Yeast dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that occurs fairly regularly in pets, especially in skin folds, ears, between paw pads or in other hot, humid areas of their body. These conditions encourage yeast to reproduce at increased rates until it becomes an overwhelming issue.
Yeast infections are more likely to occur in pets whose immune systems have been compromised or suppressed with medications. Often this occurs during allergy season, especially if your pet is taking steroids or antibiotics. Antibiotics don’t cause yeast but being on long term antibiotics will diminish the normal flora (bacteria) that helps keep yeast under control, which allows the yeast to proliferate and become a problem. In addition, steroids and illness can decrease an animal’s immune system which will often allow yeast to proliferate.
Some animals are more likely to develop yeast infections based on their genetics or body traits like, for example, excessive skin folds. These include, but are not limited to:
- Basset hounds
- Cocker Spaniels
- West Highland White Terriers
- German Shepherds
- Lhasa apsos