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Yeast Infections in Dogs and CatsPet supplements for yeast infections and Candida in dogs and cats.

Herbal treatments to help address conditional needs of yeast infections, also known as Candida, 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.

Yeast infections, also known as Candida, 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 a yeast infection.

Yeast infections are 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, and tends to be able to counteract yeast overgrowth.

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 medications 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 Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal and marine treatments have been used for millennia to help treat animals integratively and holistically, to help address conditional needs of Candida and systemic yeast infections, for digestive disorders, to help provide Probiotic supplementation to the diet, to help support a healthy immune system, to help reduce the risk of infection and to help address the conditional needs of bacterial and viral infections due to the natural plant chemistry which includes anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and for some plants which also function as natural plant antibiotics and steroids.

Yummy Tummy – (learn more) promotes antioxidant, natural plant steroids, prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber, digestive enzymes and a plant based steroid, used holistically to help address digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, may be useful for all types of digestive disorders; works to help promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, especially important for raw and home cooked diets; may help address bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections; adaptogen content helps tone and strengthen the connective tissue of the bladder related to urine leakage and urinary incontinence; may help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; works to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut related to ulcers and Leaky Gut Syndrome; used holistically for Candida including systemic Candida 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); strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em – (learn more) LIQUID  POWDER  CAPSULES  helps promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs, bleeding & hemorrhaging conditions; for holistic use for ulcers, GERD, esophaghitis & other degenerative conditions of the larynx, throat & nerves; helps provide cellular support of tissue, skin & coat; for gastrointestinal distress; as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers & tissue response to inflammation, nerve & joint pain and pain associated with wounds and injury; may help remove plague and tartar upon application to help support healthy teeth and gums; helps support the  body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations (important in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis & Chronic Lyme disease (CLD); and; documented anesthetic, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral, antidysenteric, antifungal, antihemorrhagic, antileukemic, antioxidant, antiseptic, antitumorous,  neurasthenic and vulnerary (wound healer); used holistically for all types of Herpes virus, for DNA and RNA viruses; used holistically to address respiratory viruses A and B (RSV) and influenza virus A (FLU-A) and para-influenza (PIV); inhibits bacterial and microbial skin fungus infections related to Staphylococcus aurous, S. epidermis and other gram negative bacteria such as enterobacteria, citrobacteria and salmonella.

Shake Ur Groove Thing – (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Tummy Gladiator – (read more) contains prebiotics, probiotics, inulin, fiber and digestive enzymes and more, used holistically to help support a healthy digestive tract; to help maintain native gut flora, may help support immune and lymphatic balance, may help soothe stomach upset and help support proper waste elimination; to lend nutritional support for balanced immune health; to help address GERD, acid reflux, Leaky Gut Syndrome and ulcers; to help heal wounds and lesions in the gut; to help support lymphatic function; may help fight stomach and urinary infections, as well as general infections found in the animal body, due to its natural plant based steroid content and healthy plant chemicals which are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-Candidal and a natural plant based steroid; may also help to block allergen occurrence by reducing histamine and mast cell response as well as related inflammation, the triggers for allergies.

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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