Did you know your dog is covered in tiny organisms? Like all animals, even us, our dogs have natural microflora living on their bodies as well as bacteria--some good, some, not so much. If everything is in order and balanced, microflora and good bacteria live harmoniously on your dog, and are even beneficial, breaking down debris and harmful bacteria. However, if your dog's system becomes compromised or overwhelmed and bacteria and yeast organisms multiply, your dog can develop a yeast infection, an overgrowth of yeast organisms. The result is red, inflamed, smelly, itchy skin.
Yeast infections can be a result of health conditions such as metabolic disorders, antibiotic use, or immune system disorder, or can be a result of dietary imbalances, or poor grooming. Taking your dog to a veterinarian to address any health concerns that might contribute to yeast infections is an important first step to preventing yeast infections. There are also grooming techniques and general daily care you can implement to help prevent yeast infections from taking hold in your dog.
When your dog gets a yeast infection he'll be extremely uncomfortable. They itch! Your dog will respond by scratching, licking and biting, which unfortunatley, will make the yeast infection quite a bit worse. Once a yeast infection has taken hold, medication may be required to treat it. However, several routine steps can be taken to prevent yeast infections, that are non-invasive and most dogs readily adapt to, including daily brushing and inspections and regular bathing.