Dog Yeast Infection Home Remedy
Yeast infections in dogs are a relatively common problem. However anyone who has ever had a pet suffer from one knows that the discomfort they experience is anything but common. They are agonizingly itchy for a dog, and they may respond by unending scratching, rubbing on the floor or furniture, licking, and even biting at their skin.
However, the good news is that there are many home remedies that can be used to give quick, effective relief and healing to your dog. In this article, we will discuss a few of the causes, the symptoms, and how to treat your dog with effective home remedies.
Yeast infections occur when the body’s yeast reproduction cycle occurs too frequently and gets out of control. When this happens, the yeast organisms can begin to multiply on the dog’s skin surface, causing extreme discomfort. If you suspect your dog might be infected, it’s a good idea to take him to your family vet to be sure. The vet can help you identify the cause of your pet’s infection.
Some of the potential causes can include:
- Use of antibiotics
- Recent illness, injury, or infection
- Some breeds are more susceptible to than others.
If you suspect your dog may be suffering, your vet can help you begin to narrow down the possible causes so that you can make lifestyle or food changes. This may reduce the likelihood that it will return.
The symptoms can appear in various areas of their bodies. These can include: in the ears, on the neck, under the armpits, between the pads on the paw, in the anal area, mouth, or nose. Affected areas itch intensely, so one of the most obvious symptoms is frantic scratching, rubbing, biting, or licking themselves.
Other symptoms can include:
- Irritation or inflammation of the skin in the affected area
- Scaly skin
- Oily or greasy skin or coat
- Unpleasant odor on skin
- Smelly discharge coming from affected area
- Behavioral changes
If you notice these symptoms in your pet, it’s a good idea to take them to your vet. They may recommend one of the home remedies described in the next section. They can also rule out other issues.
Although yeast infections are terribly uncomfortable for your pet, the good news is that they are also easy to treat, especially if caught early. Often a combination of these recommendations can bring swift relief for your dog. A good way to both treat and prevent yeast infections is with acidophilus, a probiotic commonly found in yogurt. Acidophilus can be purchased in liquid, capsule, and powdered forms at many grocery or health food stores.
Mixing acidophilus into your dog’s food each day is a simple way to use this probiotic. The website www.vetinfo.com recommends using 2-4 Tbsp. of acidophilus daily for small dogs, while using 1/4 to 1/2 cup for larger breeds. Acidophilus is very healthy and safe to use, so there is really no need to worry about giving your dog too much.
Another highly effective – and simple – remedy is with apple cider vinegar (ACV), which can be ingested, but it can also be applied directly to the affected area. This can bring quick relief if your dog is experiencing extreme discomfort. To use ACV by ingesting it, mix 1-2 Tbsp. into your dog’s water daily. As with acidophilus, this can serve as both a treatment and a prevention, so it is safe to use daily. It is recommended to buy a high quality, raw brand such as Bragg’s or another similar brand. Some dogs don’t like drinking water with ACV in it. If you notice this is the case, try mixing a small amount into their food instead.
To use ACV topically, mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of ACV. Spray the affected area and allow it to dry completely. If your dog’s feet are infected, soak their paws in the 50/50 mixture for a few minutes before drying the area completely with a towel.
Another remedy for infected feet is an epsom salt bath. Run an inch or two of warm water in the bathtub and dissolve about 1/4 cup of epsom salts in the water. Do not allow your dog to drink this water, but have her stand in the water for a few minutes once per day. After the bath, be sure to dry between the pads of her feet well.
These home remedies are just some of the safe and effective remedies for getting rid of the yeast infection. We hope that after reading this article you feel better prepared to recognize the causes and symptoms, as well as be able to quickly and effectively treat it, and bring comfort and relief to your dog.