Candida Albicans is a very common but little known cause of so many canine health concerns. In my opinion, it is the single most common root cause of health problems in both people and dogs. It is important to realize that Candida is not a disease. Rather, it is a condition of internal imbalance. Candidiasis is a common condition. It can contribute to, and complicate many other common dog health problems.
Candida Albicans is also known as a yeast infection. So what is a yeast infection, exactly? Candida is an organism that occurs naturally in the intestinal tract of healthy people and animals. It is a fungus that normally exists in small colonies. Under normal conditions, this fungus is kept in balance by bacteria and other kinds of microbes.
A yeast infection is a sure sign
that your dog's Immune System is not working as well as it should. A
candida yeast overgrowth is an indication that balance needs to be restored in
the gut. If
the balance of bacteria in the gut ( small intestine ) is disrupted,
this fungus can multiply very rapidly and grow out of control. Once out
of control, it can enter the blood stream and travel to other parts of
the body. This causes chronic yeast infections that are very hard to get rid of.
Candida Albicans is Polysymptomatic. This means that it can show itself in many different ways. A whole list
of symptoms can become apparent. Some of these symptoms may even seem
quite odd. The vet may not have a reasonable explanation for why
your dog is sick. Check this list of canine yeast infection symptoms.
This is quite a list, eh?
These are just some of the symptoms
of yeast overgrowth that come to mind. There are many more. If your dog
has one or more of these symptoms, it is almost a certainty that he has
candida albicans yeast overgrowth.
The Candida albicans fungus occurs normally on the body’s mucus membranes. This includes the mouth, sinuses, digestive tract, vagina and skin. The condition is the same in both people and animals.
So, how does this fungal infection problem get started?
Here's a list of some other factors that can contribute to the Candida Albicans problem.
So, when the normal ratio of fungus to friendly bacteria in the colon is disrupted, the yeast begins to grow out of control. The yeast overgrowth is now spreading, and has gained access to the bloodstream and the lymphatic system.
The yeast fungus can change pathologically from a single celled organism to a branching fungal form, which can multiply rapidly. It uses root like tentacles to perforate the intestinal wall, and will damage cells there. This is called Leaky Gut Syndrome.
The yeast fungus enters the bloodstream and lymphatic system and is then free to travel to other parts of the body. The yeast fungus is surrounded by a hard connective tissue shell, which protects it from the immune system.
Research has found 17 variations of yeast, including a yeast organism called Malassezia Pachydermatitis. This particular kind of fungus can elude the immune system and resist anti-fungal medications. It is found on a dog's skin and in the ears and is responsible for causing the black, thick hyper pigmented skin often seen in dogs with chronic yeast infections.
The Malessezia fungus also causes red staining dermatitis common in dogs who constantly lick themselves.
You will recognize this as the reddish or brownish staining that is commonly found on the feet, between the toes and pads of the paws, on the chest, in the folds of the mouth, stomach, vulva and vaginal area or on the penis.
So, have you had enough bad news? Well, here's is the good news.
It will take some work and commitment to rid the body of this health robbing, fungal infection, but it can be done, and the results will be worth it. Typically our veterinarians really do not know what is wrong, or don't think it's important. Often this condition is diagnosed as allergies. So antibiotics, anti fungal medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroids, are prescribed to deal with the myriad of symptoms.
yeast infection treatments often do more harm than good. The underlying
root cause, which is candida yeast overgrowth remains, because the
drugs continue to cause an imbalance of gut flora. Drugs ease the symptoms temporarily, but as soon as you stop, the symptoms come back.
One of the most important things you will need to do is, restrict certain foods in your dogs diet, which are feeding the yeast. These foods are creating an environment on which, the yeast thrives.
Avoiding the yeast friendly foods will help to reduce the candida yeast over growth, but diet changes alone, are not enough.
Along with dietary changes, a successful candida treatment plan must include a targeted supplement program to get control of the yeast fungus and restore balance the way nature intended. You CAN learn how to cure a candida albicans overgrowth infection. Your dog's health will improve, and that will make you and your dog happier. Nothing changes unless YOU change something.
You can do it!