Symptoms of Yeast Overgrowth In Dogs

At the top of your list for yeast infection treatment should be your dog’s diet.
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Diagnosing a systemic yeast infection can be tricky. Often the signs and symptoms of the infection appear very similar to other digestive problems or even an allergy to food. If your vet suspects a possible systemic yeast infection, a sample of your dog's stool can be tested to check for the amount of yeast present. If the infection has moved to your dog's skin, a scraping of the dog's skin will be tested to check for the quantity of yeast there.
Brewer’s yeast has been used as a supplement for dogs for many reasons, including:
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Candida is a type of sugar-digesting that forms part of the normal flora in an animal’s mouth, nose, ears, and and genital tracts. This type of yeast is and will sometimes colonize or invade damaged tissues of immuno-suppressed animals. Candidiasis occurs when there is an overgrowth of Candida in an dog’s body. This type of fungal infection can afflict dogs of any age and breed, even if itl has no predisposing conditions. The infection can take place in one specific part of the body (local), or it can colonize the entire body (). Either affliction is likely to cause extreme discomfort to a dog. Side effects of brewer's yeast for dogs may include bloating, gas and indigestion.
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Malassezia is a normal inhabitant of your dog's or cat's skin, but it becomes problematic only when it changes from a harmless to a pathogenic form. The precise causes of this transformation is unknown, although factors that suppress or imbalance the immune system are often involved. Some factors that may contribute to yeast infections include allergies to fleas, , food allergies, prolonged use of or , hormonal disorders like or , , chemotherapeutic drugs, and external skin parasites. Pets with excessive skin folds such as the brachycephalic breeds of dogs (Bulldogs, Pugs) are also at increased risk. is recommended for yeast of the ears, which often results in dramatic response of clinical symptoms. This product works through the action of antifungal enzymes that literally break up wax and discharge from the ears. For pets with yeast infection on the skin, some excellent products include topical spray (for dogs), , and . The spray works through natural tea tree oil, while the shampoos work with the use of . In severe cases of yeast overgrowth, oral or is recommended to help alleviate the infection. Symptoms of yeast infection may include intense itchiness, skin irritation, and inflammation, especially around the ears, between the paw pads and digits, and on the nasal folds, anal area, armpits, and neck. Skin redness, sores, and sticky discharge are often secondary to yeast overgrowth. Greasy coat and/or hair loss is also frequently seen, as well as foul-smelling, rancid skin. When occuring in the ears, yeast infections may lead to yellowish green, musty smelling discharge. Some breeds of dogs predisposed to yeast include West Highland White Terriers, Poodles, Basset Hounds, Cocker Spaniels, and German Shepherds. Diseases associated with : Primary dermatitis attributable to high humidity, body fold microenvironment and frequent swimming or exposure to moisture is rare. Typically, infections are considered secondary in dogs with primary hypersensitivities to food or environmental allergens. dermatitis may also been seen as a secondary problem in dogs with keratinization defects such as Vitamin A responsive dermatitis, zinc-responsive dermatitis, or primary seborrhea. Infections have also identified in dogs with endocrinopathies such as hyperadrenocorticism and dogs with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. are commonly identified concurrently with superficial bacterial folliculitis and, have been reported in dogs with demodex. In each situation, the primary skin disease sets up a situation for yeast overgrowth. Once the yeast is dealt with, pruritus may decrease in severity or resolve.