Dogs can’t share their pain and problems with us. So we should always be observant towards everything related to them.
One of the most discomforting problems that arise with dogs is skin-related issues. Yeast infection is among these discomforting problems. Yeast or fungus are found to be living on the body of animals without causing any problems or illnesses. Mostly they are found to be living in dogs’ bodies between all pets.
As they thrive for a moist environment to live in. And most commonplace in an animal body, they are found behind or near the ears.
But if these organisms exist in large numbers, that is when problems begin to arise. Yeast infection can be very irritating to our beloved pets. And to take better care of our pets and treat the infection as soon as possible. We need to know the symptoms indicating a yeast infection.
1. Distinctive Odor
One of the first and most obvious things that may catch our attention is any distinctive odor emitted from our dogs. This is a sign that our pets may be suffering from yeast infections.
Usually, most pet parents stated that the odor is very stinky. While some others said, it is a musty and cheesy smell. As time goes by, the odor will become stronger, and its whole body will smell, no matter where the infection is.
Though Dr.Klaus Loft says that these can’t be identified for yeast infection as they can be other organisms living in a pet’s skin. To verify that a dog has a yeast infection, eventually they need to be taken to a veterinarian.
As yeast infection occurs in the exterior of a dog’s skin, their skin suffers greatly. It does not matter where the infection occurred. The whole body of the skin will be affected.
After some time of the infection, a dog’s whole body will be oily and become excessively greasy. According to Dr. Loft, greasy skin is one of the most common signs that you can notice after odor.
3. Dry And Flaky Skin
Though greasy skin is one of the most common yeast infection signs, not all dogs show this sign. Some dogs develop scaly or dry skin, said, Dr. Jennifer Coates.
There are various types of skin dryness in this case. Some dog’s skin may get very dry, where some pet’s skin gets scaly, or flaky which somewhat looks like dandruff. This is very irritating for our beloved pets and, after some time, extremely intolerable.
4. Color And Texture Change
One of the biggest visible signs noticed in a yeast-infected dog is the change in color and texture of their skin. Usually, the change will occur from the infection site and sometimes spread to other places.
The skin color and texture can tell which stage of infection it is, says Dr. Neil Marrinan, a veterinarian in Old Lyme Veterinary Hospital, Connecticut. In the beginning, the infected area’s color will change to pink than red. Then as it becomes chronic, the skin color will get deeper to grey and black.
As for the skin texture, in the early stages, there isn’t much change. But after some time, the skin will start becoming leathery and thicker and visible patches in certain areas. You need to be more aware if your dog is a toy breeds dog.
5. Rubbing And Scratching
Itchiness is probably the most annoying and irritating experience for dogs that accompanies yeast infection. And when the itchiness becomes intolerable due to the infection. Pets start scratching, rubbing, biting, and chewing to relieve their irritation.
Dogs will try to scratch their bodies as hard as possible or rub their bodies against walls, furniture, or the floor. Sometimes they will also bite or chew their paws and skin to relieve the itchiness.
And the longer the infection stays untreated, they will scratch and rub more aggressively to ease the discomfort.
6. An Unusual Habit Of Shaking Head
Usually, yeast infection occurs near or behind the ears. And it is quite an unreachable location for a dog to reach and try to ease the discomfort. It isn’t easy to relieve the itchiness, whether by using their paw or scratching or rubbing.
Thus dogs shake their head and tilt them repeatedly to soothe the irritation. This is a huge and common sign indicating yeast infection, says Dr. Marrinan.
7. Temperature Change And Swelling
As time passes and the infection remains untreated, more and more symptoms begin to appear, which are more severe than the previous signs. Among these signs, changes in temperature and swelling, along with an increase in pain, are widespread.
At first, the infected area will start to swell and warm-up, causing pain. As time goes by, the pain spreads to the whole body, and body temperature changes too. As stated by Dr. Neil Marrinan.
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8. Abnormal Licking Habit
At some point, dogs start to abnormally and perpetually lick the infected area. Pets will use this method to soothe their pain and itchiness with their saliva. This also somewhat helps them to cool the warmed-up and swelled areas.
This is a way for them to cope with the pain and itchiness. At the same time, it is a big sign for pet parents to detect and take their dogs to the veterinarian.
Taking them to the vets’ to diagnose whether it is actually a yeast infection or not. Because the itchiness and swelling that make pets lick may not only be due to yeast infection.
During the period of a yeast infection, pets usually have excessive loss of hair. The dog will lose hair in the infected area, as stated by Dr. Klaus Loft.
Excessive and abnormal drooling can be due to several reasons for pets, especially in dogs. Among these reasons, an infrequent one is due to yeast infection. All veterinarians stated that occurring yeast infection inside the mouth is infrequent.
But if yeast infection occurs inside a dog’s mouth, along with excessive drooling, there will be other problems, such as gum problems, difficulty in having food, and many oral problems.
As oral yeast infection is infrequent, a dog owner should take their pet for examination to determine the cause. Says Dr. Loft.