Yeast infections can happen anywhere in your dog's body. It can result in inflammatory skin conditions in your dog’s skin folds between their paw pads, ears, or genital area. These infections thrive in moist and humid environments on the body. This type of environment encourages the yeast to grow and reproduce at a faster rate until it overwhelms your dog‘s body.
If your four-legged friend has been ill lately with a weak immune system, then that can make him or her vulnerable to yeast infections. This is very common during allergy season and in dogs taking antibiotics or steroids. Antibiotics decrease the normal bacterial flora in the body that acts as a protective mechanism, therefore, allowing the fungus to grow at an uncontrollable rate. And if your dog has to take steroids, they suppress the immune system, making your dog more vulnerable to fungal infections.
If you are curious about whether your dog has a yeast infection or not, it’s critical to keep an eye out for persistent symptoms. These symptoms will include sores, sticky or yellow genital discharge, itching, swelling, red skin, greasy coats, smelly skin, hair loss, crusty/flaky skin, thickening skin, and recurring ear infections.
Here at Dope Dog, we’ve compiled some tips and tricks that you can take to get rid of those nasty fungal infections terrorizing your canine pal.