Thursday, April 12, 2012

Is your Dog Smelly and Itchy? Yeast Could Be the Culprit

Yeast infections in dogs can cause itching, burning, scratching, skin sores and overall discomfort in your pet. Yeast is a fungus that is normally found in pets and people, but an imbalance in intestinal flora can result in a yeast overgrowth contributing to the following symptoms:

Yeast Overgrowth Symptoms in Pets to Watch For:
•Ear infections or constant scratching at the ears
•Licking at the groin area
•Cheesy odor especially on the paws
•Routine chewing of paws
•Rubbing of the face or mouth
•Scratching and/or skin sores under the armpits
•Blackened skin and/or hair loss

Please note that some pets may display these symptoms due to allergies and/or a bacterial infection, not a yeast infection, so it is important to bring your pet to the veterinarian for a diagnoses.

For yeast overgrowth, it's essential to use veterinary-approved K9 Yeast Defense and Power Probiotic to help your pet get better.

Causes of Yeast Overgrowth
Yeast is an opportunistic pathogen that can overgrow in pets that 1) have been treated with antibiotics or steroids 2) are highly allergic 3) have a weakened immune system or 4) have digestive problems (e.g. IBD). Yeast thrives in warm, moist climates which is why seasonally, some pets may show more yeast infections in the summer months. Many pets with allergies can get into a cycle of developing bacterial infections and then once treated with antibiotics, develop yeast infections.

Diets high in carbohydrates contribute to yeast overgrowth too. Carbohydrates are found in grains such as wheat and corn, fruit, starchy vegetables such as peas and potatoes. If your pet has allergies and you are using a prescription or hypollergenic diet and your pet doesn't get better, yeast could be the culprit. Read the labels to see if one of the first ingredients is brewers rice, corn or peas. Pets with yeast feel better using a low carbohydrate diet with plenty of Amazing Omegas and some low glycemic green vegetables such as green beans.

Natural Treatments for Yeast Overgrowth

If your veterinarian has diagnosed your pet with a yeast infection or your pet has displayed some of the symptoms outlined above, then implementing a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet is key. We have found pets with yeast overgrowth fare better on a raw frozen or canned diet as these foods contain fresh enzymes and "live" food. Dry foods can be harder to digest, can ferment in the bowel and can therefore promote yeast overgrowth.

In addition to dietary changes, a few natural supplements are essential. Ask Ariel has a complete program for resolving yeast infections in pets. Treatments vary for cats and dogs, but using K9 Yeast Defense along with the Power Probiotic (and Notatum for best results) has been found to be very effective in controlling yeast overgrowth. Amazing Omegas is essential to control allergy symptoms such as scratching and itching. Similarly combining AllerEaze with this protocol can be helpful if your dog has seasonal environmental allergies.

Be Prepared: Yeast Thrives In Warm, Moist Weather
Ever notice how your pet seems to get an ear infection in the spring and summer? As the hot weather approaches and pollen becomes abundant, prepare ahead and get your pet started on a natural approach. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
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