So, the first thing I did was take my dog off all the Supermarket treats he was getting. I used to give him peanut butter from time to time too and I took him off that as well. And, because he refuses to let me clean his ears, I took him to a groomer to have her clean my dog’s ears for me. The groomer charges me a very small fee to do it and I can avoid the hassle of trying to do it myself.
Now, my dog only gets treats that are pure meat such as dried duck strips and freeze-dried liver. I also fed my dog a little bit of plain pureed pumpkin from a can because it’s loaded with vitamin C. If you are going to try this, make sure you get the kind that does not contain any sugar, you don’t want the pumpkin pie filling. Refrigerate the can after you open it and put a tablespoon or so in with your dog’s food for 4 or 5 days. It should reduce any inflammation. My dog’s yeast infection took a little while to clear up but now he is fine. Pumpkin puree is also great for dog constipation!
Yeast infections in dogs are pretty common. They are most often brought on by a previous illness where the dog has been prescribed antibiotics. Just like with humans, the antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria in the gut causing an overgrowth of Candida or bad bacteria. Although rarely life-threatening, a yeast infection can make your dog very uncomfortable and if not treated, it can become a chronic condition.
In the case of my dog, he developed a yeast infection in his ears. I began to notice an awful smell coming from his ears and he was frequently scratching at them and shaking his head. I’ve since learned that it’s pretty common for dogs with floppy ears (Labrador retrievers, cocker spaniels for example) to develop ear infections especially if they enjoy going swimming or if they live in a warm moist climate. Their ears can become very hot at times and sweat.
Diet can also affect a dog and the potential for developing a yeast infection. I have fed my dog a good quality dog food since day one that I purchase at the pet store (rather than the Supermarket). But, I have to admit that I was feeding him cheap treats and the occasional people treat. The treats I was feeding him were from the Supermarket and a very popular brand. Well, if you read the label, you’ll discover that these kinds of treats are full of filler such as corn and wheat. Many dogs are allergic to corn and wheat particularly if they get an overdose of it and the result can often be a yeast infection.