affects the skin and mucous membranes. It is a common cause for many health issues for both humans and dogs. It occurs due to an imbalance and can complicate many other physical problems. Candida is a naturally occurring fungus found in the intestinal track of dogs and humans When the immune system is not working correctly, it results in an imbalance and there is an overgrowth of yeast The yeast can reach the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body A yeast infection in dogs is commonly seen in the ears, but can also be blamed for may other conditions including: Skin conditions that include rashes and hot spots Allergies Anxiety Joint pain Excessive thirst Digestive issues Hyperactivity Strong body odor So What Causes The Imbalance? Antibiotics – They kill all bacteria, not just the bad kind. Medications and vaccines Diet of low-quality food Environmental molds, chemical, toxins How To Bring The Body Back In Balance? Remove the bad bacteria Introduce good bacteria Sounds pretty easy, right? Unfortunately, the solution is a bit more complicated. Veterinarians will generally diagnose allergies when a dog presents with system imbalance issues and will prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication. We have already learned that these medications themselves can be responsible for the overgrowth of yeast, so we know that this treatment, while it may temporarily mask a dog’s symptoms, they will not provide a cure. In order to treat a dog with a yeast imbalance, we need to begin by removing the culprits. The best way to begin is to switch up a dog’s diet to eliminate food that encourages the growth of yeast. Foods that contain sugar or starches contribute to yeast overgrowth so you want to reduce or eliminate completely. Foods that contain sugar and starch includes grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and potatoes. Once the culprits have been removed, you want to focus on replacing balance to your dog’s system. The use of a quality Probiotic, a microorganism whose purpose it is to repair damage and promote healing, will continue the restoration of your dog’s system. Probiotics are also credited with building back up a strong immune system which is essential to your dog’s good health. To summarize how you can help your dog that is affected by a yeast imbalance, you want to switch your pet to a grain free food to eliminate sugars and starches. A good option would be Wysong Epigen Food. Epigen is the most genetically appropriate and only Starch Free dry diet (kibble) on the market. You want to supplement your dog’s new diet with a good quality Probiotic to promote healing and repair damage. A good choice is PET Ultimates Probiotics for Dogs. It is made in the USA to ensure it does not contain questionable ingredients and contains some of largest amount of active flora on the market. Even better is a guarantee by the manufacturer – if you do not see a marked improvement in your dog’s health after 2 weeks of use, you are entitled to a complete refund of your purchase price! Lastly, a good product to help a dog’s ears that are suffering from yeast is Zymox Otic Pet Ear Treatment. Yeast in a dog’s ears can be very painful and your dog will not be happy with you applying medications to try to help. I used to use products from my vet, but that involved using first a cleaner and then a medication to soothe and heal. I was putting my dogs through a 2 step process to treat them and it was expensive. The Zymoc Otic Pet Eat Treatment is the only product you need as it both cleans and heals. It is also very soothing to an already irritated dog and I find that my dogs get relief in half the time using versus the vet stuff. So there you have it, yeast infections in dogs. Please feel free to leave a comment, ask a question or share an experience of how yeast has affected your dog and what you did to help!