Does your dog constantly lick their paws, scratch their ears and have a distinct smell?
Do they shake their head or rub it on the floor excessively?
Have you ever asked yourself why this might be happening?
It is likely that your dog has an issue with yeast overgrowth.
Yeast overgrowth is a common problem in dogs, and here’s what you can do about it.
Discover the one thing most owners overlook that can make the most significant difference in your dog’s life and offer their immune system the support it needs to overcome their yeasty struggles.
So, what exactly is a yeast infection in dogs?
Yeast is a type of microscopic fungus that belongs to the biological kingdom of Fungi. It is found on every dog’s skin but in small amounts. Yeast overgrowth becomes problematic when it builds up in excess amounts in certain areas of the body - most commonly this takes place on certain patches of your dog’s skin, inside their ears, or their paws.
If you spot any or more of the following signs, it could be an indication that your dog has a yeast infection:
- Red, irritated, or itchy skin
- Sweet or musty odour around the ears
- Hair loss
- Flaky or greasy skin
- Excessive paw licking
- Discolouration on the paws
- Red, irritated and itchy paws
- Hair loss around the paws
- Head shaking and excessive ear itching
- Greasy ears
- With chronic yeast infections, the skin may even be thickened and darker in colour in the affected area
A yeast infection is not only uncomfortable and irritating for your dog, but if left untreated can spread and cause discomfort over your dog’s entire body. Diagnosis and treatment are especially important when it comes to infections in the ears as prolonging the condition may lead to severe issues like hearing loss, disruptions in balance and even damage to the nervous system.
What causes yeast overgrowth?
Generally, a yeast infection is a secondary problem caused by an underlying medical condition such as environmental allergies, fleas, dermatological conditions, food sensitivities, etc. Yeast infections of the ears can be caused by excess water and debris collection in the ear canal. This type of infection most commonly occurs in dogs with floppy ears.
There are also certain breeds which are more susceptible to yeast infections - these include the West Highland White Terrier, Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, Silky Terrier, Australian Terrier, Maltese, Chihuahua, Poodle, Shetland Sheepdog, Lhasa Apso, and Dachshund.
However, the common denominator between all of the above is a weakened immune system and we’ve got just the thing that can help support your dog with that! A compromised immune system is often the cause of underlying issues such as allergies and intolerances that cause yeast overgrowth in the first place.
What can you do about it?
Although yeast infections in dogs are treatable, certain dogs have a tendency to experience recurring infections. The most effective approach to minimize the likelihood of future occurrences is by ensuring proper maintenance of your dog's immune system. By addressing the underlying cause, you not only safeguard against potential yeast infections but also mitigate the risk of other skin problems that may arise due to issues originating in the digestive system.
How can you ensure this smelly, itchy, infection does not return?
And how you can prevent it from happening in the first place?
Well, the number one thing you can do to support your dog’s immune system to fend off allergies, intolerances, fatigue and more, is to take care of their microbiota - balance the good bacteria in their digestive system.
Research shows that the gut is a remarkable powerhouse that influences far more than just digestion. Your dog’s gut works hard to protect them from harmful germs, to uphold their immune system and it even has an impact on their mood and mental health! In other words a healthy microbiota means a stronger immune system that can fend off germs, allergies and the intolerances that can be the cause of your dog’s yeast overgrowth.
A healthy microbiota is one of the key players in keeping your dog energetic, happy, healthy and yeast-overgrowth-free, so why not invest in it? Your dog’s natural defense system is incredibly powerful if only you nurture it with the right nutrition.
And we’ve got just the thing to help you with that!
Say goodbye to excessive itching, skin problems and that musty smell, and start taking care of your dog’s gut flora and overall health with Pawital Belly Champ today!
At Pawital we believe dogs deserve nothing but the best. They deserve human-grade nutrition and an itch-free life. No shortcuts, no compromises, no matter the cost.
That’s why we rolled up our sleeves and developed new, premium-quality, dog supplements that are all-natural, made from real whole food, and are irresistibly tasty. Our chewable supplements are backed by science and enriched with ground-breaking active ingredients. Our postbiotic chews will help your dog’s gut flourish, help prevent yeast buildup and make them feel like their best selves.
It’s not just about solving short-term health issues, but about building your dog’s immune system to help it fight the underlying causes of yeast overgrowth (like allergies and intolerances) and prevent yeast build-up in the long run!
All of these nuisances stem from one place - your dog’s microbiota, the delicate ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that (usually) live in harmony in your dog’s body.
They are heavily involved in your dog’s digestion, immune system response, metabolism, and overall mental and physical well-being.
That is why it makes sense to target it directly and tackle the problem at the root.
That will not only get rid of whatever current issue your dog is having but also make sure they don’t come back in the future.
That’s why we developed Belly Champ. It’s approved by vets and loved by customers.
And the effects are seen practically immediately.
In the words of one of our customers:
"Both my dogs took Belly Champ. In just 2 days their poop looked better than ever before. I was just like whaaaat."