Since Yeast Infections start in the stomach, one of the first thing to look at is your dogs diet. In order for the yeast to grow, in your dogs gut ~ yeast needs to eat. Yeast loves sugar.
Foods that contains starch and/or carbohydrates, feed yeast in their gut.
Carbohydrates are complex chains made of sugars. When your dog eats carbohydrates his/her body converts them into sugars which feeds the yeast. Foods like corn, potatoes, rice, peas, sweet potatoes and oats are examples of high carbohydrate foods.
By natures design dogs were not designed to eat or digest grains. In the wild the foods that the dogs' ancestors ate contained 4% starch. Most commercial foods contain at least 10X that amount. Even the grain free foods are usually full of potatoes, sweet potatoes or tapioca, and have just as much starch as other kibble.
SOLUTION: Feed your dog food low in starch.
There are other things you can do to help prevent or treat yeast infections that involve your dogs gut.
- Limit antibiotic use ~~ Antibiotics destroy the balance in the gut and allows for the yeast to grow.
- Avoid toxins that stress immune system. This includes unnecessary vaccines, drugs and chemicals (including pesticides contained in flea/tick treatments). These interfere with your dogs ability to keep his/her intestinal flora. Focus on building good health and supporting your dogs immune system
- Give your dog probiotics and probiotics to support balance of his/her intestinal flora.
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