A yeast infection, also known as Candida, is basically caused by a group of microscopic fungi or yeast called Candida albicans. It can affect the ears, paws but can also develop on the skin on the abdomen, and beneath skin folds on certain dog breeds.
Factors that can increase the risk of getting a yeast infection are stress, chronic health conditions, diabetes, use of steroids and antibiotics.
Some of the signs of a yeast infection are itching, burning or swelling in and around the affected area. The paws and ears can also have a foul smell. There are many simple home remedies that can eliminate the infection in a relatively short time.
Here are some home remedies for yeast infections.
Lactobacillus acidophilus, a “friendly” strain of bacteria present in kefir, can control the growth of infection in the body. For treating a yeast infection, only use plain, unsweetened goat milk kefir.
2. Coconut Oil
Organic unrefined coconut oil has effective antifungal properties that can kill the fungi responsible for yeast infections.
· Externally apply the organic coconut oil on the affected areas three times a day.
· You can also make a mixture of equal amounts of coconut oil and a few drops of either melaleuca essential oil, protective blend essential oil or cinnamon essential oil. Apply it on the affected skin area to control the growth of the infection. For information on the how to get the certified pure essential oils contact us.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Apple cider vinegar contain some distinctive components that can control a yeast infection and get rid of the fungi causing it. Use organic apple cider vinegar with the pet.
· Mix two tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar (apple cider vinegar should be murky brown in color) and put it on the dogs food twice daily for a few days. (Most dogs don’t mind.)
· Make a natural dog shampoo with apple cider vinegar. Soon the skin irritation and itching will lessen. The recipe is on my site in the Recipe section.
· You can dilute apple cider vinegar with plain water and then apply it externally on the affected skin area. Leave it on for half an hour and then rinse it off with water. I add in witch hazel for it is an astringent which will help control the yeast.
Cranberries contain both antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to fight the fungi responsible for yeast infections. It can also treat urinary tract or any other kind of bladder infections.
· You can take cranberry tablets daily. Cranberry tablets are readily available at a natural health store or at your holistic veterinarian’s office.
From WebMD Veterinary Reference
If you own a dog, you've heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you. Turns out, the math isn't that simple. Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. So the first year of your fuzzy friend’s life is equal to about 15 human years.
Size and breed also play a role. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones, but they may mature more quickly in the first few years of life. A huge pup might age more slowly at first, but be nearing middle age at 5. Tiny and toybreeds don't become "seniors" until around age 10. Medium-sized pooches are somewhere in the middle on both counts.
Clues to Look For
If you’ve adopted a puppy or dog but don't know her history, you may not know how old she is. Even if you don’t know the birth date, you can still guess her age.
Her teeth should give you a rough idea of her age. These guidelines will vary from dog to dog, and they also depend on the kind of dental care (if any) she had before you got her.
· By 8 weeks: All baby teeth are in.
· By 7 months: All permanent teeth are in and are white and clean.
· By 1-2 years: Teeth are duller and the back teeth may have some yellowing.
· By 3-5 years: All teeth may have tartar buildup and some tooth wear.
· By 5-10 years: Teeth show more wear and signs of disease.
· By 10-15 years: Teeth are worn, and heavy tartar buildup is likely. Some teeth may be missing.
Your vet can also guess her age based on a complete physical exam or tests that look at bones, joints, muscles, and internal organs. Senior dogs might show some specific signs of aging.
· Cloudy eyes
· Gray hair. It starts around the muzzle then spreads to other areas of the face, head, and body.
· Loose skin
· Stiff legs
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