How to Diagnose, Treat and Prevent Yeast Infection in Dogs
by Pet Qwerks Toys on April 21, 2019
Yeast grows in warm and moist environments, which explains why your dog’s ears are at risk of developing such infections. And if it happens, it can be pretty uncomfortable for your pup. And that’s the best-case scenario we’re talking about here. In the worst-case scenario, a serious yeast infection can make him go deaf.
The solution to the problem lies in discovering it early. If you spot the symptoms of a yeast infection in your dog’s ears, the chances are that you will be able to deal with it pretty easily. So, how are you supposed to diagnose a yeast infection?
Signs and Symptoms to Look for to Diagnose a Yeast Infection
Your pup can’t tell you what’s wrong, but he surely can show it. If there’s an infection in his ear, it’s gonna make him feel uncomfortable. Such issues hurt dogs and make their ears feel itchy. Obviously, in order to deal with it, your pup will try to scratch himself. Unfortunately, that won’t help, which is why he’ll probably decide to scratch even more vigorously. Or, he may decide to take it to a whole new level and start rubbing his ear against the floor.
If you see that he’s scratching or rubbing his ears, you will know that there’s something wrong going on there. But, you won’t be able to tell for sure if there’s a yeast infection that’s causing the problem. To diagnose the root of the problem, you will have to take a closer look.
If the ear he’s been scratching is scabby or has some waxy residue, the chances are that there’s a yeast infection going on. Another telltale sign is the smell of his ear. If the smell resembles baker’s yeast or beer, you can be sure that a yeast infection is the cause of the problem.
So, how are you supposed to check the smell? Easy – you just need to take a cotton pad and scrub the inside of the ear. If the residue that gets caught on the pad smells of yeast, you will know that an infection is raging inside his ear canal.
How to Treat a Year Infection in Your Dog’s Ears?
How easy treating a yeast infection is going to be depends on when you’ve detected it. Reacting on time means that the problem can go away in literally a couple of days. If your pup has only recently started showing signs of an infection, you will be able to deal with it by using some kind of an antifungal spray for dogs, which you can find in most pet shops.
Sure, such a spray can help even if the infection is severe, but we would still recommend taking a more thorough approach. Instead of just using topical antifungal treatments like sprays and creams, it would be better to use oral antifungal medicines as well.
Apart from using medicines to treat your pup’s yeast infection, you will also have to adjust his diet a bit. The thing is that yeast cells feed on carbs, which is why it’s important to remove simple sugars and starchy foods from his diet for the duration of the treatment. Instead, use lean meat, whole grains, and veggies. Also, make sure to supplement his diet with vitamins and minerals necessary to boost up his immune system.
How to Prevent Yeast Infection in Dogs?
You need to be very careful regarding his diet during yeast infection treatment. But, not only then; it’s necessary to check his diet because food might be the cause of the problem. Actually, food allergies are the number 1 cause of yeast infections. According to a study, about 2% of dogs have some kind of food allergy. If your four-legged friend is suffering from a yeast infection, the chances are that he needs some adjustments in his diet.
Some dogs are allergic to poultry, some are allergic to gluten, some are allergic to fish. What this means is that in order to prevent yeast infections from troubling him all over again, you will need to figure out what kind of food he’s allergic to. Of course, this isn’t your job, but the job of the vet. And the good news is that there are tests that can provide precise results really quickly.
However, sometimes, food isn’t to blame. Sometimes, the cause of the infection can be something much worse. Cancer may be the cause of it, as well as some auto-immune diseases. Parasites, like fleas and ticks, can also cause this problem. These insects live in your pup’s fur and feed off his blood by piercing tiny holes in his skin. The result is that his skin becomes itchy, which is something he wants to deal with by scratching himself ferociously. The problem is that by doing that, he might injure himself. And if he injures his ear, the wound can easily get infected.
Another common cause of yeast infections is a prolonged use of antibiotics. These medications kill bacteria, but not only the bad ones. They kill the good ones as well and that leaves room for yeast to spread out. So, if your pup has had a serious bacterial infection recently, another one may follow. But, this time, it’s gonna be caused by yeast, not bacteria.
Final Piece of Advice
Your pup needs care in order to stay healthy and happy for as long as possible. In order to provide him the kind of care he deserves, you need to make sure he eats a healthy diet. You also need to groom and bath him on a regular basis, thus ensuring there are no skin parasites posing a threat to his health.
Still, the best advice we can give you, not just when it comes to preventing yeast infections but also when it comes to ensuring overall health of your pup, is to take him to the vet on a regular basis. After all, the vet is the one who’s spent years at college studying these sorts of things.