Does my dog have signs of a skin infection?

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Signs of a Skin Infection

Yeast / fungal infections

Yeast is a spore-like fungus that reproduces by budding when parts of the cell body break off to form whole new yeast organisms. Dogs have a normal amount of yeast on their skin and body, but yeast infections occur when the yeast starts budding and multiplying uncontrollably.
Symptoms of yeast infection in dogs include:
  • Musty odor
  • Thickened and/or darkly pigmented skin
  • Scales and crusty, flaky skin
  • Itching and redness

  • Chronic or recurrent ear infections
Treatment: Yeast infection treatment is usually topical, such as medicated shampoos. Ear infections caused by yeast may also be treated with ointment and oral medication.
For dogs with chronic yeast infections, treatment can also mean switching to a high-quality novelty protein food and regular anti-fungal baths.

Symptoms of Bacterial Infection of the Skin in Dogs

Symptoms can range from mild irritation to severe and painful infection. See your veterinarian if you notice any of the following signs.
  • Pimple-like pustules on the skin
  • Dry patches of flaking skin
  • Itching
  • Crusted skin
  • Infected hair follicles
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Hair standing on end
  • Seeping of blood or pus
  • Swelling or ulcerated skin
  • Odor

If your dog or pet is suffering from a skin infection, we are here to help!