Yeast Dermatitis in Dogs

Updated: Oct 27













Yeast Dermatitis in Dogs


One of the biggest challenges pet owners will probably face when their puppies are itchy all over the body. Fungal infections in dogs are one of the many possible causes of why dogs keep scratching and biting around. The fungus Malassezia pachydermatis induces yeast dermatitis or Malassezia dermatitis. The skin disorder is a prevalent cause in dogs. This yeast usually found on the skin, but it can cause dermatitis or skin inflammation due to its excessive overgrowth.


To learn more about this disease, join us through the information below.


Malassezia is an opportunistic infection. It means that yeasts have many advantages and opportunities for growth when conditions are right. Malassezia infections usually occur during the month of high humidity in the summer. They may extend to autumn blindness. When the disease develops, it will weaken the skin's immune system.


Dogs with bacterial or allergic dermatitis can cause skin irritation. The skin in the folds of the nose does not dry out; dogs that live in humid places; and do not dry hair after bathing; Worms, nematodes develop, and it will cause skin irritation. These are some of the risks of Malassezia yeast infection.


Besides, increasing the number of oils produced on the skin, chronic or recurrent otitis externa, or ear infections can lead to Malassezia yeast infection. Prolonged use or use of certain medications, such as Glucocorticoids (such as prednisone) or antibiotics, can cause dogs to have Malassezia yeast infection.


Malassezia commonly found in the ear canal, the area between the toes, the anal bag, the vagina, rectum in healthy dogs. Dogs show symptoms of itching, scratching, biting, and trauma in these areas. Some areas of skin start to lose hair, skin reddened, skin thicker, and with scaly dry, swollen yellow pus leads to dermatitis spread unpleasant body odor.

Malassezia yeast infection occurs in dogs of all ages and breeds. However, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Cocker Spaniels, English setters are sensitive to this disease.














One of the treatments for a dog with a dermatitis condition, it is first necessary to identify the cause of the disease in dogs. It is difficult for the naked eye to tell the difference between the types of yeasts in dogs and bacterial dermatitis. Therefore, when detecting dogs with symptoms of dermatitis, it is best to take them to the veterinary clinic to check for accurate conclusions. The Veterinary will use a microscope or yeast culture in the laboratory to determine the cause of the disease and have a reasonable treatment.


Prevent dogs from yeast; there should be ways to care and hygiene for dogs properly. In the morning and evening, you can sunbathe for a while to kill the fungi that stay on the dog's fur. You need to ensure the dog's coat and skin should always be dry and clean. So you should spend at least one day a day bathing your dog. You need to dry the fur after washing, and it is best to shower in the morning so that the dog can get sunbath after bathing to help coat and dry hair ultimately.


You should prevent roundworms regularly for your dogs because roundworm infection is a risk of yeast growth. If your dogs already have a case of roundworm infection in one or more other pets. The best way to prevent dog roundworm reinfection is to completely clean the indoor environment and any utensils and bedding that animals frequently come into contact with daily.


Yeast Dermatitis is a disease that is not difficult to cure, but it takes time to persevere. So to prevent illness, please take care of dogs scientifically, complete with daily nutrients for dogs.


Hopefully, our article has helped you understand the disease better.



Le Dieu Linh (Dr)

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