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Yeast Infections in Dogs

By Contributing Writer
 

Overview

Yeast is a single-celled organism that can be found on surfaces of living things. Yeast is most often found in the mucous membrane of the digestive tract and is rendered harmless by the body's immune system. When a dog's immune system weakens, yeast can multiply causing harmful effects. Yeast infections can cause damage a dog's skin as well as a dog's immune and nervous systems.

Skin and ears

Malasezzia pachydermatis is a yeast infection that occurs on a dog's skin and or ears. On the skin malasezzia is considered a primary pathogen or infectious agent. In the ears malasezzia is a secondary pathogen.

Signs of malasezzia

Malasezzia, or yeast infection on a dog's skin, causes dry and itchy skin. Malasezzia also causes sores, pimples, redness and hair loss.

Digestive tract infection

Candida is a yeast infection that attacks a dogs digestive tract. Candida destroys the membranes in a dog's digestive tract. Candida causes an overload to a dog's liver, leading to deterioration of the liver.

Candida causes

Candida can be caused by grain-based foods. Candida can also be caused by chemicals, medicines and vaccines.

Prevention

Yeast infections in dogs can be prevented by using a raw meat and bones diet. Yeast infections can also be prevented with the use of supplements that boost a dog's immune system and cleanse body tissues.
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