What is yeast in dogs?
Yeast is a fungus which lives on your dog’s skin and in the intestines. It is normally harmless in healthy pups, but when the yeast is allowed to grow, your pup can suffer from a fungal infection. There are two species of yeast that can be a problem, Candida Albicans and Malassezia. It is normally found more in dogs fed a high carbohydrate dry diet.
Yeasty dogs can be quite smelly and below are a few signs:
- Licking and chewing their paws
- Smelly greasy ears
- Constant ear infections
- Speckles of black skin on the stomach
- Rusty-coloured hair between the toes and genitals
- Hair loss around the tail
- Weepy stained eyes and hair
If your pup has any of these signs it is likely that they may have a yeast problem and this should be treated as quickly as possible. Often it takes quite some time.
The most important thing you can do to help your pup is to take out all carbohydrates and any sugary food in their diet. Yeast loves sugar and feeds on it, so by removing this culprit from your pup’s diet, the body is then starved of sugars which will allow the body to heal. The foods below are the worst to feed your pup with a yeast problem:
- Any fruit or vegetables.
Removing these foods is essential to stave the body of sugar and they can be put back into the diet when the yeast has been killed. This can take several months.
Yeast loves to feed on sugar so it is important to remove all sugar from the diet including any carbohydrates (as they also turn to sugar). Yeast also feeds on heavy metals which may be found in:
- Fish and some fish oil
- Poor quality water
- Some commercial pet foods
Depending on how bad the yeast problem is in your pup, it can take a few weeks or a few months. Feeding a raw diet with no fruit and vegetables is the best way to start and will help your pup to detox. The problem can beome worse before it improves as the body detoxes and this can often come out in:
- Weepy eyes
- A runny nose
- Ear infections
- Some hair loss
It is important to continue however difficult things become as detoxing the body may help prevent:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Neurological diseases
When the body has gone through a complete detox, you can then start adding small amounts of fruit and vegetables back into the diet – seasonal and organic is always best if possible.
As the yeast starts to die, toxic substances called acetaldehyde and gliotoxin can be released into your pup and you may see some flu-like symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea and joint-pain – this is known as the Herxheimer Reaction and it may last for a few days to a few weeks.
The best foods to give your yeasty dog would be foods like our Raw Lamb 80.10.10 Dog Food and any of our range with no added fruits and vegetables, this way you will be starving the body of the sugar we mentioned earlier. It is also important to make sure your pup has no treats with any grains, carbs and sugars too – here at Barkin Bistro, we have a great range of treats with no additives such as our:
- Lamb Lung Bites
- Lamb Meat Strips
- Beef Trachea
- Beef Achilles Tendon Dog Treats
Giving your dog digestive enzymes between meals is important as they make your pups digestive tract more acidic which in turn makes it less attractive for yeast to survive. Digestive enzymes like our “Four Leaf Rover Yeast Guard” are excellent and have very good results.
MCT oil found from coconut oil and known as “medium-chain triglyceride” is believed to kill candida by destroying the cell membrane, so a great addition to your pups diet, it also can reduce any potential seizures in dogs, so a few times per week, just a teaspoon (as too much may cause diarrhoea) adding in this great oil can only be positive.
Keeping your pup’s gut healthy is also important and feeding a balanced raw diet will certainly help with this. Our “Four Leaf Rover protect” is full of pre and probiotics and also a good addition.
Although you may think products like yoghurt, kefir and fermented foods may help your pup, these should be avoided until the yeast has disappeared.
The above advice does work but may take time – apologies for this folks but we see “yeast in dogs” so often and we believe it is normally caused by the wrong diet – be patient and your pup will get better.