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Yeast Infections in Dogs

Dog holding his head down in pain Yeast infection is often caused due to the buildup of yeast in a dog’s body. The infection may often make a dog itchy, smelly and crusty. In some cases, the infection may also start as a rash on the dog’s body and then start itching with the skin getting thicker. Either parts of the body or the entire body may become affected by this infection. Read below where some of the important questions regarding yeast infection in dogs have been answered by Experts.

Are yeast infections common in the Shar Pei breed of dogs and what can be done to treat this infection in this type of breed?

Yeast infections may be common in the Shar Pei breed of dogs simply because of the large number of folds in the skin. The dog may be treated with an anti-fungal shampoo and anti-fungal medication. Also, the dog may be taken to a vet in order to receive medication for this infection.

Can a dog be given Prednisone to treat yeast infection on its muzzle?

Medications such as Prednisone and Hydrocortisone may not be given to a dog in order to treat yeast infections. This is because these types of medications may allow the yeast to flourish and grow. Instead, one may apply Lotrimin AF which is known as an anti-fungal foot cream on the affected area. The main ingredient in this cream is Conofite which is a typical anti yeast product. This cream may be applied three times a day for at least a week. The area should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before applying the medication. The area can be cleaned by using Betadine as well. It may also be cleaned by using white vinegar and water. Besides this, one may apply Vitamin E oil 2-3 times a day. The dog may also be given Benadryl if the area becomes itchy, red and inflamed.

What kind of medication should one use to treat a yeast infection in a dog’s ear?

Yeast infections in a dog’s ear may be treated with topical medications for a period of 1 or 2 weeks. An individual may receive this medication from the dog’s vet. The dog may also be given Benadryl if there is any type of inflammation within the ears.

Can the use of Brewer’s yeast cause an infection in dogs?

The use of Brewer’s yeast may not cause an infection. Brewer’s yeast may normally be taken internally and digested and many not cause any type of infection in dogs.

Can hydrogen peroxide be used to treat yeast infection in a dog’s paws?

Yeast infections in a dog’s paws are normally treated using topical applications. One can apply 3% hydrogen peroxide on the dog’s paws two times a day to treat it.

Are there any over the counter options to treat yeast infections in dogs?

An over the counter treatment for yeast infections in dog’s may be dandruff shampoo that contains the active ingredient Ketoconazole. The dog may be bathed with this shampoo every 2-3 days for a few weeks. The shampoo may be lathered and left on the dog’s skin for 5-10 minutes before washing it off. Besides this, the dog may also be given an oral antibiotic such as Cephalexin in order to reduce the itching that is caused by the infection.

What is the most common cause of yeast infections in dogs?

In some cases, the most common cause of yeast infections in dogs are underlying allergies such as Atopy. This type of allergy may be very similar to what humans may have. The only difference is that some individuals may have sinus problems because of these allergies and dogs may have skin problems such as yeast infections. Since these types of allergies may not have a specific cure, the only way to treat the infection may be to control the itching. The dog may however be given a type of antihistamines such as Benadryl or even Diphenhydramine in order to reduce the itchiness. Once may also use a topical medication such as Lotrimin. This may be applies on the affected area. If the allergy is on the dog’s feet, then the feet may need to be soaked in a solution of white vinegar and water. A shampoo like Chlorheziderm may be used to clean the affected area on the dog’s skin. The dog may have to be taken to a vet for treatment if none of the above mentioned helped bring down the symptoms.

Yeast infections may be many times confused with other skin problems. There are various symptoms of yeast infections and it is important that you identify these symptoms on time to provide proper treatment. The irritation caused from the infection can make the dog frustrated and uneasy. There are various medications and over the counter treatments that may be used to control this infection. You may ask an Expert if you need more information about or have any questions regarding yeast infections in dogs and its treatment.
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