Systemic Yeast Infections in Pets - Candida Albicans
Like A Thief In The Night...
In the past years we have seen the overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals, with little regard for the ramifications of this overuse on the environment of the beneficial bacteria of the gut (intestinal flora). Antibiotics are necessary at times, but need to be use judiciously, and at the same time as we are using antibiotics, we need to supplement probiotics (beneficial bacterias) to reestablish the intestinal flora of the gut that is killed off from antibiotics or lost to stress.
In this article I would like to suggest another approach to the cause
and treatment of skin allergies, itchy skin, dry coat, read itchy
feet and ear infections. These conditions/diseases are common in other
breeds and can happen in any other breeds, some more than others,
probably based on their ability to handle stress and the prevalence
of the use of antibiotics within a breed.
The Bad Guys
Lets explore what happens to a animals system when it is overrun with toxic levels of Candida Albicans (yeast/fungus and byproducts). Candida Albicans a common microorganism that lives in the gut and when there is an "overgrowth" of this fungus/yeast in the gut, it is called a systemic yeast infection, and it affects the health and well being of the whole animal or human.
When the dog is on antibiotics or stressed, the pH balance of the gut is out of balance, and beneficial bacteria in the gut may be destroyed. This causes this insidious fungus to take over and this overgrowth is very detrimental to our health and well being.
These are some of the conditions that can alter the pH balance of the gut.
The results of this yeast/fungus overgrowth manifests itself in external
and internal expressions of disease. Based on clinical and research
studies, Candida overgrowth in your intestines may create what has
been called as "Leaky Gut Syndrome". Toxins and food allergens
may pass through this membrane and go to other parts of the body,
making one feel generally sick all over. Since antibiotics dont
"External" Expression Of A Yeast Infection:
Redness, Inflammation and Odor
Reoccurring Secondary Bacterial Infections
You can see by this list of symptoms, the animal is often diagnosed as having a food or contact allergy, or a bacterial infection, when in fact the origin of the disease is yeast/fungus overgrowth.
Gastrointestinal tract problems
Ways to Control Yeast / Fungus Overgrowth
Treatment: External Problems
Bathe: Use a sulfur-based or medicated shampoo for fungus, one with Ketoconazole - KetoChlor Shampoo by VirBac - have your vet order it for you.
Then use a Baking Soda rinse after shampooing, it will be quite helpful with the overall itchiness, skin problems and inflammation.
BAKING SODA RINSE RECIPE
After bathing and animal is dry: Prepare a 2 % solution of Oxy-Drops (Mix 1 teaspoon with 1 cup (8ozs.) of distilled water). Use this to spray or wipe skin, ears, and feet with to prevent secondary bacterial infection. (order below). Some people report wiping areas with Listerine stops itching.
Treatment: Internal Problems
1). Food - Precise Foundation or Precise Plus Canine Adult Formula or Canine Large Breed Formula works for yeast issues. Also Pure Vita Chicken and Rice
2). Then introduce the Yeast Removal Kit which includes:
Add diluted Oxy-Drops concentrate to their food. Put 1 drop per 20 lbs. of body weight, mixed in 2 to 4 ounces of water and pour over the food to make sure it gets in their system. Oxydrops kills fungus and pathogenic bacteria because it attacks a particular enzyme, only present in the fungus and bad bacteria. I also put some drops in their drinking water. For a large dog in a gallon of water, I use 5 drops. With my Pug, I will use 1-2 drops to her small bowl of water.
For itchy skin, ears or eye infections mix 1 teaspoon of OxyDrops in 1 cup of distilled water and wash or spray it on the areas 2-4 times a day. Black dogs will fade to red, so if this is a show dog, you may have to wait until the new coat comes in.
All of these products together, a good food, probiotics/digestive enzymes, dietary enzymes and Oxydrops will work to stem the rise of fungus and get the system back into balance within time. Be patient, it takes 30 - 90 days to get this problem corrected.
You must use a meat based holistic food and For a complete list of raw diet options and commercial foods see: Blackwatch Feed Program For Systemic Yeast Infection
If an animal or human has a yeast infection, during the detoxification process you may witness or experience symptoms flu-like symptoms, nausea or loose stools when the fungus starts to die off and the body is detoxifying. Use Braggs raw apple cider vinegar ( from health food store) or lemon juice in the drinking water. This helps maintain the proper pH balance and establish an environment, which is NOT conducive to yeast or pathogenic bacteria proliferation. Start with small amounts so the animal gets used to the taste.
Body Weight; Amount to Give
This is The Best Ear Product to Kill Yeast
K-9 Ear Solution by Liquid Health - available online at www.FirstChoiceNaturals.com
This ear solution comes in the Yeast Kit if your order through First Choice Naturals.
Other Facts About Candida Overgrowth
Systemic yeast infections (fungus) are extremely difficult to detect and kill. Stanford University studies report a 497% increase in systemic infections in humans in the past 10 years due to overuse of antibiotics and stress.
When pH balance of the gut is out of balance, an environment is ripe for pathogenic bacteria and fungus to multiply at an alarming rate. The byproducts of bacteria and fungus produce "toxins." These can result in systemic disease, as well as bloat, stomach gas and foam. Many diseases are often misdiagnosed in humans when the actual underlying cause is Candida Albicans (a systemic yeast infection).
Examples of systemic yeast overgrowth in humans which are often diagnosed as the following diseases:
When fungus overgrowth flourishes in the gut, the toxins from the yeast keep the pH unbalanced, causing a vicious cycle. Unbalanced pH balance in the gut alters the body's chemistry and unbalances the metabolic/hormonal chemistry. Many homeopathic physicians and veterinarians feel as though a systemic yeast infection is one of the most overlooked and misdiagnosed diseases in medicine
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
The example below is of a dog with a systemic yeast infection shown BEFORE and AFTER using my program of a quality food, probiotics, Oxydrops and Nzymes. For the full story click on either of the photos below.
The American Kennel Club has sponsored research grants for disease. Here is one that is relates to this topic.
Completed Grant No. 1840:
Studies of the Host (Canine) Immune Response to the Opportunistic Pathogen Malassezia pachydermatis - Daniel O. Morris, DVM, DACVD; University of Pennsylvania
Sponsors: American Spaniel Club, Basset Hound Club of America, Dalmatian Club of America Foundation, English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association Foundation, Westie Foundation of America
Abstract: This study confirmed that the immune system of allergic dogs recognizes a specific yeast as a contributor to allergiesthat the dogs body is mounting an allergic response to the yeast, not just reacting to a yeast infection. The yeast, Malassezia pachydermatis, is present in many dogs with skin allergies, causing itching, infection and sometimes licking to the point of self-mutilation. The most common symptoms of the yeast are ear canal infections and paw licking. Dogs with the yeast allergy can react to a quantity of yeast that would be considered within normal limits for healthy dogs. This discovery provides evidence and hope that it might be possible to manage that allergic reaction through the development of yeast-specific allergy shots, rather than relying on anti-fungal medications, which carry a possibility of side effects and dont stop the allergic reaction from recurring.