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Herbal treatments to help prevent and reduce all types of thrush (Candida), also known as yeast infections, in dogs and cats.

Nutrition plays a major role in bone, teeth, skin and coat health and is the result of a well-functioning, synchronized effort by the immune systems and tissues and organs in the body. Plant botanicals support the process of free radical scavenging, the skin’s ability to withstand the effects of environmental exposure to toxins, antigens and microorganisms by maintaining proper liver, adrenal, immune, and intestinal function; protect the skin and connective tissues in the joints, reduce inflammation in the joints, acidify urine, improve immune function and build resistance to allergies.

Candida, also known as yeast infections, can be caused by poor-quality diets, over-vaccination, corticosteroid and antibiotic regimens and use of other synthetic drugs. Candida can manifest in many different forms with a long list of symptoms, however, Candida can usually be successfully addressed by using natural remedies.
If your pet scratches and bites at its skin constantly, is prone to numerous skin irritations and problems, its skin has an unpleasant odor and experiences reoccurring ear infections, these reactions could be related to Candida.
Candidiasis (also called Candida and yeast infection) is caused by a single-celled organism called Candida albicans which is both yeast and a fungus. An animal with a balanced immune system has balanced flora in the body, including friendly bacteria as well as naturally-occurring yeast.
Yeast overgrowth occurs when an animal’s immune system is not balanced. It can be related to an under-active immune system, or an over-active immune system. A healthy, balanced immune system controls and destroys yeast. but because Candida is an opportunistic pathogen, the yeast can take advantage of an animal with a weak, under-active immune system and spread systemically.  
A pet with an over-active immune system will likely be prone to allergies as well as yeast overgrowth, because they are often prescribed steroids to suppress their over active immune systems. Long term, steroid medication actually weakens their immune system to the point where opportunistic yeast overgrowth may occur.
Once Candida takes hold in a pet’s body, it creates a vicious cycle. Candida cells manufacture toxic chemicals that kill beneficial bacteria and harm the body. In addition, waste products produced by Candida contain toxic chemicals that can slow the brain, cause fatigue and disrupt the immune system.
If systemic Candida is not handled quickly in the single-celled phase, it can convert into a multi-celled fungal form called rhizoids. Rhizoids can extend through intestinal walls, diminishing the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. This creates nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal problem referred to as “leaky gut syndrome.”
With Leaky Gut Syndrome, bacteria, toxins, and undigested food “leak” through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream and cause a variety of health problems, including inflammation, chronic infections, and allergies such as food allergies and atopic dermatitis.
Probable causes for Candida albicans:
A poor quality diet, lacking in sufficient supplementation such as probiotics, which are friendly forms of bacteria that metabolize sugar and limit Candida overgrowth.
Insufficient dietary enzymes that enable the body to clean out toxins from the body may result in a pet with chronic yeast infections.
A grain-based diet (first ingredient is grains such as corn, wheat and soy) will increase sugars in the digestive tract, creating food and a hospitable environment for Candida.
Antibiotic drugs can kill off beneficial bacteria in an animal’s body.
Flea chemicals can result in a compromised immune system, allowing Candida to thrive. .
Over-vaccinations can result in a compromised immune system, making it easy for Candida to thrive.
Holistic vets believe there is a direct connection between thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and yeast infections.
Yeast allergies - Some animals develop an allergic reaction to their own yeast that occurs naturally in their bodies, resulting in their immune system attacking its own flora balance. When this occurs, usually a head to toe allergic reaction presents, with a pet appearing red and itchy from nose to tail.
Hyperactivity, stress and anxiety all caused by environmental and seasonal changes, as well as emotional and physical changes in your pet may create a hospitable environment for yeast.
Symptoms of Yeast Infections:
A “musty, moldy-bread” smell
Intense itching, causing constant scratching, chewing, licking, biting at skin
Scooting on floor 
Reoccurring hot spots
Hives
Eczema
Hair loss
Redness or skin rashes, especially on the feet, face, tummy, underarm, or genital areas
Dry and flaky skin and the skin may turn black or discolored
Itching eyes
Red, irritated eyes
Excessive tearing
Coughing
Bouts of asthma attacks
Frequent sneezing
Abnormal nasal discharge
Dog yeast infections may also manifest themselves as:
Ear infections
Urinary tract infections
Bladder infections
Food allergies
GI problems, such as bloating and gas, diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, etc.
Bad breath
Anal sac problems
Joint pain
Malnutrition due to inability to absorb sufficient nutrients
Fatigue and lethargy
With so many symptoms that mimic so many other diseases, it is easy to miss the diagnosis of Candida.  If your pet suffers from recurring infections (skin, ear, etc) or has skin or food allergies that never go away, Candida may be the reason.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal and marine treatments have been used for millennia to treat animals with thrush and Candida, for digestive disorders, to provide Probiotic supplementation to the diet, to support a healthy immune system, to help reduce the risk of infection and to treat the presence of bacterial infections.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for Candida albicans, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) and Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS).

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function and purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification, used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating, supports correct balance of intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system, for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities, as a general skin support, and provides a healthy solution for waste and toxin removal, includingpesticides, environmental toxins, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids.                

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I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

Conventional Remedies:

Your vet can determine whether your dog has yeast by either cytology (looking at a skin swap under the microscope) or by culture.

Conventional treatment for dog Candida usually uses antifungal medications to clear up the infections and related symptoms or steroid drugs. Unfortunately, many such antifungal drugs have potentially serious side effects. Worse still, these drugs only deal with the symptoms without actually addressing the root cause. Before long, there will be another flare-up, very often with worsening sets of symptoms.

Many holistic veterinarians recommend using natural remedies to control and treat dog yeast infections, both topically and internally. 

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