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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:

 

  1. Skin conditions that include rashes and hot spots
  2. Allergies
  3. Anxiety
  4. Joint pain
  5. Excessive thirst
  6. Digestive issues
  7. Hyperactivity
  8. 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.

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 comments on “Yeast Infections in Dogs – What’s Guaranteed to Help Now

  • While I have used Zymox for some issues and a yeast infection in the ear is one of them, there are often bacterial infections in the ear canal. It does pay to have your dog evaluated by a vet. They can sample and grow the offenders in a petri dish to determine species and if yeast is actually the culprit.

    With one of my Labs (Labs are prone to ear infections) I cleaned her ears regularly with a very dilute solution of tea tree oil.(2 drops to 12 oz of water). This dissolves the wax and cleans the ear and has anti-bacterial properties.

    • Hi, Yes tea tree oil is very gentle and safe to use in the ear. I have a beagle who is also very prone to yeast infections in her ears, all I need to do is smell the ear to know that yeast is the culprit. The Zymox just seems to work better for her while causing her less trauma. Plus it is less trauma to my budget! While I realize that my vet is in business to make money, medications that my dogs need have become affordable since I no longer purchase through my vet.

      Take Care,

      Erin

  • Love your suggestions on dealing with this troublesome aliment for dogs. This makes a lot of sense with the diet change and the use of the Pet Ultimates Probiotics. I also love that this product is made in the US and can be trusted and with a two week guarantee.
    It makes a lot of sense to attack the problem where your immune system is most concentrated, in the gut, for both humans and dogs because if there is a problem with this area, you’ll see problems in other areas. I also know boosting your immune system in your gut with probiotics is very helpful.

    • Hi Dan, you are correct, if a problem exists in the gut is will affect other areas as well. Probiotics are simply amazing. I was taught by a doctor years ago to use Probiotics whenever I was on an antibiotic to offset any issues with yeast. I have followed his advice and it makes all the difference in the world for me. I also agree with you about a product made in the USA – I choose no other.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Erin

  • Erin, this is a terrific article on something we have yet to encounter (to my knowledge) on any of the dogs we’ve had over the past 35 years (touch wood). I had no idea that things could get out of balance like this, or that one thing could lead to another and our dog could wind up in a not-so-good state of health. I also enjoyed your video by Dr. Becker, where she explains some of the symptoms of yeast infections – and particularly the characteristic cheese popcorn smell!
    I’m definitely on guard with the dog we have now.
    But you’ve also given us a great list of things to try in the event our little one contracts a yeast infection.
    Thanks for this!

    • Hi Larry,

      I am so glad that you found my article helpful. My research has really opened my eyes to the problem of yeast in dogs. My Beagle is prone to yeast infections in her ears simply because she has long ears that are covered, which is a prime place for yeast to grow. I now see that she has other signs of a yeast issues on her body. I am planning on switching her to a grain free diet and giving her probiotics. This will be a slow process – we never want to abruptly change our dogs’ diet – but I will be sure to keep my readers updated on Abby’s yeast problem.

      Take Care,

      Erin

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