How to Detect a Yeast Infection in Your Dog
Hi, Fur Pawrents!
If your fur baby had a yeast infection, would you know how to spot it and treat it naturally? Yeast and other fungi live on your dog’s skin. Their skin is their largest organ, and naturally fights off an overabundance of fungi. Sometimes their defenses are weakened. A yeast infection occurs when there is an abundance of overgrowth.
Signs of a yeast infection include, but are not limited to:
- foul smell
- incessant licking
- hair loss
- greasy skin
- chewing their feet
Now that you know how to spot a yeast infection, did you know that you can treat it? Yes, you can take them to their veterinarian, but you also have the option to treat it yourself. More than likely, if you take your fur baby to the vet, they are going to prescribe an antibiotic(s). Antibiotics kill all bacteria, not fungus. Once all the bacteria are killed, including good bacteria, other issues can arise.
First and foremost, you need to cleanse their skin and fur. All our shampoos are gentle enough for their yeasty skin. Our shampoos are gentle and contain organic and natural ingredients. They also contain a very important ingredient in combating yeast – organic raw apple cider vinegar! You can learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar here. By cleaning their skin and fur regularly with one of our all natural shampoos, you get rid of excess oil, odor, and fungi all while directly targeting the yeast. Addressing these issues externally is key, but make sure you aren’t feeding them food that contains common allergens.
Yeast naturally resides in the gut and on the skin. You will need to take a wholistic approach to their health and wellness. Coconut oil is an excellent anti-fungal and moisturizer and can be used on them after their bath. No one thing alone will help rid them of a yeast infection. Consider what they ingest internally, what goes on them externally, and what toxins are in their environment. Environmental toxins could include what you use:
- to clean the floors and other surfaces they frequent
- to wash their blankets, towels, bedding, and clothes (for those stylish pups)
- what lotions and colognes you use (since we know you hug them and rub on them all the time!)
Consider a 360-degree approach to resolving yeast infestations. Look at everything they encounter and make sure they have the best chance at relief.
Until next time.
Have a pawfect day friends!