Many dogs have common skin diseases, but the most prevalent of those diseases are yeast infections.
The major cause of the dog yeast infection is a microorganism that is found naturally in the stomach and intestines of both humans and dogs. This yeast is not harmful and in fact, aids with digestion and the processing of food and nutrients. It is when the PH balance of a dog’s stomach is out of balance and it causes the beneficial bacteria to be destroyed that the yeast starts to over produce, out of control, causing problems and health issues.
What are some of the main causes of a dog yeast infection?
- The overuse of antibiotics which kills everything, including “good” bacteria;
- Depression or stress;
- Certain flea and heartworm medications;
- Thyroid issues;
- Poor nutrition;
- Hormonal changes – “heat” in females, lactation or whelping;
The main issue with a dog yeast infection is that it throws all of the dog’s body systems out of whack. What is taking place inside your dog’s body with the over growth of yeast begins to manifest itself on the outside of the body and becomes an external problem over time.
Some of the symptoms that you may see externally include: itchy skin and paws, inflammation or redness, odor coming from ears or just a “smelly” dog in general; recurring infections of the ears, bladder and skin.
The most common symptom of an overgrowth of yeast is recurring ear infections. It is a good idea to check your dog’s ears often and to use a good ear cleaning solution in his ears. Dogs with long, floppy ears are much more susceptible to chronic ear infections. This is why routine cleaning becomes very important.
If your dog has a serious yeast infection, you may want to get to your vet’s office for treatment advice, since it is one of those things that needs to be treated from the inside out.
It may be that a yeast infection is only a symptom of an underlying problem, and so having your vet check your dog over is never a bad idea.