Help! Tips on How to Treat Your Dog's Yeast Infection - USA Pet Cover

 Get an introduction to how yeast grows in a dog's ears and how to treat this common infection.
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I have two toy poodles. One is black and one is white. With that said, the black one seems to be chewing on his paws, and scratching like crazy at his face. His face stinks really bad and his eyes water non stop. I switched him to a holistic food brand and threw out all of those commercial food treats. I have looked at some yeast infection websites at the pics but he doesn't look like any of these. I think maybe this is caught in the beginning stage. He is not lethargic or anything by no means. I just need to know if and what I need to clean the face with and how much. He weighs 9 lbs. I am not sure if I need to use apple cidar vinegar or white vinegar. What kind of yogurt do I get? Do i just go to Wal Mart and buy whatever kind? Please someone help? I want to make sure I am doing the right thing for them both. They share the same water and food bowl so whatever I do for one , is it going to hurt the white one. He is only 3 lbs so he weighs considerable less and right now, only chews and licks his paws for hours sometimes....Thanks in advance for any help. And I want to thank everyone for opening my eyes to all that bad dogfood out there that I was feeding my babies.....
Get an introduction to how yeast grows in a dog's ears and how to treat this common infection.
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I had no idea dogs could get a yeast infection! Pats, our 10 year old border collie, was chewing herself raw and her odor was absolutely minging! I was looking for a natural treatment for mites, I was told that she had mange, and came across greatdanelady's testimonial. After going to the website included with the photos I realized what her problem was. I felt really bad - I've had a yeast infection before and I know how maddening it can be!! Get an introduction to how yeast grows in a dog's ears and how to treat this common infection.
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While you should never attempt to treat or medicate a dog without guidance from your vet, there are several things you can do at home to prevent or treat yeast infections. Vinegar will kill the yeast organism and prevent further growth by altering the pH level of the skin. It should be mixed 50:50 with pure water. Fish oil capsules provide omega-3 fatty acids and are good for the skin and coat. According to Holly Nash, DVM, MS, it has been shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory and useful for itchy and allergy-prone dogs (see Resources).In order to make a diagnosis your veterinarian will first ask for a full history of the animal, as well as a general physical exam, taking particular note of any abdominal swelling or pain, as well as any unusual odors or skin abnormalities. A scraping may be taken of the skin if any abnormalities are present and any unusual discharges will be tested. Viewing the samples under a microscope may show evidence of the yeast infection, as well as revealing other possible irritants such as bacteria, viruses, and even mites. A complete blood count, biochemistry profile, and urinalysis would be ordered and cultures may be requested on any samples that were collected. Yeast infections in dogs commonly have an underlying cause, and your veterinarian may also be able to use the information from these tests to determine if that is the case. Depending on where the infection is located and the severity of the symptoms a treatment plan may be put into place even before culture results have been returned.Along with dietary changes, a successful candida treatment plan must include a to get control of the yeast fungus and the way nature intended. You CAN learn how to cure a candida albicans overgrowth infection. Your dog's health will improve, and that will make you and your dog happier. Nothing changes unless YOU change something.A dog with an ear yeast infection may show it through some unusual actions like shaking his head repeatedly and excessively scratching his ear. The ears may also have a sour smell, and may contain a discharge that looks a little like slime. This indicates this is probably a yeast infection and not something else. It can be treated at home with some vinegar and water if you can keep the dog still enough to deliver the treatment.