Yeast infections and how they can mimic your dog’s ‘allergy’ problem | Author: Lyndall – Canine Vitality – Dog Nutritionist

by Lyndall – Canine Vitality (Dog Nutritionist)

Morning doggie lovers, just some info today regarding yeast infections and how they can mimic your dog’s ‘allergy’ problem.

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Yeast infections are becoming very common in dogs and can often be confused with skin allergies, as many of the symptoms mimic each other. So it can sometimes be difficult to identify the cause of your dog’s itchy skin. Allergy testing as well as swabs to test for yeast on the skin can be carried out by your vet in order to gain a diagnosis, but it is worth noting that a true allergy should resolve itself once the offending substance (food, grass etc) has been removed. These true allergy patterns tend to be less common than most people think, and often there is an underlying issue involving a systemic yeast (Candida albicans) infection that is mimicking these allergy symptoms.

 

As you all know from reading my posts, I talk a lot about gut immunity. A sound digestive tract paves the way for good health throughout the rest of the body. Beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus (and others) help maintain the balance of good and ‘bad’ bacteria, yeasts and so on, as well as maintaining the wall of the gut, helping B vitamin production and keeping the pH balanced. A number of factors however can disturb this delicate balance and that includes poor food choices, chlorine in water, thyroid issues, over vaccinations and medications such as antibiotics and steroids.
Once this balance is disrupted, organisms such as Candida become opportunistic and can start to multiply and invade not only the digestive tract, but can move into the blood stream and affect other organs if left untreated. Toxins produced by the Candida also move into the bloodstream and these can be reflected in the peripheral areas such as the skin: itching, biting, chewing and licking; rashes and outbreaks in the paws, face/muzzle, groin, armpits, genitals and belly; blackened skin that can take on an ‘elephant like’ appearance; recurring ear, eye or bladder infections; dry flaky or greasy skin; hair loss; joint issues, fatigue; a yeasty musty odour from skin and ears; dandruff, sores and pimples….. as you can see, there are many manifestations of yeast involving the skin and the rest of the body. Due to the resistant nature of Candida, the immune system creates an inflammatory response in an effort to protect the body from the yeast and these inflammatory responses (in skin, joints, bowel etc) can become chronic as the yeast resists being killed off.
Overcoming the Candida and ultimately rebalancing the skin can take time – depending on the dog’s health history, it can take 3-6 months or maybe longer to really get on top of the issues and therefore it takes persistence and patience with treatment. Initially too, symptoms can worsen before they improve as the Candida start to die and detoxification begins.
Treatment involves a gradual process of cleansing and killing off the Candida, rebuilding and rebalancing the damaged gut, supporting liver and kidney function, supporting digestive secretions such as enzymes, checking for and treating thyroid issues (a great number of dogs with yeast infections will have low thyroid function), building gut and general immunity and moving to a maintenance phase where a correct diet (along with other factors) will help prevent an occurrence.

If you have a dog with skin issues, there is a high chance that he or she is dealing with a yeast overgrowth. Please feel free to contact Lyndall at Canine Vitality for more information.

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