What causes yeast in dogs?
Yeast in dogs is caused by a yeast called Candida albicans. Candida albicans, is an opportunistic yeast, that normally inhabits the body and intestinal tract of our pets (and people as well). The job of Candida albicans in dogs is to recognize and destroy harmful bacteria. In a healthy dog's body, Candida albicans is controlled by a properly-functioning immune system and "friendly" bacteria (gut flora). However, if a dog's immune system is weakened, the number of friendly bacteria decreases and Candida albicans will shift from yeast form (a non-invasive, sugar-fermenting organism) to fungal form. (Invasive, mucosa damaging) - yeast overgrowth begins.
Symptoms of yeast:
How does yeast in dogs develop?
See what one of our customers has to say:
"Mojo is a 5 year old Virginia Walker/Coon Hound/Beagle mix. He has been plagued all his life. (We've had him since he was 6 weeks old.) With chewing and licking his feet. He has floppy ears and we constantly cleaned the black gunk out of them.
We changed his diet. We started feeding a meaty dog food and even a homemade dog food. The added nutrition in Dinovite has made Mojo pretty happy!
Stephens City, VA
A meaty diet that includes proper nutrition to support immune and digestive health is critical to keeping Candida albicans contained in the digestive tract.
Diet: Many dog foods are loaded with corn, grains and fillers that actually feed the yeast in dogs! Corn or grain based treats, loaded with chemical preservatives and dyes don't help a dogs immune system either. Meaty dog foods with few/no carbs/starches or homemade dog foods without added carbs, can prevent feeding Candida albicans and aid the immune and digestive systems so they can fight this issue.
Treats: Choose meaty dog treats or simply use small pieces of meat (NOT processed meats like deli meats and hot dogs!). NubOnubs are great meaty treats for your dog!
4 Steps to a Happy Dog
- Eliminate or cut way back on the amount of carbohydrates in your dogs diet. Feed a high meat diet. Consider this recipe for Carb Free Homemade Dog Food.
- Feed nutritious supplements that support immune and digestive tract function; like Dinovite for Dogs and LickOchops Omega Fatty Acid Supplement.
- Examine your pups treats. Toss out anything loaded with grains, fillers, dyes, preservatives and artificial flavoring. Choose meaty treats like NubOnubs, no fillers, preservatives, carbs, just the goodness that is a real treat.
- Get rid of shampoos that contain harsh chemicals, perfumes and colorings. Choose a natural shampoo like DogOsuds Essential Oil Blend shampoo or use an Iodine Shampoo.