Dog Yeast Infections
Lets talk about yeast (Malassezia dermatitis).
On some dogs you can observe the very earliest signs of yeast when it manifests as little black or brownish specs on the underbelly, around the genitals, or where the legs join the body. These often go unnoticed, being mistaken for dirt, flea specks or simply part of the ageing process. By the time you see this, the yeast infection is systemic throughout the body, similar to seeing a mushroom pop up on the forest floor. By this time the rhizomes (or roots) of the fungus have already covered acres underground. Yeast is the same. And similarly, it comes and goes in a typical annual cycle, waxing and waning with the seasons but it never goes away on its own.
- Chewing or licking the feet, and dark rusty-red hair between the toes. When a dog chews his feet, there's always a good reason. There's an itch, a cut, a broken toenail, or something thats bothering him. But foot- chewing is almost always because there's a yeast infection between the toes and in the nail beds. The hair is red or rusty-colored because of the yeast, not because of the licking.
- Scratching the ears, or head shaking. Ear mites also cause intense itching in the ears.Lethargy and loss of appetite. There are many reasons for this, but when combined with one or more of the symptoms in this list, a yeast overbloom is likely the cause.
- Lethargy and loss of appetite. There are many reasons for this, but when combined with one or more of the symptoms in this list, a yeast overbloom is likely the cause.
- Cyclic manifestation of symptoms (appearing in the spring and going away in the fall), which is often confused with grass allergies and other spring and summer symptoms. True allergies are very rare. Yeast is very common. Best to eliminate the common diseases first.
- Hair loss on the tail and upper back. There can be many reasons for this, but yeast is always one of the problems here.
- Speckles (like tiny black dots) on the underbelly or rust-coloration around the genitals. Daily (or at least weekly) grooming should reveal this early indicator of yeast.
- A foul funky smell and greasy hair (seborrhea), often accompanied by heavy dandruff. This is an active yeast infection of the hair follicles, and relatively easy to reverse with DERMagic products.
- Baldness from having been closely shaved. When a dog is shaved, even for surgery, yeast can literally be injected under the skin by the hot blade, and it will kill the hair follicles eventually. DERMagic Skin Rescue Lotion can bring it back.
- Any black skin, especially if associated with hair loss.