While yeast basically consist of invisible spore-like fungi, the visible harm they may cause dogs can be quite graphic. Skin yeast infections in dogs indeed are known to cause itchy, crusty, and unsightly looking skin, typically accompanied by a quite offensive odor. Interestingly, yeast normally live on the skin and ears of dogs typically causing no harm, but it is once allowed to proliferate that issues start to arise. As much as yeast skin infections sound like bad news, the good news is that they can easily be treated with some quite effective products.
How to Treat Skin Yeast Infections
While there are many products prescribed to treat yeast skin infections in dogs, it is crucial to rule out other skin conditions that may mimic the symptoms of a yeast infection. For this reason, the best approach is having a veterinarian test the dog’s skin with a skin scrape in order to confirm or rule out a skin yeast infection.
Once a yeast infection of the skin is confirmed the vet may prescribe a variety of products to help the dog heal. There are a wide range of effective products ranging from topical, oral or both. Your veterinarian is the best source to decide which product is more likely to yield the best results on a case to case basis. Following are some of the most common yeast skin infection products.
• Dog Oral Yeast Infection Therapy
In this case, the dog will have to assume medications by mouth. The most common oral treatments for yeast skin infections in dogs consists of anti-fungal medications such as Ketocoanzole or Itraconazole. While such medications can be quite effective, it may take time for them to work and side effects are always a possibility.
• Dog Topical Yeast Infection Therapy
In this case, products are applied directly to the skin. Products may consist of shampoos containing anti-yeast ingredients. Malaseb is a commonly prescribed shampoo for dogs suffering from yeast infections and so are shampoos such as Nizoral or Selsun Blue, applied per veterinarian’s instructions.
• Dog Skin Yeast Infection Home Remedy
There are several home remedies that may be effective in killing the yeast. The application of diluted apple cider vinegar, for instance, may help kill the yeast due to its highly acidic content, according to Vetinfo.com. However, such solution should not be applied to open sores or lesions as it tends to sting.
It is important to consider that in some cases, the underlying cause of a yeast infection of the skin may be due to a skin allergy or seborrhea (excessive production of oil in the skin). In these cases, the underlying issues must be resolved in order to remove the secondary yeast infection.