A yeast infection in dogs can occur in many places on and in the body. The more common locations for yeast to take hold is in the ears, eyes, and any mucosal linings. Mucosal linings are the mucous membrane that separates the inside of the body from the outside world. Yeast can also take hold in the mouth and throat, but it is rarer. Ears are the most common site of infection in dogs.
Yeast is considered a normal part of gut flora. It is even found on the skin, at low concentrations. In a healthy body the good bacteria keep yeast growth under control in the gut. A common cause of yeast infection, or yeast overgrowth, is antibiotic use. Vets prescribe antibiotics to kill bad bacteria or viruses that can harm your pet. But these drugs have no way of telling the difference between bad bacteria and good. They wipe out all bacteria, leaving only yeasts, fungi, and those rare antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the gut. Without good bacteria keeping them in line, yeasts invade tissues and cause irritation. This also inhibits the growth of good bacteria, effectively keeping yeast in control.
Diet is very important when it comes to keeping yeast under control. Yeasts feed on sugars and refined carbs. Lucky for us dog owners, a dog’s body doesn’t need carbs and sugar like human bodies do. Sure, some dogs eat grass which is about 2-5% starch, but dogs will thrive on fats and proteins. Unfortunately, kibble, and most other dog foods are on average about 40-60% carbohydrates. Starches and carbs are what hold kibble together. They bulk up stool and are used as filler to keep costs down. Starches also make your dog sick by raising blood sugar levels and making them fat. Sugars feed yeasts, bad bacteria, and cancer cells. The main reason raw feeding is becoming so popular is because owners see fewer health issues in their pets. This is due to the lower levels of carbs and higher levels of nutrients in raw foods.
Symptoms of yeast overgrowth vary and can seem unrelated, making it hard to diagnose. Additionally, there are many factors that can contribute to yeast overgrowth. Stress, chemicals, seasonal changes, molds and other yeasts can all help yeast to grow out of control. Removing environmental triggers and controlling the diet will help to reduce yeast overgrowth. Here are some other things that dog owners can do for yeast infection:
The longer the yeast infection goes untreated, the harder it will be to resolve. Prevention is the best way to protect your dog from yeast overgrowth. Regular detoxing to support the immune system protects the body and supplementing with probiotic foods or supplements can strengthen your dog enough that yeast and other pathogens won’t be able to take hold. NaturPet has 3 remedies that support detoxification: NaturPet Life Flow is a nutritive blood cleanser meaning that it helps to detox the blood and is high in body-building nutrients. NaturPet Immuno Boost is a remedy that supports immune function at the same time as supporting good bacteria. NaturPet Vital Energy nourishes glandular systems, helps with digestion, and contains anti-inflammatory herbs to soothe inflamed tissues.