It’s summertime! It’s 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade, and a great way to cool off is a trip to the lake--time for some fun with your water-loving pooch who loves to swim! But a few days after your trip to the lake your dog is scratching himself all over, his skin is red, he's developing sores, and he smells awful!
Unfortunately, your dog has probably picked up a yeast infection. Although bacteria and other microorganisms like yeast live naturally on your dog, and many are beneficial, when circumstances conspire to put your dog's natural microflora out of balance, yeast on your dog's skin can overpopulate causing an infection characterized by inflammation, redness, itchiness and smelly sores. Moisture is one of the number one causes of yeast infection development; lake water is a major culprit. Also, your dog sweats on his paws and can get yeast infections between his toes or in his ears. Hot summer months make yeast infections more common, and skin that is overheated by the sun is especially susceptible. Parasites, diet, and allergies can also contribute to yeast infections. If your dog has an invasive infection or one that covers a large part of his body, you should seek veterinary attention as oral and topical medications may be required. You can also bathe your dog to treat yeast infections and relieve symptoms.
If your dog has a yeast infection he will be one unhappy pooch. Yeast infections are irritating and itchy, and your dog may be sensitive about his skin, so be cautious when handling and bathing to see how your dog reacts and adjust accordingly. Also, remember that several health conditions can contribute to a yeast infection, such as dietary issues, metabolic conditions, and parasites. If your dog is suffering from another condition that a yeast infection is secondary to, he may require medical care.