For pets with a yeast infection on the skin, some excellent products include Be Soothed Tea Tree Oil Skin Relief topical spray (for dogs), Be Super Clean Shampoo, and Medicated Shampoo. The spray works through natural tea tree oil, while the shampoos work with the use of antifungal medicines.
Dogs can develop skin yeast infections anywhere on their bodies, although feet and ears are the most common spots. This fungal infection develops due to impairment of the immune system, oily skin or skin allergies. Abnormal plant levels can be aggravated by hot weather, diabetes diet and various medications, such as antibiotics. Although it is not contagious, skin yeast infections can be irritating to your dog. Consult your vet as soon as signs and symptoms appear.
Symptoms of skin yeast infection
Dogs with a dermatological yeast infection have a “yeast” smell or musty. If their ears and feet become infected, they will scratch the parts that cause itching, licking, and claws continuously and may walk in circles or shake their heads. Dogs will contaminate the entire yeast skin infection, have red and irritated skin, and are usually miserable, itchy, and uncomfortable. The veterinarian can diagnose the problem through skin implants or by examining skin cells under a microscope. When you first visit your vet, tell him about any medications your dog uses, and make a list of what the dog eats. Foods or sweets containing honey and high-fructose corn syrup can be the cause of skin yeast.
The vet will recommend treatment options based on the severity of the infection and the underlying cause of this problem. For example, a dietary change may be required to reduce the yeast building sugars in the diet. Oral medications such as terbinafine or ketoconazole may be prescribed to control itching and reduce yeast levels. Usually, your veterinarian will recommend a topical antifungal shampoo or a cream that contains benzoyl peroxide or chlorhexidine to reduce yeast accumulation on the skin by removing excess oil. It may be advised to disinfect the skin with an astringent substance such as witch hazel between applications to avoid the accumulation of dead yeast layers, which may delay the healing process.
Complications of yeast infection
Your dog can develop a secondary infection if it scratches or licks irritated skin in open sores or hot spots. This usually requires antibiotic treatment. The puppy may need to wear an Elizabeth collar to prevent further oral contact during the healing and treatment stages. Yeast infection in the ears can lead to balance problems and hearing loss if left untreated. Frequently occurring skin yeast infections can be a sign of an allergy or a weak immune system, which must be examined by your veterinarian.
Preventing yeast infection
Some dogs are prone to yeast infections and may benefit from regular cleansing or soaking, depending on the site of the injury. For example, dogs with yeast feet can be treated by placing paws in a shallow container containing water, hydrogen peroxide, and white vinegar. Dogs with yeast ears can wipe the witch hazel whenever needed to remove wax and prevent yeast infections in the future. Dogs with recurrent skin infections can be treated with a veterinarian-approved antifungal body wash to reduce the possibility of an outbreak.