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Understanding And Treating Dog Rashes

The reason why something as simple as dog rash can be treated with little success, is simply because it has been proven that not many people actually know what dog rash is, and are therefore unable to diagnose it effectively, resulting in the incorrect treatment.

Dog rash is a type of yeast infection caused by Candida Albicans. This is an opportunistic yeast that normally inhabits the body and intestinal tracts of our dogs. Its job is to recognise and destroy harmful bacteria within the body. In a healthy body, candida albicans is controlled by a properly functioning Immune System and “friendly” bacteria. However, if the immune system is weakened, the number of friendly bacteria decreases, and candida albicans will shift from yeast form to fungal form where infection starts.

This yeast infection can hit all parts of the dogs skin and mucous membranes, but humid places are the preferred area. The symptoms are itchy scalp, itch sores and ultimately dog rash. Inflamed pimples with flakey edges.

Interestingly dog rash can break into two types, namely primary and secondary yeast infections. In secondary dog rash, yeast infections can be caused by internal or external parasites depending on the dogs immune system. Dog rash is however quite common, as a simple practice like frequently bathing your dog can force the skin to dry out causing dog rash resulting from yeast infection. Understanding what is causing your dog’s rash is critical for choosing the right anit-microbal treatment solution.

Only once there is an understanding of this type of skin infection, can it be treated most effectively.

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