If your dog is tilting their head, scratching their ears, licking their paws, or having a musty odor, they might have a yeast infection. Yeast infections are a common condition among dogs with folds or allergies. Yeast infections in dogs can cause inflammatory skin conditions in the folds between the genital region, ears, and paw pads.
This infection is quite common among dogs whose immunity has been suppressed or compromised by medications. Yeast infections can occur more often during allergy seasons, especially in dogs that have been taking antibiotics or steroids.
Antibiotics don’t cause this infection; but, being on antibiotics for a very long period can diminish the dog’s normal flora, which helps keep yeast under control. Steroids can also affect a dog’s immunity, which can result in yeast overgrowth. So, instead of watching your pooch tearing itself apart, trying to scratch its itchy skin, try these effective methods of managing yeast infections in dogs.
7 Ways of Managing Yeast Infections
- Rinse Your Dog With Apple Cider Vinegar
According to The Crazy Pet Guy, the first step to managing yeast infection is getting rid of the itch. Apple cider vinegar is the best solution for fungal infections that works with dogs, especially if your pooch loves the water. All you have to do is apply apple cider vinegar directly on your dog’s coat and massage his/her whole body.
Apple cider vinegar can help restore your pet’s healthy pH levels and stop yeast overgrowth. Remember, yeast loves wet environments, so you can immediately apply this solution after your dog has finished swimming or after bathing him.
- Stop Feeding Your Dog Yeast
Yeast is a dimorphic organism that exists in two forms in your dog’s body. It can exist as a benign single-celled organism that lives peacefully with the bacteria. Or it can sometimes grow out of control and become toxic. So the best way to stop the growth of yeast in your dog’s gut is by removing carbs and sugar from your dog’s diet.
Carbs are complex chains that are composed of sugar molecules. Therefore, when your pet consumes carbohydrates, it is broken down into sugar that feeds the yeast. So, avoid dog foods that contain millet, oat, rice, peas, corn, wheat, and potatoes. The best meal for pets with yeast infections is a raw diet. Raw meals have a low amount of carbs.
- Apply Coconut Oil Mixture on the Yeasty Region
After you have stopped the itch, you can start working on your dog’s skin’s affected parts. And one of the best homemade solutions for treating the yeast infection is by massaging the affected region with a coconut oil mix at least once every week.
Just melt about 8 oz of virgin oil into a small bottle and two drops of lemon essential oil and about ten drops of lavender oil. Shake the mixture and then apply on the affected part of your dog’s skin. This mixture can last for a few months, so you can store it in a safe place and apply it to your dog every week.
- Soothe the Yeast Infected Ears
Unless the ears are in bad shape, it’s ideal to leave your dog’s ears alone. The infected ears can often show you how well you are managing the yeast infection inside the dog. But, if they are in bad shape, you can treat them using a green tea solution.
Boil some water and then add some green tea bags into the boiling water. Allow the green tea to seep into the water for a few minutes. And then, let the solution cool down to lukewarm before applying it on your dog’s ear canal using a piece of sponge or syringe. Once you have soothed your dog’s skin, infected areas, and the ears, you can now starve the yeast.
- Reduce the Amount of Heavy Metals Your Dog Consumes
Yeast has a high affinity for most heavy metals, especially mercury. These metals generate free radicals that can cause severe health problems. Since the body cannot remove them on its own, these metals tend to accumulate over time. And a large amount of some heavy metals like mercury, lead, chromium, cadmium, and arsenic can be quite toxic to your dog.
Yeast tends to bind to heavy metals and stop them from getting into the dog’s system, which is good news. However, heavy metals are toxic to competing bacteria. The heavy metals can reduce the population of the competing bacteria resulting in the outgrowth of yeast. Therefore, if you want to stop a yeast infection in dogs, you must reduce the number of heavy metals it consumes. So you can reduce the heavy metals by doing the following:
- Avoid feeding him low-quality fish oil and also fish
- Stop giving your pet fluoridated water
- Feed him organic food
- Start Feeding Your Dog Supplements and Foods That Fight Yeast Infections
Since yeast is a fungus, you can kill them by giving your dog anti-fungal foods. Look for dog food and treats containing caprylic acid, garlic, Pau D-Arco, and olive leaf. Pau D’Arco is rich in lapachol, which kills yeast. Olive leaf and caprylic acid are believed to break down the cell membrane of yeast. Garlic is a natural prebiotic with antifungal properties.
- Increase the Population of Other Beneficial Bacteria
By reducing the heavy metals in your dog’s diet and giving him a more raw diet, you will be starving the harmful yeast. The introduction of anti-fungal foods and treats will help you kill them. The next step is increasing the population of the competing bacteria to keep the yeast in check.
You can increase the beneficial bacteria by adding probiotics in your dog’s meal. There are numerous probiotics that cannot fight yeast that lives in the dog’s gut. So, you can start by increasing their population before you introduce Soil-based probiotics like Bacillus subtilus and Bacillus coagulans. The soil-based probiotics are spore-forming and can fight yeast infections. And since probiotics cannot live in your dog’s guts for a very long time, you can also introduce prebiotics. Prebiotics can help grow the population of beneficial bacteria at a faster rate than probiotics.
Finally, you can remove the heavy metals left in your dog’s guts by the dead yeast by giving them food containing chlorella and sulfur. Sulfur can bind to the heavy metals and lower the oxidative damages done by these metals in organs.
Yeast infection is a severe infection that can affect your dog’s peace. This infection can leave them biting the itch off their skin the whole day. And in severe cases, it can leave them with an ear infection and dog odor. So, you must start treating them as soon as you notice the symptoms of yeast infections. Just make sure you don’t confuse yeast infections with allergies.
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Cynthia Garcia is the editor and content creator at the Crazy Pet Guy. She’s a passionate pet rescue supporter and in her free time, she’s always looking for ways to help the community.