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Diagnosing a Yeast Infection in Your Dog

Tuesday, September 27, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Yeast infections in dogs are usually found in the skin and ears. They are caused by an organizm called Malasezzia pachydermatis. This condition only appeared on the dermatology scene about ten years ago but it may have been around much longer. Yeast infections exist in many dogs but sometimes never does any harm. It’s considered a secondary pathogen if it’s in the dogs ears but is considered a primary pathogen if it’s in the dogs skin. A predisposing cause will change it from a harmless condition to an itchy, relentless problem. Many times dogs suffering from Malasezzia will have skin lesions or sores. They can be isolated or all over the dogs body. The sores are usually red and are accompanied by areas of increased pigmentation, scaliness or greasiness. This scaliness and greasiness with a yellowish tint indicates that malasezzia is probably the problem.

If you notice any of these symptoms, take your dog to the vet who will prescribe medication to help control and eradicate the condition.

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