Many pet owners know vaguely about yeast infection, but most do not know what causes it. Some dog owners assume that their pet just has a stinky doggy smell and they assume it is natural. In reality, there could be a reason for the smell and it may be yeast overgrowth.

Yeast is a type of fungi that reproduces or develops through a process of budding where parts of the organism’s cell body separate and form new yeast organisms. Yeast infections are quite common in dogs and they form on skin and ears.

What may be considered a normal yeast amount can become an infection as the organism reproduces uncontrollably. As yeast reproduction grows out of control, the organisms usually invade and move to areas on the dog’s body or skin that are beyond where they are normally found and they do so in larger numbers. It is important to know that yeast is opportunistic and the organisms flourish when the pet is not in healthy or perfect condition.

Symptoms of a yeast infection

The most common yeast infection location is the dog’s ears but the infection can occur elsewhere on the dog’s skin. This means that it can appear on skin folds and wrinkles, between the toes and even in the armpits. At the very least, a dog that has a yeast infection feels quite uncomfortable. This discomfort can be anything from mild to terrible depending on the situation. Most dogs with yeast issues become extremely itchy on the area of the infection. If the problem is on the paws, ears or back, it can lead to desperate scratching or chewing that can cause significant pain and trauma.

The distinctive odor

Apart from the itching, smell can offer a good indication of a yeast infection. Yeast has a distinctive odor that is often described as being similar to cheese popcorn, moldy bread or corn chips. In some cases, the musty, pungent and unpleasant smell can be quite overpowering. Most pet owners become accustomed to the smell and sometimes they do not realize that their dog has a problem. Many vets can identify a dog with a yeast infection the moment the stinky pet comes through the door. A visit to a Tarrytown, NY veterinary hospital can help to ensure that your dog remains healthy.

Areas of skin irritation

Other signs of yeast infection include skin irritation, inflammation and redness, especially around the toes, feet pads, ears, nasal and facial skin folds. The irritation can also occur in and around the anus, on the neck, under the armpits, and on the tail base. The infection can cause hair loss, a greasy coat and oily or scaly skin. Some severe or chronic yeast infections can cause raised scaly skin patches or skin that thickens and darkens. There may also be additional bacterial infection or a thick yellow, foul-smelling discharge coming from the ears.

Yeast infection can cause behavior changes due to the pain and itching. This means that your beloved pet can experience appetite loss, depression, aggression and anxiety. Getting help for your pet will help to prevent the overwhelming discomfort.