A yeast infection in your dog can cause severe discomfort, and it can quickly escalate out of control if proper care and attention are not given to the problem.
Luckily there are many remedies, products and over the counter medication that can assist you, but the best way to start may be to adapt your pet’s diet. Prevention is always better than cure.
Top Food Options For Yeast Infections
Causes Of Yeast Infections
Yeast infection is most commonly due to an access of Malassezia species of yeast, although the Candida species is usually the first suspect. Malassezia is commonly found on skin, ears and where mucus is present.
An infection starts when yeast begin to duplicate at a rapid rate, overcrowding the area where it is naturally found. The rapid duplication could be due to drugs like antibiotics that are prescribed, and the natural immune system is then compromised.
Yeast feeds on sugar and fats to survive and tends to grow faster in hot and humid conditions, so be especially vigilant when your dog has overlaying lose skin or folds.
Some factors that can cause a yeast infection is an allergy to fleas; use of steroids or antibiotics, cancer or hormonal changes or disorders.
Symptoms of a yeast infection can be an itchy skin; irritation on the skin; inflammation around the ears, neck, nasal folds and anal area. Sometimes a discharge can occur that has a musty smell.
How can I help my dog with a yeast infection?
If your dog has a persistent recurring yeast infection I would suggest a change in diet. I would propose a grain free and yeast free diet with an exclusion of potatoes as well if possible.
Some foods that should be avoided is meat by products, poultry by product meal, sugar, yeast, any grain, corn and wheat gluten, cheese, mushroom, peanuts, bread, processed meat, sweet potato and potato.
Foods that are acceptable or beneficial to yeast infection are plain yogurt, beef, duck, fish, rabbit, squash, brussel sprouts, kale, pumpkin and spinach.
Dry food tend to contain more starch to bind them, so if at all possible I would suggest you rather purchase wet foods till the yeast infection improves.
It is almost impossible to exclude all the potential triggers for a yeast infection, so I would suggest you keep book of what aggravates your dog’s condition and start by eliminating it.
Nature’s Recipe Wet Dog Food Cuts in Gravy
I choose this food as it is a vegetarian option and it excludes all meat and meat by products. This is a wet food, which means it also contains less starch than the dry kibble.
As a protein source is soy and pea is used. Protein is important for keeping organs healthy and the production of antibodies, so this part of the diet cannot be completely avoided.
Carbohydrates ensure sustainable energy, and brown rice is used. Common triggers for yeast infections like wheat and corn is avoided. Brown rice is easy to digest and should not cause problems with digestion.
Fats assist the body in absorbing vitamins and minerals. In this product canola oil is used to guarantee a healthy coat and skin.
In conjunction with carrots, peas and green beans many vitamins and minerals are added to ensure a healthy balanced meal.
This food has limited ingredients which makes it an easy starting block to start excluding possible culprits for your pet’s condition.
Purina Beyond Superfood Blend Natural Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Dry Dog Food
This food caught my attention due to the pumpkin content. Pumpkin is an amazing food for dogs and helps with a lot of ailments, but to get fresh pumpkin into your dog is no easy task.
As a protein salmon is used. It is supplemented with egg and is complete to ensure all the protein needs of your pet. The salmon is packed with omega 3&6 oils that are excellent for skin condition.
Brewers rice and barley are used for carbohydrates and are easy digestible. Known allergens like corn, wheat and soy are not used. Carbohydrates are important in the diet; it cannot be completely eliminated as it supplies energy to the brain.
The Salmon provides not only the needed protein but also a sustainable fat source. Extra fish oils are also added to assist in brain development.
Pumpkin and peas provide fiber as well as a strong vitamin platform. Vitamins and minerals are added but no artificial color, flavor or preservatives are found in this food. No added supplements are needed.
Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diets Dry Dog Food – Sweet Potato & Fish Formula
This is a limited ingredient dog food; this makes it easy to keep account of what is eaten and to what your pet is having a reaction to.
For carbohydrates sweet potatoes and potato protein is used. This grain free formula eliminates any chance of a grain allergy.
Protein is supplied with salmon that is rich in amino acids that assists in a healthy shiny coat. Fish as a protein is very popular, because it is easy to digest as well as providing essential oils and minerals.
Fats are essential in any nutritional diet and supply the body with energy. The problem with fat is that it needs to be given in moderation to avoid obesity.
As long as your dog food consists of a sustainable fat content there is no need to add extra fat to the diet. In this food canola and fish oil is integrated in the making process.
Potato fiber is used to assist with digestion and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives are added. Enough vitamins and minerals are added to make this a balanced nutritional food.
Instinct Raw Boost Grain Free Recipe Natural Dry Dog Food by Nature’s Variety
Fiber works together closely with carbohydrates. It helps with digestion and keeps the intestines in healthy condition. This is a grain free formula; consisting of apples, carrots and cranberries to ensure enough fiber and sustainable energy source.
It is also vitamin rich with added probiotics and antioxidants. The probiotics is very helpful in fighting of a yeast infection and the antioxidants in conjunction with vitamins helps to fight of disease.
Main protein in this dog food is beef. It is supplemented with white fish, turkey, chicken and many freeze dried beef products. This is a raw freeze dried all natural product.
Much discussion has gone into the benefits surrounding a raw diet versus a pre cooked one. If a raw diet is something you have considered, a good time to try one will be when your dog is suffering of a yeast infection.
The fish oil content is sustainable for the fat quotation and this minimally processed product is grain, potato, soy corn and wheat free.
SportDogFood Elite Grain Free Dog Food, Special Blend Venison
This grain free product uses sweet potato as a carbohydrate that is gentle on the stomach and pumpkin, red clover sprouts, papaya, squash and blueberries to assist with fiber content.
The main protein is venison and beef and meets all the requirements for protein content. Natural fats are complemented with salmon and herring oil.
This vitamin packed formula is a top favorite, as vitamins and minerals cannot be produced by the body, it needs to be taken in as part of a healthy diet or with supplements; and as we all know, a healthy immune system needs a lot of vitamins.
All the ingredients in this food is freeze dried, which ensures that no healthy benefits are loss during the cooking process.
Probiotics are added together with the vitamins and minerals to help to get the yeast infection under control as speedily as possible.
A lot of the allergen prone foods for dogs are avoided, which makes it suitable to use as a food elimination diet.
Do not feel overwhelmed by this food restrictions, once your pet’s condition improves a elimination eat plan can be started, some of the foods that is excluded with yeast infections might be allowed back into his diet once the condition is under control.
Water is very important to wash out a yeast infection. Always ensure your dog has a bowl of fresh clean water available.