Yeast is a normal, healthy part of the digestive and immune system in dogs and humans. In dogs, yeast lives on the skin and in the gut, along with other healthy flora as part of a balanced immune system. When this balance is interrupted, it can cause problems including allergies, yeast infections and inflammatory issues.
What Causes Yeast Infections in Dogs?
To treat a yeast infection, it’s important to look at your dog’s diet. Are they eating a diet that’s high in carbohydrates and starch? If so, that’s probably the source of the problem. Yeast infections start in the gut and are fed by high starch (or carbohydrate) foods.
Some high carb foods that are commonly found in kibble include, corn, potatoes, rice, peas, sweet potatoes, and oats. Although, these sound like healthy foods, they could be causing an overgrowth of yeast in your pet’s gut.
Common Symptoms of Yeast Infections in Dogs
Commonly confused with allergies, yeast infections tend to affect a dog’s skin, paws, and ears. Whether your dog is smelly or itchy, it could be due to a yeast infection.
A few of the most common symptoms include:
- Head shaking
- Smelly odor
- Scratching and rubbing
- Greasy or scaly skin
- Changes in skin color and texture
Treat a Yeast Infection with a Raw Food Diet
Feeding your pet a raw food diet allows them to get back to a more natural way of eating. Raw diets help to mimic the diet of their ancestors – raw and unprocessed. Typically, a diet full of raw, natural meats only contains about 4% starch, while the kibble diets today have about 10 times that amount. Even kibbles that are listed as “grain-free” are usually packed with potatoes, tapioca, sweet potatoes, and other starches.
Naturally, dogs have no dietary need for starch or carbohydrates in their diet and the heightened amount in the kibbles on the market today has led to serious dietary issues. If your dog is struggling with yeast infections, whether they are severe or recurring, start by treating their gut.
At Corrina’s Corner, we offer a wide selection of raw foods including ground turkey, ground chicken, ground rabbit, beef kidney, chicken livers, and much more! Our team can help you create a balanced diet that works for you and your dog.
Switch to a Raw Diet Today with Corrina’s Corner in Atlanta & Decatur, Georgia
No matter what type of meat your dog enjoys, you can find a high-quality selection at Corrina’s Corner. We proudly provide budget-friendly raw foods that are free of steroids, hormones, preservatives, and antibiotics.
If you’re looking for a diet that is low in carbohydrates and starches for your furry family member, contact us. Shop our raw dog food online, fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 770-609-6247 to answer any questions you may have.