The first time I head about a yeast infection in relation to dogs, I was shocked. I literally had not idea dogs could have yeast infections. The only difference is that dogs have it in a different place. They suffer from infections in the ear.
It’s actually very easy to diagnose, as you’ll see your dog rubbing his ear or tilting his head constantly. You’ll also notice a waxy substance around the ears which is a sure sign of infection. Just like with us, an infection is caused by the overgrowth of yeast. Some of the causes include bacterial infections due to poor hygiene, allergies or an object stuck in the ear.
The best way to prevent yeast infections is to maintain good hygiene. Wash out the ears regularly. If you can’t do this yourself, then have a professional do it. A vet should be able to clean the ear canal out for you on a regular basis. I recommend at least once a month. The other main prevention is to check him or her frequently for any of the signs of a yeast infection. If you see any discharge, bad smell and crusted skin, then definitely have this checked out.
A yeast infection is actually quite dangerous and if left untreated can cause more problems including deafness. What’s more, the infection itself could be a sign of something worse. So make sure you have him or her checked over by a vet to ensure there are no other underlying health problems. Because of this danger it’s important to find the best remedy for as fast as possible
Apart from the ears, an infection can also happen anywhere else on the skin. The symptoms of this is scabby and reddened skin. It’s important that you don’t let this be scratched. It’s therefore important to treat the yeast infection and the itchiness to avoid further damage from excessive scratching.
The treatments include either steroid therapy or antibiotics. However antibiotics will also destroy the good bacteria, so this will create a bigger imbalance, and make the problem worse. The quickest solution is to carefully disinfect the infected areas on a regular bases to avoid it getting even worse. Some of the herbal remedies include anti-yeast baths. You can rinse with these products as well. One of my favorite natural herbal remedies are anti-fungal shampoos made up from tea tree oil – which is a great herbal remedy for skin infections. Some people like using lemon on the skin as it is an astringent but I’ve found that this dries up the skin even more and makes things worse.